Dragons Lair Designs September Challenge: Books/Paper

It’s time for the September challenge at Dragons Lair Designs and this time the theme is anything to do with books and/or paper.

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Materials used:
Dragons Lair Designs – Our Family Papers
Joy! Crafts Die – Vintage Flourishes
Lacy Sunshine – Lizabeth Summer in the Park
printer card
X-Press It! card
Copic pens
white A5 card blank

I have used two of the papers to made the background paper and cut out the fame and flowers separately.

The image is coloured with Copics and mounted behind the cut out frame before sticking to the card front.

The flowers have been cut out twice in different sizes and the duplicate images have had some petals removed before being decoupaged onto the base image. The sprig is cut with the die from pearlised paper.

So why not pop over to the Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog and join in with our challenge to make a creation on the theme of “Books/Paper” this month.  There’s a prize of a voucher to spend in the Dragons Lair Designs store for a winner who’ll be chosen by a random number generator.

You do not have to use a Dragons Lair Design to enter but it would be lovely if you did. There are lots of goodies to discover at the store to get you going. Here are some useful links for you.

We’d love to have you join us in our Fan Group and post up some pictures of any creations you make using any DLD items.

Thanks for popping in. Take care.

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Love to Craft Challenge #2

It’s the first of the month and time for the start of the second Love to Craft Challenge. I hope that if you  joined in last month you will do so again and that if you didn’t you might like to have a go this month.

The theme is always ‘Anything Goes’ and each challenge runs until the last day of the month so there is plenty of time to get an entry in. As this is a general crafting challenge you can enter with any craft at all, from card making to crochet, scrapbooking to sewing, in fact anything!

This month I have made up a scrapbook 12×12 page of all the items I made for my daughters wedding which took place on the 27th August.

September LTCC Page - Wedding Bits and Pieces

Materials used: 
Dragons Lair Designs – Wedding Dreams Mini Kit
Little Claire Designs – Hiking Signpost
Little Claire Designs – Hiking Boots
Tonic Studios Die – Advent Treat Squeeze Box Set
Colour Copy white card
Copic pens
blue paper wood rose buds
white and green ‘sprigs’
blue ribbon
blue card
old road atlas
cake boards
old hiking boots

All the images have been coloured with Copics and for each different item the wording on the signpost has been altered to suit it; the invites say ‘To the wedding’, the order of service says ‘The Service’ and the place name cards say ‘Richard and Rachel’ with the date of the wedding underneath.

The very happy couple!

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I do hope you will come and join us, we welcome all kinds of handmade projects – from cards, tags, ATCs and scrapbook layouts to 3-D projects, mixed media canvases and altered projects – and even knitting, crocheting and jewelry! We want to see whatever you’re working on!

You may enter up to five different projects and combine our challenges with as many other challenges as you’d like! Winners and Top Picks are chosen by our design team and announced on the 10th of the month following the close of the challenge!

As an added incentive, should you need it, there will be a giveaway when we reach our first milestone of 100 followers.

We can’t wait to see what you create! Hope to see you there.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

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PoP #40: Confidence Midway Post

I cannot believe we are in the middle of August already! Any regular visitors will have noticed a distinct lack of action on my blog over the past few weeks and that trend is set to continue for a few weeks more. Sometimes life is so busy you just don’t know where to start. I think I may have mentioned before that we have a lot of family ‘happenings’ coming up. In less than two weeks our youngest daughter is getting married so there are all the preparations that have been ongoing for months and are now reaching the end rush. She also is moving out of the family home so there are boxes to sort and repack all over the house and we are moving in the middle of September so there are our boxes starting to gather as well! Just to add to the fun we are also decorating our new house ready to move in so any ‘spare’ time is spent painting. I think I do have a genuine excuse for taking a break from my usual challenges so for the next few weeks will only be posting DT posts and Progressive Freebies.

On now to today’s offering. This time I have focussed on the idea of being confident in who you are. So often, and I am guilty of this myself, we long to be accepted so much that we start to imitate those from whom we seek approval even if it means adopting behaviour that goes against our own personalities. This is a recipe for disaster and just leaves us not really knowing who we are. The only person we should be imitating in Jesus as we develop  our relationship with him, not to gain approval but to learn more about who we are in Christ and what God’s plans are for us. God made each of us unique, no one, not even identical twins, is exactly like another person and he loves each of us just the same and as we are. In that knowledge we should have confidence to be the people God is making us.

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Materials used: 
Scribbles Designs – Tropical Fish #5
Imagine That! Digi Stamps – Satin Fabrics
acrylic foliage stamp
archival grey ink pad
printer paper
X-Press It card
Copic pens
blue card
white A5 card blank

I used the aqua Satin Fabric paper as my background as I thought it looked quite watery, and printed it out  with the Bible verse before stamping some ‘seaweed’ onto it.

The fish have been printed out on X-Press It card and coloured with Copics then fussy cut. The ‘different’ fish has been attached with gel glue to raise it slightly and the other two stuck down flat.

Please do come and join us, the challenge is open until September 4th so there is plenty of time. You do not have to make a card, anything goes. The only thing we ask is that you make it clear how your project relates to the theme, just a sentence will be enough it does not need to be an essay, unless you want to write an essay on confidence for your entry. There are plenty of prizes on offer so why not take a look at our sponsors images for inspiration.

SPONSOR & PRIZE INFORMATION:
$10 worth of digital stamps from Scribbles Designs, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that deems most inspiring of the bunch.

$15 gift certificate from Ike’s Art, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.

There will also be:
A small selection of digital designer papers from Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles for one lucky person who leaves a comment on posts published during the challenge time frame.

One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.

If you still need inspiration please visit my team mates blogs for some great samples and inspirational ideas.

Thanks for dropping by. Take care.

Pippa

 

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Christmas in August With Dragons Lair Designs

It’s the start of a new challenge at Stamping With Dragon and this month the theme is ‘Christmas in August’. I have made a 12 x 12 scrapbook page although it would work just as well scaled down to an 8 x 8 card.

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Materials used: 
Dragons Lair Designs: Holly Days Elements
Dragons Lair Designs: Holly Days Papers
white 12 x 12 card

The whole layout has been put together using papers and elements from the Holly Days sets to frame a photograph of one of the Christmas floral arrangements in our church a couple of years ago. I have used Craft Artist to do this, adding some shadows for depth.

So why not pop over to the Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog and join in with our challenge to make a creation on the theme of “Christmas in August” this month.  There’s a prize of a voucher to spend in the Dragons Lair Designs store for a winner who’ll be chosen by a random number generator.

You do not have to use a Dragons Lair Design to enter but it would be lovely if you did. There are lots of goodies to discover at the store to get you going. Here are some useful links for you.

We’d love to have you join us in our Fan Group and post up some pictures of any creations you make using any DLD items.

Thanks for popping in. Take care.

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Path of Positivity Challenge #40 – Confidence

After the summer break it is time to launch a new challenge at the Path of Positivity and this month the theme is Confidence. I don’t know about you but I lean more towards lack of confidence myself! However I have discovered that nothing can boost confidence as much as positive affirmation. One of the things that being on a design team has done is to boost my own confidence in my work. There is still plenty I am not happy with but I am learning to be easier on myself. The fact that people leave lovely affirming comments still amazes me and I hope always will. At no stage to I want to leap into the murky waters of over confidence and ‘stuffed up pride’.

Confidence also features in my faith, in fact God is the only one in whom anyone can have 100% confidence. There are loads of Biblical references to confidence but one of my favourits is: Hebrews 4:16  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. 

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Materials used:
Ikesart – KT Swing
X-Press It card
black, red and blue card
white A5 card blank
Copic pens
Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles – Rainy Days Patterned Papers

The super image from Ikesart so reminded me of my two girls when they were young, fearless explorers of the local park, that I had to use it. Being of a more timid nature myself, rope swings did not feature in my own childhood so much! She has been printed on X-Press It card and coloured in with Copics.

The quote is one I found on the internet and thought it fitted the card perfectly. I printed it out over the top of some rainbow paper from DDDoodles Rainy Days set.

The quote and image have been matted and layered on black, red and blue card.

Please do come and join us, the challenge is open until September 4th so there is plenty of time. You do not have to make a card, anything goes. The only thing we ask is that you make it clear how your project relates to the theme, just a sentence will be enough it does not need to be an essay, unless you want to write an essay on confidence for your entry. There are plenty of pizes on offer so why not take a look at our sponsors images for inspiration.

SPONSOR & PRIZE INFORMATION:
$10 worth of digital stamps from Scribbles Designs, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that deems most inspiring of the bunch.

$15 gift certificate from Ike’s Art, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.

There will also be:
A small selection of digital designer papers from Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles for one lucky person who leaves a comment on posts published during the challenge time frame.

One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.

If you still need inpiration please visit my team mates blogs for some great samples and inspirational ideas.

Thanks for dropping by. Take care.

Pippa

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Love To Craft Challenge #1

Today sees the launch of a new craft challenge, Love to Craft. For my first project I have chosen to showcase the gift basket I made to contain an end of school year present for the teacher I work with. It was just large enough to hold a special mug.

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Materials used:
Dragons Lair Designs: Earth Tones Mini Kit
printer card
2 vintage buttons
scrap of ribbon
circle die

The box base is made up of printed off sheets of paper from the kit. The handle uses two elements and the circle decorations use a collection of elements put together to form one image using Craft Artist 2 and cut out with a circle die.

For the tag I used the tag and a flower from the kit putting them together in Craft Artist before printing out.

I added two vintage buttons, one at the end of each end of the handle and used ribbon to die on the tag.

I do hope you will come and join us in this new venture. We welcome all kinds of handmade projects – from cards, tags, ATCs and scrapbook layouts to 3-D projects, mixed media canvases and altered projects – and even knitting, crocheting and jewelry! We want to see whatever you’re working on!

