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Bahaha! | You Rock | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-10-10T08:06:00+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Design Team, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hello, friends!  Missy here, and I have a funny (and fun) layout to share today using the You Rock collection.  I have really loved the challenge of using this “boy” collection for layouts about my silly girls.  This photo makes me laugh…look at that goofy face!  This week we are featuring projects that showcase our individual style.  I used mixed media, which is my favorite.  I was also in the mood to play with washi tape, so I took all the You Rock Washi Tape and stuck it all down on some white cardstock.  I used my circle punches to create lots of different sized circles to use around the photo.  I actually loved how the scrap paper looked after punching all the circles, so I cut it in half and used it as well.  My background paper is the Artisan paper from Wild at Heart, and I smudged a lot of white acrylic paint on it first.  I used coordinating colors of ink sprays to get the color behind everything.

I went through all the embellishments and discovered there are tons of circles!  I used one from the Chipboard Stickers, several from the Ephemera Die Cuts and even some tiny ones I punched.  I used more of the Washi Tape here with these cute phrases.  The Accessory Sticker Sheet is full of really funny phrases, so I used a few of those around the page, too.

I added some foam adhesive under a few of the circles to create some depth.  I topped this big circle with a few sentiments.  One is a die cut and one is a Rubber Charm.  I used the navy alpha stickers from Hello Sunshine.  You can also see some black machine stitching on the background.  I did some zig zag stitches as well as some messy straight stitching.  I like how it adds to the messy background.

I used a chipboard frame over my photo and then topped it with another chipboard circle.  Here you can see the scrap paper that I punched the circles from.  It looked too cool to throw away, so I used it!

Here’s one more close-up of the top area.  I did add a few bits of tangled thread in two spots for added texture and color.

I really love how this turned out!  It’s a lot of fun to make a collection work for something that it’s not intended for.  Even though most of the pieces in the You Rock line are meant for boys, I have made it work for several girl pages.  Give it a try!  Here’s my process video if you’d like to check it out:

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great week!

Hello sunshine | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-09-11T04:24:30+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Chit Chat, Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Endless Summer, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Hello crafty people. As you probably noticed – it’s a STICKERS WEEK on Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog. I am very happy about it because let’s be honest – who doesn’t like stickers? They are so easy and fast to use, come in a variety of shapes and colors. Perfect type of embellishments.

You can find many types of stickers at CVS Store like: chipboard stickers, regular sticker, alpha stickers and puffy stickers. I mixed them together on this sunny – funny page.

I had a series of cute pictures of my little girl playing at the pool. They are mostly blue so I thought – let’s make a fun, blue background. I searched through all the CVS collections and picked every blue paper I found. I grouped them and decided to use 8 patterns together. You can spot papers from Color me happy, Wild at heart, Hello sunshine, Make a wish, You rock and Endless summer collections. I just cut a stripe of paper and combined them all together creating a whole new 12*12 paper.

With all that patterns my page didn’t need much of embellishing. Small stickers and other elements were just perfect to add them here and there.

I started with three chipboard frames from “Wild at heart” collection stuck behind the pictures. I also picked some words and small elements from “Hello sunshine” ephemera pack and sticker sheet. Puffy stickers are also a fun type pf embellishments to put on the page. I created a title using two puffy words from “Hello sunshine” puffy stickers.

Adding dimension to my pages is one of my favourite techniques while creating a layout. That’s why I love wood veneers, woodies and flair buttons. All of them used on my page are from “Hello sunshine” collection.

That’s all for today. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks.

XO

Anna

Summertime Banners | Mix & Match | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-08-24T06:07:09+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Design Team, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Make A Wish, Wild at Heart, You ROCK|

Happy Thursday, friends!  Missy here, and I have a fun and festive Summer layout to share today.  I mixed and matched papers and embellishments from the Hello Sunshine, Wild at Heart, Make a Wish and You Rock collections to create a fun rainbow of colored banners.  I used a triangle punch to create a bunch of triangles and then glued them all to some cord.  I used a fun pool photo that had lots of blue in it to coordinate with all the bright colors.  I used some white cardstock for my background and gave it some color and texture using some Shimmerz Paints and some modeling paste through a circle stencil.  I folded the tops of each triangle over the cord a little bit to create some dimension and then layered them on the page.

