Inspiration For “Crafting with the Dragon” October Challenge

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Today a new challenge starts on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog“.

DLD DT Badge Sept 2014DLD CB_BadgeEach challenge on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” 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, which this month is a £5 voucher to use in the store, 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 1 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.

For October the theme is : ANYTHING GOES


As the theme this month is “ANYTHING GOES” I decided to use a scrapbooking kit, but used elements from it to make a card and a matching gift.

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“Penblwydd Hapus Iawn” is Welsh for “A Very Happy Birthday”
“Nodiadau” is Welsh for “Notes”

Thumbnail photos of card from front and an angled view.

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Thumbnail photos of gift both outside and inside.

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Please click on these thumbnail images to see the larger close-ups

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • Deco Daze Collection – Page Kit




For both of these I took elements from the kit into the My Craft Studio software and resized, moved around, etc., until I had the layout I wanted for the front of a DL birthday card.  I then copied the layout beneath it and changed the wording on the second copy.  I put a second copy of the panel on the right of the card, together with further copies of the little embelishments at two different sizes, to fill up the rest of the page.  The design was then printed out and cut out.  I went over the extra panel with the clear glaze pen a couple of times and then left it to dry while I scored, folded and trimmed on of the sheets of cardstock to make the base card and one to make a cover for my gift.  I scored to put a 1cm spine on the gift.  I used fingerlift tape to attach the fronts to both, ans well as to attach the Stick-it notepad and stamp book inside the gift.  I used twisted bakers twine a little piece of cardstock and some ultra tacky tape to create a loop to attach the pen.  Once the panel was dry I attached that to the front of my card using foam tape.  I then added the extra elements, shaping them a bit and attaching using glue gel.


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



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

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8 Replies to “Inspiration For “Crafting with the Dragon” October Challenge”

  1. A wonderful card and notelet book Gwyneth. I love the soft colours. I hope you feel much better soon x

  2. Hello Gwyneth, A beautiful card and matching gift. Such a lovely colour choice.


  3. lovely cards, great colours and design. Thanks for all the details. Jennifer xx