Thursday, 31 July 2014


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Monday, 28 July 2014

July Colour along - Transparent objects

For this months colour along we will be colouring transparent object, which will be the Balloons digi stamp available from the store

So get your pens and take a seat and lets start the fun!

I coloured the whole of the first balloon using a Sorbet Flexmarker

I then added some Wild Orchid Flexmarker to the shadowed area. Looks a bit bold at this point but once you have blended it with the Sorbet and it will dry slightly lighter the effect is a lot more subtle.

 I used the same technique with the pink balloon using Pale Pink and Baby Pinks Promarkers.

 As the pink balloon is behind the purple and they are transparent objects I first added a line using the Baby Pink to follow what would be the outline of the pink balloon.

Using Pale Pink fill in the area
The yellow balloon was coloured with Buttercup and Pastel Yellow Promarkers and the same technique was use to show it through the pink and blue balloon
(sorry the pictures of me colouring the blue balloon are missing. My camera decided to delete them ???)
 To add some final touched I added some reflective highlighted areas using the blender pen

Which I then enhanced with a white pencil

And finally I used a yellow and pink pencil to sharpen the edges of the two balloons that are behind the others.

Hey presto!
I hope you enjoyed colouring along this month and hope to see you next month

Debbi xx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Maya DT - Inspiration Project.

Hi. I'm the newest addition to the Team. *wave*. Today it's my turn to share my piece of work :)

This is my digital layout titled 'Resilient Award'.

I really love this picture of us together & decided to digital scrap it! :)

The items that I used here are:
(Both Rustic & Pastel Swirl kits are no longer available at SDD but you still can find it at  CUP).
Except the frame & vintage flowers I got free from the internet (sorry I couldn't remember from which websites).

It's been a while I didn't digital scrap. So when I saw these beautiful butterflies, I remember that I got my old kit (Rustic Culture) & try to mix it! I was so happy with the result, that I try to mix it with other old kit (Pastel), I was getting happy! Ok enough ranting! Lol!

I used Photoshop Elements for my digital scrapping. I know most of digital scrappers like to use the easier software but for me Photoshop Elements is still the best because of it's many function.
I don't think I need to show you how to make this layout. But if you do have any question regarding of how I did this, you can comment here. I will try my very best to answer them. :)

For more story about my daughter got the award, you can go to my blog.

If you have create a digital layout using SDD collection, please do share with us. I'm sure many of you can create beautiful layouts than me. :)

Thanks for looking.

P/s: You can print out your digital layout into your desired size & put it into album :) I'm going to print this digital layout as soon as I find 8x8 album.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Marleen DT - Vintage style

Morning ya all..

Its my turn today to share a bit of inspiration.

For this month I have gone back to my favorite style, Vintage.
I have used a selection of goodies from the store for this proejct, but I love how they all mix & match.

I have used: 

 I really like this project. It was a simple matter of layering the elements on top of my back ground paper. I simple printed and cut out and then backed on to black card stock and cut out again leaving a border.
 I added a a strip of washi tape behind the elements to really make then pop ouu and to tie the black border together.
The vintage clock is on my favorite list of SDD images. On this project I decided not to colour the image in, but to give it a bit more interest, I covered it in double sided sticky sheet, cut it out with my circle die, then covered it in distress glitter. 

And that is it from em for today. I hope you like what I have made.
Thank you for stopping by and for any comments left behind.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Vanessa DT Inspiration Project

Good morning everyone, well this is my first official post bringing you some inspiration on the Dragon's Den since I joined the design team, to say that I was happy when I found out that I had been chosen is an understatement so I hope you like the projects that I will be sharing with you over the coming months and that you get lots of inspiration to create your own lovely projects.

For this project I just fell in love with the Purfect Love Framed Digital Stamp and thought it would be perfect for an anniversary card that I needed to make, so first of all I printed the digi stamp onto Neenah Dessert Storm craft card and coloured it with my Copic Markers, once I had finished colouring I went over the moon with the clear wink of stella brush marker

As this card is for my Husband I wanted some nice manly papers and the Caramel Papers fitted the bill fabulously, so I matted my image onto brown spotty card and then matted one of the papers onto brown card, I matted the stripy paper onto a lighter card to complement the colour and used Vintage Photo Distress Ink to distress the edges of all the papers, I used some brown spotty Candi on one edge of the card.

I then made a double bow from a beige coloured ribbon, made a bow out of brown bakers twine and then added a big button with some Candi in the middle to finish it off 

I think my Husband will love this card when he receives it, although he will have to wait until September to get it, but it is always nice to be prepared isn't it :) 

I hope you like what I have made too and that you leave lots of lovely comments for me and for the images and papers that I have used don't forget to have a look at the Shop there are so many lovely things to choose from.

If you would like to see more projects that I have made please take a look at my blog 

Have a lovely day
Vanessa xxx

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

15th July Inspiration by Jacqui Robinson

My July Inspiration and I have to say I LOVE this card. Its so bright and cheerful yet the images are so vintage!

For this months inspiration i've used the
Tonic sentiment die
Spellbinder circle die
Graphic 45 papers
Silhouette circle cutting file
Black and turquoise card for matting
Wink of Stella glitter brush pens
Distress ink peacock feathers
Versamark and clear embossing powder

I coloured my image with the Wink of Stella pens, edged in ink and covered it and the time watch in Versamark and embossed it.  Cut my Silhouette file out in Graphic 45 paper then constructed the card. A little different than normal but I hope you too like it plz let me know. 

Till next time cya later dragonettes

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Monday, 14 July 2014

Inspiration by Judith DT - Easel Card

Morning lovely friends and followers and thanks for dropping by the Den x

I have only recently joined the Design Team and this is my first Inspiration Project.

As the July Challenge is "Easel Cards" I chose to make and share this one with you.

Marleen asked me to choose a few items from the Shop to work with - I was spoiled for choice and when they arrived I was delighted to see the fabulous Quality and could not wait to sit down and play.

Here is the Recipe for the Card -

7 x 7 inch Card Blank
Card Stock

Sentiments from Daisy Trail and the faux pearls and ribbon  from stash.

I coloured Lulu in Photoshop and Designed the Card using
Serif Craft Artist Professional 2

Hope that she brings a smile to your day and thank you for your support.

Love and hugs Judith x

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That's all from me for now see you again real soon x

Friday, 11 July 2014

Kerry - DT Inspiration Project

A very good morning to you all.  It's my turn to bring you all a little bit of inspiration on The Dragon's Den today.  It's my first official post for the Design Team since joining so I would love lots and lots of lovely comments to help me feel really welcome :)

This week I needed to make a much needed 'Man's card for my Step Dad who is 65 today.  He's not really into sports, he hasn't really got any hobbies as such apart from reading.  I've bought him a book by Stephen King called Mr Mercedes and wanted my card to cover the book in some way.  So I got to browsing the store and came across the perfect image.......

For my project I chose Rupert's Car and I wanted to make my card match the book cover as it's got a striking feature that you'll see further down.  I then picked out some papers called 'Good Friends Papers' as they were such a good match.

I had no template or pattern to work from, I literally created this out of 2 pieces of A3 card, my ruler and pencil and some glue!  It's just a basic box but a big box :) with a twist.  Read on to find out more........

The Front of the book card....

I've coloured Rupert and His car with my Spectrum Noir markers and matted it onto co-ordinating card stock, used a single printed sheet from the Good friends papers, added ribbon, gems and a tag die from Die'sire and I inked around the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink.

As you can see I have kept to the monthly theme of Easel Cards, and added a row of gems for the stand.  The gems were clear gems that I bought from the 99p shop (around 200 per sheet) and coloured them with my markers so that they matched the colours on the card perfectly.

This shows the box from the side.  I've made it into a book shaped box, by rounding off the one edge to look like the book binding and by using my markers in straight lines around the other three edges to look like the pages.

This image shows the inside of the box, when the 'Front Cover' is opened up, and the hard back copy of the Stephen King book sitting snuggly in place.  As you can see it has that beautiful blue amongst all of the greys that I had to use on the front of the box

I've used the inside of the cover to add my printed Birthday greeting but I haven't shown it here as that is personal :)

I've decorated the inside of the box with a co-ordinating paper from the set which has blue tones and compliments the rest of the colours I've used.

So there you go, it's amazing what you can create with an image, a few papers, a pencil, ruler and a bit of glue.  I can't wait to see the fabulous designs you create for this months challenge :)

The post is over on my own blog if you would like to take a look at it and all of my other makes, I'd love to have you visit and maybe leave me a comment or two :) 

Kerry xx

Monday, 7 July 2014

Inspiration by Gwyneth - July

Good Morning Everybody!
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 to build up a collection 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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  • "Coffee Cream Papers" - found - Here - in the shop.
250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock; Glue; Ribbon

Scissors; Ruler; Pencil; Black Pen

This is how I made the card - 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.
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.
 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.
 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.
 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.
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.
  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.
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. 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. 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. 

And here you have my finished card -

And that is it from me for today.
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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Handmade Christmas Part 2

 Lets get started early with all the handmade goodies for Christmas, we have a large selection of page kits, paper packs and digital stamps in store all waiting for you to turn them into glorious creations :D.

Our DT Member Marleen Gallagher has created two gorgeous samples to show you.

 Our DT Member Gwyneth George has created two gorgeous samples to show you.

Pop on over now and have a peek :D


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