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.


Friday 1 December 2023

Advent 2023 has Arrived

I feel I owe everyone an apology, I have not posted anything for weeks and weeks.  I am really sorry but, you know what it is like, life has got in the way .... again.  But you all knew I would be here for Advent.  Sharing my Christmas cards and, of course, those Elves!

Just one Christmas card today .......

The image for this card came from my 2022 calendar, December of course.  I mounted it on some old gold card and some Stamping Up Real Red card.  Then everything went onto an 8 x 8 inch card blank.  I think the sentiment was from Craftwork Cards.

The moment we have been waiting all year for - the return of those naughty Elves from the Shelf. 

Danny and Daisy are back with a few of their friends and I can see they have bought a chocolate Advent Calendar for each of the girls.

I cannot wait to see what they get up to this year.  Any guesses?

Happy Advent.


Friday 25 August 2023

A Very Pink Dragon Card

We have a Bank Holiday weekend coming up, fingers crossed the good weather lasts - there is a rumour that rain is on its way but, on the other hand, we never got all that dreadful rain last week!

I'm still loving my new dragon dies.  They are so simple and look so good once they are die cut and placed a simple background.

This fabulous Chinese dragon is just one of the dragons in a four pack I bought from Amazon, which incidentally is also where the sentiment die also came from.  The backing paper is from my stash - all so deliciously girly!

Have a great weekend.


Wednesday 23 August 2023

Pink Lorry, Blue Lorry, Too Much Pink?

This is one of those cards which looks better in the flesh .... well, at least I hope so.

I have been playing with my new metal dies and bling metallic card, lots of layers and bright colours.

I made the card for my brother-in-law, who drives a lorry for living.  However, I did not send it to him this year, I think there is a perhaps a little something missing so I thought I would find out what you think.  Should I take it apart and mount the pink layer on to some black card?  Or was the pink a bad ideal all round?  What do you think?


Monday 21 August 2023

Nature Always Wears the Colours of the Spirit

 I have another of my fantasy flower cards to share with you today.  One of these day I am going to clear a way to all of my craft boxes and be able to tell you where I got them from and who made them.

I made a very simple DL fold card and used one of the backing papers from the kit.  Then I turned it on its side and popped two of the pre-coloured images from the kit.  The sentiments are not quite my cup of tea but it does work!

I hope you have a good week.


Friday 18 August 2023

Look Out, Look Out There's a Cat About!

I just love these cheeky cat dies and find them very amusing.

I think they work well on a DL size card.  I die cut the metallic blue square and layered them beneath the dark grey cat heads, which are also die cut.

They are so amusing and what a great way to start the weekend!


Wednesday 16 August 2023

More mystery flowers today.  This time I have stacked them into a pyramid using 3D spacer foam.  The kit is a bit of a mystery too.  I purchased it many, many years ago from either C&C or QVC and it is therefore most likely to be from either Hunkydory Crafts or Kanban Crafts - sadly it was so long ago, I cannot recall!

All of the elements in this card came from the kit, which would explain why everything goes together so well.

Enjoy the rest of your week, I hear that this lovely weather is not going to last and rain is on it's way ..... at least, that is what my knee joints are telling me!


Wednesday 9 August 2023

Little Maids in a Row

Life takes unexpected turns from time to time and we have very little control when it does.  One or two of you know that we have been living with some builders and they have turned the house upside down.  The job, and the subsequent mess, is taking much longer than expected.  The contents of both the kitchen and bathroom are boxed up and stored all over the house and we seem to spend our lives walking around saying to one another have you see this or that.

One of the first things I packed away was all of my knitting and spare yarn.  There was no way I wanted plaster dust getting into those particular bags.  This means that they are all at the very back of the spare room and I have no way of getting to them without moving everything else.  Whilst I know they are safe there, I am unable to get to the finished items to photograph them and this is why all of my posts this week will be of cards and these are cards I made a few weeks ago because all of my card making stash is also carefully packed away.

This also explains why I cannot go and check the box these elements came in to see who made the kits or whether I bought them from QVC or C&C.  I can say with certainty that I have had them a really long time, tucked away out of sight and virtually forgotten about.

I believe these images were intended to be used as a pyramid stack, but we are all very conscious of how much cards cost to mail these days, and I try to think of designs where the card remain reasonably flat so they do not attract additional postage. 

All of the elements used to make this card came from the kit.