Pebbles Night Night: Dream Big!

Hi Creative Friends! 

The all new Pebbles Night Night baby collections are so dreamy, delicate and divine!
And lucky, lucky me, as only 2 months ago we welcomed a new nephew into our family!  
He is the most darling little cherub ever! 
Today I am sharing some of those first cuddles & night time snuggles moments with our 
Night, Night baby boy line. SO precious!

Here's my layout, "Dream Big"

Oh isn't this just swoon worthy?!! Told you it was close to my heart! 
I don't know what melted my heart more - our new baby nephew or the love that my five year old son had for him! You can see how perfect & delicate this collection is for all our babies! 
Oh how I love newborns!!! 
But enough goo-ing and gah-ing from me, 
here's how I created this beautiful newborn page.....

I started by looking through all the PRINTED CARDSTOCK SHAPES, and despite all the sweet sail boats & ocean friends, I  just couldn't go past the clouds! Clouds are so dreamy, & when I laid eyes on pattern paper, SWEET DREAMS, I knew I was going to create a sweet nighty, night and lullabies inspired layout.

As my photos are quite dark, I wanted to ensure a good balance between the delicate nature of the photos and the boldness of the pattern paper - the free Cloudy Circle Cut File from Paper Issues was the perfection solution! I backed the clouds with the reverse side of pattern paper, GONE FISHING, and then filled the 'circle' with SWEET DREAMS.

I love how this looks already! Those pattern papers are stunning!

With the designer's 'rule of 3' in mind, I decide to use each cut file cloud as an anchor for my sweet photos. I tuck my first of three photos into the cloud on the left side. 
I also attach the kite from the PRINTED CARDSTOCK SHAPES too, before adhering it all onto my white cardstock base.

I glue my remaining two photos onto the cut file clouds, and embellish them with those fabulous PRINTED CARDSTOCK SHAPES.  
I use adhesive foam dots beneath all the clouds to create dimension and add interest.

I apply the coordinating GRAYSON THICKERS for my title, which I curve around my starry night scene.

The silver Thickers are just stunning!

Play time now! I embellish around my circular design, selecting an array of moon, star and clouds stickers.
And voila!
 So much fun, and oh so dreamy too!
 Here's a couple close ups for you....

How fabulous is that 6 x 12 ACCENT STICKERS moon?!! Super cute!

Nawwwww!!!! SO precious!
I hope I have inspired you to create with this beautiful new collection!

Want it for 20% off? 
& REMEMBER: Use code AMANDA during checkout and you'll save 20%! Yayy!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 


Paper Issues: February Swag Bag Spotlight!

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back for more Paper Issues awesomeness with a look at this month's

It's no secret that I LOVE me a Swag Bag, or 3!
And the February Swag Bag is just stunning!
Here's a peak at "Write It Down".....

Isn't it awesome?!! 
There's only a few left in stock though - so be sure to grab yours HERE.

For my spotlight project, I am featuring the January Swag Bag because, well, all.the.heart.things!!!
It looks like this.....

Yayyyyy!!! Love it all!
(& if you're super quick I think there's two left in the Paper Issues store HERE)

Here's what I've created with it, 

"Love You"

Oh wow!
How much fun is this?!!
I like his face LOTS!!! My fave lil guy!
Everything you see here is from the Swag Bag apart from the following few items: 12 x 12 papers, pink gingham paper, and the mixed media element. 
The cut file title isn't in the mini kit BUT you can download it from Paper Issues for FREE here!
Love me some free files!!!
So many fabulous journal cards, and embellishments in this kit! La la LOVE it!
And best part, it's only $9.99USD! 
(& you can always use code AMANDA at checkout and receive a bonus 20% off too!)
Tons of Crate Paper, Fancy Pants Designs & Pebbles deliciousness in this Swag Bag!

Here's a few close ups for you.....

Such a happy day, indeed! 
Couldn't love him more if I tried! 
The mixed media background was created using the packaging technique, 
with Shimmerz Paints: Spritz in Ruby, & Vibez: Sweet Heart. 
My cut file title was lightly inked in Versa Ink: Sea Foam. 
How cute are the heart sequins?!!

Yep. It's true - I like you LOTS!!!!
Happy Valentine's to my happy Mister A!

I hope you liked my layout & feel inspired to play along with the Swag Bag Spotlight this month!
Get all your scrapbook & Swag Bag supplies at the Paper Issues Store HERE
& REMEMBER: Use code AMANDA to save 20% off your total spend! Yayyy!

Thanks for stopping by today!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: February Polka Dot Party!

Hi Creatives!

Welcome back for more Paper Issues fun!
Today I am playing along with the super fun 

Yayyy!!! Who doesn't love a bit of polka fun?!!
Spotty dots for the win!

Here's what I've created.....

"I Heart You"

All the polka dots AND hearts!!!
Love this!
And aren't my two darlings just the cutest! Such a happy moment captured!

I couldn't resist using the dotty pattern papers in the Crate Paper: Main Squeeze line - they're too sweet! As well as polka dot papers, I also featured a few spotted hearts and even a dot stencil for my background! SO much fun!
You'll also spy Chipboard Stickers, Sweetest Puffy Thickers, 6 x 12 Stickers & even Ephemera adorning my sweet layout.
But it's those super CUTE Heart Tassels that are my faves from this collection - LOVE!!!!

And for my background? 
Well, that Shimmerz Paints, of course!
I used Spritz: Ruby & Vibez: Sweet Heart for misting and droplets, and then applied Paste-eez Salt of the Earth for the stenciled dots. So cool!

And there you have it!
My quick take on this month's Paper Issues Polka Dot Party!
I can't wait to see your take on this challenge!
& go in the draw to win a Paper Issues Gift Card!

Need Crate Paper supplies & more?
Visit the Paper Issues store HERE
& REMEMBER: Use code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off!

& Type AMANDA in the comments section of your order & you'll receive a free gift!
Yessss! AMANDA = free paint!

Thanks for stopping by today!
til next tine, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: More Than Words for Valentine's Day!

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends & Fans!

Amanda here, & I am so excited to be sharing some very pretty Valentine's Day inspiration with our new More Than Words collection. This collection is so swoon worthy! & with the big heart day tomorrow, there's still plenty of time for you to create this sweet Valentine gift and card set.....

Oh isn't this lovely?! 
 And it really is super easy to create!
I made my own heart wreath from cane strips, but you can find plenty of pre-made wreaths at florists, and gift stores. I gave mine a rough coat of white gesso, and twisted some soft pink wool around it to soften those edges. 
The fun part is all the embellishing!  
Select your fave recent photo of your Valentine, choose a sentiment (I cut out the Love You To Bits card from pattern paper CV-MT006 TREASURE ) and heat up your glue gun!

I arrange DIE CUT EPHEMERA pieces, CHIPBOARD STICKERS, & a FLAIR BUTTON around my heart and once happy with their position, I hot glue them into place. I string up the EPHEMERA feathers with twine, and dangle them from the base of the heart. I love the interest this creates! 
I also layer quite a few of EPHEMERA pieces......

SO pretty! Those butterflies are just divine!

And the FLAIR are always so perfectly coordinated! Such a sweet gift!
Now for the card....

You make my heart sing, indeed! Such a lovely card to give to your beloved!
I start with a 6" x 4" white card, and use pattern papers from the 6 x 6 PAPER PAD. These smaller size designs are perfect for cardmaking!
I embellish my card with a DIE CUT EPHEMERA frame, and then adorn it with CHIPBOARD STICKERS, & ACCESSORY STICKERS. 
Simple, but oh so effective!

And there you have it!
 A very beautiful (but super quick & easy) Valentine!
I hope I have inspired you to get creating with More Than Words!
Thanks so much for visiting, & Happy Valentine's Day!
til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Pinkfresh Studio: Be You & The Mix No.2!

Hi Creatives!
I am so excited to be sharing my first layouts created with the new 
Both these collections are super pretty!
Be You is soft and delicate with the most gorgeous rose gold accents, while The Mix No.2 is super bright and fun! 
Here's what I created with Be You, 


Seriously dreamy indeed!
Isn't this just divine?!! The colors make me sigh! 
Blush tones with mint, black, white, navy and rose gold! OH so pretty!!!!
With so many pretties in this line, I decided to challenge myself and use at least one item from every Be You product. 
I start with the stunning 12 x 12 pattern paper SINCERE, and layer it with white cardstock, creating a beautiful border on the top and right hand side of my layout. 
To show off those gorgeous papers, I decide to use an open hearts cut file & back the hearts with lots of patterns from the 6 x 6 PAPER PACK. The papers coordinate beautifully, and make this cut file paper piecing so easy! 
Before I attach my heart cut file, I create a quick mixed media base in soft lime, and pink tones to draw attention away from the hearts, and into my photo cluster. 

And isn't that photo so precious?!
I've mounted it onto an EPHEMERA piece, and then embellished the cluster with MINI LEATHERETTE TAGS, a TASSEL BOW (these bows are the cutest!!!), PUFFY STICKERS, & more EPHEMERA PACK pieces. 
Surrounding the cluster, and also embellishing the hearts are WOOD & EPOXY BUTTONS, CHIPBOARD STICKERS, and even some FABRIC DIE CUTS. You can see how it wasn't really a challenge to use one of everything - it is ALL sooooo good! That rose gold foil accent is especially gorgeous! It really adds warmth to this otherwise cool & refreshing palette. 
LOVE it!

How perfect is that sentiment PUFFY STICKER, Just Us and Our Stories?! Ideal for any style of memory keeping!

And I can't forget to mention those incredible rose gold PUFFY ALPHA STICKERS! Talk about wow factor!!! These are just divine!
All the hearts, (and ALL the heart eyes emojis) for the new Be You collection!
Just stunning! 
And now for something completely different with The Mix No. 2, 
"This Girl"

I told you this collection was bright & fun!!!
All the rainbow happy vibes here!
As this is an 'embellishment' collection, I decided to use a white cardstock base & another heart cut file ('cos after all - it is February, the month of love!) 
I spritzed my cut file in matching 'rainbow' colors, and then went to town with all those fabulous embellishments! 
With such a fabulous array of colored PUFFY ALPHA STICKERS I knew I wanted to create a 'feature' of them in my title / journaling. I combine them with the PUFFY HEART STICKERS and trail them around my cut file heart, matching the alpha colors to my shimmering colored heart. 
If you're wanting to recreate this layout, I used PUFFY ALPHA STICKERS: Pink, Peach, Yellow, Green, Light Blue & Navy. And to be honest, these alphas are so versatile - you'll be using them on everything! 

How awesome are the PUFFY HEART STICKERS inside the cut file? 
Again, I have color matched them to my spritzed paints, and the result is SO effective! 
Simple techniques for big outcomes! 
I have layered my sweet girl's photo onto an EPHEMERA PACK tag, and label, and then embellished this small cluster with CARDSTOCK STICKERS and a ribbon bow from my stash. The Good Vibes EPHEMERA serves as a subtitle to my layout, but more importantly, the striking black & white cuts through the rainbow and brings your attention to my photo. 
Perfect balance!  

They are seriously my new favourites! Could they be any sweeter?!!

All the color fun with The Mix No.2!
I hope I have inspired you with my layouts today!

Needing these new collections? 

You can purchase all your Pinkfresh Studio favorites in the Paper Issues store HERE 
& REMEMBER: Using code AMANDA at checkout saves you 20% off! Yay!
*You'll also find both of the cut files I used in their FREE files section! ;) 

Perhaps you're wanting to some of those awesome paints I used?
Well, they're Shimmerz Paints of course!
*Type AMANDA in the comments section of your Shimmerz Paints order HERE & they'll send you a freebie too! 
Yes, type AMANDA = free paint! Yessssss!

I have totally got you covered! ;)
Thanks so  much for visiting today! 
til next time, 

Elle's Studio: February Kit & New Releases!

Hi Friends!

 It's New Release time at Elle's Studio!!! Yay! 

I am SO excited to be sharing the fabulous new  February Kit & Add Ons with you!
This month's kit is just divine!!!!
Take a peak......

- February Kit -

Could this be any more awesome?!! The colours are everything!
And if you love embellishments,
then the Add Ons will make you swoon......

Cork, veneers and rainbow puffy hearts! La la LOVE them all! 
And don't forget the awesome Icon Printables and February Cut Files too....

February is Fantastic!
Shop ALL these gorgeous products in the Elle's Studio Shop HERE

Wanna see my first creations with this fabulous kit?

Here's what I've created so far....

"5 Is The New Cool"!!!
This kid melts me everytime! So Mr.Cool for sure!
I have used a simple grid design, and layered each quadrant with lots of the February Kit 3 x 4 cards.
Each one is embellished with a mix of either Die Cuts, Puffy Stickers, Veneers, & Cork Speech Bubbles and then stamped with the Icon Stamp set. SO awesome! 
Here's a closer look for you..... 

You'll spy that I add tissue paper & cotton thread from my stash, as well as sewing machine stitch the  quadrant for just a touch of texture on my cool boy page! Adding a lil 'edge' so to speak!
The base paper is that incredible woodgrain pattern paper from the Live Laugh Love collection - you can get it in the store HERE

Not a fan of your own handwriting? Me either... lol! 
(they come in quite a few colours too!) 
Here's one last close up for you....

Those layers are awesome, huh?! Loving this kit to pieces already!!!

And it suits more than just the boys.....
Here's my second layout, 


Gasp! So girly and pretty!!!
This time I have used the warmer tones, and made a feature of the Kind Acrylic & those Puffy Heart Stickers! 

The Elle's Studio Acrylics are always a firm favourite of mine & that title is no exception - SO good!

And those Cork Speech Bubbles are really something too!

I have used the Live Laugh Love 6 x 6 Paper Stack with this layout as it coordinates beautifully with the February Kit!
You stole my heart, indeed! 
I think I may need a lifetime supply of those hearts (Shapes & Dots Puffy Stickers)
So much awesomeness this month!
As you can see, February is just the BEST!!! 

I hope I have inspired you today! 
You can shop ALL these fabulous products in the Elle's Studio Shop HERE
& you'll save $$$ if you get a subsrciption too!

See more from me on the Elle's Studio blog soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, 
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Pebbles Patio Party: Concertina Tag Cards!

Hi Creative Friends!
I am so excited to be sharing my first tutorial with the all NEW Pebbles, Jen Hadfield: Patio Party collection! With so many beautiful patterns and designs, this collection will wow you!
Image result for pebbles jen hadfield patio party
So super beautiful! 
 But enough chatter, let's get onto my project - Concertina Tag Cards!

When I first laid eyes on pattern paper JUST FOR YOU I knew I wanted to make a trio of cards from it! I love receiving cards that are a little interactive, and concertina folded tags are so much fun!
Here's how....
  1. Trim out the 'triangles' connecting the tags, and then cut into 3 'rows' or sections, as shown below.

2. Use a ruler and scoring tool to mark all the 'folds' & then firmly press into concertina (fan fold).

3. Prepare 3 card bases for your trio. (I used white cardstock, trimmed 6" long x 8" wide, which I score down the center and fold to create a 6" x 4" card.) Trim pattern paper WANDERING WILDFLOWERS to 5 3/4"long  x 3 3/4" wide and adhere to front of card.

4. Attach a 12" length of ribbon to the card front - be sure to only glue in the center and not the sides, as we'll need this ribbon to tie up our tags. Next, tape the back of the final tag in the concertina over the ribbon and onto the card front, as below....
*I attach a pretty layered BUTTERFLY STICKER over the butterfly print tag and add a WOOD STICKER to the front of my card for a little embellishing*

5. Use the ribbon to 'tie up' the cascading concertina, and pin into place with those stunning GOLD SAFETY PINS. Add a PUFFY STICKER or two for that finishing touch!

SO pretty! 
And the recipient has such a fun surprise when they untie that bow! 
Decorate those pretty tags with messages to your loved ones or leave as is, they're sure to please either way!

The second card in this trio uses the same techniques, but this time I use the reverse side of WANDERING WILDFLOWERS for the card front. I also use the patterned barcode strip from the base of this paper as an alternative to ribbon. Cute!  
Hole punch the tags, and fasten together with another of those awesome GOLD SAFETY PINS, taping the final tag onto the card front, as before. 
Decorate with those super sweet PUFFY STICKERS.

Here's how these two cards look before opening.....

Yes - I wrapped up that card like a present as really adds that specialty to the gesture of card giving!
And here's how they look after opening.......

Love this! SO cute 'n' fun!
The last card in the trio is slightly different! Prepare the card front as per card 1, then embellish with a doily. Take the final set of concertina tags and slice off the end tag. Hole punch, attach a ribbon and then place onto the card front with adhesive foam dots.

Take the remaining concertina tags and tape the two end tags inside the card - creating a simple pop up effect!
I decorate mine with those beautiful BUTTERFLY STICKERS, and fill the card with sequins. Such a happy surprise when you open this card!

And there you have it! A trio of concertina tag cards that are sure to bring a smile to everyone you share them with!

Thanks so much for visiting today!
I hope I have inspired you to get creating with the gorgeous Patio Party!

til next time, 
Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo