My 12th “Inspiration by Gwyneth” Post For “Dragons Lair Designs” Blog – March 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.


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:



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.







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.



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 the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on – here
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