Aug 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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Hi everybody.

The new collection, launched in the Dragons Lair Designs online store on the 1st August, is called “Summer Sunset”, and all the DLD Inspiration Blog DT members have been given the collection to work with for their Inspiration posts this month – with many choosing to volunteer to make extra creations – which does show that we really like working with it.

For the launch I made a digital scrapbook layout showing a photo I’d taken of a flower some years ago.  Having gone digital that time I decided to go into mixed media for this inspiration and decorate a box.

This is what I started with –

Box 06

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These are what I used:

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Items from the “Summer Sunset” collection available – here – in the store.

Consumables:

  • 250gsm Super Smooth A4 white cardstock
  • Tonic Funky Glue
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Three colours of Cosmic Shimmer Paint

Equipment:

  • Scissors
  • My Craft Studio Elite Software
  • Baby Blue Die Cutting Machine
  • Tonic Butterfly Die
  • Tattered Lace Flower Die
  • Non-stick Craft Sheet
  • Paint Brush
  • Pallette
  • Sponge
  • Pokey Tool

Method:

I printed out one of the background sheets from the collection, that had a circular centre panel, a couple of times.  I then took a leaf into My Craft Studio, re-sized it and copied it several times over the working area.  I also added a heart from the digital collection.  I then printed this sheet of elements out as well.
As I was using paint I had to de-camp from bed to work on the kitchen table, so tidied a corner and laid down my Craft Sheet to work on.
This is what it looked like after I’d finished and was ready to put everything away (I had put the die-cutting machine away before painting as knowing me I’d have got the paint over that as well!)
Box 07
The first thing I did was cut out the circular panel from one of the backgrounds I’d printed, leaving a border around the circle to frame it.
I then took some of the background, cutting panels to the same size as the plate of the die-cutting machine, and cut out three spiral flowers.  I decided to have a splash of contrast so cut the butterfly out of white cardstock.
I turned over the outside edge of each of the flower spirals before strating to turn them into flowers so that the “petals” would turn outwards and not show so much white edge in the finished flowers.  After twisting into the flowers I glued the backs in place with Funky Glue and put to one side to dry.
I cut out some leaves and the heart from the element sheet.
I painted the inside of the box and lid using the gold coloured paint, and when dry stuck the heart in the bottom.
Box 04
For the outside of the box base and lid I used a sponge, rather than a brush, to add the paint, as I wanted a bit of a textured look. I “pounced” the sponge rather than wiping the paint on.
I started with the bronze colour paint all over.  I then used a small amount of gold on my sponge – dabbing it off so that it was practically dry before dabbing the gold at random over the box base and top of the lid.  I finished off by doing the same with the dark brown colour.  This gives the box a bit of a vintage look.
Box 02 Box 03
Once the paint was dry I used the Pinflair Glue Gel to attach firstly the circular panel and then the flowers.  I used a bit of the funky glue under the centre to attach the butterfly.
Box 08

And this is what the box looks like from the top.

Box 01

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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.

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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.)
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Boxed Coaster Sets

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May 042016
 

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Some Coasters and Decorated Boxes to Hold Them

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I’m still going through some old photos of crafting, and live, that I took but failed to sort when my health was even worse than it is now.  I’ve now come to some coasters and the boxes I put them in the Christmas before last (Christmas 2014).  I had blogged one set back back in November 2014 – here – but that’s the only coasters set that came up when I searched my blog, so I’m pretty certain that the rest of them were never put online.  Hope you like them.

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COASTERS AND BOXES:

All the boxes started off looking like this:

Francheska 08As they came with chocolate coated ginger in them, or some might have had a slightly different image stickered on top as they might have had Turkish Delight in them.  Kept from previous Christmas gifts – I’ve got a plastic crate of different boxes I’ve kept and these are the best because they are wooden boxes.

The costers are plastic blank coasters bought off eBay.

For each set I took items from the collection used into My Craft Studio Elite and, having measured the space I had to work with on the box and in the coaster recess, I built up the design layout I wanted.  Everything was then printed out on 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock before I cut and began sticking on the boxes and inserting into the coasters before clicking the backs into place.

Set 1

Cinnamon Spice Collection from Dragons Lair Designs

Coaster and box set 01 03

Coaster and box set 01 04   Coaster and box set 01 02   Coaster and box set 01 01

 

 

Set 2

Deco Daze Collection from Dragons Lair Designs

Coaster and box set 02 02

Coaster and box set 02 04

 

Set 3

Both the image and the background papers are from Dragons Lair Designs but I can’t find them currently in the online store.

Coaster and box set 03 01

Coaster and box set 03 02

Coaster and box set 03 04

 

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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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Nov 052014
 

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Design Team Creation

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It’s time for another inspiration post from me on the “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog“. Hopefully I can inspire you with a crafted creation made using papers and elements that are part of the new “Francheska” collection available in the Stamping Dragon Designs store.

Having not been well enough to do much of anything for a while, and strugling to build my strength back up afterwords, I’m late starting to craft my Christmas gifts, so I wanted to make something that’s not too time consuming, but is unique.  I raided my collection of items I’ve kept to recycle and craft with, and pulled out a wooden box that had chocolate coated ginger in last Christmas.  Then I bought some plastic coasters off eBay, and got to crafting.

I hope you like my creations.

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BOX

This is how the box looked to start with –

Francheska 08

This is how the box looked after I’d decorated it –

Francheska 09

Below are other photos of the box –

1 Francheska 10  2 Francheska 04  3 Francheska 03  4 Francheska 02

  1. This is a head on view of the lid of the box.
  2. An angled view of the box showing side and the slight dimension I introduced on the flower and butterfly
  3. Another look at the side of the box – all four sides are decorated the same way.
  4.  I’d gone over the “buttons” on the side of the box with a Sakura clear stardust pen and when the box is held at different angles you can just see the sparkly shine on these.
COASTERS

These are the coasters that I’ve made to go inside  –

Francheska 07

Close-ups of two of the panels I put inside the coasters –

Francheska 06   2  Francheska 05

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • Items from the “Francheska” Collection – found – Here – in the shop.

Consumables:

Equipment:

  • Scissors

Method:

I measured the size of panels I needed for both the box and the coasters and then worked in My Craft Studio software to build up the designs I wanted out of digital papers and elements from the Francheska collection.  Once I was happy with how the panels looked I put a second copy of one of the flowers and the butterfly on an empty space of my working area and printed everything out.  After cutting out the panels I went round the outside of each of the coaster inserts with the gilding wax to take away the white edge of the cut line and dragged the wax in a bit to give a slight distressed look to the edge.  I then took the stardust pen and went round the outside of the floral petals and a few other elements on the panels so that they have a shine that catches the light at some angles.  The panels were then put inside the coaster blanks and closed.

I used glue gel to stick all the panels on the box.  After they were attached firmly I went round the panel edges and the exposed wood with the gilding wax to again cover the white cut edges of the panels and darken the colour of the wood and give it a bit of a sheen.  I rubbed over it all with a kitchen towel to remove any excess and buff it up a bit.  I used glue gel to attach the extra layer of the butterfly and the flower.  I used the stardust pen on the button elements on the side panels and around the flower and centre of the butterfly body on the lid and then added different colours of glue gel to the centre of the flower and around the butterfly wing tips.

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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 “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog” over the coming months as well, so keep an eye out for those too.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

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

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

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

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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