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Valentine’s Gift & Card | More Than Words | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2018-02-09T14:32:16+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Cards, Tags and Mini Albums, Chit Chat, Design Team, Inspiration, More Than Words|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends & Fans!

Amanda here, & I am so excited to be sharing some very pretty Valentine’s Day inspiration with our new More Than Words collection. This collection is so swoon worthy! & with the big heart day tomorrow, there’s still plenty of time for you to create this sweet Valentine gift and card set…..

Oh isn’t this lovely?!  And it really is super easy to create!

I made my own heart wreath from cane strips, but you can find plenty of pre-made wreaths at florists, and gift stores. I gave mine a rough coat of white gesso, and twisted some soft pink wool around it to soften those edges. The fun part is all the embellishing!  Select your fave recent photo of your Valentine, choose a sentiment (I cut out the Love You To Bits card from pattern paper CV-MT006 TREASURE ) and heat up your glue gun!

I arrange DIE CUT EPHEMERA pieces, CHIPBOARD STICKERS, & a FLAIR BUTTON around my heart and once happy with their position, I hot glue them into place. I string up the EPHEMERA feathers with twine, and dangle them from the base of the heart. I love the interest this creates! I also layer quite a few of EPHEMERA pieces……

SO pretty! Those butterflies are just divine!

And the FLAIR are always so perfectly coordinated! Such a sweet gift!

Now for the card….

You make my heart sing, indeed! Such a lovely card to give to your beloved!

I start with a 6″ x 4″ white card, and use pattern papers from the 6 x 6 PAPER PAD. These smaller size designs are perfect for cardmaking!

I embellish my card with a DIE CUT EPHEMERA frame, and then adorn it with CHIPBOARD STICKERS, & ACCESSORY STICKERS. Simple, but oh so effective!

And there you have it! A very beautiful (but super quick & easy) Valentine!

I hope I have inspired you to get creating with More Than Words!

Thanks so much for visiting, & Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Arty Days, Amanda xo 


You Make My Heart Sing | More than Words | Michelle Stokes

By | 2018-02-08T22:37:26+00:00 February 11th, 2018|Chit Chat, Design Team, Inspiration, More Than Words|

Hello Scrappy friends, it’s Michelle back here today with a new layout share featuring the brand new More than Words collection. It’s a wonderful collection full of soft pastel colours and super sweet designs and I cannot wait to continue creating with it.

For this creation I chose to scrap lift a layout I made a couple years back that featured loads of punched circles. I was running low on inspiration since having some time away from creating while I recovered from surgery. I’m really happy with how this turned out as it definitely has its differences to the original layout.

I am loving all the patterns within this collection they all compliment each other in the perfect way, and the stamp set.… LOVE The floral design is perfect for adding a touch of colour with paints or watercolours.

I kept the photo stack pretty simple using pieces from both the 12×12 COLLAGE cut apart paper, B side of RADIANT from the 6×6 paper pad and a lace doily from my stash. Under and around all this I’ve layered different size circular elements using chipboard pieces, accessory stickers and punched pattern papers from the 6×6 paper pad. I also tucked in a few vellum florals, stamped some mini hearts and added some chipboard heart stickers to complete.

I ‘scattered’ more circular shapes in a diagonal line across the layout in both top left and bottom right corners, and replicated more design elements from the centre of the layout – stamped hearts, heart shapes and enamel dots.

I also added a flair and the watercolour stamped design from the stamp set to the bottom right ‘cluster’

Lastly a few paper strips left over from my previous layout, some other pieces repeated from other areas of the layout and some hand written journalling and my work here was done.

Im really happy with how this all came together. I hope its inspired you in some way, especially to look back on your previous work and find a layout that you could give a new spin on.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Thank you, goodbye, and hello…again

By | 2018-01-31T00:57:13+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hi everyone!

A couple of announcements to share today – both sad and happy.

First of all, as today marks the end of our 2017 term with our design team, we are saying goodbye to a couple of our lovely ladies. Bea Valint and Missy Whidden are leaving us to continue on with their creative journey, and we can’t thank this dynamic duo enough for all the stunning projects they have created for us over the past 12 months. Both of these ladies have been absolutely delightful members of our team, and they will always remain a part of our extended Cocoa Vanilla family.

We couldn’t go without a final look at their work, so here are some of our favourite pages from each of the ladies using our ‘Bohemian Dream’ and ‘You Rock’ collections.

Our second piece of news is that our former (and very much loved) design team member Tarrah McLean has re-joined the team and will once again be inspiring you with her amazing work this year.

Welcome back Tarrah!

We will also be having some guest designers join us this year, (our very first one is hard at work as we speak), so stay tuned to see who will be sharing their work with us in February.

That’s all from me today, thanks for stopping by!

WILD AT HEART | Scrapbooking Memories Masters 2017

By | 2018-01-28T12:36:57+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Chit Chat, Inspiration|

Hi Everyone,

Gwen back on the blog today to share with you Part Two of our special Scrapbooking Memories Masters feature using the ‘Wild at Heart’ collection.  Our next Master is the very talented Kylie Tout who has created this striking page with a beautiful reminder to “be yourself” and “dream big”.

We love how Kylie has used the watercolour inspired background on the B side of the ARTISAN paper. She’s made it her own by adding background stamps and texture for the perfect base to her layout.

She has also altered the Wood Veneer pieces with stunning gold glitter and paint.  You really can alter these to fit any project you may have in mind.

Next up we have Sue Hamilton who has been inspired by the stunning Blue in the MARIPOSA paper but also the Chipboard Frames in the collection.  She too has framed her page with the MEMENTO paper, a popular choice with the Masters.

She has created a cute row of flowers in her design pulling elements that have been fussy cut, veneer pieces and die cuts.  We also love how she has featured so many photos on her page using the Chipboard Frames.

She has finished her layout using bit and pieces from our Chipboard Sticker pack and a flair button, great for added dimension.

Also inspired by our Chipboard Frames is our last master, Kylie Symons who has created this fun project.  We love how she has combined the A and B sides of the MEMENTO paper and the LUSCIOUS paper to create paper strips for her background.  She has made the die cut pieces stand out by creating a dark line around the edge and what a beautiful message for this page as well “bloom where you are planted”.

And there you have it, 6 unique and wonderful pages created by the Scrapbooking Memories 2017 Masters featuring the Wild At Heart collection.

A huge thank you to all of my fellow Masters for sharing their creativity with us!  Amy Small, Trudi Harrison, Kylie Tout, Sue Hamilton and Kylie Symons.

I hope they have inspired you to pull out your stash and get creating with the bold and beautiful papers and embellishments in this collection!

Until next time,




WILD AT HEART | Scrapbooking Memories Masters 2017

By | 2018-01-28T12:11:48+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Chit Chat, Inspiration|

Hi Everyone,

Gwen with you today with a special share for the blog. The Scrapbooking Memories Masters for 2017 have come together to share with us an inspiring collection of their projects featuring the beautiful WILD AT HEART collection.  I too was fortunate enough to be part of that group, so I thought I ‘d go first!

For my layout, I wanted to pull the warm tones from the collection including the pinks and add to them a pop of the darker purples.  I have used the MOMENTO paper to mount my photo and fussy cut butterflies from the MARIPOSA paper.

I’ve layered up punched strips of pattern papers GROW WILD and LUSCIOUS.  I also added in stickers from the Accessory Sticker Sheet and Wood Veneer pieces.

Next up we have Amy Small who has created this super fun Boys paper pulling out the Blues and Greens in the collection.  I love how she has used the frames too!  Her background features the ARTISAN and DOUBLE DOT paper and how cool are the clusters including die cut pieces, wood veneer and a flair button.

