A Bit Of A Catchup And A Layout

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Jul 312018
 

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A Bit Of A Catchup And A Digital Scrapbook Layout

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Several of those amongst my online friends have noticed that I’ve not been very active online for the last few weeks – thank you for noticing and commenting.  There’s nothing to worry about – it’s just that I’ve been using what little energy I’ve had on other things, and, although I have been online a bit every day I’ve just been too exhausted to do as much commenting and be as active in FB crafting groups as I like to be.  I’ve even realised now that I’ve not even been in some groups and put up links to the small number of my own blog posts that have gone live this month.

So, What have I been up to? —

My main activity has been puttering around in the garden.  I would like to be able to tell you that I’ve got everything I wanted to do all finished in the garden, but unfortunately not.  With my health issues and disabling conditions I can only do little bits at a time, and need help with some things, and with the high temperatures we’ve had lately those “little bits at a time” have had to be early in the morning or late at night.

It started off in April with more weeds than plants.

And half the garden is still more weeds than plants I want, but one half is getting closer to what I’d like.  I’m hopeing to do some scrapbook layouts, progress report blog posts, or slideshows of how I progressed, in due course, and hopefully I’ll get more of the half I’m working on this year into a more organised state before the summer ends.

But now it’s raining and I can do a bit of catching up.  Hurray!

So, although I’ve not posted a lot to my blog this month, I know that I’ve missed posting in some FB groups when some of my posts have gone live, I thought I’d give you a list of all my July posts to start off with.

3rd – Birthday Cards And More

28th – June/July Colouring Challenge in DLD Fan Group

29th – More Christmas Cards

30th – July’s Calendar Page

So, other than gardening, what else have I been up to? – Not a lot!

With the temperature being so high I just couldn’t face getting out my sewing machinen and continuing work on my “Big Work In Progress” – just the thought of having the quilts on my lap and manouvering them round as I did more quilting on them was enough to bring me out in a sweat.  Once the temperature cools, and once I have less to do in the garden, I will be back quilting, and I will keep the update posts comming.

But, although I haven’t had my big sewing project out I have had my sewing machine out and sewn a couple of pairs of shorts for the youngest nephews.  I’ve got a blog post part written about them, though I’ve only managed to get one nephew to stand still long enough to photograph him wearing his shorts yet.

I’ve also made another couple of batches of Christmas Cards.  Brain not in gear to go all out for a big batch yet, but have put some together to sell at our chapel when a proportion of the proceeds go towards the work of the Sunday School.  I’ve been requested for some simple cards that will go through the post as a standard letter – many don’t want to pay for elaborate cards or to pay for a Large Letter stamp, so what I’ve made so far fits into the not to expensive or large category.  Others want a small number of more elaborate cards for delivering by hand or putting in with gifts for special friends and family, so I’ll have to start thinking of those cards over the next month or so.  I will get what I’ve done photographed and blogged before long, so keep  an eye out for those posts as well.

To finish I thought I’d show you my strawberries!

I made a post of a layout “Strawberries Digital Scrapbook Page” back in May.

This is what I showed you then –

I decided to make a further Digital Scrapbook Page, using the same Cirtus Celebrations mini kit as I’d used before to show what we got from the strawberry barrel at the end of June.

There are two breeds of stawberries in the tub, ordinary sized ones round the sides and plants that produce giant strawberries in the top.

That’s my hand in the picture – the giant strawberries were more than 2″ across.

We had lots to eat, some to freeze, some in smoothies, and I even dried some in a food dehydrator I got for my birthday – these dried strawberries I used when makeing a type  of fruit and nut bar.

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That’s it for today. I hope to have another post on my blog to show you some more crafting before long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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

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May 252018
 

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Digital Scrapbook Page

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If you’ve followed my blog post for any length of time you will have realised that gardening is one of my other hobbies in addition to crafting. Because of my disabling conditions the vast majority of my gardening is done in a variety of containers while I’m sitting down.

My tower of strawberry plants looked rather dismal last month, before I cut off all the dead or old leaves, fed the tower with liquid fertiliser, and put a net onto the frame around it to give it some protection.

By May the plants are in bloom and look as if I may get a bumper crop.

This month, on the Dragons Lair Designs Blog there is a challenge to creat something using one kit – Citrus Celebrations.

To take part in the challenge you need to go to the DLD Etsy store and buy the Cirtus Celebrations mini kit.

Then collect the 2 parts of the free download from the blog.

Then have fun makeing something using items from the digital downloads.  Full instructions are on the blog.

I decided to make a digital scrapbook layout showing my strawberry tower before I worked on it, and how it looks now with flowers all over it.

This is what I came up with.

Hopefully, before the end of next month, I’ll have red strawberries to photograph and eat. Then I can create another scrapbook layout to show you.

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Added Info:

For any of you who don’t know, Dragons Lair Designs has both a Page and a Fan Group on Facebook, in addition to the Etsy shop.

  • You can find the DLD Fan Group – here!
  • The DLD FB Page – here!
  • The DLD Store on Etsy – here!
  • DLD Blog – here!
  • And for those of you who prefer to buy your digital downloads via craftsUprint, you can find DLD designer Janette Padley’s items – here!

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That’s it for today. I hope to have another post on my blog to show you some more crafting before long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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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 242018
 

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A Little Bit Of Colouring

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Over in the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group on Facebook different activities take place. One of these activities is a colouring challenge where those who want to take part are given a digital stamp to colour and use in a project. This project must be photographed and the photo uploaded to the group. Failure to upload a photo means you can not have the next free image to work with.

For May the image group members can request for free in the group is this one.

Just join the DLD Fan Group on Facebook to get the image and join in.

I decided to make a random card with her. By random I mean that after colouring I cut her out in a random shape, cut a few other bits of backing paper in random shapes, and threw a handful of paper flowers in the air and stuck them on randomly where they landed – except for the ones that actually landed on the topper.

The digi stamp was coloured using ProMarkers – Sandstone, Vanilla, Tawny Owl, Raw Sienna, Buttercup, Tulip Yellow, Praline, Tequila Sunrise, Warm Gray 1.

The peice of green background I used as a mat behind the coloured in digi stamp, as well as the blue piece are both printouts from the DLD Essential Plains digital downloads. I love the fact that there is a slight graduation in colour depth accross these backgrounds rather than them being a flat colour and have used them on so many different projects since I got them.

The other two bits of backgrounds I used were from my stash – bits left from a Hunkydory make I think. The flowers were punched using two different punches from three shades of yellow from the Hunkydory pad of different shades of yellow paper.  I used the same Praline marker as I’d used on the digi to put centeres to all the flowers and a wighly libe around the outside of the 8″ square card I’d used.

Here’s the finished card.

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Added Info:

For any of you who don’t know, Dragons Lair Designs has both a Page and a Fan Group on Facebook, in addition to the Etsy shop.

  • You can find the DLD Fan Group – here!
  • The DLD FB Page – here!
  • The DLD Store on Etsy – here!
  • And for those of you who prefer to buy your digital downloads via craftsUprint, you can find DLD designer Janette Padley’s items – here!

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That’s it for today. I hope to have another post on my blog to show you some more crafting before the end of the week, so please do pop in for a look again.

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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 062018
 

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A Continuation Of The Work On My Latest Project

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Well – I promised in my blog post of the 3rd March that I would keep slowly working on my project and blog some updates as I went along.  So three days later I’m back again with a look at how far I’ve got by now. This won’t be the most interesting blog post I’ve ever written, either verbally or pictoraly, but I have taken photos of what I’ve done.

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LATEST WORK ON MY PROJECT:

At the moment my arms are really sore and quite weak, so I didn’t want to either lift up my larger die cutting machine or have to turn the handle a lot.  When the SNAP die cutting machine came out I invested in one just for such occasions – a bit lighter to move around, but even more importantly – it doesn’t need to be hand cranked – which is a bonus when I’m not up to much – and I can even use it on a tray in bed as a battery inside can be charged up and then it can be used without being connected to anything, though, on this occasion I had it put on one side of the kitchen table for me and did a bit at a time and went back to bed to rest in between.  I know I’ve got plenty of equipment already, but, with things as they were with my health and everything when this little machine was launched, I decided it would be worth it for occasions such as these.

I’m aiming to decorate my plaque with the letter G, which you can see in it’s “raw” state in my previous post, with some flowers.  Now I like a bit of varying colour depth in flowers, rather than them being a flat colour but, while I do have inks, etc., that I could use to colour up my creations, I’m just not feeling up to getting messy and then wasteing a proporting of my crafting time both wipeing up and putting everything away at the end.  And that is why I wanted the digital download backgrounds I told you about and showed you last time.

One sheet gives me varying depths of colour, and each sheet I’ve printed on the back a slightly different coloured background – well I say “each sheet” – I have to admit that, not only did I manage to put one sheet back in so that it double printed on the same side as I told you about in my last post, but, as you’ll see below, I did manage to get thouroughly mixed up at one stage and got wrong colours on the backs of some sheets.  But hey, who cares?!  I’ll make them work and use them up some how.

The dies I’m using for this project are all Fleurs Flower dies that I’ve slowly collected for a while but only used a few of them on small projects up to now.  I’m not going to go listing every one I’ve used, but I have photographed the flower layers created together with the die set used in each case, so if you are interested you can just do a search.

This sheet was one where I’d made a slight mistake in printing with an orange shade on the front and a pink shade on the back, so we’ll see what the flowers come out like when I’ve had a play. I’ve flipped one so you can see.

I’d folded the sheets in half and cut everything out twice in one go. I had hoped that turning back the corner on this one would show you the slight variation in the colour between the front and back, but the picture doesn’t show the colours like I wanted.

I haven’t used the larger flower layer dies for any of the flowers.

This was another where I’d got pink on the back of orange but I’ve not flipped any this time.

And two more flower types.

While two of the sheets of green were fine with me, with two different greens either side, the third sheet was another “wps” with a shade of orange on the back, but I’ve used it to cut leaves and may well use them with the orange side up.

And after cutting everything out using the dies I reached for the Fleurs Flower Forming Punches to cut out some smaller leaves and flower heads from the waste paper, both the white areas not printed on and the colour printed papers.  These I think will be good for filling out some areas on my project in the end.  I had to do a lot of stopping and starting when using the punches, but I’ve got a nice bundle together before I gave up and just threw the rest of the papers.

So, my next stage will be to attach the letter to the plaque and make up flowers using the pieces I’ve cut out.  Probably won’t all be realistic, but I’m hopeing that they will all look nice together by the time I’ve finished them.

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Jan 202017
 

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Design Team Card

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I Know! – Long Time No Blog!

On top of my usual health, and disabling conditions issues, I managed to catch a nasty virus around Christmas Time and spent a while around the New Year with no voice and no energy whatsoever.  It’s taken me this long to improve a little bit and get enough energy to get on my laptop to work on my Design Team inspiration pieces for Dragons Lair Designs.

I should have posted my inspiration piece for the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog at the begining of the month some time, and posted my inspiration piece for the Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog – January Challenge the 1st Friday of the month.  But here I am at the 20th without doing either.  So I’ve decided to make a combined, “digital”, creation for this month, and hope I’ve improved quite a bit more by next month to make up for my lack of crafting inspiration lately.

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Here’s a bit about the challenge blog, with links –

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 January 2017 is “New Beginnings”

This can be ANY ONE project interpreting the theme NEW BEGINNINGS in whatever way you are inspired! While the image gives the impression of a baby card the theme is more open and can be any new beginning.

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As I said earlier that I was going digital this month I’m guessing that most of you are thinking I’ve gone for digital scrapbooking – but no, I’ve gone down a new route this time.

As well as new babies, “New Beginnings” can also bring to mind New Year’s Resolutions.  But I’m not big on them.  So my inspiration project isn’t strictly about New Year’s Resolutions either but more of a reminder to myself, and anybody else who will use my laptop, that regular breaks should be taken when working on computer screens.

What I decided to do was use the skills and software I usually use to create digital scrapbooking pages to create a new background for my laptop desktop to remind myself to rest often while on the laptop.  I don’t know about you but when I am feeling reasonable I tend to keep going for far longer than I should and then pay for it with worse health for days afterwords, so by making a layout to replace the choice of half a dozen generic backgrounds that come with Windows I hope to remind myself as the laptop goes on that I need to take breaks.

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CREATION:

I started by finding the resolution of my laptop desktop area (right click, graphics properties, then display gave me what I wanted on my laptop).

I then opened my software and drew out an area in the same proportions on my working area.

Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite software

Method:

I like to have my program icons placed in separate areas on my screen for different types of software and software I use most often, so as well as making a panel with my reminder using items from the Artistic Expressions collection I also used other items from the collection to make zones on my working area.

Having played around for a bit I was happy with my layout and saved it as a .jpg file.

I then went into the “Personalise” area in windows (Right click on an empty bit of the desktop and select “Personalize” on my laptop).  Then I “Browsed” to the location I’d saved my file and selected it.

And this is the result.

I think I need to change the position of a few things a little bit, but as a 1st attempt I’m quite pleased with my new desktop layout.

I know that any image on a laptop or computer can be set as a background on a computer, but I think that having a play with creating a new digital layout, that could of course be a “digital scrapbook” style layout with photos and captions if you want, can make the experience of looking at a computer when it is turned on a bit different.  And of course you could have a “new begining” however often you wanted by creating a new layout with a new photo or caption.

 

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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.)

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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Nov 042016
 

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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.

We have a picture inspiration challenge for you this month.

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There are so many different directions you can go for this theme – You may choose to work on anything using the colours from within the picture, or perhaps harvest, or thanksgiving, or choose just one item from within the picture to concentrate on. So many ideas to play with. I can’t wait to see what everybody comes up with this month.

Please join in and let us see your crafted creation.

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CREATION:

There just wasn’t enough time on the day of our thanksgiving service at the chapel for me to do everything, so I gave my 10 year old nephew a bucket full of vegetation he’d helped me cut, some fruit and veg, and asked him to make a display in the lobby while I got on with other stuff. Then I gave him my phone to photograph his creation. He even got a dustpan and brush and swept up the leaves and petals that had fallen on the floor while he was working.  He even came back with me later in the week to clear everything he’d put up before the following week’s service.

So this month I decided to use his photo of his display to make a quick digital layout using one of the Dragons Lair Designs collections to go with it.  I have printed it out as well to add to my mother’s collection of my 8″ square layouts.

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Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite software

 

Method:

I started off by taking several items from the DLD collection I’d chosen, together with a slightly cropped photo my nephew had taken into My Craft Studio.

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I then used a digital cutter within the software to shape the photograph before laying everything out and resizing until I was happy with my layout.

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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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DLD Gwyneth DT Badge

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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.)

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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Sep 022016
 

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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 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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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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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.
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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.

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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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Summer Sunset Collection

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Aug 012016
 

The new collection from Dragons Lair Designs is called “Summer Sunset” and it includes some gorgeous colours.   You can find the collection for sale in the DLD online store – Here!

For today’s launch I decided to keep my creation simple – a digital layout of a flower I grew a few years ago.

Summer Sunset

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite Software

Method:

I simply took my photo into the My Craft Studio software and pulled in various items from the collection, working with sizing and positions until I was happy with my layout – really simple!

Here’s a quick look at some of what you can expect in the collection – some are available as freebies in various DLD areas such as the Inspiration Blog, and Fan Group, so do pop into DLD land to have a look.

13445829_10208601163699557_3350265358786822787_nOh! and did I say that there’s a big discount for a short while?!

More people than just me have been working with the collection in the few days working up to the launch, so you might like to pop over to the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog to have a look at some makes from other members of the DLD Design Teams, and collect a FREEBIE from the new collection

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Dragons Lair Designs supply an eclectic assortment of digital downloads. These include whole collections of items that work well together, digital stamps, etc.

Buy, download, then either work with the items digitally, start digitally then print out and complete your crafting as a hybrid project, or print straight out and do your usual papercrafting.

Buy your Dragons Lair Designs digital downloads here –

Other Dragons Lair Designs sites you might like to

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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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Jul 012016
 

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Design Team Card

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It’s time for me to show you another DT card 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 July is “It’s a Zoo Out There!”  Your creation doesn’t have to have a zoo on it – anything animal, or even a bird, you might see in a zoo, or in fact any animal at all, will be great.  We want to see your take on the theme.

Please join in and let us see your crafted creation.

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CREATION:

I’ve gone for a card this time as my inspiration for this challenge.  I couldn’t resist the Baby Giraffe digi-stamp to play with and chose other items from the DLD online store to go with it.

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Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Consumables:

  • 2 of A4 linen textured white cardstock to make 21cm base card
  • Roller glue tape
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Sheets of A4 250gsm white super smooth cardstock
  • Ultra tacky red backed tape.

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite software
  • Scissors
  • Hougie Board
  • Paper trimmer
  • Nuvo alcohol markers

Method:

I scored one sheet of cardstock and trimmed the other to make my base card by attaching them together using ultra tacky tape.

I took several items from the papers collection, as well as both digi stamps, into the My Craft Studio software.  I played around with the sizes of the items until I was happy with the proportions and used a digital die cut function in the software to cut kits of branches from one stripy background that I placed at different angles on a green background.  Once I was happy with everything I printed out the digi stamps, the background with branches, and a couple of other background paper Designs and cut them all out.  I cut one of the backgrounds diagonally across as well.

I then used the roller tape pen to attach the backgrounds in place.

I coloured in the two digi stamps, cut them out and shaped them, before attaching them to the card front with glue gel.

Here are a few more, angled, photos of my card – getting closer and closer.

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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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DLD Gwyneth DT Badge

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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

-oOo-

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

-oOo-

(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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