Date & Ginger Cake

Susan Robinson
September 28, 2020

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1 cup chopped dates

1 cup brown sugar

½ cup crystallised ginger

110g butter, chopped

1 cup water

1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda

1 ½ cups self raising flour

1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 180 C (fan-force 160C)

Put dates, sugar, ginger, butter and 1 cup water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then take off the stove and add the bicarbonate soda. This will bubble up so make sure you don’t use too small a pan. Stir, then add sifted flour and egg. Mix well.

Pour mixture into the prepared loaf tin and bake for about 35 – 45 mins.

Recipe courtesy of the ‘Country Women’s Association Classics’ cookbook

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Tea Cup Stacks

Susan Robinson
September 27, 2020

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Not sure about you, but I’m nearly over this theme. I do have 2 more posts to go though, so to sweeten the deal, I will post my favourite ‘Date and Ginger’ cake recipe tomorrow. What’s tea without cake?

Distress Stain sprays ‘Brushed Pewter’ and ‘Pumice Stone’ were used to create this background, but I was a bit over enthusiastic with the metallic I think (they’re notoriously hard to stamp over). That’s why I chose to silver emboss the wording, but then I had to edge it with a very fine black pen in places to make it stand out.

I stamped the jungle print in ‘Coffee’ Archival ink across the bottom of my card to replicate a tablecloth, then stamped it again onto my bottom cup. I sponged the top and bottom cups with ‘Antique Linen’ Distress ink, and sponged ‘Vintage Photo’ over the middle cup and also the saucer. In case you’re wondering, that funny thing on the right is a sugar cube! I hand drew it onto supersheet (2-sided sticker paper), poured crystal glitter over it, and Magic Mounted it into place. Just felt it needed a little something to fill that space. Hope the rest is self explanatory.

stamps: ‘Scrapcosy’ set ESC16 by ElecTica/Paper Artsy; Botanical Tea set ICO296 by Graphic 45/Hampton Art; ‘Exotic Jungle’ 3565F by Stamp-it

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Bonus buy below, haha. Popped this little paper collage stack of tea cups card onto the bottom of this post, as I am really ready to move onto another subject matter, but didn’t want it to go to waste.

stamp: ‘Time for Tea’ 547 by Crafty Individuals

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Coffee Spoons

Susan Robinson
September 25, 2020

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“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons”. Doesn’t that just say it all? I love this quote by T.S.Eliot, stamp by Impression Obsession.

Thought it was time for a more peaceful card background after all the busyness of my previous posts.

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Coffee helps

Susan Robinson
September 18, 2020

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Life happens… coffee helps.

I haven’t forgotten all you coffee lovers out there. This is another Distress Stain spray background with a fineCopper shimmer mist over it. The cup is from the Scrapcosy 16 set used in recent posts. The ‘coffee’ wording is a die. Other stamps are loose and not sure of their origin sorry. I actually stamped the beans out onto scrap paper, then cut them out to place in position, as I wasn’t confidant they’d stand out against the dark background. I then covered them in Glossy Accents. Really love the rich colours of this one.

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Tea Break

Susan Robinson
September 15, 2020

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Time to sit and drink a brew, and linger over thoughts of you.

This Distress Stain spray background has a fine gold shimmer (Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl) mist over it, radiating from that one spot at the bottom of the card peeping out from behind the rock. Not sure whether to credit it to a rising or setting sun, or the glow from his bonfire. I actually rubbed some gold chalk over the spot to emphasise it more.

stamps: Trail Break by Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps; Dreams by PSX

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Koala Tea

Susan Robinson
September 14, 2020

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Talking of teabags – you can’t get any more Australian than this brand of ‘Koala Tea’ I came across. Australian Certified Organic tea, how cool !! Tastes pretty good too, Koalality tea indeed!

I stamped the silhouette of horse & cowboy onto a background created with Distress Stain sprays (Broken China, Rusty Hinge, and I think Hickory Smoke?) I chose the lighter end as I liked that the blue represented the sky, with still enough of the other colours to indicate a smoky fire from his tea being brewed, and picking up the orange brown of the teabag and label. I cut the right half of the background off to use for a future project.

I stamped the koala out, coloured him in using Distress re-inkers, then cut him out to position on card.

stamps: Tree Koala 4447E by Stamp-it; Trail Break by Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps

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Pink Tea

Susan Robinson
September 10, 2020

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So I made myself a cup of tea, and decided I should incorporate the teabag into my next card design. I have used them before and find them a great medium. They can appear fragile, but are quite strong, easy to stamp onto and obviously take liquids (watercolours/paints) well.

Still using the ‘Scrapcosy 16‘ stamp set from last post, except the little teapot for the tag, which is from a Graphic 45/Hampton Arts set.

The background was done with Distress Stain sprays ‘Victorian Velvet’ and ‘Dried Marigold’. I sponged Distress inks ‘Antique Linen’ and ‘Victorian Velvet’ over the cup. I coloured the leaves with watercolour pencils, then cut out (which was a bit of a pain), also stamping leaves onto the tea bag which had been emptied and dried.

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Time for Tea?

Susan Robinson
September 7, 2020

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Time for tea? Rhetorical question really.

I bought a new stamp set called “Scrapcosy” ESC16 – EclecTica from PaperArtsy and have been having a play. I mainly bought it for the background wording, which I just love! I will be using this same set for a few more cards to come.

For the background, I smeared some shimmer Texture Paste through Tim Holtz ‘Gothic’ stencil onto white card. Set aside. When dry, I sprayed ‘Old Paper’ Distress Stain & ‘Tawny Turquoise’ Moon Shadow Mist (by Lindy’s Stamp Gang) over. I just love this Mist – it leaves gorgeous shimmery splashes of turquoise where the ink pools. Hard to photograph though as you have to turn the card to catch the light. The paste will slightly repel the inks, so respray for a deeper colour if desired, drying the card between sprays. The background I used for my card was one I had done previously so didn’t have photos of the process. When I went to replicate it, discovered my shimmer paste had dried up (doh!), so I substituted normal mat white texture paste for these photos and just ran a silver pigment pad over the raised section of design at the end to simulate the original.


Stamp collage tea wording with brown Archival ink pad onto dry background.

Stamp cup with saucer twice onto white card. I sponged ‘Old Paper’ and ‘Tumbled Glass’ Distress inks over, and used a blue pencil to colour handle and for shading. Cut out as shown (you only need 1 saucer).

Create tag by stamping ‘tea’, sponging with sepia ink, cutting to size, then attach length of string with copper spiral paperclip.

Run glue pen around lip of cup, saucer and top of handle. When tacky dry, lay copper foil over.

Magic Mount the single cup over the other, securing the loose end of string between. Position cup and tag on card and tape in place. Cut out small teaspoon in copper paper and glue, securing string loop as well.

There are 2 postal stamps as part of the ‘Scrapcosy’ set, but felt they didn’t work for this card, so made my own. I have some blank perforated stamp sheets I bought years ago. I placed a mask made of clear film over single section I wanted to work on, then sponged inks over it to colour. Then I stamped a selection of tiny words and images in black and maroon inks to create my ‘postal stamp’. After gently tearing it out of the sheet, I matted it onto a dark brown card and glued onto main card. After looking at it for a while, I decided it wasn’t grungy enough, so added another postal mark stamp over the top in sepia.

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The Song in your Heart

Susan Robinson
September 3, 2020

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After many years of stamping, I still occasionally smudge it. This was another unsatisfactory background which I rescued from my by now infamous ‘box’. I had white embossed some flowers onto a white card, then sponged Distress inks (Dried Marigold, Tumbled Glass and Worn Lipstick) over. It didn’t quite work out for what I had intended it for, but I was looking for something light and bright for this card. When I went to stamp the fairy out, I wobbled and got double lines happening, luckily not on his face! So using the Black Archival refill and a fine paintbrush, I painstakingly went over the whole thing, smoothing the edges. Double lines still on his antennae and wings, but to quote my dear old granny, surely “a blind man running for his life would never notice”.

stamps: “Sky” by Lavinia Stamps; “Friend” DF204 by Hampton Art Stamps; Blossom Spray P136 by Stampendous

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Purple Rain

Susan Robinson
August 31, 2020

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Come and take the journey, to find your child within. Open up your heart and mind, and watch the magic begin…

I could see a whole scene in this inky background! When the piece was whole, it looked like a shaft of sunlight was breaking through the cloud and shining down onto the hill. Strangely when I cut the bottom off, that shaft of light looked more like a waterfall, flowing into a small pond. There appeared the misty outline of fence posts at the base of the waterfall. It was a shame to cut the bottom off, but it would have made too large a card.

stamps: “Enchanted Dreams” by Lavinia Stamps; wording by Stamp-it

dies: Gum Leaves by Paper Rose

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