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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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Thank you for visiting my blog.


Dionne

Friday, 31 October 2014

Halloween Grab Bags

Happy Halloween.

I have such a busy day today, I have been finishing my grab bags for this evening and filling them with goodies.  Later I have my pumpkins to carve and somewhere I have to find time to do the shopping.

Here are some of my brag bags:


I made 8 in all.  I bought a pack of plain brown bags and orange and black tissue paper.


To make my mummy I started with a 6" x 6" square of black card.


Next I cut circles white from white card for the eyes and coloured black pupils with a marker pen.


Next I tore stripes of white card and distressed the edges with Photo Finish.


Finally I glued the strips to the black card and left space for the eyes.  Once the mummy was attached to the bag I die cut Halloween images from black card and stuck them to the bags.

I hope you have a happy Halloween with lots of treats and no tricks.


Dionne

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Christmas Herald

You could be forgiven for thinking that the current challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is Christmas because all of my DT makes have been Christmas cards but that is just my way of getting a few more cards made, the theme is actually 'Music'.

Here is another of my cards.


My herald is the White Rabbit from Lewis Carroll's book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This IndigoBlu stamp is not easy to colour, so instead I decided to highlight some of the features by adding a little red glitter to it, then I layered it on gold mirri and red glitter card.

The sentiment is one of my favourites from Stampin' Up.


Dionne

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is almost over and the other day I realised that I had not made any cards to help awareness of Breast Cancer.

I am sure none of use really need telling how important it is to check ourselves for lumps and to get regular checkups once we reach that certain age ... and that includes the men too. Making cards could not be easier with these free McMahon Five Design digital images, sadly their on-line store has closed and the images are no longer available.


This little cupcake was designed to give hope - I know this because it said so on the ribbon, however, I covered the words with my fabulous pink glitter.  I then layered it on some gold mirri card.  I also cut a gold butterfly using one of my Marianne Creatable dies and added a few pink flat backed gems. The paper is from my stash.  Finally, I added a few appropriate words.



Dionne

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

A Little Romance

It was recently our wedding anniversary and I wanted to make a sophisticated card to give to my husband.  I have been playing with a really lovely Indigoblu heart shaped stamp, which I thought fitted the bill beautifully.


I stamped the heart using Midnight Muse ink and mounted it on silver mirri and Midnight Muse card.  As you can see, I then mounted it on white card, leaving enough space along two sides to wrap navy blue organza ribbon around the card twice.  I then made some loops from the ribbon and placed a small navy blue rose at the centre.

The sentiment came on and off the card so many times I lost count and at the very last minute I took it off again!


Dionne

Monday, 27 October 2014

Thank you for the Music

The weeks seem to be flying by at the and before we know it will be Christmas.  In the UK the clocks went back this weekend, giving us an additional hour but, to be honest, my internal clock is all over the place at the moment.

It is time for another challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges, the theme for the new Challenge of 'Music' was chosen my my best bud and team mate Lisette, aka Mrs Beez.

Yesterday was not one of my best and it was a perfect reminder that I need to be better organised.  I could not decide on my project from this Challenge and I spent some time researching ideas.  One thing seemed to be a given, I was going to need several sheets of sheet music.  In fact, I saw some in a craft shop last weekend, but I did not buy it because I thought it would be easier to print some.

Well, that was the idea, however, yesterday morning I realised that my printer was out of ink and I could not print any music or the digital stamp I wanted to use.  I spent a large part of the day searching through my stash looking for some music, a stamp, anything, something I could use.  I eventually found the tiniest piece of music and I had an idea thanks to a card I had seen on Pinterest but there was not enough for any mistakes.


I used a couple of Christmas bauble dies from Stampin' Up to cut the sheet music and two pieces of gold mirri card.


I glued the sheet music to one of the gold shapes and gave it a layer of sparkle using a clear Wink of Stella Brush pen - sadly the camera has not really picked up this subtle shimmer.


I then cut two pieces of red ribbon, using one for a loop and the other used to tie a small red bow.  Once the ribbon was in place I sandwiched in in place with the other gold piece.


Finally I mounted the bauble on some white Centura Pearl card and stamped a Christmas greeting with red ink.

As always, the rest of the Crafty Boots Design Team have been working hard to inspire you, so why not pop over and take a look for yourself.

Good luck with your entry.


Dionne



Friday, 24 October 2014

Blue Star Candles


Good morning

Christmas will be here before we know it and this year I am making an early start on my preparations.

I love decorating candles with stamped images and these two were so quick to do.  This stunning stamp is from Stampin' Up.


Adding stamped images to candles is so easy, simply stamp your image onto tissue paper, then, after roughly cutting out the image, place it onto your candle.

Cut a strip of baking parchment to wrap around the candle to hold the tissue in place and to give you something to hold on to.  Use your heat gun to gently melt the skin of the candle and watch the tissue disappear into the molten wax.  Take care not to over heat the wax, you do not want it to run.  The wax will quickly set again once you remove the heat.

I finished these candle by adding some pretty navy blue polka dot ribbon to the top and bottom and holding it in place with small silver pins.



Dionne

Monday, 20 October 2014

Bewitched

In the UK Trick or Treat and Halloween fancy dress is not as popular as it is in other countries but it is slowly catching on.  For the last three or four years I have made Jack O'Lanterns and decorated my home and as darkness falls I eagerly await my young visitors on All Hallows Eve.  Sadly, it seems that most of them have not got the hang of fancy dress, but they are improving.

The current challenge, or should I say challenges, over at Crafty Boots Challenges have been inspired by this time of year, there is a choice of theme, either 'Autumn' or 'Halloween'.

Today I have an Halloween card to share with you.



I  coloured a Prima Doll stamp with Promarkers and I made my own witches hat (between you and me, it looks a little better in real life than it has come out in the photo).  I wanted to make the card all about the witch so I kept the background very plain and mounted it on some rich brown glitter card and added a sentiment and three tiny pumpkins.

The pumpkins are from real plants, I think they are seed pods of an exotic plant, these were a gift from my good friend Lisette, aka Mrs Beez.  They are really amazing but I am afraid I have no idea what they are called.

There is still plenty of time for you to enter your favourite project in the Crafty Boots Challenge.


Dionne