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.


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Butterfly Swing

The current Crafty Boots Challenge is one of my favourite themes, 'Butterflies and Bees'.  I have so many suitable images as well as dozens of butterfly die cuts and bee charms.

Today's card was really quick and easy to make with my latest Presscut card die.

This card may have been simple to make with this die but it was very difficult to photograph, it reminds me of the optical illusion where everyone is walking around the stairs!

The die pack includes all of the panels as well as the actual card.  I chose red glitter card for the panels and, naturally, the central panel features a butterfly made from sculpted feathers.  The sentiment stamp is from Stampin' Up.

There is still plenty of time for you to enter your butterfly or bee project into this Crafty Boots Challenge.

Good luck.


Monday, 23 May 2016

Beautiful Butterflies

We have a brand new challenge starting at Crafty Boots today, for the next two weeks the challenge theme is 'Butterflies and/or Bees'.

I recently treated myself to a number of silicon moulds which I have been itching to try out and, as one of these is a butterfly I have found an excuse the get them out.  Unfortunately I do not have any clay yet, but I have heard that you can use hot glue instead.  So out with the glue gun and I lined up the moulds, some worked better than others but, luckily, the butterfly was the most successful (can you spot which one it is?)

My project today is an altered notebook cover.  I created a second cover out of heavy card and coated it with gesso.  I then stenciled Liquitex through two separate masks - a script one and a dot one.  Once it was dry I painted it blue use acrylic paint.  (Unfortunately you cannot really see the textured surface!)  I also ran some card through my Big Shot using a wood effect folder and a tree one, I highlighted the tree design with a couple of grey Copics.  

I have quite a long shopping list today - the flowers and leaves are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The delicate lace and the smaller butterfly dies are from Stampin' Up.  The other butterfly die is a Marianne Creatable and the moulded butterfly is a Martha Stuart one.  The word dies are from Sizzix and the lace flower is also Wild Orchid Crafts.

The rest of the Design Team have been very busy, make sure you take a look at their work when you are on the Crafty Boots blog entering your Butterfly and Bee  projects.

Good luck.


Friday, 20 May 2016

Skully King and Queen

Friday at last but what has happened to the weather?  Just when you are looking forward to the weekend it turns cold and wet!

Something a little outside my comfort zone today.  I became a big fan of  Delicious Doodles and Terri Sherman a few months ago through her scenic images.  I was also aware of her Goth side and thought it was definitely not for me.  However, over time I found myself attracted to some of these images, like the Emo Girl and Fallen Angel, but I could not imagine any reason I would have to use any of the darker images, perhaps I was wrong...

When I was searching for images of crowns, I thought of these two from Delicious Doodles - Skully Queen Chess Piece and Skully King Chess Piece and I began to imagine a design I could work with.

I coloured the images with my F&C polychromos pencils and mounted them on silver mirri and navy card.

The background is also from Delicious Doodles, it is called Gorgeous Romantic Clock Face.

I hope you are not too shocked by my skully friends, in fact,  I think think they may even grow on you if you give them a chance.  Between you and me, I am thinking of sending this card to my sister for her wedding anniversary, she has always had a slightly darker side to her style and I think she will appreciate the card.

I hope you have a great weekend and the weather is a little warmer for you.  So, what do you think of my walk on the dark side?


Thursday, 19 May 2016

Princess Elsa and Her Sister Anna

I am still working my way through my collection of 'Queens, Princesses and Crowns' for the current Crafty Boots Challenge.

This image of Princess Elsa and her little sister Anna is a free colouring book page.

I coloured the image with F&C polychromos pencils, I then mounted it on some silver mirri and blue card.  The papers and gems are from my stash.

Don't forget to enter your royal designs in the Crafty Boots Challenge.


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The Princess and the Pea

Hopefully I will get this post written without interruption today.  Yesterday was exceptionally frustrating, first with the intrusion of Windows 10 installation and then, as I reached the end of the process, my thumb touched the touch sensitive pad and I managed to delete the lot.

My card today may not instantly appear to qualify for the current Crafty Boots challenge 'Queens, Princesses and Crowns' but this image illustrates the well known children's story of the Princess and the Pea.

As usual, I coloured this Saturated Canary image with Promarkers, the image is called 'Princess Penelope'.

The backing papers ad gems are from my stash and the sentiment is from Tiddly Inks.

Happy Wednesday.


Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Queen for a Day

Apologies for the lateness of this post.  I started to write it earlier when my laptop was hijacked by Windows 10.  I had just loaded the photographs when a pop-up appeared saying the laptop was re-starting to complete the installation of Windows 10.  I have been declining the free upgrade for months on the grounds that I have never had an upgrade which did not upset half my settings.  I have no idea how it managed to gain access to my system but now I have to deal with the fall out, it took hours to install and I have already found three things it has changed.

Back to the card I wanted to share with you today.  As most of you will know, the current Crafty Boots Challenge  is 'Queens, Princesses and Crowns'

This little cutie is 'Sweet Tooth - Let them Eat Cake' from Tiddly Inks.  I coloured the image with Promarkers, added some faux pearls to the hem of the dress, some glitter to the crown and candles and then mounted it on red card and some silver mirri.

The backing paper is from my stash and the sentiment was part of the Tiddly Inks set.

Have a good evening.


Monday, 16 May 2016

A Girls Gotta Do What a Girls Gotta Do

We have reached the midway point in the Crafty Boots Queens. Princesses and Crowns Challenge and we have two fabulous Guest Designers this week.  Susan (aka Aunty Sue) and Maya won our 'Easter' challenge.

I have two cards to share with you today, both cards feature a Tiddly Inks image.

I have used my Presscut Center Stepper die to make the card blank, for both cards.  I then coloured them with a Promarker and decorated them with Stampin' Up washi tape.

This image is called 'Everyday Princess', I coloured the image with Promarkers and mounted it on silver mirri card.  The sentiment is also from Tiddly Inks.

The other image is simply called 'Wryn'.   I coloured the image with Promarkers and mounted it on silver mirri card.  The sentiment is also from Tiddly Inks.

The are some amazing cards by our fabulous Design Team, please take a few minutes to visit the Crafty Boots blog to see them,