Shimmerz Paints: Love, Spring Blooms & all the Vibez!

Hi Everyone!

Time for another fun installment of Shimmerz Paints inspiration!
Today I'm sharing a scrapbook page that is all about the love, Spring blooms and our gorgeous
Vibez & Spritz mists! 

Isn't this just the prettiest?!! 

I have used the Paper Issues Floal Heart Free Cut File with Pink Paislee's: Paige Taylor Evans Pick Me Up collection. Such a perfect combination! 
I have drawn on the colours from this line, and created a super sweet background using

Here's a closer look at my layout, 


That background is errrrrrything!!!
To recreate, simply use the packaging technique with your fave Shimmerz Paints colors! Add a few inky splatters and you're ready to go! 
Simple, but so effective! 
Beautiful, vivid colors because at Shimmerz Paints it's all about the color!

Oh so pretty! 
Love the gold fol highlights in this collection too!

This is my daughter and I, all dressed up as Pink Ladies for a costume party, LOL! 
We had such a fun time - being silly with the camera too!

Isn't that cut file awesome?!

Love, indeed!

And there you have it!
I hope my layout has inspired you to get painty!

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

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: Spring Crop: Create A Cluster!

Hi Creative Friends!

Are you playing along with the awesome Paper Issues Spring Crop?!!
If not, join us in the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook Group HERE

I am lucky enough to be hosting the Create A Cluster challenge - Yay!
(& all you need to do is add a cluster to your project to play along!)

Here's my layout to inspire you with....

"SuperDude, Superfly!"

Super cool dude, indeed!!!
What an awesome page for such a cool kiddo!
You'll spy that fabulous Elle's Studio woodgrain pattern paper, 3 x 4 cards and embellishments from the Paper Issues March Swag Bag and a ton of Pink Paislee's Wild Child collection. So awesome!

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

Omgoodness! How cute is that Puffy Sticker?!
& the beaded chop sticks from the Swag Bag are all kinds of fun!

My lil Superhero!
Aren't those clusters and layers just the best?!!

#1 and no denying it, kid! 

And there you have it! 
Simple and easy to play along! I can't wait to see your take on it!

Need supplies before you get started?
Visit the Paper Issues store HERE
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Thanks so much for stopping by!
til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Little Moments

Hi Friends!

My turn on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog today! 
I am sharing a More Than Words scrapbook layout that highlights our gorgeous FLAIR BUTTONS, as well as scraplifting our super talented Ulrike Dold! Yay!
So much inspiration! Let's get started!
Here's my layout,
"Little Moments"

Sigh! Isn't this pretty?!!
Pattern paper CV-MT001 PRECIOUS is SO divine!!!
I have a thing for florals and I *may* have been hoarding this paper! It's just so beautiful!
Speaking of beautiful, how fabulous is the filled wreath design from Ulrike? SO good! You can see more of Ulli's work here.
Now back to that gorgeous floral paper, PRECIOUS! The soft colours in the blooms are reflected in my mixed media background, and are just the prettiest! You'll also spy that wreath cut file (it's from Paper Issues) and the daisies in particular, are perfect for adorning with FLAIR BUTTONS.
With so much to look at here it's important that my photo remains the focus. So it doesn't get lost in all those blooms I use a black & white picture, as well as adding a CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER frame to make it more noticeable.
 Let's take a closer look.....

All those pretty layers!!! 
And that photo is just the sweetest! Love these two cherubs!
On closer view, you'll see that I actually mounted the paper backed wreath onto foam. Apart from adding dimension and interest to the design, it also creates a visual separation between the coordinating mixed media base and the PRECIOUS paper. Defined space gives the eye a sense of order and avoids the 'messy' look despite the painterly base. In between the paint and the foam mounted wreath, I also tuck in a few DIE CUT EPHEMERA blooms, as well as that very pretty ACCESSORY STICKER tag.

So dear to me, indeed!

I fold the cut file daisies and leaves upward, adding more dimension because I am conscious that I don't want the colours and blooms to all blend in together. My framed photograph is tucked in under that first daisy and then more DIE CUT EPHEMERA pieces are added to this cluster. Each daisy is adorned with a sweet FLAIR BUTTON as its centerpiece.

Simple, but oh-so-sweet and effective!

Cocoa Vanilla Studio create beautiful FLAIR & it's wonderful to be able to showcase how perfect they are! A 'must have' embellishment! I should add that the sequins that are scattered throughout my layout are from the Bits & Pieces in the Love Always collection.
To break up all the flowery goodness, I've added a few DIE CUT EPHEMERA butterflies to the wreath and adorned the outer wreath with CHIPBOARD and ENAMEL SHAPES hearts.
Here's another look at the beautiful FLAIR BUTTONS....

