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December 4, 2011

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,

Christine






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 done!






December 2, 2011

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,
Christine






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 not the question, is it.. boring experience.. Rene Z. as in Bridget Jones – I feel a bit Bridgety sometimes, even though I have hubby & kids.

6.   Who are the most important people in your life?  My family! Without them, I’m lost. And my closest friends!

7.   Where do you start when you scrap?  Usually I start with the paper or the picture(s). Sometimes the paper tells me which photo to use, sometimes it’s the opposite. But I do lay out everything before I glue thing together – adding and taking things away, until I’m satisfied. It takes for ever, I’m such a slow scrapper. :D

8.   What’s your favorite blog? Hmm..  It’s really hard to choose only one.. I’m loving Mumkaa’s (http://mumkaa.blogspot.com/) style at the moment – a cluster-like style with lots of messy paint on it. The Polish scrappers have an awesome style, misting and using stencils & paint. And then you have the clean & simple scrappers – Maria (http://www.houseofpaper.no/) is a huge inspiration!

9.   What food would describe your style?  I’m going safe on this and say smorgasbord (buffet-like food)! That’s a bit of everything, isn’t it? :D My style changes constantly, I don’t think I have one particular one..

10.  What is “dressed up” for you?  I hate dressing up, so any skirt/dress-outfit would be a major event! :P

Here are her stunning creations this month:

Her gallery is being posted soon.  In the meantime, check out her beautiful blog Asil’s Ville Verden.  Thanks Lisa for such wonderful creations.






December 1, 2011

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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