Friday, October 12, 2018

My Favorite Season | Ericka Strange

Hello Shimmerz fan! It's Ericka here and I'm playing along with the October Design Team Challenge. For this challenge we had to pick one color to focus on for a fall project. Talk about tough choices but in the end I chose Royal Purple Shimmerz.!/Shimmerz-Royal-Purple/p/58472806/category=15956149

I made two fall cards using this gorgeous color along with some complementing Shimmerz colors.

For my first card, I used the Lacey Leafs from Concord & 9th and heat embossed them in gold on Yupo paper.  The Yupo paper isn't as absorbent as watercolor paper and allows you to move the color around longer. I randomly put the Royal Purple and Ultra Marine Shimmerz paint on the leaves and  used some water to move the colors around.

I then used a wet brush on the background and put a light wash of the Royal Purple and Ultra Marine on it along with a little Vibez Glorious Day for some gold shimmer.

For my second card I used the same stamp set with the same colors but on watercolor paper.

I love the different look on the watercolor paper and the shimmer really shows through.  After heat embossing the image in gold, I put the the Shimmerz colors on the leaf, I lightly misted it to give it a softer look. I then used the Royal Purple to give a light wash to the background and a little Glorious Day for some gold shimmer.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful fall day! 

Below is a list of the Shimmerz products I used or check out my blog Strangely Creative for more products. 
Shimmerz Paints - Shimmerz - Ultra Marine
Shimmerz - Ultra Marine
Shimmerz Paints - Shimmerz - Royal Purple
  Shimmerz - Royal Purple
Shimmerz Paints - Vibez - Glorious Day
Vibez - Glorious Day

Thursday, October 11, 2018

October Color Challenge with Nicole Kerr

Happy fall Shimmerz Fans!

Nicole here and today I'm sharing my project for the October Color Challenge!
If you haven't heard, team members were to choose one color to focus on for a project this month and then create a fall project using that color. The color I chose to focus on is the new original Shimmerz paints So Sappy. Such a gorgeous color to use in so many ways, but I chose to use it to paint cornstalks! Here's a quick overview of my finished project:

 I can't even begin to explain how much fun this was! It was definately a challenge, but it got me out of my recent creative "rut!"  It made me focus on one thing...which sometimes can be a challenge in itself when we, as crafters, can be overwhelmed with all kinds of products on the market.  I think it  was focusing on just that one product and forcing myself out of my comfort zone that got the ideas flowing!

I used water color paper that I had in my stash and took several days, almost a week and a half (eek!), and just took my time sketching my cornstalks to get the right placement (with the right color) so the corn itself would be the focal point above my photo.  Once the background was painted and dry, I just grabbed a few random embellishments from my stash that would compliment the fall colors in this layout.  I didn't want to add too much and take away from the background that I spent so much time on creating.  Here are a few closeups of my final layout:

Here's a list of the colors that I used on this project:
Shimmerz So Sappy
Shimmerz pip Pip Cherry-O
Shimmerz Bumbly Bee
Shimmerz Coffee
Creameez Sky's The Limit (for a pale blue sky around the cornstalk)

Thanks so much for joining me today!
I encourage you to try the challenge yourself and tag Shimmerz on social media!
Can't wait to see what you create!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Darling | Brianna Lepper

Hey y'all!  For the entire month of October, the design team is having a color challenge! We were tasked to choose one color and it could be any Shimmerz product.  Once we chose our color, we had to make that color a focal point on a Fall inspired layout.  I chose a Shimmerz in Wisteria Lane. I knew it matched the Indigo Hills 2 collection from PinkFresh Studio perfectly and the two combined would make a great Fall layout.

In addition to using Wisteria Lane, I also pulled out a Coloringz in Ahoy Matey and another Shimmerz in When Skies R Grey.  I love how all 3 colors matched together so nicely!

I fussy cut all of the flowers and leaves from a patterned paper in the collection and created a diagonal cluster from the bottom left corner up to the top right corner.  I originally wanted to create a frame or a wreath but wanted to try something different and loved how it came out! 

For a more step by step process, click the link below to watch my process video.  Don't forget to add my name in the comments section of your next order and you'll receive a free gift!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Love You | Niki Rowland

Hey there Shimmerz fans! Niki here with you today and I'm sharing an Autumnal layout with you today. I have used just one colour on my layout: Blingz Gold n Roses.

