Inspiration For “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” – April 2016

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Today we see the start of a new challenge on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” – and I’m now shareing the inspiration piece I created on this month’s theme.

DLD Challenge BadgeDLD DT BadgeEach ”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 April the theme is “Anything Goes”.  Yes – Anything at all you’ve crafted!

Please join in and let us see your crafted creation.



I was in the middle of crocheting a scarf when I received items from the new “Artistic Expressions” collection (that’s launched in the Dragons Lair Designs online store today) to play with.  As soon as I saw the new collection I decided it would be perfect to use to decorate a gift bag to put my creation in when it was finished.  In fact, I decided to also crochet a floppy bag to match the scarf and put both in the gift bag.

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Dragons Lair Designs Item:


  • A4 sheets of 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock
  • A4 sheet of 350gsm white cardstock
  • Funky Glue Pen
  • Three pieces of yearn – the same as used for crocheted scarf and bag
  • 5 Pink Eyelets
  • Acetate
  • Nuvo metalic pen


  • Scissors
  • Hougie Board
  • Trimmer
  • Crop-a-dial
  • My Craft Studio software


I started by taking items from the kit into My Craft Studio Elite software, resizing one square panel and printing it out twice on super smooth cardstock to make the main panel front and back.  I then started building up, copying and resizing different items to make a tag, embelishments and a framed pocket.  Everything was then printed and cut out.

I used my scoreboard to score the cardstock with the panels on to make the front and back of the main bag shape and also to make the framed pocket to go on it.  Acetate was put in the frame window.

This pocket had the wording “Gwybodaeth Golchi” (which is Welsh for Washing Instructions) put on one of the tabs in the collection and digitally attached to the frame before printing, because I’m using the pocket to put in the yarn ball band that includes the washing instruction for the yarn.

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I cut a panel from the heavyweight cardstock to put inside the bottom of the bag for strength,

I used the funky glue to glue everything together.

It makes a spacious gift bag.

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The Crop-a-dial was used to put in holes and eyelets at the top of the bag and on the tag.  I wrote Sgarff (Welsh for Scarf) on the printed side of the tag – the other side being left blank for anybody to write a greeting for the recipient.

I took pieces of the yarn I’d used for the scarf and bag to make the gift bag handles and to thread through the tag to tie it to the gift bag.

GiftBagCollection 02So here’s the front and back of the bag.

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This is the yarn I used to make the scarf and bag – it’s a sort of knitted ribbon type of yarn.

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Here’s a closer look at the scarf.

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GiftBagCollection 11And here’s a closer look at the bag.

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I hope you like my creations and that you will join us in the Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog this month.


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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  • 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
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7 Replies to “Inspiration For “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” – April 2016”

  1. Gorgeous bag Gwyneth. Your crocheting is fab. I will learn to crochet one of these days if only my hand would stay still long enough lol x

  2. Totally fabulous make for the challenge post and love the gift that goes along with it! I could never learn to crochet or knit…not coordinated enough lol! Thanks for sharing all the details with us too! xx