Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cocoa Daisy Kits | Modern + Vintage

Happy Monday and reveal night to you all! Stopping in for a few to share with you the new August kit from @cocoadaisy available to subscribers now and to the general public on August 1.

This kit has something for everyone and I love, love, love what my fellow DT members have created with these kits!

Here is the main kit:

And my Daisy Designer gallery below:

My DITL layout:
Love the alphas in this month's kits! And the stamps? "Pinky Promise?" (Are you kidding me?! How fun is that stamp?!)
Here are some close ups of my DITL layout:

 Below I cut down a 3x4 DITL card and simply sewed around it for a fun addition to my photo.
 The rainbow striped card from some dear friends (Ethan got a opening day rose from them for his performance in Alice In Wonderland, Jr at our local Children's theatre) went perfectly with this month's kit and the exclusive flair from Panda 8.

 I cut out part of the play program and used some star stickers from the Jenni Bowlin alpha stickers included in the Main kit to highlight my son's and his friend's names.

I used the smiley face stamp from the Emoticons Stamp Set here:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

American Crafts Signature Style Guest Designer

Hello and happy Wednesday everyone! I am excited to share I am the Guest Designer over on the American Crafts blog this week. Here is a little sneak of what I have created:

 A Project Life layout created with American Crafts products and Design A Page Protectors.

This layout documents my youngest son's final week of Alice In Wonderland, Jr. We weren't allowed to take photos during the performance, so I added what I could take photos of for now and will add more photos from the purchased CD on another design later.

I have several more designs in my gallery including a fun home decor project that can be done with the help of your kiddos! So hop on over to the American Crafts blog to see the rest of my gallery created with Amy Tangerine, Dear Lizzy, DIY SHOP and more fabulous and fun American Crafts products!

     Anddddd....***A special shout out to Paige Evans for the invitation to guest! Thank you so much Paige! ***

Saturday, July 12, 2014

** Chic Tags- delightful paper tag **: Pocket Page Scrapbooking | 4th of July Week

Hello there and happy Saturday! Sharing my Pocket Page layout for June 30 through July 6th today.

I personally have found (over the many ...

Monday, June 30, 2014

The View from @Cocoadaisykits

Hi all! Stopping by today to share a few images from my July @cocoadaisykits Design Team gallery! This kit was so fun to create with! I wish I could find more time to play with it as I have so much more I want to use including more of the exclusive stamp sets!

Here is the Main Kit; Viewfinder:
Some favorites from the main? Too many to count, but to highlight a few: the viewfinder die cut paper, grey woodgrain card stock, Jillibean Soup yellow alphabets, Sew Easy stitching template, and exclusive patterned papers used in this layout sneak: 

And here is a bit of the DITL kit: 
 Exclusive stamps from the Main and DITL kits-swooning!!

And I have serious love for the exclusive wood veneer viewfinders as well as the Papermania "All Aboard" flags and clips included in the Scenic Route add-on. I spy lots of October Afternoon Daily Flash and Crate Paper's The Open Road here too!

See all of the rest of my gallery designs here along with the rest of the design team's for more inspiration on how we designed with these kits here:

Kits are available for sale to subscriber's now and to the general public here in the Cocoa Daisy Store tomorrow at 12PM EST!
Happy shopping!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Very Chic and Totally Odd Hop


We are VERY pleased to welcome you to A Very Chic and Totally Odd Hop!

Chic Tags and Some Odd Girl have partnered up to show you some magic that combines our products into BEAUTIFUL paper crafting projects! We're so glad you're here!
Now through Sunday at midnight EDT, you can enjoy some gorgeous inspiration from the Chic Tags Creative Team and the Odd Girls, leaving your comments at each stop along the way, and on Tuesday, July 1st, a winner will be announced at each blog... Both winners will get $15 to spend at EACH of the Chic Tags and Some Odd Girl shops!

You should have arrived from Melissa's blog; there are 11 stops in total. As you make your way around to each of the blogs, we are QUITE sure your head will be spinning with ideas! The Chic Tags Creative Team was certainly inspired by the fun Some Odd Girl stamps they received, and we think you're going to like what's in store.

