Elle's Studio: Spooky Halloween!

Hi Creatives! 

Welcome back for more Elle's Studio awesomeness!
Have you got some Boo-tiful photos and memories to document? 
Well this month's kit and new releases are perfect for all your spook-tacular Halloween projects!

***Shop ALL the Elle's Studio New Releases HERE***

Here's a little Happy Haunting inspiration for you.... 

"Trick Or Treat"  

Other Supplies: White & Black Bazzill Cardstock, Umbrella Crafts Dye Ink in Sunshine, & organza ribbon. 

All the happy haunts here! Such a fun layout! 
You'll spot that I trim the moon & stars pattern paper (from the Sweater Weather pack) into one inch strips. I connect the strips together to create the appearance of 12 inch paper at both the top and base of my layout design. Such a great way to maximize your six inch papers! 

To enhance the spooky starry background, I fussy cut the stars & moon journal card from the October Kit, and add a star die cut or two. I further add to this look with the inclusion of the Puffy Star & Dot Stickers - so cool! 
I feature the Halloween Wood Veneer in the top corner of the layout, & coat the OCT 31 in yellow ink. The colored veneer really pops! 

I use the same ink to hand color the Trick Or Treat Wood Veneer in the opposite corner at the base of my  page, and add more of those fabulous stars!
Here's a closer look for you....

That title is errrrything!!! Whether you use it on layouts, pocket pages or even cards - the Trick Or Treat Wood Veneer is a must-have!
And when it comes to Halloween, we need a pumpkin or two, right?! 

The Jack-O-Lantern novelty veneer is super cute! A perfect embellishment for my two trick or treaters in the photo! (And yes, they sure do love candy!) 
The second pumpkin is one which I drew, & cut out from black cardstock. I back it with more of the Sweater Weather 6 x 6 Papers and position my layered photo onto it. 

The layers beneath my photo are created with the Autumn Shipping Tags, October Kit, and more of the Sweater Weather papers. Wood Veneer & Autumn Fun Stickers complete the photo cluster, and add that extra BOO! factor. 
For finishing touches, I add the Happy Haunting subtitle with the black Jane Alphabet Stickers and fussy cut some bats from my left over one inch pattern paper strips.....

Totally Spook-tacular!!!

I hope I have inspired you to document your Halloween memories with Elle's Studio!
Happy Haunting Friends!

Thanks so much for visiting, 
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo 

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Midnight Creating!

Hi Happy Arty Days Friends!

Welcome back for more Cocoa Vanilla Studio inspiration with their newest 
(and dare I say, most beautiful?) collection; MIDNIGHT!

Such a divine collection & completely swoon worthy! 
But rather than rave about it, here's exactly why I am loving it.....

"Hello Lovely"

Hello Lovely, indeed! 
Isn't this beautiful?!
Such a gorgeous collection for my pretty daughter!

You'll spot the reverse side of pattern paper CV-MN002 - SHINE BRIGHT as my 12 inch base. I just adore this distressed wood grain pattern! I layer this paper with an 11 1/2 inch white cardstock base, and add 2 inch triangles to each corner. The triangles are cut from the 6 x 8 PAPER PAD, and I love the definition that they bring to the page.

Next, I layer the white cardstock with that incredible hearts cut file, which I have cut with pattern paper CV-MN002 SHINE BRIGHT. So prettty!!! 
The cut file is called the All Heart Remix & is available from The Cut Shoppe HERE.
The ombre pinks in this paper just make my heart happy! 
Totally swoon worthy color and perfect for a watercolor look without all the fuss!

The final step in all my layering is to add my photo cluster & embellishments onto the center of the SHINE BRIGHT hearts....

If you weren't already crushing on the pattern papers in the Midnight collection, then the gorgeous array of embellishments will certainly win your heart! 
Oh my, they're just divine!!!
I position my darling girl's picture inside that pretty floral CHIPBOARD PIECES frame, and tuck a few DIE CUT EPHEMERA blooms beneath it all. SO pretty!!!

I embellish the frame with that super sweet Hello Lovely FLAIR BUTTON,  & add the LOVE YOU CHIPBOARD PIECES sentiment below the frame.

I also scatter CHIPBOARD PIECES & DIE CUT EPHEMERA hearts and butterflies around the photo cluster. I use both CLEAR and ACCESSORY STICKERS, as well as sequins from our HELLO LOVELY collection for the finishing adornments.

Here's another view for you....

Those CLEAR STICKER crosses are really effective! And I just can't get enough of those gorgeous DIE CUT blooms!

Gosh, the new Midnight collection is oh-so pretty!!!
The final details to this beautiful layout, are a few more CLEAR STICKERS in the bottom right corner, which I layer with my darling daughter ACCESSORY STICKERS....


Beautiful documenting made super easy with our stunning MIDNIGHT collection!
I hope I have inspired you to get creating with all this prettiness!

Thanks so much for visiting,
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Citrus Twist Kits: Let's Get Digital for Fall!

Hi Friends! 

Welcome back for more Citrus Twist Kits inspiration!
Today I'm sharing a super fun Fall layout that spotlights the awesome Digital Cut Files at CTK! 
I have used the FREE Leaf Frame file with my Silhouette Sketch Pens for a really fabulous mixed media layout! 
Here's what I created....

"Small Things, Great Love" 

Isn't this gor-jus?!! All the Fall fabulousness here! 
I have featured the Little Things Pocket Life Kit, and combined it with wood veneer from the Little Things Scrapbook Kit, as well as fussy cut butterflies from the Vicki Boutin paper in the Pattern Paper Play Kit. 
But it's the Leaf Frame File that really makes this layout! 
The Leaf Frame file has been designed by our very talented Nathalie DeSousa, 
& looks like this....

Cut file - FREE - Leaf Frame - October 2018
So awesome!!!
You can download the Leaf Frame Digital Cut File from the CTK Store HERE

I enlarged this file so it would frame around edge of my 12 x 12" cardstock base, & then used Silhouette Sketch Pens (Orange & Red ) to draw the enlarged digital file.
I loosely paint the leaves with the fabulous Pinkfresh Studio Liquid Watercolors in Candy AppleClementine, Sunshine & even a tiny amount of Lavender! I love the flow and vibrancy of these liquid watercolors! 
Here's a closer look for you.....

Sketch Pens are water soluble, so I use this 'ink bleeding' to my advantage,  & blend to create a little tone within my messy water coloring. I also add a few inky splatters for good measure. So cool! 
Here's another view for you....

Sketch Pens are really good fun, and combined with the Pinkfresh Studio Liquid Watercolors, they're super effective too! 
Those fussy cut butterflies are such a pretty adornment too! 
The laugh veneer from the Scrapbook Kit coordinates perfectly with both the Fall, outdoorsy theme of my layout.

It's also a pretty accurate descriptor of the story in my photo too! Aren't they just the cutest?!

I layer my favorite Fall photo onto that exclusive PL journal card, and then layer die cuts and 6 x 8 pattern paper beneath it all. 
Super simple creating that's tons of fun, and looks super effective! 

And there you have it! 
My fun take on this month's Let's Get Digital highlight! 
I hope you'll download this FREE file (and more) from the CTK shop HERE
and get a little creative too! 

Thanks so much for visiting, 
til next time, 
Happy Arty Days,
 Amanda xo 

Pebbles: Cards of Hope with the Along The Way collection!

Hi Friends!

Welcome back for more Pebbles inspiration!
Today I am sharing something that's a little close to my heart; 
raising cancer awareness & spreading hope. 
These days cancer is all too well known, with most of us being affected either with the disease, or having a friend or family member suffering. It is a thing of great despair & darkness.

So let's bring some light to those who need it most, by creating cards of Hope!
Infact, why not host a little 'Coffee, Cake & Create' card making session to raise money for cancer awareness?
Together we can all make a difference!

Here are my cards of hope with the beautiful Along The Way collection.....

Aren't they beautiful?!
Here's how to recreate them......

Start by trimming pattern paper Blooms into two sections,  10" x 7" and 10" x  5". Score down the center, and fold to create 2 card bases, as shown above. One card is a larger 5" x 7" size, and the other is cute 5" square card. 

