Hip Kit Club: Product Focus & Process Video!

 Hi  Friends!

Welcome back for more Hip Kit Club inspiration!

Today I am shining the product spotlight on two of my favorite items from the December 2020 Hip Kits! First is the amazing Keeping Cozy Cardstock & Foil Bows from the December 2020 Embellishment Kit  - 'cos who doesn't love a good bow? They are SO sweet!  

And the second item is the divine floral pattern paper from the Main & Paper Kits,  which is aptly called, Pretty Floral. You'll also find a process video at the end of today's post too! 

But first, let's take a look see at what I've created with these two fabulous products!


"Winter Fun"


Oh how darling is this?! I told you that the Pretty Floral paper was just divine!!! Absolutely swooning over those fussy cut blooms! Let's take a better look...



Wow! Simple, elegant and so full of playful whimsy for my two children! As the pattern paper, Pretty Floral, is part of my product focus for today's post, I decided to use it 3 ways on my layout.



First, I fussy cut those florals and arranged them in a heart design to layer my photos onto. This floral heart feature really draws attention into my sweet photos - love it! Second, I took another sheet of this paper and used it's reverse side for my black & white plaid base. This is exactly why you need both the Main Scrapbook Kit AND the Pattern Paper Kit - being able to use both sides of a pattern paper makes creating a dream! And thirdly, I used the pretty peach branding strip to create the appearance of another paper layer behind my White Bazzill cardstock.  Such fun ideas to maximize this gorgeous paper!



Tiny bows are always for the win!  I created a faux kite string connecting to my floral heart to showcase these beautiful little bows! This really enhanced the playful vibe & childhood innocence of the layout.  The Cardstock & Foil Bows are truly a sweet embellishment!



For added whimsy and fun, I  featured the large Keeping Cozy Chipboard Stickers, Winter Fun, for my  title.



The Keeping Cozy Enamel Dots were the perfect embellishment to complete my page with! If you'd like a more detailed look at how I created this page, please watch my process video below:


Thanks so much for watching! 

I really hope you enjoyed my video & product focus post today! 

I can't wait to see what you create with these beautiful items! Be sure to upload and share your Hip Kit projects with us in the Hip Kit Club Facebook Group HERE

til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 

Amanda xo

Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Outline Stamp Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hi Altenew Friends & Crafters! 

Welcome to the Happy Arty Days blog! 
Amanda here, & I am so super happy to be joining Altenew for today's 

Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Outline Stamp Set Release 
Blog Hop + Giveaway!

If you've just arrived here from the amazing Erum Tasneem 's blog, then you're in the right place! If not, or you're a lil unsure of the blog hop order, here's the full list for you...

Start here --->   Altenew Card Blog

Erum Tasneem

You are here --->   Amanda Baldwin

Lilith Eeckels

Christine Pennington

Norine Borys


Nathalie DeSousa

Jessie Banks

Preeti Chandran

Terri Koszler

Mindy Eggen

Virginia Lu

Laura Volpes

Cheryl Espie

Tenia Nelson

Dana Joy

Emily Midgett

Tina Smith

Jenny Colacicco

Michelle Short


Teresa Litchfield

Agnieszka Małyszek

Whoa! That's quite an amazing line up! Prepare yourselves for tons of inspiration, and truly beautiful projects with this gorgeous Paint-A-Flower release! 

Like always, Altenew has some amazing giveaways and promotions to share with you...

Like, $200 in total prizes!!!

Yes, you read correctly! $200 in total prizes!

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 1 lucky winner and a $15 gift certificate to 10 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list featured above by 01/28/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 11 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 01/30/2021.

Good Luck!!!

Plus, don't miss this great Paint-A-Flower offer...

Join the Altenew Paint-A-Flower Monthly Subscription Plan & be guaranteed to receive the Altenew Monthly Paint-A-Flower releases at a specially discounted price! ($15.99 →$12.99)Yes!!! Save money and never suffer FOMO again! Join HERE

With the formalities taken care of, here's what I have crafted with this beautiful Camellia Stamp...

Swoon!!!! Painted flower perfection!

Oh my! How preeeeeetty! I.can't.even!!! 

This Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Outline Stamp Set is SO Beautiful!

I think it's no secret that I had so much fun stamping & painting these cards! 
Let's take a better look at them...

Oh aren't they just divine?!!
To keep them looking like a set, I've used the beautiful Celebrate Scrapbook papers for all three card bases, as well as sprinkled Enamel Dots for the embellishments.

Super pretty blooms and such encouraging sentiments - love it!
For these two cards, I simply stamped with the Permanent Black Crisp Ink and then painted with the Watercolor 36 Pan Set. Simple, and yet so effective! 

But it's this card that really has my heart...


No line coloring for the win! 
To create this card, I stamped the Paint-A-Flower: Camellia Outline Stamp onto some scrap paper until the Permanent Black Crisp Ink was almost completely disappeared. I then stamped (with the barely visible ink) the Camellia image onto my card, and used it as a painting guide for my watercoloring. 
Here's a few close-ups for you...

Truly stunning!

I hope my cards have inspired you today! 

***Please remember to leave a comment on this post to enter the giveaway***

Time to send you hopping over to the awesome Lilith Eeckels's blog for more crafty inspiration!
Thanks so much for visiting, & for all your thoughtful comments -
 they really mean so much!
Best of luck with the giveaways!
til next time,

Altenew Mini Delight: Poppy Release Instagram Hop

Hi Friends!

Thanks so much for stopping by the Happy Arty Days blog!

Today I am participating in the super fun 

Yay! Such a beautiful Mini Delight Set to start off 2021 with! 
If you haven't checked it out yet, here's what the Mini Delight: Poppy Stamp & Die Set looks like...

Teeny, tiny but oh so beautiful! 

Did you know that you Altenew also offer an exclusive Mini Delight Club?

 How awesome!
This subscription saves you 20% off the regular price, plus never suffer FOMO again!

Here's a lil looksee at what I've created with this sweet Mini Delight: Poppy Stamp & Die Set...

Told you this was a beautiful set! 
Absolutely stunning!

Here's a better look for you...

Such a detailed stamp and die set! 

I think you'll agree that this lil Mini Delight is a stamper's 'must have' set! 

Looking for more inspiration?
 Or better yet, 
Want to join in on the Instagram hop fun & maybe even win some prizes?
Visit  @altenewllc to get started! 

I hope my card has inspired you!
Thanks so much for visiting, 
till next time, 

Hip Kit Club - January Mood Board Inspiration!

 Hi Friends! 

Welcome back for more Hip Kit Club awesomeness!

Today I am sharing some Winter themed inspiration with the gorgeous HKC: January Mood Board! 

My December 2020 Hip Kits may have only just arrived, but that didn't stop me from crafting up a crisp Winter Wonderland layout for today's post!  

But before I get too excited, here's a reminder of what the January Mood Board looks like...



So gorgeous! The board was created by our amazing Anke Kramer, & it's such an icy delight to behold! Love it!  And here's what it inspired me to craft...




Oh my heart! Ice, Ice Baby! Winter love, indeed! As soon as I laid eyes on the beautiful, exclusive Hip Kit Club, Keeping Cozy 'Frozen Sky' paper, I knew I would cut it up and create a concentric design with it! I mean seriously, that paper is errrrrrything!!! Hip Kit Club exclusives are always my faves! Let's take a closer look....



It really is somethin', aint it?! As you can see, I was totally inspired by the center, 'Hello, Winter" image, and used it to create my  overall layout design. A circular snowflake arrangement on a square background, with the focal point in the center. I also loved the notion of going concentric - starting large and getting smaller, and making your eye travel to the center of the page. With these design ideas in mind, I chose the pretty  Keeping Cozy: Northern Lights pattern paper for my layout base. It's washy gray blue color, and tiny snowflake pattern made for a beautiful border and starting point for my page! My next layer, or smaller square if you like, was a sheet of White Bazzill Cardstock (courtesy of the December 2020 Cardstock Kit) which I trimmed to 11.5" x 11.5" and machine stitched onto the Northern Lights base.


I trimmed down the Frozen Sky paper to 11" x 11" & cut out the circular center of this print too! I backed it with foam tape, and adhered it to the White Bazzill Cardstock layer. My concentric square layers were now complete! I chose to enhance the newly transformed circular design by adhering all the Keeping Cozy: White Puffy Leaf Stickers under, over and around the fussy cut circle rim. Yes - it took the entire packet - but doesn't it look awesome?!! Some embellishments are truly beyond words (& that's exactly why you always need to order the Embellishment Kit too!) Amazing!



I machine stitched my next circle into place, and then used this detail as a guide for my foam mounted, Keeping Cozy: Floral Ephemera leaves and Metallic Puffy Stickers title. So much soft texture and dimension to this page!



I framed my photograph with that stunning Keeping Cozy Chipboard Sticker wreath, and then positioned my photo onto that sweet Floral Ephemera wreath.  For maximum impact, I foam mounted these final circular layers to the center of my page. To add that 'extra' something, I added a Keeping Cozy Cardstock Bow in a similar color to the wreath.



That bow!!! So adorable & the perfect finishing touch to my darling's photograph! I also embellished with a couple more of those shiny Metallic Puffy Stickers, and a chipboard heart or two! Beautiful! Here's a couple more close ups for you...



I just love that shiny silver title - so cool, crisp & icy!



SO many beautiful details and layers created with the divine December 2020 Hip Kits! 

I hope my layout has inspired you to create something today! 

Please be sure to share your Hip Kit projects with us in the Hip Kit Club Facebook Group HERE - we love seeing what everyone makes!

Thanks so much for visiting! 

til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 

Amanda xo

Elle's Studio: January 2021 Kit Reveal & Inspiration!


Hi Friends! 

Welcome back for more crafty inspiration with the first 

Elle's Studio Kit reveal for 2021!

Like always, the Elle's Studio exclusive monthly kit is jam packed full of bright, contemporary & versatile designs - check it out!

January 2021 Kit

So gorgeous! 

This kit is sure to sell out fast - be sure to lock in your monthly subscription HERE & never suffer FOMO again! 

Subscriber Benefits:

Guaranteed a kit each month at our special price of $9.99.
 Free shipping on any other products that are purchased during the 24 hour bundling period starting each month on the 10th at 8:00 am Pacific and ending on the 11th at 8:00 am Pacific. These products will be shipped with your subscription.
Access to special discounted items during the bundling period.
Plus the Elle's Studio subscription option is risk-free and may be cancelled at any time.

If the January Kit wasn't awesome enough, the new products being released this month will also win your heart! 

Told you so! Aren't they all superb?! I can't pick a favorite - SO good!!!

And let's not forget the wonderful January Digital & Printable Products too...

I think it's safe to say that 2021 is off to an amazing start at Elle's Studio! 

Before you shop, here's some inspiration for you using some of these lovelies...

"Love You" 

Wow, what a bright & stunning page! You truly are the BEST! 

Other: Bazzill -Coconut Swirl Smoothies Cardstock, Sewing Machine, Sequins & colored Stamping Inks.

There are so many cute 'n' fun details to this layout - let's take a better look...

So super cute! 
I couldn't resist diving into the Hugs and Kisses Stamp immediately, and I stamped up a tri-color hearts base. To coordinate with my stamped hearts, I used the black & white tiny hearts paper & lots of Puffy Sticker & Acetate Hearts too! 
I was also inspired by the cute hexagon die cuts from the January Kit, and added a few more hexagons to the mix! Those gray ones are fussy cut from the 6 x 4" note card in the kit, and the larger tiny heart ones are from the XOXO paper. 

They own my heart strings... so needless to say, I had to machine stitch my hearts and hexagons into place. I love the texture that this created!

Aren't the colors in this month's kit just divine?!
I layered and embellished my hearts and hexagons too! 

And how awesome is that Love You! wood veneer?! La la LOVE!

My second project for today is a sweet card duo for Valentine's Day...

Oh how sweet!!! I just love creating slimline cards at the moment, and the Acetate Hearts were the perfect go-to embellishment!

Other: Bazzill - Coconut Swirl Smoothies Cardstock, Sewing Machine, & Jewels. 

Here's a better look at them...

So sweet!
I can't decide if I love the purple or the red most? Which one would you give to your Valentine?

The XOXO Paper Stack papers are fabulous, and the typewriter font one had my heart - 
it worked as a background for both cards, perfectly!

SO many cute embellishments for Valentine's themed projects!
I'm especially loving the Acetate Hearts and the All My Heart Wood Veneers!

Oh, and the Puffy and Chipboard Stickers are on my  'must have' list as well, lol!

Just gorgeous!

I hope my projects have inspired you to get creating with these amazing new products! 
I'll be sharing more with the January 2021 Kits a lil later in the month, but until then, 
 Thanks so much for visiting,