Monthly Archives: April 2012

Dissecting Design

Dissecting Design

Hello Daisies! Did you have fun at the crop? I know I thoroughly enjoyed the time I got to play and chat with everyone. Emily here with a little dissection for you today, I’m hoping that with a little bit of break down, I can encourage you to play along with my challenge from this weekend’s crop! First off, I printed a large black and white photo of my son playing basketball. Part of my challenge was to silhouette a photo. This might frighten you, take you back to the 90’s when silhouetting was big (and the reason I quit scrapbooking back then, I couldn’t bear to cut up a precious photo. Now with digital prints, I don’t worry about it.), but here are some tips that should help allay fears. The best kind of photo for silhouetting is a front-on, full to 3/4 body shot. Head shots are great too, if you can get the whole head and shoulders in the picture. Go big! Not having the bounding box of a traditional photo, going big allows your photo to stand out. Sit your photo on a shelf of some sort. Floating in the middle of the page DOES.NOT.WORK. My shelf was the bottom of the page. Once I had my photo silhouetted, I started clustering some elements around it. Don’t be afraid to go over and under your photo. It adds a lot of dimension. And don’t be afraid to stitch through your photo, again with digital files it’s easy to reprint if you don’t like the look. My next addition was the large “BE YOU” text. Don’t...

Pick Your Cocoa Daisy Crop Promo: Day 3

We have some great promos going on this weekend, starting with a great deal on our 6 month subscriptions: PLEASE NOTE: The May kit is looking to be SOLD OUT – the best way to be first in line for the wait list is to sign up for a subscription! This is the last day of our crop and the last day of our special Spring Crop Promos! The last day of the crop (April 29th) sign up for a 6 month Kit Subscription and receive 10% off your first month’s kit. Sign up for a 6 month Stamp Subscription and receive 10% off  your first month’s set of stamps. OH! And guess what else we are going to do this weekend! Give you three other promos to choose from! We have loaded the Daisy Boutique with tons of new goodies and to help celebrate we are offering THREE specials for you to choose from: 1. Receive a FREE Cocoa Daisy Exclusive Tote Bag with any order of $25.00 or more from the Daisy Boutique. Just type in FREE TOTE in the comments section when you check out. 2. Receive TWO FREE exclusive stamps from our past Main kits with any order of $45 or more from the Daisy Boutique, these stamps have not been available for individual purchase and are very limited! Just type in FREE STAMPS in the comments section when you check out. 3. Receive FREE SHIPPING with any $75 domestic order from the Daisy Boutique. Just enter coupon code: FREESHIPPING in the coupon section when checking out. Please note this is for Daisy Boutique orders only and does not apply to...
May’s Kit: Graffiti Bridge

May’s Kit: Graffiti Bridge

Just like the art form it’s named after, our May kit, Graffiti Bridge, is full of stunning hand drawn, colorful, and whimsical artwork. It features both papers and die cuts from Amy Tangerine’s gorgeous new line, Sketchbook. It nods to the urban feel of graffiti, with Fancy Pants’ Subway Art paper, and it rounds things out with Basic Grey and Crate. Two delightfully useful alphabets, the Blazonry stencil from Balzer Designs, fun kraft tags and flags, and a paint splat exclusive stamp make this kit alive and full of energy, reminiscent of the gorgeous street art. It’s a kit that inspires you to get messy, but if that’s not your style, Graffiti Bridge just as easily stays neat and clean. Don’t you love it when a kit is this versatile? And the May add-ons: Watercolor Path Come take a walk with playful papers from Pink Paislee’s new She Art line, paint splats of the rub on kind by Hambly (for those who don’t like to actually get messy, but love the look), Prima’s jam-packed alphabet/phrase sheet and chipboard, and some lovely basic labels from Heidi Swapp make Watercolor Path a most vibrant add on. Sculpture Park A Hambly transparent overlay in pink. A bit more Amy Tangerine. Happy Basic Grey embellishments. Rub ons from Christy Tomlinson’s She Art. Stand alone products for certain, but put them together in a Sculpture Park, and this kit makes for a stunning collection of scrapbooking goodness. Embellishment Pack So many great textures in one pack, wooden clothes pins from Pebbles, more wood in the form of tickets from Prima as well as their...
April Pinterest Challenge Winner

April Pinterest Challenge Winner

Thanks to those that entered the April Pinterest challenge. The winner was Mette who created this gorgeous layout Congrats Mette. I will pass on your name to Christine so she can message you with the voucher...
Spring Crop Designer’s Challenge.

Spring Crop Designer’s Challenge.

