Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Journaling with Cocoa Daisy...the Reveal!

The February Cocoa Daisy "Journal Entry" kits were made for me. Seriously. 
Lots of lovely soft colors with the perfect pops of red and black. I had so much fun with all of the goodness, I couldn't stop scrapping!


First up... lots of lovely paper, rolled into a fun little embellishment accent:

Next up... my designer's challenge! That's right... this month, I am in charge of issuing a challenge for other members of the DT to play along with. Stay tuned to the Cocoa Daisy blog in February to see what challenge I issued and the other DT member's take on it.
For this next layout, I used the planner pages as my patterned paper. I just love scrapping with those!
Oh, and of course, this is the time of year for my annual "My Loves" mini project. So, I took an old thrift store planner and turned it into my mini!
 Here are some details, but I will post more on this later in the month!
Next up... playing with the doodled doors on one of the patterned papers to create this page about my backyard view:
And one of my favorite ways to use scraps is to whip up some prize ribbons. I did just that on this card:
For this next page I used lots of goodies from the Day In The Life Kit, as well as the fun photo corners in the main:
 I was also inspired to put my mixed media hat on and created a couple of little 8x8 collages:

And finally, the chevron overlay was so fun to play with on this page, all about playing chess with my daughter...
Kits are on sale now for subscribers and will be available for general purchase on the first. Make sure you swing on by Cocoa Daisy to see what the other DT members did with the kits!

Monday, January 26, 2015

In the Clouds...

Hello, hello! It's Monday and that means we have a new challenge waiting for you at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.

The rain clouds might seem dreary to some, but I love the clean smell and lovely sound of rain. Of course a lone fluffy cloud on a sunny day, or the view of the world from an airplane window above the clouds are equally lovely! This week we challenge you to wander up in the air for your inspiration. Whether you are inspired to create a light and fluffy piece, use sky blue, create an art journal or quote about clouds, or any other interpretation of our challenge we invite you to go soaring among the clouds with us this week.


I was inspired by this fun set of Chevron Clouds from Simon Says...

 After cutting out several with my Sizzix, I got to work on my page design...
I really wanted to incorporate some of these lovely papers...

But, it just felt so clunky. Not quite the light an airy feeling I was going for...
 So, I layered the paper up under my photo instead and ended up with something like this...
 And with a little watercolor added, we have more the look I am after!
To finish things off, I simply dotted some embellishments around...
And there we have it!
It is so fun to play with clouds, no matter how you approach it! I can't wait to see your your take on this challenge!

Go get crafty and don't forget to link-up with us! Every week a random winner is chosen to win a $50 spending spree from SimonSaysStamp.com.



Here is my supply list (affiliate links included):






Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ramblings on Style and Shopping...

Hello and happy Friday!

CHA is just behind us and, like most of you, I have been enjoying all of the coverage online and filling up my Pinterest Wish List!

After pinning the first few "must have" items, I noticed something...

I am shopping differently than I used to. At first thought, I wasn't too sure why. But, after a little bit of pondering, I realized it's because I am scrapping quite a bit different than I used to. 

Now, this is nothing out of the ordinary, of course. I think we can all say that our layouts from several years ago are a bit different than what we are creating today. 

Normal evolution of style

What surprised me though, was the idea that my shopping should have an evolution to it as well.

You see, if I am scrapping differently, then I should be shopping and purchasing my supplies differently too, right?

Seems obvious, yes? Well.... not to me! HA! Well, at least not until I started pinning my wish list from CHA 2015.

Note to self: Update shopping habits to correspond with scrapping style

So, what is different in my style and how am I translating that to my shopping?

White. I use it. A lot of it. All the time. 
If fact, the other day I thought I might mix things up a bit and try doing white on cream...
And no matter what I tried, it just wasn't coming together. So, I returned to the one thing that I have gotten so comfortable with lately...

white on white...
Sometimes I think to myself "oh, I am just doing the same thing over and over again." But, you know what? It's ok. Picasso had his blue period, right? In fact, all of the masters can be pin-pointed by very particular styles... Warhol, Van Gogh, Degas, O'Keefe... the list goes on.

