Feb 062015
 

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

DLD CB_BadgeDLD DT Badge Sept 2014Each ”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.

For February the theme is : Hearts & Flowers

The title “Hearts & Flowers” can be interpreted in so many different ways. Of course Valentine’s Day jumps to mind, but the theme could also be used for wedding or anniversary cards, birthday cards for loved ones, or home decor projects.  Go on – pop over to the blog and have a go.

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CREATION:

I decided to go for a wall hanging (or perhaps something to give to a bride to carry) for my project for this challenge.

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Close-up of main heart.  “CARIAD” is Welsh for “LOVE”.

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Close-up of small, dangling, heart.

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Angled view of heart to show dimension.

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Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Consumables:

Equipment

I printed out several sheets of background from the collection, as well as resizing and building up a layered look heart embelishment in My Craft Studio software before also printing it out along with bow embelishments from the collection.

I set up a file in the Brother on-line Canvas application to cut out large heart frames as well as lots of different sizes of small hearts.  After putting this on an USB stick and putting in my Brother ScanNCut I used the files to cut out the various heart shapes out of the backgrounds from the kit.  I cut three of the larger heart frames and layered these using foam tape to make them more sturdy, sandwiching the ends of a strip of acetate between the layers before sticking the last two layers together.

I also used the ScanNCut to cut out the word “CARIAD” twice from two background shades and stuck them together offset before attaching “floating” on the acetate strip.

Some pieces of twine were tied together and glued to the top of the heart frame using glue gel and the cut out paper bows were added over the top.  The crop-a-dial was used to put a hole and set an eyelette in the small heart before adding some twine to that and glueing the twine to the side of the heart.

The smaller hearts were shaped and glued together to make different flowers – so while the theme of the month is “Hearts & Flowers”, in this case it’s “flowers from hearts”.  The flowers were then attached in clusters over the heart frame.

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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.

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Design Team Call

Dragon’s Lair Designs is currently holding a design team call.  You can find details – Here!  There’s plenty of time to apply as the call doesn’t finish until the 14th February.

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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.
  • “Like” Us on Facebook
  • 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 Information 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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Feb 032015
 

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

Hopefully I can inspire you with some creations made using a kit of digital backgrounds and elements that is available in the Dragons Lair Designs store.

This month my inspiration creation to show you is a box I received some chocolates in for Christmas which I’ve decorated.

This is what I started with:

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And this is what I finished with:

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As you can see I kept the red colour of the bottom half of the box – the lid was simply such a tight fit I knew it wouldn’t fit if I painted or put paper on the bottom, but I did put a circle on the bottom itself to cover the ingredients, etc., writing.  And I couldn’t resist adding a tag with a rosette topper as well.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Consumables:

Equipment:

This is what I did:

I measured the top and side of the box lid.  I then used My Craft Studio software to build up what I wanted for the top, bottom and side of the box from items within the Simply Soft Collection, the bottom having a circle like the top but without the image.  After deciding on the side panel I printed it out twice, once with a panel for contents to be written on and once without, and these were cut and stuck around the box side.  I then snipped the top and folded them over, gluing them to the top.  I gave a clear background to the digi-stamp and then put it over the circular panel for the lid so that the background colour became a part of the image.  This was then printed out and some added colouring details were added with my ProMarkers.  After cutting out the circle I stuck it to the lid.  I’d also printed out some flowers from the kit which I cut out and stuck to the lid.  The second circle was printed, cut out, and stuck to the bottom.  I then shrunk down the main circle and also the side panel.  After printing I cut out both and used a Crop-a-dial to punch a hole and set and eyelet near the edge.  I used a score board to score every 0.5cm along the narrow strip and folded it to a concertina before sticking both ends together and glueing down to make a rosette, to which I glued another of the cut out flowers in the centre.  This is attached to the box using jute twine.

Some More Photos and Information:

Before printing off the second copy of the border I added one of the panels from the kit – this will be great for the recipient to write on whatever she intends to keep in the box.

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The same panel that I put round the lid sides was also printed out much narrower, scored every 0.5cm on my score board before folding, glueing the two ends together and sticking onto the smaller circle to make a rosette on my tag.  I then glued one of the cut out flowers to cover the centre.

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I used my Crop-a-dial to punch the hole and set the red centre before putting the twine through.

As the digi-stamp was placed onto one of the mottled backgrounds before printing out the background colour works its way through the digi-stamp so very little colour was added – I simply coloured some strands of hair, bands around the hat, and her lips.

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And that is it from me for today. I hope my little creations will inspire you to visit the Dragons Lair Designs store and have a play with some of the digital downloads available to buy yourself.

Please visit the “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog” regularly over the next few weeks as you’ll find various “Inspiration by …” posts appear from the other design team members, as well as colouring tutorials and other posts. I’ll be back with more posts for the “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog” over the coming months as well, so keep an eye out for those too.

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Design Team Call

Dragon’s Lair Designs is currently holding a design team call.  You can find details – Here!

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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.
  • “Like” Us on Facebook
  • 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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