January is the perfect time to start making plans for creating a brilliant new year ahead. Cocoa Daisy is here to help make things a little easier, we’ve got your
Introducing our January 2014 scrapbooking kit Blueprint, add ons T Square, Drawing Board, Graphite (the patterned paper add on), and our Day In the Life: January kit. We’ve gathered more Cocoa Daisy exclusive wood veneers, flair, letterpress, and papers and paired them with products from October Afternoon, Crate, and Basic Grey to name just a few. Pops of reds, aquas, and greens play nicely next to whites and grays this month. Kits go on sale to subscribers December 28th at 9 PM ET. The general public will be able to purchase kits and add ons starting January 1st at midnight, ET.
Be on the lookout for the sneaks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our message boards. Search for the #CocoaDaisySneaks hash tag! Be sure you’re following us to get all the goods–see links at end of newsletter!
January brings a selection of stamps that will help you plan out your new year. Perfect for organizing and categorizing, you’ll want to get them all! And don’t forget to try out our Cocoa Daisy ink pads, they are the perfect black. Or you can go for bright colors, we’ve got them too with our Prima chalk inks.
Because of lower shipping charges, the Stamp Subscribers do not have early access to the add ons.
Not a kit subscriber? It’s easy to join, you won’t ever miss out on the main kit, and you’ll have early and leisurely access to all the add ons. Join today!
GET A FREE COPY OF SCRAPBOOK AND CARDS TODAY WITH PURCHASE!
We are so excited to offer you a free hard copy of the Winter 2013 issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today when you order any add on with the purchase of the main scrapbook or our Day in the Life kits. This offer is good while supplies last, so be sure to pick up an add on or two this month! This issue is especially inspirational, featuring artwork from our own Emily Pitts, as well as many other talented designers.
TWO HELLOS AND A GOODBYE
We are so excited to have two new designers join us this month! You’re familiar with their work already, they’ve both been Guest Designers recently and we thought they’d make great additions to our Cocoa Daisy family.
Please welcome Suz Mannecke and Martha Bonneau to the team, their first galleries will be featuring the January kit, Blueprint. Be watching for their sneaks!
And we say goodbye to the lovely Kim Stewart, we’ve loved her gorgeous artistic gallery so much this past year. We wish her all the best as she heads to new adventures in 2014.
I have a tiny tip for you today, on how to use some of those scraps that we all love to collect! I have some really old pieces of papers that I just love so much, that I can’t possibly throw them away!
This time though, I’m going to show you what I did to one of the pretty papers in the December kit. I used one of my stencils as a template, to cut out some hexagons of varying sizes.
I love using squares and circles of patterned paper too, or perhaps stars, adding them in a similar way as the hexagons in this layout. I added the hexagons to a painted background, machine stitching them on. I can totally see them being added to a single colour cardstock background instead. Perhaps using a white background and adding some hexagons made out of another matching paper too.
The machine stitching adds some interest to the design and so do the little embellishments that I layered on top of some of the hexagons.
Additional ideas could be to chalk the edges of the hexagons or to add some stamping on top of them. Small and simple ideas for those small pieces of paper!
Have a wonderful day and have fun playing with your scraps!
I love this chipboard alpha and all the possibilities that comes with it! I have two examples to share with you today – one simple embossing, using the Zing Silver Glitter embossing powder. I did just like Emily, pressing the chipboard onto the versamark pad and then adding the embossing powder and heating. I loooove this embossing powder!
My second example is integrating the chipboard into the background. I started out by deciding an approximate placement of my photo and then glued the chipboard letters down onto my background.
I then painted the whole thing with gesso. According to my first plan I wasn’t going to paint my entire background, but as the plans changed during the process, I ended up covering it all.
Next, I painted my page and the chipboard with acrylic paint.
Before the paint was dry I used some damp tissue paper to wipe some of the paint away from the letters.
I also added some glimmer by painting the letters with Glimmer Glaze in the transparent colour Icicle. It’s really tricky to capture in a photo, but perhaps you can see some of the shimmering here?
Or in this image, where the colours are really off?
I’m truly enjoying seeing all the different takes on how to use this alpha! Have a wonderful day!
The November Project Art kit contains 8 wonderful Pitt Artist pens, feathers and tags and cards to play with in your journal.
The Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens contain pigmented India ink and have brush nibs. The ink is acid free, waterproof when dry and odorless. They can be used in so many different ways, and I’m giving you a few examples here today.
First of all I want to show you that you can use them for stamping. Just colour your stamp…
My first page is a page full of flowers. I used a black pen and drew a whole bunch of simple flowers. When drawing a line that isn’t perfect I often find that it looks so much better if I just add another line, pretending that it’s not supposed to be perfect. That’s what I did here… two or more messy lines instead of trying to achieve a perfect look.
I then used the three darkest pens from the yellow set to colour my flowers. The pens mix and blend really well and I started with the darkest colour around the edges and close to the center of the flower, and then used the lighter pens to blend.
I then used the fourth yellow pen, the lightest one, to fill the center of the flowers and I added tiny dots with the dark orange and a black pen. It’s a good idea to let the yellow ink dry a bit before adding the orange, or the ink will spread.
I then coloured the dots with the blue pens, and I took out the Inktense Pencils from the June Project Art kit and coloured the leaves.
