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, 29 December 2014
A very quick post this morning to remind you all that the theme of the current Crafty Boots Challenge is 'Winter Wonderland'.
There was a time when I spent all of my spare time cross stitching but these days the hands and eyesight are not what the use to be and I cannot manage the big projects of the past. However, this was a relatively quick project.
I found the design in an old cross stitch magazine. I stitched in on a linen using DMC threads. I think it is a stunning landscape and makes an amazing winter wonderland.
Thursday, 25 December 2014
The current Challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is 'Winter Wonderland' and I have a couple of cards to share with you today.
Wednesday, 24 December 2014
These snowflake cards were quick and easy to make.
Tuesday, 23 December 2014
Monday, 22 December 2014
I am afraid that I am a bit late with my Design Team post for the new Challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges. The theme for the next two weeks is Winter Wonderland.
Mo's Digital Pencil have some fabulous Christmas images but this is one of my favourites, it is called 'Winter Fairy Halla'.
Friday, 19 December 2014
I have been hard at it, getting my Christmas cards done in time to post. There was a time I made and sent around 150 cards each year but I have lost touch with people over the years and quite a few people I know have stopped sending them because of the high cost of the postage and have asked me not to send them cards. These days I make less than 100 cards.
As I have left my card making so late this year I have been making batches of very similar cards for speed. Here is another batch, this time using three of the Memory Box bauble dies.
Thursday, 18 December 2014
This little cutie is from Mo's Digital Pencil and is called 'First Christmas Girl'.
After colouring the image with Promarkers I added Polar White Flower Soft to the stockin and then mounted it on green glitter card. The backing papers are by Dovecraft and the sentiment is from Papermania and the poinsettia is from Wild Orchid Crafts.
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
i) The current Crafty Boots Challenge is Christmas, and
ii) I am way behind with my Christmas cards again this year (actually I think I am even more behind than last year, if that were at all possible).
I, therefore, have another Christmas card to share with you today.
Monday, 15 December 2014
Good morning, I hope you had a good weekend.
It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around here, with a family get together on Saturday and lunch with friends yesterday. Sadly this left little time for crafting and really do need to make a few more Christmas cards.
The current challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is 'Christmas', rather handy under the circumstances as it has given me the opportunity to make this card.
This sweet little image is from a Day for Daisies, it is called 'A Doll for Me'. I coloured it with Promarkets and a little bit of paper piecing. The backing papers are from my stash, come to think of it, so are the glitter card, Christmas charm and little pearl, The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.
Friday, 12 December 2014
I have been busy making tags, something I started doing last year when I ran out of tags for my Christmas present. Tags always seem so expensive to me and it make sense to make my own, if a little time consuming.
I have made two batches so far this year but have run out again and shall have to make some more in a few minutes.
With my Bigz tag die they are so easy to make and look like a decoration in themselves.
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
The theme of the current challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is 'Christmas' and here is Santa's Little Helper checking that list twice, have you been naughty or nice this year?
Monday, 8 December 2014
I am only too aware that Christmas is upon us, I feel as if I have been locked in the lounge with arms full of wrapping paper and a mile of sticky tape, but I think I can see a light at the end of the tunnel ... well until the postman comes again.
I took time out from card making because we were rapidly disappearing under all of the bags and boxes containing our presents for family and friends. I was even unable to turn the TV over because the remote signal would not bend around the boxes in front of it. But now it is time to get back to the card making.
A new challenge starts at Crafty Boots Challenges today, the new theme is 'Christmas'. We should love to see all of your Christmas cards, decorations and handmade gifts.
Before I show you my DT card, I wanted to give a big Crafty Boots welcome to Jess, who is joining the Crafty Boots Design Team today. I know you are going to love Jess's designs.
Now for my DT card, I actually have a couple of cards to share with you this week, this is the first. This adorably cute image is called Christmas Mouse and he is from Bugaboo Digital Stamps.
Friday, 5 December 2014
The weekend is almost here and I am trying to do a few bits towards Christmas before it all gets a bit silly .... although I suspect things have already started to get silly.
There are still a few days before the current Crafty Boots Star Challenge closes. This card is one of my Design Team projects.
Thursday, 4 December 2014
I hope your week is going well. I have been very busy the last couple of days. I was up and out very early today and I have only just got home.
The stamp I used for these two candles is from a Stampin' Up set called 'Come to Bethlehem' and regular visitors will recall seeing it on a card I posted on Monday.
Cut a strip of baking parchment to wrap around the candle to hold the tissue in place and to give you something to hold on to. 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 remove the heat.
I finished these candle by adding some pretty navy blue polka dot ribbon to the top and bottom and holding it in place with small silver pins.
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
|A few moments peace before the other guests arrived|
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
I meant to post this card last week but it completely slipped my mind. I realised this yesterday and decided to rectify it today. However, earlier today I was unable to get on line and hence the lateness of this posting.
Over at Crafty Boots Challenges the theme of the current challenge is 'Stars' and this card is one of my Design Team projects.
Monday, 1 December 2014
Time is passing so very quickly at the moment. I suppose it is because I am panicking over how rapidly Christmas is approaching and how much I still hove to do.
For instance, I keep finding excuses for not getting on with my Christmas cards. I think the only way I am going to get them done now is to keep them CAS and to start making them in batches.
So here we go ................................
This Stampin' Up stamp is called 'Come to Bethlehem'. I stamped it in a shade of ink called Midnight Muse and then layered it in silver miri and a matching shade of card. I love this colour but it is no longer available. I made the sentiment from another Stampin' Up stamp set.
The current theme at Crafty Boots Challenges is 'Star' and as you can see this stamp has a lovely star image. I tried to glitter it up and make more of a feature of it, but my star ended up looking more like a blob, so I decided to go for a more classically simple look.
There are three fabulous guest designers at Crafty Boots Challenges this week, please take the time to look at their wonderful projects.
I have made four of these cards so far, I am aiming to make at least ten ..... I suppose I had better get back to it..
Thursday, 27 November 2014
This stamp was another of my recent purchases, as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it because I had some Wild Orchid Craft fabric daisies the exact match for the stamp - can you spot which on is the fabric flower lol?
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
All year I have been decorating 8 inch MDF letter with buttons for my family and friends.
Today I wanted to share with you some smaller decorated letters. As you can see I have been experimenting with different ways of embellishing them.
I was not sure if this would work. First, I painted this letter 'Y' red with acrylic paint. I then cut the shape of the 'Y' out of red glitter card. I think it worked pretty well!
I hope my family and friends like these letters as much as I do.
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
I coloured the image with Promarkers and mounted it on some silver mirri and red glittered card. The polka dot paper is from Papermania. The ribbon and hearts are from my stash.
Monday, 24 November 2014
For the next two weeks we should like to see all of your fabulous starry creations. They could be to do with the night sky or the silver screen or, you could be like me, and see this as an opportunity to get on with a few outstanding Christmas cards.
I am not sure, I may have overdone it with the stars on this card ......
I have been playing with my new masks and Cosmic Shimmer Texture Pastes again. I got totally carried away this time and tried to create a 'rainbow' effect by using all of my pastes. I may have mashed up the colours a bit but the photo does not do the amount of glitter in these pastes justice. I have to thank my good friend and team mate Mrs Beez for getting me into this, Mrs Beez gave me my first two pots of Cosmic Shimmer paste for my birthday
The paper is from a Papermania stack, which I bought last year, and the glittery stars were cut from some glitter card from my stash.
The rest of the Design Team have been so busy working on their Star projects so make sure you pop over to the Crafty Boots Challenge and take a look.
Sunday, 23 November 2014
Most of you will know that I have been taking advantage of the current Craft Boots Challenge to use my poppy stamps and play around with colours and designs. It was a last minute impulse thing to order a Penny Black poppy stamp off the internet and it took so long to arrive it almost missed the Challenge, hence why I am here this morning with an emergency post!
But seriously, it is such I pretty stamp I just had to include it and I could not resist trying it in different colour palettes. However, this time I kept the layout simple and I made each card the same to crated a matched set.
Saturday, 22 November 2014
Today I have a card using Stampin' Up's Pleasant Poppies stamp.
I coloured the stamp with Promarkers in lilac and lavender tones, then mounted it onto some purple glitter card. The backing papers are from DoveCraft and the flowers are from Petaloo, I made the leaves from white glitter card.
Friday, 21 November 2014
The current challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is Remembrance - obviously it is about remembering birthday's and anniversaries as well as Remembrance as in World War I, but I recently treated myself to a couple of poppy stamps and I wanted to make good use of them - so more poppy cards from me. This stamp is a Sheena Douglas one.
My first card was a step card with the more traditional red poppy. But then I got bit adventurous and started experimenting with my Promarkers.