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.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Altered Hanger & Embroidery Hoop

Hello Everyone

I recently did a Christmas hanger and embroidery hoop for a class and the class before that was also a hanger and hoop, but with a more general theme.

I have not yet shared these, so today I have the photo's to share.

I love that it is fairly simple, yet pretty. I am going to use this as a home decor piece.

Here is the hanger...

It has 2 sides...

 I used chippies and blooms and some crocheted elements.

Again, this is another piece that I will display or perhaps give away.

This is really a great idea for a gift and might even make some more for Christmas gifts.

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

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Christmas Tag - Zen Doodling

Hello Everyone

I have had a great weekend, so far, crafting and creating.
We had had a very cool weekend, with much needed rain and so has been the perfect weather for staying indoors and crafting.

I have a Christmas tag to share with you.

I used lots of layers and also did some zen doodling on the Christmas bauble.

Here is a close-up for the bauble below.

The base of the tag was a cardboard box, which was recycled and used again.

Before you know it, Christmas will be upon us and I really hope that this year I can get all my tags and cards done in good time, so there is no rush at the end!! LOL

Wishing you a fabulous and relaxing Sunday!
Cheers for now.
Denisen x

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Shoe Card Holders - BoBunny Land of Wonder

Hello Everyone

I am up on the BoBunny blog here and was thrilled to bits with this project! ;-)
Which girl isn't in awe with a glamorous shoe??

Please pop over to the blog to see more details! ;-)

BoBunny Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Adventures, Curiosity, Imagination, Roses, Time/ Land of Wonder
Noteworthy: Land of Wonder
Stickers: Land of Wonder
Laser Cut Chipboard: Elegant
Brads: Land of Wonder
Jewels: Tuxedo
Pearlescent: Sugar
Gesso: Black

American Crafts:
Vicki Boutin Colour Wheel: Cool Tones

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

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Altered Embroidery Hoop - Penelope Dee Christmas Royale

Hello Everyone

I gave a class recently, to alter an embroidery hoop and also used bits and pieces from Penelope Dee, Christmas Royale!

There wasn't too much mixed media, but a lot of layering of various bits and pieces.

I also showed the class how to put the Poinsettia flowers together. 

We did an altered Christmas hanger too, which I don't have a photo for yet, but will share it when I get the project back.

I can't believe Christmas is weeks away again and that this year has run away with me!!!!
But yes, time waits for nobody! ;-)

Have a fabulous and festive day!
Denise x

Monday, 8 October 2018

Art Journal Page -

Hello Everyone

I recently bought 2 stamps from our local stationery shop, because they were on special and marked down to half price.
So I couldn't resist and bought 2 of these super stamps from Santoro.

I used the first one to create an art journal page in my re-purposed Enid Blyton reading book. 

I prepared the page with a layer of gesso, but just a light one because I still wanted the reading words to show through.

I then stamped the image and coloured it with Distress Markers and then added some pearlescent and some wording from Penelope Dee papers.

Here are some close-ups below.

I really love how this page turned out and even though it is simple, it is one of my favourites, for sure!

I hope you have a super Monday and a super week.
Cheers for now..
Denise x

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Be You Mixed Media Layout - Penelope Dee Meadow Collection

Hello Everyone

I am back today with a layout of my Mom.
These photo's were taken when she was in her 20's.
She is now 81.

I used the pretty, pretty Meadow collection from Penelope Dee.

I did some flower stencilling on the background. I added white highlights and contouring to the stencilling.

This collection really has such fabulous wording. I had to use them, they are just so apt.

I fussy cut bits, as I always do and then also used some die-cut leaves and chippies.
I coloured the chippies with distress oxides.

Thanks ever so much for stopping by!
I really do appreciate your visits.
I will be round your blogs soon for a visit.

Have a fabulous day!
Denise x

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too Birthday Card - BoBunny Land of Wonder

Hello Everyone

Sorry that my blog has been a little quiet again for about 10 days.
I had a big class inbetween, with lots of preparation, as well as DT projects due all round!
It has been a busy, busy time.

But I do have a Birthday card to share with you today, which I made for my niece.
She turned 15 a few weeks back.

Land of Wonder_Have Your Cake and Eat It Card_Denise_26 Sep 01

I also created a video tutorial for this project here:

If you would like to see the creative process, then please check it out.
Give me a thumbs up or down and let me know if you liked it.

I am also up on the BoBunny blog here if you would like to see more details.

