Susan Robinson
March 19, 2018


Succulents are all the rage at the moment and Kaszazz have nailed it with these gorgeous stamps. There are 6 different succulents in the set plus a few little wordings and plaques. Can’t wait for my order to arrive!

I used watercolour pencils and a waterbrush to colour the plants.

The background:

  1. Push Texture paste through stencil (by Prima) onto card. Dry.
  2. Sponge over Dusty Concord Distress ink. Spritz with Wild Honey Distress Stain spray.
  3. Sponge Sepia ink around edges and a little over raised pattern.
  4. Sand texture paste to remove some colour and create distressed, grungy look.
  5. Distress edge of white card then adhere various card layers and some mesh ribbon to complete.

Below are a few more cards made using the same Succulents stamp set:



Susan Robinson
March 17, 2018


I have been doing a bit of masking lately, the 3 masked background posts I did a few weeks ago, and this lady.

I stamped her out twice, first onto some good white cardstock, then again onto scrap paper. The image on the scrap paper I cut up to use for my mask. Because I was using the surrounds, as well as the innards, it was important to try and keep the background as whole as possible when cutting out.

I first put the surrounding scrap (see right hand-side of above image) over the image on good cardstock, exposing her hair area only (see below). I laid my stencil over hair and smeared texture paste through using a palette knife. Set aside to dry.


When paste is dry, colour with Distress inks using a waterbrush. Squish each pad onto an acrylic block, then pick up ink with paintbrush to colour hair. I used Aged Mahogany and Spiced Marmalade. Dry.


Use the image of the girl stamped on scrap paper to cover (mask) body of girl on good cardstock (see image 1. left-hand side). Stamp out flowers in black ink either side of girl and across her dress. The mask will prevent any of the flowers being stamped over the girls skin. It should appear as if the flowers are in the background behind the girl, except for pattern on her dress). Lift off mask.


I added some flowers and leaves to her hair and coloured her lips with Rouge Liquid Pearls using a paintbrush. Her dress was done with watercolour pencils, her face and body I coloured with chalks. I love chalks because they’re soft and subtle, and very user friendly in that they can be erased should you make an error.

I punched out some butterflies to flutter about the garden and gave her a necklace. I drew in an eyelid for her too, which I felt was missing from the original drawing.

Attach finished front to layers of red and yellow card, then onto folded black backing card. Add wording as desired.

stamps: Girl #980047 by Prima, Foliage Flury 3959F by Stamp-it

stencil: Flower Frenzy 157s by The Crafters Workshop




Susan Robinson
March 16, 2018


I went on a girls retreat last weekend to Gumnut House in Carmel. I was part of a group of 6 card makers, but there were a few other ladies there doing scrapbooking. It was lovely to get away and just relax and be able to play all day without the normal distractions of everyday life. Zena, the lady who ran it is a Kaszazz consultant, and kindly allowed us to try out all her stamps and inks etc… I fell in love with a few.

This card I copied straight from the Kaszazz catalogue. The dog reminds me so much of our little staffy Bo. It was one in a set of 4 dogs though and the others didn’t appeal to me, so I didn’t order it. The background was created with Distress Oxide inks.

I fell in love with these little turtles from the ‘Coastal’ set and did order them, so you will be seeing more of them in the future I’m sure.




Sandy Shores

Susan Robinson
March 7, 2018


This background was created with alcohol inks. Wasn’t intentional, but I think it looks similar to the shape of Australia. I love the little waves in the center.

I squirted some Blending Solution onto teflon mat, then laid down stripes of Caramel, Butterscotch and Stream Alcohol inks. The cardstock I used for these 3 cards was white Kromekote, which is a gloss card. (The inks are not as vibrant as they would be if using Yupo paper). I placed the gloss side down over inks and swiped card through sideways, lifting off before I reached the outer edge.

stamps: Discover Oceans 4881E & Trawler 870E both by Stamp-it

With the inks left on the matt, I quickly swiped another card through before they dried. This one I turned so that the sandy colour was at the bottom. I had to stop myself adding any embellishments. Kept it simple and serene.

stamps: Down by the Seashore 60-30059 by Inkadinkado

Below is another background I made using the Caramel and Stream colours only. While still wet, I blew on the inks to push them outwards. Afterwards, I dipped a paintbrush into Blending Solution and dotted it about to create tracks. I wasn’t really happy with the results, especially the caramel drips didn’t look organic enough which is why I sponged Tea Dye Distress inks around top half. I was going to put it in reject box, but then decided to just add some stamps and see where it went. Felt it had a bit of an Aussie outback vibe about it.

stamps: Australian Land 3305E by Stamp-it; Cute Gecko 1385I from Lucy’s; Fly B340 by Amazing Creations



Mermaid Kisses

Susan Robinson
March 2, 2018


Can you tell I love mermaids? I finally bought Stampin-Up’s ‘Ruffled’ embossing folder and had a play. The base card was a shaving cream background on blue gone wrong, that I thought would be okay for this project. I ran a white pigment ink pad across the top of the ruffles to highlight and spritzed lightly with Picket Fence Distress Stain Spray. The stamps on this card are also from Stampin-Up (Magical Mermaid) except for the ship which is from Collections. The moon is a Fiskars hand punch and the fish are ‘Aquarium Fish’ from Poppystamps which I cut out in shrinky, painted in silver, then heatset to shrink.

Ruffled Embossing Folder used over inked background again. I stamped the octopus first.

stamps: Tell Me D13325 by Impression Obsession; Octopus by Rubber Stamp Plantation

dies: Shells D176E by Impression Obsession; Windswept Stems 99663 by Memory Box; Mermaid – I got on ebay, unsure of brand sorry. It was just a blank shape, I drew in her features and little turtle in her hand (which I think was supposed to be a shell, but hey, artistic licence is allowed).