You may enter up to five different projects and combine our challenges with as many other challenges as you’d like! Winners and Top Picks are chosen by our design team and announced on the 10th of the month following the close of the challenge!

As an added incentive, should you need it, there will be a giveaway when we reach our first milestone of 100 followers.

We can’t wait to see what you create! Hope to see you there.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

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Head To Head in July at Dragons Lair Designs

For this month’s Head to Head we got to play with the Earth Tones Mini Kit. I have gone completely digital for this card. I have to say that I am not a great fan of this technique but it is useful when pressed for time!

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Materials used: 
Dragons Lair Designs: Earth Tones Mini Kit
printer card

The whole card is printed out as one sheet but the illusion of depth and layers has been created by adding in shadows using Craft Artist.

We’d love to have you join us in our Fan Group and post up some pictures of any creations you make using any DLD items.

Thanks for dropping in.

Pippa

 

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Dragons Lair Designs July Group Digistamp Challenge

After the frenzied activity to get all 7 challenges done for the Bugaboo Christmas in July event it is a bit calmer in the Craftroom! We are off on holiday next Friday so there are a few loose ends to tie up before we head off, as well as work and painting the new house. Ok maybe it’s not as calm as I would like after all.

The first on the list of ‘Things to get done before going away’ is the Dragons Lair progressive digi stamp challenge. The stamp is free on request from the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group Facebook Page on the understanding that you make something and post it in the album before the end of the challenge.

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Materials used:
Dragons Lair Designs – Free Image (request from Facebook Page)
Dragons Lair Designs – Artistic Expressions Papers and Elements
printer card
X-Press It card
Copic pens
A5 card blank

I decided for this card to use just the one loaf of bread from the digistamp. I printed it on X-Press It card and coloured it with Copic pens before cutting it out.

The background has been made up in Serif CraftArtist 2 using papers and elements from the Artistic Expressions kits. I found the quote on the internet and thought it went well with the loaf of bread. The whole background is printed off as one sheet, hopefully the shadows will give the illusion of depth and dimension.

The loaf of bread has been shaped and stuck into the frame with gel glue.

Making up the background has given me some more practice with the CraftArtist programme. I think I am slowly getting the hang of it just by fiddling about although I feel there is a lot more to discover.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

If my card has inspired you please head over to the Dragons Lair Designs Sites, here are some links that may be useful:

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Dragons Lair Designs Group Digistamp Challenge – July
Word Art Wednesday #238 and #239 – Anything Goes

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Bugaboo Christmas in July Day 7

It’s the final day for the Bugaboo Christmas in July challenges and being a Friday it is tied in with the Friday Freebie coupled with a colour challenge

However I have gone with last week’s freebie.

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Materials used:
Bugaboo Stamps – AKV Santa Tree
Docrafts Christmas Greeting Stamp
X-Press It card
red, purple and pink mirri card
DL card blank
scalloped rectangle dies
sparkly gel pens
Copic pens

The image has been coloured with Copic pens and gel pens to add some sparkle. Both the image and the greeting have been cut with dies.

The mirri card has been used to cover the card front and to add some interesting mats. I hhave tried to stick to the colours in the challenge as much as I can.

Well I have managed all 7 challenges and mostly on the correct day! I do enjoy the Bugaboo Christmas in July events but it is always such a busy time at school with the end of the academic year that I usually only manage a couple of entries. This year I am not working as many hours and with no teaching have no preparation to do therefore more time. But now house decorating and holiday calls so it will probably be a bit quiet in the craftroom for a while.

Thank you for dropping by. Take care.

Pippa

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Catch the Bug Christmas in July Day 7 – Friday Freebie and Colour Challenge
If You Give a Crafter A Cookie #48

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News, News Read All About It!

I am so pleased to tell you that I have been asked to be on the design team for a brand new challenge. I have been entering cards in the  ‘Love To Scrap Challenges‘ for a while and they are launching a sister challenge ‘Love to Craft‘ on August 1st.

This is my kind of challenge, low key and laid-back,  playing just for fun. The idea is that it is a place to share and to find inspiration. Any and all handmade creations are welcome to be entered, there is plenty of choice, be it cards, tags, ATCs and scrapbook layouts  – to 3-D projects, mixed media canvases and altered projects – and even knitting, crocheting, quilting and jewelry-making!

The challenges will go live at 6:00 AM EST on the 1st day of every month and run until 6:00 PM EST on the last day of the month. Winners and Top Picks will be chosen by the design team and announced on the 15th of the month following the close of each challenge.

You may enter our challenges up to five times (as long as each project is different) and you may combine our challenges with as many other challenges as you’d like! The more the merrier!  Please no back linking.

Be sure to follow us so you don’t miss out on anything! And we’d love it if you’d help spread the crafty love by sharing our badge on your blog!

So be ready for the first challenge starting on August 1st. We hope to see you there!

Thanks for dropping in. Take care

Pippa

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