Couture Creations November Creation #2

Welcome back everyone!

My second Couture Creations post for the month is a super-cool technique that is so on trend,
Shaker Cards!!!


I know, soooo much fun here!

You may have seen this Christmas card that I created for Issue 5 of Creative Inspirations Magazine, using the Merry Little Christmas Intricutz Die: Christmas Stocking.....

I created ‘negative space’ with my die to create ‘windows’ for my patterned paper.
Today I am using that same technique to create this fun Christmas Shaker Card!

Here’s how…..

1. Using your new Couture Creations Trimmer, prepare your white cardstock
-8 x 6”, score & fold in half.
- 3 ¾ x 5 ¾” & adhere to cardstock, as shown. 

3. Select your Couture Creations die; I used the Christmas Stocking. (It’s a great fit lengthwise & it’s also a bit of fun - perfect for a shaker card!) Fold your card so that the patterned paper is facing down onto the die, and the back of the card is tucked under the die & run it through your die-cutting machine a few times. Re-position die and repeat, as shown.

4. Place a handful of sequins into a glassine (or cello) bag, seal and attach to inner side of card.

5. Add a sentiment & some of those fabulous gemstones to embellish!

Shake and enjoy!!!!

Such a simple technique, but what a great effect!
(& your children will love making & shaking these cards too!)

I hope I have inspired you to give shaker cards a go!
Thanks for stopping by,

til next time, 
Amanda xo 

Couture Creations November Creation #1

Hello again, Creators!
Welcome back for more Couture Creations inspiration!  

Don’t have a die-cutting/embossing machine?
Or maybe you’re new to papercrafting?
Then this is the post for you!

Today I am sharing just how fabulous the new
 is for card making!
It is so pretty, it just wants simplicity to show it off!

Here are 2 super simple, but oh-so stunning, cards…..

Here’s how you can recreate this second one…

 1. Pre-cut Kraft cardstock to 6 x 6” & fold in half to create card base.
2. Trim Vintage Rose Garden: Florals & Time (green quarter) into 5 ¾ x 5 ¾” & adhere to card base.


 3. Trim 4 strips of Vintage Rose Garden: Butterflies & Stripes (blossom quarter) into 1 x 5” lengths.
 4. Create a template of a fancy shape, and trace evenly onto both ends of each strip. 
Using scissors, fussy cut each strip & then adhere to card as shown below.


5. Embellish with velvet trim, lace & butterfly.

 6. Add a few blooms & for that extra special touch, 
add Sparkling Champagne Gemstones to both ends of fussy cut strips.


So easy & so very pretty!!!

No matter whether you’re a seasoned pro or a newbie just starting out –
CoutureCreations has something for everyone!
Loving that beautiful Vintage Rose Garden Collection!

Thanks for taking time to read my post today,

til next time,

Amanda xo

Imaginarium Designs DT Application

Hi Happy Arty Days Fans! 

It's another super-dee-duper exciting time for me;
my favourite chipboard company 
have announced their Design Team call for 2015!
I know, pretty awesome huh?!

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be a Guest Designer for this incredible company,
& I would just LOVE to make it permanent!
Imaginarium Designs make the most awesome chipboard!
Infact, it's the only brand of chipboard that I use! 
It's totally versatile - from words/titles on pages, embellishments, off-the-page creations, 
you name it... Imaginarium Designs have got you covered!
Anyway, enough of the chattering - let's take a peak at a few of my creations from this year which feature Imaginarium Designs chipboard!

Let's start with some layouts. 
I have tried to select a few really different pages that highlight how awesome this chipboard is!
I have also selected different creations that showcase alternative ways to use these yummy chippies too! Enjoy!


"Dare to Dream" Layout

Ballerinas on a Board - Acrylic paint on chipboard

 "Super Cool" layout

One of my Guest Designer projects, this awesome page features
Cogs on a Board
9 Cogs on a Board (Tinies)
Rail Track
Super Cool Brave in a Board
Finishes on chipboard include: Black Gesso, Kaisercraft Ink, & Glossy Accents.

"A Dream Is A Wish..." layout

A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes - Kaisercraft Ink

"First Year" layout

This layout was one of my blog hop projects with Couture Creations & Imaginarium Designs. It is so delicate and shows a really gentle side to chipboard!
First Year
Vines (Tinies)
Acrylic paint and Glitzin' Glamour finish.

"Happy Halloween" layout

This layout is one from my Scrap & Play DT creations for Halloween.
It features Loolabelle's Nested Arrows & Loolabelles' Single Chevrons.
Chipboard is finished with paint and ink.

"Explore the World of Harry Potter" layout 

Steampunk Clock - tinies
Bird Cages 4 small
9 Cogs on a Board - Tinies
Black gesso finish.


"Happiness" Card

Denise's Flourish
Kaisercraft Ink Pad finish

"3 Set of Cards" - Contemporary Cards

Created for one of my Guest Designer posts with Imaginairum Designs, these cards are so uber modern  and fun!
Features Chevrons, & Arrows.
Finishes include: Ink, Black Gesso, Kaisercolour Paint and Glossy Accents.


"Emma Frame" combined Box Frame

Another gorgeous combination of Couture Creations (papers and dies) with Imaginarium Designs chipboard. The perfect partners!
Emma Frame
White Gesso & Glitzin Glamour finishes.

