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3.31.2010

Cosmo Cricket Material Girl and a giveaway!








{Reported by Paula Gilarde}



When I think of Cosmo Cricket the first thing that comes to mind is bright, fun, happy patterns and the Material Girl collection is no exception. The crafting kit includes 12 designer papers, 18 cut-apart element cards, 8 cut-apart borders, 19 cardstock stickers. I was a little wary of the kit at first because I generally steer away from themed collection - I mean how many sewing layouts am I going to make? But I found that this collection was versatile enough to be used in all kinds of layouts. It has a little vintage flair which is very popular this year.

What I liked:
1. I love double sided papers and Cosmo Cricket gets an A+ for their B-sides, very usable patterns. I love the clean, bright colored vintage-inspired papers in particular.
2. The cut-apart borders provide a great way of using a lot of different patterns in your projects without using a lot of paper - love the ease of use!
3. Cute, cute, CUTE chipboard elements with enough theme and non-theme images to satisfy anyone. And they actually stick, which can't be said for all adhesive-backed chipboard!

What I disliked:

1. As I mentioned before, I'm not a huge fan of "theme" papers but the B sides of the papers saved the day.
2. I wish the cut-apart element cards were pre-cut - that's just a personal preference on my part.

What I made:
I used the cut-apart borders here - so quick and easy!


Supplies: Cosmo Cricket patterned papers, chipboard and cardstock stickers, Core'dinations Core Impressions cardstock, Stuffed Edge Photo Frames no. 2 by Katie Pertiet (www.designerdigitals.com)



Another non-sewing themed layout but I wanted to use one of the cut-apart element cards for my title.


Supplies: Cosmo Cricket patterned papers, chipboard and cardstock stickers, Core'dinations cardstock



The chipboard elements add a lot of oomph to these cards. I went with the sewing theme with one. The other has a paper pieced cupcake covering up a pair of scissors!


Supplies: Cosmo Cricket patterned papers, chipboard and cardstock stickers, Core'dinations cardstock, SRM stickers, American Crafts brad.

Where and How Much:
Product Name:
Material Girl
Manufacturer: Cosmo Cricket
MSRP: $0.79-14.99
Available online at:
Cosmo Cricket, Two Peas in a Bucket, Scrapbook.com

What do you think? Do you like this sewing themed collection? What would you see yourself using this line for? Leave a comment by midnight EST Tuesday to win a Cosmo Cricket prize pack!

135 comments:

lisa g. said...

These papers are so cute...and you showed how versatile they are! I would love a chance to win :)

Barb said...

I love these papers! They remind me of my grandmother who was always busy sewing something pretty for one of her grandchildren.

Kelly Jo said...

Orange scissors!!!! Of course I love it. Your projects are very cute, too. =)

HeatherH said...

I like Cosmo Cricket and this is a cute line. I don't see myself doing a lot of sewing LOs so I am glad to hear that the B sides of the paper are less themed. Great job on showing that this can be a versatile line.

Denise Gay said...

Cosmo is one of my fav. manufacturers. I love this line! My daughter takes sewing classes so this line would be perfect to scrap those photos!

carriegel said...

I really like this collection. I hope I win!

Dalovely Damanda said...

I don't really sew, but I do needlepoint. I don't see myself using it for that though. I think it's versatile enough to use with lots of different photos. I love the colors! Thanks for the great tips and the chance to win.

Christie said...

I love this line. It is sew cute! ;-)

Melinda said...

I love Cosmo Cricket. They always have the funnest patterns. I have love to sew and I have 3 girls so this kit would be used a lot!

Jill said...

Hard for me to find a cosmo I don't love. I agree that the colors are great fun. Really in love w/ Material Girl.

Kay said...

I totally love this line... When I first saw "Material Girl" I knew exactly what pictures I would use... Pictures of my mom sewing dresses for my sister and I as little girls. Sweet Memories! :)

Diana said...

These are so cute. I think I'd start using it by scraplifting all the cute LOs and cards in this post!

dahlhousedesigns said...

I like anything Cosmo Cricket!!! I can totally see myself using this line.

lisa a.

Kristin at Attempt Creativity said...

I love your reviews. I agree with the overly themed paper. I always feel like I could use them for one thing maybe. Using little bits of the patterns are really cute though. I haven't been able to use much of Cosmo Cricket in my crafting yet.

