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.


Friday 25 August 2023

A Very Pink Dragon Card

We have a Bank Holiday weekend coming up, fingers crossed the good weather lasts - there is a rumour that rain is on its way but, on the other hand, we never got all that dreadful rain last week!

I'm still loving my new dragon dies.  They are so simple and look so good once they are die cut and placed a simple background.

This fabulous Chinese dragon is just one of the dragons in a four pack I bought from Amazon, which incidentally is also where the sentiment die also came from.  The backing paper is from my stash - all so deliciously girly!

Have a great weekend.


Wednesday 23 August 2023

Pink Lorry, Blue Lorry, Too Much Pink?

This is one of those cards which looks better in the flesh .... well, at least I hope so.

I have been playing with my new metal dies and bling metallic card, lots of layers and bright colours.

I made the card for my brother-in-law, who drives a lorry for living.  However, I did not send it to him this year, I think there is a perhaps a little something missing so I thought I would find out what you think.  Should I take it apart and mount the pink layer on to some black card?  Or was the pink a bad ideal all round?  What do you think?


Monday 21 August 2023

Nature Always Wears the Colours of the Spirit

 I have another of my fantasy flower cards to share with you today.  One of these day I am going to clear a way to all of my craft boxes and be able to tell you where I got them from and who made them.

I made a very simple DL fold card and used one of the backing papers from the kit.  Then I turned it on its side and popped two of the pre-coloured images from the kit.  The sentiments are not quite my cup of tea but it does work!

I hope you have a good week.


Friday 18 August 2023

Look Out, Look Out There's a Cat About!

I just love these cheeky cat dies and find them very amusing.

I think they work well on a DL size card.  I die cut the metallic blue square and layered them beneath the dark grey cat heads, which are also die cut.

They are so amusing and what a great way to start the weekend!


Wednesday 16 August 2023

More mystery flowers today.  This time I have stacked them into a pyramid using 3D spacer foam.  The kit is a bit of a mystery too.  I purchased it many, many years ago from either C&C or QVC and it is therefore most likely to be from either Hunkydory Crafts or Kanban Crafts - sadly it was so long ago, I cannot recall!

All of the elements in this card came from the kit, which would explain why everything goes together so well.

Enjoy the rest of your week, I hear that this lovely weather is not going to last and rain is on it's way ..... at least, that is what my knee joints are telling me!


Wednesday 9 August 2023

Little Maids in a Row

Life takes unexpected turns from time to time and we have very little control when it does.  One or two of you know that we have been living with some builders and they have turned the house upside down.  The job, and the subsequent mess, is taking much longer than expected.  The contents of both the kitchen and bathroom are boxed up and stored all over the house and we seem to spend our lives walking around saying to one another have you see this or that.

One of the first things I packed away was all of my knitting and spare yarn.  There was no way I wanted plaster dust getting into those particular bags.  This means that they are all at the very back of the spare room and I have no way of getting to them without moving everything else.  Whilst I know they are safe there, I am unable to get to the finished items to photograph them and this is why all of my posts this week will be of cards and these are cards I made a few weeks ago because all of my card making stash is also carefully packed away.

This also explains why I cannot go and check the box these elements came in to see who made the kits or whether I bought them from QVC or C&C.  I can say with certainty that I have had them a really long time, tucked away out of sight and virtually forgotten about.

I believe these images were intended to be used as a pyramid stack, but we are all very conscious of how much cards cost to mail these days, and I try to think of designs where the card remain reasonably flat so they do not attract additional postage. 

All of the elements used to make this card came from the kit.


Monday 7 August 2023

The Little Blue Dragon

Once upon a time there was a little blue dragon who wanted nothing more that to make someone smile when they opened their birthday card!

Umm, the older I get, the worse I seem to be at popping cards in the post with sufficient time to arrive on the day.  I therefore found myself, once again, in need of a quick birthday card.  So, I got out my go to for quickie cards, metal dies.  This little guy is part of a set of four dragon dies, which I found on Amazon. I cut the dragon from some blue metallic card.  I then mounted the whole thing on some more of the blue card.  I cut the sentiment, which also came from Amazon, from a scrap of card I had left over.

Just off to the post box.


Friday 4 August 2023

Unknown Flower

I am back today to share with you a card I made using a kit I bought many years  ago from one of the shopping channels.  Each time I look at these cards I hope that it will pop into my head who made them, but I have nothing, sorry.

I am not a very good gardener and I have no idea if these are real flowers, or if the artist made them-up.  They sort of remind me of asters, what do you think?

I made a double tent fold card, all of the elements came from the kit.  I wanted to keep the card as flat as possible for posting, so I split the pyramid elements and placed the largest piece on the back fold and the other two in the front.

I hope you have a good weekend.


Wednesday 2 August 2023

The Last of the Dolls Clothes

I suspect that you will be delighted to hear that this is my final post of dolls clothes, but don't get too excited because I can now start showing you all of the premature baby clothes I have made.

I discovered this pattern whilst searching for premature baby patterns, it is from Dolliebabies Knits for Newborns.  This pattern is knitting pattern 013 vest and cardigan set - obviously, I did not make the vest this time.

I made this set with 3 ply yarn, making it smaller than the pattern, and therefore more suitable for a doll.