Altenew Paint-A-Flower: Clematis Josephine Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hi Creative Friends! 

It's time for another gorgeous bloom to join the elite Altenew Paint-A-Flower club! 
Introducing the delightful Clematis Josephine!

Oh isn't this new Paint-A-Flower just gorgeous! 

I'm so excited to be joining in on today's blog hop! 
Thankyou to the super sweet and very talented Terri Koszler for relaying you here. Aren't her card creations just stunning?
 If you haven't arrived here as part of the blog hop, or you're feeling a bit lost, please visit the Altenew Card Blog here to get started! 

To celebrate this fabulous release Altenew have some fantastic giveaways happening!

Like $200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 06/27/2021 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 06/29/2021.

Good Luck!

Blog Hop List:

Plus, check out these two awesome bundle & save deals...

Once signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in the monthly Paint-A-Flower releases and will receive a set each month - at a specially discounted price! ($15.99 down to $12.99)
How fabulous!
Join the exclusive Paint-A-Flower club HERE

Now, time to see what I created with the oh so lovely 

Gasp! So pretty in pink! 

These flowers are so incredibly detailed that I wanted to focus on their beautiful outline. 
I stamped the Clematis Josephine with a mix of Razzleberry & Rubellite inks onto that pretty pink paper from the Wildflower Scrapbook Collection. I repeated this process and created a second set of stamped florals which I fussy cut and layered over the original images. I ran my stamped sentiment ( also from the  Paint-A-Flower: Clematis Josephine Outline Stamp Set) through the center of my card and added a few tiny gems for finishing touches. 
Simple, but SO beautiful! 

I really hope you liked my card today! 
Please remember to leave a comment on this post to be entered into the giveaway draw 
& Good Luck! 

Time to send you hopping over to the wonderful and oh so inspiring  Norine Borys' blog.
Thanks so much for visiting, 
til next time, 

Hip Kit Club: Father's Day Inspiration with the May Hip Kits!

 Hi Friends! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today to see my take on the Hip Kit Club's Father's Day theme week! Today's post also has the added challenges of using only the May 2021 Main Kit, strictly no pink and creating your own stripes or plaid design from pattern papers! Yay, such a fun challenge! I couldn't wait to get started on creating this layout of my son and husband - taken quite a few years ago...

"All The Feels" 


How awesome is this?! I just love the combination of yellow, orange and soft blue - so fresh, and contemporary and really cool for my two boys! I've combined a mix of Pinkfresh Studio: Keeping It Real - A Little Chaos paper, Paige Evans: Wonders - Paper 5, and Obed Marshall's Buenos Dias Vamonos paper for my half inch paper strips. I've arranged them in a diamond design and weaved them together to really make the design and colors pop!



Those weaved paper strips are errrrything!!!

Apart from being super cool, they also form my loose interpretation of the  required 'plaid' feature. It kinda has a plaid vibe, right? You'll also notice that I've roughly rolled up the corners of my Avalanche Cardstock ( May 2021 Cardstock Kit) and backed these areas with more of the Pinkfresh Studio: A Little Chaos paper.  This messy textured paper look enhanced the masculine theme of my page and added that extra somethin'!


There are so many terrific pattern papers in the May 2021 Kit, that I had to feature more! You'll spy that I fussy cut the awesome Amy Tangerine: Brave & Bold - Take Note paper to build the layers beneath my photograph. That tiger is my fave! I also fussy cut Jen Hadfield's: Reaching Out - Stick Together paper to add the appearance of some taped journaling at the top left of my page. Simple approaches to incorporate more patterned papers into scrapbook pages!



Embellishing is always my favorite part, & I loved color hunting through the May 2021 Main Kit for coordinating die cuts and stickers! The Pinkfresh Studio: Keeping It Real Ephemera pack had quite a few pieces that coordinated well, but it was that Paige Evans: Wonders  Dimensional Banner that really wowed me! I mean, seriously, so good!!!



With such a vibrant color scheme, it was important that I printed my cherished photograph in black and white, and centered it through the weaved plaid design. This ensured that my photo remained the focal point of my page!



For finishing touches, I sprinkled some black sequins from my stash - but black ink splatters would have worked just as well here.



A truly wonderful page for the special guys in my life!

I really hope my May Main Kit only layout has inspired you to get creating with the fabulous Hip Kits today! 

Til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 

Amanda xo

Altenew Summer Adventure Stand-alone Dies Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hi Crafters & Altenew Friends! 

Welcome to the Happy Arty Days blog! 

I am so super excited to be participating in today's amazing

Altenew Summer Adventure Stand-alone Dies Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Yay! So many gorgeous new die sets in this release! 

Thanks to the awesome and super talented Therese Calvird for relaying you here - if you haven't arrived here as part of the hop, you can visit the Altenew Card Blog HERE to get started! 

I can't get over how amazing this release is! 

If you've not seen all the fabulous new things yet, here's a quick look for you...

WOW!!! Told you it's an awesome release - so.much.gorgeousness!
You can shop (& save!) by purchasing the entire Summer Adventure Die Release Bundle HERE

Let's not forget about the terrific FREE gifts and giveaways happening today too! 

Here are THREE ways to get a FREEBIE to kickstart your creativity!

*Free gift will be added to cart automatically. 

  • Get a FREE brand new Summer Adventure Release Inspiration Guide (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Summer Adventure release bundles. Shop HERE! *Exclusions apply.

  • Get a FREE brand new Summer Adventure Release Mini Inspiration Guide with every order from 06/17/2021 through 06/19/2021. Shop HERE!


Plus: Altenew have an amazing $300USD in total prizes to share!

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 06/23/2021 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 06/25/2021. Good Luck!

Blog Hop List:

Start here --->   Altenew Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Vicky Papaioannou

Norine Borys

Jenny Colacicco

Erum Tasneem


Nicole Watt

Simon Hurley

Therese Calvird

You are here --->   Amanda Baldwin

Tania Ahmed

Verity Biddlecombe

Emily Midgett

Bridget Casey

Virginia Lu

Victoria Calvin

Tenia Nelson

Colleen Balija

Nathalie DeSousa


Maryam Perez

Karen Brown

Michelle Short

Agnieszka Małyszek

Patricia Roebuck

Carol Hintermeier

Zinia Redo

Sandhya Iyer

Terri Koszler

Kelly Griglione

Mindy Eggen

Natasha Davies

Joylita Dsouza

Anna Mahtani

Keren Baker

Laura Bassen

Sande Woodson

Patricia Roebuck

Raquel Bowman

Time for some inspiration!

Here's what I've created with this lovely release...

"Amazing You" - 12x12inch scrapbook page

Oh what a mixed media delight! So super pretty! 

It may be Summer in the States but it's all the Winter weather here in Australia! 
Luckily the Summer Adventure Die Release is super versatile and works for any season!
Let's take a better look at these amazing die sets in action...

The Tropical Leaf Mix Die Set is perfect for repeat cutting and using as a base to layer my sweet girl's photo onto!

And the All About You Word Die Set makes the most wonderful titles for scrapbook layouts!
You'll also spy that I used the Moroccan Lattice Cover Die as a loose stencil in my mixed media base - such a fun and inventive way to use die cuts! 

Really stunning!

Amazing you, indeed!

I couldn't resist making a couple of cards for today's release too...

How good does the Peeking Leaves Cover Die look in cork?! 
This time I've combined the Summer Adventure Die Release with the new Dreamy Sunset 6x6 Paper Pack to create an Autumn feel. Told you this Summer release is super versatile! 

The All About You Word Die Set is definitely a must have! 
Perfect for scrapbooking and cardmaking! 
I combined this die set with the Moroccan Lattice Cover Die for one more sweet card...

So striking with the Rainbow Blots 6x6 Paper Pack and the black card base! 
Love it! 

I really hope my creations have inspired you to get creating with the amazing new 

Please remember to leave a comment on this post to be entered into the giveaway draw 
& Good Luck!

Time to send you hopping over to the lovely, and very talented, Tania Ahmed's blog! 
Happy Hopping! 

til next time, 

Elle's Studio: Product Spotlight: Good Times Paper!


Hi Creative Friends! 

Welcome back for more Elle's Studio awesomeness!

Today I'm shining the Product Spotlight on the Good Times 6 x 8.5inch Paper Stack - Yay! I just adore all the bright colors and bold patterns in this fun paper stack, plus the designs are super versatile too! Rather than rave about my love for the Good Times Paper Stack, let's take a look at what I've created, 

"Hello Summer"

Hello, indeed! All the Summertime vibes! 

Elle's Studio Supplies: Good Times 6x8.5inch Paper Stack, June 2021 Kit, Stars and Stripes Chipboard Stickers, Acetate Star Stickers, Cork Labels, & Patriotic Acrylic Stars.  
Other Supplies: White Bazzill Cardstock, & Sewing Machine Stitching. 

There are endless possibilities when it comes to creating with the Good Times Paper Stack, so to showcase these beautiful papers I decided to use 5 different designs on my scrapbook layout. Let's take a closer look at how I achieved this...

To start with, I opted for a playful machine stitched, layered rectangles design. This is such a fun look and is super easy to make! I trimmed 4 of the Good Times pattern papers to 1 1/2inches wide by 2 1/2inches long, and arranged them in descending rows from 5 paper rectangles down to 2 rectangles. 

I machine stitched across the top of each paper row, and to add a bit more interest, lightly rolled the paper rectangles. This really enhanced the 'lift the flap' appearance of the Good Times paper rectangles - simple but so effective! 

The fifth paper featured on this page is that awesome black and white crosses design. I used this Good Times paper to back my foam mounted photograph with. The contrast of black and white against all those brightly colored paper rectangles is really striking and draws further attention to my photograph too! Winning! 

Even though the Elle's Studio Paper Stacks are 6x8.5inches, I love to maximize them and form the appearance of them being a full 12 inches. On this layout, I perfected this look at the base of my layout by butting two 1 inch by 6 inch lengths of the same paper together. To make the paper joins less visible, I positioned my June Kit 3x4inch fussy cut note cards Hello Summer title over them both. 

To complete my layout, I embellished with a mix of Cork Labels and all the stars from the June release. A really beautiful page thanks mostly to those Good Times papers! 

Tell me, what will you create with the fabulous Good Times Paper Stack papers? 

Be sure to upload your creations in the Elle's Studio Facebook group HERE or tag #EllesStudio on Instagram so we can share more inspiration with our caring craft community! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I really hope my project inspired you!

Til next time, 

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo