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,

Thursday, August 17, 2017

"Follow your heart & Dance" 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, this time featuring a beautiful rose cut file.

The idea for this project came from this divine Roses cut file I have used to fill my entire background.  I love cut files like this one as it is a great start to a page, add some sparkles and the page pretty much makes itself.

To create my page, I started with a few small splatters in the top left-hand corner and bottom right-hand corner of the page using the Colour Shimmer Cubes in Blush and the Shimmer Spray in Blush as well.  I find the colour in the Colour Shimmer Spray to be quite light compared to that of the colour in the Shimmer cubes (especially if you don't water it down very much) so it's nice to use the same colour in a couple of different products for a colour on colour affect.  The dark splatters here are the Shimmer cube and the light ones are the Shimmer spray.

Next, using a combination of Blush in the Colour Shimmer Cube and Lipstick in the Colour Shimmer Cube as well as more of the Blush Colour Shimmer Spray, I have painted the cut file.  I have not been too particular with the painting as I really wanted a variety in the depth of colour - I was really hoping to see the variation in the colours here, whilst they are all in the same colour family, the Lipstick is a bit darker so I tried hard not to blend it all too much.

Once I was happy with the colour on my cut file, I dried it off with a heat gun. I then layered it over the splatters I created in Step one and glued it down to onto my background.  I didn't use very much glue, just enough to keep it in place for the next step.

Now was the time to add some stitching.  I have created loose circles with my sewing machine creating a few circles around each of the flowers.  This took some time but was worth it considering it was the main feature of the design.  You can see a close up of the stitching below as well as the different shades of pink on the cut files; I love that the colour is not perfectly blended and in some sections, you can see quite a bit of the white cardstock showing through.

Next, it was time to add my photo and embellishments.  Whilst I had the 9 Roses in the background sorted, I wanted to add two main focal points for the actual design, a smaller one in the top left-hand corner which features a chipboard piece that says "Follow Your Heart" and the larger one including my photo in the bottom right-hand corner of the page.

I've mounted my photo keeping the photo mat pretty simple as I already had quite a bit going on with the rose background.  I've added a few embellishments on the left with the main cluster on the right including some pretty flowers and a geometric heart embellishment.

Finishing up the page, I added the word "Dance" to round out my title - Follow Your Heart & Dance as well as some pretty yellow butterflies for contrast.  I like how these ones look painted without the mess and hard work :)

and there you have it.. my second Colour Blast project - I really hope you like it and it inspires you to work with the new Colour Shimmer cubes, and your Shimmer Sprays they really are beautiful!

But, before I go, I just wanted to share one last image... this one of my swatch book.  I have swatched out my collection of Colour Blast onto plain white cardstock, punched a hole in the top left-hand corner and placed onto a jump ring.  I love how I can quickly and easily see what a product will look like once dry and compare to other products in the same colour family.  If I have a colour in more than one product, I have placed them side by side on the jump ring for easy comparison.  This also shows me at a glance the colours I am missing and what I need to add to my collection next!

I give this project a "mess level" of Low
 (A quite wipe of the messy mat with a baby wipe after painting the cut file, 1 paint brush and 1 cup of water)
Hands, nails and workspace remain totally colour free!

Thanks for popping by

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pink Paislee Summer Lights - Guest DT for Sassy Scrappers - Mermaid Hair don't Care

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 second page.  If you missed the first one, you can check it out here.

As soon as I saw this collection, I knew I had to create a page with the chipboard Mermaid - how cute is she!!! AND that sentiment, "Mermaid Hair don't care" I adore that too so I then went about finding a photo of Miss 10 that would fit those. Living on the beautiful Gold Coast, we enjoy Summer most of the year and often find time to go to the waterfront for a swim, so it was not hard to find one of her looking like a gorgeous mermaid!

Next, I pulled out a stack of the frames from the Ephemera pack.  I wanted to heap them up as the base for my photo mat.  I just layered them up across one third of my page crisscrossing at different angles.  I then went about matting my photo, and added some foam tape for dimension.  Then it was time to add the mermaid, she was a perfect fit just to the right of my photo.  The chipboard in this collection is so sweet, with lots of cute icons and I thought why not add the umbrella here as well as some cute shells from the ephemera pack.

