Sep 052016
 

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It’s time for another inspiration post from me on the “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog“. This is more or less what I posted over on that blog –

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Hi everybody.

For September, over on the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog, we are working on the theme “Preparing For Christmas” and hope that we can inspire you with different ideas for crafting for Christmas, but not only for Christmas but for other times of year as well.

I’ve got a few ideas for you to think about and hope you like what I’ve made.  They don’t look very “Christmasy”, but not all Christmas gifts and ideas have to look specifically “Christmasy”, especially if they are made to be used all year round, and you can always add more traditional Christmas items to any creation you make.

What I Made:

  • A decorated gift bag to give a baby blanket I’d crocheted in
  • A decorated “Book Box” of hand made cards
  • An unique mouse mat.

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These are what I used:

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Items from the “Summer Sunset” collection available – here – in the store.
Items from the “Oh Baby Mine” collection
Background from another collection

Consumables:

Equipment:

  • Scissors
  • My Craft Studio Elite Software
  • Baby Blue Die Cutting Machine
  • Tonic Butterfly Die
  • Tattered Lace Flower Die
  • Non-stick Craft Sheet
  • Paint Brush
  • Pallette
  • Sponge
  • Pokey Tool

Method – Mouse Mat:

This is a great way to make something that will be used a lot, and looked at often, but will be a specific memory for the recipient.

It’s basically a scrapbook layout, created digitally, and printed out at the correct size to fit inside a blank mouse mat.  (it needs to be constructed digitally at the correct size for your blank because you must have a perfectly flat image for inside the mouse mat).

As this mouse mat was a gift for my father, who’s had his autobiography published this summer, I wanted to keep the image layout very simple – lots of flourishes and frames wouldn’t have been suitable for him, but for a different person a different look can easily be achieved in whatever graphics package you choose to work in.

I chose a pale blue background from one of the DLD collections as a background (should have made a note of which one I used I know!).

I then took the image from the front of his book, together with three photos my youngest sister had taken of him at three different book signing sessions during the summer, framed the photos, and made a simple layout.

Mousemat 01

This was then printed and cut out to size and put into the blank mouse mat before using the tape that was inside one edge to seal it.  I then used ultra tacky tape to attach the gell wrist rest.

Method – Book Shaped Box Of Assorted Cards

If you are a person who makes more cards than you have people to give them to, and are not able to get out and about to go and sell them at craft fairs, etc., then how about boxing some of your makes up to give as gifts to family and friends?  It will be a Christmas gift that will be useful to the recipient for months to come.  You can go all ornate in how you box them up, or keep it simple, how you present your gift is up to you.  I’ve used a book shaped box file and decorated it simply so that it can sit unobtrusivaly on a shelf until needed.  I’m actually giving this one as a raffle prize in a charity event my niece is organising this month.

I took the same type of book shaped box file as I used in a previous project – here – and painted it with white gesso.  I then painted it using Cosmic Shimmer Paints as I did on another project – here.  I was going for quite a distressed, old book, look.

I took items from the Summer Sunset collection into My Craft Studio software and put together a “book name” panel.  I printed this out quite small for the spine of my book box and larger for the front.  After cutting these out I attached them to book box.

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I then went through my collection of made up cards to select an assortment, put in inserts, attached a sticker with my details to the back of each, matched them up with an envelope and put them into the decorated box.

CardBox01(You may recognise the dragon on the front of the top card!)

Method – Decorated Gift Bag:

Gift bags are handy to put gifts that are hard to pack into.  But buying decorated ones are expensive, so why not invest in a pack of plain bags and decorate them yourself.

With so many different collections available in the Dragons Lair Designs online store you are sure to find digital downloads that you can work with and print off to decorate a gift bag for anybody for any occasion.

I’ve used a baby collection to decorate this gift bag to place a baby blanket I crocheted into.

GiftBag06

Once again, I took items from the collection into My Craft Studio to resize, add text, etc., and then printed them out onto Super Smooth cardstock.

I did one panel, including a digitaly “die-cut” Christmas Tree, for the front of the bag.

GiftBag02A panel and a frame for the back.  As this is another item that will be given as a raffle prize for the charity event I’m going to slip in a picture of the blanket that will be inside it and slip it into the frame.  The frame in this instance is stuck on on three sides using double sided tape.

GiftBag05I also made a gift tag with a panel for somebody to write a greeting on the front.

GiftBag03

And a pocket with a window that has acetate inside it on the back – I do this for anything I make using yarn these days so that the recipient knows the yarn content and how to wash the item that’s being gifted.

GiftBag04Here’s the details of the yarn I used and photos of the baby blanket I’m putting in the gift bag as the a raffle prize.

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Anybody noticed that the first two items would be suitable for entries into this month’s Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog?!  The theme for September is Books and/or Paper.  As the first item is a mouse mat based on the launch of a book and features book signing sessions it would fit into the theme.  As would the gift box of assorted cards that’s in the shape of an old book.

So I hope that, not only have I inspired you to think of different things to craft for Christmas, but also to craft something suitable for entry into the challenge.

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And that is it from me for today. I hope my cards will inspire you to visit the Dragons Lair Designs store and have a play with combining some of the digital downloads available to buy with some of your other crafting equipment to make different creations.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Dragons Lair Designs, please do visit the Store to find all sorts of digital goodies for crafting, and the minimum spend is only £2 (you’ll find great digi-stamps and lots more).
  • And why not join the “Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group” on Facebook. It’s a small, fun, group where we have lots of different activities which include exclusive challenges, lots of inspiration and giveaways – and there’s a loyalty club for those who take part as well where taking part gets you points, winning gets you more points, and get enough points and you get a voucher to spend in the shop.
  • The “Dragons Lair Designs” page on Facebook. We love it when people “Like” us!
  • While I’m not a fan of Pinterest and especially people’s habit of posting images, digi-stamps, etc., to the site that they’ve got no rights to, you can follow designer Janette Padley on Pinterest!
  • See us on CraftsUPrint
  • Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog : new challenge every month
  • Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog : a showcase/inspiration blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragons Lair Designs.
  • Then of course there’s the Dragon Boss Lady’s own blog – Straight From The Craftroom

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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Sep 022016
 

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Design Team Card

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It’s time for me to show you another DT inspiration piece as today we see the start of a new challenge on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog“.

DLD Challenge BadgeDLD DT BadgeEach ”Dragons Lair Designs Challenge” goes live the first Friday of the month with a new theme each time. The winner will get picked by “Random” so that it is fair for all levels of crafters. The winner gets a prize, as well as a badge for their blog, and the winning entry will also be highlighted on the challenge blog the following month. Although we’d love to see Dragons Lair Designs items on your creation, you may ENTER the challenge using ANY MATERIAL you wish as long as you clearly follow the set theme. You may enter the challenge with ONE entry per month. So why not consider joining in with us this month – go to the challenge blog and have a look at the rules and the inspiration created by my fellow Design Team members.

The theme for September is “Books and/or Paper“.  There are so many different directions you can go for this theme – perhaps you are into book folding, or perhaps you are into desiging your own background papers, or you may even want to make a card with books and papers, etc., on to give to a youngster heading off to a new school or college.  So many ideas to play with.  I can’t wait to see what everybody comes upwith this month.

Please join in and let us see your crafted creation.

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CREATION:

This summer my father not only celebrated his 85th birthday, but he also had his autobiography published, so I decided that an Open Book Card would be a suitable birthday card for him this time. And, of course, an Open Book card is a card style that’s suitable for the DLD Challenge as well, so I killed two birds with one stone this time.

 

Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite software
  • Tattered Lace Open Book Dies
  • Scissors
  • Joy Cutting and Embossing Machine

Consumables:

  • 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Tonic Funky Glue
  • Matt Silver Cardstock

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Method:

I started off by taking several items from the DLD collection I’d chosen, together with a photo of my father when he was our town mayor, into the My Craft Studio software.  I played around with sizes and positions of the picture in a frame element from the collection, and also the greeting for the card.

Once I was happy with what I’d got I printed everything out and started cutting everything out.  I used one of the the smaller book shapes from the die set for the greetings, then drew around the outside of them onto white cardstock and cut them out to give a mat a slight bit bigger for each and sticking them together.  I used a series of the larger book dies for the main card shape.  I just cut out the frame and the “brad” elements with scissors.

I shaped all the “book page” layers over the side of a table before sticking them all together, and I used glue gel for dimension for adding the elements at the end.

This is a very dimensional card and I enclosed a wooden stand with it when I gave it.

BookCard 01 03I think that these pictures show how dimensional I made the card and embelishments.

BookCard 01 05

BookCard 01 04

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Please go over to the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” and have a look at my fellow Design Team members’ inspiration pieces and to enter your creations.

I can’t wait to start visiting your blogs to see.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Dragons Lair Designs, please do visit the Store to find all sorts of digital goodies for crafting, and the minimum spend is only £2 (you’ll find great digi-stamps and lots more).
  • And why not join the “Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group” on Facebook. It’s a small, fun, group where we have lots of different activities which include exclusive challenges, daily inspiration and giveaways – and there’s a loyalty club for those who take part as well where taking part gets you points, winning gets you more points, and get enough points and you get a voucher to spend in the shop.
  • We have a page on Facebook. If you like the creations I’ve made using Dragons Lair Designs digital downloads then we’d love it if you popped over and “Like” us.
  • While I’m not a fan of Pinterest and especially people’s habit of posting images, digi-stamps, etc., to the site that they’ve got no rights to, you can follow designer Janette Padley on Pinterest!
  • See us on CraftsUPrint
  • Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog : new challenge the first Friday of every month
  • Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog : a showcase blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragon Lair Designs
  • Then of course there’s the Dragon Boss Lady’s own blog – Straight From The Craftroom

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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Aug 062016
 

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Design Team Creation

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It’s time for another inspiration post from me on the “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog“. This is more or less what I posted over on that blog –

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Hi everybody.

The new collection, launched in the Dragons Lair Designs online store on the 1st August, is called “Summer Sunset”, and all the DLD Inspiration Blog DT members have been given the collection to work with for their Inspiration posts this month – with many choosing to volunteer to make extra creations – which does show that we really like working with it.

For the launch I made a digital scrapbook layout showing a photo I’d taken of a flower some years ago.  Having gone digital that time I decided to go into mixed media for this inspiration and decorate a box.

This is what I started with –

Box 06

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These are what I used:

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Items from the “Summer Sunset” collection available – here – in the store.

Consumables:

  • 250gsm Super Smooth A4 white cardstock
  • Tonic Funky Glue
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Three colours of Cosmic Shimmer Paint

Equipment:

  • Scissors
  • My Craft Studio Elite Software
  • Baby Blue Die Cutting Machine
  • Tonic Butterfly Die
  • Tattered Lace Flower Die
  • Non-stick Craft Sheet
  • Paint Brush
  • Pallette
  • Sponge
  • Pokey Tool

Method:

I printed out one of the background sheets from the collection, that had a circular centre panel, a couple of times.  I then took a leaf into My Craft Studio, re-sized it and copied it several times over the working area.  I also added a heart from the digital collection.  I then printed this sheet of elements out as well.
As I was using paint I had to de-camp from bed to work on the kitchen table, so tidied a corner and laid down my Craft Sheet to work on.
This is what it looked like after I’d finished and was ready to put everything away (I had put the die-cutting machine away before painting as knowing me I’d have got the paint over that as well!)
Box 07
The first thing I did was cut out the circular panel from one of the backgrounds I’d printed, leaving a border around the circle to frame it.
I then took some of the background, cutting panels to the same size as the plate of the die-cutting machine, and cut out three spiral flowers.  I decided to have a splash of contrast so cut the butterfly out of white cardstock.
I turned over the outside edge of each of the flower spirals before strating to turn them into flowers so that the “petals” would turn outwards and not show so much white edge in the finished flowers.  After twisting into the flowers I glued the backs in place with Funky Glue and put to one side to dry.
I cut out some leaves and the heart from the element sheet.
I painted the inside of the box and lid using the gold coloured paint, and when dry stuck the heart in the bottom.
Box 04
For the outside of the box base and lid I used a sponge, rather than a brush, to add the paint, as I wanted a bit of a textured look. I “pounced” the sponge rather than wiping the paint on.
I started with the bronze colour paint all over.  I then used a small amount of gold on my sponge – dabbing it off so that it was practically dry before dabbing the gold at random over the box base and top of the lid.  I finished off by doing the same with the dark brown colour.  This gives the box a bit of a vintage look.
Box 02 Box 03
Once the paint was dry I used the Pinflair Glue Gel to attach firstly the circular panel and then the flowers.  I used a bit of the funky glue under the centre to attach the butterfly.
Box 08

