Thursday, February 20, 2020

A Sweet Date | Valentine's Day themed layout with process video

Hey everyone!

Here's another romantic layout which has some fussy-cutting and floral painting. Link to process video is at the end of this blog post.

Ever since I first saw that wreath paper from PinkFresh Studio, I knew that I wanted to fussy-cut it out and add it on some white cardstock and fill it out with more flowers.

But before doing that, I made a frame from a paper by Amy Tangerine and trimmed a white cardstock to 11.5 by 11.5. I then colored the cardstock by placing an overturned bowl in the center and spraying Jenni B Bleu, Cotton Candy and Granny Gray over it. By adding the bowl in the center, I created a whited-out section in the center and this further accentuates the circle look of the layout. Removed the bowl, waited for it dry before spraying some more Granny Gray all over the layout and splattered some Bumbly Bee as well.

Set it aside to dry and began to work on some fussy cut flowers I had previously worked on. They are also from a PinkFresh Studio patterned paper and they were white. To add more color to layout, I colored them using: Boogie Boarin' Blue, Ride the Tide, Jolly Green Giant, Bubble Gum Blast, Pink, Olive U Truly, and Dear John Letter. 

Once all my elements were dry, I added the cardstock unto the patterned paper frame, placed the wreath in center and popped it up on craft foam. Layered in the flowers into two clusters around my picture and a third in the upper left corner; the tips of these were popped up on craft foam for added dimension. Finished off the layout with some puffy heart stickers and pearls from my stash, added my journaling in light blue ink, and placed my title above the picture. Splashed some Old Yeller for a pop of gold.

And that's it! Love, love, love how it turned out! Hope I've inspired you to get crafty and get your story documented. Thanks for looking! Process video: 

Remember, you can get some free paint by writing my name in the comments section of your next Shimmerz order. 

With February ending in just 9 days, I'm gearing up to welcome the Spring sunshine and join in on the Shimmerz Spring Forward challenge! Join us as we create projects without ANY patterned paper.

- Lorimar

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Spring Forward Challenge

Hi everyone! The team at Shimmerz Paints here. Every year, we always do a color challenge as a team to branch out and try something new. A color we normally wouldn't use. Not only do we do this to broaden our color usage but we do it to grow in our artistry. We push ourselves out of of comfort zones and find a new love for a new color.

 This Spring, we're doing something similar. Spring inspires blooming techniques and bold patterns. We're excited to introduce the Shimmerz Paints Spring Forward Challenge! March 1st - March 31st, our team is doing one project with NO PATTERNED PAPER *Gasp*. You heard right: No patterned paper. We are creating our own backgrounds using Shimmerz Paints products. We want you to join us too! One lucky winner will win a $50.00 Shimmerz Shop credit on us. How does this work, you ask?
1. Create a layout, card, watercolor canvas or journal process background using Shimmerz Paints products. Any color, any technique, any texture. Just try not to use pattern paper at all. Watercolor, textured and smooth cardstock of any color is welcomed. Ephemera, embellishments and cut files are welcomed as well!

2. Upload your project to our Shimmerz Paints Facebook group Shimmerz Sharez or any other form of social media using the hashtag #shimmerzspringchallenge 

3. The challenge begins March 1st and goes through March 31st. One winner will be chosen on April 1st, 2020 to receive a $50.00 Shimmerz Shop store credit. Our winner will be tagged and contacted via social media.

 This contest is opening to all crafters alike. We can't wait to create with you! 

Challenge: Accepted

-The Shimmerz Paints Team

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Date Night with Process Video | Niki Rowland

Hey everyone, this is Niki back with a Valentine's layout for you today! I hope you had a great Valentine's Day yesterday. So confession..this photo wasn't actually taken on Valentines Day but we are out on a very rate date night, on our own (!) so it is definitely fitting with Valentine's!

You can find a process video for this layout at the end of this blog post.

I've used a cut file by Paige Evans, which is available in the Silhouette Store. I cut it quite large and from Marshmallow cardstock. I then coloured it in with lots of different Inklingz and Creameez:
Pink a Boo Inklingz
Strawberry Fields Creameez
Trippin in the Tropics Creameez
Naughty or Nice Inklingz
Steely Blue Eyes Inklingz
No One's Chrome Inklingz.

