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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Snowy Branches

What's prettier in the winter woods than snow-speckled leaves? How about beautifully bright red cardinal!

I thought this would be a nice design to round out the last design I'll probably have time to do before Christmas, and I think it's festive enough to help me remember the spirit of the holiday.

Not just that - this is my first  completely original design that includes more than just a color combination. No alterations from someone else's design, no copy from clip-art. I dunno about you, but I'm proud of me ;)

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

'Tis the Season

My baby brother graduates from Nursing school this weekend! I needed to do something to commemorate the occasion... but it's almost Christmas, and that needs attention, too.

Luckily for me, it's possible to do both - ribbons & bows, in his school colors. (design by Robin Moses)

Great job, Matthew! I'm so proud of you <3

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A (more playful) Merry Christmas

To quote Tim Minchin in my favorite Christmas song,

"I really like Christmas. It's sentimental I know, but I just really like it."

Seasonal designs are so fun, and so varied, it's almost impossible not to be able to find a design that says "Christmas" just the way you want it to. With a bit of inspiration and a bit of just playing around, I came up with five different designs today to work into a manicure sure to help with your very own Holly, Jolly Christmas.

I saw this gorgeous gold bow on green 'wrapping paper', and loved it! I free-handed this design, then went back to discover it's actually available as a stamp from Konad! *sigh* Well, for the future I'll know there's a quick easy way to reproduce this design. In the meantime, I think this shimmery bow is a fun & festive addition to the mix.

I think this one turned out as my favorite, and it was definitely the hardest to get a good picture of. Simple but fun, just a flocked tree with silver garland and a speckling of snow, I love the subtle but gorgeous way this turned out!

This crazy little guy did NOT want to focus for the camera. I'm assuming it's all due to his fantastic sparkliness. Just take my word for it that this little frozen man is Fabulous.

Simply Christmas. Bright red with a golden shimmer French tip, these would look gorgeous wrapped around a goblet of eggnog. Or ripping into wrapping paper ;)

A brighter background provides more "pop" to this Robin Moses design. My last post had this same theme atop a deep maroon, but it sure is more eye-catching against a shimmery royal purple. I can think of a person or two I'll likely be treating to this design in the near future ;}

And now that I'm in a Christmas-y mood, I'm betting this won't be the end. I'm thinking candy canes. And reindeer. Oh, and gotta have a Santa! Maybe an angel just to round things out. Or maybe...

Friday, December 2, 2011

Sugar Plum Daydreams

Yet again, Robin Moses inspired a gorgeous design. Deep, rich purple with purple and golden filigree.

Love this color scheme! It makes for a gorgeous holiday look that's more restrained than bright red and green.

{I'm sure that those will come soon, though, for anyone wanting a bit more 'fun'}