Thursday, September 14, 2017

Water Coloring Girl Images | Shimmerz Paints

Hello Shimmerz fans!

Today I have something fun in store for you! I've been reorganizing my craft space and stumbled upon some rubber image stamps from The Greeting Farm and thought what a perfect time to share with you just how amazing Shimmerz can be on your girl and boy image stamps!


Water coloring images can be a little intimidating....I completely understand the feeling! Which ink? Which brush? But it's going to bleed into the next color...ugh... If water coloring these types of images is something newer to you, I have a suggestion...try heat embossing your stamped image! When you heat emboss, the embossing powder creates the separation needed to keep your colors from bleeding together!  (If you don't have a heat tool, use some type of permanent ink, such as Archival Ink.) This for me was half of my battle in the beginning and once I over came this, my technique improved.

I began by heating embossing this image in black and two other images with white embossing powder, all on water color paper.  I wasn't sure at first what I was going to create with it, so I did it in both colors. (I have examples of the white images further down the page.) I picked out some coordinating fall colors from my Shimmerz paints and my water brush and began to paint. When I water color my images, I start by wetting the area first. It helps to get the color moving. I then start by placing my brush down in the area I want the lightest. I know, as crazy as it sounds, putting your brush down first at the lightest area,  then picking your brush up at the darkest area helps to keep the color concentrated where your brush leaves the page, making it the darkest. It will take some practicing to get used to this, so be sure to practice on a scrap area of your water color paper first.

Here is a look at my final image all colored in and the Shimmerz colors that I used: 

How perfect is Pink Champagne and Cheeky Pink for skin and cheek colors?! <3 
I decided to make Latte Anya into a card for a friend. Here's a look at my finished card:

I simply layered a wooden fence die cut, grass and a yellow background behind my image and a scallop background.  Added a "hello" sentiment, a bow, a few enamel dots and its complete! The most time consuming part of this was paining the image itself and waiting for the areas to dry. In fact, while I was paining this image, I also painted two others with the white embossed image for another project.  Here's a look at those images:

When I was done painting these, the biggest issue I had was the eyes and mouth were of course white. To solve that problem, I took a black fine tip sharpie and drew over them so they would stand out.

These two images I ended up fussy cutting and using in my planner spread this week! 
Here's a look at my planner:

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you get out those embossing tools and give this a try! If you do, be sure to tag us so we can see your creations!
Until next time, have a colorful week!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Together 9x12 Layout | Freckled Fawn

Hello Lovelies!
Nicole here and today I have a double page spread for you using the August 2017 Freckled Fawn Embellishment Kit!  One of my favorite elements in this kit is the wood grain washi tape...I may have mentioned this about 100 times already this it really was a large inspiration for this two page spread.  The background I used on the full page layout is a cut file from Just Nick Studio. When I found it...I just HAD to use it! It's a perfect fit!!! It matches the washi perfectly, so that was my starting point. Here's an overall look at the final spread:

I took some time to cut the wood grain background from my Silhouette Portrait and glued it directly onto my background paper. My next step was taking white acrylic paint and applying it behind my photo so I could then add in matching pink and light blue paints. Once that was dry, I then layered in my Freckled Fawn wood grain washi, acetate doilies, floral stickers, the yellow doily flair, clear quote stickers and other items from my stash. Here are close ups of the full page layout:

After that was finished, I began working on my coordinating 9x12 Project Life layout. All of the journaling cards are from the "All About Love" collection and they are beautiful pastel colors in pink, blue and grey! I just love these three colors together! I took the time to lay my photos out on my computer so I knew how much of a white boarder to leave on the two smaller photos.  I used the wood grain washi again, enamel shape and floral stickers and this time I used more of the floral wood pieces from the kit. I also used vellum letters from a past kit, clear phrase stickers, stamped a few icons with stamps from my stash and added in my journaling. Here are close ups of my final layout:

Thanks so much for joining me today!
We have some exciting new papers coming to the shop! Be sure to keep your eyes open!!
Have a fantastic week!

Friday, September 8, 2017

"This Place" Fall Layout | Freckled Fawn

Hi Lovelies!

Nicole here and today I have an 8 1/2" x 11" layout to share with you all! I have been oohing and awing over this August Embellishment kit! So many beautiful elements for fall layouts! Here's a quick look at my final layout:

One thing I love about this time of year is going for walks in the cool air. It's become one of my kids favorite too! Over Labor Day weekend, we decided to pack up and go to a state park near by and pick a random trail and just walk. There's something about peace and quite and just soaking it all in to soothe the soul. 

When I chose the pictures I wanted to use for this layout, I knew I wanted some type of wood grain behind them to give them a framed look. I used my Silhouette to cut a square cut file I had with a wood grain paper. After I knew roughly where I wanted my pictures to go, I pulled out my mists and used the packaging technique to create the teal/green and gold splatters. 

Once everything was dry, I glued my frames in place, added my layered photos, then added the pieces of the rose gold wood grain washi around them. This washi is a beautiful metallic color with hearts! It was perfect for this! I used the epoxy floral stickers and clear quote stickers from the August kit to add the perfect touch! The quotes from the stickers described our experience perfectly! 

When the focal point of the layout was complete, it felt like it was still missing something on the top left, so I used one of the large acetate doilies from the kit along with the metal doily, leaf and feather. It was the perfect finishing touch!

Here are close ups of my final layout:

...and here's one final look at the final layout...

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Have a beautiful week ahead and be sure to head on over to the Freckled Fawn Shop to grab all of your favorite embellishments from this kit!

PS...they are offering new 8 1/2" x 11" papers! Be sure to check them out!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Hello Sunshine Ice Cream Layout

Hello Lovelies!

Nicole here and today I have a fun, summer ice cream layout using the fabulous embellishments from the July Freckled Fawn Embellishment Kit! Here's a look at my final layout:

 When I began my layout, I chose my background paper and embellishments to color coordinate together. Because the background paper had so much going on, I didn't add any mists to it like I normally do. I put my focus all on my embellishments.  I chose to place my photo on the bottom left corner this time with my title centered below the photo.  I layered my pink embellishments over the pink area of the paper and the same with the blue embellishments over the blue area of the paper. They add a lot of detail, but color coordinate together so it doesn't take to much of the focus away from the photo.

 I used the chipboard stickers and also the Doodle Phrase Rubber shapes in several places on this layout. I also added in enamel dots and tangled thread behind these embellishments to add a little more detail.

Above my photo, I added a yellow tag, more of the chipboard stickers and rubber shapes, an acrylic heart and the ADORABLE ice cream cone paper clip included in this months kit!! I had a hard time not hoarding this paper clip, but I had to use it because it fit so well.

Lastly, to balance the layout, I added a small embellishment cluster in the top right corner of the page. I used the ice cream cone chipboard sticker, a phrase sticker, enamel dots and more tangled thread.

Here's another look at the final layout:

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope I've inspired you to layer up your colors and not be afraid to use your embellishments!  <3

Friday, July 28, 2017

Freckled Fawn Sketch Challenge & Layout!

Hello Lovelies!
Nicole here and today I have a fun, clean and simple layout using the July Freckled Fawn embellishment kit and the July sketch challenge. Here's a look at this months sketch:

...and here's a look at my final layout...

I absolutely ADORE this months kit! The colors are bright and the fonts are perfect! I started by splashing the background with some mists from my stash behind where I knew I wanted my main clusters to be. Here's a closer look:

Once those areas were dry, I began layering my photo first because I knew I wanted to use the larger chipboard banner as a larger focal point below my photo around my title. The alphas in this months kit are perfect for titles!

 Once my banner and title were in place, I added in a few more of the chipboard pieces and a rubber embellishment on the left of my photo.

I love the "Shine On" and "Summer Bliss" embellishments and thought they would work perfect with this pool picture of my son and his friends at his birthday party!

Lastly, I added in two of the acrylic hearts, washi tape and a few more of the chipboard phrase stickers to finish off my embellishing. I did add in my date above my photo on a label sticker and added in my journaling below the photo.  Here's another look at my final layout:

If you would like to play along with this sketch, you have until August 2nd! Visit their blog HERE for all the details and to link up!

Thanks so much for joining me today!
Until next time, have a colorful day!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Memories Made in Flip Flops Layout

Hello there Shimmerz Fans!!!
Nicole here, and today I have a fun, colorful layout to share with you!
I have been playing around a lot lately with dimensional pieces and pastes on my layout and love the look it gives when layered over other Shimmerz Paints!
Here's a look at my final layout:

 The very first thing I did on my page was I began by misting the entire background with one of my most favorite Shimmerz products, Shimmeringz Baby's Breath.  This mist is full of a white/clear shimmer with no color to it, fantastic for adding to backgrounds and adding shimmer to just about anything! I misted the entire background of my page as you can see here:

Isn't that stunning?! It adds tons of shimmer to my patterned paper!

Next, I used AcriTonez in Pinkadelic and watered it down with my brush and used it as the packaging technique. Since I didn't gesso my background, this paint was great to use since it is self priming. As that was drying, I painted some wood veneer flowers in the same color to tie everything together.

Once those layers were dry, I used Paste-eez in Peach Fuzz for the stenciled circles.

Once all of my layers and wooden embellishments were dry, I built all of my embellishment clusters, layered my photo and added my title and date.  Here's a look again at the finished project:

Here are links to the Shimmerz products I used in this photo:

Thanks for joining me today! I hope you have a fantastic week!