More April 2014 Crafting And Some Stamping Dragon Designs News

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An Update, Some Information About The Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook Group, And Some Cards


 Well the hole from the tooth I had extracted by the dental surgeon at the clinic last week appears to be healing well, and I’ve slept a bit better the last couple of nights as well.  It’s funny how some pain I can practically ignore during the day became so much more anoying during the night, especially if I turned over onto the side that the extraction was on.  I’m hopeing I’ll be able to catch up on my sleep a bit now and not feel quite so exhausted, though of course my M.E. does tend to make me over-tired all the time in any case.

I have done a bit of crafting finished cards during the week, though nothing too complicated or ornate.  I’ve also done quite a bit of colouring in of digi-stamps in the night when I couldn’t get to sleep, or couldn’t get back to sleep after turning over onto the sore side.  I’ve not made these coloured digi-stamps into cards yet, so keep an eye out in future posts for some of those to appear, but in the meantime I’ll show you some of what I have completed.



SDDheaderFrom my posts on the 4th and the 7th you’ll now know that there have been some changes in the land of the “Stamping Dragon”.

In addition to already being on the Design Team for “The Dragons Den” – which is the inspiration and information blog of “Stamping Dragon Designs“, I’ve now joined the team that put inspiration pieces on the  ”Stampin’ with the Dragon” Challenge Blog.  (Don’t forget to pop over and enter as you can make one entry without using any SDD product, though you do need to use an SDD product if you want to make a second entry – and you have a chance of winning a £5 voucher to spend in the store – which is well worth a visit and a browse around because of the variety of digital downloads availabe.)

* But what I’ve want to tell you about today is the “Stamping Dragon Designs” Facebook Group – which you can go to by clicking -> Here!

With a lively group of “Dragonettes”, the group has an assortment of challenges and activities, in addition to having a chance to show off our projects made using SDD products, and the occasional sillyness and passing around of virtual cake (much less fattening than the real thing).  There’s even an album in the group where our “Dragon Queen”, Janette Padley, drops in some freebies that are only free for group members.

StampingDragonShopBadgeThe really good thing is that there is a “Loyalty Points Scheme” – Taking part in challenges and activities gets you loyalty points – plus there are often chances to win a free digi-stamp for one winner.  Once you have gathered 30 points, you will receive a free voucher for £3 to the SDD store.

Yes – I really did use the word FREE a few times in the last two paragraphs – and I know you all love FREE!  So please do consider clicking over to the group and putting in a request to join.

As an example of some activities and challenges running at the moment:

SittingFairyI’m running a “little extra fun” event to name one of the fairies that appear in some SDD digi-stamps and kits.  There’s a list of suggested names (as well as a link to a page with sound files where each of the names is spoken).  Everybody who writes their choice of name for the “Sitting Fairy”, from the list of names given, as a comment to the thread in the group, will get 1 loyalty point. From those who picked the most popular name Random will pick one of those who chose that name to receive 1 free digi-stamp!  This activity will run until the end of day 14-4-14.

There’s also a monthly “colouring” challenge.  At any point during the month you can request that month’s free digital file.  This is usally a digi-stamp, but this month it’s a pre-coloured element from the hugely popular “Home Tweet Home” range.  All you have to do with this free image is to create a project and upload a photograph before the end of the month.  Of course there’s a loyalty point for taking part and again a free digi-stamp for a randomly chosen winner.

So what are all you lovely crafters waiting for – come join us -> Here!



(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

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  1. Male Nurse Dude by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I went round the outside edge of the base layer with a blue ProMarker before sticking it to the front of a white, linen textured, A5 base card.  I attached the blank greetings panel to the top left of the card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I gently shaped the decoupage layers with my fingers before attaching them all in order using glue gel.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what lanaguage it will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to try and show the rounded dimension of the decoupage.
  3. Male Nurse Dude Insert by Gordon Fraser (The sheet was printed onto 120gsm, good quality, white paper.  I then trimmed it, scored it and attached it inside the previous card using finger-lift tape.)

1cup519476_437 - card04 - Canoe-Kayak Dude Red Decoupage Sheet 2cup519476_437 - card02 - Canoe-Kayak Dude Red Decoupage Sheet

  1. Canoe/Kayak Dude (Red) Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser and Waves Scene by Gordon Fraser (I printed both sheets out at half size onto 250gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  Both sheets were cut out, with the scene being trimmed to shorter than provided before being matted and layered onto a silver, holographic, paper using finger-lift tape.  I took an 8″ square, white, Crafty Bob card and stuck a layer of the same holographic paper to that before adding a layer of textured, pearlescent, cardstock from my crafting stash.  I gently shaped the layers of this decoupage before building up on my card using glue gel.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what occasion or language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to try and show some of the dimension.

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  1. Tree Sillohette by Janette Padley and Mini Dude Witch Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser (I printed both the tree and decoupage out onto sheets of 250gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock at half size.  I then used a Circle Scissors to cout out the tree topper.  I took a silver Wink of Stella brush pen and went round the edge of the circle and also went over the edges of the branches to give it a twinkle.  I took an 8″ square, white, Crafty Bob card and attached a panel of black cardstock using finger-lift tape, and then attached the circle topper using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I went around the outside of the card with the Wink of Stella pen to add dots all the way around, and also over the black cardstock to add groups of sparkling dots.  I finished off by cutting, shapeing and attaching the decoupage layers using glue gel.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to try and show some of the dimension.

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  1. Fairy Acantha Cream Mini Gift Bag by Gordon Fraser (This card is made using elements left over from the sheets used to create the bag in the next section.  I just took a sheet of cream, hammered, cardstock and trimmed, scored it using a Hougie Board, and folded it, to make a little card.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the greetings panel and the circular topper, and glue gel to attach the side elements.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.



Perfect for giving a small gift that’s an odd shape to wrap.

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  1. Fairy Acantha Cream Mini Gift Bag by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet out twice onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, choosing this weight card because I wanted a sturdy bag.  After cutting the pieces out I used my Hougie Board to score along all the indicated lines.  After folding and burnishing the folds I used ultra tacky double sided tape to attach the both halves of the bag together.  I also used the same tape to secure the base.  I twisted three strands of baker’s twine to make a handle for the bag, putting a hole near the edge of the top fold over and threading through before I folded down the top.  I created a simple tag from two of the additional elements, sandwiching a piece of the twine between the two pieces before I glued them together with quick grab wet glue.  I have used the other spare pieces to make a small, quick card, as well – which you can see above.)
  2. Closeup of the little tag I made using two elements from the sheet.



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