Couture Creations December Project #2

Hello again everyone!

Welcome back for more Couture Creations delights!
For my second December project
I have this gorgeous, romantic tag to share with you!

Super sweet & makes for lovely gift tag too!

Here's how to re-create this beauty in only a few quick steps....

Start with the 2 largest Nesting Dies: Scallop Rectangle, Vintage Rose Garden paper & Kraft cardstock. Run through your die-cutting machine (as shown above). 

Adhere scallop rectangles, then using a small Nesting Dies: Oval, run through your machine to get the same result as featured above. 

Using soft pink cardstock, prepare the Vintage Rose Intricutz Die: Vintage Border.  


Attach border as shown above.

Embellish with tulle, butterfly & small rose. 
Pearls add a finishing touch both above and below the butterfly.


Complete with ribbon and pearl trim.
A really romantic, super pretty tag that is just to simple not to try at home!

Thanks for visiting today,
til next time,

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Imaginarium Designs Delights!

Hi everyone! 

The festive season is well and truly upon us! 
& as an early Christmas present
 I received this wonderfully amazing news...

you're a
2015 Imaginarium Designs DT member!!!!

Whoop! Whoop! 
& a happy dance for me!!!
I am absolutely delighted & over the moon to be on this creative journey for 2015! 
So looking forward to creating alongside some of the most talented paper artists around!

As a special celebratory thanks, 
Here is some last minute Christmas card inspiration using some of the wonderful 
Imaginarium Designs chipboard....

A really earthy, rustic look for Christmas this year,
loving that corrugated cardboard too!

Let's take a closer look at that stunning chipboard......

Black ink and gold glitter enhance this chipboard phrase.

How gorgeous is this?!! 
I am really partial to that natural old world Christmas feel - 
Kaisercraft's, Yuletide Collection has worked wonders with these cards!
& again,
How cool is that chipboard?!!
This time the phrase is coated in solid gold glitter and the frame has been inked in black.
Lots of gesso and distressing - love it!

Well there you have it!
Early Christmas celebrations for me!
Thankyou for all your support & and amazing comments!

Hope you liked my last minute xmas cards!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Paper Wings Productions: Guest Designer

Hi Everyone! 
Thanks for stopping by!

Today I'm guesting over at the Paper Wings Productions blog, The Aviary
for Scrapbook Saturday!

& I am sharing this super fun mixed media layout!

Hope you like it.....

"Treasured Memories" layout

I love this! So bright, fun and oh-so-cool too!
Lots of mixed media juiciness here! & how cool are those stamps?!!!
So  do you want to know how I created this lil number?
Well, it's so easy I can guarantee you'll be giving it a go!
Here's how.......

On white 12 x 12in cardstock
position a stencil/template and apply texture paste. 
Heat gun dry, then colour with Tropical 4pk Gelatos, as shown above.  

Activate gelatos with water (paintbrush or spray bottle works well) 
& adhere chipboard elements.
I always choose Imaginarium Designs chipboard for my creations. 

Coat chipboard thoroughly with gelatos, and this time activate with a coloured misting spray.
Allow colours to run!!! 

Once dry, commence the stampy inky fun! 
For boldness & a super striking effect,
I used a black permanent ink for all my stamp work on this layout.
I started by stamping my background with Art Textures Stamp Set in random repeated patterns
(as shown above)

Because this page is all about my two darlings 
- my lil prince and princess - 
I couldn't help but use the Crowns Stamp Set.
This stamp embellishes my page perfectly! Too cute! 

I then randomly stamped both the heart stamps from the 
Say It - Thanks Clear Stamp Set.
As you can see, it really adds to the layout.

Next, I attached my chipboard framed photo, and embellished it with a few blooms.
I used a lil black gesso on my title, and attached to page.
For my final finishing touches I added a few strands of frayed muslin.

And Voila!


That's how I created this super cute, inky, messy, fun layout!
Told you it was super easy! 
Hope you'll try it today!

Thankyou & happy stamping!

'til next time, 

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Paper Wings Productions Products Used:

Couture Creations December Project # 1

Welcome back Happy Arty Days fans!

Today I have some beautiful crafting ideas to share!
I just love mixing, matching and layering my Couture Creations dies - 
there's so many fabulous ways to combine them!

Here are a few of my latest creations.......

A beautiful wall hanging that features the new 
and layering with 

And some lovely vintage style cards.....

Just gorgeous!

Let's recreate a vintage card today!

Start with these dies: 

Use Kraft & apricot cardstock, as well as Vintage Rose Garden paper for your die cuts.

Cut Kraft cardstock 12 x 6in, score and fold in half to create card base. 
Cut Vintage Rose Garden paper 5 3/4 x 5 3/4,
 and attach to card base, as shown above.

Adhere ornamental lace die to centre of card, & then attach sunflower over it.

Adhere scallop circle & vintage border, as pictured.

Embellish with blooms. Add sentiment if desired.

Such simple layering, but such pretty results! 

Thanks for joining me today!
 I hope I have inspired you to get mixing and matching your dies 
to create some beautiful new looks!

'til next time,

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Paper Wings Productions December Blog Hop

Hi you Stamping Superstars!

Welcome for more inky inspiration on the

Over at The Aviary we're inspired by all that glitters...
Such a stunning colour to create with!
All the Paper Wings' designers have all made projects this month using gold.  
We hope you will check out each designer's blog to see what we have created.  Once you have completed the hop, be sure and leave a comment on the Paper Wings blog for your chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the Paper Wings Productions online store. 

For a chance to win all you need to do is:
  • be a follower of the Paper Wings blog, The Aviary
  • visit each of the participating designer's blogs and leave a comment
  • go back and leave us a comment on the Paper Wings blog telling us you completed the hop

To increase your chances of winning you can like our Facebook page and/or invite your friends to the hop.  Be sure to leave a separate comment for each of your additional entries. The winner will be announced on Tuesday December 9, 2014 on the Paper Wings blog.

If you've arrived here from Katie's blog, then you' re in the right place.
If not, please click here to start hopping in the right direction :)

Here's my golden creation for the hop...

I love a good vintage card!
(& Paper Wings Productions products are a perfect match)

This stunning card features those too cute 

That gorgeous gold patterned paper is MME Market Street Nob Hill

 Vintage Cuties Clip Art - an essential feature for any vintage creation!

The gold stars, ribbon and flower are just from my stash but help to complete this ensemble.
I hope you liked my take on the gold theme.
Thanks for joining me today!

Time to send you over to Kristie's blog now for even more golden inspiration!

Don't forget to leave a comment!
Thanks for visiting,

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

***Here is the complete line up just in case you get lost along the way***

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Paper Wings Productions : December Challenge

Hi my stamping lovelies!  

Welcome back for more Paper Wings Productions delights! 
As always, a new month equals a new challenge at The Aviary
& this month's challenge theme is.......
(Well 'tis the Season, after all!)

Here's my Guest Designer contribution for this monthly challenge...

A super cute, really fun Christmas card that showcases the fabulous

Here's what the stamp set looks like....

Super cool, huh?!!
Really versatile stamp set & suits all kinds of projects too!

Those fantastic papers & collectables are from
 so very modern and contemporary, so very me!!!

Thanks for taking a peak,
I know you'll be creating something for Christmas, so why not enter the challenge?
(There's a super prize too! :) )
You can visit The Aviary here to see more from our amazing DT, 
& to link up your entry!

Good Luck!

til next time,
Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Couture Creations November Creation #2

Welcome back everyone!

My second Couture Creations post for the month is a super-cool technique that is so on trend,
Shaker Cards!!!


I know, soooo much fun here!

You may have seen this Christmas card that I created for Issue 5 of Creative Inspirations Magazine, using the Merry Little Christmas Intricutz Die: Christmas Stocking.....

I created ‘negative space’ with my die to create ‘windows’ for my patterned paper.
Today I am using that same technique to create this fun Christmas Shaker Card!

Here’s how…..

1. Using your new Couture Creations Trimmer, prepare your white cardstock
-8 x 6”, score & fold in half.
- 3 ¾ x 5 ¾” & adhere to cardstock, as shown. 

3. Select your Couture Creations die; I used the Christmas Stocking. (It’s a great fit lengthwise & it’s also a bit of fun - perfect for a shaker card!) Fold your card so that the patterned paper is facing down onto the die, and the back of the card is tucked under the die & run it through your die-cutting machine a few times. Re-position die and repeat, as shown.

4. Place a handful of sequins into a glassine (or cello) bag, seal and attach to inner side of card.

5. Add a sentiment & some of those fabulous gemstones to embellish!

Shake and enjoy!!!!

Such a simple technique, but what a great effect!
(& your children will love making & shaking these cards too!)

I hope I have inspired you to give shaker cards a go!
Thanks for stopping by,

til next time, 
Amanda xo