Have Yourself A Shimmery Little Christmas!




Hi Creative Friends!

Can you believe it's time for my final Shimmerz Social Team share of the year?!!
Time really does fly when we're having fun- 
and I have had an absolute ball creating for Shimmerz Paints!

So I'd like to wish you a Shimmer-y Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Here's what I've created for you today....

"Christmas Magic"


How awesome is this?!!
I just couldn't resist creating a Christmas bauble layout to showcase these incredible paints.
Super stunning, huh?!!
I just love the colour intensity and quality of Shimmerz Paints
& seriously, if you haven't tried their products yet - you dont know what you're missing!
SO good!
You'll also spy the fabulous FaLaLa collection from Crate Paper - love it!
The bright colours in this super fun Christmas line inspired my colour choices for those pretty paints!
Here's how my layout started....


I used a palette knife and smeared Dazzlerz: Sea U in the Morning, Tutti Frutti & Paste-eez: Raspberry Sherbert in a circular motion to create my ornament 'ball'. 
This was tons of fun and it looks so effective too!
I then added a lil interest with inky splatters from Spritz: Ruby, Cotton Candy & Vibez: Jeni B Bleu.
Here's a closer look for you.....


Just look at that shimmer!!! Ga Ga Gorgeous!
To complete the bauble, I used Gold Kindy Glitz to create the top of my ornament. 
Once dry, I created my layout within the bauble. 
Super simple - but oh so effective!
Here's a few close ups for you....


Christmas Magic, indeed! 
The Shimmerz Paints are a perfect match to that chipboard sticker FALALALALA !
Told you the colour intensity is aaaahmazing!


Love it all!
With Shimmerz Paints, Christmas never looked so pretty!

Get all the gorgeous colours in the Shimmerz Paints online store HERE
& REMEMBER: Type AMANDA in the comments section of your order 
& you'll receive a FREE paint gift! Yay!!!

It's all about the color!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas, 
& a Happy New Year!

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Pinkfresh Studio December Days Blog Hop!





Hi Creative Friends!

Welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio December Days Blog Hop!
This collection would have to be the prettiest, and most versatile Christmas collection for 2017!
I just LOVE it all!

The Design Team have been creating some super inspiring projects for you
& there's a fabulous prize up for grabs too!



ALL the December Days embellishments!!! YAY!!!

If you've just arrived here from the incredibly talented Adrienne Alvis' blog, then you're in the right place!
If not, here's the official Blog Hop order:

1. Pinkfresh Studio
2. Adrienne Alvis
3. Amanda-Jayne Baldwin <-------- You are HERE
4. Anna Kossakovskaya
5. Ashley Horton
6. Beata Valint
7. Elsie Robinson
8. Evelyn Pratiwi Yusuf
9. Flora Monika Farkas
10. Kathleen Graumuller
11. Veera Saarivuo


*remember to be eligible for the prize you must leave a comment on every blog in the list*

December Days is all about documenting the those December holiday happenings. It beautifully coordinates bold, striking colours with soft and delicate tones. 
As my layout is all about my daughter & I preparing for Christmas 
- Eeeep! Yes that's me in the photo - 
I wanted to create a page that was really feminine and soft. 
Here's what I came up with.....

"Christmas Is Coming"


Oh this is just the prettiest!!! 
I have used that divine pink with gold foiled everything, and added soft grey and red accents to my layout. The result is just so delicate! I LOVE this colour combination!
That oh so pretty pink pattern paper is the B side of CHRISTMAS LIGHTS - it would hands down be my most loved colour in this collection! That subtle grey paper is called CHRISTMAS MAGIC and is also pretty special! They both offer the appearance of falling snow, and lend to all the snowflake embellishments that I've featured on this page. 
I have used the 3 x 4 FOILED JOURNALING CARDS (the ones with the snowflakes of course! ) and placed them on either side of my sweet photo. 
Here's a closer look for you...... 


That card is just stunning! 
And so are all the gold foiled DIE CUTS, CARDSTOCK STICKERS, 
 WOODGRAIN STICKERS & those super cute CHIPBOARD ALPHA STICKER stars!
The repetition of snowflakes and stars really builds that sense of Winter Wonderland!

My sweet photograph has been mounted on the GOLD FOILED CHIPBOARD FRAME snowflake................


You'll also notice a very subtle stencil snowflake beneath the mounted photo & frame - so pretty!
I have also used the same paint for 'snow drops' on my page. 
Speaking of snowflakes, how about those incredible PUFFY & FOILED WOODGRAIN STICKERS?!! With such an intricate design on them, they really have that WOW factor!
The use of wooden embellishments, including the WOODEN BUTTONS adds warmth to the cooler colour palette. The tiny accents of red have the same effect, bringing balance and interest to the overall design.


