Monthly Archives: May 2012

use up those kits, make a mini…

use up those kits, make a mini…

hello all and happy thursday to you all! today i’ve got a mini book i’ve been working on to share with you. it’s full of lots of goodies from all of my past cocoa daisy kits in it. how do you store your kits when you’re done with them? do you deconstruct them into your stash or do you keep them together with all the add ons and bits and pieces that were left over? after making my projects, i bag everything up into 1 clear bag and mark each month on the pack. that way when i have projects like this one, i can pull from all of my cocoa daisy kits and mix and match supplies that go together. this is an “a” list book. i like to make a book like this every few years to list all the things i am loving right now. it’s fun to look back at the older ones from the past years. this book is an old book i had from the thrift store. i painted the cover with several coats of chalkboard paint and then covered the confetti with mod podge when i had them all glued on where i wanted them to stay. the “pages” are made from 3 or 4 pages of the book paper machine stitched together and then i tore out several pages (6 or 7) between the “pages”. does that make sense? this one went a little CRAZY. LOL! too much stuff on there. oh well. move forward, alissa. that’s all i have now, but i’ve got tons of ideas of things to add...
Tips and Tricks – Little Black Pen

Tips and Tricks – Little Black Pen

Hello !!! I’ve had to have a last minute change of plan for this blog post. I’m having major pc probs right now and hubby is building me a new one. I had hoped it would be ready by now, but I’m still waiting and until it’s done I’m unable to upload and edit any photos. I miss this so much : (  So I have come up with a plan b instead. I will share my new project another time. So today it’s all about the little black pen. What would I do without my beloved black journal pens???? They’ve become a main part of my ‘must have’ kit when scrapbooking. I use them for outlining, doodling, for titles and obviously journaling. Take this LO here for example that I made with last months Graffiti Bridge. I started by roughly drawing around a dinner plate a few times to create this circle and journaled around it. I’ve then gone on after the LO was made and added further detail with my black pen. Doodling around this kraft tag for example and adding a heart. I’ve also outlined my letter stickers to help them stand out more. I cut a square from the Amy Tangerine paper and roughly wrote inside the box. ‘LOVE SPENDING TIME’. I just find all these little things really draw in the eye to a LO, finish it off and add some extra interest. Here’s another LO’s where I’ve used this technique. On this LO here I’ve outlined my chipboard alphas and also around the edges of my leaf stamp. I’ve then taken a white...
Inspiration Found…

Inspiration Found…

  I think one of my favorite things about scrapbooking and creating in general is that inspiration can be found literally anywhere for a project.  Inspiration often serves as a jumping off point for me when tackling a creative project and with creating scrapbook layouts it’s no different.  During our recent spring crop here at Cocoa Daisy (which was a BLAST!) I participated in a challenge created by Lisa where she provided us with some color inspiration and the layout above is what I created for it.  What was the challenge specifically you ask?  Take a look…     It’s so fun for me and personally challenging to gather and gain inspiration in avenues other than scrapbooking and then create something scrapbook related based around it.   What has inspired you to create...
June reveal: Hello Sunshine

June reveal: Hello Sunshine

If summer could pick a kit, it would pick Hello Sunshine! We’ve combined playful (not to mention colorful) patterned papers from Simple Stories, American Crafts, Jillibean Soup, Basic Grey, and My Mind’s Eye, added a wood grained alphabet, and finished it off with so many embellishments, they deserve their own paragraph. We’ve got two different sheets of stickers from Jenni Bowlin and Pink Paislee, washi tape from Queen & Co., burlap ribbon from May Arts, some wooden flags care of Jillibean Soup, and TWO items exclusive to Cocoa Daisy, a diamond stamp set and some adorable flappers from Ormulu. What are flappers you ask? They are only the perfect little accent, created expressly for Cocoa Daisy and Hello Sunshine, that folds over the edge of a layout or mini book. Fold it in half and use either side, or cut them in half for double the embellishment. We love the concept and so will you.   And the add ons: Pink Paislee’s Prairie Hill takes center stage in Freckles. The softer yellows, oranges, and aquas play nicely against the grassy green alphabets from Amy Tangerine and American Crafts. You’ll get chipboard, manilla tags, stickers, and paper in this add on, a great compliment to the main kit.   Just like a wide brim hat is the perfect summer accessory, our add on by the same name has all the perfect accessories for your projects. Tabs and frames from American Crafts, Journaling Cards and a Bag of Bits from Lilybee’s Double Dutch collection, some more Simple Stories, and a few more ways to journal and add a title from Jillibean...
Tips & tricks: Repeat that shape.

Tips & tricks: Repeat that shape.

Over the years I have found a sure way to ensure a well balanced, aesthetically pleasing & unified page design…. ‘Repeating a shape’ within the page. For this page I focused on Hexagons. My starting point was this exclusive hexagon stamp (still available in the online store) from the Cocoa Daisy April kit. And this piece of gorgeous MME paper. By stamping images directly onto the paper & also onto patterned paper I was able to use the same stamp with very varied results. To take the repeated theme even further, I stamped hexagon shapes onto the back on my photographs and used the print as a template to shape my photographs into hexagons too. Repetitions work because they create an interesting pattern that draws attention. But remember repetition doesn’t have to be limited to shapes. These repetitions are worth trying too. repeat a color obviously or less obviously like with in a patterned paper of photograph. repeat a shape in the same size or different sizes like I did. repeat an accent in the same color or different colors. repeat an image or shape in a variety of colors. there are tons of options. I hope you have found this tip useful? I look forward to seeing your creations in the Cocoa Daisy gallery! Have a super crafty...
Inspiration: Doodling is all the rage.

Inspiration: Doodling is all the rage.

If the May kit filled with Amy Tangerine sketch book & The Crafters Workshop stencil as well as the tons of Doodling inspo that flies by on Pinterest  is anything to go by. I’d say with certainty that Doodling is trendy & all the rage right now. Blasonry Stencil by Crafters Workshop I thought it might be fun to give you some inspiration to get you started. Here are some amazing examples as created by some very talented designers who participated in the stencil challenge from the Spring crop. Hello card by Mou Right Before my Eyes by Jill Sprot (May’s Guest Designer) Tag by Julie Fey-Fan Balzer 2 lucky by Julie Fey-Fan Balzer But Doodling isn’t limited to stencils… how about some free hand doodles? Doodled bottles Doodled flowers Quotes Or even journaling as seen here by the talented Suzy Plantamura So I urge you to grab your black markers, Copic pens, watercolors, stencils & a dash of creativity & give doodling a bash. Have a creative week peeps!  ...
Dissecting Design: Spring 2012 highlights

Dissecting Design: Spring 2012 highlights

Hi Everyone! For this month’s dissecting design feature, I thought I’d walk you through the creation of my favorite layout with the May kit. It’s a two page layout, which I hardly ever do anymore. I had so many pictures I wanted to include, that I decided to go for two. I used two different colors of cardstock to add interest, but to make the spread seem unified, I covered each sheet with white gesso, leaving a little bit of an edge on the gray sheet. Then I added a few different colors of paint spatter. I laid the pages side by side and did the spatter coming from one direction to join the two pages. Once that was dry I used my star stamp to make stars across both pages. Once my base was finished and dry, I played with my photos, moving them around until I found an arrangement that seemed pleasing to me. They ended up in sort of an upside down pyramid shape. I added a frame cut from patterned paper to hold my date stamp. Because of the way I’d arranged my photos, the space of the far right side of the spread seemed like the ideal spot to place my journaling. I typed it out on ledger paper and cut it down to the right size. I decided to separate the journaling from the photos with a border cut from another sheet of patterned paper. With the journaling in place, I added my title. Because the layout was turning out to have a messy and haphazard style, I decided on hand-lettering for the...
Product Spotlight: Maya Mists

Product Spotlight: Maya Mists

I love spraypaints – there are just so many possibilities in how to use them. Maya Mists by Maya Road are no exception.   You can spray them onto white or other colored cardstock to create a nice mist of color , you can spray them over stencils and masks, or you can wonderfully spray and change the color of chipboard items. What I love about the Maya Mists is that they can be heat set – so they get permanent when you used a heating gun or iron over them and that makes them awesome spray paints to use on fabric too- because you can wash the fabric then ! For this layout I had used the Graffiti Bridge Kit and the Crafter’s Workshop Blazonry stencil included and sprayed some Maya Mist over it. I sprayed directly onto the patterned paper. So much fun with those Maya Mists  – give them a try if you never have Have a gorgeous and creative day Nathalie...
Tales from the Bunker: May Edition

