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If you have been reading my blog for a while you will have noticed that I like Celtic knotwork. If you like Celtic Knotwork and would love to be able to create your own knotwork designs, but can’t face the thought of grid paper and sleepless nights then I have a link that you will love.

There is a company called Clanbadge, they have created a wonderful font that you can either download from their site or have a CD delivered to your door. There a variety of styles of Celtic font available, Outline, Inverse, Filled In and also 3D.

The idea is that the various sections of the knotwork are created by using a font, this means that if you press various keys on your keyboard you will get sections of knotwork instead of letters. You create your design by building designs using the keyboard in word processing programs that you already have on your computer. Put them design in Photoshop and you can imagine all the glorious special effects that you could achieve.

The beauty of creating your knotwork this way is that you can build your design quickly and easily and have fun, no more intricate measuring it is also very simple to alter your finished design. Changing the size of your design is as simple as selecting the entire piece and increasing the font size as you would in any other word processing document.

These are an awesome set of fonts I’ve been using them for a few years now and I love them. They are also bringing out a variation that will create charted knotwork patterns ready for cross stitch. There are also Tatoo design set available too.

How you use your completed designs is up to you, your only limitation is your imagination.


Clanbadge homepage http://www.clanbadge.com/

Charted Knotwork http://www.clanbadge.com/charted.htm

Celtic Tatoo Design Set http://www.clanbadge.com/tattoo.htm

If you buy these fonts as downloads from the site you won’t be charged shipping. You are only charged shipping if you would like the CD. You can also opt to have a download and a CD sent, this enables you to get started straight away, but have the security of a cd should your computer have a ‘wobble’


Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Kreativ Blogger Award

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I had a lovely surprise the other day, my friend Sari over on http://arcticstamper.wordpress.com/ gave me this award. Having had a rough month then working frantically to get all these tutorials done on time, this award really cheered me up. Now who to pass it on to hmmmm

To receive this award I must pass it on to 5 people whose blog inspires me.

The rules:

1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

Well, it’s always difficult to nominate inspiring blogs because there are just so many of them. But, here goes, in no particular order:

Kiley over on http://www.kupokiley.blogspot.com/ I love your work and your blog always inspires me to make more books.

Rhonda over on http://myhandboundbooks.blogspot.com/ I love your work and your blog always make me want to try new techniques with my bookbinding as well.

Büchertiger over on http://buecher-tiger.blogspot.com/ I love your work, your ideas inspire me.

Jak Heath over on http://crafterskitchen.blogspot.com/  OMG words fail me, your paper craft is exceptional and you always make me want to rush to my craft supplies and get crafting.

Amanda McIlhatton over on http://mandymc-happyaccidents.blogspot.com/ I love her elegant cards and her colouring techniques are incredible.

Sending you love creative sisters

Best wishes and thanks for reading


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Needing new Glasses

Hi All

A break from the norm with todays post. If anyone is wondering why I haven’t visted or commented on their blogs and to explain any delays or lack of posting that are likely for the next couple of weeks..here’s why. 

I have been getting bad migrains, so far I’ve got round it blog wise by posting ahead of time and letting WordPress get stuff out for me, so I can avoid the computer. I’ve now caught up with myself but since I’ve been feeling poorley I haven’t got much crafting done, so haven’t any pretty pictures to share.  I’ve had an eye test and do need new glasses. Hopefully when I get them later this week things will improve and I’ll be able to get some crafting done.


I have plans to put some box making tutorials up here in November, December for anyone looking for some inspiration. I’ve written a couple and taken the photos for them, but need to wait for new glasses before I can process the pictures and write up my notes on to here so the post can go live.  As ever tutorials take AGES to set up and get ready so I hope the delays will be made up for with the inspiration.  I’ll try and post at least once a week, rather than have you all think I’ve gone off this whole blogging lark…which I totally haven’t.


So if my posts become shorter than usual for a little while, at least you now know why.


‘See’ you as soon, best wishes and thanks for reading


Billie xxx

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I have been playing with alcohol ink, I have had my ink for a couple of years but not really made friends with it. Until a couple of weeks ago. I read a tutorial describing using it over card painted with metalic paint and decided to give alcohol inks a try over Mirror board.

I used quite a thick mirror board and applied Denim and Stonewashed ink over silver mirror board using the aplicator tool and got this;


Stonewashed and Denim Alcohol ink over silver mirror board

Stonewashed and Denim Alcohol ink over silver mirror board


I used the blending solution over the ink to give it the marbled look. Make sure you work on a craft sheet to protect your table. Use the Blending solution to clean any excess ink of the sheet once you have finished.



www.rangerink.com Ranger

http://www.rangerink.com/products/prod_alcoholink_adirondack.htm This will take you to the alcohol inks on the Ranger site

http://www.rangerink.com/products/prod_inkssentials_craftsheet.htm Craft Sheet

http://www.rangerink.com/products/prod_tools_adirondackapp.htm The ink applicator tool


I’ll show you the project I made, with the gold piece later in the week.


Best wishes and thanks for reading


Billie :)

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I hope to post again next week but I am having problems keeping a connection with the internet. I haven’t forgotten you and will post more soon.


Have had a great time in the studio and hope to share the results with you soon.



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Since we are such a global network I have tried to find a way of adding translation links to this blog. As you know I am new to blogging so haven’t worked out a ‘pretty’ way to do this yet.


In the mean time scroll down a bit to the Blogroll area and you will see a link TRANSLATE this page into other languages. This is a link to Babelfish over on Yahoo, if you copy and paste any permalinks into it, then it should translate this for you into many languages.


That should make it easier for my non English speaking friends.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie xx

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Today is another technique using the Ranger Colour wash inks. Here is what your finished piece will look something like. Remember this will give you a unique piece every time you do it so results will naturally vary.

Reptile Paper


**Please note the following cautions to prevent damaging your soft furnishings**

Please be aware that this ink will stain whatever it comes into contact with. So it is best not to do this over carpet, near wall paper or curtains. The kitchen is a good place if you don’t have a dedicated studio space.

You will need

Color Wash and tools for paper projects


  • Ranger Colourwash Spray ink. Three colours of your choice for this project. (Sell whatever you have to, and buy them all they are fabulous) Disposable gloves; the cheapest going is fine. You really need these!
  •  A large empty, no longer required cardboard box/plastic box. 
  • Blank newsprint; available in large sheets from removal companies; I got 500 A2 sheets for £12
  • A couple of bin liners
  • Watercolour paper, I used 280 gsm NOT paper. (The NOT in this case refers to not put through rollers, so the paper has a texture rather than being totally smooth.
  • Heat Resistant Surface
  • Heat tool


This is truly messy and best done over a hard floor just in case some ink goes astray. Don’t do this for the first time near wallpaper or curtains!
1.  Cover your entire workspace with at least two layers of blank newsprint OR cut open your bin liner and use this to cover your working area.
2.  If you need more drying space than your table allows for, cut open a couple of bin liners and place them on the floor.

3.  Place your cardboard box on your table; you will be spraying the ink into this box.
4.  Arrange your inks on you now waterproof surface. Ready to go.
5.  PUT THE GLOVES ON!! Don’t think this is being OTT this is dye ink and will stain your hands for DAYS!
6.  Place a sheet of folded up blank newsprint in the base of your box, this will catch any overspray.
7.  Place your sheet of printer paper in the bottom of the box.
8.  Choose three colours of ink that you like and remove their lids.
9.  Spray the inks over the paper, start with the lightest and work down to the darkest.


First layer of Color Wash Ink applied



10.  Don’t be afraid of the ink, get the paper well covered and don’t forget the edges.


Three layers of Color Wash Ink


11.  Now spray your card heavily with plain water. Really go for it and you will have droplets of ink sitting on top of your card.

Colour washed paper once sprayed with lots of water


12. Carefully take your card out of the box and place it on a heat proof surface

13. Using your heat tool slowly dry your card.  Hold the heat tool quite high to start with otherwise you will chase your droplets around your card, this is fine when you want to experiment but will not give you the spotted mottled effect which this is aiming for. 


Tips and options

  •  If you find your card is warping too much then on another attempt tape your card to something before you spray it.
  • Hold the heat tool closer to the work and DO chase the droplets around, have fun see what happens.

Reptile paper that has chased droplets on it


The beadie eyed amongst you will have noticed that for steps 9 & 10 I have used pics from earlier in the week. This is just because other than the change to heavier paper the  start of this techninque is the same. Hope you don’t mind tooo much ;) about the duplication of the pictures.


I do have one more paper colouring technique to show you but that will be a little time in coming. I have to admit that these tutorials were until this one, shown on my older blog. Producing these tutorials takes a week! I will continue to post tutorials but they will be a little less frequent as they take soo long to make. But good things are worth waiting for right??


If there is any particular technique or product that you would like to see a tutorial on do let me know using the comments box. If I get any requests and have the required knowledge or products I’ll see what I can do for you.  I don’t bite and would be happy to hear what you think of all these things I post.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you next week

Billie :)

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