Monthly Archives: March 2012

April Guest Designer, Anna-Maria Wolniak

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...
Cocoa Daisy Tips and Tricks

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!...
Cocoa Daisy’s April kit “Sprout”

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 shopEvalicious.com 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: Bloom 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...
Inspiration Tuesday- Honeycomb

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. Thank You Card Single – Modern Yellow & Grey Honeycomb – Pippa BY:TwoPoodlePress  Canning or Favor Tags – Honeycomb and Bee Design  BY:RiverDogPrints Linen fabric covered journal book – Honeycomb BY:Jungae Orange Chevron and Polka Dots Paper Pinwheels on Paper Straws  BY:AFeltAffair Little Robin Honeycomb BY:Sigmosaics Neon Thread Necklace (Amoeba Pattern) BY:butternutsquash Modern, Hexagon, Geometric, Honeycomb Card BY:DesignsByTenisha 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!...
Dissecting Design Monday

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...
Product Spotlight: ZING!

Product Spotlight: ZING!

Hello Cocoa Daisy friends, Emily here today with a review of the Powder and Chestnut Zing embossing powders by American Crafts. I’m so happy Christine has started carrying them in the Daisy Boutique, embossing powders were pretty big when I started scrapping in the early 2000s, then they lost their appeal (at least to me) until recently. I started collecting them again about a year ago, I’d forgotten how much fun it was to watch the powder melt into a lovely raised image. If you’re new to embossing powders, you’ll need a sticky ink like Versamark and a heat gun. Fellow DT member Jen Davis will vouch for me when I say a hair dryer won’t cut it, you really need a heat gun.   I wanted to see how it worked to emboss one image and then emboss in a different color over the same image. It works, but let me share with you a few of my insights gained during the process. I started with the Bullseye stamp (it’s still available in the shop!) and the Chestnut powder. Stamp the image in the clear Versamark ink, sprinkle with a nice thick layer of powder, tip extra powder back into bottle, heat with heat gun, and voila! You have a cool bullseye! The chestnut is a really dark brown, almost black, but not quite. My next step was to stamp one of the arrows (from the sold out set) over the bullseye and emboss with the Powder color. I could have stamped it on a separate piece of paper and cut it out, but I wanted to see if it...
Tales from the Bunker: March edition.

Tales from the Bunker: March edition.

I hope everyone is getting into the spring spirit! Here in Michigan we have been setting record highs, it has been in the upper 80’s all week! The trees are blooming early and my gardens are definitely waking up, and as much as I want to play in the dirt I know it’s still too early. We can get a good frost all the way into May! I won’t mind if it cools back down a little bit, but I am really hoping that we won’t see any more of those 30 degree temps. This month has been a bit crazy in the bunker, we have launched our new site all the beautiful new product is coming in from CHA and the Design Team is crazy busy planning the Spring Crop. I did squeak in a couple days off this weekend to spend some time with Jeffery (haven’t been able to see him since Christmas!) so today and tomorrow I am playing catch up. I received the last bits for the April kit and add-ons today, if you haven’t seen the sneaks make sure to check them out here, April’s kit is going to put you in such a spring mood, I am just itching to dig into it! I have my layouts all sketched out and will be playing with it this weekend. And speaking of sneaks, did you spy the stamp in this month’s main kit? It’s HUGE! Over 5″ tall and soooo beautiful. Don’t worry if you do not have a large enough acrylic block to fit it on (I didn’t!) we are going to have...

Tips and Tricks Wednesday: Cocoa Daisy Stamp Storage

Christyn Holmes, one of our kit and stamp subscribers was kind enough to share this awesome tutorial on how to make an acrylic stamp storage album. Hi everyone, I’m so honored Ronda asked me to share my happy little stamp book with you. I love acrylic stamps – especially those from here at Cocoa Daisy – but storing them can be a bit of a challenge. At first I kept them with kits, but found I would forget about them or they would get lost, then I started storing them in a basket but would waste time looking through for the stamp I wanted. So about two years ago I had some scrap transparency paper lying around and the idea for making stamp books was born. Over the years I have experimented with different ways of assembling, I think this is the best version yet. Here’s what the finished product looks like and then I’ll walk you through the steps. Step 1: Get ready. If you’re a messy scrapper like me, this first step is the hardest – clean your workspace Gather supplies: 2 pieces of chipboard 4.25×5.75 4 pieces of patterned paper 4.25×5.75 10 pieces of white cardstock cut 4.25×5.5 (or 8.5×11 cut into fourths) 20 pieces of acetate cut 4.25×5.5 (or 8.5×11 cut into fourths) Adhesive Pretty stuff to decorate cover Binding mechanism – I use bind-it-all and wires. You could easily use the jump rings that come with the chipboard in the Daisy Boutique   Step 2: Adhere your patterned paper to the chipboard, those of you that are afraid of naked chipboard might want to...
Scrap Her Style Challenge

