Jul 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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Hi everybody.

For our July posts every Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog Design Team member will be working with the wonderful new collection “Seaside Retreat” that was launched in the Dragons Lair Designs Store on the 1st.  This collection is certainly apt for this time of year and perfect, not only for scrapbooking and digi-scrapping all the photos taken on seaside trips and holidays, but also ideal for summer birthday cards and for home decor items as well.

I’ve already shown everybody a shaker card I made using items from the collection, but today I’d like to show you a framed bit of home decor.

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These are what I used:

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Items from the “Seaside Retreat” collection available – here – in the store.

Consumables:

  • 250gsm Super Smooth A4 white cardstock
  • Tonic Funky Glue
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Ultra tacky red back sticky tape
  • Foam Pads
  • Hunkydory Shadowbox Frames
  • Blue ProMarker

Equipment:

  • Scissors
  • Craft Knife
  • My Craft Studio Elite Software

Method:

I printed out one of the blue backgrounds from the collection. I also took the sailing boat, anchor and seagull into the My Craft Studio software and resized them to the size I required before also printing them out.  These elements were then cut out.
I tore the blue background into random, white tipped, waves.
Having stuck a white background to the inside back of the shadowbox frame I coloured in a blue clowdy sky with my ProMarker.
I then stuck the sea waves using funky glue along the bottom edges of each.
I folded the frame into shape and used tape to attach the foiled frame on top.
I used foam pads and glue gel to attach the elements in place, giving shape to the sails and boat before sticking down.

Here’s an angled shot of my creation to try and show the dimension.

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And here’s a closeup of the sailing boat.

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

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

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

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

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

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(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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Jul 012016
 

As it’s the 1st of the month it’s time for the launch of a new collection over in the Dragons Lair Designs online shop.

The new collection being launched today is called “Seaside Retreat“, and here’s a flavour of what is in the collection.

SeasideRetreatElementsOf course there are other items such as background designs available as well, so the collection has got a lot to offer for both scrapbooking and digi-scrapbooking, as well as for summer birthday cards and home decor.

A few days ago I showed a sneaky peak of a creation I’d made ready for today’s launch using some items from this collection –

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Today I can show you the whole thing and tell you a bit about how I made it.

Firstly I should say that it is a shaker card that has an acetate front and sea creatures inside.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite Software
  • Scissors
  • Seaside motif stencils

Consumables:

  • Nuvo drops – pearlescent
  • Nuvo mouse – blue
  • Hunkydory shadowbox frame
  • 8″ square base card
  • Aceatate
  • 29gsm Supersmooth White Cardstock
  • Super sticky, red backed, double sided tape
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Tonic Funky Glue

Method:

I started by printing out one of the lighter backgrounds, cutting it to the size of the frame and using a stencil I put two shells and a sea-horse on the backgrounds using Nuvo products in a light perlescent ivory/shell for the shells and blue for the sea-horse.  While these were drying I took lots of other items from the collection into My Craft Studio software, copied, flipped, resized, etc., until I had all the items I wanted for my shaker card.

I cut everything out.

I put the background into the back of my shadowbox frame, stuck it into place using funky glue and then put the sides of the box together.  I cut a piece of acetate the same size as the front and cut a couple of strips from the acetate left over.  Two sea-horses were attached to the end of the little strips and these were attached to hang from the top edge of the frame.  I tore some seaweed type pieces from another background I’d printed from the collection and attached these so that they came up from the bottom of the frame.  Inside I stuck a few items, such as the anchor and small porthole to the background with glue gel and allowed them to completely set before putting in a dozen or so small, cut out, star fish and sea-horses that I’d cut out and coloured their backs with a toneing colour so that when they flipped over when shaken they were not a stark white on the reverse.

I put super sticky tape all around the top of the frame, attached the acetate and then put another layer and attached the foiled frame on top.  To the front of this I attached a “porthole” element I’d cut out near the centre.

I then attached the whole shaker frame to the front of a card and trimmed to fit.

And there you have it, a framed shaker card with sea creatures both floating on acetate and moving freely around when shaken.

Here are a few more photos –

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

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

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

Buy your Dragons Lair Designs digital downloads here –

Other Dragons Lair Designs sites you might like to

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

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

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(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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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.)

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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Jun 032016
 

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Design Team Card

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It’s time for me to show you another DT card as today we see the start of a new challenge on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog“.

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

The theme for June is “One For the Guys”.  So basicaly it’s make anything suitable for any aged male.

Please join in and let us see your crafted creation.

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CREATION:

I decided to make a male themed card with a vintage touch for this month’s inspiration for the Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog.  It’s going to be a Father’s Day card for my father, who’s fond of saying that he’s a vintage model himself, and as he was an agricultural contractor for many years I decided to go for an old tractor from the DLD online store for my main image.

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Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Consumables:

  • Super smooth white 250gsm cardstock
  • Wood effect cardstock from DCWV pack
  • 1mm deep double sided foam tape
  • Tonic funky glue
  • Fingerlift tape
  • 8″ square base card.

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio software
  • Scissors

Method:

I started making this card by taking lots of the elements from the kit, together with the tractor digi-stamp into the MCS software.  I then used the software to change the colour of the tractor to a more sepia colour to tone with the browns of the kit pieces.  I layed everything out on my work area to make a card front of around 7″ square size.  I added the word Dad, as the card is one I intend to give my father for Father’s Day.

I then printed the sheet out twice.  One I simply cut out the whole card front topper and the other I cut out the tag, framed tractor, and three faux gem/brads.

I took my base card and stuck the woodgrain background to the front of it, trimming it to size and then going round the edge with the edge of the scissors to give it a distressed look.  I did the same to the tag, and frame.   The main card front panel was stuck to the card using fingerlift tape before using the foam tape to attach the second layers where needed.

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

I can’t wait to start visiting your blogs to see.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

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

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

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

Follow on Bloglovin

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

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May 182016
 

Thank you for clicking over to have a look at my blog.

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Today I’m mixing freebies that came from two different areas of the Dragons Lair Designs family of sites and creating one card.

MayPole06(Not the best photo but I’ll put a couple of angled ones in later on)

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Consumables:

  • Super Smooth White Cardstock 250gsm
  • 5″ square pre cut and scored, scalloped edge white base card
  • Nuvo alcohol markers
  • Tonic Funky Glue Pen
  • Nuvo Drops

Equipment:

  • Tattered Lace Dies from different sets
  • Baby Blue Die Cutting Machine
  • Scissors

Method:

To start with I chose one background from the freebie mini collection that came with the Sunday Showcase and printed it out as large as it would go on an A4 sheet of cardstock.

I also printed out the digi-stamp that is available in the Fan Group for this month’s colouring challenge and printed it out at the size I wanted for my project.

I used alcohol markers to colour in the digistamp before using an oval Tattered Lace die (from the oval shutter card set) to cut the image out.  I also used a plain oval die to cut out a creamy coloured cardstock from my stash to go behind it.

I used Tattered Lace small flower dies to cut several sizes of flowers from the background, as well as cutting two decorative edge borders (again the die for this came from the oval shutter card set).  A plain strip of the creamy coloured cardstock was also cut out, but using scissors this time.

I then used the glue to attach everything to my card front – I shaped the flowers a bit first using my fingers, and didn’t stick the ovals flat all the way to the edge so that it raised a bit round giving the illusion of dimension while still going into a flat envelope.

Here are more photos of my card at different angles –

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Don’t forget that there’s still plenty of time to pop over to the Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog to get your entry into the “Women At Work” challenge this month.  Interpret the theme how ever you like.  Let’s see how many different working roles that women take on we get covered by the time all the entries are in the end of the month.

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

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

Buy your Dragons Lair Designs digital downloads here –

 Other Dragons Lair Designs sites you might like to

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

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

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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May 132016
 

Welcome To My Post In The Dragons Lair Designs Blog Hop

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This Blog Hop is now Closed!

I’m sorry that you missed the chance to collect all the sections of the collection being given as a freebie during the Dragons Lair Designs Blog Hop.  However – you can still hop around all the blogs in the hop to view all the creations and gain inspiration.  You can also buy the collection in the Dragons Lair Designs Online Store – Here! – in the special Pound Shop section.

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I hope that you are enjoying going round all the blogs in this Blog Hop.  To show our appreciation to you for taking part we have a freebie for everybody.
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If you’ve come directly into this post, without coming from one of the other blogs in the hop, you’ll be wondering what the freebie is – well …
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…  it’s the whole “Sugared Brights” collection from Dragons Lair Designs!
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To get the whole collection you just need to –
  • follow the whole Blog Hop from start to finish, 
  • download pieces of the collection from each blog, 
  • collect a word from each location.
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Please take a moment to leave a comment as well  – I love to receive comments that tell me what visitors think of my creations.
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Here’s the full Blog Hop list:
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If you are not already a member of the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group you will need to request membership once you get to that location.
As soon as your membership is confirmed you will be able to comment with the list of words you’ve collected and you will be messaged the last piece of the collection.
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This is what I’ve made using this lovely collection – I hope it inspires you to get crafting with it as soon as you collect all the parts.
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  • I made a little collection of a card, an A4 poster, and a framed picture.
  • I started by using My Craft Studio Elite and taking in an assortment of the items from the “Sugared Brights” collection.  Keeping to the same basic layout I created the A4 poster layout, a topper of around 7″ square for the 8″ square card front, and a square of around 6″ square to put inside the frame.  I also did lots of copies of the sunflower at different sizes.
  • I printed out all the items and cut out where needed.
  • For the poster I used clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen and went over the letters, sunflower centre and green ribbon strip across the bottom.  The sparkle doesn’t show clearly in the photos but here’s a closeup of a part that does show it a bit of something.SetOfMakes12
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  • For the card I simply used a glue runner pen to attach the card front and then use a Tonic Funky Glue pen to attach the sunflowers.
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  • For the framed piece I used a Hunkydory square frame.  I use the same Tonic glue to attach the panel inside the back before folding in the sides and then attaching the foiled square frame layer on top to hold everything in place.  I then attached sunflowers to both the bottom left of the inside picture as well as the top right and bottom left of frame.  The letters of this have also had the clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen coloured over them.
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This is the word you need to collect from this blog – “Downloads”
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And – this is the link – to download the part of the collection that I’ve got to give away.
(I’m sorry, but the link is no longer working as the blog hop has ended, nowever you can still get hold of the lovely Sugared Brights collection in the Dragons Lair Designs online store – Here!)
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Now off you go to the next location in the list – Pippa – to see what is available there for you to collect.
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Thank you for joining us for this Blog Hop today. It will finish at 8.00pm on Tuesday, 17th, May.
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Have fun collecting and crafting,
Gwyneth
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May 022016
 

Thank you for clicking over to have a look at my blog.
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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I decided to go for a home decor item this time.

And this is what I came up with:

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These are what I used:

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Items from the “Butterfly Garden” collection available – here – in the store.

Consumables:

  • Hunkydory Foiled Frame; 250gsm Super Smooth white paper;  Assorted Nuvo Embelishment Mousse; Tonic Funky Glue Pen; Pinflair Glue Gel;

Equipment:

  • Scissors;

Method:

I took items from the collection into the My Craft Studio software and re-sized and copied as I wanted.  I also added wording to the “plant label” element.

Buterfly 04Pili-pala, Iâr fach yr haf, and Gloyn byw, are all Welsh names for Butterflies.

I printed everything out and cut out the label, butterflies, background, etc.

I then tore pieces from two of the plainer backgrounds and made spirals before folding and twirling into torn paper roses.  Some of the same background was torn into a panel and I went over the edge with the Tonic moose before sticking it to the background panel.  I used two different colours of the Tonic mousse on the torn edges of the roses, and the another colour on the foiled frame.

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Putting the matted background panel inside the back of the pre-scored frame I folded up the box frame and stuck the foiled frame on top.

I then used glue gel to stick the flowers and butterflies within the frame and the label and one small butterfly on the edge of the frame.

Buterfly 06I hope you like what I came up with.

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Blog Hop News

The Dragons Lair Designs Design Team will be running a Blog Hop from the 13th to 17th May.  With something being given away for everybody who does the “Hop” it will be well worth you joining us and taking part.  Make a note of the dates and pop in at any point during the event.

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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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Arm Knitting and Some Crochet

 Posted by at 08:00 am
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.

Scarf 04 01

Here’s the whole scarf.

Scarf 04 02

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 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 blog post. 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 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.

Broach 01 01

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.

GlassesChain 01 02

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

Bangle02 02

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.

Bangle02 03

Bangle02 04

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

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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 blog post. 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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A Butterfly Card

 Posted by at 11:13 am
Apr 052016
 

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And especially thank you to all of you who’ve taken the time to leave me comments lately.  It means a lot to me.

Janette Padley, the designer at Dragons Lair Designs, posted another Sunday Showcase on the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog on Sunday.

Her Sunday Showcase posts give everybody a chance to link up anything they’ve made using Dragons Lair Designs items. Usually it’s just Design Team members who’s work is seen regularly on the blog, but by linking up creations anybody can be a part of the Sunday Showcase – and even better, at the end of the week, somebody get’s randomly chosen to receive an item from the DLD store, so even more reason to come and show us your DLD makes.

EVEN BETTER – there’s the cance to get a DLD FREEBIE – because Janette is putting in a link to a Dragons Lair Designs freebie in each Sunday Showcase post. And of course these could be used to join in the showcase linkup if you don’t already have something DLD in your digital library.

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Today I’ve got a card to show you created using the latest freebie.

Lupus 06See below for more photos that show the sparkle added.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Software

Consumables:

  • Quick grab glue
  • Clear Spectrum Sparkle pen
  • Two colours of Nuvo drops
  • Black 8″ square card
  • 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock

Method:

I started off by taking the elements into My Craft Studio Elite and creating a layout that I liked that was suitable as a square card front.  I then added extra layers of some of the butterflies to the empty space of my digital working area.  This was then printed and cut out.

I took a clear sparkle pen and went over several of the areas of the card front, including top left round “button” elements, part of the frame, and the extra butterfly layers.

Lupus 09

I then attached the card front to the front of a black pre-scored and folded card.  I shaped the extra butterflies and attached them down their centre, leaving the wings raised.

Lupus 07

A larger butterfly was put in the centre of the card.

Lupus 08

I finished off by putting small drops of green Nuvo drops on the butterfly antenae all over the card, and also a few larger drops of another toneing colour in other places on the card.

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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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And if you are looking for freebies – there’s another on the launch day post for the new DLD collection “Artistic Expressions”.  Find the freebie at the bottom of the post – Here!  And there’s a big discount in the Dragons Lair Designs online store for this collection at the moment.

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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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