Running with Scissors

Susan Robinson
July 4, 2020

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Running with scissors… makes me feel dangerous.

Well, that tells you all you need to know about my life.

stamps: Running with Scissors by Deep Red; Mannequins by Stamp-it

Distress Stain spray background. Gold and silver embossed stamps. (And yes there is an ‘e’ after the ‘g’ in dangerous, though they’re a bit squished together).

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Green Bug

Susan Robinson
June 30, 2020

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I had some unfinished business with these bugs! I normally like to post in themes (I still have a few more sewing cards to come) but thought I’d break it up a bit, before moving onto ‘Alcohol Inks’. Really excited by some of the backgrounds I’ve made, just have to decide now how to decorate them.

  1. Colour card using ‘Bells of Ireland Green’ and ‘Jack in the Pulpit Teal’ Lindy’s Starburst sprays. Mixed in with the green ink base colour, they have an iridescent blue which dries in little puddles. Gorgeous!
  2. Stamp bugs into position on green card, and a 2nd time onto scrap card. Colour them. I coloured the cockroach brown, before covering it in Glossy Accents (adding drops of Black Accent for eyes), then put aside to dry. The other 2 bugs I covered in tacky glue, which when dry, I rubbed green and blue ‘Fab Foils’ over to give them that iridescent shine.
  3. Cut a circle out of clear film and place over lower bug. Lightly sponge around circle with blue ink to create a halo effect.
  4. Leave circle in position to act as a mask while stamping over card with large script writing stamp. I used blue ink as I wanted a subtle effect.
  5. When decorated bugs are dry, cut bodies only out and glue or Magic Mount over ones on green card. I added some black wire as antennae for blue bug.
  6. Assemble backing card layers. I found a piece of metallic blue mesh which I slipped in between, which works well I think, picking up the shine of the blue bug.

stamps: ‘Entomology’ CMS328 & ‘Theories’ CMS329 By Stampers Anonymous (Tim Holtz Collection)

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If Happiness fits…

Susan Robinson
June 28, 2020

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While still in the peachy zone, I created this background using Dried Marigold and Worn Lipstick Distress inks. Can you believe that when Dried Marigold first came out, I thought it was a bit boring?!? Now it is the colour I most often reach for.

stamp: Dress Form CS884 by KaiserCraft

With the inks still on the teflon mat, I re-spritzed with water to re-moisten, then swiped another card through for this next background.

stamps: Attic Treasures CMS123 by Stampers Anonymous (Tim Holtz collection)

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Making Dresses

Susan Robinson
June 25, 2020

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Clearing out my cupboards and came across some old card kits (I think these were from a Christmas class. Yes, I get bored doing the traditional colours every year, so like to mix it up a bit). Very convenient that the pieces were already cut to size and ready to assemble, so I thought I’d re-purpose them. And as I am currently in the mannequin mode – this is what they became, VOILA!

stamps: by Stamp-it Australia

Below are some other kits I made up into completed cards, using Stamp-it stamps and Tim Holtz Alterations Movers & Shapers ‘Mini Sewing Room’ set siz657487. The sponged background on the right ended up a bit brighter than I’d intended, but sometimes you just have to stick it down and move on.

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Dress Form

Susan Robinson
June 17, 2020

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I was kindly gifted a sewing machine last year, so I thought I’d better learn how to use it! When my son was very young, I used to sew clothes for him, but when he started school, I went back to full-time work and then never seemed to have the time after that. Thirty years on and I am starting again from scratch, just don’t feel as confident this time round. Maybe because I knew he’d be a non-judgmental recipient, whereas now – I’m making clothes for me, and I might have to wear them out in public!! And material costs a bit more than a piece of paper, what happens if I stuff it up?

stamp: Dress Form E6402 by Impression Obsession

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Entomology

Susan Robinson

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One of my girlfriends gave me a present years ago wrapped in this gorgeous paper. Can’t remember what the present was, but I still have the paper and that is what I’ve used for the patterned background on this card.

stamps: ‘Entomology’ CMS328 by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous; Magnifying Glass from Stamp-it set107

dies: ‘Entomology’ 663068 Sizzix Framelit; ‘Plaque & Postage’ Tim Holtz Alterations

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Circle of Bugs

Susan Robinson
June 15, 2020

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I find insects quite fascinating, and they make a great subject matter for little boys cards. This is a really fun stamp to colour in too (and yes, artistic license is allowed haha). I used watercolours to colour bugs and Distress Oxide pads squished onto a teflon mat, spritzed with water, then white card dragged through, to create background. I highlighted certain parts of the bugs with Glossy Accents to complete.

stamps: Bugs Galore #80347 by Stamps Happen; Mini Birthday 4647B by Stamp-it

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Mermaid Bath

Susan Robinson
June 11, 2020

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Managed to squeeze out one more card this week with a water theme, before I change direction. Might save this one for my granddaughters next birthday. The grandkids do love a good bubble bath!

stamp: ‘Mermaid Bath’ 40-457 by Penny Black

Below is a card I made previously with this stamp. I was sure I had already posted it, but can’t see it anywhere, so will show it again.

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Seahorse Siblings

Susan Robinson
June 7, 2020

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Finally got together with my crafty ladies for a day of card making, (though I rarely ever get a card completed during these sessions as I’m usually too busy talking)! It’s only our 2nd gathering for the year and I have been missing the social interaction. I always feel quite inspired afterwards, and tend to keep on crafting long after they’ve gone.

This is a seahorse embossing folder by Kaiser Craft which I have made numerous cards with previously (see my Pinterest ‘Sea Themed’ board).

I inked up one side of the embossing folder with ‘Tumbled Glass’ and ‘Evergreen Bough’ Distress inks and then spritzed it with water, before placing the white card inside. After rolling it through the Big Shot to emboss, the result was that the background was coloured while the raised areas of the seahorse remained white. (Always hard to photograph white sorry, and have to confess the 2nd image there was taken after completion of my card, as forgot to take a photo of that step).

To colour the seahorse, I ran a sponging block with ‘Wild Honey’ Distress Ink over raised areas, then added brown speckles. I used ‘Evergreen Bough’ Distress re-inker with a waterbrush to colour seahorse body, then fine texter pens to trace around outer ridges.

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Below is a 2nd card I made, starting off in exactly the same way, just finishing off differently. I really love the contrast of the peachy pinks against the aqua background.

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Sea Nymph

Susan Robinson
June 5, 2020

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As we head into winter here, I have been missing that warm from the sunshine, and especially missing my swims in the sea!! So my thoughts are turning to mermaids, that I may live vicariously through them for the next few months…

stamps: ‘Sea Nymph’ PI026 by Pink Ink Designs; wordings by Stampin’ Up (Mermaid set). I do love Pink Ink’s nautical series, but find their stamps quite large for card making, which is why I cut her wings short in the green one so it could fit into a square envelope. The purple one below needs an C5 envelope (which is an A4 folded in half).

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