Ballerina – Masked Background

Susan Robinson
February 21, 2018


Sometimes we have to remind ourselves, that happiness is a choice. We can sit down and feel sad or we can get up and dance. Nothing will have changed, except our state of mind… and then everything looks different.

stamps: Lifes Dance JM2663 by Hampton Art Stamps; Damask DDTS011 by Darkroom Door

Again, this is the same background technique as the previous 2 posts, I just used a smaller block to ink up this time.

After stamping Damask pattern over the inked area in Blue Violet Archival ink, I added the wording using the same pad.

I cut out the little ballerina die in multiple layers – pale pink for top torso, head and arms; matt white for leggings, which I watercoloured pale purple to tone in with background; textured white card for dress and tutu(2 layers). The top tutu layer, I watercoloured slightly with purple to denote folds in skirt, then pinched card to create mountains adding dimension. Star Dust Stickles was applied to trim of tutu, and a small dot on her headband.


Jar of Flowers – Masked Background

Susan Robinson
February 18, 2018


stamps: Music Script & Thank You 4901B from Stamp-it

dies: Flower Jar siz662270 by Tim Holtz

inks: Dried Marigold & Tumbled Glass Distress Pads; Jet Black Archival Pad; Teal Blue StazOn Pad


This is the same technique as shown in previous post “Leaves of Gratitude”, except that instead of squishing the Distress ink pads onto a teflon mat, I squished them onto an acrylic block, for a more contained result. Then spritzed the block with water, before flipping it upside down onto white card. Lift off. You may wish at this stage to spritz your card with water also to help the inks run. You can control this somewhat by using a paintbrush to decide where you want the drips to go. Have a tissue ready to soak up any excess liquid.


Lastly I cut out the large jar from the sizzix die set in clear acetate, and sponged around the edge with the Teal StazOn pad. I glued some string across the neck and made a separate string bow.

I cut out one of the flowers from same set in white card and sponged with Peeled Paint & Spiced Marmalade Distress inks. I added some Pumpkin & Cantaloupe Liquid Pearls to flower heads (though not really happy with that decision). Set aside to dry.

The dragonflies are a Tonic punch. I cut them out in dark brown and again in vellum. I cut the tails off the vellum dragonflies and mounted them over the brown ones, gluing down the body only and lifting the wings. I then drew a line of Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls down the body of each dragonfly, and set aside to dry.

I distressed the edges of the top card layer with the edge of my scissors before assembling the rest. I did this around the Thank you wording also.



Leaves of Gratitude – Masked Background

Susan Robinson
February 16, 2018


stamps: Curled Leaf F-3100 by PSX; Vine Leaf 1497BMini Leaf 1499B & Handwriting all from Stamp-it; Gratitude A3079 by Hero Arts


I used the Distress mini pads, squishing some ink randomly onto my teflon mat (or you could use a flat piece of plastic). Spritz inks with water, then place white card over. Lift off. Now spray inks on card if you need to make them blend and run into rivulets. Dry with a heatgun.

Cover your card with clear vellum and trace around your inky shape with a pencil.

Cut out shape. Throw away the inside piece. We will be using the outside area as a mask. (For this reason it is important to try and keep the outside piece relatively intact ie. don’t hack it into pieces).

Lay your vellum mask around your inked shape (this will protect your white background from getting any script on it). Ink up script stamp with black Archival ink and stamp over.

When you remove the mask, you should have your script showing over your inked areas only. I love the way the words follow every little drip out. It is important when choosing your stamp, that the design is very close or you will lose the effect.

Next I stamped out my leaves and coloured them with watercolour pencils and a water brush. After cutting them out, I spritzed some gold sparkle over. Dry with a heatgun.

Stamp your Gratitude wording, sponge and mount onto card. Magic Mount the large curling leaf and some of the smaller ones, gluing the remainder down flat. Assemble card layers.



What a Ride!

Susan Robinson
February 13, 2018


Happy Valentine’s Day!

It hasn’t always been a smooth ride, but I am glad I have someone by my side to share it with.

stamps: The London Eye 4225K & Worthwhile 2697F both by Penny Black; Happy Valentine’s 213D by My Stamps

This is my one and only Valentine’s wording and one of the first stamps I purchased nearly 20 years ago. We are coming up to our 25th anniversary, so I’d say I have had my moneys worth. Bit like re-inventing the wheel, coming up with new ways to use it every year.


Grey Bugs

Susan Robinson
February 4, 2018


My drawer of grey/black card scraps is full to overflowing. Time to extract some patterns and attempt to assemble something reasonable from them. Their removal unfortunately has hardly made a dint. Time to ask myself – do I need to keep every single scrap of card?

The butterfly was stamped onto matt white card, the wings being stamped a second time onto vellum with a black Staz-On pad, cut out, then layered over original image. I only glued down the body to allow the wings to float up, then created dimension for the butterfly body with Black Accent. I felt the vellum softened the butterfly’s look to better match the delicate background papers.

stamp: from Stamp-it set090

The background script was from a piece of 12×12 Creative Imaginations acetate and the dragonfly paper from Bo Bunny. I stamped and gold embossed the 2 dragonflies onto some acetate too. When you heat the embossing powder, it causes the acetate to curl, but as they were dragonflies, I was quite happy for this to happen. It made the wings look like they had a bit of movement in them.

stamp: Dragonfly F-2870 from PSX