A Butterfly Card

 Posted by at 11:13 am
Apr 052016
 

Thank you for clicking over to have a look at my blog.

And especially thank you to all of you who’ve taken the time to leave me comments lately.  It means a lot to me.

Janette Padley, the designer at Dragons Lair Designs, posted another Sunday Showcase on the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog on Sunday.

Her Sunday Showcase posts give everybody a chance to link up anything they’ve made using Dragons Lair Designs items. Usually it’s just Design Team members who’s work is seen regularly on the blog, but by linking up creations anybody can be a part of the Sunday Showcase – and even better, at the end of the week, somebody get’s randomly chosen to receive an item from the DLD store, so even more reason to come and show us your DLD makes.

EVEN BETTER – there’s the cance to get a DLD FREEBIE – because Janette is putting in a link to a Dragons Lair Designs freebie in each Sunday Showcase post. And of course these could be used to join in the showcase linkup if you don’t already have something DLD in your digital library.

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Today I’ve got a card to show you created using the latest freebie.

Lupus 06See below for more photos that show the sparkle added.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Software

Consumables:

  • Quick grab glue
  • Clear Spectrum Sparkle pen
  • Two colours of Nuvo drops
  • Black 8″ square card
  • 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock

Method:

I started off by taking the elements into My Craft Studio Elite and creating a layout that I liked that was suitable as a square card front.  I then added extra layers of some of the butterflies to the empty space of my digital working area.  This was then printed and cut out.

I took a clear sparkle pen and went over several of the areas of the card front, including top left round “button” elements, part of the frame, and the extra butterfly layers.

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I then attached the card front to the front of a black pre-scored and folded card.  I shaped the extra butterflies and attached them down their centre, leaving the wings raised.

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A larger butterfly was put in the centre of the card.

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I finished off by putting small drops of green Nuvo drops on the butterfly antenae all over the card, and also a few larger drops of another toneing colour in other places on the card.

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And that is it from me for today. I hope that you will take advantage of the DLD Freebie and use it to make something that you connect up to the Sunday Showcase for us all to see.  You never know, you could be the lucky one who wins more DLD goodies in the draw.

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And if you are looking for freebies – there’s another on the launch day post for the new DLD collection “Artistic Expressions”.  Find the freebie at the bottom of the post – Here!  And there’s a big discount in the Dragons Lair Designs online store for this collection at the moment.

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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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Apr 042016
 

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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“. This is more or less what I posted over on that blog –

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You often hear that hospitals don’t allow flowers these days.  And even if you take a display of silk or paper flowers they get dusty and there’s a chance of them being damanged when moved about when cleaning takes place, or when they are carried to or from the hospital.  So I set to work trying to think of a way to give a hospital patient something nice to look at, that could be displayed, but that could also be closed so that it couldn’t be damaged – so needd a firm covering.

And this is what I came up with:

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These are what I used:

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Items from the “Artistic Expressions” collection available – here – in the store.

Consumables:

  • Book shaped box file; 250gsm Super Smooth white paper; Ultra tacky double sided tape; Glue Gun; Pink lace; White Gesso; Nuvo silver Crystal Drops

Equipment:

  • Scissors; Paint Brush;

Box & Method:

I wanted the box to be easily moved, carried around and stored, without risk of too much damage, so I decided that keeping any decoration on it flat would be the best option.  I took various backgrounds and elements from the collection into My Craft Studio to create a flat A4 sized panel for the front of the box.  Once I was happy with the layout I printed it out, cut it out, and then gave the edges a bit of a rough look by running the open blade of the scissors up and down it.  I added a verse from the Bible to do with Jesus healing to the same design and printed it off again, cut it out and distresed the edges again with scissors.

I also took lots of the different floral shaped elements, and the leafy branches, into MCS, resized and replicated them, and made several sheetsw of flowers and branches up.  These I also printed out, and began cutting out over a couple of evenings – though I still had some left to cut when I got to the next stage of my creating.  I also printed out one of the background panels that included a torn edge pattern.

I decided to make my creation using a book shaped box file I’d bought in a sale quite some time ago.

Box 02As the inside was a flowery pattern, of a similar bluey colour as within the collection, I decided not to cover it up completely.

Box 01But the outside wasn’t to my taste, because, as most of you know, I do very little of my crafting with English wording on.  neither of these two pictures show clearly that the top, bottom and right sides have the look of the sides of paper sheets in a book.

So I gathered everything together, and put a large craft mat over the kitchen table – not a crafting in bed project this time.

Box 03And decided to paint the front and back of the box using white Gesso. I did remove the price label first.

Box 04I wasn’t looking for perfection, just a good covering.  This is the back of the box after painting.

Box 07The front looked the same.

I then put some ultra tacky tape behind the panel I’d created for the box front and stuck it on.

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I did the same with the similar with the similar panel sticking it inside the front cover.

I used the same tape again to stick in the square panel just down from the top inside the back of the box.

I then used a hot glue gun to stick the leafy branches inside the back of the box slightly up from the bottom and over part of the panel – not sticking down completely but giving some shapeing.  After that I used the glue gun again to stick the flowers on one by on from the bottom of the box and up part way over the bottom of the branches, until I had a display of flowers inside the box.

I also used the glue gun to attach some extra flowers to the panel inside the front cover.

I finished off by adding silver Nuvo Crystal Drops to the flower centres.

This shows the “book page” look of three sides of the book box file.

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This is a closer look at the inside front of the box.

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This is a closer look at the inside of the box.

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This is another look at the box when opened on display.

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And that is it from me for today. I hope my little creation will inspire you to visit the Dragons Lair Designs store and have a play with some of the digital downloads available to buy yourself.

You can also sign up for the Dragons Lair Designs Newsletter – Here! – there’s a wonderfull mini kit free for all subscribers this month.

Dragons Lair Designs are currently running a Design Team Call

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, and posts from some Guest DT members as well. I’ll hopefully be back posting more regularly over the comming months with Dragons Lair Designs and other crafty makes.

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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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Apr 012016
 

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Design Team Card

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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.

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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:

Consumables:

  • 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

Equipment:

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

Method:

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.

GiftBagCollection 14 GiftBagCollection 13And to finish – all the items together –

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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.

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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 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 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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A Quick Card

 Posted by at 07:00 am
Apr 012016
 

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Today a new collection is being launched in the Dragons Lair Designs store. It is called “Artistic Expressionss”.

Here’s a promo shot for the collection

Artistic Expressions Promo Shot

It is a lovely collection with a cheerful pallette of colours that suit so many types of projects.

This is a sneaky peak I uploaded in various places on FB a few days ago.

Gwyneth Sneaky Peak 01It is, in fact, the bottom left corner of a card front.  It shows the colours better than my photo of the completed card I think.

Gwyneth Sneaky Peak 02To make this I took lots of the elements and backgrounds from the collection into My Craft Studio.  I wanted a card as close as I could to 6″ square so worked with the on-screen working area at landscape orientation.  I worked on the right half of the area, resizing a square background from the collection to nearly fill the half of the area from side to side, but had empty space above it.  This became my card front area, so everything else was built up on front of this.  Before printing I added the wording Penblwydd Hapus (which is Welsh for Happy Birthday) to the front in the same pink as the largest heart layer of the “topper”.

The whole design was printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock.  I used a paper trimmer to cut across the top of the card to get rid of the white space and square it off.  I used a scoreing tool to score half way along and then folded.  So I had an instant card, which looks as if it’s got some dimension but actually is flat for posting, and small enough to go through the post using a standard stamp in the UK.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Consumables:

  • A4 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Software
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoreing tool.

Oh! Forgot to say. There’s a discount in the store for a couple of weeks on this new collection, and if you choose to buy the whole collection you’ll get an extra item that can’t be bought individually.

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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 some from Guest Design Team members. 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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