Sunday, November 29, 2015

From the December Desktop... and an Unboxing Video...

The Cocoa Daisy December "Desktop" kits revealed over the weekend and they are lovely! So, let's take a look at all the goodies, shall we?



And now for my projects...

First up, I put some of the free (to subscribers) cut files to use as a background for this mixed media page...
Next up, a card created with lots of stamping...

For this card, I used washi to make my "ornaments."

This next page is my version of my December Daily this year. More on that soon...

I put some of the lovely exclusives to use on this page...

More stamping and mixed media fun as I document hubby's new hobby...

Playing with a more graphic approach with some more of the exclusives...

And sometimes a diaper ends up on your roof. Then, you have to scrap it...

For this next card, I created christmas trees with paper scraps...

And there we have it! I will have a fun video coming soon too. Be sure to check out Cocoa Daisy for all the goodies!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Oh Brother... Too Many Words?

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Welcome back to another installment of the Oh Brother series!

For this layout, I put the direct cut feature to work on my Brother ScanNCut. What exactly do I mean by this? Well... I stamped my alphabet (a Cocoa Daisy exclusive), scanned it in to my ScanNCut using the direct cut feature, added a small border... and TA DA!!!!


Tons of cut out stamped images, ready for this page:
Do you see that little kitty cat too? She was cut in the exact same way. Look at the detail and the small lines that my machine picked up! Love that!

So... what did I learn about my ScanNCut while doing this project?
  • As long as you have a nice clean line, the machine will pick up very fine detail.
  • As with most things... cut speed, paper to mat adhesion, and blade settings are key. Too fast and the paper will rip, too slow and the blade will drag. 
  • A small while border around stamped images looks amazing and really gives the cut a nice polished look.
So there ya have it! Lots of stamping, then letting my machine do all the fussy cutting! Love!



Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Art.Paint.Journal.Play... Cat's Play

Hi there!

Welcome to a new installment of Art.Paint.Journal.Play!
I used a cut file (that is free to subscribers) from Cocoa Daisy as my starting point...
Take a look...




YAY! Fun!
In addition to the lovely Cocoa Daisy supplies that I used, I also used the following...
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Monday, November 23, 2015

A Desktop Sneak...

I've been busy...

...crafting away with the lovely December Cocoa Daisy Kits!

"Desktop" is full of non-traditional Christmas goodness, as well as plenty of fun things for everyday scrapping...

I can't wait to share more with you! Kits reveal on the 28th at 8pm EST. See you there!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Oh Brother... ATC Cards

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Welcome back to another installment of the Oh Brother series. This time, I am playing with simple shapes and rounded corners!

So.... I'm participating in a fun card swap with my friends at Cocoa Daisy this year. Greeting cards and ATC (artist trading card) cards will be traded. This is a first for me! A first to do a swap, and a first to do an ATC card.

It was really fun to work in a small format like this! And... what was even better is that I used the pre-loaded shapes on my Brother ScanNCut to create and cut out all of my card shapes... complete with rounded corners and holes punched! YAY!


Oh - and I also used the pre-loaded fonts and welding feature to create my word "cozy." If you are not familiar with the term welding, it is essentially squishing two or more shapes together to create one solid shape that is then one solid cut file. 

I had more fun playing with some of the pre-loaded features of my machine and working up these little cards!

What did I learn about my machine during this project? The shapes are super easy... easy to work with and easy to edit. Also, when the machine is cutting simple shapes, a faster cut speed can be used and will likely result in a crisper cut as well. And finally, adhering the paper with the spatula (in a slight burnishing fashion) is key in making full contact with the cutting mat. Full adhesion and contact insures the cleanest cut.

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you again soon!

Some, but perhaps not all, of the products used to create this project:


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