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, 26 May 2014

Apple Blossom

Thank you for stopping by today and a special welcome to anyone who has found their way here via the Crafty Boots Challenges blog.

There is a new challenge starting at Crafty Boots Challenges today. The theme for the next two weeks is 'Butterflies and Bees', this theme was chosen by my good friend and the very talented Lisette, aka Mrs Beez. If you have ever seen any of Lisette's work, you would have discovered that she has something of an obsession for both butterflies and bees, so it came as no surprize when she chose this theme. 

Over the years I have made countless projects featuring butterflies and even one or two with bees. So why is it, when I really want to make something special, that my mind went completely blank? In the end, I resorted to a tour of Pintrest seeking inspiration.

I was a little anxious before starting this card because it is somewhat outside my comfort zone but, once I got down to it, I really enjoyed making it.

I wanted to make this card with just one colour - plus white, although I did use a couple of different sheets of white card (a plain, a hammered and a linen look) to try to create a contrast.

I used a sheet of Stampin' Up Raspberry Ripple card for the mount and the matching colour ink to distress the edges of the butterflies, flowers and leaves. I dropped the butterfly bodies directly onto the ink pad to get the strongest possible colour.

I added small pink jeweled brads to the centre of the flowers and butterflies.

Oh, by the way the flourish and leaf die is from Cheery Lynn and the butterfly dies are Memory Box. Finally, the flowers are a Martha Stuart punch.

Please take a look at the inspirational projects made by the rest of the Crafty Boots Challenges design team.

Good luck with your entry.


Friday, 16 May 2014

Blue and White Letter

Good morning

Thank you for dropping by.  The current Challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is 'Blue and White' and today I wanted to share with you an initial letter 'N' covered in blue and white buttons.

I was so pleased with how this one turned out.

I purchased an 8 inch MDF letter from Barry on ebay.  I gave it a coat of Gesso and, once that was dry, I painted it light blue using acrylic paint.  I also purchased a bag of mixed blue buttons from ebay and used these to cover the painted letter, the bag of buttons contained some very interesting shapes and textures.  Once everything was dry I cleaned any excess glue from the surface.  

Don't forget to enter your blue and white projects into the Crafty Boot Challenge.


Monday, 12 May 2014

Blue and White


How was your weekend? It was cold, wet and very windy where I was, in fact, we even had hailstones a few times. I am hoping that the weather will improve this week.

A new challenge starts at Crafty Boots Challenges today. For the next two weeks the theme, which has been set by the very talented Zoe, is BLUE AND WHITE. Zoe has three great passions in her life, he family, crafting and football. Blue and white just happens to be the colours of her favourite team.

A little bird tells me that it is also Zoe's birthday this week.  Happy birthday Zoe.

My blue and white card features this super cute image from Tebby Bo & Co and is called 'What a Jolly Present'.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and then mounted it on silver mirri and blue pearlescent card.  The polka dot backing paper is from Dovecraft and the one with words is from a Forever Friends New Baby stack.  I then added the number 4, which is from Kanban Crafts, and the sentiment, which is a stamp from Stampin' Up.

Please take a look at the inspirational projects made by the rest of the Crafty Boots Challenges design team.

Good luck.


Monday, 5 May 2014

Pink Baby Fairy

Welcome to my blog and many thanks for taking the time to visit today.

This weekend we have been enjoying some lovely sunshine although there is still a chill in the air.  The swallows have been here a week or two now and are busy building nests but I have not seen the swifts yet this year.  Summer is on it's way at last.

I recently bought several baby fairy images from Mo's Digital Pencil and they have been delightful to colour.

I kept the design quite simple, the pink polka dot paper is from Dovecraft and the pink ribbon and gems are from my stash.  The sentiment is by Craftwork Cards and I used Promarkers to colour the image.

I hope you will drop by again soon and please feel free to leave a comment .... especially if it a nice comment, te he.


Friday, 2 May 2014

What, Another Year Older!


As we head for another Bank Holiday weekend in the UK I have a special birthday card to share with you today.

I made this card for a wonderful person and one of my very best friends, my sister.  As we grew up I saw this expression on her face more than once and as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to make a card for her using the image.

The image is called Mariko is Mad and it is from Mo's Digital Pencil.  After colouring it with Promarkers I mounted it on gold mirri card and some papers from my stash.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend.