My 11th “Inspiration by Gwyneth” Post For “Dragons Lair Designs” Blog – February 2015

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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:


And this is what I finished with:


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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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.


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.


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.



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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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 the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on – here
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6 Replies to “My 11th “Inspiration by Gwyneth” Post For “Dragons Lair Designs” Blog – February 2015”

  1. Hi Gwyneth, sorry to hear you have been poorly. It is lovely to see you back. I love how you have upcycled this box, I love the rosette and image.
    Linda xxx

  2. Hi Gwyneth I love what you have done to to this box. I am always keeping boxes like this but I haven’t done anything with them yet. Thank you for the inspiration. Hugs Jackie

  3. Great job of recycling this choccy box – beautiful result!
    Nice to visit your blog again, sorry to hear you have been poorly – take card