Paper Issues: October Free File Friday #2

Hi Happy Arty Days Friends!

Welcome back for more Paper Issues awesomeness with Round 2 of 

For this round we want to see ANY Paper Issues cut files on your FALL themed projects!
Yay! I love Autumn - such a beautiful season!
Here's what I created, 

"Fall Smile"

Oooooh!!! So pretty!!!
Such a beautiful girl loving this Autumn day!
I have used the darling Jen Hadfield's Simple Life collection & teamed it up with the 

Here's a few close ups of my layout......

Those wreath hearts are so sweet! 
I have used pattern paper Perfect Plaid  & reverse side of Bouganvillea for the paper piecing. 
You'll also spy those fabulous printed Wood Veneers ,  
Die Cuts  & Puffy Stickers embellishing the wreath.
 Love it!

I love how pretty this collection is! 
Perfect for all your beauti-Fall memory keeping!

Just gorgeous!
I hope you feel inspired by my take on this round of Free File Friday!
Check out ALL our fabulous Free cut files here

Need scrapbook supplies?
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Want to play along with us?
Read all the details, and get inspired by our talented team here!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Shimmerz Paints & Silhouette Sketch Pens!

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back for more Shimmerz Paints inspiration!
For today's layout, I 'm playing with Silhouette Sketch Pens and our favourite Shimmerz products!
Here's what I've created, 


Oh wow! Isn't this stunning?!!
I've used Cocoa Vanilla Studio's Wild At Heart collection,
 and a Paper Issues free cut file with a blue Sketch Pen. 
SO Pretty!
The heart file is called Autumn Blessings and you can grab it for FREE here
But today is all about those stunning Shimmerz Paints
so here's how I've created that background....

I roughly painted the heart outline in watered down Spritz: Sapphire, and also applied it with the packaging technique too! I painted the blossoms in Vibez: Glorious Day, and then added tiny splatters of this golden hue around the heart. The roses are painted with Creameez: Trippin' in the Tropics, the daisy is painted in Creameez: Cheeky Pink and the leaves are Creameez: Refresh Mint. 
Love these colours together! 
To finish it off, I added more splatters around the heart with the Creameez colours, and voila! 
It was that simple and easy! 
Here's a few close ups for you........

It really is such a pretty effect!
Remember: Sketch Pens are water soluble, so they do bleed a little when the Shimmerz Paints are applied. Pat dry with a paper towel, and re paint where required.

Oh swoon! Just the prettiest!
And all the floral elements from the Wild At Heart collection really add to the beauty of this page!
Love it all!

Hope my layout has inspired you to play with Shimmerz Paints!

REMEMBER: If you're ordering from the Shimmerz Paints online store HERE
 pop my name AMANDA in the comments section of your order 
and you'll receive a FREE gift! 
Yay for free paint!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: October New Issue: Round 2

Hi Creatives!

It's time for another round of Paper Issues

This month's Which Kraft? issue is tons of fun!

Here's some suggestions to get you started....

*Halloween or October outings
*Kraft elements (paper/embellishments)
*Add texture with burlap or cork
*Create a project about crafts you do
*Feature a witches' hat/broomstick/black cat etc

Here's my take....

"Nature Boy"

Isn't he the cutest?!
The colours in this photo were perfect for the Kraft issue and I love the natural tones of cork and burlap too!
You'll spy mostly Heidi Swapp's Magnolia Jane collection, as well as bits n pieces from Crate Paper, Pink Paislee and those gorgeous Thickers are from 1Canoe2. 
The Magnolia Jane collection features lots of Kraft ephemera, so it was a no brainer to stashbust this line for my layout today.
Love those layers beneath my photo - very cool!

And that's my take on this month's issue!
I hope you liked it and feel inspired to play along too!

Get all your fave scrapbook supplies from the Paper Issues store here
& REMEMBER: Use my code AMANDA & you'll get 20% off your total spend!

Looking for more Which Kraft? inspiration?
See what our talented team has created here

Thanks so much for visiting, 
til  next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Beautiful Dream

Hi Creative Friends!

 I am SO excited to be sharing my very first Design Team layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio
with the gorgeous NEW Bohemian Dream collection! 
This line is so incredibly pretty - I am truly in floral paper heaven!
Here's my gorgeously girly installment.....

