A Second Plaque Complete

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A Second Plaque

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When my mother saw the plaque I made for myself (you can see it – here – if you haven’t seen it before) she liked it so much I decided to make her one.

The place I’d got the letter and plaque for my original creation didn’t have any letter H left so I went looking on eBay for a suitable item.

Her favourite colour is blue so I got a letter H already painted this time, rather than covering the letter myself.

I also ordered some wooden plaques with ready drilled holes.

I’d still got a lot of flowers left from making my previous letter plaque so I had less to do from scratch for this make.

Like the previous plaque I started by roughly painting the plaque with white gesso.

I then collected together all the items I wanted to use – plaque, letter, glue, paint, brushes, Tonic Nuvo mousse and drops, bag of flowers I’d maďe previously from prrinted out Essential Plains digital downloads from the Dragons Lair Designs Etsy shop.

This time I decided to do some fine splatering of paint onto the background before I did anything else, blue near the top and green near the bottom.

As Mam and I decided near the end of making my plaque that something around the edge as a finishing touch was needed, this time I decided to put the dots around the edge before doing anything else – it was difficult using a ruler to get dots evenly spaced in a straght line after adding flowers on my plaque.

I used my finger to rub some mousse around some edges of the letter.  It’s odd how bothe the paint splatter and rubbed areas on the letter take on a different look depending on the lighting. I then glued on the letter with glue gel.

Next it was simply a case of tipping out my paper flowers and leaves and laying them out in various positions until I was happy with them.  I used glue gel to attach these as well.

I used wire from my jewellery making stash to hang the plaque, again using beads as stoppers on the back to stop wire moving or coming out of the holes.

And this is what it looks like in the end.

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Now I need to sort out some more catchup posts to publish, and also decide whether I’m next going to work on some of my PHD, or start one of the projects I’ve got planned in my head and already bought the items needed.

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A Project I’m Working On – Completed

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My Completed Wall Plaque

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Well, it’s taken me quite a few days to make, but it is finished!  Hope you like it.

In case you missed my previous posts on this project – you can find them here:

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Information on what I’ve used can be found, with some links, in the previous posts, but I do need to give a special thank you to Janette Padley of Dragons Lair Designs for putting together the digital download backgounds collections for me.  She’s got a shop up on Etsy – here, a Dragons Lair Designs Facebook Page – here, a Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group – here, a Dragons Lair Designs Blog – here, and is also on CraftsUprint – here.

CONSTRUCTION AND FINISHING TOUGHES

I started by making up a cord to hang up my plaque.  I decided to make one up myself from three lengths of 6 stranded embroidery thread.  The paler thread in the center and the two darker lengths knotter around using a macramé twisting knot. I wanted a bit of texture, though you can’t really see the twist unless you look really closely because of the small size ofthe threads used, but I think it’s going to work well for what I want.

To attach I threaded the knotted cord through the holes in the plaque and then threaded an end of the thread through a bead and tied it in place to prevent the cord slipping out of the holes.

Next for the decorating – I put the plaque with letter flat on the table and started clustering the flowers and leaves I created on it.

Once I’d got it roughly how I wanted it I started gluing everything in place using Pinflair Glue Gel.  I had thought of using a hot glue gun but decided on the glue gel as it takes longer to set and I wanted the time to move things around until I was happy with how things looked.  I used a big mound of the glue for the center of the largest cluster in the bottom left to hold up the cluster of flowers.

 

Once I got to this stage I decided I wasn’t quite happy with the plaque.  It needed something else.  After a discusion with my mother we decided it needed something round the edge but not more flowers.

So what I decided to do was cut some strips of paper and added different options before laying them on the plaque so that Mam and I could pick the one we liked best.  Always good to have a second opinion when you can’t decide of finishing touches.

From a not very good attempt at distress inks to spots of a purple alcohol ink pen, it was one up from the bottom we decided on in the end – which is Nuvo Drops.

Chooseing to add the drops around the edge after doing the other decorating made it difficult for me to use a ruler to space the dots out evenly, but I managed in the end.

Mam likes it so much I’m going to make one for her as well. So keep an eye out for that.

THE FINISHED PROJECT:

Well, this is it!

Closeup of one area.

The whole piece.

So, onward next with a few UFOs and some more projects I’ve got worked out and the materials bought ready to start. As I tend to craft depending on which bit of me is aching the most, and how I’m feeling on any particular day, I haven’t decided what to do next, but I have had our cleaner pop my sewing machine on one corner of our kitchen table for me so I may get on with putting together some patchwork squares I’ve cut out a while ago. Wait and see!

Oh, and I’ve still got to post some catchups of previously made but unblogged items.

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A Project I’m Working On – Part 3

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This Is A Further Continuation Of The Work On My Latest Project

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I’m keeping up with documenting the progress of my latest project.  I’ve even managed to start looking through some photos of my creatings that I’ve got on my laptop saved under the heading of unblogged, that I obviously made and photographed some months ago and never did anything with the photos, so expect to see some of them appearing in my blog posts soon.  I hope you liked seeing what I showed you yesterday as the start of my “catchup” posting.

In case you missed my previous posts on this project – you can find them here:

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LATEST WORK ON MY PROJECT:

My first job was to stick the covered letter to the painted plaque.

I used Pinflair Glue Gel to glue the letter in place, dabong big blobs of the glue behind the letter so that it is raised from the plaque.

Then it was out with the Pinflair Glue-it Bookbinding glue, foam, ball tools, flower shaping tray, etc., to start putting some shape to my cut-outs and layering them up.

So in the order I showed you the cut-outs in my previous post, here are what I made –

The first of the ones with pink printed onto the back of orange.

Two shades of pink through to red.

Some more with paler pink on one side and a reder pink on the other.

Another of the pink/orange ones – I’ve used both sides for these flowers.

Some more pink flowers – fo you think I’ve overdone the shades of pink? I’ll have to see when I start placeing everything together.

I made one larger rose and a smaller bud with the Luxury Rose die cuts.

I quite like how the leaves look after some shapeing, especially the ferns.

The small punched out items have also been given some minimal shapeing.  I’m thinking of adding some gems or nuvo drops to the center of these flowers, and to some of those above as well.

What I need to do next is get a cord or ribbon attached to the plaque so that my finished work can be hung, and then to play around with laying the flowers out in different positions to see which I like best before sticking them in place.  Keep an eye out for my next post about this project, and also for more “catchup” posts showing you things I’ve made over the last 18 months or so but haven’t shown you all yet.

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A Project I’m Working On – Part 2

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A Continuation Of The Work On My Latest Project

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Well – I promised in my blog post of the 3rd March that I would keep slowly working on my project and blog some updates as I went along.  So three days later I’m back again with a look at how far I’ve got by now. This won’t be the most interesting blog post I’ve ever written, either verbally or pictoraly, but I have taken photos of what I’ve done.

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LATEST WORK ON MY PROJECT:

At the moment my arms are really sore and quite weak, so I didn’t want to either lift up my larger die cutting machine or have to turn the handle a lot.  When the SNAP die cutting machine came out I invested in one just for such occasions – a bit lighter to move around, but even more importantly – it doesn’t need to be hand cranked – which is a bonus when I’m not up to much – and I can even use it on a tray in bed as a battery inside can be charged up and then it can be used without being connected to anything, though, on this occasion I had it put on one side of the kitchen table for me and did a bit at a time and went back to bed to rest in between.  I know I’ve got plenty of equipment already, but, with things as they were with my health and everything when this little machine was launched, I decided it would be worth it for occasions such as these.

I’m aiming to decorate my plaque with the letter G, which you can see in it’s “raw” state in my previous post, with some flowers.  Now I like a bit of varying colour depth in flowers, rather than them being a flat colour but, while I do have inks, etc., that I could use to colour up my creations, I’m just not feeling up to getting messy and then wasteing a proporting of my crafting time both wipeing up and putting everything away at the end.  And that is why I wanted the digital download backgrounds I told you about and showed you last time.

One sheet gives me varying depths of colour, and each sheet I’ve printed on the back a slightly different coloured background – well I say “each sheet” – I have to admit that, not only did I manage to put one sheet back in so that it double printed on the same side as I told you about in my last post, but, as you’ll see below, I did manage to get thouroughly mixed up at one stage and got wrong colours on the backs of some sheets.  But hey, who cares?!  I’ll make them work and use them up some how.

The dies I’m using for this project are all Fleurs Flower dies that I’ve slowly collected for a while but only used a few of them on small projects up to now.  I’m not going to go listing every one I’ve used, but I have photographed the flower layers created together with the die set used in each case, so if you are interested you can just do a search.

This sheet was one where I’d made a slight mistake in printing with an orange shade on the front and a pink shade on the back, so we’ll see what the flowers come out like when I’ve had a play. I’ve flipped one so you can see.

I’d folded the sheets in half and cut everything out twice in one go. I had hoped that turning back the corner on this one would show you the slight variation in the colour between the front and back, but the picture doesn’t show the colours like I wanted.

I haven’t used the larger flower layer dies for any of the flowers.

This was another where I’d got pink on the back of orange but I’ve not flipped any this time.

And two more flower types.

While two of the sheets of green were fine with me, with two different greens either side, the third sheet was another “wps” with a shade of orange on the back, but I’ve used it to cut leaves and may well use them with the orange side up.

And after cutting everything out using the dies I reached for the Fleurs Flower Forming Punches to cut out some smaller leaves and flower heads from the waste paper, both the white areas not printed on and the colour printed papers.  These I think will be good for filling out some areas on my project in the end.  I had to do a lot of stopping and starting when using the punches, but I’ve got a nice bundle together before I gave up and just threw the rest of the papers.

So, my next stage will be to attach the letter to the plaque and make up flowers using the pieces I’ve cut out.  Probably won’t all be realistic, but I’m hopeing that they will all look nice together by the time I’ve finished them.

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A Project I’m Working On

Hello Everybody!

It’s been a long time since I blogged.  Other things like family, ill health, life and death have got in the way of blogging.  I have managed to do a bit of crafting during the time I’ve been away from blog land, but haven’t then had the time or the energy to take photos and blog about my creations after I’d finished crafting.

Some of the items I’ve made I may still manage to photograph and show you at some point in the future, but for now I thought I’d start by blogging about a project I’m working on “just for me”.  I don’t even know what it will look like in the end as I’ve not even finished it yet – it may turn out to be a disaster.

This is what I started off with

It’s an “Anna Marie Designs MDF Plaque and Letter” that I bought from Create and Craft some time ago (they still have some letters left but no more Gs).

I had an idea how I’d like to decorate it with hand made flowers, and an idea of the sort of colours I wanted to use, but while I could find lots of posibilities in my stash and digital library, I could not find a whole assortment of things that would go together like I wanted.  So what to do?  Well turn to Janette Padley, the designer at Dragons Lair Designs, to see what she could come up with.

I wanted lots of different coloured backgrounds, but ones with some subtle graduation in how dark the colour was throught the page, and with slight difference in colours from one sheet to another within the collection – I’ll explain why as I make my creation.  These are what Janette came up with –

Essential Plains Paper Pack 1 Digital Papers – 12 x 12 Papers pink, purple, lilac, rose

Essential Plains Paper Pack 2 Digital Papers – 12 x 12 Papers blue, green, lime, pale blue

Essential Plains Paper Pack 3 Digital Papers – 12 x 12 Papers orange, tan, beige

Essential Plains Paper Pack 4 Digital Papers – 12 x 12 Papers pink, rose, fushia

The first thing I did after downloading was to print out an assortment of backgrounds onto 160gsm and 190gsm heavyweight white paper.  As I am going to make flowers I wanted colour on the back of the paper, ànd I wanted the colour in a slightly different shade to the front.

OK, I admit I messed up some of the printing – one sheet went back into the printed and printed a second time onto the same side, while for another couple of sheets I miscalculated and landed up with not the colours I wanted at all together!

I decided to simply paint the backgound plaque with white gesso.

As you can see, I wasn’t going for an even coat of white at all.  Just a rough look.  Well, to be honest, I never get a perfectly smooth look when I spend ages trying so I decided to just go for it and quickly slap it on.

I was thinking of painting the letter G in a different colour, but as I had the sheet of paper I’d double printed on one side I decided to use that to cover it instead. No point wasteing the sheet was there?

A quick covering of bookbinding glue over the front of the letter, and then press it down to the unprinted back of the paper.

Then it was simply a case of flipping it over and rubbing it hard to get a good adhesion and to make the edges of the letter visible through the paper.

I then took a craft knofe and started to cut out the covered letter.

By holding the craft knife flush with the letter I think I’ve made a reasonable jub of it.

So, there you have it.  Stage one complete.

Keep an eye out for the next instalment of this creation, and for some posts of my unblogged items.

 

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

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Design Team Card

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

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Design Team Card

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It’s time for me to show you another DT inspiration piece 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.

We have a picture inspiration challenge for you this month.

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There are so many different directions you can go for this theme – You may choose to work on anything using the colours from within the picture, or perhaps harvest, or thanksgiving, or choose just one item from within the picture to concentrate on. So many ideas to play with. I can’t wait to see what everybody comes up with this month.

Please join in and let us see your crafted creation.

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CREATION:

There just wasn’t enough time on the day of our thanksgiving service at the chapel for me to do everything, so I gave my 10 year old nephew a bucket full of vegetation he’d helped me cut, some fruit and veg, and asked him to make a display in the lobby while I got on with other stuff. Then I gave him my phone to photograph his creation. He even got a dustpan and brush and swept up the leaves and petals that had fallen on the floor while he was working.  He even came back with me later in the week to clear everything he’d put up before the following week’s service.

So this month I decided to use his photo of his display to make a quick digital layout using one of the Dragons Lair Designs collections to go with it.  I have printed it out as well to add to my mother’s collection of my 8″ square layouts.

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Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite software

 

Method:

I started off by taking several items from the DLD collection I’d chosen, together with a slightly cropped photo my nephew had taken into My Craft Studio.

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I then used a digital cutter within the software to shape the photograph before laying everything out and resizing until I was happy with my layout.

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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.)

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” – October 2016

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Design Team Card

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It’s time for me to show you another DT inspiration piece 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 the October challenge is – “Boo!”.  From the scarry to the fun, anytype of crafting.

Please join in and let us see your crafted creation.  I can’t wait to see what everybody comes up with this month.

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CREATION:

I looked back to my photos from October 2015 for photos to make a digital scrapbook layout as inspiration for you this month.

boo

 

Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite software

 

Method:

I chose a “haloween” themed collection from Dragons Lair Designs for my creation this time.  I picked photos of two of my nephews dressed up in their Haloween costumes – a large black spider with 8 long legs on a giant spider’s web, and  skeleton with black hooded cape – together with one of the pumpkins that they’d carved, and used a digital cutter within the My Craft Studio software to cut them into scalloped circle shapes with black matting and layering.  I also used a digital cutter from within the software to cut a cat shape from one of the backgrounds in the digital collection.

I then had some fun laying out everything at different sizes and positions until I was happy with the  layout.  I then printed out a copy for my mother’s collection of my 8″ square layouts although it’s the digital layout that you can see in this post.

boo

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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 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 – September 2016

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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 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.

CardBox05

CardBox04 CardBox06

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.

BabyBlanket 02 01 BabyBlanket 02 02 BabyBlanket 02 04 BabyBlanket 02 05

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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.

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

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Design Team Card

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It’s time for me to show you another DT inspiration piece 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 September is “Books and/or Paper“.  There are so many different directions you can go for this theme – perhaps you are into book folding, or perhaps you are into desiging your own background papers, or you may even want to make a card with books and papers, etc., on to give to a youngster heading off to a new school or college.  So many ideas to play with.  I can’t wait to see what everybody comes upwith this month.

Please join in and let us see your crafted creation.

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CREATION:

This summer my father not only celebrated his 85th birthday, but he also had his autobiography published, so I decided that an Open Book Card would be a suitable birthday card for him this time. And, of course, an Open Book card is a card style that’s suitable for the DLD Challenge as well, so I killed two birds with one stone this time.

 

Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite software
  • Tattered Lace Open Book Dies
  • Scissors
  • Joy Cutting and Embossing Machine

Consumables:

  • 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Tonic Funky Glue
  • Matt Silver Cardstock

BookCard 01 01

Method:

I started off by taking several items from the DLD collection I’d chosen, together with a photo of my father when he was our town mayor, into the My Craft Studio software.  I played around with sizes and positions of the picture in a frame element from the collection, and also the greeting for the card.

Once I was happy with what I’d got I printed everything out and started cutting everything out.  I used one of the the smaller book shapes from the die set for the greetings, then drew around the outside of them onto white cardstock and cut them out to give a mat a slight bit bigger for each and sticking them together.  I used a series of the larger book dies for the main card shape.  I just cut out the frame and the “brad” elements with scissors.

I shaped all the “book page” layers over the side of a table before sticking them all together, and I used glue gel for dimension for adding the elements at the end.

This is a very dimensional card and I enclosed a wooden stand with it when I gave it.

BookCard 01 03I think that these pictures show how dimensional I made the card and embelishments.

BookCard 01 05

BookCard 01 04

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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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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, 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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