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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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Gold Star

A pinch and a punch it's the first of the month, is something we said when I was a child - and being children we followed it up with a pinch and a punch.  However there was a second line to the rhyme, a pinch and a kick for  being so quick!

The current Crafty Boots challenge is to use gold and/or silver in your project and I have another gold card to share with you today.

This card features one of the Stampin' Up star stamps, which I stamped with gold ink onto some white linen effect card, I then cut it out and layered it onto some gold mirri card.  I then cut three strips of the mirri card, one I left plain, another I layered some gold glitter card onto and the third I covered in some chunky glitter.  I embossed some white card and layered this onto some more gold mirri card.  I added a Stampin' Up sentiment and some flat backed gems.

There is still plenty of time for you to enter your gold and silver projects into this Crafty Boots Challenge.


Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Gold Swallowtail Butterfly

A new challenge has started at Crafty Boots Challenges, for the next two weeks we are asking you to share with us your gold and/or silver projects .

After all of the Christmas cards I have made this month it was very hard to think of a non-Christmas design.  In the end I looked for inspiration in my favourite Stampin' Up Swallowtail Butterfly stamp.  I really love working with this stamp, no matter how you use it, it always looks fabulous.  I had never tried it in a metallic colour before and I was delighted with the effect.

There is a lot of fine detail in this stamp so I decided to use gold ink rather than emboss it as I find that embossing can sometimes loose that detail.  The drawback of the gold ink is that it seems to take forever to dry and I ended up with it all over my fingers and fingerprints on my card.  Luckily, I manage to get rid of the fingerprints with a pencil eraser.

I stamped the image onto some linen effect card ad then layered it with gold mirri card.  The sentiment is a Stampin' Up stamp.  The champagne coloured flat backed gems are from Kanban Crafts.

The Crafty Boots Design Team has been busy making some very glitzy inspirational projects, please make sure you take a peek when you enter your projects in the challenge.

Good Luck.


Friday, 25 September 2015

A Bunch of Poinsettias

I have the last of my monochrome poinsettia cards to show you today.  There just are not enough days in the week to post one colour a day and I should warn you that there are quite a few photographs in this post.

I have been experimenting with single coloured cards because the current theme at Crafty Boots Challenges is 'Monochrome'.

The poinsettia die is from Susan's Garden by Sizzix.  The card, ribbon and snowflake charm are all from my stash.

I mentioned the other day that I based these cards on a design I saw on Pinterest by Debby Yates.

There is still time to enter your monochrome project in the Crafty Boots challenge.


Thursday, 24 September 2015

White Christmas Card

I am back with another of my poinsettia cards.  I have a confession, I made quite a few of these flowers, so this will not be the last you see of these cards.

Today's card is all white, just layers of embossed white card and a Kanban sentiment to show off the white poinsettia.

Don't forget that there is still time to enter your monochrome project in the Crafty Boots challenge.


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Monochrome Poinsettia

What is going on with the weather?  It was beautiful here at the weekend but the last couple of days we have had some tremendous downpours and it has turned quite cold, especially in the evenings.  It is not surprizing that there are so many coughs and colds about.

I have two black and white cards to share with you today.  As you may know, I have been experimenting with single coloured cards because the current theme at Crafty Boots Challenges is 'Monochrome'.

This is my first attempt at making my own flowers and I suspect I may have picked one of the most difficult flowers to break myself in on, but I am quite pleased at the result (although I am not sure about colouring the central vein down the centre of the leaf, but that was in the instructions).  The poinsettia die is from Susan's Garden by Sizzix.

I based the design on a card I saw on Pinterest by Debby Yates, thank you Debby.

There is still time to enter your monochrome project in the Crafty Boots challenge.


Monday, 21 September 2015

Pick 'n Mix

The theme of the current challenge at Craft Boots Challenges is 'Monochrome'.  You may think wow, there is no way I could make a something which only has the one colour, but actually, it is so. so easy.  Last week I shared with you a few single coloured Christmas cards and that got me thinking about Christmas cards .............  before I knew it I had made two dozen more Christmas cards, all very similar but no two the same.

My biggest problem turned out to be how to share 24 cards with you.  Initially I photographed them individually but then I realised that this would make one of the longest posts ever.  In the end I decided to photograph them in their colour themes.

You will see that, in keeping with the Crafty Boots challenge, each card has a single colour theme.  You will also notice that each is slightly different.

Many of the stamps come from my old stamp collection, which is around 25 years old.  The images were actually a lot bigger than I wanted, so I stamped them and then scanned them onto my computer, so that I could reduce them before printing them.  I them embossed a large pile of white card.  The sentiment stamps are all from Stampin' Up, as is most of the coloured card.

I am feeling a little smug as I have at last made a real start on my Christmas cards, just another 80 to go.

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


Saturday, 19 September 2015

Bethlehem Blues

The current Challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is 'Monochome' and I have another Christmas card to share with you today.

I have some nice solid Christmas stamps which are perfect for monochrome cards.

This Stampin' Up stamp is one of my favourites, it always leaves a lovely crisp image.  I stamped it in Night of Navy and mounted it on some dark blue glitter card.  I then layered it on some Night of Navy card and some embossed white card.  The sentiment stamp is also from Stampin' Up.  The ribbon and flat backed pearls are from my stash.

There is plenty of time for you to enter your monochrome projects into this Challenge.