Tales from the Bunker: May Edition

Happy May everyone It’s hard for me to believe that in a couple weeks the boys will be done with school and starting summer break. It’s even harder for me to believe that I will now have a 2nd grader and a 5th grader, when did that happen! We are definitely ready for warmer weather and spending time outdoors. I have my annual flowers all planted and my perennials are starting to bloom. I have a had a few Hosta casualties due to the early warm up in March and then the number of frosty mornings in April but most everything else has survived. Here are a couple peeks at my little backyard gardens: Because I work out of the house and spend so much of my time here I like to create a little “oasis” that I can go to at lunch, so for just a few I can get out of the bunker and into the sunshine. Too much bunker makes for a very pasty looking Christine!   Every month we have been adding more and more to the Daisy Boutique and we have finally come up with a way that will allow our subscribers to order from the boutique each month and not be charged shipping when they are including their purchase with their main kit. Each month, along with the special link that is included in your subscriber newsletter we will include a coupon code you can use at check out that will delete any shipping charges that are incurred when ordering from the Daisy Boutique. We have also added a new category to the...
Just for Fun Challenge

Just for Fun Challenge

Hiya!! We had some lovely entries again this month for the ‘Just for Fun’ challenge. But this LO from Ronda (another ronda) really stood out this month. Take a look. Isn’t this LO stunning?!! I love all the Sassafras and how Ronda added the butterflies to the LO giving it a soft feminine touch. Thank you Ronda for sharing this beautiful LO with us. You can see more of Ronda’s work on her blog : http://rondasloft.blogspot.co.uk/ Thank you also to everyone else who played along. Our next months challenge is now live here. Come and join us and play along. The challenge runs until the 13th of every month. Happy Scrapping xx...
Hello Sunshine!

Hello Sunshine!

The name says it all this month. Happy colors of reds and yellows, sprinkled with blues and greens will greet you when you open your June kit, Hello Sunshine. Exclusive Ormulu Flappers and Cocoa Daisy stamps meet up with paper and embellishments from Jillibean Soup, a just-released, brand new Simple Stories line, Lilybee, and Basic Grey, to name just a few of the many manufacturers represented in this kit. You’re going to want to sit back and soak it all up come June, it’s time to say hello to creativity! And even though Hello Sunshine is packed to the brim full of scrappy goodness, once you see our FOUR add ons this month, you’ll want to get a couple of those too.   Check out our patterned paper add on, Shades:   Then there’s Wide Brim, because you might need more of the new Summer Fresh from Simple Stories, frames from American Crafts, and bits and pieces from Jillibean Soup and Lilybee.   All this sunshine leads to Freckles, but not the sunkissed variety, instead our add on has lots of Pink Paislee and a dash of Basic Grey and American Crafts. Finally, there’s the Embellishment Pack featuring more Basic Grey, some Echo Park and, well, we’ll let you try to figure out the rest. We promise it’s fabulous! And a little peek at our June Stamps: SUBSCRIPTIONS Thanks to our newest subscribers, May’s Graffiti Bridge sold out in record time. 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...

SPRING CROP 2012: Challenge Winners!

