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.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Joe's Birthday Card

Hello Everyone

7 years ago today, I gave birth to the sweetest boy ever! So Happy Birthday my boy and wishing you every health and happiness!

I made a card for Joe using Midway - October Afternoon.

He was very happy with his card, but even happier with the Lego he received! ;-) Little boys and their toys!!

Just crazy how each year seems to go faster than the last one!

Anyways...thanks for popping in.
Have a super evening!
Denise x

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Card - BoBunny Enchanted Garden

Hello Everyone

I am just quickly sharing a card I made with Enchanted Garden....just's such a great collection.

I used the Ephemera pack for this collection....and it was soooo super!

I still need to go and make a card for my Son think I had better get to it! ;-)

Have a super evening!
Denise x

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Party Packs - Our Lil Monster BoBunny

Hello Everyone

It is 2 days to my boys birthday and so we had a wonderful afternoon at the bike park, with a few of his friends and they enjoyed an afternoon of riding and cycling.  It really was so cool!

I only had 10 party packs to make and so I used some BoBunny kraft bags and Our Lil Monster collection, to decorate them.

Here is a closer look at 1 or 2 of them, as I am sure you will be bored if we have to go through each and every one! ;-)

I put their names on each and tried to match up a few more feminine elements when they were for a girl.
So in this case.....a monster eye flower!!!!! ;-))

My sister made this really cool cake for Joe and he was really thrilled.

And is the boy in action.

Tomorrow I have a family lunch here at home, so by the evening I am sure I will be quite pooped!!!

Anyways, I hope you have a super evening!
Thanks for popping in!
Denise x

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Tags - Scrapbooking Memories Websters Pages

Hello Everyone

I got the new Scrapbooking Memories and it had some really gorgeous free paper from Websters Pages.
Scrapbooking Memories Vol 16 No 11

So at my scrap and chat last Thursday night, I started making some tags with these papers.

I was thrilled when Vanessa at Scrapbooking Memories shared them on their FB page! ;-)

Here they are.

It just goes to show that any pretty papers, no matter the source, can be used to create something pretty.

Here are the individual tags.

I used the beautiful flowers from Prima...they are really so stunning and then just added cardstock and a few other bits.

Have you created something lately from a magazine freebie?

Have a super evening!

Denise x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Make Waves - Sketchabilities #119

Hello Everyone

I have a page to share with you today for the Sketchabilities #119 sketch.

I have been wanting to do a beachy page of Joe, for a while now and this sketch just lent itself to the idea in my head.  So I created a mixed media page.

I used the super Pink Paislee collection, Nantucket. I really do love it.

I used some real shells, along with my chippies and woody pieces.

For the sun I cut a circle from one of the yellow patterned papers and really liked these little seahorses facing one another.  Then I just added some thready wool and it became a sun! I thought it turned out nicely.

I used lots of paint, sprays, stamps, dry walling tape and gesso. I really did enjoy playing with all of these mediums.

Overall, it still has a pretty clean look....

This photo was taken last year, when Joe and I were at Salt Rock in really was such a nice time for us and we really did have a blast!

Thanks so much for popping by.
I hope you have a super evening!
Denise x

Monday, 21 July 2014

Scrap-a-Doodles Design Team 2014 Audition

Hello Everyone

I am applying for a DT post at Scrap-a-Doodles and so this is my audition post to show 3 of my projects and give Scrap-a-Doodles a little taste of what I am about.

My first project is one that I recently did for a DT project at Berry71Bleu and is a canvas - Marilyn. This is vintage style canvas.  You can click on the link and it will take you to the original post and the details on this project. This is one of my favourite projects over the last 3 months or so.

Second is a layout, which I really love as well, and is one about my little family - Today:Enjoy the Little Things. It's a mixed media page, using watercolours and love how it just turned out so perfectly here.

Lastly, I have a card to share - Many Thanks.  It is a thank you card and is a shabby chic/vintage style.

If you would like to see more information on the projects and the materials used, then please click on the links, which will take you to the original posts.

Thanks so much for popping by...
Wish me luck with this audition!
Have a super evening!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

MG - Prima PPP July

Hello Everyone

I hope that you are having a great Sunday and that it has been a relaxing and good weekend!

I gave a class yesterday morning, after not having done one for ages and I really enjoyed it, even though I was really tired afterwards! We had some good fun and the ladies pages turned out stunningly!

Anyways, I have a page for the Prima PPP July and it's definitely 4th July colours....;-)


So here's my take on it.

My Dad has this MG and it has been a part of our lives since I was 13.  I helped push it into the yard, when we first got it...I have passed spanners...I have helped with each and every engine overhaul and so yes, I guess I have a little part in it too! ;-)

My Dad and brother fixed it up, from not running, to running and looking perfect! It took a good few years and was definitely a labour of love! Just recently my Dad did the engine overhaul for the second time and so it is in great running order again.

So when my brother was out in May from the UK, we took the MG and my sisters Morris Minor for a Sunday drive, had some breakfast in Parkhurst and then made our way back home again! It was a really perfect day and we had great time together, as a family!

My journalling tells the little story.

I used the School Memories collection, it was so perfect! I also used lots of different Prima stamps for the stamping and coloured the Prima Nieve flowers blue....

I actually mixed two red sprays that I had, one was a Smooch spray that had got clogged and the other, not sure what the name was, since I threw the bottle away ages ago.  So I used this red paint mixture for my paint drops and it remained wet for quite a while but has now dried, as a wet looking drop!!!! It is absolutely fabulous....I think it would make for a super scrapping product!!!!

I used this lovely Enmarc Craft chipboard corner, which I heat embossed and then went over with a white gel pen.

I am really happy with how this page turned out and was definitely a photo I wanted to scrap of my brother and Dad in the MG! ;-)

Thanks so much for popping in...
I so appreciate your visits.
Have a super evening!
Denise x

Friday, 18 July 2014

Wild Life - Berry71Bleu July Challenge

Hello Everyone

It's my turn up on the Berry71Bleu Blog today, with my take on the July Challenge - Pattern Palooza.

Here's my page.

The journalling tells you about why this page is called Wild Life. "Look what I found at sunset...this little creature that was happy to sit in the fading sunlight and catch the last few rays of warmth.

Recently we went on a family weekend away to a beautiful place called Dullstroom and this picture was taken on the first evening, just as the sun was setting.  The colouring was so amazing and with the winter coloured grass and trees, just made for a beautiful photo. This little town and surroundings is know for it's fly fishing and so that was one of the reasons we went there.

I used my watercolour pencils to colour these Jelly Park digi stamps and also used the watercolour pencils for my background. It may be old school, but still works like a charm! ;-)

I used the gorgeous Autumn Song Collection from BoBunny, patterned papers, chipboards and bits.
This is still one of my favourite collections. The sparkles used, are Molossi.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a super evening!
Denise x

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Lemonade Stand OTP - BoBunny

Hello Everyone

I am up on the BoBunny blog today with Tracee and we created some OTP projects with the summery and beautiful Lemonade Stand.  This collection is just fabulous!

Please pop over and have a look...this collection is so versatile.

I decided to create a Summer Sweet/Cookie Jar. I thought I would love for it to stand on my kitchen counter, but could also be used for s summery table accent.

I really loved the fruit pieces in the noteworthy pack and these were really the inspiration for this project.
These remind me of all the things that I love about summer, watermelon, fruit on a stick and picnics.

I did a crackle base which really turned out to be perfect with these accents.

I also made these little umbrella's, which are so summery and fun too! They were pinwheels to start off with and after some gentle persuasion, loooooots of glue and patience, they became umbrella's.  I will definitely be using these as part of a summer table setting.

Here are the other sides of the jar.

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

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

6 - Once Upon a Sketch July Challenge

Hello Everyone

I am on a week's leave and enjoying lots of time with my son, as well as scrapping up a storm!  It is so nice not to have to rush anywhere or be in a hurry for anything!!! ;-)

So I completed a page for the July Once Upon a Sketch Challenge, which is this.

Journalling Theme: "Numbers.." 

 Pick a number and center your journalling around it. (i.e. FIVE men in my life, TEN quirky traits, THREE long term goals, or 2014--the date I will do ___)

You are free to interpret our theme ANY WAY you like. It is for your inspiration and this theme word DOES NOT need to be part of your title or journalling. But please make sure your layout is based on the sketch below and includes journalling (hidden journalling is fine). Acceptable journalling is MORE than just a sentence, or generic writing such as date/place etc. It needs to be present and at least 3 lines long. Remember, hidden journalling (under a photo/tag or behind your page) is perfectly fine but please DO let us know in your post where your journalling is! 

It is less than 2 weeks to my sons 7th birthday and this page is about his 6th birthday!!!! Terrible really!!!

I really did dive into my scrappy stash for these papers etc.  They are Basic Grey, Life of the Party! LOL..
But I am still happy and pleased with it.  The only thing that is new, is the gorgeous round Blue Fern chipboard which I got through Colourful Memories last week.

I used some stashy rub-ons and also recoloured some of the BG chippies from this collection.

I mixed some white and green embossing powders for the circle chipboard and then added some brown paint.

I decided to also cut out this sweet photo of Joe blowing out his candles, as the background was far too busy and distracting. I am pleased that I did and was happy with the result.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a super, scrappy Wednesday!
Denise x

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Garden - Scrap Africa Challenge no.31 - Pinterest Mood Board

Hello Everyone

There is a new challenge up at Scrap Africa and I soooo love the Mood Board. I found these gorgeous images on Pinterest and just thought they would be wonderful inspiration for scrapping.

So here is the mood board.

Please pop over and see what your Guest Designers and DT created.

Here is my page.

I created a page about my Mothers garden and how I have always loved it.  She really does tend and care for it and is one of the things that I always associate with my Mother: - green fingers and a beautiful garden!

I used the gorgeous Graphic 45 Secret Garden papers, which were so perfect for this theme.

I don't often scrap with purples, but my last page and this one both have purple and I really love how they turned out.

So if you love flowers and shabbiness, why not come and play along....

Thanks so much for popping by!
Have a super day!
Denise x

Monday, 14 July 2014

My Life - Scrap Around the world July Challenge

Hello Everyone

Sorry I have been missing in action for a few days, but life has been so hectic.  I have had a house full and also been creating, but unfortunately I will only be able to share it with you later in the week.

But for now, I have finished a page for Scrap Around the World - July Challenge here.
This is the super mood board.

I took the inspiration from the bluey greens in the mood board, as well as the sentiment about life.
Sometimes I forget that life is about exactly that, loving oneself and being joyful and happy! Life gets so hectic, that it just becomes a day in and day out survival, without actually remembering and enjoying the moments. So my page is a reminder to myself, to sometimes just sit down and breathe, enjoy the moment and remember that this is a beautiful life. So thanks to Tusia for this little reminder.

Here is my page.

I used the gorgeous Enchanted Garden collection from BoBunny. It's whimsical and beautiful!
There is a gorgeous sentiment on one of the papers that I really wanted to use, but it was just a little too big and it says "Live your own Fairy Tale"...which certainly ties in with my sentiment.

I made my own flowers using a diecut from Olba and love how these turned out,

I really loved this image of the dragonfly and so wanted to use it. It really did catch my eye. Only today I thought I should go and look up the symbolism of a dragonfly and must have a little read of this.  I know it's a little long, but it was so poignant.

Symbolisms of the Dragonfly
  • Maturity and a Depth of character
    The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life. 

    The traditional association of Dragonflies with water also gives rise to this meaning to this amazing insect. The Dragonfly’s scurrying flight across water represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life.
  • Power and Poise
    The dragonfly’s agile flight and its ability to move in all six directions exude a sense of power and poise - something that comes only with age and maturity. 
    The dragonfly can move at an amazing 45 miles an hour,  hover like a helicopter fly backwards like a hummingbird, fly straight up, down and on either side. What is mind blowing is the fact that it can do this while flapping its wings a mere 30 times a minute while mosquitoes and houseflies need to flap their wings 600 and 1000 times a minute respectively. 

    The awe inspiring aspect is how the dragonfly accomplishes its objectives with utmost simplicity, effectiveness and well, if you look at proportions, with 20 times as much power in each of its wing strokes when compared to the other insects.  The best part is that the dragonfly does it with elegance and grace that can be compared to a veteran ballet dancer. If this is not a brazen, lazy, overkill in terms of display of raw power, what is?
  • Defeat of Self Created Illusions
    The dragonfly exhibits iridescence both on its wings as well as on its body. Iridescence is the property of an object to show itself in different colors depending on the angle and polarization of light falling on it. 

    This property is seen and believed as the end of one’s self created illusions and a clear vision into the realities of life. The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity. This again indirectly means self discovery and removal of inhibitions.
  • Focus on living ‘IN’ the moment
    The dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature. It flies only for a fraction of its life and usually not more than a few months. This adult dragonfly does it all in these few months and leaves nothing to be desired. This style of life symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living IN the moment and living life to the fullest. By living in the moment you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don’t and make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis. 

    This ability lets you live your life without regrets like the great dragonfly.
  • The opening of one’s eyes
    The eyes of the dragonfly are one of the most amazing and awe inspiring sights. Given almost 80% of the insect’s brain power is dedicated to its sight and the fact that it can see in all 360 degrees around it, it symbolizes the uninhibited vision of the mind and the ability to see beyond the limitations of the human self. It also in a manner of speaking symbolizes a man/woman’s rising from materialism to be able to see beyond the mundane into the vastness that is really our Universe, and our own minds.

Quite interesting...isn't it!!!!

Here is a close-up of the other flower cluster, and some of my stamping, which says: The Good Stuff!
Some of the other stamped phrases are: "Life is worth it" and "What Matters".

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I really do appreciate your visits and comments!
Have a super evening!
Denise x