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Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello all my crafting peeps! It’s been a while since i’ve done a blog so I thought I’d try again in 2018! Each Month i’m hoping to focus on a new product or brand that has come into my store or has been there for a while.(sometimes we forget how awesome it is!). Cocoa Vanilla Studio has just arrived so I figured that this was a great option to start with for the month of March.

For those who don’t know much about Cocoa Vanilla Studio, it is an Australian brand (and I do love supporting fellow Aussies) designed by Zoe Pearn in NSW. Although the products are made in China (to keep costs down) I think Zoe’s products are high in quality and the paper is lovely and thick (similar to Simple Stories and Echo Park). Her collections include, but not limited to paper, Die Cuts, Stickers and those cute little enamel dots/shapes which are hard to pass up on!!

For those who may not know me I have 2 boys 10 and 7 so when i saw You Rock I immediately had to order it as I knew i would love crafting with this collection. So today I have made 5 cards using the You Rock Collection. When i ordered there were also die cuts from two previous collections, Made of Awesome and Totally Rad. What i totally saw and loved is the die cuts would match with the current collection. Just like Doodlebug Designs its great to see a brand that is easy adaptable and can be used over a number of collections without putting too much stress on trying to match the colours.

So using the 12×12 You Rock Collection Kit and the Totally Rad die cuts, i’ve put together 5 cards. (More will be coming through the month of March so stay tuned)

Ive also added in some buttons, coloured twine and some mists to make these cards come alive!

When I make my cards I like to have an idea of where my card is going to end up. From there i can create with what i have got.  One of my favourite ways is to use Card Maps. Beck Fleck is one of my all time favourites. I used her January 2018 card maps. You can find them HERE . This is a great way to speed up the card making process and spend less time moving embellishments and paper around not knowing really what the final card will look like. Some times I also like to sketch my own out as well. You can find my first card maps HERE to download for free.

Next i spread out my papers and embellishments and simply cut and paste away! This collection is all about bright, fun and funky and for those who know me that is totally my style! Adding foam tape and buttons gives the cards added dimension.

My next creative task is to create some cards using the same You Rock Papers, but changing the die cuts to Made by Awesome so you can see how easy it is to mix and match the Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections.

If you’ve enjoyed this blog today please leave some love! I’m also open to ideas on what you’d like to see more of…maybe a step by step project, more 3D cards or something else that will inspire you to craft!

Below is a list of Products with links of what i used on my cards:

Cocoa Vanilla Studio You Rock 12×12 Collection Kit

Cocoa Vanilla Studio Totally Rad Die Cuts

Little Birdie Lime Splash and Ocean Mist Mists

Craft Buttons Green and Orange

Green Tara Paper Twine Lime Green and Orange

Couture Creations 12mm Foam Tape

Couture Creations 12mm Double Sided Tape

Happy Crafting

Kerry xx



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Shaker Card Fun with Sweet Stamp Shop and Doodlebug

Shaker Card Fun with Sweet Stamp Shop and Doodlebug

Shaker Card Fun with Sweet Stamp Shop and Doodlebug

Lest we forget on this ANZAC DAY 2015…..Hubby and my eldest attended an ANZAC day service in our local town while I stayed at home snuggled in bed with my youngest. It’s so cold here at the moment and it’s not even winter yet! I had to get into my craft room and put some brightness back into my day! I knew exactly what i wanted to use and that was the new Doodlebug Design Collection Sunkissed. I love this collection for all it’s summer time themes and the colours are so bright and cheerful! I thought I’d make some Shaker Cards to add to the fun..Shaker cards are a lot of fun to make and add something unique to the front of a card or a project life page.

For the first card, I used the Sweet Stamp shop Beach Bum Stamp Set and stamped lots of the beach balls and sand buckets and spades, and a sandcastle onto X press it Blending card and coloured in with my Copics. I then cut a template for the stripes from a scrap piece of card stock, traced and then cut again using the stripes paper from the 6×6 Sunkissed paper pad. Next I adhered some acetate to the back of the paper, placed some foam tape around the edges of the template so the sandcastle, beach balls and buckets didn’t fall out when i placed them into each open stripe. I finished the card off by sticking the small polka dot paper onto the tape to hold the bits and pieces in and matted using the blue paper. I added some Enamel dots, paper twine and a stamp to finish it off.

Sweet Stamp Shop Shaker Card
Sweet Stamp Shop Shaker Card

So much fun seeing the balls and the buckets sliding around when you shake the card!

The next card I made I used some Nesting Circles and scollop circles to cut out my circles and scolloped border. Using the same technique of acetate, foam tape and some card stock on the back, I added some colourful sequins to the middle. Finishing the card with a Sunshine from the Sunkissed icons Sticker sheet, a few enamel dots and the same stamp. I love the noise this makes when you shake it around!


I have started working on some project Life pages as well Using the Sunkissed Collection, which i hope i can share with you soon! Below is a list of all the things i used to make my cards. Click on the time to find it in my store!

Doodlebug Designs 6×6 paper Pad – Sunkissed

Doodlebug Designs icon Stickers – Sunkissed

Doodlebug Designs Glitter Sprinkles – Sunkissed

X Press it Foam Tape

Sizzix Happy Birthday stamp

Sweet Stamp Shop Beach Bum (discontinued and one left! be quick!)

Sequins (red, orange, yellow, green)

Acetate (Link coming soon)

Copic markers (Link Coming soon)

Paper Twine (Link coming soon)

Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my project! Leave a little love below and I’d love to see your shaker cards! Post them on Instagram and  tag me in your post, or share them on my Facebook page for me to see and i will share your card!

Kerry xx