Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.
I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!
Thank you for visiting my blog.
Monday, 26 December 2011
I hope you had a very happy Christmas.
At Crafty Boots Challenges we are still in the party mood and the current challenge is all about celebrations.
I have designed a wedding invitation and RSVP card for a friend who is getting married in the spring (I thought it best to delete the personal information, sorry about the gaps in the text). The colour theme of the wedding is purple so the invitation had to have lots of purple and a slash of silver.
Make sure you check out the blogs of my fellow design team members, they have come up with some pretty stunning ideas.
I hope you all have a very safe and prosperous New Year.
Saturday, 24 December 2011
These images are so sweet and all I had to do to them was print them on some of the Crafty Boots Deluxe Crafters Card, add glitter and polar white Flower Soft. A little glitter card for the background and then add a die cut shape or some buttons and I was done.
Oh, the sentiments were also from the Crafty Boots website.
Monday, 19 December 2011
I was very impressed, it was quick, easy and quite sophisticated. After running the die through by Grand Calibur, I added some colourful flat backed gems and a sentiment from Kanban Crafts.
Next year everyone could be getting this card from me!
Sunday, 18 December 2011
In the UK, yesterday was the last posting day for guaranteeing second class post to be delivered before Christmas Day. So, early yesterday there I was, in the Post Office, buying my stamps.
Whilst all of my Christmas cards are different, they are all very similar so I do not think I shall be posting them all here as it could get rather boring. But here a few of them .........
I really love these star and the Christmas tree dies from Memory Box and they feature very heavily in my cards this year. Oh, you will probably notice that I also love using glitter card on my Christmas cards, I really think you have to have a bit of glitter at Christmas.
All of the stamps I have used for the above cards come from the Sugar Nellie range and the sentiments are from Kanban Crafts.
If I have time, I will post a few more of my Christmas cards later.
Monday, 12 December 2011
A big welcome to everyone who has found their way here via the Crafty Boots Challenge blog. The current theme is Christmas.
I think I may have been watching a little too much Kirstie Allopp for I have definitely stepped outside my comfort zone with this project. I do not think I have baked biscuits since I was at school and I have never been so ambitious as to attempt to bake my own snowflake shaped Christmas tree decorations but I thought that this year I would give it a go. I don't think they turned out too bad.
Don't forget to visit the other DT members blogs, they have made some pretty spectacular things this again this week.
Right, I'm off to start stringing popcorn.
Sunday, 4 December 2011
My apologies to Zoe for plagiarising her concept.
I printed this image three times and coloured it with my Promarkers, using the browns and skin tones and I added a little sparkle on the hearts with my Wink of Stella pens. The only splash of colour is the red front door.
I cut around the houses and decoupaged the image to give it some dimension and mounted the whole thing on gold and brown pearlised card. Finally I placed the whole thing on some gold glitter board and added some ribbon and a couple of brads.
The purpose of our early morning start was because we had a 222 mile drive ahead of us to York, where we were booked on one of the fabulous Nikky Hall's workshops.
We had been looking forward to this day for weeks. We left with loads of time to spare and allowed for rest stops and traffic problems. However, we had not envisaged a satnav which took us down narrow country lanes in endless thick, thick fog, which made it impossible for us to pass all the slow moving traffic we were stuck behind for mile after mile. However, Stephanie-Emma was marvelous, she did all the driving, under incredibly stessful conditions.
We took a slightly different route coming back, which was slightly longer, but the roads were much better. However, there was a point coming home when I thought that conditions were getting so bad we were going to have to book into a hotel for the night, but Stephanie-Emma pressed on and got us home safe and sound.
Meanwhile, back at the workshop. As you can imagine, we were a wee bit late but Nikky and the other ladies were great, helping us to settle in and catch up with the rest of the class. I would like to say a big thank you to the lady who lent me her trimmer, which had the measurements in inches (mine is in centimetres and the instructions were all in inches). I should also like to thank Emma T who made a note of all the measurements I had missed and kept putting me back on the right path.
I had a marvelous day, although I could have done without all that nasty fog and the stressful journey, and I thank God for Stephanie-Emma getting us there and back safely. We made some new fabulous friends and we picked up a few crafting techniques.
I really enjoyed making my box card and intend making a couple more this week.
Unfortunately, the camera hasn't caught the twinkle from my Wink of Stella pens and all the little pearl gems do not really show up either.
Perhaps the next workshop I go on should be photography because I have not done a very good job of showing the dimensions here.
I love this red poinsettia, isn't it fab?
I made this area for me to add a handwritten message.
Saturday, 3 December 2011
I did not have time to do anything with mine on the day so I took them home to play with later. And that's just what I did the other evening.
I had a great time playing with my Promarkers, although I seem to have lost my Blush during my recent travels, but I think I may have at last got together the right collection of colours for fair hair.
As you can see, I mounted the images onto some shaped cards I had purchased from the Crafty Boots on-line store. All the papers and most of the sentiments were from Polka Doodles. I also used some holographic gold card and flat backed gems from my stash and the dies were from the Marianne Designs collection. I really love these dies at the moment and cannot get enough of them.
It was very late when I finished and I was tired but it had been fun.
Monday, 28 November 2011
The theme at Crafty Boots Challenges this fortnight is ‘Anything Goes’. You can join in the challenge as normal but there are 12 extra chances for you to win a prize by joining the first ever Crafty Boots blog hop!
This image is called Christmas Rooftop. With Christmas in mind I decided it was time to experiment with putting images onto candles and decorating them - and perhaps create a nice present for someone special.
Monday, 14 November 2011
This wonderful Lavender and Lace design of three fairies is by Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum and it is one of my favourites. It is encrusted with beads and metallic threads, when it catches the light is really twinkles.
Monday, 31 October 2011
The theme of this challenge is Young at Heart, which can be anything child related or something reminiscent of childhood.
I think all the fun of childhood is captured in this Butternut Road counted cross-stitch pattern entitled 'Catch the Wind'.
This is one of those designs which was a joy to stitch and one day I have it in my mind to work it again using different colours, perhaps softer tones next time.
Monday, 17 October 2011
It's Monday and another Crafty Boots Challenge, the theme today is 'Autumn'. I have taken my inspiration for this scrapbook page from the Keats poem 'To Autumn' and all of the amazing Halloween cards I have seen in recent weeks.