Shimmerz Paints: All About the Blues!

Hi Creatives!

Welcome back for more Shimmerz Paints inspiration!
Instead of focusing on a particular Shimmerz Paint product,
today's post is all about my fave colour; blue!
Here's what I've created ......

"Life Is Good"

I took these sweet pics of my darling boy at the beach on Christmas Eve and couldn't wait to document them! So cute! And such happy memories too!
I've used the Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Bohemian Dream collection, and have drawn from all the blues in this line too!
With it being a coastal theme, ombre blues seemed a perfect choice for my background paper.

That Shimmerz Paints background is totally WOW!

Here's how I created it......

I used a scribbles circle stencil in a right alignment position. 
I wanted to create an ombre look with our awesome sprays.
Starting from the top, I misted a row of Spritz: Sapphire, followed by Vibez: Jeni Be Bleu, & lastly Vibez: Cold As Ice. I add a few flicks of paint from each spray nozzle too!
So cool!

While that was drying, I painted up my chippie title .....

I start with good wet coat of Creameez: Boogie Boardin' Blue, and before it dries, I blend in some Inklingz: Me & Blue. This adds more interest to the title, as well as more shimmer & shine! 
To make the title stand out a lil more, I outline the script with a fine line black permanent pen. 

Seriously good! 
I LOVE how effective this looks!

Here's a closer look at my completed page.....

That spritzed background is just so stunning! 
I hope you'll give creating your own Shimmerz Paints background a try!
I think you'll agree that the end result is so worth it!

Need some more Shimmerz Paints before you get started?
Visit the online store HERE
& REMEMBER: Type AMANDA in the comments section of your order (every time you order)
 and you'll receive a bonus shimmery gift! Yay for free paint! 

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

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: January Swag Bag Spotlight!

Hi Creatives!

Welcome back for one of my absolute favourite shares of the Paper Issues calendar, 


It's no secret that I love me a Swag Bag!
They're always stashed full of SO many awesome cards and embellishments - that despite trying I never seem to use them all up!
Well, starting from now I am determine to use them all up! 

Today's layout is made from the 2017 June Swag Bag.......

Here's what I've created, 

"Brave, Rad, Cool, Little Man"

Isn't this so  much fun?!!
La la LOVE this!

Apart from my cardstock, 12 x 12 Crate Paper pattern paper base, Thicker stickers & mixed media everything else you see here is from the Swag Bag! 
I know, crazy huh?! SO many 3 x 4 cards and cool embellishments! 
(especially when I made 2 other layouts with this mini kit last year - that's some serious good value!)
Swag Bags are only $9.99 USD but, they do sell out fast! 
Click HERE if you're feeling lucky about this month's awesome mini kit!
To avoid disappointment, I have a 6month subscription which you can read all about HERE

A few close ups for you.....

Lots of Crate Paper Cool Kid collection, and I just adore the cute buttons too!
The mixed media background is made from my stash of Shimmerz Paints. 
I applied Vibez in Jeni Be Bleu and Deep Blue Sea using the packaging technique. Very cool!

Loving the layered 3 x 4 cards beneath my photo and Wild Child sentiment!

Super cool! (A bit like my handsome subject in the photo! ;)  )
And there you have it!

Swag Bags are jam packed full of awesome!

Sometimes you just want a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
There's nothing wrong with sampling!
 You need a Swag Bag! 
Get yours in the Paper Issues store HERE
& REMEMBER: Use code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off your total spend! Yay!

See more Swag Bag inspiration from our talented team here

Thanks so much for stopping by!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Pebbles: Getting Organised Using A Traveler's Notebook

Hi Friends!

I hope the New 2018 Year is bringing you much joy!
 If you're like me, and feeling a lil behind, overwhelmed or just needing to be more organized for the busy year ahead, then today's post is for you!

I don't know about you, but I certainly feel more organized and less stressed when I jot things down and make lists. Keeping a Traveler's Notebook handy in my purse means I can stay focused, and remember all those appointments too! #igotthis

As soon as I laid eyes on the gorgeous Pebbles: Forever My Always collection I just knew I had to use it for my TN journaling! 
Let's make the everyday ordinary things special too! 
Let's make ALL the pretty things! 
After all, it's a beautiful life!
Here's what I have created to help me conquer 2018!

How CUTE is this Pebbles Traveler's Notebook?!! 
If nothing else, my 2018 is going to be pretty!!!
Here's a sneaky peak inside too.....

Adore this! Being organized never looked so good! And the best part, it only takes a few minutes to create - perfect for this modern, busy world we live in!

Here's how to make your own TN:

  1. Start with your insert paper. I use a good quality A4 copy paper for my everyday lists. Trim to 8 3/4"wide x 8 1/4 long.
  1. Select pattern paper for cover,  (I use the sweet Love Labels for mine) and place the insert paper over it - as shown below. Ensure the cover is just the tiniest bit bigger to allow for full coverage of the inserts, and trim.