Once I was happy with this little cluster, I went about finding a spot for the sentiment "Mermaid Hair don't care".  It was a perfect fit under the photo and rounded out the embellishments needed for this side of the design.  This then meant that the left hand side of the page was a little bare so I found the "Beach Life" chipboard piece and the little sign and camera and added these in.  I've also just slid a tag under my photo here as well, just for a little bit of interest and a lovely pop of pink!

I've added a couple of Rhinestones from my stash to round out of the layout and it was done.  I'm really happy with the clean look it has even though I've used a pattern paper for my background.

Thanks for checking out the blog today, I hope I've inspired you to get those Summer photos scrapped, this collection really is perfect for it!

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

Until next time,

Friday, August 11, 2017

Pink Paislee Summer Lights - Guest DT for Sassy Scrappers - Summer Love

Hi Creative Friends,

Super excited to be stopping by the blog to share as this months Guest Designer for Sassy Scrappers!  

I do not know how Olga manages to get her hands on all the latest release goodies so fast, but I sure am happy to be able to snap them up!  This month I will be creating with the latest collection from Pink Paislee - Summer Lights and today I'm sharing my first page.

The idea for this page started with that cute bright pink 'Summer' element from the No 12 paper and the word 'Love' from the card stock sticker pack.  I knew I wanted to make this my title for a sweet photo of hubby and me at the beach.  Often, when I'm creating, a whole idea for a page starts with one or two elements from a collection, just like it did here, it makes creating so easy!

Next, I just had to use the cute little wave elements, these came from the card stock sticker pack as well as the Thickers sticker sheet.

It was now time to mount my photo.  To do this, I've added lots of lovely paper layers from the 6x6 paper pad.  I will often grab these when purchasing a new collection as they are a really economical way to get all the papers.  There is a stack of fun elements in the collection to choose from, but I thought the hearts were a great choice seeing it was a page about Summer Love!  I have also included lots of other Summer icons as well including cool glasses and icy poles, so fun!

Once my paper layers were all decided, the page had come together nicely.  All it needed was a little sprinkle of interest on the left and right side.  I started with the space above the word 'love' as it was the largest and chose a sweet little camera sticker and a shell from the chipboard pack.  I also added some stars from the card stock sticker sheet and a heart I'd just punched from a sneaky scrap I'd had from the photo mat.

How cute is the rainbow element?  It was the perfect touch for the top left-hand corner of my page.  Here you can also see the sprinkle of elements I created on the left, more punched hearts from the offcut pattern paper and some rhinestones from my stash.

Thanks for checking out the blog today, I know it's Winter here in Australia right now, so what better time to remember the joys of Summer and get those photos scrapped, this collection really is perfect for it!

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

Until next time, 


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

"Love Melbourne" 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, this one featuring a shot of my beloved Melbourne!  I adore this place and once a year I take a trip down with my bestie and we have an absolute blast, shopping up a storm and eating one too many macaroons.  Each year I act the tourist by taking a stack of photos of the old buildings around the city; this one is one of my favs, I just love the vintage details!

This page started out with the cut file I have used in the background.  I fell in love with the heart shapes and simply backed with contrasting pink and white and then added some machine stitching.  With a busy background like this one, I knew I wanted to keep the rest of the layout pretty clean and I knew I would find sweet little D-lish goodies to add that would be the perfect finishing touch. 

I have created a little photo mat for my photo, just to separate it from the background.  I've done this with a couple of layers of scraps. To the left side of the photo I've added a few tags out the side for interest.  There are a stack of Printed Tag Packs to choose from in store and I love the solid white tops on them so you can choose how much of the design you want to show.  On the right side of the photo, I have added an embellishment cluster featuring my favourite Fantasy Bloom flowers.

Here you can see the 'love' Corbett Creations wood words piece which makes up part of my title, and the daintiest little heart which I have kept plain and simply placed inside of one of the die cut hearts on the background.

I have also added a Wood Veneer Heart to round out my cluster and you can also see here the cute little Bitty Bow clip - You all know I'm quite partial to a bow and these are so sweet!  I love sliding them in between my paper layers so that you don't see the paper clip part, and just the sweet little bow.  They are a great little touch to add.

and that rounds out the layout.  As I mentioned, with such a busy cut file background, I didn't need to add too much more to the page and it was done.

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thanks for popping by today


Friday, August 4, 2017


Hi Creative Friends,

Back today for another Cocoa Vanilla Studios share, this time using the stunning and crazy popular Wild At Heart collection.  Perfect for a page featuring Miss 10.  She doesn't always like having her picture taken, but from time to time she humours me and lets me take a stack, posing along the way.  This page celebrates the beautiful, unique person she is.

