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:

Mention my name in the comments section during check out to receive a free gift!

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!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Create Your Own Sunshine Art Journal Entry | Shimmerz Paints

Happy Thursday Shimmerz fans!

Nicole here and today I have a fun art journal layout to share!
Here's a quick look at the final page:

If you have not had a chance to check out the pre-orders for the new stamp sets, it is a MUST! This page features one of those sets! How stinkin' cute is the doggie?!?!
I began with a completely blank page and did not do any page prep. I stamped the adorable girl with the dog with Archival black ink and just began to paint.  I chose a hand full of Shimmerz Creameez and Inklingz and built my scene.  I started with the ground then carried the color to the sky.  I painted the stamped image last and once she was completely dry, I added in accents with a white gel pen.
Here are some close ups:

The colors that I used on this are:

Thanks so much for joining me today!
Be sure to mention my name in the comments section during checkout to receive a free product!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Dream Big Art Journal Layout & Exciting Announcement! | Shimmerz Paints

Hello Shimmerz Fanz!
Nicole here and today I have a bright and cheerful art journal layout to share with you!
I don't know about you, but I'm over the snow, done with winter and seriously, I thought it was suppose to be Spring!? As we shovel ourselves out of the 6" of snow, I look at this layout and think, ahh...sunshine, birds and flowers are on the horizon.  It's all uphill from here, right?! Hahaha! Anywho, here is a quick look at my final layout:

I began with a bottle of masking fluid and an old paint brush.  I randomly painted on circles and lines with the masking fluid.  (The masking fluid will ruin your brush, so don't use a good one!) What this does is create a barrier so the surface underneath is protected from other mediums. Once it was dry, I began painting random areas of Spritz in Sapphire, Coloringz in Don't Citron Me and Vibez Sunset Strip. (I mixed the Sapphire and Sunset Strip to get the deeper tone of green, then highlighted that color with the Don't Citron Me color.)  I added several layers of color to some of the circles, drying in between layers. Below you can see the masking fluid still on my page during the drying process:

Once all of the layers of color where completely dry (very important so the colors do not bleed), I then began rubbing my finger over the masking fluid.  This is the fun part! It's almost like rubbing rubber cement off paper! Doing this removes the masking fluid, leaving the background exposed to shine thru your project!  Once all of the dried masking fluid was removed, all that was left was to embellish, doodle and add my title!  Here are the final close ups of my layout:

Here are the links to the products I used today:

  Thanks so much for joining me today!
I hope I have inspired you to be colorful and creative!


Just in case you missed all the buzz on social media, Shimmerz has released 10 brand new stamp sets!  These sets are stunning and perfect for all your painting and card making projects!  In fact, they are currently holding a PRE-ORDER NOW! Check out the stamps HERE to order yours today!
 You don't want to miss them!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Luck Day Layout | Shimmerz Paints

Hello Shimmerz Fans!

Nicole here and today I have a super fun and "green" layout for you!
Who is ready for St. Patty's Day and more green in their lives?! I know I am definitely ready for spring!  This week, I couldn't help but focus on the 'holiday' approaching this weekend and pull out a kit that I've been hoarding for quite some time...and of course matching Shimmerz Inklingz (because those are my fav!)!  Here's a quick look at my final layout:

These papers had several shades of greens and one blue...which for me was difficult to start with. I'm usually not inspired by the color green enough to make it a focus on a layout. When I spotted the shamrock paper with the blue background, I wanted that as a top layer to break the green up a bit. On my bottom layer, I added my Shimmerz to pull out the brighter green tones and compliment the blue. Also in this kit was the "Lucky Day" letters, rainbows and a couple shamrocks. I fussy cut those out to add more variation and introduce other colors. This layout came together fairly quickly and definitely needed the solid colored areas that the Shimmerz added. Here are a few close ups of my layout:

The colors that I used in today's project are:

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