It’s Friday and I’m posting a little later than normal. I had to think long and hard about what I wanted to do for my very last Digit-al Dozen mani. Then it hit me…the ultimate skittle mani! I know it looks crazy…but it’s really a celebration of the last year with an amazing group of nail artists and friends! It was terribly difficult to narrow it down. I scrolled through our last 13 months of masterpieces and chose five that brought back a specific memory. I hope you like it. [I can only imagine how weird this is going to seem when my photos get separated from this post. People will think I've lost my mind!! LOL]
So here are the manis that inspired me. Below is the story behind each look. Click the links to visit their original blog post with details.
- This beauty was done by Debbie from The Crumpet during tape mani week. Debbie is the Digit-al Dozen’s creative founder and fearless leader. She’s a gift to the nail community and I love her dearly. I chose this mani because a) it’s amazing, and b) Debbie was infectiously enthusiastic about it! I smiled the entire time I read her post!
- This leopard print is the brainchild of Missy at Gnarly Gnails. A simple leopard print is one of my favorite manis and her version is flawless. What Missy doesn’t know is that I had a similar color scheme and design set out to do that week. I took one look at hers and knew I couldn’t do any better! I chuckled when I saw it. How is it possible that we could have such a complex Vulcan mind meld on colors, gradient and print. It doesn’t matter…I love the mani and Missy too!
- This amazing mani was crafted by Victoria at The Manicurator for Fashion Week. It’s so simple, yet it was genius to layer the polish like that to come up with the ruffles. What’s crazy is that Victoria texted me late at night before this post went up saying she didn’t have any ideas and her mani was going to suck. [eye roll] She couldn’t do a sucky mani if you taped the polish brush to the wall and made her move her nails around on it. LOL. Victoria is my blogging bestie and introduced me to the Digit-al Dozen! <3
- This heart design is from Emma at Manicurity. It’s one of her interpretations for Love & Heartbreak Week. Love AND heartbreak in the same mani! How fabulous is that? I stared at this one for forever. I don’t know what it is, but the colors and the teenie hearts and Emma’s unique photography. She’s a total package! :)
- And last, but certainly not least, is a binary design inspired by both Heather at Peace, Love & Polish and Whitney at Dressed Up Nails. This one stuck out to me because I was like “Wow! Why didn’t I think of that?!” Insanely creative. Whitney even went to the trouble to spell out NAILS in code! Both of these gals are so incredibly sweet and talented. They rock!
I wish I had 24 fingers so I could have featured a mani from every member of the Digit-al Dozen! [This is a toe free blog, remember? So toenails were never under consideration. Besides, who wants to see their careful artwork recreated on someone's big toe? Not me!]
Visit the Digit-al Dozen Blog THEME ARCHIVE to see every single Digit-al Dozen mani…ever! And besides the gals I mentioned already, thank you to the rest who have been a part of this group for the long haul: Ashley (Smashley Sparkles), Bee (Bee Polished), Jackie (Adventures in Acetone), Jessica (BeautyGnome), Katee (A Girl and Her Polish), Kerrie (PishPosh & Polish), Kirsten (Geeky Owl), Laurie (Dressed Up Digits), Nayad (Toxic Vanity), Stephanie (Sincerely Stephanie), Sue (Creative Nail Designs by Sue), Tammy (Canadian Nail Fanatic), and Vic (glowstars.net). And also to the newbies (at least we did one challenge together!): Emily (The Lacquerologist), Jolene (Follow Gashin), Nory (Fierce Makeup & Nails) and Shelly (Sassy Shelly).
Well, that’s it. I hate to hit PUBLISH. I’ll miss being a part of such a wonderful group (have I gushed enough?). Thanks, ladies, from the bottom of my heart.
Disclosure: Some products used in this post were previously provided by the manufacturer, their PR firm or retailer for my consideration. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.