Saturday, 31 January 2015

DLD Sneak peek no 6/Simply Soft kit/Upcycled box

Hi everyone i'm back again with another sneak peek from the upcoming NEW Simply Soft kit to be released on February 1st.  For this one I upcycled a round box that had tealight candles in it.  I took the papers & elements into Craft Artist 2 & placed one of the elements on top of a paper then sized it to fit my box top before printing.   Then I cut the butterfly & flowers out before shaping them and to finish I cut the centre flower with a die from the papers.  I'm hoping you like & have time to stop by & let me know.  And don't forget to stop by the DLD fb page too for freebies, fun & challenges. Links below as always till next time Jacqui over and out. 

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Friday, 30 January 2015

Sneaky peeks Simply Soft collection

Hi, it's Janna here with a couple more sneaky peeks of the Simply Soft collection.
Not long to wait now , launching February 1st !

It's an 8x8 page using some Tim Holtz travel images. I die cut the flowers 
And cut out the flowers and bunting from the collection of papers.
The title cartouche is cut from the simply soft embellisments 

Below is a gift bag using elements from the Simply soft collection too


Thursday, 29 January 2015

Sneaky peek of Simply soft collection and images

the Dragons Lair Simply Soft collection has some great digi stamps too. Love this lady and her big hat. Launching on Feb 1st 
Find the shop here the Face book fan page here

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

January Colour along - Basic Blending

Basic Blending

The key to blending is knowing any lighter shade will move the darker shade around. So, when blending two colours together, always use the lighter one to blend.

This month I am using the Autumn Leaves digi, available from the shop.

Step 1: Choose three colors that will form a natural blending group, light, medium and dark. I have chosen Apple, Grass and Lush Green Promarkers

Step 2: Colour the whole area to be coloured with the lightest shade (Apple). This saturate the paper, this helps with the blending process
 Step 3: Add the medium shade (Grass) to areas to be darkened. Leave some of the lightest shade (Apple), this area will become your highlights.
 Step 4: Now add the darkest shade (Lush Green) to the shadowed areas. Make sure to leave some of the medium and light shades.
Step 5: Now we move onto the blending process. Using the medium shade (Grass), flick outwards where the dark and medium shades meet. Do not go over the entire dark shaded area or too far into the medium shaded area
 Step 6. Using the same technique, blend the medium shade into the light shade with the light colour (Apple)
 Step 7: Repeat steps 5 and 6 as necessary to get a smooth transition from light to dark.
 And here's all the leaves coloured in the same way

Here are some more colours I had a little play with for Autumn Leaves

See you next month

Happy colouring

Monday, 26 January 2015

DLD sneak peek no 5/Simply Soft kit/Daughter card

Hi everyone it's Jacqui here with another sneak peek of the NEW  DLD kit Simply Soft out February 1st.  For this one I made a card using the papers from Simply soft & one of the TWO digi stamps you get in the kit.  I coloured her with my Spectrum Noirs & used an xcut die to cut her out.  I also used a Sue Wilson open & closed Camellia die to cut the flowers from the papers. And I finished with a Tonic die for the word daughter.  Hope you like and have time to let me know.  Another Sneaky peek coming soon! Till next time Jacqui over and out.

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Friday, 23 January 2015

Sneak peek no 4 of NEW Simply Soft kit coming February/Bag

Hi there everyone I made a bag yayy!!  This time for my sneak peek I decorated a bag.  I used the NEW DLD Simply Soft papers and punched a border on the background one with a Tonic punch.  I also used the papers for the butterfly & the diecut border.  Then I added one of the lovely ribbon elements which look so real!  I added some create and craft mirror card & some pink gems to finish.  A nice quick easy one.  Hope you like & have time to let me know.  Till next time Jacqui over and out.

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Friday, 16 January 2015

Appreciate a Dragon Day

Did you know that there was an "Appreciate a Dragon Day"?  I didn't until a member of the Dragons Lair Design Fan Group on Facebook mentioned it in the group earlier this week.

Well - if there's one thing that those of us in the Fan Group and the various Dragons Lair Designs Designs Team definately do it's Appreciate a Dragon, or two, or three ....!

So I just had to do a little research and find out about the day, and I also had to start a challenge in the group for group members to make any new project with any, or all, of the Dragons Lair Designs dragons on it.

It seems that "Appreciate a Dragon Day", on 16th January, was first started in 2004, so that's over ten years ago.  You can read more about it by clicking - Here!

And if you are new-ish to the word of Dragons Lair Designs you might like to have a look back at some previous posts on this blog that give you a bit of a history of two of our dragons:-
Meet the Dragons ........ Rupert (1)
Meet the Dragons .......... Rupert (2)
Meet the Dragons ........ Rupert (3)
Meet the Dragons .......... Rupert (4)
Meet the Dragons ........ Penny (1)
Meet the Dragons ........ Penny (2)
Meet the Dragons ........ Penny (3)
Meet the Dragons ........ Penny (4)

These are the creations that members of the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group made for the quick challenge -

Just to show that dragons come in different colours Jacqui coloured in the same image, "Penny's Discovery", twice with Penny coloured in purple and in lovely golden tones.

Diane made a lovely card using the "Ruperts New Friend" digi-stamp.

And for my own creation I got out my water colour markers to colour in the "Family Photo" digi stamp, and raided my box of cut leaves and flowers for the embelishments - I really should make a point of using up more of them before the box becomes over-full of further additions.

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  • If you fancy trying out some of Dragons Lair Designs, please do visit the Store to find all sorts of digital goodies (you'll find great digi-stamps and lots more).
  • And why not join the "Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group" 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.
  • "Like" Us on Facebook
  • Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog : new challenge 1st Friday every month
  • Follow designer Janette Padley on Pinterest!
  • See us on CraftsUPrint

Till next time - Have Fun Crafting!
Dragons Lair Designs 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.)

Sneak peek no 3 of upcoming NEW Simply Soft Kit/Stepper Card

Hi again hope you're loving all the sneak peeks lol.  For this one I made a stepper card (cos I had some in my stash the right base colour).  I used the NEW Simply Soft papers from DLD and also one of the two digi stamps you get with the kit. I really love that we get digi stamps this time too.  I coloured her with my Spectrum Noir pens and distressed everything with a Gathered Twigs distress ink.  I also used one of the mat elements and stamped my sentiment on it in the same distress ink.  Then I added some creata rub ons a funky little hat some twine & a heart to finish.  Hope you like till next time Jacqui over and out.

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Thursday, 15 January 2015

DLD Inspiration DT project/15th January/Cinnamon Spice

Hi everyone Jacqui here with my Inspiration DT project for DLD.  Today i'm using the awesome new Cinnamon Spice kit & i've also used Rupert & Nellie image.  I've tried to make a vintage feel card for this project (i'm not very good at vintage lol).  I printed off 2 of the papers and used some golden brown mirror card for my mats.  For the top layer I used a tonic die to cut the paper before adding my mat.  I've also used a Tonic strip die.  My image is coloured with Spectrum Noirs before distressing round the edge with distress ink.  I cut some maple leaves with a Marianne die then I just embellished with my stash.  I hope you like it till next time Jacqui over and out. 

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

DLD Cinnamon Spice scrapbooking page

This is a scrapbook page using the lovely Dragons lair Cinnamon Spice collection  , just launched this month.
find these on the Dragons Lair shop here
and the Face Book fan page here,

I started with a 12x12 green background. See below photo to see the
First additions, the cream patterned paper I added the frame with leaves on to
It before I printed it to save too much cutting out. This and the lovely rust coloured
Striped paper was liberally spritzed with orangy gold and pearly white.

I printed all the elements I wanted and cut them out, these too were spritzed
See photo below

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Sneak peek no 2 using the upcoming NEW Simply Soft Kit/Box Frame

Hi again all you dragonettes hope you're all hale & hearty as they say over here.  Today i'm showing you my next sneak peek of the NEW upcoming Simply Soft kit from DLD.  For this one I used a Tonic box frame and covered it in the papers.  Then I used Tonic dies for the heart & sentiment & cut them out of some more of the papers.  And finally I used Sue Wilson Camellia open & closed flowers & cut them out of the same papers.  I also used a Crafters Companion ivy branch die.  And to finish some green half pearls in the flower centres.  So I hope you like and have time to let me know, and don't forget to stop by our fb group for some fun, freebies & challenges.

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Friday, 9 January 2015

DLD Sneak Peek No 1 Simply Soft by Jacqui Robinson/Pillow boxes

 Hello everyone it's Jacqui here with my first sneak peek of the new Dragons Lair Designs Simply Soft Collection.  It's absolutely stunning and is coming in February!  For my first sneak peek I made some pillow boxes with the Memory Keepers punch board.  I made 2 different sizes and embossed them with some Sheena Douglas embossing folders.  After embossing I highlighted the embossing with some gilding waxes in white & gold and I used a Marigold distress ink on one.  Then I die cut my names in white using an Xcut alphabet & added them to the shapes from the kit for on top.  And that's it for my first one.  Keep an eye out for some more I have soooooo many ideas & I love the Alphabet with this one so I must use it too.  Till next time Jacqui over and out.

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