I also used a blue Inktense pencil for the background.
To finish my page, I added some white dots, using a white Sharpie Poster Paint pen.
For my next page I used a background that I started last month, but never completed. I glued down torn book pages using the matte medium from the July kit and then painted the page with gesso. Now, I started out by using one of the November stamps – my new favourite stamp! It’s perfect for colouring and I used one of the blue pens.
I added ink with the pen and then diluted it and spread it with a brush and some water. Around the stamped images I used the purple pen.
It’s also possible to lay down some of the ink on a glossy surface, such as this lid that I saved from the kitchen, and to pick the ink up with a brush, diluting it before adding it to the page. I did this when painting the lighter purple colour further away from the stamped images.
I took one of the tags from the Project Art kit, painted it with gesso and added some texture using the stencil from the October Project Art kit. I then cut the page in my journal, to be able to put the tag under the stamped images. Remember to check your opposite side before cutting through your journal page. My opposite page was still blank and I’ll figure out a way to work that cut part into my design, or just cover it up.
To finish my page, I added yellow to the tag (gelatos + Pitt pens), stamped “let’s go” and added a feather that I coloured pink using mist, a star die cut from the silver vellum of the Andromeda add on (love it!), some white messy thread and a couple of the stars from the November Day in the Life kit.
Next, I wanted to play some more with the feathers in this kit. I used a palette knife (from the October Project Art kit) and spread the gesso onto my page, creating a fairly thick layer.
I then put the feathers down into the gesso, only gently pushing them down. I didn’t want them to be completely covered in gesso, but I wanted them to stick to the gesso when dry.
I then used Dylusions spray ink to add colour to my page. Any mist would probably work great for this. I love this look!
I cut out some words from a patterned paper and punched circles out of the star transparency in the Andromeda add on.
To finish my page I splattered black mist and a pearlescent acrylic ink, over my page.
I realize as for the themes of my pages… that most of the time I don’t do all that much journaling, but much of the meaning of the page is only in my head. For both these pages I have used only a few words (“let’s go” and “today, tomorrow, everyday”) and I know why I created these pages and what they mean to me, even if it’s not all written out.
For my next page I really wanted to play with the Pitt pens. I have a lot to learn when it comes to doodling… but I still wanted to give it a try. Again, I started out with several messy lines, rather than trying to create something perfect.
I then added some simple doodeling to the letters, and some more journaling.
I coloured the letters using the blue pen set. They’re really fun and nice to work with!
Next I added doodling and used the yellow/orange pen set to create a background. It’s kind of therapeutic and very relaxing to add colour a pattern like this.
…and then I added even more doodling, using a black pen and the white Sharpie. I’m not sure about this last step… I actually think I prefer the look of the page in the image above, but I’m totally ok with that. That is what my journal is for – experimenting.
My final page started out with something that was almost completely covered up in the end. I just drew a very quick face, to try the pens out.
I wasn’t really liking it, so I covered most of it with gesso, using a palette knife.
I then used a pencil to draw in the left part of the face again. I quickly brushed some matte medium over the pencil, to fix it and prevent it from bleeding later on.
I used a stencil and gesso to add some texture.
When the gesso was dry, I added Dylusions Ink Spray. I used a brush and some water to spread it around.
I then added some black mist, unscrewing the bottle and using the tube to “paint”.
I gave her some yellow hair, using the Pitt pens.
And I added some patterns using the Pitt pens + a stencil. (This does wear your brush tip out a bit because the edges of the stencil is a bit sharp. I believe you can get a new nib by taking it out and turning it, but I haven’t tried it myself yet.)
I layered a couple of feathers on top of one of the paper feathers from the main kit.
And this is my finished page.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed these examples on how to use the kit. If you have any questions, please stop by the message board or leave a comment here and I’ll do my best to answer you.
Hey Daisies! it’s Mandy Koeppen here today to share a fun simple off the page project with you. I have to admit it’s been awhile since I’ve created anything that wasn’t a layout, card, tag, or minibook so I was a little rusty but once I got going I ended up with something pretty cute.
I created this thankful bag to put on the table for our Thanksgiving Feast in a couple weeks. I will be creating one for each of my very special guests since this year I will be surrounded by only the most special of the special people in my life (with a couple exceptions hmm since they can’t get on a plane to make the long journey)the ones I’m most thankful for. We have a tradition where everyone writes down what they are thankful for then we go around the table and share but I wanted to do something extra because my family has been thru so much this year and I wanted to tell each of my special people how thankful I am for them so these bags will contain a handwritten note, a photo of us together, and a small trinket.
The bags are really simple to create. I started out with one of the small brown bags I got in a kit awhile back. I cut the doily out of pattern paper and folded it in half. I cut the banner out of pattern paper then layered the doily and banner on the folded over top of the bag. Punched holes in the top then looped twine thru. I adhered the leaf leftover from the crop and some enamel dots. The tag I used the fab stencil from the November Main kit with some Heidi Swapp gold color shine mist. I poured s little bit of the mist onto my craft mat then dabbed a sponge brush into it and onto the stencil. Once the tag was dry I adhered the thickers and enamel dot. Done. See I told ya it was pretty simple.
I hope I’ve inspired you just a bit to take that leap off that page this week. Have a great weekend!