If you haven’t noticed from the sneaks we have included a 6×6 Crafter’s Workshop Blazonry Stencil (Designed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer) in the May “Graffiti Bridge” kit. I know some of you are a little new to using stencils so I thought it would be fun for newbie and veteran stencil users alike to get some great tips and inspiration on how to use it. We asked a great variety of artists to create something using the stencil. The only guidelines we gave them was to make sure and highlight the stencil in their work. Wow! Did we get some amazing and creative pieces!! Take a look: gallery/album.php?album_id=894 Thank you to all the Designers that took up the...

Pick Your Cocoa Daisy Crop Promo: Day 1

I know the crop doesn’t start till 4pm this afternoon but I just couldn’t wait! We have some great promos going on this weekend, starting with a great deal on our 6 month subscriptions: The first day of the crop (April 27) sign up for a 6 month Kit Subscription and receive 25% off your first month’s kit. Sign up for a 6 month Stamp Subscription and receive 20% off your first month’s set of stamps.   OH! And guess what else we are going to do this weekend! Give you three other promos to choose from! We have loaded the Daisy Boutique with tons of new goodies and to help celebrate we are offering THREE specials for you to choose from: 1. Receive a FREE Cocoa Daisy Exclusive Tote Bag with any order of $25.00 or more from the Daisy Boutique. Just type in FREE TOTE in the comments section when you check out. 2. Receive TWO FREE exclusive stamps from our past Main kits with any order of $45 or more from the Daisy Boutique, these stamps have not been available for individual purchase and are very limited! Just type in FREE STAMPS in the comments section when you check out. 3. Receive FREE SHIPPING with any $75 domestic order from the Daisy Boutique. Just enter coupon code: FREESHIPPING in the coupon section when checking out. Please note this is for Daisy Boutique orders only and does not apply to Subscriptions. Only one promo per purchase. Let the countdown begin!!...
A Pre Crop Challenge

A Pre Crop Challenge

Whilst we are all busy putting the finishing touches in place for the start of our Spring Crop tomorrow, we thought you might like a little warming up. Get those scissors out, your pencils sharpened and those alphas to hand. So here’s a fun Pre Crop Challenge. As our crops are always such a giggle we would like you to scrap a story that makes you laugh. This challenge is just for fun and there’s no time limit. Join in any time. Here’s my LO.   You can read my story on the message boards here. And please do add your LO’s with your stories to the message board too. We would love to hear what made you laugh. We hope you join us for the start of the Spring Crop tomorrow. 4PM EST. We are really excited. Hugs Lisa xxx...
Cocoa Daisy Thursday: Gallery Spotting

Cocoa Daisy Thursday: Gallery Spotting

Hello and happy Thursday to you all! In my work world, it’s Friday and that makes me so happy! One last day of work and then it’s the weekend! oh, and what a weekend we have planned for you all this weekend. How many of you are planning on attending the crop this weekend? i know i will be here. I’ve got a charity crop to go to, that my dear friend is putting on, but I will bring my iPad and will be checking in on the girls at Cocoa Daisy. I know I certainly don’t want to miss out on any of the fun. Today I found some great inspiration in the gallery and I thought I’d share with you. Just in case you want to get started before the festivities begin friday afternoon. This layout by Ginger is gorgeous. I just love the misting and all the delicious layers. LOVE it! I have really been loving all the white and cream trends in scrapbooking lately and this page by Mette does not disappoint. The vanilla color scheme is just gorgeous! And finally, I found this one by Amber. This is such a fun page. we used to go to Pismo beach every weekend in the summer when I was a kid and this page brought back all of the amazing memories.  I love all the tags and the labels for the title. Thanks so much for sharing your work with all of us in the gallery. I know I LOVE to soak in all the inspiration on a regular basis. Have a great Thursday and don’t...
Tips and Tricks Wednesday: Journal around the edge

Tips and Tricks Wednesday: Journal around the edge

I love adding my journaling around the edge  – sometimes around the edge of my layout, and sometimes around the edge of a patterned paper or a block of papers and photos. It’s an easy way to create a layout where the journaling is part of the design. I did this on two of my layouts with the April kit. Here I wrote my journaling around the cardstock. Since I used a black pen, the journaling stands out and creates a border around my page. On this one I wrote my journaling around the patterned paper. Again, the dark pen makes the text stand out, but it still doesn’t interfere with the design as a whole. I also used the same technique when creating this layout, using the March kit. Have a lovely Wednesday!...
Spring Crop Subscription Promos!!!

Spring Crop Subscription Promos!!!

