Paper Issues: December Take 5 Tuesday




Hi Creatives!

Time for another of my favourite Paper Issues challenges,

Always such a fun and very easy challenge to join in on, 
& this month's is no exception!

Here's the December list.....

Awesome fun, huh?!!

Here's the layout that I've created for this challenge, 

"XO XO"


SO Gorgeous!!!
I've used the stunning new Fancy Pants Designs collection: Golden Days, and my 5 items from the list are: #3 Green, #6 Woodgrain, #12 Alpha Letters, #13 Stickers, #14 Triangles. 
Did you spot them?
Here's a closer look.....


Love my girl! 
Golden Days is definitely a perfect match for her too! 
The blooms, the woodlands, Fall leaves and even the golden foil ephemera - just divine!
So many pretty embellishments in this line too! Just check out the cork stickers, and the golden puffy stickers, and that flair....


SO Stunning!

Hope you liked my layout and feel inspired to join us! 
For more ideas, and how to play along,see the original team post here.

To get your crafty fingers on Fancy Pants Designs: Golden Days, 
visit the Paper Issues store here and use my code: AMANDA to save 20% off! 

Thanks for stopping by today!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: New Issue: December to Remember: Round #1




Hi Happy Arty Days Friends!

A new month signals a new issue at Paper Issues! 
And this month's issue is:

A December To Remember


Suggested ideas: December Daily album pages, winter activities, any December holiday, memorial pages, December holiday traditions, favorite holiday recipe, use snowflakes as an embellishment, etc.

Here's my layout using Crate Paper's Snow & Cocoa collection, 

"Deck The Halls"


Isn't this the cutest?!!
Mr A had a ball decorating the Christmas tree this year, and yes,
 he even hugged the Nutcracker - lol!
Such a cute and happy memory!
Crate Paper's Snow & Cocoa collection was a perfect match for my take
 on a December to Remember! 
Bright, happy & so much FUN!!!
Here's a few close ups...


SO many divine embellishments in this collection! 
I adore the paperclips! & the chipboard stickers are Aaaaahmazing!!!


Love the gold glitter & acetate ephemera too!


And my fave detail, would have to be the Wonky Trees FREE cut file created by our very own Orange Gearle!
You can get that awesome file here.

And there you have it!

Hope you liked my take on the New Issue:
For more inspirational ideas, see what the rest of the team created here.
Need Crate Paper's Snow & Cocoa? Visit the Paper Issues store here
& Use my code: AMANDA to save 20% off!

Thanks for visiting today!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 


Paper Issues: December Pinspire Me




Hi Creatives!

Time for one of my most loved Paper Issues challenges, 
 Pinspire Me
& this month's board does not disappoint!
 Check it out....


All that Christmassy goodness! LOVE it!!!

Here's what I came up with.....

"Christmas is Coming"


Isn't this super cute?!! He's so adorable!
I have used the stunning Carta Bella: Christmas Delivery collection, and I am LOVING it!
Striking plaids, houndstooth, and striped paper designs in crisp Christmas colours - perfect for this challenge!
Here's a couple close ups.....


Lots of sweet embellishments in Christmas Delivery too! Love, love, love those brads!
But it's those elegant, traditional Christmas details that really make me sigh......


That tag! Every.single.time I look at it I start singing the Christmas Carol...lol!
So beautiful! (& yes, that be Cassie Box happy mail ribbon there too ;)  )
If you're looking for a Christmas collection for scrapbooking, card making or even a December Daily you NEED Carta Bella Christmas Delivery!

Grab yours in the Paper Issues store here & use my code: AMANDA to save 20% off!

For more inspiration and to join in on the challenge, click here.

Thanks for visiting!
Til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo



Paper Issues: Cut It Up Saturday





Hi Creative Friends!

Welcome back for more Paper Issues fun with Cut It Up Saturday - December edition! 
Today is all about this month's fabulous FREE cut file designed by our very own
Stacie Ebnet Dietz.

Here's a look at this month's aaahmazing Cut It Up Saturday file....



How awesome are those scribbled circles?!!

With such a natural 'mixed media' look, I wanted to showcase the file in a softer, more delicate light. 
Here's my version, 

"Embrace Life"


Isn't this the sweetest?! 
I have used one of my favourite collections, Pink Paislee's, Fancy Free by Paige Taylor Evans - love it!
I have also kept to an almost monochromatic colour palette too - very girly and soft!
Let's take a closer look....


Love that chippie title, but how fabulous do those background circles look?!!
Such a fun design!


To keep with the circular style, I used the circles paper, (Paper no. 3) as well as both the fancy and wood veneer buttons to embellish with. I love the look of the layered circles!


How cute is the stitching through the cut file?
 Another small detail that adds both delicacy and interest to my layout.


More circles goodness! Truly this file is divine!!!
Oh, and my top tip for cutting the scribbles successfully is to use an older, less sticky mat. 
It worked a charm ;)

Hope my layout has inspired you to get creating!

For more inspiration and to download this FREE cut file, click here 
Need Pink Paislee Fancy Free? 
Get yours now in the Paper Issues store here
& remember to use my code: AMANDA to save 20% off!

Thanks for stopping by today!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Imaginarium Designs December Creations




Hi Everyone!

