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.


Thursday 27 November 2014

Pink Daisies

A very quick card to share with you today.

This stamp was another of my recent purchases, as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it because I had some  Wild Orchid Craft fabric daisies the exact match for the stamp - can you spot which on is the fabric flower lol?

The stamp is by Sheena Douglas, I used Promarkers to colour it, then I mounted it on alternating layers of silver mirri and red card.  I cut the leaves from glitter card.  The pink polka dot paper is by Dovecraft and the sentiment Kanban Craft.


Wednesday 26 November 2014

Small Decorated Letters


All year I have been decorating 8 inch MDF letter with buttons for my family and friends.

Today I wanted to share with you some smaller decorated letters.  As you can see I have been experimenting with different ways of embellishing them.

All of the MDF letter came from a lovely man called Barry, who I found on ebay.  They are 3 inches high and before painting them with acrylic paint I gave them a coat of Gesso.

I covered this letter 'A' with Flower Soft after painting the letter with white acrylic paint.

The letter 'N' I painted baby pink and then I covered it with flat backed faux pearls.

I actually did the letter 'C' first, I painted it blue and, once it was dry, I covered it in small blue 'shirt; buttons.  I then added some Petaloo Flora Doodle flowers from my stash.

I was not sure if this would work.  First, I painted this letter 'Y' red with acrylic paint.  I then cut the shape of the 'Y' out of red glitter card.  I think it worked pretty well!

I saved this one for last because I was my favourite.  After giving the letter 'D' a couple of coats of lilac pearlescent acrylic paint, I added a few paper roses from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I hope my family and friends like these letters as much as I do.


Tuesday 25 November 2014

Wedding Anniversary

Good morning and welcome to my blog and a very special welcome to you if this is your first visit. Please feel free to leave a comment and say hello, I hope you will visit again soon.

I have a wedding anniversary card to share with you today.  This adorable couple are from Teddy Bo & Co, the image is called 'Love Showers'.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and mounted it on some silver mirri and red glittered card.  The polka dot paper is from Papermania.  The ribbon and hearts are from my stash.

Thank you for finding the time to stop by today.


Monday 24 November 2014

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Monday again and today sees the start if a new Crafty Boots Challenge.

For the next two weeks we should like to see all of your fabulous starry creations.  They could be to do with the night sky or the silver screen or, you could be like me, and see this as an opportunity to get on with a few outstanding Christmas cards.

I am not sure, I may have overdone it with the stars on this card ......

I have been playing with my new masks and Cosmic Shimmer Texture Pastes again.  I got totally carried away this time and tried to create a 'rainbow' effect by using all of my pastes.  I may have mashed up the colours a bit but the photo does not do the amount of glitter in these pastes justice.  I have to thank my good friend and team mate Mrs Beez for getting me into this, Mrs Beez gave me my first two pots of Cosmic Shimmer paste for my birthday

The paper is from a Papermania stack, which I bought last year, and the glittery stars were cut from some glitter card from my stash.

The rest of the Design Team have been so busy working on their Star projects so make sure you pop over to the Crafty Boots Challenge and take a look.


Sunday 23 November 2014

Game, Set and Matched

I know, I know, what am I doing here on a Sunday?

Most of you will know that I have been taking advantage of the current Craft Boots Challenge to use my poppy stamps and play around with colours and designs.  It was a last minute impulse thing to order a Penny Black poppy stamp off the internet and it took so long to arrive it almost missed the Challenge, hence why I am here this morning with an emergency post!

But seriously, it is such I pretty stamp I just had to include it and I could not resist trying it in different colour palettes.  However, this time I kept the layout simple and I made each card the same to crated a matched set.

I coloured each poppy image with Promarkers and mounted it on silver mirri card.

I then mounted it on a matching sheet of glitter card.  I folded an A4 sheet of card in two to create my blank card and covered the front with a sheet of Dovecraft polka dot paper.

The ribbon and flat backed gems came from my stash and the sentiments are all from Craftwork Cards.  Finally, I inserted a sheet of printer paper with a sentiment - I think it always looks nice when you open a card.

I was going to promise you that this would be the last you would see of my poppy stamps for a long, long time but I love this one so much I think I am going to put it on some candles to give as Christmas presents.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow to find out about the brand new Crafty Boots Challenge.


Saturday 22 November 2014

Lavender's Blue, Dilly, Dilly

It is rare for me to post anything on a Saturday but, if you are a regular visitor, you will know that I have been busy this week making cards using my poppy stamps.  However, I have not had time to past them all, so I am a little behind.

Today I have a card using Stampin' Up's Pleasant Poppies stamp.

I coloured the stamp with Promarkers in lilac and lavender tones,  then mounted it onto some purple glitter card.  The backing papers are from DoveCraft and the flowers are from Petaloo, I made the leaves from white glitter card.

The current Crafty Boots Challenge is Remembrance, don't forget to go and see all of the amazing projects on the Crafty Boots blog, which both the Guest Designers and the rest of the Design Team have been busy making.


Friday 21 November 2014

A Bunch of Poppies

Friday already, where do the days go.  Well, this week most of my days have gone crafting ....... and I have been having a wonderful time.

The current challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is Remembrance - obviously it is about remembering birthday's and anniversaries as well as Remembrance as in World War I, but I recently treated myself to a couple of poppy stamps and I wanted to make good use of them - so more poppy cards from me.  This stamp is a Sheena Douglas one.

My first card was a step card with the more traditional red poppy.  But then I got bit adventurous and started experimenting with my Promarkers.

I mounted my poppies on some silver and some red card.  I then made some poppies out of red and green glitter card.  I added some black flat backed gems to the centre of the glitter poppies.

The backing paper is by Dovecraft and the sentiment and card blank are both from Craftwork Cards.  The red organza ribbon and bakers twine came from my stash. 

I next tried a delicate yellow colour poppy, which I mounted on silver mirri and green card.  The buttons, lace and bakers twine came from my stash. 

The sentiment and card blank both came from Craftwork Cards., whilst the backing paper is from K & Co.

My last card is possibly my favourite - lilac.  As you can see there is a lot of mauve card and silver mirri in this layout.  The backing paper is from a K & Co stack.

As with the other cards, the card blank and sentiment are from Craftwork Cards.

Don't forget to pop over to the Crafty Boots pages and see fabulous projects from our wonderful Guest Design Team members.


Tuesday 18 November 2014

Pink Poppies


More experiments with my new poppy stencil and glitter texture pastes to share with you today.  I used the stencil to add pink and silver pastes to black card and set it aside to dry.

Once the texture paste had dried, I cut it into strips and layered it onto textured silver card.   I popped a small black flat backed gem to the centre of each poppy.  The lovely backing paper is from Craftwork Cards.  

I made a matching poppy from pink and silver glittered card and added some black flat backed gems to the centre.  Finally, I added the little white organza ribbon bow.

The weather recently has been very wet and it is constantly overcast, so even during the day the lighting is abysmal and I am having to use lots of artificial light when I photograph my projects.  As a result, none of the colours are very true, especially these pink poppies.  Which, in reality, are a very pretty shade of pink and the large poppy at the bottom of the card is virtually the same shade - I know, you would never have guessed.  

I hope you have a lovely day.


Monday 17 November 2014

Remembrance Poppies

Hi, I hope you had a good weekend.

It is Mid Challenge Reminder time for the 'Remembrance' challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges.

But before I get into that I wanted to tell you some very exciting news about Crafty Boots Challenges.  You may recall that a few weeks ago we celebrated our third anniversary.  It was a fantastic Challenge, loads and loads of entrants and an incredibly high standard.  The winner and both of the runners up of that Challenge are Guest Designers on Crafty Boots today.  Their work has left me virtually speechless, soooo amazing, you really have to go and see it for yourself.

As I said, the current Challenge is 'Remembrance'.  I realise that the Design Team are somewhat obsessed with images of red poppies but this Challenge is about so more than remembering those who died in the First World War, it is about remembering all of the wonderful people in our lives and also those special times.

I have to hold my hands up and confess that I have become addicted to colouring poppies, I just do not seem to be able to stop myself at the moment and I have another card to share with you today.

This wonderfully delicate poppy stamp is from Stampin' Up, I coloured it with Promarkers and then mounted it onto some gold mirri.  The backing papers are from DoveCraft and the poppy was made from glitter card and some black flat backed gems.

Please make sue you go and see all of the amazing projects on the Crafty Boots blog, which both the Guest Designers and the rest of the Design Team have made for today.


Tuesday 11 November 2014

Poppy Candles

Good morning

I have two decorated candles to share with you today.  The stamp I used is 'Pleasant Poppies' from Stampin' Up and I coloured the images with Promarkers.

The sight of poppies always reminds me of Remembrance Day and all of the poppies floating down from the ceiling of Earl's Court at the end of the Royal Tournament - this was an annual event in the UK, broadcast the evening before Remembrance Day.  It was a very moving sight to see thousands of red poppy petals flutter down from the darkness.

