Meditation Book [1] ~ Mini Books

I think that Oprah and Deepak offer a free meditation for a limited time twice a year (but don’t quote me on that), and as I said before I make notes and then put them together in a book as I have shared before. Now a new 21-Day Meditation Experience is about to happen again and as I am putting “my” old notes together I’m sharing the books with you. If you want to register for the next one starting on the 21st of March 2016 click here.

Front and back.

14@ 26@


Inside. Yep, the part near the cover’s eyelets looks pretty… Let’s just not talk about that.

18@ 20@


Insert pages.






Pockets and insert pages ready for the wording.



Words printed and ready.

009@ 011@





Materials used:
  • Distress paint: ripe persimmon and black soot.
  • Distress ink: spiced marmalade.
  • Archival ink: jet black.
  • Dylusions paint: squeezed orange.
  • Stamps: World Map (by Stampin’ Up!)
  • Stencil: Butterfly collage (by TCW)


In Love & Gratitude,



The Natural Path ~ Art Journal

Hello everyone,

So I decided to venture in this Art Journal thing, it seemed to be the natural path as I suck at card making and many things that I want to try don’t fit into my scrapbook albums, however, my struggle started on my first attempt. I love the distress inks and blending tool as much as I resist the brush but here I am… Trying. Leaning. Practicing.

After just half a page I had to get my distress inks and the blending tool, but I’ve tried.

Here is the thing, I can’t get the Gelatos thing right and I have tried, like, really hard. I can’t make myself like the result. Am I that addicted to distress ink?

When I saw the Gelatos I thought they were just perfect, the videos that I’ve watched make them look like so easy to use, so beautiful. The only thing I could master so far with Gelatos was how to make mud and a big mess. So in this first project, the cover of my journal, I had to start all over again, it seems that lately I can’t get it right at the first… So, at the second attempt I used the Gelatos on the top half of the page, then I just gave up and used the distress ink for the rest. Maybe I should just learn how to dance instead of blaming the floor.

If that wasn’t enough, here I am completely out of my comfort zone. Colour. Lots of it. Scary. But done!

Here is my first Art Journal project.


Materials used: 
  • Promarkers pens: Mediterranean, yellow Y657, cocktail pink R438, pink carnation M328, orchid V528, bluebell V127, Mauve.
  •  Brilliance pearlescent ink: Purple, orchid, lavender, sunflower, sky blue, mediterranean blue, ivy.
  • Distress ink: Twisted citron, seedless preserves, picked raspberry.
  • Archival ink: Black jet (By Ranger)
  • Stamp sets: Swirls4words, list2write, boxes4abc (by TSOL). World of dreams, papillon potpourri (by Stampin’ Up!)
  • Punches: Bitty Butterfly Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch (by Stampin’ Up!)
  • Gelatos: Baby blue, yellow, orange, pink, lilac.
  • Gesso, mate medium and tissue paper.

Some close-ups

009_1@ 009_2@ 009_3@

Until next time, have a great day!

In Love & Gratitude,


2016 Planner Covers ~ Part 2


Here is part 2 of my planner covers. I’m hoping for a sunny day to take pictures as the colour captured by my scanner don’t really make justice to the original, but this is the tool that I have for now as I couldn’t yet find a decent white bulb.

For July, I used wild honey and spiced marmalade distress ink (by Tim Holtz), and Traveler stamp set (by Stampin’ Up!). The original is a gorgeous orange.

(07) July@


For August, I used dried marigold and festive berries distress ink (by Tim Holtz), It is written stamp set (by Bo Bunny), Vintage stamp set (by Crelando), and For The Birds stamp set (by Fiskars) 

(08) August@


For September, I used twisted citron and mowed lawn distress ink (by Tim Holtz), and stamp sets number 97626 and 98843 (by Inkadinkado)

(09) September@


For October, I used scattered straw and ground espresso distress ink (by Tim Holtz), and Clockworks stamp set (by stampin’ Up!)

(10) October@


For November, I used broken china and salty ocean distress ink (by Tim Holtz), the man with the umbrella is a stamp also from Tim Holtz, Water Droplets 2 stamp (CM-T11 by Designs by Ryn), and white gel pen.

(11) November@


For December, I used stormy sky and chipped sapphire distress ink (By Tim Holtz), and World Of Dreams stamp set (by Stampin’ Up!)

(12) December@


For this page, again, I used stormy sky and chipped sapphire distress ink (By Tim Holtz)

(13) Moons@


I still have to make the covers for the Crystals and chakras section, but I don’t have any stamps to go with it, and for now, I’m using images from Google. 

I think I’ll have to partner with someone to bring this project to life in a commercial version as I don’t have the skills needed to make it professionally look.


I entered this post on the Designs by Ryn January Customer Creation Challenge.

In Love & Gratitude,

2016 Planner Covers ~ Part 1

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

2015 was a hell of a year for me, and not in a good way… So let’s see what 2016 will bring.

Last year around this time I started working on a personal planner as a business project,  but life decided to snatch it away from me, and only in December, I could return to it. It’s a beta test at this point and will be for the entire year.

Apart from that, craft wise, I wasn’t t too active last year and what you saw on the blog was pretty much what I did, with the exception of one or two scrapbook layouts that I didn’t find it worth of sharing. But I’m all over the place and you can also find me here, here, here and here.

So, today I’m sharing some of the covers for my planner. Because at this point I’m the only one using this planner and it is still in a test phase when I printed out the covers I forgot to remove the line of my table… With the exception of February… Guess what? I messed up the February cover and had to start all over again, that’s why that is the only one that doesn’t have the box highlighted. Oh, and I still need to add the tabs…

This is the cover for the planner itself, I might change it for I Am Creating… 2017?, not sure yet.