I was so inspired by the "Make A Statement" stamp set from Some Odd Girl Stamps (in the shop here) as it is such a versatile collection! I decided to use a few of the stamps to create part of my title work: ("enjoy" and the ">>>>>>"). I also used the "awesome" and "dude" on this design.

I loved using the chevron stamp to represent tire tracks across the page and to draw one's eye into the main portion of my title. The layout celebrates my oldest son turning 16 and his birthday surprise to find keys to a used car he will have the privilege of using given great grades, attitude, work ethic,  clean driving record and contributing to gas and insurance premiums. (I'm still in denial that he is even old enough to drive! Ack!) 

I also created an anniversary card using the SOG "Make a Statement" stamp set and Chic Tags Cloud 9 Label Stickers and Schoolhouse "Lessons" patterned paper.

From here, you're heading over to visit Angie!
Be sure to comment on ALL posts, and you'll be eligible to win!
In case you get lost along the way, here is your full hop list:
***YOU ARE HERE>>  Suz Mannecke
Up Next on the hop >>> Angie Boutiller

Thank you SO MUCH to Some Odd Girl for partnering up with us for this fun event, and to all of you joining us, happy hopping! 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cocoa Daisy New Site Celebration and Giveaways, Giveaways, Giveaways!!

Happy Tuesday all! Stopping by to alert you to some fun and exciting things happening over at Cocoa Daisy.

First up, @cocoadaisykits (Instagram ID) has a fresh new, clean and graphic site. It was revealed on Friday evening and here is a link to get you started viewing all of the wonderful changes happening there. Here is just a little peek:

Secondly, they are having a contest where you could win a chance to Guest Design for Cocoa Daisy during the month of September! How cool is that?!!! 

                                                                                             Read here for more details and information.

Thirdly, Cocoa Daisy is having an Instagram giveaway where you AND a tagged friend can win a DITL kit!!! The information and details on this giveaway can be found here.

And lastly, I am having an Instagram/blog giveaway to celebrate too! I will be giving away this "Here I Am" stamp set (from the now sold out May Kit) and this stamp set (to a "tagged" friend) from the June DITL Kit along with a few other Cocoa Daisy goodies.

Cocoa Daisy exclusive "HERE I AM" Stamp Set:

Cocoa Daisy Exclusive "Whimsy Borders" stamp set:

>>>>>TO ENTER:
1. Leave a comment here or on my Instagram feed (look for my post with the hashtag on my #CDnewsitegiveaway.  

       2. Follow @cocoadaisykits and me @SuzMannecke here on my blog and/or Instagram

3. Tag a friend 

Entries will close on Sunday, June 29. I will post a winner by 9AM CST Monday June 30th here and on my Instagram feed. For new followers, my Instagram ID is SuzMannecke (no spaces). Good luck and happy celebrating!! :)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sketch Challenge With Shimelle

Last fall I was invited to contribute to Shimelle's blog with a sketch challenge. I recently received word the post was going to go live and can now share:Sketch to Scrapbook Page:: Grid Collage by Suz Mannecke @ shimelle.com
Here was the sketch I was given to interpret:
scrapbook page sketch @ shimelle.com
And here is the end result along with my thoughts on my take on the sketch:
Sketch to Scrapbook Page:: Grid Collage by Suz Mannecke @ shimelle.com

I decided not to rotate the design for my take on this sketch but did opt for a two by three grid collage photo arrangement instead of the row of three photos. I placed the triangle wood veneer clips where the stars were surrounding the photo arrangement. In place of the journaling at the bottom right of sketch, I grouped a large cluster of sequins and trim to mimic the gorgeous Florida Emerald Coast. For the outline around the photos, I initially thought I would machine or hand stitch this area, but instead used hemp cord which I think added to the organic feel of my design. I placed my journaling in a “flip up” located beneath my main photo which I adhered with pop dots for added dimension. As for my title work, I applied a wet embossing ombre technique using several Zing powders and then created a handwritten Silhouette cut ‘coast’ which I colored with metallic watercolors and watercolor pencils. I enjoyed creating with this sketch and hope you do too! -Suz

To see all of the other sketch designs and the challenges that are now going on, head over here. Happy Tuesday!