Tuesday, January 31, 2017

14 Cards from one Kit | Valentines Day Card Making Inspiration for Cocoa Daisy Kits

I sometimes get on a card making tear.  I had run out of birthday cards, so I started making some of those with old kits.  Then I started working with whatever scraps I had leftover from my January Buttercup kit.  Even though I had made 6 projects already it turned out I had a lot! 

I paired the kit with some leftover die cut "love"s from a Girl Scouts project I put together recently.  I ended up making over a dozen cards and decided to push through for the full 14!  Just in time for Valentine's Day! 

The kit included a sheet of gold marbled vellum.  I always love having the extra layer for cards.  I think it really helps add dimension.  I used most of the vellum on my projects but I had enough scraps leftover to layer with on the cards.

This DITL card made putting a card together very easy. I stitched a batch of cards at one time, including this one.
I used the "as you wish" stamp to add a little background to this DITL card. 

This is one of my favorite cards of the bunch.  It says PS. I love you when you open it, but I forgot to snap a photo.  The XO die cut is punched from a shipping tag that came with the kit.  I popped up the circles with pop dots to add more dimension.  I love simple cards. 

I cut down a 3x4 card for the sentiment.  See how I sprinkled little bits of the gold marble everywhere?  Here it is just a strip.  The floral die cut helps finish it off. 

More circles! 

Loved the moon themed embellishments this month.  I played it up on this card with a dark patterned paper, and a circular punched sentiment.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

4 Scrapbook Layouts and 2 Pocket Pages | January Cocoa Daisy Kit Buttercup

I don't know if it is the fact that we had just gotten back from Disneyland when I got this kit, but this month's offerings from Cocoa Daisy were pure magic.  What else can you expect from a Princess Bride inspired kit I guess? The deep blues and varying hues of pink and magenta are so royal and luxurious feeling.  The perfect thing to perk any winter doldrums and ideal for Valentines.  But, more on that later. 

The idea for this Minnie Ears / Mickey Ears page swam around in my head for days.  I loved the idea so much but I was too obsessed to glue anything down and make it final.  So I printed my photo, fussed with the tag and the arrangement of the embellishments.  I selected just the right rub-ons and die cuts.  Added a strip of patterned paper.  Typed out my journaling.  Still, I worried about those ears!  Sometimes simple pages are the hardest.  I finally just used some liquid glue (clear glue from Martha Stewart) and placed the velvet ribbon how I wanted it.  It has held its shape remarkably well over the month. 

dreamy/beautiful | I actually made this page first. I chose this picture because it was one of the most favorite pictures of the whole trip.  I was pleasantly surprised after printing it out to see that the colors matched the kit perfectly.  Her dress is just the right colors and the umbrella adds a great pop of red for contrast. 

brilliant/dream big | I loved the patterned paper filled with project life cards so much.  Each one was lovelier than the last. I knew I had to use them together on a layout.  I created a partial grid and printed out many 2x2 photos.  Only two made it onto the layout, along with a 3x4 photo that had a full pattern feel from the mosaic in the background.  I trimmed each card down a little bit so there would be a border on the page. 

Imagination is the only cure for reality | I used a large Lewis Carroll quote for my title here.  I just love long titles on scrapbook pages (when I can think of them). Especially when the thickers are as lovely as these gold filigreed ones. 

 My plan is to make 9x12 pages of our trip this winter and keep them together in one album.  I made a divided pocket page to go with the Tea Cups page.  This page focuses on more Alice in Wonderland photos too for the most part.  The key motifs in this kit seemed very apt. 

DITL | I made one more divided pocket page of our Disney trip.  I cut out a lot of cards from the patterned paper.  I cut out the O in love and put a little Dumbo photo behind it.  So cute! 

Thank you for taking a look at my projects this month! I hope you enjoyed them.  I will be back with the rest of the projects I made this kit and a card making video. Go to the Cocoa Daisy page to shop for the full kit and see the rest of the designs.  

You can see all of my Cocoa Daisy Projects here

Friday, December 23, 2016

December Daily | Day 25 Christmas Morning Magic

Yes, we celebrated Christmas a little bit early.  About 21 days early to be exact. 

Not exactly traditional but we had a blast and we would do it again in a heartbeat.

My first photo is a large one of Lakshman.  He's a blur of fervent unwrapping.  After he finished with his gifts he started opening other gifts.

I typed my journaling and added the believe stamp and the little rubber circle on top.  I also clipped the gold chipboard number to fit in the space on the side.  I love the look of elements going over the edge. 

 This is one of wrapping papers I chose.  I didn't save any from the actual day, just tore a fresh piece and cut it into 2 inch squares.
I added a little 2 inch shipping tag and a gold label in the corner.

The back is the wrapping paper that I used for Avinash.  Not quite what he chose, but pretty close and a little less garish.  Ha.  I added a joy die cut to the top and a merry making chipboard piece.

This photo flips up to hold extra shots of present unwrapping.

I love this big white die cut frame for my photo of Lakshman.  So much fun.

More photos and more words. I used the chipboard from the shop and a lot of other random little messy circles.

Had to stars with the Millenium Falcon.

Thank you so much for going on this December Holiday journey with me this year! 

I hope your holidays are magical and full of blessings!!!


December Daily | Day 24 Silent Night

So we did something kind of funny this year.  We are going out of town for the last part of December.  But we have this fresh tree and the kids (especially Avinash) were getting really nervous about Santa losing his way to them if they weren't at home. 

So last Saturday we told them it was Christmas Eve and Santa came to our own house that night! 

That evening before was just magical.  

The kids got new jammies and Lakshman put on the Santa suit.  His reaction totally surprised me, but he loved it. 

I used my typewriter to journal on this card.  I placed one letter sticker down so I knew the spacing.  This is a lot easier for me to do in the moment than measuring it out and then going back to the computer. 

I added the bonus transparency from the main kit here.  I stapled this vintage "gifts" tag from Jenni Bowlin on the front.  On the back I added a regular shipping tag with some thoughts about my own blessings and gifts in life. 

The last page of the spread is a full photo.  Taken at night so it is a little dark, but I love how the big die cut phrase brightens the whole thing up just enough. 

Thanks for checking out my pages again!


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

December Daily | Day 22 Here We Go

Today I am sharing the page before we set off on our trip around the world!  We took the kids to see my family in India and our flights have us completely circumnavigating the globe by the time we are done.

I had to use this cities paper from Studio Calico.  I cut it in half to form a little map.  On the front I pasted this patterned paper from the main kit.

I used these large white alphas from Target.  They are supposed to be sticky, but not so much in real life.

On the inside I added more white stars and sketched our itinerary with arrows across the page.  I think I need to go in and stitch them down.  Maybe I can figure something out when we get back?

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