A Christmas Carol Challenge

A Christmas Carol Challenge

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Over on the Artisan Design DT Collective members were challenged to make two creations – one a card and the other a tag or similar.  One was to be themed on the book “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens and the other was to be themed on any Christmas carol of our choice.  It was up to us which creation was themed on the book and which the carol.

Before I go ahead and show  you what I made for each part of the challenge I’d like to let everybody know that Pete Simpson, the Designer/Owner of Artisan Designs UK, is aiming to do a Facebook Live on Friday 13th at 7.00pm.  I believe it will be on his page – Here!

He’s been working on designs for texture stamps for months (he’s also been moving home so had to put some things like launching them on hold until he was all moved in) and you can see and buy them when he launches the first batch of them in the Facebook Live.

I’m sure that they will appeal to a lot of people, so please do make a note in your diary of the date and time and go and see what he’s got new this time.

He’s even announced that he will be giving two great prizes away at random, but I’ll leave him explain and show them to you.

The Card

For the card I chose the carol “Draw yn ninas Dafydd Frenin”, which is the Welsh version of “Once in Royal David’s city”.

I’ve used three different Artisan Design background papers for this card.  I found a silhouette of the Bethlehem skyline online, which I printed out and cut out to put accross the centre of the card. With strips of two backgrounds above and below.

I stamped the side of the AD fern stamp in glue and guilded it on one of the background papers that I’d cut to fit a recess I created in my card.  I also stamped in flitter glue and guilded a leaf from one of the AD Build a Flora stamp sets and an angel from Chocolate Baroque onto stamping cardstock and guilded them as well before cutting them out. The leaves were stuck together to create a white poinsettia type plant with guilding flake center.

The card itself has had a recess made in it.

The Tag

I spent a lot of time trying to think about what to do for this tag, bareing in mind that I’ve never read the book or seen a film of the story, only read a condensed bit about the book and seen snippets about the story on TV.  I knew it was about Scrooge and some ghosts and a Tiny Tim, and that miserly Scrooge became nice Scrooge, but that was about it.

So, I did what most would do and looked it up online, heading over to Wikipedia.  And the first thing I saw was an image of the cover of the first edition. Which got me thinking – rather than doing a tag about the story in the book, why not do a tag about the book itself and the characters – Wikipedia did have a bit about the story giving the characters names.

So I took a sheet of Artisan backround and cut a tag from it.  I also made a smaller tag from plain cardstock and matted a small piece of another AD background on it.

I downloaded the image of the first edition cover and resized it in Publisher. I also typed out some wording for the smaller tag as well as the character names, putting banner shapes and borders around them.  These were all printed out onto one sheet of paper before being cut out.

I took another sheet of paper and stenciled through the AD Laural Burst stencil in a vintage green and vintage red colour Dinky Inkies.  This was the “wrapping paper” to wrap the book in, so I tore it in the middle to look like a hastily torn wrapped gift.  This was mounted onto the tag using foam tape to give it dimension and the torn edges were curled back to allow the book name and author to be visible. I then attached the wording to the small tag, and the character names coming away from the book.

I finished by attaching the two tags together using several strands of twine and makeing the ends into a tassel.

You can just make out the book details from the cover.

The character names coming out of the book.

The small tag.

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I hope to have a few more posts of assorted makes to show you before Christmas, so keep an eye out for those.

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August Colouring Challenge in DLD Fan Group

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A Little Bit Of Colouring

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Those of you who visit my blog regularly will know I like to enter the colouring in challenge in the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group on Facebook each month.   Each month a different digital stamp is made available to group members to request for free. Then it’s simply a case of creating something with it and uploading a photo of the creation. Not uploading a photo means no free digital stamp next month.

For the August colouring challenge the image group members can request for free is this one.

Why not join the DLD Fan Group on Facebook to get the image and join in.

Having used Chameleon Pencils to colour the image last month, and not being very happy with the result, I decided to see if I could do a job I was happier with and used the same pencils again this month..

Once I finished colouring the image I cut close around the drawn line around the head, and used a cutter to cut along the bottom and right side.  I did a little shapeing of the image with my fingers.

The base card and the background cardstock I chose are from Kanban.

I cut the background to fit inside the foiled frame on the base card and stuck it to the card with fingerlift tape.

I’ve left the card without a greeting for now as I am not sure what occasion or language it will be needed for.

I also used fingerlift tape to attach the bottom part of the image that was straight cut, and put 3mm deep double sided foam tape under the main part of the image that was shaped.

 

You can see the slight raise in the image achieved by the shapeing and foam tape in these photos.

So here’s my finished card.

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Added Info:

For any of you who don’t know, Dragons Lair Designs has both a Page and a Fan Group on Facebook, in addition to the Etsy shop.

  • You can find the DLD Fan Group – here!
  • The DLD FB Page – here!
  • The DLD Store on Etsy – here!
  • And for those of you who prefer to buy your digital downloads via craftsUprint, you can find DLD designer Janette Padley’s items – here!

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That’s it for today. I hope to have another post on my blog to show you some more crafting before long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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June/July Colouring Challenge in DLD Fan Group

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A Little Bit Of Colouring

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With so many members of the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group on Facebook having less time for crafting over the busy summer months it was decided to run the latest colouring challenge over two months, rather than one month, to give those who wanted to take part more time to request the free digital stamp, create something with it, and upload a photo of their creation.

For the June/July colouring challenge the image group members can request for free is this one.

Just join the DLD Fan Group on Facebook to get the image and join in.

This time I coloured in the image using Chameleon Pencils.  I don’t usually use coloured pencils and don’t think I got as good a result with these as I get with alcohol markers, but I will practice a bit more to see what effects I can get.

To make my simple card I took a pre cut, scalloped edge, base card, and, just to show that DLD images can be mixed and matched with anything in a person’s crafting stash, I cut some background papers from the “Blooming Lovely” 8″ square paper pad by The Paper Boutique.

I only used fingerlift tape to attach the various layers, to keep the card as flat as possible, and set things at a “jaunty angle”.

So here’s my finished card.

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Added Info:

For any of you who don’t know, Dragons Lair Designs has both a Page and a Fan Group on Facebook, in addition to the Etsy shop.

  • You can find the DLD Fan Group – here!
  • The DLD FB Page – here!
  • The DLD Store on Etsy – here!
  • And for those of you who prefer to buy your digital downloads via craftsUprint, you can find DLD designer Janette Padley’s items – here!

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That’s it for today. I hope to have another post on my blog to show you some more crafting before the end of the week, so please do pop in for a look again.

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

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Design Team Card

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It’s time for me to show you another DT card as today we see the start of a new challenge on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog“.

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.

The theme for July is “It’s a Zoo Out There!”  Your creation doesn’t have to have a zoo on it – anything animal, or even a bird, you might see in a zoo, or in fact any animal at all, will be great.  We want to see your take on the theme.

Please join in and let us see your crafted creation.

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CREATION:

I’ve gone for a card this time as my inspiration for this challenge.  I couldn’t resist the Baby Giraffe digi-stamp to play with and chose other items from the DLD online store to go with it.

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Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Consumables:

  • 2 of A4 linen textured white cardstock to make 21cm base card
  • Roller glue tape
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Sheets of A4 250gsm white super smooth cardstock
  • Ultra tacky red backed tape.

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite software
  • Scissors
  • Hougie Board
  • Paper trimmer
  • Nuvo alcohol markers

Method:

I scored one sheet of cardstock and trimmed the other to make my base card by attaching them together using ultra tacky tape.

I took several items from the papers collection, as well as both digi stamps, into the My Craft Studio software.  I played around with the sizes of the items until I was happy with the proportions and used a digital die cut function in the software to cut kits of branches from one stripy background that I placed at different angles on a green background.  Once I was happy with everything I printed out the digi stamps, the background with branches, and a couple of other background paper Designs and cut them all out.  I cut one of the backgrounds diagonally across as well.

I then used the roller tape pen to attach the backgrounds in place.

I coloured in the two digi stamps, cut them out and shaped them, before attaching them to the card front with glue gel.

Here are a few more, angled, photos of my card – getting closer and closer.

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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.

I can’t wait to start visiting your blogs to see.

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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.)

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Mixing Up The Freebies For May

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Today I’m mixing freebies that came from two different areas of the Dragons Lair Designs family of sites and creating one card.

MayPole06(Not the best photo but I’ll put a couple of angled ones in later on)

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Consumables:

  • Super Smooth White Cardstock 250gsm
  • 5″ square pre cut and scored, scalloped edge white base card
  • Nuvo alcohol markers
  • Tonic Funky Glue Pen
  • Nuvo Drops

Equipment:

  • Tattered Lace Dies from different sets
  • Baby Blue Die Cutting Machine
  • Scissors

Method:

To start with I chose one background from the freebie mini collection that came with the Sunday Showcase and printed it out as large as it would go on an A4 sheet of cardstock.