  To help celebrate our Spring Crop, Picnic in the Park, we are offering daily specials on our 6 month kit and stamp subscriptions: The first day of the crop (April 27) sign up for a 6 month Kit Subscription and receive 25% off your first month’s kit. Sign up for a 6 month Stamp Subscription and receive 20% off your first month’s set of stamps.   The second day of the crop (April 28) sign up for a 6 month Kit Subscription and receive 15% off your first month’s kit. Sign up for a 6 month Stamp Subscription and receive 15% off your first month’s set of stamps.   The last day of the crop (April 29th) sign up for a 6 month Kit Subscription and receive 10% off your first month’s kit. Sign up for a 6 month Stamp Subscription and receive 10% off your first month’s set of stamps.   Also make sure to check the blog each day for a few special promo surprises!! It’s almost time!! Get your scrappy desk cleared off! Best wishes,...
Dissecting Design Monday

Dissecting Design Monday

Happy start of a new week! For this Monday’s dissecting design I thought I would walk you through some of what went into creating my “little Blu dog” layout: I wanted to have a nice bright white background to make the greens on this layout pop, it also makes Blu stand out in the photo, but I didn’t want the white background to be too plain so I used some of the Avocado Maya Mist with the reversed chicken wire stencil, just a light spritz. Once I have a background all set then I will start laying out everything else, I never adhere anything down until I have all my pieces where I want them, so once I had everything positioned I felt it needed just a little something more, a bit of texture. I decided to add a large paint circle, so I went through my cupboards until I found the perfect size circle, which happened to be a pot. I painted up the rim of the pot and just stamped with it twice, super easy! This layout is almost monochromatic, and with any monochromatic design you need to add some visual “texture” to keep the eye moving. I did this by creating a couple different visual triangles, the first is a triangle of text. I have my journaling and then the two punched scallops with text on them.  Another one is a triangle of black accents; the black tab, the black word sticker and the black & white brad accent. Lastly there is a bright green triangle made up of the green alpha stickers and the two...
Product Spotlight: Faber Castell

Product Spotlight: Faber Castell

Hello! For April, I’m sharing with you how I used Faber Castell’s Textural Accents Sampler, a set of 3 small tubes with one of each of the following: Gesso, Gel Medium, Glaze. I also used the Faber Castell Mix & Match Pitt Artist Pens in the greens and blues. Here is what I made for my project. It is a shallow canvas that I made for my One Little Word for 2012: Balance. Shame on me it took until nearly May to create a project for my OLW, but I do have a necklace that I wear that has a “balance” charm on it, so I wasn’t completely without inspiration. I used the gesso to prep the canvas and give it an even, bright white finish. The clouds were covered in glaze for one and gel medium for the other. I like the shine it gave them and the movement with the edges curled up. For the wood bird, I inked it then colored the Quatrefoil/Trellis Stamp from the March kit with the pens and stamped over the ink. Once it dried, I covered the bird in a light layer of gesso. I love how this turned out and thanks for stopping by to see...
Tales from the Bunker: April Edition

Tales from the Bunker: April Edition

April has been a busy month down in the bunker. Having Spring Break, Easter and shipping all in the same week, made things a bit crazy. But everything has been shipped and we are now prepping for May. In fact we were busy packing some of the add-ons yesterday, here is another little peek: April’s kit and add-ons sold out very quickly. If you are a subscriber make sure you check your inbox at 9pm EST on the 28th for the Subscriber newsletter so that you don’t miss out!   The Design Team has been busy behind the scenes working to get the spring crop ready, we have so many great challenges, classes, games and a few surprises in the works. Make sure to mark your calendar for the weekend of April 27-29.   We had a wonderful Easter, there is something that makes Easter Church Service even more special when the sun is shining bright. Dinner and the Easter egg hunt at Mom and Dad’s went over big: Of course Zach had a little help from his cousin Josh I can’t believe how fast the time has flown, my nephew Josh is 18 already! It seems like just yesterday he was out hunting for eggs too! And here is our sweet Mary She helps pack kits each month: I hope that you all are having a wonderful April and I hope that spring is popping up by you and the chill in the air is finally fading away!   Best wishes,...
Tips & Tricks Wednesday:more than 1 way to use the Grow stamp

Tips & Tricks Wednesday:more than 1 way to use the Grow stamp

Did you get the Grow stamp this month or are you debating whether or not to buy it?   Well if you have the stamp sweet you can try the tip I’m going to share with you today . If you don’t have it I bet I might have you running over to the Cocoa Daisy Shop to buy your own! If you’re one one of those ladies debating one of the questions that might be popping up in your mind is how many times am I actually going to use a stamp that says grow? is it worth it for one word? YES, YES it is worth it because you don’t get just one word! Look at this layout from my April gallery did I use a Go stamp? Nope I used the Grow stamp here.For real I did want to know how? Well here’s a little tip for you pick up those fabulous Prima chalk edger/inks (if you don’t have them oh girl you gotta go pick up a couple colors because you’ll love them!)and ink up only the letters you want to use! Yes that’s what I did just the “G” and the “O” got the black ink for my “Go see enjoy” layout. Get this you can create more than just Go and Grow how about:   WOW   ROW   OR   What else can you come up with? Let us know.Have a great Wednesday!...
April International Reveal

