Trying for Cosmo

I'm trying out for Cosmo Cricket's DT!! Me and probably 1000 other super talented people –yikes! They are looking for a cardmaker, an altered artist and a few “layout lovers”. I consider myself a layout lover, since that is why I got into scrapping. This last month the June Polka Dot Whimsy kit was filled with Cosmo Cricket so I got to work with it for my DT work for PDW. It was just too juicy, perfect, sweet for my pages – just the ticket! I just gotta love what Cosmo's got–they've got some kind of magic with designing paper and scrapbooking supplies I tell ya!

Please wish me luck as I offer up some of my past creations using Cosmo Cricket's products. At the end of this post I've included some of my all-time favorite projects, some with Cosmo and some without, just to give a better idea of how I like to work. Much of my work with Cosmo Cricket has been for classes so the projects are a bit simpler, focusing on just a handful of techniques, due to time constraints for class projects (there's only so much you can teach well in 3 hours, you know!).

The folks from Cosmo will be checking out all the entrants' blogs to see what we have to offer. Wish me luck!! So without further ado, please check out some of my Cosmo Cricket creations plus a few of my faves:

A Few Cards:

I created these cards for the Polka Dot Whimsy DT with the June 2009 kit. This first card was for my sister. She graduated Nursing School this past June and I wanted to give her a unique card:

Just for fun, I created this card with cupcake liners, a chipboard flower, and a rubon quote:


I create layouts more than any other type of project, since these are what I make for myself and for most of the Design Teams I am on (stores and such). Here are a few layouts I've made using Cosmo Cricket:

“Happiness Is…”

I created this page for Polka Dot Whimsy, using the June 2009 kit. I love that the patterns and colors of Cosmo Cricket's lines cna be used for ANY theme. Here is used the Early Bird line of paper for a Christmas themed page.


I created this page using “Honey Pie” and a Becky Higgins sketch from her book Page Maps as a sample for an LSS here in CA.

Camp Is “Tweet”:

I had a blast creating this page, using the “Early Bird” Collection. I cut one sheet of paper to 6×12. Then I cut around the flowers on one corner of each sheet and used that across the middle of the two pag spread.


Another page for the June 2009 Polka Dot Whimsy Kit, using the “Early Bird” line plus some other goodies. This page is about my kids making hand-painted flower pots at an Earth Day Festival with my husband.

“Got The Sillies” Layout:

I cut a crazy border onto a 12×12 sheet of paper from the “Early Bird” line. Then I filled the center with photos –just fun. Yes, those are crazy, silly girls from my old Girl Scout troop.

“Fun & Games” and “Rude Awakening” Layouts:
I used the Girl Friday line on these two pages – love that line! These were for the March 2009 Polka Dot Whimsy Kits as DT assignments.

“Walk In My Garden” 4×4 Mini Book:

When I saw the “Ever After” line from Cosmo Cricket I knew it would be perfect for this book. I created a 4×4 coaster book to celebrate children, gardens, and Spring. The vintage feel of the paper was perfect for this tiny book.

SPOOKY Halloween Banner:
I taught this banner as a class last Fall at several scrapbook stores around Southern California. The Cosmot Cricket Haunted paper line was perfect–just grungy and dark enough to be spooky but versatile in pattern and color. And it was very well complimented by all the loads of Graphite Glimmer Mist I used to “spookify” the banner!

“So Happy Together” Mini Book:

This is one of my favorite classes that from last year. Happy, cheery, and bold–I love this paper. The black is just the ticket to make everything pop. This book uses the 12×12 papers that Cosmo prints with six, doublesided 4″x6″ journaling blocks on them. I cut the blocks up and students could choose whatever side they wanted on each page of the book. A strip of 2×6 paper on the side covered 6×6 chipboard to make the pages complete. It really makes mini books super easy to create.

“Happy Camper” Mini Book:

This was one of my most succesful classes to date, taught at several LSS last Fall. I remember gong into Collective Journey and the manager Christine was telling me all about these new paper lines from Cosmo Cricket … once I saw “Mr. Campy” I knew I HAD to make a class around it!! The paper was too stinking cute and the colors so “campy”. It matches all of my camping pics plus it isperfect for those vintage camping pics we all have in our stash from our childhood and beyond.

Again those journal cards make an appearance! Here I made some smaller pages in the book, covering them with the cards and a few accents.

Some of my All-Time Favorite Layouts and Projects are featured here:
“Enjoy Life” Banner

Birthday Party Hat Mini Book:

I taught this as a class at a local scrapbook store here in California. It was super fun to work with all the different sized pages and elements, such as gift cards and greeting cards.

“So Tweet” Mini Book:

These are a just few of my favorite layouts right now. Some are old, some are new…

It sure was fun taking this little trip down memory lane but after several hours of working on this blog post, it is time to go create something else. I can't wait to see who they choose for the Design Team and I have my fingers crossed. We shall see! It's best to be optimistic and hopeful because you never know what tomorrow will bring. So until tomorrow,

Happy Crafting!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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3 thoughts on “Trying for Cosmo

  1. amazing stuff girl! I wish you good luck!!!!

    Posted on June 30, 2009 at 10:58 am
  2. Seriously, they would be insane if they didn’t pick you…love love love the marshmallows on the camping book!

    Posted on July 7, 2009 at 2:22 am
  3. Dang! You put us all to shame! You are totally going to win or they are seriously crazy!

    Posted on July 8, 2009 at 3:08 pm