Chemistry

Susan Robinson
March 24, 2020

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My husband’s birthday is coming up. We’ve been together nearly 27 years, so I guess the chemistry must be right, (though there have been times I’ve longed for the old days when arsenic poisoning was undetectable. How long are we self- isolating for?).

stamps: ‘The Chemist’ CMS172 by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous; Multi Circles Birthday 3599D by Stamp-it

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Roots and Wings

Susan Robinson
March 22, 2020

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Staying indoors as much as possible. Hope you are all well.

stamps: ‘The Candytuff Fairy’ G337 by CMB; ‘Lasting Bequests’ 2289G by Hampton Art Stamps

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Mice Friends

Susan Robinson
March 15, 2020

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So ‘mice’ to have friends, as “Without friends, no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods”. – Aristotle

stamps: ‘Surprise’ 1649K by Penny Black; ‘Friendship’ from Hand Drawn Captions set LL020 by Hero Arts

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Aqua Dragonfly

Susan Robinson
March 11, 2020

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Following on from the ‘aqua and insect’ theme (of previous post) inspired by my stint in the garden a few days ago. I love this colour combination of aqua and dark brown together, and the orange just gives it a lift, don’t you think?

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Turquoise Suite

Susan Robinson
March 9, 2020

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Turquoise – my favourite colour! I have been out doing some gardening, absorbing the beauty of the flowers, birds and butterflies, soaking up the sun. Feels good to be alive. After a few hours I felt a bit hot and tired, so rewarded myself with a plunge in the turquoise clear waters of the pool!

stamp: ‘Butterfly Suite’ 4182K by Penny Black

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Baby Ted

Susan Robinson
March 5, 2020

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Welcome baby Ted! My nephew and his wife have just had their first baby – a boy. They decided to name him Edward (Teddy) after my father, who sadly passed away 2 years ago. He arrived 3 weeks early, so appears to be showing characteristics of his namesake already, eager to get going and looking for adventure! I can’t wait to meet him. He will be much loved.

stamps: ‘Snug’ 3824F by Penny Black; ‘To Hug and Hold’ T111-1D by My Sentiments Exactly

die: ‘Baby Heart’ by Alexandra Renke

I started this cross-stitch for the baby room once I knew they were expecting (his mother picked out the design she wanted), however as he came early it’s not quite finished yet. Off to get my ‘Whooping Cough’ vaccine now, as apparently you’re not allowed near little ones without it (at least until they’ve had their first vaccines at 6-8 weeks). I don’t want to wait that long for my first cuddle!!

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Fly Away Dragon

Susan Robinson
March 2, 2020

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Card for her twin brother. After being organised so far ahead of time with the ‘Pet Dragon’ card, this one was a last minute slap dash affair I’m afraid. Consequently in my hurry, I caught the sides of the sponging block while shading around the moon, creating lines. I tried to blend the (water soluble) inks out with a water pen, but the paper was too absorbent and it just soaked in. Aahh! The card I used was one I had previously sprayed with Distress Stain Sprays (Mustard Seed and Aged Mahogany I think), then put aside. Inspiration came from ‘Lavinia Stamps’.

I have shown this hilly background technique in a previous post (see Cherry Tree under Leaves/Trees catagory) but it’s been a while and thought you might like a refresher. You could do the background hills first if you prefer as they are lighter in colour, then do the darker hills in the foreground, either way. The inks I used were all Adirondack dye inks – ‘Slate’ edged with ‘Eggplant’ for the darker foreground hills, ‘Current’ edged with ‘Mushroom’ for the lighter background hills. I then added a bit of ‘Current’ to the base of the foreground hills to spread that pink glow reflecting from the moon.

For the moon I cut out a circle, laid it into position, then sponged lightly around it with ‘Current’ Adirondack dye ink. Just ensure the circle doesn’t move while doing this! I sponged some ‘Slate’ around edges of whole card to finish, before adhering to backing cards.

stamps: Dragon and Birds by Lavinia stamps; Winter Trees 05521 by Deep Red; wording by Tim Holtz/ Stampers Anonymous

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Pet Dragon

Susan Robinson
March 1, 2020

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The twins are turning 12! All the grandkids are into dragons at the moment, and wouldn’t it just be SO cool to have your very own dragon pet?! I was really happy when I came across this stamp last year, as it is hard to find images of that theme geared towards girls. Had to have a little play with it straight away, but couldn’t post until I had given it to her for her birthday. I will show her brother’s card tomorrow.

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Hanging Baskets

Susan Robinson
February 23, 2020

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A big Happy Birthday to my baby sister!! She loves succulents so this will be right up her alley. Inspiration from Pinterest. Of course I couldn’t find the card again on Pinterest when I went back to see how they’d done it, just remembered it had a sprayed background. I wanted to see whether the pots were supposed to be underneath or above the ropes. In the end I did a combo.

stamps: Succulents set 6049Q by Kaszazz

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Gum Leaf Slide

Susan Robinson
February 14, 2020

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And another, just for fun!

stamp: Snugglepot & Cuddlepie – Having Fun 17322 by Paper Rose

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