Next, trim the reverse side of pattern paper Window Box to 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" and 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" and adhere to the card fronts. Cut a 4 1/2" x 3" strip of pattern paper Bird Seed and attach to the Window Box base of the larger card. Glue doilies to the card centers.

Select a tag or two from the Along The Way Tags pk, and embellish with a Phrase Sticker or Ephemera sentiment.

To add dimension and interest, build up your card layers with foam mounted ephemera.

Add a few stickers, & a lil more ephemera!

Looking good!

Use the pretty laurel leaves from the Kacie Thickers to add another texture, & element of interest.

Apply a sentiment at the card base with the gorgeous gold foil Anne Thickers. 

For finishing touches add a coordinating bow, and some sequins. Simple, but oh so elegant!

Cards of Hope only take a few minutes to create, but their thoughtfulness will last for months. 
Let's spread the hope, and support our community! 
I hope my cards have inspired you to get creating and maybe even raise a little money towards cancer awareness too!

The Along The Way collection is really beautiful, and just perfect for all those special projects!

Thanks so much for visiting,
Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo

Doilies, ribbon & sequins.

The Cut Shoppe: A Walk In The Clouds!

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back for more cut file inspiration with The Cut Shoppe!
Today I am featuring the gorgeous Walk in the Clouds digital cut file 
Here's what I created with it....

"Bloom & Grow"

So beautiful! That Walk In The Clouds digital file takes this layout from pretty to pretty special!!!
Love it!
I have cut the clouds with pattern paper Sunset Strip from the new Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Midnight collection.  I love the inky appearance of this ombre paper - it's so beautiful! A gorgeous watercolor look without the mess! Actually, my entire layout is created from this scrapbook collection.

But it's those clouds that have my heart!!! 
Here's a better look at the Walk In The Clouds digital file.....

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Such a playful & whimsical design! Perfect for a dreamy layout background!

To make the clouds even more impressive, I have mounted them on thick foam tape. Creating both dimension and interest!

You'll also spot that I back some of the clouds with pattern paper Moonlight - another dreamy element & detail!

I've adorned some of the clouds with pretty embellishments (hearts, flair, sequins & even a title!) for added interest! 
My darling photo is also mounted onto the clouds base.....

So very beautiful! Love this, indeed! 
Here's another view for you....

The Walk In The Clouds cut file is really magical! 

I do hope you're feeling inspired to use this amazing digital file in your next project! 
Don't have this digital file in your collection, yet? 
You can purchase it from The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store HERE 

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

Shimmerz Paints: October Color Challenge & Process Video!

Hi Friends!

Welcome back for more Shimmerz Paints Education Team inspiration!
 Today I am sharing my take on the 
Autumn Vibes October Color Challenge!
My focus color for this month is Vibez Quit Yer Wine-n and oh my heart, this color is divine!!! Absolutely perfect for all your Fall creations!
Rather than rave about how beautiful this color is though,
here's a look at what I created with it.....


So Beautiful! 
I just adore that photograph of my two darlings, and the Vibez Quit Yer Wine-n color was the perfect choice for both celebrating Fall and childhood playfulness! 
I apply Quit Yer Wine-n to the top semi circle of the layout with the packaging technique. This creates a more textural look, and really highlights the berry tones within the Quit Yer Wine-n color. I also splatter this pretty color along the semi circle rim, and then decide to create a much smaller semi circle of splatters at the base of my layout too! 
To compliment Quit Yer Wine-n, I add Vibez Glorious Day and Coloringz Ahoy Matey to the mix. 
Here's a closer look for you.....

Gosh, it's pretty!!!

The golden hues in Glorious Day really add that 'extra' to the wine base. So beautiful! 

While that mulberry wine base is gorgeous, I really must stress how different the Quit Yer Wine-n color appears when applied this way. Using the packaging technique really impedes the shimmering sediment in the paint. You'll still see 'shimmer' but  not at the intensity that we're used to. 
You'll spot the difference immediately when you see my title sprayed with Quit Yer Wine-n below....

How incredible is that golden shimmer through that burgundy wine color?!! 
Absolutely sensational!!!

Quit Yer Wine-n is such a beautiful, rich color and certainly looks its absolute best when sprayed onto projects. 