Here you can see the dimension from the banners.  They turned out really great!  I tucked my photo under the top banner and added some embellishments on and around it.  I used a fun sun die cut from Hello Sunshine as well as an Accessory Sticker and a Puffy Sticker.

I added color coordinated stickers and chipboard on each banner.  This piece here is from Wild at Heart, and the sticker is from Make a Wish.  It’s just amazing at how pieces from each collection match so well together.

I added the modeling paste to the background for some added interest and texture.  Since it’s white, it sort of blends in and just creates a subtle statement.  I also added a bit of yellow thread here.

To the left of the photo, I tucked in a beautiful ombre pink and white vellum heart from Make a Wish as well as some tangled thread.  This cluster of embellishments is from Hello Sunshine.  I went simple with the title and used some of the patterned alpha stickers from Make a Wish.

Here’s one more close up of the beautiful banners and coordinating embellishments.  I can’t get enough of these gorgeous colors!

I hope you guys are inspired in some way by this…rainbow layouts are so fun to make!  Check out my process video here if you’d like to see how I put this all together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtqdtXZw7Vw

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!

So glad we’re family | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-08-11T18:01:58+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Design Team, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Life Is Beautiful, Make A Wish, Sugar & Spice|

Hello everyone. How are you doing? It’s Monday, time to start new week. I am counting down to my French vacation. Only 10 more days to go 😀 I am still working at my desk creating projects with my favorite CVS products. It’s a multi photo week here at Cocoa Vanilla blog so I made a layout with two pictures of my lovely daughter. I also cut a big title “So glad we’re family” because I am really proud mom of my two girls. They are two best things in my life.

I didn’t have a plan for this page. First I thought I will use “Make a wish” collection because it’s colors matches my pictures. I chose paper “Hip hooray” with navy stripes for my background and “Party dots” for the title. After I had my base, title and pictures ready I noticed that I used up almost all my “Make a wish” embellishments. So I went for a hunt and looked through some older collections for matching elements, especially flowers.

I found the oldest CVS embellishments – stickers from “Sugar and spice” collection. I used all the flowers and some other small elements. I still have some more to use for the future 🙂

I also fussy cut some flowers from one of my favorite papers “In bloom” from “Life is beautiful” collection. “Make a wish” chipboard stickers were a perfect match too.

Hello sunshineflair button and woodies matched my page perfectly too.

I love digging in my CVS stash searching for matching elements and mixing up the collections. I am rediscovering them and the possibilities they give. I hope you like my page and it inspires you to dust the older scrappy stuff to play with.

Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks.

Anna

I need a vitamin sea | Endless summer layout | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-07-11T06:36:13+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Cut Files, Design Team, Endless Summer, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration|

Hello crafty friends. It’s Anna here with my summer page based on “Endless summer” collection. It’s our assignment for this week and Zoe created fabulous, free cut files that match this collection. It looks like this:

and you can download it from here >> click.

Summer projects are always my favourite. We travel some place warm every year, with palm trees, turquoise see and blue sky so I always have some great photos to scrap. I am definitely a sea person. I could stare at waves and boats for hours. Beach is my happy place and I consider summer “wasted” if I have no chance to visit seaside.

I chose my favorite “Blue skies” paper for the background. I cut six waves shapes using white cardstock and painted them with watercolors. I also cut three clouds and backed them with vellum.

“Endless summer” collection has so many fun embellishments to play with. Ephemeras are always my favorite and I picked some of them and placed them around my page. Could those flamingos be cuter? I also added few puffy stickers and woodies here and there.

Fancy in alpha stickers? CVS has a lot of them. I chose white, simple letters from “Color me happy” collection along with jeans patterned letters from “Hello sunshine”.

My final steps with most of my pages are: adding enamel dots and splashing. This is exactly what I did here.

If you are curious how my creative process looks like, I recorded a video for you.

 

That’s all for today. I will see you in two weeks with soft and delicate inspiration created with ‘Love always” collection. You don’t want to miss this 😉

Thank you for stopping by.

