May 252018
 

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Digital Scrapbook Page

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If you’ve followed my blog post for any length of time you will have realised that gardening is one of my other hobbies in addition to crafting. Because of my disabling conditions the vast majority of my gardening is done in a variety of containers while I’m sitting down.

My tower of strawberry plants looked rather dismal last month, before I cut off all the dead or old leaves, fed the tower with liquid fertiliser, and put a net onto the frame around it to give it some protection.

By May the plants are in bloom and look as if I may get a bumper crop.

This month, on the Dragons Lair Designs Blog there is a challenge to creat something using one kit – Citrus Celebrations.

To take part in the challenge you need to go to the DLD Etsy store and buy the Cirtus Celebrations mini kit.

Then collect the 2 parts of the free download from the blog.

Then have fun makeing something using items from the digital downloads.  Full instructions are on the blog.

I decided to make a digital scrapbook layout showing my strawberry tower before I worked on it, and how it looks now with flowers all over it.

This is what I came up with.

Hopefully, before the end of next month, I’ll have red strawberries to photograph and eat. Then I can create another scrapbook layout to show you.

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Added Info:

For any of you who don’t know, Dragons Lair Designs has both a Page and a Fan Group on Facebook, in addition to the Etsy shop.

  • You can find the DLD Fan Group – here!
  • The DLD FB Page – here!
  • The DLD Store on Etsy – here!
  • DLD Blog – here!
  • And for those of you who prefer to buy your digital downloads via craftsUprint, you can find DLD designer Janette Padley’s items – here!

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That’s it for today. I hope to have another post on my blog to show you some more crafting before long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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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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May 162016
 

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We are currently in the middle of running a Blog Hop event over in Dragons Lair Designs Land.  It will run until 8pm UK time on Tuesday, 17th May, so a whole day left to join in if you want to collect the freebie collection on offer to all hoppers.

I know I’ve already made a matching set – card, poster, and framed wall art – from the freebie collection already – which can be seen on my Blog Hop post -> Here! – but I couldn’t resist having another play with it this morning.

I went for a digital scrapbook layout this time.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Elite software
  • IrfanView Software

Method:

I raided my digital library of photos and picked two from a Sunday School trip quite a few years ago now.  I took these, along with items from the freebie collection, into the software and played around with layout and size until I was happy with the look of it.  As I didn’t want the wording from the quick page I used as the main element I put a panel on top of that and added the date.  I also used one of the apertures to put in the location rather than a third picture – which just shows that you can play around a lot with what you get in the collection.

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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.)

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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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A Digital Scrapbook Layout

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Mar 262016
 

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Back In 1968

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Designer Janette Padley has started a new challenge over in the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group.  She’s started a new, monthly scrapbook layout challenge (digital, paper, or hybrid – or even a card or other papercraft item if you prefer), starting the 20th of the month, where anybody who takes part gets a 20% Discount Voucher to the Dragons Lair Designs online store, and the winner picked by RNG will get her newest kit.  And even more amazing – Janette has put a link in the comments of the FB event she’s created for the challenge where you can get the mini kit for use in the challenge absolutely free.

Free kit to work with, free voucher for taking part, plus the chance to get her newest kit as well – what are you waiting for – come join us in the DLD Fan Group and get involved.

Here’s what I made using the mini kit she gave free for the one starting March 20th.

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DETAILS:

I took the items from the free digital kit “Gentle Muse” into My Craft Studio Elite software, together with an old family photo.  I then just played around with size, layers, positions, until I was happy with the layout.  I then saved the design, then in IrfanView I cropped the final layout, re-sized it for uploading and added the watermark.

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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 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.)
If you can’t see the comment box then there should be a link that says “Responses” and clicking on that will bring up the box

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Jan 052015
 

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Design Team Card

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

Hopefully I can inspire you with some creations made using a kit of digital backgrounds and elements that is available in the Dragons Lair Designs store.

