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Today is World Calligraphy day, I used to letter before my hands got too sore but Amy Latta has a fab book which helps me make regular writting look like brush lettering. Thanks to Amy’s book; Hand lettering for Relaxation and an Anna Griffin stamp, and Tim Holtz stamp press, I was able to create this card.

Hand lettered card

My first lettered card.

Better than a thousand words card, inside

Inside of my first hand lettered card

Back of the card; Better than a thousand words

Here is the back of the card, Anna Griffin Rose

Base Card: Creative World of Crafts: The essential collection Kraft brown card 280gsm

White card: is WHSmith Sketch pad 135 gsm, its super smooth n lovely for lettering, but it not a fan of water 😉

Lettering: by me (Thanks Amy)

Stamp: Anna Griffin a clear stamp from a collection on QVC years ago.

Fabulous Flowers n Leaves

As well as Amy’s book I am also really enjoying Botanical Line Drawing by Peggy Dean, which has doodle style of flowers and leaves and is a perfect companion to Amy’s book. I seem to remember seeing excepts from this book in magazines and the book is really brilliant, rather then buying LOADS of stamps I look forward to a bit of free hand drawing once I’ve had more practice.

Lovely lettering

Expect reviews of these books when I’ve had them a bit longer but so far LOVE THEM, go buy them. If you can hold a pen n write your name then you are totally qualified to give these books a go, for SO long I’ve wanted to be one of those ppl who can pick up a pen n a book n just create, the stamping and inking was a way in, Jane Davenport classes have helped massivly but these two books don’t need lots of supplies, you can use what you have but also give me a reason to get some of those lovely pens I have out of the cupboard n play.

I struggle with high levels of pain n low levels of dexterity so needed a diversion n something that didn’t need me to get lots of stuff out. These books have been wonderful. I highly recommend them. Especially for everyone who loves that whimsical style of flowers n all that lovely brush lettering that is around but doesn’t have the dexterity, the video Amy made and her book, will let you turn your own handwritting into something magical.

Links

  • Here’s how to create lettering like this from your reguar handwritting, this video is by Amy Latta: Faux Calligraphy
  • Amy Latta Blog: Amy Latta Creations
  • Amy Latta book Hand Lettering for Relaxation on Amazon UK
  • Peggy Dean book; Botanical Line Drawing 2018 edition, on Amazon UK This version has the names of the plants you are illustrating, earlier version of the book doesn’t have those names included.
  • Peggy Dean blog The Pigeon Letters
  • WHSmith sketch pad A4 wire bound and A4 glue bound. There are other sizes A5 and A6 so choose what suits you. I have both kinds. If you are quick with it being summer holidays n all, there is an offer on these, see online for details. I’ve loved these for lettering with microns. Best for pencil n dry media but ok for just lettering if you don’t have super juicy pens, don’t dawdle tho of the ink might soak through too far.

These books are for everyone who wants some time away from screens, with minimal supplies and to create something beautiful, or just fun, just for themselves with just a pen or pencil and a journal.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie

 

 

 

 

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Today I’d like to share a picture of a notebook that I made and decorated using Anna Griffin stamps.

Hand made notebook embellished with Anna Griffin Stamps

Hand made notebook embellished with Anna Griffin Stamps

Just wanted something quick n easy, but more decorative than the office style notebooks you get in the shops, so I made my own. This is decorated using Anna Griffin’s recent stamp set to QVC, I think it was called Fastenings?.

Coloured using Derwent Inktense and Studio pencils.

Close up detail of hand made notebook embellished with Anna Griffin Stamps

Close up detail of hand made notebook embellished with Anna Griffin Stamps

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie 🙂

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Today I’d like to share a picture of a Christmas card I made using Anna Griffin clear stamps. I bought the stamps from QVC last year and I love them, they are so classic and versatile.

Anna Griffin Christmas Card; 2011

Anna Griffin Christmas Card; 2011

  • Inks Used; Versafine Onyx Black
  • Stamps Used; Anna Griffin Clear stamps Christmas set
  • Card Used: Watercolour card (holly piece). Paper Mill; Hammered card

Don’t forget the inside and the back of your card too;

Anna Griffin Christmas Card; 2011

Anna Griffin Christmas Card; 2011

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Billie 🙂

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Today I’d like to share my first attempt with brayering glossy card stock. I’ll be turning this into a Christmas card, for very special people.

Brayered Christmas card with Anna Griffin stamps

Brayered Christmas card with Anna Griffin stamps

Definitely need a bigger brayer, mine was a short Ranger one and the card is A6! This card was stamped with various Anna Griffin Clear stamp images. If you have a brayer in the back of your cupboard, break out the dye based ink and glossy card and give this a go. It really is down to practice and the right card/ink combination.

The techniques I used were shown on Create and Craft by Barbara Gray from Clarity stamps. There is a regular tutorial show on the first weekednd of every month. Watch the Classroom shows online on; In the Classroom

Have fun

Best wishes

Billie 🙂

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Today I’d like to share a picture of a Christmas card I made using Anna Griffin clear stamps. I bought the stamps from QVC last year and I love them, they are so classic and versatile.

Anna Griffin Christmas Card; 2011

Anna Griffin Christmas Card; 2011

Inks Used; Versafine Onyx Black

  • Stamps Used; Anna Griffin Clear stamps Christmas set
  • Card Used: Watercolour card (holly piece). Paper Mill; Hammered card
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die: Curved Rectangles

Don’t forget the inside and back of your card too. If you have one of those stamps or stickers with your address on it, it really helps if you put your details on the back of the card. Friends and family sometimes loose your details and even if they would like to send you a card, without the details on the back of the card or envelope they have no way of doing so.

Anna Griffin Christmas Card; 2011

Anna Griffin Christmas Card; 2011

Have also been playing with my brayer for the first time, after seeing Barbara Gray on C&C demonstrating step by step. Will share that picture with you very soon.

Best wishes

Billie 🙂

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Here is a project I made using the Crafters Companion Envelobox Creator.

Set of Gift cards in dimensional Envelope box

Set of Gift cards in dimensional Envelope box

Within the dimensional envelope is a small set of cards with coordinating envelopes.

Products used

Pearlescent card, Anna Griffin Stamps, Crafters Companion Envelobox Creator

Inks; Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Pewter Cats Eyes ink, Zig Art & graphic pens for the hand drawn flowers and trees.

Hope you like it, its quick to make and ideal for a nice little something for someone special.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie 🙂

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In today’s post I’d like to share the latest page created for my advent calendar project.

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 24

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 24

Advent Calendar Day 24

  • Stamps Used; Anna Griffin Clear Stamps
  • Inks Used; Adirondack; Bottle
  • Paint Used; Adirondack Acrylic Dabber; Gold
  • Cuttlebug Alphabet; Olivia

I’d love to see your results if you are making daily pages for a similar advent calendar. Hope you have enjoyed this project and I wish you and your loved ones a safe, happy and peaceful Christmas.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Thank you all so much for your continued support of this blog, and for your kind comments. They make all the hard work worth while.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie 🙂

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