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About Amanda-Jayne Baldwin

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!

Happy | Bohemian Dream | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2018-01-09T08:00:28+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Colour Me Happy, Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration|

 

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Happy New Year! I hope that 2018 brings you and your loved ones much happiness and joy!

And speaking of happy, have I got something delightful to share with you today….

“Happy”

Oh isn’t this super pretty!!!

Bohemian Dream is just SO dreamy and divine, that I  just can’t get enough of it!

Today I have teamed this gorgeous collection up with the fabulous Colour Me Happy: Geo Heart Cut File. They partner beautifully & I absolutely adore how bright and fun this page is!

I have mounted my 11″ x 11″ white cardstock onto that colourful, patchwork style patterned paper, CV-BD004 BEAUTIFUL MESS and machine stitched it into position. It’s really playful and lends itself to the ‘happy’ vibe of the layout.  That awesome Geo Heart has been backed with the CV-BD005 DREAMER pattern paper from the6 x 6 PAPER PAD, and then embellished with DIE CUT EPHEMERA blooms.

I have snipped one of the cute DIE CUT EPHEMERA frames into half, and layered it beneath my darling photograph. I attach them both to the Geo Heart and continue to embellish the photo cluster and cut file.  You’ll spy ACCESSORY STICKERS, DIE CUT EPHEMERA and FLAIR with my photo, as well CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS on both of them.

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!

 I am just LOVING those CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS – those blooms are just the prettiest!

How divine!!! The sentiment (& ombre font) of the FLAIR BUTTON is the perfect adornment to my beautiful photograph! LOVE it!

A really simple design and yet oh so pretty!

Those ACCESSORY STICKERS are such a fabulous touch too!

Just beautiful!

I think you can see why I am still totally swooning over Bohemian Dream!

& I hope I have  inspired you to continue creating with it too!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo

 

 

Happy Days | Bohemian Dream | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2018-01-04T21:08:08+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Design Team|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

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!!!

“Happy Days”

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 hope I have inspired you!

Thanks for visiting!

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo

2017 Favourites from Amanda | Wild At Heart & Bohemian Dream | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-12-31T13:18:29+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Design Team, Wild at Heart|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends & Fans!

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….

“Love You” 

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!

It is without a doubt that Wild At Heart still has my heart!

And just when I thought Cocoa Vanilla Studio couldn’t get any prettier, Zoe released my newest favourite;

Bohemian Dream…..

“You Are Beautiful”

Oh! Swoon!!!

I created this Bohemian Dream beauty for Shimmerz Paints because the colours in this collection are just divine! Such a dreamy page!

But Bohemian Dream is so much more than a pretty colour palette, it’s delicate designs and patterns too!

Here’s my latest favourite layout with it….

“One Of A Kind”

So very lovely, indeed!

I think you’ll agree with me that both Wild At Heart & Bohemian Dream are the prettiest scrapbook collections of 2017!

And I hope that I have inspired you with my creating too!

I can’t wait to share more with you in 2018!

Happy New Year & Best Wishes!

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo

 

Bohemian Dreaming of a White Christmas | Bohemian Dream | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-12-08T20:40:44+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Design Team|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends & Fans!

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…..”

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!

Happy Arty Days, 

Amanda xo 

 

One Of A Kind | Bohemian Dream | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-11-22T22:46:49+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Design Team|

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back for more Cocoa Vanilla Studio inspiration!

Amanda here, and today I am sharing my latest layout with the gorgeous Bohemian Dream collection.

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!

With the base layers beneath my photograph sorted, I turn to embellishing the photo with an ACCESSORY STICKEROne of a Kind, and that super cute CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER heart!

Here’s another view for you……

Lovely, indeed!

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!

Pink & purple never looked so good together!

For a polished and finished look, you’ll spot that sweet FLAIR BUTTON, and the typewriter font journaling from the ACCESSORY STICKERS.……

 

Yes. LOVE THIS!

Blue may be my favourite colour, but the pink & purple in Bohemian Dream has definitely won me over!

I hope you liked my pink and purple page, and feel inspired to create with these colours too!

Thanks so much for visiting today,

til next time,

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo 

 

Remember | Bohemian Dream | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-11-08T22:34:16+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Chit Chat|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

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,

“Remember”

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.

My layout begins with that sensational stripe pattern, CV-BD005 DREAMER.

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…..

Beautiful, indeed!

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!

Need more Bohemian Dream? Visit our online store HERE before it’s all sold out!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

til next time,

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo

 

 

Dream BIG | Bohemian Dream | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-10-20T21:04:16+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Chit Chat|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends & Fans!

Amanda here with another dreamy scrapbook page with the stunning Bohemian Dream collection! And when I say dreamy, I am talking all things soft, sweet & pastel! Think dream catchers, big dreams and a dreamy colour combination too! Here’s what I’m talking about…..

“Dream BIG”

Oh swoon! This truly is such a divine collection to create with! So many beautiful details!

You’ll see that I have been inspired by the dreamcatchers, sweet birds & feathers for this gorgeously girly layout of my darling daughter. I have even created my own arrow embellishment from CHIPBOARD STICKERS, a wooden skewer, twine, feathers & a VELLUM ACCENT feather too! SO pretty! Lots of lovely layers and dreamy mixed media too!

My layout begins with the reverse sides of pattern papers CV-BD003 ABSTRACT, & CV-BD008 KALEIDOSCOPE. I love the ombre purple, & who can go past distressed, white woodgrain patterns?!! Just divine!

I then move straight onto those incredible CHIPBOARD STICKERS as my feature title, using the dreamcatcher chippy to center it all. Here’s a closer look for you…..

Oh my heart! It just doesn’t get much prettier than this! Just look at the fine details on that dreamcatcher! As well as centering my title, that dreamcatcher also acts as an anchor for my beautiful photograph!

My photograph has a couple of lovely layers beneath it. First you’ll see that awesome Cocoa Vanilla Studio Geo Heart Cut File which has been paper pieced with the 6 x 6 PAPER PAD (using the reverse side of the GYPSY HEART pattern paper). Beneath the cut file is a beautiful mixture of purple and berry watercolours and mists. I have applied them using the packaging technique, and gentle splattering. To compliment the mixed media, and bring further attention to my photo, I have added those glossy ENAMEL SHAPES – love!!!

Here’s another view for you….

Gah! So delicate & divine!

I then embellish on and around my photograph with ACCESSORY STICKERS, and more CHIPBOARD STICKERS. Those polka dot hearts are the cutest, and those birds!!! All the heart eyes!

Supporting my photo is my handmade embellishment – a boho arrow which doubles up as a mobile to suspend those DIE CUT EPHEMERA feathers from. Let’s take a better look….

So simple, and yet so effective!

To create my boho arrow I attached a CHIPBOARD STICKER arrow to a wooden skewer, and hot glued a few craft feathers to the end. I then wrapped mutli coloured twine around the skewer (including the joins) and threaded my VELLUM ACCENT feather into the end also. I used a sewing needle to thread my DIE CUT EPHEMERA feathers onto individual twine strings, and then attached them to the arrow. For finishing touches I embellished the arrow with the memories sentiment and add another sweet chippy heart to hold the center string in position. I complete my layout with more ENAMEL SHAPES & another fabulous sentiment sticker…..

Bohemian Dream is truly ALL the pretty things!!! I hope you have enjoyed viewing my dreamy project today, and feel inspired to get creating with Bohemian Dream too!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

til next time,

Happy Arty Days, 

Amanda xo 

 

 

 

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