“The Dragons Den” Posting – Guest Blogger Showcase

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Guest Blogger Showcase / Design Team Member Spotlight Project

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Now some of you who are regulars to my blog may well be asking yourself – how come I’m doing a Guest Blogger Showcase spot on “The Dragons Den” when you’ve seen me posting three times as a Design Team Member, as well as doing a pictorial tutorial, on the same blog?

Well here’s a little bit of background info. for you:

I’ve been a crafter of one sort or another for most of my life (a variety of crafts not just cardmaking), but being forced to take early retirement because ill health and disabilities some three years ago meant I could give more time to my crafting, plan ahead, and have fun and relax making things, rather than have to rush projects because they were needed when work, and other considerations, had got in the way.  Not being able to work also meant that I had more time, (though quite often not the health or energy,) to sit in bed with my laptop and browse around, and get involved in crafting forums and groups on the Internet.

I joined the Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook group around 9 months ago – because I’d come across Janette Padley’s lovely dragons, (and other digital downloadable items) on craftsUprint and then found out that there was this group on FB for dragon fans.

A short while after I’d joined, all the FB group members were asked if they would like to do a one off, Guest Blogger, showcase on The Dragons Den, a blog, like the FB group, dedicated to all things Stamping Dragon Designs.  After thinking for a bit, and considering whether it would be something I’d be able to commit to and be able to see through to completion (I never know from one hour to the next how I’ll be feeling, and have had periods of months at a time when I’m too ill to do more than the basics of living) I decided to put my name forward – after all, it was going to be far ahead in the future, and I could start working on it way before the date.

I was given this mid-November Guest Blogger slot! – and so I started thinking about what to do as a project for the blog with lots of ideas flitting through my mind – although I have to admit that it was only some six weeks ago that it actually clicked with me exactly how I was going to make my creation.

But then:

A few months ago, I was approached by Marleen and asked if I would consider becoming a regular member of a small Design Team on The Dragons Den blog.  For the reasons mentioned above I was rather reticent to do this – but after some persuasion (Marleen is very good at persuasion LOL – she explained that I would only need to post every few weeks, could take my pick of digi-stamps from a list provided to work with so could pick things that inspired me, and could prepare several projects and posts ahead of time, when feeling reasonable, so that if I was having a bad spell I wouldn’t need to stress about not being up to doing a project and post) – I found myself agreeing.

So there you have it – I was scheduled to do a Guest Blogger Showcase posting on The Dragons Den before I was approached to become a Design Team Member doing my regular “Pick of the Week” postings, and rather than shuffle everybody’s slots around it was decided that we’d stick to the original “Guest” schedule and I’d take the opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself.

For my projects for this post I decided to make a “Christmas Recipies” box and matching Christmas card.  The box has cards inside for writing out favourite Christmas recipies on one side and putting photos on the other – though I haven’t done this yet.

RECIPE BOX

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Thumbnail photos of some different areas/angles of this card can be seen below.

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Pennys Pudding digital stamp
Christmas Around the World digital kit

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

I used the large sheets of cardstock to score, cut and stick together to make the box and lid.  I printed and coloured in the “Penny” image.  I also printed out the backgrounds and other elements I needed from the kit, at the right size for my box, and cut, matted and layered, and stuck these on my box and card, finishing off with holly leaves from my crafty stash and some glitter glue.

Have a closer look by clicking on the thumbnails below.

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  1. A view of the top.  “Rysetiau Nadolig” means “Christmas Recepies”.
  2. Back of the box.
  3. Box open with one of the cards for “Pwdin Nadolig” (meaning “Christmas Pudding”) pulled out.

CARD

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Thumbnail photos of some different areas/angles of this card can be seen below.

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Pennys Pudding digital stamp
Christmas Around the World digital kit

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

After printing everything out, and colouring in the digi-stamp, I cut out and then matted and layered the pieces.  I used a Perfect Layers ruler to get an even small border.  I stuck everything together with a variety of sticky mediums to give different dimensions.  Some glitter glue was added for a twinkle, and a peel-off greeting “Nadolig Llawen” – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas” was also added.

Have a closer look by clicking on the thumbnails below.

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  1. Angled view of the card
  2. Closer look at the coloured in digi-stamp
  3. Closer look at the pudding with the white glitter glue over the sauce and red over the holly berries.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Here are some links you may like to check out:

and last but not least

Den Team Member

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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 – click on “Responses” if you can’t see the box, 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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7 Replies to ““The Dragons Den” Posting – Guest Blogger Showcase”

  1. Beautiful , popping by from the Stamping Dragons FB Group blog ladder xxx