I started off by painting lots of leaves cut from white card with a cut file. I gave them just one coat but applied the paint fairly thick. The Gold n Roses Blingz is absolutely's a lovely deep pink/purple colour with a golden shimmer running through it.

While I waited for the leaves to dry I applied some of the same colour to a piece of packaging. I added some water to make the paint a bit more watery and then applied it directly to a piece of white cardstock. I applied it all the way across the page so that it would show from underneath my paper layers at the top of my layout.

Once everything was dry I added gold stitching to the leaves and then arranged everything onto my layout.

Once the paper layers, photo and leaves were all arranged onto my layout I then added a few extra embellishments including a wooden mushroom, a couple of wooden buttons and a wooden leaf. I then added the gorgeous Blingz Gold n Roses to those too.

Finally I finished off by adding a few paint flicks guessed it...Gold n Roses Blingz! How versatile are these Shimmerz products! I've used this paint in four different ways: painting die cut cardstock shapes, packaging technique, painting wooden embellishments and adding paint flicks.

I absolutely loved just using the one colour to create this layout, it was a great experiment and I'm super pleased with how my layout turned out!

Don't forget if you place an order for Shimmerz Paints, put my name in the comments and you'll get a free gift - happy days! 

Happy scrapping xx 

Products used: Blingz Gold n Roses

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Autumn Color Challenge Card | Julee Tilman

Hi Shimmerz friendz! This month, Samantha challenged the team to select one color and create an autumn themed project with that color as the focal point. I recently purchased a pretty wreath for my front door, and thought that I could sort of recreate it on a card with Don't Rain on My Parade Vibez. This color is a beautiful, shimmery, dusty blue that takes my breath away.

To create my wreath, I pulled out the Petite Poppies Stampz set and selected one of the leaf images to create a wreath from. I then stamped in a circular repeated pattern to form a wreath base. I also stamped another slightly larger wreath to tuck behind. Then I stamped the leaf image multiple times and embossed everything with gold embossing powder. I then watercolored with Don't Rain on My Parade and fussy cut the pieces while my boys watched football.

To compose the wreath, I layered all of the pieces around a sentiment circle from my stash. It's a digital design I created, printed on a laser printer and foiled with a minc machine. When I had the wreath shape arranged how I liked, I started with the accent pieces. I embossed one of the petite poppy images in gold and then painted with Don't Rain on My Parade Vibez and Miner, Miner 49er Inklingz. While I was at it, I gave some wood embellishments a coat of Salt of the Earth Paste-eez to prime them, and then painted with Don't Rain on My Parade and Miner, Miner 49er. I used the same colors for a small  paper flower, then tucked everything together and arranged with some berries and gold ball floral picks.

While all the glue was drying on that, I set out to make a cozy background. I used a plaid stencil to sponge the Don't Rain on My Parade Vibez onto cream colored cardstock for the background. Doesn't it look like a cozy blanket? When I'm ink blending with sprays, I like to use mini ink blending foam. The trick is to dab your foam off on your palette until it's not too watery and then take it to your stencil. If it's too wet, it will seep under the stencil, so start with a little, and you can always layer more color on as needed.

I loved how the background turned out, but decided I wanted a pop of color between the blues for contrast. I wanted a rusty color, but didn't have one in my stash. So I decided to create one with a bit of Scarlett's Fever and Freshly Squeezed Coloringz mixed with  So Sappy Shimmerz. It turned out a beautiful shimmery copper color and was perfect for some die cut leaves. Don't they just shine? I tucked the leaves in behind the wreath to finish off the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you've enjoyed this bit of fall shimmer! And if you need to stock your stash with some more shimmery (or stampy) goodness, be sure to take advantage of the promo going on at the Shimmerz Paints shop through October. 5 with code HELLOOCTOBER. If you place an order, put my name, Julee Tilman, in the comments, so they know who sent ya!

Shimmerz Products Used:
Vibez - 
Don't Rain on My Parade
Coloringz - Freshly SqueezedScarlett's Fever
Inklingz Miner, Miner 49er
Shimmerz - So Sappy
Paste-eezSalt of the Earth
StampzPetite Poppies