 The idea for this page came from the "Beautiful" sentiment from the Chipboard Accent Sticker sheet.  It makes such a bold title, I knew I wanted to use it along with many of the other elements on this sheet.  For my design, I placed the title first, I often do this with larger elements, because if you leave them until later in the design process, frequently they don't fit anywhere.  I find if I place my photo and the larger items first, that sets the design for the page and it comes together pretty quickly after that.

Once I had an idea of placement for my photo and the title, I then went about pulling out all of the other blue elements from the Chipboard sheet.  To mount my photo, I decided to use the Memento paper, I love the floral mix on this one and how it has a lovely mix of blue, purple and touches of pink.

Next, I began placing the chipboard elements down the left-hand side of the page.  At this point, I felt the layers needed a touch of pink, so pulled everything off and added a very light coverage of Colour Blast mist using the packaging technique.  It is very subtle, but it helps ground those elements and gave me a bit of a guide to build my embellishments onto.

Next, it was time to add some more layers.  I did this by punching strips of the Memento and Luscious paper with a border punch, layering them up and stitching them down.  Next, I went through the Accessories Sticker sheet and pulled out some co-ordinating elements.  I set about building a large cluster of elements that ran from the top of the page down to the photo at the bottom.

I also grabbed the sentiment "You're some kind of wonderful" and "So Lovely" from the Fussy Cuts paper.  Stitching some down, and raising some up for interest.

I continued to add layers and bits and pieces until I was happy with the design adding a flair button, the cute little word sentiments from the Accessories Sticker sheet at the end, followed by some Sparkles for a finishing touch and the page was done.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope my page has inspired you to pull out your stash of Wild At Heart and your punches and get creative.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

"Chasing Scrappy Dreams" for Colour Blast

Hi, creative friends!!

Super excited to share my very first project as part of the Colour Blast team.  I feel super blessed to have been invited to share my love of these stunning products with you over the next year!

 I am so looking forward to sharing my “clean mixed media” style with you - proving you don’t have to get your hands dirty or product all over your page to do mixed media!!

Now onto my project!!  For my first creation, I wanted to do a 12 x 12 layout working with the Colour Shimmer Cubes.   I really wanted to do something very "me", something shimmery and pretty and in my very favourite colour combo, pink green and gold.

To create my page I started with the packaging technique using the New Colour Shimmer Cubes.  I chose Blush to start, so soft and OH SO shimmery.  I put a generous amount of water into the cube and then once the colour was mixed, transferred it onto a piece of scrap plastic.  I then 'smooched' it together and then across the centre of my page.

I love how you can control the depth of the colour by adding more water, the more translucent you would like it, the more water you need to add.  I wanted it to be very soft so I have added quite a bit.

Once this was fully dry it was time for some paint splatters...

I have used Punch and Lipstick for this, I was going for tone on tone here and the 3 colours work together so well.  (Yes, you definitely need ALL the pinks!!)  To do this, I added water and simply mixed with a paint brush.  Then making sure I had plenty on my brush, gently flicked it onto my page.  I find too that I prefer the look of the splatters done one colour at a time and dried off with a heat gun in between.  This will stop the colours blending together.  

To finish up the background, I wanted to add some Gold and Bling is the perfect shade.  Using the same technique as above, I have used my paint brush to gently flick it onto my page.  I then set the whole thing a side to dry completely.

and here is a close up of the finished background - I do love how this turned out!

Now was the time to gather my papers and other elements.  I am crazy in love with the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection and I haven't had much of a chance to play with it so this was heaps of fun!  

I went with a pretty simple photo mat and some fussy cut pattern papers.  I didn't want anything too heavy that would weigh down all those delicate splatters!  Working across my page, I also added my title and ephemera pieces.

I also wanted to add some sequins on top of some of the splatters in similar tones.  To me, it's like the sequins are 3D splatters and really help them pop! 

You can see here just how pretty they are...  and they are super shimmery in real life!!

and there you have it.. my first Colour Blast project - I really hope you like it and it inspires you to work with the new Colour Shimmer cubes, they really are beautiful.

I give this project a "mess level" of Low
 (One piece of scrap plastic packaging, 1 paint brush and 1 cup of water)
Hands, nails and workspace remain totally colour free!

Thanks for popping by