Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Summer Fun: Sea Creatures

It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do for this one, since I'm not much for sea life (partially because I live in Ohio). But, as a cancer, I have an affinity for the crab.

Colors used:
Blue: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri "Blue By"
White: Maybelline Color Show "Porcelain Party"
Orange: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear "Sun Kissed"
Brown: S•X•Y "Dreamy Cocoa"
Green: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri "Just in Lime"
Black: Claire's Nail Art Pen
Red: Sally Hansen Diamond Strength "Diamonds and Rubies"
Topcoat: Seche Vite

For the background, I sponged on a 3/1 mix of the white and blue. The rest is all bottle colors. I used a toothpick to add the bubbles. Everything else is freehand. Start to finish, this took about an hour and a half, mainly because my base color was a quickdry, and that saved a lot of time.

Unfortunately, the weather is pretty crummy today, which is throwing off my lighting. I had to tweak some of these shots a little just to get the details to show up. The crabs are much easier to see in real life.


Are you looking for something to do after the Summer Fun Challenge is over? Why not join me in the first ever Girl on a Shoestring Challenge?

Week 1: Comics and Animation
My Little Pony? Naruto? Batman? What tickles your geeky bone?

Week 2: Television and Movies
From the Lord of the Rings to Big Bang Theory, celebrate the nerdy side of Hollywood.

Week 3: Games and Gaming
It doesn't matter if you prefer Alice or D&D, or if Trivial Pursuit is more your speed. It's all about having fun!

Week 4: Ultimate Geek
We all have things we love--books, movies, games--but what is it that makes you a geek? Are you a math nerd? A science geek? Or are you just a fan of other geeks? (P.S. Nail polish is chemistry. Chemistry is science. It totally counts for geekdom!)

Since each week has a theme, you can post one manicure on Monday (or Friday, or whenever is convenient) or, if you're like me and having trouble choosing just one thing, you can post seven manicures (one every day!) if that floats your boat.

If you'd like to take part, please leave a comment below with a way I can contact you with the InLinks link.

I'm excited, how about you?


  1. Your manicure is amazing. Well done.

  2. Ooh this challenge you are having sounds fun! I will be on vacation during the last week in August, but I think I may give it a try. I can't pass up a nerdy/geeky challenge!

    1. Feel free to take part in as much of the challenge as you like, and to spread the word around!

    2. Ok, I decided I will participate. :) Here's my email:

  3. I love your underwater scene! The octopus is my favorite!

    Your challenge sounds AWESOME - I'm a huge fan of all things geek. I'd love to take part!

    1. Thank you! The octopus came out much cuter than expected. I'm very pleased.

      I would love to have you on board! I'm very excited about the challenge myself!

  4. Great job! They seriously look so cute!

  5. I'll participate! Send me an email!

  6. I left my email on the other post but I will leave it here too because I want to participate :)
    I am mostly wondering who I need to link to in each of my posts, and how?

    1. This weekend I'll be getting Inlinks set up, and emailing the information to everyone, so at the end of each post you'll have a series of thumbnails showing the other participants contributions (just like in this post for the Summer Fun challenge). I'll explain a little more in the email. That should go out late Saturday or some time on Sunday.