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.
Monday 29 February 2016
Friday 26 February 2016
It is so annoying, I had a few ideas for projects I would have liked to have made for the current 'No Stamps Allowed' Crafty Boots Challenge but, because of my cold, I just have not had the energy to get out my craft stuff to make them (I think this is the point where I am suppose to add a sad little face).
However, I made this card before I got the lurgy.
Monday 22 February 2016
Two of my passions are card making and Crafty Boots Challenges, where the current theme is 'No Stamps Allowed', that is both rubber/cling type stamps and digital stamps. This has given me the opportunity to have a rummage amongst my stash and make use of some of my favourite dies.
I must apologies for the quality of these photos, I am quite convinced that my skills with the camera are getting worse.
Wednesday 17 February 2016
I think the first time I saw this style it was a New Baby card, but since I have seen a lot which say NOEL and every Christmas I think that this year I will have a go at making some, but never do. These are my first attempt and, once I had worked out all of the dimensions, they were a lot of fun to make
Monday 15 February 2016
This is quite a challenge for me, as you know, I almost always use stamps in my work. For many years it was wood mounted rubber stamps and eventually the lovely Stephanie-Emma convinced me that digital stamps were not the devil and, if I am honest, I was soon head over heals about them. No more smudging, no more inky fingers, no clearing up the mess, plus you can make them any size you like.
However, for the next two weeks I need to think of others ways to create a card and I thought dies. I have a very large collection of metal dies, about a third of which I have probably never used.
However, I do love my butterfly dies and have quite a large collection of them. This card features two of them - The first is a Memory Box die and the second is by Joy Crafts. I started with a 6 x 6 blanks card, which I then covered the front with some lilac pearlised card. Next I cut the Memory Box butterfly from the same pearlised card and the Joy Craft edge butterfly was cut from white card.
I attached the edge die to some white card and created a wrap, leaving the lilac card to show through the cut away parts of the edge die. I attached the Memory Box die to the card and finished it off with some lilac flat backed gems.
My team mates have come up with other ways to avoid your stamps and yet still make lovely cards, make sure you check out the Crafty Boots Challenges blog and see them for yourself when you enter your projects.
Friday 12 February 2016
As you may know, the theme of the current Crafty Boots Challenge is 'Love is in the Air'. I have another of my Design Team cards to share with you today.
I hope you have a fabulous weekend in store.
Thursday 11 February 2016
I went for a very CAS look to this card, using one of Stampin' Up's Gorgeous Grunge stamps. I created the background with distress inks. The flat backed pearls and sentiment came from my stash.
This card may have a very simplistic look but it was an awful lot of fun to create.
Wednesday 10 February 2016
You may have seen from an earlier post that I ran out of ink for my printer the other day, so whilst I am waiting for the replacement cartridges to arrive I have raided my stash of bits and bobs. These have been in a folder for a long time waiting for me to get around to making them into a card (actually there is more than one folder) - I do not know whether others have a pile like this, or if it is just me. Consequently, I am not sure where anything came from from. I coloured the image with Promarkers and I popped a little Glossy Accents on her hair bands. I mounted the image on some silver mirri and Night of Navy card, which I had embossed.
Over at Crafty Boots Challenges the current challenge is titled 'Love is in the Air'. I hope you will have the opportunity to enter some of your own work.
Monday 8 February 2016
The card I should like to share with you today features one of Saturated Canaries images called Canary Love. I coloured the image with Promarkers, as you can see, I decided that a little dove is slightly more romantic than a canary. I then mounted the image on some silver mirri and some pink card.
I wanted to print the Digi Rainbow's Love Letters backing paper in pink for this card, however, bad timing, I ran out of ink as I printed the paper. Mind you, I rather liked the effect and decided to use it anyhow. The paper lillies are from Wild Orchid Crafts, I punched the leaves using a Martha Stuart punch and two Xcut dimensional embossing punches. The twine, glass headed pins, heart charm and yellow bows are from my stash.
We have a wonderful Guest Designer today as well as some fabulous projects from our Design Team. But don't take my word for it, make sure you pop over to the Crafty Boots Challenges blog and see for yourself.
Thursday 4 February 2016
The current challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is 'Love is in the Air'. This challenge is about love and romance and not just St Valentin's Day. My card today is for a wedding we are going to later this year.
Monday 1 February 2016
My card today is intended for St Valentine's Day but this challenge is not only about that special day for the romantics, but also wedding days, engagements, wedding anniversaries etc.