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, 15 February 2016

No Stamps Allowed

It is time for a new challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges.  For the next two weeks my very talented team mate, Lisette, is asking you to put away your stamps (this includes both rubber/cling stamps as well as digital stamps).

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.

Good luck.



  1. Gorgeous! I love how the die cut border looks against the pearlescent card. I forgot this challenge was my idea!!!! xx

    1. Thank you Lisette. When I bought this edge die everyone was using it 'off page' but I found it became dog-eared very quickly and a nightmare to find an envelope for. So it was pushed to bottom of the box until I saw something like this on Pinterest.

      I had problems working out how to attach everything, but now I have a mini book going on and could use this card to send a nice chatty note to someone.

      Dionne xx


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