I also printed out the digi-stamp that is available in the Fan Group for this month’s colouring challenge and printed it out at the size I wanted for my project.

I used alcohol markers to colour in the digistamp before using an oval Tattered Lace die (from the oval shutter card set) to cut the image out.  I also used a plain oval die to cut out a creamy coloured cardstock from my stash to go behind it.

I used Tattered Lace small flower dies to cut several sizes of flowers from the background, as well as cutting two decorative edge borders (again the die for this came from the oval shutter card set).  A plain strip of the creamy coloured cardstock was also cut out, but using scissors this time.

I then used the glue to attach everything to my card front – I shaped the flowers a bit first using my fingers, and didn’t stick the ovals flat all the way to the edge so that it raised a bit round giving the illusion of dimension while still going into a flat envelope.

Here are more photos of my card at different angles –

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Don’t forget that there’s still plenty of time to pop over to the Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog to get your entry into the “Women At Work” challenge this month.  Interpret the theme how ever you like.  Let’s see how many different working roles that women take on we get covered by the time all the entries are in the end of the month.

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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.

Buy your Dragons Lair Designs digital downloads here –

 Other Dragons Lair Designs sites you might like to

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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 to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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Inspiration For “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” – March 2016

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Design Team Card

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Today we see the start of a new challenge start on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” – and I’m now shareing 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 March we have a “bingo” grid for crafters to choose any three items in a straight line to use on their crafted creations.

Here’s the grid –

Bingo Grid Challenge Suggestion

 

Please join in and let us see what creation you come up with on the theme.

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CREATION:

I decided on the top row and made my creation using Pink, Anything From Dragons Lair Designs, and Parchment.

This is what I produced –

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Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Consumables:

  • 1 x pre cut and scored 9″ square card
  • 1 x 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock
  • 1 x Sheet of Parchment
  • 2 x Pale Green Shades of Adorable Scoreable cardstock.
  • ProMarkers in colours: Tan, Tawny Owl, Summer Sun, Apple Cider, Pastel Pink, Chestnut
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Tonic Pearl Drops

Equipment:

  • Tattered Lace Die Set
  • Baby Blue Die Cutting Machine
  • Parchment Lace Parchment Grid
  • Parchment Embossing and Piearcing Tool
  • Hougie Board
  • Trimmer
  • Fine scissors – parchment cutting

Method:

I started by using the grid from the latest Parchment Lace magazine to piearce and emboss the parchment with the bird house design and cut it out.

I printed the finch onto white cardstock and then coloured it in and cut it out.

The flowers and branches were die cut out of the waste white cardstock after cutting out the finch, and these were then coloured in with ProMarkers.

For the base card I scored the very palest green cardstock and cut it to make a square card.  The next green cardstock was then cut smaller than the card front to make a mat.  I went round the base card and mat using the Chestnut coloured ProMarker.  I used glue gel for all the sticking down, shaping the bird, flowers and foliage before sticking down.

The parchment bird house was glued behind where I inteded to put the bird and die-cuts so that none of the glue is visible.

I finished off with the pearl drops.

Here are a couple more photos of the card –

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I hope you like my card 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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Inspiration For “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” – February 2016

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Design Team Card

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Today we see the start of a new challenge start on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” – and I’m now shareing 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 February we have a “bingo” grid for crafters to choose any three items in a straight line to use on their crafted creations.

Here’s the grid –

Bingo Grid Challenge Suggestion

Please join in and let us see what creation you come up with on the theme.

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CREATION:

I decided on the middle row and made my creation using 3 Buttons, a Dragon, and the colour Purple being the main colour.

This is what I produced –

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Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Consumables:

  • 1 x pre cut and scored 8″ square card
  • 2 x 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock
  • Nuvo pens in colours – 437, 439, 441, 457, 453, and 506
  • ProMarkers in colours – Saddle Brown and Chestnut
  • Assorted Spectrum Sparkle pens
  • 1mm deep, double sided foam tape
  • Fingerlift double sided tape
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Purple buttons
  • 2 different shades from purple Adorable Scorable selection

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio
  • Corner Punch
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Branch Tattered Lace Die
  • Baby Blue Die Cutting Machine

Method:

I took the chosen background and the flower into My Craft Studio and resized and did multiple copies as required.  This was then printed onto one sheet of white cardstock.  Onto the other I printed the digi-stamp at the required size. After colouring in the digi-stamp I cut it out and also cut a mat out of the rest of the sheet.  The flowers and background were also cut out.

More mats were cut out of the background and other chosen cardstock.  I used a corner punch to round the corners of most of the layers.  I then use fingerlift tape to attach most of the layers in order, with 1mm deep tape between the two layers of Adorable Scorable.  I shaped the digi-stamp and the flowers before they were glued on.  I had the leafy branches cut from the waste white cardstock and these were stuck to the top right corner of the card before the flowers were added.  I finished off by glueing on the 3 buttons.

Here are two more photos of the card at different angles –

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The dragon’s wings as well as the pots and items on the shelves are coloured with the Spectrum Sparkle pens but unfortunately it doesn’t show clearly in the photos.

I hope you like my quick make 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.)

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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.)
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Inspiration For “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” February Challenge

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Today a new challenge starts on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog“.

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 February the theme is : Hearts & Flowers

The title “Hearts & Flowers” can be interpreted in so many different ways. Of course Valentine’s Day jumps to mind, but the theme could also be used for wedding or anniversary cards, birthday cards for loved ones, or home decor projects.  Go on – pop over to the blog and have a go.

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CREATION:

I decided to go for a wall hanging (or perhaps something to give to a bride to carry) for my project for this challenge.

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Close-up of main heart.  “CARIAD” is Welsh for “LOVE”.

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Close-up of small, dangling, heart.

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Angled view of heart to show dimension.

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Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Consumables:

Equipment

I printed out several sheets of background from the collection, as well as resizing and building up a layered look heart embelishment in My Craft Studio software before also printing it out along with bow embelishments from the collection.

I set up a file in the Brother on-line Canvas application to cut out large heart frames as well as lots of different sizes of small hearts.  After putting this on an USB stick and putting in my Brother ScanNCut I used the files to cut out the various heart shapes out of the backgrounds from the kit.  I cut three of the larger heart frames and layered these using foam tape to make them more sturdy, sandwiching the ends of a strip of acetate between the layers before sticking the last two layers together.

I also used the ScanNCut to cut out the word “CARIAD” twice from two background shades and stuck them together offset before attaching “floating” on the acetate strip.

Some pieces of twine were tied together and glued to the top of the heart frame using glue gel and the cut out paper bows were added over the top.  The crop-a-dial was used to put a hole and set an eyelette in the small heart before adding some twine to that and glueing the twine to the side of the heart.

The smaller hearts were shaped and glued together to make different flowers – so while the theme of the month is “Hearts & Flowers”, in this case it’s “flowers from hearts”.  The flowers were then attached in clusters over the heart frame.

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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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Design Team Call

Dragon’s Lair Designs is currently holding a design team call.  You can find details – Here!  There’s plenty of time to apply as the call doesn’t finish until the 14th February.

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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.
  • “Like” Us on Facebook
  • 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 Information 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.)
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Crafting Towards The End Of December 2013

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An Update and A Few Cards

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With 2013 comming to an end this will be my last post of the year.  I’ve spent the last week mostly in bed resting up after the last push of getting things ready for Christmas, and I’m feeling rather rough with a stinker of a cold that started on Boxing Day.  I’ve now coughed so much that I’ve barely got any voice.  I hope that this clears up soon.

I have made a few cards in the days since Christmas though.  Some of which I’d started before Christmas.  And the batch includes a couple of Christmas cards ready for Christmas 2014.  There’s a bit of a variety between male, female and children’s cards.

I hope you like them.

I’m entering the first two cards in a few different challenges.
(So if you are visiting from a challenge blog and your blog name isn’t above the first card you’ll find it above the second.)

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

I’m entering this first card in the following challenges:

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  1. Rocky Reindeer Stamp by Janette Padley which you can get – here – from craftsUprint or – here – from the Stamping Dragon Designs online shop (I printed the image out at smaller than the size provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in using my ProMarkers – unfortunately I’ve misplaced my piece of paper with the notes of colours used, though I do know I finished off the bell with a gold Wink of Stella brush pen.  I put some “ice” and “snow” on top of the image and stuck an oblong dome onto it using ultra tacky tape.  I took a blue, snowy, background paper from my crafting stash and cut an aperture the size of the dome from this before sticking down over the dome.  I went round the edge of the dome, over the background, with some blue Martha Stewart glitter glue in a “shabby” fashion.  I stuck the whole lot onto the front of a white base card and decorated it using christmas chipboard toppers from my crafting stash, attached using glue gel,  and a “Nadolig Llawen” banner – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.)
  2. Different angle of same card.
  3. Shaken card showing “snow” and “ice”.
  4. Different angle of shaken card.

I’d like to enter this second card in the following challenges:

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  1. cameo digi stamp by Paul Fitzsimmons (I printed the image onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in using my ProMarkers. The colours I used were: Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Pink Carnation, Rose Pink, Leaf Green, Satin, Blush, Bluebell, and Dove Grey FlexMarker. I added a littel gold Wink of Stella brush pen to her necklace. I then cut it out using an oval cutter and cut out a mat from pink, pearlescent cardstock, attaching the image to the mat using finger-lift tape.  I took an A4 sheet of hammered white cardstock, scored it using my Hougie Board and folded it in half.  I used a punch to round the croners.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the matted image towards the top right.  I then used ultra tacky tape to attach a strip of white lace towards the bottom left and a piece of pink velvet ribbon on top of that.  I wrapped some of the pink velvet ribbon around the wire stalks of some pink paper rosebuds and attached it to the card front using a strip of narrow pink ribbon.  I made a tripple bow of the same ribbon and attached it to the bottom right of the image using glue gel before finishing off the card by attaching some sticky back pink pearls and a peel-off greeeting, which I’d coloured over with a pink ProMarker.  The peel-off “Penblwydd Hapus” is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Closeup of image and some card detail.

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  1. Lemonade girl gingham decoupage card by Toni Martin (I printed the design out onto  300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I took a pre-scored white base card from my crafting stash, attached the base image layer and blank greetings panel to the front using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used the same tape to attach the oval layer and then shaped the other pieces and attached them using glue gel.  I’ve left the greetings panel blank for the moment as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Darts decoupage birthday card by Toni Martin (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I created a white square base card and attached the base image layer directly to this using finger-lift tape.  I added the next layer using 2mm deep double sided foam tape.  I went over the beer glass using Sakura clear glaze pen before shaping this, and the other pieces, and attaching them using glue gel.  I’ve not added a greeting to the card yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  3. Fantasy & Flowers – Angel With The Rose Of Peace by Kirsty Green (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I took a pre-scored white A5 base card and attached the base image layer directly to this using finger-lift tape.  I shaped the flower layers and attached them to the card front using glue gel.  I finished off by decorating the card with small spots of green Martha Stewart glitter glue.  I’ve not put a greeting on the card yet as I don’t who it will be used for.)
  4. Fantasy & Flowers – Angel With The Rose Of Peace by Kirsty Green (Insert of previous card, from same kit, printed onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper, trimmed, and attached inside using finger-lift tape.)

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  1. Butterflies & Buddleia Mini Kit by Kirsty Green (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the base layer.  I love buddleia, which is why I bought this design, but cutting out around the detail of the flower heads proved impossible for me, and as the added layers of flowers were on a white background I thought it looked bad when I tried cutting around so I just used a piece of the layer with leaves as an added layer stuck on with glue gel and chopped off the rest.  Next time I’m not even going to bother with that as the image is lovely as it is – and I may even try a little flower-soft on top for dimension.  I took a pre-scored white A5 base card and attached the base image layer directly to this using finger-lift tape. I finished off the card front by attaching sticky back white pearls.)
  2. Butterflies & Buddleia Mini Kit by Kirsty Green (Insert of previous card, from same kit, printed onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper, trimmed, and attached inside using finger-lift tape.)
  3. vintage snow scene by Paul Fitzsimmons (I printed the image at much smaller than the size provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut it out.  I matted it onto frosted gold cardstock and trimmed to leave a border of 3/16″ using a craft knife and a Perfect Layers ruler.  I took a pre-scored A5 white base card from my crafting stash and cut off most of the front to leave around 1″ of the front.  To this I attached a sheet of acetate using ultra tacky tape.  I used the same tape to attach a piece of lace to the left of the card front and a strip of the same frosted gold cardstock I’d used as a mat over the edge of this.  I attached the matted layer and a greetings banner that says “Nadolig Llawen” – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas” – to the front and finished off with some gold snowflake peeloff.)
  4. Previous card photographed open in an attempt to show the acetate front.

