Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Nail Art Wednesday: Gift Wrapped Nails

Today I have more Christmas-inspired nail art to get you in the Christmas spirit! I'm actually still in the process of writing out all my Christmas cards (I know, I know, I don't think they'll make it in time either, but that's procrastination for you) and I still have a stack to go through. But when it comes to gifts, I like to pride myself in being one heck of a gift giver. That's assuming I know the giftee well enough and have had enough time for reconnaissance. See, the trick is to pay attention. Throughout the year, everyone will tell whoever is willing to listen what exactly they like. People like to talk about themselves that way, whether they realize it or not. (Little trick I've learned: In most social settings, when in doubt or at a loss for words to keep a conversation going, usually asking what the other person thinks or anything that pertains to them is enough to keep the awkward silences at bay.) Once you have this information, getting the perfect gift is easy. It then becomes a waiting game to make sure I get the best deal and sometimes, when I'm lucky, I have my entire shopping list all checked out even before December hits. (As of this writing, I am officially done for a week now with all the shopping and the gift wrapping. Okay, enough gloating.) Anyway, on with the nails!

Gift wrapped with ribbons on top.

What I Used:
Green: Nubar Greener
Red: NYC In a New York Minute Madison Avenue
Metallic Stamping Polish: Color Club Antiquated
Bundle Monster plate: 201 (swirly pattern)

How I Did It:

This was a fairly easy design. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the hardest, this would be a 4. Mostly because if you're not used to stamping, it might be a bit tricky and getting the lines straight also take some practice. A great striper brush with fine bristles helps very much, so make sure you have one on hand.

If you're wondering, that's a small plush heart I'm holding. I thought the red goes well with the design.

With a teeny tiny stocking that Hammie claims dibs on.

A Hammie-sized Santa!

What's Christmas without a bit of tinsel? Personally, I prefer ribbons and candy cane, though.

Hammie says: 11 days before Christmas! Bring on the Christmas carols and eggnog!

How's your Wednesday going? Mine's pretty hectic. I've done pretty much all I can do by way of straightening out the house in time for the in laws' visit. I might still do my bit of scrambling here and there if my borderline OCD gets the best of me (I prefer to be proactive and ensure there's nothing that can be complained about-- not that they complain at all. They're a lovely couple.) but that's about it. Hope your Wednesday is treating you right! (Behave, Wednesday. We're sorry but Friday is still our favorite next to Saturday and Sunday. Don't worry, you're a close 4th.)


  1. That swirly pattern is great as the gift wrap! Nice job:)

  2. Wow and Wow! I adore the way these turned out! So lavish and classy! INCREDIBLE!
    I am on phase three of christmas cards (international and out of towers sent... londoners left ;) ) but I have NO gifts purchased... yes, I will be elbowing through the mad crowds :(
    Look at little Hammie busing a move to the christmas carols ;) lol
    You really have me so struck with this design I can't put a coherent thought together... :D
    I might actually do this for Christmas EVE! :D so lovely!

  3. Thanks, Lindsey! I'm glad you liked it. :) Happy Wednesday!

  4. Aww, you're the sweetest, Marta! Thank you! Wow, that'll be such a huge compliment if you do sport these on Christmas Eve. *starry eyes*

    I've been putting it off for far too long and now I know for sure the international/out of town ones aren't going to make it. *le sigh* Oh, well. Better late then never, right? ;) Lucky that you have yours practically done!

    Hahaha, he's been reveling in Christmas cheer since December started! :D

    Oh no! I send you all my luck to get those Christmas presents in time. *shopping luck transfer complete* Gosh, the crowds are ridiculous at any mall this time of the year. Parking is insaaaane. Are you cooking for Christmas dinner, too? That can be stressful, too! I'm trying to get a head start on it already.

  5. Oh, I'd love to get a present as beautiful as these nails! ;) Where should I go to place my order? Hehe! :P

  6. Coming, coming! Heehee. :P (Thanks, Mary!)

  7. So nice and festive! There's nothing like a red-and-green combination that screams Christmas. =) I love the stamping, it made the gift extra special.

  8. Hi I nominated you for an award

  9. Thanks, Anthea! Yes, it does. I really don't care for purple, blue or pink for Christmas but I guess that the traditionalist in me talking. Red and green all the way! When you come visit we'll go crazy with stamping. ;)

  10. I'm kind of struck right now by how many bloggers identify as being borderline OCD. You, me and a whole lot of others!

    Stamping looks like trouble to me so I'm steering clear but I'm glad to see you're getting into the spirit of things! I'm not big on Christmas but I do the same thing as you when it comes to giving gifts. Have fun with the in-laws! ;)

  11. Maybe it comes with the territory. After all, we do have crazy beauty hoarding compulsions.

    It's actually not as messy as it seems. You just need to be systematic about it when you do it. Hahaha, remind me again in 4 weeks. ;) I'm really excited for your vacation (I'll be living vicariously through you)! I'm sure you'll have a blast. Manila is usually at its best during the holidays. :)


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