Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Love You My Darling!

Hi Friends!

Time for a lil Cocoa Vanilla Studio Throwback Thursday inspiration!

One of my favorite scrapbook collections of all-time is the very beautiful WILD AT HEART line!

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With so many gorgeous colors & patterns, I just couldn't resist creating with it again! 
Here's my latest layout,

"Love You Darling" 

Sigh! Love you my darling, indeed! Totally swoon worthy!
I took inspiration from the berry color in my daughter's shirt collar, as well as that lovely striped paper, reverse side, CV-WH006 FUSSY CUTS. This pretty paper trims both the top and bottom of my layout, and really defines my page. I create an ombre watercolor version of that pretty stripe through the center of my layout. This unifies my design, as the ombre watercolor look is a predominant feature in the WILD AT HEART collection. Many of the embellishments feature this stunning detail!

Let's take a closer look....

I embellish my sweet girl's photo with that pretty DIE CUT EPHEMERA frame, and tuck a few of the CV-WH006 FUSSY CUTS sentiment cards beneath it. I also tuck in a couple of the pink mini frames from the CHIPBOARD FRAMES pack, as well as CHIPBOARD & ACCESSORY STICKERS
Such a pretty photo cluster!

That CHIPBOARD STICKERS title is so stunning, and you can really see how impressive the ombre watercolor effect is! I layer the sweet ACCESSORY STICKERS my darling sticker over the chipboard for added impact.
To balance out all the berry & peachy pinks, I add a few subtle woodgrain embellishments to my layout.....

That woodgrain CHIPBOARD STICKER is literally, The Best! I add more of the CV-WH006 FUSSY CUTS sentiment cards to this top section of my page, using the Happiness RIGHT HERE card as an anchor to the overall design.
For finishing touches, I add more ACCESSORY STICKERS and lots of ENAMEL DOTS from the HELLO LOVELY collection....

So very beautiful!
I hope my Throwback Thursday layout has inspired you to revisit the gorgeous
  WILD AT HEART collection!

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

Pinkfresh Studio: Everyday Musings Scrapbook Layout & Process Video #2

Hi Friends! 

Welcome back for my second process video with the gorgeous

Here's a quick look at my layout, 

"Grow Together"

Doesn't this just scream Spring?!! 
There are so many gorgeous florals in Everyday Musings! 
You'll also spy lots of Pinkfresh Studio stamps & dies as well. 
There's a few pretty close ups for you below, as well as my process video. 
I hope you enjoy watching!

The Dainty Botanicals Stamp & coordinating Die Set are absolutely divine!
You'll also spot the Simple Joy Stamp and the Geo Floral Background Die in use too. 
So gorgeous!!!

Lots of lovely layers and gentle texture for this pretty page!

Just beautiful!

Watch how this page came together in my process video here:

Thanks so much for subscribing to my channel! 

I hope I have inspired you to get creating with this beautiful collection!
Thanks so much for visiting, 

til next time, 

The Cut Shoppe: Tic Tac XO - I Like You Lots!

Hi Happy Arty Days Friends!

Welcome back for more digital cut file inspiration with my latest creation for The Cut Shoppe! 
Today I am sharing more of the love theme for February!
What can I say, I love all the heart day things!
Here's my layout of my two darlings being very sweet together,
"I Like You Lots"

Nawww! SO adorable!
I have featured the awesome Tic Tac XO cut file & combined it with the Crate Paper: Main Squeeze and La la Love lines. Super sweet!
That Tic Tac XO digital cut file is all kinds of awesomeness!
Here's a closer look at it...

Such a fun design - LOVE!!!
Grab the Tic Tac XO cut file from The Cut Shoppe HERE.
I've cut it with Main Squeeze pattern paper, Spark, and machine stitched the grid lines onto the white cardstock base.

I just adore the tiny hearts pattern paper! Perfect for this larger designed background cut file!
I 'fill' the empty squares of the design with chipboard & ephemera pieces,

and layer my photo onto the heart center.

Lots of pretty heart embellishments adorn my central photo! You'll spy chipboard, glitter, stickers, die cut ephemera and even puffy sticker hearts embellishing this cluster. Love it! 

SO super adorable! 
Those smiley heart faces are perfect for my happy two, & are just the cutest! 

I like you lots, indeed! 
Such a darling layout for my two cherubs! 

I hope you liked my layout, & feel inspired to use the Tic Tac XO cut file in your love theme projects! 
Get this fabulous file from The Cut Shoppe HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting, 
til next time, 

Altenew Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi Friends! 

Welcome to the Happy Arty Days blog! 
I'm so super excited to be participating in the 

Altenew Live Your Dream 
Scrapbook Collection Release Blog Hop! 

If you've just arrived here from the incredibly talented Sandra (mojosanti) Dietrich's  blog
then you're in the right place! 
If not, or you're feeling a lil uncertain,
here's the list of blog hop participants list to help you find your way! 

Start here----> Altenew Scrapbook Blog
You are here---> Amanda Baldwin

As you can see, we have quite the line up of inspiration for you!
If you haven't already seen the gorgeous new Live Your Dream collection, 
 you're going to gasp at it's beauty! 
Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful....

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners!
Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 2/28/2019 for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/3/2019.
Altenew have also very generously offered a $30 gift certificate to one lucky person who leaves a comment on this blog! The winner for this prize will announced on 2/28/2019 on this blog! Yay!
Good luck!

With the formalities out of the way, let's move on to the pretty craft things!

Here's my layout, 

"Live Your Dream"

Sigh! Totally swoon worthy! 
A beautiful collection to scrapbook my darling ballerina with! 
Here's a closer look.....

So very beautiful! 
Live Your Dream is such a pretty and elegant collection! 
Despite all the bold and bright fuchsia pinks & oranges, I was instantly drawn to those dreamy blues and indigo! I couldn't resist a monochromatic layout to showcase these pretty papers! 

I have a lots of gorgeous pictures and a bonus layout below, 
but first, 
Please watch my short process video for this lovely layout HERE

I hope you enjoyed my video & will subscribe to my channel! :) 

Here's some more dreamy close ups for you ......

Those chipboard hearts  & wood epoxy buttons are really something!!! 

Who would've thought that chipboard stickers could be so elegant?!! 

SO dreamy!

The puffy alphabet stickers connect the black from the base pattern paper, and unify my design. 

Absolutely gorgeous!
Live Your Dream is all.kinds.of.beautiful!!!

And, here's a bonus super quick, clean & simple layout with Live Your Dream too....

"Love This Life"

Isn't this sweet?! 
Live Your Dream is such a delight to create with! 
Whether you want beautiful, elegant pages, or a contemporary, minimalist look Live Your Dream is errrrrrrrything! 

Here's a couple close-ups before I send you hopping to the next blog!

How fabulous is that blue striped watercolor paper?! Stunning!

Simple. Beautiful. 
Love it!

I hope you are just as excited with this new Altenew collection as I am! 

REMEMBER: Leave a comment on this post to go in the draw to win an Altenew $30 Gift Certificate. The Winner will be announced on this blog on 02/28/2019. 

Thanks so much for visiting! 
Time to send you hopping onto the amazing Maryam Perez's blog HERE! 

til next time, 

CTK: Sunday Sketch Challenge!

Hi Friends!

Welcome back for more Citrus Twist Kits inspiration!
Today I am sharing my take on the awesome Sunday Sketch challenge! 
I hope you'll get some crafty time to play along too!
Here's the fabulous sketch we're being inspired with.....

Wow! What a terrific sketch! 
I love this design & can see it working for both scrapbook pages AND 
as a page for my Life Crafted Album!
So naturally,  I've created both pages to inspire you with!

First up is my scrapbook layout, "Sweet"

Sigh! Isn't this divine! 
Such a young, fresh & feminine page of my daughter & niece! 
I just adore all those pretty pattern paper layers & colors! Gorgeous! 

With such a fabulous sketch, I really didn't want to alter it. 
I mean, seriously, that design rocks! So my layout follows it fairly closely. 
I especially loved the shipping tag feature, & just had to use the 4" x 8" cream tag that was included in the Love Stories Kit!

