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.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A little bit ghoulish for Halloween.

For the latest challenge for Angie's Digital Stamps, I had to make a spooky Halloween card. As luck would have it I changed my plans halfway through, and ended up with two cards instead.

I traced the haunted house from an image I found on the internet, and the background was sponged using Distress Inks and masks made from Post-It tape. I went berserk with my white opaque Signo marker to create stars and added a dash of Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist (the girl card was sprayed a bit more liberally than it should.) You should NEVER spray Glimmer Mist in the dark as you can't tell how much you actually have put on. I was in a hurry and too lazy to turn on the light in the kitchen and just went with the ambient light from elsewhere in the house. (Forehead smack!) Doh!!!
I generated the sentiment on my computer. I love the All Over Again font that I downloaded from It's perfect for this type of occasion and for masculine projects, as it's a little bit grungy/graffiti.
The girl image is a digistamp called Daisy May with a Candle from Angie's Etsy store that was coloured using Copic markers.

The ghost was found after trawling through the internet, and after gluing several copies together, I coated it with Diamond Glaze. If you look really closely, you can see the bubbles I wasn't able to pop. (I hate it when it doesn't go on smoothly.)  The black dots are my new Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black. This was the first time I've used it and I LOVE IT! I think I'll be wanting the entire colour spectrum. It sure is easier than trying to glue enamel dots in position. Hahaha.
Stop by Angie's Digital Stamps and play along with Challenge #14. Make a Halloween card or two and see what your fellow crafters have created as well.
Bye for now.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

There's still time to play at Simply Create Too

This time at Simply Create Too Challenge, I made something a little different to my usual work. The theme for Challenge #131 was to use buttons and bows.

I had been browsing on the internet and stumbled across Jen of Eve Designs and her wonderful handmade photo books that she designs, makes and then sells the templates for others to make their own. Anyway, I CASEd a few of her ideas and created my own little photo book using my own measurements, page ideas etc. I made it for my niece's birthday, and considering she has three gorgeous kids, it shouldn't take her long to turn it into a special brag book.

I made a classic rookie mistake when I decorated the front of the album with my placement of the embellishments. While it looks lovely when it's untied; once the ribbon is secured, the heading can't be seen. Oh well, I'll know better next time. :)

This shows the inside of it with spaces to glue photos and journalling panels. (I particularly liked her cute little envelopes and pockets.)
Head on over to Simply Create Too and join in the fun with a whole new challenge. You never know - you could be selected as one of our top three entrants.
Bye for now.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

I'm sorry about this...

I apologise to all about this, but since I had a very bad cold/flu/whatever over a month ago, I've been behind in everything in my life. It's only now, as I sit in a nice hotel room in Sydney, that I can post things that I should have over a fortnight ago.

One of these things is a card for Get Creative Challenges Challenge #62, that has a theme of Autumn/Fall.

I hope you can see the background design I tried to achieve with a stencil, double-sided tape and various containers of gilding flakes. The stencil is a gorgeous one by (forget the name but I'll fix up when I get home) with a leaf pattern over it. I lay some wide double-sided  tape over some white cardstock, positioned the stencil over top and then tried filling in the leaf patterns with a bronzy mixture of gilding flakes. There are some areas that represent the sky/void space, which I covered with silver; and then after removing the stencil, I filled in the leaf outlines with a greeny mixture. One thing with gilding flakes is that when you drop a piece on double-sided tape, there is NO chance of picking it up to try again. Anyway, that's it for the background. The image is AliciaBel's Felicity that was coloured using my Copic markers to tie in with the autumnal theme. You should be able to see the other accoutrements I used to finish the card.

This challenge is sponsored by Angie's Digital Stamps, AliciaBel and Fred, She Said Designs. Winners of this challenge can win 2 digistamps from Angie's Digital Stamps or a $10 voucher to spend at AliciaBel or Fred, She Said Designs.
Join us at Get Creative and see what Autumn goodness has been created. Make a card and join in the fun.

Bye for now.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

A card for a friend

I was proud to be asked by a friend of my mum to make a birthday card for her grand-daughter. This is the card I came up with. IRL the middle layer of the card was a pale pinky-apricot pearlescent cardstock, but in this photo it just looks white. 

I also had to make an envelope to fit the card (one of the downfalls of using flowers). I successfully used my WeR Memory Keepers Envelope Punch board. To be honest, I've not had a great deal of success using this previously, but on this occasion, it worked perfectly. I was even able to do a 3D step-up version to accommodate the flowers more easily.
Other resources I used included: Kaisercraft Oval Vintage Frame Decorative dies (small), Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval Happy Birthday dies, Memory Box Distressed Windham Collage Cutting die, assorted paper flowers, leaves and some Glimmer Mist in Gold Iridescent.

I'm glad to say that Joan (my mum's friend) loved the card and was pleased with the verse I included inside.

Bye for now.


Friday, August 11, 2017


I'm back with another challenge for Angie's Digital Stamps. Challenge #12 had an optional twist of "Back to School", but I opted to keep my card purely based on the digistamp. A cute girl with a microphone could only be linked with the quote from William W. Purkey " Dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you've never been hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening and Live like it's Heaven on Earth."
I created the layout on the background with a jpg I designed and then printed it with my laser printer. I was still waiting for my Distress Oxide Inks to be delivered, so had to smooch my background with Fossilized Amber and Twisted Citron Distress Inks. I really like the depth of colour I achieved by varying the amount of water added to the ink smudges on my craft mat.

I'm going on holidays soon so will have to take along my Copics and do some proper practice. Her hair is so bad!

Anyway, pop on over to Angie's Digital Stamps and join in the fun with this challenge.
Bye for now,
P.S. If you would like a copy of this jpg, email me at, and I'll send you a copy.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

It's been a long time coming...a new video tutorial!

Hi to all! After a very long time (after much time spent coming to grips with my health issues and those of my Mum; as well as collapsed computers and missing programs) I've finally managed to get it all together for a new video tutorial posted to YouTube. You can see it by following the link HERE. Or you can watch it below.

This time I've demonstrated the making of my "Hugs" Hidden Sentiment card from last week. I loved how this card turned out and I'm happy to show it to you.

While you're watching it, also listen to (you won't be able to avoid it) my own melody, Janelle's Theme, that I wrote especially for my new video tutorials. Please tell me what you think of it. I used an app called GarageBand to do it. (This took my time of creation and performing from two months down to two days.) It's a very easy program to use and I'm getting ready to write my next new song. Hahaha!

If you're not that interested in watching me colour my image (I'll admit it can be a lot tedious) watch the first three minutes or so, and then skip ahead to 17:30 minutes where I show the die cutting etc.

Hope you enjoy my revamped video format and I hope to see you again soon.

Bye for now.