Following are the winners to the Spring Crop 2012 challenges. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all who participated! It was very hard for the Design Team to pick the winners with so many great entries! Challenge 1 – GDT Kelli Crowe. Winner: mamakven layout titled “The KINDergartner” Challenge 2 – Favorite things. Winner: Umenorskan layout titled “tenke” Challenge 3 – Let’s get Inky. Winner: momcoish layout titled “sweater weather” Challenge 4 – Kite Strings. Winner: Hanna/Fnyz layout titled “with beauty” Challenge 5 – Picnic Basket & Journaling. Winner: elinakou layout titled “open eyes” Challenge 6 – May Day. Winner: Marie layout titled “m&a” Challenge 7 – Finger Foods. Winner: okmama layout titled “IYDIA” Challenge 8 – Sketch it up. Winner: g-raff layout titled “sunset” Challenge 9 – Sprinklers. Winner: ginger3036 layout titled “sung” Challenge 10 – Flying kites. Winner: AmberCA layout titled “another tooth lost” Challenge 11 – GDT Wilna. Winner: caraneda layout titled “cousins” Challenge 12 – Garden City. Winner: Jennifer Hernandez Challenge 13 – Park Statues. Winner: Another Ronda layout titled “never give up” Challenge 14 – Ants on a log. Winner: SherryC layout titled “budding artist” Challenge 15 – GDT Ronda Palazzari. Winner: Mette layout titled “Make every day count” Challenge 16 – Recipe. Winner: Mette layout titled “oh fun times” Challenge 17 – Colour Combo. Winner: Jeany -Jeanette layout titled “hog feber” Challenge 18 – Cloudy Skies. Winner: momcoish layout titled “just breathe” Challenge 19 – Picnic Blanket. Winner: audreykit layout titled “speedy” Challenge 20 – Picnic in the park. Winner: Jeany layout titled “tomten” Challenge 21 – Single Photo. Winner:...

May sketch challenge winner

Congrats to Marie for winning the May sketch challenge. I love the way she used the ribbon and cute pictures! Thanks to everyone who played along. Christine will get out your $10.00 gift voucher to you to use in the Cocoa Daisy...
Tips and Tricks Wednesday

Tips and Tricks Wednesday

Have you noticed the little extras scrap companies have been providing us of late? It’s like the little extra strips of pattern paper It’s like the gorgeous cardboard packaging (seen here under my journal strips) Its even the journaling that companies have already printed out for us (seen here on the layered circles) My goodness they even include a lovely wooden stick in their rub ons which looks amazing on a page And the lovely Christine is kind enough to include something special Yes the cool “Packed by” Cocoa Daisy cards, used here and here So next time your looking at your stash make sure you have a good look at the packaging. You never now what fabulousness you might be throwing away. And you never know… You might end up like me…. loving the packaging just as much as I love the product! And whatever you do please don’t tell the scrap companies, it’s our little secret…...

Inspiration on Tuesday

Happy Tuesday all! Tuesday on the Cocoa Daisy blog means sharing inspiration with you, and I’m so happy I chose the add on kit called Sculpture Park because it happens that almost every thing else is sold out! What a bummer to do all that work and have the inspiration piece sold out, but I lucked out. Sculpture Park is bursting with color and texture, and the Amy Tangerine alphabets are chipboard so you can alter them to any color you want! So much fun! The thing that struck me about Sculpture Park were the Basic Grey die cut flowers. They are so colorful and happy, but kind of flat. Then I found this tutorial on a blog called Yellow Blackbird and thought they were a match made in heaven, don’t you think it would be fun to follow these same steps, but with the Konnichiwa flowers instead? I think the different colors all stacked up would be lovely. You’d have to add some sort of starch or glue to make them stiff, but otherwise it’s a similar process. Chocolate cupcakes with flowers? Something tells me these beautiful floral cupcakes, featured on Project Wedding, give a glimpse at how striking the colorful BG flowers would look against dark brown cardstock. Don’t you agree? This bouquet from Bollea placed against the brown woody background is gorgeous. I know in the April kit there was a piece of Echo Park paper called Vintage Fans that had  woodgrain on the B side. How perfect to mix and match kits! Or how about making a headband with them, I could easily see this blue t-shirt headband...
Dissecting Design

Dissecting Design

Hello all! I’m here to dissect a little design for you. This layout is courtesy of May’s kit, Graffiti Bridge, which is now sold out! Let me walk you through a little bit of my process when creating this layout.                                 1. My first step is always to do a little misting. Here I used a dark mist just to grunge it up a little. After misting just a tad, I decided to draw my journaling lines. Little did I know that my black pen would literally disappear when I started to write, leaving me little choice but to cover it up! I decided to keep the lines and just type onto white paper and adhere it on top. I also liked how the piece of white lightened the page up a bit. 2. I wanted to add some shape to my layout, and decided to use this punch to create a sort of sideways “T” shape. I then filled the punched out bursts with things from the kit like the “create everyday” flag, a flag made out of folded and stapled ribbon, and the exclusive butterfly stamp, which brings us to step three! 3. Here, I wanted the butterfly to be in white. When I stamped (can you tell I’m a fan of trial and error here?), my ink wasn’t dark enough, so I just took some black paint and lightly fleshed it out. I liked that it ended up looking like a splotch. 4. For the border, I really wanted to use...
Stamping Sensation Friday with the Scallop Border Stamp

Stamping Sensation Friday with the Scallop Border Stamp

Happy Friday everyone! I wanted to share with you a couple ways to use the scallop border stamp we introduced this month. Remember that your stamps can be used in either a bold way or a subtle way, I did both on this layout I created with the May kit: For my bold way of using the stamp I stamped a border along the edge of the red and pink patterned paper and used some Zing Rouge embossing powder: For a more subtle bit of texture and pattern I stamped the border on 2 different patterned papers and used clear embossing powder. I have the perfect scallop accent, and the patterned paper shows through the clear embossing powder (I keep the pattern and get a little shine too!): With stamps you have so many great options! They really are a versatile tool. Have a great weekend...
May Gallery Spotting

May Gallery Spotting

Well we had such an awesome Crop didn’t we Daisies? The gallery is filled to the brim with all kinds of projects, inspired by the classes and challenges. Here are just a few. This one by Mette who created this beauty for Kim’s Challenge #18 Cloudy Skies. Next we have Hannah who made this for Ronda’s challenge #15. Ronda gave us 6 graphically interesting album covers to use as inspiration. Hannah chose the Bruno Mars cover. I love her paint drips and the color choices she made, just beautiful. I really thought this entry for my Challenge #12 Garden City was particularly cool. Gareth hand painted the flowers onto the brick paper just like real street art. The photo and journaling is really interesting for the challenge as well. Emily gave a wonderful class called Patch Work Blankets. From that inspiration Marianne created this amazing piece of art. Audrey used Jen’s challenge #10 Flying Kites to create this layout. The twirling twine and twirling little girl in the photos are full of movement. I love this. There are so many more beautiful and creative layouts in the gallery. Please check them out for inspiration and here is a link to the full list of classes and challenges. You still have until Sunday May 6th to create and upload. Participating in the challenges is a great way to be inspired and get lots of scrapping done!  Thanks to everyone who is participating, your excitement is so...
Please Welcome May’s Guest Designer, Jill Sprott!

Please Welcome May’s Guest Designer, Jill Sprott!

Jill lives in Oahu, Hawaii with her husband Rob and their daughter Zoe (I have a Zoey too!).  She is an English teacher by day and in her evenings she enjoys playing with words and pictures surrounded by patterned papers…sound familiar?  We are glad that she does what she does as we thoroughly enjoyed what she created for us this month. I just adore how she arranged her journaling on this layout here titled Prom…   Check out her May gallery for Cocoa Daisy here and get to know her better by visiting her blog, Use Your Words. Thank you Jill for being out guest designer this month!      ...

Tips & Tricks – Scraps!!

Hello : ) Today I would like to share with you what I’ve been doing with my scraps left over from my Cocoa Daisy Kits. Each month I always have lots of bits and pieces left over. I often make cards with them, but I’ve started a brand new project recently that I’m really excited about. A monthly Art Journal.   I picked up this old book from a thrift store and I’ve decorated the front and back covers with Aprils Kit ‘Sprout’. I’ve decided each month I am going to cover a double page inside the book using my scraps left over from the months kit and journal how I am feeling on that particular day and what’s going on right now. The plan is over the next year or two I will end up with a beautiful and very colourful art journal which will include little snippets of my life. Here is this months entry using the very colourful Graffiti Bridge Kit scraps. And last months. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this book witll look in a few months time. I always envy those that can do the daily and weekly scrap challenges, but I can never stick to anything like that. Hopefully with only doing a double page each month this will be a better suited option for me. And a great way to use up my scraps at the end of each month too. Lisa xx      ...
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