Music Themed Easel Card

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Apr 132016
 

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Today’s card was made for a challenge over on the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group.

Each month we get given a digi stamp image for free to work with and we need to get a photo of what we make with the image uploaded to an album in the group by the end of that month.

This month we were given a frame to work with.  Which of course let it open to any Fan Group member who wanted to take part to decide what they’d use the frame for.

I chose to make a music themed easel card using a couple of other digi-stamps from the Dragons Lair Designs online store with the frame.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • Flower Design Frame – Freebie for any Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group member who wants to take part in the challenge.
  • Yoo Hoo Rocks
  • Cat with Music – previous freebie from Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group challenge.

Equipment:

  • Paper trimmer
  • Hougie Board
  • Scissors
  • Nuvo alcohol markers

Consumables:

  • Quick grab wet glue
  • 1mm deep, double sided foam tape
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • A4 sheet of 250gsm super smooth white cardstock
  • A4 sheet of patterned cardstock
  • Piece of sewing cotton

Method:

I put all three digi-stamps onto a single A4 working area and printed them out at the size I required.  I then coloured them all in using Nuvo alcohol marker pens before cutting them out.

Icouldn’t hope to cut out the thin lines of the whiskers and the wires from the cat’s MP3 player to his earphones, so I took a piece of sewing thread and used a needle to put it through the cardstock at the right places.

I scored the cardstock at 6″ and 3″ and put the frame topper corner to corner along the 3″ line and marked the width.  I then cut the card to this width before folding along the score lines.  The piece trimmed off was further trimmed to fit on the inside as a stopper, holding it in place with foam tape.

I used wet glue to attach half the frame to the folded over area of the card front and then used glue gel to attach the two other images to the front of the frame.

FrameCard 01You can just about see the thread on the cat from his MP3 player in this photo if you click and make it larger.

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If any of you want to join in this fun challenge then please do join the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group and do so.  There are a couple of other challenges currently running in the group as well.

And please also join our “Anything Goes” challenge over on the Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog.

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And that is it from me for today. I hope that you will take advantage of the DLD Freebie and use it to make something that you connect up to the Sunday Showcase for us all to see. You never know, you could be the lucky one who wins more DLD goodies in the draw.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

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

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

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

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(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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A Butterfly Card

 Posted by at 11:13 am
Apr 052016
 

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And especially thank you to all of you who’ve taken the time to leave me comments lately.  It means a lot to me.

Janette Padley, the designer at Dragons Lair Designs, posted another Sunday Showcase on the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog on Sunday.

Her Sunday Showcase posts give everybody a chance to link up anything they’ve made using Dragons Lair Designs items. Usually it’s just Design Team members who’s work is seen regularly on the blog, but by linking up creations anybody can be a part of the Sunday Showcase – and even better, at the end of the week, somebody get’s randomly chosen to receive an item from the DLD store, so even more reason to come and show us your DLD makes.

EVEN BETTER – there’s the cance to get a DLD FREEBIE – because Janette is putting in a link to a Dragons Lair Designs freebie in each Sunday Showcase post. And of course these could be used to join in the showcase linkup if you don’t already have something DLD in your digital library.

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Today I’ve got a card to show you created using the latest freebie.

Lupus 06See below for more photos that show the sparkle added.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Software

Consumables:

  • Quick grab glue
  • Clear Spectrum Sparkle pen
  • Two colours of Nuvo drops
  • Black 8″ square card
  • 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock

Method:

I started off by taking the elements into My Craft Studio Elite and creating a layout that I liked that was suitable as a square card front.  I then added extra layers of some of the butterflies to the empty space of my digital working area.  This was then printed and cut out.

I took a clear sparkle pen and went over several of the areas of the card front, including top left round “button” elements, part of the frame, and the extra butterfly layers.

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I then attached the card front to the front of a black pre-scored and folded card.  I shaped the extra butterflies and attached them down their centre, leaving the wings raised.

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A larger butterfly was put in the centre of the card.

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I finished off by putting small drops of green Nuvo drops on the butterfly antenae all over the card, and also a few larger drops of another toneing colour in other places on the card.

