Monthly Archives: July 2011

August Challenge!

August Challenge!

I had been hoping to get my challenge posted and up yesterday but our power and water (private well run by a pump) went out and has been out for the past 20 hours! We’ve been having some nasty weather off and on here as of late so it’s been spotty. I’ll tell you what though, the first thing I did when it came back on was log-in to share with you my challenge for August! Important things first after all…showers can wait. Okay, not too long (it will be next on the agenda). For my August challenge I challenge you to the following layout recipe: fabric, ribbon/twine, buttons, chipboard cardstock stickers and patterned paper (anything else you choose to use is great, just be sure to include the above as well). This should be an easy challenge if you’re using your August kit as there is a little bit of everything included in the kit and yummy add-ons!...

One Stencil 7 Different Projects

In the August add-ons this month you will find a Mask/Stencil called Zinnia from the Crafter’s Workshop.  I love what the design team did with just one stencil.  So many different ideas, so many beautiful creations.  Take a closer look at these inspirational pieces. Anja used her stencil with a bit of molding & german glass to give her background some texture. Nat covered the background of a piece of patterned paper with glimmer mist to create a stunning back drop for her layout. Alissa used the same technique as Nat but on Cardstock with a beautiful red.  I love how she left a bottom edge for her journaling & a strip of patterned paper. Christine placed the stencil on the bottom left corner to create a beautiful accent to her page. Like Christine, i place the stencil off center and used two mists of coordinating colors to create my background. Anna created this stunning canvas using the stencil with gesso & acrylics paints. In this piece, i used the stencil with gesso and maya mists but only on the top half of the green cardstock. There are so many different ways to use this beautiful stencil.  Pick one up & start...
August Kit Revealed: Siren’s Call

August Kit Revealed: Siren’s Call

August’s kit, “Siren’s Call” is bright summer sunshine, tropical breezes and lazy vacation days all wrapped up in pretty paper, embellishments, and our exclusive Cocoa Daisy Stamp. The bold & happy colors from new lines by 7gypsies, October Afternoon, Cosmo Cricket and K&Company will whisk you away to memories of warm summer breezes and relaxing days. Once you see all the lush colors and great variety of embellishments you won’t be able to resist the Siren’s Call. If you wish to make your Cocoa Daisy kit go even farther we offer a great variety of coordinating add-ons: Calypso Athena Circe These and other add-ons are available first to our subscribers.  While shopping our fabulous add-ons, don’t forget to pick up some basic supplies from our boutique like stamps & adhesives.  We also offer extra cardstock each month including a basics pack.  The subscriber newsletter goes out today, July 28th at 9 pm eastern.   The kit & all the add-ons go on sale to the general public on August...
More Letter Fun

More Letter Fun

The Urban Loft Kit is really my favorite so far…ok ok….till the next one I guess 😉 LOL- but here is another layout I created with the kit. For the background I used some gesso and brushed it onto the paper and then after it dried I took the Basic Grey Alphabeth in the main kit and carefully took off the left over Spacing. I place it on the background loosley – so it sticked a bit but not too much and then I sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and Chalkboard Glimmer Mist. I patted it with a paper towel and then lift the letters off again. For the smiley face I used Sassafras Kraft in-a-stitch blossoms, took off the button – placed it ont he star and cut the blossom apart ….nice hair, huh ? And of course I had ot use the awesome Jenni Bowlin Torn Paper stamp on the border again – I just love this stamp.   I think this is a good background for the photo of my godson holding a little surprise we crafted for his little brother’s first schoolday coming up .   Have a wonderful summer day...
Summer Challenge #5

Summer Challenge #5

Another summer challenge has gone live today. Number 5. This week we are mixing up our kits. We all have bits and pieces leftover each month, so this week I want to see them being used up. A bit of mixing and matching. It always feel good to use up stash and I’m sure we’ve all had that feeling when you go back to old kits, you find stuff that you had completely forgotten you had. Nows the time to go and look through and use up these bits. Have you got a sheet of stickers that you still haven’t touched or a pack of embellishments? Maybe there’s a stamp that you loved, but you still haven’t used it?? Go and take a look and use it this week and then come back and show us here. Here’s my page using my leftovers from this months ‘Urban Loft’ and I teamed it it with the leftovers from my April Kit. You have until Sunday 31st July, 10pm EST to play along with us. A winner will be picked next Monday and will receive a $5 voucher to spend in our online store. For more details, see here. Happy Scrapping : ) Lisa x...
CHA + Class Winner

