My Cocoa Daisy Layouts for April


This was my favorite layout that I created this month using April's Cocoa Daisy kit...I love that photo that I got of Zoey so I printed it in a 5 x 7 size and it worked out perfectly using this patterned paper in the main kit.  I even did a little inking along the edge of the layout and on my journaling strips!  It's been awhile since I've dug out my inks and played...perhaps this is the start of something?


Over spring break here Zoey and I had an afternoon where we painted our nails and toenails and even added stickers to them and painted over with glitter...a perfect girly thing to do together so I had to document it of course.  :)


Pretty fancy don't you think?


And then this last one posted here is just a little blip of my life.  I usually have friday afternoons off from work and when I don't have appointments scheduled or errands to run during that time (which doesn't happen often) I will sometimes stop at our local organic foods market and get some fresh fruit and an Izze sparkling juice as a special treat.  It's a little splurge every now and again.



I LOVED this month's kit to pieces, truly!  I have one more layout that I created using this month's kit and here is a little sneak of it for you...


I'll share the layout in full on Monday as well as the sketch that I came up for it as well after I post it on the Cocoa Daisy blog.  Until then...enjoy your crafting!

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Cocoa Daisy Kit for April: Sprout


Cocoa Daisy's Main Kit, "Sprout"

"Bloom" add-on

"Polka Dot Wellies" add-on

April Embellishment Pack

"Yellow Umbrella" additional patterned paper add-on

This month's kit is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  Love the colors, the patterned papers, the embellishments and yes, the add-ons!  The reveal is going on right now which means the kit is available to subscribers now and then will be available for purchase to the general public on April 1st.  This is one that you do not want to miss!  I had so much fun playing with this month's fact, I just finished up my 4th layout using it tonight.  :)  

Here are my sneaks:


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I love how you look at the world and those around you at any given moment and have the ability to truly see what is at the root of it all. It is a gift that I hope you hold on to.

Your genuine desire to be good and true just shatters any ideas that I may have ever had that it's impossible to raise a responsible and accountable child in today's society.

I cherish that you still reach out to hold my hand when I know that so many peers do not. My hope is that there will always be a path paved between us both.

I love that you show your excitement as well as your hurts with me, even when it isn't easy.

I pray that I am giving you what you need to succeed at what matters the most in this life, a calm and peaceful heart.

I see a weakness that is my own in you, a certain kind of stubbornness, but also know that if called upon correctly it will serve you well when the time is right.

I continuously need to reign in my desire to protect you from all that is wrong with the world and allow you to see and determine for yourself what is what, to let you pave your own path to where it is that you need to go.

My darling and fierce daughter, how I love you so.

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Spring Reading List

Since it's spring break here where I am and I have a bit of time off from work I wanted to get my current list of books that are on my "To Read" list down while I have them in the forefront of my mind.  I'm currently reading and am almost done with the first book in the trilogy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  I was holding out, I don't know why exactly...perhaps simply due to all the hype it's gotten but wow, I'm glad that I finally gave in and gave it a go as I am absolutely and positively hooked!  Love the first book so much, anticipating the others!  So without further adieu, here is my list of books to read within the next couple of months!

What's on your reading list these days?  Do you have any recommendations? I'd love to hear them!

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St. Patty's Day Kid Friendly Craft


* If you are interested in purchasing a box of scrapbook goodies from my spring cleaning purge I still have some left here.

Today Zoey and I were browsing in our local Variety store (like a Ben Franklin) and happened upon some rainbow twizzlers and some chocolate gold foiled coins.  I picked them up thinking we could make up a little table arrangement using them for St. Patrick's Day.  It turned out super cute and was easy for Zoey to put together plus there were some twizzlers left over to snack on...bonus!

Supplies:  1 package of rainbow Twizzlers, chocolate gold coins (or you could use gold wrapped Rolos), mason jar, and some green paper if you want to cut out some shamrocks to decorate like we did.

Is it starting to feel like spring where you are?  The snow is finally starting to melt here and yesterday Zoey and I actually sat outside in our lawn chairs soaking up the sun.  I'm sure we made for a somewhat strange site sitting with our feet up on our snow covered lawn!

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And the Winner of the Cocoa Daisy Stamps is...


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Hanna Marie, you are the winner of the Cocoa Daisy stamps!  Please email me your contact information (mailing address) and I will get it to Christine at Cocoa Daisy so she can send them out to you!  Thank you all for participating in the blog hop!  It was so much fun!

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Cocoa Daisy Blog Hop + a Giveaway!


Cocoa Daisy has done some remodeling and updating, making our home a place you want to be!  Drop in and see how our scrapbook home is your scrapbook home too.

To help celebrate, we are doing a blog hop and giveaway.  Just leave a comment to be entered to win a set of all four of this month's exclusive, sold out, Cocoa Daisy stamps.

The celebration doesn't end there however, we are also offering a couple of promotions for new subscribers:

1. Sign up for a 6 month kit subscription and you will recieve 20% off your first month's kit.
2. Sign up for a 6 month kit AND stamp subscription and you will get 20% off your first month's kit and stamps PLUS an exclusive Cocoa Daisy tote bag.

The hop starts at the Cocoa Daisy blog so be sure to make that your first stop.

And to share a card that I created for the hop using the March Cocoa Daisy kit, Pier 39:


I used one of the background stamps on my cardstock that is behind the mason jar embellishment using Versamark ink.

Here is the complete set of stamps that one of you will win if you leave a comment here on this blog post.

CD March stamps

The next stop on our blog hop is Mandy Koeppen.

And here are all the other blogs to check out for inspiration and some other fun giveaways!

Cocoa Daisy

Emily Pitts

Ronda Palazzari

Jen Davis (you're here already!)

Mandy Koeppen

Vicki Boutin

Alissa Fast

Lisa Saunders

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Stephanie Wheeler

Kim Watson

Lisa Pace

Anja Wade

Denise Morrison

Annabelle O'Malley

Anna Bjorklund

Sharmaine Kruijver

Amy Tan

Diana Fisher

Nathalie Kalbach

Ali Edwards

I will choose a random winner of the stamp sets this Sunday, 8 pm EST.  Good luck and have fun hopping!

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Science Saturday...


it has so been declared!  :)  Hope you're having a great weekend!

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Cocoa Daisy Layouts for March - Pier 39 + Some News


I loved this month's kit so much!  I have to say though that I didn't have as much time to create with it yet due to getting ready for Montessori's International Day celebration.  Here is what I did come up with though...the pages are pretty simple but I still love them regardless.


I used my Silhouette Cameo for the word collage pictured above.


I love these photos of Zoey camping out in the yard last summer.  It's got me itching for spring even though we just got a huge dumping of snow just yesterday!


So many fun embellishment options this month with the kit and the various add-ons.


And I even created a Christmas layout using this light, pastel colored kit!  I couldn't resist seeing that the sweet pajamas matched just perfectly with these elements!




I also have some very special and fun news to share regarding Cocoa Daisy.  I've been asked to be the design team coordinator for the US team of designers and I've said YES!  I'll be sharing this position with my friend and design team member Lisa as she is the coordinator for the International team.  So very many years ago I wanted to be a part of the team of designers and now I'm not only part of the team, I'm the coordinator!  Talk about pushing on through and keeping on keeping on!  It's been worth all the effort and the enthusiasm on my part because this group of women is so phenomenal and I can't even begin to describe how supportive and accepting they are.  It's a blessing that I get to be a part of this community in this way.  Thank you to Christine for inviting me on board and thank you to Ronda who is stepping down and helping me learn the ropes.  Thank you as well to the Cocoa Daisy team and community itself for welcoming me on board with open arms.  I'm so excited for what lies ahead!

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