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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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Gold Swallowtail Butterfly

A new challenge has started at Crafty Boots Challenges, for the next two weeks we are asking you to share with us your gold and/or silver projects .

After all of the Christmas cards I have made this month it was very hard to think of a non-Christmas design.  In the end I looked for inspiration in my favourite Stampin' Up Swallowtail Butterfly stamp.  I really love working with this stamp, no matter how you use it, it always looks fabulous.  I had never tried it in a metallic colour before and I was delighted with the effect.

There is a lot of fine detail in this stamp so I decided to use gold ink rather than emboss it as I find that embossing can sometimes loose that detail.  The drawback of the gold ink is that it seems to take forever to dry and I ended up with it all over my fingers and fingerprints on my card.  Luckily, I manage to get rid of the fingerprints with a pencil eraser.

I stamped the image onto some linen effect card ad then layered it with gold mirri card.  The sentiment is a Stampin' Up stamp.  The champagne coloured flat backed gems are from Kanban Crafts.

The Crafty Boots Design Team has been busy making some very glitzy inspirational projects, please make sure you take a peek when you enter your projects in the challenge.

Good Luck.



  1. This is beautiful. Your layering is so neat and accurate too xx

    1. Ah, you are too kind, it is all done by eye!

      Dionne xx


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