Jot Magazine: July Mood Board

Hi My Creative Friends! 

Hope you're all having a fabulous week!
For months now I've been meaning to join the Jot Magazine: Mood Board challenge , well
I finally did it!
& I had so much fun with this gorgeous, inspirational board. ..

I know, so pretty!!!
I found myself really drawn in by the colours and florals on this board....
But less talking, here's my layout,

"Wonderful, Just Wonderful"

Naww! LOVE this picture!
 I never tire of seeing how much these two really love each other! Sibling Joy!
And how pretty is the page?!!
with the stickers, ephemera die cuts, vellum hearts & enamel dots from their Hello Lovely Collection.
I think they coordinate perfectly!!
Let's take a closer look.....

you make me so happy - indeed! 
Lots of those pretty blue/teal shades with delicate pops of orange, pink & a tiny bit of that emerald green.

Aren't those Hello Lovely blooms just divine?!
Loving that teal heart too! 
That's a sweet lil handmade embellie from Charm's Creations. Gorgeous!

Love it! 
When it comes to pretty pages Cocoa Vanilla Studio is perfect!
 I hope my layout has inspired you to get creating! 
To join in on the Jot Board fun click here!

Thanks for stopping by to see my take on the Jot Board for July - 

til next time,

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Imaginarium Designs: Words & Phrases theme post

Hi Creative People!

Thanks for stopping by to see my 
"Words & Phrases" theme layout for 

Imaginarium Designs create such fabulous chippie words and titles - 
they're so easy to use & tend to feature on nearly all my layouts.

Here's my most recent layout with them....

"Love, Adore, Cherish"

I know - too sweet! 
Who truly couldn't love, adore & cherish these two?!!
So pure & innocent - hence my choice for a clean simple layout design and pure white for my chippies. 
Those super pretty papers are Crate Paper Inc's Maggie Holmes Open Book, 
as are the beautiful vellum and ephemera roses.
I've propped the roses up with Imaginarium Designs: Leaves & Circles Chipboard & coated them in the white too.
Let's look a little closer.......

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Love those chippie words!
The white is a quality gesso, and the focal word - CHERISH - also has a very light coat of glossy accents too. 
Very simple but making a real feature of the words....

Soooooo pretty!

Hope you liked this Words & Phrases inspiration!
Don't forget to visit the Imaginarium Designs blog to see what my fellow DT members created this month!

Thanks for visiting,
til next time,

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

APOCD: Thoughtful Thursday

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back for more A Piece Of Cake Designs June Kit delights!
Today I am sharing a little Thursday Thoughfulness.... 

Ever put some photos away for safe keeping only to stumble upon them months later? 
Well, that was me last week...
A whole box full of beautiful photos that I was planning to scrap but never got around to.
I can't believe how much children can change in only a few months - they grow up so fast! 

Thought of the day: Be sure to happy snap your loved ones every single day!

 I found this gorgeous photo of my daughter and was just suddenly hit by how fast she's grown up - definitely not my baby anymore *sigh* !
Naturally, I couldn't put that photo back in the box, I just had to scrap with the June Main Cake Kit

Here's the page I created and that photo...


Yes, she's definitely not so little anymore - but she will always be my baby! 
Love my darling so very much!

How fabulous is that Gold Spot Vellum? It  works so well with the confetti style pattern paper  & scattered sequins!
I am loving the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Die Cut Ephemera too - tickets, typewriter font embellies, and diamonds (every girl's best friend!)

Let's look a lil closer......

Pretty colour doilies in this kit too!

- Don't let anyone ever dull your sparkle - 

An oh-so-pretty page with the June Cake Kit! 

Hope you feel inspired to get creating with those photos you've kept aside - or better yet, go grab your camera and snap a few more!

