Thursday, 31 October 2013

Weekly inspiration - Definitions

For the one's that don't know we have a Facebook Group Just for Stamping Dragon Fans, but it is much more than just an ad group, we have games, challenges, fun, chat and even a loyalty club where you can earn points to spend in store :D.

Each week the Design Team get a project from store to play with, to give inspiration and this week they used this stamp pack which you can find in store.

Please have a look at the teams samples below and maybe pop in and visit them, they would love to see you, and you may even want to come and join us and play along.

Isobel Hunter

Alana Taylor

Sarah Cope

Fran Hancock

Want to come and play along with us ???

Join us HERE in our Facebook Group

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Crafting on a budget

Hi everyone, welcome to the brand new crafting on a budget feature! it will run bi-weekly and each fortnight I will share with you ways to craft on a budget, share my hints and tips and also those that I have picked up along the way.
So without further ado I have to share with you today a card that I have created and I hope that you like it.
A few things that can be used
( I also used a 1" round scallop punch not pictured )
 Pic showing cold tea and kitchen roll
Pic showing lightly stained paper
I started by dabbing cold tea onto the newspaper with some kitchen roll and used my heat gun to dry it ( for speed but it is fine to let dry naturally), as you can see it gave a light staining, you can do it a number of times for a deeper colour also works well with cold coffee. Next I rough drew a t-shirt style top on the paper a rough triangle shape and cut them out and punched out 4 scallop circles and put them to one side.
I took a 5x7 card blank and covered it with paper from the Lost and found treasures kit available in the store and popped card candi in the corners.
I took the rough triangle that I had prepped earlier and concertina folded it, trimmed it to neaten and attached it to the card with double sided tape. I then added the t-shirt shape to form the dress and popped some 3mm ribbon to create the belt. For the coathanger I twisted some copper coloured wire until it formed the shape.
For the flowers I took the scallop circles I had prepped earlier and starting at the outer edge spiral tore them, rolled them up and let them ping open and attached them to the corner using Tacky glue and added string pearls with double sided tape.
To finish I added a bow made from 6mm chocolate brown ribbon a sentiment from my stash and added a little colour to the edge of the dress with a copper coloured gel pen and popped some brown crayon on the skirt.
So you see a little card created crafting on a budget using things that most of us have around the home.
I hope that you have enjoyed my first crafting on a budget feature and hope that you will join me in two weeks time where I will be sharing with you a complete revamp of something that cost me just 50p!
Please also pop along to the challenge blog where we have the Halloween challenge running and don't forget the facebook group where there are lots of fun things going on every day and whilst you are there join in the fun and get some points for our loyalty points club.
Thanks for stopping by
Hugs and Love
Tina xxxx

Christmas is Coming

Have we all started our Christmas makes yet ???

well it will be upon us before we know it, so lets start with a showcase of images for your cards and gifts, all available in store for instant download.

Starting with some Scrap-booking Kits, to show you they can be versatile in Card-making too :)

and not forgetting word art can also make a precious card

Christmas Word-art Pack

Well I hope this has given you a kick start to your creations, we will be back with more inspiration but in the meantime why not pop in to thr store and check out the range :)

Christmas Range

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

28th Oct - 3rd November - Fairy Bundle

I have another amazing bundle for you guys, this time its a Fantasy - Fairy  Mix

a Paper Pack and 4 Fairy Digital Stamps all in one bundle

and you save 25%

Check it out HERE
You can also see some samples below and also with the Bundle in store

Monday, 28 October 2013

My First Pick of the week

Hi Folks it's Tania here with my first pick of the week.
I am so glad to join the team here at the Dragons Den.
The image that I have used has come from the fabulous Stamping Dragon Designs Shop .

There are some fabulous images that you can purchase and once you buy one you will be hooked.

For my first image I have chosen
a wonderful Christmas image
and made up a classic Christmas card
I sized the image  on my computer to the 5 x 8 cm which gives me 12 image per sheet, I coloured the bauble with Promarkers  and decoupaged the wild roses.
The Images are mounted on 3d foam a gem added to the hanger and suspended off a gold peel off.
I used an embossed 6 x 6 pearlised card mounted onto a 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 card mounted on to a 7 x 7 inch card blank in black. To finish the card off I added a bow and edged the card in gold glitter peel offs.
Hope you liked my card made with the beautiful bauble image.

Make sure you pop on over to the Shop and have a browse , there is a great selection of Christmas Images available for you to choose from.

We also have a Stamping Dragon Facebook Group , where we have lots of fun , inspiration for you , mini challenges and lots , lots more, so why not come over and see us.

Well that's  it from me for today, Gwyneth  will be bringing you the next
 Pick of the Week next Monday ,
See you soon
Hugs txx

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Halloween Ghosties and Spooks are upon us

Halloween is nearly upon us, and we have a brand new paper pack in store for those last minute makes along with some samples from the Halloween range in store to gove you some idea's :D

Halloween paper Pack

See the full range in store Here and check out the samples below.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Circles Circles Circles

Our challenge blog DT have been busy bee's creating samples for the challenge, and i just had to show you there wonderful creations, don't forget you can join in with them over on the challenge blog too :D

Using Jiggy in Bauble


Using Discovery


Using Floral Frame


Using Jiggy in Bauble


Using Moonlight Unicorn


Using Floral Frame


Using Jiggy in Bauble


Using Floral Frame

Friday, 25 October 2013

Stamping with the Dragon does Spooky Halloween

The challenge over on our challenge blog has gone all Spooky This time around, the girls have had great fun playing with the Halloween images from store, and would love to see you do the same and join in with us, with a chance to win a voucher to the store :D

Visit the Store and see the Halloween Spook's here

This is only two of the DT Samples there are lots more to see
Click here to pop on over and play along with the Challenge.

If you want to know more about the products the DT work with pop over to the store and have a browse

Oh and dont forget to come and join our little family over on Facebook.
We have started a group, just for Stamping Dragon fans. We have loads of fun things going on. We have card swaps, fun challenges, games and even a loyalty club, So do come and join us..

Janette & the DT

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Weekly Insiration - Balloons

For the one's that don't know we have a Facebook Group Just for Stamping Dragon Fans, but it is much more than just an ad group, we have games, challenges, fun, chat and even a loyalty club where you can earn points to spend in store :D.

Each week the Design Team get a project from store to play with, to give inspiration and this week they used this stamp pack which you can find in store.

Please have a look at the teams samples below and maybe pop in and visit them, they would love to see you, and you may even want to come and join us and play along.

Want to come and play along with us ???

Join us HERE in our Facebook Group

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Tutorial - Shaped Card - Circular Easel Card

I know it's not my usual slot for posting to The Dragons Den, but I'm popping in today with a tutorial for you.

On the Stamping Dragon Designs - Facebook Group we have a "Colouring In" challenge every month.  Everybody who wants to take part is given the same image, and we have until the end of the month to colour and craft with it and upload the photo of our finished item to the album in the group (and there are points on offer for taking part and winning that get you a voucher for the Dragons Lair Designs - Shop when you've got enough points.)

This month I decided to make a circular easel card and offered to make a pictorial guide showing the steps of how I made it.
I used -

Firstly decide on what size of circular easel card you want to make - I decided on a 6" diameter card because this is the largest size my circular scissors cuts and it is the largest size that the base card can easily be made from an A4 sheet of cardstock.

  With my chosen size in mind I printed out the digi-stamp and my chosen circular mats and other elements at the right size, and I collected what I'd need together.

I took an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl cardstock and scored it at 3" and 6"

I then folded it at the 6" line and burnished it
(you will notice that because an A4 card isn't 12" long that you have one side longer than the other)

I took my circle scissors and put the blade in the 6" hole and put this just inside the edge of the shortest side of the card, leaving the circle scissors overlapping the card at the fold.
(you can use circular dies in a die-cutting machine, or even draw around a plate or saucer and cut using a pair of scissors or a craft knife, but make sure whatever you use extends out over the fold.)

This will give you a "clam" shaped base card.

I also cut out a full 6" circle out of a second sheet of A4 Centura Pearl cardstock.

And also a 5.5" circle out of a background.

I'd printed one of the circular elements from the kit out at 6"diameter and cut it out by hand.  This was put behind the circular base card, marked,  and I cut off the extra piece that stuck out just inside the marked line.

This left me with a piece the same size and shape as the base card.

This was stuck inside the un-scored side of the card.
(I used Pinflair Glue gel as a flat glue here to allow time for me to slip the panel into the right place)

I then folded the card at the second score line I'd put in originally and put finger-lift tape over the rounded half of the card front.
(I could have used glue gel again to allow for movement, but I didn't want to wait for it to set before continuing.)

Because I used tape and so had no "wiggle time" I put the non sticky side to the top circle first and matched up the edges.  I then pressed the other half together.

I use glue gel and attached the circle of background I'd cut earlier to the front of the card.

 I put 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape behind another of the circular mats I'd printed out from the kit at around 5.3" in diameter, and after taking off the backing I smeared a bit of glue gel behind the foam to give me some movement time.

I put the circular mat on top of my card front so that a wide band of the card top and a narrow band of the backing was visible.
And there you have it - my circular easel card front.
But what about the topper? I hear you ask.
Well I could have attached the digi-stamp topper straight to the front of my card like this after colouring it in and cutting it out -

But I didn't!

I took a strip of acetate about as wide as the monsters between both their outside legs, and I scored it at 0.5"

I then folded it and burnished it at the score line and put one of the paper ribbon strips that I'd printed from the kit on top of this.

Attaching it in place using another strip of foam tape.

This was then put down on the card base as a stopper, with the acetate coming out the front.

I trimmed the stopper bar to match the round base mat outline and put some ultra tacky tape at the top of the acetate.

After taking the backing off the tape, and with the card open, I pressed the acetate backwards towards the back of the card.

And I then put on my monsters - making sure that the head of the taller one was a smidgen shorter than the fold line.  I also put a little world printed from the same kit near the front of the base.

And now the card is complete - when the card is opened the monsters pop up and when the easel is put into place the monsters float in front of it.

And this is what the finished card looks like -

Well, that's it from me for today.  I hope what I've shown you will be of some use to you in creating your own circular easel cards as the same ideas can be used with any theme.

Please pop back often to The Dragons Den blog as there are a lot of posts and inspiration planned by the team over the next few months.

If you fancy trying out some of Stamping Dragon Designs, please do visit the Store to find all sorts of digital goodies.

Till next time - Enjoy Your Crafting!
DT Member
(And if you are wondering "who's Gwyneth?" - then you'll find an "About Me and My Blog!" piece on my blog.)


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