Amanda is an Australian papercrafting and mixed media artist. She is a children's Art Educator for Little Picassos, and is also on a number of scrapbooking and papercraft Design Teams. Basically not a day passes where she is not busy in the studio creating something, and that's just the way she likes it!
Amanda here, & I am so excited to be sharing some very pretty Valentine’s Day inspiration with our new More Than Words collection. This collection is so swoon worthy! & with the big heart day tomorrow, there’s still plenty of time for you to create this sweet Valentine gift and card set…..
Oh isn’t this lovely?! And it really is super easy to create!
I made my own heart wreath from cane strips, but you can find plenty of pre-made wreaths at florists, and gift stores. I gave mine a rough coat of white gesso, and twisted some soft pink wool around it to soften those edges. The fun part is all the embellishing! Select your fave recent photo of your Valentine, choose a sentiment (I cut out the Love You To Bits card from pattern paper CV-MT006 TREASURE ) and heat up your glue gun!
I arrange DIE CUT EPHEMERA pieces, CHIPBOARD STICKERS, & a FLAIR BUTTON around my heart and once happy with their position, I hot glue them into place. I string up the EPHEMERA feathers with twine, and dangle them from the base of the heart. I love the interest this creates! I also layer quite a few of EPHEMERA pieces……
SO pretty! Those butterflies are just divine!
And the FLAIR are always so perfectly coordinated! Such a sweet gift!
Now for the card….
You make my heart sing, indeed! Such a lovely card to give to your beloved!
I start with a 6″ x 4″ white card, and use pattern papers from the 6 x 6 PAPER PAD. These smaller size designs are perfect for cardmaking!
I embellish my card with a DIE CUT EPHEMERA frame, and then adorn it with CHIPBOARD STICKERS, & ACCESSORY STICKERS. Simple, but oh so effective!
And there you have it! A very beautiful (but super quick & easy) Valentine!
I hope I have inspired you to get creating with More Than Words!
Thanks so much for visiting, & Happy Valentine’s Day!
I complete my layout with more ephemera pieces and that stunning butterfly chippie! Final finishing touches are the sequins and my hand coloured twine. Perfection!
Let’s take a better look…..
How stunning is the ombre CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER title, ‘HAPPY’?! It reminds me of a beautiful sunset and the yellow contrasts beautifully with the purple tones of the DREAMER paper. Here’s another view of it….
It’s really pretty!!! As are the surrounding blooms and butterflies!
To create gentle dimension on this ‘clean’ look, I use mounted tape on one of the blooms, fold and elevate the wings of the die cut ephemera, and use a CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER butterfly for interest. I also add my own hand coloured twine creating flow and texture too!
Amanda here, and while we eagerly await the all NEW More Than Words collection, I have another stunning design with Bohemian Dream to keep you inspired! ‘Cause let’s be honest, I still can’t get enough of this gorgeous line!!!
Oh.WOW!!! Isn’t this just something?!!
It’s no secret that I LOVE all the pretty things, but this collection, well let’s just say it makes me swoon each and everytime I create with it! It’s hard to go wrong with something this beautiful! LOVE it all!!!
For this design, I start with a 12 x 12 white cardstock base, and begin by adding paper strips in BD-005 DREAMER to both the left and right sides of my layout. This is one of my absolute favourite papers! So pretty AND versatile! As my photo ‘looks’ to the left, I decide to position it onto the right to encourage visual flow. So, with this in mind, the main feature of my layout is on the right hand side. I use some complimentary purple paints to create my mixed media base and then embellish, embellish, embellish!
Here’s a closer look….
Oh this really is divine!!!
Inspired by that incredible dreamcatcher CHIPBOARD STICKER, I fussy cut a larger one from pattern paper CV-BD006 BOHO BITS. To make this fussy cut one look more impressive, I foam mount that you are amazing DIE CUT EPHEMERA onto it. Feathers and gems are now part of my developing theme, and so I continue to add more of them into my layout! You’ll also notice that I create my own hanging mobile feathers too! I use a delicate lilac tulle ribbon, and glue it underneath that chippie dreamcatcher. At the base of the ribbon, I attach those DIE CUT EPHEMERA feathers – so pretty!!!
