Friday, March 8, 2013

Please welcome my next Blog Guest Designer, the amazing Gerry van Gent

Hello everyone. My name is Gerry van Gent. I`m a 39 Bulgarian woman living in The Netherlands. My Dutch hubby Arjen and I "created" two adorable children - Alexander (9) and Leanne (5). I`m lucky to be able to stay at home and have plenty of time for my family and my hobbies - scrapbooking and photography.

When did you discover paper craft, and why do you still create within this craft?
I got involved into scrapbooking when my first child was born and I`m completely hooked since then. Scrapbooking became an important part of my life and I really can`t imagine life without it anymore. It gives me the freedom to express myself with paper and to showcase the photos I take in a different way. My style is complicated and romantic. Love creating my own background, stamping and get gently messy with paint. You can recognise my work with my fussy cutting and my hand-stitching. I never use a pair of scissors but a craft knife. Ingvild Bolme`s craft knife is a tool I can`t scrap without.

Where do you find inspiration to your work?
I`m often asked where my inspiration comes from - it`s very simple - I`m inspired by the products I work with. I am never inspired by commercials, posters, magazines, etc.

Where, when and how do you prefer to have it when you create?
I`m definitely a "night" scrapper. I tried a few times to scrap during the day but it`s not working for me. I love when I`m alone and live in my own scrap world. You can find me nowadays scrapping with Zumba music in the background and at the same time the TV on . Coffee, chocolate and I are very good friends!

How does your scrap place usually look like?
My scrap place is always a mess while I`m busy with a project. But once I`m finished with my project I can clean really fast. 

Do you have any favorite Prima – Ingvild Bolme line products?
I won`t exaggerate if I say I love all Ingvild Bolme`s products. Resins and Junkyard Findings embellishments are simply fabulous - versatile and beautifully designed for all-events projects. As I mentioned above the craft knife is a must have for me - comfortable to hold on, has a smooth cut and you never get a tired hand . The Distress tool is also a tool I`m using often. I discovered my own technique with it and I just love using it.

Now let's take a look at some of her amazing works!

Good Catch
Above; Gerry created a wonderful layout rich on happy colors and details, perfect for the happy theme on this fun baby layout. Lots of different techniques, mediums and embellishments used. This layout really makes me happy to look at.

Above; Gerry so creative colored the Shabby Chic Resin Treasures bird for a fun and personal look and to make it pop a bit more on the white background paper.

Above; Look at these details, and the fun way to use the pictures by cut out the cute baby and add it to a little world of colors and fun details; magical! Also please check out all the little cut outs done by hand with Comfort-Craft Tools "Craft Knife", the flowers and butterflies etc.

Above; Comfort-Craft Tools, the Craft Knife and the Distressing Tool that Gerry mention as some of her favorite products which she use all the time and can't scrap without! ;O)

Happy Birthday
Above; Look at all the amazing colors Gerry used on this beautiful layout, together with lots of wonderful Prima flowers and lots and lots of hand cut outs done with the Comfort-Craft Tools "Craft Knife".

And some close-ups of her beautiful details;
Above; Look at her great use of layers and mix of different products. She also colored the white Shabby Chic Resin Treasures "Eros" with matching colors to her beautiful layout. These resins are all delivered white, but you can easily color them in any color you wish and with all kinds of mediums!

Above; The beautiful photo of her sweet girl with a amazing birthday cake is so delicate framed in with lots of Prima flowers and other embellishments as a Shabby Chic Resin Treasures "Fairies".


Above; Look at this soft and romantic layout from Gerry's wedding, so beautiful designed and with tons of delicate details!
Above; The romantic wedding photo of this beautiful wedding couple is framed with a Shabby Chic Resin Treasure frame, "La Coeur". The frame is surrounded with beautiful Prima flowers, a Junkyard Findings "Small Typo Bulbs", "Clock Faces" with a little clock hand from "Clock Hands". And look at how cool it is that she colored the little Shabby Chic Resin Bird, "Fly Away" black!!!

Above; A Shabby Chic Resin Treasures "Cherubs with Birds" so creatively placed in a cluster of Prima flowers and embellishments as the Junkyard Findings "Small Typo Bulbs". The wings on the cherub is again colored to math her beautiful layout.

In Your Dreams

Above; Look at this amazing work! Those pictures, those colors, those details.. it all leaves me just speechless! I just love how Gerry mix up everything and still manage to make it all work so well together and come together as a perfect designed piece of art!

Some close-ups;
Above; Two Junkyard Findings "Typo Bulbs" peeking down from the wonderful Prima flowers! Also check out her uses of great medium techniques for wonderful background texture!

Above; So colorful, so sweet.. I just LOVE her combinations of different products and fun way of using layers and pictures!

You Growing Up
Above; Wow! Look at this amazing color palette on this canvas! So fresh... Perfect match to the beautiful summer picture of her wonderful boy. It all just makes me smile, truly a piece of arts that makes us happy, right?
Above; Gerry's techniques are all just amazing. We can look at her works for ages and still discover details and fun techniques! As these stitches and teared up paper! How cool isn't that?!? On the top of the flower cluster she added a "Typo Bulb" from the Junkyard Findings.

Winter Love TagAbove; One of the most amazing tags I've ever seen, of course designed by Gerry! Look all these details, layers and tons of embellishment on one piece of tag! The white resin pieces are all from the Shabby Chic Resin Treasures.

All flowers and other Prima products, the Comfort-Craft Tools (as the Craft Knife and the Distressing Tool Gerry are using all the time and on all her works in this post) and all Junkyard Findings and Shabby Chic Resin Treasures, are all products from Prima and can be ordered at Prima by contacting them here;

Here is a direct link to all my products at Prima in the Ingvild Bolme line. (You may have to log in to view it all).

I hope you all enjoyed this post and Gerry's works just as much as I did! 
And thank you so much to Gerry for being my guest today and for sharing all your amazing works with us, it's truly an honor and pleasure to have you as one of my guests!

Please everyone; make sure you drop in to Gerry's great blog here to see more of her amazing works and talent!

Wish you all a wonderful weekend, and thank you so much for dropping in!

*hugs and smiles*


Ava Gavloski said...

Perfecto designs by Gerry, lucky Ingvild to have Gerry showcase lovely work so well

Romy said...

Yay, so excited to see you as a guest designer here, Gerry! You did miracles with the gorgeous resins. I love your style!

Jóna said...

Super great work Garry !!

Bente Fagerberg said...

Well done Gerry. Lovely layouts as always. Sooo pretty!
Congratulations on your guest stint!!

butterfly said...

Fabulous layouts... the fussycut photos are so cool!
Alison x

pattyo said...

All these projects are so beautiful!

Kelly Foster said...

Peach of these is marvelous! I love the way the resins have been colored, so pretty!

Patricia said...

Always a pleasure to see your work Gerry...the way you fussycut is just amazing! Love all your bright and colourful layering!!!

Eila Sandberg said...

Congratulations on your GD spot Gerry!! these all have the unmistakeable touched-by-Gerry details, soooo incredibly beautiful!! Just adore your work! xoxox

Vicki said...

Gerry, your projects are always breath taking and inspiring! I love your style, creativity and everything you create!

Paula F.P. Simionato said...

Great pages.

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