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, 26 July 2013

Gardener Gayle with Butterflies


My friend, Lisette, and I have recently been posting projects featuring butterflies.  It all started when Lisette decided to raise awareness of the charity Amy and Friends, and the work they do to support children suffering from Cockayne Syndrome.  Amy and Friends adopted the butterfly to represent those whose lives have been cut short by this terrible illness.

Lisette, aka Mrs Beez, has been creating some breath-taking projects, all of them with the central butterfly theme and I have been privileged to guest on her blog for just over a week now, it has been such a wonderful experience.

My card today features Saturated Canary's Gardener Gayle.

I usually cut my own step cards but this one came from Craftwork Cards, I know it is a bit of a cop out but it was so much easier this way.  I covered the blank card with a sheet of Lucy Cromwell's designer papers.  I then coloured the image with Promarkers and mounted it on a Chesapeake Circle die cut by Memory Box and backed with some pearlised card.

The butterflies are from Memory Box dies and the flourish die cuts are a Cheery Lynn design and the butterfly punch is from Martha Stewart.  Oh, I almost forgot, the daisies are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

To accompany the card, I decided to put Gardener Gayle on a candle.

This is great fun to do.  Stamp your image onto tissue paper, I coloured mine with Promarkers, then, after roughly cutting out the image, place it onto your candle.  Cut a strip of baking parchment to wrap around the candle.  Use your heat gun to gently melt the skin of the candle and watch the tissue disappear into the molten wax.  Take care not to over heat the wax, you do not want it to run.  The wax will quickly set again once you switch off the heat.  The fabric roses on a roll are from Stamin' Up.

Please visit Mrs Beez's blog to find out more about the work of Amy and Friends and how Mrs Beez is trying to raise awareness of this condition.



  1. Oh My, WOW what a stunning card, Dionne!! Loving this shape again and the way you embellished it, is just amazing! Love the candle too..... always thinking of trying to make one but forgetting to buy the tissue paper.
    Michaela xx

  2. just in awe of this card. It is totally brilliant. I panicked when I saw the candle wondering if I'd missed the picture!!!

  3. O M G! This is AMAZING!!!!!!! And that ribbon looks great on the candle!! xxx


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