My Latest “Inspiration by Gwyneth” Post For “Dragons Lair Designs” Blog – April 2016

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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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Inspiration For “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” – April 2016

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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.

GiftBagCollection 01

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.

GiftBagCollection 08

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.

GiftBagCollection 06

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.

GiftBagCollection 14 GiftBagCollection 13And to finish – all the items together –

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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 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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A Few More Of My Older Cards

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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

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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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Christmas 2015 35 01

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

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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.

Cushion Cover 04 01

I think this is called a pineapple patchwork pattern.

Cushion Cover 04 02

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.

Cushion Cover 05 01

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.

Cushion Cover 05 02

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My Latest “Inspiration by Gwyneth” Post For “Dragons Lair Designs” Blog – March 2016

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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 –

For our March posts every Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog Design Team member will be working with the wonderful new collection “Elves” that was launched in the Dragons Lair Designs Store Yesterday.

This collection has very much a vintage feel to it. Although the elves are great for some occasions, they may not go with everything you want to do – but the beauty of the collection is that it contains backgrounds and elements that don’t show the elves as well (Have a look at the digital-scrapbook layout I did for the collection launch to see a creation that doesn’t show the Elves).  So multiple styles of items can be made with different looks from this one collection.

As my first piece with the collection didn’t use the elements that showed the Elves I decided that I needed to use them for this Inspiration Blog post.  So I decided to make a card.

In fact, I got a bit carried away and made 3 different cards. Unfortunately the photograph for one of them isn’t good – despite taking more than once – but it shows you an idea for a layout.

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These are what I used:

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Items from the “Elves” collection available – here – in the store.
Whole collection Promo Shot
Launch day freebie from the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog -> Here!
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Consumables:

  • Black 7″ square card; White 7″ square card; A4 sheet of 300gsm cardstock; Sheet of Adorable Scoreable cardstock in a toneing colour.  Roller glue tape pen; 1mm deep double sided foam tape; Foiling glue; Gold touch senseitive foil; Zig Glue Pen; Glue Gel; Butterfly Charm; Burnt Sienna ProMarker;

Equipment:

  • Scissors; Hougie Board

Cards & Method:

I started by printing out various backgrounds and elements from the collection and then cutting them out.

For this 1st card I took one elves topper and two backgrounds from the collection and cut them to size.  The topper was stuck to a piece of Adorable Scoreable cardstock and cut to leave a small margin. The background panels were distressed around the edges with a scissors edge.

I dabbed some foil glue in various places on the base card and on the panels and applied foil.  I then used my roller glue tape pen to attach the backgrounds and foam tape to attach the matted topper.

Elves 01 02 Angled view of card.

Elves 01 01

After cutting out a background to fit my base card I started off by attaching this.  Then I added the torn edge and ribbon element.  I decided to only use the base image and two layers of the pyramid topper and I lightly went around these two layers with my scissors edge to roughen them up a bit so that they would stand out a bit on the card.  The bottom layer was attached using a roller glue tape pen and the two layers using 1mm deep foam tape.  I then used a Zig glue pen to add dots in various places on the paper ribbon and to write Penblwydd Hapus (which is Welsh for Happy Birthday) to the bottom of the card.  Onto these glued areas I pressed a sheet of touch sensitve foil.  It actually turned out smoother than I wanted so I then scratched the foiled area to distress it a bit, which I felt was more in keeping with the look of the image and backgrounds.

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For this last card, in the style of a “screen” that opens out and stands in a zigzag fashion, was made using three of the bookmarks on the bookmark sheet.

These were again stuck to a sheet of Adorable Scoreable and trimmed to leave a very small margin.

Taking the width of these matted bookmarks into account I used my Hougie Board to score a sheet of white cardstock, trimmed the extra off and folded to make my screen card.  I also cut a smaller panel from the Adorable Scoreable, but turning it back to front, to make a panel where the greeting can be written.  Once I had stuck all the matted panels onto the base card using my roller glue tape pen I used the ProMarker to go around adding faux stitching.

I finished off by colouring over the butterfly charm using the same ProMarker, because it wass too silver looking for this card, and then stuck it to the front of the card using glue gel.

The closed card.

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A couple of slightly different angles of the opened out card.

 

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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.

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, as well as colouring tutorials and other posts. I’ll hopefully be back with more posts over the coming months as well, including some using Dragons Lair Designs items.

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

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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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There are two things I’d like to add –

Dragons Lair Designs are currently running a Design Team Call

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There’s currently a big discount available in the Dragons Lair Designs Store

And that is it from me for today.

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. 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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Some Crochet Makes

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An Update and Some Crochet

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This post, like many of my latest posts, is showing some of my make from last year that I didn’t have the strength to blog after finishing making.

I made a point of keeping the ball bands from all the yarn so that I could photograph them as well, and blog them with the item, so that I’ve got a place to go to for referance when I need to wash the items.    This is especially useful when I’ve used two different yarn together to make an item – like I’ve done with my scarf and hat.  I also keep a piece of the yarn tied to the ball band until I’ve bloged to make sure that I’m recording the right details with the right item.  Then, when the ball band gets lost (I say when, not if, because I know it’s guaranteed to get lost LOL), as I’ve got the photo of the ball bands online I can go back to check when needed.

And if I’m giving a project like these away I give the ball band with the item so that the recipient knows how to wash it.

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CROCHET:

The first two items I’ve got to show you are a matching set of scarf and hat I made for myself.  I’ve not made much for myself lately and I thought I wanted a nice new scarf and hat before the winter so I started early – in June I think – well before the winter started.

Here’s the scarf –

Scarf 01 04And two closer looks at the stitches.

Scarf 01 02 Scarf 01 03Not sure what the stitch is called.  It might be a double treble, in a v pattern.  I crocheted it with two yarns together, one being a verigated colour and another being a really fluffy yarn.  Here are the ball bands of what I used.

Hat 01 05

Hat 01 06 Hat 01 07 Hat 01 08

This is the hat I made to go with the scarf.  Made using the same two yarns, but with a bit of a variation in the stitch.

Hat 01 01 Hat 01 03

Unfortunately, just displaying it over the arm of an office chair doesn’t really show what it looks like, but it’s the best I could do at the time.

Here’s a closeup of the stitches, though you can’t see much because the fluffy yarn used filles out the stitches and makes them less defined – but it does make for a nice, warm, hat.

Hat 01 02

I then decided that, as crochet was something I could do more or less on my side in bed, I’d do some more crochet and decided to make an oven muff to remove hot tins and things from the oven as well as matching mats to put on the table under anything hot that came out of the oven or microwave.

Of course, as heat is involved in the use of these items I needed to use some cotton yarn and so I chose a Sugar n Cream ombre yarn.  I didn’t try and make the mats the same size as each other as we have lots of different sized things that might need to be put on the table while protecting the table.  And with the ombre effect of the yarn, even if I did all of them an identical size I wouldn’t end up with mats that look the same.

This is the oven muff.  Plenty big enough to get two hands in, or to use doubled up for extra protection from the heat.

KitchenSet 01

This is a closeup of the crochet stitch.  I was doing double stitches but doing every other one into the poste of the stitch in the previous row instead of all being into the top of the previous row. This made the material produced more dense and better for handling hot things.

KitchenSet 02

This is one of the mats – after crochet but before washing and pulling into a square shape.

KitchenSet 05And a closeup of one area of the mat –

KitchenSet 04

The next two items are two scarves.  Unfortunately I just can’t find the ball bands for the yarns I used.  Just don’t have a clue what I used.  I can tell from the date of the photos that they were finished before the end of June, but no idea where I put the ball bands for this batch of crochet.  Must have put it somewhere really safe, really, really, safe.

The first scarf –

Scarf 02 01

Closeup of the stitches (though stitches don’t show up well because of the yarn type).

Scarf 02 03

2nd scarf –

Scarf 03 01

Closeup of the stitches.

Scarf 03 02

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Penblwydd Hapus – A Selection Of Welsh Birthday Cards

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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.

Hunkydory2016 card01 01 Hunkydory2016 card02 01 Hunkydory2016 card03 02 Hunkydory2016 card04 01

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Dragons Lair Designs Head To Head

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An Update, Some Musings And A Head To Head Creation

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Hi Everybody!

Those of you who come and visit my blog regularly will know that I’m on the Design Team for Dragons Lair Designs.  One of the areas that the design team members, as well as others who like using Dragons Lair Designs item, come together to show our creations and have some fun is the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group.

Lately we’ve been having a monthly “Head To Head”.  For this everybody uses the same item from the Dragons Lair Designs Store and crafts something using it.  Some already have the item in their crafting digital library and others take the opportunity to build their digital library up and just buy the item for the head to head challenge.  At the end of the month Dragons Lair Designs designer Janette Padley gets “Random” to choose one winner who gets the item for the following month for free to work with for free.  Why not come join us in the Fan Group and join in with this, and/or the other, fun things, we are doing.

My creation can be seen towards the end of this post.

MUSINGS:
I hope that none of my crafty friends got caught by the “Sharpie” promotion that was making the rounds of groups on FB yesterday.
Some say it tried to download a virus to their PC when they took part the supposed promotion to give away sets of Sharpie pens, though their anti virus software caught it. The worry will be for those who’s anti virus software didn’t stop it.  Not sure whether the page tried to download a virus for everybody or at what stage of the process of taking advantage of the fee pens promotion this virus download was seen to start.
Even if it didn’t download a virus the promotion certainly caused a lot of problems with dozens of people “taking part” in it and allowing the promotion site to post to groups they are a member of with their endorsement.  My News Feed was full of it at one stage yesterday.  Hopefully it’s all been removed and blocked by now.
I tried to do a quick investigation as soon as I saw the first one appear (there can be a bit of a problem with doing this if you are not careful of course because you could land up going into the very area you are trying to avoid and getting caught – and as careful as I am, and having a background in IT I might still get caught so if you do see anything odd appearing on FB in my name then a comment on whatever my latest blog post is to let me know would be appreciated – but there are a few basic things to look out for).
The first thing I noticed was that the link was not from a Sharpie company website.  Not always an indication that a promotion isn’t a proper one of course because some companies use a company to run their promotions for them, and some use one of the services that shorted a long website address to a quick link version, but in this case there was what would be considered a mis-spelling in the name of the site you would be taken to, so a name that appeared as if it could be a site of a company had an extra “e”.  Typing the name of the website of the supposed promotion into a search engine, e.g. Google, (not into the address bar of your browser which would take you straight to the site), brought up a link to some interesting facts about the site – it was registered less than a fortnight ago, registered in the USA but by a person living in Pakistan I believe, thought of as not a trusted site, etc., etc.
So of course I didn’t click to go and do whatever was required to join in the promotion.  Obviously posting to groups was one requirement.  I would assume that as well as this that doing a “Like” on something was required – there usually is this requirement on both real promotions and fake ones, but the “Like”s for fake ones are usually the likeing of some page or group set up specifically by the scammers, and a build up of followers and likers gives the scammers a comodity that can be sold for a lot of money to other scammers.  It’s called Like Farming.
If anybody wants to have a better idea of how the scammers, and others who are up to no good, play on ordinary users of the Internet then there are sites to help you out.
KnowTheNet has sections such as How to spot a fake site.  There’s a Facebook Page from Hoax-Slayer, as well as their Hoax-Slayer site.   There’s a Scams & fraud guides on the Money site.  Of course, there are a lot of other sites as well that offer information like this to help Internet users.
BOX:
The kit chosen for the February “Head To Head” is the Watercolour Elements mini kit. 
I decided to use it to decorate a small box that I’m going to put a strung glass pearl necklace in.
Watercolour 04
To start with I took some of the elements into My Craft Studio and resized to my required site, made four of the corners, and layed them out on the A4 working area.  I used the software to pick up an area of the flowers to make a swatch of colour in the area I had spare which was about half the working area.
The items were then printed out onto an A4 sheet of 250gsm white cardstock and then cut out.
I used the colour swatch area to tare out three rough circles of cardstock and these were further torn into spirals and used to make the floral roses (You can see my pictorial guide to makeing similar roses in 4. No Tools Paper Flowers 02).  I also cut out four strips of 1cm deep to put round the sides of my box from the colour swatch.
Watercolour 02

I used my Hougie Board to score some 350gsm white cardstock to make a 2cm deep box, cut where necessary and glued it together using some quick grab wet glue.  I used the same glue to attach the cut out pieces from the collection on to decorate the box.

Watercolour 03

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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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One Little Elephant

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An Update And A Card

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I decided to have a break from sorting out the photos I’d taken of my makes over the last year, and actually make something new.  Just a simple twisted easel card, but I hope you like it.

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CARD:

We have a colouring challenge every month in the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group where any group member who wants to take part can request the free digi-stamp of the month.  Then all anybody who requests the image has to do is print it, colour it and craft with it, and then upload a photo of their creation before the end of the month. (Failure to upload a photo of something made with the free item means that the group member can not take part in the following month’s challenge until something is uploaded.)  And everybody who takes part gets a loyalty point which, when you get enough points, gives you a free voucher to spend in the Dragons Lair Designs Store.

This month the digi we were given to work with was a lovely little elephant.

I decided to make a simple, 7″ square, twisted easel card.  I used background papers printed from the Heavenly collection – which is this month’s free mini collection with the Dragons Lair Designs Newsletter (you can sign up for it – here! – to get your freebie)

This is what the card looks like unopened –

Elie 04I coloured the elephant with Tonic Nuvo pens 485, 487, 489, and 449.

It doesn’t close really flat because of the dimensional stopper that’s inside, which is simply a 1″ square of one of the backgrounds which I rounded the corners with a punch and stuck on using glue gel.  I then put some paper flowers made from torn pieces of the backgrounds to place in front of the square and added Tonic pearl drops.

Elie 06

These are the similar flowers I stuck on the front of the card – as you can see, hopefully, they are made from the same printed cardstock as the background.  You can see how I made them in my tutorial on makeing paper flowers – number 4 Here!  You can also see the white, faux stitchen I put around each panel.  It’s subtle, but I wanted to stick with white in keeping with the colour of the card.

Elie 05

This is what the card looks like when it’s standing up.

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And this is a closer look at the front panel from an angle.

Elie 01

I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I’m not sure what occasion it will be used for.

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