This is the start of an inspiration patch, where I hope that fellow scrappers and creators will come and find some inspiration, or even leave some inspiration for me.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

General Tag

Hello Everyone

I am on a "tagging" mission again, at the moment and so I hope I don't bore you with another tag today! ;-)

The inspiration for this tag was some really pretty papers from a free insert in a magazine.

So here it is.


I love the lavender chippie too, this was certainly something that I wanted to add and use.


Sometimes I can be a real scrooge when it comes to pretty papers.
I am almost afraid to cut them up and use them. I feel that if I don't do them justice, that it would be an absolute crime! LOL...maybe I am a little crazy!!!! ;-)

Anyways, I hope I do these papers justice! ;-)

Thanks again for stopping by!
Thanks also for "tagging" me again!
Have a super day!
Denise x

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

General Tag - Distress Oxides

Hello Everyone

I hope that your week has started off really well.

I was playing with my Distress Oxides again and came up with this little tag.


I also used the oxides to colour the flowers. I love the chalky, soft finish that it gives.


I love the simplicity of this tag.

So what have you created with your Oxides today?

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a terrific Tuesday.
Denise x

Monday, 9 October 2017

Captured Moments - Penelope Dee Photogenic

Hello Everyone

I am so blessed to be an ambassador for Penelope Dee.
I so love the products and I love that a local manufacturer is producing such quality! ;-)

So I created a mixed media, boy layout with their newest collection, Photogenic.


I did some black gesso stencilling and some stam;ping for the background.

I also used the gorgeous Sizzix Bright Bubbles die-cut.




SIZZIX THINLITS DIE - BRIGHT BUBBLES

Here are some close-ups.



I also had some enamel dots that I have had for ages, which finally found their place and I was so pleased I could use them on this boy page.

This boy is getting so tall and growing so quickly, it is actually scary! ;-)

Today we also had a massive thunderstorm and all I can say is "Thank You Lord" for the beautiful rain. We really were in need of rain and with the rain over the weekend too, the garden and the grass are just flourishing.

I hope you had a lovely Monday!
Thanks so much for popping in, I really do appreciate it so.

Take care for now.
Denise x

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Mixed Media Tag - Distress Oxides

Hello Everyone

My internet and telephone line is still off.  It is going on 4 weeks now.
It is really not funny anymore and I sure hope that this week it will be resolved.

I hope that you have been having a great weekend and that you got some time to create.
I got some great crafty time and have a mixed media tag to share.


I absolutely adore my distress oxides and really loved this spotty background that I created, on some old music paper.  I used Broken China and Wilted Violet.
I also coloured the delicate chipboard piece with Broken China too.


I then added some leaf diecuts and my own handmade flower.
This little layered flower is just the perfeect touch. LOL

Lastly I used a rub-on that I had for ages and gave this general tag a little title.

Have you played with distress oxides?
I promise you they are amazing and you will not be able to put them down! ;-)

I hope you have a super evening!
Cheers for now!
Denise x

Friday, 6 October 2017

Christmas Cards - BoBunny Christmas Carousel

Hello Everyone
 
I am up on the BoBunny blog at the moment with some Christmas Cards.
I used the fabulous Christmas Carousel collection.
 
This collection is so pretty and I had a lot of fun creating these cards.
 
I would love it if you popped along and had a look.
 
But here is a sneak peek.
 
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 and
 
 
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To have a look on the new BoBunny catalogue...
Check here:
 
Thanks ever so much for stopping by!
Have a fabulous day!
Denise x
 


Monday, 2 October 2017

Craft Stamper - August 2017

Hello Everyone

I was so excited and blessed to have a card accepted for the Craft Stamper August 2017 issue.

Here's what the mag looks like.


Here was my card.


I used some fabulous stamps and goodies from BoBunny.
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I have another 2 cards that have been accepted that I will share over the coming months.
So some exciting times ahead too! ;-)

Take Care for now...
Have a marvelous Monday!
Denise x

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Faux Leather Mini Album - BoBunny Autumn Dreams

Hello Everyone

My internet is still off, but I have quite a bit of data stored up on my phone, so today is the day that I share and post something again! ;-)

Life has been crazy, busy with changes at work, design team projects and classes, but all is good and I am truly blessed.
I hope that everything is well with you too.

I was up on the BoBunny blog recently with a mini faux leather album.
I would really love it if you popped over and had a look.

I so enjoyed making this album and actually made 3.  I will definitely use them as gifts and I also used these as examples for a class I did.



Here is a photo of one of the others I made as well.


I had seen a super article in the Craft Stamper, December 2014 issue.

I scanned the article, so that if you wanted to try it yourself, you could have a read here.



Thanks ever so much for stopping by!
I hope you have found a little inspiration!

Have a fabulous Sunday!
Denise x

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Just a Quick Hello

Hello Everyone
 
Just a quick hello to advise that I have not dropped off the edge of the earth.
Our internet connection at home has been off for about 10 days now.
 
It is rather frustrating but not much that I can do.
 
I hope to be back shortly.
 
I hope you are all well. ;-)
 
Have a super day!
Denise x

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Live for the Moments - Penelope Dee Photogenic Collection

Hello Everyone

It's Saturday today and we are off to a 30th wedding anniversary party later.
I am looking forward to seeing old friends and just chilling a little.

In the meantime, I am sharing a mixed media page from the Penelope Dee Photogenic collection.


I used a Penelope Dee stencil and crackle paste for the background, along with some ancient rub-ons and Penelope Dee stamps.

Let's look a little closer for good measure! ;-)


I was really so pleased and amazed that the rub-obs still worked so well.


These 3 young ladies have been friends all through primary school and now still regularly see each other, even though they go to different high schools.
They are really tight friends and I am sure this is a friendship that will last many years, if not a lifetime! ;-)

So what are you up to this Saturday?
Anything crafty on your desk?

Have a super Saturday.
Denise x

Friday, 15 September 2017

Stashy Christmas Card

Hello Everyone

Today I am sharing another Christmas Card.
I have been de-stashing and it certainly feels good to do that! ;-)


I used distress ink and water on the music paper, to create a watercolour effect.

Here's a close-up of the little cluster.


The addition of the black leaves just finished it off nicely.

So how are your Christmas cards coming along?

Hope you have a lovely Friday!
Take care
Denise x

Thursday, 14 September 2017

General Card - Mixed Media

Hello Everyone

I have wanted to create a monotone card for a while now, with various mixed media.
It seems to make the card look incredibly soft.
I think I achieved it with this card.


I used texture paste and a stencil for the background and then coloured it with distress inks and water.

The chipboard I covered with texture paste and then added some all purpose ink to colour it.

Here's a close-up.


I purposefully did not put a title on the card, so that it really can be used for any occasion.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I hope you have a fabulous Thursday.
Denise x

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Christmas Tag

Hello Everyone

It's Saturday and I hope you will find some time to craft and play a bit!

I have been digging into my stash and I pulled out some old rub-ons and bits and pieces, which I used for this Christmas tag.


I can honestly say that I have had these rub-ons for years.  The fact that they still work, with no issues is attributed to a really good product! ;-) I was thrilled.

I then added a few other little bits and pieces.
Not too difficult and not too time consuming! 
I love it when a "tag" comes together! LOL


Thanks so much for popping in!
I truly appreciate you visits and comments! 
Have a creative Saturday!
Denise x

Friday, 8 September 2017

Birthday Card - BoBunny Double Dot/ Take It Make It Challenge: September

Hello Everyone

I hope that you have had a good week so far.
I am so pleased that Friday is here and that the work week is finished for me!
I look forward to some creativity and crafting! ;-)

My niece turns 14 today and so we are meeting up later for a family dinner.
I made this card for her.


I used the new BoBunny Bold and Bright Double Dot Designs 6x6 pad for the background strips and then I used some BoBunny stamps, Butterfly Kisses and Doodle Frames for the design.

I stamped the frame and then cut it out.  I also stamped the butterflies and then fussy cut them out and used distress oxides to colour them. Lastly, I added some white accents with my white gel pen.

Here's a closer look.


I also splashed some white paint over the rainbow background too.

I hope she likes it! ;-)

I have also entered this card for the Take It Make It Challenge: September
 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
I hope you have a fabulous Friday!
Denise x

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Kosbaar & Spesiaal Layout - Penelope Dee Diamond Layne Collection

Hello Everyone

Penelope Dee is a local supplier and I am so very proud of the beautiful products that they put out and the wonderful quality too! ;-)

I am so honoured that they send me products to play with! ;-)

I have a layout to share with you today, using the Diamond Layne Collection.


The title means Precious and Special.
These are for the special ladies in the photo, who also happen to be my cousins.

Here is a close-up.


I used black gesso with a stencil to create the background, along with some Distress Ink - Fired Brick.

The black cardstock is inked with gold around the edges and actually pulls into the gold diamonds on the paper.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I really appreciate the visit!
Have a fabulous day!
Denise x

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Be Yourself - Art Journal page

Hello Everyone

I hope that you are having a good week! ;-)
I am so looking forward to the coming weekend and getting some scrappy time in! ;-)

Last week I did this art journal page and it was really one that really took me on a journey.
I was not sure how it was going to turn out.
I think it turned out okay.


I used my distress oxides and stamps, along with rub-ons from Basic Grey that I have had for years and years. I created the daises with Gel Medium and a stencil and then added colour to them and white gel pen highlights.


The rub-on set had this sentiment too and I thought it would be perfect.

I also added the little elephant character below! Elephants are one of my favourite animals.


This page really did take me on an art journey and I love that it pushed me to try different things and also pushed my styling! ;-)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I hope you have a fabulous Thursday!
Denise x



Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Live in the Moment - Penelope Dee - Diamond Layne

Hello Everyone

I am so blessed to have Penelope Dee send my goodies to play with! ;-)
Their last collection was Diamond Layne and I made a large tag, using this pretty collection.


