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March 31, 2012

April Guest Designer, Anna-Maria Wolniak

We are so lucky this month to have Anna-Maria Wolniak as our guest designer .  Her work is just stunning and she shares her creative spirit in every square inch of paper that she uses.  We hope that you welcome her to Cocoa Daisy and gain some inspiration as well.  Her beautiful gallery can be viewed here using our kit for April, Sprout.
I love the ATC’s that she created and how she used the Cocoa Daisy card that is always included in everyone’s kit boxes…I LOVE it!!!
When we asked her to share a bit about herself to our subscribers and blog readers this is what she shared…
“I am a little, Renaissance person who by a total coincidence has found herself in the middle of commercial Europe. I live in central Poland, not too far away from the seaside, quite close to the mountains. I am a Slavic soul, spiced with Mediterranean temperament, strengthened with Western courage, garnished with a Northern European type of beauty. Everything is so near, though distant at the same time, with common sense, moderation, tidiness, realistic view on the world and its issues scarcely being on my way. This is what I’m like, undefined. I describe myself as a Renaissance woman simply because I am passionately fond of all forms of art: theatre, architecture, painting, graphics, photography, dance, instrumental music. I like poetry as well, but, unfortunately, I wouldn’t be able to write anything of artistic value â I haven’t been endowed with that kind of talent. In terms of education, I am a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. Out of choice, I am a mother to an almost 4.5-year-old son Jaś, a wife to a wonderful and terribly handsome man, and a mistress of a cosy, though tiny, flat on the 7th floor of a skyscraper.
My scrapbooking adventure started about four and half years ago when my son was celebrating his first birthday. I got him a scrapbooking album as a gift and began to fill it with photos â it engrossed me so much that it became my passion; that was also the moment when I started writing my blog.
I adore mix-media technique, but above all I cannot imagine making a scrap or album without using at least a tiny bit of paint! I love watercolours, acrylic and colour ink.
I love travelling! Discovering completely new places or returning to the ones I have already been to, not once nor twice, places I am particularly fond of. During these visits I love taking photos – to be honest I tend to take my camera with my literally almost everywhere – I enjoy searching for amazing colours in various parts of the world, capturing some characteristic forms of cities and their dwellers. I like having time for all of that and I take great pleasure in just staying in a place rather than touring it.”
Thank you so much Anna-Maria for being our guest designer at Cocoa Daisy this month!  To learn more about Anna-Maria be sure to check out her blog here.

March 29, 2012

Cocoa Daisy Tips and Tricks

This is one of those super easy and quick tips that fall under the “why didn’t I think of this sooner” category. You will need a black Sharpie – yup that’s it!

One of the staples of my scrapbooking stash of tools are my circle, square and scallop punches. I have a number of them in various sizes and some of them have their dimensions on them like this:

and some of them don’t. After repeatedly measuring my punches to try and find the size I wanted it dawned on me (insert light bulb over head) that I should just write the size on the punch and then I wouldn’t have to measure them anymore! So this is what my other punches look like:

Told you it was simple!

Have a great weekend!


March 28, 2012

Cocoa Daisy’s April kit “Sprout”

Mother Earth is starting to wake up in the Northern Hemisphere, the happy colors of yellow daffodils are appearing, brightening up the dormant ground. The trees are starting to dress in fresh greens and the soft pastels of white and pink. It’s a time of renewal, and we at Cocoa Daisy are celebrating with our April kit, appropriately named Sprout!
We’re happy to bring you papers in the colors of spring from Basic Grey, Echo Park, My Mind’s Eye, and Crate. We’ve added embellishments from Maya Road, Prima, Queen & Co., and a pack of exclusive-to-Cocoa Daisy flair from sporting a spring theme. Sprout shouts spring even louder with our exclusive stamp this month, a 5″ stem and leaf. We know you’ll love this kit as much as we do!

And our add ons:
Butterflies, buttons, and banners from Rhonna Farrer’s new line by My Mind’s Eye, a wide variety of Crate label stickers, Hambly’s mistable hexagon bespeckled paper, able to be any color you need. All these combined with a fresh green alphabet from American Crafts make Bloom a very nice addition for your papercrafting projects this spring.

Polka Dot Wellies
The perfect kit for capturing memories, we’ve paired Jenni Bowlin with Little Yellow Bicycle, Echo Park and My Mind’s Eye, Polkadot Wellies has a slightly vintage feel to it, made even more lovely with the sparkles of bling and the ruffles of flower ribbon.

April Embellishment Pack
Brads of all sorts, butterflies of the canvas variety, blooms made of burlap, finish off with colorful washi tape and you have April’s Embellishment kit. Lots of great textures and neutral colors to spruce up your spring.

Kit and add ons are available April 1st.

Make sure to check out the what the Design Team did with this months kit!


March 27, 2012

Inspiration Tuesday- Honeycomb

Do you ever have those times when you open your kit or go thru your stash and get out paper that you love but you just don’t know what to do with the pattern on that paper? Well for me that pattern I love and think looks so cool but I get itchy trying to figure out what to do with it is Honeycomb. What?? I know it’s the trend right now and so hot but I get stumped. So what do I do when I get stumped? Head for Etsy(some go to Pintrest others go to Etsy). What happens when you type Honeycomb into the search on Etsy? You get 82 pages of inspiration. Here are a few things that caught my eye and inspired me to create with the honeycomb pattern.
Have you been inspired to pull out those Honeycomb patterns? Do you have ideas swirling around of how you could use the April stamps(if you don’t have a subscription yet you can find the details HERE cause you’re going to want them!)?  So next tme you’re stumped with a pattern take a stroll thru the Etsy pages and be inspired! ~Mandy

March 26, 2012

Dissecting Design Monday

Do you like seeing more than the big picture??
Thought I would give you a closer view of a page I made using the March Pier 39 kit.

The page was inspired by a line from the Rolling Stones song “Ruby Tuesday”
The line “Catch your dreams before they fall away”
I just love the mason jar paper from American Crafts and wondered how I could ever cut it up or even use it
So when I started making this page I knew it would be a. perfect and b. a challenge for me to use
So I started by figuring out where I wanted my photo to go and then I cut off a mason jar that would be “wasted” if I covered it up

By cutting out a mason jar, to use on a future project, it sort of alleviated any futher misgivings about using the paper
I then decided I would mount my photo onto one of the gorgeous Smash pockets
I cut off the back

and used the back to make some tags
Using the Cocoa Daisy Exclusive Arrow Label Acrylic Stamp with Jenni Bowlin Speckled Egg ink

I decided that I wanted to use the Basic Grey alpha stickers but didn’t have the right letters in the right colours so I coloured them all black, using a sharpie pen

I also needed another pop of yellow so I pulled off the “Dream Big” from the Amy Tangerine stickers that came in the “Homespun Plum” November kit

I cut it so it was square and ran my sharpie pen around the outside edge.
The page was then completed with some journaling, a chipboard mason jar, a splash of paint, a brad and a heart sticker.

Thanks for allowing me to share the “hidden” process with you
I love seeing behind the scenes, don’t you?!

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