"Beautiful Dream"

Oh swoon! This collection is SO divine!!!
For my layout today, I've been totally inspired by Boho dream catchers and the cascading gardens in my photograph.
I start with the reverse side of pattern paper CV-BD001 ABUNDANT, and layer it with 11 x 11" white cardstock.
I have used the Geo Heart Cut File from the Colour Me Happy collection, and backed it with the 6 x 6 Paper Pad floral paper, ABUNDANT. The heart is then supported by blooms and leaves from the DIE CUT EPHEMERA & VELLUM ACCENTS pack, and then embellished with the sentiment CHIPBOARD STICKERS.
The heart is positioned onto that stunning Shimmerz Paints mixed media background, which was created with the packaging technique and lots of tiny brush splatters.  Those super pretty watercolours compliment the DIE CUT blooms perfectly!

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

And I must make mention of those VELLUM butterflies! Aren't they something?!! 
Every element of Bohemian Dream is so exquisitely crafted and timeless in its beauty!

It's no secret that I love #allthefloralthings but Bohemian Dream takes floral prettiness to a whole new level! 
Those watercolour blooms and leaves are incredible!

Even the ENAMEL SHAPES coordinate beautifully!!! Sooooooo gorgeous!
I love how I've encouraged the cascading vines / leaves to lead your eye into my sweet photo.....

Isn't this a lovely photo of my daughter?! 
Such a beautiful memory captured here.
I have double mounted my photo using the 6 x 6 Paper Pad for added impact.
 I am absolutely loving the release of the 6 x 6 Paper Pad - it's perfect for all those smaller details!

To complete my layout, I have used another heart and vines combination to center the design, and provide balance to the page. 
Such a beautiful layout for my daughter's album!

I hope you feel inspired by my page, & are ready to create with Bohemian Dream!
Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, it means so much!

til  next time,
Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Pinkfresh Studio: Escaping The Ordinary with Subtle Stamping Techniques!

Hello Friends!

Welcome back for more paper delights!
 I am so excited about my DT assignments for Pinkfresh Studio this month!
October is all about stamps!
Stamps?!! On a clean and contemporary page?!!
Yes, mixed media doesn't need to be messy, infact it can be so super pretty if applied subtly!
  All the stamps in the Pinkfresh Studio collections are just stunning, and the Escape The Ordinary set is an absolute new favourite of mine!

So without further ado, here's two Escape The Ordinary layouts with very subtle stamping techniques. I do hope they inspire you!

First up is this super delicate page of my sweet girl, 
"On My Heart"

Isn't this just divine?!! Something beautiful, indeed!
I've drawn on the pretty blues & greens in my photograph, as well as been inspired by the sentiments and stars in the Escape The Ordinary Stamp Set. So pretty!

My 12 x 12" layout starts with that gorgeous green wash paper, DARE, and is then mounted with pattern paper, EXPLORE that has been trimmed to 11 x 11". As I only wanted to feature the green and blue elements of this paper, I arranged my photo cluster, LAYERED TAG and EPHEMERA to 'cover up' the red and yellow triangles, leaving me with a very cool, and gentle background for my layout. Perfect!

For my photo cluster, I layered lots of coordinating pattern papers from the 6 x 6 PAPER PAD, and tied it all together with that super sweet DIE CUT FABRIC PIECE On My Heart.
I absolutely love the soft texture and interest that the fabric pieces add to your projects! 

But today is all about the stamping, so let's take a closer look at how I've incorporated those awesome stamps into this girly page....

Oh aren't they pretty?! 

Subtle stamping on your layouts can reallly add that extra finishing touch! I really wanted to keep mine soft and delicate to compliment my sweet photo.  I also wanted to coordinate with the pretty background paper, so I went with white embossing powder. Every star, & every sentiment, has been heat embossed in white to keep with this delicate style. 
Subtle, but very much an integral element to the design. 
I especially love the sentiments - they work perfectly with the hidden journalling I've included for my daughter.
This is her journey, it isn't always easy - embrace those detours, and remember something beautiful is always about to unfold. Love it! Such a wonderful and empowering message to my pre teen! 

Here's another view ....

Just gorgeous!

Lots of other pretty embellishments adorn this page, including those fabulous PUFFY STICKERS! Aren't they something?!! The mountain triangles, and stars in both stickers and gold foil EPHEMERA really add that finishing touch to the page. Love it! 
I hope you adored this delicate, subtle stamped layout!

My second layout really celebrates the season of Fall, as well as embracing the beauty of life and documenting the everyday story,

"Something Beautiful" 

Something beautiful - Yessss! 

How darling is that photograph of my precious two?! I love that this collection not only celebrates the season, but is also repsectful of it too! Classy and yet so contemporary!
Like my previous layout, I have really drawn on the colours in my photograph. I have also been very inspired by the Fall theme. 

My page begins with the stunning TRANSFORM patterned paper, and is then layered with the reverse side of DARE, as well as a layer of white cardstock. I have cut the 'Something Beautiful Is On The Horizon' trim from pattern paper, SEARCH, and used it as a band to combine all the layers as one. I love how it brings unity to the page design! 

The remainder of the design is a simple vertical flow pattern, that is supported by those gorgeous stamped leaves.
 Let's take a better look at this....

Nothing says Fall more than falling leaves! 
The leaf stamp in the Escape The Ordinary set was perfect for this layout!

To keep with the 'clean' mixed media look, I don't stamp directly onto my layout. 
On a scrap piece of white cardstock, I repeat stamped the leaf in Staz-On black ink. 
Once dry, I handpainted the leaves in gold and lime tones from my Shimmerz Paints stash. 
The leaves were then fussy cut and rearranged to best fit the page design. This meant I could control the stamping, and keep my page mess free!
 Another really subtle stamping technique with such a stunning result! 
The stamped leaves are supported with DIE CUT leaves, and even some cute PUFFY STICKERS to add that extra wow! 

SO beautiful!
Nothing ordinary going on here at all! 

I really hope that my scrapbook pages have inspired you to get creating with Escape the Ordinary, and moreso, to jump in and use those stamps too! 
Clean mixed media is a thing now ;) Yay!!!
Happy creating!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: October Try It Tuesday!

Hi Creative Friends!

I am so excited to share another super fun edition of Paper Issues Try It Tuesday challenge!

I love trying out new things, and I hope you'll enjoy the challenge I've set for this month!

October's edition of Try It Tuesday is to either paint, colour, or spray your cardstock  
& then use a punch, die or cut file to cut it out and feature on your project! 
Literally, Paint it then Punch it!
Here's what I'm meaning......

I created this pretty watercolour background for a challenge a while ago, but I never ended up using it. It was perfect for today's challenge, with those old butterfly punches.
Here's how I used the butterflies on my project.....

"Dream Chaser"

Oh swoon! Isn't this just the prettiest outcome?!!
The butterflies & colours in this line coordinated beautifully with my painted 'n' punched butterflies.
So pretty! 
I love mixed media, but it can be daunting for some...  
This technique of paint and punch is a great approach to introducing paints into your layouts, but remaining in control of the 'mess'. 
Clean mixed media, it's a thing y'all!
Love it!!!
Here's a closer view for you..... 

Such a gorgeous, whimsical page!

Love the flow and direction that the butterflies create in this design.
As well as my punched butterflies, you'll also spy some fabulous Die Cuts, Puffy Stickers and Chipboard Stickers from the Turn The Page line. 

Turn The Page is such a bright, fun and happy collection!

Aren't those florals just divine?!!

Hope my layout has inspired you to play along - 
I can't wait to see what you create!

Upload your creations with us in the October Album 

Need supplies before you get started?
Shop this beautiful line and so much more, in the Paper Issues store HERE
& REMEMBER: Use my code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off every.single.time your order! Yay!!!

Looking for more Try It Tuesday inspiration?
See what the rest of our talented team has created here.

Thanks for stopping by today!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: October Pinspire Me

Hi Happy Arty Friends!

It's time to be inspired with a new mood board for the October edition of 
 Paper Issues Pinspire Me challenge!

Here's this month's board - it's a lil spook-tacular!

Isn't this fabulous!!!
Lots of Fall and Halloween inspiration here!
And here's my take on it.....

