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.

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

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Christmas Tag

Hello Everyone

I have really tried to start early with Christmas tags and cards.

 I created this tag.


I used a Tim Holtz stencil and distress inks to create the pretty background.
I then used rub-ons that I have had forever to add to the background.

I fussy cut the mistletoe for the little cluster.

Let's have a closer look.


I added some pearlescent paint to the berries, to add the highlights.

It really isn't a long time until this Christmas season is upon us again.
It's crazy how the time is just flying.

Thanks for popping in.
I so enjoy your comments and love and really appreciate it so.
Have a fabulous day!
Denise x

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

General Tag - Mixed Media Tag - Take it Make It Challenge August

Hello Everyone

I have a mixed media tag to share with you today.


I did a paint resist background, where I stencilled with distress paint first and then once dried, I added distress inks over this.
I then also added drops of white acrylic paint.

I also stamped and coloured those beautiful blooms, which were fussy cut and then layered.

Here's a little closer look.


I really love all the layers and the colouring on this tag.
I added some white chipboard and white leaves, to make this tag pop.
Lastly I added an old rub-on that added a little bit of detail too, along with the metal title.

Supplies used:
Tim Holtz Stencil
L'Aquarelle Designs Stamps - Ultimate Crafts
Distress Inks
Distress Paint
Leaf die-cuts
Design Worx chipboard

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






Monday, 7 August 2017

Dad's Birthday Card - ScrapBerry's Words Live Forever Collection

Hello Everyone

It was my Dad's Birthday on the 1st.  He turned 75! ;-)
Such a wonderful milestone.

I made this card for him.


I used the ScrapBerry's Words Live Forever Collection.  It is so perfect for masculine projects.
I also love that one can fussy cut so many gorgeous little elements.

He was pleased with it, so I was pleased too! ;-)

This was a very quickie photo, as I literally put it in an envelope and we went out for his Birthday dinner! ;-)

Thanks, always, for stopping by!
I really appreciate the visits.
Have a marvelous Monday!
Denise x

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Wedding Card - Prima Rossi Belle

Hello Everyone

I hope that you are having a restful and good weekend.

I have spent a lot of time creating this weekend and so it has been really good for my soul.

Recently, I had to make a wedding card for someone at work.
So I used the really pretty Rossi Bellem colllection from Prima.
It has been ages since I created a Prima project.

Here is what I created.


This collection is really so pretty and gorgeous for a wedding card.

Here's a closer look.


There are quite a number of layers.

Considering the background paper was so pretty, but also busy, I did not need to add any stamping or mixed media.

I love the addition of those black, little flowers.  They really do make this card pop.

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

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Art Journal Page - Mixed Media Basic Grey

Hello Everyone
 
Today I have an art journal page to share with you.
It is lots of mixed media.
I had actually created it quite a few weeks ago, but I was not happy with the result and so I left it sitting and went back to it a month later.
 
I had some Basic Grey papers and thought the flowers would be perfect.
So I fussy cut them and used them and they were the perfect addition.
I was now happy with the result.

 
 
I had also recently bought an old typewriter and so used it to type out the wording.
 

 
These pages really do have many layers of pastes, paints, inks and bits! LOL
 

 
Here is another look. These flowers certainly were what this page needed.
That's the journey with any art journal page....one has to see where it leads you! ;-)
 
Anyways, thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!
I really appreciate the visit.
Have a super day!
Denise x


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Mixed Media Tag - Distress Oxides

Hello Everyone

I am really going to try and keep my blog posts more regular.
I have a few hectic weeks behind me, but hopefully things will start to calm down a bit now.

I have been playing with my distress oxide inks again and created a small tag.


I really loved this combination of colours.

This was actually a tag that I had tried embossing with a new stamp and it had not come out clearly.
So I put it aside for months and eventually found a little creative place for it! ;-)

Here's a close-up.


