Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.
I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!
Thank you for visiting my blog.
Thursday, 30 June 2016
Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Today I have another one of my Design Team cards for the current Crafty Boots Challenge to show you. The theme of the challenge is 'Summer Time'.
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
The theme of the current Crafty Boots Challenge is 'Summer Time' and I suspect one or two of you may be thinking that this card is not your idea of summer, but it does represent my experience of a British summer, with it's heavy skies. It also represents something I always enjoy doing when I am on holiday and that is exploring old castles and ruined buildings from times long past.
Monday, 27 June 2016
Given our current weather, I think you would have to be quick to sun bath at the beach because we are experiencing an unusually large volume of thunderstorms at the moment, there are moments of warm sunshine but these are mostly rather muggy. However, rain has never deterred the British, just as long as we had somewhere to shelter from the rain. Therefore, rows of jolly beach huts line our favourite bathing spots.
Friday, 24 June 2016
Perhaps, like TeddyBea here, you are going strawberry picking. I have not been strawberry picking for a long time but I remember going with my parents when I was a child. Every year my mother tried to make strawberry jam, but every year it failed to set. As I recall my father sat in the field eating all of his strawberries whilst the rest of us picked away for the jam making.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Monday, 20 June 2016
With the amount of rain we have seen the past few weeks I did contemplate making something involving Noah's Ark for my Design Team piece, but I decided to be optimistic and chose an image representing something which makes me think of summer in the English countryside ....... the feel of the sun on your face, the sound of swallows on the wing, the soft buzz of a bee and butterflies on the buddliea - which is sometimes known as the butterfly bush' because it attracts so many butterflies.
This lovely image of swallowtail butterflies on a buddlia is from Delicious Doodles and is called 'Butterflies on Buddliea'. I coloured the image with F&C polychromos pencils, then I mounted it on silver mirri and Wisteria Wonder card.
You will find some stunning inspirational projects lovingly made by the rest of the Design Team over on the Crafty Boots blog, we look forward to seeing what you come up with.
Friday, 17 June 2016
Thursday, 16 June 2016
This image is called Vintage Norton Motorcycle, I have taken great liberties with the colours I used for the paintwork. My internet searching for the colours suitable for this time period showed this model in WWII khaki, so I used my imagination when I got my F&C polychomos pencils out and went for a Kill Bill look. I mounted the image on gold mirri and some yellow SU paper.
The backing papers are from Studio Calico and the cogs are a recent purchase, they are made of metal and treated to look bronze. The rivets are, of course, card candy from Craftwork Cards and I made the sentiment on the computer.
There is still time for you to enter your masculine cards in this Crafty Boots Challenge.
Wednesday, 15 June 2016
After colouring the bridge with F&C polychromos pencils and mounted it on silver mirri and some Stampin' Up Garden Green card. The backing paper and strips are also from Stampin' Up. I made the sentiment on my PC and the card candy is from Craftwork Cards.
Tuesday, 14 June 2016
Monday, 13 June 2016
Thursday, 9 June 2016
This is never a favourite theme for me, I find it so hard to find images I like for me. Well, that is until I discovered Delicious Doodles. They have got some amazing images for the men in your life.
Monday, 6 June 2016
For the next two weeks the challenge is to share with us your 'Masculine Cards'. They can by Father's Day cards, Happy Anniversary Dear Husband cards, man or boy birthday cards or even a get well card for a sick little boy. It can be anything you like, just as long as it is for a man or boy and, of course, a card.
Here is my Design Team card.
Friday, 3 June 2016
Before starting my design I painted my canvass with Gesso, I then used a honeycomb stencil and some Liquitex Gel Medium to give the canvass a random texture. This was the first time I have used Liquitex, in the past I have always used Pamellia Johnson's fantastic texture paste, that will teach me not to take short cuts. The Liquitex, held it's shape badly and took forever to dry. In future I will go back to following Pamellia's paste recipe.
PS Apologies for the pun in the title but as we have been celebrating Shakespeare and I saw A Midsummer Night's Dream the other evening and I could not resist the temptation.
Thursday, 2 June 2016
Both of these little cuties are from Teddy Bo & Co.
I coloured Teddy Bo and Teddy Bea with Copic markers and then added clear Wink of Stella to the wings. I mounted the images on gold mirri, white and Garden Green cards. The backing papers and sentiment stamp are from Stampin' Up. The ribbon and bee charms are from my crafty stash.
Wednesday, 1 June 2016
Like yesterday's card, I have used this image twice before, back in June 2013 and again in February 2015.
The image is from Eureka Stamps and is called Butterfly and Sunflowers, however, I am pretty sure the flowers have been misnamed and they are actually coneflowers. I coloured the image with Copic markers and mounted it on silver mirri and Garden Green card from Stampin' Up. The backing paper and sentiment stamp are also from Stampin' Up.