Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sage and Mint

Sage and Mint are the lovely colors of the May Cocoa Daisy kits! The subscriber reveal was last night and kits go on sale to the general public on May the first.

With the perfect mix of soft greens and bold blacks, this kit had my name written all over it! Oh - and Cocoa Daisy is trail blazing the kit club industry yet again... this time with Build Your Own Add-Ons! (BYOAO)

I think we have all been there... you see ONE things you must have in a kit add-on and fork out money for the whole shebang, because you can't live without that one precious thing! Right? Right. Well, those days are over.... now you can pick and choose exactly what you want. Oh, and the best part is that all the items have been selected to coordinate with the main kit. So, it is totally error proof!

For this month, I selected the Main Kit, the DITL (Day in the Life) Kit, the Planner Kit and for my add-ons I went with My Mind's Eye Enamel Dots and the Fancy Pants Die Cut States.

Oh - and can I just mention how awesome the Main Kit stamp set is??? Well, I might be a little partial as the messy circles were made from my messy doodles :)

So, enough of my yappin' - let's take a look at what I came up with from the aforementioned goodies:

I always open my DITL kit first as the cards will often prompt a page...
Like this one...

And since Mother's Day is just around the corner, I had to put the stamp set and some of the cut files to use on this card...

This month's kit also prompted several mixed media collages...

While the planner kit prompted this fun card....

Those die cut states? They put my geography skills to the test for this page...

For this next page, I had fun "stacking" squares of the planner pages...

And for this one, I put the scribble stamp to use again with some embossing on the gorgeous constellation paper, exclusive to Cocoa Daisy this month...

Lots of the DITL cards came together to form this mini album....

 It's all ready to take on our upcoming vacation!
Oh, and did I mention how much I love the DITL kits? That cassette tape card is just one reason why...

More scribble stamps....

And a little love for "Simon"...

This card came together with some leftover bits...

And last, but certainly not least....
My first ever layout on a colored cardstock background!
It also happens to be my first layout ever to incorporate ribbon in a successful way...

In fact, I think it is my favorite from the bunch!

It's always good to try new things. Speaking of trying new things, be sure to check out my recent post on how using a kit has changed the way I scrap.

Be sure to head on over to Cocoa Daisy and subscribe!



Monday, April 27, 2015

Anything Goes... For the Win!

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

This week, anything goes!

And since one of my favorite things to do with leftover bits and pieces is to make a wonky prize ribbon... I decided to do just that for our "anything goes" challenge!
Prize ribbons, on a page about Amazon Prime...
For the Win!
Oh, I really don't know what we ever did without Amazon Prime!
Sooooo, how will you play along this week? 
Go get crafty and and 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, April 23, 2015

Falling For You...

Stars...
Hearts...
Confetti...

...all part of the new Simon Says Stamp "Falling For You" exclusive release!

I had more fun stenciling...
Stamping....
And layering...
My way into....
A finished layout!
Full of adorableness...
From the new release!
Be sure to check out Simon's latest blog post and their store for more information!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

How Kits Have Changed the Way I Scrap...

*** Disclaimer: While I am a member of the Cocoa Daisy Design Team, this post was in no way a requirement of my job with them. I did not and will not receive compensation for this article. I write what I am passionate about on this blog and what I feel is worth sharing with you. I hope you enjoy reading my thoughts!


I didn't used to think I was much of a kit club kinda gal. I really like the process of choosing supplies and picking what will go with what. I also like the idea of grabbing bits and pieces of whatever I like...
Plus, what if I subscribed to a kit club and I got something I didn't like?

Honestly, there are a lot of common concerns when it comes to kit clubs.Today, I would like to take a look at some of those and perhaps de-bunk them too!

First up?
What if I get something I don't like?

You know what? That is actually a real possibility. But, wouldn't it be true to say that we often experience the most growth as a person when we step out of our perceived comfort zone?

In my opinion, this is especially true for matters of creativity. Case in point: ribbon. 
I never buy it and I rarely know what to do with it once I have it. 
But, see that photo above? That is ribbon, stapled into little banner-like embellies. And you know what? I LOVE the way it turned out. 

Had I not received it in my kit, I would have never tried that. And now, I have a fun way that I know I like working with ribbon. That, my friends, is what we call creative growth.

What if I don't get enough value for my money?
Another legitimate concern. Now, I can't speak for all kit clubs on this one. But, I speak with great authority and a tidge of insider information regarding the Cocoa Daisy kits. They are all compiled using a formula. Wait. What? You mean they don't just add stuff until they think they can charge enough for it to make a profit?

Nope.

There is a tried and true, real life, functioning, mathematical formula that is used to put the kits together each month. What does this really mean?

It means that you are GUARANTEED to get the most value for your dollar every single time. 

What if none of the colors match my photos?
Here's the thing... see those photos in the detail shot above? They have brown a purple. Was this kit full of brown and purple? Um... no. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a kit these days that is. But, using a white background, some bold black text and a fun mix of buttons makes the photos pop and completes a page perfectly. 

I can't afford to spend that money every month.
You know, I really used to struggle with this one. My thinking was, by the time I buy all the fun stuff that I see all over the place, then add a kit in the mix, I will be WAAAAY over budget and possibly have WAAAAAY too much stuff. 

