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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Challenge fun.

Good Morning,

Hope you are staying warm on these chilly mornings, I am stopping by to share a few more projects I did at the Cocoa Vanilla Studio retreat.

How funky is this paper range?? We were so lucky to be gifted with a pack of goodies that Zoe from Cocoa Vanilla designed just for the attendee's of her retreat. So I thought I would have a play with some of it for a challenge. The challenge was to use a quote card and I loved this one. 

This layout is using some 7 Dots studio range, the chipboard is some new 'Dusty Attic' that has just arrived in store. I also have used  a new Dusty Attic  stencil with some Colourblast paste.

 Lastly today is a layout I did just to have a play with the new Vicki Boutin paints that I have instore. They are just awesome to spread on your page and went through the stencil with ease. My embellishments are from some new Simple Stories wedding range.

Well that's it for today, I'm off to do some last minute shopping for our retreat in 2 sleeps!!!

Have a great day

Jo Hanna

Monday, May 14, 2018

Only 4 sleeps!!

Good Morning everyone,

Yes only 4 sleeps until our Autumn Retreat, things are busy with packing and organising but I thought I would drop in and share some of the projects I did while I was away at the Cocoa Vanilla Studio retreat in Coffs Harbour.
Mel and I had a wonderful time as she has shared and we had lots of inspiration throughout the 3 days that we were there.

Some of the challenges that I did using Zoe's great paper ranges:

 Firstly I completed a sketch challenge using the beautiful 'Bohemia Dreams' range I love all the colours and the embellishments that are in this range.

 Now this page was a scraplift of @LaurenHender layout using some 'YouRock' range, I didn't have alot left of this range because it is so popular and you can see why as it a fantastic boy range.

 This page was for an Inspiration challenge, I chose a layout from @Mandy Melville and using the 'Endless Summer' range pack that Zoe provided. It's pastel colours suited these cute photo's of my gran-daughter being a bit silly but so cute.

 So this page was my take on the class that @LaurenHender took on Saturday night. Using the 'Bohemian Dreams' range again and lots of fussy cutting, I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Lastly this page was from the challenge 'Opposites Attract' so I used my photo of my daughter using the 'BOY' range 'You Rock'. I have added colourblastpastes in the background.

Okay so I hope you get some inspiration from these challenges and get a chance to use some wonderful 'Cocoa Vanilla Studio' ranges.

Have a wonderful week , I hope to be back to share some more of what I created while I was away. For now I need to do get cracking on more thing for my retreat!!

Jo Hanna.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Boys Rule by CCV Studios

Hey Hey!!!

Happy Mother's Day to all of the Mums out there! 
We hope that you have a sensational day and are spoilt rotten!


Guess what? Today is day 6 of 6 and I am soooo excited about the newest 
Cocoa Vanilla Boys Rule Collection.

Here is a little sneak peek from Zoe at Cocoa Vanilla of the collection...

It truly is an awesome collection.
I got to have some time creating with this collection over the retreat weekend and whilst I only created a simple was so much fun to create with and so easy to use!

How awesome is this background page? Looks like you got messy...but really you didn't!!! 
All of the papers are so fantastic for those boys in your life!!

I have used this collection for this years school photo of my boy, however it is just the beginning and you may just see a lot more of this collection from me!!

The only thing that isn't Cocoa Vanilla is the Scrap FX Wordlet 'Quiet Achiever' which I have inked!

How cute are the embellishments? 
And there are so many that you can buy!!!

Here are the different products in the awesome!!!

Make sure you get your hands on this collection - it is to die for!!!

Jo had a pre-order for those of us attending the retreat next weekend. If you aren't one of these people...send an email and I am sure Jo will do her best to get you sorted with this collection.

Only 5 sleeps to go ladies!!!!!! Yay!!!!
See you there!

~xx Mel xx~

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Every Day is an Adventure!

Welcome to Day 5 of 6 of my posts sharing my projects from the Cocoa Vanilla Retreat!

Today I am here to share with you another challenge from the retreat.
This one is the Scraplift Challenge.

We were asked to scraplift the layout by Lauren Hender below...

Here is my my true form I have not scraplifted every element...mainly because I didn't have those items left in my stash.

How cute is that photo of my little man?? 
He was playing in a box...he used to love playing and creating with boxes.

I have used a few different Cocoa Vanilla products and collections in this layout.
The majority of this layout is from the 'You Rock' collection with a few little bits and pieces from 'Totally Rad'

I really enjoyed doing this layout...if you are ever stuck or your mojo is not present, this is a great way to get some layouts done.
Thanks heaps to Lauren for allowing us to scrap lift her layout!!

Well, some exciting news...the newest Cocoa Vanilla collection is out!
A boy range called "Boys Rule" and I love it!!!
We were very lucky to get our hands on it over the weekend and we got to have a little creative time with it.
I created a simple school photo layout with it.

Be sure to pop in tomorrow for my last post for this week where I will share this new collection with you! It is AWESOME!!!

~xx Mel xx~

Friday, May 11, 2018

Love This Kid!

Hey Everyone!

Well, hasn't this been lovely...popping in to Scrapbookit everyday!!!

Today I am here to share with you the first of the layouts that I created at the Cocoa Vanilla Retreat.
It is funny actually because I used one of the first Cocoa Vanilla collections ~ from back in 2015 called Flying High!!!
I loved this collection from the moment I laid eyes on it. Soooo good for those little boy pages I create. I think I have also used it for many baby boy gifts and cards...and I did at the retreat create a quick little card using it!

Another of the challenges Zoe presented us with was a Sketch Challenge. These are always good to get you going...therefore why I started with it, I guess!

Here is the sketch...

Here is my layout Love This Kid!

I started with some Heidi Swapp Colourshine in Navy as well as a small amount of the Dylusions Spray - Postbox Red.

I have then layered papers from You Rock and Flying High to create my layout.
It is so awesome that so many of the Cocoa Vanilla papers can be mixed and matched across collections.

I also used embellishments from the Flying High Accessory Stickers, the Flair Button Badges and the Wood Veneers.

I finished off by painting the Scrap FX Wordlet phrase...'Love this Kid' with the Heidi Swapp Colourshine - Navy spray.

Only 7 sleeps until our Autumn Retreat!! How exciting!
Should be a fun weekend.

Check back in the morning for my next instalment...

~xx Mel xx~

Thursday, May 10, 2018

You Are... Some Kind of Wonderful

Hey Hey Everyone!

I am back again today to share another layout that I created on retreat!

As I said to you all of my layouts were rather simple over the weekend and several of them were scrap lifted.
However today's layout wasn't scrap lifted and it didn't use a Cocoa Vanilla range!!

Here it is...

I started with a piece from the Ella & Viv Paper Company paper. It is part of the Oxidation Collection Kit.

I added some Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint - Light Patina to give a more opaque background for my photo.

I added some Colour Blast Colour Paste in Dusty Charcoal, some various washi tapes and some black cardstock. One of the washi tapes was a new one that I have recently purchased at Scrapbookit. It is a Dina Wakley Media Washi Tape - it is awesome!
I added some different background stamps: Kaisercraft Clear Stamp - Chevron and the IndigoBlu - Ink Splats.

I added some white cotton and a ScrapFX Wordlet 'Some Kind of Wonderful' which I inked with some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide.

I finished up with a date stamp and adding the words "You Are..." in my own handwriting.

We are still in the process of building the website and adding everything to the shop however make sure if there is something that you want...send Jo an email...she would be more than happy to help you out.

Catch you here tomorrow for another of my layouts...

~xx Mel xx~

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Girls v Boys

Morning Everyone!

We had so much inspiration put before us at the Cocoa Vanilla Retreat!

I spent most of the time making use of the challenges or scraplifting......something that I rarely do!

I also used a lot of Cocoa Vanilla papers over the weekend. I just LOVE the collections that Zoe designs...they are always soooo easy to use and so easy to mix and match.

One of the challenges we were presented with was the Opposites Attract Challenge. We were asked to use a boy range for a girl layout and a girl range for a boy layout!!

Here is what I came up with...

The Best of Times using the 2016 collection Endless Summer


Gorgeous using the 2015 collection Made of Awesome

For the layout The Best of Times I have also used some Heidi Swapp Colour Shine in the background.

Fo the layout Gorgeous I have splattered some Colour Blast Shimmer Cube in Blush. I have also used it to add colour to the edges of the patterned papers. I also used the Kaisercraft 6x6 Spotty template and some of the Heidi Swapp Pink Metallic Texture Paste.

Simple layouts but I love how they have turned out!!

See you here again tomorrow,

~xx Mel xx~