April International Reveal

Hi, Did you check out the International DT galleries? We had our reveal at the weekend. Take a look here. We’ve all had so much fun with this months ‘Sprout’ kit. The kit sold out fast again, so if you missed out take a look at subscribing here. During our reveal, we announced the winner of our monthly ‘Just for fun’ challenge. Each month we run a challenge where you create a LO using our new CD kit but use up the scraps from the previous months kit. This month Amber was chosen as our winner with this happy and bright LO. I love that stitching around the patterened paper.Well done Amber : )   and thank you to everyone that played along. We had some fab LO’s again this month.Our next ‘Just for Fun’ challenge is now running. You have until 13th May 11PM EST to play along.  Take a look here for more details and to upload your work. Here is my LO using this months kit with bits and pieces from last months. Hopefully you are now all enjoying your lovely new kits, they should all be arriving now. Take a look here at our inspirational kit prompts. Alissa had a great idea using the MME patterened paper and Sharmaine and Nat really transformed those little flower tins that come in the main kit. This post is definitely worth checking out. Please do come back and share what you have made with this months kit. We always love seeing your work in our gallery : ) Happy Scrapping...
Pinterest Challenge

Pinterest Challenge

I’m loving patterns and shapes right now Triangles Circles Stipes Hexagons Polka dots Chevron I’ve never really been “into” shapes or patterns until now I’ve always taken them for granted I guess and I might just blame Pinterest for my new found love. So many inspiring photos of design ideas, ideas on how to use shapes and so many patterns it can make your eyes bleed!! Looking at all the shapes and patterns inspired me to have a go at adding shapes and patterns to my layout My challenge for you is to be inspired by the this cool cushion and how it uses shapes and patterns within the shapes. And that is your challenge, create a layout using a shape/pattern inside a shape. You have until April 24 to create a layout inspired by the challenge and upload to the gallery or your blog. Leave a comment with a link to your layout to be entered. If you are posting to your blog, make sure the link is to the specific post that contains your entry.  Can’t wait to see what the challenge inspires you to create. The winner, as picked by the design team, will be announced on the 28th and will receive a $10 voucher to the Cocoa Daisy store. Entry is open to anyone and you don’t need to use a Cocoa Daisy kit to enter, just have fun, be inspired and...
A little peek at May’s kit Graffiti Bridge.

A little peek at May’s kit Graffiti Bridge.

How can something called Graffiti Bridge NOT be dynamic and artsy? We don’t know either. Join us in May for our most vibrant and energetic kit to date! We’ve included a stencil from Balzar Designs and Crafter’s Workshop, cheery papers from BasicGrey, Crate Paper, and Amy Tangerine, and added our exclusive stamp (can you find it in the picture?), perfect for adding a little grunge. Graffiti Bridge is a bold and vivid kit, everything you expect from a kit named after the colorful street-art form. Here is a little peak at May’s beautiful and bright add-ons:       We can’t forget our stamp subscribers! Here is a little peak at the May stamps: To avoid disappointment when kits and add ons sell out, 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! Hope you all are having a great weekend! Christine...
April Sketch Winner!

April Sketch Winner!

Congratulations to Margrethe for winning the April sketch challenge!  We loved the layout that you created using the sketch and that you branched out and played with using circles on your layout!  Christine will get out your $10.00 gift voucher to you to use in the Cocoa Daisy store.  Thanks for...
Tips & Tricks – Using stamps

Tips & Tricks – Using stamps

Hello! I’m excited to be sharing my first Tips & Tricks post with you for Cocoa Daisy. For today, I’m going to share one of the ways that I use different colors and inks to create depth when I use stamps. First, I place the stamp on the block upside down, and then I dabbed at the stamp with a paint dabber. Be careful not to put too much ink on as it could smear on the paper when you either push down or lift up. Then let the paint dry. It doesn’t have to dry all the way, but should start to dry at least a little bit. After cleaning the stamp, flip it back over and ink the impression side of the stamp with a muted color. Then, with a bolder color, ink just the edges of the stamp. In this instance, I inked the leaves green and then blotted a bit of black on the edges. It helps to create definition and shifts in the colors on the leaves. You can see here in the up-close shot that there is both texture and dimension in the finished project. And here is the final card: Thanks so much for stopping by to see my tips on how to create more depth and texture when using...
Springtime Inspiration

Springtime Inspiration

I have really been inspired lately by the soothing color palette of light teals, greys, greens, corals, pinks and creams. + I love the colors and texture in this photo of butterflies: Swirlydoos  + The sketching in the drawing of these feathers: Polli + This Mason jar chandelier: BootsNGus + This Nicole Miller top: Nicole Miller + This Brittany Burton print: Brittany Burton + And these gorgeous dresses and wedding flowers: Wedding Love What color combo is inspiring you lately? xoxo,...
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