Monday, June 25, 2018

DOW Spotlight: Missy Whidden

Happy Monday Friendz! I hope you had a wonderful Summer weekend. July is almost here and we have some fun stuff coming up with Shimmerz Paints this next month. So stay close by!

This week, we're featuring one of our longtime designers; Missy Whidden! Missy has been with us since 2015. She's been a huge and lovable asset to our growing team, as well as company. Her ideas, as well as work, are for both new designers and experienced designers. Her love of color and paint never ceases to amaze us. She's apart of our YouTube Education Team, spotlighting her layouts monthly. Make sure you subscribe to both her channel, as well as our channel to see what she's up to!
Let's learn a little bit more about Missy and you'll see why we adore her so much.

Missy, How long have you been designing? 
I’ve been designing for almost 12 years.

What would you say your designing style is? 
 I describe my style as Organized Chaos.  I love getting messy with paints and inks, but I also love having everything in place.  I love using cut files, stitching and lots of color!     
Who inspires your work? 
 I’m inspired by so many scrappers because everyone brings something different to the table.  Some of my favorites are Paige Evans, Lorilei Murphy & Jana McCarthy.                
Bright colors or neutral colors? 
Definitely bright colors!
What is your favorite Shimmerz Paints color(s)? 
My all-time favorite Shimmerz color is Vibez Jeni B Bleu.  I also love Coloringz Well Blue Me Down, Spritz Ruby, Vibez Sweetheart.

What is your favorite Shimmerz Paints Product(s)?
My favorite Shimmerz Paints products are the Vibez.  I just love the bold colors with the shimmer and shine mixed in.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is starting to learn how to design? 
My advice would be to play around with products you love until you discover your style.  Don’t compare your work to anyone else’s.  Start small and keep practicing at your favorite techniques until you love how they look.
What do you love about being with the Shimmerz Paints Team? 
 I love being on the Shimmerz Team because I love showcasing all the different paints and colors in different ways.  I love inspiring other crafters and giving them new ideas to try using these wonderful products.  Plus the owners are super awesome, and so is the team!

What is one fun fact about you or your work that you would like to share with our readers? 
One fun fact about me is that when I first started scrapping, I had no idea what mixed media was.  I only used paper, stickers and deco scissors back in the day.  I don’t even remember when I discovered inks or gesso, but I’m so glad I did!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

New Product Feature: Coo Coo Loca Birds

Hi everyone! The Shimmerz Team is so excited to share with you a brand new collection to our Stampz line. Available starting tomorrow, we're introducing our newest set, Coo Coo Loca Birds. All original are from Shimmerz Paints CEO, Stacey McElyea.
Coo Coo Loca Birds is the perfect addition to any stampers collection. It's a happy silly pick me up to make even the grumpiest of people smile. You can own your set starting tomorrow, June 25th 9 AM MST.
Here's some featured art work showing how you can use these fun new friendz.

Thanks everyone! See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Choose To Shine

Hi everyone! Melissa here for Shimmerz Paints, with my second page for June! 
I discovered a new favorite color, called Christmas Cheer Shimmerz. I used it all around the page, and splattered it on as well. It tied the other colors together, with its shimmery, golden yellow tones. I love using gold as a neutral color, I usually use gold mica powder, but the Christmas Cheer had just the exact color and shimmer that I needed. 

To make this page I used paper by 49 and Market. I arranged the chipboard and flowers around the photo, and took a photo for reference. I took things apart so I could work on the chipboard,
and painted them with Green Olive Shimmerz. When dry, I put on a layer of Miner Miner, 49er Inklingz. I painted on a thick layer of Clear Rock Candy Crackle, and when dry brushed on a little gold mica powder. I glued them on the page, and started adding the embellishments. 
To add visual interest I added micro beads, seed beads, glass glitter,glitter glue, distress glitter glue, distress glitter,mica flakes,tulle, Prima flowers,sequins,dried flowers,lichens,birch bark, gold leaf, pearls, charms,Tim Holtz metal,  and metal and bling from my stash.

I used Pugnacious Purple,and Imperial Amethyst Inklingz around the page on the watercolor mat. I rubbed on gold mica powder in various places on the mat and page.

There are a few layers of clear glass glitter, gesso, and paint to the right of the photo. All of the white in the background is Tidy Widy. It's shiny, and has a nice, thick, creamy texture that would also be perfect for stencil work.

The sticker titles are from 7 Dots.

I used some Shimmerz stamps:

The lavender butterfly to the left of the photo is from Reneabouquets.

