Thursday, June 26, 2014

Getting Whimsical with NEW Shimmerz Inklingz! {VIDEO TUTORIAL}

Hi everyone!  Gabrielle here with you today to share with you my first project as a Shimmerz Educator!  I was so excited to get my happy little hands on some of the NEW Inklingz and was just amazed by the beautiful effect you can get with them. 
As soon as I saw the color 'Blue My Mind' from the Inklingz, I knew I had to do something whimsical with it.  I pulled out some polymer baking clay (Sculpey or Fimo) and made a mermaid tail to act as a center-piece to my canvas design. I also made a few little accent pieces (Starfish designs) to add to the canvas as well.  The mermaid was made by sculpting the clay by hand (basically rolling the clay in the palm of my hands and forming a tail) and the 'scales' were added by using the tip of a pen (with the pen retracted so that the ink tip doesn't touch the clay).  I used the pen tip on the starfish as well to create a little textural pattern.  I baked it for 15 minutes (275 degree oven) and gave the piece a coat of it is ready to paint!  I gathered together a bunch of my gorgeous Shimmerz products and an 8"x10" canvas and got started.  Here is a list of the Shimmerz products I used for this canvas.....
Shimmerz Products: 
Inklingz (Blue My Mind, Miner Miner 49er), Texturez (Patina), Spritz (Treasured Hymn), Vibez (Egg Noggin', Jenni B Blue), Dazzlerz (Tutti-Frutti), Shimmerz (Key Lime, Olive Green).

Dusty Attic Chipboard: (NEW) Sea Grass, Grass Clusters, Mini Grass clusters #2, Mini Corner #2, Title Alphas

And to make it easy to follow along, I created a video tutorial to show, step by step how I created this canvas.  Enjoy!

Here are a few close-ups of my project....

The Inklingz create such a wonderful two toned, shimmering effect, I think my favorites are in the 'Gold' collection, I know I'll be using these again and again!

As you can see in the video, Shimmerz products are easy to use.  The Inklingz are a little different because they are a dry cake, much like a watercolor pigment cake.  You just add a little sprtiz of water let it sit for a moment and do a little stirring with your paint brush.  The more you stir, the thicker and more luxurious the paint becomes.

For my chipboard piece I used some Shimmerz paint, they have wonderful little flecks of mica in them that not only add glitter to your design but even a tiny bit of texture as well.

And finally here is a photo of the corner cluster of embellishments I added to my project.  I hope you enjoyed my project and that I've inspired you to give a mixed media canvas a try. 
If  you would like to purchase some of the NEW Inklingz or any other Shimmerz products, just head on over to the SHIMMERZ STORE .....and remember if you would like a FREE bonus Shimmerz product, when you put your order in just put my name 'Gabrielle' into the 'INTRUCTIONS TO MERCHANT' area and you will recieve a FREE full sized bottle of Dimensionz or Shimmerz or a sample sized jar of Dazzlers or Textures in the color of your choice!
Note: right now you can get extra savings on your Inklingz by purchasing full sets of the Pearl, Gold or Metal color groups!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and checking out my project! xo

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Saying Thanks with Bo Bunny's Somewhere In Time collection

One of my favourite color combinations is this craft color with the soft teal/aqua that is predominent in the Somewhere In Time collection.  For this Thank-you tag/card I chose one of the simpler background papers and did a bunch of stamping on it with some of my stash of BoBunny stamps.

I used natural accents for the tag using hemp twine, some chipboard cogs and then just went crazy with the stamps.  The dragonfly stamp is such a fun stamp especially for tags.  (this stamp is from the Serenade collection, the measuring tape and frame design is from the Weekend Market collection and the script is from a large Bo Bunny stamp set called 'It is Written".  I finishe of the look with a couple of pearl 'jewels' from the Somewhere in Time collection.

Another stamp that I find comes in handy all the time is the large stamp collection called 'You're Invited"....I chose the simpler font design for this tag.
Bo Bunny Product:
Patterned Paper: Timeless, Antiquity/Somewhere In Time
Jewels: Somewhere In TIme
Stamps: Serenade, Weekend Market, You're Invited Large Stamps, It Is Written Large Stamps
Lace: Natural Earth
The 6x6 paper pad is one of the best creations for cardmakers.  The reduced size images and smaller papers work perfectly for card creating. I chose the antique corset design papers to make up this card.

I also utilized some of the matching cardstock stickers to make up my card title.  The BoBunny pearl flourishes always add a nice elegant finishing touch to a card or layout.
Bo Bunny Product:
Patterned Paper:  6x6 paper pad/Somewhere In Time
Cardstock Stickers: Somewhere In Time
Jewel Flourishes: Frosting Jewels
Stamps: You're Invited Large Stamps
Before I close off for the day I just wanted to share a fun little challenge link with you all.  My sweet friend Evgenia Petzer has this wonderful scraplift challenge blog and she asked if I would let them use one of my cards for their scraplifting challenge.  I happily obliged,....they chose this card....
 If you would like to play along this month (and have a chance at their prize as well), you can find her website here Scrap Lifting Challenge Blog.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  And thanks for the lovely comments!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

June Mood Board Challenge (Maja Design}

Hello my friends!  Today I have a little card to share with you all, made using the Maja Design June Mood Board for my inspiration.  Here is the June Mood Board....
 This beautiful mood board is filled with fresh and lovely colors, inspiring summery words, a calming pretty photo and an inspiring quote.  It is based on the NEW Maja Design paper collection that was just released called Coffee in the Arbour...

There are so many beautiful papers to choose from among this gorgeous collection, ...simple background papers, sweet mini-print floral and berry designs, stripes, damask and plaid and among my favourite....

...I just love the 'Delicious Moments' paper, I adore the little pic-nic vignettes, just perfect for cardmaking!  For this card I layered a few of the patterned papers, using a Martha Stewart (Swirling Lace0 edge punch on one of the papers, did a little machine stitching and added a new Dusty Attic scroll and some blooms.  Easy-peasy, quickly done.
Maja Design Papers used in this project: Coffee in the Arbour (Delicious Moments, Feel the Grass, Flourishing Garden, Raspberry Jam Cookies)....don't you just LOVE the names :)
Do you want to play in this month's challenge and have a chance at a lovely Maja Design prize?  Then head on over to the Maja Design Website for the details - MOOD BOARD CHALLENGE
There have been some incredible projects in the past few months entered into this monthly challenge.  I hope to see yours there too!  Thanks for stopping by today! xo

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Freshness with 'Coffee in the Arbour' {Maja Design}

Hello my friends!  I'm in such a great mood today,   I so 'delighted' to be sharing with you all my first layout using the gorgeous new 'Coffee in the Arbour' collection by Maja Design! I received my collection package a few days ago in the mail and I literally dug into it the second it got here! :)

I just love the beautiful summery images in this collection, just looking at these papers puts a spring in my step and ....maybe a little hunger in my tummy! LOL!

One of my favorite papers in this collection is the "Delicious Moments" paper, the beautiful hand painted vignettes evoke feelings of bliss and happiness. So I knew I had to include at least one of the pretty pictures in my first design. I wanted to keep a shabby-chic look to the page design so I tore the edges of the picture to keep a distressed look to it.

I wanted to frame the pretty 'Enjoying the moment' paper with a complementary color paper but I didn't want to lose the designs close to the edges. So I trimmed out the design I wanted to keep and then bought the edge down into the page creating a little 'arbour' effect with a trellis design underneath it. I also used a harlequin stamp (Prima) and some text/script stamps (Bo Bunny) around the photo area. I was so delighted to find an awesome paint spray that is the perfect match to this collections pretty deep rose colors. I used Shimmerz 'Bed of Roses' Spritz paint for the background behind the photo area, it has the nice deep, cool rose color that goes well with the images in the papers. (NOTE:  if you are looking to add some Shimmerz paints to your mixed media products be sure to put my name 'Gabrielle Pollacco' into the INSTRUCTIONS TO MERCHANT space when you check out, you will then be sent a FREE sample sized jar of Dazzlerz or Texturez or a full sized bottle of Dimensionz or Shimmerz of your color choice) can find the Shimmerz online store HERE).  

And speaking of delight.....that's what I see in my youngest daughters face in these photos. She had lost her front teeth in this pic but that did not discourage her from giving me some big gummy smiles! The chipboard title I used here is a new one from Dusty Attic Designs. I painted it with gesso, then gave it a little bit of Shimmerz Key Lime paint at the edges and then gave the whole thing a coat of Glossy Accents.

I used a variety of blooms on this one, some lose blooms from Michaels (in the bargain bin) and some Recollections blooms as well. The small white blooms are Prima and the natural cluster with the twine are from Tressors de Luxe etsy shop.

Maja Design papers used in this project: Coffee in the Arbour (Enjoying the Moment, Raspberry Jam, Delicious Moments), Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI).

Looking for Maja Design papers in North America?  My friend Janene at the Scrapbook Diaries just got in the full collection of 'Coffee in the Arbour', she has them available as full collection packs (12x12 and 6x6 for the cardmakers out there) and in individual can find her HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and for all the kind and sweet feedback you all leave me in your comments, they mean so much to me! xo xo

Friday, June 13, 2014

Timeless {NEW Bo Bunny 'Somewhere in Time}

I was so excited when my Bo Bunny package showed up this past week and I just immediately had to dive in and play with the gorgeous Somewhere in Time collection!  I just adore the cogs & gears mixed with feminine things like the corset design.
I began by first sitting down and fussy cutting a bunch of my favorite elements from the collection, like the steampunk style corset and a few of the gears.  For the corset I added a little more dimension to it by adding a fabric ruffle and some cheesecloth netting.  I also added some shimmering black glitter glue and some gold glitter glue (Stickles 'Platinumn') to accent the design.
I used foam pop dots to apply my cut out cogs/gears to the page and then layered over them with the smaller Kraft wood gears from Bo Bunny.  I finished the look with some pearl jewels and shimmering brads.

I chose blooms in neutrals and the sea foam color in the patterned paper in this collection to accent my page.  I used some lovely blooms my friend Lucy sent to me from her Etsy Shop called Tresors de Luxe, ...the floral fabric bloom, the 'shabby-chic' floral cluster and the antique lace are all from her amazing shop, you can find her shop HERE.  But before I added my blooms I first did a little light painting behind the photo area with some Tim Holtz 'Sea Glass' distress paint and then did a little work with texture paste and a stencil.  I also tried to add a little elegance to my page by stamping with the new Bo Bunny Gateway Stamp.
Bo Bunny Product used:
Patterned Paper: Antiquity, Beauty, Chrononaut/Somewhere In Time
Stickers: Somewhere In Time
Stamps:  Gateway Large Stamps
Kraftwood Gear embellishments
Jewels: Love Letter
I hope you enjoyed my post today using this gorgeous new collection by Bo Bunny!  I would imagine this collection is in a lot of your households (Bo Bunny sold out of all of their new releases, before we even got our DT packages....clearly this is one popular collection!) I wish you all joy in playing with these goodies!  Thanks for stopping by my blog today, hope you all have a fun, scrappy weekend! xo

Friday, June 6, 2014

Capture the Moment **Now Available as VIDEO ONLY!!**

Happy Friday everyone!!  I just remembered I was supposed to let you all know that the kit at The Scrapbook Diaries for the above layout is now SOLD OUT!  But the good news is  that you can now get the VIDEO TUTORIAL I made for this one as 'Video Only' at the Scrapbook Diaries Website. For a small fee you can get unlimited access to view this video online, to watch another 'making the page' tutorial, you'll see all the tips and tricks I used to make up this page :)
So if you are interested in this tutorial you can find it HERE.  And again, if you are interested in any of the other video tutorials I've created for The Scrapbook Diaries, you can find them in the right side column of my blog.  Just click on the photo of the page you are interested in and it will take you to the Scrapbook Diaries Website.
Hope you all have a fun and scrappy weekend!! xo

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Scrapping Pink! {Maja Design and Tresors de Luxe}

Hi everyone! Today I have a 'pretty in pink' layout to share with you, using Maja design papers, Dusty Attic Chipboard and lots of lovely goodies from Tresors de Luxe Etsy shop.  I almost feel a little guilty sharing this layout because this is from a Maja Design Limited Edition collection that I believe is now sold out....but then of course, that means that a lot of you have this collection in your stash, and might like to see more samples done with this collection.


I just love the florals and beautiful pinks and greens in this collection. The papers I used for this project are.....

Maja Design Papers:
Sofiero (Royal Summer Recidence, Enjoying the Lovely Fragrance, Romantic Picnic in the Park, Stroling Down the Rose Path).

I was given these beautiful handmade blooms (Multi-color Chiffon Flowers) from my friend Lucy at Tresors de Luxe Etsy site. When I saw the pretty fabric blooms I thought immediately of the the Maja Design Sofiero collection, I just knew these blooms would work well with these papers!  Lucy has such an amazing collection of beautiful handcrafted blooms in her store and her vintage lace is absolutely gorgeous.  I also used one of her 'Shabby-chic Floral Clusters' on this page along with some of her lovely vintage lace.  If you haven't visited Lucy's shop before, you are in for a treat!

I love these papers so much that I've used up most of my stash, but I still had lots of bits and pieces left, so I used some of these to make the little ribbon banners coming out of the side of my page design. I added machine stitching to the paper ribbons to give more of a 'fabric' look to them.

I accented my page with a few pieces of  Dusty Attic chipboard (Skeleton Clock frame, Folliage, Wrought Iron Fence, Speech Bubbles, Ornate Corner #6). I also added a bit of of texture with home-made texture paste and a Crafters Workshop stencil (Mini-Damask).

A question I get asked a lot is where you can find Maja Design Papers and Dusty Attic chipboard in North America.  I try to keep up to date links in my side panel of my blog as sources for my blog folowers....but two shops that carry a good supply are: 
The Scrapbook Diaries (For Maja Design Papers....and Yes! Janene has ordered in the ENTIRE new 'Coffee in the Arbour' collection!)
Moments of Tranquility (Natasha has a HUGE collection of Dusty Attic chipboard in her online store as well as Maja Design papers).

Thanks so much for stopping by today and letting me share my latest project with you! I appreciate all the sweet comments and feedback! xo xo

Sunday, June 1, 2014

It's Here!! NEW 'Beauty & Grunge' Mega Kit {The Scrapbook Diaries}

It's finally here!!  The Scrapbook Diaries has gone LIVE! with their new 'Beauty and Grunge' Special Edition kit!  What makes this kit so special?  Not only is this kit just jam packed with premium scrapbook papers (Prima, 7 Dots, Maja Design and more!), gorgeous and unique embellishments, loads of mixed media products, stencils and even a gorgeous stamp set that was specially designed by Janene Meyerowitz for this kit....but it also comes with VIDEO TUTORIALS done by all 4 designers that worked with this kit (Frank Garcia, Kasia Krzyminska, Nadia Cannizzo and myself), there will also be extra bonus pages done by the design team members as well!  So you will have lots of designs to choose from in recreating your own scrapbook pages!  Here is a product photo of the kit....
 I used lots of the blooms, stamps and pretty much every spritz and mixed media item included in the kit for my page (shown above).  I did a bit of fussy cutting from the gorgeous Prima papers in the kit and of course did a little video tutorial to go with my page so you can see it come together.  Here are a few close-ups of my page....

Pretty much everything I used to make this page is in the kit!  So if you want to make one just like it, you can find it all in the package.....and then some!   I also made a bonus page (this one doesn't come with a video tutorial but Kasia made up a video tutorial using the same products, so you will have a choice in designs to choose from when creating your own page). Here is the bonus page I made...
The blooms in this kit are just spectacular! and the chipboard pieces as well.  What I really enjoyed was using the stamps with this page, they fit in so well with the patterned paper.  Here are some close-ups of the page and the kit goodies...

As many of you know these kits sell out fast so you might want to jump in on this one as soon as possible, you won't be disappointed :)  You can find the 'Beauty and Grunge' kit HERE, as always Janene offers the kits in a couple of options, complete and basic....there is also a coupon code for US orders and International orders.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, your kind comments always make my day!  Hope you enjoy this new kit from The Scrapbook Diaries! xo xo


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