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March 21, 2014

Project Art – March

Hello! It’s Anna here with some ideas for this month’s Project Art kit!

The March Project Art kit contains a set of five PanPastels in the colours Yellow Ochre, Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Blue Extra Dark, Permanent Green and Neutral Grey, blending tools and a set of tags and wood veneer butterflies. If you are new to PanPastels, they are wonderful and fun to work with. They are artist’s pastel colours, manufactured in a pan instead of in the more typical stick format. They function as a dry paint and you can mix and blend them. Although they are pastels, they is very little dust. The colours are to be used directly from the pan and they are compatible with many different materials such as acrylics, inks, pencils, watercolours and more. They are also erasable using a regular eraser, and they can be applied in semi-transparent layers, achieving a darker and darker tone the more pastel you apply. It’s a good idea to seal the finished work with some kind of fixative, for example a spray fixative for charcoal and pastels.

To apply the pastels I used cheap make up sponges.

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For my first page I started out with adding a thin layer of the Phtlao blue pastel. I then used a stencil and applied some clear VersaMark embossing ink, through the stencil.


I then added some PanPastel (the same colour, Phthalo Blue) to the ink and as you can see below it immediately stuck to the VersaMark.


I wanted to add more layers and the next thing I did was to add more of the Phthalo blue and also the Permanent Green. On top of this I then added some gesso, using a stencil and a palette knife.


I also added some more gesso around the page, using the palette knife.


When the gesso was dry I added Permanent Green to the gessoed leaves and more of the Phthalo Blue to the rest of my page. I then used the Fishbone background stamp with some black ink.

On top of this, I added even more gesso, again using the same stencil.


I wanted to use the tags that came with the Project Art kit and here’s an example of two different ways to give the smooth tags some tooth. The pastels need some tooth to be able to grab onto the surface and the left tag was primed with white gesso (different gessos give different surfaces – you need to try to see what you like), and the right tag was painted with clear gesso, before applying the PanPastel using a stencil and a sponge (no Versamark ink this time). I then used a spray fixative on top of the tags.


I’m not sure what happened next, but I played around with gesso, some patterned paper, a watersoluble Stabilo pencil, a little acrylic paint, letter stickers, a piece of fabric, one of the butterflies, more PanPastel, mist and a white Sharpie pen… I added some crazy drawing… and this is what I ended up with.


For my next page I took out a mask that I made some time ago, using my hand as a template. I scanned it and printed it out in a smaller version, before cutting it out. I then used it to apply pastel around the hand.



I outlined the hand with a pen and used a stencil + gesso to create some texture above the hand.

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I used the yellow pan pastel + a yellow Gelato crayon from one of the previous Project Art kits, to colour the beams.


I then wrote my journaling inside the hand.


I coverd my writing again, to be able to splatter some mist around the hand.


I added more pastel around the hand and used one of the blending tortillions to soften and blend the colour. I also added letter stickers and some white details using a white Sharpie.


I coloured the butterfly with PanPastels and then sealed it with Glossy Accents from last month’s Project Art kit.

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For my last page this month, I started out with stamping using the Fishbone background stamp and versamark ink and then applied Neutral Grey pastel on top.

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I covered my entire page.

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I then painted over the top with a thin layer of gesso. It does smear the pastel a tiny bit, but it didn’t bother me in this case and it does create a fixating layer. I also added some extra gesso on top, using a palette knife and then I took some papers from the March kit and stiched them together and glued them down.

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I added some gesso on top of the papers and the loose threads too.

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When the gesso was dry I added even more pastel, using a stencil.

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I layered some items from the March kits on top. A bit of one of the acetate sheets is stapled behind the kraft frame. I added some Glossy Accents to the pink star.

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To finish my page I added some mist and let it drip down the page.

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Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you feel inspired to play and please let me know if you have any questions!

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March 19, 2014

Sharing | Suz’s Scrap Space

Hi everyone! Suz with you today to share a bit of my newly renovated scrap space.

It is still a work in progress, but it has come a long way in a short amount of time. Just before our Spring Break here we moved all of the furniture out, had the carpet removed, and had woodgrain porcelain tile installed along with some additional task lighting above my scrap desk. Then it was time to pack for vacation. And then…vacation. Back home again only to find a lovely little clustering of items to find new homes for;  items to donate, to sell, and to keep.  So, for the past two days I have been working hard to get it all organized, cleaned, and tidied up. I made good progress, but still have much more to get completed. All in good time, yes?! No worries. Be Happy. ‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right. (Thank you Bobbi McFerrin and Bob Marley for helping me keep it all in perspective). ;)

Ok, so, before we get to the video clips, a little DISCLAIMER: I am definitely a novice when it comes to making videos, so I simply took a few video clips using my iPhone (Because, believe it or not, it is the best video recorder we have). I tried to keep the clips short and recorded them in groupings throughout the room. There is no music nor editing done (other than to trim a longer video into shorter chunks for uploading). It is rudimentary at best, but it at least gives you a glimpse into my space more so than static images would do. Also, I have been fighting severe allergies that have been affecting my breathing and sinuses. You will likely note this along with several “whatnots” in my monologue. There, you have it. You have been warned! ;)

So on to the “work in progress.” I hope you find a little tidbit of organizational help along the way. Click on the links below to watch the videos.  Feel free to ask questions or to leave comments below. I always enjoy hearing/reading how other’s organize their spaces and products so please do share! :)

NOTE: *If you find, for some reason, that you cannot view the video clips, please check that you have software updates completed and current on whatever device you are trying to view them from. If you still have difficulty, I will be also be posting on Twitter, Facebook, and my personal blog located here: Suz’s Blog


 Suz’s Scrap Desk (1 of 2)

Suz’s Scrap Space (2 of 2)

Suz’s Mobile Crafting Station

Wall Storage & Organization

GIVEAWAY ALERT: I am giving away the exclusive main kit stamp set (the good day/ bad day, thumbs up/thumbs down) from this month’s kit to anyone who comments here on my Instagram/Twitter feed @SuzMannecke! Good luck! *US only due to shipping costs please. Thanks and good luck! I will post a winner back here on Friday, March 21!

****>>>>ETA: Congratulations to @muelleraz (Instagram) winner of the March stamp giveaway! Please contact me with your USPS addy so I can get your goodies out to you! Contact info has been left on my IG feed. Thanks to all who played along and commented here. :)

Have a beautiful Wednesday all!

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March 18, 2014

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 3rd.


March 15, 2014

A new DT member and saying goodbye

We are happy to announce that starting with the April kit, Piradee Talvanna will be joining us as a permanent Design Team member. We loved working with her this past February and thought she’d make a great addition to the team. Join us in welcoming her!

And we are saying goodbye to two very talented designers who’ve been with us for a few years now. Mandy Kay Starner and Mandy Koeppen will be leaving the Cocoa Daisy team for other great adventures. We wish them luck and happiness as they explore their new options. Make sure to stay in touch with them on their blogs.

Mandy Kay: Hey Hey Mandy Kay

Mandy: This One Time…

March 14, 2014

Kiss Me–Off the Page


I’ve got a very simple but cute project for you today. It can easily be put together in an hour and you’ll have a great decoration for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday. I have a bit of Irish in me, my grandmother was adopted, but her birth parents were part Irish, so I can claim enough to demand kisses. :)


It’s a “Kiss Me” banner, surrounded by some hand cut shamrocks to add to the festivities.

I simply cut the words with my Silhouette using exclusive paper from the March Grey Street scrapbooking kit, you can get your own here. You could hand cut the words if you don’t have a die cut machine, I chose a hand written font called Peach Milk that I found at

kiss-me-detailI then strung it on a length of string, adding a couple of strips of fabric to the ends to add some more color.

Finally, I hand cut a bunch of shamrocks from the green cardstock that comes in the kit. I scattered them around the banner.

And that is it. Super easy, but a fun touch for the season.

Thanks for joining me today!

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