If you write my name in the comments section when you order, you can get a surprise freebie!

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

Monday, June 18, 2018

"You are the cutest" Scrapbooking Layout | Simone Schermann

Hello Shimmerz Fans. Have you ever been in a creative rut? Or just knew you wanted to create but didn't exactly know what? That was me today. I didn't know what to create and didn't know where to start and when I stumbled across this sketch created by Laura Whitaker, I knew I would use it as a starting point for my layout.

I dove into my stash looking for a photo that had the right size and then papers that lend themselves easily for fussy cutting. That's when I found several of the Shimelle "Glitter Girl" papers and especially a hexagon paper in my favorite colors. It is so much easier to create within your favorite colors so that's what I chose. I also had the idea to use colored cardstock as my background paper and then creating a backdrop for my mixed media by using white gesso.

And then I just went for it. No more thinking about it, no more excuses: I completely forgot the world around me and did one step after the other. After preparing my background with gesso and waiting for that to dry, I laid out the photo and started working on getting an idea of the design on top. I loosely used the sketch for my design elements: there was a tag behind the photo sticking out on top. There were flowers on the bottom left and top right. I worked on my title and put it onto wax paper for later. When the gesso was dry, I chose my sprays and paints and used the packaging technique and paint splatters to add color. The last step was putting it all together and adding details.

What a great experience again. I just love being in this creative headspace where it feels as if I was in a parallel universe for the time being. Here is a link to my process video on youtube. If you place an order in the Shimmerz Store, don't forget to mention my name Simone in the comments at checkout to receive a free mini surprise product! Thanks for stopping by today!

Creameez - Boogie Boardin' Blue, Ride the Tide, Lettuce Get Together, Witches Blue
Shimmerz - Key Lime
Vibez - Jeni B Blue, Grape Escape, Blue Jeans
Coloringz - Oh Say Can You Sea, Night Moves

Designer of the Week!

Hi friendz! Samantha Robles here sharing a new feature we would like to introduce as Designer of the Week. We are so incredibly blessed to have such a wonderful team. We're even more thankful and blessed that our team is just as passionate about Shimmerz Paints than our customers and readers are. So without further a do, let's kick off this post today with our first Designer: Amanda Jayne Baldwin.

 Amanda is such a wonderful addition to our team. She's been with us since 2017. She's always such a positive energy, encouraging other teammates in their work and love for Shimmerz. We've been so grateful to have her with us. She always knows how to make everyone smile and gives them that boost of shimmery love. Amanda will now also be a member of our Youtube Education Team. Make sure you subscribe to our channel to catch her very first video with us soon!

 Let's get to know Amanda a little bit:

Amanda, How long have you been designing? 
That's a tricky one... I think I was born with a paintbrush in my hand, and am a children's Visual Arts Educator by trade, so it feels like forever!  In terms of designing for the scrapbook and papercraft industry, I started in 2014. 

What would you say your designing style is? 
Fresh, & contemporary with a feminine twist. I love playing with color, and maintaining a 'clean' mixed media look. 

Who inspires your work? 
My children are definitely my muses! But inspiration is everywhere! 

 Bright colors or neutral colors? 
Bright, or pastels!

What is your favorite Shimmerz Paints color(s)?
Gosh, I heart them all! But Vibez Jeni Be Bleu, Spritz Sapphire, Dazzlerz Sea U In The Morning & Shimmerz Pool Me Close are on my 'never let them run out!' list! LOL! 

What is your favorite Shimmerz Paints Product(s)?
Again, I seriously love them ALL! They all have such beautiful shimmer and color pigmentation! If your new to Shimmerz Paints I'd recommend starting with Shimmerz for paint, Vibez for mist & Dazzlerz for paste - simply because these products are so user friendly & have such dramatic results. But as for me, I NEED them all! 

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is starting to learn how to design?
Excellent photography & styling skills is a must!

What do you love about being with the Shimmerz Paints Team? 
Obviously the products! But also, the fact that I talk about my 'Shimmerz Family' is evidence of how awesome this company is to create for!

What is one fun fact about you or your work that you would like to share with our readers? 
I'm getting super close to sharing process videos on my YT channel & I can't wait to share some more Shimmerz love with you all!       

Don't you just love her?! Here are some of Amanda's favorite Shimmerz Paints Projects she's shared with us. We love that Amanda is not afraid of color and fun.

Make sure you follow Amanda right here on the Shimmerz Paints blog, as well as over on here Instagram

Thanks everyone! Have a shimmery day <3