Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday Stamping: Favorite Stamp

Is it just me or does it seem that every week Sunday comes faster and faster. This week for Sunday Stamping in the group Adventures in Stamping, the challenge was to use a favorite new stamp. To be honest, I don't really have favorites when it comes to a particular stamp. I do have favorite sets that I will reach for vs others when selecting images. It all depends on the mood of the day or an idea. Just in the last month I've gotten the new Mash and Bundle Monster sets as well as the large DashicaBeauty plate, making it really hard to choose a new favorite. They are all excellent quality and I'm still exploring and getting inspired by all the different images :)

For today's manicure I chose the base of Ulta Tutu Cute. It is one of the new shades that I got during their recent sale. Since most of the Ultas I currently own are dark, I had to get some new summery colors. The stamp I chose to use is an image from the DaschicaBeauty plate SdP-O. This flower image has been begging for a manicure ever since I first saw it. I kept rotating the image to get a slightly different design on each nail, but if I wanted a matching set of nails on the other hand, this stamp has a mirror image of it available on the plate. My stamping on all the nails is random and as you can imagine do not mirror each other...

I stamped with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Grape Escape. It is one of those blurple colors that looks purple, but photographs blue. Interestingly enough, when I stamped with it, all the purple dissapeared. It really is just blue on the nail as you see here. It looks as though someone took a blue pen and just doodled flower patterns on my nails. I love it. Will have to try stamping this over white. Or maybe a nice henna color over a tan base would look good, but I'm getting side tracked... Also, in true ink fashion, the image smeared when I applied the top coat so zoom in at your own risk ;)

After wearing the manicure as seen above for a day, it started to look kind of flat, so I topped it off with some sparkle in the form of Pure Ice Busted. It is a great purple fleck shimmer that gave it some life and movement. It also muted down the stamp a bit and hid the smudges...

Ulta Tutu Cute is a slightly dusty lavender cream. It is very pigmented, two coats for full coverage. The formula is smooth and easy to work with, although maybe just a touch too thick for my preference. Nothing a few drops of thinner can't handle. It dries slightly darker than bottle color...

Swatch Details
Brand: Ulta
Collection: Salon Formula main line
Color Name/Number: Tutu Cute
Number of coats: 2
Top Coat: Yes

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)


  1. I prefer the design without shimmer.
    I don´t know this stamping design and I love it :)

  2. Very pretty! I love this manicure both with and without the shimmer :-)

  3. This is really pretty!

    Do the images from the new BM plates transfer really well? :)

  4. I prefer it without shimmer too, any smudging isn't noticeable and the pattern shows better. I love Dashica plates, I have 2 that I adore.

  5. That is beautiful!! I love the different layers of color. I wish I was good at stamping! I think I just need to practice more. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Very pretty! I really like the one without the shimmer. I really Loved it!
    I would love to join the Adventures in stamping group?

  7. This is gorgeous, I love this stamp!

  8. It´s a lovely desing and you´ve chosen a very beautiful shade for the base colour :-)

  9. The base colour is beautiful and I really like your stamping, without and with the shimmer! :-)

  10. This is stunning! Love it!

  11. I love this so much! It's beautiful both ways and that dusky purple is awesome!

  12. This is super stunning!!! :D

  13. very pretty. i love that each nail is different.

  14. I love it, great job.
    Your stamping looks amazing.

  15. Such a pretty mani!! I am your 1000th follower, yay!!! :)

  16. Absolutely beautiful! I wish I wasn't so terrible at stamping!

  17. Ahh you've discovered Shirley's plates too... They're very pretty! I ♥ them!

    Very pretty manicure!

  18. Thank you so much ladies! I'm so thrilled that so many of you like it and it is interesting to know who likes with or without the shimmer! :)

    @Cutie-cles, yes, the Bundle Monster plates stamp very well. Their plates are good quality and if something doesn't work their customer service is amazing :)

    @Paulina, just follow the link in my post to the facebook page and click the Join button! All stamping lovers are welcome :)

    @Lynn, Yay!!! I'm so excited. Thank you :)

    Thank you all so much :)

  19. This stamp is absolutely AMAZING! I love how you stamped it "randomly" also... adds to the gorgeous effect

  20. Thank you Marta! I've been on a kick to rotate all the stamps and it works so well with these large ones. :)

  21. These are so stunning! I love that image too.

  22. I'm new to your blog so I'm unfamiliar with it. I love all of your stamping that I've seen so far. Do you happen to have a stamping tutorial? Or maybe a list of stamping materials to get a newbie started?

  23. @Jennius, thank you so much! You are so sweet :)

    @nu2polish, thank you!

    I do not have a stamping tutorial, but I would recommend this one on youtube from soguesswhat11:

    As far as a list of supplies all you need are the stamping plates, a stamper and scraper (old credit card works well). There are a ton of different plates available. Ones I would recommend right now are the Mash set ( or the Bundle Monster set (

    You can also purchase the stamper/scraper on the mash website as well.

    Also, depending on where you are, you could find the Salon Express kit in your local stores (RiteAid, CVS, Walgreens, etc). It has everything you need to get started..

    I hope this helps.

  24. Wow...I LOVE this! The colors look awesome together!

  25. Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it :)


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