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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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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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.

Scarf 104 01

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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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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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
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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

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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 to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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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.

Box 06

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.

Box 09

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.

Box 11

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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.)

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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Apr 012016
 

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Design Team Card

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Today we see the start of a new challenge on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” – and I’m now shareing the inspiration piece I created on this month’s theme.

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.

For April the theme is “Anything Goes”.  Yes – Anything at all you’ve crafted!

Please join in and let us see your crafted creation.

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CREATION:

I was in the middle of crocheting a scarf when I received items from the new “Artistic Expressions” collection (that’s launched in the Dragons Lair Designs online store today) to play with.  As soon as I saw the new collection I decided it would be perfect to use to decorate a gift bag to put my creation in when it was finished.  In fact, I decided to also crochet a floppy bag to match the scarf and put both in the gift bag.

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Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Consumables:

  • A4 sheets of 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock
  • A4 sheet of 350gsm white cardstock
  • Funky Glue Pen
  • Three pieces of yearn – the same as used for crocheted scarf and bag
  • 5 Pink Eyelets
  • Acetate
  • Nuvo metalic pen

Equipment:

  • Scissors
  • Hougie Board
  • Trimmer
  • Crop-a-dial
  • My Craft Studio software

Method:

I started by taking items from the kit into My Craft Studio Elite software, resizing one square panel and printing it out twice on super smooth cardstock to make the main panel front and back.  I then started building up, copying and resizing different items to make a tag, embelishments and a framed pocket.  Everything was then printed and cut out.

I used my scoreboard to score the cardstock with the panels on to make the front and back of the main bag shape and also to make the framed pocket to go on it.  Acetate was put in the frame window.

This pocket had the wording “Gwybodaeth Golchi” (which is Welsh for Washing Instructions) put on one of the tabs in the collection and digitally attached to the frame before printing, because I’m using the pocket to put in the yarn ball band that includes the washing instruction for the yarn.

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I cut a panel from the heavyweight cardstock to put inside the bottom of the bag for strength,

I used the funky glue to glue everything together.

It makes a spacious gift bag.

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The Crop-a-dial was used to put in holes and eyelets at the top of the bag and on the tag.  I wrote Sgarff (Welsh for Scarf) on the printed side of the tag – the other side being left blank for anybody to write a greeting for the recipient.

I took pieces of the yarn I’d used for the scarf and bag to make the gift bag handles and to thread through the tag to tie it to the gift bag.

GiftBagCollection 02So here’s the front and back of the bag.

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This is the yarn I used to make the scarf and bag – it’s a sort of knitted ribbon type of yarn.

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Here’s a closer look at the scarf.

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GiftBagCollection 11And here’s a closer look at the bag.

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I hope you like my creations and that you will join us in the Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog this month.

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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 the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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A Few More Of My Older Cards

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 252016
 

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An Update and Some Patchwork

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I’m back to showing you photos of older cards I made last year, ones that I can’t find any indication that I processed the photos, watermarked them, and blogged them before.  The large folder of photos is slowly getting less, so I’m sure I will get to the end at some point.  It just feels like a big job at the moment, in between doing a little crafting, and blogging my current makes.

The only problem is that, with so much time having past since I made the items, I can’t be certain what the main items were that I used on my creation, yet alone the actual method, so I can’t give you much details.  But I hope you like the cards in any case.

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CARDS:

All the cards were quite simple, quick, makes.

Something tells me that the first few are made with Pollyanna Pickering images from a kit.  It looks as if I used papers from the kit as well.  All on an A4 sheet of craft card, scored and folded to make an A5 base card.

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I’m thinking that the image on this one could be from one of the Hunkydory “Little Book of …” – but no idea which one.

Hunkydory2015 card01 03Penblwydd Hapus is Welsh for Happy Birthday – so all the cards were birthday cards.

Right, back to having a look at more old photos.  Hope you are all having a good week and are manageing to have some time to do your crafting.

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A Christmas Card

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 192016
 

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An Update and a Christmas Card

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

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CARD:

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

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

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Some Patchwork

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 172016
 

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An Update, Some Musings and Some Patchwork

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I’d bought some footstool/storage boxes for the two youngest nephews so that they could put away some of the large collection of toys and crafting things they keep here, rather than have an assortment of cardboard and plastic boxes that were begining to show their age littered around the place – not that they managed to get everything in the new footstools, but the room does look tidyer now.  But one of the nephews decided that the top could be softer to sit on if a cushion was added.  And of course, as soon as one wanted a cushion the other did – so off I went to make a couple of cushion covers.  It did take me four or five months to get both done, but at least they are done now.  Just wish I could say the same about all the other part done crafting projects I’ve got, as well as the “got the stuff ready” projects that I’ve not even started.

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MUSINGS:

UFOs – for a lot of people this, of course, means Unidentified Flying Objects.  But for us crafters it has another meaning – Un-Finished Objects.  Objects that have been started, and the aim is to finish them “one day”, but there are always other things that get in the way.

Often it is life in general that gets in the way, but also other crafting takes up the time, and trying something new.

As I’ve seen my bundle of UFOs grow over the last year I got to thinking about other crafters and how many of you out there have lots of UFOs, and what type of UFOs.  I’ve currently got a couple of crochet projects, some patchwork and quilting projects.  As well as several bits of jewellery and beading in general, as well as a couple of papercraft projects.  Very depressing not getting them finished – but I will “one day”.

So if any of you want to make me feel better about my collection of UFOs please comment below to tell me about any of your UFOs.  It really would chear me up.

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PATCHWORK:

I’d bought some footstool/storage boxes for the two youngest nephews so that they could put away some of the large collection of toys and crafting things they keep here, rather than have an assortment of cardboard and plastic boxes that were begining to show their age littered around the place – not that they managed to get everything in, but the room does look tidyer now.  But one of the nephews decided that the top could be softer to sit on if a cushion was added.  And of course, as soon as one wanted a cushion the other did – so off I went to make a couple of cushion covers.  It did take me four or five months to get both done, but at least they are done now.

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I think this is called a pineapple patchwork pattern.

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There is wadding behind the cushion cover front and I’ve done free-motion quilting on the centre panel and quilting in the ditch around some of the other  pieces.

This is the 2nd cushion cover I made.  This time the pattern is the disapearing nine patch.

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This time I quilted in a cross pattern across the middle and then stitch in the ditch between the disapearing nine patch and the border around the outside of it.

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