This month my inspiration creation to show you is a “Book For All Sorts Of Things”.  With a notebook, ball point pen, plain cardstock, and pocket inside, it can be used in whatever way the recipient wants. So if they want to keep it as a notebook they can, or doodle, or draw, or stick in photos, or pop keepsakes in the little pocket, or cut out things they want from a catalogue to stick in – well they can – it’s not tied to being anything in particular. And, of course, they can add extra pages of any type of paper or cardstock that they want.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Consumables:

  • 250gsm Super Smooth cardstock
  • A5 notebook
  • Seam binding
  • 2 clip rings
  • 2 sheets of cardboard for cover
  • Quick grab glue
  • A5 white 300gsm cardstock
  • ball point pen

Equipment:

  • Hougie Board
  • Scissors
  • Crop-a-dial
  • 2 hole paper punch

This is what I did:

Firstly I took the notebook and cut out two pieces of cardboard a bit larger than it.  I then used My Craft Studio software to do some layering and some panels using items and backgrounds from the Cinnamon Spice Collection, printing everything off once I was satisfied with the layout.

I used quick grab glue throughout to allow for a little movement time before it grabbed and held.

One panel was put on the front of the notebook, I then scored along the lines of the notebook front and folded the edges over, cutting off the corners before glueing in place and then glueing the 1st lined page over to hide the folded strips.

CinnamonSpice 01 12For the front and back I covered them both with the same background panel, again scored around the edge and cut the corners, before folding the sides over.  I cut two panels from another background from the collection just a smidge smaller than the front and back and stuck these inside to cover the folded over strips, putting a length of seam binding under the inside panel of the back before sticking it in place.

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I punched holes in the A5 cardstock and placed one of these over the back cover where I wanted it to be and drew through the two holes onto the cover.  I then used the crop-a-dial to first punch holes through the cover then to set the hole washers in place.  I did the same for the front cover, using the back cover hole positions as a guide.

I cut a panel of cardstock and scored in at 1cm, 1.5cm and 2cm on three sides.  These formed the sticking panel and gussette of the pocket that was stuck inside the back cover.  The covered notebook was stuck inside the front cover.

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A second panel was stuck onto the front, putting one end of a length of seam binding underneath it before it was put in place.  I finished off the front with a flower printed and cut from the same collection.

The “book” was then constructed, clipping everything together with the rings and putting the ball point pen inside, before adding two short lengths of seam binding as decoration to the rings and tieing the lengths at the open side.

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And that is it from me for today. I hope my little creations 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 be back with more posts for the “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog” over the coming months as well, so keep an eye out for those too.

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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.
  • “Like” Us on Facebook
  • 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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Dec 022014
 

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Design Team Card

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It’s time for another inspiration post from me on the “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog” blog. Hopefully I can inspire you with some creations made using a kit of digital backgrounds and elements that is available in the Dragons Lair Designs store.

As it’s now December, and most crafters will be well ahead with their Christmas crafting, I decided to try and inspire you with some pieces that don’t require a huge amount of time to create, that can be individually personalised if you want, and to carry on the crafting after Christmas with a simple Thank You card/digi-card and scrapbook layout.

By keeping the same basic layout throughout I hope to show you that personalising doesn’t have to be a difficult thing to do, and can be quick if you suddenly find that you’ve missed creating for a few people. Personalising can mean using different languages for different people if friends and family come from different parts of the world, or it can mean putting the name of who the creation is for on each card.

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Let’s start with a quick card –

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The design has all been put together digitally in My Craft Studio from some elements from the kit.  This was then printed out at a little less than 6″ square, trimmed and attached to the front of a 6″ square white card from my crafting stash – Quick and easy.

The card is completely flat.

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With a little more time, and printing extra copies of some of the elements, a more elaborate card card can be made.

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For this card I used a Zig 2 Way glue pen to put glue on the main greeting and on various places on the extra layers and then added green foiling before using glue gel to attach the extra pieces.

This card has some dimension, but I purposly kept the dimension low so that the card would go through the post on a standard letter stamp in the UK

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And if time has really run out and you don’t have time to post or hand deliver then you could just put a digital design together and E-mail it – putting on the recipient’s name.

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In fact, if you’ve got enough time you could change the name before printing out each and every card front to make personalised cards to put in with the gifts of every family member and close friend.

And come Christmas I’m sure you’ll be taking photos of the children opening their Christmas gifts – and they will need to thank everybody – so what better way than include photos of them wearing or playing with their gifts?  Digitally put together a design and again either E-mail it or print it out and make it into a real card.  Diolch is Welsh for Thank You – remember that using a kit such as this you can make your cards or other creations in any language you want – in fact you could use the same layout and not only personalise your Christmas cards with the recipient’s name on front, but you could change the language if required as well.

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And into the New Year I’m sure you’ll be looking over the photos you’ve taken and wondering what to do with them all – what about a bit of scrapbooking!  You can either digitally put together a page on your computer, or print out lots of elements and backgrounds from the kit and build a totally paper based scrapbook page, or go hybrid and do a bit of both.  You can even keep your scrapbooking on a similar layout theme to your other Christmas crafting.

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Of course, you could go a totally different route – but whatever you decide to do as Christmas crafting – have fun, and have a wonderful Christmas all of  you.

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • “Christmastide Collection – Page Kit” – a similar idea of card, digi-card, thank you card, layout, etc., can be made using any of the DLD Christmas themed kits.

Consumables:

  • 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock
  • Zig 2 Way glue pen
  • Glue Gel
  • Finger-lift Tape
  • White 6″ square pre-scored base cards

Equipment:

  • Scissors

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And that is it from me for today. I hope my little creations 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 keep visiting the “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog” 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 be back with more posts for the “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog” over the coming months as well, so keep an eye out for those too.

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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.
  • “Like” Us on Facebook
  • 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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Sep 012014
 

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Design Team Card

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It’s time for another inspiration post from me on the “The Dragons Den” blog. Hopefully I can inspire you with some creations made with a kit that is available in the Stamping Dragon Designs store.

Normally, when I do a lot of digital design construction, with elements from a kit, I still print them out at the end and usually do a bit of hybrid crafting with the design I’ve come up with.  But today I decided to go a different route, I decided to take one kit from the store, and use it to create several digital layouts.  The kit I chose had an old style photo within it, so I decided to use that as a focus for all the digital layouts, but to see what different looks I could get around it just using items from the kit.  Although I’ve done them as digital scrapbook layouts, the same sort of ideas can be used for card fronts (making the different layers digitally apear to be dimensional, rather than having to build up lots of layers on a card means less weight and less hight on a finished card which can help postage costs a lot), or you could have a play and substitute one or more of your own photos into similar layouts.

Even if you never print off your digital creations, or never even show them to anybody else, the aim of this inspiration post is to show you that if you play with just one digital kit you can get different looks.  And if you do decide to print off your creations and perhaps add a bit of glitter and glaze, you can have fab results.

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SCRAPBOOK LAYOUTS

This is the 1st layout I made –

Deco Daze Collection - Page Kit 1

This is the 2nd digital layout I made.

Deco Daze Collection - Page Kit 2

And this is the 3rd layout

Deco Daze Collection - Page Kit 3

 

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • “Deco Daze Collection – Page Kit” – found – Here – in the shop.

Consumables:

  • No Consumables Used – as I’ve only made these as digital layouts I’ve not used any consumables this time.

Equipment:

  • No Crafting Equipment Used – other than my laptop and the software installed on it.  I used My Craft Studio Elite, but you can have a play with other software such as Serif CraftArtist 2 to get similar results.

Method:

Today the method is simple – I just took the papers and elements from the kit into my graphics package and played!  Resizing, layering up, moving around, etc., etc.!

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

Please keep visiting”The Dragons Den” blog 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 be back with more posts for “The Dragons Den” over the coming months as well, so keep an eye out for those too.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Stamping Dragon Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Stamping Dragon 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 “Stamping Dragon Designs” Facebook group. 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.
  • “Like” Us on Facebook
  • 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
  • Etsy Shop – Instant downloads!
  • Crafting with the Dragon – Challenge Blog : new challenge the first Friday of every month
  • The Dragon’s Den – Blog : a showcase blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragon 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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Further July 2014 Crafting

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Aug 092014
 

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A Small Assortment Of Crafts

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Hi to all visitors to my blog.  Today I’ve got some creations to show you made using digital downloads I got for free as well as some creations made using air drying clay.  Now if you really want a laugh then keep scrolling down to the last creation on the page and tell me what you think.  I’m really not very good at making little characters.  I was aiming for a monkey face but my mother tells me I’ve made a bear.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)

All the digital download elements on this card were free and were created by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs.

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  1. “Vintage Lady” digi stamp from freebie sample pack, papers and paper ribbon from “Summer Time Freebie” – both from freebies album on SDD FB group, and flower from August 2014 freebie at the SDD store. (I printed papers, paper ribbon and paper flower, as well as the digi-stamp, out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured in the digi-stamp using gold and red Wink of Luna for the frame and frame embelishments and Promarkers for the lady.  The colours I used were: Gold, Amber, Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Blush, Cool Grey 3 and Satin. I took a 6″ square, scalloped edge, base card and yellow Dainty Dots cardstock, and cut out everything, rounded a few corners with a corner punch and attached the whole lot together with quick grab wet glue.  I didn’t glue right to the edge of all the elements so that the edges lift a bit to give an illusion of dimension, but the card is in actual fact quite flat and will go through the post in the UK using a standard letter stamp.)
  2. Angled view of card.
  3. Close-up of coloured in digi-stamp.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE LAYOUT:

I made this for the August Colouring Challenge on the Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook Group.  All group members can request the month’s image provided they promise to upload a photo of a finished article made using the digi-stamp before the end of the month.  This particular digi-stamp – “Pup in Pumkin” – is also available to buy in the Stamping Dragon Design store.

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  1. This is a simple 8″ square scrapbook layout using a photo I’d taken of our pumpkin, the adorable little digi-stamp coloured in with ProMarkers, and pieces from the “Summer Time Freebie” available in the freebies album in this group. (The elements from the free kit, the digi-stamp and my photo of our cut pumpkin were all printed out onto 250gsm Super Smoth white cardstock.  I then coloured in the digi-stamp using my ProMarkers.  Colours used were:  Black, Cool Grey 1, 3 and 5, Gold, Amber, Pumpkin and Pear Green. I cut a piece of brown Basal cardstock to 8″ square to start off with, made mats of yellow Dainty Dots cardstock and orange Blingalicious cardstock, then cut out the elements, mats and layers and stuck everything together using glue gel.)
  2. Angled view of photo and digi-stamp area of scrapbook layout.

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3D CREATIONS:

For this floral wreath I made lots of flowers and a few butterflies – though I wasn’t trying to make any specific type of flowers – which is a good thing because I don’t think they look exactly like any specific flower.

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  1. Ring, 21,5 cm, Polystyrene, 1 pc and Silk Clay – Assortment, Basic 1, 20×40 g  (I took the ring and coloured it with a gold Wink of Luna pen.  I then took several colours from the various Silk Clay pots and made flowers, leaves, and butterflies from them – some made using Martha Stewart silicone molds and some made free-hand, adding faux stamens to some as I built them.  Once the created pieces were dry I put a ribbon around the topof the ring and used glue gel to attach all the pieces.)
  2. Slightly angled view of the floral wreath.
  3. Close-up of some of the flowers.

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  1. Silk Clay, asstd colors, 22 tub (
  2. View from the top of the head of my little animal head.

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Aug 042014
 

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Design Team Card

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It’s time for another inspiration post from me on the “The Dragons Den” blog. Hopefully I can inspire you with a crafted creation made using some downloads that are available in the Stamping Dragon Designs store.

I hope that you like what I’ve got to show you this time.

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CARD

This is the card I made –

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Below are closer looks at the card

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • “Uncle Perrys Gift” – found – Here – in the shop.
  • “Blue Harmony Papers” – found – Here – in the shop.
  • “Simply Lovable Collection CD Rom” – found – Here – in the shop.

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

For this card I printed out some items from the CD-ROM to use as background elements, cutting a strip of one and putting it across the centre as a paper ribbon.  I went over the edges of this paper ribbon and the shaped panel with a ProMarker to make it stand out.  I also punshed two corner paper punches on the background and the blue Topsy Turvy mat to create interlocking corners.  I printed the dragons digi-stamp out three times, once onto plain cardstock, twice more onto paper already printed with two of the blue backgrounds from the blue harmony kit.  I cut out all of these, making the two blues paper piecing pieces for the two dragons.  I used the blue ProMarker to colour some parts of Uncle Perry and the Blue Grey FlexMarker to put in shading around the lines of both the dragons.  The Wink of Stella pens were used to colour in the parsel and the white gel pen to do Uncle Perry’s eyes and teeth.  I shaped these and used glue gel to attached the pieces image to the card front.

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

Please keep visiting”The Dragons Den” blog 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 be back with more posts for “The Dragons Den” over the coming months as well, so keep an eye out for those too.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Stamping Dragon Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Stamping Dragon 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).
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  • See us on CraftsUPrint
  • Etsy Shop – Instant downloads!
  • Stamping with the Dragon – Challenge Blog : new challenge the first Friday of every month
  • The Dragon’s Den – Blog : a showcase blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragon Designs
  • Then of course there’s the Dragon Boss Lady’s own blog – Straight From The Craftroom

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Jul 252014
 

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An Update, A Few Cards and Double Page Scrapbook Layout

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In my last blog post I showed you a foot-stool that I’d re-upholstered.  I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, but boy did I pay for it the following day – I’d had a nephew use the staple gun while I pulled the hessian on the bottom into place, but I’d done the hammering in of the tacks around the top myself after he’d been collected by his father – and by late that evening my arms were really paying for it – I’d sware I’d been hammering the tacks into my forearms, not the foot-stool.  One of the affects of doing stuff when I suffer from M.E., but I keep on trying to do different small projects to see how badly, or not, the activity affects me.

So I rested for a couple of days – though with this heat I wasn’t up to doing much else in any case.  Then, of course, it was a return visit to the dentist for another extraction and one filling.  Thankfully the extraction site isn’t as painful as the previous extractions three weeks ago – the tooth came out in one piece so the dentist didn’t have to gouge pieces out.

What I have done this week is have a session sat down in front of my ScanNCut feeding in cardstock to cut out some fancy shaped base cards and some embelishments such as flowers.  I’ve also done a bit of colouring in as well – though some of it was for Design Team cards so I can’t show them to you yet – but keep your eye out from now and the end of the year.

Gardening has involved a short session out watering and picking soft fruits first thing in the morning and another session of watering in the evening, getting my loppers out every couple of days to chop back some brambles that insist on growing out of the hedges so that they don’t scratch my damaged leg as I’m moving from a chair at one location to a chair at the next to do the watering.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

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  1. Lattice card 1…..ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (I put the cutting file on my USB stick and took it to my ScanNCut.  I cut all the pieces out of one sheet of 12″ square Topsy Turvy Card which was red one side and pink the other.  This meant that I could have one colour to the front on the card and another for the flowers and flourishes.  After cutting it was simply a case of folding in half and using glue gel to attach the flower and add the flat back pearl centre.)
  2. Angled view of the card showing dimension of flower.

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  1. 602 Shaped Easel *ScanNCut* by Rae Carr and 437 Keys *SnC* by Rae Carr (I took the file into the online Canvas application and resized to the size I wanted before downloading to my USB stick.  I cut all the layers out of sheets of Topsy Turvy cardstock, as well as some flowers usieng a cutting file inbuilt to my ScanNCut.  I cut a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” and “18”, as well as a key at two different sizes, out of sticky back peel-off vinyl as well.  I then used finger-lift tape and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to build up the card. I put on the peel-offs I’d created and then used wet glue to attach the flowers, finishing off by attaching leaves from my crafting stash that I’d previously cut out and also some flat back pearls.)
  2. Angled view of card showing a bit of the dimension.
  3. Further angled view showing the easel mechanism at the back.

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  1. Swirl flourish card ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (Having put the cutting file on my USB stick I used my ScanNCut to cut out the base card out of blue Topsy Turvy cardstock.  I used a pale green sheet of 250gsm cardstock to cut out the flourish layer and pale yellow cardstock from the same pack to cut out the flowers using a file inbuilt in the ScanNCut.   I used quick grab wet glue to attach the flourish to the card front and put the flowers on top.  I finished by wrapping a ribbon diagonally around the card and by adding little flat back pearls to the flower centres.)
  2. Close-up view of part of the previous card.

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  1. Swirl flourish card ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (Having put the cutting file on my USB stick I used my ScanNCut to cut out the base card out of 250gsm linen textured cardstock.  I used a pale green version of the same cardstock to cut out the flourish layer and pale purple cardstock to cut out the flowers using a file inbuilt in the ScanNCut.  I also used my ScanNCut to cut out the greeting “Penblwydd Priodas Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Anniversary”.  I used quick grab wet glue to attach the flourish to the card front and put the flowers on top.  I finished off by putting on the greeting peel-off and adding little flat back pearls to the flower centres.)
  2. Angled view of the detail and dimension of the card.
  3. Slightly closer angled look at the card detail.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE LAYOUTS:

Today I took my camera out with me when I did my watering this morning.  Then I came in and went back to bed with my laptop and created this double page layout showing a snapshot of what’s growing in the garden today.

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Fun in The Sun Mini themeSpring Melody Papers and Spring Melody Elements all by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs where you can also find digital kits to use in scrapbooking.

I took the digital items and my photos into My Craft Studio software and layered up, resized and moved around until I was happy with my digital layout.  I saved in the digital format as well as printing out at 8″ square size for family members who want printed copies.

  1. The first page showing things outside in the garden.  Translations: Afalau – Apples; Ciplun O Ardd Maes Mieri – Snapshot Of Maes Mieri’s Garden; Pwmpen – Pumkin; Melyn – Yellow; Gwyrdd – Green; Letis a Moron – Lettuce and Carrots; Tatws – Potatoes.
  2. The second page shows the things inside the greenhouse. Translations: Blodyn Cyntaf y Melon – First Flower on the Melon; Tomatos a Cicymerau yn Cyrraedd Y Tô – Tomatoes and Cucumbers Reaching The Roof; Pupurau – Peppers; Persli a Letis – Parsley and Lettuce;

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  • Tuesday, 22nd July – Here! – NEW Crazy Card Game, Pick of the Week & More Stunning Cards chosen by the Community

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Jul 132014
 

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An Update, A Few Cards and A Few Other Bits

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Although I’m still in a bit of pain with my mouth and the tooth extraction sites, but the pain is much better than it was and I can concentrate a bit better than I could a week ago.  I’ve still got the visit back to the dentist the week after next to look forward to for more fillings and extractions, so I suspect it will be a while yet before I’m back to my regular self and my full assortment of varied crafting.  I have however still been working on quick and simple projects.  I hope you like what I’ve made lately.

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STAMPIN WITH THE DRAGON CHALLENGE BLOG:

New July 2014 - Gift VoucherJust a reminder that there’s a challenge currently going on over on “Stampin with the Dragon“.  The challenge is quite simple really – just make an “Easel Card” using something from Stamping Dragon Designs on it (it would help confirm your creations eligibility if you mentioned the name of the item in your blog description to make sure that your creation isn’t disqualified in error).  It doesn’t have to be made with all SDD items, just make sure you use something SDD.  Read the full rules on the blog – Here!  There’s a voucher to spend in the store for the winner – who gets chosen by Random from all eligable entries.  And the really good thing is that you can enter using any of the freebies that are available to the Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook group members.  So if you are not already a member – pop over – and join us.

And don’t forget to check out the Blog Candy on offer on The Dragons Den as well – Here!

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

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  1. On the Farm Bundle by Karen Wyeth (I took several items from this kit into one of my graphics packages and resized and moved around until I was happy with the layout for a card topper.  I then printed it out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I took a 6″ square scalloped edge card from my crafting stash as well as background papers for matting and layering, a tag and some leafy twigs. and stuck everything to the card front using finger-lift tape.  I used a Walnut ProMarker to go round the edge of the largest mat and decorate the outside of the card.  The greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.

And now back to some more quick and easy Christmas cards made using elements from the same Hunkydory kit I’ve used for items in previous posts.  Today’s selection all feature the sheep on the hills.

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  1. This is a little square pre-foiled card with just a small topper added using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape with a peel-off greeting added to finish.
  2. I cut one of the background cardstocks from the kit in half and stuck one half to the front of an A4 cardstock that I’d scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half.  I added a sticky back foiled paper ribbon down the left hand side and then put on a greetings banner.

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  1. The other half of the sheet of cardstock used on the previous card was stuck to the front of another base card made a another card.  This time I added a topper and a greetings panel using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.
  2. An angled view of the same card.

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  1. This time I scored a sheet of A4 of Andy’s Cards cardstock using my Hougie board.  I added a piece of foiled paper ribbon near the left hand side of the card.  I put on the topper using finger-lift tape and used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to add the frame and greetings panel.
  2. A close-up angled view of the same card.

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  1. For this card I used an A4 sheet of hammered cardstock that I scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half.  I added a piece of sticky back paper ribbon near the left hands side and put on my topper using fingerlift tape and the frameing element using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished off with a peel-off greeting.
  2. An angled view of the previous card.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE LAYOUTS:

I think the birds got more of the blackcurrents than I did this year.  Every time I looked at the bushes it didn’t look as if any more blackcurrents were ripening, I think that this was because the birds were eating them off as they were ripening every morning before I got out to the garden.  In any case, I think I’ve finished picking the blackcurrents now and this is the double page spread I made.

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  1. Crop 4 the Cure Papers by Janette Padley, Floral Meadow Elements by Janette Padley and Floral Meadow Papers by Janette Padley (I took papers and elements from the kts into one of my graphics packages, together with an assortment of photos I’d taken of our blackcurrant bushes and picked currents this year, and made a two page spread layout up by resizing, moveing, digitally cropping, copying, etc., until I had a layout I was happy with.  I saved the two pages as digital pages to send electronically to family members and printed them off as 8″ square layouts to give to other family members.)
  2. Closer look at the first page of the spread.  Cwrens Duon = Black Currents; O’r Llwyn = From the Bush.
  3. Closer look at the second page of the spread.  I’r ty = To the House.  Pigwyd o’r 7fed i’r 9fed Gorffennaf = Picked between the 7th and the 9th July; Dodwyd yn y rhewgell 9lb 11.6oz = Put 9lb 11.6oz i the freezer.
    Remember to click on the thumbnails to see a larger version of the image!

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JEWELLERY:

You may remember that, in a previous post, I showed you an octopus that I’d made using elastic loom bands, and the octopus changed colour when put in sunlight.  Well I then got my hands on some Pony Beads that are UV Change, so change from a white/clear to coloured when they get placed in sunlight.  The cuff bracelet was made using the same pattern as the cuff bracelet I showed you previously – here.  But this time I added beads to the two central bands on every other purple row before working with them.

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  1. This is the cuff bracelet from the side.
  2. I’ve put it flat, in the shade, for this picture.
  3. I then moved it into the sunlight and you can see the beads changeing colour in this picture.
  4. A side view of the bracelet cuff.

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