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April 17, 2014

April Challenge Sketch Winner


I’m here to share happy news today. The winner of the sketch challenge this month is about to be announced.

We had some really playful LO’s. I have a couple to share before I announce the winner.

I just love how Terry used the acetate from the kit on her LO here.

And I really like how Iska made this border to frame her photos and journaling keeping in with the sketch.

But the one this month that really stood out was Sherry’s.

I love how Sherry used this months kit. It ties in so well with her photos, but for me the best bit is the cute hidden journaling. I totally love this!! What a genius idea!

Thank you to our ladies who played along this month and a big congratulations to Sherry for your winning layout.

Please contact me for your winning prize coupon.

April 15, 2014

Welcome Nicole, our newest design team member

We asked if she was available to join us permanently and she said yes. We couldn’t be happier to have her on our team. Please help us welcome the very talented Nicole Nowosad to the Cocoa Daisy family. This is going to be a great thing!

Designer’s Challenge

Hi, Daisies!  Mandie here with your Designer’s Challenge for April! The challenge this month is pretty simple.  Create your title in an unexpected way… whether is it a witty title or a a unique title.  I “hid” my title in the design of my layout using those AWESOME Jillibean letters from the Hint of Sunshine main kit:

Ashley created this fun layout using the Jillibean cards and Amy Tangerine tags for her title:

Suz made this layout with a witty, themed title:

and this awesome layout with the clever use of the “@” and the veneer in her title.  Love that!:


So what will you create? I want to see your take on the challenge.  Upload your projects to the gallery and link me up either here or on the message board by April 27, and I will post a winner here May 1!

April 14, 2014

Dissecting Design with Emily


Hello Daisy friends! Have you even seen a packaging idea that you just loved? Basic Grey currently uses the “waterfall” packaging for some of their embellishments. It’s where they have three to five packs of product, bagged separately, then stacked one on top of the other in a cascading fashion, the middle image is an example:

The sequins from Teresa Collins that we had in the February add on Paint Chip were also packaged this way.

For some reason, this way of packaging a product so you can see every bit of what you are getting really appeals to me. The bulging bag of product is so tempting, especially if it’s a product you love to use, or just look at…

…like the Doodlebug sequins that came in the Dewdrop add on last month.

I loved those pretty multicolored gold and yellow sequins so much (and the little jar they came in was so cute), but they weren’t quite working when I’d lay them out in a couple of rows on my layout, Definitely Mightier. They didn’t pack the punch I wanted. I was going for a loose but packed feel. Then I remembered the waterfall idea, and I knew that would work beautifully for the look I was needing in my design.

It’s really easy to create this same look yourself. I went to my scrap trash can and pulled out a sleeve of that thin plastic that every scrapbook product comes in, you know, the 12×12 sleeve that your new pack of paper comes in with the little sticky flap in the back? Or the flair or alphabet packaging? I had a bunch of different ones in my garbage, so I found one that fit the width of my design.

I used my sewing machine to make a little pocket flap, closing both sides with a tight zig sag stitch. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you could easily do the same thing with staples or a seriously strong glue. My advice to you? Make sure you


I then poured a handful of sequins in and stitched it closed by sewing it to the green piece of patterned paper which was the base of my design. I added a strip of the exclusive Cocoa Daisy navy diamond shaped paper under the pocket flap of sequins.

Next I worked on the title. I glued the awesome Jillibean Soup alphabets to the bottom of the fun Amy Tangerine tag and stitched it on to echo the same stitching on the tag.


The mini washi tape in the Day in the Life: April kit was the perfect size to cover the gold paper clips, so I added that little detail to my leaf cluster.



I then tilted the 3×4 card behind the title tag. Originally I had the green base a little taller, but it didn’t feel right, so I cut it down and added a strip of gold washi tape to ground the card.



I thought I needed  a bit more gold so I used the DITL stamp set using my favorite gold glittery embossing powder.



I thought I was finished, but was missing a bit of dimension, so I cut these awesome leaves that come as a free cut file with the purchase of the main kit, Hint of Sunshine, or the Day in the Life: April kit (there are still a couple of each available for purchase, so you can still get the awesome cut files and printables from Panda Eight that also come free with the kits). I tucked the leaves behind the flair and on the left side, behind the tag.


And with that, I concluded that yes, the layout was complete!


April 11, 2014

Off The Page with “Hint of Sunshine”

Hello Daisies!

I hope you have gotten or will be getting the April “Hint of Sunshine” kits soon.  I got all of them and used pieces from all kits on this altered chipboard.

IMG_1087WEB Here’s how it came together and my dilemma.  I have done clipboards before, but I already have an inexpensive clipboard that I bought in a pack from Office Depot.  I can’t get the screws out to remove the clip, and the Office Depot logo is on the clip.  I really want to try to make it work without buying a more expensive clipboard OR spending any money on the project.  I wasn’t sure until the very end, that this project was a keeper or not.

Here’s how to make it:

1)  Wishing I still had some gold spray paint since the gold paint I have is too translucent to cover, I start to add some Gesso hoping it will help, but not really.  Not sure yet how I will cover the chipboard part, but went ahead and covered in Gesso.





2)  The clip part is just okay, now to decide what to do with the chipboard.  I used the washi tape from the Dewdrop Day In the Life Add On Hint of Sunshine kit to cover it.  To cover under and around the clip, I lifted the clip and got up as close to where it connects to the board.  Then used a piece of vellum and marked roughly the outline of the metal piece.  Then just like wallpapering, I was able to slip that end of the washi under the metal piece to fit exactly.

 3)  I want this project to be softer so using a baby wipe and white paint or Gesso, I lightly covered the washi tape.

4)  Using a Design A Project Life protector, cut the middle 3×4 pockets out from the rest of the protector, leaving the seam in place.

5)  Now start placing favorite items in the pocket.

6)  Place a small piece of washi tape on the back to start french knots on the tag.

7)  Wrap the thread once around your needle, and stitch back down into the same hole you came up from.  Hold the loose end tight, while keeping the loop snug around needle as you pull through will help make a tighter neater knots.

8)  Once the stitching is complete, start finishing the pockets with papers and embellishments from all of the kits.

9)  Add chipboard from the Prism kit, my daughter helping here.

10) And the Prism kit came to my rescue, the Basic Grey wood die cut butterfly covered the Office Depot logo perfectly.  I also had to use a few of those all over the chipboard.  I grabbed some leftover favorite photos, and used the main clip to hold the 5×7, grabbed a clothespin from my stash to clip the smaller photo at the bottom.

I have this hanging in my scrap room, and so glad I didn’t give up on this project.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you get some ideas from this and make something fun from the “Hint of Sunshine” kits.

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