For a few painty tips, and lots more details - including how this beautiful layout came together, 
please check out my process video on the Shimmerz Channel HERE 
I hope you enjoy watching, and feel inspired to try our beautiful Vibez: Quit Yer Wine-n for all your Fall creations! Get yours from the store HERE 

Thanks so much for visiting, 

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Pinkfresh Studio: One Paper - Two Ways!

Hi Friends! 

I am just loving all the gorgeous creative possibilities with the new Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills 2 collection! So.Much.Pretty!!!
For today's post I am putting the pattern paper MEADOW under the product spotlight! 
If you haven't seen this beautiful paper yet, it looks like this.....

That wreath is just divine! 
& I am totally crushing on those watercolor leaves!
But enough chatter, here's what I've created with this beautiful paper....
First up, is a traditional wreath layout,

"Beautiful Ordinary Life"

Isn't this oh-so-lovely?!! 
A pretty page for my pretty girl! 
I feature the reverse side of pattern paper GLEN as my 12 inch base, and layer it with an 11 inch square of white cardstock. I fussy cut around the outer rim of the MEADOW wreath and adhere it to the center of the white cardstock with thick foam tape. 
It's not hugely noticeable, but this gentle dimension really helps to make that wreath pop! 

I build my photo cluster on the left hand side of the wreath, being sure to layer lots of floral die cuts beneath my sweet photo! I adorn the photo with one of our fabulous CHIPBOARD STICKERS frames, and embellish with that DIE CUT EPHEMERA title, as well as those amazing WOOD VENEER & PUFFY STICKERS. 

I use the MINI ALPHAS PUFFY STICKERS to form my subtitle around the curve of the wreath. Cherished, indeed! Such a precious memory! 

I add a PHRASE STICKER sentiment to the right hand corner of my design, and embellish around this portion of the page with more PUFFY STICKERS. 
For finishing touches, I add a few ENAMEL DOTS around the wreath and photograph. A really beautiful layout that is simple for you to replicate at home. 
I hope you'll give it a try!

For my second layout, I am opting for a little more fussy cutting....

"Better Together"

Sigh! So very beautiful! 
This time I am using the reverse side of pattern paper RIDGE as my 12 inch base. I layer this paper with an 11 inch square of smooth white cardstock, and then fussy cut the wreath from the MEADOW paper. Once completed, I snip the wreath into two portions - ensuring one section is much larger than the other. The larger section forms the larger semi circle at the top of my page, while the smaller one is positioned at the base of my layout. 
As I want the leaves to be dimensional and fold upwards on my layout, I only glue the wreath 'line'. I use foam dots beneath the leaves to keep them propped up. 

Next, I take pattern paper GLEN and fussy cut the two main flowers, separating them to create 6 individual blooms. I attach the blooms to the wreath, and save the only pink one for beneath my darling photo. 
To make some of the flowers stand out on the semi wreaths, I attach them with thick foam tape. 
So effective!

For my photo cluster I wanted the look of layered frames, but I only had the one CHIPBOARD STICKERS frame left. The solution? More fussy cutting! I trimmed up one of the JOURNALING SPOTS with gold foil, and glued it behind the photo to create the appearance of another frame. In between the two frames, I also tucked in the pretty pink bloom & leaves saved from pattern paper GLEN. Below the framed photograph, I add a PHRASE STICKER sentiment -  Obsessed with you - perfect for my two darlings! I use the MINI ALPHAS PUFFY STICKERS to create my title, and then decide to add a few XOs with the larger GOLD ACCENT PUFFY ALPHA STICKERS. I love how the golden alphas subtly encourage your eye to travel around my page. 

I add a couple more PHRASE STICKERS, and a CHIPBOARD STICKERS heart but for the ultimate finishing touch, it has to be my favorite ENAMEL DOTS! Love 'em!

And there you have it - one wreath paper design, two very different looks! 
I hope my spotlight on the MEADOW pattern paper has inspired you to get creative! 
The Indigo Hills 2 collection is a whole lot of lovely,
 and perfect for documenting all your treasured memories! 
Thanks so much for visiting today!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo