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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Sunday, 4 August 2013

Three Little Maids

Three little maids who, all unwary
Come from a ladies' seminary
Freed from its genius tutelary
Three little maids from school
(From Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado - Three Little Maids From School)

Hello my friends

I hope that your weekend is going well.  It is cooler here but very pleasant nonetheless.

There is something about a Gilbert and Sullivan tune, I am not sure how well their work travels, I doubt they are as well know as Rogers and Hammerstein or Cole Ported, but they are rooted deep in the British psyche and today I thought that I would get you humming one of those tunes that just gets stuck in your head - even if you cannot remember the words!

My friend Lisette (aka Mrs Beez) 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.  Why butterflies?  Well, Amy and Friends adopted the butterfly to represent those whose lives have been cut short by this terrible illness.

I have a simple card to share with you today.

My three little maids are three Marianne Design Creatable swallowtail butterfly die cuts, which I cut from silver mirri and backed with some pretty papers from my stash.  I curled their wings to give them dimension and finally added some lovely green flat backed gems to their bodies.  The backing paper is from a Papermaina stack featuring Lucy Cromwell's designs.

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.  Whist you are there, take a look at her anniversary blog candy giveaway.



  1. I so love this die, especially what you have done with it here. Love that backing paper too. xx

  2. Your butterflies are so pretty. Very nice!


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