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.


Wednesday 30 March 2016

Lily, Bo and Peep

Welcome one, welcome all.  I hope you are feeling well today.

The theme of the current Crafty Boots Challenge is 'Spring is in the Air' and what says spring more than baby lambs and chicks?

This cute little Saturated Canary is called 'Lily, Bo and Peep'.  After colouring this sweet trio with Promarkers I mounted it on some Real Red card and some matching paper from Stampin' Up.  The lovely tulip paper is from a stack by Tim Coffey for K & Company.

The pretty lilies are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the sentiment is by Craftwork Cards.

Have a good day.


Monday 28 March 2016

Spring is in the Air

I am a little bit bleary eyed this morning from losing an hour's sleep this weekend, it always takes my body clock a few days to re-set.  However, the arrival of British Summer Time always heralds the arrival of spring.   The new Crafty Boots Challenge, which starts today, celebrates the start of spring - the theme for the next two weeks is 'Spring is in the Air'.

The last couple of days it has been very wet here and I suspect that April shows have blown in a few days early.  But, if you take a look about, there are plenty of signs that spring has arrived, for example it seems that there are daffodils everywhere.  A few years ago a lot of our local councils decided to prettify the roundabouts and verges by planting hundreds of daffodils, they have now multiplied and spread and now their pretty nodding heads are everywhere you go.

I think this lovely Sherbet Pip stamp is the perfect image to represent the arrival of spring, it is called 'Daffy Pip'.  

I coloured little Daffy with Promarkers and mounted her on some gold mirri and Garden Green card.  The coordinated backing papers are from Stampin' Up and the sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.  The little mulberry daffodils are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

The rest of the Crafty Boots Design Team have been busy little bees making pretty springtime projects, please make sure you take a look when you are there entering your projects.

Good luck.


Sunday 27 March 2016

Easter Bunny

Happy Easter Sunday.

I hope the Easter bunny left you at least one chocolate egg this morning.

Well, what a change in the weather.  Friday was a beautiful spring day, warm and sunny but yesterday was bitterly cold and windy and in the evening we had very heavy showers.  I wonder what today will bring?

 How are you planning to spend your day, relaxing at home?  Going to church?  Spending it with family?  Perhaps you are cooking a lovely lunch for 15 of your nearest and dearest?  I am being treated to lunch, lucky me!!

Today's card features an image called 'Easter Bunny' from Mo's Digital Pencil.  I coloured the image with Promarkers and Wink of Stella pens.  I then mounted it on silver mirri card and Night of Navy card from Stampin' Up.  The coordinated backing papers are also from Stampin' Up of course.  The bunny die is from a Cheery Lynn die.

Thank you for sticking with me through the seemingly endless posting saga, 15 cards posted in one week, it has been great fun and I hope you did not miss any.  I want to thank you for your supportive comments, I really appreciate each and every one.


Saturday 26 March 2016

Easter Bunny Bo Take II

Hello fellow bloggers, how has your day been?

I have another Easter card to share with you this afternoon.  I have lost count of how many Easter cards I have shared with you over the last couple of weeks, is anyone else keeping count?

This is another image from the Teddy Bo and Company stable, this one is called 'Easter Bunny Bo', unfortunately this is another of their retired images.  After colouring the image with Promarkers I mounted it on some sliver mirri and Night of Navy card from Stampin' Up.  The coordinated packing paper are also from Stampin' Up.  The Card Candy and ribbon is from my stash.

This posting marathon is almost over.  I have just one more Easter card to share with you and I shall be back in the morning to do that.

Have a good evening.


Easter Carly Take II

Good morning, I hope you are having a great weekend.  It was lovely here yesterday but I am told that it is all down hill from now and the weather will be wet and windy for the rest of the weekend.

I am hear this morning to share another of my Easter cards with you.  This one features 'Easter Carly' from Mo's Digital Pencil.

After colouring the image with Promarkers I mounted it onto Perfect Plum coloured card from Stampin' Up.  The matching polka dot paper and the zig zag  paper were also from Stampin' Up.  The other paper was from the Dovecraft Back to Basics IV stack.  The butterflies were die cut using a Sizzix die.  The Card Candy and flat backed gems were from my stash.

I shall be back with another card this afternoon but there is still time for you to enter your Easter projects in the current Crafty Boots Easter Challenge.


Friday 25 March 2016

Who Ate All The Eggs Bea?

Thank you so much for visiting my blog, I know it is a big ask at the moment because I am trying to post all of my Easter cards before the current Crafty Boots Challenge ends on Sunday.  I am so grateful  you are sticking with me.

