Friday, November 16, 2018

"Let it Snow" Color Challenge Layout | Shimmerz Paints

Hello Shimmerz Fans!

Today I'm taking part in the November color challenge!
If you haven't heard, the Shimmerz team has been assigned to choose just ONE color to focus on for a project this month.  I chose Inklingz Blue Lagoon.  This was one of my very first colors that I owned from Shimmerz simply because of its versatility. It's great for all seasons! Today, I'm featuring it using a winter project.  Here's a quick look at my final 12x12 layout:

Y'all seriously, Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa is my all time absolute favorite paper collection.  This color matches the teal in this collection PERFECTLY!

I began my layout by combining the Blue Lagoon and white modeling paste so I could stencil the large snowflakes on the background. While that was drying, I took a full sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock and covered the entire paper with the same color using the packaging technique. I added a few layers of color, drying them in between.  When that was dry, I tore it into random strips to create my layers of snow on the bottom of my layout.  When I glued those to my background, I made sure to only glue the bottoms, so the tops would be open to tuck embellishments in.  I free hand cut my large snowman out of coordinating papers, including his hat, scarf and arms.  The Large "Let it Snow" is a chipboard sticker from that collection.  I continued adding in paper, cardstock and chipboard embellishments to complete my layout and finished it off with more splatters of the Blue Lagoon.  Here are some close ups of  my final layout:

Literally, the ONLY Shimmerz color I used on today's project was Inklingz Blue Lagoon!
I hope you join in on the challenge and tag us on social media!

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Love You A bushel & A Peck | Shimmerz Paints

Hello there Shimmerz fans!

Nicole here and today I have a fun fall layout to share with you!
Fall is absolutely one of my favorite times of year to document. I have so many fall embellishments, but for some reason, not too many fall papers.  When this happens, I love to create my own papers or paper pieces to coordinate with my embellishments! Today, I used just 3 Shimmerz projects to create lots of fabulous fall leaves to bring my layout together.  Here's a quick look at my final project:

I began by creating my leaves because I knew they would take a bit to dry.  I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut out several different sizes of maple leaves. Once cut, I added several layers of Vibes Glorious Day, Inklingz Greener Pastures and original Shimmerz Pumpkin to create the fall coloring.  

I put those aside to completely dry and started on the frame around my photo.  This frame is a beautiful fall maple leave chipboard circle from Scrapaholics Chipboard. Its detail and delicacy is absolutely stunning!  I coated the entire frame with white gesso then layered on the same 3 Shimmerz colors so it matched my leaves. While all of that was drying, I added in small bits of Texturez Gold Mine thru a circle stencil for a little added texture and more gold color.

 Once everything was dry, I began layering my leaves, frame, photo and added in all of the small embellishments, tucking them in between and behind the leaves to make it look like they were peaking out. Once everything was placed and adheared, I backed my entire layout onto a piece of brown wood grain paper to tie the brown all together.  Here are the close ups of my final project:

The Shimmerz products I used on today's layout are:
Shimmerz Pumpkin
Inklingz Greener Pastures
Vibes Glorious Day
Texturez Gold Mine

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you got inspired!
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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Hello Fall Layout | Shimmerz Paints

Hello Shimmerz Fans!

Nicole here and today I have a fun fall layout to share!
Before we get started, here's a quick look at the final product:

So, I've had this kit from Simple Stories for a VERY long time.  I have been trying to use it, but never could find the right papers, colors, etc. to use with them. When Shimmerz released Ahoy Matey Coloringz not too long ago, I oohed and awed over the color because I knew it was going to work perfect! So of course, I had to add it to my collection!

I began with a layer of clear gesso over my entire background because I wasn't sure what I wanted to paint in the beginning.  I ended up finding a piece of ephemera that looked like a wreath and decided that was what I wanted!  I made a half circle using Coloringz Ahoy Matey, Vibez Glorious Day and Inklingz Penny 4 Your Thoughts.  Once it was dry, I began to layer my ephemera and chipboard and something still just wasn't right. So I painted my own flowers in the Ahoy Matey and Glorious Day and they turned out perfect!  I added white swirls to them too so they matched the rest of the embellishments. I placed several in different shapes and sizes in various places all over my layout.  I just LOVE how this turned out!  They were the perfect touch and almost look like they're a part of the original collection! Here are a few close ups of the final spread:

The Shimmerz products that I used in todays layout are:
Coloringz Ahoy Matey
Vibez Glorious Day
Inklingz Penny 4 Your Thoughts

Thanks so much for joining me today!
I hope you've been inspired!

Friday, May 18, 2018

"For You" Card Featuring Shimmerz Paintz!

Hello Shimmerz Fans!

Nicole here and today I have a gorgeous card to share with you!
I have been recently playing with some new Shimmerz and Blingz paints that I received and was inspired by flower ephemera from Maggie Holmes that I recently received in a subscription kit!
Here's a look at my final card:

I began with a piece of white watercolor paper and used Shimmerz Paintz colors in Anchors Away and Sugar Plum.  I mixed the two of these paints together to create the color in the floral ephemera and matching strip of paper along the side of the card.  I applied two layers of this color, drying between. Once those were dry, I added splatters of the same color and also splatters of Blingz Gold Glimmer. Once all of those layers were completely dry, I added my leaf and floral ephemera, popping them on foam adhesive for added dimension. To finish the card off, I stamped my sentiment. Here are close ups of my final project:

The three Shimmerz paints that I used in today's project are:

Thanks so much for joining me today and DON'T FORGET! If you place an order over on the Shimmerz Shop, be sure to put my name in the comments section for a free-bee!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Stamping with Dazzlerz! | Shimmerz Paints

Happy Friday Y'all!!
Does anyone else really have the spring blues right now besides me?! I'm in a craft and design rut and I'm totally blaming it on the weather! lol! Creating has been a struggle for me lately and nothing seems to get my mojo going. Well, that was until my new Shimmerz Dazzlerz showed up on my door step and FINALLY I wanted to play in all of the bright, cheerful colors!  If you follow me over on Instagram (@colebys1981 just in case you don't :) ), I posted this photo this week of colors I'm currently crushing:

 I just fell in love with this combination and it worked perfectly with inks I had in my stash! This one photo with my favorite colors did it. It broke the cycle of not being creative. I used the like colors together to create a tone on tone stamping effect with the adorable balloon stamps that have been recently released! Here's a look my bible entry I created using this color combination:

 I used my newest FAVORITE Shimmerz color, Peacock's Plume to create the blue background. O-M-G...if you don't have this color in your stash, it is a MUST HAVE! It's absolutely the most beautiful color of turquoise with silver glitter! This photo does it no justice!

I began by randomly applying my blue background. Once dry, I used the two solid hot air balloon stamps from the Lovely Balloons stampz set. I stamped the center, 2 lines, with ink and then the other 3 lined stamp using Dazzlerz! Yep! Dazzlerz! I've never done that before and I'm so glad I tried it! It created this beautiful texture to my balloons when they dried.  The stamps were not hard to clean either! I used a couple baby wipes and it came right off.  I would suggest, however, to clean them right away before the Dazzlers dry. Once my balloons were all dry, I stamped their strings and baskets and added my title! Here are some final close ups:

Here are the links to the products I used:

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Thanks so much for joining me today!
Have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Be A Peacock Art Journal Layout | Shimmerz Paints

Hello Shimmerz fans!

Nicole here and today I'm breaking the barrier and stepping outside of my comfort zone for an art journal layout! I was inspired by a piece of paper from Maggie Holmes for this project! Here's a look at my final entry:

I began by creating my background with Coloringz Peachy Keen, Spritz Sapphire, Vibez Snow Way Man and Inklingz colors Green Goddess, Blue Lagoon and Greener Pastures. I really had no pattern or method as to how I applied the colors. I just put color on my page and sometimes that's what it takes for my ideas to flow!

The peacock was taken from a 6x6 paper pad and I really had to fussy cut him out. I used his surroundings on the same paper to create a small scene on the left.  On the right of the page, I used bits and pieces of ephemera, a tag and gold leaves to create a cluster. With the left side of my page appearing heavy, I wanted the right to feel similar. To finish my layout, I used alpha stickers and a gold glitter pen to create my title. Here are some close ups of the finished project:

Thanks so much for joining me today!
I hope you got inspired!