Inspiration For “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” – July 2015

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Today a new challenge starts on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” – so it’s time for me to share the inspiration piece I created on this month’s theme.

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 July the theme is : “Shabby Chic

As the theme is “Shabby Chic”, your creation doesn’t even have to be a card, it can be any hand crafted item that follows the theme. Go on – pop over to the blog and have a go.



I decided to decorate a box.  I’d previously started working on the box and didn’t like what I’d done, and so I’d painted all over it with black gesso to give me a blank canvas to start again.  When I saw the theme for this month I decided to get the box out again and have another go at decorating it.

This is what it looks like after I’d finished –


Dragons Lair Designs Item:


  • 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock
  • Glue Gel
  • Quick grab wet glue
  • 3mm deep foam pads
  • White gel pen


I started by printing out the digi stamp at a size suitable for the aperture in the box lid, and also printing out one pink shade background from Simply Soft and one green background from Oh Baby Mine.

The digi was coloured in using ProMarkers and the backgrounds were used to make No Tools Paper Flowers 02 and torn paper leaves.

I cut the coloured digi into a panel the right size to fit inside the box lid and attached it with foam pads. I went round the lid aperture and the outside edge to put a dotty pattern with a white gel pen.

I finished off by using glue gel to attach the flowers and leaves I’d made.

Here’s a slightly different angled view of the box lid –


The person who set the theme said that she was looking for “Anything soft, feminine, flowery or lacy etc” – I haven’t used anything lacy, but I hope you all like it.


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.





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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  • 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 Inspiration 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 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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5 Replies to “Inspiration For “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” – July 2015”

  1. What a beautiful box! The colors are so soft in the flowers and your coloring and I love how they contrast against the dark color o the box! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Oh Gwyneth this is amazing, seems like a while since I have visited, been suffering a whole lot with Fibro, but seem to having not such a bad day today, hope you are keeping well, love and hugs xxx