"Romantic Tag Set"

Who could forget my romantic tag set?
 My first ever entry to Scrapbooking Memories Magazine, & they were a whole page feature!!! 
Super pretty!
Alphas treated with Acrylic Paint & Glossy Accents

"Decorative Wall Plaque" 

Another of my Guest Designer projects, that is just sooooo pretty!
Showcasing a shabby vintage look with chipboard.
Bird Cages 4small
Butterflies 4 on a Board
9 Cogs on a Board - tinies
Finishes include White Gesso, rubbed down with Kaisercraft Ink Pad - Vintage.

"Art Journal Cover"

A really modern, contemporary take on that stunning Clockface chipboard.
Black Gesso & Gold Acrylic Paint finish.

"Dream Big" Canvas Art

Isn't this just the sweetest?!!
Features Eiffel Tower (tinies) & Balloons (4 on board)
Finishes are Kaisercraft Ink Pad that is stippled with White Gesso.
The result is stunning!

Talk about LOVING Imaginarium Designs chipboard, eh?
(& to think I have at least another 20 or so projects that I could have shared , lol!)

I hope this entry has showcased not only my genuine love for this chipboard, but also how wonderful it is for all your projects!
It is truly so versatile, and it is always cut so perfectly - 
that's why I only choose Imaginarium Designs when it comes to chipboard!

Thanks for visitng, 
Please wish me luck - I would truly love to make this DT!

'til next time,

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Paper Wings Productions November Blog Hop

Hi my Stamping Superstars!

Welcome back for another awesome and inspiring 

This month's theme is the colour Sepia! 
(A gorgeous reddy-brown-coffee colour that is just so fun to create with!)

If you've arrived here from Katie's blog, then you're in the right place!
If not, please visit The Aviary here to get started on this super creative hop! 
We hope you will check out each designer's blog to see what we have created.  Once you have completed the hop, be sure and leave a comment on the Paper Wings blog for your chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the Paper Wings Productions online store. 

For a chance to win all you need to do is:
  • be a follower of the Paper Wings blog, The Aviary
  • visit each of the participating designer's blogs and leave a comment
  • go back and leave us a comment on the Paper Wings blog telling us you completed the hop

To increase your chances of winning you can like our Facebook page and/or invite your friends to the hop.  Be sure to leave a separate comment for each of your additional entries. The winner will be announced on Tuesday November 11, 2014 on the Paper Wings blog.

Here's what I've crafted up with Sepia....

"Missing You" card

Love the sentiment stamp, 'I've bean missing you' !
So very apt with that Afternoon Tea Vintage Cuties Clip Art!
A really sweet card for a gorgeous friend - with some Paper Wings Productions awesomeness.....


What a fun stamp set! 
(& such a wonderful painty, inky mess that is so very, very me!)
Hope you liked my lil take on sepia & are feeling inspired!
For more inspirational ideas, it's time for me to send you over to Carrie's blog 
-please don't forget to leave a comment!
Happy Hopping!!!!

Thanks for joining us!
 Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

***Here is the complete line up just in case you get lost along the way***
Amanda - You are here! :)

Paper Wings Productions: November Challenge

Hi my stamping lovelies!  
Welcome back for another Paper Wings Productions monthly challenge!  

This month at The Aviary the challenge is 'Anything Goes' - so it's a great time to whip out your stamps and get creating!

I have chosen to get a lil happy with my 4pk Tropical Gelatos,
 & the brand new Say It - Thanks Clear Stamp Set.

Here's the card I've created......

You Make Me Smile!

Such a super cool font on that sentiment stamp! 
It just sings for colour fun! 

Here's that awesome new Stamp Set in its entirety....

Such a fun and playful stamp set that is really so versatile! Love it!

And here are those super sweet Tropical Gelatos...

Fresh, fun, contemporary! 

Be sure to visit The Aviary to see what my fellow DT members have created,
 & to upload your own entry for this month too!
Can't wait to see what you'll create,

Thanks for stopping by
til next time,

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Scrap & Play Challenge # 13

Hi Happy Arty Days Fans,
Welcome back for another peak at a funtastic challenge over at 
Here's the new challenge.....

I love a good word challenge!!! 
& 'THANKFUL' took a lil thinking on my part, 
but here's what I came up with in the end......

"LOVE" layout

Isn't this just divine?!!! Love this captured  moment!
(Elska Studios Photography)
T- tag, H- hearts, A- Alpha stickers, N-Notecard, K-Kaisercraft, F-Flowers, U-Umbrellas, L-Lace.
This entire page is created with the gorgeous, 
Something Blue collection from Kaisercraft. 
It is truly such a soft, pure and pretty collection - perfect for this photo!

But I wonder what you'll create for this challenge?
Visit Scrap & Play here to get started, 
& to see what the talented DT created too!

Thanks for stopping by,

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

CMS Challenge #73

Hi everyone!  
Welcome back for another fabulous color challenge from CMS with a twist!  
Challenge #73 looks like this. ...

And the twist is to feature something on your creation that you're thankful for.
Here's my take on this challenge. ...


Such a pretty page!

I don't normally scrap myself, 
but I am so truly, deeply thankful to be a mum to these 2 gorgeous children!
 Words will never describe how much I love, adore and cherish them!!! So very blessed!

*Photography is courtesy of Elska Studios*

This entire page is created from one of my most used,
& totally loved Kaisercraft collections: Mister Fox
Yes, I know, I use this collection a lot - it's just so very easy to create with!
Very natural colours and fabulous collectables to enhance any creation. 
That cute birdcage and gorgeous white blooms are also Kaisercraft!
I love that this page is so clean, and uncomplicated - 
a bit like my love for my children; so pure and simple! 

Anyway, I hope you liked my take on this challenge.
To have a go yourself, and to see what my talented fellow DT members have created,
be sure to visit CMS here!

Thanks for visiting,
til next time,

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo