Monday, May 22, 2017

Passport to Paris with Astrid

Hello lovely Shimmerz friends, thanks for being here!
One of my favourite things to do is make little books, I love the way they look, they are easy to do and are so useful for so many things.
I have shown one of these little books before, - today's version is soft and feminine. I created mine with the Eileen Hull Passport die, but you could easily make one from scratch.

For the cover and spine I used matboard (mount board in the UK) and for the inside pages I used scraps of Prima paper, some tea dyed paper some digi downloads and finally some pages I designed myself.  You can download these from my blog HERE. They are sized to fit this particular die, but can be printed in different sizes too..
 I have a few photos of how I put it together:
I stencilled with some texture paste, covered it with gesso and then added the soft shimmering colour with just 3 colours on Shimmerz paints:
Inklingz in Angel's Kiss and Tarnished Treasure
Creameez Black Cherry Soda
Then I made a new discovery that I was really happy about. By mixing the colours on your non stick craft mat, you can dip a Tim Holtz mini blending tool into it and achieve a wonderful effect by using stencils. I used this technique for both the covers and the inside pages. For embellishments I used just a couple of stickers from my stash for the front
And some lace for the back, plus some more stencilling as you can see.
Here you can see the inside of the cover, all done with the same technique. The elastic is there to slip the inside pages under, super easy and effective.
Below I quick run down of some of the inside pages:
A little pocket and tag and more paint and stencilling work with my chosen colours.
One of the pages I designed myself, after printing I used the same colours and stencils to make it blend in with the rest of the project.
This page was white and enhanced with the paints, stencils pockets and tags plus some washi tape.
More of the same but more blank space for journaling.
And finally, a couple more pages with my own design papers, I forgot to photograph these before sewing my book together:



Well, that's it for today, below I will show you the spine still and I hope that I have inspired you to have a go at your own little books using Shimmerz paints for colouring and stencil work.
Thank you for your visit like always and see you next time.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Yup! Scrapbook layout | Katty Miranda

Hello friends! Katty here to share a 12x12 scrapbook layout. I found this funny picture of my younger son on my moms phone and I had to scrap it. I pulled out the Simple Stories Life in Color Collection and chose some coordinating colors to use in my background.
I added a thin layer of gesso to a yellow paper from the collection. This helped to strengthen the paper. I then used the good ole packaging technique on top of the gesso. 
I picked several colors that coordinate with the Life in Color Collection, I used a spritz in Ruby, a vibes in Jeni B Blue and Coloringz in Peachy Keen, Well Blue me Down and Oh Say Can U Sea. 
I also used one of the Dazzlerz in the color Licorice Stick through  a plus sign stencil to add some fun texture. I also added some splatters in a couple of the colors. 
I then added embellishments from the collection all around my photo. Including some chipboard frames and stickers. I added a few simple layers behind the photo. I love how it turned out. 
Products Used:
Dazzlerz: Licorice Stick
Spritz: Ruby
Vibez: Jeni B Blue
Coloringz: Peachy Keen, Well Blue me Down, Oh Say Can U Sea

Always Remember.....
XOXO

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sweet, a girly layout by Karine

Hi crafty friends,

It's Karine here and I'm on the blog today to share with you my second layout for this month. I went with a girly layout this time. Here it is.

Sweet


As usual, I started my layout by covering my paper with clear gesso. After that, I used Salt of the Earth Paste-Eez through a stencil to add texture to my background. 


To match the colors on the paper I chose, I selected Moody Mauve Coloringz and Tuscan Sun Spritz to create some drops here and there. 


It was pretty, but I wanted to add a bit of softness to the background, so I sprayed some Caribbean Sunset Spritz here and there, to add a bit of soft pink color.


I used the Moody Mauve Coloringz to color some lace that I glued here and there in my clusters. It's so easy with the sprays!

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Faith Inspired Art Journal Page | Nicole Kerr

Hello crafty friends!

Nicole here and today I'm happy to share with you a faith inspired art journal entry that I've created! I have recently purchased the large Dylusions art journal and have been very anxious to use it. I have several smaller journals, but I wanted to take the plunge and try something different...and for my first entry, it was harder than I thought! But, in the end...which took me several days to get too...I just love how it turned out! I love the bold impact that the larger pages gives!


I started by prepping my page with white gesso. Once that was dry, I took my two most favorite Dazzlerz colors: Gummy Bear and Sour Apple and just scrapped them onto my page with a pallet knife. I kept the blue towards the top of the page and the green at the bottom  and I let the colors blend together in the middle. I also added some of the Peachy Keen in the middle as well. I let that dry over night then started to doodle. I wanted flowers, but not ordinary flowers. I sketched flowers and joined them with lines that represent stems. I used a black and white gel pen to draw the sketchy lines. Once they were drawn, I used my sprays to color them in. I just put a little of the mist into a palette and applied the color with a paint brush.



After that was completely dry, I used a cross stencil that I cut on my Silhouette Portrait and used more of the Gummy Bear and Sour Apple Dazzlerz, but this time like dimensional paste thru the stencil. 
I LOVE this look! Especially in an art journal. It adds dimension without all the bulk. Once everything was completely dry, I added in my quote, "your world lights my path," I added in several small quotes to the stems of the flowers along with stitching lines to match the thickers I used and lastly a few card stock embellishments from Illustrated Faith.  Here are a few more close ups of the final project:








And here are the stars of the show!
 

To make it easier...here are the direct links:


Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you have a colorful week!





Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Floral background with Anna Komenda

Hello Shimmerz fans. It's Anna here with my newest project. I want to show You today how to make colorful page without pattern papers. All You need is Shimmerz paints or mists and time. 


I like floral backgrounds but they are usually very busy or the flowers are too big. Creating Your own background in perfect color combo is a great solution for that. You can use it right away or scan it and print it later as many times as You need. I love watercolors and the messy effects they create. I wanted to paint this kind of washy flowers in blue and pink shades.


When You work with a lot of water - You have to use thick watercolor paper. It can handle all the moisture without tearing.


I had some leftover frames from one of Crate Paper collections so I decided to use them all on one page. So pattern papers - only stickers. To be honest - I fussy cut the roses and butterflies from papers, but it doesn't count, right? :)



As always, I have a process video for You. Enjoy watching.


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Shimmerz products:
Spritz: Bamboo leaf

XO Anna