3. Score both the inserts and patterned paper cover, and fold in half. Sew, staple or hand stitch the spine to complete.

I sew mine with my machine on a larger stitch, slow speed.
Here's a closer look at how neat the stitching is.....

Super sweet! Use this technique to create as many Notebooks as you need!
Now to decorate!
A good page marker is always helpful - create a stunning rosette clip with the Forever My Always Rosette Stickers and a paperclip. Too easy!

For my TN spread, I use the reverse side of the pattern paper barcode strip, Date Night.
Tip: These sample strips at the bottom of 12 x 12 papers make an excellent alternative to washi tape!

A page marker and some faux washi make such a difference! So simple and yet so effective!
Next, I decorate with a couple of the Cardstock 6 x 12 Icons & Accents Stickers. 
That pencil is just perfection for this planner / notebook! 
I trim pattern paper, Sprinkled Blossoms to 2" wide x 2 1/2"long to create some full boxes. 
A great alternative to planner icon box stickers, and it really defines my TN layout.

I continue to define my TN spread with a few hand drawn boxes, as well as my check list to the left hand side. The typewriter sticker couldn't be any more adorable, and embellishes my long list. I add Puffy Stickers to my half boxes, serving as bullet points. 
Looking good!

For finishing touches, I embellish with more cute stickers, and Die Cuts!

And there you  have it! Super quick (and really pretty!)crafting to keep you organized! 
I hope I have inspired you to make your own Travelers Notebook with the beautiful Pebbles Forever My Always papers and embellishments!

Thanks so much for visiting,
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 


Elle's Studio: January Product Spotlight

Hi Friends!

Have you seen all the fabulous New Releases over at Elle's Studio?!!
There's so many yummy products!

From the January Kit....

to the awesome New Release Extras!
Today I am shining the spotlight on the Wood Veneer Love Tags. 
My brief for this product spotlight was to create just one card that really highlights those awesome tags. 
The January Kit lends itself beautifully to Valentine's creating, 
so here's the card my Valentine will be receiving - I hope he likes it ;) 

Oh, isn't this sweet?! 
I just love the natural look of wood veneer, and the warmth it adds to any project.  
My card is a simple 4" x 8" design, and features pattern paper from the XOXO 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Love You Die Cuts, Enamel Dots, & Hand Drawn Acrylic Hearts. 
But it's those wooden tags that really impress!

I've arranged the tags in a grid layout, and embellished them with those sweet tiny bows. 
Apart from adding dimension & interest, the bows also 'cover up' the tops of the wood tags. This means you can mix & match the shapes (& sentiments) and still have a 'clean look'. 
The bows are made from my leftover scrap pieces in the XOXO 6 x 6 Paper Stack.

The pretty heart paper beneath the tags is stitched into place, and so is the xoxoxoxo sentiment. 

The Love You Die Cut hearts, and acrylic heart anchor the overall design. 
Enamel Dots add the finishing touch! 

Valentine's Card with Wood Veneer Love Tags.
I hope I have inspired you to create with these fabulous veneers!
Visit the Elle's Studio Store HERE for all your supplies!

Thanks so much for visiting, 
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Elle's Studio:January Gallery Inspiration Projects

Hi Happy Arty Days Friends!

I am super excited to be sharing my Elle's Studio January: Gallery Inspiration
projects with you today!
The new January Kit and Extras release is SO good you'll be wanting,
 No needing, it all!
Here's a peak for you.....

January Kit

Get yours HERE in the Elle's Studio online store. 

This release is just PERFECT for all your loved up Valentine's Day creating! The papers,  die cuts, stamps and even the acrylic shapes are all crafted with our loved up holiday in mind.
That said, I just love how versatile this Kit is!
For today's inspiration I have purposely avoided creating Valentine's Day projects so you can see exactly what I am meaning.

My first project that I have created with this release is a 12 x 12 layout,

"Kind Heart"

Isn't this the sweetest! 
Love these two! (& they just dote on each other too!)
It's loved up, but not in the romantic sense at all! 
 I really wanted to highlight the January Kit, as well as the  XOXO 6x6 Paper Stack, and that fabulous XOXO Stamp. 
I have mounted my cardstock on a pattern paper from the 12 x 12  Family Fun collection.  
I created that fabulous bunting / banner with the ombre pink paper in the XOXO 6x6 Paper Stack and a circle punch. I cut the circles all in half and mount them on foam tape for extra dimension. 

Centering the bunting and bringing it all together is a collection of tags from the January Kit.
The bunting is embellished with Enamel Dots, a fussy cut heart from Kit, as well as paper strips cut from the typewriter font pattern paper in the XOXO stack. 

You'll spy a soft & pretty mixed media background created with Shimmerz Paints, and that fabulous XOXO Stamp. 
Here's another view for you.....

It really is a bright and fun page! 
You'll also spy our awesome January Labels on this layout too! 

Those stamps are the BEST!!! 
Love this! 
Hope you feel inspired by this sweet & happy page!