Pretty colours, golden everything and snowflakes galore = Christmas Perfection!
La la LOVE it all! 
And I hope my layout has inspired you too!

*Please remember to leave a comment to be eligible for the awesome December Days Blog Hop prize pack*

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Time to send you hopping over to the gorgeous Anna Kossakovskaya's blog - she has something wonderful install for you all HERE!

Goodluck with the prize draw! It's such an amazing collection to create with!

til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 


Paper Issues: December Working Title!




Hi Happy Arty Days Friends & Fans!

It's time for the December edition of Paper Issues Working Title challenge!



And as it's the Season to be Jolly, the challenge for this month is to....
Use the title and or, lyrics from a Christmas song!
Yay!
Such an easy challenge, but oh so fun too!
I literally wish you a Merry Working Title ;)
Can you tell it's the most wonderful time of the year?!)
LOL.
Okay, okay, I love me some Christmas Carols!

Here's what I've created,

"FaLaLa"



Naww! Isn't this adorable! 
There's a super cute story behind that sweet photograph, 
the short version is.... 
"Love the Nutcracker Mom, as he keeps all your presents safe" Lol! 
This kiddo cracks me up every time! Never a dull moment!
I used Crate Paper's FaLaLa collection for my striking Christmas page, & before you ask,
Yes, that is a Paper Issues happy mail bow adorning my layout too! Love me some Cassie mail!

There's also a few other pretty embellishments on this layout......


The FaLaLa Tinsel Tassels would have to be the most fun adornment for all your Christmas creations this year! Love them! 
I am always a fan of vintage Buttons
and the 6 x 12 Stickers & the  Puffy Stickers are pretty cool too!
Here's a closer look at that song inspired title......


Falalalala lalala la!
Christmas creating is SO much fun!

I hope you all feel inspired to play along too! 

 Upload all your new Christmas song/lyrics title creations 
(layouts, cards, pocket pages, December Dailys, OTPs, TNs etc)

& remember you can enter as many times as you like! 
Each creation counts as an extra entry to the Paper Issues Gift Card draw*
*Just make sure your projects are NEW ;)  

Need supplies before you get started?
Visit the Paper Issues store HERE
& REMEMBER: Use code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off your total spend! Yay!!!


Looking for more inspration? 
See what our talented team have created HERE

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I can't wait to see what you all create!

Merry Christmas!
& til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 


Paper Issues: December Product Spotlight: All.The.Christmas!!!




Hi Creatives!

Welcome back for another super awesome Paper Issues 


Today we're shining the spotlight on ALL the Christmas things!!!
Yay!

I bought a TON of the Crate Paper: FaLaLa collection during one of the incredibly awesome 
Paper Issues sales - so time to put it to good use!
First up, I have created this incredibly pretty Christmas card......

"Happy Holidays"


Wow! Pink-tastic!
I used papers from the 6 x 6 Paper Pad (always perfect for cardmaking), 
as well as Die Cuts, Glossy Stickers & 6 x 12 Stickers for this cute number! 
Christmas never looked so girly and pretty!!!

But just incase you're thinking FaLaLa is just for the girls - think again!
I also created this awesome December to Remember inspired layout....

"Merry Christmas" 


Omgoodness! Could he get any cuter?!! 
And what a super fun page!
I love all the festive colours of the season, and couldn't resist the reds and golds in this line!
You'll spy lots of yummy embellishments in my photo cluster, including Chipboard/Puffy & 6x12 Stickers, as well as papers from that 6 x 6 Paper Pad.  
Love it all!!!
Here's a closer look for you.....


OH deer!!! 
Test running Santa's chair when he's not there yet  #noway !!!
His response, "He can't be here - he's busy making a list and checking it twice!" LOL!
This kid is just too funny! Love him to bits!!!


You'll also spot that stunning Shimmerz Paints: Spritz in Ruby for my background. 
That colour is just divine! 
Loving it all!

I hope you feel inspired by my Product Spotlight creations!

When it comes to Christmas perfection,
 Paper Issues is where it's at y'all!
Shop all your scrapbook supplies HERE
& REMEMBER: Use code AMANDA to save 20% off your total spend!


Need a lil Shimmerz in your life too?
& type AMANDA in the comments section of your order to receive a free gift! 
Yay for free paint!

Wanna see more Christmas creating?
See what our awesome team have crafted here

Thanks so much for visiting!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Bohemian Dreaming of a White Christmas




Hi Creative Friends!

I hope you've been enjoying all the Christmas creations over on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog this week! 
I have to say, I enjoy sharing all the Christmas love,
but creating a Christmas layout with no Holiday collection was harder than I thought!
 I didn't realise just how much ephemera & embellishments I rely on for my designs, lol!
 But I finally got my act together and created this super pretty white Christmas inspired page -
 I hope you'll like it!

"Bohemian Dreaming of a White Christmas"


Oh how delicate and divine!
 Nothing says Winter bliss more than ice blue!
 I've used the gorgeous CV-BD002 GYPSY HEART (reverse side) paper for my base, and then used the very same pattern from the 6 X 6 PAPER PAD to die cut all those pretty snowflakes with!
It truly is the prettiest colour!
I've embellished those sweet snowflakes with sequins,
and that fabulous One of a Kind FLAIR BUTTON.

Here's a better look for you.....


So super pretty!!! 
The FLAIR in all our collections are always en point and perfectly coordinated!

And let's not forget that fantastic title!
Those ALPHABET STICKERS are actually from our Free Spirit collection.
The grey with white polka dots pattern looks so much like snow that I just had to use them!
Perfect for all our Christmas themed creations (there's still a few left in the store HERE ;)  ) but they wont last for long now!
For my photo cluster, I've teamed up a couple DIE CUT EPHEMERA frames, tabs and even some leaves, as well as few ACCESSORY STICKERS to adorn my sweet photograph.
Infact, I get quite a bit excited with those leaves......



With their icy mint tone, the leaves really lend themselves to the icicle Winter Wonderland feel of the page. They also symbolize the holly &  greenery associated with Christmastime.
Love this small, but very pretty detail!
Oh, and if you look carefully you'll notice that some of those DIE CUT EPHEMERA leaves are actually VELLUM ACCENTS!
 It's all in the details! ;)
For that smaller sentiment, the sweetest, I actually used the Drama Queen banner from the DIE CUT EPHEMERA pack. Occasionally, there's a saying or phrase that just doesn't resonate with me - drama queen was one of these. She is just such a thoughtful and kind girl.
So waste not, want not!
I covered it with the sentiment from the ACCESSORY STICKERS,
and positioned it on my woodgrain frame.
What a great idea!
But it's those icy blue snowflakes that really have my heart.....

So very intricate and pretty!
This photograph and memory really has me "Dreaming of a white Christmas....."



May all your December days be Merry & Bright!
I hope my layout has inspired you to use the stunning Bohemian Dream collection for your Christmas creations!

Thanks so much for visiting,
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you all!



Paper Issues:December Try It Tuesday!





Hi Paper Loving Friends!

Can you believe it's the last month of the year already?!!
Let's make it a December to Remember with this month's edition of Paper Issues


This month let's use up all those ends of papers, paper strips and even the printed barcode strips of papers to create with! 

Suggested Ideas include:

 Create a shape such as a star, heart, or snowflake with your paper strips
 Stitch your strips together then die cut out a shape or tag
 Paper piece a cut file shape with strips
 Create multiple borders or frames  
Make a diagonal feature of strips in your background

I'm sure you'll have tons of creative uses for these strips! 

I had so much fun creating for this challenge, here's what I came up with,

"JOY"


JOY indeed! Snow much fun! 
I've used the gorgeous Pinkfresh Studio: December Days collection for my sweet Christmas page.
I had quite a few off cuts and left over papers from the 6 x 6 Paper Pad to use up from this line.
 As I was creating a Christmas layout, I took inspiration from my background patterned paper Ornaments, and decided to create my own paper strip Christmas trees! SO cool!
I just LOVE how effective the paper strip trees look! 
Here's a closer look for you.....


To add to the impact, I decorated my trees with sequin stars, Die Cut ornaments, and even popped a few presents (Puffy Stickers) under the trees. 


How awesome is that Chipboard Frame too?! Loving it all!
I hope my layout has inspired you to get creating but before you do, 
check out some more inspiration from our incredible team here.

Need supplies before you start?
& REMEMBER: Use code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off your total spend - Yay!!!


Love that Cold As Ice Shimmerz Paints background? 
Get yours here and type AMANDA in the comments section of your order to receive a FREE gift! 
Yay for free paint!

Creating at its best! 

Be sure to upload all your paper strip projects (cards, layouts, pocket pages, off the pages etc) in the
Every new entry earns your the chance to win a Paper Issues Gift Card -
 so what are you waiting for?!!
Have FUN!!!

Thanks so much for visiting, 
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: December Pinspire Me!




Hi Happy Arty Days Friends!

Welcome back for more Paper Issues awesomeness with this month's edition of 


Mood boards are always such fun and this month's is SUPER pretty too!
Here's what it looks like.....


Told you it was prrreeeeetty!!!

Omgoodness! I just love this mood board!

Here's what I've created....

