Friday, March 24, 2017

"You Shine" by Gwen Wruck

Hi creative friends,

I'm back on the D-lish Scraps blog today with a pretty special share.  This photo has been kicking around my scrap room for years!!!  For years, I have been trying and trying to get it scrapped, trying it with a heap of colour combos but it never made it to the final layout as it was switched out with another photo.  The problem was the gold in the tutu... it's a bit of a mustard gold colour and I could never find a good fit, it's also of my sweet little Miss when she loved Ballet.  She has since stopped ballet and I am still quite devastated about it, so this layout brings me a lot of joy and takes me back to a time when she loved it.

I'm telling you all this because I want you to know that not every page turns out perfectly, things rarely go to plan when I scrap, especially when the photo is particularly meaningful... I've just learned to go with the flow, switch out some things and work with what I have that is working and eventually, everything will fall into place :)

 I have used a bunch of D-lish goodies here including the felt heart doilies which I crazy adore!  This one has an acetate overlay layered on top and stitched into place.  There is also a mix of different resin embellishments which are always the perfect finishing touch to a layout.

I know you all know how I love bows... #allthebows #bowadict... and this layout uses this lovely Gingham bow - the black was a surprising addition but I think it really makes the page pop!  I've also added some Wood Veneer as I love the soft colour of these hearts.

You can also see here the TuTu bloom - So soft and delicate and really fit with the tutu theme of my page and some of the pretty paper layers and stitching.  

One more close up, stitching, paper layers and Enamel dots... all in my signature style.

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thanks for popping by today

Friday, March 17, 2017

BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES | WILD AT HEART | GWEN WRUCK Guest Designer for Kraft + Challenges

Hi friends,

Did you know that Cocoa Vanilla Studios is one of the sponsors this month over at Kraft + Challenges?  If you are looking for some inspiration and want a chance to win yourself some Cocoa Vanilla goodies, be sure to check the challenge out and give it a go!

This month, you need to use Denim on your creation, somehow, anyhow (I simply used the colour Denim)... making sure the Kraft is still the hero.  Here is the inspiration board:

At first I was a bit worried that the board was not quite me, however,  it was a great starting point for a layout and I find challenges like these really help me become a better scrapper by getting me out of my comfort zone a little.  I took inspiration in particular from the lace and the beautiful shades of denim blue.  I started with the Kraft card stock base and a cut file from white card stock from my stash.  Then I pulled out a stack of pieces from the Wild At Heart collection all in varying shades of blue.  I starting with the stunning bold title from the chipboard sticker sheet.

It turned out a little 'boho' and I really love that about it!  To create the layout, I took the "Grandma's Tablecloth background" cut file from the silhouette store and cut it to fill an entire 12 x 12 white card stock sheet.  I then overlaid it onto of my Kraft card stock.  At this point I saw the background design had taken away from the Kraft base too much so I went about cutting out large sections of it to reveal more Kraft colour.  I kept aside some of these cut out pieces to use as layers in my photo mat.  Once I was happy with the white that was left, I backed with the small pieces of the "Mariposa" paper.  I tried to vary the pieces from the paper up a lot, rather than back the file in one large piece; as I wanted a mix of the shades of blue to match the inspiration board.  I then went about machine stitching the pieces for added detail.

Next, I set about adding my title.  With a title this large, it's a good idea to place it early in the design - I find if I don't do this, I can run out of space later.  I then added in the lovely chipboard photo frames.  I love love love these!  I wanted to use the quote about love as well, and was the perfect fit for the frame as you can see here. This was also the point where I finalised my photo mat; I've used more of the "Mariposa" paper as well as some of the "Artisan" paper for contrast.

You can also see I've added some more machine stitching around my photo, some die cut ephemera pieces such as this bow and some pretty blue flowers and the enamel dot sparkles.  At this point I thought it needed a little pop of another colour and noticed the inspiration board had the smallest pops of pink.  For these, I went to the Endless Summer collection and found the Woodies and Blooms were a perfect fit to finish off the layout.

I hope my layout and a little look into my process has inspired you to give the challenge a try, I'd love to see what you create!

Thanks for popping by today
Gwen xo

Thursday, March 9, 2017

"Sweet - loveable you" for D-lish Scraps

Happy Thursday creative friends,

Here today to share with you a layout of my sister and daughter on a recent girls day out.

The idea for this layout started with the the background spotty paper and an outline of a heart I had cut on my Silhouette.  I don't often use big bold shapes like this one however I have been seeing a lot of layouts with large hearts of late and wanted to give one a go... AND I love how it tuned out!

To create my flower clusters, I have used some layered fussy cut paper flowers and then added the Fantasy Blooms to the top to finish it all off.  I love how dimensional these are and the pop of the pink was perfect for this layout.

I have also used glitter dots which were in the perfect shade to match the flower.  You can also see where I have placed the paint chip tab and a 5x7 paper baggie - these are two of my favourite D-lish supplies.  

For my third pop of pink to round out the layout, the Sequin Bow was the perfect choice and of course I've added some stitching too.

