Meet Cokie & Some Nerds!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Meet Cokie! She's my sister,Nicole, and the inspiration behind the name of my blog - Cokie Pop Paper.

I'm catching up on layouts for my family scrapbook and just finished this page for her. This is my FAVE picture of her. She's such a Diva.....that's why I love her.

I used this cute sketch from Creative Scrappers
I also entered this in the chipboard challenge going on over at If The Shoe Fits...Scrap It!
I mixed chipboard with a paper flower for a different kind of a look to the page.
 I also added a canvas heart and topped it with more chipboard.

I added the name "Cokie" using A.C. glitter thickers.
I also used a huge chipboard bracket embellie in the center.
Here's another shot from a different angle.

We are also having N.E.R.D. Day at school today. I totally forgot....been so busy. But here are some cute Nerds I found around campus this morning.

Mrs. Rubitschun has the cutest Nerd outfit on today!

Gotta love these Nerdy socks!

Our cute...I mean..."Nerdy" Band & Choir teachers
Mrs. Elias and Mrs. Retzer

SpongeBob says it all. Gotta love those suspenders!
Layout Supplies:
Patterned paper: Echo Park - Life is Good - Brown Floral and Bo Bunny - Petal Pushers Blossoms Die Cut; Chipboard: Bo Bunny - Petal Pushers; Canvas heart - Canvas Corp.; Font stickers - American Crafts - Glitter Thickers.

Shabby Beautiful!

Monday, October 25, 2010

I'm an ETSY FANATIC and I'm always shopping on the site. There are so many talented artists on Etsy that you must check out! One shop has the most amazing mixed media collage art. I call their style "Shabby Beautiful"......but the actual name of the shop is Stilettoheights. They are the inspiration behind the Etsy Inspired Challenge this week.

I was drawn toward this canvas called "I Waited in a Ruffled Dress". The woman's pose reminded me of the dress form that I used on my card. 
I also CASED cards from designers at The Shabby Tea Room. I love the pink elements in both cards. I gave my card a shabby chic look like Cheryl's. I also added crochet and buttons to my card like Clare's. Instead of using a tag (like Clare), I used another piece of patterned paper behind the flower. To see Clare & Chery's beautiful cards click HERE.

I love how the dress form (cut from MME paper) glitters on the card. I used three different patterned papers on this from MME, Echo Park, and The Girls Paperie. I also used a crocheted flower from stash and a couple of buttons. The sentiment is cut from an MME die cut. 

Absolutely AMAZING stuff in the Stilettoheights shop. Here are some of my other FAVES that I want to use as inspiration for some future projects. Go check it out when you have time.
Card Supplies:
Kraft Cardstock: The Paper Co.; Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye - Lost & Found Collection - Madison Avenue "Pretty" Dress Shop and Echo Park - Life is Good - Bold Stripes and The Girls Paperie - Paper Girl; It's a Beautiful Life title cut from glitter die cuts from MME - Lost & Found Collection - Union Square - Home Sweet Home; Crocheted flower & button - from stash.

A Little Birdie, Pom Trim, and Metal

Friday, October 22, 2010

Happy Weekend Everyone! Well I kept variety in my creations this week. I've done a layout, an altered project, and now I have a card for you.

Recipe challenges really get my brain to working but I had fun making this one for the Papercraft Star Challenge. This one called for you to use: a "Thank You" theme, embossing, a die-cut, and metal.

I also used Kazan's Sketch #64 at 2 Sketches for You! Here's the beautiful sketch:
I'm also entering this over at Frosted Designs for their fun die-cuts challenge. I hadn't used my Cricut in a while but cut the cute birdie with the Create a Critter Cricut cartridge. I dressed up the bird with this beautiful paper from My Mind's Eye. I added some pom pom trim to add some texture. I also used 3 metal buttons. Love these.
I stamped the "Heartfelt Thanks" sentiment and added it to a circle tag. The paper that looks like playing cards is from Crate Paper. My embosser is on the fritz, but I did use Bazzill Vintage Vines embossed cardstock to keep in line with the recipe challenge. My supply list was long for this one. (Smile)
And a Big Thank You to Karen Giron for my new watermark! Love it. If you need one you can find her blog HERE. And they are only $2 bucks! 

P.S. Please considering voting for me for the Papercraft Star Challenge. If you like my card you can vote beginning on Saturday at Noon. Click HERE to vote. Thanks so much!
Card Recipe:
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye - Lost & Found Collection (Union Station) and Crate Paper - Restoration Collection (Lace); Embossed Cardstock - Bazzill (Vintage Vines); Cricut die cut - Create a Critter; Pom Pom trim - MME - Holly Jolly; Pearl Brads - from stash: ; Metal buttons - MME - Lost & Found (Union Station); Stamp - Stampin Up Sweetheart Stamp Set; Stick pens - Jillibean Soup - Sugar Picks; Ink - Creativity Ink  - Autumn Leaves (black)

Treat Bag Fun At The Paper Variety!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I've got a fun and easy project for you today. In fact, all of my fellow DT members at The Paper Variety have a fun-filled challenge for you this week.

This challenge is..... DOES NOT have to be Halloween themed. I made these treat bags for the girls I mentor at school. I kept a girlie theme going and added yummy healthy treats to each bag.

You don't have to use patterned paper on every project. For this one I simply decorated mini kraft bags. I used Glue Dots Pop Ups to adhere canvas shaped hearts to the front of each bag. I then decorated the hearts with chipboard, stick pins, and mini wooden clothespins.
I plan on making more of these for Christmas stocking stuffers. Now what are you waiting for? Hop on over to The Paper Variety and enter this fun challenge. There's a wonderful prize from Cosmo Cricket up for grabs. To enter click HERE!

Bekah's Cute Updo!

Monday, October 18, 2010

It's Layout Time! Here's one featuring Bekah's prom hairdo. She decided on an updo and put a flower in her hair. Loved this look on her so I had to make a layout using these pics.

My goal is to improve the look of my layouts. I'm such a card making person but I've been making more and more layouts lately. You'll start seeing more of them on my blog as I work on new ones for the next couple of months.

I always visit Tanya's blog and found out about a new Multi-Photo Layout challenge called "Get Picky". Here's their first sketch challenge. It's such a cute sketch so I had to participate in this one.
I simply love embellishments and used several different elements on this layout. I used glitter accent tags, buttons, a jewel, doilies, ribbon, flowers. and even a mini wooden clothespin.
Of course I had to add a flower. I backed it with doilies. And I love this metal brad and trim too!
Here's another shot. I loved using 3 side-by-side photos. 
I had a super fun time making this layout! :)
Layout Supplies
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Collection - Madison Avenue "Sisters" Lace Paper, Title Paper: MME - "Pretty" and "Girlfriend"; Pink & White Doilies - Michael's Craft Store; Buttons: MME Lost & Found "Pretty"; Paper Flower: Bazzill; Ribbon & Trim: MME "Happily Ever After"; Mini Clothespin: Canvas Corp.

Pleating Is So Much Fun!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I had so much fun making this card. I've never done pleating before but had to try it on this card for the Moxie Fab World - Perfectly Placed Pleats Challenge.

I also used this cute sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You to design my card.

Caardvarks is also having a Scraplift Challenge. I used Ashley Cannon Newell's card as my inspiration.
Instead of using a sticker - I actually made my own sticker using patterned paper.

Here are the details. First, I love this paper from My Mind's Eye. I used this paper to make my main embellishment on the card. Instead of using the entire sheet I just cut out the Hot Air Balloon and separated it from the rest of the paper. 
After I cut out the Hot Air Balloon I used flat shipping cardboard like this and adhered the balloon to it.
I always have a lot of this flat cardboard lying around from other items that I order online.
Using the cardboard also makes the design more sturdy for my card. It also allowed me to pop the design up a bit. After adhering the hot air balloon, I then cut around the cardboard and used Glue Dots Pop Ups to adhere it.

Here's a close-up shot of the pleating. I used a strip of sheer red ribbon then added my pleating below it for more dimension and a visual effect on the design.
The pleats go so well with the design of the card.
I can't wait to try this on a layout.

I hope you enjoyed my pleating project. I can't wait to do more of this!

Card Recipe:
Cardstock: Stampin Up; Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye - Love Me Do and Surf's Up - Blue Waves; Stamp: "Happy Everything" - Stampin Up; Ink: Archival Brilliance - Rocket Red; Ribbon: Wedding Ribbon - Hobby Lobby; Adhesive: Glue Dots - Pop Ups.

Red Blooms!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Monday everyone. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. Here's my latest card. Flowers are my Fave! I love the big bloom on this one. I hope you enjoy it too!

I used the Get Sketchy Card Challenge Sketch for my card. Here it is!

I also used inspiration from the Etsy Inspired Challenge this week. The online store "Lemon Kissed" has the prettiest jewelry. I drew inspiration from the Darling Dahlias earrings.

I love the metal flower piece in the center of this big red bloom.

Card Supplies:
Cardstock: Stampin Up; Patterned Paper: GCD Studios #871 Big Butterfly -Artsy Urban Collection: Sentiment: Cosmo Cricket - ELE503 Early Bird Elements; Flower Embellishment: Creative Imaginations - Marah Johnson Breathless Layered Flower w/brad #26264

My Little Cutie!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

It's time for another fun challenge over at The Paper Variety. This week is a "Scraplift Challenge". Each Design Team member created an "Anything Goes" scrapbook page. The challenge? Draw inspiration from one of the DT projects and show us your take on it.

Here's a layout featuring my daughter Rachel. She's 14 now and I'm still behind on finishing up her album with photos from her younger days. One day I'll get all caught up (Smile)

Love this paper by K & Company.  
I also added Journaling Strips for more fun.

Don't you just love Little Bo Peep?
Fits so well with the other papers and embellishments that I used.

The prize this week is a Bo Bunny - Winter Joy Prize Pack
To enter this Scraplift Challenge click HERE

I also entered this in a couple of fun challenges over at Southern Girls Challenge and Scrap, Inspire, Create

Halloween Fun & Tutorial with Glue Dots®

Monday, October 4, 2010

It's time for some Halloween fun! Here's my new project as a Design Team member for Glue Dots®. I love making altered projects so this one was a lot of fun.

I'm making several of these with different papers for my daughter in college and one of her buddies. Rebekah is 19 years old but still loves to get goodies from her Mommy in the mail (SMILE).

To make these just pop into your local craft store and pick up a tin. They come in different sizes. Here's the one I used. 
I then turned my patterned paper upside down and traced each side of the tin. 
This helps you get the correct measurements before adhering your paper.
I used Glue Dots® "Glue Lines" on the edges of the paper to keep it tightly secured to the tin.
Secure your favorite paper to all four sides. 
Once this is done you can add your embellishments.
I used Glue Dots® "Pop Ups" to secure several cute Halloween themed die cuts.
 Don't fret....these particular die-cuts were printed on both sides. 
I used the other side for my decor. 
Place your pop-ups on all sides before adhering to your tin.
Here's how I decorated the sides. You can use your own decorative style with these. 
That's what makes designing them so much fun.
 Here's a look at the back. 
I decorated each side differently to add to the Halloween fun.

Don't forget to add your favorite ribbon. The more the merrier! 
I found the cutest "Trick Or Treat" ribbon to use. Love it.
I hope you enjoyed this Tutorial and Halloween Project. These are great for giving to your kiddos, college students, military members, or anyone else that ya love! For more fun please join Glue Dots® on Facebook at

If you've created a Halloween project recently please leave a comment below. I'd love to stop by your blog to see it.

*I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots Design Team

Tin Box: Darice Inc.; Patterned Paper: Colorbok; Die-Cut Embellishments: K & Company; Dimensional Sticker: Jolee's EK Success; Halloween & solid ribbon: Celebrate It; Adhesive: Pop Up and Glue Lines (Glue Dots®)