Oct 092015
 

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Design Team Card

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The 2nd of October saw the start of a new challenge start on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” – and I’m now shareing the inspiration piece I created on this month’s theme.

DLD CB_BadgeDLD DT Badge Sept 2014Each ”Dragons Lair Designs Challenge” goes live the first Friday of the month with a new theme each time. The winner will get picked by “Random” so that it is fair for all levels of crafters. The winner gets a prize, as well as a badge for their blog, and the winning entry will also be highlighted on the challenge blog the following month. Although we’d love to see Dragons Lair Designs items on your creation, you may ENTER the challenge using ANY MATERIAL you wish as long as you clearly follow the set theme. You may enter the challenge with ONE entry per month. So why not consider joining in with us this month – go to the challenge blog and have a look at the rules and the inspiration created by my fellow Design Team members.

For October the theme is : “Halloween

Please join in and let us see what creation you come up with on the theme.

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CREATION:

I decided to go digital this time as I was short of time – but that’s the beauty of digital downloads, you can use them to create digitally, as well as print all papers and elements out to use in a variety of papercraft items, and don’t forget hybrid crafting as well.

This is what I produced –

Pumpkin Scrapbook Page

“O’r Ardd I’r Ford” means “From The Garden To The Table” as this page shows pumpkins we grew in our garden and then left to finish ripening before carving for Halloween.

Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Consumables:

  • None used as digital creation

Method:

For this digital scrapbook page I used three photos of the same pumpkins from October 2014, together with items from the Trick or Treat Collection from Dragons Lair Designs.  I used the My Craft Studio Elite software to create the layout and IrfanView to crop, resize, and watermark the finished image.

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

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

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

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

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

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

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(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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Jul 082015
 

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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 –

I’m back again with a digital scrapbook layout.

July and August have been declared as our “Summer Fun Season” across the Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog and our Facebook Fan Group.  And where better to have some fun this summer than out in the garden, either chilling or growing.

I decided to start off with a simple scrapbook layout of some flowers from our garden from years past.  Nothing very complicated, just a quick digital layout that took less than 15 minutes to put together, because I know that summer is a busy season, especially for those with children and/or gardens to take care of, and therefore there’s less time to craft.  With digital scrapbooking you can put together layouts quickly and, although I’ve not done so on this layout, journal relevant information about the day, or holiday, or whatever, and keep a record at the time in just a few minutes.  Then, if you want, the layouts can be printed out and further decorated when time permits, to create a hybrid layout. Or even used as a guide to creating a standard scrapbook page at some time in the future.

Dragons Lair Designs has a vast range of kits for scrapbooking, from mini kits to large collections, so you are likely to find something in the right colour scheme to go with your photos, whatever is in them.

I simply chose some backgrounds and a couple of elements from my chosen kit, together with a double frame element and took them, together with my chosen photos, into My Craft Studio.  One of the double frames was turned through 90 degrees and then I just played around with the layout before saving.

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These are what I used:

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Items from the “Garden Paths Mini Kit” collection available – here – in the store.

Equipment:

  • My Craft Studio Software

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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.
  • 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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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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Dec 012014
 

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Launch Day Creation

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DLD DT Badge Sept 2014Today a new collection has launched in the “Dragons Lair Designs Shop“ and as a member of the Dragons Lair Designs Design Team I got my hands on part of the collection ahead of time to work with.

The new collection is in a lovely vintage style – and as the title suggests – is all about Christmas.

Although it is lovely to make all sorts of creations ahead of Christmas for any sort of crafting, don’t forget that it can be used after Christmas to scrapbook photos taken during Christmas, or, if like many, you have old family photos sitting in a box that you’ve promissed  yourself you scrapbook with at some point during the coming year then you are sure to find something in this collection to use with them.

I hope you like my creation.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE LAYOUT

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One old photo and elements from the collection only used for this layout.

 

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • Items from the “Victorian Christmas” Collection – found – Here – in the shop.

There’s even a DISCOUNT available for the 1st week!

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You can see some more, very varied, items made by other Design Team members on the “Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog“.  Please pop over there for a look, and remember to go to the store to see all the various papers and elements available in this lovely kit.

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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.
  • “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 the first Friday of every month
  • Dragons Lair Designs Information 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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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 –

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This is the 2nd digital layout I made.

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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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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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Jul 112014
 

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Well I went to the dentist again on Tuesday afternoon – an appointment booked to have a small filling replaced in one of my front teeth. The good news is that I didn’t have an injection, filling or extraction – though really that’s the bad news, because by the time she’d prodded and poked and taken three X-rays of the two teeth that had been giving me problems during the period since I had the two extractions a week previously, the short time slot I was booked in for the filling was over. I was right that the pain I’ve been in this last week is down to more than the two extractions I had done a week ago – the teeth directly behind both the extractions both have lost fillings. X-rays showed that one has a rotten core down to the bone and will have to come out. The other is more painful at the moment because the nerve is exposed. So all she had time for was to put in a temporary dressing that should stop the sensitivity until my next appointment in a fortninghts time. So back home via the shop to pick up more painkillers and another lie down to try and recover from the little excursion. Unfortunately the dentist is away next week so no appointments available until the following week. The dental nurse has already put me on the list to have a call in if anybody cancels in the meantime. At least with the temporary dressing in place the pain killer are working better, which is more than the were doing, so I’m feeling reasonable even if I’m not feeling good at the moment.

But the birds wait for nobody, so I’ve had to battle on and pick what blackcurrants were left – not nearly as big a crop as I’d have hoped to get but I knew that the blackbirds and probably other birds were getting there before me every morning.  Did a push early Wednesday morning and got all the ones I could still see on the bushes.  And I’m still getting some Loganberries ripening every day so hopefully we’ll have a few more pounds of those to put in the freezer before they finish cropping.  Digital Scrapbook page layouts showing these will be appearing on my blog over the next few weeks as I get them done.

The other stuff I’ve sown and planted are also comming along slowly, so today I’ve got some more digital Scrapbook layouts of photos from the garden to show you, as well as some more quick and simple Christmas cards..  At least the bundle of Christmas cards is growing.

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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.)

While I’ve gone for quick and easy Nativity Christmas cards for the majority of todays cards, the first two are more whimsical.

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  1. Whimsical Christmas Mini by Janette Padley (I took quite a few elements and backgrounds from this kit into one of my graphics packages and resized, moved around, etc., until I had two layouts of card fronts of around 5.5″ that I was happy with.  The page was then printed out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out.  I took two 6″ square scalloped edge cards from my crafting stash and stuck the card fronts onto them using finger-lift tape.  I then used an assortment of my glitter glues to add sparkle to the cards I made.  This is one of the cards.  The greeting “Nadolig Llawen” is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.  With lots of different elements in the kit it is possible to make cards with different layouts and either print out the elements and cut them all out, or do the designing in the software like I did.  This means the card produced is flat enough to go through the UK post on a standard letter stamp.)
  2. Angled view of part of the card to show the sparkle achieved using the glitter glue.

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  1. Whimsical Christmas Mini by Janette Padley (This is the second card produced with the second card front I designed the same time as the card above and made the same way.)
  2. Closer, angled, look at part of the card.
  3. An even closer look.

These are more cards I’ve made using the same Hunkydory Christmas kit as I’ve shown you previously, but this time I decided to go through the kit and pull out some of the toppers and background cards that had more of a Nativity theme to them.   I hope you like them.

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  1. For this card I took a sheet of A4 background from the kit and scored it and cut off a piece to make it into a 6″ square card.  I went over areas of the image such as the wings with clear Wink of Stella brush pen, and added the greeting banner using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.
  2. An angled view to sow that I’ve kept the card dimension down.
  3. A closer look at the wing and halo area to try and show some of the sparkle added.

