Dec 012018
 

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More About My Big Work In Progress

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Today I have another update on how I’m progressing with my two quilts for the bunk beds in the very small spare room.

It’s been a long time since my last progress report back in June. I hadn’t intended to leave it so long, but during the nice weather over the summer I took the opportunity to go to sit in the garden early morning and of an evening to putter with my troughs, towers, buckets, etc., of fruit, veg and flowers. In between I had to rest quite a bit. Which didn’t leave me with much sewing time when I could sit at the kitchen table with my sewing machine. As well as the fact that, in the sweltering heat we had here over the summer months, the last thing I wanted to do was sit with a quilt on my lap as I turned and manouvered it through the machine.

Last time I blogged about my progress I said that I wasn’t sure whether I’d go on to tidy up the wadding and backing of the one I was working on as soon as I finished quilting, or whether I’d quilt the second one next. I also said that I wasn’t too sure if I’d got enough quilting, in other words a small enough gap between the rows of quilting just in from the seam around each of the blocks.

I had decided that I would have to give the quilts a quick wash before they were used on the beds, both because I’d used temporary fabric adhesive to attach the layers prior to quilting, and also because they had been dragging on what was at times quite a dirty kitchen floor a lot of the time while they were being worked on. I therefore figured I would be better off seeing the effect of a low temperature wash on the quilt, as far as wadding shrinkage etc., was concerned, to give me an indication of how washing affected the quilts, before I went ahead with the quilting of the second quilt.  So completeing one quilt to the end was the aim.

So decision having been made I pushed ahead with completing the side to side quilting on the one I was working on.

I did pull out a couple of packs of new wadding, that I’d bought ready for other projects I plan on doing in the future, and I couldn’t tell the difference between the wadding I’ve used and the wadding I’ve got new in a pack that says you can quilt 8″ appart. So that means that, with the patchwork blocks being 8″ and the quilting lines being inside the edges of the blocks, the amount of quilting I had decided on would be fine.

This is one block having been quilted.

As I used black thread, the stitching doesn’t show on the black sashing, but I have stitched a line on the black the same distance from the seams as I’ve sewn on the patches. Doing the quilting in black may not be usual but I thought it looked best for this project in view of the fact that the sashing and backing are black.

I’d cut the wadding and backing larger than needed originally, to allow for some wiggle room and movement as I went through the various stages.

So onwards with trimming and tidying. I trimmed the wadding to the same size as the front.

But rather than trimming the back pannel to the same size and then sewing a binding to the back, folding it over and sewing to the front, I decided to cheat.  I cut a strip of card to twice the width I wanted the binding to be at the front.  I then used the card as a guide to trim the backing – placeing it up to the side of the front and trimmed wadding and then cutting along the other side.

I’d seen quilt binding being held together with clips like these – Dritz Quilting Binding Clips-30/Pkg, Silver  30 for £5.82 as I am writing this.

But I thought – don’t they look just like clips used by little girls in their hair? So I went looking online for larger packs of then. And this is what I found – 50 Pack Snap Hair Clips Hair Barrettes for Kids, Girls and Women, 50 mm (Silver). 50 for £4.99.

Guess which ones I went for! After all, if they didn’t do the job I wanted I could always pass them on for use by a little girl.

But they did work very well.

I folded the edge of the back over to meet the front …

… then folded the doubled over edge right over the front, and used the hair clips to hold it more or less flat in place.

So here it is after being washed in the machine on a Quick Wash 30 degrees C cycle. I gave it a quick tumble in the drier on a Silk cycle as well, before hanging it over the top rail of the bunk beds to dry completely and air.

It’s far from perfect, but I think it’s pretty, and it’s very practical as well.

So once I’d got this quilt hanging I started on quilting the second. You’ll notice I’m using blue quilter’s roll clips to help keep the quilt part that goes through the machine tidily together.

I don’t know whether I mentioned getting a new sewing machine before or not.  My previous one was sounding a bit rough and throwing a wobbly every now and then, so I didn’t know how long it would last. So I started looking out for a new one at a reasonable price.  I found one while at a reduced price earlier on this year, a Brother, like my previous one but a newer model. I hadn’t intended to start using it until the old one failed completely, or at least until I finished the heavy work of quilting and binding both quilts.  But then I remembered that the new one came with an extension table – which I didn’t have on the old one. So when I re-started on the quilting mid November I decided to drag the new machine out of it’s box and set it up.  The extension table may not be very big but it is definately easier to manouver the quilt with it in place, and even using the walking foot the machine is definately more quiet than the old one.

It’s the FS210 if anybody is interested.  It doesn’t come with a walking foot, but I had already purchased a walking, quarter inch and free mossion foot to go on my previous machine so didn’t need those again.

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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 the last bit of the “‘Big’ Work In Progress”. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I have the second quilt finished and both on the bunk beds.

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Paper Flowers And A Vase

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Nov 272018
 

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Small Paper Flowers And A 3D Printed Vase

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When my nephew, WMG, had his first Monoprice 3D printer (in the short period it was printing before it broke down) he was experimenting with printing different shapes with different settings. One of the objects he got from Thingiverse was a file for a vase – Decorative Vase by mistertech.

The settings he chose were not quite right for this one. We think the wall thickness could have done with being a bit thicker as, when water was put in it, there was a very slow seeping of water out through a couple of minute cracks.  But we solved the problem by slightly thining a small quantity of PVA glue with a little water, pouring it into the vase, then swirling it around.  It was then left on it’s side and turned regularly over a period of a day or two so that the drying glue was swirled over all surfaces. We kept doing this until all the glue had dried as a thin layer over the inside of the vase.

And it worked. The vase not only held water, but it was used by us to put fresh flowers in throught the summer, and placed on a bedside table so my mother could enjoy them.

But now the winter is here and we have no more fresh flowers, but I told my mother I’d start making her some paper flowers to put in the vase for her to enjoy.

I used Fleurs Mulberry Paper and Minature and Medium flowers plus leaf dies.  (I got them as a multibuy – Fleurs Mulberry Paper and Dies Collection Multibuy) . I also used my Snap machine, florestry wires, florestry green tape, and faux stamens. (This is the sort of things I mean, although the ones I got had a different combination of stamens and more tape.)

I also used wet glue and a sheet of 250gsm white cardstock.

I started by cutting out several different batches of flowers and some of the leaves, sll out of different colours of mulberry papers.

I took the white cardstock and tore a narrow, wedge shaped, strip off it.  This I wound up around one end of a florestry wire, glueing as I went, starting with the widest part of the strip, and keeping the straight side towards the bottom.  This left me with a cone shaped piece on a wire.

Once the cone was dry I started shapeing the smallest blue flowers I’d die cut and sticking them onto the cone, a few at a time, and adding some more once the glue had dried.

I used the same method for the purple “lavender” spire.

The small, white flowers simply had a stamen threaded through, a dab of glue put in to keep the stamen in place, and then I attached them to florestry wire using florestry tape, two or three per “stem”.

The red and pink “roses” were constructed by bending over a small loop at the top of a piece of florestry wire.  A flower layer was then threaded up the wire, glue put on, and scrunched around the wire loop to make the flower center.  More flower layers were shaped, threaded on, glued and pushed and pulled into place until the rose was built up.

All the flowers were finished off by binding the stems with florist tape and using the tape to hold in some leaves.

I will make more flowers to add over the next few weeks, but this is the bunch I’ve made so far.

Different angle.

And here they are in the vase.

So that’s it from me for today.  Pop back again and see more of my makes.

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Even More Christmas Cards

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Aug 262018
 

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A Small Pack Of Christmas Cards

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For the cards I’m going to show you today I used different images from from a Creative World of Crafts Popper Pad, that was in my box of things to make Christmas cards in the garage so not this year’s purchase, to make two packs of 5 cards.  There is little difference between the content of both packs but I’ll show you photos of all 10.

I started by matting and layering each image onto a piece of black cardstock.

While cutting out the black mats I also cut out one piece around an 1″ bigger.

I then took a pack of pre-scored, scalloped, white, 6″ square base cards and used the larger piece as a template to draw around with a fine liner black pen onto the front of each base card, leaving a space to put on a peeloff aling the bottom. I used black peeloff tyat say “Nadolig Llawen” greetings (Welsh for Happy Christmas) on the cards.

I then used used double sided tape to attach my matted images to the card fronts.

An insert with “Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda” (Welsh equivelent for Happy Christmas and a Good New Year) was stuck to the inside of each card.

This is what I finished up with.

The cards in pack 1

The cards in the 2nd pack (most were made using the same image toppers as there are several of each image in the popper pad – which means I have enough to make more little packs of cards like these.).

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So, that’s it for today – another couple of small packs of cards that are small and flat enough to go through tge UK post using a standard letter stamp, which is important to some who buy a few cards from me..

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

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Aug 162018
 

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A Little Bit Of Colouring

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Those of you who visit my blog regularly will know I like to enter the colouring in challenge in the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group on Facebook each month.   Each month a different digital stamp is made available to group members to request for free. Then it’s simply a case of creating something with it and uploading a photo of the creation. Not uploading a photo means no free digital stamp next month.

For the August colouring challenge the image group members can request for free is this one.

Why not join the DLD Fan Group on Facebook to get the image and join in.

Having used Chameleon Pencils to colour the image last month, and not being very happy with the result, I decided to see if I could do a job I was happier with and used the same pencils again this month..

Once I finished colouring the image I cut close around the drawn line around the head, and used a cutter to cut along the bottom and right side.  I did a little shapeing of the image with my fingers.

The base card and the background cardstock I chose are from Kanban.

I cut the background to fit inside the foiled frame on the base card and stuck it to the card with fingerlift tape.

I’ve left the card without a greeting for now as I am not sure what occasion or language it will be needed for.

I also used fingerlift tape to attach the bottom part of the image that was straight cut, and put 3mm deep double sided foam tape under the main part of the image that was shaped.

 

You can see the slight raise in the image achieved by the shapeing and foam tape in these photos.

So here’s my 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 long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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Catchup Post 2 – An Owl Card

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Mar 112018
 

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This is another catchup post – another card I created so long ago I can’t remember the details – but I had got this post more or less finished with details already writen and saved under Drafts, so thought I should just go ahead and post.

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CARD

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Consumables:

  • Items from Pollyanna Pickering kit
  • 7″ square card made from Kraft Card
  • Fingerlift tape
  • Wet glue
  • Bit from Hunkydory Shadowbox kit
  • Tree trunk background from a Craftwork Cards kit
  • Plain paper insert.

Equipment:

  • Scissors

Method:

Having used the shadowbox for a previous project I had the inside of the frame where I’d removed the foiled greetings tags, left over. So I decided to use this as a mat on a card.  I cut some background from the Pollyanna Pickering collection to be a little smaller than the foiled border of the left-over piece and stuck this in place.  I trimmed and layered the sheet of pale tree trunks at an angle behind my chosen topper sheet.

I then simply stuck the larger matting and layering onto my chosen card front, attached the angled topper and mat on top, and put in an insert.  I’ll add a greeting once I know who will receive the card and for what occasion.

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Jun 062016
 

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Design Team Creation

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

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

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

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These are what I used:

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

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

Consumables:

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

Equipment:

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

Method:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dragons Lair Designs are currently running a Design Team Call

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

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

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

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Arm Knitting and Some Crochet

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Apr 202016
 

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An Update, Arm Knitting and Some Crochet

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I’m back with some scarves.  I use to do a lot of knitting but working two needles and holding up the weight of a garment to manouver the knitting needles became too much for me with my arms being affected by my health issues, so I started doing some crocheted items.  Less of a problem with loosing stitches as of course only working with one stitch at a time, not a whole knitting needle of stitches that have the habit of coming off if I have to put my arms down mid row.  And it is also easier to work with the growing piece of crochet resting more on my lap, so less weight to contend with.  I can’t manage consistent tension to do any real garments, but other things, like hats, scarves, blankets, bags, etc., I do manage.

I have got a very large granny square blanket on the go, and have had it on the go for a couple of years.  It is now as tall as my youngest nephew, if not a bit taller – and as it’s a square the same width.  I have to work on that while in an armchair in the sitting room to have the weight spread across the arms of the chair. That is my large, ongoing, project.  But while working on that I’ve also been making smaller items.

What I’ve got to show you today are not exactly traditional scarves because of the yarn I’ve used for two of them, but I hope you like them.

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ARM KNITTING:

Have you ever tried arm knitting.  I got a few rolls of this “Yarn”

Scarf 104 03 Scarf 104 04It is like a very wide piece of knitted yarn that you can then work with.

For this first piece I did some arm knitting – casting on three stitches and using my arms as “knitting needles”. One skein of yarn makes one scarf.

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This photo was taken in more of a shaddow and so shows the loops of the chain a bit better.

Scarf 104 02With the loops on my arms, and sat in bed watching TV, I could just pull a few loops, knitting from one side to the other, and then put my arms down to rest, without the stitches falling off past my tumbs sticking out, and the whole thing didn’t take me an hour to make.

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CROCHET:

For this scarf I used the same yarn but decided to crochet into the side of the yarn.  By picking up a piece of the side of the wide ribbon yarn, then scooping up another piece onto the crochet hook, then another, before taking the last loop through the first two, it started gathering up the edge of the wide ribbon yarn and gave the other edge a ruffled look.

Scarf 103 01 Scarf 103 02By continuing to pick up two loop fulls of the ribbon yarn edge and taking the last through all the way along the edge of the yarn the whole lot became ruffled, and tended to twirl round on itself, making an unusual type of scarff.

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This next scarf is a more traditional crochet item.  Made using treble stitches throughout.

Here’s a closeup of the stitches and edge.

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Here’s the whole scarf.

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I’ve tried to spread the scarf a bit more out for this photo to give you a better idea of the length.

Scarf 04 04I’m going to have to take a photo of the yarn ball band with yarn content and details at a later date and put it in because I forgot to do it the same time as photographing the scarf itself.

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Apr 152016
 

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Some Jewellery

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I’m back with three very different makes. The first is one of the creations I made last year but never got the strength to blog at the time, and the other two are this year’s makes. Hope you like them.  If you’ve got the time leave me a comment to say what you think.  Thank you.

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JEWELLERY:

This is a broach I made for myself last year. The stone is Jasper.  I did some very simple soutach together with some wire work coils.  The photo is appearing a bit green on my screen but it isn’t in real life.

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This is a glasses holder I made for my mother.  Her old one had broken.  The first time it was at the end where the glasses are attached so I was able to repair it with findings from my stash, but this time it was the jewellery wire that had broken, and I decided it was time to make her a new one.  This is made using a bag of assorted purple seed beads.

GlassesChain 01 03Close-up of the beads.

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This is a bangle – made using the Kleshna bangle making loom and yarn made from sari silk cuttoffs.

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When he saw this my nephew said it looked very “celtic” – in other words, ethnic or might have been the type of thing worn in olden times.

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Three completely different makes I’m sure you’ll agree.

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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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Music Themed Easel Card

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Apr 132016
 

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Today’s card was made for a challenge over on the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group.

Each month we get given a digi stamp image for free to work with and we need to get a photo of what we make with the image uploaded to an album in the group by the end of that month.

This month we were given a frame to work with.  Which of course let it open to any Fan Group member who wanted to take part to decide what they’d use the frame for.

I chose to make a music themed easel card using a couple of other digi-stamps from the Dragons Lair Designs online store with the frame.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • Flower Design Frame – Freebie for any Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group member who wants to take part in the challenge.
  • Yoo Hoo Rocks
  • Cat with Music – previous freebie from Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group challenge.

Equipment:

  • Paper trimmer
  • Hougie Board
  • Scissors
  • Nuvo alcohol markers

Consumables:

  • Quick grab wet glue
  • 1mm deep, double sided foam tape
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • A4 sheet of 250gsm super smooth white cardstock
  • A4 sheet of patterned cardstock
  • Piece of sewing cotton

Method:

I put all three digi-stamps onto a single A4 working area and printed them out at the size I required.  I then coloured them all in using Nuvo alcohol marker pens before cutting them out.

Icouldn’t hope to cut out the thin lines of the whiskers and the wires from the cat’s MP3 player to his earphones, so I took a piece of sewing thread and used a needle to put it through the cardstock at the right places.

I scored the cardstock at 6″ and 3″ and put the frame topper corner to corner along the 3″ line and marked the width.  I then cut the card to this width before folding along the score lines.  The piece trimmed off was further trimmed to fit on the inside as a stopper, holding it in place with foam tape.

I used wet glue to attach half the frame to the folded over area of the card front and then used glue gel to attach the two other images to the front of the frame.

FrameCard 01You can just about see the thread on the cat from his MP3 player in this photo if you click and make it larger.

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If any of you want to join in this fun challenge then please do join the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group and do so.  There are a couple of other challenges currently running in the group as well.

And please also join our “Anything Goes” challenge over on the Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog.

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And that is it from me for today. I hope that you will take advantage of the DLD Freebie and use it to make something that you connect up to the Sunday Showcase for us all to see. You never know, you could be the lucky one who wins more DLD goodies in the draw.

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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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Zoodles

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Apr 072016
 

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Over on the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group we have lots of activities throughout the month.  One of them is a Head to Head where both Design Team members and any other group member who wants to become involved use the same Dragons Lair Design digital download to make their creation. It runs from the 1st to the end of the month so plenty of time for everybody to have a think and get involved.

This is an activity where those who take part need to buy the collection being worked with if they don’t already have it in their digital library – but – one person who takes part is chosen by a Random Number Generator to receive the collection kit for the following month free.

It’s so interesting to see the different makes side by side in the Head to Head gallery – so much variety in the makes.

So why not join us in the Fan Group and have a go – or just join to be inspired by the creations others have made.

My Creation:

Those of you who vist my posts regularly will know that I very rarely make things with English writing on them, making cards with either Welsh or no greetings mostly.  In fact, I just couldn’t get any inspiration for a Head to Head make last month which was based on English word definitions.  So this month I thought I’d challenge myself to come up with something with some English wording on.

This is what I came up with –

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Software
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Crop-a-Dial
  • Paper Trimmer

Consumables:

  • 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock
  • Black cardstock
  • Two colours of pearlescent cardstock
  • Length of yarn
  • Eyeletts
  • Quick grab wet glue

Method:

As the Zoodles collection is centered around a dog I went online to look for a quote that would go with it, looking for one that was attributed to a person long dead.

I took items from the collection into My Craft Studio Elite and played around with the layout, adding in the quotation, until I was happy with the panel I created.

This was printed and then cut out.  I then cut the pieces of coloured cardstock to be a little larger each time and stuck the matting and layering together, finishing off with the quotation panel.

I used my Crop-a-Dial to make two holes and to set the two eyelets before I twisted the yarn to make a “rope” hanging cord which I tied on.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

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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 visit –

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

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

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