The Cut Shoppe: Floral Wreath, Happy Times!

Hi Lovelies! 

Today I am sharing my final project for The Cut Shoppe Design Team!
I have absolutely LOVED creating for this awesome team, 
and wish Ashley & The Cut Shoppe all the very best! 

 For my final layout, I have created a super pretty Spring inspired number with the gorgeous new Floral Wreath cut file!
Teamed with the beautiful and bright Cocoa Vanilla Studio Happiness collection, this layout is a floral dream!
Here's my layout,

"Happy Times"

Oh isn't this gor-jus?!!
The new Floral Wreath is simply stunning! 
I have cut the wreath in white cardstock, and backed it with two of the Happiness 6 x 8" Paper Pad papers. 
Here's a better look at the Floral Wreath......

LOVE!!!!! Absolute floral perfection!

Here's a closer view of my layout.....

To create soft dimension & interest to my wreath, I fold some of the flower petals upwards. I also embellish some of the flower centers with fussy cut butterflies, die cuts, sequins and even a flair button! 

So very pretty! The sequins are the 'Dragon Tales' mix from Spiegelmom Scraps, and they add just the right amount of sparkle to this girly page! 

So my photo isn't lost among all those bright & beautiful florals, I print it in black & white, and also mount it with a die cut frame. Perfect!

I layer my title, happy times, over the wreath too! 

And for finishing touches, I surround the Floral Wreath with hearts and more of those gorgeous sequins! 
And there you have it! 
Spring perfection! 

I hope you feel inspired to use this cut file in your creating! 

Thanks so much for visiting, 

CTK: Life Crafted Kit: 3 To Inspire!

Hi Friends! 

Welcome back for more Citrus Twist Kits: March Kit inspiration! 
Today I am sharing a few projects for the awesome 3-to-Inspire challenge

Before we get started here's the 3 things you'll need to feature in your projects to play along; 

1. Use pattern paper. There are so many gorgeous designs in both kits this month - so use them up!

2. Include chipboard embellishments. Again, there's a vast array of these in both kits!

3. Add Die Cuts / Ephemera. An easy one to keep things light hearted, &  just get you creating! 

Now, onto the good stuff! 
Firstly, here's what I've created with using my Life Crafted Album & March Life Chapters Kit!

Sigh! Sweet dreams, indeed! 
Such darling pages & a great design to showcase that fabulous pattern paper! 

Here's a closer view....

On closer inspection you'll spy that I have also used the 3 x 8" book mark as part of my page base too! The vintage appearance of this book mark softens the boldness of the pattern paper, and also adds a more masculine feel to the page! 

The chipboard sentiment circles, combined with the star ephemera are the perfect finishing touch! 

I also created a new 'tabbed' section for my Life Crafted Album using the March Life Chapters Kit too.....

Sigh! Isn't this pretty?! I instantly fell in love with that floral paper and knew I'd make a real feature of it! The cream scalloped pocket is also a fave of mine from this month's kit! 
(Especially as I love hidden journaling and interactive album pages!) 

& speaking of interactive elements, the "Did you ever hear the story of..." journal card is the BEST prompt card for this new section of my Life Crafted Album. A place to record all life's little chapters & stories! 

The hearts are such a soft take on chipboard stickers, and really add an elegant touch! Beautiful!

Next up is a super pretty layout that I've created using the March Scrapbooking Add On Kit


Oh!!! Such loveliness! 
You'll spy pattern papers Happy Place & Good Times from the Pinkfresh Studio Everyday Musings collection. I may be a lil biased when it comes to Pinkfresh Studio, but this line really has my heart!!!! 
To showcase more of these gorgeous pattern papers, I also fold up the edges to reveal the B sides....

I layer & embellish this page with lots of the Everyday Musings ephemera too! 
For the chipboard element, you'll spy more of those exclusive ones from the March Life Chapters Kit, as well as a chipboard frame from the February Scrapbooking Add On Kit. 

Such a gorgeous photo cluster! 
Love it!

And there you have it! 
Three very beautiful projects for today's 3-to-Inspire challenge! 
I hope you'll join me and play along! 
Don't forget to share your CTK projects with us in the Citrus Twist Kits Facebook Fan Page HERE! 
We really love seeing what you create and love to talk all things paper craft!
Thanks so much for visiting today! 
til next time, 

Altenew March 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencil Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi Friends! 

Welcome to the Happy Arty Days blog!
I am so super excited to be participating in the 

Altenew March 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencil Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

If you've just arrived here from the super awesome Sveta Fotinia's blog,
  then you're in the right place! 
If not, or you're feeling a lil uncertain, here's the full blog hop list:

Start Here----> Altenew Card Blog
You are HERE----> Amanda Baldwin

Like all good blog hops, there are some fantastic prizes up for grabs! 

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners!
Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 3/19/2019 for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/23/2019.
You can also go in the drawer to win a $20 Altenew gift certificate by simply leaving a comment on this blog!
The winner for this prize will also be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/23/2019

With the formalities taken care of, let's take a look at what I've created!

Note: I have a lot of projects to share with you, so I'll keep my write up short. If you have any questions about how I created my layouts, just pop them in the comments section & I'll get back to you!
Seriously, so much eye candy ahead for you!!!

Here's my first layout featuring the Bold Bunch Stamp, Die & Mask Stencil, 

"Colorful Memories"

How beautiful is this?!!
I've taken inspiration from that gorgeous Live Your Dream pattern paper, and created a floral wreath in a similar color palette. 
Here's a better look.....

 So gorgeous!!!

Such lovely layers!

Next up is this sweet 8.5" x 11' layout featuring the Prettiest Pomander Stamp Set & Die

"You Are So Special"

Layered stamps are SO amazing, & just look at how detailed that posy is! 
So incredibly beautiful!
Here's a closer look at my layout.....

Prettiest Pomander, indeed! Absolutely gor-jus!!!

Next up, I have two very detailed layouts featuring the Rennie Roses Stamp Set & Die.
The first is called, 

"Remember That Day"

The leaves and foilage pieces in this set are so impressive that I wanted to feature them without the roses. 
Here's a closer look....

Isn't this divine?!! 
I love this so much! 

And my second layout with the Rennie Roses Stamp Set & Die is this pretty number, 

"Dance Like No One Is Watching"!!! 
The Rennie Roses Stamp, Die & Mask Stencil Set would have to be my absolute favorite from this release!!!

Simply stunning!!!

And last, but by no means least, is this bright & playful page, 

"Life Of The Party"

Bold, bright, pops of color! 
I combined the Rennie Roses Die Set with the Shades of Love, & Shades of Friendship stamps to create this super fun page!!!!

I think you'll agree with me that this Stamp, Die & Stencil release is nothing short of amazing! 

REMEMBER:  Leave a comment on this post to go in the drawer to win a $20 Altenew Gift Certificate! 

Thanks so much for stopping by & seeing my creations! 
Time to send you hopping over to the fabulous 
for more incredible inspiration! 

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Happiness Here & Now!

Hi Friends!

Welcome back for more Cocoa Vanilla Studio inspiration!
I am SO excited to be sharing my first official layout with the delightful new Happiness collection! This line is so bright and beautiful & I just adore all those florals!!! 
But I could rave for hours, so let's get straight into my project...

"Here & Now"


Wa wa WOW!!!!
No surprises that my first layout with the HAPPINESS collection features the super stunning floral wreath paper, CV-HA005 SO FRESH. Isn't it just the prettiest?! Totally swoon worthy!
I build on this floral wreath base with lots of fussy cut butterflies from pattern paper, CV-HA008 BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL, and then create two more circular designs within the floral wreath. A ring of fussy cut butterflies, and one of DIE CUT EPHEMERA florals to frame my sweet photo. SO pretty! 
Let's take a closer look.....

Just look at those fussy cut butterflies! So detailed and perfectly positioned within the wreath!
But it's the floral frame around my photograph that really has my heart....

Absolutely stunning!!!
It's created entirely from DIE CUT EPHEMERA blooms, with one of the CV-HA008 BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL butterflies tucked into the floral frame for good measure. I foam mount this cluster so that my photo really stands out and remains the focus of my layout (despite all those colorful distractions!).
Here's a better view for you....

Sigh! Could it get any sweeter?! Florals always have my heart!!!
The butterflies are such a beautiful element to this collection too! 
You'll notice that I opt for only blue butterflies in my center ring. 
Not only does this cut through all the pinks, oranges and greens, it also helps with visual definition too!

To further enhance the circular flight pattern of the butterflies, I add sequins to strengthen the path, and define the ring.

ACCESSORY STICKERS are always a staple item in any Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection for me! The typewriter font word stickers are always the perfect way to add sentiments and journaling to your pages.
For finishing touches, I sprinkle a few sequins around the wreath....
and Voila!!!
Simple, quick & easy creating that looks Aaaah-MAZING!!!
HAPPINESS is all kinds of paper beauty! 
And I hope that I have inspired you to get creating with it too!

Thanks so much for visiting today!
til next time, 

Elle's Studio: March New Releases & Inspiration!

Hi Friends!

Welcome back for more Elle's Studio inspiration!
This month's exclusive kit and new releases will have you swooning!
Before I share what I've created with these amazing products,
here's a look at what's new in the store!

March 2019 Exclusive Kit

March Add Ons

March Digital Cut Files & Printables

Told you it was gorgeous! 
So many beautiful colors, patterns, designs and embellishments for all your creative needs!

Here's a look at just 2 of the layouts that I have created with these awesome products!
First up, a fun, adventure boy page.....

"Ready, Set, Go!!!"

Whoa! Ready for adventures, indeed!
Such a cool kid! 

Other Supplies: White cardstock, Staz On Black ink, Umbrella Crafts Premium Dye Inks: Mint & Blue. 

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

I'm absolutely LOVING the veneers in this month's release!
Those large numerals are SO cool! & the speech bubbles are all kinds of awesomeness! 

Lots of lovely layers here! 
And I must mention those incredible Puffy Stickers and The Details Stamp - so good!!!

That fabulous Love This Speech Bubble die cut was fussy cut from one of the March Kit 3 x 4" cards. Love how it looks as an embellishment!

Next up, another fun and playful page for my sweet boy, 


Oh isn't this the sweetest?!!
Every time I look at this layout I hear myself humming, Judy Garland's, "Over the Rainbow"
So innocent & pure! 

Other Supplies: White cardstock, cotton thread/machine stitching, baking paper, blue fold back clip.

Here's a closer look at this sweet, rainbow inspired layout....

Do I even need to mention how amazing the Spring Puffy Stickers are?!!
Seriously, that rainbow and rain cloud set are aaaahMAZING!
And clearly, they inspired the whole design of my layout! Rainbow LOVE!!!

I just love the embellishment rainbow that I've created! 
Such a fresh take on the rainbow trend at the moment!
The bright, fun colors of the 6 x 6 Springtime Paper Pack enhance this fresh and contemporary twist on Spring rainbows - Love it!!!

The speech bubbles are a super cool addition too, don't you think?

And there you have it! 
So many beautiful new releases & you can get them ALL in the 

Come back a lil later in the month to see more from me with this amazing kit! 
Thanks so much for visiting, 
til next time,