"Christmastime Joy"


Oh isn't this the sweetest!
Apart from that gorgeous mood board, 
I was also inspired by the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Design Team's theme week - 
to create a Christmas page with a non Christmas collection. 
Such a great challenge!
You'll spy the Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Wild At Heart & Love Always collections on this lovely Christmas page!
The colours in the Wild At Heart papers were a perfect match with our inspiration board! 
I was also really drawn in by the center image of the Christmas tree. 
I created my own tree using my favourite Shimmerz Paints: Dazzlerz - Sea U in the Morning 
and the cute star on top is Dazzlerz: Tutti Frutti
I then embellished it with Enamel Dot ornaments. So cute!
Here's a closer look for you.......


Isn't this just gorgeous?!!
SO very pretty indeed!

I hope you feel inspired by my layout and will play along with Pinspire Me too!

Need supplies before you get started?
& REMEMBER: Use code AMANDA to save 50% off your total spend! Yay!


Needing more Shimmerz Paints in your stash?
Visit the online store HERE 
& type AMANDA in the comments section of your order to receive a free gift! Yesss to free paint!

Looking for more Pinspiration?
See what our awesome team have created here

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

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Christmas Comes Early with this Exciting News!!!




Hi Happy Arty Days Friends!

I am so super dee duper, over the moon and doing cartwheels excited to announce this incredible news!


Yippeee! 
It's official! I am joining the Pebbles Inc Design Team!
Omgoodness! 
Dreams are totally made of this! 
I can't begin to describe how delighted and honoured I am to be part of this amazing team, 
and creating amongst such talent! 

Lucky, lucky me!
All my Christmasses have come at once!

Thankyou American Crafts & Pebbles for this wonderful opporutnity!
Thank YOU for all your incredible support on my creative journey!

You can read more, including meeting the rest of this awesome team,

Thanks so much for celebrating with me!
I can't wait to share some Pebbles love with you all!

til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 


Paper Issues: December Take 5!




Hi Creatives!

Welcome back for more Paper Issues awesomeness with this month's edition of


So much fun!!!
I may have gotten a lil excited and doubled up - lol! I took 10! 
See if you can spot them all on my layout!

Here's what I've created, 

"Winter"


I love this! Such a dreamy look to a Cold Winter's Day page! 
as well as my favourite Shimmerz Paints to create this layout. 
Lots of pretty minty hues in this collection, including that super cute Felt Tassel.
Here's a better look for you.....


Naw! That Chipboard Sticker birdy is divine too! 
(Not to mention that super adorable face in my photo!)
That Shimmerz Paints is Dazzlerz: Sea U In The Morning and is just the prettiest! 
LOVE all the Dazzlerz, but this color has my heart!

Speaking of love, how about all the snowflakes in this collection?!!! 
I may have featured a few of them on this layout.....


Just gorgeous!

Did you find all 10 items that I used on my layout today? ;)
I can't wait to see what you create for this super fun challenge!

Need supplies before you get started?
Visit the Paper Issues store HERE
& REMEMBER: Use code AMANDA & save 20% off your total spend! Yay!


Need new paints and mixed media supplies?
& type AMANDA in the comments section of your order to receive a FREE gift! 
Yay for free paint!!!

I've got all your scrappy needs covered ;)

See more inspiration from our talented team on the blog HERE

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

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 


Paper Issues: December New Issue!







Hi Paper Friends!

Welcome back for more paper.crafting.awesomeness with Paper Issues
Today I am playing along with the new December Issue.....


Yay!
So much fun!

This month's issue is all about

Holiday Happenings!

Suggested ideas:

 December holidays
 Pictures of holiday décor (lights, tree, menorah, etc.), 
Favorite gift
 Holiday menu
 Cookie decorating
 Gingerbread houses
Winter activities

Here's what I created, 

"Believe" 


Oh isn't he just adorable?!!
Love this lil guy (& the cute story behind this darling photograph!)
The short version is that Mister A for Awesome discovered a love of peppermint candy canes last year - only he called them Santa's Walking Sticks! Lol, so cute!

I have used the fun and festive FaLaLa collection from Crate Paper for my 8.5 x 11" layout today. 
I drew on the reds in this line because of the candy canes, but also as it's his favourite colour. 
How gorgeous are the Die Cut snowflakes?!


I layered my die cut snowflake with a Chipboard Sticker snowflake - love how effective this looks!
& then repeated this look for my candy canes.....


Just gorgeous!
How awesome is that Tinsel Tassel embellishment?!!


Loving those snowflakes!


And there you have it! 
My take on this month's New Issue!
I hope I have inspired you to play along!

Need supplies? Visit the Paper Issues store HERE 
& REMEMBER: Use code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off too! Yay!!!


Looking for more inspirational ideas?

Thanks so much for stopping by, 
til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo