Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Beautiful you with Wild At Heart

Hello Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Welcome back for more stunning Wild At Heart inspiration!

Today I am sharing a very sweet layout that maximises those Accessory Stickers from this gorgeous line! And it's just so super pretty too!
Here's my layout,

"Beautiful You"

Told you it was pretty!
I am absolutely loving the vertical design of this layout, and the almost pathway like journaling that the Accessory Stickers form. So clever how your 'read your way 'down the layout, don't you think?! There's so many beautiful elements to this page - so let's take a closer look them.....

I've used those gorgeous glittery Sparkles Enamel Dots to embellish my 'sticker pathway' and balance all that journaling with a lil fun & frivolity! I've used the pretty indigo Accessory Sticker, and cut out word "SO LOVELY" from patterned paper, CV-WH006 FUSSY CUTS, to break up the predictability of the design and add some interest too! I've layered my beautiful photograph and popped it in the center of the path, so you can't miss it!
How fun is that stitching too?!

I love the side layers to this layout also! The distressed edges with the super pretty Vellum Sheet, and minty             CV-WH005 DOUBLE DOT paper are just stunning!
My photograph has been popped into one of our fabulous Chipboard Frames, and supported with lots of yummy Die Cut Ephemera.....

And don't forget those Indigo dye droplets! I love how they bring all the pretty blue pieces on this page together !
Here's another view coming down the 'pathway'.....

Love the veneer look on that frame! It really adds a touch of warmth to my black and white photo. You'll notice that I have used a gorgeous gerbera  Bloom - it is from our Endless Summer collection, and coordinates perfectly!
Speaking of veneer, how cute is that Wood Veneer heart?! Just so much awesome going on in the Wild At Heart collection!

Beautiful you, indeed!
Hope this pretty page has inspired you to use more of those Accessory Stickers, & get creating today!
Wild At Heart has my heart!!!
Thanks for visiting,
til next time,
Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Paper Issues: March Swag Bag

Hi Creatives!

Time for one of my favourite shares of the month,

And today, I am sharing not one, but two layouts, from the super sweet,
  Donut Love February Swag Bag!
If you're SUPER fast you might just snap up the last one here
 Here's what it looks like...

All that yumminess in that cute pouch!!! Love it! 
There are two 'themes' in this Swag - Donuts & Love!
My first layout draws on all the heart things.....


Isn't this divine?!! I just adore this boy - he has all my heart FOREVER!
Note: the Forever sticker, cardstock, 12 x 12 backing paper, & black ink are from my stash. Everything else on the layout - including the 3 x 4 cards and vellum are from my Swag Bag.
So much awesome in one tiny pouch! Love it!

And now for all the donut things!

"Treat Yourself"

Wow! Talk about two very different looks! 
SO much fun going on here! Love all the donut embellishments - perfect for my sweet photo!
*Note: The sequins and ribbon are from my stash*
Super cute - love all.the.donuts!!!

One Swag Bag, two very different layouts! Love it! 
And better still, I have plenty leftovers for more Swag Bag fun! 
Hope my layout has inspired you!
Grab your Swag Bag here 
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Thanks for stopping by, 
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Pinkfresh Studio: Live More Layouts

Hi Friends!

Welcome back for more Pinkfresh Studio: Live More inspiration!
Today I have two very different, but both very feminine, layouts to share with you. 
One is quite dreamy and soft, the other very fun, fresh & contemporary!But enough of the chatter, let's get straight into it!

Here's my first layout using that STUNNING marble pattern paper, "Embrace"...."DREAM GIRL"

Oh how delicate and divine is this?!! Needless to say that this is the soft and dreamy page. Just perfect for my precious daughter in the photograph! I love all the layers and details, so much pretty going on here! From fussy cutting, to mixed media this layout has it all! I've been inspired by the gorgeous marble pattern, and the pink, mint and copper tones in this collection.  And that "Journey" Foiled Vellum is just aaahmazing!She truly is my Dream Girl & what better way to highlight it than with those beautiful copper Puffy Alphabet Stickers - just stunning!!!Here's a closer look at my layout....

Love the embellishment cluster on the top left corner of my photo! You'll spy pretty Foiled Die Cuts, Foiled Chipboard Stickers, and that awesome Paperclip too! The Happy sentiment has actually been cut out from the journal cards paper, "Rise". Speaking of cutting, who could resist fussy cutting the reverse side of the "Rise" paper?!! I just adore that pink and grey diamond pattern - so very pretty!!!

The Foiled Die Cuts are so FANCY, indeed! This line is very sophisticated! Copper foil is so on trend right now! Love it!!!To matte my photograph, I used more of that divine Vellum, as well as the 6 x 6 Paper pad size of the Rise pattern paper. Gorgeous! How cute are the Acetate Alphas & Studio Puff Stickers?! So much fun! To complete my layout, I added a little cotton floss, and some very soft watercolour media too! Beautiful!I love how this layout turned out! So very pretty!!!

Now for something totally different!Here's my second layout using the stunning LIVE MORE collection, "LOVE"

How fun, fresh and contemporary is this?!I absolutely adore this bright and fun colour combination and knew it would work perfectly with my happy photo! That stunning pattern paper is the reverse side of "Goals" and I am just smitten with these colours together!!! I really drew on this colour combination for all my embellishment selections too. The diagonal design on the pattern paper also encouraged my diagonal layout design and flow.  How awesome is that Acetate Alpha title?!! Absolutely love it! As the layout is so 'cool', I added the copper Puffy Alphabet Stickers (stars & asterisk) to add a bit of warmth and balance to the layout. As well as few spots of red ;) Perfect!*Note: The sequins are from my personal stash*Here's a close up of that title, and the layers beneath my photo.....

I have used a journal card or two from the "Rise" paper, as well as Foiled Die Cuts to layer my photo onto. I just LOVE that 'Captured' Paperclip - I think it may be my favourite embellishment from Live More! Although, the Studio Puffs are pretty cool.....

Beautiful!Hope my two very different layouts have shown you how very versatile, 
and OH-SO-pretty Live More is!

Need it?! Grab it in the Paper Issues store here & use my code AMANDA to receive 20% off!

Thanks for stopping by! til next time, Happy Arty Days, Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: Product Spotlight: Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Wild At Heart

Hi lovelies!

Welcome back for another fabulous Product Spotlight with Paper Issues!
Today we shine the light on the extremely gorgeous
(& one of my absolute favourites)
Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Wild At Heart line

So much pretty going on in this collection! 
From soft pastels to bold florals, Wild At Heart is truly the prettiest collection around!
I have created so many wonderful projects from this line already- but I couldn't resist the opportunity to create another! 
Here's what I created for today's spotlight....

"Memories Are Made Of This"

Isn't this so soft and delicate?! 
I am LOVING those chipboard frames! SO awesome! 
Those watercolor wash patterns are divine too! 
And those butterflies!!!
Let's take a closer look.....

You'll spy quite a few of the Accessory Stickers on my layout too! I am an enormous fan of the typewriter font word stickers especially!
And how about the fabulous flair?!!

Stay Wild, indeed! 
Cocoa Vanilla Studio flair is always so perfectly coordinated to the papers and other embellishments!

And how cool is that Chipboard Sticker sentiment?!! You make my heart sing - yes! Yes you both do!
Here's another view of those fabulous frames....

I LOVE Cocoa Vanilla Studio & this collection is an absolute MUST have!
Hope I've inspired you to get creating with it!
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Looking for more inspiration? 
See what our talented team has created here

Thanks for stopping by, 
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: March Roll The Dice

Hi Creatives!

Time for another of my favourite Paper Issues challenges,

This month the dice determined that we would use 3 different washi tapes on our creations as well as only 2 photos!
What a great challenge! 
Here's what I created, 


Love this so much! A beautiful memory here....
I've used the gorgeous American Crafts: 1Canoe2: Hazelwood collection for my entire layout. Yes, even those three gorgeous washi tapes are from Hazelwood! Perfect!
How stunning is the floral tape?!!! All.the.heart.eyes for it!

Speaking of love, how gorgeous is that cork title......

Just stunning! Love the gold heart clip, & the foiled ephemera one too!
Here's another view.....

And how could I not mention those pretty florals!!!
That globe is just divine!

Love this collection so much! 
It's still available in the Paper Issues store here - 
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Needing more inspiring ideas to get your creativity flowing? 
See what the rest of our talented DT have created here

Thanks for stopping by!
I hope my layout has inspired you!
til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: Mix It Up Monday!

Hi Creative Friends!

Time to get a lil messy with Paper Issues 
Mix It Up Monday!

For this month's challenge, we're creating projects that use texture as a feature. 
Lots of fun and freedom here to create what you pretty much like!

I have been neglecting my stencils of late, 
so I pulled out my stash and created this fun page....


Told you it was fun!!!
How cool is that Mandala stencil??? LOVE it!
I've used my acrylic paints for the undercolour, and a medium weight modeling paste for the stencil work. So very awesome!
(& super easy too!)
I've teamed it all up with leftovers from my Pink Paislee Fancy Free stash.
Easy, fun, fabulous!

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

Gotta love the glitter Thickers from this line! SO shiny! (I could've used them for this month's Working Title challenge!)

That stencil really is stunning, huh?!
And those blues!!! SOooooooo pretty!
Adding dimension with pop dots, thickers, and even cotton floss, helps to add a more textural appearance too!

Super cool!

Awesome! Playing with paints and texture is fun! 
Give it a go and play along with us this month! 

Need supplies? 
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Needing a lil more inspiration? Come see what the rest of our awesome team has created here

Thanks for stopping by!
til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Wild at Heart - Hello Beautiful!

Hi everyone!

Welcome back for more Cocoa Vanilla Studio inspiration!

Today I am sharing a super pretty layout with the gorgeous Wild At Heart collection. 
As part of our DT theme assignments, I have been asked to include VellumBlooms, and Rubber Charms on my creation. Well, let's be honest - that's hardly a request! These products are SO gorgeous they were already on my layout before I even blinked! Lol!
Enough chatter, here's what I've created....

"Hello Beautiful"

Isn't this the prettiest?!!
I absolutely adore the bold colours and patterns in Wild At Heart! So very beautiful indeed! Love that diagonal arrangment too! So fun! That Vellum Sheet is so incredibly pretty, I just had to include it at both the top and base of my design - ga ga Gorgeous!!! But it's that divine bloom pattern paper, CV-WH009 MEMENTO, and its coordinating chipboard frame that really make me swoon!!! Combined with the Die Cut Ephemera blooms, this layout is just prettiness overload! All.The.Florals & Blooms! Gah!!!!
Here's a closer look......

That Chipboard Frame with the Memento pattern on it is just so striking! It really draws your eye into my treasured photograph! You'll also notice that the Die Cut Ephemera sentiments around my framed  image also feature that gorgeous floral design - very pretty!

Just look at those pretty Die Cut blooms!!!
With all those lovely watercolour wash effects in this line, it seemed only fitting that I add a little watercolour of my own to break up all that white. As I have used so many bold colours, I selected a very soft peach tone to provide warmth, balance and neutrality to my layout.  It really compliments the Rubber Charms that I have used too!
The Rubber Charms are a new addition to the Cocoa Vanilla Studio family, and I am LOVING them! Just check out the GORGEOUS one below....

So awesome, huh?! The Rubber Charms are really versatile, and add extra dimension and colour to your creations! Here's another.........

So very beautiful, indeed!
Check out the pretty hearts arrow! That is the cutest of all!

I also love that sweet flair button layered on the Ephemera bow. Such a lovely sentiment; perfect for my darling!
And there's that divine Vellum Sheet again! Subtle, but oh-so-stunning!
My title has been created with the Chipboard Stickers; I love that shade of indigo! And how cool is that cursive font?!!

For the perfect finishing touch, just add Sparkles Enamel Dots....

Wild At Heart = Prettiness supreme!!!
And there you have it! 
My layout featuring Vellum, Blooms, & Rubber Charms! 
Hope it has inspired you to include these beautiful products in your next creation!
Thanks for visiting and leaving a kind comment,
til next time,
Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

March Guest Designer for Just Nick Studio!

Hi Lovelies!

Omgoodness! So exciting!!!
 I was over-the-moon excited when Nicole told me I'd be the 
Guest Designer for Just Nick Studio in March! 
So super-dee-duper excited!!! YAY!!! 
Just Nick Studio have the most fantastic Cut Files & I have created 2 stunning layouts with them today! 

Here's a quick peak them,
(you'll find all the close ups & details over on the Just Nick Studio blog here)


La la love this!!! Just Nick Studio + Cocoa Vanilla Studio = Perfection!
Such a super sweet page! 

Here's my second layout, 

"Sunshine & Happiness"

Love this awesome mixed media number! I've stashbusted Simple Stories Posh line, and combined it with a couple of the fabulous cutfiles from Just Nick Studio.

Want all the details, including how to get these stunning cut files?
Be sure to leave me a comment on the Just Nick blog too!
(I'd love to have them ask me to guest again)

til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: Product Spotlight: Heidi Swapp Magnolia Jane

Hi Happy Arty Days Friends!

Welcome back for another fabulous Product Spotlight with Paper Issues!
Today we're shining the light on the gorgeous new 

Just a bit gorgeous, don't you think?!
I was so smitten with the fabulous Ephemera and Gold Word Die Cuts that I decided to create a layout using these items as the focus! 

Here's my layout, 


How fun is this?!! Told you those Die Cuts are fabulous! 
The rose pink and kraft colours in this collection are really awesome and pushed me a little outta my comfort zone - let's be honest, it's been a while since I used kraft anything!?!
Heidi Swapp has won me back over! 
The somewhat vintagey & whimsical ephemera is SO cool!
I love this line and can't wait to cut into my papers too!!!
I just love how this turned out!
Here's a couple close ups for you....

 Love this photo too! 
It was a beach selfie of my daughter and I earlier this year. So many great memories from that day! 
Love my beautiful girl! 

And there you have it!
A Magnolia Jane Die Cuts layout! 

I can't wait to share more with you from this gorgeous new line!
You can grab it in the Paper Issues store here 
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Looking for more inspirational ideas? Visit the Paper Issues blog here to see what the rest of our talented team has been up to!

Thanks for stopping by!
Til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo