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Inspiration Tuesday

Inspiration Tuesday

Right now we are in the second (and last) week of school holidays. Our holidays have been busy and full but with that comes the struggle to capture and document. So my inspiration post today isn’t so much a creative prompt but more of a prompt to remember to hit pause for a moment. To stop, grab a camera and snap. Today I’ve been trying to capture moments with our teens. Everyday moments. Moments that aren’t about anything but life. These are the moments that can easily be forgotten in the busy. So today I hope you feel inspired to find the “finer details” and capture them....
Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

How are you liking the change of seasons? Here in Australia we are seeing the leaves change colour as the days get shorter and cooler. Autumn brings the warmth of earthy tones and thoughts of apple pie Or is that just me?! I know that most of you are thankful for Spring but I loved the touches of wood that were dotted amongst the March kits, And it made me grateful for the changes in seasons. I loved the Pinkfresh Studio wood strips, Found in the Bonjour Add-on. I used them on two of my layouts but needed them to be shorter. So I cut off the “tag” part with some scissors And sanded the sides with an emery board. Yes it was that easy! Here I just removed the wood with the hole and sanded back the edge so it was smooth again. Whereas this page I made it a little shorter and rounded the edges. Did I mention it was easy? What supplies have you altered recently? What supplies do you wish you could alter? Are there any supplies that you wish were more “user friendly”? Tell us what you...
My New Creative Space

My New Creative Space

Hello beautiful Daisies. After a month on holidays we returned home to find my laptop’s motherboard was fried! That meant another month with no computer. So with all the extra time on our hands we decided to start on the scrap room makeover that had been a thought for quite some time! I’ve put together a video for you, if you are interested. x I will leave you with just one of the storage ideas that I’ve implemented. The girls were given some of the tiny packets of tic tacs. I’ve used some to store the leftover packs of sequins. Much better (and cuter) solution! Don’t you...
Inspired To Give

Inspired To Give

Inspired by the frames Christine shared a while ago and the need for a quick Christmas present I pulled out a few items and got to work. I took a plain black frame and (inspired by Alissa who makes all thing gold look… well GOLD!) sprayed it gold. I then pulled a coveted card from my stash, along with some plain black paper to back it with. It was also a great time to use up some of the sequins that I’ve obtained through Cocoa Daisy! The next bit was the quickest… Putting it all together. Simple! and did I mention quick? I hope my friend likes it and I hope it’s inspired you to pull out some of your goodies and put together a gift for a friend. Enjoy the holidays everyone and have a wonderful time with your loved ones. Take care and happy...
Making Lemonade

Making Lemonade

So this post is meant to be a tips & tricks post. But instead of being some ideas for a scrap project I’m going to talk about life. Have you seen the Monty Python movie “Holy Grail”? Are you familiar with the scene with King Arthur and the Black Knight? Sometimes life can feel like that. It takes and takes but you keep fighting back. You get knocked down but you get back up again. Or you might be like Dory, from “Finding Nemo”, and just keep swimming. Life is a little like that for me at the moment. Every turn seems to stretch me more. New challenges, busy lives or just plain old bad stuff can mean that you need to be reminded to stop, breathe and take a moment. So my tip for you is to do just that. Take that moment. Take it and use it for something that makes a difference. It could be as simple as feeling the sunshine on your back. It could be writing down a thought while you can. It could be the simple pleasure of having a hug with your kids. For me that moment was capturing a photo of our craziness and later finding time to create a page documenting life right now. Our crazy busy life right now. My moment was making lemonade, out of life, and being so very thankful for it. I hope this busy time of the year doesn’t wear you down too much and I hope you remember to capture the crazy moments that make up hectic times. These times also need to be documented, even...
Product Focus – Echo Park’s Checklists Pattern Paper

Product Focus – Echo Park’s Checklists Pattern Paper

Have you been enjoying the sneaks and reveal of the November kits?? As usual, I am loving all the colour possibilities that the November kits bring. Did you see the paper Piradee showcased yesterday?? It’s the “Checklists” paper from Echo Park, designed by Kaitlin Sheaffer. When I saw the flipside of the checklists my heart smiled. The pink/red is one of my all time favourites and I knew I just had to scrap something with it. Not only did the colour jump out at me but also the text. It is covered with white font which reads the days of the month and numbers up to 31. Love me some text covered pattern paper! So I clarified with Emily that I could use this side and it was all action stations! The first thing I did was to paint a piece of the wood veneer (also found in the “Weathevane” kit) I painted it with my favourite colour to team with this pink/red, lagoon blue. Adding some ink splats, pencil scribbles and a handful of die cuts from the kits I mounted the photo on a Day In The Life card, a glassine bag and a piece of the exclusive “Shorthand” paper. So my tip for today?? Make sure you always look on the brightside of life And always check out the flipside of pattern...
September Designer Challenge

September Designer Challenge

Hi everyone, Sharmaine here with this month’s challenge. Are you ready?! The challenge is… 1. To include a scribble (could be a stamp, a file cut, hand drawn or something completely out of the box!). 2. Include a star, in any form, on your page. 3. Use 2 fonts for your title. 4. Add some packaging. Doesn’t have to be a whole piece and it can be anything. 5. Add some paint/ink (if you use ink it’s not to include a stamped image, it has to be separate). Today we have four examples to inspire  you! First up Patricia. 1. Used scribble cut file and stamp. 2. Used star rubons and the star vellum die cut, and the star border. 3. Used 4 fonts, one is using the sketch pens with the Silhouette. 4. Used a piece of the packaging from the Heidi Swapp letters, the black/white diagonal stripe by the word “Apple.” 5. Used Hero Art Paint dauber around the edge of white cardstock, splattered some mists here and there, and used watercolors on a few of the white cut out apples to replace over the cut out. Lisa’s creation 1. To include a scribble – used the string from the tags 2. Include a star, in any form, on your page. – pp and vellum form 3. Use 2 fonts for your title. 4. Add some packaging. – Cut the hearts from the Shimelle packaging 5. Add some paint/ink – Used a black ink pen to add some doodling Martha’s page “I used watercolors on the stars, I used this month’s scribbles as a digi stamp, there...
“Story Time” Scrap Happens

“Story Time” Scrap Happens

I wanted to show you have versatile the exclusive  floral paper in the September kit is. Hi everyone, Sharmaine here, and when I first saw the gorgeous paper Stephanie designed for this month’s kit I was scared! I wondered what on earth I could create that would do it justice. I was super thankful that Christine had the foresight to send me a couple of pieces because once I started playing I was in love! I started out with my gallery page, trying to soften the paper and allow it to blend into the background. Next I decided to cut out some of the gorgeous flowers and add them to my page for Jot Magazine. I really wanted the flowers to be the stand out. I added some gold glitter nail polish to the flower centres and used some of the scribble stamps to add depth to the flowers. Lastly, I pulled out some older kit products and decorated a gift bag, using a part of the flower design. A handy way to use up supplies, don’t you think?? Again I added some nail polish to the flowers and if you look carefully, in the background, you might see a snowflake stamp from an older Cocoa Daisy kit. So make sure you don’t feel intimidated by scrapbook supplies. Get in, use them and create something...
“Modern & Vintage” Dissecting Design

“Modern & Vintage” Dissecting Design

Sometimes the place to start is by taking a moment to notice what is around you. Hi Daisy-ites. Sharmaine here with a little look into the process behind a page I created. Each month I am in awe of the amazing products Christine pulls together to create the kits we get to play with. Each month I look at the products and sense there is something more than just a piece of paper or embellishment. This month I was in no doubt that there was a little message being told. So I heard the call and started to create, making sure I stopped and took in each message as I heard it. These were words that I’d been hoping to find so I could pass on a needed message to our girls. I added some other symbolic hints too. Using a brown paper bag, to symbolise what life is sometimes viewed as… dull, boring, mundane. The gorgeous Cocoa Daisy origami butterfly stamp, symbolising life transitions and the possibilities that can come. And the gesso to show that sometimes life gets messy but it’s what lays underneath that we need to see, again talking about possibilities and believing that there is more.    So I hope that wasn’t too “deep” for you all. I hope that it was, in some way, inspiring you to create. Enjoy the new...
July Designer Challenge **WINNER ANNOUNCED**

