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!!!

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....


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....

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!

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, 

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Happiness Is Rainbows & Butterflies!

Hi Creatives!

Welcome back for more Cocoa Vanilla Studio inspiration!
Today I'm sharing another bright & beautiful scrapbook layout with the gorgeous Happiness collection!


Sigh! So lovely, indeed! 
All the rainbows & butterflies for the win!
I just adore the rainbow stripe pattern paper, CV-HA003 GOOD VIBES & it has totally inspired the color scheme for this fun and playful page! I use GOOD VIBES as my layout base, then machine stitch an 11" x 11" sheet of white cardstock over it. By only revealing the 'edges' of this paper it's bright colors aren't too intense & don't distract you from my photo.

Here's a closer look.....

You'll also notice that I align the fussy cut butterflies from paper CV-HA008 BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL, with the colored stripes on the base paper. Everything in rainbow order - just the way I like it!  I center my photograph, and arrange the butterflies so that they are also forming a heart. I embellish the base of the heart with that cute DIE CUT EPHEMERA tassel & layered heart/butterfly. Cute!

Speaking of layered butterflies, I feature a few more of them in my design...

Two are ACCESSORY STICKERS that are positioned over the fussy cut BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL butterflies, and the other is a larger butterfly fussy cut from the CV-HA006 LITTLE THINGS pattern paper.

I have positioned this larger butterfly so it is peaking out from beneath the top of my photo, and have layered it with two DIE CUT EPHEMERA hearts. This acts as a focal point and really draws your eye into my sweet girl's photo! I also adorn the side of her photo with that So Fun FLAIR BUTTON. Love it!

To the bottom left hand side of my layout, I create a smaller ephemera embellishment cluster - including my DIE CUT CARDSTOCK TITLE, Lovely. I foam mount this title for added dimension & impact. Perfect!
For finishing touches, I add watercolor dots and use color coordinating DIE CUT EPHEMERA & CLEAR STICKERS around the rainbow heart!

And there you have it!
Rainbows, fussy cutting & butterflies - what more could you want?! ;)
I hope you're feeling inspired to get creating with the Happiness collection! 
It really is a whole lot of sunshine & rainbows to create with!

Thanks so much for visiting,
til next time,

Elle's Studio: April Kit & New Releases Inspiration!

Hi Friends! 

Welcome back for more Elle's Studio awesomeness! 
Every month Elle Price wows us with more gorgeous memory keeping products 
& this month is no different! 
Check out the amazing April Exclusive Kit.....

Told you it was amazing! SO good!
Those colors and designs are so bright & fun!
And we all know that the add on items are always super incredible....

That Wander clear stamp totally has me!
And let's not forget the fabulous digital cut files & printables for this month....


Here's what I've created with these products so far.....

"Love This"

Sigh! Isn't this the sweetest 8.5'" x 11" layout?! I just adore those cascading hearts!
Told you that Wander stamp had me ;) SO good!

Other Supplies: White cardstock, sequins, and stamping inks - pink, cyan & violet. 

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

Loving all those tucked in pieces and layered embellishments! Heart this, indeed!

To coordinate with the pretty color scheme, I fussy cut those labels from the Pastel Labeled Journaling Tags. Such a fun way to incorporate these pocket cards into your scrapbook pages. Speaking of incorporating pocket cards into layouts, how about that lovely trim on the left hand side of my page?! Yes, both strips have actually been cut from the 6 x 4" cards! Awesome!

You'll also spy some of the sweet die cuts from the April Exclusive Kit here. I foam mount them for added dimension and interest.  
And the Love This Wood Veneer is just the best veneer title ever!!!

Love it! 

My second project today is a fresh and contemporary scrapbook layout, 


Wow! Such a clean and fresh Summer page! 

Other Supplies: Sewing machine & thread, staples, baking paper. 

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

More Of This, for sure!!!
The glossy white Wander Acrylic looks amazing positioned over my photograph, and really draws you into the heart of my page and story. 
Like my previous layout, I've opted for lots of layered goodness with the April Kit and embellishments!


Puffy Stickers (& Dots) add the perfect finishing touch! 

I hope my projects have inspired you to get creating with this month's kit! 

Be sure to stop by a lil later in the month for more Elle's Studio inspiration!
Thanks so much for visiting, 
til next time, 

Pinkfresh Studio 5th Birthday Blog Hop Celebration

Hi Friends!
Welcome to the Happy Arty Days blog!

I am so super excited to be part of the Pinkfresh Studio 5th Birthday celebrations!
This is such a momentus occasion and milestone achievement,

Biggest Congratulations Pinkfresh Studio!

This is one epic blog hop!

If you've just arrived here from the amazing
Lea Lawson's blog
then you're in the right place!
If not, or you're a lil unsure, go back to the Pinkfresh Studio blog HERE to check the hop order.

Like all good blog hops there are some Aaah-may-zing giveaways!!!!

There are 3 Grand Prizes which will be randomly picked from comments left on the

 Pinkfresh Studio 5th Birthday Blog Hop post. They are:

1. Full Set of Pinkfresh Studio Liquid Watercolors

2. A set of the 3 current Pinkfresh Studio paper collections
3. The entire April Essentials Die release


But that's not all folks!
Every stop along the hop will also have a $25 Pinkfresh Studio Gift Card up for grabs too!

So be sure to type a comment at every stop along the way as winners will be randomly selected from the comments left on each blog.

