Pebbbles: Patio Party & The Art of Gift Wrapping

Hi Friends!

Time for more Pebbles inspiration! 
It's party theme week on the Pebbles blog, so for my post today I wanted to share the joy & spirit of giving!
Or, to be more precise, the beautiful art that is gift wrapping! 
The bright and beautifully designed Patio Party collection is simply perfect for creating the most desirable looking little gifts!

Sigh! Who wouldn't want to receive these pretty packages?!!
 And all it takes is a few pretty papers and a lil imagination!

Here's a super quick how-to.....
1.  Select your favorite pattern paper designs. For the sample below I am using the sweet TABLESCAPE paper.

2. Wrap your gift,  minding to fold your edges slowly and carefully to avoid paper tears, and seal with your preferred clear tape. My package was only tiny, so I trimmed a 2 inch length off one side.

3. Using my left over trim (reverse side of paper TABLESCAPE), I created a 'runner' through the center of my gift.

4. Attach a cute tag! There are so many gorgeous options for you to snip out from the JUST FOR YOU pattern paper. I chose the Happy Day tag because it coordinated perfectly with the TABLESCAPE paper.

5. Attach the tag, and embellish the package with Ephemera, Dimensional Stickers and even those oh-so-pretty laurel leaf Gold Safety Pins!

Simple! Sweet! And just that extra bit special for your someone special!

Here's a few more ideas to inspire you with....

Isn't this divine?!! Created using the floral pattern paper, BACKYARD BLOOMS.  Oh-so-pretty!
And how about this lemon delight from our CITRUS SWEET paper......

This totally warms my heart! I don't know if I could even bear to open this one up!!!
Here's one for all the flamingo lovers...

Pardon the pun, but why don't you give beautiful gift wrapping a flamin' go! So super fun and sweet!

Carefully wrapped gifts take only a moment to create, but leave a long lasting impression on the recipient!


I hope I have inspired you to delve into the art of gift wrapping!
And yes, our patterned papers are 12 inch squares - so these particular samples were only small gifts. For larger gifts, try Kraft wrapping paper with our Patio Party embellishments! 
Thanks so much for visiting today!

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Outta This World!!!

Hi Creative Friends!

 I am super excited for the latest COCOA VANILLA STUDIO: Boys Rule collection to arrive!
Omgoodness - it's SO good! 
And I am feeling all inspired to create more masculine layouts!
So for today's post, 
I am sharing a really fun boy layout with our previous masculine collections; You ROCK & Totally RAD
Just to get us back in the to speak!
Enough chatter, here's my boy page....

"Outta This World!!!"

How awesome is this?!!
When it comes to creating masculine pages, I just love the inclusion of woodgrain papers and wooden veneers! And as you'll see, my layout design was totally inspired by that fabulous DIE CUT EPHEMERA piece You are my WORLD.  
My boy isn't just MY world though - he's completely Outta This World!

My layout begins with a simple 12 x 12 inch white cardstock base, to which I add that fabulous woodgrain pattern paper CV-YR008 PLUS ONE (reverse side). I use a half inch x 12 inch trim on the left hand side, and a 4 1/2 inch x 12 inch length to the right hand side of my page.
I use a globe cut file to enhance the 'world' theme (it's called It's A Beautiful World, from Paper Issues) & I back it with pattern paper CV-YR007 EXPERIMENTAL  .The ombre blues in this paper are perfect for recreating the ocean look! This globe becomes the centerpiece of the layout design, and draws you into that sweet photo!
 And the rest is just super fun embellishing! My Favorite Part!
Here's a closer look for you....

How incredible is that WOOD VENEER SHAPES sub title, You ROCK?!! I couldn't resist using it - it's just so perfect! I also use a few of the stars from this pack to scatter on my page. Love them all!

Speaking of wooden titles, my layout title is created from those awesome TOTALLY RAD ALPHABET STICKERS - the woodgrain appearance coordinates beautifully with the veneers and pattern paper!

My photograph is layered onto a few fun DIE CUT EPHEMERA pieces, as well as that fun pattern paper, CV-YR006 RANDOM. I then embellish it with that fun RUBBER CHARM, and FLAIR BUTTON
And let's not forget that CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER sentiment.....

Super, indeed!!!
You'll also notice that I use the globe base as a track for my ACCESSORY STICKERS journaling - so cool! The typewriter font stickers are my favourites! Simple, uncomplicated and with the perfect phrases and sentiments! For added interest, I also add a few black dots from the ENAMEL SHAPES pack.

And there's that inspirational DIE CUT EPHEMERA piece! I've mounted it onto some foam tape for added dimension. Inspiration is everywhere in the You ROCK line!

Officially Amazing!!!

When it comes to scrapping the boys, Cocoa Vanilla Studio has ALWAYS got you covered! 
And when the previous lines are this awesome, well... I just can't wait to get the new Boys Rule line!!!
I hope I have inspired you today! & maybe reminded you to scrap your stash of
If you're quick, you might snare the last few papers and embellishments from these cool lines in the shop HERE

Thanks so much for visiting today!
til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo

Paper Issues: April: Wide Open Spaces Challenge!

Hi Friends! 

Thanks for stopping by for more Paper Issues awesomeness!
Today I am sharing my take on the NEW challenge; 

Like the name suggests, this challenge is all about white or negative space.
Here's what I came up with....


How FUN is this?!!
I have used the March Swag Bag for this super fun page that features lots of MME Good Vibes, Shimelle Glitter Girl, Crate Paper Good Vibes & Pink Paislee/PTE Pick Me Up collections. Inspired by the colors (and that diagonal pattern on the iced donut), I added a lil Shimmerz Paints Dazzlerz (Sour Apple & Pucker Up Pink) using an Echo Park 6 x 6 stencil. You'll also spy splatters of Vibez in Jeni Be Bleu, Razzeldazzel Berry, & Hermit the Frog. SO cool!
Here's a closer look for you....

How cute is that die cut bow?! Not to mention the Pom Pom Frame!?!!

That Dazzlerz background is really somethin'!

There's no denying that I LOVE me a Swag Bag! So much awesomeness! 
And what a fun new challenge to play along with too! 
---> Embrace the white space <---

I can't wait to see your takes on this super fun challenge! 
Need supplies before you start?

& REMEMBER: Code AMANDA will save you 20% off your total spend!

Shopping for Shimmerz Paints? Click HERE
& be sure to type AMANDA in the comments section of your order to receive a FREE paint!

***Upload your entries into the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook Group, April Album, to go in the draw to win a Paper Issues Gift Card***

Thanks so much for stopping by, 
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: April: No Cardstock Allowed Challenge!

Hi Everyone! 

Welcome back for more Paper Issues awesomeness with another NEW challenge for April;

What a fun challenge to use up all those pretty pattern papers!
Here's what I came up with.....

"Hello Beautiful"

Swoon! Absolutely beautiful, indeed!
I have used one of my all time favourite Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections - Wild At Heart - for this sweet patterned paper page!
You'll also note that I have used the gorgeous Free Paper Issues cut file called
 Autumn Blessings 

Such a beautiful file! You can download it for free HERE.

Here's a few close ups for you....

All.the.pretty.details for my gorgeous girl! 
Love her so much! She brings so much joy to our lives!

Love that distressed white woodgrain pattern paper - so good! 
And the blue chippie title really pops against that pattern paper base.....

And those gorgeous flicks of paint?
They're Shimmerz Paints, of course!
The colour is called Vibez: Razzeldazzel Berry - so pretty!

And there you have it!
My take on the No Cardstock Allowed challenge!

I can't wait to see what you'll come up with for this one! 
Need new supplies before you get started?

& REMEMBER: Code AMANDA will save you 20% off your total spend - Yayyy!

& type AMANDA in the comments section of your order to receive a FREE paint! Yesss!

Thanks so much for visiting!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Elle's Studio: April New Releases!!!

Hi Friends!

I am SO excited about this month's
Kit Reveal at Elle's Studio! 
I know - I say this every month, but seriously April is amazing!
To make it even more exciting, the all new NOTEWORTHY collection is now available too! Yayyy!
So much awesomeness this month!
Before I share my first projects, let's take a quick look at all these new releases....

First up, the exclusive April Kit! 

Loving the mix of colors and patterns here! So good!

And let's not forget the fabulous Add-Ons...

The Acrylics! The Stamps! The Stickers and Veneers! I NEED it all!!!
How about the Currently Printables & Digital Cut Files....


And the icing on the cake is definitely the all new NOTEWORTHY collection....

Told you this month is AMAZING!!!!
Now you know why!

You can shop ALL the New Releases HERE.

Wanna see my first two creations with these fabulous products? (I've been having fun!)

First up is my layout with the April Kit - I'm documenting the everyday adventures...

"Outdoor FUN"

Everyday happiness, indeed! 
Nothing more magical than getting outdoors and enjoying the day with this Mr Cool! 
Life is a grand adventure!
The acrylic subtitle is so exquisitely cut and is the perfect adornment to this sweet page!
Here's a couple close ups for you.....

Loving the 3 x 4 card layers beneath my photo - the colours and patterns are just perfect for this happy moment! 
& how awesome are those add-on  Acrylic Stars?!!

It's no secret that I heart all the stickers, 
and the Adventure Puffy Stickers are no exception!
So good!

But what about the new NOTEWORTHY line?!! 
This collection is just bursting with bright colours & I couldn't wait to play with them all....


So magical! All the happy vibes! 
I am just in LOVE with that rainbow stripe pattern paper from the 6 x 6 Paper Stack! 
You can see how it inspired my design - use all the pretty colours!!! 
And then coordinate with all the pretty embellishments! 
Here's a closer look...

All the pretty things!!! La la LOVE it all!

The Acrylic Stars are from the April Add-Ons - they really compliment the NOTEWORTHY collection!

Everyone dreams of being a unicorn (or at least magical) just once in their lives, right? 
So why not document all those crazy, happy, silly details?! 

No denying that NOTEWORTHY has my heart already!!!

And there you have it!
A quick look at my first layouts with the fabulous Elle's Studio: April New Releases!

*Remember: Elle's Studio kits sell out super fast, 
so to avoid disappointment, get yourself a monthly subscription HERE*

I can't wait to share more Elle's Studio awesomeness with you a lil later in the month!
(& I am excited to see what you'll create with these products too!) 
Thanks so much for visiting today, 
til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: April: Free File Free-for-all!

Hi Friends! 

Welcome back for more Paper Issues awesomeness!
 Today I am sharing my take on the Free Files Free-for-all challenge!

Paper Issues have SO many awesome free cut files for you to download!

One of my all-time favorites is the Cherish Florals set - it looks like this....

So gorgeous, huh?!
So many possibilities from just one file! 
I have used that sweet butterfly for my project today - 

Here's my layout....


Oh isn't this beautiful, indeed!
I have combined our Cherish Florals butterfly with the super pretty Cocoa Vanilla Studio Bohemian Dream collection for this gorgeous mother-daughter page! Love it!
Such a happy day spent with my darling girl! 

To recreate this look, simply enlarge the butterfly and back the cut file with pattern papers. 
Super simple, but oh so effective!
Here's a few close ups for you......

That cut file is really something! And teamed with all those pretty blooms, it just shines! 

Those florals are SO pretty!

And who doesn't love a butterfly flair button?!  
Or a chipboard title....

To make my title more visible, I have used Shimmerz Paints: Vibez in Princess beneath it. 
Just gorgeous!
Paper Issues cut files really add that 'wow' factor!

I hope you feel inspired by my creation today! 

If you haven't added this cut file to your library yet, what are you waiting for?!!
You can download this amazing Free File here 
Or download hundreds more from the store in our Free Files section

***Be sure to upload & share your Free File layouts and projects in our 
 You'll also go in the draw to win a store Gift Card for every new entry you upload!

Need supplies before you get started?
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Thanks so much for stopping by today!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo