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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

Creative Cards | Bohemian Dream | Michelle Stokes

By | 2018-01-09T17:15:58+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Cards, Tags and Mini Albums, Chit Chat, Design Team, Inspiration|

Hi Everyone, it’s Michelle back today with a super quick creative share. I’m still taking it easy since my surgery last month, and hadn’t really spent much time in my craft room, so I thought what better way to ease back into it than with a couple of cards. Super simple and quite easy to replicate using pieces from the beautiful Bohemian Dream collection.

The first card I made using some offcuts of the 6×6 Paper pad cut into banner flags, ‘strung’ along the top of the card and stitched in place.

I used the paint smear stamp from the set in the collection and some yellow ink under the ‘shine bright’ sticker and layered another sticker above it to create a sweet sentiment for the recipient.

To finish the card I added a leaf from the ephemera pack and some enamel dots for a little extra pop of colour.

Second card was another super simple one but my favourite by far. I used a piece of the beautiful floral print ABUNDANT from the 6×6 paper pad behind some white cardstock, then a strip of GYPSY HEART under the chipboard word HAPPY from the collection.

I added in the word birthday with alphas from the Make a Wish collection as nothing else looked as good. Lastly I tucked in a couple of the leaf pieces from the ephemera pack, some hand writing to finish off the card and some machine stitching to hold it all in place.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, be sure to check in daily for more inspiration from the other Design team members.
Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Happy | Bohemian Dream | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2018-01-09T08:00:28+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Colour Me Happy, Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration|


Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Happy New Year! I hope that 2018 brings you and your loved ones much happiness and joy!

And speaking of happy, have I got something delightful to share with you today….


Oh isn’t this super pretty!!!

Bohemian Dream is just SO dreamy and divine, that I  just can’t get enough of it!

Today I have teamed this gorgeous collection up with the fabulous Colour Me Happy: Geo Heart Cut File. They partner beautifully & I absolutely adore how bright and fun this page is!

I have mounted my 11″ x 11″ white cardstock onto that colourful, patchwork style patterned paper, CV-BD004 BEAUTIFUL MESS and machine stitched it into position. It’s really playful and lends itself to the ‘happy’ vibe of the layout.  That awesome Geo Heart has been backed with the CV-BD005 DREAMER pattern paper from the6 x 6 PAPER PAD, and then embellished with DIE CUT EPHEMERA blooms.

I have snipped one of the cute DIE CUT EPHEMERA frames into half, and layered it beneath my darling photograph. I attach them both to the Geo Heart and continue to embellish the photo cluster and cut file.  You’ll spy ACCESSORY STICKERS, DIE CUT EPHEMERA and FLAIR with my photo, as well CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS on both of them.

I complete my layout with more ephemera pieces and that stunning butterfly chippie! Final finishing touches are the sequins and my hand coloured twine. Perfection!

Let’s take a better look…..

How stunning is the ombre CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER title, ‘HAPPY’?! It reminds me of a beautiful sunset and the yellow contrasts beautifully with the purple tones of the DREAMER paper. Here’s another view of it….

It’s really pretty!!! As are the surrounding blooms and butterflies!

To create gentle dimension on this ‘clean’ look, I use mounted tape on one of the blooms, fold and elevate the wings of the die cut ephemera, and use a CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKER butterfly for interest. I also add my own hand coloured twine creating flow and texture too!

 I am just LOVING those CHIPBOARD ACCENT STICKERS – those blooms are just the prettiest!

How divine!!! The sentiment (& ombre font) of the FLAIR BUTTON is the perfect adornment to my beautiful photograph! LOVE it!

A really simple design and yet oh so pretty!

Those ACCESSORY STICKERS are such a fabulous touch too!

Just beautiful!

I think you can see why I am still totally swooning over Bohemian Dream!

& I hope I have  inspired you to continue creating with it too!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo



Happy Days | Bohemian Dream | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2018-01-04T21:08:08+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Design Team|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends!

Amanda here, and while we eagerly await the all NEW More Than Words collection, I have another stunning design with Bohemian Dream to keep you inspired! ‘Cause let’s be honest, I still can’t get enough of this gorgeous line!!!

“Happy Days”

Oh.WOW!!! Isn’t this just something?!!

It’s no secret that I LOVE all the pretty things, but this collection, well let’s just say it makes me swoon each and everytime I create with it! It’s hard to go wrong with something this beautiful! LOVE it all!!!

For this design, I start with a 12 x 12 white cardstock base, and begin by adding paper strips in BD-005 DREAMER to both the left and right sides of my layout. This is one of my absolute favourite papers! So pretty AND versatile! As my photo ‘looks’ to the left, I decide to position it onto the right to encourage visual flow. So, with this in mind, the main feature of my layout is on the right hand side. I use some complimentary purple paints to create my mixed media base and then embellish, embellish, embellish!

Here’s a closer look….

Oh this really is divine!!!

Inspired by that incredible dreamcatcher CHIPBOARD STICKER, I fussy cut a larger one from pattern paper CV-BD006 BOHO BITS. To make this fussy cut one look more impressive, I foam mount that you are amazing DIE CUT EPHEMERA onto it. Feathers and gems are now part of my developing theme, and so I continue to add more of them into my layout! You’ll also notice that I create my own hanging mobile feathers too! I use a delicate lilac tulle ribbon, and glue it underneath that chippie dreamcatcher. At the base of the ribbon, I attach those DIE CUT EPHEMERA feathers – so pretty!!!

Such a simple idea, but oh so effective!

As we travel down the right side, we encounter more birds. That FLAIR BUTTON bird is the sweetest! And the birdy adorning my CHIPBOARD STICKER photo frame – well that has also been fussy cut from pattern paper CV-BD006 BOHO BITS. That pattern paper is so awesome!

And all winged things belong together, right? So I include a few butterflies (VELLLUM & DIE CUT EPHEMERA) for good measure.

What a Gem! I add a sprinkling of ENAMEL SHAPES and sequins to unite this magical, whimsical notion of dreamcatchers and gems. The Happy Days ACCESSORY STICKER tucks in under those feathers beautifully and forms my layout title.

That CHIPBOARD STICKER butterfly is SO gorgeous that I use its smaller DIE CUT EPHEMERA counterpart to complete the right side of my design.

Before we move on, let’s just take a closer look at that distressed woodgrain framed photo …..

Eeeep! That’s me (I know, I am really trying to make the effort to feature in more photos this year) with my beautiful daughter! We were having a ‘girls day’ and having so much fun! Love it! That CHIPBOARD STICKER frame is the perfect accent to my photo. I love the white distressed woodgrain – it adds texture without any fuss! Heart this moment, indeed! The typewriter font ACCESSORY STICKERS are always my go to for journaling. I really prefer them over my own messy handwriting & they’re so easy to apply!

Moving to the left now, and you’ll immediately spot that butterfly! Yes, it’s the same as the chippie one on the right…..

I just loved it so much that, yes you guessed it,  I fussy cut it out from my new fave paper, CV-BD006 BOHO BITS. Are you needing this pattern paper yet?!!  I know I’ve ordered more 😉 I mounted the butterfly onto that circular ACCESSORY STICKER and added a few more ENAMEL SHAPES & sequins. So pretty! I then add my remaining die cuts. Those printed tabs just perfect for embellishing that paper strip with! A heart, and last but by no means least, one more butterfly to keep with the whimsy!

And there you have it!

A super stunning layout that really takes advantage of our fabulous embellishments and pattern paper, BOHO BITS!

I hope I have inspired you!

Thanks for visiting!

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo

NEW More Than Words | Reveal & Giveaway!

By | 2018-01-13T13:40:28+00:00 December 30th, 2017|Chit Chat, More Than Words, Reveals & GiveAways, Uncategorized|

Hello & happy Saturday everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed a bit of a break with your loved ones!

With 2018 just around the corner, I’m so excited to reveal our next collection to be released in January 2018, More Than Words

The gorgeous More Than Words collection will be shipping to retailers from the 24th January 2018, and will be available in our online store from the 23rd February 2018… (Retailers – pre-order information will be emailed to you in the coming week).

In the meantime, there’s a chance for you to WIN the collection before you can buy it, so make sure you read on to find out all the details on how you can enter to win yourself a gorgeous prize pack! 🙂

** Please note that this giveaway has now closed **

 I simply adore this collection, and so will all you pastel lovers out there!  With soft pinks, blues and neutral greys and charcoal, teamed with our famous abundance of flowers, this collection will be a versatile addition to your scrap stash! It’s got everything you need to create stunning layouts for any subject… from babies to adults and andyone (and everything) in between!

The collection kits include 2 of each paper for a total of 12 papers, plus the accessory sticker sheet.

And now for the BEST part… Just leave a comment below for a chance to win a More Than Words Prize Pack! I’d love to hear what you think of this collection! You have until Midnight AEST on FRIDAY 5th JANUARY 2018 to enter…  The winner will be announced the following week.

** Please note that this giveaway has now closed **

Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope you LOVE our newest collection as much as I do!

