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.


Sunday, 1 January 2023

Cars and Sparkle

Happy New Year to all.  I hope that 2023 has started well for you.

I have a little birthday card to share with you today - well, I say little but it is actually on one of those 8 x 8 Craftwork Cards blanks.  This image and backing paper come from a couple of ancient Kanban Crafts kit, which I purchased from QVC a very long time ago, when Dawn Bibby was presenting.

As you can see, I cut the backing paper to fit the shape of the card blank.  Using 3D foam pads I added layers of the 'pringle' look card and topped this with the image of a car.  I just added the small cars and steering wheels to finish it off.

I do not usually put two birthday cards in the same post but I did not think this next card deserved a post of it's own as I did so little to it.

I purchased this card from a shop, along with several other cards of a similar size.  When I got them home I decided to give them a make-over.  However, this card was slightly larger than the others and once I mounted several times it on alternating old gold mirri card and Stampin' Ups Night of Navy card there was not really any room left to do anything with!

I hope you have a great day.


Saturday, 31 December 2022

Make a Big Wish

I have been playing catch-up with my post for the past week but, unlike everything else, this card was only made a few days ago.

I made the card from a Hunkydory Adorable Scorable pack called 'Animal Crackers'.

I used one of the backing cards to make this card and added a framed image with 3D foam pads to raise it up.  The sentiment is from one of the other sheets in the pack.  

The weather was very dark and overcast at the time I made this card and all of the photographs I took at the time look equally gloomy, I do apologise

I am afraid that the flash has taken a lot of the colour out of this card too, which is so sad because the colours are actually very vibrant and jolly.  This Halloween card was made by my very good friend Mrs Beez and I have been looking for an opportunity to share it with you, I am sorry it has taken me so long.

This is another stunning card from Mrs Beez.  The photograph just does not do it justice, there are so many delicate layers of these beautiful butterflies and pansies.  To which she has added tiny little bees, a tiny organza bow and a multi-layered sentiment.  It is a card you really need to pick up and study to truly appreciate.

I should like to thank you for taking the time to visit my blog during the past year.  I know that it receives a lot more visits than comments but I know you are there. 

I want you to know that I truly appreciate every one of  your comments and all of the support you have given to me.  I should also like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a happy and healthy 2023.  May this year bring peace and contentment to you and your family.


Friday, 30 December 2022

My Very Lovely Friend

I recently wanted a card for a special friend and I actually went into a card shop and bought a card.  However, when I got it home I felt guilty about buying the card, so I set about giving it a make over.

I removed the front of the card and mounted it onto some pink coloured pearlised card and old gold mirri card and placed it on an 8 x 8 Craftwork Cards blank - which I had already coloured red with a Promarker pen.  I had some paper flowers which looked very similar to the flowers on the card, so I added a few of them to my design.  As a final touch I put some very small gold heart shaped brads in the centre of each of the paper flowers.

This post has given me that opportunity to share with you a birthday card I received from my dear friend, who is known to most of you as the Crafty Stamper aka Carol. Apologies for taking so long to share this with you.

The cornflowers on this card are the most stunning colours and it is all mounted and raised up.  Carol used Glossy Accents to give the water in the jam jar a wet look.  Sadly, as usual, my photography skills let me down and you really should take a look at in on Carol's blog because her photographic skills are so much better than mine.

More tomorrow.


Thursday, 29 December 2022

Little Knitted Onesie

Still catching up with things I have made during this year.

It has been quite a long time since I posted one of the adorable little Knitables toys like the tabby cat, which I posted last year.  Along with all of the animal patterns, Knitables also have a lot of clothes patterns. 

Including this cute onesie and teddy bear slippers.

I made the onesie out of King Cole's Cherished DK.

I have to confess that I actually made this little outfit some time ago and I not sure which yarn I made the slippers from ..... it was probably Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake DK.

They are so sweet but I found the yarn difficult to knit with because it is so fluffy I could not see what was going on, I just had to hope I was only picking up one stitch at a time!

I still have more cards and knitting to share, so keep an eye on this space.


Wednesday, 28 December 2022

What? Another Anniversay Card!

I realise that I have made several wedding anniversary cards this year which look very similar.  I confess this is because I rediscovered an old Kanban pack of papers I bought way, way back from QVC.  They are so lovely that I squirreled them away and never used them, but I recently re-discovered them!

I posted a card I made for my husband for our anniversary a few days ago.  The other two cards are posted here and here.  Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to find Wedding Anniversary sentiments and stamps?  I wonder whether this is due to the influence of other countries and perhaps they do not celebrate wedding anniversaries?

This card is very similar to the one I made for my husband.  Sadly, by the time I was making a card for him, this one was in the post, opened, sat on the side for a while and, no doubt, put in the bin!

These lovely cards and embossed with gold foil or black paint and, for once, the anniversary sentiment came with the card pack.  I added a few tiny flat backed gems to the design.

I think I only have a few scrapes of this heart design left so you are unlikely to see any more anniversary cards made from it.


Tuesday, 27 December 2022

Another Christmas Jumper

I thought I might try to use the next few days to try to catch up with some of my blogging.  I was busy last year but I hardly posted any of it.  Always full of good intensions, I photographed most of it and the photographs have just been sitting on my laptop ... waiting.

A couple of weeks ago I shared some photographs of a jumper and hat I had made for my youngest nephew.  As soon as his cousin saw the hat, she wanted one and being the lovely auntie that I am, here it is.

Being a little girl, I thought that she would love this purple sparkle King Cole yarn.

Unfortunately, I had the outfit stored in a bag for some time before I photographed it and it picked up a few wrinkles.

I wanted you to see the cabling close-up, I hope you can see the design.

Here's the hat she wanted so much.

I also made her some mittens with the a variation of the pattern.

This pattern is one of my ebay discoveries and it does not show the pattern make or number but I am fairly confident that it is a Sidar pattern because it recommends using Snuggly yarn.

It's all a bit of a pot porrri but I'm fairly sure there will be more tomorrow.


Monday, 26 December 2022

Happy Anniversary to Me!

I have several cards and cardigans which I made during the past year but just never got around to posting them.  This is one of those cards.  Earlier this year I shared with you a couple of anniversary cards and then along came my own wedding anniversary.  Which is when I had realised that I virtually used up all of the beautiful paper and card I had been using to make the other anniversary cards!

I went back into my pack of very old Kanban Crafts papers and card to see if I could find any other designs which I could use.  The papers in this kit are all fabulous and I have been squirreling them away for a long, long time.

Most of these paper and cards are embossed with silver or gold foil but this sheet is embossed with black paint.  I folded a sheet of plain A4 card and cut three panels from the pretty card.  These panels were attached to the backing card, I added a couple of sentiments and a few flat backed gems from my stash.

You might be able to make out the fold a little better from this view.

I apologise for the poor photography, the gold foiling is very reflective, making the card hard to photograph.