KittyMama said...

Cosmo Cricket is one of my most favorite companies!! They're products are fantastic, and the people who work there are wonderful!! I always look forward to seeing what their next release is.

Cindy said...

This kit seems great for those 70's photos from my childhood. My mom used to make matching dresses for my sister, me and herself... this kit would be perfect for those pictures.

Celeste said...

you rock. :) it was fun watching you make these!

Jingle said...

I absolutely ADORE this line! Of course, I sort of love all things Cosmo Cricket! LOL! I would use it for mixed media stuff and cards mostly!

Jackie said...

I absolutely love Cosmo, especially these papers. Perfect, so many options.

Probably my only gripe, well its not even a gripe really, is with the element strips, I would maybe prefer these to be in 2 separate sheets as I always ende up liking 2 that are back to back....but hey as long as Cosmo keeps bringing out these fab papers, Ill keep buying them

just me and z said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this set! I would love to win this. Cosmo Cricket is one of my faves, but this sewing stuff is way too cute. I would love to do scrapbook pages of my hobbies and for my daughter using this line.
Thanks for the chance to win!

Sandra said...

I am with you, I would probably use the reverse side - CARDS - I would use on cards!
Thanks!
Sandra

kmassman said...

I love Cosmo Cricket papers. They are so bright and cheerful! I would probably use Material Girl for a scrapbook page about my mother--who used to sew all of our clothes. It would also be cute on a little fashionista page or even to show a page about how I love to scrapbook--paper is so much like material, etc...I would also use it on cards. Thanks for a chance to win!

mustangkayla said...

I just adore this line! I'd make a few things for my moms sewing machine. She has spend endless hours making incredible quilts and other things for me, I'd love to make something nice for her!

Jackie Pocock said...

I love Cosmo Cricket and this line is devine. I'm hoping to start learning to sew soon so this would be perfect to record my journey.

Wendy said...

I love Cosmo Cricket and these paper kits, makes it so easy, but I really don'e care for this theme! Love the layout and cards you made.

Jenifer Hill-Underwood said...

As a seamstress and scrapbooker I love when my two hobbies can be combined. If I could find doll scaled paper or fabric with scrapbooking or sewing frogs, I'd be in heaven, but I'm doubting that will happen. LOL! I've recently discovered Cosmo Cricket, and haven't been disappointed yet!

A splash of Sherry said...

Love the papers and the colors. And even though it is a sewing theme I think it would be very versitile.Espically for cards for freinds who sew.

Arjanne said...

I absolutely love Material Girl!

Joni Parker said...

I received a few sheets of this line of papers in one of my kit clubs and it is totally awesome!!! I'm going to pick up the rest of the line since it's soooo useful and versitile. (maybe I'll win it firs..wink). Your projects are sew beautiful!!

Scrapamum said...

I love Cosmo Cricket! When I first saw this line I dreamed up a layout using photos of my daughters 1st haircut.

mollyvh said...

I love the colors in these papers and you showed just how versatile they can be!
Thanks for sharing and having another great give away!

ArlaMo said...

I have a few pieces from this line and love them! I'm a huge CC fan!!

joni said...

Cute set and I love what you did with it!

Tany Sol said...

Awesome kit!
Beautiful works!!!!

marla said...

THis is a super cute collection and I could see myself using it to make gifts for my friends who like to sew.

Jenny McGee said...

I love this collection, the colors are so fun. Thanks for a chance to win.

Melissa Ullmann said...

Paula, thanks for showing the many uses for this line. I think I would have to use them much the same way. I love LOVE the color scheme of this...very cheerful!
Thanks for your wonderul review! :)

JustYolie said...

I LOVE IT!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

Digital Misfit said...

I love sewing just as much as I love papercrafts, so a sewing theme kit is actually a great one for me.
I would use bits to embellish sewing-notion boxes, and to make notecards for fellow stitchy friends.

Heidi
heidig@gmail.com

Eva said...

I love, love Cosmo Cricket and this line is just adorable...love your projects with it, too!!! Sweet!!!

Courtney ;-) said...

super cute! I can think of "sew" many projects that this would be just perfect for! MUST get my hands on some soon! :)

Leah the Orange said...

first of all, Paula, i just want to compliment you on the PHOTOS of that family fun layout - they're SO fabulous! love the funhouse mirror shot paired with the shadow. clever, and inspiring!

this line is just TOO cute - i have so many crafty friends, and i've recently started making some of my own button embellishments with felt and punched paper, so i'm thinking cards using this line would be great to accompany my little gifts to friends. :D

Nicole K/GothamGal said...

I would love to use this in a few minibook projects for some of my relatives. There are tons of old photos that i've been looking for the perfect line to use! Material Girl is IT!

Jennifer said...

Very cute line! Thanks for the chance to win.

Sela said...

Love the bright colors from Cosmo Cricket! My card stash is getting low and with spring here, I want/need to make some new fun cards for birthdays, etc :)

Maaike said...

what a great line! I would love to win ;-)

rosegarden - Laura Fiskateer 5939 said...

I own some of the pieces to this line and LOVE it. I fondle it frequently LOL. I know that I will find the perfect layouts with my crafting buddy SIL who loves sewing and I tolerate it.

CuddlyBunny said...

Your designs are beautiful!

This product line is so fun: It reminds me of the Russian and German children's art from the late 1950s and early '60s.

Cool man. :)

Valerie said...

Oh, I love this charming line of paper! So many possibilities. Thanks for giving us a close-up look at it and sharing a few of your layouts!

Rach said...

These papers are so cute! With 2 little girlies, I'm sure I could find a use for them!

Julie Overby said...

I sew on just about ALL my projects and I LOVE Cosmo Cricket! Perfect!

Cute layouts. ; )

Peggy said...

I can see myself using this line for cards, scrapbooking and altered art. I just love anything sewing. Would love to win it. Thanks for letting me play. God bless!
Peggy Allen

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

YES YES YES--I could totally use this line for so many projects! I love to sew--so scrapbooking pages and cards...SEW cute:)

THANKS!

Conniecap said...

I, like you, would probably only use the "B" side of the paper.

Miwa said...

I've been sewing for a long time so I love this sewing-themed stuff! So cute!

StacyC said...

Love Cosmo Cricket... I would love to use this line for pic's of my Quilts...

Janette said...

I LOVE this paper, and I love Cosmo Cricket. I love the B sides of the paper as well, it always balances the more quirky designs for me.

william said...

I love this line. I would make a mini book about my grandmother. She was such a crafter!

Debbie said...

I love this line. The colors are so playful and the patterns make one happy.

My niece just learned to sew and I am making her a sewing kit. These papers are perfect for her personality.

Thanks for the giveaway.

debbie p

Veronica said...

It is so reminiscent of a time when my grandmother and mother sewed. I have some great old pics that I could SEW use this line with! ;-)

Gabi said...

Oh I simply cannot live without anything that Cosmo Cricket makes. I don't care if it's in season or not. I always buy it!!!

-Gabi from Savannah, TX

Gayle215 said...

I love anything CC and you are right, the B sides are fantastic. I would like to win this collection because I have some great photos to scrap of me making my 1st quilt!

Robin W. said...

I like how this is such a "happy" set. Thank you for showing how versatile this collection is. The card you made with the cupcake over the scissors is too cute!

Karyle said...

I love Cosmo Cricket papers, and this line is wonderful. My Mom was a wonderful seamstress and I am going to do a tribute page to her in my Granddaughter's scrapbook. I will have to have this collection. Thanks for the chance to win.

lenore said...

Love this line so much! I don't there isn't antyhing Cosmo Cricket can do wrong!!

topkatnz said...

I just love CC papers - and this range is very cute! I love using tape measure papers on my LOs.

jan said...

I am a sewer from the beginning, so these papers are close to my heart. Would use them to make cards for my sewing friends, and my mother!

Lucie P said...

I have girls and grand baby girls to scrap for so this would be wonderful for my layouts - thank you for the opportunity! Love your use of this pack.

Sara said...

I'd love to put these papers to good use. Sew cute!

Anonymous said...

So cute, can see a sweet lil mini out of this

Lynda p

Faith B. said...

I love this paper!
meatman2atctveadotnet

{Sarah} said...

I'm a B side paper girl too ;) But you rocked this, so I'm sure I'd like it! =)

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I am not a big theme person either but I have loved this line because it brings back so many memories for me. My grandmother and my mother both loved to sew and most of my clothes as a child were made by them. I need to scrapbook some of these memories and this would be the perfect stash!

Jamie Lane said...

Great projects, I really adore your shadow and mirror photos in your layout as well!

Scrapycandy said...

I actually think I would use this collection to share about myself..I've never done this and I know I should...for the kids, you know? And it would be perfect for that. Thanks for sharing the ideas!

julie.schellin said...

this is such a great collection, and I totally agree with your review. Thanks for chance to win some CC!

Erika M. said...

You just can't go wrong with Cosmo Cricket - they've produced yet another fabulous winner in my eyes!

Rebecca said...

The first time I saw this line I thought the same thing, "how much am I going to use cartoon girls and sewing themes?" But the more I see it used the more versatile I think it is and the more I want every little bit of it!

S said...

Sew cute! I think Cosmo Cricket does themes so very well - this is clearly evidence of that.

Cassi said...

I adore CC, they never disappoint!

Anne Thompson said...

This is my favorite line from any company! I love the colors and the designs. I can see lots of ways to make cards and tags for my sewing and quilting family members and friends. I think cute little 6X6 albums with pictures of all the outfits my mother sewed for us when we were little girls would make perfect Christmas gifts for 2010! I would love to win this prize! Anne, yourmainestamper

lisa808 said...

I really like Cosmo Cricket papers. This pack looks so cute and the little scissors on the papers are darling. I would use the pretty papers for scrapping and cards.

Donna E. said...

i agree with you 100%, would also be my first impression with a themed kit like this one. and like your review here, i always try to imagine all the possibilities and Cosmo Cricket always deliver :)
Thanks for the chance to win!
Your layouts and cards are fabulous!

Joy Pearcy said...

So cute!! Love this line! Thanks for the chance of a giveaway.

smahrty said...

I go crazy for Cosmo Cricket! The Material Girl line is tops! Thank you for this awesome giveaway.

Elizabeth said...

I really need that line for my girlies. Thanks for the chance to win it.

Cynthia B. said...

I think this line is adorable. I'm not a sewer by any means, but just looking at the line, I know it would be great for a LO about my daughter's clothes. (But honestly I think I like Gymboree more than she does. ;) )
Thanks for the chance to win!

sohpiasmom said...

I love to sew so I love this line!! I would probably use this line to make a cute banner to hang in my scrap area!

NanaBeth said...

I so agree with you and I'm a Cosmo Junkie. However I was going to pass on this collection because of the theme until I saw Julie on HSN showing the reverses. I loved them and yes I ordered it.

barbs said...

I just love the bright colors and versatility of this collection. Thanks for the chance to win.

Kim M said...

My teen has taken up sewing and these papers would be so perfect to make a little mini book with, just love em!

Lisa Cutler said...

love what u did with the products!

e_donaldson said...

I really like the theme of this collection. As a crafter, it would be so fun to scrapbook the making of my crafts with this collection! Thanks for the opportunity.

- Elizabeth (e_donaldson@sbcglobal.net)

Kristen said...

Cosmo Cricket is the best! I'd totally be making some card sets to give as gifts to teachers at the end of the year...so cute to have coordinated note cards on hand!

Scrap for Joy said...

I can't imagine not liking anything Cosmo Cricket comes out with. I don't always like themed lines but this one appeals to me because the printed papers don't have to be used for layouts or cards with a sewing theme. Very cute!! Joyce

Valerie said...

Love this line and what you made with it - that carstock is pretty awesome too!

Rebecca Ednie said...

I have been dying to get my hands on this collection. Not only is it a super fun collection but I sew so it is perfect to decorate some of my plain sewing storage boxes! I'd LOVE to win!!! Thanks!

Deanne said...

I love Cosmo Cricut!! and this one is awesome!

~~Mia~~ said...

this is totally one of my fave lines that was released at cha this year!! i absolutely have no idea what i would do with all the 'sewing themed' stuff but i'd figure it out cuz it is way too cute not to use!!! love it!!!

AngMomof3 said...

I've been keeping my eye out for crafty themed papers, and these fit PERFECTLY. I know JUST the photos I'd scrap! :)

Nathalie said...

Great projects Paula!!! This collection is so cute, I can see how versatile it can be but my first page would be about my sewing project that has been featured on two of my favorite sites right now :)

Daniƫlla said...

LOVE this!!!!!!! Cute and brave at the same time. I would use it for an album about my youth..i was the treeclimber kind a girl but wearing a pink dress....

Blessings,

everyday inspirations said...

I SEW love this kit!!! I am wanting to make some cute pages to display in my studio or my daughter's room...love, love, love this line!

catherine s.

thx for the chance to win! fingers crossed!!!

isabel scrap said...

so girly and lovely !!!

la zaz said...

Love this new line. Thanks for the chance

the mustik said...

I like the vintage style of this new collection from CC

Guillauma said...

Cosmo rocks ! that's all

isa dona said...

All in this new line is fantastic, the colors, the vintage pattern, the girly design. I'm so in love with all this collection.
Thanks so much for the chance to win

Vitoria B said...

Count on me for the giveaway, love Cosmo

Silsine said...

I love Cosmo, i think there are funny and i love them basically because the themes can be used for adult photos or child photos.

Other companys are funny too, but the themes of their papers are basicaly for kids.

i like Cosmo for the quality of their papers too.

love scrapping said...

I love this line! Thanks for the chance to win.

rebecca_geile said...

I used this line for layouts of my baby girl and they turned out adorable! I also made a bunch of cards and used the sewing theme for those. Love it! So sad that I've used it all up!

billiejo said...

This line is adorable and perfect for telling my story about sewing with my mother and grandmother while I was growing up. Thanks for the chance to win.

Dixie Supler said...

This material girl really likes the fun theme and bright colors in this kit. Thanks for the chance to win.

Mary said...

I love Cosmo Cricket products! They're adorable and the colors are fantastic!

dazey said...

Cute projects! I love the measuring tapes for some reason even though I'm not really into sewing. I also like their b-sides a bit more (usually) than the theme-y fronts.

Emily said...

I really like this collection. Personally, I'm glad the element sheet is all on one sheet of paper you have to cut apart, because if it was all pre-cut it would be in packaging and you could assume it would cost at least $1.99 then instead of 79 cents, so I'll take it the way they make it! :)

Laurie said...

I really like this collection. I find the girls to be a little odd, but I love everything else about it.

Jenny Brannies said...

I think this is one of the cutest lines I've seen in a while. Adorable!

Katarina said...

Fab colours, love the old look. I think it would be time for my sewingboxes to get some new outfits ;)

PamS said...

I love Cosmo Cricket...with two sided paper you have your choice as to which paper to use. And I like the way the chipboard pieces give the pages dimension.

billiemick said...

These are so cute!

jpichot said...

I don't sew, but I could see these papers working with crafty or girly papers in general. I have loved everything that Cosmo has been putting out lately, ever since the Snorkel line I have been hooked!

Antoinette said...

To be honest, I think these colors are even well suited for men's pages. They also use scissors and the patterns like the woodgrain is very masculine indeed !

Lisa C. said...

I have so many pictures of my daughter that would go so well with this line! I love Cosmo!!

Karen Martins said...

This is my season cosmo cricket favorite line this usar ! I jus luv them!! And I luv the way that u use the paper without being tematic.

scrapper al said...

Thanks for showing us how versatile this line could be.

Just call me b said...

They are something cute! I would love to give them a try!!!

Rhayne said...

I just got some of this line and can't wait to use it. I love that so many of the papers are usable for every-day layouts and cards. And that they match other CC lines :o)

Christi said...

I love how you used these "theme-y" papers with a wide variety of subjects. (I also love that Cosmo Cricket has shapes available on the Silhouette SD!) ;)

mylambboys said...

Love this paper collection! It reminds me of when I was a little girl and my Mom would sew for my twin sister and I.

Thanks for the chance to win!

jill marie barrett said...

this looks like fun.

serena said...

i think as you said that using the non themed side of the paper would appeal to me more. it looks like a fresh line. can see myself using it for spring/easter photos

margaret said...

i totally love this collection...it has the homey "sewing" feel without me having to take out my clunky machine!

Peggy said...

I can take my pictures of things I sew and scrapbook it or special items i have sown fo rhe girls. I am in the middle of making a quilt for Christy.
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