Sep 022016
 

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It’s time for me to show you another DT inspiration piece as today we see the start of a new challenge on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog“.

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

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

Please join in and let us see your crafted creation.

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CREATION:

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

 

Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Equipment:

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

Consumables:

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

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Method:

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

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

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

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

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

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

I can’t wait to start visiting your blogs to see.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

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

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

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

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(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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Aug 052016
 

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Design Team Card

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It’s time for me to show you another DT inspiration piece as today we see the start of a new challenge on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog“.

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

The theme for August is “Christmas in August”.  If you are like many a crafter you will already have started to make your Christmas cards and other projects, so blog them and enter them and you could be lucky and get the DLD voucher at the end of the challenge.

Please join in and let us see your crafted creation.

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CREATION:

I decided to use items from a Dragons Lair Designs collection called Victorian Christmas.  The collection contains a sheet to print off to make a rectangular pyramage card, but in view of the popularity of square cards at the moment I decided to have a play around with this sheet, together with other items from the collection, to create a square card front, with the illusion of dimension, that can be printed out at 4″ square to just about 8″ square (when a printer allows printing to the edge).

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Dragons Lair Designs Item:

  • Victorian Christmas

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite software

Method:

I started off by taking the pyramage card topper sheet into the software, resizing it, and copying it so I had 3 copies.  I then used the rectangular digital punch in the software to cut out the three layers of the pyramage.  I then put these one on top of the other, matching up the image, as if I was working with the printed out image.  Once the layers were in place I used the DropShaddow effect and Blur Radius to give the layers the impression of being raised on foam pads or dimensional glue.

I then took a background and tied ribbon element from the collection, put the background behind, positioned the “dimensional” pyramage, and added the tied ribbon.

I then added the greeting “Nadolig Llawen” (which is Welsh for Merry Christmas).  I typed it in black, copied it, and changed the one behind to white.  I then moved the black layer slightly to give an ofset look.

This is now ready to be printed off at a variety of sizes.  I’ve been doing a bit of a tidy up of my crafting stash with the help of a nephew.  Not got as far as I’d like, but have found a lot of pre-cut and scored square card bases in a variety of sizes that I can just measure and print out these card fronts at the right size, cut, stick on, and decorate with a little glitteraround the frame.

With postage being expensive for dimensional cards, using software to get a dimensional look but only actually sticking one sheet of cardstock on a card front, it keeps the weight of the card down, and using the smaller square base cards will keep the dimension of the cards small enough to go through the post using a standard stamp in the UK.

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

I can’t wait to start visiting your blogs to see.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

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

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

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

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(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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Jun 062016
 

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Design Team Creation

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

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

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

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These are what I used:

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

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

Consumables:

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

Equipment:

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

Method:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dragons Lair Designs are currently running a Design Team Call

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

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

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

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

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

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(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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Monochromatic Vintage Lady Card

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Apr 252016
 

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Today I’ve got a card to show you.

Yesterday, in her Sunday Showcase on the Dragons lair Designs Inspiration Blog, designer Janette Padley gave a digital stamp along with some backgrounds as a mini collection FREEBIE!

This week I decided to go with just using the digi-stamp, and as I’ve made several digital scrapbook layouts with the freebies lately I decided to go with a card this time.

Vintage Lady 03In fact, I decided on a monochromatic card.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Equipment:

  • Scissors

Consumables:

  • 250gsm White super smooth cardstock.
  • White, pre-scored base card.
  • Assorted greys and black Nuvo alcohol marker and Nuvo silver marker
  • Assortment of bits of backgrounds, etc., from my box of bits.

Method:

Having decided to go monochromatic this time I searched through a tray of bits I’ve got left over from previous projects and fished out some black cardstock and a couple of grey tone background patterns and some paper rikrac ribbon.

I resized the digi-stamp to the required size and printed it before colouring it in with various grey and black alcohol markers.  I wanted a bit of silver on the image, although I don’t think it shows up well in the photo, but didn’t want it to completely cover the detail of the flourishes on the frame, so, I dotted silver on between the details and then went over it with one of the grey markers.  This has given it a bit of a distressed silver look.  I also used the silver for the lady’s necklace and ring.

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After colouring in I cut out the digi-stamp image.

I then cut up the pieces I’d chosen to use to the required sizes and stuck everything together using quick dry glue.

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Dragons Lair Designs is giving a freebie with the Sunday Showcase each week, as well as a chance to win something for showing us your creation using anything DLD (even if you use the freebie given any week), so remember to drop into the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog next Sunday to collect your freebie.

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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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A Few More Of My Older Cards

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

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Feb 112016
 

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An Update, A Few Musings, And Two Cards

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Hi Everybody! If you don’t want to read all my ramblings and just want to see my creations then I don’t mind if you whiz past the first part of this post.  The cards are near the end!

Following on from my last post –

Well, I’m still plowing my way through the photos of the items I crafted last year but didn’t put up on my blog.  I’m also in the process of crochetting another wooly hat for another nephew.  Hopefully I’ll be able to show you that before long.

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MUSINGS:

I have to admit that, while I can appreciate the work that goes into them, and the tallent of the crafter, one type of card just isn’t my style and that’s “dark” cards generally. I prefer my cards bright and cheerful, or nice and pastel.  Something to make me smile or chear me up.  But of course that’s me, not everybod.

I know that there are those recipients who are into that sort of thing and that the cardmaker is spot on with their creation, but what does a crafter do with cards of this type if, say they are really into this type of card themselves, or ar on a design team that wants this type of card, but actually have nobody to give them to afterwords?  Do you keep them in a box forever?  Do you give them to charities?  Do you box them up and give them as a boxed set gift to somebody?  Do you find some way to display them yourself – say in a picture frame or something?

The same goes for any other style of card of course.  What do all you crafters out there do with all the cards and other creations you make?  Do you manage to sell some cards.  I read online lately that somebody on the TV had quoted a really large price for a hand made card that had been personalised, and that she was actually getting that sort of money.  I didn’t manage to actually see what size and standard of card was involved, but I doubt whether it was of any better standard than some of the stunning creations I’ve seen online over the last year.

So then I got to thinking about whether those I’ve read sell their cards for £1, £1.50 or even £2.50, and still not getting sales, are under priceing their cards (I’m sure they can’t be covering the cost of everything they’ve used yet alone the cost of their time to make them), and does having the balls to charge £10 + for a card make those with no sense think that the card must be better in some way than a card that the maker is charging much less for?

Does the fact that some people just want to have the space and are practically giving their cards away for realy cheap prices make it harder for others to charge realistic prices for their creations?

For all my thinking I haven’t worked out the answer to any of the questions I’ve thought of while being incapacitated.  Anybody out there getting a steady stream of card sales for reasonable prices?

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CARDS:

I’ve got two cards to show you today.

Both were made using the same butterfly die – not quite sure which company’s die it was – that’s one big problem with not having the health or energy to blog soon after making cards – I just can’t remember exactly what I used to make my creations, or where I got the items from to link to them.  Thinking back to who they were for – these cards must have been made between Christmas and the New Year.

Both were also made using the same type of cardstock and backing paper – It was a paper with a wide variety of colours going across it and by cutting out of different areas I got a different affect.

I do remember that the two greetings dies came from Tattered Lace – because Tattered Lace are the only Welsh greetings dies I’ve got.

Babi Newydd – New Baby card

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Penblwydd Hapus – Happy Birthday card

Penblwydd Hapus 02 01

Penblwydd Hapus 02 03

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

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

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(Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.) (Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.)
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Mar 242015
 

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I’ve started a new “A Little Extra Fun” challenge over on the “Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group”  on Facebook.

Often our “A Little Extra Fun” are quick questions, or small makes, but this time I decided to really challenge the group members with a multi tier challenge.  The more steps carried out the more Loyalty Points the group member gets.

Here’s the challenge as it was put up in the group:

This is my multi-level challenge for you (it’s a long one, so read carefully before you begin):
If you were locked in a room with a small assortment of items and asked to make a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day card, would you be able to make it?

This is what is in the room:

  • table and chair,
  • a pair of scissors,
  • an assortment of cardstock some of which have been printed with backgrounds from a Dragons Lair Designs collection of your choice,
  • some quick grab glue,
  • a black fineliner,
  • and a pack of assorted buttons

In my “heads up” post I said that I may be generous and give you something else – well I’m feeling really generous and want you to choose one piece of your crafting equipment to take in with you.

This equipment can be:

a digital cutting machine – but only with the cutting files that came with it when set up out of the box – no extra cutting files bought or downloaded from the internet; a die-cutting machine – but only with any dies or embossing folders that came with it out of the box; a particular punch or set of punches – so long as they came as a set originally; a favourite paper trimmer or guilotine; The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion Pro – but again only with the items that came with it originally; etc, etc.
– well I’m not feeling so generous as to allow you to take in every bit of kit in with you LOL

And this is the multi-level challenge for you:

You can just decide on your must have equipment.

You can make a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day card using your chosen equipment and what’s given and post a photo to this thread.

You can make a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day card using your chosen equipment and what’s given, taking photos as you are going along, and blog the lot, and post a link to your step-by-step blog as a comment below.

It’s up to you how much you want to do.

I’m going to give you 10 days for this “Little Extra Fun” so you have until 8pm on the 30th March to either just answer with your must have piece of equipment, or go further and make, or make and show step by step.

Anybody who tells us your must have piece of equipment, with reason, will get 1 loyalty point. Anybody who posts a photo of a card made using just the items listed and your must have piece of equipment will get 3 loyalty points. Anybody who posts a link to a blog post showing step by step how you made your card using just the items listed and your must have piece of equipment will get 5 loyalty points.

So – on your marks, get set – Go!

 The Dragons Lair Designs collection I chose to print out some backgrounds from is the new “Oh Baby Mine Collection”, and my chosen piece of equipment to use is my Hougie Board.  I decided to go mad and make a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day card at the same time.  I took photos of most of the steps as I was going through.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Consumables:

Equipment:

Chosen Extra Equpment:

This is what I did:

I printed out a selection of backgrounds onto some of my white supersmooth cardstock.

I took everything with me to the kitchen table and started working.

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The first thing I did was use my board to score 2 of the unprinted sheets of cardstock in half and fold them.

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I then scored the fronts in half again and folded them back.

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These were stuck together back to back so that the foldbacks were on either side.

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I also scored another sheet in half for the other card.

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I cut one of the background squares out from the rest of the sheet and scored it down twice.

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I cut along the scored lines and attached the two panels that were the two sides to either side of my card front.

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I scored the third piece at the half way point, cut it into two strips, then scored each every 1cm.  I folded into a concertina at each score and stuck both strips together.

CreateACard09I then stuck the other ends together to make a circle from the concertina fold.  I too another of the printed backgrounds and roughly cut out a circle from it before cutting out a small circle pattern from the pattern.  I also too a chunk of torn plain paper.

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I put glue on the torn piece, pushed the concertina circle down onto it and glued the small circle on top to create a rosette.

I then cut a strip off the same cardstock before cutting lots of larger circles from the same cardstock.

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I used my scissors to snip in all round the edge of all the circular pieces.

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I set the circles out in four sets of three, putting some glue on two circular pieces from each set.

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I stacked up the layers and used the fine liner pen to dot a black pattern in the centre of each of the four pieces.

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I then used the Hougie Board pokey tool to shape around the edges of my “flowers”.

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I took another of the background patterns, scored them at the correct dimension to layer onto the card front, and also used the Hougie Board to score an embossed frame pattern around the edges of these panels.

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The panells were stuck to the front of my card and I used the fineliner pen to do a faux stitching line around the largest mats on both sides of the card front.

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I also used the fineliner to do a squigly line around the piece of the background I’d cut off before cutting out the “flower” circles.

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And fron another of the backgrounds I’d printed from the “Oh Baby Mine Collection” I cut out two tails which I stuck behind the rosette.  I wrote 1af, (Welsh for 1st) on the centre of the rosette.

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I cut 2 small strips out from another of the backgrounds I’d printed from the collection and wrote “I MAM” on them (Welsh for To Mother), and again did some faux stitching around the edge before sticking the strips to the centre of my card front.

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I then finished off the front of the Mother’s Day card by sticking on the flowers and some buttons.

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I then scored at the required size and cut a long strip from the same background I’d used for the “I MAM” and again did a squigly line around it.

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I took my other card blank and used my Hougie Board to score a cross hatch pattern towards the bottom right, for texture and interest.

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I went around the base card again adding a squiggly line using my fine liner pen, and then I attached the two strips I’d created previously.

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The card was finished off by sticking on the rosette and writing on the word DAD.

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And there you have it – my simple Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards made using only what was specified.

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Sometimes it’s nice to have the challenge of going back to basics, with just simple equipment and consumables, and creating cards.  Much of what is done here can be made with bits from your bits box – I’m sure most crafters have a bits box that were left over from projects but were too big to throw away.  I’ve got more bits now – what was left over from this challenge LOL.

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This challenge is running on the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group until the 30th, so if you feel like joining the group you too can join in and earn some loyalty points – which will be converted to a voucher to spend in the Dragons Lair Designs store once you hit the magic number.

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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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Mar 062015
 

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Design Team Card

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Today a new challenge starts on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog“.

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 the theme is : More Than Two Folds

The title “More Than Two Folds” can be interpreted in so many different ways. Of course your creation can be a card with many folds, but the folds can also be seen within the embelishment as well.  And it doesn’t even have to be a card so long as it’s a crafted creation with “More Than Two Folds”. Go on – pop over to the blog and have a go.

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CREATION:

I decided to go for a side stepper card with a little box for my inspiration for you this month.  The theme I’ve chosen is a little thank you card with teapot and tea cups, so the little box is to hold a little gift of a few tea bags.

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Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

I printed out three of the softer backgrounds from the Oh Baby Mine collection.

I resized the digi-stamps and printed out two of the set and two of the individual cup.  I then coloured these with my markers.  I again chose very soft colours for the main colouring.

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I cut the cup out of the 2nd set digi-stamp to decoupage onto the full image.  From some angles the cup behind can be seen and it gives the impression that there are two cups by the teapot.

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I used my ScanNCut to cut out the greeting “Diolch”, which is Welsh for “Thank You” from the gold vinyl.

I used my new Cut ‘n Boss to cut lots of lacy panels from the same white cardstock as I’d used to print on using Tattered Lace dies.  I also used Tattered Lace dies to cut out the base card and the mats from two of the backgrounds I’d printed.

Quick grab glue was then used to build up the card layers and glue gel was used to attach the coloured in digi-stamps.

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Angled view of the stepper card – as you can see it has several folds in it –

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I used my score board to score the third sheet of background at the sizes I wanted for my box and lid, before cutting it out and sticking both together.  I finished off by adding another lacy panel and the 2nd cup digi-stamp to the front.

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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 Information Blog : a showcase blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragon Lair Designs
  • Then of course there’s the Dragon Boss Lady’s own blog – Straight From The Craftroom

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

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

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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1st Post Of July 2014

 Posted by at 08:30 am
Jul 022014
 

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An Update And Some Christmas Cards

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Last week you may remember I told you that I’d spent over a hour in the dentists chair while she tried to clean out the root cannals of a tooth that had an absess earlier in June.  Well yesterday I was back in the dentist’s chair again, and after another inspection it was decided to extract the tooth – along with another extraction I was already booked in for before the problem with the other tooth.  And both teeth shattered and had to be pulled piece by piece. To say that my gums and jaws were in pain after the injection wore off is an understatement.  And pain killers have only slightly dulled the pains overnight.  I hope I get a better night tomorrow.

So what with the dentist and other things happening over the last couple of days, I’ve not done a lot of crafting.  Today’s crafting assortment are mostly cards made using toppers and cardstock from a kit, to make quick cards to build up my stock of Christmas cards.  I hope you like them.

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BLOG CANDY:

Den Blog Candy - July 2014The Dragons Den – which is the inspiration blog for The Crafting Dragon (incorporating Stamping Dragon Designs and Dragons Lair Designs) – is offering Blog Candy.  The details of what you need to do to be in with a chance of winning the lovely package of goodies can be found on the blog – which you can find by clicking -> Here!

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CARDS:

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

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  1. Christmastide Collection – Page Kit by Janette Padley – Dragons Lair Designs (I took several elements from the kit into one of my graphics packages and resized, moved around, etc., until I was happy with the layout for a digital card front.  Nadolig Llawen is Welsh for Happy Christmas.)
  2. Christmastide Collection – Page Kit by Janette Padley – Dragons Lair Designs (The digitally constructed card front was then printed, trimmed and stuck onto an 8″ square card. I then got my Zig 2 Way glue pen and added dots to the backgrounds and over holly berries and some other elements on the card front. Once it had dried clear I added foiling. I also went round the outside and inside edge of the lace frame with irridescent clear glitter glue – which unfortunately doesn’t show up in the photo but twinkles nicely in the light when the card is moved.  Not such good lighting conditions when I took this photo as it looks better in real life.)
  3. Close-up view of an area of the card.
  4. Another close-up of the card front.

In my last blog post I mentioned that I make a variety of styles of Christmas cards, some more elaborate involving more work and more dimension, and some quick cards from toppers and cardstock from kits.  The next few cards are from this year’s Hunkydory Christmas kits.  I’ve simply chosen a sheet of the cardstock from the kit, scored it using my Hougie Board, and then used foam tape to attach a topper from the same kit.  I then finished off with a peel-off or banner greeting.

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

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

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

  • Tuesday, 1st July – Here! – Crafty Bob’s Pick of the Week, Latest Vault & Crafter Selections

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

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

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

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May 022014
 

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I hope you like the cards I’ve made to show you today.
Design Team Cards

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A new challenge starts today on the “Stampin’ with the Dragon” Challenge Blog.

ChallengeAdvertisingBadgeChalenge WinnerPrizeEach ”Stampin’ with the Dragon” 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 voucher for £5.00 to spend in the Stamping Dragon Designs store.  You may enter each challenge ONCE with the use of any materials you wish. If you however wish to enter a second entry you MUST use Stamping Dragon Products. Please enter “2″ after your name for the 2nd entry.  So why not consider joining in with us this month.

For May the theme is : FLOWERS

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For today’s challenge inspiration I simply couldn’t decide whether to go all digital or whether to go for a more paper based creation – so I made one of both.  One was quite quick to make from finish to end, just to show that you can use Stamping Dragon Designs items to make quick cards if you want.  The other had more work both in cutting out and in constructing with added embelishments, just to show that you can take digital elements, print them out, and craft with them as if you’d bought a paper kit.  I hope you like them.

Card 1

For this one I designed the whole layout digitally, printed it, scored it, and folded it, for a quick A5 card. I even decorated the back a bit before printing.

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This is what the back of the card looks like, and the design of the insert I put inside.

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Card 2

For this one I pulled in lots of elements into my graphics package and re-sized to make them all suitable for the card size I wanted, and built up a background by tiling an element, before printing out, cutting, and constructing my card and building up decoupage layers on the main image.

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First thumbnail below is a photo of the carde taken in different lighting – it may show the detail up better on different screens.  Second thumbnail image is an angled view of the card showing some of the dimension created on the card.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

Card 1:

For this card I took elements of the kit into one of my graphics packages and moved, resized, copied, etc., until I had a complete card layout that I liked, both card front and back. This was then printed out onto glossy cardstock, scored and folded to make a card.  I also designed an insert from the same elements, printed it onto paper, trimmed, folded and attached it inside the card using finger-lift tape.  A simple – click, print and score – card that took less than 15 minutes to make.

As well as kits like this that can be used to make quick, but unique, cards when time is short, you will also find coloured in digi-stamps in the store that can also be used to make quick cards – it’s always handy to have bought a few that will suit several occasions and keep them in your digital library so that you have some ready for when you need that card in a hurry.

Card 2:

For this card I also took elements from the kit into one of my graphics packages, but this time I tiled one element to make a background, resized and overlapped elements to make a topper with extra layers for decoupage, etc..  These were layed out over my screen working area and printed onto Super Smooth cardstock.  I then cut out all the individual pieces.  I went round the edge of both the base card and the background mat with a ProMarker.  I also punched the corners of the background pat with a star corner punch – the two pieces of paper ribbon were tucked behind these to show through.  I then took the pieces, along with various embelishments, and attached them all together to make my card, giving dimension to some pieces and attaching others flat.

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Please go over to the “Stampin’ with the Dragon” Challenge Blog and have a look at my fellow Design Team members’ inspiration pieces.

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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 (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 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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