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  1. For this card I used a part of one of the backgrounds and stuck it to a plain cardstock to make the base card.  I then used small strips of 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the frame element and greetings banner, and glue gel to attach the central topper and the four corners.  Using glue gel like this meant I had time to slide the pieces into place.
  2. A closer, angled, view at part of the card.

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  1. The base card is an A4 sheet of Hammered cardstock from my crafting stash that I scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half.  I used one of the paper ribbon elements from one of the topper sheets as well as two strips cut off one of the background cards in the kit to give some interest to the card before using 2mm deep, double sided foam tape to attach the frame and the the greetings panel.  I then put in the topper using glue gel as a flat glue just to give me time to make sure it was in place central to the frame.
  2. An angled view of the card front to try and show where I’d introduced a little dimension while still keeping the card flat enough to go through the UK post on a standard letter stamp.
  3. A closer look at the Nativity scene topper.

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  1. This is just one of the background cards from the kit that I scored to give three equal panels, taking care not to score through the image of the wise man.  I then cut around the edge of the image before folding the card back.  I put on a greetings banner on the front and a large star peel-off on the back.
  2. A different angled look at the card.
  3. A closer look at the wise men.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE LAYOUT:

This page is showing the development of one of my tomato plants – the label on the plant when I got it said it is a “Tumbler” tomato plant – so it is a spreading and falling down over an edge breed of tomato rather than one that is tied in to a cane and growing upright.

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  1. Walk in the Park Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I took the elements of the kit, together with photos taken of the tomato plant on two different dates, into one of my graphics packages and moved around, resized, digitally punched, etc., until I was happy with the layout.  I saved it as a digital page to send to a member of the family and also printed it out as an 8″ square page to give to a member of the family who doesn’t do digital.)
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JEWELLERY:

The base of this bracelet is a piece of black leather.  I’ve used a clear jewellery thread to attach the string of diamantes also the blue beads to this.

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  1. The sparkle of the gems isn’t visible from the side like this.
  2. This side view gives you more of an idea of what the beads look like.
  3. Closer look at the beads – it’s difficult to show in a photo how sparkly they look in the light.

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Jul 082014
 

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I wish I could say that my mouth and face feels a lot better after having the two teeth extracted last week, but it doesn’t actually feel a whole lot better, just a little bit better.  I’m still not able to sleep all night as the last pain killers of the night ware off before the morning and if I turn onto my cheak the pain wakes me up.  And today I have another appointment with the dentist for a filling – I just hope that goes according to plan and nothing movers where it shouldn’t.  I’ll get her to check the hole where one of the teeth came out of, and the tooth next to it that’s been giving me about as much grief as the extraction site itself, while I’m there this afternoon.

I’ve been trying to do a little bit out the garden each day as the weather has been good and the fruit is ripening well – and the blackbirds have started attacking them.  You may remember that last year one of my nephews and myself made a “Scare Faces” called “Jack and Jill” (see them – here – on my old blog post if you missed them).  It got wet and the weight of the wet hair pulled it down off its string the end of last summer, but it was basicly in good shape, so “Jack and Jill” have been given a new piece of string, and some glue from my hot glue gun to cover the hole of the old string, and are now hanging out between the Loganberries and Blackcurrants.  I hope it has some effect in detering the birds until I get some more of the crop in.

Today I’ve got a wide assortment of items to show you.  I do hope you like them.

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BLOG CANDY WIN:

I’ve been very lucky in winning one of the blog candies that were on offer on “JUDITH’S ADORABLE CREATIONS” blog last month.  A BIG THANK YOU to Judith for her generosity. I got a 10 dollar Gift Certificate to the Robyn’s Fetish site and promptly spent it on 4 lovely digi-stamps.  I’ve no doubt, once I’m feeling better, and once the rush of the summer gardening is over, you’ll be seeing some of them appearing in my creations on my blog.

CARDS:

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

The first two cards were made to give to two male family members on their birthdays lately.

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  1. Jayne Netley Mayhew – The Digistamp CD and elements from a previous free Create & Craft Club gift (I simply printed out one of the sheets from the CD-ROM, cut out the panel and backgrounds from the kit, and used finger-lift tape and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to attach the pieces together.  I used a gold Wink of Stella brush pen to write on the greeting on this card.  Although not shown in this photo, before I sent the card I did add a double wrap of baker’s twine, tied in a knot, near the spine of the card.)
  2. Angled view to show the small dimension I built on the card.

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  1. Jayne Netley Mayhew – The Digistamp CD and elements from a previous free Create & Craft Club gift (I simply printed out one of the sheets from the CD-ROM, cut out the panels plus cut out backgrounds and tag from the kit, and used finger-lift tape and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to attach the pieces together.  I used a Wallnut ProMarker to write on the greeting on this card.)
  2. Angled view to show the small dimension I built on the card.

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JEWELLERY:

I’ve got a couple more loom elastic band bracelets to show you today.  Both are made in the same pattern but I’m not sure what it’s called – could be fish scales or dragon’s skin or something like that.  One is made over 8 pegs and one over 6 and the colour combinations used are different.

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  1. This cuff bracelet is made over 8 pegs and is made using orange and pink flurescent elastics.  I’ve kept the same colours to the same pegs throughout so that the colour pattern carries through all the way.
  2. Another view of the bracelet.

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  1. This one is made over 6 pegs and I did a whole row of one colour before moving on to another colour, so the cuff bracelet has become a rainbow of colours.
  2. Another view of the same bracelet – sorry that these photos are not as focused as they should be.  I think the different neon colours I used just sent my camera wild.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE LAYOUT:

More of my gardening efforts.

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  1. Blazing Summer Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I took lots of elements from the kit, together with three of the photos I took of the cucumbers in my greenhouse, into one of my graphics packages.  I then moved around, resized, digitally punched, etc., until I was happy with the layout. The text on this translates as “What is hiding behind these leaves?” and “The first cucumber of the year”.  After working on it digitally I saved it to send digitally to some family members and printed it out as an 8″ square page to hand to others.)
  2. One of my cucumber plants
  3. A peep through the leaves at the growing cucumbers and flowers
  4. The first cucumber picked this year.

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CAKE DECORATING:

Strictly speaking this isn’t cake decorating as the cake isn’t actually decorated.  This platter of edible goodies was made for a family member’s birthday last month.

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  1. The “barn” is two ginger cake loafs put on top of each other so the top one is upside-down.  This was cooked by one of my young nephews, although I did the putting in and taking out of the oven.  I was most impressed with how quickly he turned the flour and butter into breadcrumbs perfectly and he did all the weighing out and mixing.  The “farmhouse and outbuildings” I did – a silicone mould and a big bag of Belgian chocolate that I melted and poured in.  After all the pieces had set hard and I’d popped them out I took my edible shimmers and some brandy and painted the colours on.  The “stepping stones” are the contribution of another of my young nephews.  They are icing coin sweets.  He loves these sweets so much I just couldn’t get him to make them any smaller to be more in size with the “farmhouse” – as far as he’s concerned they only need to be small enough to fit in his mouth.
  2. A closer look at a part of our edible creation.

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Jun 302014
 

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After overdoing it in a long session in the garden last week I’m slowly getting back to my normal, but not quickly enough for my likeing.  Other than watering everything thoroughly – which I do with a hosepipe and moving to sit in a chair by each selection of things to be watered – and picking half a pound or so of Loganberries every day or two, I’ve not done sessions of general gardening over the weekend, though I really do need to sit out in the greenhouse and do a bit of weeding.

I have made a few cards, but it has mostly been digital crafting followed by a bit of hybrid crafting, and also making a few Christmas cards using toppers and cardstock from a kit.  I’ve not got photos of everything sorted yet so I’ll have to show you the things I’ve made in a blog post later on in the week.  In the meantime I have got photos of a few items to show you – I hope you like them.

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MUSINGS:

The fact that Create & Craft have had their week of shows on crafting for Christmas has made me think that I really need to step up my card making for Christmas.  Of course, I have already made some Christmas cards, but I don’t think the rate I’ve been making them will result in enough cards for Christmas.  I wonder how everybody else tackles Christmas card making?  Do you make all your cards on the same theme? – one year I did make some 70 cards for us to send out as a family more or less the same, but I’ve not done it since.  Do you make elaborate ones for close family and friends, some less elaborate ones for family and friends further away, and quite simple ones to distant framily or neighbours you just nod to in the street as you are going past?  I do tend to make more dimensional Christmas cards for anybody I can hand a card to in person – such as close family, or pop through their letter box – such as neighbours, or people I’m sending a gift to – because the card can go in with the parsel.  The additional cost of posting Christmas cards to lots of people if the cards are dimensional does put me off making dimensional cards for anybody who I have to post cards to.  The difference between the cost for a stamp for a standard letter and the cost of a stamp for a large letter is enough to make quite a difference to the cost of Christmas when you consider posting some 30+ cards.  Also getting them ready and posted early on a 2nd class stamp, rather than making and posting last minute on a 1st class stamp makes quite a difference as well.  Having had to retire early because of my bad health and disability issues means that I have to be concious of the money I spend – I’d rather use my money for crafting goodies and on items to help me with my various hobbies and keeping my brain and body as active as I can, rather than a larger proportion than is necessary going on more expensive postage stamps than is absolutely necessary.  I do know that different contries that my different readers come from have different rules with regards to size of items being posted, but I do wonder whether watching sizes of cards is a big consideration to others?

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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. Little Chick Scallop Corner side stacker Topper by Carol Clarke and Easter Chicken Yellow Backing Paper by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I also printed out background  at half size onto 120gsm good quality white paper.  I cut the panel of background out and went round the edge with a gold ProMarker before sticking it to the front of a pre-made 8″ square Kraft base card using finger-lift tape.  I cut out the topper and used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach it to the card front and to build up the layers in order.  I finished off by putting on three gold “card candi” using glue gel.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I’m not sure what language it will be needed in.)
  2. An angled view of previous card to show a bit of the dimension created by the built up scalloped corner layers.
  3. Easter Chicken Yellow Insert by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet out onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper.  Although this sheet is made to be trimmed, folded in half, and stuck inside an A5 sized card, for this card I wanted to show that it could be used in other sized cards.  As my card is an 8″ square one, I simply trimmed this insert to a little smaller than the inside back of my card and stuck it inside using finger-lift tape.  From the bit cut off I cut out a chick and used it as an embelishment at the top right of my card.)

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  1. Everlasting by Marie Wolman (I took several elements from this kit into one of my graphics packages and resized, moved around, etc., until I was happy with the layout for a card front together with some elements to decoupage on the other half of my working area.  I printed the design out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, cut out the main panel and the added pieces.  I went around the top of the “envelope” element with ProMarker Wild Cranberry.  I took a sheet of A4 hammered white cardstock and scored it using my Hougie board before folding it and cutting to the right size for my card front.  This was attached using finger-lift tape before the other elements were added using glue gel.  The greeting “Dymuniadau Gorau” is Welsh for “Best Wishes”.)
  2. An angled view of the card to show the little dimension I’ve added to the card by using the glue gel.

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  1. Christmastide Collection – Page Kit by Janette Padley – Dragons Lair Designs (I took elements from the kit into My Craft Studio software and resized, built up, moved, etc., until I was happy with the layout for this digital card front.)
  2. Christmastide Collection – Page Kit by Janette Padley – Dragons Lair Designs (I put extra layers of some of the elements onto my working area and resized the card front to just under 6″ square before printing it out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. I cut out the elements, stuck the card front layer to the front of a 6″ square white card from my crafting stash.  I went over the holly berries on the card front nad extra layers with clear Sakura Glaze pen.  I also went over the centers of the Christmas roses with a gold Wink of Stella brush pen and around the outside of the tag with a silver Wink of Stella Brush pen.  The added elements were then added to the card front using glue gel.)
  3. Angled view showing the little dimension created on the card front.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE:

I’m continuing to regularly take photos of things in my garden on a regular basis and then making little scrapbook layouts with the photos to show the progress of my little gardening projects.  This time it’s strawberries in my strawberry tower – you may remember that because of my disabilities my gardening is done in tubs, raised beds, potato sacks, etc.

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  1. Night Bloom Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I’ve taken several photos of the same strawberry plant over the last few weeks so I took those, together with several elements from this kit, into one of my graphics packages.  I then resized, copied, moved around, digitally punched, etc., until I had a layout I was happy with for an 8″ square digital scrapbook page to share with family members.  I also printed the page out to share with other family members who are not online.)
  2. The actual photo of the ripe strawberries that I used.

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HINTS AND TIPS!

Have you got some foiled background cardstock that you feel is wasted when used as a background or matting and layering on a card?  Sometimes a large panel is just too much for a project but a small panel doesn’t look enough.

Today I’m going to show you how I turned a foiled sheet of Hunkydory Adorable Scorable cardstock into foiled embelishments for several Christmas projects.

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  1. This is the sheet of cardstock I’m working on for this project.
  2. I took my circle scissors and cut out different sized circles around the foiled snowflakes.
  3. This is what I was left with – perfect to use as embelishments on Christmas cards.

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  1. Some of the circles may well have cresants cut out of them from cutting out other snowflakes.
  2. I just overlap these slightly with another snowflake – which is a chance to give dimension to the project by lifting one snowflake more than others either with glue gel or foam tape.  Just a little collection of 3 snowflakes gives a bit of interest to a card.
  3. If you don’t want circular embelishments you can cut by hand closer to the snowflakes.

Just one sheet gives a lot of snowflake embelishments.  You can do the same with other patterns of foiled cardstock – say ones with flourishes on where you can place your circle scissors on in such a way to give the flourishes you want on your embelishments.

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Jun 272014
 

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An Update, A Few Cards and Other Crafting

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I’ve done too much!  I admit it.  With my health/disability issues it was highly stupid of me to spend over an hour out in the garden Thursday afternoon.  I usually do a stint of around 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening out in the garden, sitting down and puttering in the greenhouse or sat at my raised bed, strawberry tower or potato sacks – but I decided to sit outside and try and clear some of the brambles from around the greenhouse, cutting and moving some and then moving my chair forward.  As rain was on the way I decided to keep going for a bit as I knew I wouldn’t be able to work out there at my usual time of puttering in the evening.  So now I’m in rather a lot of pain with the M.E. symptoms being quite bad.  Now I remember why I only putter for 20 minutes before coming back in and resting in bed!

So today I’ve only been out to do the necesary of feeding and letting our dog out to her large enclosure in the garden as well as watering the greenhouse, and again in the evening to water again and give our dog her treats and tickles before she was put to bed for the night.  No gardening, and very little else.

What I did do was make a small number of Christmas cards from toppers I got in a Hunkydory kit, and also put together some digital card fronts and scrapbook layouts.  All sat in bed trying to move slowly and not jar screaming muscles.  Hopefully we’ll have some better weather and some sunlight tomorrow so that I can photograph what I’ve made today.  In the meantime I’ve got a few items I put together earlier in the week to show you.  I hope you like them.

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DESIGN TEAM CALL:

ChallengeAdvertisingBadgeI just thought I’d give you a quick reminder that there’s a Design Team Call currently going on for the “Stampin with the Dragon” challenge blog.  All sorts and levels of crafters are being invited to apply.  The call runs until the 30th June and you can get the details by clicking -> Here!

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STAMPING WITH THE DRAGON CHALLENGE:

You still have some time to get your entry in for the current challenge, which is on the theme “Clean & Simple”.  There are a few inspiration examples up on the blog for you to look at, but you can make one entry using anything you wish.  It’s only if you want to have a second entry that you need to make sure that one of them has something Stamping Dragon Designs used in the creation.  Details of the challenge can be found -> 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. Milking time on the farm by Angela Wake and Cow Backing Paper by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then cut out the pieces.  I printed the background at half size onto 120gsm good quality white paper.  My base card is an A4 sheet of hammered white card scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half to make an A5 base card.  I cut a panel of the background which I matted onto a piece of green Adorable Scorable cardstock.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the matted background panel and the base of this milking time image to the front of the card.  I then used glue gel to attach the layers, which I shaped a bit with my fingers before adding.  I wrote on the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Angled view of the decoupage on the card.
  3. Cow Insert by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the insert onto 120gsm good quality white paper.  The insert was trimmed, scored with my Hougie Board and stuck inside my base card shown previously using finger-lift tape.)

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  1. Past & Present Paper Pack by Janette Padley (I printed one of the sheets from the pack onto 120gsm white paper and cut out a panel.  The base card is a 7″ x 10″ kraft card from my crafting stash.  The other elements on the card are mostly from the last free Create & Craft Club gift.  I used a Wallnut ProMarker to go around some panels and to put a dashed lines to others.  I also used some bakers twine and some gold Card Candi.   I used finger-lift tape, 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, and glue gel to stick everything together.)
  2. Angled view of the card front.

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  1. Openwork Card *SVG* by Rae Carr and 138 Layered Flowers *SVG* by Rae Carr (I took the cutting file files into the online Canvas software and downloaded to my USB stick for cutting out using my Brother ScanNCut machine.  I cut the base card out of 300gsm hammered white cardstock.  I also cut out one of the flowers several times at different sizes from blingelicious red cardstock.  I took some red satin board and cut paper ribbons which I weaved through the side panels and stuck one piece behind the cut out centre panel.  I then embelished the card with several layers of the flower glued together with glue gel.  I’ve not added a greeting panel yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Closer look at the flower and the cut decoration.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE:

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  1. Night Bloom Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I took several elements and backgrounds from this kit, together with two photographs of the inside of my glasshouse taken some 8 days appart, into one of my graphics packages. I then resized, rotated, digitally cropped and punched, until I was happy with the layout for an 8″ square digital scrapbook page. I saved this as a digital page and also printed it out to show to other family members.)
  2. Photo of the greenhouse taken the same time as the first on the scrapbook layout.
  3. Photo of the greenhouse on the second date.

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JEWELLERY:

This one was made for one of my brothers-in-law – this one doesn’t work on a farm (he’s a London cabbie) so the youngest nephews decided that his bracelet didn’t need smelly bands in his bracelet.

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  1. This bracelet is made with black elastic loom bands interspaced with an assortment of random coloured bands that have white spots on.
  2. A different angled view of the whole bracelet.
  3. A closer look at the fishtail detail of the bracelet.

This one is for my youngest sister, again not one of the family members who does a “dirty and smelly” job – she’s a teacher – so no need for nice smelling elastic bands.  This sister likes purple so her bracelet had to be made of purple bands and beads.

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  1. This bracelet is a double string of fishtail pattern elastic loom bracelets, joined at both ends into single strands and continuged in the fishtail pattern until the bracelet was large enough and finished off with an S clip.  The double braid section was joined using jump rings with a small purple wooden bead on each.
  2. Different angled view of the bracelet.
  3. View of the beads attached to both fishtail braided bracelets with jump rings.

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

You can find a list of all the Designers currently offering a 20% discount by clicking – Here!

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Tuesday, 24th June – Here! – Pick of the Week, Crafter Selections, Latest Vault Freebies & More

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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

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