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment, 
Have a wonderful day!

til next time,
Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: You Are My Happy

*NEW* Hello Lovely
Welcome back for more Hello Lovely delights!
Today I have a super fun and fabulous layout to share,
You Are My Happy
2015-06-08 09.00.06This collection makes me sigh - just soooooooo pretty!!!
I don't even know where to begin - so many delicious products to drool over!
For this layout, I really wanted to focus on the charcoal, soft pink, white & gold colour theme. I used the bold lines pattern paper - Life Story CV-HL004  to create a modern, fun, contemporary feel that oozes sophistication. The golden sequins, bitty bow and lucky charm arrow add to the 'special' mood, and prevent my title from looking like just another journal card.
The perfectly coordinating die cut ephemera adds a little something special too....
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Just divine, isn't it?
The most difficult element of creating this lovely page is exercising restraint! The papers are all 200gsm - so wonderful to create with & all the embellishments are nothing short of boutique quality! Just look at that lucky charm arrow..... (& that super cute bow!)
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again,
Hello Lovely is simply heavenly!
But it is limited edition, so visit the shop here to get your crafty fingers on these precious products
(before they're completely sold out!)
Thankyou for visiting, I really appreciate the time you took out of your day to view my layout!
I hope it inspired you!
Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Kaisercraft: August Creations!

Hi Happy Arty Days Friends!

Welcome back for more Kaisercraft delights! 
There are three fabulous new collections this month that are just going to get your scrappy fingers itching with excitement! 
A Touch of Gold, Holy Night & Time Machine 
& truly, I can't pick a favourite this month!
I got just a tad excited playing with these lovelies 
- so less talk from me today -
Go make yourself a cuppa, sit back & relax...
Enjoy viewing my inspirational ideas with these three awesome collections!

First up, A Touch Of Gold!

Think celebrations, invitations & golden occasions!
And for golden occasions we *need* table numbers, right?!
Well, here's my take on a lil party or two...

"Table Numbers 4Pk"

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How cool are these?!!
I love to get a little eclectic every now & then -
so these table numbers reflect on that quirky but cool style!
Here's some close-ups showing both sides.....

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Table 1 & 2 for the more elegant & refined occasion.

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Table 1 & 2 for the 21st birthday party.

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Table 3 & 4 for the ladies luncheon

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Table 3 & 4 for the Party!
Told you this collection was all about the celebrations!

Kaisercraft Products: SB2301 | Table Numbers 4Pk, P1900 | Razzle, P1901 | Deluxe, P1902 | Sheen,  P1905 | Extravagant, P1907 | Classy. CT834 | Collectables, DD103 | Decorative Die-Number Set-Small, DD507 | Decorative Die-Nesting Circles, DD511 | Decorative Die-Nesting Scallop Circles, T307 | Tools-File Set. Other: Black gesso, spray adhesvie, ribbon, sequins & staples.

Just to demonstrate the versatility of this collection,
here's a very different Beyond The Page creation for you

"#LOVE" Word

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"Love is Friendship set on fire" - that Rub On quote sums it up perfectly!
I adore Kaiserwood products, and the hashtag words are really fun to create with!

Kaisercraft Products: SB2333 | #LOVE Word, P1901 Deluxe, P1902 Sheen, F666 | Black, F645 | Honey, FL497 |Tags, SB777 | Black, RB884 | After Five, T307 | Tools-File Set. Other: Black gesso, spray adhesive.

Time to see a few layouts I've created.....

"This Is Why I Love You" 8.5" x 11" layout

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Isn't he the sweetest?! Love the pops of gold and the repeat circular patterns - very cool!
Kaisercraft Products: P1906 | Lavish, PP976 | Paper Pad, CT834 | Collectables, DD507 | Decorative Die-Nesting Circles.

"Keepin' It Real" layout

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More of my way too cool boy!
Insta frames are one of my fave go-to embellies at the moment - they draw interest to your photos & look awesome!
I couldn't resist the opportunity to show them off in this layout design - a really easy one to scraplift :)

Kaisercraft Products: P1900 | Razzle, P1903 | Flashy, CT834 | Collectables, SB777 | Black.

"LOVE" layout

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Another really contemporary design that is both simple & sophisticated! This time one of my darling daughter - she is too lovely not to scrap! How fantastic are those gold foil adornments? And as always the coordinating collectables make it too easy to create lovely pages.

Kaisercraft Products: P1903 | Flashy, P1907 | Classy, PP976 | Paper Pad, CT834 | Collectables. Other: Sewing machine.

Time to share a few cards....

"Smile" Happiness Card

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Kaisercraft Products: CD101 | Coconut, PP976 | Paper Pad, CT834 | Collectables. Other: Gold star sequins, & bow

"Just Because" All Occasion Card 

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Kaisercraft Products: CD101 |Coconut, PP976 | Paper Pad, CT834 | Collectables, SS290 | Sticker Sheet, ST913 | Epoxy Stickers-Steel. Other: Twine

"Just For You" Masculine Birthday Card

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Kaisercraft Products: CD101 | Coconut, CD102 | Licorice, PP976 | Paper Pad, CT834 | Collectables, EF201 | Embossing Folder-Diamonds. Other: Ribbon.

just one more layout with this glistening collection...

"Merry & Bright" layout

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How could I not scrap a Christmas pic with all these lovely modern Christmassy papers and embellishments?!
Again, simple, contemporary, and really making a feature of my photograph! 
Oh, and also showcasing the 6.5 x 6.5 " Paper Pad paper  - without cutting it up! Another cool effect.

Kaisercraft Products: PS423 | Specialty Foil-Christmas Word, P1899 | Glitz, P1905 | Extravagant, PP976 | Paper Pad, CT834 | Collectables, ST913 |Epoxy Stickers-Steel. Other: Sewing Machine.

WOW! How awesome was that A Touch of Gold?!! Love it!
And now that we've gotten to Christmas lovelies, here's the rich and traditional,

Holy Night

Sticking with my modern and contemporary style though -
Here's a slighlty different take with this collection...

"Peace, Hope, Love" layout

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A modern, rustic & earthy feel to Christmas here! Again, quite simple but really letting my photo be the hero!
By the way, how cute are his antlers?!!

Kaisercraft Products: CD651 | Kraft Cardstock, P1912 | Emmanuel, P1915 | Faith, CT835 | Collectables, SB798 | Christmas Ornaments, EM928 | Lace Pack-Natural, ST909 | Natural. Other Staples.

"Xmas Wish" layout

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Isn't she just lovely?! Such a gorgeous photo of my darling!
Another modern layout, but this time really elegant!
I just had to show-off the richness of these patterned papers!
Almost has a regal feel to it! 
Love that red background paper!

Kaisercraft Products: CD101 | Coconut, P1909 | Glory, P1911 | Angels, P1916 | Star, PP977 | Paper Pad, CT835 | Collectables, CB107| Alpha#1. Other: White paint pen, glossy accents.
Time to return to the traditional style of this collection with some pretty, elegant Christmas cards.

"Believe" Christmas Card
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Kaisercraft Products: CD651 | Kraft Cardstock, P1915 | Faith, PP977 | Paper Pad, CT835 | Collectables, F638 | Cranberry, F655 | Cranberry.

"Reason for the Season" Card

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Love those collectables calendars! Too cute for cards!

Kaisercarft Products: CD651 | Kraft Cardstock, PP977 | Paper Pad, CT835 | Collectables, EM424 | Tag Pack (12pk), EM405 | Paper Doilies 20pc, SB795 | Red.

And last, but certainly not least, the uber cool and super awesome
Time Machine collection.

"Remember This" layout

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Love this photo - "Cheese!" I always want to remember this!
And truly - how awesome are those stamps?! I love all our Clear Stamps - they're always so versatile and print so very well! But these stamps are particularly cool!

Kaisercraft Products: P1918 | Steam Engine, P1919 | Mechanism, CT836 | Collectables, SS292 | Sticker Sheet, CS700 | Clear Stamper, CS236 | Clear Stamp-Time Machine, IP719 | Black, IP724 | Bark, KM101 | Kaisermist-Charcoal, KM105 | Kaisermist-Turquoise, TM303 | Foam Tape. Other: Staples.

"Special Moment With You" layout

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Such a fabulous collection not only for boys, but also for celebrating our wonderful Fathers!
I love that quote - and it is so true of my husband - he really is a special Dad!

Kaisercraft Products: P1922 | Coggler, P1923 | Hourglass, PP978 | Paper Pad, CT836 | Collectables, SS292 | Sticker Sheet.

"OH YOU Make This Such A Perfect Day" layout

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Yep, this collection is definitely one for the boys! Grungy & mechani-cool! Love it!
Kaisercraft Products: P1917 | Clocks, P1924 | Gadget, CT836 | Collectables, PT221 | Printed Tape-Clocks, CB108 | Alpha#2. Other: Black pen & staples.
But just because it's great for the boys doesn't mean I didn't create a girly page - you'll have to keep your eyes out on the Kaisercraft blog over the next couple weeks to see what I created! 
You'll spy lots of inspirational ideas with the new look Kaisercraft blog... ;)

Hope you enjoyed today's post!
Thankyou for visiting!
til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo

APOCD: Workspace Wednesday: On my desk....

Hi Lovelies! 

Welcome back for more cake-me-up paper delights!
Today I am sharing a little Workspace Wednesday love! 
I've been having lots of fun playing with the scrumptious 

so this is how I found my desk today.....

Cute, huh?! 
I LOVE pastel everything! I am such a girly girl!
 The Fancy Pants Designs Office Suite collection is just divinely pretty! 
I am planning to re-order more of this - it's that good!


(& best news; it's still available for pre-order in the shop - but get in quick!)

So you've seen those pretties on my desk,
But here's what I created with them....

"Hello, darling" layout 

Oh those pretty papers!
Not only do they look divine, but they're also really textural. 
They feel wonderful to handle - almost like a lightweight watercolour paper :)
As the papers are 6 x 6", I needed to be clever with how I used them. 
This meant lots of trimming, distressing & stitching to make the most of the pattern papers.
 By splitting the pink crosses paper & covering the split with a solid colour, I've not only created interest but, also given the appearance of a full 12" sheet of paper. 
This is a really simple (& super easy) technique for coordinating smaller papers into full size layouts.

Did I mention that the coordinating Office Suite alphas are just too sweet?!!
Infact, all the embellishments in this kit are!
Let's take a closer look.......

A super cute doily from Bo Bunny no less, 
but what I am really loving at the moment are those divine Crate Paper Confetti puffy stickers!
Love gold embellishments with pastels, they partner perfectly!

Even the twine in this kit is the prettiest shade of sky blue!
*sigh* super paper pretties make my day!
Hope they made yours too!

I hope you feel inspired to get creating!
Thankyou for visiting,

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

APOCD: Friday Favourites: June Cake Delights

Hi Everyone!

Hope you've all had a fabulous week!
 I am so super-dee-duper excited to be sharing my very first post with you.

As a devout APOCD fan, 
I have been creating with my June kit for a little while now and I just have to say it's jam-packed full of paper pretties & delights!

Here's a quick reminder of what it looks like....

I know, so many scrappy yummies in one kit! 

Cocoa Vanilla Studio are one of my absolute favourite scrapbook companies of all time, so it seems only appropriate that today's Friday Favourites features their gorgeous products!

I thought I'd share something from my personal scrapbooking collection today, as a sort of getting to know me.... 
It's all about my two beautiful children - the reason I memory keep  - but enough chattering about it.
 Here's my page,

"She & He" 8.5 x 11" layout

Naww! How cute are She & He?! 
They truly are my everything!
 I love capturing the everyday, here & now moments and that's exactly what this page is all about.
Because of the smaller layout size, I tend to write little notelets for my journaling. I pop them in handmade envelopes & attach them to the back of my pages for my children to read later on in life -keeping more of the memories alive!
How do you like to journal?

Speaking of journalling- how sweet is that journal card?!
Let's take a closer look....

An oh-so-simple card that sums it up perfectly, these are the moments to remember forever.
Love all the delicate features of this page - the soft colour palette, the repeat pattern of polka dots, the stitching and those very pretty embellishments. Check out that doily - heavenly!!!
The sequins and gold dots vellum add to that 'special' feel and add balance to all those pretty pink embellishments too.

Yep, a really pretty page dedicated to She & He!
I hope it has inspired you! 

Have you been creating with this Kit lately too?
Please join us at the Facebook Group: APOCD Cafe & share your creations with us - it's a really wonderful place to post in & get inspired too!

Thankyou for visiting, & leaving a comment -
I really appreciate it!

til next time,
Happy Arty Days xo