Today I am sharing my final projects for Imaginarium Designs. 
I have been on this amazing DT for 2 years now, and have loved every minute of it!
With an enormous 2017 ahead of me though, it's sadly time to say goodbye! 
So before I get all sentimental & misty eyed, here's my December creations.....

First up, I am sharing this pretty layout, 

"You Are Amazing"


Prettiness overload! 
I have used the stunning new Pink Paislee collection, 'Moonstruck' and combined it with our favourite chippies to achieve this delicate and girly page!
So soft and dreamy!
Here's a closer look.....


SO many elegant and pretty chippies here! 
My sweet butterflies have been treated with Faber-Castell Gelatos in white and cotton candy pink, I blended them together a little to get colour variations in each one. 
Those intricate flourishes have been coated in white Gelatos too! I have layered them over a couple leaf stencils adding more texture, depth and interest.  
I adore the precision cut words and phrases, and this title is just exquisite! 
I've coated mine in a classic, matte Gold ink - here's another view.....


It really is divine, huh?! 
The gold also adds warmth to the right hand side of the page, and completes the rule of three triangle with the orange watercolour in the base paper. 
Here's another view of the butterflies.....


So very pretty, indeed!
A gorgeously girly page for my darling daughter!

Imaginarium Designs Products:








My next project is quite different from my usual style, and serves as a bit of a thankyou to the team at Imaginarium Designs for helping me to grow.....

"Grow" Sentiment Tag 


Wow! Told you it wasn't my 'usual' style ;)
Very shabby, and quite a bit edgy for me! 
Lots of awesome chipboard and techniques to share too! 
First up, I coated my large size chipboard backing tag in Lindy's Stamp Gang: Starburst Spray in Golden Oats, then while it was still wet, I rubbed some Lindy's Screamin' Black Banshee Magicals all over.
It looked just like my intricate butterfly......


I left the butterfly with the Gold & Black treatment - it really looks amazing, don't you think?!
I then coated my backing tag in a rough coat of gesso, and once dry I ran it through a bricks pattern embossing file.
 My tag was then roughly sanded back to reveal some of the Lindy's treatment, as well as a few raw sections too! 
The final treatment for my large tag was a good splattering of black ink!


Next up, I added the window frame - which is just treated with black Archival Ink, as are my sentiment words.  
Then embellished with the butterfly, leaves, and blooms.......


Such a gorgeous little off the page number!

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And there you have it! 
My final DT projects for Imaginarium Designs!
Thankyou to Jane, Natalie, the team & to you my loyal supporters, 
Much love,
 Have a wonderful Christmas & Best wishes for 2017, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: Product Spotlight : Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa




Hi Everyone!

Time for a little Paper Issues Product Spotlight!
Today we shine the lights on Crate Paper's Snow & Cocoa collection!


All things Winter wonderland! Love it! 
The color palette in this collection is gorgeous! Cool pinks and blues with black and white too!
I've actually made a few layouts with this fun Winter line - because it really is so easy to memory keep with!
But enough chatter - here's my layout , 

"Snowflake Kisses"



This is just the sweetest! 
As soon as I saw that ephemera quote I knew I had to use this pic for my layout.
Naturally, I needed to add a few snowflakes to create my blizzard too ;) Super cute!
That teal snowflake patterned paper is divine! Makes me think of Frozen! 
Here's a closer view.....


As always, there are the cutest coordinating embellishments in this Crate Paper line! 


And check out the chipboard stickers!!! LOVE!


And truly, if snowflakes were kisses I would send this kid more than a blizzard - love him so!

And that's my layout for the spotlight today!

You can buy the Snow & Cocoa collection here - use my code: AMANDA to save 20% off too!
Visit the Paper Issues blog here for more inspirational layouts!

Thanks for stopping by!
Til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 


Paper Issues: Moonstruck Pretties!




Hi Friends!

My turn on the Paper Issues blog,
&
 today I am sharing a layout from my new favorite collection;
Pink Paislee's  Moonstruck. 
Here's a quick looksee at this stunning collection - if you haven't already seen it!

Moonstruck Retailer

This collection is SO very pretty it makes me swoon!
From butterflies, to blooms & moonlight pretties this collection has it all!
Perfect for scrapping my girl with!

So now that you've seen it, here's my layout,

"Beautiful"



Gorgeous, huh?!
As soon as I laid my eyes on that stunning floral paper, I knew I was going to fussy cut it! 


But as I was cutting out all these pretty blooms, I fell in love with the reverse side too! 
That gorgeous black and white gingham design is just so striking!
So for this layout, I did end up using 2 sheets of Moonstruck Paper No. 2, and I may have bought more...lol!
I also really loved the gold foiled ephemera too!
Let's take a closer look......


In usual Pink Paislee style, there's a terrific array of ephemera in this collection!
 Pretty, pretty!!!
That gold foil really is something!!! 
And how about those super cute puffy stickers?!!


I love the detailed blooms in paper No.2!
& while fussy cutting requires patience, it always looks amazing! 


And there you have it!
Moonstruck pretties!!!
Hope my layout has inspired you to get creating too!
& use my code: AMANDA to save 20% off!

Thanks for stopping by today, 
til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo