A Christmas gift card holder - Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hey everyone, I'm here today sharing a little something different today. It is hard to believe that we Christmas is nearly here! This year sure has flown! It is time to get gifts for loved ones so I decided to do a pillow pouch which in size can hold gift cards, money etc.

Here is the finished product which I created using the Tis the Season collection.
To create the pillow pouch I did a bit of googling to find a good pillow pouch template which I cut using my cameo. Such a gorgeous and practical little box. And something that is so versatile too. I see many pillow pouches being made in my immediate future.
To embellish the box I have wrapped a piece of 12″ around the entire thing. And then finished with some seam binding and a bow. I also created a fun little tag from the stickers, ephemera and veneer that coordinate with the goodies. I also added a little touch of typewritten journing. tistheseason4
The size of the pillow pouch is perfect for holding gift cards. And it is a nice way to jazz up a plain and simple gift card. I added some tissue paper to give the recipient a feeling of being able to unwrap too. tistheseason2
Thanks so much for popping by the blog today. This gift idea would be perfect for family friends and even as a teacher gift!

Cutie Patooties with Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hey everyone, I'm here today sharing a new layout featuring the latest collection ‘Endless Summer’ collection. For this layout I decided to scrapbook another photo from our fun summer day here in our household.

I had a small floral design from Silhouette store and teamed that with a few fussy cut flowers. Here is the layout I created.
For the title and my journaling I used my silhouette and font I had in my library. I typed the words ‘cutie patooties’ and then created an offset which I cut out on the Sweet Treats paper. The journaling is typed and short and sweet, then cut into strip form.
To the right of the photo I added a small cluster comprising of fussy cut florals and die cut ephemera. And of course we can’t forget the woodies and enamel shapes. I adhered the pieces in a variety of depths to create some added dimension.
Here is my layout again. I’m hoping to have a process video for this one up on my You Tube channel very soon.

Thanks for stopping by today
Raquel xxx

Altenew Scrapbook Kit Blog Hop Winner

Hello everyone!!! 

We have a winner from those who commented on my blog post here as part of the Altenew Dec blog hop. 

The Altenew Scrapbook Kit Release Blog Hop winner is:

Please email Altenew at winner@altenew.com with the subject line "Relfection Kit Blog Hop Winner from Raquel's blog" to redeem your $30 gift certificate to the Altenew store. 

Congrats and enjoy your prize!!!

Altenew Scrapbook Kit Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hey everyone, 

I am here today as part of the Altenew December Blog Hop. I am so honoured to be able to take part with such an amazing group of creatives and get to play with the bright and fun new products by Altenew that are in the 'Reflection' Kit. 

If you are wondering more about the kit which you can purchase here, here are the details:

Here is a little Kit Description from Altenew:

The bright and vibrant colors in this kit will take you back to all those happy moments captured at home or abroad. From trendy watercolor painted papers, to beautiful cityscape postcards and a wide assortment of embellishments, this kit is perfect for creating gorgeous layouts, wall art, mixed media projects, and many more!

The kit contains:
  • 48 sheets of 12”x12” patterned paper (two of each design)
  • One 8.5”x11” cardstock sticker sheet
  • Two 6”x12” alphabet puffy sticker sheets
  • 20 8.5”x3.5” watercolor cityscape postcards
  • One 2x3 photopolymer clear stamp set
  • 20 epoxy buttons with adhesive back
  • 34 cardstock and acetate die cuts
  • 12 origami wood veneer shapes
  • Two white resin decorative frames
  • One 8.5”x11” chipboard sticker sheet
  • One rubber roller stamp
I shared and unboxed the kit over on my YouTube channel:

Here is the project that I created using this amazing and jam packed kit:

And the process video for it:

Here are some close up images of my project. I decided to stick to a vertical circular design for this page.

 Journaling is something I do on pretty much every layout, and normally by using my typewriter.

There were a lot of bright colours on this layout, I loved the paler pink paper to mat my photo. It added that softness that I was searching for. Especially with such a soft photo.  I absolutely loved the floral chipboard piece. It inspired the whole colour palette for this layout. 

I just love this photo of my little man and his caring big sister. 

So how can you win by joining in this hop? There are two ways to enter the draw today.

1/ To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Wednesday, December 14th at 11:59pm EST for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Thursday, December 15th.

2/ Leave a comment here to go into a draw to win a $30 gift certificate. Entries close Wednesday, December 14th at 11:59pm EST and I will draw and announce a winner here by Thursday, December 15th.

Here is the hop order (check out each blog and hop along for more chances to win a $30 certificate):


Jessy Christopher

Stephanie Buice

Eunyoung Lee

Vincenza Gudor

Flora Monika Farkas

Raquel Bowman -You are Here

Aimee Dow - Next Stop

Kim Stewart

Lilith Eeckels

Meghann Andrew

Ashley Horton

Evelyn Yusuf

Happy hopping everyone, head to Aimee Dow next

Before I go Altenew have a special *Promotion* happening to coincide with the release:
Receive a FREE Scrapbook Class with every purchase of the Reflection Scrapbook Kit now through Saturday 12/17, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. When you purchase the kit, please email Altenew at academy@altenew.com with your order number and Altenew will provide instructions on how to redeem your free class to the Timeless Floral Layouts Class.

Raquel xxxx