The You Are Loved FLAIR is such a soft grey that I mount it onto an ACCESSORY STICKER before applying to the daisy. In keeping with my design, you'll note that the sticker is in fact a PRECIOUS pattern wreath. Perfect! I love how everything always partners and coordinates beautifully in our collections! So good!

To add more emphasis and attention to my photo, I also add that pretty blue sentiment banner to the frame. The blue really contrasts against the apricot frame and is the perfect finishing touch!
I hope my scraplift today has inspired you to use FLAIR BUTTONS in your projects!

Thanks so much for visiting!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: April Scraplift Sunday #4

Hi Creatives!

It's Sunday Funday! And at Paper Issues that means only one thing....

Time for another super fun Scraplift! 
For this week's lift, we're taking inspiration from the gorgeous Courtney Sawyer. 
Here's her stunning layout....

Sweet, indeed!!! 
And here's my take on it...

"Love You"

I had SO much fun creating this!
And how gorgeous are my two in the photo?!! Growing up way too fast!
You'll spot that I am stash busting the last of my Crate Paper: Maggie Holmes: Carousel collection. 
Such a fun and whimsical line that I've made a ton of gorgeous projects from!
If you're really lucky - you might just snare the last of this collection in the store HERE

I have used the reverse side of pattern paper Ferris Wheel as the base for my page, and then added lots of delicious Shimmerz Paints Vibez in Pop Art Pink & Jeni Be Bleu to my cardstock layer.
Here's a closer look.....

Those colors combined with the gold are everything!!!
And speaking of gold, how awesome is that Gold Puffy Word Sticker title?!!
So fabulous!!! 
The gold glitter scallop trim is actually cut from the Ephemera packaging - cool, huh?
So many pretty details to this lift!

The roller skate Enamel Pin Sticker is just the cutest adornment! 
I just adore how fun and playful this layout is! Perfect for my two darlings!

And there you have it! 
My take on this week's Scraplift Sunday!
 I can't wait to see you take on this challenge! 

Need supplies before you get started?

Code AMANDA will always save you $$$ in the Paper Issues store HERE

And typing AMANDA in the comments section of your Shimmerz Paints store order 
will earn you a FREE paint!!! 

***Remember to upload your Paper Issues challenge projects into the 
to go in the draw to win a store Gift Card! Yay!!!***

Thanks for visiting!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Pebbbles: Patio Party & The Art of Gift Wrapping

Hi Friends!

Time for more Pebbles inspiration! 
It's party theme week on the Pebbles blog, so for my post today I wanted to share the joy & spirit of giving!
Or, to be more precise, the beautiful art that is gift wrapping! 
The bright and beautifully designed Patio Party collection is simply perfect for creating the most desirable looking little gifts!

Sigh! Who wouldn't want to receive these pretty packages?!!
 And all it takes is a few pretty papers and a lil imagination!

Here's a super quick how-to.....
1.  Select your favorite pattern paper designs. For the sample below I am using the sweet TABLESCAPE paper.

2. Wrap your gift,  minding to fold your edges slowly and carefully to avoid paper tears, and seal with your preferred clear tape. My package was only tiny, so I trimmed a 2 inch length off one side.

3. Using my left over trim (reverse side of paper TABLESCAPE), I created a 'runner' through the center of my gift.

4. Attach a cute tag! There are so many gorgeous options for you to snip out from the JUST FOR YOU pattern paper. I chose the Happy Day tag because it coordinated perfectly with the TABLESCAPE paper.

5. Attach the tag, and embellish the package with Ephemera, Dimensional Stickers and even those oh-so-pretty laurel leaf Gold Safety Pins!

Simple! Sweet! And just that extra bit special for your someone special!

Here's a few more ideas to inspire you with....

Isn't this divine?!! Created using the floral pattern paper, BACKYARD BLOOMS.  Oh-so-pretty!
And how about this lemon delight from our CITRUS SWEET paper......

This totally warms my heart! I don't know if I could even bear to open this one up!!!
Here's one for all the flamingo lovers...

Pardon the pun, but why don't you give beautiful gift wrapping a flamin' go! So super fun and sweet!

Carefully wrapped gifts take only a moment to create, but leave a long lasting impression on the recipient!


I hope I have inspired you to delve into the art of gift wrapping!
And yes, our patterned papers are 12 inch squares - so these particular samples were only small gifts. For larger gifts, try Kraft wrapping paper with our Patio Party embellishments! 
Thanks so much for visiting today!

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Outta This World!!!

Hi Creative Friends!

 I am super excited for the latest COCOA VANILLA STUDIO: Boys Rule collection to arrive!
Omgoodness - it's SO good! 
And I am feeling all inspired to create more masculine layouts!
So for today's post, 
I am sharing a really fun boy layout with our previous masculine collections; You ROCK & Totally RAD
Just to get us back in the to speak!
Enough chatter, here's my boy page....

"Outta This World!!!"

How awesome is this?!!
When it comes to creating masculine pages, I just love the inclusion of woodgrain papers and wooden veneers! And as you'll see, my layout design was totally inspired by that fabulous DIE CUT EPHEMERA piece You are my WORLD.  
My boy isn't just MY world though - he's completely Outta This World!

My layout begins with a simple 12 x 12 inch white cardstock base, to which I add that fabulous woodgrain pattern paper CV-YR008 PLUS ONE (reverse side). I use a half inch x 12 inch trim on the left hand side, and a 4 1/2 inch x 12 inch length to the right hand side of my page.
I use a globe cut file to enhance the 'world' theme (it's called It's A Beautiful World, from Paper Issues) & I back it with pattern paper CV-YR007 EXPERIMENTAL  .The ombre blues in this paper are perfect for recreating the ocean look! This globe becomes the centerpiece of the layout design, and draws you into that sweet photo!
 And the rest is just super fun embellishing! My Favorite Part!
Here's a closer look for you....

How incredible is that WOOD VENEER SHAPES sub title, You ROCK?!! I couldn't resist using it - it's just so perfect! I also use a few of the stars from this pack to scatter on my page. Love them all!

Speaking of wooden titles, my layout title is created from those awesome TOTALLY RAD ALPHABET STICKERS - the woodgrain appearance coordinates beautifully with the veneers and pattern paper!

My photograph is layered onto a few fun DIE CUT EPHEMERA pieces, as well as that fun pattern paper, CV-YR006 RANDOM. I then embellish it with that fun RUBBER CHARM, and FLAIR BUTTON
And let's not forget that CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER sentiment.....

Super, indeed!!!
You'll also notice that I use the globe base as a track for my ACCESSORY STICKERS journaling - so cool! The typewriter font stickers are my favourites! Simple, uncomplicated and with the perfect phrases and sentiments! For added interest, I also add a few black dots from the ENAMEL SHAPES pack.

And there's that inspirational DIE CUT EPHEMERA piece! I've mounted it onto some foam tape for added dimension. Inspiration is everywhere in the You ROCK line!

Officially Amazing!!!

When it comes to scrapping the boys, Cocoa Vanilla Studio has ALWAYS got you covered! 
And when the previous lines are this awesome, well... I just can't wait to get the new Boys Rule line!!!
I hope I have inspired you today! & maybe reminded you to scrap your stash of
If you're quick, you might snare the last few papers and embellishments from these cool lines in the shop HERE

Thanks so much for visiting today!
til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo

Paper Issues: April: Wide Open Spaces Challenge!

Hi Friends! 

Thanks for stopping by for more Paper Issues awesomeness!
Today I am sharing my take on the NEW challenge; 

Like the name suggests, this challenge is all about white or negative space.
Here's what I came up with....


How FUN is this?!!
I have used the March Swag Bag for this super fun page that features lots of MME Good Vibes, Shimelle Glitter Girl, Crate Paper Good Vibes & Pink Paislee/PTE Pick Me Up collections. Inspired by the colors (and that diagonal pattern on the iced donut), I added a lil Shimmerz Paints Dazzlerz (Sour Apple & Pucker Up Pink) using an Echo Park 6 x 6 stencil. You'll also spy splatters of Vibez in Jeni Be Bleu, Razzeldazzel Berry, & Hermit the Frog. SO cool!
Here's a closer look for you....

How cute is that die cut bow?! Not to mention the Pom Pom Frame!?!!

That Dazzlerz background is really somethin'!

There's no denying that I LOVE me a Swag Bag! So much awesomeness! 
And what a fun new challenge to play along with too! 
---> Embrace the white space <---

I can't wait to see your takes on this super fun challenge! 
Need supplies before you start?

& REMEMBER: Code AMANDA will save you 20% off your total spend!

Shopping for Shimmerz Paints? Click HERE
& be sure to type AMANDA in the comments section of your order to receive a FREE paint!

***Upload your entries into the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook Group, April Album, to go in the draw to win a Paper Issues Gift Card***

Thanks so much for stopping by, 
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo