A Seaside Retreat In Dragons Lair Designs Land

As it’s the 1st of the month it’s time for the launch of a new collection over in the Dragons Lair Designs online shop.

The new collection being launched today is called “Seaside Retreat“, and here’s a flavour of what is in the collection.

SeasideRetreatElementsOf course there are other items such as background designs available as well, so the collection has got a lot to offer for both scrapbooking and digi-scrapbooking, as well as for summer birthday cards and home decor.

A few days ago I showed a sneaky peak of a creation I’d made ready for today’s launch using some items from this collection –


Today I can show you the whole thing and tell you a bit about how I made it.

Firstly I should say that it is a shaker card that has an acetate front and sea creatures inside.


Stamping Dragon Designs Item:


  • My Craft Studio Elite Software
  • Scissors
  • Seaside motif stencils


  • Nuvo drops – pearlescent
  • Nuvo mouse – blue
  • Hunkydory shadowbox frame
  • 8″ square base card
  • Aceatate
  • 29gsm Supersmooth White Cardstock
  • Super sticky, red backed, double sided tape
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Tonic Funky Glue


I started by printing out one of the lighter backgrounds, cutting it to the size of the frame and using a stencil I put two shells and a sea-horse on the backgrounds using Nuvo products in a light perlescent ivory/shell for the shells and blue for the sea-horse.  While these were drying I took lots of other items from the collection into My Craft Studio software, copied, flipped, resized, etc., until I had all the items I wanted for my shaker card.

I cut everything out.

I put the background into the back of my shadowbox frame, stuck it into place using funky glue and then put the sides of the box together.  I cut a piece of acetate the same size as the front and cut a couple of strips from the acetate left over.  Two sea-horses were attached to the end of the little strips and these were attached to hang from the top edge of the frame.  I tore some seaweed type pieces from another background I’d printed from the collection and attached these so that they came up from the bottom of the frame.  Inside I stuck a few items, such as the anchor and small porthole to the background with glue gel and allowed them to completely set before putting in a dozen or so small, cut out, star fish and sea-horses that I’d cut out and coloured their backs with a toneing colour so that when they flipped over when shaken they were not a stark white on the reverse.

I put super sticky tape all around the top of the frame, attached the acetate and then put another layer and attached the foiled frame on top.  To the front of this I attached a “porthole” element I’d cut out near the centre.

I then attached the whole shaker frame to the front of a card and trimmed to fit.

And there you have it, a framed shaker card with sea creatures both floating on acetate and moving freely around when shaken.

Here are a few more photos –

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More people than just me have been working with the collection in the few days working up to the launch, so you might like to pop over to the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog to have a look at some makes from other members of the DLD Design Teams, and collect a FREEBIE from the new collection


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Dragons Lair Designs supply an eclectic assortment of digital downloads. These include whole collections of items that work well together, digital stamps, etc.

Buy, download, then either work with the items digitally, start digitally then print out and complete your crafting as a hybrid project, or print straight out and do your usual papercrafting.

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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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