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.

I would love it if you would follow me and leave comments, as I would like to know what you think of my work.

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

Thank you for visiting my blog.


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Wedding Anniversary

Good morning and welcome to my blog and a very special welcome to you if this is your first visit. Please feel free to leave a comment and say hello, I hope you will visit again soon.

I have a wedding anniversary card to share with you today.  This adorable couple are from Teddy Bo & Co, the image is called 'Love Showers'.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and mounted it on some silver mirri and red glittered card.  The polka dot paper is from Papermania.  The ribbon and hearts are from my stash.

Thank you for finding the time to stop by today.


Monday, 24 November 2014

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Monday again and today sees the start if a new Crafty Boots Challenge.

For the next two weeks we should like to see all of your fabulous starry creations.  They could be to do with the night sky or the silver screen or, you could be like me, and see this as an opportunity to get on with a few outstanding Christmas cards.

I am not sure, I may have overdone it with the stars on this card ......

I have been playing with my new masks and Cosmic Shimmer Texture Pastes again.  I got totally carried away this time and tried to create a 'rainbow' effect by using all of my pastes.  I may have mashed up the colours a bit but the photo does not do the amount of glitter in these pastes justice.  I have to thank my good friend and team mate Mrs Beez for getting me into this, Mrs Beez gave me my first two pots of Cosmic Shimmer paste for my birthday

The paper is from a Papermania stack, which I bought last year, and the glittery stars were cut from some glitter card from my stash.

The rest of the Design Team have been so busy working on their Star projects so make sure you pop over to the Crafty Boots Challenge and take a look.


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Game, Set and Matched

I know, I know, what am I doing here on a Sunday?

Most of you will know that I have been taking advantage of the current Craft Boots Challenge to use my poppy stamps and play around with colours and designs.  It was a last minute impulse thing to order a Penny Black poppy stamp off the internet and it took so long to arrive it almost missed the Challenge, hence why I am here this morning with an emergency post!

But seriously, it is such I pretty stamp I just had to include it and I could not resist trying it in different colour palettes.  However, this time I kept the layout simple and I made each card the same to crated a matched set.

I coloured each poppy image with Promarkers and mounted it on silver mirri card.

I then mounted it on a matching sheet of glitter card.  I folded an A4 sheet of card in two to create my blank card and covered the front with a sheet of Dovecraft polka dot paper.

The ribbon and flat backed gems came from my stash and the sentiments are all from Craftwork Cards.  Finally, I inserted a sheet of printer paper with a sentiment - I think it always looks nice when you open a card.

I was going to promise you that this would be the last you would see of my poppy stamps for a long, long time but I love this one so much I think I am going to put it on some candles to give as Christmas presents.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow to find out about the brand new Crafty Boots Challenge.


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Lavender's Blue, Dilly, Dilly

It is rare for me to post anything on a Saturday but, if you are a regular visitor, you will know that I have been busy this week making cards using my poppy stamps.  However, I have not had time to past them all, so I am a little behind.

Today I have a card using Stampin' Up's Pleasant Poppies stamp.

I coloured the stamp with Promarkers in lilac and lavender tones,  then mounted it onto some purple glitter card.  The backing papers are from DoveCraft and the flowers are from Petaloo, I made the leaves from white glitter card.

The current Crafty Boots Challenge is Remembrance, don't forget to go and see all of the amazing projects on the Crafty Boots blog, which both the Guest Designers and the rest of the Design Team have been busy making.


Friday, 21 November 2014

A Bunch of Poppies

Friday already, where do the days go.  Well, this week most of my days have gone crafting ....... and I have been having a wonderful time.

The current challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is Remembrance - obviously it is about remembering birthday's and anniversaries as well as Remembrance as in World War I, but I recently treated myself to a couple of poppy stamps and I wanted to make good use of them - so more poppy cards from me.  This stamp is a Sheena Douglas one.

My first card was a step card with the more traditional red poppy.  But then I got bit adventurous and started experimenting with my Promarkers.

I mounted my poppies on some silver and some red card.  I then made some poppies out of red and green glitter card.  I added some black flat backed gems to the centre of the glitter poppies.

The backing paper is by Dovecraft and the sentiment and card blank are both from Craftwork Cards.  The red organza ribbon and bakers twine came from my stash. 

I next tried a delicate yellow colour poppy, which I mounted on silver mirri and green card.  The buttons, lace and bakers twine came from my stash. 

The sentiment and card blank both came from Craftwork Cards., whilst the backing paper is from K & Co.

My last card is possibly my favourite - lilac.  As you can see there is a lot of mauve card and silver mirri in this layout.  The backing paper is from a K & Co stack.

As with the other cards, the card blank and sentiment are from Craftwork Cards.

Don't forget to pop over to the Crafty Boots pages and see fabulous projects from our wonderful Guest Design Team members.


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Pink Poppies


More experiments with my new poppy stencil and glitter texture pastes to share with you today.  I used the stencil to add pink and silver pastes to black card and set it aside to dry.

Once the texture paste had dried, I cut it into strips and layered it onto textured silver card.   I popped a small black flat backed gem to the centre of each poppy.  The lovely backing paper is from Craftwork Cards.  

I made a matching poppy from pink and silver glittered card and added some black flat backed gems to the centre.  Finally, I added the little white organza ribbon bow.

The weather recently has been very wet and it is constantly overcast, so even during the day the lighting is abysmal and I am having to use lots of artificial light when I photograph my projects.  As a result, none of the colours are very true, especially these pink poppies.  Which, in reality, are a very pretty shade of pink and the large poppy at the bottom of the card is virtually the same shade - I know, you would never have guessed.  

I hope you have a lovely day.


Monday, 17 November 2014

Remembrance Poppies

Hi, I hope you had a good weekend.

It is Mid Challenge Reminder time for the 'Remembrance' challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges.

But before I get into that I wanted to tell you some very exciting news about Crafty Boots Challenges.  You may recall that a few weeks ago we celebrated our third anniversary.  It was a fantastic Challenge, loads and loads of entrants and an incredibly high standard.  The winner and both of the runners up of that Challenge are Guest Designers on Crafty Boots today.  Their work has left me virtually speechless, soooo amazing, you really have to go and see it for yourself.

As I said, the current Challenge is 'Remembrance'.  I realise that the Design Team are somewhat obsessed with images of red poppies but this Challenge is about so more than remembering those who died in the First World War, it is about remembering all of the wonderful people in our lives and also those special times.

I have to hold my hands up and confess that I have become addicted to colouring poppies, I just do not seem to be able to stop myself at the moment and I have another card to share with you today.

This wonderfully delicate poppy stamp is from Stampin' Up, I coloured it with Promarkers and then mounted it onto some gold mirri.  The backing papers are from DoveCraft and the poppy was made from glitter card and some black flat backed gems.

Please make sue you go and see all of the amazing projects on the Crafty Boots blog, which both the Guest Designers and the rest of the Design Team have made for today.