CHA + Class Winner

We are back from CHA filled with many ideas & lots of inspiration.   We had so much fun at the show, checking out the latest products & planning out the kits.  It is three days filled with lots of work & lots of laughter.  Here are some pictures from the show. and now for our winner in my class, 10 things! Here are your random numbers: 7   Asil says:    July 17, 2011 at 3:35 pm Oh, lovely price! It’s the Maya Road releases for me.. And lovely colors from Basic Grey – so maybe not just one favorite, hehe. Enjoy CHA, girls!! Congrats Asil (Lisa)!  We will contact you about the class!...
Playing with mist and UTEE

Playing with mist and UTEE

I just wanted to show you something fun I tried recently, using UTEE and my new toy the melting pot. It could probably be done using UTEE and a heat gun too, getting approximately the same result. First I cut the edge of a pretty rectangle shaped cake doily. I then sprayed it with the Turquoise Metallic Mist from the July add on. This gives it a really cool look and I could stop here and use the turquoise paper lace as it is… …but since I was playing with the melting pot, I wanted to see what it would look like if I dipped the paper in clear UTEE. I have to say that I was really happy with the result! You could probably try using a Versamark stamp pad, UTEE and a heat gun if you don’t have the melting pot. I then cut a piece of my lace and used on a card. I can’t wait to try dipping more things into the UTEE… If you have a cool idea, please let me...
Make the most of your letters

Make the most of your letters

This layout is a pretty simpe style for me- but somehow I felt that way with this photo  And I loved that the Urban Loft Kit was making it possible to scrap in different styles. *Embrace*   I used the stamp here with white Utee- so much fun.   I also sprinkled with Glimmer Glaze on top of the Cardstock which I used with the non textured side up. The Letters were colored with Glimmer Glaze. You just need a non sticky crafting map and then you can place your letters on it. Paint it with the glaze. And lift the letters up and adhere them to the paper. Have a wonderful day!...

Quick Paper Tip

Hello Everyone!  Ronda here with a really quick tip for you.  Do you ever have those pattern papers you just completely love both sides but unfortunately you have only one sheet?  I totally love Sassafras Lass’s Kindle from the Broadcast Sunshine Line.  Both sides of this paper had me swooning and i couldn’t pick which side to use.  So why not use them both? I noticed the calendar on the “b” side of the paper split the page into three equal parts.  Perfect!  I cut the paper into 2/3 & 1/3. I simply flipped the paper over.  The calendar piece was perfect for the date i had in mind, my nephew’s birthday.  I could have also done something with any other months too. I used the bottom edge to adhere the two pieces together.  Totally love that decorative boarder on all the Sassafras papers. Lastly i stitched on the board strip to accent the piece.  Now i get to see both sides of this lovely paper. I used some grey thread to highlight the date on the calendar and added a little subtitle to the area.  I hope you will try this simple tip next time you cannot decide on your favorite...

On my way to CHA!!

The last couple weeks have been crazy! Getting caught up on July and a head start on August so that I can relax and enjoy time with two of my dearest friends and lots of new scrappy goodness!! I am so excited by a lot of the new lines, it will make piecing together the next Cocoa Daisy kits so much fun! I leave on the train bright and early, one of the pluses of living so close to CHA Chicago is that I can get there by train. Keep watching our blog for updates and pictures of our adventures or misadventures :). Don’t forget to add your comment to Ronda’s post for a chance to win a seat in her on-line...
CHA & Giveaway

CHA & Giveaway

Hello Hello.  Christine & I are off to CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) in Chicago this week.  We love seeing all the new products up close & personal, building the kits & project for the next few months.  This time Lisa Pace is joining us for all the fun.  I hope Chicago is ready for us!  Speaking of CHA have you been following our CHA MB posts?  You can go there to check out the latest sneaks!  While we are away we thought we would do a giveaway.  We are giving to one lucky winner a “seat” in my class, Ten Things!  All you have to do is post a comment telling us your favorites from all the new releases.  You have until Midnight, Eastern Time Thursday, July 21.  A randomly picked winner will be announced on Friday the 22nd.  Only one entry per household please. Be sure to check back here for our latest photos from CHA.  We will also be tweeting from the showroom floor in Chicago so make sure you are following us on Twitter!...
August Sneak Peek: Siren’s Call

August Sneak Peek: Siren’s Call

Next month’s kit is bright summer sunshine, tropical breezes and lazy vacation days all wrapped up in pretty paper, embellishments, and our exclusive Cocoa Daisy Stamp.  The bold & happy colors from new lines by 7gypsies, October Afternoon, Cosmo Cricket and K&Co. will whisk you away to memories of warm summer breezes and relaxing days. Once you see all the lush colors and great variety of embellishments you won’t be able to resist the Siren’s Call. Siren’s Call Add-on peeks: Calypso Circe Athena Sign up for a 6-month Cocoa Daisy Subscription and receive 20% off your first month’s kit as well as a coupon good for $5.00 off Ronda’s on-line class “10-things”. Hurry this offer will end August 5th. 10 Things In this class, taught by Ronda Palazzari, you will receive step by step instructions for a complete mini album project along with many tips and techniques, including a video tutorial.   The on-line class can be purchased now and will be available July 30th to allow everyone time to receive their July kit and add-ons. Don’t miss your chance to sign up for the class ! Please note: Purchase of Cocoa Daisy’s July kit is not required to participate  in the...
– Sprayed Backgrounds

– Sprayed Backgrounds

  This month’s tutorial is on creating backgrounds with spray paint, spray mists and your own handmade or found stencils.  Every month now Christine is including a coordinating spray mist or ink add-on.  I know many of you have already used spray mists but if you haven’t it is very fun to make your own stencils to use with them.  Here is a list of supplies. Spray mists in various colors.  You can also use spray paint if you like but not necessary. cardstock for backgrounds and extra for creating stencils. scissors various shaped punches chipboard alphas or shapes a well ventilated area if using spray paint or at least a card board box so you don’t mess up your desk or floors! I cut a 12×12 sheet of cardstock in half and punched circles out on either side creating this circle stencil.  You could do the same with stars, hearts or any other shaped punch. I saved the punched out circles for use later. After placing it where I wanted on my background, I started by using white spray paint.  Spray paint dries quickly, especially if you are outside in warm weather so you can quickly lift up your stencil.  I then took the punched out circles and laid them on the remaining cardstock in random order and sprayed with some silver spray paint. I am always using alphas as stencils.  My favorite stencil is from an old chipboard sheet of Heidi Swapp letters that have all been punched out.  It is perfect to lay down on your cardstock and spray.  For this I used a sheet of...
Easy peasy mini album.

Easy peasy mini album.

Hey Daisies, I wanted to share a quick and simple little mini album I created using the calendar paper from Sassafras that came in July’s main kit. I have to admit the idea of cutting up the paper and using the months as pages came from my Mom, so a big thanks to Mom!! We have a new puppy in our house, her name is Blu and she is a Havachon. She really is the sweetest most lovable little pup! I thought that it would be fun to record her first year of growth using this little mini album. You could use this mini for so many things, a new baby, a school year, building or remodeling your house, basically anything that has a progressive growth or change. Here are the steps to create your own: First cut all the months apart, use a small corner rounder on all the corners. These are your interior pages. Next choose a coordinating paper for your front cover. Cut two pieces the same size as your interior pages – these will be your front and inside front cover. Do not glue them together yet. I used a banner sticker from the Pencil Factory add-on to decorate my cover, I cut the banners apart so that I could curve them a little easier. You could of course cut your own banner shapes or use a circle punch and cut the circles in half. Add a small piece of foam adhesive to the back of your banner pieces and adhere them to the front, making sure to leave room for your title. Once the...
Using my scraps

Using my scraps

Just a quick post to show you a card I created using scraps left over from my “Urban Loft” kit. I’ll have more to share this week as I am using every single scrap I have left. Additional Supplies Used: Maya Road “Love Banner” Stamp Set & Vintage Paper Posies, Brown & White Baker’s Twine, Pop Dots, Archival Ink~ Sepia, Diamond Stickles Hugs! Lisa M....

Stamping with mist.