Well, turns out that the Cocoa Daisy kits are so full of the latest and greatest that I haven't bought any other supplies other than the random adhesive and such.

No kidding. I really do not feel the need to supplement my stash. The CD kits fill it up and then some!

What if I can't decide which kit to get or can't afford all the cool add-ons?
Now, I am going to be really real here. This is a very valid concern. So, I will give you my complete and honest opinion....

If you can only afford one kit, get the Day In The Life (DITL) subscription. 

I recommend this even if you are not a pocket scrapper. For starters, the exclusive designs that are in the Cocoa Daisy DITL kits are unmatched in adorable whimsy. With a piece of cardstock and several DITL cards, you can do a bit of layering and fussy cutting and have a page scrapped in no time! Plus, the DITL kits come with four 6x6 pieces of the exclusive CD papers, as well as adorable embellishments. 

Another thing I love about the DITL kits are all the page prompts hidden in the cards. The sayings, the titles, the images... they all make great starting points for stories! I always come up with new ideas of pages to scrap after flipping through the cards and I love that!

They sell out very fast and truly are a great bang for the buck!

So, how has all of this changed the way I scrap?

I scrap faster: 
Having a box full of goodies that are guaranteed to compliment one another makes for some very fast scrapping indeed

I love all of my pages: 
The design aesthetic of the talented people behind the scenes at CD truly is amazing. I no longer have to worry about some of my paper or color combinations not really working out for me. I love all the pages I make with these kits... all the time! That makes me a very happy scrapper!

I binge scrap: 
I used to scrap a little every day. Now, when my kit comes, I tear into it, squeal with glee, and scrap like a crazy person until all that is left are little bits and pieces. It's actually really fun and I love the creative surge I get when I open my box of goodies!

So, here are some more sneaks that I made from the soon to be released "Sage and Mint" May kits:
See that fun circle doodle stamp? That was created from one of my messy circles! I know anyone can draw a messy circle... but, it is still pretty cool to have one of my scribbles turned into a stamp!

I hope to see you for the reveal night chat on April 28 at 8 pm EST. 

Be sure to head on over to Cocoa Daisy and pick a kit to subscribe to, I promise you won't regret it!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Long Over Due...

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

This week we are talkin' due dates!

When we think of due dates, we think about libraries, date stamps, and oh yes... craft assignments! This week, whether the words make you think of a new baby or school assignment, the library, or perhaps something past due – we look forward to your interpretation.

I recently received a very special gift and a proper thank you note is way overdue!
So, I put some modeling paste, a favorite stencil, and a butterfly punch to good use...

And crafted up this card!

Long overdue for sure! But, super fun to make!


And now it's your turn!
Go get crafty and and 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):


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Let's Celebrate!

We have had several reasons for celebration around here...
Easter, of course! And, since this month's Family Portrait theme is all about how we celebrate Easter or other spring time festivities, I put together this little spread to add to my album. 
Another reason to celebrate? I finally found a use for that ginormous wood veneer from Studio Calico. Huzzah! It's the little victories, ya know?

We also just celebrated a little cutie's first birthday...
And, I put the April designs from CATfile Store to good use...
To scrap these up!

Be sure to head on over to CATfile Store to see all the lovelies and you can find more information on their blog too!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Stuck in the Middle...

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

This week we are all about the middle...

We’re right in the middle of the month and not quite to the middle of the year. Are we stuck in the middle of creative chaos? I suppose what we’re in the middle of will vary greatly, but I’m still inspired by the idea of being in the middle. Whether you craft something where your focal point is in the middle, you journal about what you’re in the middle of, or perhaps select a stamp or sticker from the middle of the set, this week we’re all about being in the middle of things!

I got to thinking about how "home" - whatever you define that as, is often the center of one's little universe....
And I decided to doodle, mist, and make a big ole artsy mess....
And turn it into this fun little mixed media collage...
Where home sweet, lovely home is right smack dab in the middle!

And now it's your turn!
Go get crafty and and 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):





Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Cut it Out!

I am really loving my Brother Scan 'N Cut! It has so many fun features and I have not regretted the purchase! Plus, it meant I could play with some of the fun files from The Cut Shoppe!
And... I am thrilled to be this week's guest!

In addition to that fun cloud, I also used one of the alpha cut files. Can I just say what a great bang for the buck that is?!?! Buy it once, cut it a thousand times. Change the size, change the paper... so many possibilities!

Be sure to check out the Etsy shop for all the fun and whimsical designs!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Taking it Personally...

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

This week, we are all about the letter "A." Apples, amethyst, April flowers, and art come to mind right off the bat, but for this challenge anything A inspired would be fabulous! Will you create with Avery Elle stamps? Use some American Crafts products? Perhaps you have an art stamp that is in need of use… however you’re inspired by the letter that is our focus this week we hope you’ll share with us!

Well, since A is for Ashli, I am taking this challenge personally and scrapping a page all about things I am into right now...

To get started, I simply pulled some lovely Prima papers, along with a few odds and ends...
 Then, I just started stacking up all the goodies...
And documented my story...
 Likey so!
And now it's your turn!
Go get crafty and and 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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