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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Thank you for visiting my blog.


Monday, 29 August 2016

You Are My Sunshine

A new challenge starts today at Crafty Boots Challenges, the theme of this challenge was chosen by my good friend and design team mate Lisette (aka Mrs Beez).

Lisette has called this challenge 'You Are My Sunshine' and we are hoping to see lots of projects using sunny colours.  To me this means lots of yellow, however, there are some objects which also say sunshine to me, like sunflowers.  The other day I spotted a garden full of big, beautiful sunflowers, it was an amazing sight.

I used one of my Sherbet Pip rubber stamps for this card, 'Apple Pip' is one of the Sugar Nellie range from Funky Kits.  I coloured the stamp with Promarkers and then mounted it on gold mirri card with some lemon coloured card.  The fabulous sunflower paper is from a K & Co paper stack designed by Tim Coffey.

The adorable chrysanthemums are from Wild Orchid Crafts, as are the leaves.  The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards and the rosette die is from Sizzix.

The rest of the Design Team have made some amazing cards, please pop over the the Crafty Boots Challenge blog and take a look.

Wherever you are have a wonderful day


Saturday, 27 August 2016

Cheeky Postcard

It is a Bank Holiday weekend here, so we are all set for a nice three day weekend.  We have friends staying with us and they love to spend at least one day at the beach when they come,  lets hope the weather wants to play along.

Last week I posted a rather picturesque image as a postcard, it was the very traditional sort of card you might pick up on your holidays.

However, in the UK there is a tradition of the saucy, comic postcard and I wanted to attempt one of these as well, although that is not so easy because there is not a ready market of saucy postcards to colour.  The best I could think of was Bugaboo stamps and some of their comic images featuring Stella and Gus.

I wanted a seaside theme and eventually chose 'Stella Jellyfish'.  It's not exactly a traditional saucy postcard, but it is possibly a more acceptable, PC, version.  I coloured the image with my polychromos pencils and mounted it on silver mirri card and 'pool party' blue Stampin' Up card.

Have a great weekend.


Friday, 26 August 2016

Scenic ATCs

Emm, I was supposed to have published this post last Friday.  Opps, sorry!

Anyone who visits my blog regularly could not fail to notice that I have been very enamoured with Delicious Doodles artist, Teri Sherman's, scenic images.  Whilst making the postcard I posted last week, it occurred to me that it might be fun to shrink the images and turn them into ACTs.

It wasn't that easy to get the size right because all of the images as different sizes and then, of course, it is a bit hit and miss lining them up on the Sizzix Bigz die, but I eventually got there.

This image of Gordon Castle and it's garden is called 'Scottish Castle and Gardens'.  I coloured it with F&C pencils and added a little die cut butterfly in the corner.

The next Delicious Doodles image is of the Craigellachie's Telford Bridge called 'Craigellachie Bridge'.  Again I coloured it with my polychromos pencils and added a little die cut butterfly in the corner. 

Next up is an image of Eilean Donan, one of Scotlands many picturesque castles, this is called 'A Scottish Castle'.  I coloured it with F&C pencils and again added a little die cut butterfly in the corner. 

The next image is of The Gordon Arm'e Hotel in Fochabers, it is called 'Vintage/Victorian High Street'.  Once again I coloured it with my polychromos pencils and added a little die cut butterfly.

Finally, Fochabers Old Spey Bridge, this one is called 'Vintage Anglers/Fisherman'.  Coloured with F&C pencils and again I added a little die cut butterfly in the corner.  

This was a bit of a challenge but great fun.  There are a lot more of these images on the Delicious Doodles site, I think I wil do this again with some of the other images.


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Mini Photo Album

For those of you following my saga of the current heatwave I can report that the predicted thunder storms arrived last night, there was not a lot of thunder but when it went, it went on for ages each time and it was deafeningly loud.  We have had more storms this morning and the temperature has dropped.  It is now bright and sunny and very pleasant.

I recently saw a very attractive photograph album on YouTube, it reminded me of the little album I was given when I left my last job, my colleagues has used it as an autograph book and had filled it with messages of goodwill.

It gave me an idea to make an album for the snaps I took at the recent wedding of my niece.  I based my designed  on this mini album, which I made a couple of years ago ....

This mini album only had half a dozen pages so I needed to come up with a design with more pages, this made me think of the autograph book I was given when I left my old job.  That album had a hinged arrangement and, in theory at least, using this design I could add as many pages as I wanted.

I gave my album twenty A5 pages, I left small spaces between each page so I could comfortably add embellishments to decorate the pages.

I used extra thick card to make the cover, it was part of the packaging from my Stampin' Up Glimmer Paper which I had hung on to.  I covered it with papers from my current favourite paper stack - The Promise by First Edition. 