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And that is it from me for today. I hope that you will take advantage of the DLD Freebie and use it to make something that you connect up to the Sunday Showcase for us all to see.  You never know, you could be the lucky one who wins more DLD goodies in the draw.

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And if you are looking for freebies – there’s another on the launch day post for the new DLD collection “Artistic Expressions”.  Find the freebie at the bottom of the post – Here!  And there’s a big discount in the Dragons Lair Designs online store for this collection at the moment.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

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

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

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

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A Quick Card

 Posted by at 07:00 am
Apr 012016
 

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Today a new collection is being launched in the Dragons Lair Designs store. It is called “Artistic Expressionss”.

Here’s a promo shot for the collection

Artistic Expressions Promo Shot

It is a lovely collection with a cheerful pallette of colours that suit so many types of projects.

This is a sneaky peak I uploaded in various places on FB a few days ago.

Gwyneth Sneaky Peak 01It is, in fact, the bottom left corner of a card front.  It shows the colours better than my photo of the completed card I think.

Gwyneth Sneaky Peak 02To make this I took lots of the elements and backgrounds from the collection into My Craft Studio.  I wanted a card as close as I could to 6″ square so worked with the on-screen working area at landscape orientation.  I worked on the right half of the area, resizing a square background from the collection to nearly fill the half of the area from side to side, but had empty space above it.  This became my card front area, so everything else was built up on front of this.  Before printing I added the wording Penblwydd Hapus (which is Welsh for Happy Birthday) to the front in the same pink as the largest heart layer of the “topper”.

The whole design was printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock.  I used a paper trimmer to cut across the top of the card to get rid of the white space and square it off.  I used a scoreing tool to score half way along and then folded.  So I had an instant card, which looks as if it’s got some dimension but actually is flat for posting, and small enough to go through the post using a standard stamp in the UK.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Consumables:

  • A4 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Software
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoreing tool.

Oh! Forgot to say. There’s a discount in the store for a couple of weeks on this new collection, and if you choose to buy the whole collection you’ll get an extra item that can’t be bought individually.

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

Please visit the “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog” regularly over the next few weeks as you’ll find various “Inspiration by …” posts appear from the other design team members as well as some from Guest Design Team members. I’ll be back with more posts for the “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog” 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, lots of inspiration and giveaways – and there’s a loyalty club for those who take part as well where taking part gets you points, winning gets you more points, and get enough points and you get a voucher to spend in the shop.
  • The “Dragons Lair Designs” page on Facebook. We love it when people “Like” us!
  • While I’m not a fan of Pinterest and especially people’s habit of posting images, digi-stamps, etc., to the site that they’ve got no rights to, you can follow designer Janette Padley on Pinterest!
  • See us on CraftsUPrint
  • Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog : new challenge every month
  • Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog : a showcase/inspiration blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragons Lair Designs.
  • Then of course there’s the Dragon Boss Lady’s own blog – Straight From The Craftroom

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

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

Follow on Bloglovin

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(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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A Few More Of My Older Cards

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 252016
 

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An Update and Some Patchwork

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I’m back to showing you photos of older cards I made last year, ones that I can’t find any indication that I processed the photos, watermarked them, and blogged them before.  The large folder of photos is slowly getting less, so I’m sure I will get to the end at some point.  It just feels like a big job at the moment, in between doing a little crafting, and blogging my current makes.

The only problem is that, with so much time having past since I made the items, I can’t be certain what the main items were that I used on my creation, yet alone the actual method, so I can’t give you much details.  But I hope you like the cards in any case.

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CARDS:

All the cards were quite simple, quick, makes.

Something tells me that the first few are made with Pollyanna Pickering images from a kit.  It looks as if I used papers from the kit as well.  All on an A4 sheet of craft card, scored and folded to make an A5 base card.

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I’m thinking that the image on this one could be from one of the Hunkydory “Little Book of …” – but no idea which one.

Hunkydory2015 card01 03Penblwydd Hapus is Welsh for Happy Birthday – so all the cards were birthday cards.

Right, back to having a look at more old photos.  Hope you are all having a good week and are manageing to have some time to do your crafting.

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

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

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A “Green” Card

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 152016
 

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An Update, Some Musings, and a Quick Card

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Every now and then, in the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group, we have some challenges posted by different design team members.  Earlier this month Susan posted a “SUSAN’S SPECIAL SOMETHING” where she challenged group members to “make SOMETHING GREEN, using SOMETHING from Dragons Lair”.  Susan gave us until the 17th to make and post a photo of our creation up in the group.

The first thing DLD that jumped to my mind when I thought “green” was Hoppy frog, so off I went into my digital library to find the digi-stamps that feature him.  I decided to actually keep the overall look of the card quite simple, with very little embelishment.  I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I don’t know what occasion he’ll be used for – I think it would be good for a child because he’s such a fun character.

You’ll find the card at the bottom of my post if you want to skip my musings

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MUSINGS:

Well, all I can say is that this last weekend has been a weekend of hoaxes, half useful information, one like = a prayer posts, and the copying of various things to supposedly “show support” or “awareness” for this that and the other – as far as what I’ve seen appearing on my news feed.  And then add in a few scammers cloneing people’s accounts and sending Friend requests to annoy me as well.

The most prolific hoax I’ve seen over the last few days is the ‘Sonia Disowns Rahul’ Virus Hoax. It doesn’t take much time to do a quick check before mindlessly copying hoaxes like this.  Don’t give the person who started the hoax the fun of seeing their hoax perpetuated all over FB and elsewhere.

A month ago I mentioned that I was fed up with the  “Urgent: All the accounts are being hacked” that people were mindlessly copying.  Part of the information was true – but it described cloneing, not hacking.  As Hoax-Slayer says “This mislabeling of the attackers may seem unimportant.  However, it IS important that any Internet security warnings contain accurate and and easily understandable information. Mislabelling can cause confusion and potentially detract from the worth of the underlying message.”

I’ve not seen much of this mislabelled warning the last few weeks, but by yesterday it is back with a vengance – on this time it’s dropped the “All the accounts” and changed it to “So nearly everyone’s account is being hacked.”  No!  not nearly everyone’s accounts, and not hacked – Cloned!  (There are hackers out there as well of course, but that isn’t what is being described).  Yesterday, Monday, I received two “Friends” requests from coloned (copied) accounts of people I am already FB Friends with.  That’s two out of over 1,000 FB Friends being cloned, so hardly “nearly everybody” – but certainly something everybody should be aware is happening because both times there were people who’d already accepted the Friend request of the cloned account – that’s people who the cloner could now see everything they only share with friends.  I really would suggest that everybody does a quick search for every name that a friend request comes from to make sure that they are not already a friend with that person – the real person – and also to look critically at the person’s profile to see if they look genuine.

If I see something that I think is a bit dodgy on FB I look on places like the Hoax-Slayer FB Page, Hoax-Slayer website, Facecrooks FB Page, etc., etc. to see if they have any information.

I’m left wondering how copying and posting a – None of my FB Friends, only my true friends, I know which friends … known somebody… hero who’s fought and won … to raise awareness of cancer – etc., etc., – is actually suppose to raise awareness?  There’s never any information about cancer in there.  No information about anything you should be aware of, such as a symptom that should be looked out for and taken seriously for a particular type of cancer.  How about not mindlessly copying things that others have posted and posting a link to somewhere with usefull information, such as Cancer Research UK, where people can not only learn about cancer, the research currently being done, but also donate to help the fight against cancer.

And then we get to another scam – the 1 like = a prayer posts.  I’m sorry, but I think this is plain stupid, on top of often being scams.  I’m a great believer in prayer.  And do offer up a quiet prayer for people in my online circle of friends who are suffering, especially those who explain their circumstances and ask for prayers to be made on their behalf or on behalf of friends or family. But I fail to see how likeing a post on FB would equate to a prayer.  Jesus himself said that you should go and pray to God in the quiet, not on the corner of the street – and to my mind being seen likeing something on FB, without thought or any real prayer made, (the – it costs me nothing and it can’t do any harm – mentality) is a modern version of praying on the corner of the street – only not just your own street but every street in the world.  And these posts are also more likely than not to be scams – aimed at getting likes for a page so that it is worth more to scammers.  Start by reading about one of the old ‘Prayers for Likes‘, then have a read of “Facebook Like-Farming Scams“, and then have a look at a list of some of the different like farming types of scams.

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CARD:

I printed the digital stamp – Hoppy Frog on Lily Pad – onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured him and his reflection in using ProMarkers.  I then took a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen and went all over what would be the water and the reflection. The sparkle shows up a bit in this photo I took before making up the card.

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This was stuck to the front of a 5″ square base card.  I then took a sheet of green Adorable Scoreable cardstock and cut it to 5″ hight along leaving a long strip from the front of the A4 sheet.  I cut a 4″ square out of the centre of the strip Leaving 5″ in the centre I scored on both sides and then at 1cm, 2cm, and cut at 3cm out.  These scores were folded, concertina style, and the last flap on both sides were stuck with super sticky tape to both sides of the card front to give a concertina sided frame.  I took some clear beading wire, knotted the bottom, added a green glass pearl, knotted a bit further up and added another bead, knotted a bit further up again and added another bead, and finished with a knot a bit above the third bead. I did this several times until I had 6 strings.  Taking three of these together I used sticky tape to attach them to the inside of the frame to one side of Hoppy.  I did the same the other side.

DSCF4137Once I know whether it will be for a boy or a girl I may add some more embelishments, I’m thinking perhaps a worm or a fly if it’s for a boy, or some blossom on the frame if it will be snet to a girl.  What do you think?

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

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

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

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

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Mar 092016
 

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An Update and Some Colouring In

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Not a big post from me today.  Just a couple of mother’s day cards.  One I made to give myself to my mother, and the other I made for my niece to give to her mother but she went home without it, so my other sister who came to stay over the weekend appropriated it to also give to Mam.

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Cards:

This was the card I gave Mam myself.  The image is one out of a little book from Hot Off The Press called “Floral Garden For Colourists”.  And the company do give permission for images you colour in to be used on cards “for personal use or to sell for pin money”, which is good to know because some colouring book companies don’t – so always check the terms of the company who owns the copyright.

I actually coloured the whole image panel in using Spectrum Sparkle pens from the Spring/Summer pack.  The dimensional butterfly is also from the Floral Garden colouring book, as was a tag I used on the inside.  I also brushed the clear Spectrum Sparkle pen over the floral embelishments.  Unfortunately non of it has been captured in the photos, because the whole thing is very sparkly when moved in the light.

The card is simply a 7″ square ready prepared white base card.  The flowers and the background paper s used in the central strip were printed out from a My Craft Studio/Tattered Lace CD-ROM and cut out with different, co-ordinating, Tattered Lace “Floral Layers” dies.

I used the Tonic funky glue pen to glue everything in place.

Floral Garden For Colourists 01 04Here are several different angles of the same card (click on the thumbnails to see larger images):

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The second card was very plain, and not fussy, at the request of my niece, because my sister doesn’t like dimensional and glittery things.  Nither does my other sister who appropriated the card.  It’s simply an image from one of the Hunkydory Little Books – think it was the 2nd flowers one – stuck onto one of the Hunkydory mirror layers and mounted on a plain white A5 card.

Only one photo of this –

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Mar 042016
 

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Design Team Card

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Today we see the start of a new challenge start on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” – and I’m now shareing the inspiration piece I created on this month’s theme.

DLD CB_BadgeDLD DT Badge Sept 2014Each ”Dragons Lair Designs Challenge” goes live the first Friday of the month with a new theme each time. The winner will get picked by “Random” so that it is fair for all levels of crafters. The winner gets a prize, as well as a badge for their blog, and the winning entry will also be highlighted on the challenge blog the following month. Although we’d love to see Dragons Lair Designs items on your creation, you may ENTER the challenge using ANY MATERIAL you wish as long as you clearly follow the set theme. You may enter the challenge with ONE entry per month. So why not consider joining in with us this month – go to the challenge blog and have a look at the rules and the inspiration created by my fellow Design Team members.

For March we have a “bingo” grid for crafters to choose any three items in a straight line to use on their crafted creations.

Here’s the grid –

Bingo Grid Challenge Suggestion

 

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

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CREATION:

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

This is what I produced –

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Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Consumables:

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

Equipment:

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

Method:

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

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

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

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

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

I finished off with the pearl drops.

Here are a couple more photos of the card –

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I hope you like my card and that you will join us in the Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog this month.

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Please go over to the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” and have a look at my fellow Design Team members’ inspiration pieces and to enter your creations.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

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

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

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

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Mar 022016
 

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Design Team Creation

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It’s time for another inspiration post from me on the “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog“. This is more or less what I posted over on that blog –

For our March posts every Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog Design Team member will be working with the wonderful new collection “Elves” that was launched in the Dragons Lair Designs Store Yesterday.

This collection has very much a vintage feel to it. Although the elves are great for some occasions, they may not go with everything you want to do – but the beauty of the collection is that it contains backgrounds and elements that don’t show the elves as well (Have a look at the digital-scrapbook layout I did for the collection launch to see a creation that doesn’t show the Elves).  So multiple styles of items can be made with different looks from this one collection.

As my first piece with the collection didn’t use the elements that showed the Elves I decided that I needed to use them for this Inspiration Blog post.  So I decided to make a card.

In fact, I got a bit carried away and made 3 different cards. Unfortunately the photograph for one of them isn’t good – despite taking more than once – but it shows you an idea for a layout.

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These are what I used:

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Items from the “Elves” collection available – here – in the store.
Whole collection Promo Shot
Launch day freebie from the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog -> Here!
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Consumables:

  • Black 7″ square card; White 7″ square card; A4 sheet of 300gsm cardstock; Sheet of Adorable Scoreable cardstock in a toneing colour.  Roller glue tape pen; 1mm deep double sided foam tape; Foiling glue; Gold touch senseitive foil; Zig Glue Pen; Glue Gel; Butterfly Charm; Burnt Sienna ProMarker;

Equipment:

  • Scissors; Hougie Board

Cards & Method:

I started by printing out various backgrounds and elements from the collection and then cutting them out.

For this 1st card I took one elves topper and two backgrounds from the collection and cut them to size.  The topper was stuck to a piece of Adorable Scoreable cardstock and cut to leave a small margin. The background panels were distressed around the edges with a scissors edge.

I dabbed some foil glue in various places on the base card and on the panels and applied foil.  I then used my roller glue tape pen to attach the backgrounds and foam tape to attach the matted topper.

Elves 01 02 Angled view of card.

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After cutting out a background to fit my base card I started off by attaching this.  Then I added the torn edge and ribbon element.  I decided to only use the base image and two layers of the pyramid topper and I lightly went around these two layers with my scissors edge to roughen them up a bit so that they would stand out a bit on the card.  The bottom layer was attached using a roller glue tape pen and the two layers using 1mm deep foam tape.  I then used a Zig glue pen to add dots in various places on the paper ribbon and to write Penblwydd Hapus (which is Welsh for Happy Birthday) to the bottom of the card.  Onto these glued areas I pressed a sheet of touch sensitve foil.  It actually turned out smoother than I wanted so I then scratched the foiled area to distress it a bit, which I felt was more in keeping with the look of the image and backgrounds.

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For this last card, in the style of a “screen” that opens out and stands in a zigzag fashion, was made using three of the bookmarks on the bookmark sheet.

These were again stuck to a sheet of Adorable Scoreable and trimmed to leave a very small margin.

Taking the width of these matted bookmarks into account I used my Hougie Board to score a sheet of white cardstock, trimmed the extra off and folded to make my screen card.  I also cut a smaller panel from the Adorable Scoreable, but turning it back to front, to make a panel where the greeting can be written.  Once I had stuck all the matted panels onto the base card using my roller glue tape pen I used the ProMarker to go around adding faux stitching.

I finished off by colouring over the butterfly charm using the same ProMarker, because it wass too silver looking for this card, and then stuck it to the front of the card using glue gel.

The closed card.

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A couple of slightly different angles of the opened out card.

 

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

Please visit the “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog” regularly over the next few weeks as you’ll find various “Inspiration by …” posts appear from the other design team members, as well as colouring tutorials and other posts. I’ll hopefully be back with more posts over the coming months as well, including some using Dragons Lair Designs items.

You can also sign up for the Dragons Lair Designs Newsletter – Here! – there’s a wonderfull mini kit free for all subscribers this month.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

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

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

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

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(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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There are two things I’d like to add –

Dragons Lair Designs are currently running a Design Team Call

and

There’s currently a big discount available in the Dragons Lair Designs Store

And that is it from me for today.

Please visit the “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog” regularly over the next few weeks as you’ll find various “Inspiration by …” posts appear from the other design team members. I’ll hopefully be back posting more regularly over the comming months with Dragons Lair Designs and other crafty makes.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

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

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

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

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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Christmas 2015 – 3

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Feb 262016
 

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An Update And Some Christmas Cards

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Hi Everybody!

Today I’ve got the last batch of a dozen Christmas cards I made on order for my aunt to show you.  For this batch I went back to my selection of Hunkydory “Little Book of …” for my toppers, which I matted and layered and added to A5 base cards.  I kept to this size as it’s easy to just score and fold A4 cardstock to make the base cards, and it’s easy to get packs of C5 envelopes to fit them..

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CARDS:

You can click on each thumbnail image to see a larger photo.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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Christmas 2015 – 1

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Feb 152016
 

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An Update, Some Musings And Some Christmas Cards

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Hi Everybody!

I did warn you in previous posts that I’m on a mission to catch up with putting photos of my creations from the last year that I’ve not blogged before up to this site, so yes, today I have a batch of Christmas cards from last Christmas to show you.

To be honest, I didn’t get photos of half the cards I made, just makeing and getting them written and into envelopes was energy sapping before Christmas.  To be even more honest, I didn’t even get cards made for everybody I wanted to make cards for.

I had an order early on from an aunt for three dozen Christmas cards and I made those in three batches of a dozen each.  So today’s makes are one of those batches.

To make it easy for me to make the cards the batch I’m going to show you today were all made in a similar style.  A4 base card scored to make an A5 card.  An image from one of the selection of Hunkydory “Little Book” I’ve got.  Some simple matting and layering, and a peeloff greeting.

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MUSINGS:
I hope I don’t upset any of the crafting friends I have most contact with online – But Arrrr! I’ve been totally fed up over the weekend with the half truth, half misinformation, that a lot of people have posted and that are filling my news feed. 
(I think it’s mostly “friends of friends” I’ve spotted doing the mindless copying of stuff without actually checking it is true in any case as I don’t recognise a lot of the names involved, other than when a couple of friends have commented to suggest the poster checks with HoaxSlayer.)
 “Urgent:
All the accounts are being hacked” 
No! “All the” nothing are being hacked. If All were being hacked then the hackers would have more than likely changed the account password, and the person copying the “information” without checking whether it actually makes sense would quite probably not have access to their own FB account to post the copied piece.
 There are always hackers out there trying to hack people’s accounts, of all sorts not just FB, and one of the best ways to avoid being hacked is to have good, strong, different, passwords on all accounts. Make it difficult for them to hack, and have as little information about yourself included as possible – even use incorrect information as answers to questions that some sites use, so for example, if your mother’s brother David Davies is a FB friend and your interaction makes it clear what your relationship is, then don’t use Davies as an answer to your mother’s maiden name question on your banks site. It would be an easy one for hackers to guess, not necessarily to gain access to FB account but to other things. So lie when you initially set up an account and give answers to questions. Just remember what the lie was – use a password protected password keeper and note taker. Favourite teacher, first pet, favourite colour, food, etc, etc, are all things a determined hacker might read on your FB page and use to convince others they are you.
Hackers may have a go at hacking accounts they come across, but “All accounts” are not getting hacked.
 “The profile picture and your name are used to create a new facebook account.” Well this isn’t a description of hacking in the first place, this is cloneing. And yes, there is a lot of cloneing going on, but nowhere near “All the accounts”. Don’t know whether it’s just prevalent in crafting circles because we are such a large community with a large circle of FB friends, with others we come into contact with through crafting groups, or whether other hobbies are targeted as well, so yes, we are all likely to come into contact with a cloned account every now and then, but it is likely to be a small proportion of our FB friends or ourselves who are affected by being cloned. And getting cloned means that all the cloners have got access to is what’s public on your profile. So, yes, cloners do copy pictures and basic information from the profile of the person being cloned and use it to create a copy account.
And, of course, they target people who have lots of friends when looking for somebody to clone, because they have a long list of people ready to try and con. The first con is, as the half truth posts are saying, to send out friend requests from the clone account to all your friends, hopeing “your friends think it’s you and accept” – unless your friends have their wits about them, have a bit of sense, and say to themselves, “hang on a moment, I’m already friends with her/him”. 
 “From this moment, the pirates can write what they want under your name!!” Actually, from the moment the cloners create the clone account they can write anything they want in that clone account or any wall they have posting or commenting rites to, but usually they write very little because a different way of writing may give them away to anybody they are trying to con into friending them. They can never write everywhere the person they cloned can write because just cloneing and coning one friend to befriend them doesn’t give them that sort of access, but of course, if they can write on the posts of anybody who’s accepted their requests. They rarely do though.
One reason they might start writing on a person’s wall is to spam advertise, spread links to malware, etc.
But on the whole I’ve not seen a lot of posting from clone accounts on walls of the assorted people who have befriended them.
So, if you don’t already know, by now you are wondering why cloners bother cloneing accounts in the first place. What do they gain?
Well firstly they don’t need to hack anything, they don’t need to try and guess or crack a password. Just copy a few details and a picture and they are away.
Secondly, as people are likely to share more personal information with friends than they do public, as soon as somebody accepts their friend request they are likely to find out more about them.
Thirdly, the person who’s account has been cloned knows nothing about it, hasn’t been hacked, hasn’t lost control of their account, doesn’t know that anything is going on behind their back to be able to warn all their friends that the clone account is an imposter. Not until a friend actually asks them on their old account about the new friend request.
So the best defence from being taken in by a cloner is to search for that person’s name on FB and if more than one account comes up, with one already your friend, then you know to be cautious. Go to your friend’s account and see if anything is going on. Could be he/she already knows and has put a warning about the clone, or another friend has. Could be he/she has, for some reason, decided to start a new account so the second account isn’t a clone. One request I got lately was supposedly from a person I’d been FB friends with for years, and a quick check on the page made it obvious that she’s died over a year previously.  And yet she was supposedly making a friend request from beyond the grave, and over 40 had accepted a friend request from her.
One thing to note – quite often cloners block the person they’ve cloned from seeing the clone account if they search for their name. It slows down the person getting enough information to report the clone to FB to get it taken down. They may even block anybody who refuses their friend request. So getting a screenshot that includes the page address, before rejecting the friend request and marking it as spam, might be of help for the person who’s been cloned getting the clone down.
Next, what do cloners gain from the person who was cloned not warning their friends that the 2nd account isn’t them? Time! Time to do more conning because of course just conning people to become friends is hardly what cloners want. Yes, they could make money from click pay adverts if they start posting on friends walls. Yes they could get all sorts of malware onto computers if they post links to not so nice sites.
But another thing they do is go behind the scenes and use the FB messaging system to contact people directly. The aim being to con money out of them. There’s all sorts of leads they use, from the old chestnut of “I’m abroad and my money was stolen and I need £xyz to get home. Lend it to me and you’ll get it back, send it now” to the one about buying a lottery ticket together that won and needing bank details to pay over the half.  Basically not a lot different to the ones where E-mail rather than FB is involved. If the cloner times their con to when the person they have cloned is on holiday, then they have a better chance of succeeding.
So yes, there is truth within all these endless copies of posts I’ve been seeing more and more of over the weekend, but it’s not referring to anything new, it isn’t describing hacking, and the so called helpful warning is wasting time because those who copy and paste such info without checking for accuracy, and correcting it before posting, are just the type of person who would accept a friend request from the cloner without checking as well, probably just assume it’s  OK, or even message the clone who wants to be their friend – are you really so and so opening a new account, and accepting the reply – yes – before clicking the friend button.
Yes, that last statement is probably an over generalisation, but what I’m trying to say is that half truths thrown in with misinformation and very little information doesn’t really help educate those that are too trusting and accept everything they see online.
CARDS:

Click on each to see a larger photo of the card.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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