So, I am enjoying the evolution of my style and playing within the things that I have found comfortable and enjoyable. Plus, even though some things are staying the same, there is still plenty of play and experimentation going on. With each new project, new ideas are explored and subtle evolution of style can still be seen. This is how we grow as crafters. 

In fact...
There is freedom in exploration within the confidence of knowing what I like. 

See....white on white. Much better. 
So, why do I like this tone on tone approach so much?
Well, I feel like it gives me so much more freedom in embellishing and general "playing around..."
So, with the onslaught of white in my style, I now find that I am using much smaller amounts of patterned paper. Don't get me wrong, I still love it! But, since I am no longer grabbing for patterns in my backgrounds, I don't need to be buying as much 12x12 paper. 

I must say, this was a small revelation for me. It took realizing that I still had patterned paper in my stash from CHA 2014 combined with the new items I was pinning, to realize that I really do not need to be purchasing so much 12x12.
And, it turns out that when I do grab for whole sheets of 12x12, I tend to pull simple and more monochromatic options... like the black and white stripe that this layout is backed with...
This means that if there is a collection that has loads of fabulous patterns that I love, I am going to get the 6x6, no question. And if there are just a few patterns I like, then I will pick up those single sheets in 12x12...especially the ones that are good for fussy cutting.

And with the move toward more tone on tone, little bits of pattern, and soft colors contrasted with simple patterns, I am also finding a greater love for color mediums in my stash.

As my style has moved towards more white space, I am finding that most of my layouts get a little finishing touch of color in the form of wet media... watercolor, mist, etc...

In summary...
This year I will be buying more:
Paint
Stencils
Brushes
Blending Tools
Inks
Mixed Media Paper
Die Cuts
Stamps
6x6 Pads

And Less:
Collection Packs
Large Pattern Paper
Large Stickers
Large Alphas

You can see my specific picks over on my "Want It, Need It, Have to Have It" Pinterest Board.

And since this board is ongoing, from CHA to CHA, you can look back and see how my wishes have changed.

Luckily I finally figured out that my shopping needs to be in sync with my scrapping style!

So, while I am waiting for all of the new goodies to hit store shelves, I scrapped up that layout above to start my 2015 album. It's full of Cocoa Daisy Embellishments, a Kim Stewart for Studio Calico stamped image turned cut file (using my Brother Scan N Cut), and of course... lots of white!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Making the Most of those Bits...

Hello! I'm sharing a fun little tutorial over at the Cocoa Daisy Blog today...
...all about using up those tiny bits of scraps. And guess what? No special tools required!

I hope you will head on over and have a look.

And speaking of having a look...
Check out the sneaky peaky of the upcoming February Kit:
And, I can promise you... it is a good one!!! I can't stop creating with it!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Some Frozen Stamping...

Hello, hello! It's Monday and that means we have a new challenge waiting for you at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.

Winter isn’t just coming – it’s fully here! With the holidays behind us and spring seeming so far away, let’s focus on the season at hand. Will you stamp a snowy scene? Try a new use for a snowflake stamp? Perhaps be inspired by the colors of winter in your ink choices… however you decide to get stamping, we hope you’ll join in the challenge and share.

I was inspired to stamp up a background for a layout about my daughter's "Frozen" themed birthday party. Here are all my supplies gathered...
And then.... this hot mess happened. I mean really... what was I thinking? Well, I know what I was thinking. I wanted a "messy" blue and gold background. But, I forgot to factor in the whole bit about kraft making colors look darker than they are and I ended up with areas that were too dark. As a last ditch effort, I tried some white doodles and as you can see, that was NOT a good idea.

Ah - but not to worry! The back of this paper is still just fine! Onward we go...
 And, yes! Chalk ink is much better!
 And some subtle white, then some dots of gold using a pencil eraser...
That is what I call a good base! Now, to figure out my page composition. I could go with something freeform, like the stamping...
Or, I could contrast the messiness of the stamping and do more of a grid design. And yes! That is what I am liking...
 Using my finger, I spread some more white chalk ink around the page...
 And there we have it!
 Some winter stamping and plenty of yummy paper layers...
Alrighty!
Now it's your turn! I can't wait to see what you do with this week's theme! Go get crafty and don't forget to link-up with us! Every week a random winner is chosen to win a $50 spending spree from SimonSaysStamp.com.



Here is my supply list (affiliate links included):


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