More Accessory Stickers and some Enamel Dots are the perfect finishing touch.

Next up we have Trudi Harrison who has created this stunner!  Such a celebration of the colours in the collection to match her joy-filled photo.

She has featured the MEMENTO paper as her border and the ARTISAN paper as her background.  Her main cluster features fussy cut flowers and a heap of the Die Cut Ephemera – she has mixed the larger and smaller designs in the pack to build up some stunning layers here and look at the SPARKLE from the Enamel Dots from the collection, oh so pretty!

Be sure to pop back to the blog tomorrow as I share our remaining Master’s layouts with you!

Until next time,



Hello magical SEVEN | More than Words | Michelle Stokes

By | 2018-01-23T18:57:41+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Chit Chat, Design Team, Inspiration, More Than Words|

Hello Scrappy Friends! It’s Michelle back here today with a new layout share featuring the BRAND NEW and seriously STUNNING collection – More than Words. Oh my HECK this collection is so so beautiful that it needs ALL the heart eye emojis one could possibly use lol

When I first saw this collection online I was IN LOVE. The patterns, the colours, all just pure magic! In person its even better, and I knew I needed to try and use them all within one layout. Challenge accepted once I took the 6×6 paper pad out of the box, pure heaven! Perfect colours for scrapbooking Leila, especially documenting this special moment – her 7th birthday.

I went a little crazy and chopped up tonnes of tiny little strips with the intention of weaving them all together in some way, similar to a layout that I created back in 2014. However I really wanted the patterns and colours to stand out rather than mix together so I ended up laying them all out randomly in a vertical line and weaved just a few to the right of where the photo is

I layered a couple of pattern papers from the 12×12 cut apart paper COLLAGE along with a frame from the ephemera pack and the photo, printed in 3x4inch size so that it didn’t cover up too much of the pretty paper strips. I then created a couple of clusters around the photo by tucking in pieces of ephemera from the Die cut pack and the vellum pack, plus a couple of extras from the stickers sheet, the chipboard heart and an enamel heart. I then created a mini cluster of similar items at the top of the layout, including some machine stitching for added detail.

Next I created a mixed element title using the ‘Hello’ chipboard sticker, “magical” accessory sticker and alphas from the Endless Summer collection. To finish off this area I tucked in a date tab, floral ephemera piece, enamel dots and some machine stitching.

Then lastly this little area of weaved paper goodness, created to balance out the other side of the layout and bring it all together. I’ve used some of the left over paper strips, an accessory sticker, die cut ephemera pieces, vellum butterfly, a chipboard heart, a couple more of those precious little enamel dots and machine stitching. As a final touch to the layout I added a sprinkling of gold ink.

Well thats it from me today, I hope you’ve found this inspiring. It’s definitely kickstarted my creative juices!
Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx

Prize Winners – More Than Words collection

By | 2018-01-13T15:25:48+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Chit Chat, More Than Words, Reveals & GiveAways|

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far. It’s time to announce the winners of our More Than Words collection giveaway – our first release for 2018!

We had so many comments on this giveaway – 278 to be exact! So thank you to everyone who took the time to enter and all the lovely comments you posted – it really is special for Zoe to be able read them all after she invests her heart and soul into designing and producing these amazing collections.

So without further ado…

Our major prize winner, who will receive a full collection prize pack is…

Congratulations Michele with comment # 171!

Our runner up, who will receive a collection kit is…

Congratulations Michelle Grainger with comment # 58!

Congratulations to both ladies – we hope you enjoy creating with the ‘More Than Words’ collection.

(I will be in contact with both of you via email this week to arrange your prizes, so keep an eye on your Inbox.)

Thanks again to everyone that entered our giveaway. The ‘More Than Words‘ collection will begin shipping to retailers on the 24th January, and will be available in our online store approximately a month after that.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend – happy scrapping!

Sue – Marketing Coordinator

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