Here's a closer look at my layout....

I switched the messy thread in the sketch for the hearts, butterfly & acetate die cut. The larger hearts are fussy cut from one of the Crate Paper La La Love papers. That bright blue one coordinates perfectly with the puffy sticker heart & die cut butterfly, and really pops against the soft colors. 
And need I mention how amazing the acetate die cuts are in this month's Love Stories Kit?! Love!!!!!!

Here's a look at another acetate shape on my layout.......

I use the crisp white Heidi Swapp Thickers from the Scrapbooking Add On Kit for my layout title, and embellish this cluster with more of those pretty ephemera butterflies, and puffy sticker hearts.!!!

For my Life Crafted Album page, I rotate the sketch 90 degrees so it will better suit my narrow 5" x 8" layout....

Oh how beautiful!
I've used a similar color scheme, but this time I opted for warm red accents instead of mint green. I used one of the February Subscriber Printables in place of my layout title, & positioned my title where the journaling may have featured.
Those exclusive gold puffy alphabet are simply stunning! 
Such a sweet lil page for my Life Crafted Album! 

And there you have it - one sketch, two ways! 
I hope my layouts have inspired you to play along and 
get creating with your Citrus Twist Life Crafted Kits! 
Be sure to share your creations in the Citrus Twist Kits Fan Page HERE.
I can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks so much for joining me today, 
til next time, 

Shimmerz Paints: Main Squeeze Scrapbook Layout & Process Video

Hi Shimmerz Friends! 

Amanda here, & I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!
I just can't get enough of Happy Heart Day creating - 
so here's one more scrapbook layout sharing the February LOVE!!! 

"Main Squeeze"

Oh isn't this sweet?!! 
Lots of Shimmerz lovelies here, & as this layout is for my album, it must feature a pop of blue! 
Let's take a closer look.....

So awesome! 
Such a beautiful color combination! The peachy pink with the pops of blue and striking red, are just too gorgeous for words!!!
Beneath my photo cluster, you'll spy a fabulous mixed media base created from 
Just divine!!!

You'll also spy our favorite paints on the cut file hearts! 
I have used Shimmerz Paints:

See the techniques, and how-to, in my process video HERE.

I hope you enjoyed watching my video! 

Here's a couple of close ups for you....

So super cute & so much fun!!!
Who would've thought that Snow Way Man would be my new fave Valentine's color?!!
I urge you to give this color scheme a try - it's so beautiful! 

I love the subtle Spun Sugar stripes in the mixed media base! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 
I hope my layout has inspired you & that you enjoyed watching my process video! 

Order you fave colorz in the Shimmerz Paints store HERE.

And don't forget to earn yourself some free paint too.....

til next time, 

The Cut Shoppe: Happy Valentine's Day!

Hi Friends! 

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today I am sharing a sweet Happy Hearts Day page for The Cut Shoppe. 
( 'cos there's no such thing as too many hearts, right? ) 
This one is a super sweet n fun, mom & son layout.....

"Happy Valentine's Day"

Sigh! Such a sweetheart! Love this boy! 
I have featured the fabulous Cross My Heart cut file, and combined it with Crate Paper's Main Squeeze collection. Such a fun & playful page! 

Here's a better look at the Cross My Heart file....

Awesome, huh?!
Such a fun digital file, & it also comes in a 12" x 12" size in the same download. 
Get yours from The Cut Shoppe HERE. 

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

Nawww! So Sweet, indeed!

I have backed the cut file with the Specialty Red Glitter Hearts Cardstock. 
Love those tiny sparkly hearts! Super effective! 
I foam mount the Cross My Heart file to the white cardstock base, creating both gentle dimension & interest. I then embellish the cut file hearts with a few Puffy Stickers from the Main Squeeze collection - aren't those rainbow ones just adorable?!!

My photo cluster and titles are layered over the mounted cut file, & I embellish the layout with a few more hearts. Perfect! 
So simple, SO SWEET! 
Happy Valentine's Day, friends! 

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

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo