My 1st “Inspiration by Gwyneth” Post For “The Dragons Den” Blog – April

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Design Team Card

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There have been some changes around Stamping Dragon land since my last post on “The Dragons Den” blog and the regular Monday morning posts of “Pick of the Week” have gone – but of course that doesn’t mean that you won’t see lots of new crafting appearing on The Den as inspiration for you – a new series of “Inspiration by …” posts will be appearing throughout the month where the various Design Team members will have a chance to inspire you with lots of crafted creations made using downloads that are available in the Stamping Dragon Designs store, which you can find -> Here!

As this is my 1st “Inspiration by Gwyneth” post I thought I’d make a 1st Birthday card to show you today.  I’ve used a mini theme kit as well as a digi-stamp from the store.  I hope you like it.

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1st Birthday Card

Thumbnail photos of some different areas/angles of this card.

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Trying to show some of the twinkle on the hat, baloons and circular elements.  Close-up of the coloured in digi-stamp.

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • “Birthday Teddy” – found – Here – in the shop.
  • “Baby Dayz Mini Theme” – found -> Here – in the shop

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

The background sheet was printed out and cut with a wavy edge using my ScanNcut machine.  The digi-stamp and other elements used from the kit were taken into one of my graphics packages and re-sized and layed out on an A4 working area before I printed them out and cut.  The digi-stamp was coloured in using my ProMarkers.  I went around the outside of the card and the mat using the Frosted Jade ProMarker before building up my card in the design I wanted.  I finished off by going over the hat, baloons and circular embelishments with the clear Wink of Stella and adding the peel-offs.  “Penblwydd Hapus” is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” and “1af” is “1st”.

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And that is it from me for today.

Over the next few weeks you’ll find various “Inspiration by …” posts appear on “The Dragons Den” blog, as well as colouring tutorials and other posts by different Design Team members, so please do go and look regularly to have a look for new posts.  I’ll be back with more posts over the coming months as well, so keep an eye out for those.

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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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My 8th “The Dragons Den” Posting for the “Pick of the Week” Slot (29)

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Design Team Cards

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Today my blog post is featuring two invitations that have just gone live on The Dragon’s Den blog in my regular, “Pick of the Week” slot. Once again I’m showcasing another great digi-stamp. You can see the post – Here!

The first card is a”sleep-over” invitation and the second is a “messy play day” (bring clothes you don’t mind gets messy) invitation.

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1st Card

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Thumbnail photo of a different angle of this card.

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2nd Card

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Thumbnail photos of some different areas/angles of this card.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

1st Card:

The digi-stamp on this card is partly coloured using ProMarkers and partly paper-pieced.  I printed out the turquoise background and the digi-stamp at the required size onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock.  I also printed the digi-stamp out a second time onto one side of the turquoise background.  From this second copy I cut out the clothing area of the digi-stamp.  I also cut a layer to stick as a mat on the A6 card I’d prepared.  By doing it this way I knew I’d get an exact match between dungarees and mat. I also printed the dig-stamp out a third time onto a sheet of brown cardstock.  From this copy of the digi-stamp I just cut out the teddy.  I coloured in the areas of the main digi-stamp that wouldn’t be covered by the paper pieces and then stuck on the pieces.  I then used my ProMarkers again to darken the colour of the boy’s t-shirt and to enhance the teddy.  I trimmed a piece from the pale blue paper from my stash and went round both this and the turquoise layer with a ProMarker.  The layers were stuck in place using finger-lift tape and the digi was attached using glue gel after shaping it a bit.

2nd Card:

I took the splotchy paper sheet and the green background into one of my graphics packages and resized and put them where I wanted so that the card front I created would fit on my chosen base card.  I then printed this, and a copy of the digi-stamp at the required size, onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I cut out the card front and attached it to my chosen base card using finger-lift tape.  I coloured in the digi-stamp, choosing a red and green colour that were close to the colours on the splotchy paper and then choosing other nice bright colours – even poor teddy got a splattering.  After cutting out the digi-stamp I shaped it a bit and then stuck it in place using glue gel.  I finished off the card by adding the peel-off.

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Keep an eye out for my next “Pick of the Week” post for “The Dragons Den” in April. In the meantime there will be further “Pick of the Week” inspiration cards posted by other design team members every Monday until then, and lots of other posts during each week to inspire you.

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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 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 every fortnight
  • 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 to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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My 7th “The Dragons Den” Posting for the Monday “Pick of the Week” Slot (26)

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Design Team Card

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Today my blog post is featuring a card that’s just gone live on The Dragon’s Den blog in my regular, four weekly, “Pick of the Week” slot.   Once again I’m showcasing another great digi-stamp. You can see the post – Here!

Those of you who are regular visitors to this blog may remember that in a post at the start of the year I said that my aim this year was to use up bits that had come to light in my crafting stash during my tidy up during the autumn last year, together with any new items I might be tempted by.  So this time, together with playing with another digi-stamp from the Stamping Dragon Designs shop I’ve used old paper flowers from my crafting stash, a new sheet of cardstock, and very little else.

In fact I’ve tried to keep it a quick and simple card.  The only difficult part for me was cutting out the landlocked areas from the coloured in digi-stamp, but I was after a specific effect so it had to be done.

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A different angle of this card can be seen below.

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Rupert in Window” digital stamp

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

I’ve kept the colouring of this image in very simple – no using of three or more colours per area for blending, no using dozens of colours – I’ve just used two shades of green for Rupert -Pear Green all over and then Moss around the sides to give shadow or depth.  The curtains were coloured all over with the Spring Lilac colour and then I went back with the same colour to add a few lines of deeper colour.  I then used the Violet Wink of Stella on the window frame and Clear on Rupert’s eye and over the ribbon and bow on the background cardstock. (One thing to be aware of is that, as Adorable Scorable is a coated cardstock, the Wink of Stella pools and takes ages to dry on it, but it leaves very subtle “dewdrop” sparkle look.)

I’ve cut out the background behind Rupert so that the pattern of the cardstock appears as a “wallpaper” in the image.

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You’ll notice that I haven’t put a greeting on this card.  I’ve done this as I’m not sure what language the card will be needed in or what occasion it will be used for.  I can see it being suitable for so many occasions – Thinking of You; I Miss You;  Sorry To See You Go – when somebody is moving and leaving an area, or leaving a job; Welcome To Your New Home, or Welcome To The Neighbourhood – when somebody moves into a new house; the list is endless

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Keep an eye out for my next “Pick of the Week” post for “The Dragons Den” in March. In the meantime there will be further posts by the other “Pick of the Week” inspiration cards by various design team members every Monday until then, and lots of other posts during each week to inspire you.

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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 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 every fortnight
  • 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 to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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My 6th “The Dragons Den” Posting for the Monday “Pick of the Week” Slot (22)

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Design Team Card

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Time certainly does fly when you are having fun, and it’s already four weeks since my last post for The Dragon’s Den blog. Today a new post went live on the blog with a card I’d made showcasing another great digi-stamp. You can see the post – Here!

CARD

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Thumbnail photos of some different areas/angles of this card can be seen below.

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Autumn Leaves Bookmark digital stamp

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

Have a closer look by clicking on the thumbnails below.

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  1. After printing and colouring in the image I cut the pieces out.
  2. But rather than keep the little envelope in one piece I cut it down the centre and then cut off the tabs.  The two halves were matted onto a frosted gold cardstock, trimming to leave a 3/16 border around three sides of each but no border on the adjoining side.
  3. The matted images were stuck to the front of a gatefold card I’d made from black cardstock.  I used 2mm tape to attach, using the wider tape to attach the right hand side panel, but using the narrow, shaker tape, around the three sides of the left hand side to leave the central area not stuck down.  I put a little glue gel on the foam tape to give me a little “wiggle time” to move both sides until they were aligned.  I added the glitter glue and peel-off.
  4. But before sticking I’d cut a half circle notch out of the gatefold on the let hand side, and as the topper is only stuck on three sides, and not along the centre on this side the bookmark just slots in.
  5. Just grip in the notch and the bookmark slides out as a little gift within the card.  A nice idea if you are giving a book, or a book token, as a gift.  In fact, If you make the mat large enough you should be able to use the same method to slot in a gift card, or even cash.
  6. Close-up of one of the bookmark itself.

There are other bookmark designs in the shop that you could use to do the same sort of thing.  If this particular image doesn’t suit your recipient then please have a look to see if you can find one that does.

 

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Keep an eye out for my next “Pick of the Week” post for “The Dragons Den” in February. In the meantime there will be further posts by the other design team members before then to inspire you.

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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 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 every fortnight
  • 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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My 5th “The Dragons Den” Posting for the Monday “Pick of the Week” Slot (18)

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Design Team Cards

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Time certainly does fly when you are having fun, and it’s already four weeks since my last post for The Dragon’s Den blog. Today a new post went live on the blog with a card I’d made showcasing another great digi-stamp. You can see the post – Here!

CARD

Hoppy Frog on Lily Pad 01C
Thumbnail photos of some different areas/angles of this card can be seen below.

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Hoppy Frog on Lily Pad digital stamp

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

This card was created from a series of circles.  The base card is an circular easel card, and all the elements are circles.

Even the digi-stamp was cut out using the circle scissors before the top half was cut out close to the digi.  The wording here says “I heard that you lost your voice and now you’re croaking like me”.

The different circles were stuck on at slightly different heights to give the card front some dimension.

Have a closer look by clicking on the thumbnails below.

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Keep an eye out for my next post for “The Dragons Den” in January 2013 – when I’m hopeing to show you a gatefold card with an addition.  In the meantime there will be further posts by the other design team members before then to inspire you.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Here are some links you may like to check out:

and last but not least

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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 4th “The Dragons Den” Posting for the Monday “Pick of the Week” Slot (14)

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Design Team Card

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Time certainly does fly when you are having fun, and it’s already three weeks since my last post for The Dragon’s Den blog. Today a new post went live on the blog with a card I’d made showcasing another great digi-stamp. You can see the post – Here!

CARD

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Thumbnail photos of some areas/angles of this card can be seen below.

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Hippo Christmas digital stamp

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

After printing out the image I coloured it in using my markers and then put some wet glue on the white hat edge and pompom.  I then put white glitter flocking on this.  I used a circle scissors to cut out the digi and a mat to put behind it.

I also used my circle scissors to cut a series of pink and red circles from some satin board, folded them in half and stuck them together using quick grab wet glue.  I then went over the join laying down a band of red glitter glue.
The base card was made by scoring two sheets of satin board at the half way point.  One was cut along the score line and the other was scored again from front corner to corner.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the half sheet inside the other card, and the one scored diagonally was cut in half along the score line to give a half front card, to which lace was attached along the cut line using ultra tacky tape and the digi-stamp on its circular mat.

The card was further decorated with die cut holly leaves and silver peel-offs from my crafting stash.

So there you have it – one “1st Christmas” card – I hope you like it.

Have a closer look by clicking on the thumbnails below.

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Keep an eye out for my next post for “Thre Dragons Den” after Christmas – when I’m hopeing to have another card to show you, and in the meantime there will be further posts by the other design team members before then to inspire you.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Here are some links you may like to check out:

and last but not least

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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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“The Dragons Den” Posting – Guest Blogger Showcase

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Guest Blogger Showcase / Design Team Member Spotlight Project

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Now some of you who are regulars to my blog may well be asking yourself – how come I’m doing a Guest Blogger Showcase spot on “The Dragons Den” when you’ve seen me posting three times as a Design Team Member, as well as doing a pictorial tutorial, on the same blog?

Well here’s a little bit of background info. for you:

I’ve been a crafter of one sort or another for most of my life (a variety of crafts not just cardmaking), but being forced to take early retirement because ill health and disabilities some three years ago meant I could give more time to my crafting, plan ahead, and have fun and relax making things, rather than have to rush projects because they were needed when work, and other considerations, had got in the way.  Not being able to work also meant that I had more time, (though quite often not the health or energy,) to sit in bed with my laptop and browse around, and get involved in crafting forums and groups on the Internet.

I joined the Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook group around 9 months ago – because I’d come across Janette Padley’s lovely dragons, (and other digital downloadable items) on craftsUprint and then found out that there was this group on FB for dragon fans.

A short while after I’d joined, all the FB group members were asked if they would like to do a one off, Guest Blogger, showcase on The Dragons Den, a blog, like the FB group, dedicated to all things Stamping Dragon Designs.  After thinking for a bit, and considering whether it would be something I’d be able to commit to and be able to see through to completion (I never know from one hour to the next how I’ll be feeling, and have had periods of months at a time when I’m too ill to do more than the basics of living) I decided to put my name forward – after all, it was going to be far ahead in the future, and I could start working on it way before the date.

I was given this mid-November Guest Blogger slot! – and so I started thinking about what to do as a project for the blog with lots of ideas flitting through my mind – although I have to admit that it was only some six weeks ago that it actually clicked with me exactly how I was going to make my creation.

But then:

A few months ago, I was approached by Marleen and asked if I would consider becoming a regular member of a small Design Team on The Dragons Den blog.  For the reasons mentioned above I was rather reticent to do this – but after some persuasion (Marleen is very good at persuasion LOL – she explained that I would only need to post every few weeks, could take my pick of digi-stamps from a list provided to work with so could pick things that inspired me, and could prepare several projects and posts ahead of time, when feeling reasonable, so that if I was having a bad spell I wouldn’t need to stress about not being up to doing a project and post) – I found myself agreeing.

So there you have it – I was scheduled to do a Guest Blogger Showcase posting on The Dragons Den before I was approached to become a Design Team Member doing my regular “Pick of the Week” postings, and rather than shuffle everybody’s slots around it was decided that we’d stick to the original “Guest” schedule and I’d take the opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself.

For my projects for this post I decided to make a “Christmas Recipies” box and matching Christmas card.  The box has cards inside for writing out favourite Christmas recipies on one side and putting photos on the other – though I haven’t done this yet.

RECIPE BOX

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Thumbnail photos of some different areas/angles of this card can be seen below.

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Pennys Pudding digital stamp
Christmas Around the World digital kit

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

I used the large sheets of cardstock to score, cut and stick together to make the box and lid.  I printed and coloured in the “Penny” image.  I also printed out the backgrounds and other elements I needed from the kit, at the right size for my box, and cut, matted and layered, and stuck these on my box and card, finishing off with holly leaves from my crafty stash and some glitter glue.

Have a closer look by clicking on the thumbnails below.

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  1. A view of the top.  “Rysetiau Nadolig” means “Christmas Recepies”.
  2. Back of the box.
  3. Box open with one of the cards for “Pwdin Nadolig” (meaning “Christmas Pudding”) pulled out.

CARD

PennyAndPudding11
Thumbnail photos of some different areas/angles of this card can be seen below.

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Pennys Pudding digital stamp
Christmas Around the World digital kit

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

After printing everything out, and colouring in the digi-stamp, I cut out and then matted and layered the pieces.  I used a Perfect Layers ruler to get an even small border.  I stuck everything together with a variety of sticky mediums to give different dimensions.  Some glitter glue was added for a twinkle, and a peel-off greeting “Nadolig Llawen” – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas” was also added.

Have a closer look by clicking on the thumbnails below.

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  1. Angled view of the card
  2. Closer look at the coloured in digi-stamp
  3. Closer look at the pudding with the white glitter glue over the sauce and red over the holly berries.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Here are some links you may like to check out:

and last but not least

Den Team Member

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Then of course there’s the Dragon Boss Lady’s own blog – Straight From The Craftroom

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My 3rd “The Dragons Den” Posting for the Monday “Pick of the Week” Slot

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Design Team Card

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Time certainly does fly when you are having fun, and it’s already four weeks since my last “Pick of the Week” post for The Dragon’s Den blog. Today a new post went live on the blog with a card I’d made and candle I’d decorated showcasing more great digi-stamps. You can see the post – Here!

CARD

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Thumbnail photos of some areas/angles of both these can be seen below.

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Oh Christmas Tree digital stamp
Jiggy in front of Fire digital stamp

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Equipment:

Method:

The smaller card was scored 1cm into the back from the fold to give a dimensional “spine” to the card, and then the shortened back had a red card attached to make it the same size as the front.  Windows were cut out of the front of the card and a sheet of acetate was attached to the back of the window, trapping a piece of  red ribbon between window frame and acetate.  This smaller card was matted and layered onto the larger card, again trapping a piece of red ribbon between the layers.

I printed out the two digi-stamps out onto Super Smooth Cardstock, coloured them in using my ProMarkers and some other markers, before cutting them out.  The yellow patterned panel was stuck inside the smaller card, and the digis attached, the fireplace image using foam tape and the tree using a “box” constructed of a strip of cardstock.

Further decoration of die-cut holly leaves and glitter flocking was added to decorate the front and the two ribbon ends were tied in a bow.

Have a closer look by clicking on the thumbnails below.

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CANDLE

Oh Christmas Tree 01C

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Oh Christmas Tree digital stamp

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

I attached a piece of printable tissue to a sheet of lightweight paper using finger-lift tape and printed the digi onto it at the right size for my project.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.

I tore around the edge of the tissue close to the image, put it onto a pillar candle, wrapped greaseproof paper around and heated with my heat gun until the wax began to melt.  I then pealed the greaseproof paper off and gave the re-set wax a quick polishing rub with a tissue.

The holly wreath decorative base was made from a circle of Satin Board and a strip of Satin Board made into a collar and attached to the base.  This was decorated using die-cut holly leaves and berries from my crafting stash.

This candle can be burnt, but not on the holly wreath decorative base.

Have a closer look by clicking on the thumbnails below.

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If you love the images used for these two projects, but think that you won’t have enough time left to colour in a lot of digi-stamps to make Christmas cards and gifts, then the images are available already coloured from the shop:

“Oh Christmas Tree Coloured” – Here.
“Jiggy in front of Fire” – Here.

Keep an eye out for my next “Pick of the Week” post for “Thre Dragons Den” on the 2nd December – when I’m hopeing to show you another Christmas card, and in the meantime there will be further posts by the other design team members practically daily up to then to inspire you.

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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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2nd “The Dragons Den” Posting – “Pick of the Week” 6

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Design Team Cards

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Time certainly does fly when you are having fun, and it’s already three weeks since my last post for The Dragon’s Den blog.  Today a new post went live on the blog with a couple of cards I’d made showcasing another great digi-stamp.  You can see the post – Here!

CARDS

1HollysNewBed 06C   2HollysNewBed 04C
Thumbnail photos of some areas/angles of both these can be seen below.

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Holly’s New Bed digital stamp

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

For card 1:  I printed the digi-stamp out and coloured it in.  I took a frame used it as a template to draw around the image.  I then cut out the oval just inside the drawn line.  I went round the oval panel with one of the ProMarkers I’d used on the digi-stamp, flicking the colour from the outside towards the inside to give a broken ege, rather than a solid line of colour.  I scored and folded the blue cardstock, then attached a panel of the trellis.  The digi-stamp panel was attached directly to the front of this, and the frame attached to the top using shaker tape.  I made up the flowers (you can see how in my Pictorial Guide “Making Paper Flowers – 07“) and coloured their edge and the edge of the oval panel using the same ProMarker as previously.  Glue gel was used to attach these to the card front.

For card 2: The digi-stamp on this card was printed at the same size as the previous card, and again coloured in using my ProMarkers.  This was then cut out using a circle scissors before I went round the edge with the lightest grey colour.  The hammered card was turned into a square card approximately 15cm in size.  I cut panels of the black patterned cardstock, matted one of them onto pink cardstock and then trimmed it to a small border.  I used fingerlift tape to attach the panels to the card, the foam tape to attach the circular panel and glue gel for the flower and bow, before finishing with the sticky back gems.

Have a closer look by clicking on the thumbnails below.

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With Christmas coming I’m planning on a Christmas theme for my next “Pick of the Week” posting on “The Dragons Den” blog.  In fact, I’m planning on showing you a card and a gift made using two different digi-stamps.  This should appear on the 4th November.  In the meantime, every monday until then you’ll find Picks of the Week from the other members of “The Dragons Den” – Marleen, Fran and Tania.  There will also be an assortment of other posts on “The Dragons Den” blog at various other times, so please do pop in regularly for a look.

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Here are some links you may like to check out:

and last but not least

Den Team Member

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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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New Design Team Position

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A Bit Of News!

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Today I have a bit of news for you –

You may have noticed that, amongst the wide assortment of cards and other crafty items I make, that I’ve used a fair number of digi-stamps, scrapbook backgrounds and elements, etc., designed by the very tallented designer Janette Padley of Dragons Lair/Stamping Dragon Designs.  Well – a few weeks ago I was invited to join a small design team who will be posting inspiration posts on “The Dragons Den” blog, in rotation, at the begining of every week.  These “pick of the week” posts started on Monday the 2nd with a post by our leader Marleen, and was followed by a post by the tallented Fran on Monday the 9th.  And on Monday 16th it is my turn to post my first Design Team item.

I used an image I’ve used before for my first post, and went for a rustic look for a masculine card.  Well we all know how difficult it can be to make a generic card for a man, especially if he’s not intereste in either sports or drinking, so I thought it would be a good idea to get an inspiration card for a man uploaded before I get carried away with more feminine cards – one of which will be coming up in my next post in three weeks time.

CARD

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Giraffe Digital Stamp

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Equipment:

Method:

After printing the digi-stamp I coloured it in.  Rather than try to go for colouring a large background area smoothly I decided to go for a camouflaged look background (an idea of how I did this can be seen in my Pictorial Guide “Colouring In – 19. Dappled Backgrounds).  I also did a separate panel of the camouflaged background for cutting out the leaves – because I wanted the colours to match and also wanted my leaves to look dappled rather than a flat colour.  I also did a panel of the same browns as used on the giraffe to be used for the branches. I just tore around the digi to create my topper, and tore two mats of Kraft card and Glitter card to go behind it, and used an assortment of dies to cut out branches and leaves.  One sheet of Kraft Card was simply scored and folded in half to make the base card. I stuck everything together with tape and glue – but I kept these to the centre of each piece so that the edges could just lift – it gives a bit of a dimensional look without making the card too deep to go into an ordinary envelope.

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Look out for my next post on The Dragons Den on the 7th October, 2013.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Here are some links you may like to check out:

and last but not least

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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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