Scrap Her Style Challenge

It’s challenge time here at Cocoa Daisy. And it’s a fun one : ) In case you haven’t heard our Ronda is launching her first book later this month. Art of Layers The book will be available to buy here from the 26th March. In celebration of this, our next Cocoa Daisy challenge is themed around Ronda and her book. We are calling it ‘Scrap Her Style’. We challenge you to create a LO in the style of Ronda. Lots of lovely layers and your own handwriting. You have until April 1st 11pm EST to play along.  Please link your entries here. The winner will receive a $10 coupon to spend in the store. Here is my LO. If you need some more inspiration, why not visit Ronda’s blog. Happy scrapping...
Dissecting Design Monday

Dissecting Design Monday

When I was looking back at the layouts I created with the March kit I realized how similar some of them are. I think I often use the same principles over and over when creating my pages, and I do believe that it’s perfectly ok to do so. Take a look at this layout and the line that goes from the upper left to the lower right. Then take a look at this layout, where we can find the same line. We can also find another line in this layout… And those two lines are present also in the next design. I never studied design, but I guess it has to do with balance. If you place a bunch of items to the right, like in these layouts, you also need to put something to the left, to create balance. I think I might have to try going wild and crazy on my next layout, starting out on the left side instead. 😉 I wish you all a lovely Monday! Anna...
April Sneak Peek: Sprout

April Sneak Peek: Sprout

Just in time for spring, Cocoa Daisy presents our fresh and lovely kit called Sprout. Muted earthy colors of yellow, green, teal, and brown mix with lots of delightfully textured embellishments. We’ve got some exclusive-to-Cocoa Daisy products, and we’re not talking about just our stamps! But if you want to talk about stamps, well, we’ve got that covered in epic style this month! And a few of our add-ons: And a little peek at the April stamps: SUBSCRIPTIONS Last month a few of the addons and stamps sold out before they went on sale at the 1st of the month. If you missed out and were disappointed, the best way to guarantee that won’t happen is to sign up for a subscription. You’ll save some money with a six month subscription AND you’ll have a much better chance of getting everything you want for the month! Plus, until the 23rd of March, we are running a special promotion to celebrate our new website, you can get an extra good deal (Like 20% off your first kit!). Check it out! Remember we have stamp subscriptions as well, they’ve been very popular, and we have the same promotion going with the stamps. Sign up for a six month subscription and get 20% off your first month. And if you sign up for BOTH the kit and stamp subscriptions, you’ll get the anniversary exclusive tote designed by Julie Balzer for free!   SAVE THE DATE With the new website up and running, now it’s time to remind you to save the date for our semi-annual Cocoa Daisy Crop, the Spring edition! We’ve...
March International Reveal

March International Reveal

Hiya, We had our second International Reveal this week. If you haven’t seen the galleries yet, you can do so by clicking here. We also have some March Kit Prompts. Do you need some ideas to get you started on this months kit? For example, take a look at why Kim has been collecting the glassine envelopes that come in the new kit boxes. Take a look at this post for some more inspiration using this months kit. We have our first winner from the ‘Just For Fun – In with the new-Out with the old’ challenge. We are using our new kits along with the leftovers from the previous kit. Iska totally rocked this challenge. Not only did she create this beautiful double page LO here. But Iska then went on to make two more : )  Well done Iska and thank you for playing along. We have another ‘Just For Fun’ challenge this month. Simply use your new ‘Pier 39’ March kit with any leftovers from last months kit. This month we are throwing in a little twist. We want you to stcik to a 2-4 colour combo and name what your combo is. Get creative with the colour names. Here’s mine with the combo: Peppermint – Cinnamon – White Visit this post for more details and upload your creations to play along. The challenge will run until April 13th. Have fun with your new kit, it’s a beauty this month. Lisa x...

March Sketch Winner…

Hello All! It’s that time! Time to announce the winner of this month’s sketch challenge. It was VERY difficult for us to choose this month. All the entries were AMAZING and I want to thank you all for entering! I loved that you were inspired by my little sketch. Let’s get to the winner… Yay, Jeanette!!! I just love the masked background and the hexagon strips! GORGEOUS!!! The discount code will be sent to you very soon. Have a GREAT day!...
Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

