Mar 242015
 

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I’ve started a new “A Little Extra Fun” challenge over on the “Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group”  on Facebook.

Often our “A Little Extra Fun” are quick questions, or small makes, but this time I decided to really challenge the group members with a multi tier challenge.  The more steps carried out the more Loyalty Points the group member gets.

Here’s the challenge as it was put up in the group:

This is my multi-level challenge for you (it’s a long one, so read carefully before you begin):
If you were locked in a room with a small assortment of items and asked to make a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day card, would you be able to make it?

This is what is in the room:

  • table and chair,
  • a pair of scissors,
  • an assortment of cardstock some of which have been printed with backgrounds from a Dragons Lair Designs collection of your choice,
  • some quick grab glue,
  • a black fineliner,
  • and a pack of assorted buttons

In my “heads up” post I said that I may be generous and give you something else – well I’m feeling really generous and want you to choose one piece of your crafting equipment to take in with you.

This equipment can be:

a digital cutting machine – but only with the cutting files that came with it when set up out of the box – no extra cutting files bought or downloaded from the internet; a die-cutting machine – but only with any dies or embossing folders that came with it out of the box; a particular punch or set of punches – so long as they came as a set originally; a favourite paper trimmer or guilotine; The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion Pro – but again only with the items that came with it originally; etc, etc.
– well I’m not feeling so generous as to allow you to take in every bit of kit in with you LOL

And this is the multi-level challenge for you:

You can just decide on your must have equipment.

You can make a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day card using your chosen equipment and what’s given and post a photo to this thread.

You can make a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day card using your chosen equipment and what’s given, taking photos as you are going along, and blog the lot, and post a link to your step-by-step blog as a comment below.

It’s up to you how much you want to do.

I’m going to give you 10 days for this “Little Extra Fun” so you have until 8pm on the 30th March to either just answer with your must have piece of equipment, or go further and make, or make and show step by step.

Anybody who tells us your must have piece of equipment, with reason, will get 1 loyalty point. Anybody who posts a photo of a card made using just the items listed and your must have piece of equipment will get 3 loyalty points. Anybody who posts a link to a blog post showing step by step how you made your card using just the items listed and your must have piece of equipment will get 5 loyalty points.

So – on your marks, get set – Go!

 The Dragons Lair Designs collection I chose to print out some backgrounds from is the new “Oh Baby Mine Collection”, and my chosen piece of equipment to use is my Hougie Board.  I decided to go mad and make a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day card at the same time.  I took photos of most of the steps as I was going through.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Consumables:

Equipment:

Chosen Extra Equpment:

This is what I did:

I printed out a selection of backgrounds onto some of my white supersmooth cardstock.

I took everything with me to the kitchen table and started working.

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The first thing I did was use my board to score 2 of the unprinted sheets of cardstock in half and fold them.

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I then scored the fronts in half again and folded them back.

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These were stuck together back to back so that the foldbacks were on either side.

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I also scored another sheet in half for the other card.

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I cut one of the background squares out from the rest of the sheet and scored it down twice.

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I cut along the scored lines and attached the two panels that were the two sides to either side of my card front.

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I scored the third piece at the half way point, cut it into two strips, then scored each every 1cm.  I folded into a concertina at each score and stuck both strips together.

CreateACard09I then stuck the other ends together to make a circle from the concertina fold.  I too another of the printed backgrounds and roughly cut out a circle from it before cutting out a small circle pattern from the pattern.  I also too a chunk of torn plain paper.

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I put glue on the torn piece, pushed the concertina circle down onto it and glued the small circle on top to create a rosette.

I then cut a strip off the same cardstock before cutting lots of larger circles from the same cardstock.

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I used my scissors to snip in all round the edge of all the circular pieces.

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I set the circles out in four sets of three, putting some glue on two circular pieces from each set.

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I stacked up the layers and used the fine liner pen to dot a black pattern in the centre of each of the four pieces.

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I then used the Hougie Board pokey tool to shape around the edges of my “flowers”.

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I took another of the background patterns, scored them at the correct dimension to layer onto the card front, and also used the Hougie Board to score an embossed frame pattern around the edges of these panels.

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The panells were stuck to the front of my card and I used the fineliner pen to do a faux stitching line around the largest mats on both sides of the card front.

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I also used the fineliner to do a squigly line around the piece of the background I’d cut off before cutting out the “flower” circles.

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And fron another of the backgrounds I’d printed from the “Oh Baby Mine Collection” I cut out two tails which I stuck behind the rosette.  I wrote 1af, (Welsh for 1st) on the centre of the rosette.

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I cut 2 small strips out from another of the backgrounds I’d printed from the collection and wrote “I MAM” on them (Welsh for To Mother), and again did some faux stitching around the edge before sticking the strips to the centre of my card front.

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I then finished off the front of the Mother’s Day card by sticking on the flowers and some buttons.

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I then scored at the required size and cut a long strip from the same background I’d used for the “I MAM” and again did a squigly line around it.

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I took my other card blank and used my Hougie Board to score a cross hatch pattern towards the bottom right, for texture and interest.

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I went around the base card again adding a squiggly line using my fine liner pen, and then I attached the two strips I’d created previously.

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The card was finished off by sticking on the rosette and writing on the word DAD.

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And there you have it – my simple Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards made using only what was specified.

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Sometimes it’s nice to have the challenge of going back to basics, with just simple equipment and consumables, and creating cards.  Much of what is done here can be made with bits from your bits box – I’m sure most crafters have a bits box that were left over from projects but were too big to throw away.  I’ve got more bits now – what was left over from this challenge LOL.

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This challenge is running on the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group until the 30th, so if you feel like joining the group you too can join in and earn some loyalty points – which will be converted to a voucher to spend in the Dragons Lair Designs store once you hit the magic number.

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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.
  • The “Dragons Lair Designs” page on Facebook. We love it when people “Like” us!
  • 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.)

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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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Mar 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 March the theme is : More Than Two Folds

The title “More Than Two Folds” can be interpreted in so many different ways. Of course your creation can be a card with many folds, but the folds can also be seen within the embelishment as well.  And it doesn’t even have to be a card so long as it’s a crafted creation with “More Than Two Folds”. Go on – pop over to the blog and have a go.

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CREATION:

I decided to go for a side stepper card with a little box for my inspiration for you this month.  The theme I’ve chosen is a little thank you card with teapot and tea cups, so the little box is to hold a little gift of a few tea bags.

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Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

I printed out three of the softer backgrounds from the Oh Baby Mine collection.

I resized the digi-stamps and printed out two of the set and two of the individual cup.  I then coloured these with my markers.  I again chose very soft colours for the main colouring.

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I cut the cup out of the 2nd set digi-stamp to decoupage onto the full image.  From some angles the cup behind can be seen and it gives the impression that there are two cups by the teapot.

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I used my ScanNCut to cut out the greeting “Diolch”, which is Welsh for “Thank You” from the gold vinyl.

I used my new Cut ‘n Boss to cut lots of lacy panels from the same white cardstock as I’d used to print on using Tattered Lace dies.  I also used Tattered Lace dies to cut out the base card and the mats from two of the backgrounds I’d printed.

Quick grab glue was then used to build up the card layers and glue gel was used to attach the coloured in digi-stamps.

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Angled view of the stepper card – as you can see it has several folds in it –

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I used my score board to score the third sheet of background at the sizes I wanted for my box and lid, before cutting it out and sticking both together.  I finished off by adding another lacy panel and the 2nd cup digi-stamp to the front.

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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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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.
  • We have a page on Facebook.  If you like the creations I’ve made using Dragons Lair Designs digital downloads then we’d love it if you popped over and “Like” us.
  • 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.)

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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Mar 022015
 

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Design Team Creation

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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.

 

Hi everybody.

I’m in the process of putting together some items to donate to a charity rafle and auction that my brother-in-law is organising, and one of the items I’ve made is a scarf.  I decided that it would look better if I packaged it in some way, and decided that a strong gift bag would be best.  I also decided that I needed to include information on the washing instructions for the scarf – so my solution was to make a matching tag with a pocket on the back to include a ball band from the yarn.

