Nathan’s 21st

Susan Robinson
May 27, 2017

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Yet another male birthday in our family with my nephew turning 21! How time flies! I often turn to Tim Holtz for inspiration as his grungy style works so well for male cards. This design is one of his – CDM003 Skull.

I stamped and embossed in black, then sponged over with Distress inks. Layered up the numbers on right and added blue rhinestones to skull eyes. The 21 was cut from alphabet thinlet and glued in place. I am slowly using up my scraps of patterned papers as backgrounds.

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Japanese Tea

Susan Robinson
May 23, 2017

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Teabag cards are quite addictive, and I do drink a lot of tea. I replaced the teabag tab on this one with a circular seal which I made by stamping into molten UTEE then smudging some gold rub-on over to highlight the pattern. I coloured her dress in with watercolour pencils and painted White Opal Liquid Pearls over her paddle board. The patterned paper is from Daisy D and I used a piece of cork as my middle layer to add texture and give it an earthy look.

stamps: The Japanese Lady (I’m assuming she is Japanese, apologies if that is incorrect) I bought in Honolulu from Stamp Plantation; Asiaglphs #3 L499H & Seal both by Penny Black.

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Dance Away

Susan Robinson
May 21, 2017

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Dance Collage 1592LM by Lucy’s Stamps. Stamped in black onto white card and coloured in with pencils. Antique Linen Distress mini pad used direct -to-paper around frame and pulled in outward motion to colour surrounds. Layered onto Sherbert & Casa Bazzill Cards.

Dancing Couple by Inkadinkado, Life Dances JM2663 by Hampton Art Stamps. Stamped in black ink, coloured with watercolour pencils. Sponged around couple with Antique Linen Distress ink, and around edges with Sepia Archival. Layered onto Raven, then Sweetheart Bazzill Cards.

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Wise Owl

Susan Robinson
May 19, 2017

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 A wise old owl sat in an oak;

the more he saw the less he spoke;

the less he spoke the more he heard;

why aren’t we more like that wise old bird?

– Edward Hersey Richards

Owl from BoBunny set “Birds of a Feather” 12105440; Tiny Birthday 4092C by Stamp-it

 

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Flower Flurry

Susan Robinson
May 17, 2017

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Here are some of the flower cards I made recently while away with the girls. I find it hard to do anything complicated whilst talking to people, so am happy just colouring in and assembling basic cards. I try to keep them fairly generic so they can be adapted for future needs.

Botanical Asperula CRP153 by Stampendous. The Blacklabel has been cut from an article of clothing or home wares. You never know when they might make a handy addition to a card.

 

 

An oft used Rose stamp by Stampin Up. Unfortunately I didn’t keep the code. The Thank You is from Stamp-it.

 

 

 

 

Rose Square 19015.I by Magenta; Floral Wallpaper CS296 by Kaisercraft

 

 

Floral Square 19068M by Magenta; Happy Birthday Script 2934D by Stamp-it

 

 

 

 

 

  Rose Quartet K-2291 by PSX

 

Inspire! 3078K by Penny Black; Tiny Birthday Down 4095C by Stamp-it

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Roses for Mum

Susan Robinson
May 14, 2017

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 Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there! Hope you are being spoiled, or at least remembered and appreciated. I have had a busy week so only managed a quick card for my Mum. It’s not perfect but then neither am I and it’s the thought that counts, right? Wishing you all a wonderful day:)

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Dandelions – botanical

admin
May 9, 2017

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This Dandelions stamp #2655L by Penny Black is right up my alley, as I adore the ‘botanical’ look. Just 3 quick cards I have made using it. A bit hard to see in the scan, but I used Frosted Lace Stickles on the blue flower which gives it a subtle, soft, sparkly appearance.

 

 

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Shell Pink

admin
May 7, 2017

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One of my favourite stamps – Shell Collage by Impression Obsession D13024

       

The oval embossing folder is from PortaCraft. I have highlighted the shell inside with shimmer chalks. The other shell was just cut from a scrap of stained paper.

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Ocean Deep

admin
May 2, 2017

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I am a bower bird. I love collecting pretty little things and then I come home and organise them. Can’t help myself. Whenever I walk on the beach, I’m always on the lookout for little shells, seaglass or interesting pieces of drift wood. Sand can also be a great addition to a card (best not collected from the dog beach though). And don’t pass over bits of broken scallop shell as they can be used for seahorse or fish fins. I’ve started drying out some seaweed to experiment with too. This card has both on it.

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stamps: Deep as the Ocean 4880E by Stamp-it; Seahorse E1504 by PSX; Coastal Escape CS250 by Kaisercraft. The background has been coloured with Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Weathered Wood Distress Stains.

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Moon Shadow Mists

admin
April 29, 2017

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I have been having a play with Lindy’s Stamp Gang ‘Moon Shadow Mists’. When you purchase them, they only have a small amount of powder in the bottle. You need to boil the kettle and add hot water to the fill line at the top right of the bottle label. Let them cool. Place the lid back on and give them a good shake.

When you spray them out, the liquid comes out a dirty brown colour, it is not till it dries that you see the shimmer colour coming through. I found the larger the droplets, the darker the colour. It is a very unpredictable science and to be honest I found it a bit frustrating. In the end I resorted to using a pipette to drip larger droplets about strategically. ( – as there are no rules in art, I don’t classify that as cheating, haha).

 

 

 

FOSSIL FISH

stamps: How Old? by Stamp-it

inks: Tawny Turquoise Moon Shadow Mist; Jet Black and Sepia Archival Pads

papers: Kraft Bazzill Card; Dark Green Mulberry Paper; Natural Corrugated Card 

accessories: Mini Fish Fossils stencil 497s by The Crafters Workshop; Snow White Colour Blast Paste; Gold Eyelts; Kraft Cord: Metal Spinner Charm

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Palette Knife; Sponge Block; Eyelet Setter; Circle Hole Punch

______________________________________________________________________________________________________FAIRY LIGHTS

stamps: Fairy, Mushrooms and Vines by Lavinia stamps; Fireworks (flower) 3948K by Penny Black

inks: Bluebeard Blue Violet Moon Shadow Mist; Jet Black and Sepia Archival Pads; Antique Linen and Peeled Paint Distress Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Forget-me-Not and Wisteria Bazzill Cards

accessories: Glossy Accents; Crystal Glitter; Star Dust Stickles; White Opal and Orchid Liquid Pearls; Green Pencils; Black Zig pen

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Glue Pen

tools: Fiskars Butterfly Punch; Sponging Block

 

What the background looked like before stamping.

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