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, 2 March 2015

Steampunk Dragonfly ATCs

A new month and a new challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges.  This Challenge is being hosted by new teamie Jess and the challenge she has set us all is too make 'Anything but a Card'.

A few months ago I made some steampunk ATCs featuring my Sizzix layered Bigz bee die and ever since I have wanted to make some featuring one of my other Sizzix layered Bigz dies - the one with the dragonfly.  This was the opportunity I was looking for...

I painted some card with silver coloured acrylic paint and, once it was dry, cut out the ATC cards using a Bigz die.  I then ran them through my Big Shot again, this time using a wood grain embossing folder.

I cut several dragonflies from different metalic coloured card.  Then I raided my stash for everything I thought would work with the steampunk style. I decorated my dragonflies with an assortment of flat backed gems, die cut cogs and watch parts.

I love these ACTs but you should see what the amazing ladies on the Crafty Boot Challenges Design Team have come up with.  Seriously you should pop over and take a look.


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

A Day at the Beach

Earlier this week I mentioned that I had recently been staying with a group of crafting friends, away from all distractions, just as and our paper and glue.

I really wanted to use some of this time trying my hand at something different.  I was quite literally given a blank canvas and it was up to me how I decorated it.  I was thinking mixed media, something all white, lots of flowers, perhaps some distressing.  What I ended up with could not have been more different.

I think I was influenced by the stretch of coast not far from where we were staying and, of coarse, the stencil with the beach huts.  I started out by giving the canvas a coat of Gesso and then I went over it with white acrylic paint.  It was then that it went in another direction.  I know it is rather basic, but it was my first attempt, and I rather like it even if my husband thought a 5 year old had made it.

The theme of the current Challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is 'Use a Sentiment'. The rest of the Design Team have been busy make some fabulous samples, why not take a look and whilst you’re there you can link up your own project.


Monday, 23 February 2015

Butterfly with Coneflowers

It had been pretty cold and wet here this weekend with a dash of hailstones thrown in for good measure, so I thought a nice cheerful card was in order.

This fabulous image was a prize for one of the cards I entered in an Eureka Stamps Challenge, the image iss called Butterfly and Sunflowers.  That was many moons ago now but I still love this image.

I am no gardener but I think that, despite the name of the stamp, these are actually coneflowers not sunflowers.  Nonetheless I think is a beautiful image and a delight to colour.

After colouring it with Promarkers I layered it with some Stampin' Up papers, which were very kindly given to me by my dear friend Stephanie and the sentiment stamp actually belongs to her mum.  

Perhaps I should explain - I recently went on a craft retreat, we took our own craft stash with us and I did not go intending to make a birthday card but, when we got there, I realised that I has forgotten to pack a card for my cousin's birthday.  Everyone was very generous with their stash and my cousin got her card.  By the way, we had a fantastic week and I got a lot made, some of which I will be sharing with you later this week.

The theme of the current Challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is 'Use a Sentiment'.  The rest of the Design Team have been busy make some fabulous samples, why not take a look.

Have a good week.


Thursday, 19 February 2015

So Blue Daisies

The current challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is 'Use a Sentiment'.  I almost always pop a sentiment onto my cards so I do not think it is not difficult to make a qualifying card.

I decided to use up some of the scraps laying around my craft table.  It is amazing how they pile up and like most crafters I hate to throw anything away.

This daisy stamp is by Sheena Douglas, I used Promarkers to colour it, then I mounted it on silver mirri and purple card. I am not sure why I cut the image in three, I was looking for something a bit different.

I cut the leaves from some green glitter card and the fabric daisies are from Wild Orchid Crafts. I cannot say what the papers are but the sentiment is by Craftwork Cards.


Monday, 16 February 2015

Use a Sentiment

Sorry, I am a little late with my posting today. You know what it is like, if it is not one thing then it is another and I am all behind today with my card for the new challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges.  The theme for the next two weeks is 'Use a Sentiment'.

I wanted to use my new butterfly die for this card, it is one of the Sizzix layered Bigz dies (the ones with the texture fades embossing folder), but I could not think of how I wanted to use it as I wanted to avoid any reference to steampunk this time.

I stepped outside my usual comfort zone for this card, The Sizzix die is quite large, which made me think of large tropical butterflies (and moths) and exotic blooms.  I covered my card with a sheet of green glitter card and added some very colourful Petaloo flowers, the ones with the big glittery centres - they remind my a fruit pastels.  I carefully placed the butterfly on top and added some clear flat backed gems to its thorax.  The all important sentiment is by Craftwork Cards.

The lovely ladies on the Crafty Boot Challenges Design Team have made some wonderful cards, please pop over and take a look.


Monday, 9 February 2015

Happy Anniversay

Thanks to the current Crafty Boots Challenge, I am getting myself very organised and have made my next wedding anniversary card already.

The theme of the current Challenge is 'Hearts and Valentine's' and as I made a Valentine card for my hubby last week, so today I have taken advantage of the hearts part of the challenge.

I love the look of these Memory Box heart dies, which I backed with red glitter card.  The striped glitter paper is actually a wrapping paper that caught my eye.  The roses are from wild Orchid Crafts and the sentiment is by Kanban Crafts.

Don't forgot to take a look at the gorgeous projects created by my very talented Crafty Boots team mates.


Friday, 6 February 2015

Bee Birthday

If you were here on Wednesday you will remember the clean and simple masculine card that I had not been at all sure about.  I have had another go at a card for a man.

I have gone for a bit of a steampunk look with this card.  I painted some card bronze using acrylic paint, once it was dry, I used a mask to add some textured glitter paste to give it that brick wall effect. I then cut the bee using my Sizzix layered Bigz dies (the ones with the texture fades embossing folder) and decorated it with some chunky glitter.  I added a few cog wheels and flat backed gems for good measure.