Paper Issues: Swag Bag Love!

Hi Creative Friends!

Time for a little Swag Bag love with Paper Issues!!!
Do you swag bag? It's kinda like a lil sampler goodie bag filled with scrapbook treats!
(or a mini kit if you like!)

I used the August Swag Bag for my layout today - you'll spy tasters of Pink Paislee's Take Me Away, Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Day, Dear Lizzy Saturday & even a bit of Crate Paper too! ;)

Each Swag Bag varies slightly but that's kinda the fun too!
A genuine surprise package everytime - Love it!!!
But enough chatter, here's what I created with mine!


Isn't this the sweetest?! 
I picked up on the coordinating lemon and soft aqua in the mixed bag. 
Such a delicate and pretty colour scheme!
Just so you know, the only items not from the Swag Bag are my cardstock, cotton thread, stencil & ink. 
I know,  that's a whole lot of lovely from the Swag Bag then! 
Even that die cut doily, tassel, and mirror shapes are from my Swag Bag! Gotta love it!
(& I still have enough left over for another 2 layouts easy!)
Here's a few close ups of this super sweet layout....

How cool are the coloured wooden shapes from the Take Me Away collection?!!

That stunning bow (& coordinating paper) are also from Pink Paislee's Take Me Away collection. Swoon!
That divine tassel is signature Crate Paper style!!!

Love that arrow paperclip - perfect for scrapping or planners ;)

Naww! Love these two & this layout of them is just the sweetest!!!
And love me a Swag Bag or three too!

So tell me, do you Swag Bag?!  
Visit our original post here to find out more. 

Be sure to use my code: AMANDA to save 20% in the Paper Issues store 
*this applies to all merchandise including the Swag Bags*  ;)  

Thanks for stopping by today!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: October Roll the Dice

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back for more Paper Issues fun with the new challenge

This month the dice determined that we need to use 6 photos! 
& exactly 3 stickers on our layouts!
WOW! That's quite a lot of pictures and not many stickers at all!
But you know, 
 I do love a good challenge....
Here's my take, 


How awesome is this?!!
I have been meaning to scrap these holiday pics since about April, & I am so glad I finally did it!
I LOVED the scrap lift we did last month of Orange Gearle's grid style layout, 
& this is really another take on it! 
To make my photos 'fit', I combined 4 of them into the one pic using a photo editing app on my phone. 
I've used the fabulous new Shimelle collection: GoNowGo & my three stickers are the 2 tiny yellow puffy hearts plus, that incredible rose gold glitter Thickers title, 'Wander'. 
Let's take a closer look.....

The Thickers in this collection are stunning, huh?! Love this title!

Apart from the bright & fun colours in the pattern papers, 
there's also a bunch of sweet coordinating embellishments in this layout including ephemera, puffy stickers, & wooden buttons.

Those wooden buttons are really cool! A great alternative to flair too!

Let's GO! Best little holiday we've had in a while - so much fun!!!
Check out the cute pic below...

Hilarious! Love my boy!!!
So glad this challenge got me to scrap these special memories!

Love the new Shimelle collection as much as I do?
You can buy it all in the Paper Issues store
Use my code: AMANDA to save 20% your total order!
Need more inspiration? 
Visit the Paper Issues blog here and find out how to join in too!
Can't wait to see your take on this awesome challenge!
Thanks for visiting, 
til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Make A Wish Pocket Letter!

Hi Creative Friends!
Today I am sharing something a little different with the stunning
MAKE A WISH collection!
A lil Happy Mail!!!
Snail mail or, pocket letters, are such a wonderful surprise to receive in the letterbox these days; such a novelty!
& there's nothing more fun to create either!
Here's a recent pocket letter I've created for someone super sweet....

Isn't this just lovely?!!!
Make A Wish is the prettiest collection! And it's perfect for everyday occasions too!
I've selected the pattern paper, CV-MWOO3 - PARTY DOTS, for the base of my mail as I just adore both sides of it! Hard to tell which is the B side - it's divine!!!
As this is the 'front cover' of the letter, the chipboard sticker, 'hello beautiful' is an ideal greeting sentiment. I've also used a chipboard frame, and heart banner to embellish with. You'll also spy lots of pretty die-cut ephemera, and a few puffy stickers and sparkly enamel dots on the cover too!
Just gorgeous!
Let's take a peak inside now.......
Oh, how cute is this?!!
Celebrate You, indeed! Love it!
I've created a couple of pocket strips to hold some happy mail sweet treats. Here's what's underneath all those goodies...
Love that stitched journal card - such an inspirational quote too! It's from another of my favourite pattern papers,
You'll notice I've also embellished with a couple wood veneers accessory stickers on this page. Pretty!
I must also mention, that I scrap-lifted this pocket letter design from the gorgeous Kylie Kingham, who has totally inspired me to get back into sending ole' fashion mail. She's totally rocking the pocket letters!
Here's the flipside of my sweet mail.....
I've created an extra pocket, filled with 'all the things' to make a girl say, "YAY"!
Hope she likes it!
On the opposite side I've created another strip pocket to hold a letter, which I've decorated with both Alphabet and  Accessory stickers - isn't it cute?!!
Such a fabulous and fun way to celebrate and cheer up friends!
And there you have it! Happy Mail that's guaranteed to bring a smile ;)
Hope this post has got you inspired to create a little extra love for the mail box this week
& share the Cocoa Vanilla Studio love with your friends!
Thanks for stopping by today!
til next time,

Paper Issues: Product Spotlight: Simple Stories - Posh

Hi Creative Friends!

Today we shine the light on...

Yes!!! So excited by this collection,
Simple Stories Posh is just stunning!

Here's my layout with it...


Naww! Just love this pic of my beautiful girl!
& how stunning is all that pretty ephemera, & stickers?!!
I mean, the gold foil accents are just divine!!!
And look at that floral washi tape!

Let's take some closer looks.....

The brads are just awesome!!!

So VERY pretty!

Chipboard stickers galore, gold foil, florals, birds & butterflies - Posh has it all!
Love it!

To save 20% off this collection use my code: AMANDA in the Paper Issues store here!
For more inspiration with this stunning collection, see what the team created here.

Thanks for stopping by, 
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: October Mix It Up Monday

Hi Friends!

Time to get your messy on with Paper Issues: Mix It Up Monday!
The October challenge is to use a stencil.
Yep. that's all! I know, it totally leaves the creative door wide open.... 
Love how fun stencils & templates are! So many different ways to apply them to your projects!

Here's what I came up with...

Isn't this pretty?!!
A really delicate and elegant mixed media page.
I've used Fancy Pants Designs: Life Is Beautiful collection 
and teamed it up with a Donna Downey peonies stencil (from my stash). 
I combined Lindy's Stamp Gang Magical's in Salt Water Taffy with some gel medium, and applied it to the stencil using a palette knife. Love the result!
So delicate, & it works perfectly with Life Is Beautiful!
Here's a closer look at that stenciling....

Love the shimmer of the Magical and the high sheen of the gel medium - so glossy!

Those puffy stickers & that flair!!! Love me some Fancy Pants!

The sheen is just divine, huh?!

How stunning is that floral pattern paper?!! 
Incase you want to order, it's called Save The Date ;) 

Super cute ephemera too!
Love it all!!!

You can check out the Fancy Pants collections here 
& use my code: AMANDA to save 20% off your total order!
To see what the rest of the team created, 
& to get started on this super fun challenge, 

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

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: October Pinspire Me

Hi Creative Friends!

Welcome back for this month's Pinspire Me challenge with Paper Issues!
October's board looks like this....

Happy Haunting indeed!
But as you know, I am an Aussie & we don't really celebrate Halloween - 
so my take draws on the colours and textures featured instead.
Lots of hot pink, yellow, & blue, plus that divine weatherboard texture!
But enough chatting, here it is, 


How stunning is this?!! 
Not very spooky, but definitely a beautiful interpretation of the Pinspire Me board! 
I have been stash busting my Crate Paper favourites for this layout. 
You'll spy Style Board, Open Book, Confetti, & even some Craft Market. 
I've also added in a Cocoa Vanilla Studio flair button, some sequins & that gorgeous blue watercolour ink!
Super pretty! 
Let's take a closer look.....

That cluster is just divine! 
Oh, & incase you're wondering, the Cocoa Vanilla flair is from the Love Always collection ;)

That fabulous title is created from Craft Market's Chipboard Stickers.

The woodgrain frame is a perfect match with the base paper, and I just love all those pretty embellishments!
Who would've thought that Halloween could be so pretty?! Love it!

To go in the drawer to win a Paper Issues gift card, 
simply play along with this challenge 
& upload your layout to the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook Group.
You can read more about joining in, 
& get a few more inspiring ideas from the DT on the original post here.

Don't forget, if you need scrapbook supplies 
- like more Crate Paper & Cocoa Vanilla Studio yummies - 
& use my code: AMANDA to save 20% off your total!
Thanks for visiting, 
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: Sketchy Saturday October

Hi Everyone! 

Welcome back for some more sketchy fun with Paper Issues! 
October's sketch is really fun - let's take a peak ...

Super sketch!  & not too tricky to play along with either ;)

Here's my take...

"Hey Girl!"

Love this! SO playful & happy! 
I've used the stunning We R Memory Keeper's Urban Chic collection to create it.
Urban Chic is a gorgeous mix of on-trend colours, fashion, beauty & style! Perfect for all our tween, teen, and in-between ages, girls! 
Oh, and it even has a travel element to it too! 
Versatile And pretty! My kinda papers!
Let's take a closer look.....

Gorgeous colours, patterns and yes, Gold Foil accents!!! Love it!

Absolutely LOVING the gold foil Thickers that compliment this collection!

And those pattern papers are just too divine!!!! Swoon!
Love it!

You can see more of this collection at the Paper Issues store here 
remember to use code: AMANDA to save 20% off your total!

Hope you liked my take on this month's sketch!
I'd love to see your take on it too - 
for more inspiration from our DT,
 & to play along,

Thanks for visiting!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo