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.


Friday, 1 August 2014

Playing in the Sand

Welcome to my blog and thank you for taking the time to visit today.

Regular visitors will remember me saying on Wednesday that the current challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is Summer Holidays and that this had reminded me of some postcards which I made a couple of years ago.

Here is another of those postcards, which I have up-cycled into a card.

This image is from Mo's Digital Pencil and is called Kai in the Sand, isn't he the cutest?

When I made the postcard I mounted the image on some silver mirri card and cut it to the standard postcard size of 4 ¼” x 6”. Then I coloured the image with Promakers, after which I added some Glossy Accents to the beach ball to give it a high gloss plastic look and I created the effect of sand with Flower Soft.  The card's backing paper is from Dove Craft and the sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.

I hope you have a great weekend.


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Wish You Were Here


These lovely sunny summer days just seem to go on and on, and, as you know, over at Crafty Boots Challenges we are celebrating Summer Holidays.  Some time ago I made some postcards for a project, this was one of them.  The Summer Holidays Challenge made me think of this postcard and I decided to up-cycle it into a little card.

This sweet image is from Mo's Digital Pencil, it is called Pineapple Girl.

I coloured the image with Promakers., then I mounted it on some silver mirri card and made the 'Wish you Were Here' sentiment on the computer. I cut it to the standard postcard size of 4 ¼” x 6”.  The backing papers are from Dove Craft and the sentiment from Craftwork Cards.

What do summer holidays mean to you?


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Not Exactly the Tour de France


Another lovely day here.  We are so lucky to have missed all of the dreadful hailstorms and flooding of yesterday, we just had a couple of quick showers.

Over at Crafty Boots Challenges we are celebrating the summer holidays.  When I was a child I loved to go out on my bike during the summer holidays, racing my friends around the village and probably driving all of our neighbours mad.

My bicycle was second hand and actually looked a lot like this vintage bicycle from McMahon Five.  The backing paper is from Kanban Crafts and the card from Stampin' Up.

I hope you are having a great day.


Friday, 25 July 2014

Another Letter S


Where is this year going?  It seems like it was only a few days ago that we were celebrating the new year but it will not be long before I need to start think of Christmas.

These pretty decorated letters make good birthday or Christmas presents.

I purchased an 8 inch MDF letter from Barry on ebay.  I gave it a coat of Gesso and, once that was dry, I painted it pink using acrylic paint.

I also purchased a bag of mixed pink buttons from ebay and used these to cover the painted letter.  You have no idea what you will get in the button bag until you open it, this one had some amazing shapes and textures.  

Finally, once everything was dry, I cleaned the excess glue from the surface.  


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A Day at the Beach

The storm clouds of the weekend have gone and the intense heat is back.  High temperatures in Mediterranean countries and, no doubt, certain areas of countries like the United States and Australia are fine, the air feels good and everyone one is equipped for living at those temperatures,  But in the UK high temperatures tend to mean high humidity, on average it only happens for a few weeks each year and therefore we are ill equipped.  This makes life difficult and everyone complains that they find it impossible to sleep at night!  I believe this is partly why us Brits have a reputation for being obsessed with the weather.

On days like today, the best thing to do is to pack your picnic hamper and a towel and head for the coast.

I think that is exactly what this couple have done.  This happy pair are from Bugaboo Stamps, the image is called 'Peaches Car'.  I coloured them with Promarkers and added Flower Soft for the sand and the little puffs of smoke from the exhaust.  I also added some tiny shells from my stash.

Here is a quick reminder that the current challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is Summer Holidays, don't forget to enter your projects.


I am entering this card in the following Challenges.

Catch the Bug Challenge - BINGO (Using Circles, Stripes and Red, White or Blue)

Monday, 21 July 2014

What I did on my Holiday


In England and Wales the school summer break is just starting.  Traditionally six weeks long and, when I was a child, those six weeks seemed to last forever.  A new challenge starts at Crafty Boots Challenges today and the theme, which was chosen by Sandra, is 'Summer Holidays'.

During those six weeks holiday my father would take two weeks off from work for our family holiday.  Throughout my childhood these holidays would alternate between two weeks at the beach and staying at home, but going out somewhere different each day, to the zoo, a stately home, a trip to London to see the sights like the Tower of London, Madame Tussauds, Buckingham Palace etc. but my favourite days where the ones to the beach.  Those were idyllic days and the sun always seemed to shine.

In all of those trips to the beach my parents never rented a beach hut, I would watch other children, and their families, going in an out their beach huts all day long, returning with cups of tea, sandwiches, deck chairs, bats and balls and, of course, changing their cloths.  It seemed to me that Beach Huts were related to the Tardis and they were a source of endless fascination to me.

Imagine my envy when, many years later, I discovered that my husband's family always rented a beach hut for their beach holidays.

My DT project harks back to those long summer days and the mystery of the beach hut.

I started by painting my miniature beach hut with a coat of Gesso, then I painted it in blue and white stripes - it is what I think of when I think of beach huts but if you actually take a walk along the front at Crommer or Felixstowe or West Mersea or indeed any of those other British seaside towns, you will see that most people paint their beach huts one colour.

I used Toffee coloured Flower Soft for my sand, it has the perfect texture.

A long time ago I bought a small bag of very expensive tiny sea shells but I had never knewn how to use them.  They were perfect for this project.  I put one at the apex to the hut and a small pile by the door - as if a small child had just left them there.

I dressed my scene with some dolls house furniture, the sorts of things those children from those distant holidays would pop into their beach huts and return with.

Please take a look at the fabulous inspirational projects made by the rest of the Crafty Boots Challenges design team.

Good luck with your entry.


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Christmas Fairy Bea

Good morning

There are only a couple of days left to enter the current Crafty Boots Challenge - Christmas in July.  These two weeks seem to have flown by and, whilst I never managed to make a Christmas card a day, I did my best.

Today's card features another image from Teddy Bo & Co, this one is called 'Your Wish Will Come True'.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and added a touch of glitter to the wings and wand.  Then I mounted it on some purple glitter card.  The backing paper is by Kanban Crafts as are the snowflakes, the sentiment is from Little Clair and the Christmas Tree die is Memory Box.

Don't forget to enter your Christmas projects into the Craft Boots Challenge, you still have time.