And this is what the box looks like from the top.

Box 01

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And that is it from me for today. I hope my cards will inspire you to visit the Dragons Lair Designs store and have a play with combining some of the digital downloads available to buy with some of your other crafting equipment to make different creations.

DLD Gwyneth DT Badge

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Dragons Lair Designs, please do visit the Store to find all sorts of digital goodies for crafting, and the minimum spend is only £2 (you’ll find great digi-stamps and lots more).
  • And why not join the “Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group” on Facebook. It’s a small, fun, group where we have lots of different activities which include exclusive challenges, lots of inspiration and giveaways – and there’s a loyalty club for those who take part as well where taking part gets you points, winning gets you more points, and get enough points and you get a voucher to spend in the shop.
  • The “Dragons Lair Designs” page on Facebook. We love it when people “Like” us!
  • While I’m not a fan of Pinterest and especially people’s habit of posting images, digi-stamps, etc., to the site that they’ve got no rights to, you can follow designer Janette Padley on Pinterest!
  • See us on CraftsUPrint
  • Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog : new challenge every month
  • Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog : a showcase/inspiration blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragons Lair Designs.
  • Then of course there’s the Dragon Boss Lady’s own blog – Straight From The Craftroom

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

Follow on Bloglovin

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(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
)

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Aug 052016
 

Thank you for clicking over to have a look at my blog.
Design Team Card

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It’s time for me to show you another DT inspiration piece as today we see the start of a new challenge on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog“.

DLD Challenge BadgeDLD DT BadgeEach ”Dragons Lair Designs Challenge” goes live the first Friday of the month with a new theme each time. The winner will get picked by “Random” so that it is fair for all levels of crafters. The winner gets a prize, as well as a badge for their blog, and the winning entry will also be highlighted on the challenge blog the following month. Although we’d love to see Dragons Lair Designs items on your creation, you may ENTER the challenge using ANY MATERIAL you wish as long as you clearly follow the set theme. You may enter the challenge with ONE entry per month. So why not consider joining in with us this month – go to the challenge blog and have a look at the rules and the inspiration created by my fellow Design Team members.

The theme for August is “Christmas in August”.  If you are like many a crafter you will already have started to make your Christmas cards and other projects, so blog them and enter them and you could be lucky and get the DLD voucher at the end of the challenge.

Please join in and let us see your crafted creation.

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CREATION:

I decided to use items from a Dragons Lair Designs collection called Victorian Christmas.  The collection contains a sheet to print off to make a rectangular pyramage card, but in view of the popularity of square cards at the moment I decided to have a play around with this sheet, together with other items from the collection, to create a square card front, with the illusion of dimension, that can be printed out at 4″ square to just about 8″ square (when a printer allows printing to the edge).

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Dragons Lair Designs Item:

  • Victorian Christmas

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite software

Method:

I started off by taking the pyramage card topper sheet into the software, resizing it, and copying it so I had 3 copies.  I then used the rectangular digital punch in the software to cut out the three layers of the pyramage.  I then put these one on top of the other, matching up the image, as if I was working with the printed out image.  Once the layers were in place I used the DropShaddow effect and Blur Radius to give the layers the impression of being raised on foam pads or dimensional glue.

I then took a background and tied ribbon element from the collection, put the background behind, positioned the “dimensional” pyramage, and added the tied ribbon.

I then added the greeting “Nadolig Llawen” (which is Welsh for Merry Christmas).  I typed it in black, copied it, and changed the one behind to white.  I then moved the black layer slightly to give an ofset look.

This is now ready to be printed off at a variety of sizes.  I’ve been doing a bit of a tidy up of my crafting stash with the help of a nephew.  Not got as far as I’d like, but have found a lot of pre-cut and scored square card bases in a variety of sizes that I can just measure and print out these card fronts at the right size, cut, stick on, and decorate with a little glitteraround the frame.

With postage being expensive for dimensional cards, using software to get a dimensional look but only actually sticking one sheet of cardstock on a card front, it keeps the weight of the card down, and using the smaller square base cards will keep the dimension of the cards small enough to go through the post using a standard stamp in the UK.

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Please go over to the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” and have a look at my fellow Design Team members’ inspiration pieces and to enter your creations.

I can’t wait to start visiting your blogs to see.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Dragons Lair Designs, please do visit the Store to find all sorts of digital goodies for crafting, and the minimum spend is only £2 (you’ll find great digi-stamps and lots more).
  • And why not join the “Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group” on Facebook. It’s a small, fun, group where we have lots of different activities which include exclusive challenges, daily inspiration and giveaways – and there’s a loyalty club for those who take part as well where taking part gets you points, winning gets you more points, and get enough points and you get a voucher to spend in the shop.
  • We have a page on Facebook. If you like the creations I’ve made using Dragons Lair Designs digital downloads then we’d love it if you popped over and “Like” us.
  • While I’m not a fan of Pinterest and especially people’s habit of posting images, digi-stamps, etc., to the site that they’ve got no rights to, you can follow designer Janette Padley on Pinterest!
  • See us on CraftsUPrint
  • Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog : new challenge the first Friday of every month
  • Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog : a showcase blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragon Lair Designs
  • Then of course there’s the Dragon Boss Lady’s own blog – Straight From The Craftroom

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

Follow on Bloglovin

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(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
)

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Summer Sunset Collection

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Aug 012016
 

The new collection from Dragons Lair Designs is called “Summer Sunset” and it includes some gorgeous colours.   You can find the collection for sale in the DLD online store – Here!

For today’s launch I decided to keep my creation simple – a digital layout of a flower I grew a few years ago.

Summer Sunset

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite Software

Method:

I simply took my photo into the My Craft Studio software and pulled in various items from the collection, working with sizing and positions until I was happy with my layout – really simple!

Here’s a quick look at some of what you can expect in the collection – some are available as freebies in various DLD areas such as the Inspiration Blog, and Fan Group, so do pop into DLD land to have a look.

13445829_10208601163699557_3350265358786822787_nOh! and did I say that there’s a big discount for a short while?!

More people than just me have been working with the collection in the few days working up to the launch, so you might like to pop over to the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog to have a look at some makes from other members of the DLD Design Teams, and collect a FREEBIE from the new collection

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Dragons Lair Designs supply an eclectic assortment of digital downloads. These include whole collections of items that work well together, digital stamps, etc.

Buy, download, then either work with the items digitally, start digitally then print out and complete your crafting as a hybrid project, or print straight out and do your usual papercrafting.

Buy your Dragons Lair Designs digital downloads here –

Other Dragons Lair Designs sites you might like to

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

Follow on Bloglovin

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(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
)

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Jul 042016
 

Thank you for clicking over to have a look at my blog.
Design Team Creation

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It’s time for another inspiration post from me on the “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog“. This is more or less what I posted over on that blog –

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Hi everybody.

For our July posts every Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog Design Team member will be working with the wonderful new collection “Seaside Retreat” that was launched in the Dragons Lair Designs Store on the 1st.  This collection is certainly apt for this time of year and perfect, not only for scrapbooking and digi-scrapping all the photos taken on seaside trips and holidays, but also ideal for summer birthday cards and for home decor items as well.