I also used little bits of hessian to add texture and interest.
Again, I have been using goodies from my stash, so I was really pleased to be de-stashing.

These general, little tags never go to waste and I use them often on gifts etc.

Thanks so much for popping in!
I really appreciate the visits.
Have a super day!
Denise x

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

10th Birthday Card

Hello Everyone

Time is flying and the weeks just seem to float past!
It was Joe's Birthday last week and he turned 10.
I can't believe that he is getting so big.

I made a card for him, using up all sorts of bits from my stash.
Most of these were October Afternoon goodies and of course, I also used my distress oxide inks.


Here's a closer look at it.


I don't think I will ever stop experimenting and playing with the distress oxides.
They are just so fabulous.

Anyways, thank for stopping by!
I hope you have a great week!
Denise x

Monday, 24 July 2017

Video Tutorial - Mixed media Canvas - BoBunny Serendipity

Hello Everyone
 
I really hope that you had a super weekend!
I had a great one, albeit a little busy with this, that and the next thing! ;-)
 
I was up on the BoBunny blog recently with a mixed media canvas tutorial.
 
I would love it, if you popped along and had a look here! ;-)
 
Here's the canvas.
 
Mixed Media Canvas by Denise van Deventer using BoBunny Serendipity and Pentart Products
 
BoBunny Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Life / Serendipity
Stickers:  Clear Stickers/ Petal Lane
Noteworthy: Serendipity
Brads: Double Dot Aqua
Chipboard: Serendipity
Blossoms: Natural Earth Bouquet & Natural Earth Pansy
Stencils: Fancy Flourishes



Pentart Supplies:
Cracking Paint System 1
Cracking Paint System 2
Structure Paste
 
Thanks ever so much for stopping by!
Wishing you a fabulous Monday!
Denise x
 


Friday, 21 July 2017

Mixed Media Cards - BoBunny Serendipity Collection



Morning Everyone

 
Today I have some BoBunny goodness to share with you.
I used the fabulous Serendipity Collection.

I made some cards and I also made some flowers.
Mixed Media Cards by Denise van Deventer using BoBunny Serendipity and Stencil Paste and Pentart Wax Paste

Here's a look at them individually.
Mixed Media Cards by Denise van Deventer using BoBunny Serendipity and Stencil Paste and Pentart Wax Paste

Mixed Media Cards by Denise van Deventer using BoBunny Serendipity and Stencil Paste and Pentart Wax Paste

On both of these cards I used stickable stencils and gesso. I used these stencils in different ways and created two similar, yet different cards.
On the yellow one, I coloured the stencilled gesso with some distress oxide inks and then cut out the centre of the stencilled design with a die-cut. I also added some stencilled corners with the gorgeous BoBunny stencil paste to this card. The blue flowers are also handmade and are layered die-cuts, with stamens in the middle. You can see the stencilling and the flowers below.
Mixed Media Cards by Denise van Deventer using BoBunny Serendipity and Stencil Paste and Pentart Wax Paste

On the blue card, I actually cut out the stencilled design and then rubbed some wax paste over the stencilling.
Mixed Media Cards by Denise van Deventer using BoBunny Serendipity and Stencil Paste and Pentart Wax Paste

Here's a look at the stencilled design before I added the extra bits. I had also rubbed over the wax paste.  It added a gorgeous glimmer to this stencilled design.
Mixed Media Cards by Denise van Deventer using BoBunny Serendipity and Stencil Paste and Pentart Wax Paste

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  
Have a fabulous day!
Denise x

BoBunny Supplies:Patterned Paper: Aviary, Songbird, Stripe, Flight/ Serendipity
Cardstock: Brilliant Blue Dot
Noteworthy: Serendipity
Chipboard:Serendipity
Stickable Stencils: Love

Stencil Paste: Vanilla Pearl
Pearlescent: Brilliant Blue
BoBunny Gesso

Pentart: Chameleon Wax Paste