Monthly Archives: December 2011

It’s time for Tea & Cupcakes

It’s time for Tea & Cupcakes

The perfect anecdote to winter’s grey skies, our January 2012 kit, Tea & Cupcakes will warm you with cheery colors like blues, greens and yellows, just like a good cup of tea warms you on a cold day. And the cozy textures of felt and velvet remind us a bit of the fluffy frosting on a tasty cupcake. Tags sporting happy sayings, optimistic clouds, and an exclusive stamp featuring the perfect mug for tea. Paper and embellishments from Simple Stories, Basic Grey, American Crafts and the ever-to-be-missed Sassafras, make this kit a friendly smile on a cold and cloudy day. “Tea & Cupcakes”   The add ons: “Whipped Cream & Sprinkles”   “Red Velvet”   “Honey & Lemon”   The stamps for this month are so fun and playful! We have taken our stamps out of the add ons not only to reduce the cost of the add ons but also to allow our customers to purchase exactly what they want. The tea mug stamp will be featured in the main kit. The cupcake stamp comes as a set so you can make add sprinkles in whatever color you wish! And our instant photo frame stamps is so versatile!!   We are expanding our store to better serve you and this month we have a number of paints and inks that coordinate beautifully with the main kit. Keep checking back in the store to see what new goodies we have added.  ...
January Sneaks!

January Sneaks!

The perfect anecdote to winter’s grey skies, our January 2012 kit, Tea & Cupcakes will warm you with cheery colors like blues, greens, and yellows, just like a good cup of tea warms you on a cold day. And the cozy textures of felt and velvet remind us a bit of the fluffy frosting on a tasty cupcake. Tags sporting happy sayings, optimistic clouds, and an exclusive stamp featuring…well perhaps you can guess from the image. Paper and embellishments from Simple Stories, BasicGrey, American Crafts, and the ever-to-be-missed Sassafras, make this kit a friendly smile on a cold and cloudy day. Here is a little peak at the main kit Tea & Cupcakes: And the add ons: Whipped Cream and Sprinkles Red Velvet Honey & Lemon   and something new this month an embellishment pack that coordinates beautifully with the main...
Old Book Christmas Tree.

Old Book Christmas Tree.

Anyone who knows me knows I adore old book paper and when my Mom showed me the tree she had made from an old book I asked her if she would make one for me. She made me a nice full one from an old book and I decorated it with wooden snowflakes (from the December kit Amber Snowflake), red pearls from Kaiser Craft, burlap ribbon, punched snowflakes and some wooden buttons. It came together quickly and I love how rustic and soft it looks. Isn’t it sweet! I can see this as the base for a pretty little angel too! You can find instructions on how to create the tree here. Have a wonderful week! Christine...
Gallery Eye Spy

Gallery Eye Spy

Advent calendars have always been so fascinating for me since I was a little girl.  It made the days leading up to Christmas so special and magical. Susan created this very cool advent calendar that I spotted in the Gallery.   Love the colors and the little ribbon pulls!...
Merry & Bright Punchable Circle Die Cuts.

Merry & Bright Punchable Circle Die Cuts.

I created these circles last year and I love them! I like to use one on each page of my December album, creates unity through the whole album regardless of what patterned paper I use. Christmas circle labels This photo from last year’s album shows you how I used them in 3 different ways: as a tab along the top of a page, in my journaling and how I used a blank one with chipboard numbers. There are two 8 1/2 x 11 pages with a complete set of numbers (1-25) as well as some blank ones so you can add your own numbers. They work well with a 1 5/8″ or a 1 3/4″ circle punch. Just a little gift from Cocoa Daisy to help you get those Holiday memories preserved! Best wishes,...
Doily Stamped Christmas Ornaments

Doily Stamped Christmas Ornaments

Do you remember that beautiful doily stamp that was in November’s kit that Kim Watson designed? Well, I used it for creating some super simple and classy looking ornaments using polymer clay and some letter stamps. I LOVE how they turned out. Supplies Needed: polymer clay (I used and LOVE the Hearty brand because you do not need to bake it) doily stamp (or other fave stamp) letter stamps straw twine a drinking glass (with the mouth sized to the size that you would like your ornament to end up) smooth pencil Directions: Take a nice sized chunk of clay in your hands and form into a ball. Push down on the ball with the bottom of your glass and then using your smooth pencil, roll it like a rolling pin into a smooth circle. Flip your glass around and use it like a cookie cutter to cut out your circle. Make sure your circles aren’t too thin or too thick. You’ll figure out what thickness you are happy with and then try and shoot for that consistently from that point on-wards. Now take your stamp and lightly press it into the top of your clay circle leaving room for your letter stamps to be stamped. Now stamp in your letters. Finally, using your straw, punch a hole into the top of your ornament and let clay dry. Thread with your twine once you are...
Stamp Subs have been shipped!

Stamp Subs have been shipped!

I just wanted to let all of our stamp subscribers know that their stamps have been shipped today so you can start stalking your mail carriers! And just to tide you over till they get there here is a close look at the three stamps in this month’s subscription: We still have a few December stamp sets left and will start your subscription with December if you sign up soon! Best wishes,...
December Guest Designer: Lisa Olsen

December Guest Designer: Lisa Olsen

Cocoa Daisy warmly welcomes Lisa Olsen (Asil) as our guest designer for October.  We spotted Lisa in our design team call and knew we would had to have her for a guest designer.  She has a great simple yet vintage classic  with bits of whimsy style that fit perfectly with this warm kit.  We asked Lisa a few questions to get to know her better: 1.   What is your most creative time?  Inside I’m a night owl desperately trying to get out of the morning-person body my kids are forcing me into, haha. When the house is quiet (or empty), I loose all sense of time and enjoy my papers and glue! So late evening is my prime time! 2.   What is your top 5 playlist? Gosh, it’s been so long since I had a proper playlist, but favourite songs at the moment are (in no particular order except the top one)… – I’m not sorry / Morrissey – Last Christmas / Wham! (it’s almost December after all!) – Ring meg (Call me) / Gabrielle – The more you ignore me, the closer I get / Morrissey – Set fire to the rain / Adele 3.   What’s next on your scrappy life list?  Christmas cards and gift tags – oh, I’m so late!! 4.   What is your favorite retreat?  Send me to a spa and I’m in heaven. Or a beach. Or London. Or let me just sleep late one morning.. 5.   If your life was a movie, what actress would play you?  That’s a tricky one. I know who I would like to see play me, but that’s...
12 Techniques of Christmas

12 Techniques of Christmas

To get into the Christmas creative spirit we will be having a new challenge with a different techique every other day leading up to Christmas. Feel free to come along and use these challenges as prompts and inspiration to create leading up to Christmas. Please come back and share what you have made. One person will be picked at random after Christmas and will be sent a goodie bag in the New Year from myself. The deadline to upload for all the December Challenges is 30th DEC 10pm. Any questions, please ask. Todays technique is sewing. We ask you to make any kind of gift, but it needs to have visable stitches. These can be hand or machine stitched. Come and visit us here for more details and share your projects. Remember you have until 30th December to play along. Our next challenge will be on 3rd Dec. Enjoy x...

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