I’ve already shown everybody a shaker card I made using items from the collection, but today I’d like to show you a framed bit of home decor.

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These are what I used:

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Items from the “Seaside Retreat” collection available – here – in the store.

Consumables:

  • 250gsm Super Smooth A4 white cardstock
  • Tonic Funky Glue
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Ultra tacky red back sticky tape
  • Foam Pads
  • Hunkydory Shadowbox Frames
  • Blue ProMarker

Equipment:

  • Scissors
  • Craft Knife
  • My Craft Studio Elite Software

Method:

I printed out one of the blue backgrounds from the collection. I also took the sailing boat, anchor and seagull into the My Craft Studio software and resized them to the size I required before also printing them out.  These elements were then cut out.
I tore the blue background into random, white tipped, waves.
Having stuck a white background to the inside back of the shadowbox frame I coloured in a blue clowdy sky with my ProMarker.
I then stuck the sea waves using funky glue along the bottom edges of each.
I folded the frame into shape and used tape to attach the foiled frame on top.
I used foam pads and glue gel to attach the elements in place, giving shape to the sails and boat before sticking down.

Here’s an angled shot of my creation to try and show the dimension.

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And here’s a closeup of the sailing boat.

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And that is it from me for today. I hope my cards will inspire you to visit the Dragons Lair Designs store and have a play with combining some of the digital downloads available to buy with some of your other crafting equipment to make different creations.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Dragons Lair Designs, please do visit the Store to find all sorts of digital goodies for crafting, and the minimum spend is only £2 (you’ll find great digi-stamps and lots more).
  • And why not join the “Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group” on Facebook. It’s a small, fun, group where we have lots of different activities which include exclusive challenges, lots of inspiration and giveaways – and there’s a loyalty club for those who take part as well where taking part gets you points, winning gets you more points, and get enough points and you get a voucher to spend in the shop.
  • The “Dragons Lair Designs” page on Facebook. We love it when people “Like” us!
  • While I’m not a fan of Pinterest and especially people’s habit of posting images, digi-stamps, etc., to the site that they’ve got no rights to, you can follow designer Janette Padley on Pinterest!
  • See us on CraftsUPrint
  • Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog : new challenge every month
  • Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog : a showcase/inspiration blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragons Lair Designs.
  • Then of course there’s the Dragon Boss Lady’s own blog – Straight From The Craftroom

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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Jul 012016
 

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It’s time for me to show you another DT card as today we see the start of a new challenge on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog“.

DLD Challenge BadgeDLD DT BadgeEach ”Dragons Lair Designs Challenge” goes live the first Friday of the month with a new theme each time. The winner will get picked by “Random” so that it is fair for all levels of crafters. The winner gets a prize, as well as a badge for their blog, and the winning entry will also be highlighted on the challenge blog the following month. Although we’d love to see Dragons Lair Designs items on your creation, you may ENTER the challenge using ANY MATERIAL you wish as long as you clearly follow the set theme. You may enter the challenge with ONE entry per month. So why not consider joining in with us this month – go to the challenge blog and have a look at the rules and the inspiration created by my fellow Design Team members.

The theme for July is “It’s a Zoo Out There!”  Your creation doesn’t have to have a zoo on it – anything animal, or even a bird, you might see in a zoo, or in fact any animal at all, will be great.  We want to see your take on the theme.

Please join in and let us see your crafted creation.

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CREATION:

I’ve gone for a card this time as my inspiration for this challenge.  I couldn’t resist the Baby Giraffe digi-stamp to play with and chose other items from the DLD online store to go with it.

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Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Consumables:

  • 2 of A4 linen textured white cardstock to make 21cm base card
  • Roller glue tape
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Sheets of A4 250gsm white super smooth cardstock
  • Ultra tacky red backed tape.

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite software
  • Scissors
  • Hougie Board
  • Paper trimmer
  • Nuvo alcohol markers

Method:

I scored one sheet of cardstock and trimmed the other to make my base card by attaching them together using ultra tacky tape.

