Citrus Twist Kits: May Life Crafted Kit





Hi Friends! 

Welcome back to the Happy Arty Days blog! 
I am so excited to be sharing my first layout with this month's Life Crafted Kit 
from Citrus Twist Kits! 
The 'May' kit is called Excursions and is all kinds of loveliness! 
If you haven't seen it yet, here's a quick peek....


So gorgeous, huh?! 
If you're fast, you might be lucky enough to snare this beautiful kit in the CTK store HERE. 

And here's the layout that I created with Excursions....

"You Two - Besties Since Like Forever"


Sigh! Isn't this the prettiest?!
Soft, fresh and very feminine! 
All the pastel pretties for these darling girls!

Let's take a closer look.....


I just adore the pattern papers and vintage book paper in this month's kit - so gorgeous!
The floral die cut ephemera is totally divine too! 
I used the bonus subscriber cut aparts to create more of these blooms for my page, and tucked them into that fabulous butterfly heart cut file. 

And speaking of cut files, how beautiful are those butterflies?


I've backed them with those gorgeous pattern papers, then layered ephemera hearts over the top - so sweet! 
That amazing cut file is a freebie one but again, it is an exclusive to all the CTK subscribers. 
Yet, another great incentive to start a subscription today!


I should add that the sequins are from my stash, but everything else you see on my page is from the May Life Crafted Kit & subscriber exclusives. I know, so much loveliness in one kit! 
Check out those awesome puffy alphas and my favorite, the monthly Life Crafted Stamp! 
So much goodness in one divine lil kit! Love, love, LOVE!!!!


I hope you enjoyed seeing my first layout with this month's kit. 
Thanks so  much for visiting, 
til next time, 


Altenew April 2019 Washi Tape/Embossing Paste Release Blog Hop + Giveaway





Hi Friends! 

Welcome to the Happy Arty Days Blog! 
I am so excited to be participating in the fabulous 
Altenew April 2019 Washi Tape/Embossing Paste Release Blog Hop!

There are SO many amazing new products in this release, and you can shop them ALL in the Altenew Shop HERE

To celebrate this fabulous release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners!

Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 5/1/2019 for a chance to win.

Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on EACH designer’s blog on the blog hop list below.
All winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 5/4/2019.
If you have just arrived here from the amazing Lilith Eeckels blog, then you're in the right place! 
If not, or you're a lil unsure, here's the blog hop list to help you find your way....

Start here----> Altenew Card Blog
You are here----> Amanda Baldwin

With  the formalities taken care of, 
here are my creations with these gorgeous new products!

First up is this pretty page, 

"Love This Life"


Oooh! Isn't this pretty?!!


Here's a better look for you....


That Botanical Rhapsody Washi Tape is all kinds of awesomeness!!!
For this layout, I use it to completely cover my white 12" cardstock base, creating my own beautiful pattern paper base. LOVE!


With a busy pattern paper base, I simply fussy cut Autumn color blooms from the Alluring Blooms 
6 x 6 Paper Pack to support and embellish my darling photo. 
You'll also spy a couple of my fave Live Your Dream collection Chipboard Stickers! 
But it's that washi tape background that wins my heart!
It's so stunning you can't even tell it's tape! 
Just look at those intricate blooms! 


So divine! 

Next up is this stunner, 

"You Are So Special"


Whoa!!!
This.is.GOR-jus!!!


Let's take a closer view....


That Teal Shadow Washi Tape is simply mesmerizing!!! 
So.very.beautiful!
Like my previous layout, I apply the washi tape to create the illusion of pattern paper. 
I also apply the Teal Shadow Washi Tape, and the Botanical Rhapsody Washi Tape to smooth white cardstock and then fussy cut out all the leaves and floral blooms. I love fussy cutting, and by using the washi tapes this way, you're able to create your own die cut ephemera. So clever & oh so pretty!
And speaking of fussy cutting, I spy a gorgeous floral wreath framing my sweet photo! It's been cut from the beautiful new Summer Garden 6 x 6 Paper Pack. 


And I must make mention of the ahh-may-zing new Embossing Paste from Altenew!
I've used many pastes in my life, but none like this! 
It was like applying a whipped mousse to my stencil - even smoother and lighter than butter! 
And as for the result? Well, it speaks for itself! 
Those butterflies are perfection! 
I applied the Embossing Paste with a palette knife & the Flowing Butterfly Stencil. Love it!



Absolutely gorgeous!

Next up, is a more masculine approach to using these new products.... 

"Oh BOY!"


Oh boy, indeed! Such a cool kiddo! 


Here's a better view....


This is SO awesome! 
The Misty Meadows Washi Tape is really something - 
it even has gold foiling throughout it's pattern! 
To draw attention to that 'golden' highlight, I also trim it with the Gold Trim Washi Tape. So effective!
But it's that Embossing Paste that is really wowing me! 
I used a liquid ink to hand color the paste on a mixing palette, and applied it with a palette knife. The stencil featured is called Leaf Burst and showcases that Embossing Paste beautifully! 


That paste is so easy to apply and gives such a high end finish - I am SO impressed! 
Here's another look at it...


SO good!

And last, but by no means least, is this pretty page....

"Remember That Day"


Altenew does it again! 
All the pretty things for all our memory keeping whims! 


It's no secret that I love a good floral wreath design, and this is no exception! 
Just look at those fussy cut blooms!


Sigh! So very pretty!
I am loving the contrast between the sweet florals and the very contemporary Gold String Washi Tape! So striking! 


It's hard to believe it's washi tape, isn't it?! SO good! 


How sweet it that butterfly embellishment tucked beneath my darling photo?!
It's created from tinted Embossing Paste and the Flowing Butterfly Stencil - I simply fussy cut it out once dry. Cute! 

And there you have it! 
I hope my layouts have inspired you to get creating with all these fabulous Altenew products! 
I can't recommend them enough!

& remember to leave a comment to go in the draw to win a $15 Altenew Gift certificate from this blog!

Time to send you hopping to the incredibly talented Virginia Lu's blog HERE! 

Thanks so much for visiting, 
& for all your lovely comments - they really mean so much! 
til next time, 



Altenew April 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencil/Paper Pack Release Blog Hop + Giveaway






Hi Friends! 

Welcome to the Happy Arty Days blog! 

I am so super excited to be participating in the 
Altenew April 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencil/Paper Pack Release 
Blog Hop + Giveaway!

There are so many incredible new products this month & trust me when I say you'll be wanting them all - SO good!!!!
***View & shop all the new releases in the Altenew Shop HERE***

Whoa! With so many gorgeous new products, 
this is one epic blog hop! 
And like all good blog hops, 
there are some incredible giveaways!!!

Prizes:
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 4/22/2019 for a chance to win.

Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. So be sure to leave a comment every stop of the way!
All winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 5/4/2019.

If you've just arrived here from the amazing Sveta Fotinia's blog, then you're in the right place! 
If not, or you're a lil unsure, here's the full hop list....

With the formalities taken care of, let's get straight into the good stuff! 
I've got quite a lot of inspiration to share with you, so I'll keep my write up short. 
If you have any questions about how I created a certain project please be sure to direct message me on my instagram account HERE, so I can reply. 
Thanks so much & I hope you enjoy seeing my creations! 

First up, is this divine layout....


Isn't this gor-jus?!!


Here's a better look at this pretty page.....


So much gorgeousness here! 
I am absolutely crushing on the cascading foilage fussy cut from the Summer Garden Paper Pack, and then enhanced by the A Study In Watercolor Stamp & Die Set. La la LOVE!


By coordinating the A Study In Watercolor stamped die cuts with the Summer Garden pattern paper, I am able to disguise the fact that this is 6" x 6" paper. Such a clever way to incorporate 6" x 6" paper into our 12 x 12 scrapbook layouts!

Those stamped layers are errrrrrything!!!


You'll also spy more of the Summer Garden paper at the base of this layout. By butting 2 of the same paper together it also creates the illusion of a 12" paper. So cool! 
I also layer more of the A Study In Watercolor stamped die cuts beneath my photo for added interest & impact! 


Absolutely beautiful!

My second layout also features the gorgeous Summer Garden 6 x 6 Paper Pack.....


Oh how pretty!!!


Let's take a closer look....


Wow! 

Like my previous layout, I have cleverly positioned the pattern paper to create the illusion of 12" paper. I have also been inspired by the color in this paper, and used it with my Weekend Doodles Stamp. Isn't the result stunning?! 


I stamp the sentiment directly onto my layout with black ink - LOVE!
But it's those layered Weekend Doodles stamped die cuts that really have my heart...



So intricate & divine!


Perfect for my pretty girl! 

Next up, is a very fresh and contemporary scrapbook layout....


Sigh! So refreshing, indeed! 


Here's a better look....


Yes!!! 
I just adore everything about this page! 
I create the watercolor base by pressing the Turquoise Ink onto an acrylic plate and adding water. Voila! Instant liquid watercolors from our fave dye inks! 


I love the 'washy' appearance of the liquid watercolor base so much, that I also use my wet paint brush over a few of my A Study In Watercolor stamped die cuts. This really softens their appearance! I also use the A Study In Watercolor Die Set with the Alluring Blooms 6 x 6 pattern paper to add a hint more color to my design! 
I use this same paper & another from the Sweet Moments 6 x 6 Paper Pack to create the trims at the top and bottom of my layout. 


So simple, and so very beautiful! 

And last, but by no means least,
a trio of cards for all our card making friends! 


So sweet! 
And perfect for a variety of occasions!


Here's the first card I made....


Oh so pretty & just perfect for a newborn baby girl! 
That Spring Meadow Cover Die is just so intricate!
Loving those yellow inset details too!

My second card has a more 'grown up' color palette, but is equally as beautiful....


I feature the Geometric Landscape Stamp as the sentiment, which I stamp directly onto that lovely Blushing Blooms paper! 
So gorgeous! 

My third card is perfect for birthdays, Easter celebrations or even Spring! 


So pretty! 
Again, I have used the Geometric Landscape stamp for the sentiment. 
Clean, & bold and simply lovely!


Wow! 
Told you this release was EPIC!!!
Absolutely Stunning!!!
I hope you feel inspired! 

***Please remember to leave a comment to go in the draw to win a $20 Altenew Gift certificate***

Time to send you hopping on to the wonderful Susan Wymer's blog HERE
Good luck with the giveway prizes
& thanks so much for visiting!

til next time,