Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. I am married to a very understanding man. Thank goodness he is because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting.

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Monday, 5 December 2016


December and the countdown to Christmas has started in earnest.  Only last week I had been smugly sitting back congratulating myself on how well I am doing with all of my Christmas preparations but with the arrival of Advent I start panicking because I suddenly realise that actually I have so much still to do and little more than two weeks to do it in.

I have so many little traditions in the run up to Christmas, the first of these is the Crafty Boots Christmas Challenge.   For the next two weeks we are hoping that you will share all of your Christmas projects with us.  You can use any materials you like, to make anything you like, for example, a card, an altered box, a gift bag, an ACT, a scrapbook page, an inchie, just as long as there is a Christmas connection.

One of my other traditions is the giving and receiving of Advent calenders, not the tear off the door and eat the chocolate type but the collect together lots of smallish objects and wrap them up and place them in a suitable container type.  Some of you may remember that last year I decided to make a padded box for the presents I was giving to my bestest and oldest friend.  I decided to do this again this year.  The box I made this year is slightly larger than the one I made last year, so they will stack or nest, whichever she wants to do with them.

I cut the panels for the box from the type of card you can buy for mounting pictures, this was because I needed nice thick card to make a sturdy box.  I then attached the lining fabric to the panels using Pritt Stick, it is amazing what a great bond it forms and it does not mark the fabric if you get a bit messy.

I then hand stitched all of the panels together, this can be pretty time consuming and harsh on my poor finger tips but it cannot be done any other way.  I use wadding to give the lid a lovely cushioned look.  Next I covered the outside with a contrasting material, this is again hand stitched.  I love all of the sparkly gold in this fabric.

Finally, I added a little decoration to the lid, just to give it that extra Christmassy feel.  The berries and pine cones are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the cinnamon sticks and cute Gingerbread Man were from my local supermarket.  The ribbons were from my stash.

I have been so lucky this year, I was given not one, but two Advent calenders.  I know, how spoilt am I?  The first was from my lovely friend and Crafty Boots Team Mate Lisette (aka Mrs Beez).

Each night you light a little tea light candle in the dish on the top, isn't it adorable?  Watch out for my other Advent calender later in the week, it is sooooo cute, you will not want to miss it.

The rest of the Crafty Boots Team have been very busy making Christmas items, why not pop over to the blog and take a look, and don't forget to link to your Christmas projects.

May I wish you the compliments of the Season.


Friday, 2 December 2016

Elegant Christmas Tree

Can you believe it, December already, oww that gives me an anxious feeling.  That well know phrase springs to mind ' So much to do, so little time'.

The current Crafty Boots Challenge is 'See the Woods for the Trees' and it has given me the perfect excuse to make a couple of much needed Christmas cards.

This gorgeous stylised Christmas tree is from Delicious Doodles.  I coloured it with Promarkers and added glitter to the decoratons and deep red gems.  It is so sad the glitter does not show up on this photograph.

I mounted the image on some silver mirri and also on some Real Red card.  I found the fabulous backing paper in my stash, the sentiment is from Craftwork Cards and the flowers. leaves and berries are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Don't forget to enter your Christmas tree designs in this Crafty Boots Challenge.

Good luck.


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Deck the Halls

Thank you for visiting today and, if it is your first time here, welcome.  I hope what you see will encourage you to visit again.  Please feel free to say hello below, I would love to hear from you.

The current Crafty Boots Challenge is called 'See the Woods for the Trees', in other words trees or wood texture.  Today I have an image with a rather unconventionally decorated Christmas Tree, so cute.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and then mounted it on some gold mirri card and also on some pumpkin coloured card.  I found the backing paper in my stash - it even had a little sentiment.

The flowers, leaves and berries are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Enter your Christmas Trees in this Crafty Boots Challenge.

Good luck.


Monday, 28 November 2016

I Had a Little Nut Tree

I hope everything is good for you, it is such a busy time for me and I am reaching that time of year where sleep becomes a luxury.  It is alread time for the Crafty Boots 'Mid Challenge Reminder', the theme for the current Challenge is 'See the Wood for the Trees.

This week I have been rather cheeky and used the theme of this challenge as an excuse to get on with my Christmas cards.

This has to be one of my favourite Christmas images, it is 'Little Nut Tree' from Delicious Doodles, I think it is so simple yet very elegant.

I coloured the image with Promarkers (I added a little glitter to my silver nutmeg) and then mounted on some siler mirri and green card.  The backing paper is from a HouseMouse CD and the sentiment is from Craftwork Cards and the red carnations are from Wild Orchid Crafts of course.

This week Crafty Boots Challenges are so lucky, we have two fabulous Guest Designers Branka and Deanne.  Make sure you pop across and take a look at their mzing work for yourself.

Have a great week.


Friday, 25 November 2016

Woodland Owl

Hello and welcome to my blog.  As regular visitors know the current Crafty Boot Challenge is rather enigmatically titled 'See the Wood for the Trees' but it is rather simple really, it just means use images of trees or wood textures, or even something wooden, in your project.

I am afraid that the tree branches in this design are difficult to see because the backing paper is very delicate but trust me they are there, the backing paper is covered in trees and branchesl, it is not helped by the poor quality photograph.  I thought I had solved the problem of my photos by changing the bulb in my craft light .... maybe not.

The backing paper is one of the designs from one of my favourite paper stacks - The Promise by First Edition.  I also embossed some marbled paper with a wood grain effect before cutting the banner shape from it.  The Owl stamp was a freebe I got in a magazine many years ago and have never used before, isn't he cute?

The tiny butterfly is from a Stampin' Up Beautiful Wings Embosslits die and the sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.  The ribbon, charm and gems are from my stash.

Have a great weekend.


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Agapanthus Anniversary Card

Thank you for dropping by today, I look forward to your visits and would love for you to leave a comment and say hello.

I have been wanting this Stampendous 'Agapanthus Cluster' stamp for the longest time but there was always something I needed more but I took the plunge a few weeks ago and ordered it.

I used Promarkers to colour the stamp and mounted it on some silver mirri and SU Wisteria Wonder card.  The backing papers are also by Stamping Up.

The little butterfly dies are by Stamping Up (Beautiful Wings Embosslits) and Memory Box (Kaleidoscope Butterfly).

Have a great day.


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Three Little Butterflies

As regularly visitors will know, the current Crafty Boots Challenge is 'See the Wood for the Trees'.  The inspiration for my card today is a holiday we took in Rhodes many years ago.  We went for a walk through the woods in a valley and the whole place was smothered in butterflies - even us.  You will not be surprized to hear that it was called The Valley of the Butterflies.

I think that I must have been thinking about several of the recent Crafty Boots challenges when I made this card and combined them in this single card - 'Pink', 'Things with Wings' and the current challenge 'See the Wood for the Trees'.

I ran some pale pink paper through my Big Shot in the Stampin' Up Woodland Embossing folder.  I then mounted it on some Razzleberry coloured card and some checkered pink paper from DoveCraft.  I die cut the butterflies using a Stampin' Up die and added some small pink pearls to their centre.  Finally I added some pink ribbon.