Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Life Is Beautiful: Sweet, Happy, Wonderful

Hi Everyone!
Welcome back for more Cocoa Vanilla Studio deliciousness!
& boy oh boy have I fallen in total love with
*NEW* Life Is Beautiful
It is just aaahhhhmazing!!!
But instead of raving about how much I LOVE this collection, here's a look at another gorgeous page I've created with it...
"Sweet, Happy, Wonderful"
2015-09-04 20.50.00 I know, isn't this so precious?! Such a delicate and feminine page for my darling, Miss M!
So many paper pretties here - I don't know where to start!!
Although, I will say that Bitty Bow is the sweetest embellishment yet!
Have you seen these delightfuls? They're a packet full of happiness...
So very, very pretty! And a perfect adornment to my layout! Here's a closer look.....
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Oh, while we're talking sweet and pretty embellies, that resin flower has made the all-time favourites list too, lol ;)
Apart from being fabulous on layouts, I am using my Little Pretties in my planners too! Love that mint one....
Just divine!!!
But there's more embellishment goodness to this layout, check out the fabulous ephemera flowers and hearts....
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Oh, and those wood veneers are pretty darn cute too!
And let's not forget those simply stunning patterned papers...
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When it comes to pretty pages, Life Is Beautiful is the go to Collection!
Thanks for joining me today,
I hope I have inspired you to get a lil crafty with the stunning new Cocoa Vanilla Studio products!
til next time,
Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Charms Creations: September Challenge: A Lil Sketchy

Hi my Creative Friends! 

Welcome back for more Sketchy Challenge fun!

Today I'm joining in with girls over at Charms Creations and their September Challenge looks like this....

What a terrific sketch from the talented Amanda Hartmann!
Totally fun & so easy to play along with!
 & did I mention that there's a $25 Charms Creations online store voucher up for grabs too?!! 
I know, great incentive to get scrapping! 
But before you disappear to go and create your own entry - here's mine,

A simple, but I think very sweet, 8.5"x11" layout of my two fave boys!


I know, how divine is that photograph? Quite literally, a keeper!
And while we're talking all things divine - how good is that Charms Creations Teal Star?
Love it!!!
I've also been trying to scrap my stash lately - so this page is created from all my left overs from Amy Tangerine's, Rise & Shine Collection. 
Love the puffy stickers, ephemera and coordinating washi tape too! 

Here's a closer look at all those lovelies.....

That teal star & title really adorn my layout perfectly!
I love the happy feel the yellow and aqua tones create together - really enhances my photograph!
Such a beautiful moment captured!
Speaking of captured, here's a closer look at that too cute camera ephemera too....

A really fun and playful element! 
The journal stickers are Bella Blvd, and the wooden veneers are from my stash! 
All gorgeous and partner so well together!

Anyways, that's my take on the September Sketch challenge - hope you liked it!

Thankyou so very much for taking time to view it!
If you're feeling inspired, and want to join in on the fun click here to get started.

Til next time,

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Guest Designer: Couture Creations

Hi Everyone! 

  I am super delighted to be returning to Couture Creations as a Guest Designer this month!
 How I've missed being part of this incredibly talented and inspirational team!

So a huge thanks to Kerrie, & the team, for inviting me back!

Today I am sharing this simple, but very beautiful, contemporary 8.5" x 11" layout 
featuring the gorgeous new Christmas Emporium papers and Christmas Eve Intricutz Dies....


I know, just gorgeous!!!
Here's the products I used to create it....

Loving that Christmas Emporium paper! Vintage, versatile and very, very pretty!
And those dies are divine!

Here's a quick step-by-step on recreating this page

1. Pre-cut the above featured Christmas Eve Intricutz Dies, Be Merry & Cardinal Wreath in white cardstock and Dasher in kraft. Place aside for use later. 

2. Trim white cardstock to 8.5" x 11". 
Trim pattern papers - striped pattern is 8" x 10.5", and holly pattern is 7.5" x 6". 
Use a sewing machine and stitch into place, as shown above.

3. While sewing machine is still out, attach a chipboard title onto a kraft tag, and stitch around it to create interest.

4. Attach photograph, kraft die cut Dasher reindeer & tag onto layout, as shown above.

5. Adhere remaining die cuts onto the page, as shown.

6. Embellish with a scattering of pretty ruby gemstones.

7. Add a lil gold Glitzin Glamour to the bell flourish die cut.

8. Add a few more chipboard shapes - I used a postage stamp & bird - so sweet!
Here's a closer look....

And that's how easy it is to create simple, but quite beautiful pages, for your Christmas Albums!
Hope you enjoyed my post today!
I'll be back later this month with one more Couture Creations project to share with you all!

Thanks for visiting,

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Deer & Fawn Designs: September Challenge

Hi Happy Arty Days Friends!

Happy Fri-YAY!

Hope you've all had a fabulous week and are ready for a scrap-happy weekend!
The gorgeous gals at

have a super fun colour challenge going on this month & I decided to play along too!

The challenge colour is: ORANGE!!!

I know, never my go to colour, lol! 
Let's be honest here, I loathe orange!

Cocoa Vanilla Studio's new collection Life Is Beautiful,
 has some gorgeous peachy orange hues!
*NEW* Life Is Beautiful
Totally pretty, very girly and just lovely! But less talk,

Here's my layout,


Told you it was pretty!!! 
Who would've thought that orange could be so delicate?
Apart from pretty papers, this collections is full of gorgeous embellies too - I mean, how cute is that bitty bow?
Love those enamel dots, cute flair and those wooden veneers are just divine!!!
Seriously stunning accessories! 
Let's take a closer look....

Yup, super pretty and totally loving orange!

Thanks for stopping by to take a peak - 
hope you liked my layout!

Oh, and apart from a sweet prize, Deer & Fawn Designs are also looking for guest designers....
Just Sayin' ;)

To find out more, and to join in on the orange party click here

Til  next time,
Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Life Is Beautiful: This Makes Me Smile!

Hi Happy Arty Days Fans!
Welcome back for more awesome inspiration with the stunning new Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection,
*NEW* Life Is Beautiful
Today I have a super sweet boy page to share with you!
I know, Life Is Beautiful is super pretty & feminine, but its also perfect for the lil guys in our lives too!
Let me show you what I mean, after all a picture does say a thousand words....
"This Makes Me Smile"
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 Yep. Really, really happy!!!
How could this not make you smile?!
A super cool lil guy with super cool, pattern papers & a colour palette that sings of Summer!
Minty hues with pops of tangerine and navy - pure awesomeness!
I am especially loving that mint stripe pattern paper, including its reverse side too...
Isn't it divine?! I have used the hearts side to matte my photograph too! Love it!
I've also used the reverse side of this striking paper to add a more masculine feel to my layout,
Those navy and white chevrons add a slightly nautical & Summer feel also!
But there's more than just fabulous papers in Life Is Beautiful, there's lots of amazing embellishments!
I have used a few of them to adorn my page, let's take a closer look...

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Enamel dots that are super glossy & in a variety of colours and sizes (in the one pack for crafty convenience), trendy wood veneer shapes and words, cute stickers, funky flair and divine die cut ephemera - absolute bliss!
Let's take another peak....
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Triangles are still right on trend, and the journal cards with these brightly coloured shapes are perfect for my boy! And also ideal for my layout title, "This makes me smile".
I think you'll agree that despite it's girly-prettiness, this collection really works for boys!
Oh, & how cool is that printed wood veneer tab?!
Lots of die cut ephemera that would suit any layout.....
2015-08-28 19.08.42Those Admit One tickets are the sweetest!!
2015-08-28 19.09.28 Yes, this page is all kinds of boy happy!!!
Hope it has inspired you to try scrapping your boys with 
Thanks for joining me today,
til next time,
Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Jot September Mood Board

Hi Happy Arty Days Fans!

Jot magazine have a fabulous inspiration board this month, 
& I just couldn't resist playing along!

Here's what it looks like....

I know, it's simply gorgeous!!!
I was immediately drawn in by the colours and florals - too pretty!
And it had me thinking of my Crate Paper Inc, Style Board stash....

But enough chatter, here's my layout;

"Love You"

How darling! Love this girl!!
She really is Most Wonderful!
And how pretty is that Style Board collection?!!
Loving that floral blue paper!
You'll also spy some super cute embellies,...

That sweet deer is an Ingvild Bolme lovely, the pinwheels are Crate Paper
& that beautiful handmade Butterfly Heavenly Heart is from Charms Creations - so divine!

Hope you liked my interpretation of the Jot Board this month!
 To join in, and or, see all the other entries click here to get started!

Thanks for visiting and leaving a kind comment!
til next time,

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Kaisercraft: Silver Bells Christmas Card Inspiration

Hi my Creative Friends!

Hope you're all having a fabulous week!

Kaisercraft have asked the Design Team to create a card with the new 

Silver Bells

featuring both the 6.5" x 6.5" Paper Pad & Clear Stamp from this collection....

KC silver Bells

With a collection this pretty, this was a delightful request and I couldn't wait to create!

Here's my contribution....

I know, such a sweet card!!! Isn't this collection the prettiest?!

Here are a few bonus cards for you too....

Absolutely the prettiest Christmas collection for vintage, shabby and feminine cards!
Looking for a lil more inspiration? 
You can see what the rest of the team created here.

Thanks for stopping by,
til next time,

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo

Guest Designer: Couture Creations: September #2

Hi Lovelies, 

Today I am sharing my final Guest Designer project for 
Couture Creations for September!
I have had so much fun!
Let me say, I am totally in love with the Christmas Emporium collection - so very pretty!!

I've created another really modern and contemporary page again, 
But this time it's a boy page with the pretty blue toned pattern papers.
Here's my 8.5" x 11" layout, 

"Jolly, Merry Boy"

How cute is this boy & his Santa?!! Love it!
And aren't those blue Christmas papers just divine?!!
Evidence that vintage papers don't necessarily need to be vintage style layouts.

Here's a snapshot of the products I've used today.....

And here's how to recreate this page....

1. Pre cut the above featured Christmas Eve Intricutz Dies: Be Merry & Mistletoe in kraft cardstock. Place aside for use later.

2. Trim the above featured Christmas Emporium pattern paper into 8.5" x 11". Keep the off cuts!

3. Trim white cardstock into 8" x 10.5", and trim the 'off cuts' into 7.5" x 3". Adhere to layout as shown above.

4. Create layers with above featured blue striped patterned paper.

5. Attach kraft mistletoe die cuts, photogrpah and blue adhesive chipboard tag.

6. Adhere the 'Merry' die cut, & an embellishment.
I used a pretty handmade heart from Charms Creations, but any medium sized embellie would work well here.

7. Complete the page with your favourite blue ink, and those too sweet blue Gemstones.


A super fun, happy Christmas page to add to your Album - 
or if you're like me, 
I am creating an 8.5" x 11" December Daily that I will add this to!
Christmassy Cheer!

Thanks for visiting, 
til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo