Sunday, 30 November 2014

Sneak Peek no 3 Victorian Christmas Collection/Wreath

Hi again everyone i'm back with my 3rd and final sneak peek of the NEW Victorian Christmas Collection.  For this one I made a wreath using 1 plain red, 1 plain green & 1 patterned paper.  I also added the holly sprigs from the collection.  And I made a perfectly beautiful Christms Decoration for any house hold. All I added was a Spellbinder & Sue Wilson poinsettia dies and a Marianne flower die. Then a few gems & berries to finish, done in half a day!  So remember to pop over to the store on December 1st and pick up your collection and soon you'll be making beautiful projects for your home for Christmas.

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Friday, 28 November 2014

November Colour Along -

Hiya colouring friends,

With the release of the the fantastic and gorgeous Francheska Collection...

With it's beautiful sepia tones, I was inspired to play with some colour combinations to co-ordinate with the collection. 

I have done three examples with the colour palette becoming gradually warmer. With the colours fading into white the blender pen is essential.

I would always advise to make yourself a colour chart with all your pens as they are really indispensable when it comes to working out what colours you want to use or even better, colour matching.

For the first image I decided to use:
Shale, Slate, Sandstone, Umber and Ice Grey 1 (plus the blender)

I like to work with the image I am co-ordinating with beside me when I'm colouring.

Below you find step by step photo's on how I coloured the first image


As you can see below just by using different colour combinations you can get a variation of different sepia tones. I will now add this to my colour combinations book so I can use it as a reference in the future.

Well, I'll see you again next month.

See you then

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Sneak peek no 2 Victorian Christmas/Christmas table boxes

Hello every one how's things going with you have you started your Christmas cards? Or are you still in a mad panic and don't know what to do?  Today I have a 2nd sneak peek of the Victorian Christmas Collection coming out December 1st.  For this one I made some boxes using the Tonic Balloon weight die.  I'm going to put some names on them for my Christmas Table & put a scratch card in each one for one.  Whoever wins can buy the drinks lol.  Knowing my luck it won't be me but it's just for fun something a bit different than crackers! I've used 3 different papers, one of the flowers, a star and a holly bunch all out of the kit.  It's got so much in it! Hope to see you in the fb group!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Vanessa DT - November Inspiration

Hi there, Vanessa here with some more inspiration for you using the Francheska Collection 

So I started with an 8" x 8" white card base and then printed off the backing paper that I wanted to use, I matted this onto some kraft card and glued this to the card base.

Next I printed off the Francheska Collection Elements, the Journalling Cards and the Tag Sheet 

I chose one of the tags from the tag sheet and die cut it out using the Spellbinders Grand Labels One, I used the smallest one for this and then inked around the edges with a mix of Vintage Photo Distress ink and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink, I then matted this onto Kraft card, to get the smaller mat I drew around the die that I used to cut out the tag and then cut this out with scissors, this was then mounted onto foam pads and placed in the top left hand side

After this I fussy cut out all of my elements, some of which needed a craft knife to do so but the result was worth it and didn't take too long and for those of you who don't own a die cutting machine this pack is just lovely.  Next I added foam pads to 3 corners of the Journalling Card and then glue on the corner where it was going to overlay the floral tag and then glued my leaves into place, I added foam pads to the back of the flowers and positioned them over the leaves and glued my two butterflies down.

I then added glitter glue to the centre of the flowers and once this had dried I added glossy accents on top of this to really give dimension to them.  I then glued gold and black gems to the bodies of the butterflies and black gems to each corner of the card.

I hope that you like my latest piece of inspiration for you and if there is anything else you would like to know just let me know 

Best wishes

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Fall Bingo Rolodex Card

Hi everyone! It's me, Tonya and I'm here to share a quick and easy rolodex card I created using this month's featured Francheska Collection.
I started out by printing off a 4"x6" lined and floral digital image from the Francheska Collection Paper which I then cut with my Sizzix rolodex die. I also inked the edges of the rolodex card.

Next I printed the Bingo card, bow band, feather and leaves from the Francheska Collection ElementsI fussy cut all images out and layer out on the rolodex card until I found a placement I liked. Then I adhered the images to the card but left room to where I could glue cording behind it.

Next I added some Crystal Stickles to the feather and leaves and finished off the card with a small button in the center of the flower.

If you have any questions about this project please let me know.

Supplies Used:

Sizzix: Card Telephone and Address Diecut, Cord, Button, Chalk Ink, Crystal Stickles

Thanks for stopping by, hope your Wednesday is wonderful and enjoy creating!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Sneak Peek of Victorian Christmas/A very vintage Christmas Card

My first ever Vintage Christmas Card!

Hi there everyone it's Jacqui here with my first sneaky peek of the NEW Victorian Christmas Collection.  I made my first vintage Christmas Card and I quite like it.  Even though i'm not a terribly vintage style of card maker I think it worked out well.  I've added a rich brown mirror board which I embossed to one of the back ground papers. I also used one ribbon, a topper and a paper for the flowers from the collection & this is just a snippet!  So remember to look out for the next sneaky peek coming soon!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

DLD Inspiration DT project using Francheska kit sb pg

Hi there once again guys 'n' gals hope you're all beavering away with your chosen craft project.

Today at Dragons Lair Designs i'm showcasing my latest DT make using the NEW Francheska kit. I've put together an 8x8 scrapbook page for you. This kit is full of dark rich colours of browns and golds perfect for the Autumn months and projects. It's got all those "of the minute" embellishments like flowers for decoupage and bingo cards, tags, ribbons, mats and so much more!  Right onto my project as a new scrapbooker I prefer the 8x8 as it's not such a daunting space to fill. I hope you like what I did.

I'd love to hear from you

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Till next time Jacqui over and out xx

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Inspration , Francheska, November

This month at Dragons Lair designs we are using the lovely new Francheska papers and embellishments. Find the store here to check it out for yourself
Here :-  and you can join in chat, challenges and more on the FB page to be found here :-

I decided to make some pretty pillow boxes for gifts like jewellery or gift tokens with a matching card. I hope you like them
These could contain those lovely large quality street chocolates, Oh Yum !!

here is a close up of the card and boxes on their own.
if you would like further info, check out my blog,

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Inspiration by Gwyneth - November

Good Morning Everybody!

Hi Everybody!  It's time for another "Inspiration by ..." post from me.  This time I've recycled a wooden box that chocolate coated ginger came in last Christmas, and also made some coasters to put in it to give as a Christmas gift.
Dragons Lair Designs Item:
    • Items from the "Francheska" Collection - found - Here - in the shop.
    300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock; Martha Stewart Glitter Glue; Sakura Clear Stardust Pen; Cast Bronze Gilding Wax; Glue Gel; Blank Coasters
    This is what I started off with -

    This is the finished box -

    A couple of different views of the box -

    And these are the set of coasters I made to put inside -


    I measured the size of panels I needed for both the box and the coasters and then worked in My Craft Studio software to build up the designs I wanted out of digital papers and elements from the Francheska collection.  Once I was happy with how the panels looked I put a second copy of one of the flowers and the butterfly on an empty space of my working area and printed everything out.  After cutting out the panels I went round the outside of each of the coaster inserts with the gilding wax to take away the white edge of the cut line and dragged the wax in a bit to give a slight distressed look to the edge.  I then took the stardust pen and went round the outside of the floral petals and a few other elements on the panels so that they have a shine that catches the light at some angles.  The panels were then put inside the coaster blanks and closed.

    I used glue gel to stick all the panels on the box.  After they were attached firmly I went round the panel edges and the exposed wood with the gilding wax to again cover the white cut edges of the panels and darken the colour of the wood and give it a bit of a sheen.  I rubbed over it all with a kitchen towel to remove any excess and buff it up a bit.  I used glue gel to attach the extra layer of the butterfly and the flower.  I used the stardust pen on the button elements on the side panels and around the flower and centre of the butterfly body on the lid and then added different colours of glue gel to the centre of the flower and around the butterfly wing tips.

    And that is it from me for today.
    Please keep coming back regularly to look at the new posts as different Design Team members show you a variety of creations made using digital items available via the Dragons Lair Design store.  I'll be back with more posts over the coming months as well, so keep an eye out for those.

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    • If you fancy trying out some of the designs available from "Dragons Lair Designs", please do visit the Store to find all sorts of digital goodies (you'll find great digi-stamps and lots more).
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    Till next time - Have Fun Crafting!
    DLD Inspiration Blog Design Team Leader
    (And if you are wondering "who's Gwyneth?" - then you'll find an "About Me and My Blog!" piece on my blog.)

    Saturday, 1 November 2014

    Francheska - New Collection Launch

    After weeks of sneaky peaks and the showing off of samples by Dragons Lair Design's Design Team members the day is here -
    The new collection -
    - is launched!

    The various components of the collection are available - Here! - in the Dragons Lair Designs store.

    And more exciting news - there is a 25% discount on all elements of the collection for the first week.

    Design Team members have been producing a variety of projects with elements and papers from the collection that I'm sure will be of inspiration to you.


    A couple of coasters from a set
    (keep an eye out for a future post with more including the box they will be presented in)

    A scrapbook page layout

    A scrapbook layout

    A decorated bag

    A scrapbook page
     and a digital scrapbook layout

    Cut out Francheska flower layered and shaped into Zinnia with seed pearls.

    Francheska paper die cut to make Autums leaves with distressed background


    I think that the varied items made by the Design Team members shows the versatility of the collection, so don't miss out on getting it at the launch discounted price and go to the store now to make your choices and get what you'd like.

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    We'd love to have you join us in our Fan Group and post up some pictures of any creations you make using this collection, or any other DLD items.


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