Paper Issues:December Try It Tuesday!





Hi Paper Loving Friends!

Can you believe it's the last month of the year already?!!
Let's make it a December to Remember with this month's edition of Paper Issues


This month let's use up all those ends of papers, paper strips and even the printed barcode strips of papers to create with! 

Suggested Ideas include:

 Create a shape such as a star, heart, or snowflake with your paper strips
 Stitch your strips together then die cut out a shape or tag
 Paper piece a cut file shape with strips
 Create multiple borders or frames  
Make a diagonal feature of strips in your background

I'm sure you'll have tons of creative uses for these strips! 

I had so much fun creating for this challenge, here's what I came up with,

"JOY"


JOY indeed! Snow much fun! 
I've used the gorgeous Pinkfresh Studio: December Days collection for my sweet Christmas page.
I had quite a few off cuts and left over papers from the 6 x 6 Paper Pad to use up from this line.
 As I was creating a Christmas layout, I took inspiration from my background patterned paper Ornaments, and decided to create my own paper strip Christmas trees! SO cool!
I just LOVE how effective the paper strip trees look! 
Here's a closer look for you.....


To add to the impact, I decorated my trees with sequin stars, Die Cut ornaments, and even popped a few presents (Puffy Stickers) under the trees. 


How awesome is that Chipboard Frame too?! Loving it all!
I hope my layout has inspired you to get creating but before you do, 
check out some more inspiration from our incredible team here.

Need supplies before you start?
& REMEMBER: Use code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off your total spend - Yay!!!


Love that Cold As Ice Shimmerz Paints background? 
Get yours here and type AMANDA in the comments section of your order to receive a FREE gift! 
Yay for free paint!

Creating at its best! 

Be sure to upload all your paper strip projects (cards, layouts, pocket pages, off the pages etc) in the
Every new entry earns your the chance to win a Paper Issues Gift Card -
 so what are you waiting for?!!
Have FUN!!!

Thanks so much for visiting, 
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: December Pinspire Me!




Hi Happy Arty Days Friends!

Welcome back for more Paper Issues awesomeness with this month's edition of 


Mood boards are always such fun and this month's is SUPER pretty too!
Here's what it looks like.....


Told you it was prrreeeeetty!!!

Omgoodness! I just love this mood board!

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

"Christmastime Joy"


Oh isn't this the sweetest!
Apart from that gorgeous mood board, 
I was also inspired by the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Design Team's theme week - 
to create a Christmas page with a non Christmas collection. 
Such a great challenge!
You'll spy the Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Wild At Heart & Love Always collections on this lovely Christmas page!
The colours in the Wild At Heart papers were a perfect match with our inspiration board! 
I was also really drawn in by the center image of the Christmas tree. 
I created my own tree using my favourite Shimmerz Paints: Dazzlerz - Sea U in the Morning 
and the cute star on top is Dazzlerz: Tutti Frutti
I then embellished it with Enamel Dot ornaments. So cute!
Here's a closer look for you.......


Isn't this just gorgeous?!!
SO very pretty indeed!

I hope you feel inspired by my layout and will play along with Pinspire Me too!

Need supplies before you get started?
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Needing more Shimmerz Paints in your stash?
Visit the online store HERE 
& type AMANDA in the comments section of your order to receive a free gift! Yesss to free paint!

Looking for more Pinspiration?
See what our awesome team have created here

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

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Christmas Comes Early with this Exciting News!!!




Hi Happy Arty Days Friends!

I am so super dee duper, over the moon and doing cartwheels excited to announce this incredible news!


Yippeee! 
It's official! I am joining the Pebbles Inc Design Team!
Omgoodness! 
Dreams are totally made of this! 
I can't begin to describe how delighted and honoured I am to be part of this amazing team, 
and creating amongst such talent! 

Lucky, lucky me!
All my Christmasses have come at once!

Thankyou American Crafts & Pebbles for this wonderful opporutnity!
Thank YOU for all your incredible support on my creative journey!

You can read more, including meeting the rest of this awesome team,

Thanks so much for celebrating with me!
I can't wait to share some Pebbles love with you all!

til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 


Paper Issues: December Take 5!




Hi Creatives!

Welcome back for more Paper Issues awesomeness with this month's edition of


So much fun!!!
I may have gotten a lil excited and doubled up - lol! I took 10! 
See if you can spot them all on my layout!

Here's what I've created, 

"Winter"


I love this! Such a dreamy look to a Cold Winter's Day page! 
as well as my favourite Shimmerz Paints to create this layout. 
Lots of pretty minty hues in this collection, including that super cute Felt Tassel.
Here's a better look for you.....


Naw! That Chipboard Sticker birdy is divine too! 
(Not to mention that super adorable face in my photo!)
That Shimmerz Paints is Dazzlerz: Sea U In The Morning and is just the prettiest! 
LOVE all the Dazzlerz, but this color has my heart!

Speaking of love, how about all the snowflakes in this collection?!!! 
I may have featured a few of them on this layout.....


Just gorgeous!

Did you find all 10 items that I used on my layout today? ;)
I can't wait to see what you create for this super fun challenge!

Need supplies before you get started?
Visit the Paper Issues store HERE
& REMEMBER: Use code AMANDA & save 20% off your total spend! Yay!


Need new paints and mixed media supplies?
& type AMANDA in the comments section of your order to receive a FREE gift! 
Yay for free paint!!!

I've got all your scrappy needs covered ;)

See more inspiration from our talented team on the blog HERE

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

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 


Paper Issues: December New Issue!







Hi Paper Friends!

Welcome back for more paper.crafting.awesomeness with Paper Issues
Today I am playing along with the new December Issue.....


Yay!
So much fun!

This month's issue is all about

Holiday Happenings!

Suggested ideas:

 December holidays
 Pictures of holiday décor (lights, tree, menorah, etc.), 
Favorite gift
 Holiday menu
 Cookie decorating
 Gingerbread houses
Winter activities

Here's what I created, 

"Believe" 


Oh isn't he just adorable?!!
Love this lil guy (& the cute story behind this darling photograph!)
The short version is that Mister A for Awesome discovered a love of peppermint candy canes last year - only he called them Santa's Walking Sticks! Lol, so cute!

I have used the fun and festive FaLaLa collection from Crate Paper for my 8.5 x 11" layout today. 
I drew on the reds in this line because of the candy canes, but also as it's his favourite colour. 
How gorgeous are the Die Cut snowflakes?!


I layered my die cut snowflake with a Chipboard Sticker snowflake - love how effective this looks!
& then repeated this look for my candy canes.....


Just gorgeous!
How awesome is that Tinsel Tassel embellishment?!!


Loving those snowflakes!


And there you have it! 
My take on this month's New Issue!
I hope I have inspired you to play along!

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


Looking for more inspirational ideas?

Thanks so much for stopping by, 
til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Shimmerz Paints: Beautiful Vibez!






Hi Everyone!

Time for another Shimmerz Paints product focus, 
& today I'm showcasing the incredible Vibez range!

What are Vibez, I hear you ask?

Vibez are intensely colorful and shimmer saturated sprays. 
There are also various colors of iridescence - gold, silver, bronze, pearl and various mixtures of each.

Here's what I've created with mine today, 

"You Are Beautiful"


Swoon! So very beautiful, indeed!
Isn't this just delightful?!

 and been inspired by the pretty hues and feathers in this line....

I have combined Vibez:
 and strategically sprayed them to create a ombre tonal effect for my stenciled feathers.
The result is just stunning!!!
When it comes to ombre effects, I always start with the lightest colour first - you can always darken your inks/paints, but it's harder to make them appear lighter. 

To recreate the feathers in this layout simply spray pink, then purple & lastly the blue. 
We want them to blend into each other so be sure to keep them all wet until completed. 
Heat gun dry and watch the shimmery goodness appear!
The shimmer in all the Vibez is just divine!

Such a simple technique, but oh SO effective!

so I treated mine to a lil Inklingz: Beets Me love too! 
More Shimmery goodness!
Here's a few close ups for you.....


Shimmer-tastic! La la LOVE this!


How good is that title too?
The Inklingz have an almost metallic sheen to them - so gorgeous!

Here's a view of the smaller feather..... 


Gah! I just can't get enough of Shimmerz Vibez!
Insanely pretty!


All the heart eyes for my beautiful girl! 
& this STUNNING collection too (it was if it was made for her!)


And there you have it!
My very beautiful look at the Shimmerz Paints: Vibez products!

I hope I have inspired you to get creating with them too!
& REMEMBER: Type my name AMANDA in the comments section of your order 
& you'll receive a FREE gift! Yay! 
I love free paint! 

Thanks so much for visiting today!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: December Sketchy Saturday




Hi Creatives!

Welcome back for the December edition of Paper Issues


I love Sketchy Saturday! 
Who doesn't love a good sketch to get their creativity flowing?!

Here's what we're playing with this month.....


Awesome! 
Here's my take on it....

"Hey Sunshine"


Oh isn't this fun!!!
Love hanging out at the beach with this cool girl! 
I have pretty much stuck to the sketch, but am so pleased with how it turned out!
& I am loving bright and playful it is!

and a sheet of two from the 6 x 6 Paper Pad.

There's also a ton of super cute embellishments from this line......


The Ephemera Die Cuts are always a firm favourite of mine, 
but I am also really loving those blue foiled Thickers! 
SO cool! 
Here's a better look at that awesome foiled title....


Magical, indeed!
Oh, and those pretty splatters?
Well there from Shimmerz Paints of course! 
It's Vibez: Jeni B Bleu - my favourite Vibez colour!
Love it!

And there you have it! 
My super fun take on this month's sketch challenge!
I can't wait to see your take on it!

Need supplies before you get started?
& REMEMBER: Use code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off your total spend!



Looking for more sketchy inspiration?
See what our talented team has created here

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

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo