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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Friday, 26 August 2016

Scenic ATCs

Emm, I was supposed to have published this post last Friday.  Opps, sorry!

Anyone who visits my blog regularly could not fail to notice that I have been very enamoured with Delicious Doodles artist, Teri Sherman's, scenic images.  Whilst making the postcard I posted last week, it occurred to me that it might be fun to shrink the images and turn them into ACTs.

It wasn't that easy to get the size right because all of the images as different sizes and then, of course, it is a bit hit and miss lining them up on the Sizzix Bigz die, but I eventually got there.

This image of Gordon Castle and it's garden is called 'Scottish Castle and Gardens'.  I coloured it with F&C pencils and added a little die cut butterfly in the corner.

The next Delicious Doodles image is of the Craigellachie's Telford Bridge called 'Craigellachie Bridge'.  Again I coloured it with my polychromos pencils and added a little die cut butterfly in the corner. 

Next up is an image of Eilean Donan, one of Scotlands many picturesque castles, this is called 'A Scottish Castle'.  I coloured it with F&C pencils and again added a little die cut butterfly in the corner. 

The next image is of The Gordon Arm'e Hotel in Fochabers, it is called 'Vintage/Victorian High Street'.  Once again I coloured it with my polychromos pencils and added a little die cut butterfly.

Finally, Fochabers Old Spey Bridge, this one is called 'Vintage Anglers/Fisherman'.  Coloured with F&C pencils and again I added a little die cut butterfly in the corner.  

This was a bit of a challenge but great fun.  There are a lot more of these images on the Delicious Doodles site, I think I wil do this again with some of the other images.


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Mini Photo Album

For those of you following my saga of the current heatwave I can report that the predicted thunder storms arrived last night, there was not a lot of thunder but when it went, it went on for ages each time and it was deafeningly loud.  We have had more storms this morning and the temperature has dropped.  It is now bright and sunny and very pleasant.

I recently saw a very attractive photograph album on YouTube, it reminded me of the little album I was given when I left my last job, my colleagues has used it as an autograph book and had filled it with messages of goodwill.

It gave me an idea to make an album for the snaps I took at the recent wedding of my niece.  I based my designed  on this mini album, which I made a couple of years ago ....

This mini album only had half a dozen pages so I needed to come up with a design with more pages, this made me think of the autograph book I was given when I left my old job.  That album had a hinged arrangement and, in theory at least, using this design I could add as many pages as I wanted.

I gave my album twenty A5 pages, I left small spaces between each page so I could comfortably add embellishments to decorate the pages.

I used extra thick card to make the cover, it was part of the packaging from my Stampin' Up Glimmer Paper which I had hung on to.  I covered it with papers from my current favourite paper stack - The Promise by First Edition. 

I decided to use different coloured card for my pages and whilst they are all an identical size, gluing them so they looked the same size was somewhat problematic.  I am sure practice would make perfect ..... eventually!

Here is a close up of the hinge.  (Which I based on hinge of the autograph album - its pages were all perfectly aligned!)

If you look very closely you will spot that this photograph is being held in place but some low tack tape.  The reason for this is because when I printed the photographs for this album my printer ran out of ink and I only managed to print 18 of the 40 photographs I intended to put into this album.  When the replacement ink arrives, I will print the rest of the snaps and move everything into their final positions.  I will then decorate the pages with butterflies, flowers, hearts etc.

Now, there was another reason I made this mini album this week, over at Crafty Boots Challenges the theme of the current challenge is 'Anything But a Card'.  There is still plenty of time for you to enter your project into this challenge

Good luck.


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Anime ATCs

They were right about the heat yesterday and the temperature did not seem to drop much overnight - there was little sleep to be had last night.  They are saying that it could be even hotter today but there are also predictions of thunderstorms this evening.

Enough of my weather forecast, the current Crafty Boots Challenge is 'Anything But a Card', so I took the opportunity to make a few ATC's.  I came to ATCs rather late in life but I love them now.  Sadly, because I came to it all so late no one else is swapping ATCs now!  On the up side, it means I get to keep all of these to myself.

In the past I have made my ATCs in sets of six, there has been no reason for this, just that it seemed a nice number.  However, I only have two cards in this set ... but I may add to this set at a later date.

These two little anime characters are from Funky Kits in the Sugar Nellies range.

The first stamp is called Dreamy, I coloured her with Promarkers and sat her on some washi tape.  The backing card is from Stampin' Up, I added some faux pearls and an ice cream cone from my little sweetie collection.

This second stamp is called Manga Girl II, I also coloured her with Promarkers and sat her on some washi tape.  The backing card is from Stampin' Up, I added some faux pearls and a strawberry ice cream slice from my little sweetie collection.

These were great fun to make and I shall be on the look out for opportunities to add to this collection.


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Poppy Bookmark

It is incredibly hot here today, we have been experiencing something of a mini heatwave here and they are predicting that the temperature will almost reach 100 degrees today.  I am afraid that I am one of those people who do not enjoy the hot and humid heat we get in this country.

Never mind, I have another bookmark to share with you today.  This one features the Memory Box Prim Poppy die.

I cut out the die twice, the first time in plain green card and the second in yellow and white polka dot paper.  I then removed the polka dot flower heads and pasted them over the green ones.  Well I say I pasted them over the green ones, that is not quite true, as you can see, one is missing.  I looked everywhere for it but could not find it.  So, instead of a polka dot head, this flower has a glittery head - I had to do something, I had already put the glue on!

I mounted the die on some red and some white card and added a few black pearls and ribbons (I am sorry you cannot see the ribbons better, they are very pretty, the top one is a dotty organza).


Monday, 22 August 2016

Wedding Scrapbook Page

This past week has flown by and I am back today with the Mid Challenge Reminder for the current Crafty Boots Challenge.  This week we are looking for 'Anything But a Card'.

Now, I have been quiet about it up until now but I think you are about to hear a lot about the wedding we went to last weekend because it has taken up an awful lot of my time, from making the invitations and knitting cardigans for the bridesmaids to making my own outfit and now a scrapbook album ... and a few other things, which I am not going to mention right now.

Today I want to share with you a scrapbook page.  I very rarely share my scrapbook pages with you and you could be forgiven for thinking that I never make them.  I regularly make scrapbooks but I do not publish them because I am very aware that other people may not want their faces splashed all over the internet.  However, I thought that this photograph was perfect for sharing, I must thank the brides best friend Amy for allowing me to use her photograph here.

I wanted to keep the colours muted and in keeping with the black and white photograph.  These papers are a First Edition paper stack called 'The Promise', these are beautiful papers and perfect for weddings.  The artist, Katie Pertiet, is a very talented lady.  The green card is from Stampin' Up.  I made the sentiment on my computer.

I added several butterflies, the first being a Memory Box one - Viviene.  I added some faux pearls to the thorax.

I kept back some of my confetti and, as it was cut in the shape of butterflies, thought it would work really well here.

My final butterfly die is Marianne Creatable Butterfly 3 die - a few more of those pearls.

We have had some amazing entries into this Craft Boots Challenge but there is still time for you to share your projects.

Good luck.


Sunday, 21 August 2016

A Simple Boomark

As many of you will know, the current Craft Boots Challenge is 'Anything But a Card'.  I made this boomark recently and, whilst I did not consider it to be good enough to use as a Crafty Boots Design Team piece, I still wanted to share it with you.

I used Stampendous Dreamweaver White Embossing Paste and my Stampendous Metal Dreamweaver 'Tall Poppy' Stencil to create this image.  It was the first time I had used this technique and was a little disappointed with how the embossing paste leaked slightly under the stencil and blurring some of the fine detail.  I tried several times but the result much the same each time.

To give the bookmark a little more dimension (and to hide some of the worse 'smudged' areas) I layered some of the sections (I am not sure that you can make it out from these photographs).  

To complete the bookmark I placed it on some white card and punched a hole for the ribbons.

I shall be back tomorrow with the Crafty Boots Mid Challenge Reminder.


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Scenic Postcard

It is seriously hot here today and I feel as if I have not slept for days.  Wherever you are I hope the weather is much more comfortable.

The current Crafty Boots challenge is 'Anything But a Card', by that I assumed birthday, anniversary etc cards and not ATCs or postcards and I have used one of my favourite Delicious Doodle images of Craigellachie Bridge to make a postcard.  I should love to visit this lovely spot on the River Spey in Moray in Scotland.

I coloured the image with my F&C pencils and mounted it on silver mirri and some white card to give it a more authentic look.

Teri Sherman's drawing is very true to life, as I discover when looking at images of the bridge.  This photograph was taken by a High School Teacher.

I hope you are having a great day.