"Love Autumn"

So beautiful! Love this girl!
And how divine is this Fall collection from Simple Stories?!
It's called Vintage Blessings and it's the prettiest, most floral delight I've ever seen for Autumn!
You'll also spy some gorgeous Shimmerz Paints for my mixed media background too! 
I've used Vibez: Sunset Strip & Pop Art Pink, and applied them with the packaging technique for a soft and subtle background! Pretty!
Let's have a closer look.......

Omgoodness, how cute are those patchwork birds?!! 
So adorable! 
I am also adoring those pattern papers!
 I used the reverse side of So Very Blessed, & then layered that pretty mint floral,So Thankful ,over it.  The coordinating trim down the left hand side is actually Grateful Washi Tape
Here's a closer look for you.....

So divine! 
As always, I have made good use of the Bits & Pieces Die Cuts, Cardstock Stickers & even those fabulous Chipboard Stickers! 
Love it all!

Get yours in the Paper Issues store here
& REMEMBER: Use my code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off your total spend! Yay!

Oh, and if you fancy some new colours in your Shimmerz Paints collection, 
add my name in the comments section of your Shimmerz Paints Store order and 
they'll send you a free gift! 
Yes! Free paint on me ;)

Looking for more pinspiration?
See what our talented team has created here

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: October Sketchy Saturday

Hi Friends!

Welcome back for more Paper Issues awesomeness with this month's edition of 

Here's this month's incredible sketch.....

Awesome, huh?!
I couldn't wait to play along!
Here's my take on it.....


Omgoodness! 5?!!! 
When did Mr A for Awesome become a 5yr old boy?!! 
Finding it hard to let go of him not being a baby!
Moving on though... 
How fun is this take on the sketch?!!
Who would've thought that such a girly line could be so masculine too?
Here's a few close ups......

LOVING those teal Sparkle PhraseThickers & the golden veneer-like Marquee Thickers too! 
Perfect for bold titles! 
You'll also spy that super cute Enamel Charm camera ......

Isn't it fun?!!
And what about those Shaker Stickers!!!!
This collection has ALL the new look embellies! & I am loving them!
See all the stunning pattern papers in this range here

Hope my take has inspired you today!
Get all your Shimelle in the Paper Issues store here
& REMEMBER: Use my code AMANDA & you'll receive 20% off your total spend! Yay! 

Looking for more Sketchy inspiration?
See what our talented team has created here

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Shimmerz Paints: Raspberry Sherbert meets Bohemian Dream!

Hi Creatives!

Time for another super mixed media share with my latest from Shimmerz Paints!
Today I am teaming up their gorgeous colours with the super pretty 
Bohemian Dream collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio!

Here's what I've created......

"Shine Bright"

Ohh swooon! Isn't this just the prettiest?!!
So many beautiful details here!
And lots of floral delights too!
Believe it or not, this layout originally started as a 6" x 12" page - but it just felt too unfinished for me! 
As soon as I laid it onto the 12 x 12 woodgrain paper it felt 'right'.
I knew I wanted to create a beautiful mixed media base, so naturally, I chose to use Shimmerz Paints products!
I started with Inklingz: Pearl: Pugnacious Purple and applied it with the packaging technique. The pearl finish is hard to capture on camera, but in real life the sheen is just divine! 
To add a lil dimension and variance in colour, 
I also add fine splatters in Creameez: Paradise Punch & Sky's The Limit - oh so pretty!!!!
But the piece d'resistance is that incredible stencil work!
I  have used Paste-eez in Raspberry Sherbert & oh my, 
it is just a dream to apply!
 Goes on so smooth, and the vibrant colour is stunning!
Let's take a closer look at it......

Isn't it just the prettiest hue of raspberry?!!

These Shimmerz Paints colours are just a perfect combination with the new Bohemian Dream collection!
Truly a match made in heaven!

Be yourself colourfully...and Bravely!
Couldn't say it better myself!

Such a clean mixed media look, and yet full of dimension & vibrant colour - Love it!
Hope I have inspired you today!

*Did you know that if you place my name AMANDA in the comments section of your 
Shimmerz Paints Store order you'll receive a free gift?!!*
So enjoy some free paint on me ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo