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!

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Saturday, 6 January 2018

Three Wise Men

This is the last of my very late posted 2017 Christmas cards.  Over the past few days I have shared the cards I made for my closest friends and family.  However, because I had left it so late to make my cards this year I needed a design which I could mass produce.

I went with a Stampin' Up stamp set called 'Wise Men from Afar'.  I kept the design pretty simple and a monochrome colour scheme.  I made 6 cards in 10 different colourways, each of the stamped images was mounted on either silver or gold card.  Usually I cut my images and mounts by eye but it has been a while since I have made any cards and when I cut these, I could not cut a decent right angle to save my life, so I had to re-cut all of them using a couple of square dies.  A much more pleasing result but so time consuming!

They are all Stampin' Up colours and I am afraid they were taken at a time when the lighting was appalling, so the colours my not be true, but lets see how many colours I can remember the name of.  The first is Basic Black, I used glittered washi tape behind the image and the Christmas sentiment came from ebay.

The next is Daper Denim and this time I used silver organza ribbon and the sentiment was from Craftwork cards.  I have used these sentiments before, they were pre-cut and I loved the quality but this year they were printed on a much thinner card and had to be cut by hand, I was not very happy when I saw this, as I do not cut very straight when I am using scissors.

This colour is called Perfect Plum and, once again, I used the silver organza ribbon the the ebay sentiment.  I should have liked to have added a clear flat backed gem to the centre of the stars but this would have increased the postage cost so I left it off.

The next is another of 2016-2018 colours, Emerald Envy.  I combined this with a strip of green glittered washi tape and the Craftwork Cards Christmas sentiments.

I think this is Pool Party, I could not find it in the current catalogue so it may have been discontinued.  I have again used the silver glittered washi tape and the Craftwork Christmas sentiment.

This is an old, colour but a favourite of mine, Cherry Cobbler.  As I had mounted this image on gold card I teamed it with gold glittered washie tape and the ebay sentiment.

In contrast, the next colour is from the 2016-2018 range, it is called Peekaboo Peach.  This one has a bronze coloured glitter washi tape and the Craftwork Cards Christmas sentiment.

I am afraid I am struggling to remember the name of this green, it may have been Old Olive but I am not sure, it came part of a card/ink combi pack.  Once again I have used the green glittered washi take and the Craftwork Cards Christmas sentiment.

I have no trouble remembering this colour, it is Real Red.  I used the gold glittered washi tape and the sentiment from ebay.

Finally, this is Wisteria Wonder, I have added the metallic silver organza ribbon and the ebay sentiment.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing all of my Christmas cards.



  1. I loved my deep turquoise version but all the variants here are just as stunning. X

    1. Thank you, it was a great relief to get them finished this year. I must be more disaplined next year - famous last words.

      Dionne xx

  2. These are stunning cards! All the colors are so pretty. Very nice!

    1. Thank you, I am pleased you like them.

      Dionne x


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