It’s A Let It Shimmer Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to another Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of shimmery techniques as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products!100609256_10157717189973096_3386834617750257664_n  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my shimmery Out of This World cards and  learning some Shimmer Brush techniques, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

For this blog hop, I had a hard time deciding what type to video to create – a tips & tricks or a process video – so I decided to do both.  I had so much fun using my Shimmer Brushes to create these three Out of This World cards and I couldn’t wait to share them with you.  

Before we get into the tips & tricks portion of this post, I want to show you a few close-ups of those globe die cuts. These were cut using the Thin Cut from our Aurora Cardmaking kitAren’t those just stunning?? I just love the look of old globes. 

I used our Shimmer Brushes to create the splattered backgrounds and shade two of the globes.  If you would like to know how I made each one of these, you are in luck.  I will be posting a video tutorial on my YouTube Channel later in the week to go along with the video tutorial I have posted below.  

Today, I am going to give you a few Tips when it comes to using our Shimmer Brushes.  I have also included a short little five minute video for you to view. 

For those of you who may want to skip this tutorial and move on with the hop, you can click this link to move on to Melissa Robinson’s Blog.

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TIP #1: Store Shimmer Brushes Upright

This may seem obvious to some, but I realized recently that many people do not know that you should always store them upright.  When they are stored upside down, the ink can drip into the lid and create quite the mess when you open it. 

I like to store mine in our Workspace Wonder Tool Caddy, but I have also seen them stored in a Mason jar or coffee cup. 

TIP #2: Pull the Lid to Open – Do Not Twist

This is another little blunder I have seen commonly done with our Shimmer Brushes. Many people will “twist” the lid open, unsealing the ink within and creating quite the mess. (Just ask my 10 year old niece how fun that is.) 

Now, there are a few times that you might want to twist open that brush which leads us to my next tip. 

TIP #3: Twist to Release Pressure

I often travel to locations in the mountains where there is an increase in elevation and, when I take my Shimmer Brushes, the pressure increases in the base causing it to drip ink all over when I go to use it.  I have found that I can release that built-up pressure by carefully unscrewing the tip and pulling out the brush, then tightly screwing the tip back on. 

After I have replaced the brush tip, I will brush the excess ink off onto my All Purpose Mat or a scrap piece of paper before I begin to use it. 

There you have it.  Just a few tips & tricks for using those awesome Shimmer Brushes in your stash. Oh, by the way – our shimmer brushes are NOT labeled with the colors at the top. That is something I did using a label maker

I can’t wait to share with you how I made each one of those Out of This World cards. I will be posting the process video, later this week, showing you how I used a few of my Shimmer Brushes to create backgrounds, blend watercolors, and create a blended alcohol-ink-like look. Now ‘Hop” on over to Melissa Robinson’s Blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for using Shimmer on your projects.  

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Scrapbooking with Every Little Thing

It’s a week full of sneak peeks, as you get a look at a few new products arriving in September.  Our upcoming Every Little Thing products are full of so many color choices and patterns.  Creating with the Every Little Thing papers has brought me so much happiness this past week. Image all the memories you could record on these pages.


I bet you can’t wait to place a few of your own photos on these layouts.  Each one has been exclusively designed by me and have been titled The Best of Days, Home Sweet Home, One of a Kind, and Fall Memories.  Each one will be available to you as a local class, a workshop kit, a workshop cutting guide.

If you live locally, you can register for my Totally Techniques Class – Playing with Pens, on September 21st. You have a few options for kits, so make sure you order the correct one when you register. These kits will include paper, cardstock, & stickers, a cutting guide, Cricut™ cuts, and instructions for assembling the layouts.



I also have kits available for those who live long distance or cannot attend the workshop.  For those who are subscribed to my Kit of the Month Club, you will be receiving the Fall Memories kit in September.

MissCarriesCreations-SeptKOTM-SMYou can add the Totally Techniques Workshop Kit to your kit of the month using THIS LINK Your Workshop kit will include paper, cardstock, & stickers, a cutting guide, Cricut™ cuts, and instructions for assembling the layouts. 

If you are interested in buying the Workshop Guides for these layouts, you can do that, too. Each Exclusively Designed Workshop Guide includes a supply list, cutting guide, assembly instructions, and full color photos.


Now that summer is coming near an end, and fall is around the corner, it’s time to catch up on some memory keeping.♥  I hope that you have enjoyed each one of these creations and are inspired  to record your memories on these layouts.  If you are a part of my VIP Group, you will be getting a special catalog walk-through in September and have a first glace at a few of the new products.

I can’t wait to see what you create!



Create Cards with Every Little Thing

Today, you get a little sneak peek at a few products in the upcoming catalog.  Our Every Little Thing products are full of beautiful colors, patterns, and designs. If you are a Close to My Heart consultant, like me, you have the opportunity to play with all of the products one month before the new catalog arrives.  Creating with Every Little Thing has brought so much joy into my craft space. Are you ready to see what I have made?


Each season, we have multiple card-making kits for you to purchase in the Seasonal Expressions catalog, and, starting September 1st, you get THIN CUTS with your kit.  This time, instead of creating the cards as shown,  I chose to go off the rails a little and create some fancy fold cards using the supplies that came in the Every Little Thing Cardmaking Kit.

Aren’t they just darling? I had so much fun creating these for my upcoming workshops.  For those of you who live locally, you can learn how to create each of these cards at my Coffee & Cards workshop on September 7th.



If you live long distance or you are a consultant who would like to create this workshop, I have options for you, too.  I am offering an Online Class on October 10th where you can learn how to create a fancy fold using our card bases, how to shade the butterflies, and tips for making each card designs. I will be offering multiple Creative Classroom Classes this season where you can learn from the comfort of your home. MissCarriesCreations-FancyFoldCards.jpg


If you are interested in buying the Workshop Guide, you can do that, too. Each Workshop Guide includes a supply list, cutting guide, assembly instructions, and full color photos. The workshop guide is not included in the online class. Make sure to order this separately if you wish to have a set of printed instructions. MissCarriesCreations-EveryLittleThingWorkshopGuide.jpg


I can’t believe that summer is almost over and a new season of creating is right around the corner.  I am excited to show you the new catalog and share all of the new products at my local and online workshops. If you are a part of my VIP Group, you will be getting a special catalog walk-through in September.  Are you ready to make something new?

I can’t wait to see what you create!