One last close up, this one of my title, the perfect sized wood veneer word "sweet" - I love the tone in these veneer so I tend to leave them natural.

You can also see the wood veneer hearts I've used and what layout would be complete without adding a D-lish doiley!

thanks for  popping by,

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

"Pretty in Pink" for D-lish Scraps - March Inspiration Board

Hi Everyone,

Here today to share the March inspiration board over at D-lish scraps and isn't it just divine?

The girls and I were discussing and apparently there are people out there that don't like pink?? Can you believe that?  For me, Pink is my all time favourite, especially baby pink and it was so fun to create with it for this project.

I started the page with the white background and the Cocoa Vanilla 'XOXO' cut file elements.  After deciding their position I added some misting and adding Shimmerz using the packaging technique.  Once I was happy I stitched the pieces in place.

Next, I added the vintage lace to the top with some machine stitching.  I began work on my photo mat which I have anchored from the top of the lace.

I've added in a stack of D-lish Scraps bits and pieces and lots of paper layers too.

Here you can see the veneer frame I've added to my paper layers, which I've painted with gesso and added Shimmerz as well as a flourish piece cut from my Silhouette.

I hope you are all pink lovers and will give the challenge a go!

Thanks for popping by today.
Gwen xo

Saturday, March 4, 2017


Hello creative friends,

Back today to share with you my very first layout using the divine 'Wild at Heart' collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  I so adore the pastel elements in this collection and I've teamed them with a black and white photo of my daughter.

This layout started with this sweet little background cut file called "Heart Background" from the Silhouette store which I cut from plain white card stock.  I just love how it looked over the top of the 'Luscious' paper; I think it really shows off that beautiful ombre effect.  I have also added some stitching detail for interest and to keep it in place.

I also really wanted to use lots of the pieces from the Ephemera pack, these are a must in any collection and this one is no exception. There are so many pieces all varying in size and they always include all of the icons in the range and so many beautiful things to finish out your layout.

I started with the larger elements such as the blue and white doily and the pink frame.  The other larger elements I have used are from the 'Fussy Cuts' page including the large butterfly and the text "you're some kind of wonderful" which I've used as a bit of a sub-title for my page.

I've also added 2 smaller chipboard frames.  Once these larger elements were placed on the page I went back through the ephemera pack looking for smaller pieces.  I found the cute little 'love' ticket,  a cute tag, film strip and the die cut butterfly as well as the 'TODAY" and "Sweet" sentiments.  I also couldn't resist using two of the butterflies as well.

To round out the page I have added some chipboard pieces, a flair and those super sparkly enamel dots.  I couldn't have my tag without a pretty bow so I've added one with twine from my stash and then thought I'd add two more pieces in circular shapes on either side of the photo to balance out the design.

The collection is in store now, be sure to check it all out!

Thanks for popping by today.
Gwen xo

Friday, February 24, 2017

"You and Me" for D-lish Scraps

Hi Everyone,  Happy Friday to you all!

Back again to share another page with you, this time for D-lish Scraps AND it's another pic from my 40th Birthday party.

The idea for this layout came from one of the December Cybercrop Challenges set by Anthea  - To use Circles + Wire.. remember this one?

Whilst I didn't add the wire, I thought it was a great starting point for a layout, something to start the creative process flowing and I don't normally use circles in my designs so it was fun to step out of my comfort zone a little.  So if you haven't joined our great group on Facebook, The Scrap Suite - You really need to, so much inspiration and fun and prizes, yep prizes!!

So as you can see, lots and lots of circles in my background all punched out of some left over pattern paper.

I have then added some punched hearts and stitching details for interest.  I have also added a Shaped Wooden Button to finish off the circles in some places.  I have only just found these cute little Jewelled Cabochon Flowers aren't they the sweetest!!   You can also see the Bitty Bow Clips which I love!!!

Here you can see how all the little pieces have worked together, I've added a Flairwood beads and D-lish-Dots - Enamels, some super small hearts and the jewelled flowers all in a scattering around the page.

One more close up, this time you also get a glimpse of my paper layers, the Wood Veneer title and the butterfly Flair.

So I hope I've inspired you to give some of our challenges a go, step outside your comfort zone a little and I'm sure you will love the end result!

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Saturday, February 18, 2017


A big hello to you all, Gwen here today with another share for Cocoa Vanilla Studios using the divine 'Love Always' collection.  I will never get sick of the pastel shades in this line teaming them with black and white photos; this one of my husband and I on a recent (and rare) weekend away.

For this layout, I started with the off-cut/outline piece from the 'XO' Colour Me Happy Cut file which I had previously cut from a white sheet of card stock. I wanted to use the outline as a feature in my design.  I started by backing the cut file with the 'Class Act' paper; those dots are divine and I just loved how simple yet striking they were.  Next, I went about the task of hand stitching around the outline of each of the shapes.  I chose a soft pink thread to complement the pink chipboard elements I had planned to use later on.  This does take some time, but I feel the results are worth it!

The next step was to create my photo mat, adding paper layers from the 'Note to Self' and 'Twin Set' papers and then adding more hand stitching around the edge of my photo for extra detail.

To round out the design, I have used a few chipboard frames.  The first I chose was a perfect fit for the "This Makes me so Happy" element, which I have used as a bit of a sub title for the page.  This has been cut from the 'Lovely Things' paper.  The others I chose for their varying size and colours to help round out the design.  I love working with square photos, so adding the frames (which generally are also square) really pulls the design together.

Of course, I wanted to add some other smaller elements for interest; the Bits and Pieces pack and the Die Cut ephemera elements were perfect - you get so many elements in these and in lots of sizes too which is fab.

What better way to finish the page than with the sparkly Enamel Dots, cannot get enough of these and they are in the most perfect colours with a pretty sparkle to them.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the details of my latest layout and it has inspired you to get creative with some of the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studios products, there is so much to choose from and it is all divine!!

Thanks for popping by today, 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"Hey Girl, Love You" for D-lish Scraps

Hi Everyone,

Back again today to share a layout for D-lish scraps.

I love working with black and white photos and would have to say my 'go to' colour combo for scrapping them is black, white and baby pink.  For today's layout I started with the background sheet of paper.  It was a natural progression to pick up the pink of the cute little hearts and I've added grey to soften.  I feel it's pretty classic 'Gwen' in design too!

So after my pattern paper choice, I knew I had to use that title.  It's not very often I use a bold black title on a page but I feel this one suits it perfectly!  I've added lots of D-lish Scraps elements to finish it off including the divine black Tutu Bloom.  Putting it towards the bottom of the page helps balance out the black in the title.

Of course, as usual I have close ups...

How totally adorable are the Resin bows?  I just love these, so sweet and the perfect size too and they come in a wonderful pastel mix.

I've used a Felt Doily here with a vellum sentiment over the top and stitched together.. loving this look!  You can also see just a glimpse of the wooden arrow there too.  Lots to choose from here.
You can also see Punchinella here tucked into my paper layers... I love using it on my photo mats, in a subtle way.  If you look very closely you will also see a 5X7 Bag in the middle of my paper stack.

Lucky last I had to show you a close up of these cute Shaped Wooden Buttons and Resin Flowers totally adorable.  The flair was the perfect addition in black and white, so versatile.

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thanks for  popping by,

Saturday, February 4, 2017


A big hello everyone!!  Gwen here today to share with you my very first layout as part of the Cocoa Vanilla design team.  Super excited to be here and looking forward to sharing lots of creations with you all.  First up, I'm using one of my all time favourite collections 'Love Always' AND it features my two most favourite people in the whole world; my husband and daughter.

I really wanted to document the true love the three of us have for each other, they really do complete me. The design for this layout began with the 'Colour Me Happy' cut files, in particular, the bold leaf design.  I have cut two of these out quite large (one slightly smaller than the other).  I am using white card stock for a soft look to match the photo and stitched down the centre of each of the leaves for a sweet little detail.

I then went to my photo to choose papers from the collection to match, I particularly love the softness of this collection which I knew would work really well with my photo.   I chose the blue/green in the 'Note to Self' paper to pick up the blue and green tones in my photo and added a touch of pink from the 'Class Act' paper.  I wanted something a little more striking for the title, so I chose the wide stripe of the 'Twin Set' paper and back mounted it against the letters.

I also wanted a little grey in my design so the 'Lovely Things' paper was the perfect choice, especially with the cut apart elements on the A side.  For this layout I used the strip of grey hearts along the length of my design.  It may have only been 6 inches long, however, I have placed my photo mat on top to give the illusion of it running the full length of the page.

Lots of other elements from the collection used including the Die Cut Ephemera, Accessory Stickers, flair buttons, Enamel dots, chipboard accent stickers and the Bits & Pieces pack which I L.O.V.E - Oh so many cute little pieces to choose from including these darling sparkly hearts, don't you just love those?

Thanks for joining me for my very first share, I hope you enjoyed it and it inspires you to scrap a page about someone you love using beautiful Coco Vanilla Studios goodies.

Until next time,

Thursday, February 2, 2017

"Real Love Story" for D-lish Scraps - February Inspiration Board - Fresh Cut

Hi all,

Here for a quick share today.  Have you seen the new February Inspiration board over at D-lish Scraps??

Loving the fresh vibe of these colours although I will admit, with Australia Day just passed, I was thinking Aussie Aussie Aussie!!

and here is my take... I went more with the warm yellows and creams and teamed them with white and a pop of the that bright light green.  I made sure to include a floral paper as part of my signature style, but these are colours I wouldn't normally scrapbook with so it was so fun to try something different!!!

Of course, I've included some close ups for you as well.

The image of  the buttons inspired me to add this one, such a pretty floral. I didn't need any inspiration to add that sequin bow, they fit on any project - I was just super happy I had one in the perfect shade of green! :)

I particularly love the light wood colour of these wooden hearts, they were a perfect match as well and really added some warmth to the layout.

thanks for  popping by,