Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas Blue Skies and Blueprint Style | Cocoa Daisy

Hello everyone and Merrrrrrrrrrry Christmas! Posting from above a mile high and stopping in with winter wishes and some sneaks of my first Design Team gallery with Cocoa Daisy Kits!

There is so much to love in this month's kits including seriously awesome exclusive patterned papers from the talented Stephanie Wheeler as well as wood veneer, exclusive flair from Evalicious, and a bunch of Basic Grey goodies too!

Be sure to drop by Cocoa Daisy for reveal night chatting from 8-10PM EST on Saturday, December 28th!


Sunday, December 15, 2013

It's Sunday Share Day | Cocoa Daisy 2014 DT

Hi all! Dropping in on this beautiful Sunday to share some fun and happy news (and some sneaks!)!! 2014 is looking to be filled with more creativity, fun, and lots of Cocoa Daisy goodness! I am so excited to finally be able to share that I will be a part of the Cocoa Daisy Creative Team starting with January's kit, Blueprint, (sneaks and info you will find below). 

>>>A special thank you to Christine and Emily for inviting me and entrusting me to design with Cocoa Daisy products and for believing in me! Another thank you to my fellow designers who have given me such a warm welcome! xo -Suz <<<

Be on the lookout for the sneaks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and ourmessage boards. Search for the #CocoaDaisySneaks hash tag. ;)

**note: My personal Twitter and Instagram user name is SuzMannecke (no spaces) for those who aren't already following and want to see current Cocoa Daisy designs and sneaks and happenings!

Now back to gift wrapping! After reading Jen Hatmaker's 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess  this past January, we decided to simplify things a bit in our home and this included gift giving. As a result, we are following the mantra/philosophy: Want. Need. Wear. Read. with the idea that each family member will receive a gift from each category. 

I will be back soon with a post of how I incorporated this mantra/philosophy within the pages of my December Daily album, so be sure to check back later! :)

Ok, off to wrap those gifts and to work on some DD pages! Have a great week leading up to Christmas. And remember: 

xo! :)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thinking Outside the {Gift} Box @ComeOnGetCrafty

Well, hello there! Happy December! I don't know about you, but I have been a busy little elf gearing up for the holiday festivities. And that includes, gift wrapping. I am up over on the Come On Get Crafty blog today here with several says to spruce up your gifts for under the tree.

Here is just a little sneak of what you will find over there:

There are several ideas, so be sure to head on over and check them out!

Oh, and Elf has been my long running favorite Christmas movie in recent years ( you wouldn't have guessed it by anything mentioned in my blog post over at COGC- LOL)

but we just went to see Frozen,

and I must say…it was surprisingly wonderful! So adorable and the soundtrack is awesome. I really, really hope it is made into a Broadway production!!

Back later with more holiday happenings!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Elle's Studio Exclusive December Kit and Limited Edition Holiday Wood Veneers

…are on sale now! This month is packed with all kinds of paper crafting delights just in time for the holiday season; it is perfect for stocking stuffers, gifts under the tree (the tags in the kit are adorable for gift wrapping), and of course to Celebrate December and document it daily in your December Daily albums!

Here is December's fabulous kit:

I used the kit to not only create a PL spread, but also a mini album made with those adorable photo #hashtag tags, a gift tag, and a card! And, I still have a bunch left over to add to my December Daily!

Weather has not been cooperating lighting wise-so a few of these pics are definitely not optimum, but you get the idea. 

These photos are a collection of pics taken over several holiday seasons and are just little snippets of life documented daily in December; traditions, memories, favorite gifts, recipes, etc.

The card I made with little tags from the kit along with some jute, a Silhouette snowflake cut and a holiday flair/badge from Evalicious (I believe).

And my PL spread which features several of the tags from the kit as well as from the Noel collection:
The orange and blue cute graphics are from a Discover Card mailer that I simply cut to size and added some October Afternoon Daily Flash washi tape to. 

For this tag from the December kit, I simply stamped using the Noel Cheers stamp set ("To: Love:") available in the Elle's Studio shop, adhered a wood veneer snowflake from the limited edition holiday wood veneer sets, and added some jute/hemp. 
I love the simplicity and look of this tag with it's woodgrain accents and that it complemented my Christmas paper and woodland Christmas tree so nicely! :) :)

And then I created several cards, the first of which was super simple and fun to make. (*I ended up adding three wood veneer stars down the left side of the card as an afterthought and at night, so they are not shown here because the lighting was poor). I enjoyed using the Saltwater Confetti paper in a holiday themed way. Super fun to mix it up that way and stretch the various patterned paper collections.

 For this card, I cut out a few triangles and backed them with more patterned paper and then stitched around the perimeter. Then I misted the wood veneer stars with Gold Heidi Swapp Shine and the whole card with Mr. Huey Classic White.

I used my Silhouette to cut out the star and then back it with more patterned paper for dimension.
A little bit of stitching around the sentiments, some, star sequins, and a few pop dots to add dimension. Done!

And...I have nearly finished yet another project using these exclusive die cuts too! I will post it a bit later this week.

Thanks for hanging in there for this lengthy post! I am sad to say my Design Team term has come to an end with Elle's Studio! It has been such a pleasure designing for Elle and I feel so blessed to have been asked to design with her products! Thank you so much Elle! xo

**Just a note that the kit is on sale for a limited time for $9.99. The price goes up after midnight PST tonight to $11.99. The early bird definitely gets the discount worm, so shop early for the best deals and savings!! ;)

Happy Tuesday all!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Prepping for Thanksgiving and Black Friday Sales: Scrappers' Style

Hi All! Dropping in really quick to say hello before I get back to washing linens, cleaning house, and preparing for Thanksgiving and my home filled with my nuclear family +2. Excited for it to arrive but not quite ready.

I just wanted to stop in and remind you/give you a heads up on a few scrappy items.

Elle's Studio: Is having her largest sale ever!! Here is a bit of info about it:

And how thoughtful of Cocoa Daisy to move up their reveal day and chat night to accommodate all of us Stateside who celebrate gratitude this week? Awesome?! Yes. Early shopping?! Yes. With my pjs on from home? Yes. Yes. Yes! 

I am loving the color palette in December's kits and the woodgrain veneer, flair, and washi? Not to mention the exclusive patterned paper. Oh my…
definitely going to ask Santa for a few stocking stuffers from here. ;)

Here is a bit of helpful info:

Join the Cocoa Daisy ladies for Reveal Night fun and chatter on the message board starting at 8pm EST tonight! Ashley is hosting, and she will be joined by lots of our other designers. Jess Forster is our fabulous guest designer, so be sure to check in and see her gallery of projects made with the kit. She specializes in Day in the Life and has a great, clean style, so don’t miss that. Kits and add-ons go on sale two days earlier than usual tonight, November 26th, for subscribers at 9 PM EST. Our general public purchase date will be the 1st of December at 12 midnight. - See more at:

And lastly, if you haven't already bought a Grab Bag or two (make great stocking stuffers) from Come On Get Crafty, be sure to head over before they are sold out. ;) 

Remember, Come On Get Crafty has fast shipping and competitive ship rates too!

6x6 paper pads will be on sale for $3 each (here are a few samples)

and other shop items will be marked down 25-50% through Sunday, December 1. Be sure to follow @ComeOnGetCrafty on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for the latest updates and Black Friday Sale information  as well as here.
Back to laundry! Have a great Tuesday all!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Product Showcase: Maggie Holmes Flea Market Collection - Come On Get Crafty

This past weekend, someone turned another year wiser and the celebrating began on Fri. and continued on to Sun where said someone met up with the dearest of friends for a yummy lunch and a whole lot of laughter. A whole lot.
Here is what I created with this fun line. (*washi tape is from my stash)



I love the subtle addition of colors and depth that the photo overlays add to the layout.
I cut up the bits of sentiments that best represented this memorable day for me and lined them up along my washi border backdrop and then stitched. A little bit of layering of some of the Crate Paper Accent Stickers and some misting and it was done. 
Hope you all are having a great week! Happy Hump Day!
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