My second layout today is an 8.5" x 11" design documenting my darling daughter....

"You Are Loved"

Just Beautiful!
Like my previous page, I have layered my cardstock onto pattern paper from the 12 x 12 Family FUN collection.  Apart from this, everything on this layout is from our new January Kit & Extras! 

The You Are Loved Wood Veneer is just too spectacular!
It really makes for a stand out title and in my case, brings a touch of natural and warmth to my crisp and clean design. Here's a better look at it....

I am also loving those luscious layers beneath my sweet photo. They're mostly created from the 3x4 journal cards in the Kit. The 'paper' clip heart holding it all together is from the January Digital Cut Files, and adds a subtle but sweet touch!
I've mounted it all onto the Love You typewriter font 6x6 Paper and used Enamel Dots and the 
Hugs and Kisses Puffy Stickers for finishing touches.

The overall design is anchored with the January Labels subtitle, PS You're the Best and that awesome Hand Drawn Acrylic Heart. SO good!
And there you have it! 
My first two creations with our January Kit and Extras!
I hope you feel inspired by my layouts!

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Looking for more Gallery Inspiration?
See what the rest of our amazing team have created on the 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: January 2018 Product Spotlight

Hi Paper Friends!

Welcome back for the first Paper Issues Product Spotlight of 2018!


This month we're shining the spotlight on all things New Year!

Think NYE, New Year's Resolutions, Goals, Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018, A "new" you, plans etc.... 
Tell us what 2018 holds for you or what you are leaving behind or grateful for in 2017.
Fun, huh?!
Here's what I came up with.....

"2018 Good Vibes"

Isn't this cute?! 
A playful page to remind lil ole me that not everything has to be serious; let go and have some fun in 2018! 
#yougotthis  No Stress! LOL!  
January is all about the stashbusting for me, so I've dived into my left over Pebbles: Girl Squad collection, as well as a few bits n bobs from the September Swag Bag to create this layout.
I love all the gold foil stickers and cute ephemera from the Girl Squad line! 
Here's a closer look for you......

How CUTE is that Frenchie?! Adorable! 
And nothing but Good Vibes for the New Year! 

Well... my love of coffee & Fri-YAYs may be very serious! Ha! 

Fun layers and sweet embellishments for this super happy page! 

And there you have it!
My take on the New Year spotlight!

Get your supplies (as well as FREE cut files)  from the Paper Issues store HERE
& REMEMBER: Use code AMANDA to save 20% off your total spend! Yay!

Looking for more New Year ideas before you play along?
See what our awesome team has created here

Thanks so much for visiting, 
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: January Try It Tuesday!

Hi Paper Loving Friends!

Welcome back for the January edition of 

Yay! Love this challenge!

To get celebrating the New Year in style, we're going to try using party decor in our projects this month!
Suggested items that you could use include:
- straws
- banners
- streamers
- sequins
- ribbons & bows
- napkins
-party favours

Use one, or use a few, on your creative projects!
This challenge is suitable for ALL project types - cards, layouts, planners, TNs, pocket pages, OTPs etc. & you can enter as many new creations as you like!
I can't wait to see what you'll come up with!

Here's my sample layout for you....

"Birthday Wishes"

Eeeep! Isn't this the cutest!!!
I have used the super bright and fun, Pebbles Happy Hooray collection - LOVE it!

When it comes to buying #allthethings I may have issues! 
Why on earth did I buy that Cake Topper Set when I don't get time to bake?!! LOL!
Well never fear, I used it, as well as some party straws, to create my layout today! 
And I have to say, I am pretty pleased with how this page came together.
Here's a closer view for you.....

Oh this just screams PARTY time!!! SO cute! 
I've created an adorable lil party scene around my birthday boys photo!
I use pattern paper Party Animal and my Fringe Scissors to create the appearance of grass, and then I  proceed to build the 'scene' up. 
The Die Cut party animals in the grass are the cutest! 

I insert my Cake Toppers Happy Hooray skewers into my paper straws, so they no longer look like cake decorations, and I apply the banner too! 
Who would've thought the Cake Toppers would be perfect for a layout?!!
I fussy cut some sprinkle clouds from pattern paper, Sprinkles On Top, and add Puffy Icon Sticker balloons to the 'sky'. SO cool!

A few more Ephemera Die Cuts & embellishments complete my Happy Birthday page!

Cuteness overload!
Such a bright and fun collection for documenting those celebrations with!
Absolutely adorable!

I hope you feel inspired by my colorful creation!

And now it's your turn!
I can't wait to see what you'll create for this fun edition of Try It Tuesday!

**Upload your creations in the January Album of Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook Group HERE to go in the draw to win a Paper Issues Gift Card**
Sharing on instagram? 
Tag @paperissues  and #paperissues so we can like, comment and maybe even share your project too!

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

Want a lil more inspiration before you get started?
See what our awesome team have created here. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Til next time,