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jbe_memorytree_tbuToday we are talking about Memory Box! Have ou seen the new stamps and paper Lindsey has in stock? *swoon* They are deelish, I’m telling you! On this card, both my dp and my tree image are from Memory Box. A son as I saw this tree I knew it had to be mine! I stamped it with Whte Craft ink so it would get good contrast on top of the brown. In the lower right corner, Iused a sayi from the Lizzie An set In the Treetop. And although this is a simple card, I absolutely love it! To see what other awesome Memory Box Goodies are in stock, scroll on over to the left and pick the Memory Box option under “Wanna Shop”.  Have a terrifc day everyone!

jbe_shimmerzdeer_tbuToday we are highlighting Shimmerz, and all the fun stuff you can do with them, even the darker colors!

jbe_shimmerzdeercloseup_tbuFor my card, I used the October Afternoon Set Forest Friends (available at Jacksonbelle) – I love the solid images in this set! I stamped everything with a Tim Holtz Ditress ink, and let it dry. Then I used Coffee Shimmerz to paint the deer and the tree branch. The butterfly is painted with Wintergreen Shimmerz Blingz, and the leaves are painted with Olive Shimmerx. I *love* the way this card turned out! My dp is Webster’s pages. All of my Shimmerz and dp are availale at Jacksonbelle Embellishments! For your convenience, direct lnks to each category are on the left, in the sidebar 🙂

kisasshimmerz1 This is Kisa’s beautiful card! She used Aqua Marine for the chipboard star, About a Boy for the paper, and Prima pearl things, and May Arts Ribbon. Isn’t it fabulous? We’d love to see your fabulous creations! Add a comment here and link us to your card or blog post with it. For those that participate, we’ll draw a winner next Wednesday and you’ll receive 2 Shimmerz Paints of Lindsey’s choosing! Ooooh, how fun!!!!!!!

This week’s product spotlight is a bit different from the usual ones – we like to mix it up around here! The team got to choose from a list of things to feature, so every card will end up being totally different! What did thye get to choose from, you ask?

Quite a selection, huh? I’ll share my card today, since I am a bit behind and forgot to ask for someone else’s! Details about it can be found on my blog.

jbe_planefun_tbuWe’d love for you to play along with us! Use the keyword JBE041 when you upload to an online gallery. And please be sure to leave a comment here linking back to your card (or post on our blog) so we can shower you with love! Please be sure to visit the Design Team’s blogs to see what they came up with — links are to the left! Have a wonderful Tuesday!

-Taylor-

Hello! Have you seen all the new products that have arrived to Jacksonbelle Embellishments!!?? Here’s what we’ve got! The new Marrakech and Porcelain Lines from Basic Grey,   TONS of new Inkadinkado Clear and Wood Stamps and PRIMA! Here is a beautiful frame that Lindsey made using the new Prima Products!  You can get more details about it on her blog HERE.

 

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Planning on playing along with VSN (Virtual Stamp Night) on Splitcoaststampers tonight?! You just never know what you might find on there…possibly some promo codes for the store?? Guess you’ll have to hop on over tonight and see! 😉  Thanks for stopping by!! Make sure to scan down to see Taylors Blog Candy Giveaway!! 😀

This week’s challenge was all about CASE-ing Kim. Over on my blog, Musings of an Addict, I took it a step further and challenged everyone to CASE anyone from our Design Team. If you do, and link it back to this post on my blog, you might win $25 in free goodies from the Jacksonbelle Store! So be sure to check it out! You have until Monday to enter – I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

–Taylor–

We’ll be making some changes to the blog, so thanks in advance for your patience as we work to improve it!!

In her usual fashion, Kim has outdone us all with a fabulously helpful chart to help categorize and visualize your Shimmerz Paints and Blingz. To download the document, click here: colorcharts2. It is so awesome, I promise!!l!  I’m sure you have all figured out by now that more than a few of us here on the Jacksonbelle Team are obsessed with Shimmerz!

Have you seen all of the Shimmerz colors in stock over at the store? If you don’t see one you need, shoot Lindsey an email – I’m sure she’d be happy to let you know when it is expected back in stock!

Now, for fun, I asked all of the Design Team members to tell me what their favorite color(s) of Shimmerz were. I had to limit it to just three, lol – because we all love ALL of them so much!  Wanna know what they said? Here you go:

  1. Lindsey — Pixie Dust Blingz and Bubble Gum
  2. AJ — Pixie Dust Bligz, Hottty Pink Blingz, and December Sky Blingz
  3. Kim — Celery, Bubble Gum, and Aquamarine
  4. Kisa – Angel Wings, Celery, and Sunflower
  5. Michelle — Angel Wings, Bubble Gum, Gold Glimmer
  6. Maren — Hi Ho Silver Blingz, Spiced Cider, and Angel Wings
  7. Rachel — Butter Cream, Flashee Fushia Blingz, and Pink
  8. Melissa — Pink Poinsettia, Pixie Dust and Celery
  9. Shannan – Pixie Dust, Hottie Pink
  10. Jennifer — Pixie Dust and Key Lime
  11. Lynda — Pixie Dust, Angel Wings, Gold Glimmer
  12. Jill — Pixie Dust
  13. Beth — Angel Wings, Candlelight, and Bubble Gum
  14. Heather — Pixie Dust, Angel Wings and Gold Glimmer.
  15. Taylor — Pixie Dust, Coffee, Olive

What about you – what are your favorites? Leave us a comment and let us know!! Have a terrific day, and thanks for stopping by!

–Taylor–

Hello, hello!  Yay!  Tuesday’s here and time for another Design Team challenge.  This weeks challenge is to CASE a card from the beautiful gallery of DT member Kim O’Rosky!  Just going through Kim’s blog is truly a treat so be sure to check it out!  Remember we always would love to have you play along!  If you do, either add the link to your card in a comment to this post OR if you upload to your SCS gallery, please use JBE040 in your keywords so we can see your beautiful cards.  For some more inspiration from CASEing Kim, be sure to check out the rest of the DT blogs:

As treat for us, Kim has created a wonderful coloring tutorial using colored pencils and OMS (odorless mineral spirits.)  Enjoy!

Hey there. Are y’all ready to practice coloring?? Stop moaning – it’s easy I promise; just takes a little practice. The reason I use pencils is because I only have 3 Copics at the moment, but I still want to achieve that blended and shaded look on my images. I’ve always loved coloring so I started playing around using pencils as my only coloring medium and that’s pretty much all I’ve been using for the past 8 months. Now I am by no means a pro at this. The following is just some tips that I’ve personally learned along the way and wanted to share with all of the wonderful Jacksonbelle followers. So lets get started!

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First up, let’s go over the supplies. Of course you are going to need some pencils. I use two different brands – Prismacolors or Koh-i-noor pencils. Both offer a great quality, but for this tutorial, I will use the Koh-i-noor pencils. To me, they seem a little easier to blend, which always helps when you are first learning. Koh-i-noor pencils come in a box of 24 different colors. I’ve seen them offered online at many different stores, but I just tell everyone to go to Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. You can find them in the art department at both stores. They run $14-$15, but don’t forget to use a coupon on them!!

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You are also going to need what is called blending stumps. They basically look like little paper pencils. They come in a variety of sizes. This is what you use to blend colors together on your paper. I use a different stump for each color family. Next up, you are going to need a blending medium. Most people refer to it as Odorless Mineral Spirits or OMS. I just purchased a huge bottle at Michaels; again back in the art department. The brand I got is called Mona Lisa Odorless Paint Thinner – you can’t miss the Mona Lisa on the front! The good thing about OMS is you only use a teeny tiny bit when blending your colors together. So my 16 oz. bottle is still quite full and will last a very long time. All you want to do is find a little glass jar (I got this one at Ikea) and pour a very small amount into the bottom. Next take a sponge and place it right in the bottom of the jar. I used the top of an old sponge paintbrush that I found stuffed into my closet. That way when you touch your blending stump to the sponge, it only picks up a small amount of OMS and does not over saturate your stump.

