Saturday, October 23, 2010

Best Friends featuring Helmar Adhesives, Shimmerz Paints and Crate Paper


Best Friends featuring Crate Paper, Helmar Adhesives and Shimmerz Paints.

This is a photo of my oldest son with his dog Mikey. The solid paper was spritzed with Shimmerz Vibez in Fiery Fiesta one of the new Vibez color
released by Shimmerz Paints.

The  Crate Paper decorative  design paper was attached with Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner a product that lives up to it's name. When you are scrapbooking or working on a project that you want to put together in a hurry this is your go to product.

The chip board embellishments and tags are attached with Helmar Zap Dots. Zap Dots come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit every scrapbooking and craft need.

They are available in Black, White and Clear
And can be purchased from

Thank for stopping by, hope you have a great week!
Gayle Martin
Helmar Design Team USA
Shimmerz Design Team

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Free on line course- Art, Heart and Healing

Hello  every one my friend Lucy told me about this really cool Free course being offered on line from Willowing.  Follow this link to check out her blog and Ning site. Then all you have to do is go to the site and sign up for the  FREE classes. It starts October 18 but I am sure that you can catch up using  the videos  she has posted now for your to start. The classes run for 4 weeks. So get over there and check it out.

The first class if posted and is two videos that you can view at your leisure.

Time to pull out the art supplies and have some fun!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Girls Photo Shoot in Lake City

My daughter came for an over night visit on Sunday and her college friend Alli came to visit her family as well. They met at the University of Florida 6 years ago  and have been friends ever since. Alli had since graduated and Lives and works in Flagler.

While they were in college Alli's father was stationed in Japan for 8 years, he has since retired from the Military.  What a small world it really is. I would never have imagined that her family would retire in Lake City.

So Alli and Meghan met in Lake City and I took photo of the two of them while they both were here. My only problem was they decided that we were taking photos at 9:30 in the morning.

First thing is I am not a morning person and I do not like to take photo of people mid morning. Unfortunately they both had to leave by lunch time so you take what you can get. Can you say harsh Florida lights and extreme shadows on faces.

I think this is where they are telling each other to take a serious photo.... and then the laughing begins and goes on and on.

I continue to take photo and Meghan tell Alli that these are the photos that Mom will use in her scrapbooks. You are so right here they are.                                        

But I love this photo I am not sure which one is my favorite yet, but for now I really like this one!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Welcome to the Helmar Halloween Howler Hop!

Welcome to the  Helmar Halloween Howler Hop!

You have made it to  Lucky # 8 blog and you are almost half way thru the Blog hop.  Helmar has put together some wonderful prizes so be sure and visit all of the blogs to increase you chances of winning some of the gifts up for grabs.

You can see all of the great prizes on the Helmar USA blog as well as read about all of the wonderful product that Helmar has to work with.

I have created a Halloween wall decoration  using a photo of my son than when he was a small boy.

 I had two sheets of the same Halloween paper. I  cut and tore around the major element on the sheet of paper.

When attaching them to the page I created dimension by raising element of the design with Helmar Zap Dots and Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots

I sprayed the back of the cut outs with Helmar V2 Vellum Adhesive
 to smoothly adhere all of the edges of the cut outs to the page.

This is the feature product from Helmar it will provide a seamless adhesion with vellum. Spray the back of your surface and allow it to set for a few minute until tacky . The you can glue the surface down with ease. The miracle product is Helmar V2 Vellum Adhesive.

 The majority of the work on the project was assembled with Helmar 450 Quick Dry and Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner.

When putting together ideas for the gift bags I  looked for vintage Halloween images to use as the decoration for the tags. I down loaded these Halloween images for free from this site Vintage Halloween Images, they also have various other holiday themes.

The bags are lunch bags spritzed with acrylic, and Shimmerz paints then tied with jute strings. I printed the tags and hi lighted them with Stickles paints. I trimmed the tags  and them sprayed the backs of each printed card with Helmar V2 Vellum Adhesive before attaching it to the vellum tag. You can then punch a hole in the corner and tie the tag on your gift bag.

I have displayed a selection of  tag ideas that you can use for party  invitations, Halloween cards or goodies bags.

These are a sample of the completed bags that I put together for Halloween treats.

You are now ready to proceed to your next Halloween stop. Just follow the link below if you started at the Helmar USA. Blog. If you did not start at Helmar follow the link back and visit all of the teams blogs to see their wonderful project.
Have a great Halloween.


 Follow this  link to

Don't forget Lots of great prizes for visiting all of the Helmar USA design team blogs!

Gayle Martin
Helmar USA Design Team

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Helmar Halloween Howler Blog Hop is Coming!!!

The  Helmar Halloween  Howler  Hop is just days away and there are lots of prizes to win so mark you calendar for October 17, 2010.
You've heard of the spooky Halloween Howler Hop that the Design Team at Helmar is brewing up. Now if the amazing inspiration wasn't enough to get you to stop by, what about a look at all the GHOULISH GIFTS you might just win.
We've got lots of prize packages to giveaway just by playing along with our Helmar Facebook Page happenings on October 17th. Here's a look.  Helmar USA Blog

Check back on the 17th for all of the details!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Somerset Memories Autumn 2010

Last week my copy of Somerset Memories Autumn 2010 arrived. This semi annual publication is full of wonderful ideas to record your memories and life time events. What every your favorite medium you are sure to find inspiration to motivate you to start your
next project.

With the holiday season fast approaching why not think about some personalized gifts for your family you still have plenty of time to work on them. If that is not in your plans you could try some small personalized tags for your holiday sweetness and goodie bags. I will be putting together some items later this month and I will post the items for you to see.

All of my project in Somerset Memories Autumn 2010 feature Shimmerz Paints and Helmar Adhesive. Somerset Memories should be in all of your favorite stores this week like Joann's. Michael's, and Barnes and Nobles. If you can not find the publication at your favorite store you can order directly from Stampington Studios this is a link to their site. You will also be able to see a sample of some of the other wonderful articles in the magazine this publication. There are lots of paint projects to inspire you to pull out your Shimmerz and get to work on some new projects or Holiday Gifts. Maybe get out side this weekend pull something from nature, use it as a mask or creative ideas and spritz and paint your heart our!

Reach for the Stars was created by attached pieces of scrapbook paper to a sheet of cardboard. I then applied molding paste on top of that. Once it had dried I painted over the top with a watered down Gesso wash. For the vibrant color I used Shimmerz Pearls in Carrot Top, Peas Be Mine, Luscious Lilac, This Spuds 4 U, Green with Envy - You can check out all of the beautiful colors of Shimmerz Pearlz right here on the web site.

Both of these projects feature Helmar Adhesives-Helmar Adhesives- Helmar 450 Quick Dry, Helmar Gemstone Glue, Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner and Helmar Zap Dots-

Live The Life You Have Imagined

is another page that was created on cardboard with molding paste added to the top. I applied the paste over the top of burlap, assorted laces and designs. This would allow me to hi light the textures of the page with Shimmerz Paints. The laces and papers on the page are also painted with Shimmerz Paints.

Shimmerz Paints- Shimmerz in Concrete, Treasured Hymn and Baby's Breath
Shimmerz Pearls in Grammie Berry, Expresso, Blue in to Town.I also used Shimmerz Spritz in Plum Pudding on the laces that are on the top of the page. molding                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Self Portrait Then and Now
The first photo is my dad taking a self portrait of he and my mom, the second one is of them last year at my daughter's wedding.

The two boxes are actually attached and are recycled cigar box lids. The flowers are rolled Dupioni Silk that I spritzed with Shimmerz paints after I rolled them. I have since been working on Jewelry and figured out it the fabric remains much softer if you paint if before you create the flower.

For this project I used Shimmerz Spritzers Paint in Treasured Hymn, Baby's Breath and Concrete.

Thanks for stopping by have a great fall week end.- Gayle

Have a great weekend!

Gayle Martin

Shimmerz Design Team