I spritzed the pots directly with water and let them sit for a short time. I then had a lovely rich paint of each colour to pick up with my paintbrush and apply directly onto the cut file.

Once covered, I added some splatters to the cut file and set it aside to dry.

I stuck the cut file onto a white background. I placed a torn piece of pale pink patterned paper behind the cut file and then set about embellishing. I added my photo and lots of embellishments around the photo to form one large cluster.

I finished off by adding extra splatters to the photo cluster . Here's another look at the layout: 

Thanks so much for joining me today. There's a process video for this one that you can view below.
Don't forget that if you place an order via the Shimmerz store, put my name in the comments and you will receive a freebie with your order.

Happy scrapping
Niki xx  

Friday, February 14, 2020

My Valentine with Samantha Robles

Happy Valentines Day everyone! The wonderful day to celebrate love. Of course, every day is a great reason to celebrate love but how often do you get to use reds and pinks together? Really only on Valentines day, right? So I went ALL IN with today's layout.
I'm not gonna lie to you guys. Some of my favorite Shimmerz colors are the shades of pink we carry. Every shade of sweet pink you can imagine. I started the process with a 9" circle cut from my Cricut. Then add some gesso to it and leave it dry for about 20 minutes, or until no residue comes off on your fingers. During the dry time, I cut my heart circles cut file from Paige Evans. 

Yay! Your circle now dry and ready for color. The colors used on this wheel of pink is:
and finally, Pink-A-Boo Inklingz

I always say with ombre, start with the dark first. Which of course is Ruby Spritz. I start by spraying one layer, then drying with a heat tool. Once it dries, I add another layer. Each color gets 2 layers of each color. The more layers you add, the more intense the color becomes. I didn't want it to be SUPER over the top though.

Once the ombre circle is totally dry, I glued the back of the heart file and placed it right on top. After adding some foam stickies to the back of the circle, I layer my photo on top with this cute velum from American Crafts. I've been hoarding it for a good 3 years now and I finally parted with it to bounce off the gold in the pillow in the photo. It ties all the colors together!

Once the circle is layered down, I add some of my Doodlebug Design Love Notes | Pick You Odds and Ends hearts. Some are glued down. Some are layered with 3d foam tape. I then write down all the things I love about my oh-so-cute 3 year old son, Oakley using the Doodlebug Love Notes Conversation Hearts Paper. The final touches are some splatters of Ruby Spritz, some enamel "Shimmerz Spotz" (Coming soon to the Shimmerz Shop), some Dotz, as well as some former alphabet stickers from American Crafts I've had stashed away.

I hope this get's you inspired to share the love today! Show everyone some color and love and it always comes back <3

Don't forget, if you spend $35.00 in the Shimmerz Shop this weekend, you get 10% off + a free 1 oz bottle of Sweet Heart Vibez. LOVE that!

-Samantha Robles

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Ruffled Posey with Shimmerz | Ericka StrangeB

Hello everyone, Ericka here with a peony card I made using a digital stamp my friend Rachel Vass created and has available in her Etsy store.

I love using Inklingz and Creameez to watercolor this beautiful peony. I started by printing the flower on watercolor paper using my Brother printer. I was going for a no-line watercolor look, so decreased the line transparency when I printed the image.

I started off with a layer of Beets Me Inklingz and then, when the petal was still wet, daubed in a little Lapis Dance Creameez for a pretty multicolored flower. For the leaves I used a combination of Lettuce Get Together Creameez and Emerald City Inklingz.

Once my the flower was dry, I fussy cut it and added some string around the base. I sprayed Sweet Heart Vibez on some eggplant cardstock and added some flicks of Beets Me Inklingz. to it as well. I stamped the sentiment in WOW Embossing ink and heat embossed it with some sparkly Cloud 9 embossing powder.

I used some 3D Zots to adhere the flower to the card base to finish off my card.

Thanks for stopping by and check out my blog Strangely Creative for more information on the products I used. Have a wonderful day!

Also don't forget, if you make a purchase, type in ERICKA in the comments and you'll receive a freebie with your order!