Pebbles: My Bright Life: Happy Layout!

Hi Friends!

 I just love it when Jen Hadfield releases a new Pebbles collection! 
And the gorgeous new My Bright Life will make you sigh!!! SO beautiful!
Today's creative assignment for the Pebbles DT was to share something that 'makes you happy' - so you'll spot quite a few happy things in my layout!
Here's what I'm sharing with you....
"So Precious"! SO precious, indeed! And so many elements that 'make me happy' too!
Obviously, my children are my world and had to form the main feature of my project, but then you'll also notice the 'little things' that make me happy! Like butterflies and hearts, twine bows, pom poms, florals, & all the pink and blue. Happy days!!!
Here's how you can recreate this pretty page...
1. Start with 2 sheets of pattern paper Flower Rows & a heart shaped cut file. The one I used is from the Paper Issues store called Butterfly Heart Love.

2. Prepare the layout base. Trim a sheet of white cardstock to 11" x 11" and adhere to the reverse (blue) side of one of the Flower Rows papers.

3. Back the cut file. I use a pretty pink pattern from the 6 x 6 Paper Pad  to back the butterfly.

And the other sheet of Flower Rows to back the heart with!

So pretty already!
4. Use American Crafts Double-Sided Super Sticky Red Tape to adhere pom pom trim to the heart edge.

5. Position the heart file onto the layout, and lightly trace around it with pencil. Remove the cut file, and blend Metallic Cream Chalks around the outline.


These are super fun to play with and have a really soft result! I used the light pink and blue for my layout. Once complete, adhere the backed cut file to the page.
6. Take pattern paper Tag, You're It and cut out the 'I Love You' tag.

7. Embellish the heart with 2 Dimensional stickers and add an Ephemera butterfly to the center of the cut file butterfly.

8. Embellish photo with the I Love You tag (& twine), Ephemera, & a Dimensional Sticker. 

9. Add a few layers of pink tissue wrap beneath the photo cluster, and attach to the layout.

10. Add a title with gold foil Thickers.

11. For finishing touches embellish with 6 x 12 Accent Stickers, Ephemera and even a Puffy Sticker.

So beautiful! THIS makes me happy!!!
Here's a few close ups for you....

That photo cluster is just divine!

Gah! So precious!!!

Love, love, love! 
I hope you do too!

Thanks so much for visiting today,
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days,
 Amanda xo

733862 Flower Rows
733892 6 x 6 Paper Pad
733861 Tag, You're It
733883 Dimensional Stickers
733884 Ephemera
733882 6 x 12 Accent Stickers
733866 Puffy Stickers
733888 Thickers Gold Foil Alphas
742007 Pebbles Metallic Cream Chalks - Precious Metals
342055 AC Sticky Thumbs Double Sided Super Sticky Red Tape

Elle's Studio: Product Highlight: Everyday Phrases Stamp

Hi Friends! 

Welcome back for more Elle's Studio inspiration! 

For today's post I am shining the spotlight on the fabulous new Everyday Phrases Stamp! 
As the name suggests, this stamp is all phrases & oh-so cool! 
Here's what I've created with it today.....

"Heart Eyes For This"

Whoa! Who would've thought that stamped words could have such impact! 
I've taken inspiration from the veneer & vellum asterisks from the July new releases, and repeat stamped in this style. 
Such a fun way to create a background, and make the most of your stamp sets!

To emphasize the asterisk style, I have also layered some of the veneers and vellum pieces onto the stamp centers. 

To compliment my seaside photograph, I used inks in sky blue, aquamarine, & cobalt to imitate the ocean. 

 Repeat stamping is such a fun technique to use to create card and layout backgrounds! 

I hope I have inspired you to give this stamping technique a try today! 

Thanks so much for visiting, 
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Wanderlust

Hi Creative Friends!

Welcome back for more Cocoa Vanilla Studio awesomeness!
 Today I am sharing a super fun, BIG title, BIG impact, boy layout with the fabulous new 
BOYS RULE collection.  
Here's my layout,


Yay! I love a big title, and backed with the awesome BOYS RULE papers - well, it just doesn't get any better than this! Love it! And speaking of love, how cute is my little adventurer in the photo?! Such a cool lil guy! One Of A Kind, indeed!
My layout begins with the reverse side of pattern paper, CV-BR008 ENTITLED for the base. I trim white cardstock to 11"x11" and stitch it to the base. Next, I cut the Paige Evans Wanderlust cut file from the Silhouette Store, enlarging it to 11 1/2" high. I back the letters with what looks like lots of different papers; but it's actually ALL from pattern paper CV-BR004 FUN & GAMES. How cool is that?! I love the varying designs within the one paper - SO many creative possibilities!

Here's a closer look....

Loving all those cool patterns! The woodgrain hyphen is from the reverse side of this paper too! So much awesome from one sheet of paper! To add to it's impact, I embellish the large pattern paper title with CHIPBOARD PIECES and DIE CUT & MISCELLANY EPHEMERA.

I also machine stitch the black sentiment tags onto the layout. Lots of messy threads, texture and a little bit of 'raw' on this otherwise clean design.

How cool is that CHIPBOARD PIECES skull n crossbones icon?!! All kinds of awesome!
Let's take a closer look at my photo cluster.....

You'll spy that I have layered my photo onto a combination of MISCELLANY & DIE CUT EPHEMERA. Between these layers, I slide a few ACCESSORY STICKERS too! But it's the FLAIR BUTTON adorning my photo that I just can't get enough of! King Of The World - just perfect!

Below my photo I also include  the 'boy' CLEAR STICKER, and that awesome die cut too!

For finishing touches, I add more random cotton threads, and those dimensional black drops. Simple. Striking & Oh-so-fun!
I am absolutely loving creating with the new BOYS RULE line, & I am sure you will too!
Thanks so much for visiting today,
til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo

Citrus Twist Kits: Skyland Scrapbook Kit Layouts!

Hi Creative Friends! 

I am super-dee-duper excited to be posting my first official Creative Team layouts for Citrus Twist Kits!
 For today's post I'm sharing the Skyland Scrapbook Kit love!
This kit is just magical! So many beautiful papers and embellishments, with sooooo many creative possibilities!

Haven't spied this Skyland beauty yet?
Here's a sneak....

July 2018 "Skyland" Scrapbook Kit

Total gorgeousness, huh?! 

I have created two very clean & fresh designs - here's the first,
"Present & in Awe"

Sigh! Isn't this divine?!! 
I just LOVE our printable Digital Files, and am determined to feature them each month - they're SO good! I've combined the Skyland Journaling Cards & free Cut Aparts with the white cardstock and Pinkfresh Studio: Simple & Sweet Die Cuts with Golf Foil, Epoxy Stickers and Fabric Die Cuts. Did I mention that I love me some Pinkfresh Studio?! The Simple & Sweet line is so soft and dreamy, and the pastel tones partner perfectly with our Skyland Digital Files. 

I love layering patterns and colors, and with our awesome Digital Files, you can print and cut as many layers, tabs and die cuts as you need! 
I matte my photo onto an array of Skyland Journaling Cards, and Cut Aparts, and then embellish my photograph with all those pretty blooms! For added impact, I mount my title onto foam, and position it over the base of my sweet girl's picture. 

Both the top and base of my layout are embellished with Skyland Cut Aparts and Die Cut Ephemera tags, and tabs. 

The Pinkfresh Studio Fabric Die Cuts are SO cool, that I just have to include one on my layout, as well as a couple of the Epoxy Stickers for good measure! Love it! 
Simple & Sweet indeed! 

Next up is an 8.5 x 11" masculine layout, 
"Seek Out The Joy"

Let's hear it for the boys!!!
What a crisp, clean and super fun page for the special guys in my life! I should add that I have included the Webster's Pages: Pretty Plaid paper from this month's Pattern Paper Play kit.
That plaid woodgrain paper is just divine, and I could easily use another 10 sheets of it!
Vintage book paper, on the other hand,  isn't something I feature in my creating that often. So I set myself a challenge to use it in my layouts this month. I am so glad I did! The 'raw' and somewhat edgy look of this ledger paper is just awesome for embellishing a masculine layout with! And yes, I may have to get back on the vintage band wagon - I totally loved this!

To maintain the masculinity of this page, I drew on the black embellishments from the Pinkfresh Studio Die Cuts & Epoxy Stickers, as well as the chambray Fabric Die Cuts. Bold, strong and striking adornments for my two boys!

I also embellish with gold foil accents throughout my page, including those Chipboard Alpha Stickers from Echo Park's Imagine That collection. 

Yes, this! Seek Out The Joy!!! 
Such a wonderful everyday moment to document. 

And there you have it! 
Two very different layouts from our July Skyland Scrapbook Kit. 
I hope I have inspired you to get creating with yours! 
Be sure to share your kit creations with us in the Citrus Twist Fans Page HERE

Thanks so much for visiting today! 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Elle's Studio: July Kit & New Releases!

Hi Creatives! 

It's time! 
The all NEW Elle's Studio July Kit and Extras are now available! 

***Shop ALL the New Releases HERE***

Here's a look at the Exclusive July Kit......

Summer Sensation!!! Loving this color palette!
And the Add-Ons....

Eeep! SO many super cute embellishments!
And last, but by no means least, our Digital Cut Files & Printables...

I say it every month, but truly, so much awesome squeezed into this kit! 

And to get you inspired,
here are two of my recent creations with this kit!
First up is this stampendous layout,

"Good Times"

With stamps this good it's simply impossible not to create with them!
I have also cut up the journaling cards from the July Kit into small squares, as well as the July Labels to form the base of this layout. So Cool!
You'll also spy those fabulous Vellum & Wood Veneeer Asterisk embellishments, Wood Veneer Phrases and even some of the older enamel dots!
Let's take a closer look....

I wanted to share my stamped background with you - it's been created with the Highlight Stamp, and was so much fun to make!
Lots of repeat stamping in those teals, aquas and blues, and then those black inked asterisks too!
Love how this turned out! Such an effective result!

Lots of luscious layers!

More stamped details with the Let's Have Some Fun asterisk stamp too! Awesome!

Super cool in the swimming pool!

My second layout opts for a much warmer color scheme, and features the new Noteworthy colleciton,

"Every Summer Has A Story"

Such a warm, and yet so refreshing Summer layout! 
I also add a little peach watercolor paint and lime cotton thread from my stash to add those finishing touches. 
Here's a few close ups...

Aligning the White Alpha Stickers title onto the yellow striped paper not only ensures a well positioned title, but also adds such interest! 

The Die Cuts from the July Kit are so much fun , and layering them with the Pool Time Veneers creates fabulous embellishment clusters! 

Super cute & so much fun! 

I hope I have encouraged you to get yours today!
Or better yet, start a subscription HERE and never miss out again! 

You can see more Elle's Studio creations from me a lil later in the month ;)
Thanks so much for visiting, 

til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo