My 7th “Inspiration by Gwyneth” Post For “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog” – October

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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“. Hopefully I can inspire you with a crafted creation made using two downloads that is available in the Dragons Lair Designs Store.

I’ve gone away from cardmaking and scrapbooking this time and decorated a canvas with a prayer, papers and a simple digi-stamp of a loaf of bread.  With string attached to the back it is created to hang in a dining room or kitchen.

I was tempted to add a lot of other things to it, but everything I put on, just to see, came right off again because it just didn’t look right to me – somehow the words “keep it simple” seemed to apply this time.

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CANVAS

This is how I decorated my canvas –

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The prayer is in Welsh and a simple translation of the verse is:

Oh Father, as a contented family
we come, and thank you anew,
because from your hand there comes each day
our food and our joy.
Amen

This is an angled view of the canvas showing the little dimension introduced:

Canvas 01 03

Dragons Lair Designs Items:

  • “Bread Pack”
  • “Simply Soft Collection -Papers”

Consumables:

Equipment:

  • Scissors
  • Paint Brush

Method:

I started by printing out an assortment of the papers at different sizes, as well as printing out the digi-stamp of the sliced rustic loaf at around 2″ in length.  I used a brown watercolour pencil to colour in the digi-stamp and then cut it out.  I cut out the panels of the papers and after laying the largest towards the top of my canvas I started playing around with positions of the rest and tore the edges of anything that wasn’t along the outside of the canvas.  I used quick grab glue to stick everything onto the canvas, leaving a small white edge of the canvas all the way around.  I opened one of the backgrounds in My Craft Studio and re-sized it to the size I wanted before typing the prayer in a layer over the top.  This was also printed out and cut.  I shaped/bowed both the prayer and the loaf of bread and used the same glue to attach these at their left and right hand sides to the front of the canvas, holding for half a minute until the glue grabbed and held the item with the shape I wanted.  I then took a dry paint brush and some white paint and dry brushed very lightly in from the edges all the way around to soften the outside edge of the paper panels.

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

Please keep visiting”The Dragons Den” blog over the next few weeks as you’ll find various “Inspiration by …” posts appear from the other design team members, as well as colouring tutorials and other posts. I’ll be back with more posts for “The Dragons Den” over the coming months as well, so keep an eye out for those too.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Dragons Lair Designs, please do visit the Store to find all sorts of digital goodies for crafting, and the minimum spend is only £2 (you’ll find great digi-stamps and lots more).
  • And why not join the “Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group” on Facebook. It’s a small, fun, group where we have lots of different activities which include exclusive challenges, daily inspiration and giveaways – and there’s a loyalty club for those who take part as well where taking part gets you points, winning gets you more points, and get enough points and you get a voucher to spend in the shop.
  • “Like” Us on Facebook
  • While I’m not a fan of Pinterest and especially people’s habit of posting images, digi-stamps, etc., to the site that they’ve got no rights to, you can follow designer Janette Padley on Pinterest!
  • See us on CraftsUPrint
  • Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog : new challenge the first Friday of every month
  • Dragons Lair Designs Information Blog : a showcase blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragon Lair Designs
  • Then of course there’s the Dragon Boss Lady’s own blog – Straight From The Craftroom

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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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 6th “Inspiration by Gwyneth” Post For “The Dragons Den” Blog – September

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Design Team Card

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It’s time for another inspiration post from me on the “The Dragons Den” blog. Hopefully I can inspire you with some creations made with a kit that is available in the Stamping Dragon Designs store.

Normally, when I do a lot of digital design construction, with elements from a kit, I still print them out at the end and usually do a bit of hybrid crafting with the design I’ve come up with.  But today I decided to go a different route, I decided to take one kit from the store, and use it to create several digital layouts.  The kit I chose had an old style photo within it, so I decided to use that as a focus for all the digital layouts, but to see what different looks I could get around it just using items from the kit.  Although I’ve done them as digital scrapbook layouts, the same sort of ideas can be used for card fronts (making the different layers digitally apear to be dimensional, rather than having to build up lots of layers on a card means less weight and less hight on a finished card which can help postage costs a lot), or you could have a play and substitute one or more of your own photos into similar layouts.

Even if you never print off your digital creations, or never even show them to anybody else, the aim of this inspiration post is to show you that if you play with just one digital kit you can get different looks.  And if you do decide to print off your creations and perhaps add a bit of glitter and glaze, you can have fab results.

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SCRAPBOOK LAYOUTS

This is the 1st layout I made –

Deco Daze Collection - Page Kit 1

This is the 2nd digital layout I made.

Deco Daze Collection - Page Kit 2

And this is the 3rd layout

Deco Daze Collection - Page Kit 3

 

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • “Deco Daze Collection – Page Kit” – found – Here – in the shop.

Consumables:

  • No Consumables Used – as I’ve only made these as digital layouts I’ve not used any consumables this time.

Equipment:

  • No Crafting Equipment Used – other than my laptop and the software installed on it.  I used My Craft Studio Elite, but you can have a play with other software such as Serif CraftArtist 2 to get similar results.

Method:

Today the method is simple – I just took the papers and elements from the kit into my graphics package and played!  Resizing, layering up, moving around, etc., etc.!

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

Please keep visiting”The Dragons Den” blog over the next few weeks as you’ll find various “Inspiration by …” posts appear from the other design team members, as well as colouring tutorials and other posts. I’ll be back with more posts for “The Dragons Den” over the coming months as well, so keep an eye out for those too.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Stamping Dragon Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Stamping Dragon 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 “Stamping Dragon Designs” Facebook group. It’s a small, fun, group where we have lots of different activities which include exclusive challenges, daily inspiration and giveaways – and there’s a loyalty club for those who take part as well where taking part gets you points, winning gets you more points, and get enough points and you get a voucher to spend in the shop.
  • “Like” Us on Facebook
  • While I’m not a fan of Pinterest and especially people’s habit of posting images, digi-stamps, etc., to the site that they’ve got no rights to, you can follow designer Janette Padley on Pinterest!
  • See us on CraftsUPrint
  • Etsy Shop – Instant downloads!
  • Crafting with the Dragon – Challenge Blog : new challenge the first Friday of every month
  • The Dragon’s Den – Blog : a showcase blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragon 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 5th “Inspiration by Gwyneth” Post For “The Dragons Den” Blog – August

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Design Team Card

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It’s time for another inspiration post from me on the “The Dragons Den” blog. Hopefully I can inspire you with a crafted creation made using some downloads that are available in the Stamping Dragon Designs store.

I hope that you like what I’ve got to show you this time.

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CARD

This is the card I made –

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Below are closer looks at the card

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • “Uncle Perrys Gift” – found – Here – in the shop.
  • “Blue Harmony Papers” – found – Here – in the shop.
  • “Simply Lovable Collection CD Rom” – found – Here – in the shop.

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

For this card I printed out some items from the CD-ROM to use as background elements, cutting a strip of one and putting it across the centre as a paper ribbon.  I went over the edges of this paper ribbon and the shaped panel with a ProMarker to make it stand out.  I also punshed two corner paper punches on the background and the blue Topsy Turvy mat to create interlocking corners.  I printed the dragons digi-stamp out three times, once onto plain cardstock, twice more onto paper already printed with two of the blue backgrounds from the blue harmony kit.  I cut out all of these, making the two blues paper piecing pieces for the two dragons.  I used the blue ProMarker to colour some parts of Uncle Perry and the Blue Grey FlexMarker to put in shading around the lines of both the dragons.  The Wink of Stella pens were used to colour in the parsel and the white gel pen to do Uncle Perry’s eyes and teeth.  I shaped these and used glue gel to attached the pieces image to the card front.

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

Please keep visiting”The Dragons Den” blog over the next few weeks as you’ll find various “Inspiration by …” posts appear from the other design team members, as well as colouring tutorials and other posts. I’ll be back with more posts for “The Dragons Den” over the coming months as well, so keep an eye out for those too.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Stamping Dragon Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Stamping Dragon 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 “Stamping Dragon Designs” Facebook group. It’s a small, fun, group where we have lots of different activities which include exclusive challenges, daily inspiration and giveaways – and there’s a loyalty club for those who take part as well where taking part gets you points, winning gets you more points, and get enough points and you get a voucher to spend in the shop.
  • “Like” Us on Facebook
  • While I’m not a fan of Pinterest and especially people’s habit of posting images, digi-stamps, etc., to the site that they’ve got no rights to, you can follow designer Janette Padley on Pinterest!
  • See us on CraftsUPrint
  • Etsy Shop – Instant downloads!
  • Stamping with the Dragon – Challenge Blog : new challenge the first Friday of every month
  • The Dragon’s Den – Blog : a showcase blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragon 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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Crafting At The Start Of August 2014

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An Update, A Few Musings And A Couple Of Cards

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Well we’ve finally had some rain here, which is good for the garden and means I don’t have to water everything outside, though I still need to water the plants in the greenhouse.

I’ve had over 20 mini-cucumbers so far this year – they are as round as ordinary cucumbers but only half as long.  In the hot weather I was making quick chilled cucumber “soup” for lunch using everything straight from the fridge – just peel any marks off the cucumber and drop into a liquidizer goblet with half a large pot of yougurt (natural is good, but it also tastes nice with a honey flavoured yougurt or a coconut flavoured yogurt), then add anything else I felt like – so one day it was a clove of carlic, another just salt and papper, another a splash of wostershire sauce, and once a handful of walnut pieces.  Then just a whiz until completely liquidized and into a bowl or cup.  It was great for a quick something during the hot weather when I just didn’t feel like eating anything else.

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MUSINGS:

I know that most of you love something that’s free – Well! –  there’s a new item for August in the “Free Samples” section of the Stamping Dragon Designs store.

I know that I love a freebie myself, but with so many people putting up things on the Internet, and saying it’s free when it isn’t theirs to give for free in the first place, I’m rather cautious about downloading anything that says it’s free if it’s not from the website or FB group of the copyright owner him or herself.  But in this case it’s on the designers site so is a great freebie.

I just don’t understand why there are so many people who think that it’s not only OK but desirable to pass copies of graphics on to all and sundry without a thought to the fact that the graphics are actually the graphics/artwork/photographs/etc. are their creators/owners means of getting an income and putting food on their table.  But even if the owner is giving things for free, sometimes for a short period, and sometimes always available as freebies on the owner’s site, I believe that passing on the information and link to others is the nice way to go about sharing, not downloading and then posting on FB or sites like Pinterest or E-mailing all over the place, especially as some have been removing details of the copyright holder from the images before passing on.  By pointing people to the original location at least they are aware who exactly is giving the item for free, and the copyright owner gets a visit to their site with a chance that visitors may stay around and buy something else.  It’s so sad that artists/designers are having to spend so much of their time sending notifications to get their work removed from various places on the Internet where they have no permission to be – time when the artists/designers could spend better creating more lovely creations for us crafters like me who are not able to draw their own images.

CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)

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  1. Simply Lovable Collection CD Rom by Janette Padley, Dragons Lair Designs  (Various papers and elements from the CD-ROM were printed out onto 250gsm Super Smooth cardstock.  I then took an 8″ square white base card, cut out pieces, matted and layered and attached using finger-lift tape and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used some of the printed cardstock to make paper flowers following the same style as in my tutorial – No Tools Paper Flowers 02.  I took some leaves I’d cut previously from my box of cut bits and attached these and the flowers using glue gel. )
  2. Angled view of card showing dimension.

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  1. 20 Crosses for all Occassions by Vicki Avcin and Lace Frames – White by Lynne Crosskill (I took two of the crosses together with a lace mat into one of my graphics packages and resized the lace to be smaller than an A5 card front.  I then layered up the two crosses, slightly offset, to give a different look.  The topmost cross was also placed a 2nd time on my working area.  This was printed out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I cut out the card front and also the butterflies from the 2nd copy of the cross.  I took an A5 white base card, attached the card front panel using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, and then used glue gel to attach the extra layers to the butterflies after I’d shaped them a bit.  I finished off with a greeting “Gair o Gysur” – which is Welsh for “A Word of Sympathy” which I’d cut out of silver holographic peel-off sheet using my ScanNCut.)
  2. Diferent view of the card which shows up the holographic nature of the peel-off material used.
  3. Close-up, angled view showing the decoupaged butterflies.

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

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

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

  • Friday, 1st Auguast – Here! – IT’S BACK – 1p Penny Paper Offer, CUP News & Latest Freebie Vault Contents

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

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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 blog post. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.) (Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.)
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My 4th “Inspiration by Gwyneth” Post For “The Dragons Den” Blog – July

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Design Team Card

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It’s time for another inspiration post from me on the “The Dragons Den” blog. Hopefully I can inspire you with a crafted creation made using a download that is available in the Stamping Dragon Designs store.

I thought it was time I went for a card suitable for a man this time.  I also decided to go “back to basics”.

I know I’ve built up quite a collection of crafting consumables and equipment over the years, but I’m also aware that many are either starting new with cardmaking now, or are not as fortunate to be able to afford lots of crafting goodies.  So for today’s post I decided to use very little to make a simple card, and to show you the steps I took to make it.  I’m sorry that some of the photos are not as good as they should be – I was working in the sitting room and shooting pictures as I was making, so the light was not consistent.

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CARD

This is what I came up with –

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • “Coffee Cream Papers” – found – Here – in the shop.

Consumables:

  • 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock – 5 sheets of any printable white cardstock of 250gsm or more will be fine – you can also do the printing onto lighter weight paper or cardstock, but some of the lighter weight stuff buckles or crinkles when used with wet glue if you don’t apply the glue thinly enough.  One sheet does need to be a heavy enough cardstock to make the base card.
  • Glue – I’m using PVA type white glue that dries clear
  • Ribbon – a bit that came holding a tag inside a new dress, so recycling

Equipment:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler – no need for anything with a steel edge as I didn’t use a craft knife, just using it to draw lines
  • Pencil
  • Black Pen – I used a fine tip pen but a gel pen or handwriting pen, anything you are comfortable with will be fine.

Method:

This is how I made the card –

No packs of backgrounds and no guilotines or paper trimmers –

After getting the backgrounds kit from the store and unzipping the file I chose four of the backgrounds to print out onto white cardstock.  I then collected everything I needed for the project together.  As the backgrounds in this case are square, and I’d printed them as “fit to page”, I’d got white edges – I cut these off next, keeping the cut off white strips.  Doing this makes it easier when marking the back of the cardstock for strips as I know that the whole of the front I’m left with is printed.

Inspiration 04 01     Inspiration 04 02

No score board or bone folder –

I took the unprinted sheet, used my ruler to find the middle point and put a few marks down the half way point.  I put my ruler down the central line and started folding the card against the ruler edge.  Pressing it against the ruler to give a straight line until it is completely over onto the ruler.  I then removed the ruler and used the back of my scissors to burnish the fold.

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Preparing the pieces – scissors, pencil and ruller – no paper trimmer –

I took the darkest of the backgrounds I’d printed and marked it on the back at 1.5″, 3″ and 4.5″ to give me three 1.5″ strips.  These were then cut out using my scissors.  I took the other three backgrounds and marked on the back and cut 1″ strips out of them, cutting 2 x strips of 1″ out of the lightest strip.  I then layed these out on my created card to see how they looked.

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Minimal decoration with a pen –

I decided that the paper ribbon strip across the middle needed something else, so I took the paper ribbon piece, my ruler and the black pen and drew a wiggly line down either side.  Holding the ruler on the cardstock while drawing the wiggly line stops the pen going all over the panel so helps get a controled wiggly line.  When I put it back on the card I liked the look better.  But the paper ribbon is shorter than the card because there was a white edge when the background was printed out.  It’s easy enough to disguise this – just slide the strip to one edge and then, looking at the downward hanging strip, cut the paper ribbon in two and pull apart where the break won’t be seen under the downward haning strip.

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No fine border peel-offs –

I then decided that the whole card needed something more so did a wiggly line along each side, again using my ruler to have the control of the line staying where I wanted it just in from the edge.  Now it was time to start sticking.  To get the paper ribbon strip level I put my ruler against the bottom of the card, put a line of glue along the back of both pieces of the paper ribbon, and stuck them in place.  I then put a line of glue along the centre and put down the ribbon, leaving the ends hanging over the edge for the moment.  This required pulling and pushing down hard.

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No sticky foam or glue gel for dimension –

I cut the strips that hung down the card, making the largest 5.5″, with the strip on it being a quarter of an inch shorter.  The next strip was three quarters of an inch shorter and the next again three quarters of an inch shorter.  These were stuck down onto the card front, again I only put a thin line of glue down the centre of each strip.  The smaller the amount used the less chance of any buckling of the cardstock, plus, with the edges not glued tight down it does give a bit of a raise to the edge and no chance of glue seaping out.  I then got to work at cutting out the greetings panels.  The bottom, mat, layers of both are 1″ wide strips of the darkest background, cutting them to size by putting them over the card to see what looked best.  The top white layers being a little over 0.5″ deep cut out of the spare, unprinted, area that I’d cut off the background edges at the start – but I didn’t stick these down yet.

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No greetings peel-offs or bought in greetings toppers –

What I did was take a bit of “waste” cardstock and write out my greeting.  I then held it up to of the white, trimmed, greetings label and roughly centered the wording.  I could then see where I needed to write the greeting on the trimmed piece.  I then did the same for the second greeting.  You can draw a faint pencil line to get the wording perfectly straight if you want, or print some wording off on your printer.  And by writing before sticking, if you are not happy with how your wording looks you can cut another greetings panel strip from the white bits of cardstock and try again.  But with the wiggly lines used already as decoration I decided that my writing was more in keeping with the card.  The greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  Writing your own means that you can make your card in whatever language you want, and being in your writing makes it even more personal.  By the time I’d finished writing and stuck the greetings in place the glue holding the black ribbon had dried so I just finished off by trimming off the ribbon ends at either side of my card.

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

Please keep visiting”The Dragons Den” blog over the next few weeks as you’ll find various “Inspiration by …” posts appear from the other design team members, as well as colouring tutorials and other posts. I’ll be back with more posts for “The Dragons Den” over the coming months as well, so keep an eye out for those too.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Stamping Dragon Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Stamping Dragon 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 “Stamping Dragon Designs” Facebook group. It’s a small, fun, group where we have lots of different activities which include exclusive challenges, daily inspiration and giveaways – and there’s a loyalty club for those who take part as well where taking part gets you points, winning gets you more points, and get enough points and you get a voucher to spend in the shop.
  • “Like” Us on Facebook
  • While I’m not a fan of Pinterest and especially people’s habit of posting images, digi-stamps, etc., to the site that they’ve got no rights to, you can follow designer Janette Padley on Pinterest!
  • See us on CraftsUPrint
  • Etsy Shop – Instant downloads!
  • Stamping with the Dragon – Challenge Blog : new challenge the first Friday of every month
  • The Dragon’s Den – Blog : a showcase/inspiration blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragon 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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My 3rd “Inspiration by Gwyneth” Post For “The Dragons Den” Blog – June

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Design Team Card

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It’s time for another inspiration post from me on the “The Dragons Den” blog. Hopefully I can inspire you with a crafted creation made using two downloads that is available in the Stamping Dragon Designs store, which you can find -> Here!

I hope that you like what I’ve got to show you this time.  Although I’ve printed out backgrounds specifically to make the patchwork backgrounds, the same technique could be used with left over bits from other projects.

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CARD

This is the card I made –

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Below are closer looks at the card

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • “Play Time 1” – found – Here – in the shop.
  • “Blazing Summer Mini Kit” – found – Here – in the shop.

Consumables:

Equipment:

  • Scissors
  • Hougie Board
  • Ruler – one with regular holes for piercing down one side

Method:

The image was printed at a smaller size than provided and coloured in.  I then carefully cut it out and gave it a bit of a shape with my fingers.  I took the backgrounds into one of my graphics packages and shrunk them all down into small squares and made more of each background type.  The page was then printed off.  I cut out each of the panels.  I took the ruller and put it down so that the holes were in from the edge of one of the squares.  I used the black fine pen to put a dot through each hole, before turning the card round and going round the other sides.  I then took the white gel pen and joined between every other dot like a sewing line.  I did the same for all the squares.

I took two of the linen textured cardstock and scored along one at 8″.  I folded over the short side and stuck it to the other sheet of the same cardstock.  I then cut off the extra to make an 8″ square card.  From the cut off piece I made a square mat to use on the front of the card.  I used the ruler as an edge to lay the squares against on the base card and then used glue gel to put each one in place, giving me wiggle time to get them evenly in place along each of the sides.  I did the same for spacing out some more squares onto the mat.  After the glue had set I used foam tape to put the decorated mat onto the card front using foam tape, trapping two bits of folded lace behind a piece of the foam on the right hand side.  I then put the cut out digi-stamp on the card front with glue gel and put three more squares tumpling off the bottom left.

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

Please keep visiting”The Dragons Den” blog over the next few weeks as you’ll find various “Inspiration by …” posts appear from the other design team members, as well as colouring tutorials and other posts. I’ll be back with more posts for “The Dragons Den” over the coming months as well, so keep an eye out for those too.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Stamping Dragon Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Stamping Dragon 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 “Stamping Dragon Designs” Facebook group. It’s a small, fun, group where we have lots of different activities which include exclusive challenges, daily inspiration and giveaways – and there’s a loyalty club for those who take part as well where taking part gets you points, winning gets you more points, and get enough points and you get a voucher to spend in the shop.
  • “Like” Us on Facebook
  • While I’m not a fan of Pinterest and especially people’s habit of posting images, digi-stamps, etc., to the site that they’ve got no rights to, you can follow designer Janette Padley on Pinterest!
  • See us on CraftsUPrint
  • Etsy Shop – Instant downloads!
  • Stamping with the Dragon – Challenge Blog : new challenge the first Friday of every month
  • The Dragon’s Den – Blog : a showcase blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragon 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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Last Post Of May 2014

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An Update, Design Team Call, A Card, An Owl, And A Couple Of Elastic Band Bracelets

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Unfortunately I had to go to the dentist this week.  Got an absuss on on the root of a tooth.  So I’m on antibiotics and, as you can imagine, I’m feeling a bit miserable.  Doesn’t help that the pain killers don’t keep working through the night so I’ve been woken up by the pain around 3am the last few nights.  Hopefully the antibiotics will kick in over the weekend and I’ll feel better by next week.

So, I’ve not been doing much crafting the end of this week.  I did get my ScanNCut out this morning and set it to cutting a few things while waiting for Tesco to do the grocery delivery, but I’ve not put anything I cut together yet.  Something for me to show you next week hopefully.

I hope you like the small number of projects I’ve got to show you this week, but before that – A Design Team Call!

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DESIGN TEAM CALL:

Regular readers of my blog will know I’m on the Design Team for Stamping Dragon Designs, putting “Inspired by …” posts on The Dragons Den blog, creating inspiration pieces for the Stampin With The Dragon challenge blog, as well as being active on the Stamping Dragon Design Facebook Group.

Sadly, a few of the Design Team members have left over the last few weeks so our Design Team Leader is now running a Design Team Call.  Different types and levels of crafters are being looked for, so please do pop over to the information – Here – to have a look at the requirements and how to apply.

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CARDS:

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

This card is made using an 8″ square base card and elements from the current Create & Craft club members free gift.  I just added bakers twine and dotted a white gel pen around some of the edges.

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JEWELLERY:

I’ve been making some more elastic band bracelets.  One for the nephew who likes blue and one for the nephew who likes yellow.

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  1. This is a different pattern to the elastic band barcelet I’ve shown you before.  For this one I used light and dark blue elastic bands.
  2. A different angled view of the same bracelet.
  3. Close-up of the pattern of the bracelet.

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  1. Same design as the previous bracelet but this time in yellow and green.
  2. A different angled view of the previous bracelet.

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SEWING:

I don’t often do hand sewing any more because my hands hurt or go numb or pins and needles after very little work, but I had some felt pieces I’d bought and I decided to tackle making some felt owls for my nephews and niece.  To make things easier for me I used the biggest needle I could find and used 6 stranded embroydery thread as it was.  I’ve been stitching in bed, doing a bit and then resting, while watching TV.  The first owl is complete, if a bit lopsided and quirky, and I’m well on the way to getting the second done.  I got the basic template from Blue Sky Confections, but then I adapted and added to it to make each one different.

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  1. This first owl has been made with a deep yellow breast for the nephew who’s favourite colour is currently yellow.  It is stuffed with toy filling and a small handfull of dried lavender.

Hopefully I’ll have the second complete by the time I do my next blog post.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

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

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

  • Friday, 30th May – Here! – Robyn Cockburn on CUP TV, Free CD Vol 100, New Froms, Last Chance £5 Voucher & NEWS!

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

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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 blog post. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.) (Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.)
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My 2nd “Inspiration by Gwyneth” Post For “The Dragons Den” Blog – May

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Design Team Card

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It’s time for another inspiration post from me on the “The Dragons Den” blog.  Hopefully I can inspire you with a crafted creation made using a download that is available in the Stamping Dragon Designs store, which you can find -> Here!

This time my creation is an illuminated scene card, which holds a battery opperated tealight to light up the scene.

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ILLUMINATED SCENE CARD

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Closer look at part of creation – the gold edging is very faint – just catching the light with a twinkle rather than being “in your face” distracting from the main image.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • “Moonlight Unicorn Sillohette” – found – Here – in the shop.

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

The image was printed twice at the same size, once onto white cardstock and once onto gold printable acetate. I then cut the card printed one along the line on the image and also around 1cm outside that – to use as a frame.  I glued this over the acetate one becure cutting the acetate the same size as the frame.  I cut out the base card using my ScanNCut, making an aperture in the front piece the same size as the frame centre of my topper.  I also cut out a star out of white cardstock.  I used my Hougie board to score in from both ends of front and back twice and folded and burnished.  The outside “flaps” of both sides were attached front to back using tape.  I cut the star in half and glued the halves on either side of card “wings”.  I finished by going around the outside of the card and the circle using the “Shake” marker.

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

Please keep visiting”The Dragons Den” blog over the next few weeks as you’ll find various “Inspiration by …” posts appear from the other design team members, as well as colouring tutorials and other posts. I’ll be back with more posts for “The Dragons Den” over the coming months as well, so keep an eye out for those too.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Stamping Dragon Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Stamping Dragon 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 “Stamping Dragon Designs” Facebook group. It’s a small, fun, group where we have lots of different activities which include exclusive challenges, daily inspiration and giveaways – and there’s a loyalty club for those who take part as well where taking part gets you points, winning gets you more points, and get enough points and you get a voucher to spend in the shop.
  • “Like” Us on Facebook
  • While I’m not a fan of Pinterest and especially people’s habit of posting images, digi-stamps, etc., to the site that they’ve got no rights to, you can follow designer Janette Padley on Pinterest!
  • See us on CraftsUPrint
  • Etsy Shop – Instant downloads!
  • Stamping with the Dragon – Challenge Blog : new challenge the first Friday of every month
  • The Dragon’s Den – Blog : a showcase blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragon 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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Crafting Late April 2014

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An Update, A Few Musings On My ScanNCut, A Few Cards and Some Jewellery

I’ve used some more of the pieces I cut out using my ScanNCut on Wednesday, some digi-stamps I’ve coloured of an evening while watching TV a few nights ago, as well as more or less finished a set of jewellery I’ve been working on slowly for the last 10 days or so.  So there’s a bit of an assortment of items for you to look at today.  I hope you like them.

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MUSINGS:

I’m gradually getting familiar with my new electronic cutting machine, the Brother ScanNCut.  There are some things it is handy for – and some things that are not quite as good as my Silhouette Cameo, so I’m thinking of it as complimenting rather than replacing my Cameo.

As I don’t have the space to leave any electronic cutting machine out all the time, and as the ScanNCut doesn’t need to be connected to a computer/laptop, it’s quicker and requires less space when wanting to cut a series of mats with matching flowers, or other cutting job.  But not having a computer attached with software where you can do quick editing if a shape needs to be altered, or for designing patterns from scratch, and not having access to every font on the computer, isn’t so good at other times.  I don’t believe that Brother’s on-line application the “Canvas” is anywhere near as good as the Silhouette Studio software either, though the latest upgrade does make a better job of converting more .svg files to the ScanNCut format, many of which were not opening at all prior to the upgrade.  So plusses and minusses.

Following my cutting out of various items on several cards using my Brother ScanNCut I’ve been asked about what settings I used.

I’ve been doing a lot of playing around with different settings and different cardstock, but the cardstock I’ve used most of lately is the American Crafts 216gsm (which I think is 80lbs weight).  For this I upped the pressure from 0 to 1 as it wouldn’t cut at all on 0.  I took the speed down – I think it was down to 3 as I’d had much more problems at the top speed of 5 during a previous cutting session.  I gradually upped the blade depth to between 4 and 5.  It wasn’t cutting through properly at 4, but didn’t need to be at 5 which was marking more of the carrier mat.  I also cut out some non-intricate mat pieces out of 250gsm Original Super Smooth cardstock and I did have the blade depth at 5 for that.

After I’d done some cutting the middle of the week I went looking on the GentleMan Crafter, John Bloodworth’s, blog and found that for one project he’d been using the same cardstock and had used practically identically the same settings I’d settled on in the end.  It is nice to know that I’m on the right track.

As you’ll see on the last card I’ve got in today’s post – the ScanNCut cuts very narrow bands of flourishes beautifully, but simply doesn’t have a good tight turn for the very small areas.  Some of these it’s barely marked the surface of the cardstock and others it hasn’t cut through cleanly.  Some of the areas that it did cut through it pinged the little pieces of cardstock out as the blade lifted after going round, half of these little bits of cardstock landed up going into the holder up the side of the blade, which prevented the free motion of the blade.  I must have paused the cutting over a dozen times while cutting out the one layer on this card, and one of the layers of the card I showed you in my previous post, to empty out the blade holder.  But even with an clean blade holder it couldn’t do the smallest areas.  (I’ve started doing this pausing and emptying of the blade holder because I rather think that letting stuff build up in the blade holder, thus preventing the free motion of the blade, could have been what was causing the blade to chip off the tip or blunting quicker than it should on previous days when I’ve done cutting.)  I considered whether the fact that some of the smaller bits cut out were pinged off the mat was down to the mat not being tacky enough, but the cardstock is staying in place when cutting the really narrow flourishes and other small areas, and finished cuts all need to be removed with the provided tool, they don’t just flip off easily.

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CARDS:

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

There’s a cross section of very pretty, feminine, cards to more masculine ones, including cards for youngsters – so I’m still keeping to my resolution to make a mixture of cards even if every post doesn’t show the variety.

This image would be great for a child’s card, or an invite to a “Teddy Bears’ Picknic” event, but I’ve done it quite masculine as I think it would also work as a card from a child on Father’s Day or for a father’s birthday.

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  1. Teddys Day out ( Butterflies) by Janette Padley and Green Green Grass Papers by Janette Padley (I printed this digi-stamp out at smaller than the size provided onto  250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock .  I also printed some backgrounds from the papers kit onto the same type of paper.  I coloured the image in using my ProMarkers, FlexMarkers and Wink of Stella Brush Markers. The colours I used were: Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Walnut, Glacier Blue, Cloud Blue, Leaf Green, Forest Green, Holly, Shale; Violet and Clear Wink of Stella. I then fed the various sheets into my ScanNCut machine and cut out the topper, various mats, paper ribbons and leafy branches.  I took a 6″ square base card and used finger-lift tape to attach the largest mat layer.  The finger-lift tape was also used to attach the topper to a mat.  I used 1mm deep double sided foam tape to attach the paper ribbons and the matted topper and quick grab wet glue to attach the leaves.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.  As the card is only 6″ square and I’ve only used 1mm deep foam for attaching some elements, this card is shallow enough to go through the UK post on a standard stamp.)

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  1. Time 4 Tea 5×5 Decoupage In Lemon by Rebecca Brindley (I printed the sheet onto  250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut the pieces out.  Although great for a 5 x 5 card I decided to use this as a topper for a larger card made from hammered cream cardstock.  I stuck two doilies bottom right and top left of the card before sticking the base image down using a roller tape pen.  I then used a very narrow, red backed, double sided tape at the top right and bottom left corners to add strips of lace from my crafting stash.  I shaped the decoupage layers and added them using glue gel before finishing off the card by putting on sticky back, faux pearls.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of part of the card to try and show the dimension I got with shaping the decoupage layers.

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  1. Luka with Crayons by La La Land Crafts and Blue Harmony Papers by Janette Padley (I printed the digi-stamp out at the size I required onto  250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in.  The colours I used were: Poppy, Ruby, Chestnut, Bright Orange, Bright Green, Grass, Canary, Blue Grey 1, Almond, Blush, Light Fawn.  I also printed a sheet from the blue kit onto the same cardstock.  I used my ScanNCut to cut out the topper panel and mats.  The base card is a 6″ sqhare white card and I used a roller tape pen to attach everything to the front, giving panels a bit of a twist and making them just touching.  I finished off the card by writing on a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – using an Indigo Blue ProMarker.  I also added a dotty border around and spots in the corners of the panels using the same ProMarker.  Another card for a child that’s flat enough to be posted on a standard letter stamp in the UK.)

This is how I decorated the card that I showed you at the end of my last blog post.  It was cut and stuck together then, but now I’ve decorated it as well.

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  1. Deco Card – SNC by Tina Fitch (When cutting out designs I try and maximise the use of the cardstock by filling in unused areas with flower shapes or small panels for greetings, etc..  When cutting out layers of this card I’d cut several different shapes and sizes of flowers.  With the aperture being in the back as well as the front of this card I thought that it would be an ideal card for putting in a “floating” element.  I cut a narrow strip of acetate and attached it to the back of the card using ultra tacky double sided tape.  I then used the same tape to attach a flower to it.  I added layers to the flower using quick grab wet glue.  I finished off by putting lots of very small, sticky back, faux pearls on various areas of the card front – No way I could handle the faux pearls with my fingers, so this is where my Pokey Tool was invaluable for picking up and placing in the correct place.)

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  1. Teen boy text star Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet out onto  250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at half size.  I then cut the pieces out.  I took a 6″ square white card and went around the edge using a Crimson ProMarker.  I cut out two panels out of red linen textured cardstock and an oval panel out of white, which I also went round the edge using the ProMarker.  The panels were attached to the card front using 1mm deep double sided foam tape.  I then build up the decoupage, shaping each piece and gluing in place using glue gel.  I just added a piece of knotted bakers twine as an embelishment.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to try and show the dimension of the decoupage.

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JEWELLERY:

This is a set of jewellery I’ve been working on for days.  Because of the small nature of the beads and some of the pieces I’ve only been able to do small sessions of making at a time.  I’ve also had to use a flat nose pliers to hold the wire to pick up the beads and feed it round the outside circle.  I love the look, and have some more pieces with different beads planned, but it does take me quite a bit of time because of having problems with my hands.  I’m sure that each piece would be taking less than an hour if it wasn’t for my problems.

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  1. A set of “Tree of Life” jewellery.  The pendant is on the four tone green braid I showed you in my last post, though I’ve not finished off the other ends yet with the attachment to the chain and clasp for the back of the neck.
  2. A closer look at the “Tree of Life” pendant.  I used a spray can as a form for making the circle and fine wire for the roots and branches.  The beads are green seed beads.
  3. This is a ring made of memory wire, so expands to fit anybody’s fingers.  But it can also be used with the ends of a fine scarf threaded through at the neckline.  I cut the piece so that it had several loops to go round the finger plus two loops to turn at 90 degrees to use as the circular form of the “Tree of Life” decorative top of the ring.
  4. Smaller drops for earrings.  As I ware sleepers I haven’t put ear wires on these as I just open the sleepers, slip on the drops and close the sleepers – If you have problems with the shepherds hook or kidney wires that come on earrings then consider getting sleepers and either making your own drops or buying and taking off the wires they came with.  For these I used two loops of ring size memory wire as the base of the shape, cutting around 1cm longer to turn a hoop at the top.  I used gold toned thin wire and green seed beads for the “Tree of Life” pattern exactly as the other pieces, though these being small like the ring top needed the use of flat nose pliers to do all the manipulating as I couldn’t work the pieces by hand.

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CUTTING WORK FOR TINA FITCH:

I’’ve been working on some more stuff for the talented designer Tina Fitch.  This time cutting out another design using my ScanNCut.

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  1. Corner Flourish Scalloped Layered card…ScanNCut by Tina Fitch (All the layers of the card were cut out of 216gsm American Crafts cardstock.  Most of it cut out beautifully, but I’m not totally happy with the cut of the smaller details in the palest pink layer just below the white flourishes.  No matter what I set the settings at, the ScanNCut doesn’t appear to like cutting out the smallest shapes.  I’ve used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape and quick grab wet glue to attach the layers together.  I’ve not decorated the card yet so I’ll probably be back with the card to show you again once I decide what to put on it.)

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

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

£5 Voucher

To celebrate the launch of the new Card Creator, Crafty Bob is offering a £5 Voucher on all orders over £20 (Offer Expires 1st May 2014).   Simply add the word HUGS in the redeem voucher box at checkout and then update your basket.

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

  • Friday, 25th April – Here! – £5 Gift Voucher, Craftsuprint News, FREE CD Vol 95 & Card Creator

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

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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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More April 2014 Crafting And Some Stamping Dragon Designs News

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An Update, Some Information About The Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook Group, And Some Cards

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 Well the hole from the tooth I had extracted by the dental surgeon at the clinic last week appears to be healing well, and I’ve slept a bit better the last couple of nights as well.  It’s funny how some pain I can practically ignore during the day became so much more anoying during the night, especially if I turned over onto the side that the extraction was on.  I’m hopeing I’ll be able to catch up on my sleep a bit now and not feel quite so exhausted, though of course my M.E. does tend to make me over-tired all the time in any case.

I have done a bit of crafting finished cards during the week, though nothing too complicated or ornate.  I’ve also done quite a bit of colouring in of digi-stamps in the night when I couldn’t get to sleep, or couldn’t get back to sleep after turning over onto the sore side.  I’ve not made these coloured digi-stamps into cards yet, so keep an eye out in future posts for some of those to appear, but in the meantime I’ll show you some of what I have completed.

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STAMPING DRAGON DESIGNS FACEBOOK GROUP:

SDDheaderFrom my posts on the 4th and the 7th you’ll now know that there have been some changes in the land of the “Stamping Dragon”.

In addition to already being on the Design Team for “The Dragons Den” – which is the inspiration and information blog of “Stamping Dragon Designs“, I’ve now joined the team that put inspiration pieces on the  ”Stampin’ with the Dragon” Challenge Blog.  (Don’t forget to pop over and enter as you can make one entry without using any SDD product, though you do need to use an SDD product if you want to make a second entry – and you have a chance of winning a £5 voucher to spend in the store – which is well worth a visit and a browse around because of the variety of digital downloads availabe.)

* But what I’ve want to tell you about today is the “Stamping Dragon Designs” Facebook Group – which you can go to by clicking -> Here!

With a lively group of “Dragonettes”, the group has an assortment of challenges and activities, in addition to having a chance to show off our projects made using SDD products, and the occasional sillyness and passing around of virtual cake (much less fattening than the real thing).  There’s even an album in the group where our “Dragon Queen”, Janette Padley, drops in some freebies that are only free for group members.

StampingDragonShopBadgeThe really good thing is that there is a “Loyalty Points Scheme” – Taking part in challenges and activities gets you loyalty points – plus there are often chances to win a free digi-stamp for one winner.  Once you have gathered 30 points, you will receive a free voucher for £3 to the SDD store.

Yes – I really did use the word FREE a few times in the last two paragraphs – and I know you all love FREE!  So please do consider clicking over to the group and putting in a request to join.

As an example of some activities and challenges running at the moment:

SittingFairyI’m running a “little extra fun” event to name one of the fairies that appear in some SDD digi-stamps and kits.  There’s a list of suggested names (as well as a link to a page with sound files where each of the names is spoken).  Everybody who writes their choice of name for the “Sitting Fairy”, from the list of names given, as a comment to the thread in the group, will get 1 loyalty point. From those who picked the most popular name Random will pick one of those who chose that name to receive 1 free digi-stamp!  This activity will run until the end of day 14-4-14.

There’s also a monthly “colouring” challenge.  At any point during the month you can request that month’s free digital file.  This is usally a digi-stamp, but this month it’s a pre-coloured element from the hugely popular “Home Tweet Home” range.  All you have to do with this free image is to create a project and upload a photograph before the end of the month.  Of course there’s a loyalty point for taking part and again a free digi-stamp for a randomly chosen winner.

So what are all you lovely crafters waiting for – come join us -> Here!

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CARDS:

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

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  1. Male Nurse Dude by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I went round the outside edge of the base layer with a blue ProMarker before sticking it to the front of a white, linen textured, A5 base card.  I attached the blank greetings panel to the top left of the card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I gently shaped the decoupage layers with my fingers before attaching them all in order using glue gel.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what lanaguage it will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to try and show the rounded dimension of the decoupage.
  3. Male Nurse Dude Insert by Gordon Fraser (The sheet was printed onto 120gsm, good quality, white paper.  I then trimmed it, scored it and attached it inside the previous card using finger-lift tape.)

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  1. Canoe/Kayak Dude (Red) Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser and Waves Scene by Gordon Fraser (I printed both sheets out at half size onto 250gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  Both sheets were cut out, with the scene being trimmed to shorter than provided before being matted and layered onto a silver, holographic, paper using finger-lift tape.  I took an 8″ square, white, Crafty Bob card and stuck a layer of the same holographic paper to that before adding a layer of textured, pearlescent, cardstock from my crafting stash.  I gently shaped the layers of this decoupage before building up on my card using glue gel.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what occasion or language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to try and show some of the dimension.

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  1. Tree Sillohette by Janette Padley and Mini Dude Witch Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser (I printed both the tree and decoupage out onto sheets of 250gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock at half size.  I then used a Circle Scissors to cout out the tree topper.  I took a silver Wink of Stella brush pen and went round the edge of the circle and also went over the edges of the branches to give it a twinkle.  I took an 8″ square, white, Crafty Bob card and attached a panel of black cardstock using finger-lift tape, and then attached the circle topper using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I went around the outside of the card with the Wink of Stella pen to add dots all the way around, and also over the black cardstock to add groups of sparkling dots.  I finished off by cutting, shapeing and attaching the decoupage layers using glue gel.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to try and show some of the dimension.

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  1. Fairy Acantha Cream Mini Gift Bag by Gordon Fraser (This card is made using elements left over from the sheets used to create the bag in the next section.  I just took a sheet of cream, hammered, cardstock and trimmed, scored it using a Hougie Board, and folded it, to make a little card.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the greetings panel and the circular topper, and glue gel to attach the side elements.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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BAG:

Perfect for giving a small gift that’s an odd shape to wrap.

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  1. Fairy Acantha Cream Mini Gift Bag by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet out twice onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, choosing this weight card because I wanted a sturdy bag.  After cutting the pieces out I used my Hougie Board to score along all the indicated lines.  After folding and burnishing the folds I used ultra tacky double sided tape to attach the both halves of the bag together.  I also used the same tape to secure the base.  I twisted three strands of baker’s twine to make a handle for the bag, putting a hole near the edge of the top fold over and threading through before I folded down the top.  I created a simple tag from two of the additional elements, sandwiching a piece of the twine between the two pieces before I glued them together with quick grab wet glue.  I have used the other spare pieces to make a small, quick card, as well – which you can see above.)
  2. Closeup of the little tag I made using two elements from the sheet.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

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

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

  • Friday, 4th April – Here! – Free CD Volume 92, CUP News. New Froms & Designer Discounts

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

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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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