July Designer Challenge **WINNER ANNOUNCED**

How are you liking the changes to the Cocoa Daisy blog?? I love the fresh look. Today I am with you to share the July Designer challenge. Your challenge is to include something stitched, something stamped, something wood and something round. You can scrap a page, you can make a Day In The Life page, you can make a home décor item or you can make a card. Whatever you feel to create just use the above mentioned items. You can see that in my page I used machine stitching, the wood is the wood veneer alphas (found in the “Scenic Route” add on kit), the stamp is the cute dog from June and the round are a couple of round stickers that appear here and there. And that, my friends, is how easy this challenge is! Lovely Lisa added the four components with ease too. Wood veneer view finder, stitched lines, stamped arrows and lots of circles. Denise’s gorgeous page looks amazing. See her addition of a stitched word, wood veneer view finders are great as the wood and circle elements and finally I just love how she used the checklist stamp. Nicole also played along with this challenge, she created this super amazing page. Totally in awe of her stitching (she used a cool combo of machine and hand stitching). Love the wood look in the chipboard, pattern paper and clip. Did you see where she stamped?? Check out the enamel dots! See it now?! Very cool! The circle element also looks super fun. Thanks Nicole, Denise and Lisa for your awesome creations. So now we’d love to see yours. Get creating. Load...
Tips & Tricks – Border Stamping

Tips & Tricks – Border Stamping

Hello Daisies!! I am excited to be sharing the Designer Challenge for June. Lately I have been in a sort of creative funk. You may know the feeling – feel like you are repeating yourself and every page looks the same. Whenever I get this feeling, I try a new shape – this month’s challenge revolves around using STRIPS of paper! We challenged the designers to use strips of paper in any way they wanted to create their project for this challenge and just wait until you see the unique and fabulous results!! Denise took a pretty artsy approach and used a bunch down the center between the triangles but she says she “sort of got carried away with the paint“. I think it’s super awesome. Check it out: Lisa played along too and used strips to build a pattern on one side of her page!! She also used stamps in a strip to accentuate the photo so nicely. And check out that frame around the edge of the page, a thin band resembling strips around the edge ! Ashley was inspired using this challenge! This is what Ashley had to say: I used strips of paper on three of my projects this month…most in very small ways, but thinking about this challenge motivated me to add them in and I love the extra detail they add to the pages. I used a CD cut file to make an ampersand card, and I used cut-off strips to fill in the cut out shape. I love that idea Ashley! Next is Martha who wove strips of paper to create the...
June Stamping Sensation

June Stamping Sensation

Hi everyone, Sharmaine here with a look at this month’s stamps. This month was the first for our wonderful new designer Arleigh. I just loved the different designs and the endless ideas these stamps provide. I received the gorgeous Day In The Life kit stamps I used the leaves and scribble stamps to create a border on this page Patricia also received the Day In The Life stamp set and this is what she had to say For this layout, I did a partial stamp with one of the designs from the Day in the Life stamp set and stamped under the flair. I used one of the other stamp sets with the triangles/chevrons to stamp borders. I snuck in some stamping on my pocket page using the banner from the Day in the Life stamp set on the “Hello” card. Then on the “wonder” card, I used the Day In The Life stamp set and stamped the banner on the exclusive CD paper, then fussy cut and pop dotted.” Patricia also received the very awesome Turtle stamp and this is what she had to say about creating with this. “I really had fun with that turtle stamp. I wanted him to take center stage on one card. I used textured cardstock and distress ink, but the image will usually look bubbly and not even. After inking him up, I sprayed one spray of water onto the inked stamp and then stamped and got a great juicy impression, and even a little watercolor look if you do more water. Then on the butterfly card, I covered the card with...

