Aug 052016
 

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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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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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A Christmas Card

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Mar 192016
 

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An Update and a Christmas Card

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Although I’ve managed to make, and blog, a few makes this month, I’ve also continued to sort back through my photos from last year and get them ready to blog.  Well, I’ve definately arrived back as far as June 2015 (dates photos taken) in the photos of my crafty makes, and I see that I had started my Christmas card making quite early last year.

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CARD:

Now what dies did I use for this one?  Anybody have any idea.

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I think the nativity scene could have been Tattered Lace and the frame a Spellbinders die.  But I’ve put all my Christmas card making items away in a box for the time being, as I don’t intend to start making more Christmas cards for a month or two, so I’m not going to drag everything out to find the magnetic sheets of dies at the bottom of the box to check.  I quite like the simplycity of the Nativity scene on this card, so I may well go for something similar again when I get my Christmas stuff out. Perhaps I’ll use a blue or sandy coloured background next time.

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Christmas 2015 – 3

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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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Christmas 2015 – 2

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Feb 172016
 

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An Update And Some Christmas Cards

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Hi Everybody!

I’m still working my way back through my photos of my 2015 creations and trying to get the ones I missed onto my blog.

I did a quick count of how many blog posts I’d done in 2015 and compared the number with 2014.  In 2014 I did close to 100 blog posts with more than one creation in each (and that was with a few months of barely posting because of ill health), in 2015 I just reached 20 posts.  I know that I didn’t make as much due to my health problems, but that still leaves me with a lot of items that I’ve not posted photos of online yet, so be prepared for seeing lots of posts with items done last year.

Today’s creations are the 2nd batch of a dozen I made to order for my aunt.

I made this batch using dies.  They are kept very simple with not more than the die-cut and some mirror or glitter card behind in the most part.

I’ve used Crafters Companion Create-a-card dies and Tattered Lace Nativity scene dies.

I hope you like them.

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CARDS:

Click on each thumbnail to see a larger photo.

I made a dozen, but there isn’t a dozen here because two of them were exactly like another two of them shown here.

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Christmas 2015 – 1

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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:

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Dec 022014
 

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It’s time for another inspiration post from me on the “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog” blog. Hopefully I can inspire you with some creations made using a kit of digital backgrounds and elements that is available in the Dragons Lair Designs store.

As it’s now December, and most crafters will be well ahead with their Christmas crafting, I decided to try and inspire you with some pieces that don’t require a huge amount of time to create, that can be individually personalised if you want, and to carry on the crafting after Christmas with a simple Thank You card/digi-card and scrapbook layout.

By keeping the same basic layout throughout I hope to show you that personalising doesn’t have to be a difficult thing to do, and can be quick if you suddenly find that you’ve missed creating for a few people. Personalising can mean using different languages for different people if friends and family come from different parts of the world, or it can mean putting the name of who the creation is for on each card.

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Let’s start with a quick card –

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The design has all been put together digitally in My Craft Studio from some elements from the kit.  This was then printed out at a little less than 6″ square, trimmed and attached to the front of a 6″ square white card from my crafting stash – Quick and easy.

The card is completely flat.

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With a little more time, and printing extra copies of some of the elements, a more elaborate card card can be made.

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For this card I used a Zig 2 Way glue pen to put glue on the main greeting and on various places on the extra layers and then added green foiling before using glue gel to attach the extra pieces.

This card has some dimension, but I purposly kept the dimension low so that the card would go through the post on a standard letter stamp in the UK

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And if time has really run out and you don’t have time to post or hand deliver then you could just put a digital design together and E-mail it – putting on the recipient’s name.

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In fact, if you’ve got enough time you could change the name before printing out each and every card front to make personalised cards to put in with the gifts of every family member and close friend.

And come Christmas I’m sure you’ll be taking photos of the children opening their Christmas gifts – and they will need to thank everybody – so what better way than include photos of them wearing or playing with their gifts?  Digitally put together a design and again either E-mail it or print it out and make it into a real card.  Diolch is Welsh for Thank You – remember that using a kit such as this you can make your cards or other creations in any language you want – in fact you could use the same layout and not only personalise your Christmas cards with the recipient’s name on front, but you could change the language if required as well.

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And into the New Year I’m sure you’ll be looking over the photos you’ve taken and wondering what to do with them all – what about a bit of scrapbooking!  You can either digitally put together a page on your computer, or print out lots of elements and backgrounds from the kit and build a totally paper based scrapbook page, or go hybrid and do a bit of both.  You can even keep your scrapbooking on a similar layout theme to your other Christmas crafting.

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Of course, you could go a totally different route – but whatever you decide to do as Christmas crafting – have fun, and have a wonderful Christmas all of  you.

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • “Christmastide Collection – Page Kit” – a similar idea of card, digi-card, thank you card, layout, etc., can be made using any of the DLD Christmas themed kits.

Consumables:

  • 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock
  • Zig 2 Way glue pen
  • Glue Gel
  • Finger-lift Tape
  • White 6″ square pre-scored base cards

Equipment:

  • Scissors

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

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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.
  • “Like” Us on Facebook
  • While I’m not a fan of Pinterest and especially people’s habit of posting images, digi-stamps, etc., to the site that they’ve got no rights to, you can follow designer Janette Padley on Pinterest!
  • See us on CraftsUPrint
  • Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog : new challenge 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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Jul 192014
 

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A Batch Of Christmas Cards

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Regular readers of my blog will know that, while I do love to make a variety of styles of cardmaking and crafting in general, I do like having a few kits with die-cuts in the house for when I don’t feel up to cutting out small things or just want the satisfaction of having created something when I’m too weak or tired to do other forms of card making and crafting.  Well today my hands and arms were painful, but I felt like doing something to keep me occupied while waiting for the Tesco groceries delivery – and we had a phone call to appolagise because the delivery was going to be late.  So – today’s makes were all made from one kit.  I did use some extra white hammered cardstock, some foiled adorable scoreable cardstock, and some little foil bordered base cards, from my crafting stash to add to the kit.  All I had left at the end of my crafting session were the English greetings panels and a bit of foiled paper ribbon and sheet edges that I’d cut off.

I had 21 quick and easy Christmas cards made from one kit to add to my Christmas card selection.

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CARDS:

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

The kit I used was “The Road to Bethlehem” kit that came with the “Crafting with Hunkydory” issue 18 magazine.  Thank you Hunkydory for creating a Nativity themed kit.  All the cards are all A5 or smaller and used no more than 2mm deep foam tape for layering dimension so that they will all go through the UK post using a standard letter stamp.  (I do love the demonstrations cards made on Create & Craft, but other than a few hand delivered cards all the matting and layers and dimensions make them more expensive to post.)

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More Early July 2014 Crafting

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Jul 052014
 

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An Update and A Few Christmas Cards

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Well my jaw, in fact pretty much my whole mouth, is still very sore following the two teeth extractions the begining of the week.  This means I’ve done very little crafting the last few days.  I’ve only been making a small number of quick cards using toppers and cardstocks from a kit.  I will need the cards before Christmas so they would have had to have been made up at some point, so I suppose I might as well use the time when my brain isn’t up to doing much else.  Then this afternoon I decided to get my ScanNCut out and set it to cutting out various cutting files I’d got ready on my USB stick – just sat there feeding in the cardstock and setting it going, then removing the cuts.  I’ve not got any made up to show you yet – hopefully next week sometime.  I’ve only got a small number of the quick cards photographed to show you today but I hope you like them.

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CARDS:

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

I’ve used a Hunkydory Christmas kit for the cards shown here today.

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  1. Both topper and cardstock for this card came from the Hunkydory kit.
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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  1. Both topper and cardstock for this card came from the Hunkydory kit.
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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  1. The topper for this came from the Hunkydory kit but the cardstock came from a pack of Adorable Scorable foiled cardstock.
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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May 252014
 

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A Bit Of An Assortment

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It was too wet Friday afternoon to do anything in the garden, but I did manage a little trip down to the garden centre and picked up a few more pots of plants and some grow bags.  I’ll need to get the plants into the raised beds over the next few days, and then put a good plastering of slug pellets around them as this wet weather will have got all the sligs and snails out I think.

So, while the weather hasn’t been up to much I’ve been doing some assorted crafting.  I hope you like the creations I’ve got to show you today.

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MUSINGS:

As I’m on the Design Team for Stamping Dragon Designs I’ve been trying to think up some activities and challenges for the SDD Facebook group.

What’s the oddest crafting challenge you’ve done?

I’ve currently got a “challenge with a difference” event running in the Stamping Dragon Design Facebook Group with lots of Stamping Dragon Design Loyalty Points on offer.  Basically the challenge is:

What if … you were given a stunning digi-stamp that you’d wanted for ages and couldn’t wait to craft with, but there was on one condition to you being given the digi-stamp – that condition was that you made something with it using only crafty supplies you could gather together in 5 minutes.
Doesn’t matter how long you think it would take to make your creation. Doesn’t matter how big or small a creation you think you’d make. Assuming that you’ve got suitable cardstock to print the digi onto and a printer to do the printing – What are your must have assortment of crafting cardstock, colouring medium, tools, embelishments, ect., that you’d grab first and know that you could make something with?

– So it’s not a challenge to make anything.  The challenge is to collect together anything you consider essential to making a nice card with a digi-stamp on it, and do the collecting in 5 minutes and take a photo or two of the collection.

Basicly it’s a chance for us all to be a bit nosy and have a look at what other crafters consider their “must grab” items for crafting.

Of course, if I was asking others to do the challenge I had to do it myself (even though I can’t award myself any loyalty points).  So here are the results when I took the challenge.

  1. Most of my regular readers have probably already picked up on the fact that I do most of my crafting in bed with my damaged leg elevated, so of course my starting point was an empty bed, not an empty craft table – though I don’t think that most crafters who have a craft table would be starting from an empty table.
  2. The time stamp on this photo says it was taken 6 minutes after the “before” photo, but I actually collected all these things in 4 minutes – and then spent a couple of minutes searching for where I’d put my camera down – which wasn’t in it’s usual place!
  3. This bag is what I call my “use it every time I craft tote”.  It resides on a shelf near the foot of my bed, so only needed to lift it up and move it 6 feet.  It has bits of lots of stuff in it, from several types of glue and sticky tape, rulers and bone folders, to scissors and a craft knife.  It really needs to be emptied out and sorted as it is overflowing a bit as more sticky back gem sheets and ribbons and rub-ons have worked their way into the bag than there is actual room for.  Other than some cardstock from one of the shelving unit I could sit on the side of my bed and grab everything else from an unit of crafting near the side of my bed.
  4. Amongst the stuff on the unit by my bed was a digi-stamp that I planned on colouring so I just grabbed the ProMarkers I thought I’d need for the project.

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I coloured the image and made a card with it all within an hour.  But by that time it was dark and raining outside and I couldn’t get good enough lighting to take a tidy photo of the card.  Come back for a look at my blog in a day or two and I should have a photo of the card I made to show you.

Please do come over and join us on the SDD FB group.  I’m already thinking up another “What if …” challenge for after this one is finished and other SDD Design Team members also periodically drop in with little challenges.

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CARDS:

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

I think I’ve got Christmas, Crafters, and Men covered in this little batch.

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  1. Surf Dude Digital Stamp by Gordon Fraser, Waves Scene by Gordon Fraser and Beach Fun Santa Digital Papers by Amanda Vande Zande (I printed this digi-stamp sheet, together with the waves sheet at a little under half size, and a background from papers kit onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I coloured the digi-stamp in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Buttercup, Gold, Imperial Purple, Prussian, Oatmeal.  I took an A4 sheet of white, linen textured cardstock and scored it using my Hougie Board before I folded it in half to make my base card.  I trimmed the waves background a little and went around the edge unevenly with one of the ProMarkers used on the digi-stamp.  This was then matted onto the other background, sticking it in place using finger-lift tape.  After trimming the edge of the mat I attached it to the card front.  I shaped the digi-stamp a bit and attached it to the card using glue gel.  I finished off by putting some irridescent white glitter glue over the white areas of the waves.  Unfortunately this doesn’t show up well in the photo but it gives a nice finishing effect tot he card.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Close-up of digi-stamp.
  3. Even closer look of stam at a bit of an angle.

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  1. This card is made using elements from the kit that came with the latest edition of the Hunkydory magazine and a charm that came free with a crafting magazine.  I took an A4 sheet of white, linen textured cardstock and scored it using my Hougie Board before I folded it in half to make my base card.  I cut one of the backing sheets from the kit to a smaller size than the card front and went round the edge of it using an Imperial Purple FlexMarker.  After choosing my topper I stuck a strip of ultra tacky tape behind one edge and put a piece of lace from my crafting stash down the edge, pleating and folding as I went.  I stuck another piece of tape behind to stop the ruffles coming loose.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the background panel to the card front and then  2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the topper and paper ribbon.  I tied some embroydery floss to the charm and attached it using glue gel so that one end is behind the topper.
  2. Angled view of card.
  3. Even closer look at card front.

This a set of 4 notelets I made from one sheet of Hunkydory images.  I’ll probably make a box from them to give them as a gift, but this hasn’t been done yet.

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  1. The images are from the “Patchwork Forest Traditional Decoupage” kit that came free with the Hunkydory “Return to Patchwork Forest Luxury Card Collection”.  The base cards are sheets of Adorable Scorable cardstock that I cut in half, scored using my Hougie Board, and folded in half to make A6 base cards.  The images were attached to these using finger-lift tape.  I then went over the roses on the image with a swirl of glitter glue.  I’ve not put on any greeting because they will be used as simple note-cards.
  2. 3. and 4.  Were made the same way using other images from the same sheet.  On the 3rd it’s the berries that have been glittered using the same glitter glue.

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  1. Snow by Eileen Deliot and Blue Harmony Papers by Janette Padley (For this card I used the image as a simple topper.  I printed it out onto  250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at the size I required and then trimmed it.  I matted it onto another sheet of the same cardstock and trimmed to leave a border.  I then stuck it onto a sheet of the cardstock that had been printed with one of the paper brackgrounds and again trimmed to leave a border.  I took an A4 sheet of white hammered cardstock, scored it using my Hougie Board and folded it in half.  I then stuck the matted and layered topper to this.  I used finger-lift tape throughout for sticking the layers together.  I finished off by adding a peel-off greeting “Nadolig Llawen” – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”, and also put some crystal  glitter glue over the snow areas that appear white in the light on the picture.  The card now twinkles nicely but unfortunately it doesn’t show up in the photo.)
  2. Angled, closer, look at the same card.

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PLAYING WITH CLAY:

This was a fun project I worked on with my youngest nephews – we have a couple of other spart decorated and two more not started on – we’ll probably add some fine, clear, wire to them to hang them up as a mobile once we’ve finished decorating all of them.

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  1. Fish, H: 8 cm, polystyrene, 5 pc and Silk Clay, asstd colors, 22 tub (To cover the fish I used different colours of Silk Clay.  I just took smallish pieces of the clay and pulled and streched it for a while before making it into thin, flat, pieces and placing it on the fish.  I went all over the fish with different coloured pieces, making sure that each piece adhered to its neighbouring pieces and smoothing down as I went.  Once the whole fish was encased in the clay I used a plastic clay tool knife to put a few markings on the fish and left it to dry.)

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JEWELLERY:

A quick and easy cord necklace.

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  1. The necklace is simply made by knotting an orange bead onto a cord and then doing a standard sliding closure knot as you’d find on a Shamballa bracelet.
  2. Close-up of the “pendant” of the necklace.
  3. Close-up of the “macrame” knot closure of the necklace.

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Further November 2013 Crafting

 Posted by at 10:13 pm
Nov 202013
 

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An Update, A Few Cards and Some Jewellery

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 I’ve finally finished making up a card for the “colouring in” challenge on the “Stamping Dragon Designs” Facebook group.  I’ve had the image coloured in for ages, and collected the other bits for my card several days ago, but only finished putting the card together this morning.  It’s not as if it’s a complicated card, just that I was distracted with other crafting and other things – most of which are “works in progress” so not ready to show you yet.  I’ve got so many things on the go, and so many ideas in my head, of things I want to make for Christmas – but of course, as I’m fishing out things to make my Christmas gifts I see other bits and have a flash of inspiration and then I just have to have a go at making something else.

Mind you, you will find a batch of Christmas cards I’ve made, from free images from a magazine I’d bought lately, in this blog post, as well as some jewellery, so it’s not as if I’ve not done anything for Christmas.

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CARDS:

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

Challenges entered into:

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  1. Lucy Lion Stamp by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs (I printed the digi-stamp at smaller than the size provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Sleigh Bell, Sandstone, Pastel Pink and Canary.  I then cut the image out close to the outline.  I took a sheet of two different foiled and embossed Adorable Scorable cardstock and cut panels out of these, one larger than the other to mat and layer.  I created a square base card from white cardstock as well.  I used finger-lift tape and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to layer up the card and shaped the coloured in digi-stamp with my fingers before attaching it using glue gel.  I went round the card and added dots of gold glitter using a gold Wink of Stella brush pen and tied a red ribbon in a bow around the left hand side of the card. I finished off with some flowers as embelishments that I’d bunched together using glue like the Paper Flowers : 05 in my Making Paper Flowers section.)
  2. As the shine of card and foiling gave a bit of a whiteout on the photo of the card straight on I took another photo at a bit of an angle to show the real colours.
  3. An angled view of the card showing dimension.

A batch of cards made using backing papers and toppers from the latest issue of the “Making Cards” magazine.  I went over the main star in each image with a Glitter Shake Silver pen, as well as dotting the same pen over the spotted area of the provided backgrounds so that the cards glitter when moved in the light.  Most of the cards are A6 in size made from either hammered white, or matt black, base card, though the first two are larger.  I’ve used silver holographic paper as a layer behind the elements on most of the cards, and finished off with a “Nadolig Llawen” peel-offs – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”. These are all stuck together using finger-lift tape to make sure that every one will go through the UK post on an ordinary letter stamp – the family and friends who buy cards off me really don’t want to have to go up to a Large Letter, or more, stamp for posting so only want more dimensional cards for hand delivery, not posting.

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JEWELLERY:

This is a set of neckalce and bracelet made from a kumihimo card created from one colour of rattail cord – a 2mm Rattail Satin Cord Thread.  The ends of the cord are glued into gold end caps using Zap glue.  I’ve then added magnetic clasps with jump rings.

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  1. Necklace and bracelet.
  2. Necklace by itself.
  3. Closer look at bracelet and the kumihimo cord detail.

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  1. This is a quick charm bracelet made with items that have been in my crafting stash for a while.  The chain was bought with the clasp already on it at a standard bracelet length.  I put sodalite beads onto ball head headpins and looped the ends to make an eye using a looper tool.  These, and a flower charm from my stash, were attached to the chain using jump rings.

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