All giveaway winners will be announced on the Pinkfresh Studio Giveaway Page HERE on Sunday, March 14th.

It is the entrants' responsibility to check the page, and claim their prize within 2 weeks of the announcement.
Good Luck!!!!

Oh, and because Pinkfresh Studio are so incredibly awesome, they're also hosting 2 very special birthday promotions....

1. Receive a free die (XO word) with purchase. There is no code necessary, and the die will automatically load into your cart while supplies last.   

2. Free/discounted shipping from April 5-7th on orders $25+. using code FREESHIP5THBDAY.
Shipping is free in the USA, and $5.50 off for our International friends.

With all the formalities taken care of, 
here's what I've created for the 5th Birthday celebration

"Puppy Love"

Sigh! Isn't this pretty?!!
I've combined a few of my favorite Pinkfresh Studio things to create this layout. 
You'll spy both the Everyday Musings & Joyful Day collections, as well as the incredible Pinkfresh Studio Liquid Watercolors (Sapphire & Lavender).

The cut file featured is designed by my fellow Pinkfresh Studio DT member, Anett Gelencser and is called, Floral Wreath. It's so delicate, and looks perfect backed with the 6 x 6 Paper Pad papers from the Everyday Musings & Joyful Day collections! 
Here's a closer look.....

I've adorned the flower centers with a wooden epoxy button from the Joyful Day mixed embellishments pack, as well 2 letter 'O's from the Joyful Day Mini Puffy Alpha Stickers. Such a cute touch! 
I scattered enamel dots and a few puffy stickers around the wreath too!

I love how the folded cardstock reveals that stunning pattern paper, reverse side of BIG IDEAS from the Joyful Day collection. Such a beautiful color! 

I used the Joyful Day Puffy Alpha Stickers to form my layout title too! 
Isn't that font errrrything?!!
Love it! 
And there you have it! 

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project!
***Don't forget to leave a comment below to go in the drawer to win a $25 Gift Card***

Time to send you hopping over to the incredibly talented Heather Hoffman's blog HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by &
Good Luck with the giveaways!
til next time,

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo 

Altenew 5th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 3 + Giveaway

Hi Creatives! 

Welcome to the Happy Arty Days blog! 

I am super excited to be participating in Day 3 of the Altenew 5th Anniversary Blog Hop celebrations!
If you just arrived here from the insanely talented Anna Kossakovskaya's blog then you're in the right place!
If not, or you're feeling a little lost, check the blog list I've included a little further down the page ;)

To celebrate this momentus occasion, Altenew has got a very special celebratory offer just for you...

Enjoy FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY9M or $5 OFF international shipping with code SHOPPING9M at checkout - YAY!!!
Offer valid from 4/2/2019 at 12:01 am EDT through 4/5/2019 at 11:59 pm EDT.
Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.

As well as tons of Altenew inspiration throughout the hop,
there are also some incredibly awesome prizes too!

Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 10 lucky winners.
There are also 14 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Altenew: 5 $50 Altenew Gift Certificates
Altenew Academy: 10 Class Spots
Jennifer McGuire Ink: 2 $100 Altenew Gift Certificates
My Sweet Petunia: 1 Prize Bundle(Original MISTI, a set of Creative Corners, a Cut-Align and a bar magnet)
Pretty Pink Posh: 2 $50 Gift Certificates
Simon Says Stamp: $50 Gift Certificate $50 Gift Certificate
Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 Gift Certificate
Blitsy: $30 Gift Certificate
Online Card Classes: 3 Class Spots
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 Gift Certificate
Seven Hills Crafts: £25 Gift Certificate
Chameleon Art Products: 1 Pack of 5 Chameleon Pens
Scrapbook & Cards Today: 1 Copy of Scrapbook & Cards Today Spring 2019 Issue
WOW! Embossing Powder: $20 Gift Certificate
Simply Cards & Papercraft: 1 Copy of Simply Cards & Papercraft Spring 2019 Issue

Be sure to leave comments on every blog by 4/12/2019 for a chance to win!
33 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Blog on 4/20/2019.

Blog Hop List Day 3

With all the formalities outta the way, time to see what I've created for today's hop!

First up is this pretty page with the beautiful Live Your Dream collection,

Sigh! Isn't this pretty?!!
The colors in the Live Your Dream collection really have my heart!
So dreamy & divine!

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

So very beautiful!
The navy cardstock is a really elegant base & allows the Live Your Dream papers and embellishments to take center stage! Love it!

*Cut file is called Round Floral Frame & is courtesy of Handipaper.

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

From pretty pattern papers, to wooden epoxy buttons, to chipboard and clear stickers, ephemera and more - this collection has it all! 


Next up is a really fun page using one of the brighter and more daring pattern papers from the Live Your Dream collection....

Oh, how sweet is this?!
Such a cute puppy! 
And what a striking pattern paper! 
I've used it to cut out the heart cut file, as well as a frame for my white cardstock base. 

To compliment the chipboard and ephemera hearts, I've backed the pattern paper cut file hearts with coordinating cardstock. So effective!

Simple & sweet! 

The Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection is perfect for all your memory keeping needs! 
I hope you enjoyed seeing my projects with this collection today!

***Don't forget to leave a comment to go in the drawer to win one of the many amazing prizes***
Time to send you hopping to the super inspiring Galina Filippenko's blog HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting, 
& Good Luck!

til next time,