Thursday, July 30, 2015

Stamping using Shimmerz

Hi There Lovelies,

Today I would love to share with you a card I made.
In my video tutorial I am going to share with you how to stamp using Shimmerz Coloringz
mixed with Shimmerz Paint Pots.

I was so thrilled with how the stamping in the background worked,
that I cannot wait to keep stamping with my Shimmerz Supplies.

Here is a close-up:

Here are the Shimmerz Products that I used to make the card.

The products are:

Shimmerz Coloringz - Oh Say Can You Sea (my favourite)
Shimmerz Coloringz - Peachy Keen
Shimmerz Shimmeringz - Goldie Lox
Shimmerz - Orange Sherbert
Shimmerz - Candelight

Here is the video tutorial, so you too can get stamping!!

Don't forget, if you put an order in with Shimmerz.  
Use my name (Renee Aslette) in the "INSTRUCTIONS TO MERCHANT" 
section in the checkout page, and you will receive a 
FREE product of your choice.

YAY!!!  Who doesn't love a freebie!!

Keep an eye out this week for some exciting new release colors.

Thank you so much for stopping by! xx

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Be Happy

Hey there, Shimmerz fans!  Missy back with you today.  I have a light and airy layout to share using some gorgeous Shimmerz products.  I used all American Crafts papers and embellishments for this, including the Rise & Shine, Fine & Dandy, Polka Dot Party and Serendipity collections.

I had this photo of myself sitting on my desk for a while, and I challenged myself to make a page using it.  I started with this light wood grain patterned paper and a few stencils.  I used the Great Fruit Creameez and a paint brush to apply it over a triangle stencil.  Next, I used a circle stencil and the Dazzlerz Dreamscicle.  I just used my finger to smudge it on over the stencil.  Once that dried, I used the Dazzlerz Coral Me Crazy and a chevron stencil.  Those two colors look very pretty is a shade darker than the other.  Lastly, I used Coloringz Pretty in Pink and Well Blue Me Down to splatter some dots around the page to tie in all the colors.

Here you can really see what the Dazzlerz look like.  They dry very shiny and glossy.  And they leave a great texture when you used them over a stencil...even with your finger.

I couldn't resist using some gold elements on this layout.  They look so beautiful up next to these pretty light orange tones.  Here you can see the texture from the Dazzlerz again.  You can also see the Creameez splatters.  After I applied it through the stencil with the brush, I dipped the brush back into the container and tapped the brush over the page to get little tiny circles. The Creameez dries with a pretty satin sheen.

Here's another look at the Dazzlerz and Creameez.  You can also see some tiny chunky glitter I sprinkled in over the wet Dazzlerz before it dried.  Aren't these grapefruit-type colors so pretty?  I really love them!

One last close-up again...I cut out a few transparency designs from one of the American Craft sheets and layered them over the background...I love that you can still see the Dazzlerz texture through it.

I hope this gives you some ideas on how you can use your Dazzlerz and Creameez in a few fun ways.  And don't be afraid to use your fingers! :D

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Products Used:
Creameez--Great Fruit
Dazzlerz--Dreamscicle, Coral Me Crazy
Coloringz--Pretty in Pink, Well Blue Me Down

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Life - Playing with Spritz


Karine here today to share another layout I made with lots of wonderful Spritz sprays.  

For my background, I first started with a coat of clear gesso on my paper. Then, I applied modelling paste through a Memory Box stencil. When everything was dried, I sprayed three colors of Spritz: Bed of Roses, Treasured Hymn and Tuscan Sun. I used a little bit of water to help the colors to blend. I dried everything with my heat gun.

For my chipboard, I started with a coat of white gesso. When dried, I applied the same colors as my background, but I used a paint brush.

A few stamps with Archival ink in Jet Black to add texture. 

To add more texture to my background, I added a few drops of Spritz in Truffle and a mix of white gesso and water. 

Here are the Shimmerz products I used.


You can order Shimmerz products directly from the Shimmerz Paints Store. If you do, don't forget to mention my name (Karine Gagnon) in the «Instruction to Merchant/seller» part of your order form (just below your name and address). After clicking «add», you'll get a FREE product in the color of your choice. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Shimmerz Paints......what happens if they dry out?

Hello there.

Lydell with you again today, with a short information post.  
You may have some of these gorgeous little tubs of paints in your collection.  Some ranges and colours have been discontinued....but they are still awesome.  I have LOADS of them and they are old, and you can't buy them anymore and I still love them all!!!!

You may have seen a cool idea on the blog sometime and thought to yourself...."Hey....I have some Shimmerz Paints......I think they are in the cupboard...."  and off you go on your search to find them, only to unbox and remove the lid, and realise that your paint you purchased in 2010 is stone dry.  ugh.

BUT..... Don't panic.

Certainly don't throw them away!!!!

They are essentially watercolours.  Water based paints which were once the perfect shimmery consistency, that have now evaporated leaving a disc of solid paint in the bottom of the tub.

Living in Australia with our dry hot summer months....45 degrees Celsius (and sometimes even hotter)  The paints I bought in 2010 have dried out several times.  The beauty is- that if they should dry out (inevitable here, I am afraid)  no problem..... Just add Water!

That sounds easy right?

It really is.

Add the water and let it sit.  Lid on.  Give it a stir and you would never know it had ever been dry!

That is awesome.

There are some further recommendations though.......I have learnt from experience!

The first time I did this, the regular tap water I used added a bacteria to my paint and the next time I removed the lid, with our hot dry climate it had grown a kind of mould on the top.  ick.

So my advice would be to use Distilled water.

Image result for distilled water

Still no big deal though, it peeled off and left the normal paint underneath.  Because I had gone down the path of adding regular water, I added a drop or two of Isopropyl Alcohol (pure rubbing alcohol) which kills off the bacteria, evaporates and leaves you with healthy fluid paints again.

Image result for isopropyl alcohol

So to cut out those last couple of steps, just start by using the Distilled water and you should skip the unpleasant step of bacteria from the tap water (mixed with our heat is the ultimate breeding ground!!!)

Hopefully you live in a climate where this is not your problem, 
or maybe you use your paints before they have the opportunity to dry out!

At least you know now not to give up on your water based paints if they do happen to dry out over time!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Canvas with Felicity

Hello. felicity here today.
My eldest son celebrated his 6th birthday yesterday. He had a super fun day at home, playing with all his new things he received.

A few weeks back I created a cute little canvas to sit on the dinning table which acted that day as the birthday table. He now has it placed on his bedside table!
I used lots of shimmerz to make it all sparkly.

 shimmerz used: Inklingz blue my mind and giddy about green
shimmerz key lime
Dazzlerz: sour apple

 Here's a little step by step on how I created the canvas.

First I gesso my canvas first, then apply some texture paste. I then spritz my canvas with water and then I put my inklingz on allowing the different tones to plenty and move around. I simply kept adding this I was happy with it.
I then add some of the shimmerz to areas to brighten it up and some dazzerlz to add a little more texture.

I then cut out my cupcake shape from a 6 x6 paper pad.
I added more texture with tissue paper to the bottom of the cupcake.
I used my finger in some shimmerz to run around the edge of the cupcake to add definition.
Then I just embellished the canvas till I was happy.
That super cute monkey flair came from a pretty little studio.

Hope this inspires you today!