September 16, 2011

Chez-Delaney I Love you!

My title says it almost all. I love Chez-Delaney image plates for stamping. Now not all is sunshine and lollipops, but its close enough for me to squee with glee, possibly dance around some with a hint of pixie dust thrown in for good measure.

This post is massively pic heavy. Sorry in advance. I had to share though. I know the image quality is not the best, thus why I did not water mark these. Click them for full quality and detail.

So as you may recall if you read my every post, I had an Ah-ha moment and wanted to use Konad Image plate m66. Well I didn't own said plate and started looking at various plate sites to see what was new etc. This lead me back to the Chez-Delaney store. I had drooled over the plates on the site many times before, but was always too leery of ordering from some place that wasn't written in English. Well on a whim I started throwing image plates I needed (yea it was beyond wanted with a majority of these).

My whim fated me with 21 plates in my cart. Only one of them being a Konad image plate, my m66. The rest are documented below. So the great thing about these plates is that these have some amazing images that you are not going to find anywhere else, and even some kick ass logo's! The bad is that due to manufacturing some of the images do not pick up for beans.

I have not tested all of the images. So far I have come across three images on three separate plates that do not pick up all the way. I have not contacted anyone about this issue and really don't see the point in doing so. I have the same problem with a few bundle monster plates. Its always where the etching isn't deep enough for the polish to pool properly. One image on a plate of X many images will not kill me and with how awesome the images are, I say I have gotten my money's worth!

Now ONTO the images!

A22- full nail designs, flamingos, palm tree and sun, what look to me like cat eyes but could be feathers or even something else and dragons

A34- Lacey full nail prints. Slur! The four corners remind me of fishnet and flowers.

A37- Halloween images! Full print web, vampire moth, skull and cross bones, spider, pumpkin faces, bats and a stitched wound

D01- Christmas themed plate: wreath, snow flakes, tree, holly leaf, present, ornament, sleigh, reindeer and Santa

D03- Halloween themed plate: Spider, pumpkin, jack-o lantern face, skull, witch face, witch on broom stick with bats, witch on broom stick, Frankenstein, jack skeleton's head, ghost, and Halloween in creepy writing.

D04- Another Halloween themed plate (i love holidays!): Jack skeleton with web behind him, spider, BOO!, cat, spider in a web, pumpkin treat pail, witches face, vampire face, skull and cross bones, witch on broom in front of the moon and Trick or Treat in huge letters.

D07- Christmas Themed plate: three full nail prints- snow flakes, holly, and what could be confetti or streamers. Xmas, package, 2 sizes of merry Christmas over a set of bells, merry Christmas over a tree, single snow flack, bells, snow man.

D08- Awareness ribbon, and then we have a bunch of silhouettes of various celebrities. I do not know who all of them are but this is a fun plate.

D10- Unicorns, Faeries, Lydian, dragon... just a mix of mythical creatures.

D13- This plate isn't really themed. Mickey and Minnie on the moon, eight ball, soccer ball, flowers, dice, playing card, a print design,

D22- Pirate themed plate... lots of skulls, skull and cross bones and even jack sparrow for good measure! Arrrr

D25- Cartoon themed plate. Or at least that's with this reminds me of. V for vendetta, Ghost busters, thunder cats, batman and a few others I don't recognize... but then 4 flower vines. A bit of an odd mix.

D26- tweety bird, a cat very similar to the baby phat symbol, dove, turtle, bear, lizard, full nail print and a few others which I cant really define.

D29- The wild west meets the girly. We have an assortment of wild west images here... bulls head, cowboy, cactus, totem, feathers of a headband.. even a native American themed print... then we have barbies silhouette and hello kitty.. and a bands famous mouth symbol.

D46- cute creatures in various seasons. a bear in leaves, penguins, a cat, peacocks.

A24- three full nail prints, little devils, and a few images i don't know what they are supposed to be but look to me like things coming out of flames.

T29- ANOTHER Halloween plate. This is pretty self explanatory. Click the image to see it larger.

T34- And ANOTHER Christmas plate. Again a self explanatory image. Just click it.

T37- Another Christmas plate... but this one leans toward winter as well. Lots of star images, snowman, snow flakes, Christmas trees.

T40- Tooth, Lady bugs, dove, paw brings, various swirly images. Click to see the images better.

All of these plates can be viewed here at Chez-Delaney's webstore. I am a bit overwhelmed at the moment with what to use first. So many fun images to choose from.

As always Happy Polishing!

September 14, 2011

Rockin Facets of Fuchsia

I was walking through the makeup section of Target a few days ago when this shiny and dark polish caught my eye. I had to have it. The blue one next to it had my attention as well, but I passed on it worried about how this was going to apply. I am really wishing I had grabbed them both now.

What color am I talking about here... Revlon- Facets of Fuchsia. I applied this in one coat over China Glaze- First Mate. Then I used bundle monster plate BM03.

I really wish we had sunshine.. its been cloudy for days. If I am lucky I will get to photograph this pretty color in the sun before I get tip wear and have to remove it. (as the pictures show since I started typing this and then didn't get to post this right off we did finally get sun.)

And here we have my kids fingers... they got into polish wearing again. My oldest shocked the crap out of me when he demanded I paint his nails too. In all honesty I think it had more to do with the new image plates and me having a Thunder cats logo to stamp than anything else. Can't help but love that he asked. At nine years old he is at that in between phase where he is starting to act more mature but still has a ton of kid in him. I am lucky that he still wants to hug me in front of his friends.

Note: After a few days of wear I am still loving this color. Only thing I would change is the base color I used underneath. I think when I wear this again I will make sure to use a purple or black. The blue is pretty noticeable in the sunlight. On my boys fingers I didn't use a base and though it took more than one coat, I like it more than the blue hints peeking out.

Oh and I did end up going back to Target and grabbing the blue formula of this. I couldn't help myself. Once I saw how amazing this applies with one coat over a base color, I HAD to have the blue. Couldn't let it become a lemming. No no no, that just would not do. *grins* Since I am attending a funeral tomorrow, I think I will change my polish to the blue tomorrow night once all is done. The current deep black/ purple/ fuchsia thing is rather fitting.

On another note, check out my new hair. Stripped out the dark brown and am now sporting Magenta locks. In the debating stages of if I want to add in a few plum low lights. If I do it images will come forth for sure.

As always Happy Polishing!

September 3, 2011

Naaarthing to see here

I may finally be off my tea kick... but don't count on it. Still today's mani was not inspired by a tea box... as a matter of fact it was inspired by a joke.

How much does it cost a pirate to get his ears pierced? A buccaneer.

This joke has been in my head since I read it on a group page off facebook. Some of the responses before the real answer were quiet funny. Like "Naaarthing" and "A fight with captain hook!" Still it sat with me and when I got a lovely box in the mail today (which will be a post in the next day or two) I had to bust these babies out.

Used for this mani: OPI- Ogre the top Blue, China Glaze- Blue Sparrow, Konad Special Polish- White, Yellow and Pastel Blue. Plates from Chez-Delaney- A37 and D22.

Again I sponged a color over another color. This time it was to somewhat create the effect of glittery water. My nail in fluorescent light don't really show it off well, but in the sun its pretty and shiny. Ogre the top blue in two coats was applied first, left to dry and then I sponged Blue Sparrow just at the tips. I am kind of leaning toward the idea that a light blue than ogre would have really made this pop more. Live an learn.

I absolutely love my new plates. Sadly I now need to find something else to store my image plates. The photo album I have been using to store them is completely full for one, and two doesn't lay flat when closed. Its very over stuffed. I would rather not have more than one storage system so I shall see what I can find in my area.

Happy Polishing my loves! And stay tuned :)