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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