I purchased this image, which is called 'Who Are All the Eggs', from Teddy Bo and Co some time ago but never had the chance to colour it before.  This year I was determined to make a card using it so I could share with you this year.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and Wink of Stella pens.  I mounted the image on gold mirri and Real Red card.  The coordinated backing papers were from Stampin' Up.  The eggs were cut with an X Cut die and the sentiment was made on my PC.

Enjoy the rest of the day.


Chocolate Pip Take II

Happy Good Friday.

Hot-cross buns! Hot-cross buns! 
One a penny, two a penny, Hot-cross buns,
If you have no daughters, give them to your sons,
One a penny, two a penny, Hot-cross buns!

Were you up early today to have warmed Hot-Cross buns with your breakfast?  A UK supermaket chain has been advertising bacon in your Hot-Cross bun - I am very tempted to try this but I have not quite plucked up the courage yet!

My card this morning features another of my favourite Easter images, this one is called Chocolate Pip and it is one of the Sherbet Pip range from Sugar Nellies.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and mounted it on Real Red card and gold mirri.  The coordinated backing paper is from Stampin' Up.  The little egg shapes were cut with an X Cut die, the bakers twine was from my stash and the sentiment was made on my computer.

You still have time to enter your Easter projects in the current Crafty Boots Challenge.


Thursday 24 March 2016

Who Ate All The Eggs Bo? Take II

This afternoon I have another of my favourite Easter Teddy Bo images, this one is called Who Ate all the Eggs.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and mounted it on some gold mirri card.  The backing papers are from Stampin' Up.  The Easter bunny die is from Cheery Lynn and the eggs are X-Cut.  I achieved the shadow effect on the bunny by slightly off setting a red die cut under the yellow one.  The glittery washie tapes are from a Forever Friends pack.

I had a lovely surprize in the post this morning, it was a fabulous Easter card from my good friend and Crafty Boots team mate.  Thank you so much for the awesome card and present Mrs Beez.

Don't forget to enter your Easter projects in the current Crafty Boots Challenge.


Easter Bunny Bea Take II

It is Maundy Thursday today.  I am not sure if it is correct or even appropriate to wish someone a happy Maundy Thursday, but I cannot see why not - Happy Maundy Thursday!

One of the things about seasonal cards is that you only get to use those images once a year and the Easter images are amongst my favourites.  Teddy Bea dressed as the Easter bunny has to be up there as a favourite of mine.

Easter Teddy Bea is from Teddy Bo and Co, I am not sure, but I think this image has now been retired.  I coloured the image with Promarkers and I added Wink of Stella to the eggs in her basket.  Both the backing papers and the matching Perfect Plum card, which I mounted the image on, were from Stampin' Up.  The ribbon was from my stash and the additional Easter eggs were cut using an X Cut die.

There is still time for you to enter your Easter projects in the current Crafty Boots Challenge.


Wednesday 23 March 2016

Easter Eggs

I hope your week has been going well, it is short week in the UK as Friday is a Bank Holiday.  I have been busy this week, I have been visiting family and having others visit me and consequently I am getting behind with my posting.

Here is a very quick and easy Easter card featuring some glitter card die cuts.

I used my new Presscut Center Stepper die to make the card blank, the panel dies are also included in the set.  The egg dies are a combination of X-Cut and Spellbinder and, I think, the butterflies are by Sizzix.  


Monday 21 March 2016

Easter Bunnies

It is week two of the Easter challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges.  I cannot believe Monday already, where did that week go?

My post today features some quick and easy Easter cards featuring my new Cheery Lynn Bunny Rabbit die.

Once I ha cut out all of the pieces, it was a matter of moments to put these cards together.  The egg shapes are from a X Cut nesting shape die and the butterflies are a Sizzix Thinlit die.

Don't forget to enter your Easter creations into the Crafty Boots challenge and, whilst you are there, have a look at the the card this week Guest Designer, Ina Twigt, made and there are more wonderful projects from the rest of the DT.


Friday 18 March 2016

Hoppy Easter

Welcome to my space, it is so nice to have visitors and I love the comments you leave, thank you.  I hope your week is going well, it is almost the weekend.

As you know, the theme of the current Crafty Boots Challenge is 'Easter' and I have a quick Easter card to share with you today.

Everything about this card has been die cut ... except from the sentiment of course.  I started with my new Presscut Center Stepper die to make the card blank.  I then used a Cheery Lynn Bunny Rabbit die and I cut the egg from a X Cut set of nesting egg shaped dies.  The green glitter fringe is an Alterations die.  I purchased the tiny paper dragon flies from a very nice lady on ebay.

Don't forget to pop over to the Crafty Boots blog and enter your Easter projects.


Wednesday 16 March 2016

Easter Challenge

A new challenge started at Crafty Boots Challenges on Monday, the theme for the next two weeks is 'Easter'.

This year seems to be flying by, it seems as if we have only just had Christmas and the New Year and now Easter is only a week or two away.  Not everyone sends Easter cards, although the giving of Easter Eggs is fairly widespread.  I have been doing a little reading into why we give chocolate eggs at Easter.  Apparently the church did not allow the consumption of eggs the week before Easter, so they were saved, decorated and then given to children on Easter Sunday.  The Victorians gave cardboard eggs containing Easter gifts.  With the development of chocolate, solid chocolate eggs were developed in Germany and Switzerland.

I make cards for close members of my family.  Over the years I have collected quite a few 'Easter' themed images, however, I have bought a few new ones for this year, this is my first of them:

This little sweetie is 'Murray' by Saturated Canary.  I coloured her with Promarkers and mounted the image on pewter coloured glitter card.  I covered an 8 x 8 card with blue polka dot paper.  I then got out my Big Shot and die cut some glittery eggs, butterflies, a green glitter fringe, a white picket fence and, finally, a large yellow rosette.

The Crafty Boots Design Team have been really busy, please make sure you take a look when you are there entering your Easter projects.

Good luck.


Sunday 13 March 2016

Frozen Birthday

Today is the fifth birthday of one of my little nieces.    I have never known a child so full of life, it literally bursts out of her and infects everyone else in the room, she is such a joy.  Like so many other little girls, she is obsessed with the Disney film Frozen and I am sure she will have lots of 'Frozen' presents today - I know I have bought her quite a few.

Of course her birthday card had to be of Elsa and Anna themed and I managed to find quite a few free colouring book images on-line.

After downloading the image I coloured it with Promakers and added lots of sparkle with both Wink of Stella pens and a clear Wink of Stella brush pen.  I then mounted the image on white glimmer papers and some blue glitter card.  The finishing touches came from some blue and yellow organza ribbons and silver glittery peel off snowflakes.  I made the birthday sentiment on the computer.

Recently her mum has been wowing us all with her amazing cake decorating skills but this Frozen cake has to be her crowning glory.  It took her ten hours to decorate and she was up all night.

I shall be back tomorrow with a new Crafty Boots Challenge, see you then.


Friday 11 March 2016

Fairy Lanterns

It was a lovely day here yesterday, almost like spring, when I went out I did not even need a coat.  I hope it lasts for the weekend.

I am back today with day 3 of my easy gift ideas.  These lovely candle jars were inspired by Nichola Battilana.

Nicola used Kilner jars for her tutorial but, because I do a lot of pickling every autumn, I have a large box of these jars and it made sense to use these rather than buying the relatively expensive Kilner jars.  However, it looks quite nice to have a cluster of matching different sized jars.

Before starting this project I bought myself a Tonic Fairy Breena die, however the die cut was rather chunky and I did not like the way it looked in the jar, so I went on-line and ordered some Silhouettes fairies, this one was called Sitting Fairy.

I glued the Silhouette fairy to the inside of the jar and held it in place until it dried.  Next I coated the outside of the jar with Mod Podge and white tissue paper.  Once this was dry, I added glitter to the top and bottom edges of the jar, I added only a little glue to the centre of the jar, this was because I did not want to block out too much candle light.

I dropped a battery powered tea light into the jar before wrapping ribbon and white twine around the rim and putting on the lid.  I popped a little fairy charm onto the twine.

There is still time to add your projects to the current Crafty Boots Challenge.

Good luck.


Thursday 10 March 2016

Fabric Covered Note Books

I am back today with another of my little gift ideas.  As I explained yesterday, I have been looking for little gift ideas for ladies, today I should like to share with you a notebook and 'Post It' duo.  I took my inspiration for these two projects from Jessika Taynara.

I chose two contrasting fabrics for the covers.  My starting point for the notebook was to cut the pages from copy paper.  I cut three double pages and stitched them through the centre.  You can make these any size you would like, I made mine 9.5 cm x 9.5 cm.  I made half a dozen of these little pads and held them together with a clip

I cut the card for the cover 10 cm x 10 cm and a narrow strip for the spine.  I made the outer cover in one piece.  The inner cover was made as individual panels, these were glued to the outer cover after running the ribbon in between.   However, if I should make these again, I think I would make the inner cover in one piece as well.  Finally, I glued the pages to the spine - keeping the pages clipped together until the glue had dried.

The cover for the Post It pad was made slightly different because I wanted to attached the pad by the bottom of the pad and, of course, the size was dictated by the size of the Post It pad.

I completed my notebooks by attaching some No 5 Forever Flowers to the covers.  

There is still time for you to enter your projects in the current Crafty Boots challenge.  I hope these notebooks have given you some ideas.


Wednesday 9 March 2016

Chocolate Box

The current challenge at Crafty Boots Challenge was inspired by Mothering Sunday last weekend, the theme is 'Something for the Lady'.  For weeks, I have been searching the internet looking for little gift ideas for mum.  Unfortunately, I was laid low last week with a bug and never got the opportunity to share with you some of the great ideas I found.

Today I would like to show you, what is possibly my favourite gift idea, probably because I know my mother would have loved it, she adored dark chocolate.  I got the idea for this completely edible box of chocolates from Elise Strachan.

The chocolate box shell was made from three 100g bars of dark chocolate.  I bought a forth bar just in case I had an accident.  Thank goodness I did, I completely wrecked the first bar when I tried to cut it, I guess cutting chocolate is more difficult than it looks.  It turns out the trick is to heat the blade of your knife and allow it to melt it's way through the chocolate.

All of my chocolate bars had five squares by two.  For the bottom of the box I removed two of the end squares, these would become one of the ends to the box, I did the same with the lid.  I cut the third bar in half legnth ways (as well as taking off the end squares).  I used my ruined bar of chocolate to join all the sides - melt the chocolate and pipe the warm chocolate where you want the sides to go.  I used a caramel filled chocolate for the handle and I drizzled a little of the dark chocolate over the top.

Finally, I filled the box with more of the caramel filled chocolates, strawberries and some of the ambassadors favourite chocolates.

There is still plenty of time to enter your Crafty Boots Challenge.


Tuesday 8 March 2016

Red High Heels

Today is International Woman's Day and perhaps it is not entirely a coincidence that the current Crafty Boots Challenge is 'Something for the Lady'.

A few weeks ago I made several cards using die cuts, when I was tidying my desk up afterwards I found that I had several bits and pieces left over. I put this quick birthday card together using those left overs, there is nothing here which was not in my 'Left Over' box.

I used some embossed Real Red card for the background and added two Tattered Lace High Heel Glam Stiletto Shoe dies. I then added the butterfly boarder by Joy Craft. Finally, I added several daisies made from Joy Crafts Flower Daisy die and some white brads.

Not bad for something which on another day might have been destined for the bin.

Thank you for dropping by today.


Monday 7 March 2016

60th Birthday Step Card

I hope you had a good weekend, it is still very cold here and we had sleet for a while yesterday.
It was Mothering Sunday yesterday and I hope you were spoilt by your family, even if you do not live in the UK, after all it does not have to be a special day to be treated by those who love us.

I still have the tail end of that cold and cough and will be so happy when it goes.  Unfortunately, I have not felt much like crafting over the last couple of weeks and I am very behind with things, I need to get busy.  A little bit of sunshine and a large portion of inspiration is what I need now.

I mentioned last week that I have a lot of 'big' birthday's coming up and I have been using the Stampin' Up Balloon Celebration bundle to make some of these cards, nothing seems to say party quite like balloons.  I made this card for one of my cousins, I have quite a large extended family, which is great when we all get together but it does mean lots of birthday and Christmas cards.

(Unfortunately, the lighting here has been so bad recently and this photo does not really do justice to the card.)

I used the balloon stamps in the bundle to make this card, all of the balloons are actually different colours but you cannot really see this from this photo - Cherry Cobbler, Raspberry Ripple, Real Red, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Night of Navy, Midnight Muse and Perfect Plum.  There is a bow in the set but I did not like it so I glued this tiny yellow bows over the top.

I went to town with my Spellbinder dies to make the white and bronze glitter card mats and the glossy rose paper is from a Santoro paper stack.  I cheated with the '60' and used peel-offs.

It is time for our mid challenge reminder at Crafty Boots Challenges, the theme of this challenge is 'Something for the Lady'.  No male cards allowed for this challenge, we have had some gorgeous entries but there is still lots of time to add your projects.