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

Friday, 21 September 2018

FabScraps ATCoin bloghop

Hello Everyone

Welcome to the FabScraps ATCoin blog hop! ;-)

Our crowned crafty will be announced on the FabScraps Facebook site for all to see.

To join this GIVEAWAY you must leave a comment on each blog post to have a chance at getting your hands on the prize.

The Winner will be chosen at random on the 28th of September 2018 from the comments left on ALL THE POSTS. Our crowned crafty will be announced on the FabScraps blog for all to see.

I had so much fun making these coins and would love you to join along with us, to see what we created and what we coined! ;-)

I used the C109 Moment in Time Collection and then added some Zen Doodling, which is my newest arty craze! ;-)

I used some gorgeous die-cuts on the first coin, along with some stamping and then added the doodling. 

On the second one I also added a pretty die-cut and then did the doodling inbetween and added some pearlescent dots.

On the last coin, I again added a locket die-cut and then did some doodling around and on the die-cut itself and wrote the word Create.

Fabulicious FabScraps products used:
C109 006 So in Love - A Moment in Time
C109 002 Always and Forever - A Moment in Time
C109 008 Sealed with a Kiss - A Moment in Time
MC109 001A Carder's Pack - A Moment in Time
ST105 004 - FabScraps Stamp
FabScraps Pearls

Below is the list of Hoppers:

You are here: Denise van Deventer
This is your next stop: Gerry van der Velden
Lisa Marie Watling

Thanks for stopping by and Good Luck!

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Farewell/Retirement Card - Penelope Dee Rustique & Travel Notes

Hello Everyone

Penelope Dee really have had some great collections and I am still enjoying Rustique and Travel Notes.

I had to create a card for a colleague at work, who is retiring at the end of the month and so used these 2 collections to make a card, but also a little book of memories, all in one.

I went for the vintage look! ;-)

All the little flowers are handmade.

Here's a little look at the inside, that has quite a few pages for messages and signing.

I included some little messages etc.

Below you can see all the various pages and bits.

Lastly, just a pic of one of the little notes again.

I really hope it will be special and meaningful for Marianne.
I know that this is one of my favourite projects to date! ;-)

Wishing you a fabulous and enjoyable day!
Thanks for the visit.
Cheers for now.
Denise x

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

General Card - FabScraps - A Moment in Time Collection

Hello Everyone

I was recently up on the FabScraps blog with another general card! ;-)
I also handmade some flowers for this card!
I love making flowers and I love adding them to my cards.

I also have a step by step tutorial.

So should you wish to make this card, why not give the tutorial a try! ;-)

For This Project You Will Need:
  • FabScraps A Moment in Time paper range: C109 001, C109 008, C109 002
  • Grey and green cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Distress Oxides: Fired Brick and Peeled Paint
  • Dies: Circle, Flower Set, Leaves, Decorative circle and small flower and leaf set
  • White Gel Pen
  • White pearls
  • 4 white resin corners
  • Art Accentz Micro Beadz – Silver
  • Lace
  1. Sizzix Big Shot Machine:
  • Cut 2x the flower set from from the grey stripey patterned paper
  • Make 2x flowers and assemble the flower layers with glue.
  • Add glue and micro beadz to the flower centres and ink the edges with Fired Brick
  • Cut 2x the small flower and leaf set dies from the stripey grey patterned paper and ink the edges with Fired Brick and Peeled Paint. Add white pearls to the centres of the flowers
  • Cut 1x decorative circle from the pink lacey patterned paper and ink with Fired Brick
  • Cut 1x circle die from the C109 001 patterned paper and ink the edges with Fired Brick.
  • Cut 2x leaf dies from the green cardstock. Add highlights with a white gel pen.
  1. Cut the lacey side of the C109 008 patterned paper for a folded card 14cmx14cm. Rou Ink the edges with fired brick distress oxide ink. Round the corners.
  2. Cut a 12,5cmx12,5cm piece of card from the grey cardstock. Ink the edges with fired brick distress oxide ink and adhere to the card background. Round the corners.
  3. Adhere the 4 resin corners to the grey square on the card.
  4. Add the circle to the centre of the card, with the decorative circle to the left of this background circle. Layer the flowers, leaves, small flower and leaf set and lace, as per the photo.
  5. All Done!
Well I hope you have a fabulous day!
See you soon!
Denise x

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Fabulous Life - Mixed Media Canvas - FabScraps Pink Lemonade

Hello Everyone

I have a mixed media canvas to share with you..
FABulous life, uisng FABulicious FABScraps! LOL

I did loads of fussy cutting for this project. I definitely wanted to use all the gorgeous blooms and leaves on the patterned papers.

