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

Shimmerz Paints: Good Life & Mini Process Video!

Hi Creative Friends!

Welcome back for more Shimmery goodness with my latest project for
Shimmerz Paints!

And yes, I am still creating with our gorgeous new Shimmerz colors!
They're truly that good!
I can't recommend these paints enough!
Super easy to use, & the shimmer is sensational!

I have opted for a pretty, shimmery, girly layout for today's post -
here's what I created,

"Good Life"

Sooooo pretty!!! 
I have been meaning to scrap this sweet pic of  me and my gorgeous girl for sometime, and the combination of the Shimmerz colors and Pink Paislee's Paige Evans: Pick Me Up collection was the perfect selection! 
You'll spy Shimmerz in the following colors;

I have been testing and trialing the creation of process videos & the one for this layout was so close to being acceptable, that I have decided to upload it to my Instagram IGTV Channel @happy_arty_days  
It's a super quick 4 minutes, so please stop by and check it out! 

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

So many soft and pretty details!

I love the softness of these paints - so delicate and shimmery! 
Perfect for feminine pages!

Good Life, indeed! 
Love, love, love this happy moment! 

And there you  have it! 
My sweet mum & daughter layout with Shimmerz Paints! 

I hope I have inspired you to try these paints (or, if you're like me, grow your collection! lol!)

*REMEMBER: Type AMANDA in the comments section of your Shimmerz Paints store order & you'll receive a FREE paint!  (no minimum sale required, can  be used on every order you place BUT not valid with any other discounts)* 
Yay for free paint! 

Thanks so much for visiting, 
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Pinkfresh Studio: Simple & Sweet Delight!

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back for more Pinkfresh Studio inspiration! 

Today I am sharing this Summery sweet layout using the fun and fresh, 
Simple & Sweet collection.....


Isn't this delightful?!! 
All the lemony goodness here!
And I just love the peach, yellow and pink color scheme - so fun and playful! 
I start with a white cardstock base, and cover the top third of the page with that super cool SWEET LIFE pattern paper. 
Next, I layer my photograph onto a STITCHED FRAME,  a few off cuts from pattern paper HAPPY LIFE, as well as a few EPHEMERA DIE CUTS. 
I position this photo cluster onto the SWEET LIFE paper, and have the remainder of my design cascade beneath the photo. 

The main section of this 'cascading' path is created with fussy cuts from pattern paper, FRESH AIR. I just adore this ticket style paper, and had to make a feature out of those labels/sentiments and tickets! 
I use foam dots to make the grow your dreams sentiment really pop.
For added interest, I embellish the FRESH AIR cuts with CHIPBOARD STICKERS, EPHEMERA, PUFFY & EPOXY STICKERS.
Here's a closer look for you.....

SO much sweetness!!! You just can't can wrong with lemons! Follow your bliss, indeed! 
For finishing touches, I embellish my darling photograph with a larger EPOXY STICKER....

Totally gorgeous!
Everything about this page is oh-so-sweet!!!
Simple & Sweet, that is! ;)

I hope I have inspired you to get creating with this collection too!
Thanks so much for visiting, 

Pebbles: Land That I Love 15 Minute Make!

Hi Friends!

Welcome back for a little Pebbles inspiration! 
Today I am sharing a super quick but oh so stunning, scrapbook layout with the gorgeous 
Land That I Love collection!
 I was so excited when I read this week's theme for the blog - 15 minute craft ideas! 
I set my timer and challenged myself with this one! Here's what I created....


Oh isn't this gorgeous?!!
I know, how did I make this in 15 minutes? Let me tell you......

Start by fussy cutting approximately one third of pattern paper, PATRIOTIC BLOSSOMS. I'm not going to lie, this took me a solid 7 minutes, but the rest of the layout is so quick it can still be created in the 15 minute time frame. If you're a slower fussy cutter you may want to prepare your cut blossoms a day before ;)

While your trusty scissors are handy, trim the reverse side of pattern paper HAPPY 4TH! The size is 2" x 12" and be sure to include the red gingham pattern strip at the base of the paper.

Attach the 2" trim to the left hand side of a 12" x 12" white cardstock base. Glue a 12" length of delicate white lace over the paper join - as shown above.  While it's adhering, prepare your photograph!

Back your photo with a PRINTED CARDSTOCK SHAPES blossom & a lace doily. This doily will act as a circular guide for the fussy cut wreath. Line up your photo with the center of the trim and stick down with foam dots.


Arrange fussy cut blossoms in the wreath design, leaving two 'breaks' in the wreath. When happy, glue into place.

Fill those wreath 'breaks' with PRINTED CARDSTOCK SHAPES and 6 x 12 ACCENT STICKERS birds.

Embellish the blossoms wreath with PUFFY STICKERS: RED, WHITE & BLUE DOTS.....

Apply 6 x 12 blossom ACCENT STICKERS to the top and bottom right hand corners of the layout. Add a Thickers  title (happy) and for finishing touches, add tiny silver Thickers stars to the wreath.

Sigh! SO preeeeeeetty!
Here's a few close ups for you.....

The lace really adds a soft touch to this crisp color scheme!

Those silver America Thickers are just fabulous! SO cool!

And there you have it!
Simple, sweet and in my album in just 15 minutes! Yessss!
Memory keeping doesn't need to take you hours. 
I urge you to give this super quick layout design a try!

Thanks so much for visiting today,
til next time,

Happy Arty Days,
 Amanda xo