My Entry for the Nailz Craze Contest

Author: marta  //  Category: Cult Nails, Essie, Nailz Craze, OPI

Hello Lovely Ladies,

A little while ago, Natalie – the creator of the Nailz Craze stamping plates – announced a contest on her blog: A Diary of a Nail Polish Addict.

The Rules: use any of the three Nailz Craze stamping plates in a manicure.

Well, I own two Nailz Craze plates (and LOVE them both)… it was a given that I would enter the contest, and would like to show you the steps, and inspiration, for my entry:

(Voting is now open HERE)

My inspiration was a binder that I recently purchased to write down all of our Maya-isms.  Maya is my almost-four year old free-spirited little girl, and she has a tenancy to say the cutest and most random things… after much delaying, I decided to start writing some of them down, so that I can share them with her when she gets older ;)

(Instagram photo-I used a filter)

I started out by free-hand painting a gradient-like/cat’s-eye effect using OPI Skull and Glossbones, Essie Chinchilly and Cult Nails Blackout.

I then stamped using NC03 plate and Sally Hansen Whirlwind White:

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But, I wanted to do “more” ;)   so I applied a matte topcoat and added two BornPrettyStore black rhinestones.

EDIT: Public voting is now open, and you may vote HERE!

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Have you turned to your surroundings for inspiration?

What is the ‘oddest’ thing that inspired one of your manicures?

THANK YOU FOR READING!

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  • Lou is Perfectly Polished

    What a gorgeous manicure :) . My sister still says the cutest things at 29 and I have always said to her that I could have written a book of them. Wish I had now :) xx good luck in the contest.

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      AWH… Thank you for sharing a bit about yourself with me- I appreciate that.

      The notebook was a new years resolution for myself- I hope/know Maya will appreciate it down the road and maybe we can giggle about it with a glass of wine in 20 years ;)

  • http://pink-purpledots.blogspot.com/ Lynette

    Awww such a sweet idea to write down her sayings, sure she will find the book special when she gets older. Super gorgeous mani yet again too ! Will def vote once voting starts !

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      Thank you, I’m so glad you ladies are reading the post and offering such sweet comments in addition. That truly means a lot to me.
      Thank you :D

  • http://twitter.com/FPMjh Fingers

    No way I’m going to be able to beat this mani. Good job Marta!

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      Awh, I saw the way you used the ‘sweater’ stamp and I loved it! I think it is tough to gage a winner- they are all so pretty in their own way- wouldn’t you agree

  • MariJo Nails

    Awesome job Marta! this is really pretty and classy!

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      Thank you Kindly

  • coraline humbert

    WOOOOW wonderful !!! hope u will win <3

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      Thank you VERY much. I appreciate it

  • http://manglingmymanicure.blogspot.com/ Alexis

    Lovely as always, Marta. It is so elegant too! It really looks perfect with a matte finish. Good luck. My little girl is 5, and always has me giggling with the things that come out of her mouth; I should probably write them down too, b/c I seem to be very forgetful.

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      Thank you- I wasn’t originally planning on adding the matte but I thought that with it the effect became a bit more elegant/mature.
      The book was my new-years resolution- I usually text my husband/sister with all the funny things (or tweet them out sometimes) but that is not keeping permanent record and I think Maya will get a kick out of it when she is older ;) I encourage you to do it too- :D (thank you for sharing)

  • emlangille

    I love how this looks. So cool!

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      Thank you! You totally need these plates for your gorgeous LONG nails :D

  • http://glittericity.blogspot.com/ Amanda | Glittericity

    Oh, that is beautiful! I never thought to stamp on a background like that. I just love how you come up with fresh new ideas all the time. Best of luck in the contest!

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      Thank you- I’m glad you like this pairing.
      The neat thing about stamping over a gradient background/different shades is that the lines do not have to be precise- as the stamp covers up any imperfections ;)
      THANK YOU

  • http://www.facebook.com/morgane.rauscherborne Morgane Rauscher-Borne

    I love the colors you used ! :D That’s so nice !

    I also entered the contest ! :)

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      I saw your entry today and I love how you used the dandylion stamp- I really need to use that stamp soon- every time I see lovely looks with it – like yours- I want to try it

  • PolishMadness

    beautiful! I wish good luck!!!

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      Thank you VERY much :D

  • Jamie Willett

    This is so gorgeous!! I love the gradient with the stamp over the top.

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      Thank you! AND as an added bonus- when you stamp over a gradient/different shades the lines do not have to be perfect because the stamp camouflages any wiggly spots ;)

  • Stacy Plowman-Pennock

    Oh, This is just SO beautiful Marta!!
    I’ve been seeing more and more manis stamped with these plates recently and I can’t wait to get my hands on a couple of them!

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      I know that Natalie is expecting a restock within a week or two (she mentioned on Facebook). I know that price wise they are a little pricier- but they are designed by someone from within our nail-polish-enthusiast community so this adds to the charm. I love the two plates that I have a LOT

  • http://twitter.com/KLenz85 Karen Lenz

    Lovely! I love your inspiration & excution. I need a few of these NailCraze plates!!!

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      I know you saw them in person, and the images are “large” but they are so workeable :D I am a huge fan and will continue to splurge on these plates as Natalie puts out more :D

  • http://www.lovevarnish.com/ Deborah

    Lovely ♥.

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      Thank you! I had been eying this notebook for a while- and had it in my “to try later” mental notes… this contest was a good opportunity to go for it :D

  • Julie Rivard

    Whaaat, this is pretty much brilliant!

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      LOL, Brilliant – thank you for the ego boost :D
      I’m very happy that you like this look

  • http://twitter.com/hksj71 Lacky Corner

    Very Beautiful!

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      Thank YOU!

  • Christine Steiner

    Totally love your mani!!! Absolutely perfect!!! For now I write inspirational stuff down, take a quick photo or I find also lots of ideas on Pinterest Amazing World. I look forward to translating all of them into actual manis!!!!

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      Oh yes, Pinterest is incredible for collecting ideas- this is THE time for nailart- inspiration is everywhere :D
      Thank you for sharing :D