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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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Art Chain - Day 7 or Those Projects That Didn't Quite Make It

Since I started blogging I have posted almost 500 projects, selecting just 15 from these has been almost impossible.  Today I thought I would finish this rummage through the archives with those projects that only just missed out.

From Valentine's 2013 an altered matchbox I titled 'The Key to my Heart'.

I covered the box with paper and distressed it with Wild Honey and a little glitter. I added some silver net and a brad for a handle. The tiny rose buds are from Wild Orchid Crafts. 

I stamped this Stampin'Up Swallowtail Butterfly stamp twice and coloured both identically with my Promarkers. I then cut them out and glued them back to back. Once it was dry I carefully curved and raised the wings.  I made the card from a sheet of pearlised card and half a sheet of acetate. I cut the card and punched the edges with a Martha Stewart punch. I attached the butterfly by the body to the front of the card.

This Heritage cross stitch chart by John Clayton featuring Thread Bears called 'Scattered Poppies'.I have stitched it on 32 count even weave fabric.   I love this series of charts, they are so beautiful to make and the only backstitching is around the 'glass eyes' the rest is down to the brilliant design. 

I stamped these Personal Impressions dandelions stamps onto some dark brown pearlised card using Versamark, I then sprinkled it with Stamp n Bond and melted it with my heat gun. Next, I covered it with gilding flakes and took off the excess with a brush.  I mounted it on some gold mirri board and placed it onto some dark brown glitter card from Dovecraft. I added some sparkly organza ribbon and the dragonfly charm.

This Mo's Digital Pencil, the image is called 'Bunches'.  I coloured the image with Promarkers then mounted it on silver mirri and copper coloured glitter card. The backing paper is a frosted gold card.   I cut the butterflies from silver and red glitter card. The flowers and hat pins are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

For this silver anniversary card I used a sheet of Claritystamp double sided adhesive and stamped it with this old Stampendous bells and ribbons stamp.  Stamping the image on one side of the sheet of double sided adhesive and left it to dry. Once dry, I covered the image with a sheet of acetate. Turning the sheet over, I carefully cut out the image with my craft knife. I removed the ribbon and confetti sections from the backing sheet (taking care to leave the paper covering the bells and the background in place) and covered the exposed area with gold gilding flakes. Once this was done I was able to remove the rest of the backing paper and cover the remaining area with silver leaf.

The trouble with this type of exercise is that the more you look the more you want to include.  I started this post determined to only include 3 projects but as I flicked though all of my photos I saw more and more I wanted to include.  Some of the projects were included because I tried out a technique I had never done before.  Others because they are close to my heart.  

I hope you have enjoyed my little wander down memory lane.  If you think you might enjoy doing the same, today I nominate you to join the Art Chain.



  1. A wonderful bunch of projects Dionne! Over 500 creations you say! Holy geez, I'm not sure I even have that many ideas in my head! Well done, hugs :)

    1. Funny you should say that, just recently I have been struggling to be original. Although my friends on Facebook have been pressing m to continue my review, I think this will have to be the last, I need to get back to Crafty Boots stuff tomorrow.


  2. What fantastic projects! suchg wonderful work, you are very talented
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  3. Hi Jacee. That is very kind of you to say so.



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