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.
Saturday, 31 December 2016
Friday, 30 December 2016
This is however a very brief post, not much to say about this CAS card.
Thursday, 29 December 2016
Wednesday, 28 December 2016
Tuesday, 27 December 2016
I was a little bit busy in the run up to the big day and never posted some of the cards I had made, so I have a few Christmas card to post this week. Starting with this one.
Monday, 26 December 2016
How was your Christmas Day? I hope it was a happy time for you and your family. It is time for the Crafty Boots Challenges Winter Wonderland Challenge.
A very quick post from me today because it is hectic around here at the moment.
Saturday, 24 December 2016
Still there is time for a very quick post to wish all of my wonderful followers a very joyful, healthy and safe Christmas. I hope you are all surronded by family and friends, doing what you all enjoy most.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
As most of you will know the current challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges is 'Winter Wonderland'. These little robins may not be covered in snow but there is something about their gorgeous plumage that says winter to me.
Monday, 19 December 2016
I have lost count of the number of Design Team projects I have made this year but this is my one for today.
The stamp is a Gorgeous Girl one called Winter Friend, I coloured it with Promarkers. The polka dot paper is from Dovecraft, the evergreen paper is from First Edition (this paper really isn't this acidic in real life). The pine branch die is a Marianne Creatable die but I am not sure of the make of the trees, it is a new one and all the pack says is 'made in China'. The sentiment is from Anita's, everything else is from my stash.
Tuesday, 13 December 2016
As I type this I cannot help wondering how your countdown to Christmas is going. I am a little behind with everything but my sister says that I function best when I am under pressure! I sure hope she is right.
Last week I shared with you a fabric covered box I made for my friend to hold all of the Advent present I had bought for her. Now to be honest, the box took several days to make and I was very short on time when I sat down to make my Crafty Boots Design Team Projects and all I had to share were the tags I have made to put on the Advent presents.
Each wrapped present needs a number on it so my friend knows which to open each day. This year I cut two tags, the larger in either gold or silver mirri and the smaller one in either red or blue card.
I then added a different Christmas themed silver charm to the top of each one. This one had a gingerbread man, others had things like a wreath, a snowflake, Santa, a sleigh, a Christmas tree etc.
Monday, 12 December 2016
Today the Christmas Crafty Boots Challenge reaches the midway point and I do have a card to share with you ....
Monday, 5 December 2016
I have so many little traditions in the run up to Christmas, the first of these is the Crafty Boots Christmas Challenge. For the next two weeks we are hoping that you will share all of your Christmas projects with us. You can use any materials you like, to make anything you like, for example, a card, an altered box, a gift bag, an ACT, a scrapbook page, an inchie, just as long as there is a Christmas connection.
One of my other traditions is the giving and receiving of Advent calenders, not the tear off the door and eat the chocolate type but the collect together lots of smallish objects and wrap them up and place them in a suitable container type. Some of you may remember that last year I decided to make a padded box for the presents I was giving to my bestest and oldest friend. I decided to do this again this year. The box I made this year is slightly larger than the one I made last year, so they will stack or nest, whichever she wants to do with them.
I cut the panels for the box from the type of card you can buy for mounting pictures, this was because I needed nice thick card to make a sturdy box. I then attached the lining fabric to the panels using Pritt Stick, it is amazing what a great bond it forms and it does not mark the fabric if you get a bit messy.
I then hand stitched all of the panels together, this can be pretty time consuming and harsh on my poor finger tips but it cannot be done any other way. I use wadding to give the lid a lovely cushioned look. Next I covered the top, bottom and sides with a contrasting material, this is again hand stitched. I love all of the sparkly gold in this fabric.
Friday, 2 December 2016
The current Crafty Boots Challenge is 'See the Woods for the Trees' and it has given me the perfect excuse to make a couple of much needed Christmas cards.
This gorgeous stylised Christmas tree is from Delicious Doodles. I coloured it with Promarkers and added glitter to the decoratons and deep red gems. It is so sad the glitter does not show up on this photograph.
I mounted the image on some silver mirri and also on some Real Red card. I found the fabulous backing paper in my stash, the sentiment is from Craftwork Cards and the flowers. leaves and berries are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
Don't forget to enter your Christmas tree designs in this Crafty Boots Challenge.
Wednesday, 30 November 2016
The current Crafty Boots Challenge is called 'See the Woods for the Trees', in other words trees or wood texture. Today I have an image with a rather unconventionally decorated Christmas Tree, so cute.
The flowers, leaves and berries are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
Enter your Christmas Trees in this Crafty Boots Challenge.
Monday, 28 November 2016
This week I have been rather cheeky and used the theme of this challenge as an excuse to get on with my Christmas cards.
Friday, 25 November 2016
I am afraid that the tree branches in this design are difficult to see because the backing paper is very delicate but trust me they are there, the backing paper is covered in trees and branchesl, it is not helped by the poor quality photograph. I thought I had solved the problem of my photos by changing the bulb in my craft light .... maybe not.
The backing paper is one of the designs from one of my favourite paper stacks - The Promise by First Edition. I also embossed some marbled paper with a wood grain effect before cutting the banner shape from it. The Owl stamp was a freebe I got in a magazine many years ago and have never used before, isn't he cute?
The tiny butterfly is from a Stampin' Up Beautiful Wings Embosslits die and the sentiment is from Craftwork Cards. The ribbon, charm and gems are from my stash.
Have a great weekend.
Thursday, 24 November 2016
I have been wanting this Stampendous 'Agapanthus Cluster' stamp for the longest time but there was always something I needed more but I took the plunge a few weeks ago and ordered it.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
My card today is in memory of those hot summer days, with the bees buzzing and the light scent of roses in the air.
Thank you for stopping by, I look forward to your visits. Have a good week.
Monday, 21 November 2016
My card today features a Woodware stamp called Going to Seed - I hope you can see the detail.
Monday, 14 November 2016
For my card today I dug out my favourite butterfly stamp - Stampin' Up's Swallowtail Butterfly. Some time ago I saw something like this on Pinterest by Brian King and then I started seeing similar cards all over the place. It has always struck me that the effect is rather like looking through a letterbox at the subject.
I coloured the stamped image with Promarkers and I then took my courage in both hands and cut away the wings top and bottom. I mounted the image half a dozen times on different coloured card. Finally I added some flat backed gems.
Crafty Boots has two fabulous guest designers this week, Keti and Carol. Please pop over to the Crafty Boots blog and leave some of your wonderful appreciation for their stunning work.
Friday, 11 November 2016
Monday, 7 November 2016
I decided to start with a stamp I bought for a previous challenge but did not have the time to use. This stamp came from Saturated Canary and is called 'Princess and A Frog'. I thought about airbrushing the frog from the swing but, if I did this, I would not be able to use the cute sentiment.