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!

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Friday, 19 July 2013

Final Approach


As you know, for the next month my dear friend and DT buddy Lisette, aka Mrs Beez, has decided that all of her projects will feature a butterfly to show support for the charity Amy and Friends and the work they do to support children suffering from Cockayne Syndrome.  Amy and Friends uses the butterfly to represent those whose lives have been cut short by this terrible illness.  Mrs Beez hopes to raise awareness of the work of Amy and Friends by placing butterflies on all of her projects for the next month.   I feel very honoured because Mrs Beez has invited me to join her, and make a few things of my own, and put butterflies on them.

My post today features the fabulous Stampin' Up Swallowtail Butterfly.  I have fallen deeply in love with this stamp and I just know it is going to be featuring on a lot of my projects.

I enjoyed making this card so much, I made it twice, and to be honest with you, I had to restrain myself from making it over and over.  I am sure many of you will have seen Cindy Hall's fabulous wall decoration which has inspired my cards. 

These cards are just full of dimension and I can see why Cindy made hers into a wall decoration.

This blue card I stamped using Stampin' Up's Midnight Muse ink and mounted it onto silver mirri and matching Midnight Muse coloured card.

This red card is stamped using Stampin' Up's Cherry Cobbler ink and again mounted it onto silver mirri and matching Cherry Cobbler coloured card.

To make the butterfly, I stamped the image twice and coloured each identically using Promarkers.  I them cut them out and pasted them back to back.  Once dry I carefully folded both sets of wings up and set them in that position using Pinflair glue gel.

Whist the wings were drying I went out into my garden and cut some dead twigs from a bush.  After washing the twigs and leaving them to completely dry, I wired some Wild Orchid Crafts cherry blossom flowers to the twigs and set them into position on the card with more Pinflair Glue Gel.

Finally, I glued the butterflies into position, so they looked as though they are about to land on the cherry tree branch.

These were remarkably simple to make but so effective.

Please make the time to visit Mrs Beez's blog to find out more about the work of Amy and Friends.



  1. You totally nailed these! The branches are so pretty. Can't decide between blue or pink -so I'll take both please :) xxx

  2. Such beautifully designed cards, Dionne! Absolutely loving the simple look, the dimension you created using the butterfly stamp and the branch looks very creative too.
    Michaela xx


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