I had a lot of fun with the background too, using various mediums, paints etc.

I did a step by step tutorial for this canvas, to show you how I created it..

For This Project You Will Need:
·         FabScraps Pink Lemonade Collection paper range: C108 005
·         FabScraps Stencil: DS096
·         FabScraps Chipboard: DC78 008
·         Tim Holt Stencil: Crocodile THS022
·         Canvas Board 21cmx25cm
·         Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink: Peacock Feather, Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick
·         Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Bundled Sage, Pine Needles, Pumice Stone, Broken China
·         Dina Wakeley Media Acrylic Paint: Evergreen
·         Paperartsy Infusions – Golden Sands
·         Wild Plum Dimensional Pearls
·         White Gesso
·         Pentart 3D Powder
·         Small pink and purple flowers
·         Nuvo Mousse Cornflower Blue
·         Nuvo Purple Organza Glitter

1.       Using the Nuvo mousse and spatula and FabScraps stencil, stencil 4 leaves from the bottom of the canvas upwards and outwards. Allow this to dry.
2.       Using the gesso and a spatula and the Tim Holtz stencil, stencil the crocodile patterning, in and around the nuvo mousse stencilling. Before this dries, sprinkle Pentart 3D powder over the stencilling.  Allow it all to dry.
3.       Spritz the canvas with water and add the various distress stains and green acrylic paint randomly over the stencilling. Add some Golden Sands Infusions on the edges too. Keep spritzing water to get the colours to run and mix. Once dry, add a few watered-down splatters of the wild plum dimensional pearls.
4.       Colour the Fabscraps elephant ear chipboard pieces with the green acrylic paint.  Once dry, add some white gesso highlights.
5.       Fussy cut lots of leafy bits, small flowers and birds from the patterned paper and ink all the edges.
6.       Fussy cut the title from the patterned paper and ink the edge with Peacock Feathers.
7.       Create and layer the central focal point cluster with the chipboard leaves, fussy cut leaves and flowers, pink and purple flowers and birds, as per the photo.
8.       Add some purple organza glitter to the purple flower centres.
9.       Use a paintbrush and water down some gesso.  Use the paintbrush to gently add some white splatters all over the canvas.
10.    Lastly layer and add the title.
11.    All Done!

Saturday, 8 September 2018

You are Beautiful Mini Album - Penelope Dee Meadow Collection

Hello Everyone

It's a Saturday morning and I am looking forward to a day of relaxation and time spent with family later! ;-)

My sister and her girls have been through a difficult few months and I wanted to give them a little something to encourage them and just keep them grounded in faith and belief.
So I created this little mini album, with the gorgeous Penelope Dee Meadow Collection.

I altered a little advertising booklet, which I received in the post and it became the mini album.

This collection had gorgeous stamps along with super wording on the patterned papers.

It really didn't take me that long and took just a few hours over a weekend.
It is simple but a gift from the heart.

Thanks so much for coming to have a look! ;-)
I really appreciate the visit.

Have a fabulous day!
Denise x

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Birthday Card - Penelope Dee

Hello Everyone

I was so bad at blogging in the last month, that I also did not share a Birthday card for my son, on his Birthday.

I went for a boy,grungy look and he was very happy with the result! ;-)
I used bits and pieces from various Penelope Dee collections.

I added heaps of texture and lots of Paperartsy Infusions.

I also added an 11 and stamped the sentiments.

Here is also a photo of the boy, on his day.

Crazy kids!!! ;-)

Thanks so much for the visit!
Wishing you a super day!
Denise x

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Womans Day Tags - Graphic 45

Hello Everyone

In August, here in SA, it was Woman's Month and 09 August was Woman's Day, a Public Holiday.
I was asked to make some cards for the women in our IT department and ended up making tags.
I made 54 in total! was quite a job, but admittedly, I did love every moment! ;-)

I used Graphic 45 collections, as they were perfect for this theme and I really wanted to use bits and bobs from my stash.

Apologies, the photo's are not so great and were taken in a bit of a hurry, on the morning they were due! ;-)

I won't bore you with all 54 tags, but here are some of the tags I made, to give you an idea.

Each tag also had a little message behind them, just to encourage and thank each woman for their contribution.

It was a lovely idea and everyone was pleased with their tag.

Thanks to you for popping in again today! ;-)
I really appreciate the visit and your love! ;-)

Have a fabulous day!
Denise x