Thursday, May 29, 2014

Spring Double Stamp

Hello!  I'm still here!  Just in the middle of gardening season and getting my perennial bed sorted out so I have dirty paws lately.  So I pulled a manicure from the not so distant past, that I created to celebrate the first days of spring.

In the spirit of all the lovely birdsong, bursting blooms and budding trees:

I forgot what combinations of polish I used for this manicure--pretty sure the base green is Barielle Mint Ice Cream Cone, and I put a light coat of Covergirl Boundless Color Pink Twinkle over every nail before sealing with my favorite topcoat Seche Vite. I used image plates: BM003 (flower), BM-204 (green, stamped twice), BM-410 (dragonfly), as well as one Cheeky XL plate.  The pink nail is a kind of pond manicure with a sheer pink jelly.

Do you have a favorite spring manicure?  Or a favorite colour nail polish this spring/summer?

Thanks for popping by!


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Leadlight Manicure

Hello Jellos!  

I am very excited to show off this manicure.  It reminds me of Tiffany lamps.  I wouldn't be surprised if this image has been used with the leadlight technique before but I haven't seen it.  If you know of a link or you used it, please leave the link in the notes so I can take a peek and maybe discover a new blog! :)

1 coat Billie Cosmetics White
Stamped using a frankened black and stained glass image from Cheeky XL Plate "A"
Filled in with a small dotting tool and all my franken sheers
1 gentle coat of sparkly SH Diamond Strength Diamonds
Seche Vite to finish!


This manicure wore like iron.  I lightly sanded my nails, and because I knew I'd be adding a coat of sparkle I didn't want to stack up too many layers, I opted to only use one thin coat of white.  I applied it as evenly as I could get it.  Once the stamp and sheers went on top the unevenness was hardly noticeable.  I wore this for a full week! Big win, considering the time it took to meticulously fill in all those little spaces.  Totally WORTH IT.  I got tons of compliments and they felt SUPER pretty! Even when the tips began to chip a bit it was not really noticeable. 

The winners of my Gone So Long Giveaway have responded by the deadline, and their parcels are going in the mail this afternoon!  Congratulations!  I can't wait to start amassing some new goodies for the next giveaway!

Do you have a favorite leadlight manicure?  Please send me to see it!
Thank you for peeking!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Franken Sheer Easter Manicure

Greetings Jellybeans!
How was your Easter?  I wore this eggtacular mani for the weekend.  Alas, it is chipped so I can't keep it much longer, but it was fun while it lasted!

 2 coats Billie Cosmetics white creme
Blobs of all five of my home made franken sheer goodies!
Stamped using Billie Cosmetics white creme and a formerly untried image from Cheeky XL A
Seche Vite to seal it all up!

What did you wear for Easter?  Go ahead, give me another lemming!  I definitely don't mind!

In other exciting news, my Gone So Long Giveaway has ended!  The winners have been notified via email from my fripperydigitsblog gmail address. Congratulations! Please email me back asap!  I realize now I never put a deadline for response in my Giveaway announcement post, but it's usually 48 hours.  I will give you until the end of Wednesday April 23 to respond. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you all for peeking!  Happy Polishing!
♥ ♥ ♥

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bright Bundle Monster Arrowheads

Summer is around the bend and I'm busting out the sunshine!

2 coats Pure Ice Superstar!
Vertical gradient using Franken Sheers: Pink and Yellow
Stamped using BM-410 and Billie Cosmetics White
Seche Vite

I designed this image from the Bundle Monster CYO 2013 images plate set.  I'm super proud of it!  I submitted another 10 images for this year's contest and I'm looking forward to finding out what kind of images make this years set(s).  I'm in love the CYO 2013 set because it was basically designed by a bunch of nail heads and ALL the images are totally badass.


I'm really happy with how the pink and yellow blended to make that awesome peach colour in the center.  This manicure looks amazeballs in the sun and shade, and if I do it again I want to try using some very fine glitter between the gradient and the stamp.  Maybe some Cover Girl Boundless Color Pink Twinkle or City Lights.  Or China Glaze Fairy Dust.  ALL THE SPARKLY.

What's on your nails today?  Do you have or know of a cool nail art blog I should check out?  Did you design any of the images from this set--or do you have a favorite image? Leave a link if you like!  Thanks for peeking!


Psssst!  Only 4 more days to enter my  Giveaway! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Franken Sheers & Splatter Stamp

The 80's have taken up residence on my nails this week.  I have no words for how happy this manicure makes me.  Personally, I feel like I haven't rocked a manicure this gnarly in a long time.  It's SO mondo.

I was totally inspired by  Punky Polish's phenomenal Watercolor Sugar Skulls manicure.  If you haven't already, you NEED to see it.  When I read that she made her own sheer tint polishes for this, I couldn't even contain my excitement.  I ran over to my stash and started yanking out jellies and a practically unused 2.5oz bottle of Beauty Secrets Hardener High Gloss Top Coat.  I poured some of it into five empty bottles that I had stashed in the back of the cabinet and then sent in a few drops of pink, royal blue, purple, green and yellow jelly-ish polishes.  It felt great to make that bottle of topcoat useful, since I never really liked it for topcoat.  I read somewhere that it does well as base coat, so I'll try that with the half bottle I have left.  

The results of my franken frenzy (pictures are clickable):

I hear that the OPI Sheer Tints have a really honey-like consistency.  These are really quite runny, but the effect was exciting.  I made my tints tintier than the OPI, purely because I couldn't believe that the pale cloudy solutions in the bottles would do a tinty enough job.  Turns out a little would have gone a long way, but I still REALLY like the result.  I don't mind that the final product isn't quite a sheer as the OPI.  I had the presence of mind to snap a picture before a splatter stamp leapt onto my nails :

I began with two coats of white creme.  I dabbed on the pink and purple corners first, then the blue and green corners and finished with yellow int he center.  The colours hadn't dried quite yet so they pooled together in acid-swirls and "moved" each other around just like watercolour!  SO HAPPY!

This is a snippet of my scrap paper.  I use white printer paper and paint on a bunch of colours and then stamp over with a bunch of different colours to see what I get.  Sometimes I will cover entire sheets with this.  I have even gone so far as to label a few.  Lower right:  I was trying to decide if I wanted to use the ampersands (BM-311) or the splatter (BM-416).  The competition was tight.  They are two of my favorite Bundle Monster images.

2 coats Pure Ice Superstar!
Dabs of all five franken sheers
Stamp: BM 416 Splatter and SH Hard as Nails Black Heart 
Seche Vite

The splatter won out by a smidge.  Can you see how the yellow overlapped with that pretty pink to make a peachy coral color?  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Just for the record?  I still REALLY REALLY want to get my hands on the OPI Sheer Tints, because I think I will get an insane amount use out of them.  Check out Phoenix Beauty Lounge for some amazing ways you can use them!  

Thanks for peeking!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Manicure refresh: Pure Ice Free Spirit

Greetings fellow earthlings with nail blings!

Manicure refresh!


This is a manicure from a few months ago, when I picked up a bottle of Pure Ice Free Spirit.  I wore 2 coats of Free Spirit alone for 4 days and then repaired the manicure with a sponge gradient using Orly Shockwave, Revlon Heavenly and---it was either Cover Girl Boundless Color City Lights or China Glaze Fairy Dust.  (I love them both and want to paint them all over EVERYTHANG).
Topped with Seche Vite!


I LOVE THAT GREEN.  I have a thing for green.  I really enjoyed wearing this manicure and I always find it so satisfying when I can revive an old mani and make it last a few more days.  

Have you ever refreshed a manicure?  How did you do it?  

I am having a giveaway! Have you checked it out?  Bundle monster 2013 CYO plate sets, Sinful Colors, Kleancolor, Joe Fresh...

Thanks for peeking!  Happy polishing!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014




I've been GONE SO LONG!  
Lots has happened!  
Now I am back, and I have goodies to share!

Attention!  I have changed the method of my giveaway to a Rafflecopter. There were no notes left on my Giveaway post as of yet, so I hope that this won't cause confusion, but rather enable a wider variety of participants.  Good luck to everyone. 

Frippery Digits Gone So Long Giveaway!!

Prize #1

-Kleancolor Neon Night Life minis 
(Neon Sapphire, Neon Purple, Neon Green, Mango, Red, Funky Yellow)
 -Milani Jewel FX Gems
 -Sinful Colors Nail Junkie 

Prize #2

-Kleancolor Jingle Splash minis 
(Silver Star, Vegas Night, Leaves Jingle, Chunky Copper, Metallic Red, Gold Caviar)
-Claire's Bedazzled
Sinful Colors Aruba Rhythm

And since Frippery Digits is Canadian, and the colour of the year is Radiant Orchid:

 One bottle of Joe Fresh Orchid will be stashed in with each prize!

All of the nail polish was purchased by me for this giveaway and has not been used, though it may have been opened. 

I won the Bundle Monster plate sets when 5 of my designs (yay!) were selected for the 2013 CYO Contest, so I am spreading the love!  Did you know that Bundle Monster is holding a second CYO contest?  The deadline is March 31st! Check it out!

I do everything in my power to prevent spills and damage during shipping, but I can't guarantee they will arrive in tact. I don't receive any compensation for any products available in this giveaway. Please see my disclosure for any further info.

This giveaway is open internationally! Providing the winner is an earthling, I will pack it up with care and mail it, however I won't be responsible for any possible customs fees when it reaches it's destination.

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  I would greatly appreciate any buzz you are willing to generate about my blog and my giveaway of your own volition. I am also interested in beefing up my blogroll, so if you have a nail art blog and you want me to check out leave a link in the notes!  :)  No extra entries though.  Just community building!

Good luck!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Super Bright St.Patty's Day Mani!

Greetings Jellybeans!

I thought I would try something crazy bright for a St Patty's themed mani!  Lately I can't get enough chartreuse and lime.  If you click on these you might get a better hint of the shimmer.  You lose the splatter pattern of the image,  but man...I think it is one of my favorite images from Bundle Monster's 2013 CYO set.  It's so versatile and fun!  I wish I'd thought of it when I was designing my entries!  I'm so glad someone did!

2 coats of Pure Ice Wild Thing
+ (Kleancolor Jazz Olive + BM-416 splatter) 
+ (American Apparel Hunter + BM-406  Celtic hearts) 
+ Seche Vite 

Full Sunlight:

What do you think would look great for St Patty's? 

Thanks for checking in!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Fun with Layered Stamps!


It's been a long time. Is there anybody still out there?
I made pretties!

Layered Bundle Monster stamps! 

2 coats pastel pink franken 
+ (LAC untitled neon pink + BM-416 Splatter)
+(Frankened grey + BM-017 Filigree)
+SH Insta-Dri Top Coat
= 1 Badass Mani

 The pink splatter is much brighter IRL, but I couldn't get my camera to capture it! 

And my new friend Aimee came over today for a play date --the kids played too.  ;p
I got to paint her nails with a pretty design and she said I could show it off here as well!   I am looking forward to many more nail art afternoons with her!

2 coats Billie Cosmetics white creme 
+ (China Glaze Sun Worshipper + BM-416 Splatter) 
+ (Frankened grey + Cheeky XL B Rings)
+SH Insta-Dri Top Coat
= 1 Badass Mani

I love Bundle Monster.  I used a plate from the CYO 2013 set and one of my all time faves from the newly revised original set. Both manicures were over stamped using a frankened charcoal grey.  I think I used a bottle of SH Insta-Dri Whirlwind White with several drops of Claire's Black Hole.  I don't remember what I did to make the pink franken. 

I'M SO EXCITED! Did you hear Bundle Monster is having another CYO nail plate competition? You can submit up to ten images that you would like to see on an image plate and see if any make the cut! 5 of my images were selected for the 2013 set!  I can't wait to try again this year!

Happy Painting!