Birthday Fun! *Shimmerz Paints*

Hey, crafty friends! 

I'm sharing this layout on the Shimmerz blog today documenting my daughter's 8th birthday that I created using some Paste-eez, Vibez, and Coloringz!

I began the design for my layout with a piece of gray and white diagonal striped pattern paper and a stamp from my stash that spells out "FUN". I placed the photo of my daughter in the general area where I wanted it to be and stamped the "FUN" sentiment around my page in random places. I used some StazOn ink in black for the stamping because it dries quickly and doesn't run when I add color or watercolor ink to it.

I used a dry watercolor brush and dipped it in some Vibez, "Razzledazzle Berry" and Coloringz in "No Yoking" and "Mamma Sings the Blues" and lightly brushed the colors inside of the "FUN" stamp outlines.

Next, I added some textured dots or "sprinkles" all around my layout using a stencil and some Paste-eez smooth dimensional paste in "Baby Boy Blue". I love how the Paste-eez has a flat finish without any shimmer or shine to it. 

Next, I added some letter stickers next to one of the stamped sentiments to create my title. I love how the colors mix with the pops of black and white around my page! To complete my design, I added several large fringed butterfly embellishments and called it done!

Using a stamp word phrase or sentiment and some Shimmerz Paints spray ink is a great way to add a little twist (and color) to your page or project! Thanks for joining me and I hope you have a wonderful day! 


Using Stamps from the Escape the Ordinary Collection by Pinkfresh Studio

Hello, everyone!

I'm here today with two layouts that I created using the new Pinkfresh Studio collections, Escape the Ordinary and Boys Fort. I shared these on the Pinkfresh Studio blog yesterday and for these two layouts, I used some subtle stamping techniques to enhance my design, so let's check them out!
First up, I chose a photo of me and my hubby from a recent weekend getaway trip and layered a couple of 6x6 paper pad pieces from the Escape the Ordinary collection behind it.

Since the photo was taken on the sky deck of our hotel, I wanted to emulate that "high above the rest" feeling on my layout, so I used the cloud outline stamp (also from the Escape the Ordinary collection) to create an added image on the "Search" patterned paper.

I trimmed the patterned paper piece down a bit and then layered it onto the "Wander" piece of patterned paper from the collection so the blue would help make the colors in my photo pop.

I layered embellishments from the Escape the Ordinary collection around my photo and fussy-cut a few images out of the Boys Fort collection patterned paper piece, "Game On". I love how the studio puff stickers look next to the gold foiled ephemera pieces. They add just the right amount of dimension and offer a fun texture to my page.

For this next layout, I chose the "Observe" patterned paper piece from the Escape the Ordinary collection and cut it at an angle so I could layer it on top of a piece of white cardstock. I also layered a piece of the "Chase" patterned paper and the other side of the "Observe" paper to fill in the gaps and to tone down the pattern a bit.

I used the single star images from the Escape the Ordinary stamp set and after I placed the photos of me and my son taking silly selfies, I stamped around the page to help draw the eye around it.

I also added a few of the stars from the gold foiled ephemera pack and used some foam dimensional adhesive to elevate them above the stamped image. I chose a few of the stitched hearts from the Escape the Ordinary collection and layered them around my page as well for an added shape.

Stamping doesn't have to overwhelming or hard to do! Even the smallest stamped images can make a big impact on your page! I hope I've given you some subtle stamping inspiration to use on your next project...thanks so much for joining me today!


Dreams Are For Chasing *Shimmerz Paints*

Hello, friends!  I'm here today with a layout that I created using some gorgeous Coloringz and Paste-eez from Shimmerz Paints!

I chose a piece of cardstock that I had used from a previous project that had been through my Silhouette machine and had nine large hearts cut out of it to use for my background design. I simply placed the heart cut-outs over another solid piece of cardstock and used some Coloringz in Pretty in Pink, Peachy Keen, and No Yoking to create an ombre effect on my page.

After the spray ink dried, I grabbed a triangle stencil from my stash and some Paste-eez, a smooth dimensional paste that has a flat finish, in Tree Hugger and placed a random pattern of triangles across the ombre hearts.

I layered my photo on top of some patterned paper tags and scattered some butterfly shapes that I fussy-cut and completed my page. I also sprinkled a few drops of Coloringz in Night Moves, which is black without any shimmer, to coordinate with the pops of black in the pattern papers I chose and my title, Dreams Are For Chasing.

Don't be afraid to get creative with your leftover scrap pieces, especially if they have shapes or images cut out of them! They make great stencils and page accents.

Thanks so much for joining me here and I hope you have a fabulous day!


First Day 2017 *Shimmerz Paints*

Hello, crafty peeps! I have this layout that I created using some of my favorite Shimmerz products documenting my kids' first day back to school up on the Shimmerz Paints blog today. I seriously can't believe how much they grew this summer and are starting another year so soon!

With most of my layouts, I usually choose a piece of patterned paper or cardstock first and then add some Shimmerz to create or enhance the background. For this layout, I swiped some Acritonez self-priming acrylic paste in 3 Sheets to the Wind across the stripes on the patterned paper using the flat end of an old gift card and then chose some Coloringz spray inks in No Yoking, Pretty in Pink, and Oh Say Can U Sea to lightly mist on top of the Acritonez after it dried a bit.

I also lightly dabbed some of the excess Coloringz ink up using a paper towel so it muted the effect of the color a little bit.

I felt like my page needed some more dimension, so I grabbed some Dazzlerz texture paste in Tutti Frutti, which is a beautiful light pink color with just a hint of shimmer, and a stencil so I could add some smaller confetti style dots around my layout. I also accented my page using some punched out stars and enamel dots to mix up the dimension and detail.

I love how well the colors turned out using the Shimmerz and how fun and happy the overall design of my page turned out!

Thanks so much for joining me and I hope you have a great day! 


New Collection from Pinkfresh Studio!

Hello, crafty friend!

I'm so excited to be sharing these layouts that I created using the newest collections from Pinkfresh Studio, Escape the Ordinary and Boys Fort, with you today!

For my first layout, I chose the "Discover" patterned paper from the Escape the Ordinary collection as my background paper. I used a stencil and some pale blue texture paste from my stash to create some heart icons and ink spatters to enhance the colors of the photo I chose of me and my daughter getting ready to watch fireworks this past 4th of July.

I layered a piece of patterned paper from the Escape the Ordinary 6x6 paper pad behind my photo and used some foam adhesive to create a little dimension. I layered several embellishments from the collection around my photo such as the studio puff stickers, gold foil ephemera, and some lovely stitched hearts to accent my design. I also added my title using some of the beautiful leatherette alpha stickers towards the bottom of my page.

For my next layout, I used items and patterned paper from the Boys Fort collection...

I chose the "Tough" piece of patterned paper for my background and kept my design simple by utilizing lots of round elements on my page. I layered a piece of patterned paper from the 6x6 paper pad behind the black and white photo of me and my husband to make it pop off the page. I also used a few circle punches from my stash and the same patterned paper that is layered behind my photo to create circles that I placed around my layout using some foam dimensional adhesive. I also added some of the ephemera triangles from the Boys Fort collection to draw the eye around my page as well.

I added the title of my layout on the left side of my photo using some ephemera, alpha, and chipboard alpha stickers from the collection and placed them around the "life" sentiment that was already printed on the patterned paper. I love how the mixed fonts look together and add some variety to my longer title!

To finish, I added some black ink splatters and created an embellishment cluster to the right of my photo using some screen printed wood stickers, wooden buttons, and a fabric tenant. I love how the deep, primary colors of the Boys Fort collection go well with any theme or project!

Thanks so much for dropping by and checking out my layouts using the newest collections from Pinkfresh Studio! I hope you have a great day!


Pinkfresh Studio Boys Fort Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Hello, everyone! I'm so excited to be participating in another amazing blog hop for Pinkfresh Studio's newest collection, Boys Fort! If you're following along with the hop, you just came from Flora Mónika Farkas' blog.

I chose the Thumb's Up and You Rule pieces of patterned paper for my background and used a little bit of spray ink to add a bit of blue to the bottom piece.

I added two photos of my youngest son and his fur baby and placed one of the 6x6 paper pad patterned paper pieces behind them to add some color pop. I also added one of the fabric tenants from the Boys Fort collection on top of the left photo to fill in some white space.

I added three embellishment clusters to draw the eye across my layout. The wood button stickers and screen printed wood stickers are perfect for adding some dimension and contrast to any project! I also placed a few of the black and white phrase stickers and ephemera bits in a few spots and lifted them by adding some dimensional adhesive.

I also journaled on one of the ephemera tags and placed it near the bottom of my layout. I just love the how the black and white elements of this collection look mixed with the deeper primary colors!

Next up on the hop is Kathleen Graumüller's blog! Be sure and follow along and leave a comment on each blog in the hop to be entered to win the ENTIRE Boys Fort Collection!!! Comments will close on September 8th, 2017 at 11:59pm CST and two random winners will be announced on Wednesday, September 14th, 2017! Good luck and happy hopping! 


Cute Kings *Shimmerz Paints

Hello, crafty friends!  

I'm here with a colorful layout that I shared on the Shimmerz Paints blog yesterday using some Coloringz and Acritonez!

I took my two youngest kiddos back-to-school shopping recently and we stopped at a Burger King on the way home, which was a treat since our hometown doesn't have one. I snapped a cute photo of them wearing their BK king hats and printed off three of the same photo, but using different color combinations...black and white, full color, and one that was more muted.

I grabbed a piece of patterned paper from my stash and took some Acritonez in "Pinkadelic" and an old credit card and swiped the color on in different areas. I spritzed some Coloringz in "Mandarin Mai Tai" and "Peachy Keen" on some larger strips of black and white patterned paper and dabbed off the excess using a paper towel.

I adhered the black and white patterned paper strips on top of the pink and yellow patterned paper and then added some Acritonez in "Shimmerz Tar Tar" to a piece of product packaging and used the bubble wrap technique to create the black splotches at the top left of my page.

After I placed my photos on my page, I used a few wooden embellishments for added dimension and some gold Thickers to create my title. I love how fun and happy this page is! The orange, yellow, and pink really set off the black and white accents, don't you think?

Thanks so much for joining me...and I encourage you to get out your Shimmerz in your favorite color schemes and create a new layout using some of your favorite photos today!