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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Please check back as I shall be adding more projects soon.

Thank you for visiting my blog.


Friday, 24 June 2016

Strawberry Picking Time

The weekend is almost here, I hope you have plans for for your weekend.

Perhaps, like TeddyBea here, you are going strawberry picking.  I have not been strawberry picking for a long time but I remember going with my parents when I was a child.  Every year my mother tried to make strawberry jam, but every year it failed to set.  As I recall my father sat in the field eating all of his strawberries whilst the rest of us picked away for the jam making.

When you open a new paper pack there are always one or two papers which I think I shall never use.  This almost florescent yellow paper featuring daisies from Studio Calico was one of those papers, but it turned out to be perfect for my version of 'TeddyBea Strawberry Picking' from Teddy Bo & Co

I coloured the image with  F&C polychromos pencils.  I them mounted it on gold mirri and some pink card.  The large butterfly die is a Marianne Creatable, whilst the smaller ones are all from Stampin' Up.  The gems and ribbon are from my stash and the sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.

Don't forget to enter your 'Summer Time' projects into the Crafty Boots Challenge.

Good luck.


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

In the Harbour

Half way through the week already.  When I was young I use to laugh at my grandmother when she complained about how fast time passed.  Now I completely understand what she was saying!

This has to be one of my favourite images from Delicious Doodles, it is called 'In the Harbour'.  I look at pictures like this and fondly remember childhood holidays.  Although I suspect that this harbour is somewhere in Scotland (because that it where the artist ,Teri Sherman, is from) it always reminds me of Cornwall in the west of England.  I remember one Cornish holiday when my grandfather took me and my little sister out in a little boat, just like this one, to catch mackerel.  We caught so many he could not get them off the hooks fast enough for us.  That evening my sister and I walked around offering free fish to other holiday makers.

I coloured this image with F&C polychromos pencils and mounted it on some gold mirri and Night of Navy card.  The card and papers are both from Stampin' Up and the sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.  The little fish came from ebay some time ago.

There is still plenty of time for you to enter your 'summer time' projects into the current Crafty Boots Challenge.

Good luck.


Monday, 20 June 2016

Summer Time

It is the start of a new week and it is also the start of a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges.  For the next two weeks they are looking to see projects which that say summer to you.

With the amount of rain we have seen the past few weeks I did contemplate making something involving Noah's Ark for my Design Team piece, but I decided to be optimistic and chose an image representing something which makes me think of summer in the English countryside ....... the feel of the sun on your face, the sound of swallows on the wing, the soft buzz of a bee and butterflies on the buddliea - which is sometimes known as the butterfly bush' because it attracts so many butterflies.

This lovely image of swallowtail butterflies on a buddlia is from Delicious Doodles and is called 'Butterflies on Buddliea'.  I coloured the image with F&C polychromos pencils, then I mounted it on silver mirri and Wisteria Wonder card.

The backing paper, card and sentiment stamp are from Stampin' Up.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the ribbon and flat backed gems are from my stash.

You will find some stunning inspirational projects lovingly made by the rest of the Design Team over on the Crafty Boots blog, we look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Good luck.


Friday, 17 June 2016

Vintage Truck

Friday already, the weekend is very nearly here.  I have a quick post today to share another of my masculine cards, as you will know if you have been here any time over the past week or so, the current theme at Crafty Boots Challenges is 'Masculine Cards'.

I have another of Delicious Doodles vintage range today, I am sure you can see why I like this range so much, they are just perfect for men.  

Today's image is called Vintage Truck,   Much as yesterdays image, I coloured the truck with my F&C polychromos pencils and then I mounted it on gold mirri and orange card.  The backing papers are all from Studio Calaco and I printed the sentiment on my computer.  

One of the things I find difficult with male cards is how to embellish them, you cannot really use lace, or gems, or flowers, or ribbon so what do you use?  I was quite impressed with the new cogs I used yesterday on the Vintage Motorcycle card, so I decided to use them again today.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Thursday, 16 June 2016

Vintage Motorcycle

Back today with another masculine card.  You have probably worked out by now that I am a bit of a fan of Delicious Doodles vintage images, that is because they really work so well for male cards.

This image is called Vintage Norton Motorcycle, I have taken great liberties with the colours I used for the paintwork.  My internet searching for the colours suitable for this time period showed this model in WWII khaki, so I used my imagination when I got my F&C polychomos pencils out and went for a Kill Bill look.  I mounted the image on gold mirri and some yellow SU paper.

The backing papers are from Studio Calico and the cogs are a recent purchase, they are made of metal and treated to look bronze.  The rivets are, of course, card candy from Craftwork Cards and I made the sentiment on the computer.

There is still time for you to enter your masculine cards in this Crafty Boots Challenge.


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Bridge over the River Spey

I have made this card as a birthday card for a male friend, but in fact, this image would make a very good general purpose card.

I have become rather fascinated by these Delicious Doodles scenic images and have been trying to find out whether they are actual places.  I think this view of  The Craigellachie Bridge is on the River Spey in Scotland.  Isn't it a pretty place?

After colouring the bridge with F&C polychromos pencils and mounted it on silver mirri and some Stampin' Up Garden Green card. The backing paper and strips are also from Stampin' Up.  I made the sentiment on my PC and the card candy is from Craftwork Cards.

A very quick reminder about the current Crafty Boots Challenge - 'Masculine Cards'.


Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Working the Land

I am back this morning with another one of my CAS cards featuring a masculine image from Delicious Doodles.

I do love the plow or draft horses, especially the Shires, Suffolk Punch, Clydesdales and the Percherons.  However, I do not know the breeds well enough to know which this is, he seems to be making very light work of plowing this field.

This image is called 'Working the Land'. I coloured it with F&C polychromos pencils and mounted it on gold mirri and some Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler card.  The backing paper is also from Stampin' Up.   I made the sentiment on my PC and the card candy is from Craftwork Cards.

A very quick reminder about the current Crafty Boots Challenge - 'Masculine Cards'.

Have a great day.