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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Thursday 2 October 2014

Bee ATC's

As promised on Monday, I am catching up with posting some of the steampunk projects I made last week, and the week before, when my laptop was out of action.

But, before I do that, just a quick reminder about the Gold Challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and the DT call they have out at the moment - it would be a great opportunity for someone who has never been part of a Design Team before as well as someone with more experience.

It just so happens that this project contains a lot of gold shades, so it would sit very nicely with the current Crafty Boots Challenge.

I painted some card with bronze coloured acrylic paint and, once it was dry, I ran it through a honeycomb embossing folder.  

I may have mentioned once or twice that I recently bought two of the Sizzix layered Bigz dies, the ones with the texture fades embossing folders - this is the Bee one.  I cut several bees from card in various metalic colours.

I raided my stash for anything I thought would work with the steampunk style.  I decorated my bees with an assortment of brads, flat backed gems, die cut cogs and watch parts.

Warning: if you should decide to use watch parts on any of your projects, take care of your fingers, there are some very pointy parts and they hurt.

The tiny watch hands made wonderful antenna, aren't they cute?

A little while ago I bought a bag of assorted die cut shapes, one of which was this key, the handle decoration made perfect head markings.

These are so much fun to do and I have grown very found my insectoid army.

Have a great day.



  1. What a wonderful collection Dionne! I love all the metallics and the honeycomb was the perfect choice for all of your dragonflies and bees! Very eye catching! big hugs :)

  2. Love these! I would never have thought of using them on an ATC - they looking stunning and I can't wait to pin them on Mrs Beez bees! xx

  3. These looks fantastic! So detailed! Love the metallic look and the small metal bits and bobs. Well done!!!


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