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, 24 April 2017

Special Love Mixed Media Layout - Berry71Bleu

Hello Everyone
Apologies for having dropped out of cyberspace for a little while.
It was school holidays and then Easter.  My brother was also here from the UK.
So sadly blogging took a back seat.
It was really quality and quantity time with my family! ;-)
I am back, however, today with a vintage layout for the Berry71Bleu challenge this month.
Here's the gorgeous mood board.

I created this mixed media page of my Grandparents.

I used the gorgeous Barn Market vintage papers from Riddersholm Design.

I did some intricate gesso stencilling around the photo too.

The gorgeous chipboard piece is a Blue Fern Studios piece and was aged, using gesso and all purpose ink.

I also did a fair amount of stamping on the background too.

I really love how this vintage page turned out. Vintage certainly does not have to be dark and dreary,

There is still time to play along.

Our wonderful Sponsor this month is:

Established in 2000, 7gypsies has enjoyed being a part of the craft and scrapbooking industries. 7gyspies has taken a few journeys along the way, with the caravan’s final destination with Canvas Corp. 

a bit of the 7gypsies story…
A young architect who wanted to be a painter met an Australian school teacher with a penchant for collecting things. They married and traveled the world together, having 7 kids on 3 different continents. As age mellowed them, they settled in the southwestern US and began designing for the scrapbooking industry, drawing upon a lifetime of traveling and experiences. 
The Canvas Corp family welcomes this amazing brand, with a penchant for preserving the original inspiration behind the brand.  This catalog brings together vintage and brand new 7gypsies products.

the gypsies today… 
With a focus on preserving the inspiration for the brands and the product line, the 7gypsies development team has designed a number of vintage inspired collections that have a look of the past but are relevant to the creative market today. We have converted a considerable amount of products to production in the USA, while continuing to source world-wide to find the most exciting products, designs and technologies.  We are excited to release our most exciting collection Architextures™ which is going to take the 7gypsies brand in many wonderful new directions. 

7gypsies give the winner of the challenge one of their "Junk Packs" - a collection of vintage papers, handmade papers, fabric, tags and more with a writing and lettering theme. No two are alike. AND  as an there is a chance to win a additional prize - if you both submit an entry for the Berry71Bleu Challenge & the current Canvas Corp Brands Challenge you are eligable to win a second prize. You will find a link to the Canvas Corp Brands April Challenge under our Challenge board in the right sidebar. 

Have a fabulous day!
Denise x

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Captured Mixed Media Layout - BoBunny Game on and Pentart Rust Effect Products

Hello Everyone

I have a super page to share with you today and I really had a fabulous time, playing with the rust effect products.

The details are all here, up on the BoBunny blog!
I have a little show and tell! ;-)
So I would really love it, if you popped along and had a look.

Here's a little sneek peak.

Mixed Media Layout by Denise van Deventer using the BoBunny Game On Collection and Pentart Rust Products

If you haven't tried some on the Pentart Rust Effect products, I would really recommend trying them.
They really give a super result.

BoBunny Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Diamond/ Game On
Cardstock: Wasabi Dot, Khaki Dot, Orange Citrus Chevron, Decaf Chevron
Chipboard:Game On
Stamps: Captured, Gearing Up
Stickable Stencil: Brocade

Washi Tape: Black and White
Transparent Gel

Pentart Supplies:
Rust Effect Powder
Rust Effect Reagents/ Brown, Yellow-Red, Yellow

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a super day!
Denise x

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

My Little Star Tag - ScrapBerry's

Hello Friends

I created a tag, using some Tim Holtz products and My Little Star collection from ScrapBerry's.
This is such a sweet collection.

I fussy cut the sweet little elements.

I created the background, with a paint resist technique.
You sponge paint through a stencil and allow it to dry. Then add distress inks and colours and the paint resists this.

I will definitely be using this on a baby shower gift.

Have a gorgeous day!
Happy Tuesday!
Denise x

Monday, 10 April 2017

Wedding Card - BoBunny Bella Rosa Collection

Hello Everyone

A friend at work asked me to make a card for a wedding that they were going to.
It wasn't a difficult choice and so I reached for the pretty BoBunny Bella Rosa collection.

I was asked not to add too many flowery elements, as the bride is not really into flowers and flowery things. If anyone know me, I just looooove flowers, so I had to keep myself in check.
I used die-cuts and layers, rather than flowers.

Just 3 leeeeetle flowers! ;-))))

Thanks so much for your visit.
Have a fabulous start to the week.
Denise x

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Go Team Go - BoBunny Game On Collection

Hello Everyone

I have sooo many projects that I can share with you.
I really have been concentrating on creating, rather than blogging and so there is now quite a few to share here on my blog.

Here's the page for today.

This photo was taken in January.  My son is part of the swimming team at school and I was able to support him at this gala.  It was so much fun and he swam like a champion! ;-)

Here are some closer looks.

This collection really has such fabulous chippies and little bits.
It includes most of the is sooo versatile and gorgeous.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a restful and crafty Sunday!
Denise x

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Sweet Moment Layout - Penelope Dee Tea Time

Hello Everyone

I have another Penelope Dee layout to share with you today.
I entered it for the last Trocraft/Penelope Dee competition.

Here's my page.

I did not have a lot of this collection left, so I really did have to scrounge some of the papers and bits.

Here are the close-ups of the clusters.

I used lots of die-cuts and also fussy cut quite a few leafy elements.

The chipboard pieces were pieces from Enmarc.

I love this photo of my neices.  They are gorgeous,young ladies now.
They were sweet girlies then.

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

Friday, 7 April 2017

Discover Mixed Media Page - Penelope Dee Go See Do

Hello Everyone

I recently had the good fortune of playing with some Penelope Dee products.
There is a fabulous new travel collection, Go See Do.

I created this page.

I loved the earthy colours of this collection and then added in the red, just to add a bright elemement. It matched with the photo's and so was the best choice.

Here are some close-ups.

On the chipboard piece I used gesso and then added all purpose ink. It made for a fabulous vintage look.

I used stamping and die-cuts for the various layers on this page.

These photo's were taken in Dullstroom, a few years ago.  I think Joe was only 3 here.
It's always so special to look back at these photo's and remember good times.

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

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Faith Canvas - BoBunny Faith Collection and Pentart Patina Products

Hello Everyone
I am currently up on the BoBunny blog here with a mixed media canvas.
I just so enjoyed creating this canvas and using the different Pentart patina products.
Here's a little sneak peek.  I would really appreciate it, if you popped along and had a look.
Mixed Media Canvas by Denise van Deventer using the BoBunny Faith Collection and Pentart Products
It was my sisters Birthday recently and so I added this inspirational canvas to her goodie bag! ;-)
Thanks so much for stopping by!
 I hope you have a fabulous Thursday!
Denise x
I also used my favourite Sizzix die and also made a layered flower from BoBunny cardstock! ;

Sizzix Bigz Die - Calliope

BoBunny Supplies:

Cardstock: Ocean Vintage, Avocado Dot
Noteworthy: Faith
Chipboard: Faith
Stamps: Postale
Blossoms: Plum Purple Daisy, Denim Blue Dahlia, Clover Daisy

Stickable Stencils: Lace, Love
Foil Transfers: Filagree Copper

Pentart Supplies:
Gesso Primer Paste
Structure Paste
Cracking Paint System 1 & 2
Classic Crackle Varnish 1 & 2
Media Inks: Hollyhock, Jade, Egyptian Blue
Antique Paste
Liquid Metal

Monday, 3 April 2017

Birthday Card - BoBunny Petal Lane Collection

Hello Everyone

I hope that you are well and had a good weekend! ;-)

You may have noticed that I have been blogging a little less.
I have been happily creating in the background and I have been more concerned with creating rather than blogging. Sometimes one has to do that! ;-)

Anyways, I have a simple Birthday Card to share with you today.
I used the really pretty Petal Lane Collection.

I made this for my colleague at work,  She loved it.

Sometimes simple is just perfect! ;-)

Thanks for stopping by!
I really appreciate your visits.
Have a super Monday!
Denise x

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Don't Forget to Smile Layout - ScrapBerry's Tropics

Hello Everyone
I was up on the ScrapBerry's blog here with a mixed media layout! ;-)
I really love this bright and sunny page! ;-)
This ScrapBerry's Tropics collection is really so gorgeous and I would love it if you popped along and had a look.
Here's a sneek peak! ;-)
ScrapBerry's Supplies:
I also used the gorgeous "crackled" stencil from Design Worx on the background.
Thanks ever so much for always popping by!
I can't tell you how much I appreciate your comments and love!
Have a fabulous day!
Denise x

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Misc. Me Spreads - BoBunny Make a Splash

Hello Everyone
I hope you had a good weekend and are having a good start to the week.
I am up on the BoBunny blog here with my sunny and fun spreads.
I would love it if you popped along and had a look.
Here's a sneak peek of one of the spreads and my handsome brother! LOL
Misc. Me Spread by Denise van Deventer using BoBunny Make a Splash and Pentart Iron Paste
This collection is super fun and bright! ;-)
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!
Denise x

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Best of Luck Card - BoBunny Life in Colour

Hello Everyone

Life is really busy but good at the moment.
Today is a Public Holiday and so I took yesterday off and have had a loooong weekend!
It has been really good.

Yesterday I cleaned up my craft room and have a renewed energy for projects due.
It also gave me a chance to assess my stash again! LOL....
It's good to see what one has and also the goodies you may have forgotten about.

Here is a card that I made for a colleague that was with us only a few months, as he was on contract and his contract came to an end.

Since it was for a guy, I kept it very masculine.

