My first Cocoa Card!

Hello bloggies!

I am SUPER EXCITED!!!! I popped over to JAI last night to find that I got a “TOP 3 PICK” for my ANZAC card!!! I was so tickled … because this card was the first I had done after a bit of a “lay off” after Dad had his heart attack … and I was feeling very low in MOJO! So … it was particularly thrilling to get this award! 😀 It is always lovely to have the acknowledgement from such a wonderfully talented group of stampers such as those on the Design Team at JAI! Thanks so much girls … you certainly put a smile on my face … after a stressful few weeks.

I finally had the chance to have another play yesterday afternoon … after visiting Dad at the nursing home. And … I remembered that I had downloaded a few digi images recently from the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps site. (Click blinkie to visit site.) They have been sitting unused on my computer for about a month! I discovered this site via a fav blog … and because I admire Denise’s creations so much … I thought I would just try a couple of images. I chose a few Cocoa the mouse images … and this is my first ever Cocoa card!


This image is called Lilacs for Cocoa … and I thought it would be perfect for a sweet mother’s day card.Here is the sketch for this challenge … click on this pic to visit the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge Blog … and see some stunning Design Team samples! You will love them all!!! I don’t have an oval cutter or dies … but I think the image is kinda an oval shape … so I hope it is okay!????



Now I have both mother’s day cards ready … so a big √ for me! How organised! 😉 My m-i-l loves lavender and lilac … so this will be for her for sure! I don’t have the Copics (ooooh … there’s a thought for mother’s day! … must drop some hints!!!) … so I pulled out my watercolour pencils that I haven’t used in absolutely aaaagggeeesss!!! I was kinda pleased with the results … although I am still very envious of those Copics!!! It was so easy to print out the image and use it … but for some reason I think I prefer to use real stamps. (Note: These Cocoa digi images are available in clear stamps as well as digi images!) The little flowers are punched using the new Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack (3 pack of punches) + the Trio Flower punch (now retired by SU!).

I just had to add this card (above) … cos it is soooo delicious! Jess sent me this RAK to congratulate me on the birth of little Bree. How sweet! I love the flowers on this card. They are white embossed and coloured with markers onto the Crumb Cake card. Very striking and pretty IRL. Thanks so much Jess for your lovely wishes … and for popping some happy mail into my mail box! 😀

Well … I am keen to try the new JAI challenge … hopefully I will find the time today. Thanks for stopping by … and thanks for all the lovely comments that have been filling my comment box recently. You are all wonderful friends! Hugs xxaxx


  1. Gabbi says:

    Beautiful cards – both the Mother’s Day card & the card from Jess are beautiful! 😉
    Congratulations on your Top 3 Pick for the JAI Anzac Card – so worthy of the award. 🙂
    Have a great weekend!
    Love Gabbi
    Andrea adds: Hi Gabbi! I hope all is okay with you? Thanks for popping by to say hi! Hugs xxaxx


  2. The card you made is just delightful, so very cute and the colours are lovely. the congrats card you received is so pretty too.
    Fi x
    Andrea adds: Hello Fi! I am so amazed at how kind everyone has been. Aren’t I spoilt!!! Hugs xxaxx


  3. Kez says:

    Congrats on your Top Pick Andrea! Well deserved. Loving these MD cards too, especially Cocoa and his flowers – just gorgeous!
    Andrea adds: Isn’t he so cute! Thanks for the congrats! I was super thrilled! xxaxx


  4. Jess says:

    Hi Andrea,
    Glad to see you received your card in the mail 🙂 Congrats on the JAI win, a VERY worthy winner…. Your card is just too cute by the way…. I agree though, there is nothing better than holding a stamp in your hands….
    have a great day!
    Andrea adds: Thanks again, Jess! I love happy mail. Thanks too for the congrats! A digi image is much harder to tweak or manipulate … so I do think next time I will buy the clear stamps instead! But … I am sure this is a personal preference! 😀 Hugs xxaxx


  5. Lynda says:

    Hmmmmmmmm…I seem to recall making another comment abt your surfing card and how good it was…and again prooved right!!! Wholehearted congrats grande Grandy!!!!
    The card today is so coco-licious. The mouse is soooooo cute. I love it for a Mother’s day card. You have coloured it so v v well. Jess’ card is also v clever. I love it…Well done.
    Keep up the fantastic job you are doing GG…hee hee hee!! ooxx
    Andrea adds: LOL … Lynda … as much as I love you … I have to tell you that “Grandy” is my mother-in-law’s grandma name … and so … I am not sitting quite happily with that one! Not cos I don’t love my m-i-l … but just because it feels sooooo old!!! Am I being too “precious”???? 😉 But … I did appreciate the sentiment! 😀 Hugs xxaxx


  6. Kim S says:

    Ahhhhh…you did wonderfully well with your first Cocoa! I hear you about the digis – I just love touching my real stamps. Printing them on the computer just isn’t the same. But…they are perfect for some instant gratification….”Must have new stamps now!” Your addition of the punched flowers is a fantastic touch!

    I’m still keeping you in my prayers.
    Andrea adds: Yes … if you have an urge for something new to use straight away … digis are a great option! Thanks for your lovely comment. Hugs xxaxx


  7. Hey Andrea,
    Just got back and had to catch up with what is going-on. You have been busy creating. Well Done on your Top 3 Card for JAI. That’s great. Love this little Cocoa image. It is very cute!
    Hope to catch up with you soon,
    Love and hugs,
    Jenny xxxooo
    Andrea adds: Hi Jenny! So nice to see you again. Hope your holiday was super fun and relaxing! Stamping day on Monday! But … I don’t have a car??? Hhhmmm … have to think about that! 😀 Hugs xxaxx


  8. Korin says:

    Girl, these are great :). I especially love your Lilac Cocoa card (yes, a bit bias I am-hehe). I am so glad you gave our digis a try. You certainly did this one justice! Thanks for playing along with us at The Sweet Stop!

    Inky hugs,
    Andrea adds: Oh! I am a little awestruck! So nice to have Korin from Sweet n Sassy stamps pop by! Thanks for your lovely enthusiasm for my first Cocoa project! Hugs xxaxx


  9. Jen W. says:

    Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog although I don’t think your Top Pick status would have been in jeopardy! 🙂 Sorry to hear about your dad and hope he and you all are hanging in there.
    Love your colouring on this cute image. Glad you found me via Kim so I could find you! Can’t wait to see your next creation!
    Andrea adds: LOL … it’s lovely to make some new blog friends … and anyone that Kim recommends MUST be good! 😉 Hugs xxaxx


  10. Noe it’s YOUR turn to tempt ME – LOL. Cocoa is sooooooo sweeeeeet!!!! And your card with him is just gorgeous!!!!
    Andrea adds: LOL! Good! Glad to return the favour!!!!! 😛 Isn’t he the sweetest! Thanks for popping by Debbie! Hugs xxaxx


  11. Denise M. says:

    Ohhhhhhhh, Andrea! I LOOOOVE what you did with this Cocoa and the way you colored the blooms is especially stunning. ADORABLE card, girlie. 🙂

    Thanks for the VERY sweet shout out, too. You made me smile. 🙂
    Andrea adds: Did you notice only 2 colours (basically), too????? Another Denise inspiration. You are my ‘go to’ for inspiration. (And Donna, too!) Hugs xxaxx Oh … and Kim … and Monika … and Debbie … and Lynda … and Sonia etc etc etc etc etc. I need LOTSA help with mojo! 😉


  12. chrissieah says:

    Ha ha, I am totally confused. I thought I had made a comment on this card and asked which mum you were giving this to and you replied, but I couldn’t find my comment! Maybe I sent you an email? I am so forgetful….. Anyway,it is a super cute card!
    Andrea adds: And … now I am totally confused, too … because I remember sending you a link (via email) to show you the card I had made for mum. But … I do remember you asking about who this was for … and I remember replying but it is not in the same email I sent! I wonder if it was a comment or an email?????? I thought it was a comment, too! Weird! 😯 Hugs xxaxx


  13. Sonia G says:

    This is so very cute! You certainly have been busy. I feel like I have been falling behind.

    Andrea adds: It is hard to keep up sometimes … isn’t it. I seem to have a good run … followed by a slack run … followed by a good run! Life tends to happen that way! 😀 C U at INK4U! on the weekend! Hugs xxaxx


  14. Helen H says:

    So cute!!! Love how you have used the digi Andrea, with the punched flowers in front. & the embossing is divine. Perfect card for your m-i-l with the purple flowers. 🙂
    The card from Jess is lovely too (ooh, more embossing – love it).
    Andrea adds: A little “outside the square” for me … but still lotsa fun! Hugs xxaxx


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