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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Monday, 27 October 2014

Thank you for the Music

The weeks seem to be flying by at the and before we know it will be Christmas.  In the UK the clocks went back this weekend, giving us an additional hour but, to be honest, my internal clock is all over the place at the moment.

It is time for another challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges, the theme for the new Challenge of 'Music' was chosen my my best bud and team mate Lisette, aka Mrs Beez.

Yesterday was not one of my best and it was a perfect reminder that I need to be better organised.  I could not decide on my project from this Challenge and I spent some time researching ideas.  One thing seemed to be a given, I was going to need several sheets of sheet music.  In fact, I saw some in a craft shop last weekend, but I did not buy it because I thought it would be easier to print some.

Well, that was the idea, however, yesterday morning I realised that my printer was out of ink and I could not print any music or the digital stamp I wanted to use.  I spent a large part of the day searching through my stash looking for some music, a stamp, anything, something I could use.  I eventually found the tiniest piece of music and I had an idea thanks to a card I had seen on Pinterest but there was not enough for any mistakes.

I used a couple of Christmas bauble dies from Stampin' Up to cut the sheet music and two pieces of gold mirri card.

I glued the sheet music to one of the gold shapes and gave it a layer of sparkle using a clear Wink of Stella Brush pen - sadly the camera has not really picked up this subtle shimmer.

I then cut two pieces of red ribbon, using one for a loop and the other used to tie a small red bow.  Once the ribbon was in place I sandwiched in in place with the other gold piece.

Finally I mounted the bauble on some white Centura Pearl card and stamped a Christmas greeting with red ink.

As always, the rest of the Crafty Boots Design Team have been working hard to inspire you, so why not pop over and take a look for yourself.

Good luck with your entry.



  1. I love these and can see the shimmer. That sheet music is gorgeous and I'm guessing that as it was the last bit you may not know where it came from!! I too have had printer issues - so annoying when you are depending on it. xx

    1. Thank you. The sheet music was a free download. I had imagined that when I printed it I would get a full size sheet of music but what I got was about 6 inches by 2.5 inches and I had abandoned it and printed a different sheet for the project I was making. Thank goodness I never throw anything away.

  2. Fantastic idea Dionne! I love that you went through your stash and jerry-rigged these using what you had on hand, takes talent to be able to do that! The shimmer on your ornaments is amazing! Well done my friend! hugs :)

    1. Thank you, I had never thought of it like that but I do have an awful lot of stuff - because I never throw anything away. If you ever think of a use for off cuts of gold and silver mirri, please let me know, I have a massive stack.


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