For this one, I used milled lavender and wilted violet distress ink (by Tim Holtz), and swirls2build stamp set (by TSOL)

(0) I AM Manifesting 2016@


For January, I used tumbled glass and blueprint sketch distress ink (by Tim Holtz), Elegant Eggplant Ink (by Stampin’ Up!) and Flowering Flourishes stamp set (by Stampin’ Up!)

(01) January@


For February, I used victorian velvet and aged mahogany distress ink (by Tim Holtz), Seasonally Scattered stamp set (by Stampin’ Up!) and Celtic Heart (CM-C8 by Designs by Ryn)

(02) February@


For March, I used spun sugar and picked raspberry distress ink (by Tim Holtz) and Gorgeous Grunge stamp set (by Stampin’ Up!)

(03) March@


For April, I used dusty concord and seedless preserves distress ink (by Tim Holtz) and Sea Bubbles stamp set (CM-S15 by Designs by Ryn)

(04) April@


For May, I used shaded lilac and wilted violet distress ink (by Tim Holtz), Fine Feathers and Four Feathers stamp sets (by Stampin’ Up!)

(05) May@


And for June, I used mustard seed and fossilized amber distress ink (by Tim Holtz), and Work of Art stamp set (by Stampin’ Up!)

(06) June@

Because my photography skills didn’t improve much, and the weather around here has been on the dark side (for photography purposes) this time I decided to scan my work… Between a cheap scanner and bad lighting combined with poor photography skills… You choose wich one is worse, but I can assure you that they look much better in person. They actually look gorgeous 😀

By the way, am I the only one who hates the changes they make on stuff that is working just fine? Every time I need to make a new post everything has changed, which drives me crazy! Is like learning how to use the bloody thing all over again… Never mind my rant…

I’ll have to come back with more covers in another post. Until then, have a nice time.

In Love & Gratitude,


I entered this post on the Designs by Ryn January Customer Creation Challenge.

As cute as can bee ~ Scrapbook layout

Tried to update my blog, it didn’t work, so I had to fire the guy. He messed up with my thing and then didn’t show up to work to fix things… Geeks! Well, if want things done do it yourself, right? Returned to my old layout…


Anyway, sometimes all we need is a sheet of patterned paper, and some detail here and there.



Materials used:

  • 1 sheet of patterned paper
  • Petite Petals Stamp Set and punch by Stampin’ Up!
  • (Small) flower from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack by Stampin’ Up!
  • Corner Punch
  • crayonletters2stamp, and hive4bees by TSOL
  • Black Soot, and Mustard Seed distress ink
  • Yellow cardstock


In Love & Gratitude,


Nando’s Family Day (page 3) ~ Scrapbook layout

On this layout I got distracted and kept the green and black colours. This was my second attempt on this layout. The first one I was using green and orange, but everything just looked so horrible… I had to start again.




Materials used:

  • 1 sheet of patterned paper (please never, ever ask)
  • Floral spirals stencil by Designs by Ryn
  • Homemade texture paste
  • Flowering Flourishes stamp set by Stampin’ Up!
  • Elegant Butterfly, and Bitty Butterfly Punches by Stampin’ Up!
  • 2mm gems
  • Washing tape
  • Black Soot distress ink


In Love & Gratitude,


A box full of hair

Wow, we are already in the middle of January, talk about a quantum acceleration…

Let me start by telling you what you can’t expect from me this year. You cannot expect a weekly post, not even close to that. I don’t know yet what I’m gonna do with this space, but posting here is not a priority for me this year. I’m working on some other projects that take too much time.

I’ll still be crafting, this is one of my hobbies, and my son loves to sit with his albums, so I’m doing this for both of us. It’s a wonderful way to bond and spend quality time with him. He always amazes me with the things he can remember that I’ve long forgotten.

Now, the project. I needed a box to store both my husband’s and my son’s hair. And I wanted to keep both generations in the same box. This box is not yet permanent, but hey, it took me ten years to make a box to store my husband’s plait…

Oh, and I’m still entering this project in the Designs by Ryn’s January Customer Creation Challenge.

Here is the box I decorated for now. 


I have no idea how this box ended up in my home, but no one liked the content. I dumped it in the bin so I could use the box.

SAM_7570@ SAM_7573@

After applying one (or two?) layers of gesso, I used the scoring tool to add the wood effects on all sides. Then, I could swear I had pictures of the box painted… I didn’t like it, and this project stayed in “the drying rack” until last night.

SAM_7582@ SAM_7584@

Instead of working directly on the box’s surface I prefered the panels method. So here I started with a layer of Scattered Straw distress ink, to then stamp the cracks (Cracks & Specks by Tim Holtz) with Brushed Corduroy.


I randomly stamped the panels using Vintage Photo and the Clockworks stamp set.


It was time to pull Gorgeous Grunge and Walnut Stain.


I wanted some texture, so I used the Floral Spirals (by Designs by Ryn) and the homemade texture past. On the places where the ink was still wet the colour transferred to the paste, giving it an amazing and unique look.


To finish I used Vintage Photo to ink the edges.


For the interior I used again Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo. The I used the pattern2love background stamp (by TSOL) combined with Vintage photo. I love the imperfect result.

IMG_0540@ IMG_0543@

I punched some circles and cut them to add to the corners, and as I was about to use the beer can things, I used Brushed Pewter distress stain to match them.

IMG_0546@ IMG_0547@

Inside the box, the white lines are the scored lines of the box that I didn’t distress… It’s all good.

IMG_0554@ IMG_0558@

I need to fix the closure. I’m using magnets but the box was already bended so after adding the layers of paper inside and outside I can’t get it to close… It was 3 am when I finished, so I didn’t really care. I can fix it later.

IMG_0564@ IMG_0560@IMG_0550@

In Love & Gratitude,
Denise, xx