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Alright, now that we have our supplies, lets start creating! Stamp your image onto cardstock. I’ve found that 100# weight or greater is better to use. You also want to use a ink that won’t smear such as Palette, Stazon, or Momento. Here I’ve used Lizzie Anne’s adorable Welcome Home set with Palette Noir on TAC’s 100# paper.

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You want to start by taking a pencil and lightly adding some color along the edges. Notice I didn’t add color to all of the edges. This is done so you can leave some lighter highlights – almost making it look like light hitting the image.

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Now take your blending stump, and gently press it into the jar to pick up some OMS. See my stump, just the tip is wet. Place it on the outlines you just colored in and start making big circle movements to spread the color. This will add a light base coat to your image. Remember to use a different stump for each color family. If you only have one stump – no problem! After you finish with one color, simply rub the stump on a piece of scratch paper until you no longer see color coming off the stump.

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Continue adding color and blending it in until your entire image has a light base coat.

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Now come in and start adding some highlights. I do this by pushing the pencil harder along the edges when I add the color. You can either use the same color or go with a shade darker. I used a shade darker on the roof, tree, grass and bushes Notice my highlights are quickly drawn in and sloppy. It doesn’t have to be perfect – the OMS will blend it and make everything look smooth. This time, as you blend, use smaller circles to keep the highlights closer to the edges.

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I usually go over the image one more time and add a few darker highlights here and there to just make the image pop. When I do this, I take my stump and just drag it along theedge, not making big movement to spread the colors.

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Here is our finished image; ready to be used on a card! Before you start practicing, let me give you just a few more tips. I find it easier to pull out the pattern paper and cardstock that I plan to use on my card. That way I can match the colors exactly while I’m coloring. I always keep a little piece of scratch paper nearby so I can test the pencil out and make sure it’s the color I want to use on my image.

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Don’t be scared to mix colors for different color families. I often add a little brown into an image to make it match the color I want. I actually love doing this because it almost gives my image a slight aged look. I stamped out an example for y’all. The tree on the left is exactly what we did above. However, when I was coloring in the tree on the right, I added brown to the “leaves” and blended it in. Can you see the slight difference? Also notice I got out of the lines on the tire swing on the left. The good thing about using pencils is you can use a plain old eraser and remove that. Or if you get your blending too dark, just swipe an eraser through to lighten it back up.

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Finally, don’t be worried about adding sparkles to your image once it’s colored. It will not cause the colors to bleed! Here I’ve added Celery Shimmerz to one tree and IcicleStickles to the other. You can still see my original coloring under both.

So what are you waiting for – start coloring!!!! I hope you give it a try. Like I said above, I’ve always loved coloring. It relaxes me and once you get the hang of it, it really doesn’t take long at all. I often color images at night while we watch T.V.

If you have any questions at all please leave a comment here and I will do my best to help you out. Also if you make a card using this technique, leave a link. We would love to check it out!!! Happy Stamping.

Wow!  What an awesome job!  Thanks, Kim!  Be sure to check out the store today!  Lindsey just posted brand new Prima from CHA!  These beauties will not stay in the store long!  Wishing everyone a super day!

Lindsey is making room for all the new CHA goodies by having a sale in the store this weekend- today (Friday) until Tuesday at midnight EST.  Everything in the store is 30 % off!!!!! Be sure to use coupon code Feb30 at checkout to have your discount applied!

Happy Shopping!

Hello, All!  Can’t believe another Tuesday has come around and here we are with the next exciting Jacksonbelle DT Challenge!  We have added a new type of challenge to our creative list- to feature a Jacksonbelle Designer.  To play along with this challenge you will CASE a card from the designers blog or gallery.  In turn the designer will offer up an awesome tutorial right here on the JBE Blog.  Fun stuff, I tell ya!  So for our first feature designer, I’m proud to introduce the very talented Michelle Woernermichelle-woerner If you are like me, the hard part was settling on only one card to CASE- the eye candy was incredible!  Here is what 3 of our team members came up with:

Beth Thomas

Beth Thomas

Lindsey Botkins aka Jacksonbelle Herself!!!

Lindsey Botkins aka Jacksonbelle Herself!!!

Rachel Hope

Rachel Hope

Be sure to check out the rest of the team:

We would love to have you play along and if you do, please, leave a link to your card on a comment to this post or if you upload to your SCS gallery, please, use JBE038 in you keycode- we want to see your beautiful cards!  So now for the fun part…  Here is the tutorial for Shimmerz that was posted a few weeks back.  It seems we are still getting questions on what to do with these little pots of sparkling goodness and this tutorial really rocks it!

“Hi everyone, it’s Michelle! Shimmerz is my new FAVORITE way to add shimmer and sparkle to my cards! Not only have I been using it on my cards for several weeks now, but I also had the pleasure of giving some away as blog candy during the Jacksonbelle Embellishment New Years Eve bash (thanks Lindsey, you rock!). Well, since then I have been getting questions and emails about Shimmerz. What is it? How do you use it? Is it opaque, clear, what? Etc. So, I thought I would do a little tutorial about it. Be kind, this is my first tutorial!!

What is it? Well, it is a liquid with tiny “shimmerz” things in it (very technical, I know -LOL) that comes in little jars. I apply it with an old SU! aquapainter (dry, not filled with water). Here is a picture of the beginning of a project. shimmerz-tutorial-pic-1

You give the jar a good shaking to make sure all the shimmerz stuff is all mixed up. Here is a picture of the jar of Wintergreen shaken up. shimmerz-tutorial-pic-2

For this tutorial, I stamped an image (from the Inkadinkado Birds Galore set) with 4 different kinds of black ink on white Georgia Pacific cardstock. This will not only show what the Shimmerz looks like painted on white CS, but it shows which inks bleed with Shimmerz painted on it. shimmerz-tutorial-pic-3shimmerz-tutorial-pic-4

Here is a close up of the Versafine image painted with Royal Red. As you can see there is NO bleeding of any kind with this ink and the Red dries a soft redish color (almost an SU Ruby Red hue to it). shimmerz-tutorial-pic-51

Here is a close up of Adirondack pitch black painted with Wintergreen. As you can see there is a TINY bit bleeding of the ink. Not so much where I painted the body of the birdie, but where I smeared it over the tail as a test area. The green dries a very pale minty green color. shimmerz-tutorial-pic-6

Here is a close up of SU! black painted with Gold. Again, there is a TINY bit of bleeding of the ink. As with the Adirondack, not if you are filling in the body, but more so when smearing it all around the tail. The gold dries a very light golden color, almost clear with a hint of gold. shimmerz-tutorial-pic-7

Here is a close up of Stazon black. Absolutely NO bleeding of the ink at all. Angel Wings dries completely clear which makes it perfect for painting over something already colored to add shine and not alter the existing color. shimmerz-tutorial-pic-8

You can also paint it on Prima flowers and cardstock!! It adds a little shine withOUT ruining, warping or pilling them. Here is a close-up picture of a painted black Prima (from the Youth bottle). The petals on the left are painted with Angel Wings and it added some shine without effecting the color of the flower at all. The petals on the right are painted with Coal and you can see it not only added shine, but made the black petal a bit richer. shimmerz-tutorial-pic-9

Some of you have asked how Shimmerz compares with Stickles. Shimmerz is very different from Stickles, it doesn’t take as long to dry (stickles can sometimes take overnight!) and is a much thinner medium -Stickles is a very “chunky” medium. Since you can apply Shimmerz with a small brush, you can actually color your image with Shimmerz colors or you can use Angel Wings and go over an image already colored and just add shine to it.

I have gone over images colored with Copic Markers, Prismacolor pencils and SU markers and NONE of these smear with the Shimmerz painted over them!!

And as a side note, I was able to compare the Inkadinkado acrylic stamps with 4 common black inks and by far, the Versafine and Stazon left the most crisp image.

This is the end of my tutorial and I hope you answered your questions! If you have additional questions, feel free to leave a comment here and I will answer them as soon as I can! Have a great day and BE SURE to check out the FOUR FABULOUS new and exclusive to Jacksonbelle only, Shimmerz colors in stock now!!”

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