I decided to use different coloured card for my pages and whilst they are all an identical size, gluing them so they looked the same size was somewhat problematic.  I am sure practice would make perfect ..... eventually!

Here is a close up of the hinge.  (Which I based on hinge of the autograph album - its pages were all perfectly aligned!)

If you look very closely you will spot that this photograph is being held in place but some low tack tape.  The reason for this is because when I printed the photographs for this album my printer ran out of ink and I only managed to print 18 of the 40 photographs I intended to put into this album.  When the replacement ink arrives, I will print the rest of the snaps and move everything into their final positions.  I will then decorate the pages with butterflies, flowers, hearts etc.

Now, there was another reason I made this mini album this week, over at Crafty Boots Challenges the theme of the current challenge is 'Anything But a Card'.  There is still plenty of time for you to enter your project into this challenge

Good luck.


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Manga ATCs

They were right about the heat yesterday and the temperature did not seem to drop much overnight - there was little sleep to be had last night.  They are saying that it could be even hotter today but there are also predictions of thunderstorms this evening.

Enough of my weather forecast, the current Crafty Boots Challenge is 'Anything But a Card', so I took the opportunity to make a few ATC's.  I came to ATCs rather late in life but I love them now.  Sadly, because I came to it all so late no one else is swapping ATCs now!  On the up side, it means I get to keep all of these to myself.

In the past I have made my ATCs in sets of six, there has been no reason for this, just that it seemed a nice number.  However, I only have two cards in this set ... but I may add to this set at a later date.

These two little manga characters are from Funky Kits in the Sugar Nellies range.  (For ages I could not decide ir these are what they call Manga or Anime, but my understanding is that whilst the artwork looks the same, it is only called Anime when it is a cartoon, in books or comic strips it is Manga.)

The first stamp is called Dreamy, I coloured her with Promarkers and sat her on some washi tape.  The backing card is from Stampin' Up, I added some faux pearls and an ice cream cone from my little sweetie collection.

This second stamp is called Manga Girl II, I also coloured her with Promarkers and sat her on some washi tape.  The backing card is from Stampin' Up, I added some faux pearls and a strawberry ice cream slice from my little sweetie collection.

These were great fun to make and I shall be on the look out for opportunities to add to this collection.


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Poppy Bookmark

It is incredibly hot here today, we have been experiencing something of a mini heatwave here and they are predicting that the temperature will almost reach 100 degrees today.  I am afraid that I am one of those people who do not enjoy the hot and humid heat we get in this country.

Never mind, I have another bookmark to share with you today.  This one features the Memory Box Prim Poppy die.

I cut out the die twice, the first time in plain green card and the second in yellow and white polka dot paper.  I then removed the polka dot flower heads and pasted them over the green ones.  Well I say I pasted them over the green ones, that is not quite true, as you can see, one is missing.  I looked everywhere for it but could not find it.  So, instead of a polka dot head, this flower has a glittery head - I had to do something, I had already put the glue on!

I mounted the die on some red and some white card and added a few black pearls and ribbons (I am sorry you cannot see the ribbons better, they are very pretty, the top one is a dotty organza).


Monday, 22 August 2016

Wedding Scrapbook Page

This past week has flown by and I am back today with the Mid Challenge Reminder for the current Crafty Boots Challenge.  This week we are looking for 'Anything But a Card'.

Now, I have been quiet about it up until now but I think you are about to hear a lot about the wedding we went to last weekend because it has taken up an awful lot of my time, from making the invitations and knitting cardigans for the bridesmaids to making my own outfit and now a scrapbook album ... and a few other things, which I am not going to mention right now.

Today I want to share with you a scrapbook page.  I very rarely share my scrapbook pages with you and you could be forgiven for thinking that I never make them.  I regularly make scrapbooks but I do not publish them because I am very aware that other people may not want their faces splashed all over the internet.  However, I thought that this photograph was perfect for sharing, I must thank the brides best friend Amy for allowing me to use her photograph here.

I wanted to keep the colours muted and in keeping with the black and white photograph.  These papers are a First Edition paper stack called 'The Promise', these are beautiful papers and perfect for weddings.  The artist, Katie Pertiet, is a very talented lady.  The green card is from Stampin' Up.  I made the sentiment on my computer.

I added several butterflies, the first being a Memory Box one - Viviene.  I added some faux pearls to the thorax.

I kept back some of my confetti and, as it was cut in the shape of butterflies, thought it would work really well here.

My final butterfly die is Marianne Creatable Butterfly 3 die - a few more of those pearls.

We have had some amazing entries into this Craft Boots Challenge but there is still time for you to share your projects.

Good luck.