Such a simple idea, but oh so effective!
As we travel down the right side, we encounter more birds. That FLAIR BUTTON bird is the sweetest! And the birdy adorning my CHIPBOARD STICKER photo frame – well that has also been fussy cut from pattern paper CV-BD006 BOHO BITS. That pattern paper is so awesome!
And all winged things belong together, right? So I include a few butterflies (VELLLUM & DIE CUT EPHEMERA) for good measure.
What a Gem! I add a sprinkling of ENAMEL SHAPES and sequins to unite this magical, whimsical notion of dreamcatchers and gems. The Happy Days ACCESSORY STICKER tucks in under those feathers beautifully and forms my layout title.
That CHIPBOARD STICKER butterfly is SO gorgeous that I use its smaller DIE CUT EPHEMERA counterpart to complete the right side of my design.
Before we move on, let’s just take a closer look at that distressed woodgrain framed photo …..
Eeeep! That’s me (I know, I am really trying to make the effort to feature in more photos this year) with my beautiful daughter! We were having a ‘girls day’ and having so much fun! Love it! That CHIPBOARD STICKER frame is the perfect accent to my photo. I love the white distressed woodgrain – it adds texture without any fuss! Heart this moment, indeed! The typewriter font ACCESSORY STICKERS are always my go to for journaling. I really prefer them over my own messy handwriting & they’re so easy to apply!
Moving to the left now, and you’ll immediately spot that butterfly! Yes, it’s the same as the chippie one on the right…..
I just loved it so much that, yes you guessed it, I fussy cut it out from my new fave paper, CV-BD006 BOHO BITS. Are you needing this pattern paper yet?!! I know I’ve ordered more 😉 I mounted the butterfly onto that circular ACCESSORY STICKER and added a few more ENAMEL SHAPES & sequins. So pretty! I then add my remaining die cuts. Those printed tabs just perfect for embellishing that paper strip with! A heart, and last but by no means least, one more butterfly to keep with the whimsy!
And there you have it!
A super stunning layout that really takes advantage of our fabulous embellishments and pattern paper, BOHO BITS!
I can’t believe its almost the New Year already! Time really does fly when we’re having fun!
And, to celebrate another fabulous year at Cocoa Vanilla Studio, the Design Team are sharing our scrap-tastic favourite projects from the year!
While I am a HUGE fan of all our collections, there are two from this year that stole my heart & I am still creating with them; Wild At Heart & Bohemian Dream. I may have a thing for #alltheprettythings 😉
Enough chatter though, here are a few of my favourite creations from 2017….
First up, is this layout that I created for Paper Issues using our beautiful Wild At Heart collection.
“Happy Sweet You”
You can see why it’s a favourite – SO pretty!
I just adore all the butterflies and that floral paper backing the Paper Issues cut file! Gorgeous!
And speaking of butterflies, my other favourite layout with our Wild At Heart collection is this stunner….
I absolutely LOVE all the butterflies in this collection and had so much fun with this fussy cut wreath design! It’s just perfect for my pretty girl!
I hope you’ve been enjoying all the Christmassy creations from our talented team! 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…..”
And because I was team ‘Blue’ for the theme post earlier this month, I wanted to pay respect to the other colours in this collection.
This time I am focusing on all those pretty purples and pinks…..
Here’s what I created,
“One Of A Kind”
Swoon! Oh so beautiful!!! And how cute are my two in the pic? Always happiest when they’re together!
& let’s not forget to mention that PINK wall backdrop! I know, right?! Everyone needs a hot pink wall in their life!
When it comes to using purples and pinks I like to use complimentary tones and lots of pretty layers! I wanted to create a real feature of such delicate colours – and the diagonal design was just perfect for this!
I start with that gorgeous triangle of patterned paper, CV-BD003 ABSTRACT (B side), I just LOVE this paper – the colour and the print are just divine!!! The school teacher in me dictates that the focal point must be top left, as we read left to right, top to bottom. This ensures that your eye is drawn to the photograph immediately, and forms a much greater impact too!
I’ve used white cardstock leaf die cuts to soften that sharp triangle edge, and then layered it with pretty butterflies, blooms and my photo cluster. So many pretty layers to create more texture, dimension and interest for your eye!
A few scattered ENAMEL SHAPES, a super sweet FLAIR BUTTON & journaling in the bottom right corner complete this lovely layout.
Let’s take a closer look……
Oh that butterfly!!! It’s been fussy cut from patterned paper, CV-BD006 BOHO BITS, and is just the prettiest adornment to my sweet photograph! And speaking of pretty, those pink 3 x 4 cards beneath my photo are from patterned paper, CV-BD004 BEAUTIFUL MESS. My photo is also supported by some white tissue paper, and a DIE CUT EPHEMERA frame, bloom and printed tab. Gorgeous!
You’ll spot more butterflies, this time from the DIE CUT EPHEMERA pack, as well as a few ENAMEL SHAPES. I add some white cotton floss for a gentle textured look. That LOVELY sentiment is also from the CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS – how fabulous is the ombre finish on it?!! LOVE!
Gah! SO pretty!!!! I NEED an entire packet of those butterflies! So good!
Amanda here, and I am SO excited to be sharing my take on pink OR blue theme week! Both of these colours are divine – but one of them is my all time favourite!
I am still swooning over the beautiful Bohemian Dream collection, and just had to use it for today’s layout. It’s just so dreamy and divine!
Here’s what I’ve created,
Oh isn’t this pretty?!!! And no surprises, I chose to use blue for my layout! Did you know it’s my favourite colour? lol!
There are a couple gorgeous hues of blue in the Bohemian Dream collection, & I decided to feature both of them in this sweet page. There’s that delicate, pastel aqua, as well as that super pretty royal blue.
I just adore this shade of blue, and with it’s watercolour appearance – well, let’s just say it’s a sure favourite of mine! LOVE it! To really draw your eye into my page, I use a central focal point design for my photograph. The VELLUM & DIE CUT EPHEMERA wreath also serves as a border for my sweet layered photo! And those layers! Well, aren’t they something?! That’s exactly why I LOVE the new 6 x 6 PAPER PAD – it has so many uses and is perfect for layering!
Let’s take a closer look….
That wreath is SO pretty! I’ve combined those incredible watercolour leaves and intricate butterflies from both the DIE CUT EPHEMERA & VELLUM ACCENTS packs, as well as those sweet ENAMEL SHAPES. Being selective to only use those with blue tones. To further establish the love of blue, I have also added a very soft and delicate mixed media base within the wreath. The 11 inch square white cardstock base really emphasises the colours and again, draws you into my layout.
I have used a black and white photo for my layout because it lends itself to the colour palette beautifully. And just how divine is that photograph? I have double framed it to really focus in on that sweet moment…..
My photo is layered onto a few of the blue patterned 6 x 6 PAPER PAD papers, and then framed with the distressed timber frame DIE CUT, which I then double up on with matching CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER frame. The frames also mimic the jetty and shapes formed within my photograph. Everything so carefully positioned, to create a sense of unity within the design. The frame is then embellished with an ENAMEL SHAPE, DIE CUT sentiment & another CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER. Central to it all is that gorgeous layered butterfly. It’s another of those fabulous CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS with a DIE CUT simply added over the top of it! Such a simple idea, but adding such dimension!
You’ll then spot that incredible CHIPBOARD TITLE STICKER, ‘Remember’. I love that these chippies are bare, and can be hand coloured to suit your needs. I gave mine the blue treatment with some of the paints I used to create that soft background with. I also dove into my stash and used a butterfly punch to cut out a few tiny cardstock butterflies. One is positioned beneath the edge of my title and the others within my wreath design. They just help to break up all the blue, and add a lil interest.
For finishing touches, more ENAMEL SHAPES, a lil cotton floss thread & that FLAIR BUTTON. Who doesn’t love a good flair?! And at Cocoa Vanilla Studio, the flairs are always so beautifully coordinated and designed with the collection in mind. Absolute perfection!
And there you have it!
Sweet. Simple. Understated.
But oh so Beautiful!!!
Hope you feel inspired to seek out the blue (or even the pink) tones in your Bohemian Dream stash!