Have a great weekend, and a VERY happy New Year!

xx Zoe

2017 Favourites | Mixed Collections | Michelle Stokes

By | 2017-12-29T08:00:20+00:00 December 29th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Design Team, Inspiration, Make A Wish|

Hi Everyone, It’s Michelle back here to finish the month off with a quick post about my favourite layouts created in 2017. I’ve created a tonne of layouts with Cocoa Vanilla Studio products for both this design team and the others that I’m on, so it was extremely hard to narrow down the favourites. I really thought this post would be filled with florals and pretty feminine colours, but surprisingly from the 5 I chose, 3 of them are featuring the You Rock collection!

First up is this fun creation “Owlette & Batbear” featuring the You Rock collection. Inspired by the stars from the collection and the colours of the photos, this collection truly made this memory shine. While Leila has moved on from being obsessed with PJ Masks to loving all things Mario and Luigi, I’m so glad this moment was captured and recorded. This child of ours completely embraces all kinds fun and imaginative play from the moment she wakes and all day through. ORIGINAL POST HERE

Next up is one of my favourites created with the Make a Wish collection Hip Hip Hooray”. This collection was and is still by far my most favourite collection, although Bohemian Dream is pretty much equal to it. The floral designs and the sweet colour palette are perfect for documenting all things feminine and girly, especially a Birthday Celebration. Teamed with a large floral cut file from the Colour Me Happy collection and lace doily from my stash and we have a match made in heaven (well for me anyway) ORIGINAL POST HERE

Now this creation “Star of the Week” is definitely one of my all time favourites, a scrap lift of a layout made by Missy earlier in the year. Another layout using the You Rock collection, perfect for scrapping School photos, and documenting the very first award Leila received at school. This was such a fun layout to create, especially when it involved scrap lifting a long time scrappy Idol of mine 😉 ORIGINAL POST HERE

Almost to the end of the post, and were up to “One of a Kind” that I created more recently using the Bohemian Dream Collection. I couldn’t not share this layout as a favourite! The colours and designs within the collection are absolutely stunning, so much so that I couldn’t help but use almost all of it on one layout! I created a grid using the 6×6 paper pad (the smaller scale designs are perfect for grid work) and grouped a few of my favourites from the ephemera pack to finish it off. ORIGINAL POST HERE

Lastly a fun layout using more of the You Rock collection and a silly photo of my nephew. It was so nice to create something more masculine, and to record a special little moment shared with this little cutie. “Hello Mister Rad” was one of the quickest layouts created to date, surprisingly it all just came together without much thought so I should definitely try and do it more often! ORIGINAL POST HERE

Well thats all from me today, Thank you all so much for stopping by to check out my favourites. Another big THANK YOU to you all for your continued support throughout the year, I can’t wait to get back to scrapping and sharing again in the new year!

Until then, Happy Holidays and Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

2017 Favourites from Amanda | Wild At Heart & Bohemian Dream | Amanda Baldwin

By | 2017-12-31T13:18:29+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Bohemian Dream, Chit Chat, Design Team, Wild at Heart|

Hi Cocoa Vanilla Studio Friends & Fans!

I can’t believe its almost the New Year already! Time really does fly when we’re having fun!

And, to celebrate another fabulous year at Cocoa Vanilla Studio, the Design Team are sharing our scrap-tastic favourite projects from the year!

While I am a HUGE fan of all our collections, there are two from this year that stole my heart & I am still creating with them; Wild At Heart & Bohemian Dream. I may have a thing for #alltheprettythings 😉

Enough chatter though, here are a few of my favourite creations from 2017….

First up, is this layout that I created for Paper Issues using our beautiful Wild At Heart collection.

“Happy Sweet You”

You can see why it’s a favourite – SO pretty!

I just adore all the butterflies and that floral paper backing the Paper Issues cut file! Gorgeous!

And speaking of butterflies, my other favourite layout with our Wild At Heart collection is this stunner….

“Love You” 

I absolutely LOVE all the butterflies in this collection and had so much fun with this fussy cut wreath design! It’s just perfect for my pretty girl!

It is without a doubt that Wild At Heart still has my heart!

And just when I thought Cocoa Vanilla Studio couldn’t get any prettier, Zoe released my newest favourite;

Bohemian Dream…..

“You Are Beautiful”

Oh! Swoon!!!

I created this Bohemian Dream beauty for Shimmerz Paints because the colours in this collection are just divine! Such a dreamy page!

But Bohemian Dream is so much more than a pretty colour palette, it’s delicate designs and patterns too!

Here’s my latest favourite layout with it….

“One Of A Kind”

So very lovely, indeed!

I think you’ll agree with me that both Wild At Heart & Bohemian Dream are the prettiest scrapbook collections of 2017!

And I hope that I have inspired you with my creating too!

I can’t wait to share more with you in 2018!

Happy New Year & Best Wishes!

Happy Arty Days,

Amanda xo


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