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CAKE DECORATING:

In my last post I showed you our Christmas cake after I’d done most of the decorating, but before my two youngest nephews’ snowmen were added.

Today’s photos show the cake top with the addition of the two snowmen made by the boys.

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

You can find a list of all the Designers currently offering a 20% discount by clicking – Here!

As I’m writing this there are around 30 designers offering 20% off all their designs, with some of the top designers being amongst the list.

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Friday, 27th December – Here! – 20% OFF Designer Discounts, FREE CD Volume 78, Hot Designs & 8 New Froms!
  • Monday, 30th December – Here! – 20% Designer Discounts, Free CD, 49p Card Kit & CUP Best Sellers

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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Further November 2013 Crafting

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An Update, A Few Cards and Some Jewellery

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 I’ve finally finished making up a card for the “colouring in” challenge on the “Stamping Dragon Designs” Facebook group.  I’ve had the image coloured in for ages, and collected the other bits for my card several days ago, but only finished putting the card together this morning.  It’s not as if it’s a complicated card, just that I was distracted with other crafting and other things – most of which are “works in progress” so not ready to show you yet.  I’ve got so many things on the go, and so many ideas in my head, of things I want to make for Christmas – but of course, as I’m fishing out things to make my Christmas gifts I see other bits and have a flash of inspiration and then I just have to have a go at making something else.

Mind you, you will find a batch of Christmas cards I’ve made, from free images from a magazine I’d bought lately, in this blog post, as well as some jewellery, so it’s not as if I’ve not done anything for Christmas.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

Challenges entered into:

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  1. Lucy Lion Stamp by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs (I printed the digi-stamp at smaller than the size provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Sleigh Bell, Sandstone, Pastel Pink and Canary.  I then cut the image out close to the outline.  I took a sheet of two different foiled and embossed Adorable Scorable cardstock and cut panels out of these, one larger than the other to mat and layer.  I created a square base card from white cardstock as well.  I used finger-lift tape and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to layer up the card and shaped the coloured in digi-stamp with my fingers before attaching it using glue gel.  I went round the card and added dots of gold glitter using a gold Wink of Stella brush pen and tied a red ribbon in a bow around the left hand side of the card. I finished off with some flowers as embelishments that I’d bunched together using glue like the Paper Flowers : 05 in my Making Paper Flowers section.)
  2. As the shine of card and foiling gave a bit of a whiteout on the photo of the card straight on I took another photo at a bit of an angle to show the real colours.
  3. An angled view of the card showing dimension.

A batch of cards made using backing papers and toppers from the latest issue of the “Making Cards” magazine.  I went over the main star in each image with a Glitter Shake Silver pen, as well as dotting the same pen over the spotted area of the provided backgrounds so that the cards glitter when moved in the light.  Most of the cards are A6 in size made from either hammered white, or matt black, base card, though the first two are larger.  I’ve used silver holographic paper as a layer behind the elements on most of the cards, and finished off with a “Nadolig Llawen” peel-offs – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”. These are all stuck together using finger-lift tape to make sure that every one will go through the UK post on an ordinary letter stamp – the family and friends who buy cards off me really don’t want to have to go up to a Large Letter, or more, stamp for posting so only want more dimensional cards for hand delivery, not posting.

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JEWELLERY:

This is a set of neckalce and bracelet made from a kumihimo card created from one colour of rattail cord – a 2mm Rattail Satin Cord Thread.  The ends of the cord are glued into gold end caps using Zap glue.  I’ve then added magnetic clasps with jump rings.

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  1. Necklace and bracelet.
  2. Necklace by itself.
  3. Closer look at bracelet and the kumihimo cord detail.

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  1. This is a quick charm bracelet made with items that have been in my crafting stash for a while.  The chain was bought with the clasp already on it at a standard bracelet length.  I put sodalite beads onto ball head headpins and looped the ends to make an eye using a looper tool.  These, and a flower charm from my stash, were attached to the chain using jump rings.

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CUP UPDATE:

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Monday, 18th November – Here! – 1p Paper Pack, Free CD 72 & CUPs Best Selling Designers and Crafters

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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(Thank you for reading this blog post. 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.)
If you can’t see the comment box then there should be a link that says “Responses” and clicking on that will bring up the box

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