I used lots of layers and also upcycled a safety pin and string from a clothing tag.
I really like how it came together.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!'
I really do appreciate all the visits.
Have a fabulous day!
Denise x

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Love Art Journal Page - Love You Madly Glitz

Hello Everyone

I hope that you are all having a good week! ;-)

I have another art journal page to share with you, which was actually done at Valentine's Day, but I just have not been able to share it! It's been such a busy start to the year! ;-) here's the page.

I wasn't quite sure about this page..but I think it has grown on me. LOL

The few bits and pieces I used here are from the "Love You Madly" collection, which I won a few years back,  It's a pretty and soft collection.

Here you can see some of the texture, crackles and bits.

It was certainly fun, experimenting with all the various layers and mediums.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a fabulous day!
Denise x

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Art Journal Page - Tim Holtz & Penelope Dee

Hello Everyone

Today I have an art journal page to share with you all.
I reaaaaaallly love this one! LOL
I think the colour combo just makes it. can decide.

There are a number of layers to this page, even though you might not think so.
At least five different layers of paints, inks, stains and gesso.

I once, again, used the gorgeous poppy stamp from Penelope Dee.

I so love this sentiment too.
It's a fabulous quote!!

Thanks so much for popping by my blog today!
I appreciate all the love and comments.
Have a fabulous day!
Denise x

Monday, 13 March 2017

Live Beautifully, Dream Passionately Canvas - Make It Prima March

Hello Everyone

I found some time on the weekend to play along with the Make It Prima this month.

Here's the board.


I love the soft and pretty colours.

So here is my take...a canvas.

I really dove into my stash and used up a lot of different Prima goodies and collections.

Here are some close-ups.

Some of these Prima flowers are a good few years old! So I was really pleased to use them.

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

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Today Documented Layout - BoBunny Aryia's Garden Collection and Pentart Wax Pastes

Hello Everyone

I was up on the BoBunny blog this week here.
I am showing 1 layout 3 different ways.
This is always such a fabulous challenge for me.

Please pop over and have a look...I would really appreciate it.

Here's my final page.

This photo was taken a few years ago on Mothers Day.
It's such a special photo for me! I adore this little boy! ;-)

I also used the gorgeous Sizzix Garden Green Set of Dies.


Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Garden Greens

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

Friday, 10 March 2017

Happy Birthday Card - ScrapBerry's

Hello Everyone

I have a masculine Birthday Card to share with you today.
It's also up here on the ScrapBerry's blog.
I would love it if you popped over and had a look.

I made this card for my brother-in-laws 50th Birthday.
I helped out this past weekend with a huge party that they had.
It was such great fun but it was hard work too! ;-)

ScrapBerry's supplies:

Hope you have a stunning day!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Art Journal Page - Berry71Bleu March Challenge

Hello Everyone

There is a gorgeous new mood board up on the Berry71Bleu blog this month.

Here's the gorgeous mood board.

It is just beautiful and I love the sentiment.

So the colouring and the sentiment were the inspiration for my art journal page.

I have had some white Basic Grey rub-ons forever in my stash and though it was time to use them.
So along with stamps, stencils, paints and inks..this page came to life.

The sentiment:
A grateful heart is a magnet to Miracles.

For more details...please pop over here to the Berry71Bleu blog.

I hope you have a fabulous day!
Denise x

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Be Cool - Penelope Dee Summer Breeze Collection

Hello Everyone

I have a page that I actually made last year, that I had never shared here on my blog.
This is really a favourite of mine.

Here it is.

I used the cool collection "Summer Breeze" from Penelope Dee, along with some Pentart 3D balls and other little bits and bobs.

Here's some close-ups.

I used gesso stencilling and paints for the background too.

I really love this boy page and this cool photo of my son too! ;-)

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

Monday, 6 March 2017

Spring Booklet - ScrapBerry's March Challenge

Hello Everyone

Apologies for being missing in action, but this past week was so crazy and I just could not get to sit down in fron of the PC to type a post.

But, here I am and I am sharing a Spring Booklet I made for the ScrapBerry's March Spring Challenge.

I made this little booklet from scratch with watercolour paper.

I used paints, inks and stencils for the backgrounds.

I fussy cut a lot of the elements too.

This little booklet really cheered me up.  I think the colouring and the beautiful floral elements were the highlights for me! ;-)

Here's a look at the other side.

I used some gorgeous Sizzix die-cuts on this project too.

Sizzix Thinlits Die - Whimsical Wish

Item #661049


Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Garden Greens

ScrapBerry’s Supply List:
Nature Set of Stamps – SCB4907098
Set of Stamps Butterflies 3 – SCB4907003b
Set of Stamps Butterflies 1 – SCB4907001b
Metal Charms Wind of Travel – SCB250001054
Paper Collection Set 12x12 The Art of Nature - SCB220609100B
Paper Collection Set 6x6 The Art of Nature - SCB220609109
Shabby ribbon, peach - SCB510109

Please pop over to Sizzix to view their amazing goodies.
Please also pop over to ScrapBerry's March challenge to play along and also win some ScrapBerry's goodies.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I hope you have an awesome week!
Denise x