Now I know how to use the pens……


Do you have things in your craft cupboard that you bought way back when, never really knew what to do with, forgot about and then re-instated when you found the right way to use them?

I do exactly that. πŸ˜„

I can’t remember exactly when it was but a few years ago I bought a pack of Papermania Metallic brush pens from the DoCrafts range.

They are lovely colours but at the time I didn’t really know what to with them except ‘colour in’ πŸ˜‚

They lived in the cupboard and in a draw and I recently remembered I had them whilst working on a project with my other TomBow brush markers.

If you are a new reader of my blog (welcome, thank you for taking a look) I am teaching myself Calligraphy and have been using various books for reference on the different letter styles.

Calligraphy is so diverse and you can also use the technique of “thin line on the upward stroke and thick line on the downward stroke” with brush pens too.

So….getting to my point….. having remembered I had my metallic pens I decided to try out a few Christmas cards with brush lettering, using the calligraphy tips I have been learning.

I think these have worked out quite well, what do you think?;

Trial run on purple card

I created these pieces on various coloured card, first writing out the main message.

Once the lettering was dry I then went around one side of each letter ‘dabbing’ small dots in a line around the edge of each letter, using a contrasting colour.

I had seen similar styles on Instagram so thought I would try and put my slant on it, I’m really pleased with how they’ve come out.

Which craft products do you have that were bought but not yet used, popped on a shelf for another day/project?

Thank you for reading and happy crafting!

Blending hand lettering

Hello πŸ™‹πŸ»

I recently made a birthday card for a friend who had commissioned me to make a 60th birthday card.

As well as the Watercolour painting of a glass of red wine I decided to hand letter a sentiment direct onto the card.

To achieve the look I wanted I blended 2 different colours to get a gradient effect.

Handmade birthday card by mariebxmastree

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My new Pinterest board 😊.

Trying out a Pinterest board of my work.
There are so many different social media platforms around these days, but I started with Pinterest before all of the others.
I’m going to load some of my pictures onto this board so feel free to check them out and follow the board if you’d like 😊

Do you use Pinterest? How do you find it compared to Instagram or Twitter?

Thank you for reading and happy crafting!

Christmas production in full swing


It’s always nice to have a birthday or Β event to make things for but I have to admit I love making Christmas things! 😁. Could you guess by my account name and blog theme πŸ˜‚

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Don’t forget to celebrate the work you do!

Hello there.

As you may have seen in some of my previous posts I’ve been practicing my calligraphy recently. I really enjoy doing it (most days! – see last post before this one 😁) and am starting to feel like it’s sinking in.

I’ve also been teaching myself Watercolour painting with Watercolour inks and really enjoy doing paintings to, especially galaxies and trees.

I plan to use both of these new crafts in my card making as I develop them. 

So….getting to my point, sometimes we forget why we craft.

For me card making is a hobby I enjoy and can be creative with. I love seeing the finished project all coming together. I also enjoy sharing my work on social media, and I’ll be honest, it’s a lovely feeling when people like my work.

But we should celebrate our work ourselves too. Especially if there are pieces we are particularly proud of. 

Below is a picture of 3 pieces I’ve created recently that I’m really proud of and so I have framed them.

And to me, that’s celebrating them, rather than putting them in a folder and forgetting I’d done them 😁 (which I also do)

Don’t forget to celebrate your own work! 

If you have posted a piece on your blog or your Instagram that you are really proud of please send me the link in comments, I’d love to see. 

Thank you for reading and happy crafting!