Adding stamped images to candles is so easy, simply stamp your image onto tissue paper, then, after roughly cutting out the image, place it onto your candle.

Cut a strip of baking parchment to wrap around the candle to hold the tissue in place and to give you something to hold on to.  Use your heat gun to gently melt the skin of the candle and watch the tissue disappear into the molten wax.  Take care not to over heat the wax, you do not want it to run.  The wax will quickly set again once you remove the heat.

I finished these candle by adding some red organza ribbon around the bottom of each candle.

The current Craft Boots Challenge is 'Remembrance', why not join in the fun and share with us some of your memories.


Monday 10 November 2014


What does the word Remembrance say to you?

For me it always evokes images of Remembrance Sunday, the Cenotaph, carrying the flag on parade for our local service and, of course, the excitement of Earls Court on TV.  Now I realise that many of you will not have a clue what I am talking about, but if you would like to know please click here to a previous post on this topic.

The predominant image when someone mentions Remembrance is always the poppy, the thousands of poppies falling from the ceiling of Earls Court at the end of the evening and now the beautiful art installation at the Tower of London 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red'.

A new challenge starts at Crafty Boots Challenges today and the title is 'Remembrance'.  Now, obviously, not everyone will think of poppies, or even the First World War,when they think of Remembrance, you may think of a loved one or a special day, we want to see what it means to you.

I have a card to share with you today:

I recently had a little spending spree and treated myself to some masks and glitter texture pastes.  Clearly, I need to work on my technique but this was one of  my first attempt at using my new toys.  I added the red and green glitter paste through the mask.  I was surprized at how thickly it goes on and it took a long time to dry.

I first made the step card from a sheet of white linen texture card.  I layered the poppy image up on gold mirri and red card (honest it is red, as is the ribbon) , I also made a couple of little side panels and wrapped some red organza ribbon around them.  I then covered the front of the card with some more of the red card and put it all together.  Next came the 'Thank You' sentiment by Kanban Crafts and flat backed gems from my stash.  Finally, I made a little poppy our of glitter card and some black flat backed gems.

The rest of the Crafty Boots Design Team has been very busy making projects.  Please pop over and take a look when you are entering your projects.

Good luck.


Wednesday 5 November 2014

Back to School

Today my little nephew went back to school after his half term break.  I met up with him and his cousin one day last week and we had a fantastic day but they are growing up so fast, too fast if you ask me.

I had knitted my nephew a couple of cardigans for his school uniform and left them with his mum.  Judging by the way the temperature has plummeted this week I think he is going to need them.

I also made him a little card, which I should like to share with you today.

Th image is from Mo's Digital Pencil and is called "To School A".  I coloured it with Promarkers and mounted it on glod mirri and blue card.  The backing papers are by Dovecraft.

No matter how hard I try I cannot get my knitting projects to photograph nicely, there must be some trick to it but I cannot work out what it is.

I really  must get on with the cardigans I am making for his cousin.


Monday 3 November 2014

The Clarinet Player


I hope you had a fabulous weekend. It is amazing how quickly they seem to fly by, I cannot believe it is Monday already.

I have two special ladies to share with you today. The first is the latest member of the Crafty Boots Challenges Design Team. Chris Parker-Barnes is an awesome crafter and I am really looking forward to picking up a few tips from her.

Chris lives in New South Wales, Australia with her husband and 8 year old son. As well as crafting, Chris teaches piano and clarinet and ,in her free time, she enjoys swimming, bushwalking, going to the beach, and creating Raw Vegan recipes.

My second lady is this fabulous Saturated Canary image of Allie the clarinet player, just my way of saying welcome to Chris.

Once I had coloured the image with Promarkers I mounted it on gold mirri and blue card. The backing paper is by DoveCraft. I used a Sizzex Bigz die to cut the pink glitter hearts, The lace and flat backed gems are from my stash.

Dont' forget to enter your musical projects into this weeks Crafty Boots Challenge.

Good luck.


Saturday 1 November 2014

Pumpkin Fun

Well, everything was pretty manic yesterday and I did not have time to post the photos I took of my pumpkins.  So, apologies for being a day late with this post but here they are.

To be honest with you, the vomiting pumpkin got all of the attention, I felt a little sorry for the other one because it was completely overlooked.  

Last night probably saw the most little visitors I have every had on Halloween and I virtually ran out of chocolates, amazing when you think of how many I stated with and there are none left for me.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.