When My Kit Arrives – May “Here I Am”

  Hey Hey Daisy-ites. MAY! oh boy how quick is the year flying by?! I loved that the May kit was called “Here I Am”. It was singing out HEY look at me! Here is May. Here is Spring (or Autumn if you live in my half of the world). Here is something amazing and cool! Once it arrives my procedure is not too dissimilar to what Ashley shared (you can read Ashley’s post HERE). I start by clearing my desk, this can sometimes happen a week in advance as I anticipate it’s arrival. Then I unpack each of the kits. Everything is sorted into piles. Embellishments, alphas, die cuts, paper and stickers. The embellishments that fit in containers end up looking like this. The things that are a little bigger, alphas/sticker sheets, go together. The embellishments I put in a tray (a TV dinner tray from Tupperware that my Mum found at a second hand shop). These things will be thumbed through, opened, fossicked and trashed by the end of my creating. You’ll see I also house my stamps in one of those slots. I keep them handy in case they “fit” with what I am creating. The paper goes back into my Cocoa Daisy box. I put it in order of how I think I will use it. So on top will be papers that I loooove, then papers I might struggle with, followed by papers that I will cut up and under those will be the cardstock. This box will live on the end of my table and will also be thumbed through often. I think...
Product Focus with Sharmaine – GOLD

Product Focus with Sharmaine – GOLD

I say it every month but Cocoa Daisy kits really are so versatile! I love that the colour options are almost endless. This is definitely shown as Alissa’s page is so different from Piradee’s. My page is a complete contrast as I set about to make a gold page, full of gold. The May kits may not look like they have heaps of gold in them but once you start digging you might find a hidden nugget or two! My page was created using pieces from all the kits. I’ve used pattern paper, ink, metal accents and flair from the Main “Here I am” kit, vellum from the paper add on “Venue“, alpha stickers and vellum die cuts from the “Whereabouts” add on, sequins and die cuts from “Locale” and tags from the Day In The Life kit. Do you see the specks of gold?? I used the ink pad to alter my grey foam alphas, making them gold. I added some gold vellum journal strips (the vellum was from my stash but available HERE in the Cocoa Daisy store). I used one of the gold velum cards, found in the Day In The Life Kit. I cut it so I could add it in two places. I also used some of the gorgeous kraft coloured tissue paper, from the packaging in the kits, to back my photo. I thought it looked gold enough to pass as gold on my page! I also added some of the gold vellum, found in “Venue”. I’ve then scattered some gold sequins and metal accents, added some gold vellum hearts and was excited to see how “gold” this page turned...

My Scrap Space

HI Daisy Folk, Would you like a little trip to Tasmania, Australia?? Buckle up, tray tables in the up right position and don’t forget to pack your toothbrush as I take you on a quick tour of my scrap space.   ARVE Error: no id...
March Designer Challenge **WINNER**

March Designer Challenge **WINNER**

Thank you to those who played along with this month’s challenge. You had to: Use a number, a splat, a clip and a word of wisdom. All the entries were amazing and the winner… TerryB!!! Congrats, I love how you scrapped this everyday, could have been forgotten, moment. Please contact Lisa (funkyfairy) for details of your $10 Cocoa Daisy voucher. Thanks, again, to all who played...
March Designer’s Challenge

March Designer’s Challenge

  Hi everyone and so happy you are here! This month’s challenge is a relatively easy one. My challenge is to use a number, a splat, a clip and a word of wisdom. The rest, my friends, is up to you! Here is my page, using pieces from the March kits and bits from my scrap stash. You will see I’ve used numbers from the strip of pattern paper, a splat of ink, a Studio Calico Essentials clip and some words of encouragement for my niece. Lisa also played along with this gorgeous page Lisa used pieces from March and February kits. You can see she used a big number (celebrating her wedding anniversary, CONGRATS LISA AND ADE!), a splash of ink, a bull dog clip and some lovely sentiments. I hope that this encourages you to create and play along with the challenge. Don’t over think it, just go with it. Please upload your layout and then post the link in the comments on this blog post. You have until Wednesday April 2nd, 10 pm EST to play along! The lucky winner will receive a $10 gift coupon to spend in the Daisy Boutique! Winner will be announced on Thursday April...
Product Focus – Transparencies

Product Focus – Transparencies

Did you make it to the forums for reveal?? March’s “Grey Street” comes with 3 Studio Calico wanderlust acetate sheets. The patterns will vary but the things you can do with them… Endless! (Well almost!) I have 2 ideas to share with you today. The first involved some gesso and water colour paint. The first thing you should notice about the acetate is that the print is printed on to one side of the transparency. The “whiter” side is the top. Using a thin coat of gesso mixed with green water colour paint I covered the back. Once it was dry I used it to back a Studio Calico “Wanderlust” wood veneer clips  (found in the Blue Ridge add on) The second idea I had was to mount a sheet of acetate on the back of one of the Studio Calico Wanderlust cork frames (also found in the Blue Ridge add on). The thin cork has a adhesive back so I simply stuck the acetate onto it. I then flipped it and added it to my page. Love the white on cork. Hope these tips, along with Alissa’s (that you can view HERE) and Patricia’s (that you can read HERE), give you some inspiration to use the acetate sheets. Have fun...
Inspiration Tuesday – Thinking Small

Inspiration Tuesday – Thinking Small

Close your eyes.     Don’t you just love reading things that start out that way. You can’t read the next instruction with your eyes shut can you?! Sometimes instructions are meant to be read first. But when it comes to using your imagination those instructions can’t always work. Sometimes we get so bogged down in our scrapbook “instructions” we forget to use our imagination. We open the same box rather than thinking outside it. I’ve been scrapping smaller than 4×6 photos for quite some time but I’ve been printing them all at the same size, a not quite 2.5×4 size. So today I am going to take you smaller. I’ve scrapped small photos before, the cool index size, but it’s not something I do regularly. And it’d definitely not the norm in scrap circles. Let me introduce you to Willard Wigan. This guy is a “Micro sculptor”. The art he creates are so small that they fit on the head of pins. This one is in the eye of a needle! He recently spoke at TED (again if you haven’t heard of TED you are missing out!). I thought I would share his inspiring talk here x The reason he started his creative journey is because he used his imagination. Sometimes we need to stop our routine way of doing things and imagine. Let our minds go and let our creativeness flow. So I printed off some passport photo sized photos and used one to create this page, using the January kit. And a little like Willard, I held my breath and worked between the heart beats. Some times that is all it...
2013 Cocoa Daisy Stamps in Review

2013 Cocoa Daisy Stamps in Review

Hi everyone, Sharmaine here. As I write this I am still awaiting my January kit (the slowness of mail is probably the worst thing about Christmas time EVER!) so I thought that I would do a little year in review post, showcasing some of the 2013 Cocoa Daisy stamps. January saw the release of these gorgeous feather stamps I loved how Jody used them on this cute mini album February saw the inclusion of a star background stamp in the main kit. I used it, with some gold embossing powder, on this page. May saw the release of “Record Label” and the very cool “Hipster Glasses” stamp set. I’ve used those stars quite a few times but for the gallery I created this page. June’s “Candy Shoppe” was released along with a confetti background stamp. Mandy Kay used this to create this gorgeous card This hot air balloon flew into the Cocoa Daisy store in July And I love what Ashley created with it. August found us with a “Slide and Shutter” stamp set And Denise gave it a work out, creating this stunning page. One of my favourite stamp sets came out in September. The Day In The Life kit’s “Coffee Rings & Mug” stamp set. I used it on one of my favourite pages. “Sweater Weather” came out in October, as did the uber cool Herringbone background stamp. And Mandie used it to create a gorgeous background on this page November’s “Stargazing” kit contained the very cool overlapping circle stamp. Christine used the sentiment to make this beautiful card. The Numbers stamp from December proved to be a favourite among the...
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