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


Thank you for visiting my blog.


Dionne

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Their Big Day

I hope you are happily surviving the extremes in weather we all seem to be experiencing at the moment.  It does not seem to matter where you live, the weather everywhere seems to be not as expected.

The current challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is 'Love is in the Air'.  This challenge is about love and romance and not just St Valentin's Day.  My card today is for a wedding we are going to later this year.


This happy couple are from Aurora Wings by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff, the image is called 'Wedding Couple'.  This is such a delicate image, and I did not want to ruin it by over colouring it, so I used Promarkers to highlight just a few area.  I then used my Wink of Stella Brush to add sparkle to the veil and dress.

I mounted the image on Silver mirri and Perfect Plum card.  I then covered a card blank with lilac pearlised card and added some lace from my stash and a spray of Wild Orchid Crafts roses.

Make sure you visit the Crafty Boots Challenges blog and enter your romantic projects in this challenge.

Good Luck


Dionne

Monday, 1 February 2016

Love is in the Air

'Love is in the Air' is the theme of a new challenge that starts at Crafty Boots Challenges today.  This challenge gives me the opportunity to dig out my paper flowers, ribbon, pearls, lace and all things romantic.

My card today is intended for St Valentine's Day but this challenge is not only about that special day for the romantics, but also wedding days, engagements, wedding anniversaries etc.


This little angel may not be perfect but she is holding my heart to give to a very special person.  The image is from Delicious Doodles and is called 'Emo Valentine Fairy'.  You may be thinking that she does not look very Emo, that is because I have taken the liberty of tidying her up a smidge and I hope that the very talented Teri Sherman is not to annoyed with me for this.

After colouring the image with Promarkers I mounted it on some gold mirri card.  Then I covered a card blank with some Real Red card.  The pearl string is from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I had intended to add a sentiment but it upset the symmetry of the design, so in the end, I left it off.

As always on these occasions, the rest of the Craft Boots Challenges Design Team have been very busy making some wonderful projects.  Please pop over and see them for yourself - and don't forget to add projects to the challenge.

Good luck.


Dionne

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Return to the Highlands

When I was colouring some images for the previous challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges, I accidentally coloured this one twice. I was halfway through colouring it before I realised my mistake.


I did not want to waste my hard work, so here it is again in a slightly different setting.  As you no doubt remember, it is from Delicious Doodles and is called 'Scottish Castle and Gardens'. After colouring it with F&C polychromos pencils, I mounted it on some Night if Navy and white card.  I then embossed some more of the Night of Navy card and used it to cover the front of an A5 card.  The ribbon, sentiment and gems are all from my stash.

Tomorrow sees the start of a brand new challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges, so don't forget to check it out.


Dionne

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Little Nut Tree

I have got a little behind with my blogging this week, hence me being here on a Saturday.

The card I wanted to share with you today is one of my DT cards for the current 'Ribbon or Lace' Challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges.


This is another of my recent acquisitions from Delicious Doodles, this one is called 'Little Nut Tree'.   I assume this was inspired by the English nursery rhyme of the same name:

I had a little nut tree,
Nothing would it bear
But a silver nutmeg
And a golden pear;

The King of Spain's daughter
Came to visit me,
And all for the sake
Of my little nut tree.

Her dress was made of crimson,
Jet black was her hair,
She asked me for my nutmeg
And my golden pear.

I said, "So fair a princess
Never did I see,
I'll give you all the fruit
From my little nut tree.

After colouring the image with F&C polychromos pencils, I mounted it on some Real Red and white card.  I then embossed some more of the Real Red card and used it to cover the front of an A5 card.  The gorgeous twinkly red ribbon is from the lovely people at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.


Dionne

Friday, 29 January 2016

Harbour Scene

The current challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is to use either 'Ribbon or Lace' in your project.

I use a lot of ribbon on my cards so I thought I would do something a little different and raid my lace stash for a change.


This delightful image is from Delicious Doodles, it is called 'Harbour Scene', would be suitable for most men and even quite a few women. After colouring it with F&C polychromos pencils, I mounted it on some red and white card.  I then embossed some more of the red card and used it to cover the front of an A5 card.  The anchor and yacht charms are from my stash, as was the lace.  The sentiment was from Kanban Crafts.

Don't forget to enter your project into the Crafty Boots challenge.


Dionne

Monday, 25 January 2016

Little Trinket Box

I hope you had a good weekend.  Monday morning has come around again, all too fast if you ask me. I think that the best thing about Monday mornings is that it is time for another post at Crafty Boots Challenges.  Today it is the Mid Challenge Reminder for the 'Ribbon and Lace' Challenge.

I have a sweet little trinket box to share with you today, as you can see it has a woven ribbon aperture in the top.


I have been making fabric covered boxes for many, many years now and I usually make them to my own design and the size will depend upon my need.


However, I bought a kit to make this box at a craft fair many years ago and for a long time I would not make it up because the kit is irreplaceable and I was saving it for a special occasion.  I know, this is a rather daft notion, so I eventually decided to make it.


I made quite a few kit boxes in the early days and I have to say that this kit was especially well made and the materials of a very high standards.


I was a little daunted at the thought of weaving the ribbon but the instructions were very clear and it turned out to be a simple task.


I love the blue interior and the fabulous gold highlights in the main floral fabric.  I even manage to iron out all of the peg marks from where I held it together while the glue dried.

Now don't forget about the Crafty Boots Challenge.


Dionne

Friday, 22 January 2016

An Early Start

I have just put the finishing touches to almost 60 Christmas cards.  They are for a friend and, as you know, I am not the best person at getting my Christmas cards made before the event.  I therefore decided that it would be a really bad idea to be rushing to make her cards, as well as my own, in December.

It was important to keep these cards both reasonably light and flat, so that they do not incur additional postal charges.  Even the addition of a flat backed gem will make a card too thick for the standard rate.  On the other hand I wanted them to have a little dimension.


To make 60 cards in just a few days I needed to keep my design simple so I resorted to two of my favourite stamp sets from Stampin' Up - Every Blessing and Come to Bethlehem.


I used Night of Navy ink and cards to make the set of cards using the Come to Bethlehem stamp set,


and Cherry Cobbler ink and card to make the set of cards using the Every Blessing stamp set.

Of course, I put an insert into each card saying ... and a happy New Year.

I am now off to order replacement ink and card from Stampin' Up before I forget that I need it.

Have a great weekend.


Dionne