Monday, September 18, 2017


Hi Creative Friends,

Back today for another Cocoa Vanilla Studios share, and this week on the blog the DT are focusing on Hearts and Flowers!  You will all know this was NOT a challenge at all for me as I adore working with both!  I started with this cute selfie taken by Miss 10 of herself and the cat, there is nothing quite like finding gems like these on your phone, I so adore them!

The inspiration for this page began with the cut file from Paper Issues.  As my photo was a little grainy, I knew it would have to stay quite small in size so I thought I'd go for a large cut file element to fill in the remainder of the page.  I also knew at this point I wanted to use the bright pink, green and yellow tones in the Fresh Cut paper from the Make A Wish Collection as my inspiration.

I don't actually end up using a lot of this paper, however, it really was my starting point for the page. There are so many times where I'm not sure to start and pretty products like these always get me inspired!

 I started by backing the three flowers in my cut file with this paper and the leaves as well, with the Party Dots paper.  I also used these 2 papers as the mount for my photo.  I also wanted to pull out floral elements from the die cut ephemera as well as the vellum accents pack.  Both of these packs have so many pretty floral elements, I knew they would all be a perfect fit!!  I also now took the time to fussy cut out a few of the yellow and pink flowers from the Fresh Cut paper.

Now was the time for some fun!  I simply went about adding floral elements in between and over the top of the cut file piece.  I was going for a floral explosion here!  I also found this pretty little vellum piece in the vellum accents pack and thought it would be a very sweet title, I've just hand stitched it onto a circle of white cardstock and placed it in the centre of the middle flower.

You can see here my photo mat and some of the die cut pieces.  The paper flower is part of the Hello Sunshine Collection - shop them here.

Now was the time to think about adding some hearts for the "heart" part of the challenge... I had certainly covered flowers at this point :)

I went with the Free Spirit Resin hearts and Life is Beautiful Wood Veneer hearts, I just love how all of the Cocoa Vanilla collections work so well together and they were a really nice finishing touch.   I have also added in a wood veneer butterfly from this same pack to pull together the die cut butterflies I have added.

I really loved the page at this point, but felt it was missing something... it was still very white on white and needed a little more contrast.  So I decided to add a little more stitching.  Well, a lot more stitching actually!  I had already added some for the circle title element, so it made sense to add some more around that floral piece.  Then I added more on the leaves and a few other floral elements in pink, green and yellow....  the 3 colours that started it all in the first place!

Lastly, I added a few sequins for some sparkle and the page was done!  This one did take a while with all the stitching and lots and lots of small elements, but I am super happy with how it turned out, I think it was worth it!

Thanks for popping by today
Until next time

Thursday, September 14, 2017

"Gather Pretty" for Colour Blast

Hi, Creative friends!!

Back with you today as part of the Colour Blast team sharing with you another "clean mixed media" project.

For this layout, I started with a picture I had taken of my craft room.  I have been scrapping for a long time now and for much of that, I did not have my own scrappy space so for this page I wanted to document my craft space and my love of collecting pretty things to fill it with.  I love vintage and second-hand shopping and especially love that I have a space of my own to decorate and keep the things that truly inspire me. #alltheprettythings

The inspiration for the colours in my page started with a printed chipboard banner from Maggie Holmes.  I just love the colours in this so I went to my swatch book and found Colour Shimmer Sprays in Punch, Envy and Bling were a perfect match so I pulled out the matching Shimmer Cubes as well.

Next, I set about getting a plan for my design.  I find it helps to know where you are going to be placing items on your page before you start any background work, this way you can keep colour to those areas leaving room for "white space".  I wanted to create a vertical design using some black and white picture frames cut from a pattern paper.  I placed these onto my background and then marked their placement with a pencil for reference.

Now that I had a clear plan for the page, it was time to add some colour.  I began by spraying some mist onto a clear stamp block and stamping on my background.  I've also added a few splatters here and there using the nozzle of the spray knowing that some of these would be covered by my frames.  I was just trying to get some layers going on here.  It's super important to dry each colour off before adding the next to stop the colours from going muddy.  Below you can see the small pencil marks as a guide for my frames as well as the three colours added to my background.

Next, it was time to secure my frames onto the background. Once I had done this, I could see that the splatters I had added earlier had not really stood out, so it was time for some more.  This time I used the Shimmer Cubes as I know the colour is deeper and bolder.  I tried to focus the spatters along the lines of my design following along with the frames and was perfectly fine for some to go on top of the frames themselves.

You can see here a close up of the mix of splatters I now have from the Shimmer Spray and the Shimmer Cubes.   Once this was all dry, I then went about stitching around each of the frames for added detail.

I was really loving the pop of black on my page here and decided at this point to roll with it!  I pulled out the black chipboard title "gather" and fussy cut some pink and black butterflies.  Then, searching through my stash, I found this laser die cut black butterfly which would fit in perfectly.  I simply sprayed it with some Colour Shimmer Spray in Punch and WOW, did that sparkle!  I really would recommend using your sprays over a darker colour, they really look beautiful.

I will add here that I was very generous with the spray I added to this element, I wanted the colour to pool in sections rather than having a light mist effect.  I was really happy with how these elements were looking so it was now time to add my photo and other elements to my page.  Lots of chipboard and some pretty pink paper flowers.

I've included a couple of close ups of the black die-cut butterfly with the Punch Shimmer Spray over the top, it really does look pretty!

You can see the shimmer here, including the shine in the background too!

and one more shot of some pretty details, these gold sequins were the perfect match to the Bling Colour Shimmer Cube splatters.

and there you have it.. my latest Colour Blast project - I really hope you like it and it inspires you to pull out your Colour Shimmer cubes, and your Shimmer Sprays and try them on some dark cardstock!

I give this project a "mess level" of Medium
 (I did use a few more things for this project, a stamp block and paintbrush and there was a bit of over spray when working with the spray directly onto the butterfly, still no messy hands or nails!)

Thanks for popping by

Saturday, September 9, 2017

"Special Moments" for D-lish Scraps

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing well!

I'm here today to share another layout for D-lish scraps, I've gone with a simple grid design for this one featuring Miss 10.  I wanted to document her recent reading addiction, she is reading mad right now and I LOVE IT, I sure do hope this phase sticks!  This photo was taken one day straight after school, I had taken 30 seconds to pop her school bag into the boot and she had raced around to the front seat, popped on her belt and already started reading all before I could even say "Hello, how was your day"!

To start the page, I created 9 squares of pattern paper from a paper pad.  I love a grid design as it is a great starting point and will continue to be a classic design.  I've sewn around the edges of each of the squares for added detail.  Next, it was time to matt my photo, I've gone with a pretty simple matt, again with scraps from the 6x6 paper pad. To finish the photo mat off I've added a paper doily.  You can never have enough of these in your stash!

I've placed the photo in the bottom left-hand corner of my page with the idea that the grid will form the background and on top of that there will be three focal points, one being the photo and another being my title, with the third being a cluster to balance.  To go with my photo, I've simply added a paper flower from Little Birdie.  I so love that D-lish stocks these, so many sizes and colours to choose from!

Next, I started work on my title and the cluster that would go with it.  I've used the Corbett Creations Wood Veneer word "Memories".  I added another Little Birdie flower here, as well as my favourite wood heart and a flair button.  

Here is that cluster from another angle, you can also see here I've also added a Resin flower and the feather design Creative cuts which are such a great option for those of you who do not have a Silhouette AND those of you who want the look without pulling out your machine!  I've backed these with a bright pink pattern also from the same 6x6 paper pad.

and... here is the third cluster, another of the creative cuts feathers and a Pick N Place Canvas bow - YES, these are back in stock so go get them now friends!!  I use these A LOT - they are on of my all time favourite D-lish products.  That's the layout done, a pretty clean and simple one, but I love how it turned out.

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Monday, September 4, 2017


Hi Creative Friends,

Back today for another Cocoa Vanilla Studios share, this time I have a fun Summer themed page featuring me!   This shot was taken at a Fun Run my sister and I did last year, as part of our "try new things" year for my 40th birthday.  I had never done anything like this so it was on our list!! AND it was so fun!  Now, we didn't run but walked the 10-kilometre track, stopping along the way for happy snaps and this was one of them!  I've used the Endless Summer collection for this for its Summery soft tones.

The idea for the page began with my photo and the die cut title from the Ephemera Pack.  I find a page always comes together quickly when you have something like this to start you off.  I then went about cutting out the floral die cut file from the Colour Me Happy collection.  I went quite large with these as I knew I wanted them to be a major part of my design and to layer my photo and elements over the top of them.  I've left then plain white to contrast my background.

I went with the Sweet Treats paper for my background, because, well, who doesn't love a wood grain!  I have rotated the paper so the grain runs up and down rather than across as I knew my design would flow more in this direction.  Next, I went about matting my photo, I've used both sides of the Coastal Chill paper.  I love doing this for a double matt photo.  You know the patterns will work together well and you are only cutting into one sheet.  I've also used a section of the This & That paper as my third paper layer, lots of fun things to fussy cut out of this one and then you can use the outside edges as a photo mat.

I've then gone ahead and fussy cut out the pink doily and striped tab from the same paper and layered them into my paper stack.  I also took this opportunity to add some foam tape to my photo to make it stand out above the background layers.  Now was also the time to add a single pink flower from the Blooms pack.

I then went ahead and added the smaller elements.  I adore the little wood veneer pieces in this collection, cute clouds, hearts and even a flamingo!! I've also added a cloud from the puffy stickers sheet, super cute!! I then went in search of elements from the Ephemera Pack.  I went with this cute banner as well as the title.  It was a nice chance to add some stitching here as well.

Lastly, I added the Flair and Enamel Shapes and some Woodies, all the page was done!  I love how it turned out, so warm and Summery.  With Winter now behind us in Australia, I am so looking forward to seeing all the Spring/Summer filled pages and I hope mine has inspired you today.

Thanks for popping by today
Until next time

Thursday, August 24, 2017

"Donut Day" for D-lish Scraps

Hi Creative Friends,

I'm here today to share another layout for D-lish scraps. This one may have you all wondering why on earth I would scrap about doughnuts, but I say why not!! Miss C was making a huge deal about International Donut day, she had marked it in her calendar and was counting down the days so it was a big deal in our house!  She was not going to let it go until she got a doughnut on International Donut day!  AND of course, such an occasion MUST be scrapbooked!!  For those wondering, it is on the first Friday of June so go ahead and mark it in your calendar now :)

 The idea for the design of this page started with a Crate Paper page from the Hello Love Collection from 2015.  I knew I wanted to fussy cut out a stack of the X and O elements from the sheet to make a background.  I started by staggering these in rows across my page.  Once I had these placed, I then went about punching with an edge punch some paper scraps from the same collection and layering them up on my background.  This design is in a way similar to another page I created with the same punched paper strips.  Not every page needs to be a new design or idea, sometimes it's great to scrap lift your own page and tweak it for something different.

Once I was happy with the background placement, I went about stitching it all down with my sewing machine.  Next, it was time to place my photo and photo mat, for this I've used a sheet of pattern paper and a piece of scrap and a paper doily. I then mounted it all on foam to help separate it from the background.

Next, it was time to add my title, for this I have used the Puffy Alphabet Stickers.  I just love how you can stitch these down; I've used grey here which picks up my photo and there is also a touch of grey in the pattern papers I have used.

I then went about creating 2 small clusters of embellishments.  One at the top of the page and the other in the bottom right-hand side of my photo.  These are not very detailed or layered, they were really just a few buttons and a paper flower from Little Birdie.  You can find the heart buttons here and the Jewelled Cabochons here.  With the paper layers going on in my background, I did want to keep my embellishments simple, it was really just some finishing touches I was adding.

Here you can see that I hand stitched the buttons on (after adding a very small amount of glue to hold them in place and the page was done!  I really love how it turned out and I hope next year, you celebrate International Donut Day, I'm pretty sure we will be!

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Pink Paislee Summer Lights - Guest DT for Sassy Scrappers - Hello Weekend

Hi Creative Friends,

I'm back on the blog today with another share as this months Guest Designer for Sassy Scrappers!  This month I'm creating with the latest collection from Pink Paislee - Summer Lights and today I'm sharing my third page.  If you missed the first or second one, you can check them out on the Sassy Scrappers blog here.

For this page, I really wanted to pull out the stunning turquoise and yellow in this collection, I was really inspired by the No 10 pattern paper which I have used as my background.

I had this sweet action shot of Miss 10 and my hubby at the beach and went about creating a little beach scene starting with a sun shape which I have cut using my Silhouette and a piece of 6x6 paper from the paper pad.

For the bottom part of the page, I wanted to create some waves, I didn't really having any cut files that would work, but then had an idea to use a border punch. There are a few in store here, and many would give you a similar effect.  I simply punched out a stack and trimmed them very thinly and layered on my page and then stitched down.  I chose different shades of the turquoise paper to simulate the waves.

Once I had the Sun and the waves in position, it was time to add my photo. I've mounted it with a scrap from my previous pages and a bright yellow sheet from the 6x6 paper pad.

It was then time to add my title, I went with a chipboard piece that says "The ocean is calling" and two more thicker stickers "Hello Weekend".  The Thicker pack is full of text that you could use as a simple and quick title to a page and they are really great value.  The page was now really coming together and just needed some finishing touches.  I chose a cute little camera, some glasses and star fish as well as some foil elements which are so fun!  I also added some clouds to the top of the page which have been fussy cut from one of the papers in the 6x6 paper pad.  I really love how this has come together.

Thanks for checking out the blog today, I've had an absolute blast creating these pages for you as part of the Guest DT and I hope you will check out the collection in store and get creating with your Summer filled photos.

You can find the entire range in the Sassy Scrappers store here.

Until next time,

Friday, August 18, 2017


Hi Creative Friends,

Back today for another Cocoa Vanilla Studios share and this week on the blog our focus in on multiple photos.  Generally, I prefer to scrap one photo per page so it was fun to mix things up a bit and include more than one.  I had these 2 cute pics of my kitty Ferris and thought they would be perfect.  I seriously think this cat sleeps all day, it's quite the life don't you think!

The design for this page started with the photos which I knew I wanted to print smaller than usual.  These are 3 inches x 3 inches.  I would definitely recommend working with smaller prints if you are used to only using one photo at a time.  I also knew I wanted to create a bold title, another reason for printing smaller than usual as I knew my title would fill up quite a bit of space on the page.  I have used my Silhouette to cut the title from a plain piece of card stock, then I went about mounting it with the Sunbleached paper, I just love the ombre on this one, I didn't want a pattern in my background here, I wanted something very simple and this paper was perfect.

Next, it was time to get about hand stitching.  I punched small holes around the edge of the letters and then hand stitched using embroidery thread.  I like to leave a small white space between the edge of the letters and my stitching so that it looks more like an outline rather than sitting directly on the edge.

I then also mounted this piece of white cardstock onto the Sweet Treats paper - just so that a small strip was showing at the top and a slightly larger one down the bottom.  I also added stitching with my machine around the edge at this point.

Now was the time to place my photos and add my embellishment clusters.  I wanted the design to be somewhat symmetrical, so I placed one photo under the title on the left and the other above the title on the right.  I have mounted these using the striped side of the Coastal Chill paper and the lightest part of the Sunbleached paper.  Next, I added the cute floral pieces from the accessory stickers sheet.  I know it's extravagant to use the 2 floral pieces from 2 separate sheets, but I had them there and I really wanted that part of the design to balance.

 It was now time to finish off my title, I've done this with the Alphabet stickers.  I pulled out the green letters on the sheet to help balance out the small green details from the flower clusters.  There was already a lot of the warm peach tones, so I didn't want to add to them, I wanted something to break them up a little.  With such a big title, I wanted to keep the other elements on the page quite simple so I have just added a few wood veneer elements, these ones are from the Life is Beautiful collection and some sticker hearts also from the Accessory Sticker sheet.

Lastly, I added some cute enamel elements from the Enamel Shapes pack and the layout was done.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope you have enjoyed seeing how this one came together and I'd love to see your pages using more than one photo; so be sure to share them in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community, we do really love seeing your creations!

Until next time,