Cocoa Daisy Subscription

The Daisy Divas Design Team Blog

April 15, 2014

Welcome Nicole, our newest design team member

Filed under: Daisy Designers — Emily Pitts @ 5:00 am
Print This Post Print This Post      

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

Filed under: Challenges,Daisy Designers — MandiePierce @ 5:00 am
Print This Post Print This Post      

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 11, 2014

Off The Page with “Hint of Sunshine”

Print This Post Print This Post      

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.

April 3, 2014

APRIL DITL | Pocket Page Scrapbooking With a Hint of Sunshine

Print This Post Print This Post      

Hi everyone! Happy April to all! Suz here today to share some April DITL pages created by the lovely and talented Alissa, Mandie, Lisa, and Piradee as well as my own design. The APRIL DITL kit includes the scrap lovelies pictured below:



>>>>>>and it is available in the shop here (while supplies last).

First up is Alissa, who created these fabulous layouts:

I love how she used the thin gold washi tape in several areas along with the gold alphas in the kit and complemented them with some of the October Afternoon Daily Flash alphas and Pink Fresh Studios painted chevron wood veneers from the Dewdrop add-on. And below she used the thin washi as journaling lines! So. love. that!

I am still swooning over the gold embossing that she added to the Jilllibean Soup Placemats (the camera die cut below) from the Dewdrop (Add-on 2) in this layout:


So playful Alissa! Don’t her designs just scream happy?!

Up next is Mandie.  Mandie knocked it out of the ballpark with this DITL spread:

I love how Mandie intermingled some of the exclusive patterned paper with the cards from the kit to add repetition of pattern and color. And that eensy, weeny photo of that spectacular sunset on the DITL card? LOVE.  I also love that she used a bunch of smaller photos on her layout and combined them with just a few 4×6 photos to add a bit of variety. So fun!

And this clean and simple design by Lisa shows just how fun and creative you can be while still getting things documented with photos and words in a relatively short period of time. More time creating memories and less time documenting them, yes? ;) Love it Lisa! Especially love her handwriting and her little stamping details. :)


Below I adore how Lisa used a stencil to mist a sunburst on her week number 4×6 card, the cute fox stamp and chain of hearts stamp (from the “GET FOXY” stamp set HERE), and tucked a grocery receipt from a trip to the store that week. It’s the little bits and pieces of our lives that really showcase how we live day by day.



Piradee’s layout is simply delightful with lots of photos of her precious daughter! I adore how she used a clothing tag from one of her daughter’s outfits paired with some October Afternoon stickers from the Dewdrop add-on. The little bits of sequins  and embellishments here and there are a lovely complement to the photos.

Her genius idea of using the vellum speech bubble to overlay the day of the week with journaling? = awesome. :)

I really adore that little aqua fox  nested in the vellum speech bubble as well. Thanks for sharing these Piradee!

Lastly, here is my DITL spread using this month’s kit as well as bits and pieces from the Main Kit, “Hint of Sunshine” and the Dewdrop Add-on #2. I can’t help blending my kits! They are so versatile and so well coordinated it just made this layout come together pretty quickly. (Ok, minus my detailed fussy cutting on the “hello” card it came together pretty quickly! LOL) 

Some things I added to this week: selfies that were taken by my inlaws and texted to us, a screenshot of a text message from my oldest son, a Muffins With Moms flyer that I prettied up a bit with items from the kits (on the backside is a questionnaire both he and I filled out. My favorite part of it all!)

A few more details on how I created this DITL spread can be found in my gallery here: Suz’s Week 12 DITL LAYOUT

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope your April is as bright and cheerful as this month’s kits are!



April 2, 2014

Stamping Sensation: April

Filed under: Daisy Designers,Design Team Tips,Everyday,Stamping Sensation — Emily Pitts @ 3:45 pm
Print This Post Print This Post      

Every month, Cocoa Daisy offers you great stamps, but sometimes you don’t know quite how to use them. I’ve got a quick tutorial for you today showing a fun way to stamp with our April offerings, well actually, any of our stamps! We have sold out of the stamps that I used for today’s post (Get Foxy), so be sure to sign up for a Stamp Subscription and you’ll never miss out on our awesome stamps!

Meet Foxy.

Meet my layout about my foxy husband.

I wanted to use the fox stamp on this layout. I wanted to use the glassine bag on this layout. I knew dye inks don’t dry too well on glassine. They do eventually dry, but I wasn’t in a place where I could wait and not smudge the ink. Then I remembered this technique I’d learned while doing an assignment for Scrapbook and Cards Today CardMaps 3 (FYI: CardMaps4 is now available to pre order, it will start shipping the end of this month… hint hint)

I got out my old old old chalk tray (yes it’s good to save everything. I thought I’d passed it on to a new home, but found it recently in the very back of a drawer), my Versamark, my stamp, and the envelope.

I inked up my stamp really well.

I stamped it carefully on the glassine envelope.

I then got my Q-tip all nice and chalky and started to softly rub it over the image. Start with a soft touch so you can find your image and not get chalk all over your paper.

I went over a second time with a bit more pressure. That’s the fun thing about this technique, you can add dimension by changing the pressure you use in applying the chalk.

Any errant chalk comes of quite well with an eraser.

And that is how I got Foxy on my glassine envelope. It works equally well on vellum and regular cardstock. P.S. When I started the process, I wasn’t sure it would work out. That’s often the story of my scrapping. Just try things, if they work out, great, if not, you’ll be the wiser!

Another thing that is fun about this technique is you can color different parts of the stamp. I used the chevron strip stamp on this card and used chalk to make the same image multiple colors.

You can see the errant chalk doesn’t come off as well on the paper, but it’s not that big of a deal to me.

It helps to know where things are in your stamped image, so I recommend stamping on a scrap paper the same image with a visible ink and using that as a guide when you are applying the chalks.

Oh, and the orange cloud in my layout? I used the same orange chalk to color that as well. I was really impressed at how well the wood veneer took the chalk!

Now, on to the DT and what they did with the stamps this month!

Lisa did a couple of different techniques.

I decided to go with a yellow, green & red colour combo for this LO. The red due to that being their school colour, but there wasn’t even one tiniest piece of red in this kit. So I used one the the stamps and also the Red Prima Chalk Ladybug Ink to add the red to my page (see the arrows from the mask and the wood veneer arrows using the red ink). 


I added quite alot of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam and let it ‘puddle’ a little on the cardstock. (this can be done with mists and watered down paints too). Then taking the stamp, I dipped it in the puddles and stamped over and over on the page.

Ashley made her own background with a stamp.

I made a template using the Cocoa Daisy cloud background cut file and stamped the clouds onto plain cardstock. Then I kept the template in place and added matte gel over the clouds to act as a resist. I pulled up the template, and added messy watercolours, gesso, and some book pages.

And Patricia did a lot of stamping this month, here are a few of her examples.

The stamp from the main kit inspired this entire layout. So I had to use it, it brought the layout and theme together for me. I stamped onto vellum using Prima Chalk ink (blasted it a little with the heat gun to set and make permanent), trimmed around it and lightly adhered it to my layout.

And I always use stamps in my Project Life to help re-iterate the stories, add embellishing without bulk. I used the stamps as is and also did partial inking to do partial stampings to fit the cards. A Great way to get more out out of very usable stamps from the Day in the Life.

See the two ways she used the “Details” stamp in the DITL: April kit?

Our design team amazes me with the ideas they generate from the same products. I hope you’ve added some ideas and techniques to your tool box of stamping.

Thanks for joining me today.

Older Posts »