I took several items from the papers collection, as well as both digi stamps, into the My Craft Studio software.  I played around with the sizes of the items until I was happy with the proportions and used a digital die cut function in the software to cut kits of branches from one stripy background that I placed at different angles on a green background.  Once I was happy with everything I printed out the digi stamps, the background with branches, and a couple of other background paper Designs and cut them all out.  I cut one of the backgrounds diagonally across as well.

I then used the roller tape pen to attach the backgrounds in place.

I coloured in the two digi stamps, cut them out and shaped them, before attaching them to the card front with glue gel.

Here are a few more, angled, photos of my card – getting closer and closer.

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Please go over to the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” and have a look at my fellow Design Team members’ inspiration pieces and to enter your creations.

I can’t wait to start visiting your blogs to see.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Dragons Lair Designs, please do visit the Store to find all sorts of digital goodies for crafting, and the minimum spend is only £2 (you’ll find great digi-stamps and lots more).
  • And why not join the “Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group” on Facebook. It’s a small, fun, group where we have lots of different activities which include exclusive challenges, daily inspiration and giveaways – and there’s a loyalty club for those who take part as well where taking part gets you points, winning gets you more points, and get enough points and you get a voucher to spend in the shop.
  • We have a page on Facebook. If you like the creations I’ve made using Dragons Lair Designs digital downloads then we’d love it if you popped over and “Like” us.
  • While I’m not a fan of Pinterest and especially people’s habit of posting images, digi-stamps, etc., to the site that they’ve got no rights to, you can follow designer Janette Padley on Pinterest!
  • See us on CraftsUPrint
  • Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog : new challenge the first Friday of every month
  • Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog : a showcase blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragon Lair Designs
  • Then of course there’s the Dragon Boss Lady’s own blog – Straight From The Craftroom

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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Jul 012016
 

As it’s the 1st of the month it’s time for the launch of a new collection over in the Dragons Lair Designs online shop.

The new collection being launched today is called “Seaside Retreat“, and here’s a flavour of what is in the collection.

SeasideRetreatElementsOf course there are other items such as background designs available as well, so the collection has got a lot to offer for both scrapbooking and digi-scrapbooking, as well as for summer birthday cards and home decor.

A few days ago I showed a sneaky peak of a creation I’d made ready for today’s launch using some items from this collection –

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Today I can show you the whole thing and tell you a bit about how I made it.

Firstly I should say that it is a shaker card that has an acetate front and sea creatures inside.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite Software
  • Scissors
  • Seaside motif stencils

Consumables:

  • Nuvo drops – pearlescent
  • Nuvo mouse – blue
  • Hunkydory shadowbox frame
  • 8″ square base card
  • Aceatate
  • 29gsm Supersmooth White Cardstock
  • Super sticky, red backed, double sided tape
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Tonic Funky Glue

Method:

I started by printing out one of the lighter backgrounds, cutting it to the size of the frame and using a stencil I put two shells and a sea-horse on the backgrounds using Nuvo products in a light perlescent ivory/shell for the shells and blue for the sea-horse.  While these were drying I took lots of other items from the collection into My Craft Studio software, copied, flipped, resized, etc., until I had all the items I wanted for my shaker card.

I cut everything out.

I put the background into the back of my shadowbox frame, stuck it into place using funky glue and then put the sides of the box together.  I cut a piece of acetate the same size as the front and cut a couple of strips from the acetate left over.  Two sea-horses were attached to the end of the little strips and these were attached to hang from the top edge of the frame.  I tore some seaweed type pieces from another background I’d printed from the collection and attached these so that they came up from the bottom of the frame.  Inside I stuck a few items, such as the anchor and small porthole to the background with glue gel and allowed them to completely set before putting in a dozen or so small, cut out, star fish and sea-horses that I’d cut out and coloured their backs with a toneing colour so that when they flipped over when shaken they were not a stark white on the reverse.