I played with my distress inks and oxides to create the background, along with Penelope Dee stamps.
I fussy cut some elements and also used some die-cuts.

Here is a close-up.


I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love my distress oxides.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I hope you have a fabulous day!
Denise x

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

General Card - BoBunny Petal Lane Collection

Hello Everyone

Today I am sharing a fairly simple card.


I used the BoBunny Petal Lane collection, along with a flower stamp.
I got the stamp set with a craft magazine.

I coloured the stamped flowers with water colour pencils.


They made for a pretty, friendship card! ;-)

I think sometimes, simple is perfect! ;-)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I love your visits! ;-)
Have a super day!
Denise x

Monday, 28 August 2017

Birthday Card - ScrapBerrys My Little Star Collection

Hello Everyone
 
I hope that you had a really good weekend.
I had a really busy, busy weekend and it meant that I actually did not spend a minute in my craft room! This is very unusual for me, but sometimes life and home calls and one does what has to be done! ;-)
 
Anyways, Joe and I went to a 1yr old Birthday the weekend before and so I made a card for the sweet little man.
 
 
Apologies that it's not the best photo, but I quickly snapped it before I popped it in the envelope.
 
This collection is really so sweet and so perfect for these littlies! ;-)
 
I hope that you can have a good Monday and that it is kind to you.
Thanks for stopping by.
Denise x


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Farewell Card - BoBunny Wild Card

Hello Everyone

I hope that you are all well and happy. ;-)

I have a masculine farewell card to share with you today.
I used Wild Card from BoBunny.  It was  fabulous masculine collection.


It's not the greatest photo, but I think you get the idea! ;-)

I also added some Pentart rust patches, which were so cool for this masculine card.

I think masculine cards are certainly harder to create than feminine ones! LOL

Anyways, I hope you have a gorgeous day today!
Thanks so much for your visits.
Denise x

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

General Mixed Media Tags - BoBunny - Life in Color

Hello Everyone
 
I am back today with some BoBunny Life in Color....
This really is a stunning collection and I am so "snoep" with it...
Nothing goes to waste at all! ;-)
 
Here's the BoBunny blog post.! ;-)
I would love it if you popped along and had a look.
 
But I do have some sneak peeks here too! ;-)
 
 
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and
 
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I really love how these tags came together.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
I hope you have a fabulous Tuesday!
Denise x


Monday, 21 August 2017

BoBunny Design Team Announcement 2017/2018

Hello Everyone
 
I am soooooo blessed and honoured to have been chosen again for BoBunny's Design Team! ;-)
 
Here's the announcement on BoBunny's blog.
 
They are truly the best company ever and I have enjoyed each and every product.
 
 
BoBunny is thrilled to announce the 2017-2018 Design Team!

Angela Tombari
Ayumi Iwashita
Denise Van Deventer
Elena Olinevich
Emilia van den Heuvel
Irit Shalom
Katherine Sutton
Marilyn Rivera
Mariusz Gierszewski
Rhonda Van Ginkel
Solange Marques
Ulrika Wandler
Virginia Nemchak

Congratulations! We are so excited for the next year with these amazingly talented designers! They will be bringing daily inspiration to our blog, social media, and project kits!
 
Congrats to everyone and I know we will have another fabulous year! ;-)
 
Have a fabulous day!
Denise x

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Christmas Card - ScrapBerry's Elegantly Festive

Hello Everyone

I am back today, with another Christmas Card.
I used the ScrapBerry's Elegantly Festive Collection, along with my beloved distress oxides.


I really love this combo of colours! It's non traditional, but so pretty.

I created that background with my distress oxides and it really does make this card pop.


I have had the chippies forever too and I am a little unsure of the supplier.
I used a white gel pen to make them pop and also used some droplets.

Thanks again for popping in.
Have a Tremendous Tuesday.
Denise x






Monday, 14 August 2017

Christmas Card - BoBunny Christmas Collage

Hello Everyone

I hope that you had a fabulous weekend and that Monday has been kind to you.

I have a Christmas Card to share with you today, using BoBunny Christmas Collage.


I am not absolutely sure but pretty sure that the chipboard is Scrapiniec.
I have had it for ages.

Here's a close-up.


I love the traditional colours here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I really appreciate your visits so much!
Have a gorgeous day!
Denise x

Friday, 11 August 2017

Joy, Hope, Faith, Love Canvas - Distress Oxides

Hello Everyone

Wednesday was a Public Holiday in South Africa...Womens Day.
So I was so happy to spend part of the day creating!

I created a canvas, using Distress Oxides.

Firstly, here is what it looked like without any colour and just primed.


Here is the end result.


I used a mixture of metal bits, chipboard pieces, resin pieces and hessian.

I really love those muted and vintage colours.

Here's some closer shots.




It was so good to use so many little bits and pieces from my stash.

This is definitely going to sit in my dinning room! ;-)

Thanks ever so much for stopping by!
I hope you have a fabulous Friday and weekend!
Denise x