More Christmas Cards

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Jul 292018
 

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Christmas Cards

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I’ve already told you previously that I’d started my Christmas card making. I’ve made a few more over a few days during July and today I’ve got a couple of cards to show you.  Once again I used a sheet from this year’s Hunkydory collection.

The toppers for these two came from the same sheet of toppers.

I used a white sheet of Adorable Scoreable, folded in half, as my base card for this one. Then attached a panel cut from a background sheet from the collection that matched my chosen topper. I used a paper ribbon from the topper sheet across the card just down from the center before adding the topper itself.

For this card I scored an Adorable Scoreable card in half before attaching a panel cut from a background sheet that co-ordinated with the topper. Topper was then attached with double sided foam tape.

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I’ll have a few more Christmas card posts to come over the next week or so, so please do pop back to have a look.

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Starting My Christmas Card Making

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Jun 212018
 

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Christmas Cards

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A few days ago I figured it was time for me to start my Christmas card making for 2018.

I had decided to buy the Hunkydory 2018 collection. While I do have some Christmas stuff left from previous years I don’t think there’s enough to make all I’ll need for this year for my mother, myself, and the small number of family and friends who buy some from me. I actually gave some stuff that had English greetings away to my sister-in-law last year as I make very few English Christmas cards myself – only when specifically asked for them.

Most of those who come to me for cards express a need for the majority of the cards to be of a size and weight that’s suitable for posting as a standard letter in the UK – nobody wants all their Christmas cards costing more than is absolutely necessary to post.  The only time I’m asked for more ornate, dimentional, cards are when they will be hand delivered or when they will be posted inside a parcel.

As well as Hunkydory cardmaking stuff I’ve also got some old cards to recycle, some dies and stencils on a Christmas theme, and a few other Christmas cardmaking bits from other manufacturers.

But it was to this year’s Hunkydory kit I turned first.

I just picked one of the kit packs from the box and chose one nativity topper sheet from that kit.  I hunted out two backgrounds that went with the chosen toppers as well as three sheets of Adorable Scoreable that came in the collection.  From my crafting stock I collected an A3 sheet of white cardstock, some scalloped edge cards, some peeloffs, assorted tape, ink and stencil.

For this first card I simply chose a background sheet from the kit, scored and folded it, and stuck on a topper with 2mm deep foam tape.

Taking the other sheet of background cardstock I cut it into two topper pieces, which leaves me with one piece left to use again.

One of the pieces I matted and layered and made into an easel card using the scored and trimmed sheet of A3 cardstock and some of the Adorable Scorable.

The second piece I matted and layered  onto a base card I’d made with the left over bit of the A3 cardstock.  I used the Dreamees perforating tool to put a border around the card.

I used a stencil of the words Nadolig Llawen and some red Dinky Inkies and created a greetings topper.  The sheet of Hunkydory toppers had three very small images on it, so using these, my stenciled greeting, and a scalloped edge 6″ square card I made this simple card.

For this card I put peeloffs around the outside of a 7″ x 5″ scalloped edge card. Attached a paper ribbon from the sheet onto the card ftont using finger lift tape. And attached the topper using 2mm dee double sided foam tape.

For this card I took a 6″ square card, put on two pieces of green Adorable Scorable, stuck on the topper, and went round the edges twice with a fine marker.

So, there they are – my first batch of Christmas cads for 2018.

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That’s it for today.  More crafting TO COME before too long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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Jun 182018
 

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UFO Quilting – Starting To Quilt

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Today I have another update on how I’m progressing with my “Big” Work In Progress – creating two single bed patchwork quilts for the bunk beds in our newly decorated spare room.

By the end of my last update about the quilts I’d got as far as sticking and pinning one set of layers together, but only as far as putting the backing and wadding together for the other – because I’d realised that I’d not finishing cutting off thread ends on the second patchwork front to make it tidy.

It didn’t take me long, while sat watching the TV, to complete the tidying up of the patchwork, and then I got on with sticking the front on the other two layers and attaching the safety pins – well it needed to be done quickly so that we could put the sofa bed back and have use of the sitting room again.

Thought I’d done something stupid, as when I went to lift the layers to put the safety pins in, the whole thing wasn’t coming off the bed – but never fear – I’d not stuck the whole thing to the matress, only forgot that I’d started with pinning the backing layer to the sofa bed so that it didn’t move and remained as flat as possible while attaching the other layers. It was a simple job to take out the pins, and then pop in safety pins to make sure everything remains together.

But I did have a bit of a break from sewing for several days after that.

The next stage was to get my sewing machine out again.

I like free motion quilting, but with two, single bed sized, quilts to do I decided to stick to straight lines, as I’d done on my last cushion covers.  I figured I could still do some free motion quilting over some blocks at the end If I felt something more was needed.

So on went the walking foot to my sewing machine, and off I went with my quilting.

As I was quilting different rows I rolled the quilt up so that it easily went through the machine.

This looks as if I’m heading off straight through the middle of a block, but I’d pushed the quilt to one side off my lap to fetch my camera and forgotten to straighten it up before taking the photo.

I decided to sew my quilting lines either side of the boundry stitch lines between the colourful square blocks and the black sashing. Having made sure the needle was set to the middle of my walking foot I stitched keeping the edge of the foot to the boundry line.

This is looking at it more from the back.

Not the best photo I’m afraid, but I hope it gives you an idea.

And this is showing the stitching coming out the back.

It took me days, sitting at the machine in short sessions, to stitch all the lines from top to bottom.  A few wobbles, but it looks OK if you don’t look too closely.

I then started sewing the quilting lines side to side. Done half a dozen or so rows so far.

Unfortunately I then got another infection in my damaged right leg, and this ment more time in bed with my leg elevated on pillows, therefore less time for me to sit at the kitchen table sewing.

But I will be getting back to it soon.

The 2nd quilt is still waiting for me to start the quilting.

I’m still not sure whether I need to go in with more quilting. Although most of the lines are close enough over the sashing area there are gaps of around 7″ sqare over each of the blocks, and I’m thinking that might be too wide. I threw the batting packaging so can’t refer back to that for guidance, but, of the two other packs of batting I’ve got, one says that sewing can be 8″ inches apart and the other needs stitching closer.  Once I’ve finished the side to side lines I’m going to open the two rolls of batting and compare to what I’ve used in these quilts. I’m hopeing that there will be just enough difference for me to tell. And I’m hopeing that it was one that only needed quilting 8″ appart that I’ve used.

Not sure whether I’ll quilt the 2nd one next, or go on to trim off the excess wadding and backing and bind the sides of the quilt.  It depends how I’m feeling when I go back to it in the next few days.

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So, that’s it for now, but keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress”. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I have more to report.

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Jun 012018
 

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UFO Quilting – Preparing For Quilting

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Today is an update on how I’m progressing with preparing my patchwork quilts ready for actually quilting them..

In my last update about this project I told you I had both patchworks sewn up and was begining to put them together ready for quilting.

I said in a previous post, about quilted cushion covers, that I’d tried using temporary fabric adhesive spray to hold everything together, rather than pining the layers together, and that it had worked well. So I went for the same method again.

Spraying a small area of backing with the temporary fabric adhesive and then pulling the wadding into place over it. Then doing another strip of spray and rowling more wadding over it until I got to the end. Then doing the same for getting the top, patchwork, layer in place. Working on the matress of the sofa bed meant I could pin through to it to keep everything in place as I worked.

This is it with all layers stuck together.

I then put a few safety pins in at the end, “just in case”. I’m not sure how long the adhesive will hold it’s tack for if I have to leave it a while before I have the time and energy to do the actual quilting.

So, one is now all together ready for quilting.

Then it was a case of starting the layering process for the next one.

And then – I spotted that I still had some thread ends not trimmed off on that one, so I’ve come to a stop until I can make sure it is tidied properly.

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So, that’s how far I’ve got at the point of writing this post, but keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress” in the future.

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Apr 222018
 

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UFO Quilting

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Today is an update on how I’m progressing with the patchwork for the fronts of my two single bed quilts.

Once I’d got together a dozen or so squares with one piece of sashing by the side, I decided to start sewing some of the blocks together to see how it looked and get feedback from others. I didn’t want to waste time sewing together more of the blocks I’d already cut out, or cut out more blocks either, if everybody thought it was a disaster and looked bad.

I stiched 5 blocks with side sashing into a row, adding a piece of sashing to the other end.  I then stiched together another row with a different assortment of blocks. A row of sashing was added top and bottom of one row before sewing on another row.  Over a period of several days, just doing a little at a time, I’ve now got 4 rows sewn together plus five or six blocks ready to put into rows, as well as quite a few blocks cut ready to sew.

This is what I’ve made so far looks like.

This is just thrown over the edge of the kitchen table so you can’t see it all.

So far the family members and friends who’ve seen it like the colour combinations, and they think the black makes the colours ping.

So I’m going to keep going, adding a bit at a time untill it is the required length.  I may even have another cutting out session next as I’ve not cut quite enough blocks to make two wuilts yet.

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Monochromatic Vintage Lady Card

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Apr 252016
 

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Today I’ve got a card to show you.

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

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

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

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Equipment:

  • Scissors

Consumables:

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

Method:

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Apr 042016
 

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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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You often hear that hospitals don’t allow flowers these days.  And even if you take a display of silk or paper flowers they get dusty and there’s a chance of them being damanged when moved about when cleaning takes place, or when they are carried to or from the hospital.  So I set to work trying to think of a way to give a hospital patient something nice to look at, that could be displayed, but that could also be closed so that it couldn’t be damaged – so needd a firm covering.

And this is what I came up with:

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These are what I used:

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Items from the “Artistic Expressions” collection available – here – in the store.

Consumables:

  • Book shaped box file; 250gsm Super Smooth white paper; Ultra tacky double sided tape; Glue Gun; Pink lace; White Gesso; Nuvo silver Crystal Drops

Equipment:

  • Scissors; Paint Brush;

Box & Method:

I wanted the box to be easily moved, carried around and stored, without risk of too much damage, so I decided that keeping any decoration on it flat would be the best option.  I took various backgrounds and elements from the collection into My Craft Studio to create a flat A4 sized panel for the front of the box.  Once I was happy with the layout I printed it out, cut it out, and then gave the edges a bit of a rough look by running the open blade of the scissors up and down it.  I added a verse from the Bible to do with Jesus healing to the same design and printed it off again, cut it out and distresed the edges again with scissors.

I also took lots of the different floral shaped elements, and the leafy branches, into MCS, resized and replicated them, and made several sheetsw of flowers and branches up.  These I also printed out, and began cutting out over a couple of evenings – though I still had some left to cut when I got to the next stage of my creating.  I also printed out one of the background panels that included a torn edge pattern.

I decided to make my creation using a book shaped box file I’d bought in a sale quite some time ago.

Box 02As the inside was a flowery pattern, of a similar bluey colour as within the collection, I decided not to cover it up completely.

Box 01But the outside wasn’t to my taste, because, as most of you know, I do very little of my crafting with English wording on.  neither of these two pictures show clearly that the top, bottom and right sides have the look of the sides of paper sheets in a book.

So I gathered everything together, and put a large craft mat over the kitchen table – not a crafting in bed project this time.

Box 03And decided to paint the front and back of the box using white Gesso. I did remove the price label first.

Box 04I wasn’t looking for perfection, just a good covering.  This is the back of the box after painting.

Box 07The front looked the same.

I then put some ultra tacky tape behind the panel I’d created for the box front and stuck it on.

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I did the same with the similar with the similar panel sticking it inside the front cover.

I used the same tape again to stick in the square panel just down from the top inside the back of the box.

I then used a hot glue gun to stick the leafy branches inside the back of the box slightly up from the bottom and over part of the panel – not sticking down completely but giving some shapeing.  After that I used the glue gun again to stick the flowers on one by on from the bottom of the box and up part way over the bottom of the branches, until I had a display of flowers inside the box.

I also used the glue gun to attach some extra flowers to the panel inside the front cover.

I finished off by adding silver Nuvo Crystal Drops to the flower centres.

This shows the “book page” look of three sides of the book box file.

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This is a closer look at the inside front of the box.

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This is a closer look at the inside of the box.

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This is another look at the box when opened on display.

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

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

Dragons Lair Designs are currently running a Design Team Call

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

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

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

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

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

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Feb 242016
 

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An Update And Some Cards

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Today I’ve got some new, but quick, cards to show you.  More family birthdays have been so I needed some cards for my parents and myself to give.  The photos are not the best because the light wasn’t as good as I’d like the day I was photographing, but I hope you like them.

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CARD:

All the cards are made using Hunkydory die cut toppers, some on Hunkydory backgrounds folded to make A5 base cards and some on Craftwork Cards 6″ square base cards.

Penblwydd Hapus is Welsh for Happy Birthday, which I’ve written in a gold pen on all of them.

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Design Team Card

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Today a new challenge starts on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” – so it’s time for me to share the inspiration piece I created on this month’s theme.

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

For July the theme is : “Shabby Chic

As the theme is “Shabby Chic”, your creation doesn’t even have to be a card, it can be any hand crafted item that follows the theme. Go on – pop over to the blog and have a go.

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CREATION:

I decided to decorate a box.  I’d previously started working on the box and didn’t like what I’d done, and so I’d painted all over it with black gesso to give me a blank canvas to start again.  When I saw the theme for this month I decided to get the box out again and have another go at decorating it.

This is what it looks like after I’d finished –

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Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Consumables:

  • 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock
  • Glue Gel
  • Quick grab wet glue
  • 3mm deep foam pads
  • White gel pen

Method:

I started by printing out the digi stamp at a size suitable for the aperture in the box lid, and also printing out one pink shade background from Simply Soft and one green background from Oh Baby Mine.

The digi was coloured in using ProMarkers and the backgrounds were used to make No Tools Paper Flowers 02 and torn paper leaves.

I cut the coloured digi into a panel the right size to fit inside the box lid and attached it with foam pads. I went round the lid aperture and the outside edge to put a dotty pattern with a white gel pen.

I finished off by using glue gel to attach the flowers and leaves I’d made.

Here’s a slightly different angled view of the box lid –

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The person who set the theme said that she was looking for “Anything soft, feminine, flowery or lacy etc” – I haven’t used anything lacy, but I hope you all like it.

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

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

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

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

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

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