Have you ever created a layout and thought something was missing? I have quite a few times in fact that’s what happened with my Good bye 20’s Hello 30 layout I created with the Pier 39 kit. I tried moving the title around and using the stickers from the kit but it didn’t work and then I tried the white thickers but they kind of blended in with the colors so I was stumped then it hit me stitch around them. hmm ok. The hand stitching gave my title the added pop that it was missing. I really love the way it turned out. Since I am really bad at getting pictures while in the process of creating I created another layout with the Pier 39 kit so you could see the before, after, and a few steps of how i created the new page. It’s pretty simple I start with an almost finished layout that needs a couple things. I use a stick pin or paper piercer to put the hole in the design( around a design like the thicker, punch straight thru like this page, etc). I have this handy little foam mat that I lay my layouts on to punch the holes. If you don’t have one of these you can use a mouse pad, cardboard etc. I use a variety of different strings when I stitch so just pick your favorite. Some like the thicker string look some don’t it’s totally up to you. I don’t know what size the needle is but I just pick one out of the variety pack i have making sure...
Inspiration Tuesday

Inspiration Tuesday

There are so many fabulous blogs out there and my tip for you today is to check out the Swedish blogger Therese Hagstedt. She is filling her life and her blog with yummy colours and I just love how her photos always POP and inspire me.   If you’re looking for some yummy eye candy, lots of gorgeous photos, lots of crocheting, and colour, colour,  colour… go visit TipsyTessie....

And the winner is….

Congratulations Brenda you are our Blog hop winner! “I’m new to Cocoa Daisy – heard about you this week from write.click.scrapbook and am loving what I see! Congratulations on your new home and thanks for the chance to win a kit.” Send me an email Brenda, at mailbox@cocoadaisy.com and I will get your March kit out to you right away! Thank you to everyone that played along with us this weekend. We loved introducing you to our new home and we hope that you were inspired by all the  amazing cards and sketches! Have a wonderful week...

See What Our Blog Hop Inspired?

I just got a note from my friend Paula Gilarde. She had followed our blog hop this past weekend and at every stop along the way, she took the time to make a card inspired by each of us designers and our guests. Here’s one shot, can you tell which card was inspired by which designer? Head over to Paula’s blog to see the rest of her creations. Thanks for sharing with us Paula, we love what you did because of our blog hop!...
Dissecting Design

Dissecting Design

This layout is part of my March gallery for the fantastic  Pier 39 kit. This is one of my favorite Cocoa Daisy kits to date! This is my favorite layout this month, and I wanted to share with you a few reasons why I did what I did! 1) I love layering on my layouts. For this one, I felt that there wasn’t enough contrast between the tags and the background, so I inked the edges of my tags. That helped them stand out without having to actually add any dimension. I turned a few tags sideways and upside down and used a decorative punch on the main background paper. I also like how the inked edges mimics the filter I used for the photo. 2) I chose to use a little dimension on this side, to sort of balance  the tags on the other side. I used a few different “mediums” on this side, a button, thread, chipboard and a Thicker. I like that when the eye follows a “z-pattern,” it ends up with this cluster of different textures. 3) I’ll admit, I simply love this arrow. I rarely stamp on layouts, mostly because it makes me really nervous! I wanted the diagonal lines on this stamp to contrast with the vertical lines on the pink paper. And again, the arrow points you in the direction that your eye needs to go to get to the journaling at the bottom. 4) The Thickers that came with this kit are actually white, so when I needed a bit more contrast, I simply colored them with a black Sharpie marker....
Welcome to our new home!

Welcome to our new home!

Cocoa Daisy has done some remodeling and updating, making our home a place you want to be. Drop in and see how our scrapbook home is your scrapbook home too. And to celebrate our new home we have asked our Design Team and some of our favorite Cocoa Daisy friends to guide you on a fun and inspirational blog hop. At each stop you can leave a comment and be entered to win a different prize, each blog will specify their own prize giveaway! It could be a set of all FOUR of this month’s exclusive, sold out, Cocoa Daisy Stamps or it could be money to spend in the shop! And we have two grand prizes, the March Cocoa Daisy kit, Pier 39. We will be giving away a March kit right here on our blog and Ali will be giving away a March kit on her blog. You will also find some great sketches and inspiration at each stop so make sure to hit each one! A winner will be picked from each blog at 8pm EST on Sunday night. This is your fist stop, so make sure to leave a comment to be entered to win a Cocoa Daisy March kit!! Your next stop on the blog hop is our very own Emily Pitts! Here is a complete list of all the blogs: Emily Pitts Ronda Palazzari Jen Davis  Mandy Koeppen Vicki Boutin Alissa Fast Lisa Saunders Julie Fei-Fan Balzer Stephanie Wheeler Kim Watson Lisa Pace Anja Wade Denise Morrison Annabelle O’Malley Anna Bjorklund Sharmaine Kruijver Amy Tan Diana Fisher Nathalie Kalbach Ali Edwards   The...
Gallery Lift

Gallery Lift

It is so much fun checking the gallery and spotting some member layouts for a lift. I found this wonderful layout by Hanna-Marie so love the simply yet striking colorful design! Here is what I came up with using the March Cocoa Daisy Kit It was a lot of fun Thank you Hanna-Marie for your wonderful inspiration. Have a gorgeous day...
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