Thursday, February 8, 2018

A new challenge for Get Creative Challenges

I'm back with the second of my February challenges. Challenge #66 from Get Creative Challenges has a theme of "Use Ribbon or Washi Tape". The sponsors for this month are Rick St Dennis, Twinkle Lane Designs and Knitty Kitty Digis and you could win images, etc from their shops.


I used a digistamp from Rick St Dennis called "Pavanne 2017 Fashion" and coloured her up using Copic marker colours that matched the washi tape rainbow background. The die cut sentiment was cut from a panel of cardstock that I covered with strips of glittered washi tape. I really love how this turned out.

Anyway, head on over to Get Creative Challenges and join in the fun by adding a washi tape creation of your own (or you can use ribbon if you really must. hahaha)
P.S. I bought the pastel washi tape from KMart. It came in a tube of 14 rolls; and I knew it would be perfect for this card.

Bye for now.


Angie's Digital Stamps Challenge #17

Angie's Digital Stamps Challenge #17 has the optional theme of "Love". I've been doing some shaped cards lately for a commission and thought the Cupcake with Love digistamp would make a great shaped card.
I printed the image onto some pink cardstock which meant that I didn't have to try to copy all of the markings by hand. A little bit of shading (using my Spectrum Noir colouring pencils) and some Diamond Glaze on the hearts; a pink foiled heart; and a speckled silver foil base almost finished the card. To complete it, I die cut the sentiment from some pink cardstock using a die set from HOTP, attached it to the card and applied Diamond Glaze on it as well. All up, the finished dimensions were 11.5 x 14cm.

Head on over to Angie's Digital Stamps and join in the competition. Winner of this challenge gets 2 of the digistamps from Angie's shop.
Bye for now.


Sunday, January 7, 2018

The First Challenge of the Year for Angie's Digital Stamps

Challenge #16 for 2018 is of a "No Twist" theme, but I chose to make a birthday card for a 91 year old friend of my Mum. Joan is the same lady I made a card for last year when she celebrated her 90th birthday.
This card used a cute little helicopter digi from Angie's Digital Stamps, but I drew the banner to fly behind it. I had to make it large enough for the sentiment to be stamped inside. The stamp set I used was a freebie from the British Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine, and I LOVE it. It is so easy to use and make all of the letters join up; as well as being a really attractive script font. I have several script lettering stamp sets and this is the easiest to use. I also used a sentiment from Lawn Fawn's "Blue Skies" stamp set. I thought at 91 years of age one should be able to do anything they darn well feel like!

The background was created by drawing a cloud and sponging Peacock Feathers Distress ink over the edges as a mask. I coloured the helicopter and banner with my Copic markers and fussy cut; before attaching to the background with foam tape. You'll hopefully be able to see the gold and clear Wink of Stella I used on the cockpit and rotors. Tiny clear rhinestones finished off the design.
Drop on over to Angie's Digital Stamps Challenge and see what amazing designs my fellow designers have come up with and join in the fun. Anyway, I hope that everyone is having a crafty good time. Bye for now.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Happy Birthday to my Big Sister

I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and Boxing Day holiday.

Lucky for me, I also get to celebrate my big sister's birthday today. Yep, I get to do lots of celebrating in December, especially with a lovely new addition to our family with a beautiful great-niece born on 22nd December. Just to explain the extent of my December joy, I have two sisters, a brother-in-law, a niece, two great-nieces and a great-nephew who are all born in December. Yay! I may sound factitious but I love each and every one of them and I gladly offer them birthday and Christmas gifts at the same time. (The moths have flown out of my purse and are long gone by now!) No, I'm only joking!!! It's just that it's hard enough to come up with ideas for Christmas presents, without also having to double-up with birthdays.
 Anyway, I made a card for her that used a brand new Happy Birthday to You Banners cutting die set from Poppy Crafts. Since her favourite colour is green, I was able to use some Christmas patterned paper along with some old cardstock that I had in my stash. It also had to have gold on it, of course! I finished it off with some Apple Green Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Anyway, bye for now.

PS. I wanted to share a photo of my new great niece Aaliyah, as well as a photo of my beautiful boy, Alex, taken at lunch on Christmas Day.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A lesson for new Cardmakers at Christmas...

Hi, I'm back with a rather long (but very informative) video tutorial for beginner cardmakers. I wanted to do something for total novices who don't know where to start or what they need to "start" making cards for Christmas.

Using a designer paper pad, white cardstock, scissors, adhesive and simple embellishments, I created about 20 cards to display what can be made; and then I demonstrated the creation of three cards, using very simple techniques. I also introduce the use of the internet and a printer as an alternative to buying sentiment panels. I downloaded a file from to use as it's chock-full of great digistamps and sentiment strips.

Below are a few of the cards I made for this exercise (the rest have been sent on to their new homes).

The video can be viewed below or watch it on YouTube by following the link.

I'll be back soon.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Oh oh!!!

I went AWOL for many weeks earlier in October/November, due to my mum tripping and dislocating and breaking her left shoulder. UGH! I happened to be away in Sydney/Melbourne on holidays at the time; but once we got back, Mum came to stay with us and I had to look after her, doing everything for her. The resulting stress caused my Chronic fatigue to flare.

The great news is that both of us are continuing to heal. Mum's back in her little place and I'm back doing some cardmaking and housework. Yay!!????

Some of the things I missed posting about included:

Angie's Digital Stamps had its last challenge for the year with a "Happy Holidays" theme.
I used Angie's Little Lila with Musical Instrument digi stamp for my card and coloured her in the reds and greens of Christmas. Some distressing and edge inking gave the card a slight vintage feel; but I just had to add a touch of glitz with the gold die cut "greetings". Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops completed the card.
Get Creative Challenges also had its last challenge for 2017. Challenge #64 had a theme of "Holidays".
My card used a digistamp by one of the sponsors, Rick St Dennis called "Winter 2017". I coloured the image using my Copics and combined patterned paper, white paper roses,
organza red ribbon, some silver flower centres, leaves and a stacked red die cut sentiment. I have always admired Tracy Wray and her distressed and layered cards; and wanted to have a go at it.
Simply Create Too's last challenge for the year had the theme of CAS and I had fun creating a card using a Santoro Gorjuss "Fly Away With Me" stamp set. Did you know that Nuvo Crystal Drops will flatten? I stacked it along with some other cards (after it had been sitting out drying for several days) and when I later looked at it, the drops had flattened.

Anyway, off to have some more adventures (disasters???) in my life. I'll be back soon.

Bye for now,

Friday, November 17, 2017

A new banner for my blog and Faux-Brush Lettering tutorial

Well...what do you think of my new banner? Owing to the mystics of the computer world, I lost my previous banner and didn't have it any more after my computer died last year. Uhg! I really need to back-up more often. I used a digikit from Creative Market called Rose All Day Design Elements as well as a digikit from Hungry JPEG called Watercolor Glitter Floral Headers Flower Clipart. I used my PhotoShop Elements program to create it.

Anyway...I've been doing some lettering lately (instead of doing my practice drawing). I used a faux-brush script lettering style when you start with single line lettering and then you add extra lines to simulate the brush lettering style. I've done a step-by-step tutorial showing the stages involved.

Faux-Brush Lettering
I used the Magnolia Sky font as the basis for my lettering exercise. I like the rise and fall of the letters, so I've been practising writing using this style. The full suite of it can be obtained from Creative Market  if you like it as much as I do; or a sample of it can be downloaded from

Step 1. Draw some guidelines and then handwrite your design using a light pencil line. Overwrite the design with a single line of black fineliner marker. Erase the pencil marks once complete.
Step 2. Draw a second pencil line on each letter to represent the downstrokes. Make sure all downstrokes are drawn on the same side.
Overwrite the pencil markings with the black fineliner marker. Erase all pencil marks.
Step 3. Fill the spaces in with the black marker.
I decorated my design with a simple hand-drawn frame. This is a quick and easy hand-lettering technique that looks quite effective on signs, home decor etc. The more it's practised, of course, the better and smoother the lettering will appear. You'll also get a more clear understanding of the principles of hand-lettering so you can then progress to brush-lettering styles.

I hope this sets you off on the road to hand-lettering. hahaha!

Bye for now.