I used  “Oh Baby Mine” kit that was launched on the 1st in the Dragons Lair Designs store.  Although lovely for baby cards and scrapbook pages I wanted to inspire you to use the kit for other projects as well.

This is a photo of the front of the finished bag –

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Consumables:

Equipment:

This is what I did:

I took elements from the kit into the My Craft Studio software and resized to what I required, copying some several times and layering some up, such as the topper for the bag front, giving the “folded” paper a drop shaddow look before putting on the lighter background for the topper.  Everything was then printed out and cut out.

I took large sheets of Centura Pearl Cardstock (I think they were 16″ square) and scored and folded ready to make my bag.  I then decorated the bag front panel and the back panel, with my chosen backgrounds from the collection and the toppers I’d put together from other collection elements, before gluing it together so that I was working on a firm surface rather than trying to stick onto a dimensional bag.

For the back panel I’ve cut along the top of the ribbon and bow element before sticking it on and decorating with the butterfly.  This slit is to allow me to put in a picture of the scarf with my contact details on it.

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I used my Crop-a-dial to punch holes in the bag top as well as the top of the tag I’d designed, also using the tool to add white eyelets to the items..  I used the yarn I’d used to crochet the scarf to tie the top of the bag together as well as to attach the tag.

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You will notice that part of the decoration I’ve added to both the front and back of the bag, as well as the tag, are several runs of “faux stitiching” using a black pen.

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I’ve left plenty of space on the back of the tag for whoever gets the scarf to write a greeting if they wish to give it as a gift to somebody else.  I used another piece of the backing paper to make a pocket on the back of the tag to slip in one of the ball bands from the yarn with a little of the yarn attached.  That way the final recipient will know the wool content of the chunky yarn used as well as the washing instructions.

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10922866_10204999739626206_6314530723210143317_nOf course, if you’ve been knitting or crocheting a blanket or garment for a new baby, then the “Oh Baby Mine” collection would be ideal for decorating the bag or box you present your gift in.  The collection contains a lovely frame with the word “baby” on it, which would make a great frame to use for a topper, instead of the frame I used to decorate the back of my bag.  There are also safety pins, and other lovely embelishments you could use.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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.
  • The “Dragons Lair Designs” page on Facebook.  We love it when people “Like” us!
  • 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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Mar 012015
 

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A Couple Of My Samples Are On The Dragons Lair Designs Launch Post For The New “Oh Baby Mine” Collection

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Dragons Lair Designs” is launching a new collection called “Oh Baby Mine” in the store today and I got my hands on the digital downloads to have a play ahead of time.

The collection has a range of colours from Pink to Blue, but also other colours that can be used for baby creations when you don’t know whether it’s going to be a baby girl or boy.

But I decided to make a few creations using the paler backgrounds from a collection in a way that has nothing to do with babies.

Other Design Team members have created very different items, so please do pop over to the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog to have a look at what they’ve made as well.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)

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Just one soft, subtle, background printed onto 300gsm cardstock and used to make a side stepper card.  Decorated with some white die-cuts made using Tattered Lace dies with the simple addition of three flowers and a greetings banner.

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For this card I printed out two different soft backgrounds from the kit onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  One was used to cut out the central stepper base card and the other was used to cut out mats to go on the card.  Some of the mats were then put through the cutting and embossing machine again in a textured embossing folder.  The coloured in image is of “Bobby” with a trophy, which is a Dragons Lair Designs digi-stamp.  I used ProMarkers to colour the digi-stamp.  I finished off with a “Llongyfarchiadau” die-cut greeting, cut using a Tattered Lace Welsh greeting die.  “Llongyfarchiadau” is Welsh for “Congratulations”.

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So you see that this collection provides items that can form a staple part of everyday crafting.

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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 blog post. 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.)
If you can’t see the comment box then there should be a link that says “Responses” and clicking on that will bring up the box

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