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Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. I am married to a very understanding man. Thank goodness he is because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting.


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Please check back as I shall be adding more projects soon.


Thank you for visiting my blog.


Dionne

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Beautiful Sunflowers

Earlier this month I got out one of my favourite vintage rubber stamps from the PSX (Personal Stamp Exchange) to make a card for the Crafty Boots 'Sunshine' Challenge.  Using that Chrysanthemum stamp made me think about all of the other stamps I had from that floral collection and never use these days .... so I went on the hunt for something I could use for the current Crafty Boots challenge, which is ' Autumn is in the Air'.

For my post today I should like to show you the Sunflower stamp, there is something about Sunflowers I find irresistible.  At this time of year these beautiful blooms can be seen bobbing their large heads above often very high garden fences.


For this card I coloured the stamped image with my F&C polychromos pencils and mounted it on gold mirri and sunflower yellow coloured card.  The backing paper is from the Timeless Textures paper stack.  The flat backed pearls and ribbon are from my stash.


There is still plenty of time for you to enter this 'Autumn is in the Air' Crafty Boots Challenge.

Good luck.


Dionne

Monday, 26 September 2016

Autumn is in the Air

There was a distinct change in the air today, first thing the air felt slightly crisp and it smelt of autumn.  Perfect timing because today is the first day of a new Crafty Boots Challenge called 'Autumn is in the Air'


My Design Team card today features the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Falling Leaves stamp set.  I sometimes think that I like to make things hard for myself and this card is a good example.  I started by painting white card with copper, gold, brass and silver metallic acrylic paints.  The paint seemed to take forever to dry!  However, all of the messing about was worth it because I managed to get the 'brushed' look I was after.

Once the paint was dry, I used black ink to stamp my leaves, this was my biggest mistake, I should have cut my square mats first and mounted them on white and gold mirri card.  That way I would not have been so worried about smudging the ink but I set them aside for a long time to dry completely.  I was pleased with myself, no smudging, not even a little bit.  Finally, I attached my mats to a nice pumpkin orange background.

The rest of the Design Team has been busy making some amazing autumnal cards, why not pop over to the Crafty Boots page and take a look for yourself, then link-up your autumn projects, we would love to see them.


Dionne

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Pets Corner

Autumn is officially here and looking out of the window this week I can see this is only too true, who would have thought that only last week I was complaining about how hot is was!

I am back today with another of my 'All Squared Up' designs for the current Crafty Boots Challenge.  This has been such a fun challenge, and to be honest, it has not really taken me too far out of my comfort zone because I love matting and layering.


Something a little different today with a telescopic style of design.  However, to fit all of the washi tapes in I had to fiddle a little with the placement of my squares - I guess you cannot have it all ways.  By the way, the washi tape is from Stampin' Up and the 'rivets' are Craftwork Cards Card Candy.


This little guy is a rubber stamp from Funky Kits called 'Pets Corner', he is from their Sugar Nellie range.  I coloured him with Promarkers and mounted him on silver mirri and green card.  The sentiment is a Stampin' Up stamp.

There is still time for you to enter your square designs into this Crafty Boots Challenge.

Good Luck.

Dionne

Monday, 19 September 2016

We Plough the Fields and Scatter

When I was a girl 'We Plough the Fields and Scatter' was sung at this time of year in schools as we celebrated our Harvest Festival.  I remember taking into school my little package of fresh fruit and tinned goods to go on the stage with all of the other contributions.  Then afterwards the food was distributed to the local pensioners and disabled.  When I as older I even went with the head teacher to help take the food parcels round.

We would then do the same with the local church.  The alter was always beautifully decorated by the local ladies and the village baker would make a huge diamond shaped plaited loaf for the centre of the alter table.  (I often wondered what happened to that loaf afterwards.)  The thought of that old hymn really takes me back.  Do school still hold Harvest Festivals?

It is time for the Crafty Boots Challenges Mid Challenge Reminder.  The theme of the current challenge is 'All Squared Up'.  A very easy challenge, just use squares in your project or simply create a square shaped  card.


For my project today I used this nostalgic Delicious Doodles design called 'Working the Land'.  I coloured the image with my polychromos pencils and then mounted them on gold mirri and blue card (Pool Party).


The backing paper is also from Stampin' Up.  I created the sentiment on my computer.

We have two very talented Guest Designers at Crafty Boots Challenges this week Zoechaos and Papersniffer - known to their family and friends as Zoe and Wendy.  Don't forget to check out their fabulous square designs.


Dionne

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Little Golfer

What is going on with the UK weather? The BBC are predicting temperatures in the low 30s today, autumn is just around the corner and I would expect much lower temperatures ... and probably rain. Instead we are experiencing record breaking temperatures. What is the weather like where you live? I should love to know, why not leave a comment about your weather in the box below?


The current Crafty Boots Challenge is all about squares, big squares, small squares, one square, many squares, square cards, square canvasses, square scrapbook pages etc. The title of the challenge is called 'All Squared Up'.


I have chosen a square card for my project today, it features another of my Funky Kits rubber stamps from their Sugar Nellie range. This one is called 'Fore!' it is perfect for the golfer in my life. I love my Sugar Nellie stamps, the only problem with them is that they are quite small and it is difficult to inject a lot of shading into them when I colour them with Promarkers - it is hard enough to keep within the lines!

I mounted the image on silver mirri and some Real Red Card. The background papers are from a Timeless Textures paper stack. I made the sentiment on my computer.

Don't forget to enter your square projects into this Crafty Boots Challenge.

Good luck.


Dionne

Monday, 12 September 2016

Manga Girl in Green

Good morning and welcome to my space.  It is a brand new week and time for a brand new Crafty Boots Challenge.  For the next two weeks we are looking for projects containing squares or which are square.

I have made a square card featuring Funky Kits 'Sugar Nellie Manga Girl # I'.  I coloured the stamped image with Promarkers and them cut the card into a square.  I then distressed the edges of the white card with Ranger's Vintage Photo.


I then cut several mats in silver mirri, yellow and lemon coloured card. The check backing paper is from a DoveCraft stash.  I made the sentiment on my computer.


The Design Team has been busy making cards to give you a few ideas, why not check them out on the Crafty Boots blog.

Have a great week.


Dionne

Friday, 9 September 2016

Little Princess

I have had so much fun making my sunny coloured cards for the current Crafty Boots Challenge.  Yellow has been such a cherrful colour to work with, it is quite uplifting.


This little cutie is a rubber Stamp from Funky Kits, Manga Princess is from the Sugar Nellie stable.  I coloured the stamp with Promarkers and then die cut both it, and the slightly larger card from gold mirri, using Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 17 dies.


The backing papers are from Studio Calico and the gorgeous paper lilies and leaves are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The sentiment and stars are from my stash.

There is still time for you to enter your projects into this challenge, just hop over to the  Crafty Boots blog and link your project using the little thingamajig.


Dionne