Altenew Enjoy the Ride Scrapbook Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi Friends!

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

 Altenew Enjoy the Ride Scrapbook Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Yay! Such a gorgeous new scrapbook collection! 

If you have just arrived from my the amazing Erum Tasneem's blog, then you are in the right place! 
If not, or you're feeling a little uncertain, here's the full blog hop order for you...

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

Remember, you can always visit the Altenew Blog HERE for more blog hop & giveaway information too!
I can't wait to share what I have been creating with these beautiful papers!
But first, here's all the important details about the Giveaway....

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog or Altenew Mixed Media Blog by 9/1/2020 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list featured above. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 09/03/2020.

**Special Offer**
Altenew are also running a special promotion to celebrate this release!

Receive a FREE brand new Washi Tape Mini Inspiration Guide with *every order from 8/26/2020 at 12:01 am EDT until 8/28/2020 at 11:59 pm EDT or while supplies last.
The free gift will be added to cart automatically.
Shop Altenew HERE
*Not valid on Altenew Academy class and workshop orders.

With the formalities taken care of, here's a look at my Enjoy The Ride layout, 


Sigh! Such a beautiful page for my darling girl! 
Magical, indeed! 

Altenew Supplies: Enjoy The Ride 12 x 12 Paper Pack, Enjoy the Ride - Blooming Ephemera, Enjoy the Ride - Bouquet Builder Ephemera & Shades of Purple Enamel Dots.
Other Supplies: White Cardstock & tissue paper.

The Enjoy the Ride collection is really somethin'!
Let's take a closer look...

Sooooooo pretty! 
I instantly fell in love with pattern paper, HAZY, and just had to make a feature of it!
I combined it with the B side of paper, BLUSTERY, to form the top section of my design. I distressed both papers to add both texture and interest to my design.

The dark leaves and red spots from pattern paper HAZY encouraged me to use coordinating ephemera pieces from both the Blooming and Bouquet Builder Ephemera sets. I layered these pretty pieces around my sweet photo, creating more texture by bending up the petals and leaves, and foam mounting some of them as well. I love how effectively they frame my photo, and draw attention to my darling girl's picture too!
Speaking of her picture, I layered it onto a base of torn white tissue paper from my stash, and tucked in the magical sentiment beneath it. Both sentiments featured on my page are from the Blooming Ephemera pack.  
To balance my design, I trimmed the base of my page with a distressed strip of pattern paper, BLUSTERY, & created a smaller embellishment cluster in the bottom right hand side.  

Isn't that butterfly the sweetest?! 
For finishing touches, I scattered a few of the Altenew Shades of Purple Enamel Dots around my photo and embellishment clusters.
Simple & Elegant.
Oh so beautiful creating with the new Enjoy the Ride Scrapbook Collection! 

I hope my project has inspired you to get creating with this stunning new collection!

*Please remember to leave comment on this post to go in the giveaway prize draw*
Thankyou & Good Luck!

Time to send you hopping to the awesome Nicole Watt's blog HERE
Thanks so much for visiting, 
til next time, 

Elle's Studio: August Kit & Stamping Inspiration!

Hi Friends! 

Welcome back for more Elle's Studio August Kit awesomeness!
With so many gorgeous items available this month, I just had to keep creating with them - or maybe it was more like, I just couldn't stop - ha! Seriously, that good! 
But enough of the chatter, here's my latest scrapbook page, 

"Big Smiles"!!! La la love this color scheme - so pretty for my sweet & happy girl! 

Other Supplies: White Bazzill Cardstock, Black Sequins, Red/Purple&Black Stamping Ink.

Such a fun and happy page! 
Let's take a closer look....

Those layers are errrything!!!
I mixed note cards from both the August Kit & the Priorities Printables to create that eye catching stack beneath my cute photo. I tucked in an August Label or two, as well as a die cut and some of A New Day Stickers. Sweet! 

Beneath my photo stack, is a one inch trim of one of the Summer Fun pattern papers. I enhanced this trim with a mix of August Labels, Composition Stickers, A New Day Stickers, Puffy Hearts & a veneer or two! I loved how this looked, and decided to 'build' on it with a ton of repeat stamped hearts from the Shine Brighter Stamp, more puffy hearts, and even some of the fabulous Acrylic Hearts! 

The Chipboard Tags sticker was perfect for my 'photograph notes', and while I had them handy, I just had to adorn my layout with 3 of those fabulous Chipboard Tags! 
For finishing touches, I cut through all that sweet color with a few black ink stamped sentiments from the Shine Brighter Stamp & a sprinkle of black sequins. 

Simple, but oh so beautiful! 
You can see why I can't stop creating with this month's kit -

I hope my layout has inspired you today! 
Thanks so much for visiting, 
til next time, 

Hip Kit Club: July 2020 Hip Kits - Card Trio

Hi Friends!

Welcome back for some Hip Kit Club July 2020 Kits inspiration!
Today I am sharing a super sweet card trio with the stunning July 2020 Main & Embellishment Kits! My DT assignment was to create cards that included stamping, stitching & fussy cutting, yay!! I love to get a lil inky & couldn't resist focusing on the 
This stamp set is so versatile and perfect for all kinds of crafty projects, but enough chatter, here's what I came up with......


Oh my heart! Could they get any sweeter?!! And talk about focusing on the Bring on the Sunshine stamp - wow! That tiny lil stamp has made a very big debut on this card trio! Creating your own custom pattern papers from stamps is such a fun, easy & effective technique to incorporate more stamping into your creating.
To keep my cards looking like a coordinating set I maintained a similar design & focal point. Each card features a foam mounted, stamped & machine stitched background with a dominant Crate Paper: Maggie Holmes Sweet Story Delights Dimensional Embellishment (rosette) in the bottom left hand side. I embellished each card with a Simple Stories: Kate&Ash Chipboard Sticker. For the fussy cutting element, I used florals from the Pebbles: Jen Hadfield Hey Hello: Happy Day paper on each card too! Other than these key design elements, each card has it's own unique look and feel. Let's take a closer look...


Sigh! Sooooo pretty! Shades of pink with mint & teal is a favorite color scheme of mine, and I  just had to use them for these sweet cards! I selected larger blooms from the fussy cut Happy Day paper, as well as some of the Echo Park Paper: Dive Into Summer Enamel Dotsto adorn these cards. Here's a close up view of them...


So sweet! 
To create the card base, I trimmed the Pink Paislee: Any Many More paper #11to 8" x 6", and scored down the 4" mark to create a 4" x 6" card. On a 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" sheet of smooth white cardstock, I repeat stamped the camera icon in mint colored stamping ink & machine stitched around the edges. I foam mounted this pretty camera cardstock onto my card base to create some extra dimension and interest. I glued the large fussy cut bloom into place, and then layered the Sweet Story rosette in the left hand corner. The Kate&Ash Chipboard Stickerswere the perfect addition for my card sentiments, and the soft pink Enamel Dots completed the card. Simple, but oh-so-lovely!


I used the same approach for this darling card, only this time I used the B side of the gorgeous Dear Lizzy: Here & Now Hot, Hot, Hot paper for the base. I repeat stamped the picture perfect stamp in black ink, and added a few different embellishments. You'll spot the Pink Paislee: 5th & Monaco Mixed Embellishment sequins, as well as one of theSweet Story Sticker Book stickers - both from the July 2020 Embellishment Kit. So cool!


This card is actually my favorite from the trio - the rich, warm yellow stamped background makes me feel so happy! That Sun Shine stamp is errrrything!!! I used the same design principles as my two previous cards, but this time I opted for tiny fussy cut florals, with a larger Chipboard Sticker bloom instead. The Sweet Story butterfly sticker is a cute addition to this bright & happy card. Love it!


And there you have it! 
Simple, easy to create, but oh-so-pretty cards made with the gorgeous July 2020 Hip Kits! 
I hope you'll give stamped, stitched and fussy cut featured cards a try!
 Be sure to share them with us in the Hip Kit Club Facebook Group HERE - I can't wait to see what you'll create!

Thanks so much for visiting,
til next time,


Technique Tuesday: Memory Keepers Studio Inspiration!

Hi Friends!

Welcome back to the Happy Arty Days blog!
Today I am sharing not one, but 4 gorgeous projects for 

featuring their fabulous Memory Keepers Studio Sets! 

First up is this sweet page featuring the March Memory Keepers Studio Set:

Such a fun set! 

Here's what I created with the March Memory Keepers release....

"Happy, Happy, The Best" 

Oh how pretty!!!
Such a soft and sweet page to document my darling girl with! 
Let's take a closer look....

Inspired by the colors in my photograph, I repeat stamped both the Happy sentiment, and heart & star icons in pink and purple inks. Love how this looks! 

I used the Best Words Crafting Dies with some glitter cardstock to create those tiny silver hearts, stars and 'the best' title. The silver glitter cuts through the sweet colors and adds both balance & interest to my design. 

Simple creating, but oh so beautiful! 

Next up is a layout created using the April Memory Keepers Studio Set:

Wow! What a gorgeous set! 
These stamps & dies are really quite versatile, and could be used for a variety of projects. 
Shop these lovelies in the Technique Tuesday store HERE 

Here's what I created with the Love Grows Here Stamp Set & Coordinating Dies Bundle ,

"I love Watching You Grow"

Nawww! What a cutie! 
& what a super fun way to record our growing pup! 
Let's take a better look....

Oh how sweet! 
For this layout I kept my stamping clean and bold with striking black ink. This made my title, and subtitles easy to identify & read. 

For the coordinating dies, I used a mix of pattern papers from the Pink Paislee: Paige Evan's Bloom collection. 
(& let me tell you, they cut like butter! SO good!)

Technique Tuesday stamps are always so crisp and I just love how they make my layouts pop!

Stamped perfection!

Super cute!

Next, I am creating with the beautiful May Memory Keepers Studio Set:

La la LOVE this set! Again, it's another super versatile one that you could use for a myriad of cards and layouts alike! 

Here's what I have created with it, 

Could it get any sweeter than this?!
The May Memory Keepers Studio Set is perfect for documenting my two cherubs with! 
I've combined these products with the fabulous Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Unforgettable collection to create this stunning page! 
I have used a mix of pink, purple and mint inks for my stamping, & combination of both pattern papers and cardstock for the coordinating dies. So good! 
Let's take a closer look......

Those die cuts are divine!!!

And the stamps are so crisp & clear!!!

Absolutely stunning!!!

And last, but by no means least, here's my scrapbook inspiration with the 

Clearly this bundle set is perfect for documenting our current "stay home" crisis, and a great way to reflect on what's happening right now. 

Here's what I created with this Stamp & Die Set Bundle, 

"Covid Hair, Don't Care!"

Ha! Well, not sure if this was 'memory keeping worthy', but it certainly is a reflection of day to day life during this pandemic. 
For this page, I used a mix of colored inks and repeat stamping, as well as some peach cardstock for my house & heart die cuts. 

As always, the sentiments stamp so precisely and are a joy to use! 
Here's a closer view...


And there you have it! 
Everyday story telling made easy with the amazing Memory Keepers Studio products from Technique Tuesday!
Find out more about becoming a member and saving $ on your stamps & die sets HERE

I hope my projects have inspired you to get stamping today! 
til next time, 

Elle's Studio: August Kit & New Releases Inspiration!

Hi Friends! 

Welcome back for more Elle's Studio inspiration
with the fabulous August Kit and new release items!
I know, every month I say it, but truly this month's kit and add-ons are aaaah-may-zing!!!
Check them out....

August Kit

The colors & patterns are just stunning!

And let's not forget the fabulous August New Releases....


And last, but by no means least, the amazing
August Printables & Digital Files

Wow! So.much.awesome!!!

***Shop ALL the Elle's Studio new releases HERE***

Here's what I have created with these products so far....

First up is a sweet 8.5" x 11" page documenting my darling girl's academic achievements,

"School Life"

This is so awesome! Such a special occasion to document for her school life!

Other: White Bazzill Cardstock, Staz-on Black, Ribbon, & SpiegelMom Scraps Sequins.

Let's take a closer look at this lovely...

So many pretty details!
The Shine Bright Stamp is pretty amazing, but it it's the So Cool Puffy Stickers title that wins my heart! I mixed the Hello Life & So Cool Phrases to create my 'school life' title. So versatile!
The Composition Stickers and ABC Veneer are fun embellishments for this education theme too! 

Awesome, indeed!
Loving the color scheme of gray, coral red and black n white - so classy!

Those puffy stickers are errrything!!!

Always Be Curious, indeed!
Love it!

My second layout has a real Summer vibe to it,

"Celebrating Fun Times"

How bright 'n' fun is this?!
Summer memories documented to perfection!

Other: White Bazill Cardstock, stapler & pale blue tissue paper. 

So simple, and yet so strikingly beautiful - LOVE this!
I combined the August Kit, new releases and both the Bright Polka Dot & Summer Fun 6 x 8.5" papers to create this layout.

The new release embellishments are really stunning! 
They look so good clustered together!

Yep, August at Elle's Studio is superb!

Thanks so much for visiting, 
til next time,