I put super sticky tape all around the top of the frame, attached the acetate and then put another layer and attached the foiled frame on top.  To the front of this I attached a “porthole” element I’d cut out near the centre.

I then attached the whole shaker frame to the front of a card and trimmed to fit.

And there you have it, a framed shaker card with sea creatures both floating on acetate and moving freely around when shaken.

Here are a few more photos –

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More people than just me have been working with the collection in the few days working up to the launch, so you might like to pop over to the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog to have a look at some makes from other members of the DLD Design Teams, and collect a FREEBIE from the new collection

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Dragons Lair Designs supply an eclectic assortment of digital downloads. These include whole collections of items that work well together, digital stamps, etc.

Buy, download, then either work with the items digitally, start digitally then print out and complete your crafting as a hybrid project, or print straight out and do your usual papercrafting.

Buy your Dragons Lair Designs digital downloads here –

Other Dragons Lair Designs sites you might like to

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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Jun 222016
 

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Just one quick card to show you today.  I hope you like it.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • Flowers and Buttons digi-stamp available free in Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group – digi-stamp to be used in any creation and photo uploaded before the end of the month with Fan Group loyalty points for all who take part and freebie from store for one entry drawn at random.

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite Software
  • Scissors

Consumables:

  • 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock
  • Nuvo Alcohol Markers
  • Tonic Funky Glue
  • 6″ square scalloped edge card

Method:

I took the digi-stamp into the My Craft Studio software and cropped it to separate the two parts.  Once I had both parts separately on my working area I copied and rotated the button border so that I had it four times, once in each direction.

These were then put together to make a frame and the flower digis were put in the centre.  I then grouped them and re-sized to the size I required.

I then printed out the image and coloured it in.

I cut around the outside edge of the button frame.

I went around the edge of the base card with one of the alcohol markers and attached the coloured image to the front with glue.

I finished off by writing the word “Diolch”, which is Welsh for “Thank You” on the card.

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Don’t forget that there’s still plenty of time to pop over to the Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog to get your entry into the “Women At Work” challenge this month. Interpret the theme how ever you like. Let’s see how many different working roles that women take on we get covered by the time all the entries are in the end of the month.

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Dragons Lair Designs supply an eclectic assortment of digital downloads. These include whole collections of items that work well together, digital stamps, etc.

Buy, download, then either work with the items digitally, start digitally then print out and complete your crafting as a hybrid project, or print straight out and do your usual papercrafting.

Buy your Dragons Lair Designs digital downloads here –

Other Dragons Lair Designs sites you might like to

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

Follow on Bloglovin

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(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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Jun 082016
 

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I wanted to create a few crafted items to give as prizes for a raffle being held at a coffee morning in aid of our chapel.  One item I decided to donate was a small set of cards in a framed box.  This was simply presented in a cello bag taped at the back.  I’ve left the bag off for the photos though I still don’t think the photos are as good as they could be.

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Consumables:

  • Items from Pollyanna Pickering kit
  • Shadow Box Frame from Hunkydory
  • Fingerlift tape
  • Wet glue
  • Nuvo alcohol markers
  • Pre-scored and cut square, scalloped edge, white card bases, with envelopes

Equipment:

  • Scissors

Method:

I did a bit of cutting of a strip of background to go with each card and cut a V shape out of the bottom of each strip.  These were stuck down the centre of each card, top to bottom.  I then stuck a panel onto each card.  I went round the edge of the scallops using an alcohol marker in a suitable colour.

This is one of the cards I made

PP set01 04dAnd some other angled photos of the same card

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I haven’t put any greeting on the card, either on the outside or on the insert that I placed on the inside, but I have put an envelope with a selection of greetings tags in English and Welsh in the frame box with the cards.  These already have fingerlift tape or some other method of sticking them on so that the person who gets the cards can decide what greeting suits them best.

Here are the other three cards in the collection:

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I also decorated the shadow box frame I put the 4 cards in using material from the same kit, so that the box itself can be used as decoration after the cards have been used.  It has a fold out stand on the back.

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

Follow on Bloglovin

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(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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