Shimmerz Paints: On A Whim with a Tropical Delight!

Hi Happy Arty Days Fans!

I am so super excited to be sharing my first 'official' Social Team layout for Shimmerz Paints!

Shimmerz Paints

With SO many gorgeous products to play with, my hardest task was deciding which paints to use! 
I ended up going with a bright n fun Summer floral page - so lots of vibrant colour! 
Here's what I created, 

"On A Whim" 

Gasp!!! Tropical paradise happening here!!! 
Just look at those spectacular Shimmerz Paints!!!!
LOVE those vibrant colours, love, love, love!!!
I have used Amy Tangerine's On A Whim collection, as well as a FREE Paper Issues cut file and combined it with a number of gorgeous paints & sprays from Shimmerz Paints!
 I started this gorgeous mixed media work with  AcriTonez in 3 Sheets to the Wind acrylic paint
This paint has a low sheen, matte finish & is self priming. 
This makes it an excellent alternative to gesso for light to medium mixed media pages. Perfect!
My background has been created with the packaging technique with spray mists, 
That intricate cut file has also been hand painted with the above mentioned Creameez colours too! So awesome! 
Here's a few close ups for you.......

The hot pink foil flowers from On A Whim, coordinate beautifully with the berryliscious shimmer of Vibez Razzeldazzel Berry - surely a match made in heaven!!!
And how stunning is that painted cut file?!!
You'll spy the Good Ol' Summer Time in the center, and Just Peachie for the remainder of the petals. So pretty!!!

You'll spy Creameez Lettuce Get Together on both the cut file leaf, as well as the fussy cut one! It really adds that 'extra something' to them! 
And just look at those divine background colours!

It is safe to say that I am LOVING being part of the Shimmerz Paints team!
SO much gorgeousness for all your artsy needs!

Need a lil Shimmerz in your life?
be sure to add my name AMANDA to the comments section of your order & you'll receive a lil gift with purchase! YAY!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I really hope that you've enjoyed seeing my first Shimmerz Paints creation!

Have a wonderful day!
til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo  

Paper Issues: September Scraplift Sunday!

Hi Happy Arty Days Friends!

It's Sunday and at Paper Issues that means we Scraplift!!!

Here's the fabulous layout we're lifting this week, 
it's from the super talented Damaris!

Isn't it awesome?!! So fresh and fun!
I couldn't wait to lift it!

Here's my take on it...

"Grow Wild"

I had tons of fun with this! 
Sometimes you just need to get out the messy stuff and play!!!
You'll spy my fave, Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Wild At Heart collection, teamed up with some gorgeous mixed media products from Shimmerz Paints. 
How cool are those chipboard frames?! 
& Oh, those pretty blues!!!
Here's a close up or two for you....

Cut aparts, ephemera, and a cute chippy frame = perfection!

That gorgeous background has been created with a circular mask,
 Shimmerz Paints: Paste-eez: Baby Boy Blue applied with a palette knife, 
as well as inky splatters and drips from Spritz: Sapphire.
So beautiful! 
I just love the contrast of the wood veneer words against the blue - so striking!
And those frames really complete the look! 
So cool!
Love these two & I hope they continue to grow wild for sometime yet!

Hope you like my fun take on this week's scraplift!
You can see more takes from our talented team here

Remember: If you need supplies, visit the Paper Issues store here, 
& use my code AMANDA to receive 20% off!

And, don't forget: If you're ordering from the Shimmerz Paints Retail Store
type my name AMANDA in the comments section 
& you'll receive a FREE gift!
Yay! I've got you covered!

Thankyou so much for stopping by today!
I hope you'll join us in the Paper Issues Friends & Fans Facebook group and play along too!

til next time, 

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: September Scrap Soup

Hi Creative Friends!

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

This challenge always gets me thinking and creating outside my comfort zone - love it!!!
Such a cool recipe list to work from today too!

Here's my layout...