It is the most beautiful winter morning here in Cape Town…although with the temps set to reach 20 degree’s Celsius… it can hardly be described as winter. I have a little tutorial for you today…..with the amount of scrapping that has been happening in my craft room over the last two weeks….I have a bunch of goodies I can share with you. As you know I love mist! and I am always looking for new ways to use it. The other day when I was finishing a page, I was looking for turquoise stamping ink…but didn’t have the right shade. I did however have the perfect one in Mr Huey mist….. so thought there had to be a way to use it for stamping. Here is what I came up with. Supplies: Torn paper stamp from Jenni Bowlin Bonny Blue Mr Huey from Studio Calico Acrylic block from Stampin’ Up Large plastic bag…. I used a 12×12 zip lock that my Cocoa Daisy kit arrived in. Step #1 Step #2 Spray a circle of mist onto your plastic bag to fit your stamp. Step #3 Carefully dip your stamp into the mist to cover your stamp. The block might get mist on it too…. I cleaned it off with a wet wipe before stamping. Step #4 Stamp as you usually would. NB: The ink beads a little, so isn’t as crisp as if using an ink pad…but that adds to the character of the image. Final result….. For the full layout… you can see it in the  Cocoa Daisy, Urban Loft DT gallery.  Thanks for stopping by…I hope this little tutorial has been helpful. Happy days....
Inspired by Anna

Inspired by Anna

Hi everyone! Have you started to receive your July kits yet? I’m so excited for you to see it in person! Today, I wanted to share a new layout and a little piece of inspiration I found in the July gallery. Anna did this layout…   and I was just amazed at her little thread jumble. It looks like a tiny nest and it’s just so cool! I love that detail so much. Anyway, I think the layout was in the back of my mind as I was putting this one together… As I was finishing it up, I thought of Anna’s thread detail and tried a related technique at the bottom of my layout. I used embroidery floss for mine. I made little loops and tacked them down with tiny stitches. I think it gives the layout a fun, playful look. Anna’s looks cooler, though. By the way, the canvas flowers and Lily Bee rub-ons are from old Cocoa Daisy kits. Score for using up my stash! Thanks for stopping by! A  ...
Weekly Challenge #3

Weekly Challenge #3

It’s Monday again, so that means it’s time for another summer weekly challenge. We had some beautiful cards last week. Well done to TesaB who won the gift certificate : ) It’s a LO challenge this week. I have a recipe for you to follow should you choose to play along. Here is your recipe that must be included upon your page: 1 photo At least 3 pieces of patterned paper Ribbon/Trimming/Twine Sticker(s) Here’s my sample using this months ‘Urban Loft’ kit. We would love to see your takes on this weeks challenge. You can read more information and details on how to play along here. We can’t wait to see your LO’s. Lisa xxx...
Ribbon Banner Tutorial

Ribbon Banner Tutorial

With banners still being all the rage (I didn’t think I’d get sucked in but I totally and happily did!) I thought it would be fun to share a way to create your own banner embellishment for your next scrappy card or layout. All you need for this project is some cute ribbon scraps of various colors and patterns and some bakers twine (or other string of choice). Trim your ribbon scraps with varying edging…use a pinking sheers on some, create a V-cut on others, etc., etc. Lay out your bakers twine and arrange your ribbons along the twine until you like the arrangement and once happy with the pattern adhere your ribbons onto the twine by folding over and using either hot glue or some of your favorite fabric adhesive.     You now have an adorable handmade embellishment for your next card or layout!...
Gallery Lift

Gallery Lift

Hi everyone, Sharmaine here with my very first Cocoa Daisy blog post! Nervous, yes, but excited. My first ‘assignment’ was one that I love, a gallery lift. To trawl through the amazing work in the gallery and find a page that inspired me to create. The hard part was narrowing down a page to just one!!! And my eyes stayed with this one from Audreykit I loved the theme I just loved that strip down the page and photo/title placement I loved the layered strips and the scallop egde and these were the three things that I used to create my page I love the Basic Grey alpha stickers, in the Urban Loft kit, and just had to use the background to replicate the strip going down the page. Danielle also created a page inspired by Audreykit’s page and I just love the colours Danielle chose for her layout Are you inspired too?? Love to see what you create, link back to this post so we can all have a look and if you get the chance why not pop over to the Cocoa Daisy Gallery and see what amazing inspiration others have created....
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