Inspiration For “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” – January 2017

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I Know! – Long Time No Blog!

On top of my usual health, and disabling conditions issues, I managed to catch a nasty virus around Christmas Time and spent a while around the New Year with no voice and no energy whatsoever.  It’s taken me this long to improve a little bit and get enough energy to get on my laptop to work on my Design Team inspiration pieces for Dragons Lair Designs.

I should have posted my inspiration piece for the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog at the begining of the month some time, and posted my inspiration piece for the Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog – January Challenge the 1st Friday of the month.  But here I am at the 20th without doing either.  So I’ve decided to make a combined, “digital”, creation for this month, and hope I’ve improved quite a bit more by next month to make up for my lack of crafting inspiration lately.

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Here’s a bit about the challenge blog, with links –

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 January 2017 is “New Beginnings”

This can be ANY ONE project interpreting the theme NEW BEGINNINGS in whatever way you are inspired! While the image gives the impression of a baby card the theme is more open and can be any new beginning.

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As I said earlier that I was going digital this month I’m guessing that most of you are thinking I’ve gone for digital scrapbooking – but no, I’ve gone down a new route this time.

As well as new babies, “New Beginnings” can also bring to mind New Year’s Resolutions.  But I’m not big on them.  So my inspiration project isn’t strictly about New Year’s Resolutions either but more of a reminder to myself, and anybody else who will use my laptop, that regular breaks should be taken when working on computer screens.

What I decided to do was use the skills and software I usually use to create digital scrapbooking pages to create a new background for my laptop desktop to remind myself to rest often while on the laptop.  I don’t know about you but when I am feeling reasonable I tend to keep going for far longer than I should and then pay for it with worse health for days afterwords, so by making a layout to replace the choice of half a dozen generic backgrounds that come with Windows I hope to remind myself as the laptop goes on that I need to take breaks.

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CREATION:

I started by finding the resolution of my laptop desktop area (right click, graphics properties, then display gave me what I wanted on my laptop).

I then opened my software and drew out an area in the same proportions on my working area.

Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite software

Method:

I like to have my program icons placed in separate areas on my screen for different types of software and software I use most often, so as well as making a panel with my reminder using items from the Artistic Expressions collection I also used other items from the collection to make zones on my working area.

Having played around for a bit I was happy with my layout and saved it as a .jpg file.

I then went into the “Personalise” area in windows (Right click on an empty bit of the desktop and select “Personalize” on my laptop).  Then I “Browsed” to the location I’d saved my file and selected it.

And this is the result.

I think I need to change the position of a few things a little bit, but as a 1st attempt I’m quite pleased with my new desktop layout.

I know that any image on a laptop or computer can be set as a background on a computer, but I think that having a play with creating a new digital layout, that could of course be a “digital scrapbook” style layout with photos and captions if you want, can make the experience of looking at a computer when it is turned on a bit different.  And of course you could have a “new begining” however often you wanted by creating a new layout with a new photo or caption.

 

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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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(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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My Latest “Inspiration by Gwyneth” Post For “Dragons Lair Designs” Blog – September 2016

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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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Hi everybody.

For September, over on the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog, we are working on the theme “Preparing For Christmas” and hope that we can inspire you with different ideas for crafting for Christmas, but not only for Christmas but for other times of year as well.

I’ve got a few ideas for you to think about and hope you like what I’ve made.  They don’t look very “Christmasy”, but not all Christmas gifts and ideas have to look specifically “Christmasy”, especially if they are made to be used all year round, and you can always add more traditional Christmas items to any creation you make.

What I Made:

  • A decorated gift bag to give a baby blanket I’d crocheted in
  • A decorated “Book Box” of hand made cards
  • An unique mouse mat.

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These are what I used:

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Items from the “Summer Sunset” collection available – here – in the store.
Items from the “Oh Baby Mine” collection
Background from another collection

Consumables:

Equipment:

  • Scissors
  • My Craft Studio Elite Software
  • Baby Blue Die Cutting Machine
  • Tonic Butterfly Die
  • Tattered Lace Flower Die
  • Non-stick Craft Sheet
  • Paint Brush
  • Pallette
  • Sponge
  • Pokey Tool

Method – Mouse Mat:

This is a great way to make something that will be used a lot, and looked at often, but will be a specific memory for the recipient.

It’s basically a scrapbook layout, created digitally, and printed out at the correct size to fit inside a blank mouse mat.  (it needs to be constructed digitally at the correct size for your blank because you must have a perfectly flat image for inside the mouse mat).

As this mouse mat was a gift for my father, who’s had his autobiography published this summer, I wanted to keep the image layout very simple – lots of flourishes and frames wouldn’t have been suitable for him, but for a different person a different look can easily be achieved in whatever graphics package you choose to work in.

I chose a pale blue background from one of the DLD collections as a background (should have made a note of which one I used I know!).

I then took the image from the front of his book, together with three photos my youngest sister had taken of him at three different book signing sessions during the summer, framed the photos, and made a simple layout.

Mousemat 01

This was then printed and cut out to size and put into the blank mouse mat before using the tape that was inside one edge to seal it.  I then used ultra tacky tape to attach the gell wrist rest.

Method – Book Shaped Box Of Assorted Cards

If you are a person who makes more cards than you have people to give them to, and are not able to get out and about to go and sell them at craft fairs, etc., then how about boxing some of your makes up to give as gifts to family and friends?  It will be a Christmas gift that will be useful to the recipient for months to come.  You can go all ornate in how you box them up, or keep it simple, how you present your gift is up to you.  I’ve used a book shaped box file and decorated it simply so that it can sit unobtrusivaly on a shelf until needed.  I’m actually giving this one as a raffle prize in a charity event my niece is organising this month.

I took the same type of book shaped box file as I used in a previous project – here – and painted it with white gesso.  I then painted it using Cosmic Shimmer Paints as I did on another project – here.  I was going for quite a distressed, old book, look.

I took items from the Summer Sunset collection into My Craft Studio software and put together a “book name” panel.  I printed this out quite small for the spine of my book box and larger for the front.  After cutting these out I attached them to book box.

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I then went through my collection of made up cards to select an assortment, put in inserts, attached a sticker with my details to the back of each, matched them up with an envelope and put them into the decorated box.

CardBox01(You may recognise the dragon on the front of the top card!)

Method – Decorated Gift Bag:

Gift bags are handy to put gifts that are hard to pack into.  But buying decorated ones are expensive, so why not invest in a pack of plain bags and decorate them yourself.

With so many different collections available in the Dragons Lair Designs online store you are sure to find digital downloads that you can work with and print off to decorate a gift bag for anybody for any occasion.

I’ve used a baby collection to decorate this gift bag to place a baby blanket I crocheted into.

GiftBag06

Once again, I took items from the collection into My Craft Studio to resize, add text, etc., and then printed them out onto Super Smooth cardstock.

I did one panel, including a digitaly “die-cut” Christmas Tree, for the front of the bag.

GiftBag02A panel and a frame for the back.  As this is another item that will be given as a raffle prize for the charity event I’m going to slip in a picture of the blanket that will be inside it and slip it into the frame.  The frame in this instance is stuck on on three sides using double sided tape.

GiftBag05I also made a gift tag with a panel for somebody to write a greeting on the front.

GiftBag03

And a pocket with a window that has acetate inside it on the back – I do this for anything I make using yarn these days so that the recipient knows the yarn content and how to wash the item that’s being gifted.

GiftBag04Here’s the details of the yarn I used and photos of the baby blanket I’m putting in the gift bag as the a raffle prize.

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Anybody noticed that the first two items would be suitable for entries into this month’s Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog?!  The theme for September is Books and/or Paper.  As the first item is a mouse mat based on the launch of a book and features book signing sessions it would fit into the theme.  As would the gift box of assorted cards that’s in the shape of an old book.

So I hope that, not only have I inspired you to think of different things to craft for Christmas, but also to craft something suitable for entry into the challenge.

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And that is it from me for today. I hope my cards will inspire you to visit the Dragons Lair Designs store and have a play with combining some of the digital downloads available to buy with some of your other crafting equipment to make different 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, 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 to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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My Latest “Inspiration by Gwyneth” Post For “Dragons Lair Designs” Blog – August 2016

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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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Hi everybody.

The new collection, launched in the Dragons Lair Designs online store on the 1st August, is called “Summer Sunset”, and all the DLD Inspiration Blog DT members have been given the collection to work with for their Inspiration posts this month – with many choosing to volunteer to make extra creations – which does show that we really like working with it.

For the launch I made a digital scrapbook layout showing a photo I’d taken of a flower some years ago.  Having gone digital that time I decided to go into mixed media for this inspiration and decorate a box.

This is what I started with –

Box 06

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These are what I used:

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Items from the “Summer Sunset” collection available – here – in the store.

Consumables:

  • 250gsm Super Smooth A4 white cardstock
  • Tonic Funky Glue
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Three colours of Cosmic Shimmer Paint

Equipment:

  • Scissors
  • My Craft Studio Elite Software
  • Baby Blue Die Cutting Machine
  • Tonic Butterfly Die
  • Tattered Lace Flower Die
  • Non-stick Craft Sheet
  • Paint Brush
  • Pallette
  • Sponge
  • Pokey Tool

Method:

I printed out one of the background sheets from the collection, that had a circular centre panel, a couple of times.  I then took a leaf into My Craft Studio, re-sized it and copied it several times over the working area.  I also added a heart from the digital collection.  I then printed this sheet of elements out as well.
As I was using paint I had to de-camp from bed to work on the kitchen table, so tidied a corner and laid down my Craft Sheet to work on.
This is what it looked like after I’d finished and was ready to put everything away (I had put the die-cutting machine away before painting as knowing me I’d have got the paint over that as well!)
Box 07
The first thing I did was cut out the circular panel from one of the backgrounds I’d printed, leaving a border around the circle to frame it.
I then took some of the background, cutting panels to the same size as the plate of the die-cutting machine, and cut out three spiral flowers.  I decided to have a splash of contrast so cut the butterfly out of white cardstock.
I turned over the outside edge of each of the flower spirals before strating to turn them into flowers so that the “petals” would turn outwards and not show so much white edge in the finished flowers.  After twisting into the flowers I glued the backs in place with Funky Glue and put to one side to dry.
I cut out some leaves and the heart from the element sheet.
I painted the inside of the box and lid using the gold coloured paint, and when dry stuck the heart in the bottom.
Box 04
For the outside of the box base and lid I used a sponge, rather than a brush, to add the paint, as I wanted a bit of a textured look. I “pounced” the sponge rather than wiping the paint on.
I started with the bronze colour paint all over.  I then used a small amount of gold on my sponge – dabbing it off so that it was practically dry before dabbing the gold at random over the box base and top of the lid.  I finished off by doing the same with the dark brown colour.  This gives the box a bit of a vintage look.
Box 02 Box 03
Once the paint was dry I used the Pinflair Glue Gel to attach firstly the circular panel and then the flowers.  I used a bit of the funky glue under the centre to attach the butterfly.
Box 08

And this is what the box looks like from the top.

Box 01

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And that is it from me for today. I hope my cards will inspire you to visit the Dragons Lair Designs store and have a play with combining some of the digital downloads available to buy with some of your other crafting equipment to make different 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, 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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Summer Sunset Collection

The new collection from Dragons Lair Designs is called “Summer Sunset” and it includes some gorgeous colours.   You can find the collection for sale in the DLD online store – Here!

For today’s launch I decided to keep my creation simple – a digital layout of a flower I grew a few years ago.

Summer Sunset

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite Software

Method:

I simply took my photo into the My Craft Studio software and pulled in various items from the collection, working with sizing and positions until I was happy with my layout – really simple!

Here’s a quick look at some of what you can expect in the collection – some are available as freebies in various DLD areas such as the Inspiration Blog, and Fan Group, so do pop into DLD land to have a look.

13445829_10208601163699557_3350265358786822787_nOh! and did I say that there’s a big discount for a short while?!

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.

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 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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My Latest “Inspiration by Gwyneth” Post For “Dragons Lair Designs” Blog – July2016

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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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Hi everybody.

For our July posts every Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog Design Team member will be working with the wonderful new collection “Seaside Retreat” that was launched in the Dragons Lair Designs Store on the 1st.  This collection is certainly apt for this time of year and perfect, not only for scrapbooking and digi-scrapping all the photos taken on seaside trips and holidays, but also ideal for summer birthday cards and for home decor items as well.

I’ve already shown everybody a shaker card I made using items from the collection, but today I’d like to show you a framed bit of home decor.

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These are what I used:

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Items from the “Seaside Retreat” collection available – here – in the store.

Consumables:

  • 250gsm Super Smooth A4 white cardstock
  • Tonic Funky Glue
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Ultra tacky red back sticky tape
  • Foam Pads
  • Hunkydory Shadowbox Frames
  • Blue ProMarker

Equipment:

  • Scissors
  • Craft Knife
  • My Craft Studio Elite Software

Method:

I printed out one of the blue backgrounds from the collection. I also took the sailing boat, anchor and seagull into the My Craft Studio software and resized them to the size I required before also printing them out.  These elements were then cut out.
I tore the blue background into random, white tipped, waves.
Having stuck a white background to the inside back of the shadowbox frame I coloured in a blue clowdy sky with my ProMarker.
I then stuck the sea waves using funky glue along the bottom edges of each.
I folded the frame into shape and used tape to attach the foiled frame on top.
I used foam pads and glue gel to attach the elements in place, giving shape to the sails and boat before sticking down.

Here’s an angled shot of my creation to try and show the dimension.

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And here’s a closeup of the sailing boat.

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And that is it from me for today. I hope my cards will inspire you to visit the Dragons Lair Designs store and have a play with combining some of the digital downloads available to buy with some of your other crafting equipment to make different creations.

DLD Gwyneth DT Badge

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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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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 –

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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.

LaunchDayExtra01

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Equipment:

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

Consumables:

  • 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

Method:

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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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 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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My Latest “Inspiration by Gwyneth” Post For “Dragons Lair Designs” Blog – June 2016

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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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On this blog on the 1st I did a launch day extra using the new collection.  For that I did a quite brightly coloured, digital, scrapbook layout.  So for my post today I decided to try and inspire you with items from the collection used in quite a different way.

I decided to use a limited number of items from the collection, together with cardstock, an embossing folder, and some dies to make an engagement card and a sympathy card.

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These are what I used:

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Items from the “A Taste Of Summer” collection available – here – in the store.

Consumables:

  • 250gsm Super Smooth A4 white cardstock
  • Tonic Funky Glue
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Nuvo Alcohol Marker

Equipment:

  • Scissors;
  • Craft Knife
  • Baby Blue
  • Hougie Board
  • My Craft Studio Elite Software
  • Assortment of Tattered Lace Dies
  • Tattered Lace Border Embossing Folder
  • Baby Blue Die Cutter

Method:

I used my Hougie Board to measure and score 2 x base cards of near enough 6″ square, using my scissors to cut off the extra.

I printed out two of the square panels from the collection at 6″ square and cut these out and stuck the bright one to the front of one of the cards using fingerlift tape.

I’d bought a small Baby Blue cutting machine when it was on offer so that my youngest nephews could have it to craft when they wanted to, but I wanted to show a way that by playing around the smaller machines could be used to decorate larger pieces.

For the second card I took the 2nd size down of some nesting dies and drew around the outside of it in the centre of the bluey/grey panel and cut it out roughly using a craft knife.  I then put the die on this cut out piece and put it through the Baby Blue to cut it properly.  I cut out the largest of the nesting dies from a piece of the white cardstock.  Using fingerlift tape I stuck the gutted piece of cardstock onto the front of the card, placed the white mat to cover the hole cut in the centre then put the piece cut from the centre on top.  Of course I could have printed out the panel the 2nd time and just cut a piece to fit in the Baby Blue, not used the round about method to gut the larger panel without destroying it, but remember I’m trying to show round about ways of doing larger projects with smaller die cutting machines.

I used the My Craft Studio software simply to place on two different types of flowers from the collection, resizing and copying them numberous times, as well as the hearts element from the collection, until I had a page full of flowers and hearts.  This page I then simply printed out onto the same cardstock I’d used for everything else.  I cut these out as well.

I took some more of the white cardstock and cut out a panel 1cm smaller than the card front.  This I cut into strips, cutting 1cm from the edge of the central panel.  I put one panel through the Baby Blue in an embossing folder, one with a heart die at the top and another with a melded heart die on it.  These three were then stuck to the card front, spaced out so that the background panel could be seen around and through them, using funky glue.

I used more Tattered Lace dies to cut out the praying hands, the greetings, one of them twice, and the flourish.  I used a toneing alcohol marker to colour in one of the greetings and used more funky glue to stick it behind the uncoloured one to create a shaddow.

I then used funky glue to attach flourish, praying hands, hearts and greetings to the front of the cards, and used glue gel to attach the flowers.

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Llongyfarchiadau is Welsh for Congratulations.  I think hearts and flowers from the collection make a nice embelishment on an engagement card.

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Meddwl Amdanat is Welsh for Thinking Of You, So I wnated to keep this card quite simple and subdued for this sympathy card.

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And that is it from me for today. I hope my cards will inspire you to visit the Dragons Lair Designs store and have a play with combining some of the digital downloads available to buy with some of your other crafting equipment to make different creations.

You can also sign up for the Dragons Lair Designs Newsletter – Here! – there’s something 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.)

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A Taste Of Summer In Dragons Lair Designs Land

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Where is the time going – already the 1st of June and it seems like the year just started a few weeks ago.  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.

This month the collection is called “A Taste of Summer”.

A few days ago I showed a clip from a digital scrapbook layout as a bit of a sneaky peak online.

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Today I’d like to show you the full digital scrapbook layout.  I found a couple of pictures of an Amarylis I grew a few years ago to put in my layout this time.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite Software

Method:

I found two pictures from my digital photo library and took them into my software, together with lots of items from the brand new collection. I then moved around, resized, added drop shaddows, etc., until I was happy with the layout.  It is actually two flower heads in one photo that you can see across the top two boxes.

 

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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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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Floral Delight Card Front

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Today I’m showing you a card front design I put together.  I will be printing it out at just under 6″ square and sticking to the front of 6″ square base cards to make a little set of notelets.  I’ve put everything together digitally ready for printing out so that the cards/notelets I put it on will be flat and go through the post in the UK on a standard letter stamp.

I don’t know about everybody else, but family members see my cards and then as which ones will go through the post on an ordinary stamp, because, if they have to post a card, they don’t want the postage to be more expensive than the card.  But of course, larger or more dimensional cards are great for hand delivery or for realy special occasions where they are included in a parcel with a gift.

This is what the simple layout looks like.  I’ve not put on a greeting because the aim is to make a pack of notecards that can be used for Welsh or English communication.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • Items from the “Floral Delight” mini kit – available as a freebie currently on the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog – Here!
    (If you don’t get it before the end of the week as a freebie it will be available in the DLD online store in the Pound Shop after that.)

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite Software

Method:

I only used items from the collection to make this notelet front, but I did use a digital punch from within the software to make the grassy frond shaddows that I put on the design several times.  Everything was just layered up and re-sized until I was happy.

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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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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.

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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.)

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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