I've gone all soft, delicate and oh-so pretty for my take today!
With such a gorgeous Fall photograph of my darling girl, I knew I wanted to create something that really reflected her gentle beauty. I was totally smitten with all the pink and rose hues in the new American Crafts: 1Canoe2 Creekside collection, and knew this was the perfect match!
If you look really carefully you'll spot two of my rectangles beneath my photograph, and the other one is a small figure of a leaf journal card. 
For my 4 embellishments, I have used that stunning printed Binder Clip, cut files, stickers and those intricate doilies. My arrow rests over the base of my photo, and the tag is beneath it. 
So much pretty going on here!
 I LOVE the coordinating cut file that Stacie has created for this line,

I have used the two roses in my diagonal layered design, 
and back them with the coordinating 6 x 6 Paper Pad papers. 
Here's a closer look.......

Absolutely stunning! (& it was super easy to cut too!)
How divine is that Wander heart? It's from the Creekside 6 x 12 Accent Stickers pkt, so are most of the stickers you see here....

Prettiness overload! 
La la love it all! 

Need a lil American Crafts in your scrappy stash? 
Get yours in the Paper Issues store here
& REMEMBER: Use my code AMANDA & you'll save 20% off your total order! Yay!!!

Need a lil more Scrap Soup inspiration?
See what the rest of our talented team has created here

Oh, & just incase you were wondering,
those pretty droplets of colour are Shimmerz Paints - Vibez - Pop Art Pink. 
Just Gorgeous!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, 
Hope I have inspired you to get creating!
til next time

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Rad Boy!

Hi Creative Friends!

Welcome back for more stunning Cocoa Vanilla Studio inspiration!
It's stickers theme week over on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog,
and boy-oh-boy do I have a fun You ROCK layout to share with you today!
I have this super cute photo of my boy, aka the Rock Star, that was just perfect for today's share!
If you love scrapping the boys,
 or are just looking for more masculine layout inspiration,
then today's post is for you!
Here's my cool scrapbook page,

"Rad Boy" 

Isn't this striking, and oh-so much FUN?!!
I love the colour and pattern combinations in this design!
And let's not forget all those fabulous stickers!!!
So much awesome here, and that pie chart cut file (Free Cut file from Paper Issues) really lets those pattern papers shine against that CV-YR005 NIGHT SKY background paper. Love it!

Let's take a closer look at it all....

How cool are those FLAIR BUTTONS?!!
I love the senitments - Boys Rule, BOOM!!!
Such a perfect match for my Mister A for Awesome!
And while they're not officially a 'sticker' as such, they are still the best dimensional stick-on embellishment for masculine layouts! My faves!

But today is all about the stickers so let's here it for those amazing ACCESSORY STICKERS and CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS! Yes! They totally rock!
To make mine stand out even more, I have positioned them inside their very own piece of the pie chart - very cool!!!
 I never tire of the typewriter font word stickers, and they're perfect if you're not a fan of your own handwriting too ;)
Here's a better look at those incredible CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS ......

Aren't they the coolest?!!
Fun, bright, bold and striking!
As well as highlighting them in their own 'piece of pie', the stickers are also mounted on varying pattern papers from the You ROCK collection!
The blue chevron design of CV-YR009 GALACTIC (reverse side) really makes those white type font stickers 'pop'!
Similarly, the white base of ruled pattern paper, CV-YR005 NIGHT SKY (reverse side)  really allows those cool blue chippy stickers to be the hero!
In typical Cocoa Vanilla Studio fashion, everything coordinates so perfectly! LOVE it all!!!

Those CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS are really something aren't they?
One In A Million indeed!
And that arrow! You'll also spy more fun arrows in pattern paper, CV-YR003 THIS WAY guiding your eye into my super cute boy photograph!
And I can't not mention those luscious layers beneath my photo.....

Ooooh! So much paper & sticker goodness here!!!
You'll spy layers of patterned papers, CV-YR005 NIGHT SKY, and CV-YR006 RANDOM (both sides), as well as some fussy cut stars from CV-YR001 STARSHINE 
 In between those divine layers, are a few more super fun ACCESSORY STICKERS because, well,  you can never have too much awesomeness!
A few super cute RUBBER CHARMS complete the layout, and wow!
There you have it!
What an impact stickers can have on your projects!
I hope my masculine take on this weeks Stickers Theme has inspired you to get creating!

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

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: September Try It Tuesday

Hi Creative Friends!

It's time for another super fun and kinda messy edition of Paper Issues

I just love how much you are all embracing this challenge and giving it a good ole fashioned go!
So without further ado,
 I'm spinning you right round, as we go in circles for September!

 Use any mediums to create circles on your project!
Here's a few ideas to get you started....

Suggested Ideas: 

*print circles from jar lids, & paper rolls that have been dipped in paint/ink
*use a stencil
*use the FREE Wonky Circle Burst cut file as a template
*stamp small circles with pencil eraser tips in your ink pads
*spray mists inside circular tubes (or paper rolls)
*print with bubble wrap 
*draw circles in pen
*add droplets to create circles

The possibilites are endless, just make sure you have fun!!!

Here's what I have created this month, 

"Celebrate Today"

Isn't this pretty?!!
So many gorgeous elements and details here!
I have used Maggie Homes' Carousel collection, and even used that polka dot paper, Kaleidoscope, to enhance the circles look! 
I've used Shimmerz Dazzlerz in Tutti Frutti  with a circles and dots stencil, and then added splats and drips from Shimmerz Spritz in Cotton Candy , as well as printed a circle or 2 from a container lid too! 
You'll also spy those pretty (circle) button embellishments, from the Ephemera Die Cuts pack in this collection too! 
And lots of luscious layering beneath my photograph!
Here's a few close ups for you.....

Just look at that Shimmer-y goodness! Circles never looked so pretty!

Printed dot delight here!

Mint, pink, black & white are such a beautiful combination!

There's even dotty goodness on that chipboard bow! 

Hope I've inspired you to get messy and enjoy some circular fun this month!
See what the rest of our amazing team has created for this challenge here

I can't wait to see all your beautiful creations for this challenge! 
 Add your projects to the September Challenge album in our Paper Issues {friends & fans} facebook group here.
Enter as many new projects as you like by October 1st, 
our winners will be announced October 2nd.

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

Shopping at Shimmerz Paints?
 *Quote my name, AMANDA, in the comments section of your order and they'll send you a product gift with your order*  Yay! 

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

Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo 

Paper Issues: September Pinspire Me

Hi Lovelies!

Welcome back for another edition of Paper Issues' mood board challenge; 

Pinspire Me

This month's pinspiration board is really cute n fun!
Here's what we're drawing from....

Back to School Cool!!! (& all the colours of the rainbow too!)
Love it!

Here's my take on it....

"ABC Happy Adventure"

Isn't this super fun?!!
I've been stashbusting my Crate Paper Maggie Holmes' collections: Chasing Dreams & Gather to create this scrapbook layout. 
The bunting-like alphabet letters are fussy cut from pattern paper Happy Place, and then stitched into position. I just love how this looks! Combined with my sweet 1st day of school photo, it really brings  that 'back to school' feel to life! The globe and book stickers add to the education vibe perfectly.
So very sweet!!!
I've also been really inspired by the colours, and in particular the yellow, aqua, pink and blue. La la love that mixed media background - it's made from a few of my new favorite Shimmerz Paints products! SO awesome!
Let's take a closer look.....

Nawww! These two are so cute together!
Happy adventure, indeed! 
That pretty pink frame is actually a chipboard sticker from Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Love Always collection - doesn't it coordinate beautifully?!! 
Speaking of chipboard stickers, how sweet are the yellow hearts, sentiment & blooms?! Like sunshine, so happy and bright!!!
And oh, that Shimmerz background......

And there you have it!
My interpretation of this month's Pinspire Me challenge!
Hope I have given you a few ideas for playing along this month.
See more from our inspiring team here

Need scrapbook supplies before you start?
& REMEMBER: Use my code AMANDA & you'll also receive 20% off your total spend!

Visit the Retail Store here
& use my code AMANDA in the comments section of the order 
& they'll send you a little extra somethin'. ( Not valid with any other discounts)

So totally got you covered for all your crafty needs ;)

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

Happy Arty Days,
Amanda xo 

Pinkfresh Studio: All About the Blues!!!

Hi Everyone!

I am super excited to be inspiring you all to use the blues in the latest Pinkfresh Studio collections! Whether it's the whimsical Escape The Ordinary, or the edgy Boys Fort collection Pinkfresh Studio has a blue for every occasion ;)
Did I mention that blue is my favourite colour? LOL.
I am always inspired by the varieties of blues in collections & how I can incorporate them into different color schemes and designs.
But enough chatter, let's start with something  very girly and pretty....
"Doer. Dreamer. Believer"
Oh swoon!!!
Isn't this the prettiest?!!!
As soon as I saw the gorgeous pattern paper, WANDER, I knew I had to make a feature of it! The diagonal design is such a striking one, and layering that diagonal paper edge with my sweet photograph and those LAYERED TAGS balanced it perfectly! Speaking of balance, this blue needed a little warmth to it - so I introduced the peachy pink tones and gold foil embellishments for added impact. 
The mixed media element really adds that wow factor, and supports this pretty color palette.
I have used the stunning Shimmerz Paints: Paste-eez in Peach Fuzz and applied it over a mandala stencil. Before removing the stencil, I also added a light spritz of Vibez in Pop Art Pink for a little more interest. Those stunning blue ink droplets are Shimmerz Paints: Spritz in Blue Sapphire - so pretty! As it is a feminine page, I have also featured the STITCHED HEARTS, and embellishments featuring butterflies & blooms! So girly and gorgeous!
Let's take a closer look......
Aren't those PUFFY STICKERS just divine?!! I love the watercolor prints, and the matte finish adds a level of sophistication to them. Very cool! 
The gold foil accents on both the LAYERED TAGS and GOLDEN FOILED WOOD ALPHAS continue that 'classy' feel as they add a grown up approach to bling. The tag with the XO inspired my use of the alphas, and added another layer to my design process.
The PHRASE STICKERS were totally on point when it came it adding sentiments to my layout, and described my Miss perfectly!
Those tags are so awesome! I originally intended to use them for card making, but they're just so good that I had to make a feature of them on this layout! La la LOVE them! And to think, all this inspiration and intention from one beautiful blue patterned paper! Loving the blues in Escape The Ordinary!
My next 'blue' layout is with the masucline Boys Fort collection,
How grungy and bold is this cool kid layout?!!
An entirely different look and feel to the previous layout, and yet still drawing on blue! 
This time, my layout design was inspired by the awesome FABRIC PENNANTS. Such a cool embellishment, and coordinating perfectly with my photo direction & the triangle designs in Boys Fort too! 
I rotated pattern paper THUMBS UP so that the triangles were all aligned, and resembled arrows to direct your eye across my page. There were coordinating triangle DIE CUTS that I also added to support this look. 
I mounted my photograph on layers of 6 x 6 PAPER PACK papers, and again drew on both shades of blues and triangles. To add more 'edge' and masculinity to my layout, I created the mixed media background, using texture & bold brush strokes that also travel across the page. 
Instead of gesso, I have used Shimmerz Paints: Acri-Tonez: 3 Sheets 2 The Wind and applied it with a palette knife. Once dry, I painted those gorgeous brush strokes with Spritz: Sapphire (yes, I think this Shimmerz Paints colour may be a new fave of mine!)
Here's a closer look for you.....
So cool!
Lots of awesome embellishments here too - the SCREEN PRINTED WOOD STICKERS are a new favourite of mine! And they compliment the WOOD BUTTON STICKERS so well! I also featured my lil boy's initial in the MINI ALPHA STICKERS for extra fun! Speaking of sticker fun, how about those masculine PHRASE STICKERS?!! These stickers are so bold and strong, and just perfect for any boy or man in your life!
Let's hear it for the Boys!
This collection is really striking and packs a punch! LOVE it for my cool boy!
And there you have it! 
Two very different collections, two very different looks but both featuring beautiful blues!
I hope both my layouts have inspired you today!

Thanks so much for stopping by, 
til next time, 
Happy Arty Days, 
Amanda xo