Oct 062014
 

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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“. Hopefully I can inspire you with a crafted creation made using two downloads that is available in the Dragons Lair Designs Store.

I’ve gone away from cardmaking and scrapbooking this time and decorated a canvas with a prayer, papers and a simple digi-stamp of a loaf of bread.  With string attached to the back it is created to hang in a dining room or kitchen.

I was tempted to add a lot of other things to it, but everything I put on, just to see, came right off again because it just didn’t look right to me – somehow the words “keep it simple” seemed to apply this time.

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CANVAS

This is how I decorated my canvas –

Canvas 01 05

The prayer is in Welsh and a simple translation of the verse is:

Oh Father, as a contented family
we come, and thank you anew,
because from your hand there comes each day
our food and our joy.
Amen

This is an angled view of the canvas showing the little dimension introduced:

Canvas 01 03

Dragons Lair Designs Items:

  • “Bread Pack”
  • “Simply Soft Collection -Papers”

Consumables:

Equipment:

  • Scissors
  • Paint Brush

Method:

I started by printing out an assortment of the papers at different sizes, as well as printing out the digi-stamp of the sliced rustic loaf at around 2″ in length.  I used a brown watercolour pencil to colour in the digi-stamp and then cut it out.  I cut out the panels of the papers and after laying the largest towards the top of my canvas I started playing around with positions of the rest and tore the edges of anything that wasn’t along the outside of the canvas.  I used quick grab glue to stick everything onto the canvas, leaving a small white edge of the canvas all the way around.  I opened one of the backgrounds in My Craft Studio and re-sized it to the size I wanted before typing the prayer in a layer over the top.  This was also printed out and cut.  I shaped/bowed both the prayer and the loaf of bread and used the same glue to attach these at their left and right hand sides to the front of the canvas, holding for half a minute until the glue grabbed and held the item with the shape I wanted.  I then took a dry paint brush and some white paint and dry brushed very lightly in from the edges all the way around to soften the outside edge of the paper panels.

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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

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 –

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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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 –

August Inspiration 02

Below are closer looks at the card

August Inspiration 03     August Inspiration 01

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).
  • 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!
  • 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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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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Aug 012014
 

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Design Team Card

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Today a new challenge starts on the “Stampin’ with the Dragon” Challenge Blog.

New July 2014 - Challenge TeamPrizeEach ”Stampin’ with the Dragon” 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 kit, full of papers and digital elements, from the Stamping Dragon Designs store. Although we’d love to see Stamping Dragon 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 1 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 August the theme is : SAND, SEA & SUN

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CARD

As the theme this month is “SAND, SEA & SUN” I had to pick a digi of one of the fun loving dragons on the beach.

Jiggy Dragon at the Beach Stamp - card01

Thumbnail photos of angle from both sides of card.

Jiggy Dragon at the Beach Stamp - card04      Jiggy Dragon at the Beach Stamp - card02

Please click on these thumbnail images to see the larger close-ups

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

I printed out the digi-stamp twice at smaller than the size required.  I then extended the palm tree on the right outside the box a bit on one of the images before colouring in the images using my ProMarkers, only colouring the palm tree and ball, plus the bucket and spade on the second copy. The first image was cut out as a rectangle and the corners rounded with a punch while the coloured in elements were cut out of the second copy.  Having measured the main image I used my ScanNCut to cut out mats to go behind it as well as waves and the sun (using cutting files inbuilt into the machine). I stuck the waves, overlapping each other, onto the base card and used the white gel pen to give white tips to the waves. I stuck on the sun layers.  I then matted and layered the coloured in digi-stamp and attached it to the card front.  I used glue gel to attach the cut out pieces of the digi-stamp to give some dimension to the card. I used one of the brown ProMarkers I’d used on the image to put a dotted line around the outside of the card.

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Please go over to the “Stampin’ with the Dragon” Challenge Blog and have a look at my fellow Design Team members’ inspiration pieces and to register your entry for the challenge.

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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).  There is even a Free Samples section if you want to have a play and a look at the quality before buying.
  • 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, lots of inspiration and an album of exclusive freebies – and there’s a loyalty club for those who take part as well where taking part in some activities gets you points, winning gets you more points, and get enough points and you get a voucher to spend in the shop – a big incentive to join and take part I think.
  • “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!
  • Stamping with the Dragon – Challenge Blog : new challenge every month
  • The Dragon’s Den – Blog : a showcase/inspiration 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 072014
 

Thank you for clicking over to have a look at my blog.
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 a download that is available in the Stamping Dragon Designs store.

I thought it was time I went for a card suitable for a man this time.  I also decided to go “back to basics”.

I know I’ve built up quite a collection of crafting consumables and equipment over the years, but I’m also aware that many are either starting new with cardmaking now, or are not as fortunate to be able to afford lots of crafting goodies.  So for today’s post I decided to use very little to make a simple card, and to show you the steps I took to make it.  I’m sorry that some of the photos are not as good as they should be – I was working in the sitting room and shooting pictures as I was making, so the light was not consistent.

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CARD

This is what I came up with –

Inspiration 04 24

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • “Coffee Cream Papers” – found – Here – in the shop.

Consumables:

  • 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock – 5 sheets of any printable white cardstock of 250gsm or more will be fine – you can also do the printing onto lighter weight paper or cardstock, but some of the lighter weight stuff buckles or crinkles when used with wet glue if you don’t apply the glue thinly enough.  One sheet does need to be a heavy enough cardstock to make the base card.
  • Glue – I’m using PVA type white glue that dries clear
  • Ribbon – a bit that came holding a tag inside a new dress, so recycling

Equipment:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler – no need for anything with a steel edge as I didn’t use a craft knife, just using it to draw lines
  • Pencil
  • Black Pen – I used a fine tip pen but a gel pen or handwriting pen, anything you are comfortable with will be fine.

Method:

This is how I made the card –

No packs of backgrounds and no guilotines or paper trimmers –

After getting the backgrounds kit from the store and unzipping the file I chose four of the backgrounds to print out onto white cardstock.  I then collected everything I needed for the project together.  As the backgrounds in this case are square, and I’d printed them as “fit to page”, I’d got white edges – I cut these off next, keeping the cut off white strips.  Doing this makes it easier when marking the back of the cardstock for strips as I know that the whole of the front I’m left with is printed.

Inspiration 04 01     Inspiration 04 02

No score board or bone folder –

I took the unprinted sheet, used my ruler to find the middle point and put a few marks down the half way point.  I put my ruler down the central line and started folding the card against the ruler edge.  Pressing it against the ruler to give a straight line until it is completely over onto the ruler.  I then removed the ruler and used the back of my scissors to burnish the fold.

 Inspiration 04 03   Inspiration 04 04   Inspiration 04 05

 Inspiration 04 06   Inspiration 04 07   Inspiration 04 08

Preparing the pieces – scissors, pencil and ruller – no paper trimmer –

I took the darkest of the backgrounds I’d printed and marked it on the back at 1.5″, 3″ and 4.5″ to give me three 1.5″ strips.  These were then cut out using my scissors.  I took the other three backgrounds and marked on the back and cut 1″ strips out of them, cutting 2 x strips of 1″ out of the lightest strip.  I then layed these out on my created card to see how they looked.

Inspiration 04 09   Inspiration 04 10   Inspiration 04 11

Minimal decoration with a pen –

I decided that the paper ribbon strip across the middle needed something else, so I took the paper ribbon piece, my ruler and the black pen and drew a wiggly line down either side.  Holding the ruler on the cardstock while drawing the wiggly line stops the pen going all over the panel so helps get a controled wiggly line.  When I put it back on the card I liked the look better.  But the paper ribbon is shorter than the card because there was a white edge when the background was printed out.  It’s easy enough to disguise this – just slide the strip to one edge and then, looking at the downward hanging strip, cut the paper ribbon in two and pull apart where the break won’t be seen under the downward haning strip.

Inspiration 04 12   Inspiration 04 14   Inspiration 04 15

No fine border peel-offs –

I then decided that the whole card needed something more so did a wiggly line along each side, again using my ruler to have the control of the line staying where I wanted it just in from the edge.  Now it was time to start sticking.  To get the paper ribbon strip level I put my ruler against the bottom of the card, put a line of glue along the back of both pieces of the paper ribbon, and stuck them in place.  I then put a line of glue along the centre and put down the ribbon, leaving the ends hanging over the edge for the moment.  This required pulling and pushing down hard.

Inspiration 04 16    Inspiration 04 17   Inspiration 04 18

No sticky foam or glue gel for dimension –

I cut the strips that hung down the card, making the largest 5.5″, with the strip on it being a quarter of an inch shorter.  The next strip was three quarters of an inch shorter and the next again three quarters of an inch shorter.  These were stuck down onto the card front, again I only put a thin line of glue down the centre of each strip.  The smaller the amount used the less chance of any buckling of the cardstock, plus, with the edges not glued tight down it does give a bit of a raise to the edge and no chance of glue seaping out.  I then got to work at cutting out the greetings panels.  The bottom, mat, layers of both are 1″ wide strips of the darkest background, cutting them to size by putting them over the card to see what looked best.  The top white layers being a little over 0.5″ deep cut out of the spare, unprinted, area that I’d cut off the background edges at the start – but I didn’t stick these down yet.

Inspiration 04 19       Inspiration 04 20

No greetings peel-offs or bought in greetings toppers –

What I did was take a bit of “waste” cardstock and write out my greeting.  I then held it up to of the white, trimmed, greetings label and roughly centered the wording.  I could then see where I needed to write the greeting on the trimmed piece.  I then did the same for the second greeting.  You can draw a faint pencil line to get the wording perfectly straight if you want, or print some wording off on your printer.  And by writing before sticking, if you are not happy with how your wording looks you can cut another greetings panel strip from the white bits of cardstock and try again.  But with the wiggly lines used already as decoration I decided that my writing was more in keeping with the card.  The greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  Writing your own means that you can make your card in whatever language you want, and being in your writing makes it even more personal.  By the time I’d finished writing and stuck the greetings in place the glue holding the black ribbon had dried so I just finished off by trimming off the ribbon ends at either side of my card.

Inspiration 04 21      Inspiration 04 22

Inspiration 04 24

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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.

.

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!
  • Stamping with the Dragon – Challenge Blog : new challenge the first Friday of every month
  • The Dragon’s Den – Blog : a showcase/inspiration 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

-oOo-

(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 042014
 

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

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Today a new challenge starts on the “Stampin’ with the Dragon” Challenge Blog.

New July 2014 - Challenge TeamNew July 2014 - Gift VoucherEach ”Stampin’ with the Dragon” 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 voucher for £5.00 to spend in the Stamping Dragon Designs store.

You can enter as many times as you want but there MUST use something Stamping Dragon Designs used within ALL entry projects. If you don’t have anything designed by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Design in your digital library – never fear – there’s an album of freebies available to members of the Stamping Dragon Design Facebook Group – so just request to join and you’ll have access to the freebies that can be used on your entry project.  So why not consider joining in with us this month.

For July the theme is : Easel Card

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CARD

As the theme this month is “Easel Card” I couldn’t resist going the whole hog and making a “Tripple Easel Card”.  But even though I’ve chosen 3 digi-stamps from the store to put on the card, I’ve only used 4 different ProMarkers to colour them in.  I hope that this will inspire those of you who have a limited number of any alcohol markers to jump in and have a go at colouring in digi-stamps.  And also show those of you who are reticent to buy any digi-stamps because you think you need to buy dozens of alcohol markers, before you can colour in anything, that just getting a small number can get you started – but of course you can colour in digi-stamps with other mediums as well, so don’t think it has to be alcohol markers.

Wedding Easel card 08

Thumbnail photos of each of the three images on the “easels”

Wedding Easel card 07   Wedding Easel card 01   Wedding Easel card 05

Please click on these thumbnail images to see the larger close-ups

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

You’ll notice that the whole card, including the coloured in digi-stamp toppers and floral embelishments, were all made from 2 sheets of card for printing and two sheets of card for construction.

I took my Hougie Board and scored one sheet along all the lines as shown here:

Wedding Easel card 10I then cut along the solid lines and folded and burnished at each of the dotted lines.

I scored the 2nd sheet as shown here:

Wedding Easel card 11I then cut at each of the solid lines to give me three panels of exactly the same size as the front of my card – the long strip left over wasn’t needed for the card.

I took backgrounds from the kit into one of my graphics packages and re-sized them so that they were smaller than the panels that would form the front of my easel card.  I then took each of my chosen digi-stamps into the same page in the graphics programme and re-sized them to a suitable size to sit comfortably on the panels.  I also took in a floral element and a paper ribbon from the kit and re-sized them.  All these elements were spaced out over one A4 working area before printing them out.  I again re-sized the background panels so that they joined together to make the larger panel for the inside back of my card and printed this out onto the other A4 card.  I used the roller glue pen to attach the cardstock panels to the easel front, making sure to only glue on the bottom halves so that they would lift up.  I attached the background panels to these, making sure that the two outside panels were facing inwards towards the centre so that they would sit right when lifted to the easel position.  I colured in my digi-stamps – going over some areas a second or third time with the same pen to build up colour dept to give a little dimension to the characters.  I was having a good day when I made this card and decided to cut out all the characters, leaving just a fine white border of cardstock around them to give a little lift against the background.  I shaped them a bit and used glue gel to attach them to the easel fronts.  I then used foam tape to attach the paper ribbon, onto which I’d written “On Your Wedding Day”.  I used the same tape to attach the little floral elements I’d cut out, two on the base as stoppers for the two sid easels, and the rest as embelishments around the card.

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Please go over to the “Stampin’ with the Dragon” Challenge Blog and have a look at my fellow Design Team members’ inspiration pieces and to register your entry for the challenge.

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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!
  • Stamping with the Dragon – Challenge Blog : new challenge every month.
  • The Dragon’s Den – Blog : a showcase/inspiration 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.)

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Jun 022014
 

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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 two downloads that is available in the Stamping Dragon Designs store, which you can find -> Here!

I hope that you like what I’ve got to show you this time.  Although I’ve printed out backgrounds specifically to make the patchwork backgrounds, the same technique could be used with left over bits from other projects.

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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:

  • “Play Time 1” – found – Here – in the shop.
  • “Blazing Summer Mini Kit” – found – Here – in the shop.

Consumables:

Equipment:

  • Scissors
  • Hougie Board
  • Ruler – one with regular holes for piercing down one side

Method:

The image was printed at a smaller size than provided and coloured in.  I then carefully cut it out and gave it a bit of a shape with my fingers.  I took the backgrounds into one of my graphics packages and shrunk them all down into small squares and made more of each background type.  The page was then printed off.  I cut out each of the panels.  I took the ruller and put it down so that the holes were in from the edge of one of the squares.  I used the black fine pen to put a dot through each hole, before turning the card round and going round the other sides.  I then took the white gel pen and joined between every other dot like a sewing line.  I did the same for all the squares.

I took two of the linen textured cardstock and scored along one at 8″.  I folded over the short side and stuck it to the other sheet of the same cardstock.  I then cut off the extra to make an 8″ square card.  From the cut off piece I made a square mat to use on the front of the card.  I used the ruler as an edge to lay the squares against on the base card and then used glue gel to put each one in place, giving me wiggle time to get them evenly in place along each of the sides.  I did the same for spacing out some more squares onto the mat.  After the glue had set I used foam tape to put the decorated mat onto the card front using foam tape, trapping two bits of folded lace behind a piece of the foam on the right hand side.  I then put the cut out digi-stamp on the card front with glue gel and put three more squares tumpling off the bottom left.

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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!
  • 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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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 to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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Last Post Of May 2014

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May 312014
 

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An Update, Design Team Call, A Card, An Owl, And A Couple Of Elastic Band Bracelets

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Unfortunately I had to go to the dentist this week.  Got an absuss on on the root of a tooth.  So I’m on antibiotics and, as you can imagine, I’m feeling a bit miserable.  Doesn’t help that the pain killers don’t keep working through the night so I’ve been woken up by the pain around 3am the last few nights.  Hopefully the antibiotics will kick in over the weekend and I’ll feel better by next week.

So, I’ve not been doing much crafting the end of this week.  I did get my ScanNCut out this morning and set it to cutting a few things while waiting for Tesco to do the grocery delivery, but I’ve not put anything I cut together yet.  Something for me to show you next week hopefully.

I hope you like the small number of projects I’ve got to show you this week, but before that – A Design Team Call!

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DESIGN TEAM CALL:

Regular readers of my blog will know I’m on the Design Team for Stamping Dragon Designs, putting “Inspired by …” posts on The Dragons Den blog, creating inspiration pieces for the Stampin With The Dragon challenge blog, as well as being active on the Stamping Dragon Design Facebook Group.

Sadly, a few of the Design Team members have left over the last few weeks so our Design Team Leader is now running a Design Team Call.  Different types and levels of crafters are being looked for, so please do pop over to the information – Here – to have a look at the requirements and how to apply.

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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.)

This card is made using an 8″ square base card and elements from the current Create & Craft club members free gift.  I just added bakers twine and dotted a white gel pen around some of the edges.

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JEWELLERY:

I’ve been making some more elastic band bracelets.  One for the nephew who likes blue and one for the nephew who likes yellow.

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  1. This is a different pattern to the elastic band barcelet I’ve shown you before.  For this one I used light and dark blue elastic bands.
  2. A different angled view of the same bracelet.
  3. Close-up of the pattern of the bracelet.

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  1. Same design as the previous bracelet but this time in yellow and green.
  2. A different angled view of the previous bracelet.

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SEWING:

I don’t often do hand sewing any more because my hands hurt or go numb or pins and needles after very little work, but I had some felt pieces I’d bought and I decided to tackle making some felt owls for my nephews and niece.  To make things easier for me I used the biggest needle I could find and used 6 stranded embroydery thread as it was.  I’ve been stitching in bed, doing a bit and then resting, while watching TV.  The first owl is complete, if a bit lopsided and quirky, and I’m well on the way to getting the second done.  I got the basic template from Blue Sky Confections, but then I adapted and added to it to make each one different.

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  1. This first owl has been made with a deep yellow breast for the nephew who’s favourite colour is currently yellow.  It is stuffed with toy filling and a small handfull of dried lavender.

Hopefully I’ll have the second complete by the time I do my next blog post.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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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:

  • Friday, 30th May – Here! – Robyn Cockburn on CUP TV, Free CD Vol 100, New Froms, Last Chance £5 Voucher & NEWS!

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 my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

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

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(Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.) (Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.)
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May 052014
 

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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 a download that is available in the Stamping Dragon Designs store, which you can find -> Here!

This time my creation is an illuminated scene card, which holds a battery opperated tealight to light up the scene.

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ILLUMINATED SCENE CARD

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Closer look at part of creation – the gold edging is very faint – just catching the light with a twinkle rather than being “in your face” distracting from the main image.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • “Moonlight Unicorn Sillohette” – found – Here – in the shop.

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

The image was printed twice at the same size, once onto white cardstock and once onto gold printable acetate. I then cut the card printed one along the line on the image and also around 1cm outside that – to use as a frame.  I glued this over the acetate one becure cutting the acetate the same size as the frame.  I cut out the base card using my ScanNCut, making an aperture in the front piece the same size as the frame centre of my topper.  I also cut out a star out of white cardstock.  I used my Hougie board to score in from both ends of front and back twice and folded and burnished.  The outside “flaps” of both sides were attached front to back using tape.  I cut the star in half and glued the halves on either side of card “wings”.  I finished by going around the outside of the card and the circle using the “Shake” marker.

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

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

Follow on Bloglovin

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(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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Apr 072014
 

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Design Team Card

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There have been some changes around Stamping Dragon land since my last post on “The Dragons Den” blog and the regular Monday morning posts of “Pick of the Week” have gone – but of course that doesn’t mean that you won’t see lots of new crafting appearing on The Den as inspiration for you – a new series of “Inspiration by …” posts will be appearing throughout the month where the various Design Team members will have a chance to inspire you with lots of crafted creations made using downloads that are available in the Stamping Dragon Designs store, which you can find -> Here!

As this is my 1st “Inspiration by Gwyneth” post I thought I’d make a 1st Birthday card to show you today.  I’ve used a mini theme kit as well as a digi-stamp from the store.  I hope you like it.

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CARD

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1st Birthday Card

Thumbnail photos of some different areas/angles of this card.

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Trying to show some of the twinkle on the hat, baloons and circular elements.  Close-up of the coloured in digi-stamp.

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • “Birthday Teddy” – found – Here – in the shop.
  • “Baby Dayz Mini Theme” – found -> Here – in the shop

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

The background sheet was printed out and cut with a wavy edge using my ScanNcut machine.  The digi-stamp and other elements used from the kit were taken into one of my graphics packages and re-sized and layed out on an A4 working area before I printed them out and cut.  The digi-stamp was coloured in using my ProMarkers.  I went around the outside of the card and the mat using the Frosted Jade ProMarker before building up my card in the design I wanted.  I finished off by going over the hat, baloons and circular embelishments with the clear Wink of Stella and adding the peel-offs.  “Penblwydd Hapus” is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” and “1af” is “1st”.

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And that is it from me for today.

Over the next few weeks you’ll find various “Inspiration by …” posts appear on “The Dragons Den” blog, as well as colouring tutorials and other posts by different Design Team members, so please do go and look regularly to have a look for new posts.  I’ll be back with more posts over the coming months as well, so keep an eye out for those.

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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!
  • 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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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

-oOo-

(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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