XO Anna

You are the rainbow on my sky | Anna Komenda

By | 2017-06-24T06:25:10+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Colour Me Happy, Design Team, Free Spirit, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration, Totally Rad, You ROCK|

Hello everyone. Northern hemisphere is celebrating a beginning of the summer. It’s my most favorite time of the year. I love all the colors around me. Flowers, butterflies, rainbows, clear, blue sky – this is all I need to feel good and full of energy. I am trying to pour this energy into my projects. That’s why I want to show you today this colorful layout. I mixed many collections to make this page.

I started with this cute paper with little triangles from “Hello sunshine” collection. It’s so cheerful and summery. Next step was to cut the rainbow using various pattern papers in matching colors. I just went through my scraps and found pink in “Free spirit” collection, blue and green in “Color me happy” collection, yellow and orange in “Totally rad” and pink in “Sugar and spice”. I love combining different collections n one matching design.

I used white alpha stickers from “Color me happy” collection to create a title. I also searched for embellishments in matching colors to add some texture and dimension to the rainbow. You can spot there some rubber charms from “Wild at heart” and “You ROCK”. Chipboard stickers are also from “You rock” collection.

Cute woodies are one of my fav embellishments. I mixed few from various collections. I added wood veneers too. Clouds are from “Hello sunshine” collection. I also used puffy stickers and flair button from that collection too.

My inspiration for this page was this picture of my daughter lying on the striped hammock. Stripes reminded me of rainbow. Last step was to add the smallest elements like enamel dots. Once gain, I mixed several collections there.

That’s it for today. I hope You feel inspired to make your own rainbows. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks.

XO Anna

Island Vibes | Hello Sunshine | Missy Whidden

By | 2017-06-24T04:13:01+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Design Team, Hello Sunshine, Inspiration|

Happy Saturday, friends!  Missy here, and I’m sharing a new Summer layout today.  We’ve been focusing on seasons lately, and my favorite is Summer.  I love the bright and bold colors, and sunny photos are my favorite to create with.  I pulled out the Hello Sunshine collection to scrap this picture of me and my husband in Aruba last year.  I love the neutrals and yellow tones in it, so I wanted to pull those colors into my background.  I started with the Sunny Spot paper as my background, and I coated a big chunk of it with white gesso to prepare it for some watercolor.  I used some Shimmerz Paints in golden yellow and blue shades.  I also used some Heidi Swapp Color Shine.  I love using sun rays on Summer pages, so I used a piece of the Solar Flare paper and cut the white parts out.  I used that as a layering piece behind my photo and used gold thread to stitch through each ray for added shine and texture.  I embellished with lots of goodies from the collection including flowers, die cut ephemera, wood buttons and stickers.

I used the packaging technique on the background, and I also sprayed directly on to the paper.  I wanted to incorporate flowers into the design because they just remind me of everything tropical.  I combined a big floral die with with a dimensional flower here as well as a wood button and some puffy stickers.

I wanted to go big with my title.  I created the word “island” in my Silhouette software using the Bromello font and cut it on white cardstock.  I used the blue Shimmerz to paint it.  I love how it curls up on the ends of the letters…such great dimension!  I hand cut the word “vibes” from various papers and tucked them under the bigger piece.  I added a few lines of journaling under that and stamped the date.

This blue is so pretty!  It really compliments all the other colors in this collection.  Again, the dimension here looks so cool.

To the right of the photo, I added in another flower as well as a few fussy cut flowers and a leaf from the Full Bloom paper.  I wanted a pop of orange, so I added the wood button.

I love how these stickers look here.  I used a sticker from the Accessory Sheet and another puffy sticker.  I added a frame from the Die Cut Ephemera pack under my photo as well as some tissue paper and adhesive foam.

I created a fun cluster at the bottom here with a big circle die cut, another die cut flower another dimensional flower and another wood button.  I love repeating things in various clusters around the page.

I hope this inspires you to create a page about your favorite season.  I really loved this challenge, and I am very happy with  how it turned out.  I have a video if you’d like to see how I created this page from start to finish.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a fantastic weekend!

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