Big Shoes

June 26, 2017


We all need someone to look up to in life.

stamps: Big Shoes 1623 by Stampingbella; Roses by Stampin’ Up

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Clear Versamark Pad; Aqua & Juniper Adirondack Pads; Spun Sugar Distress Pad

papers: White Matt Card; Blossom, Pear & Jetstream Bazzill Cards

accessories: Clear embossing Powder; Flamingo & Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearls; Yellow Stickles; Watercolour Pencils

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents

tools: Water Brush; Sponging Block; Heat Gun; paint Brush and


  1. Stamp girl in black ink onto white card.
  2. Stamp Roses around perimeter in clear ink and emboss with clear embossing powder. Heat set.
  3. Sponge Aqua & Juniper inks lightly over embossed white roses pattern around perimeter of card.
  4. Colour in with watercolour pencils and blend with waterbrush.
  5. Sponge sepia ink around edges of card and adhere to pink (blossom) matting, then attach to folded green (pear) backing card.
  6. Stamp wording out in black ink onto scrap of white card. Sponge around with sepia ink, then matt onto pink, then aqua card.  Adhere together , then Magic Mount onto front of card.
  7. Squirt Liquid Pearls onto scrap of paper. Pick up pink with paintbrush and smear over hat ribbon. Use Dark Chocolate to highlight hair curls. Place dots of Stickles into flower centers on hat and bag. Use Glossy Accents over heart on pants and smear with paintbrush over shoes. Set aside to dry.



This is the first card I made. I stamped the roses around the perimeter in clear Versamark ink and then sponged the dye inks over the top. Versamark is supposed to be a resist ink, so the rose pattern should have stood out in relief from the ink being sponged over the top, but it didn’t. So that was a FAIL. I can only assume maybe my pad was too dry (though didn’t seem to be). So I re-did it, adding clear embossing powder to roses and heatseting as I went. The roses did show up, but I would have preferred them to be a little more subtle. Apart from this one aspect then and the colours, the technique for both cards was mostly the same.


Dragon at the Gate

June 22, 2017



stamps: Moon & small Dragon by Lavinia stamps; Timepiece Collage G-3570 by PSX

dies: Cityscape Metropolis siz661804 & Halloween Shadows siz658253 both by Tim Holtz; Gothic Gate 51-146 by Penny Black; Dragon YCD10045 by Yvonne Creations;

inks: Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet & Pumice Stone Distress Stain Sprays; Victorian Velvet, Frayed Burlap & Stormy Sky Distress Pads; Jet Black StazOn Pad; Sepia Archival Pad; Cement Antiquities Pad; Silvery Shimmer Delicata Pad; Perfect Pearl ‘Perfect Pearl’ Mist

papers: White & Ivory Matt Cards; Fawn & Pinecone Bazzill Cards; Fig Bazzill Smoothie Card; Lt & Dark Grey & Brown Prismatic Cards; Magenta Mesh; SLove Notes – ‘Always’ Cosmo Cricket Paper

accessories: Silver Ball Chain; Lavender, Crystal & Silver Stickles; White Chalk

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents, Tombow Liquid Glue

tools: Big Shot Machine; Circle Punches; Notebook Fiskars Border Punch; Sponge Blocks; Water Spritzer; Heat gun; Paper Trimmer; Scorer; Metal Ruler; Awl


  1. Lightly spritz your white card with water, then with the Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet & Pumice Stone Distress Stain Sprays. Dry with heat gun.
  2. Cut out multiple buildings from Cityscape die in this sheet and some from the Cosmo Cricket patterned paper. Keep in mind that you are trying to replicate an ancient city, so some of the building shapes may not be suitable as they look too modern. Cut out matching rooftops in light grey or brown card. Sponge around each piece with sepia ink and glue rooftops on.
  3. Stamp out moon in silver ink. Cut out with circle punch. Spritz with Perfect Pearl PP Mist. Heat set. Sponge around edges with sepia ink.
  4. Cut out Gothic gates in dark brown card. Sponge silver ink over randomly. Place lighter brown card behind gates and cut to same size. Glue together.
  5. Cut out dragon shape in dark grey card. Highlight with white chalk and purple Stickles. Fill his eye in with crystal Stickles. Set aside to dry.
  6. Cut an A4 sheet of ivory card lengthways. Score into thirds. Find center points for 2 right panels and cut between them, then score down. Pull bottom part outwards (mountain fold – this is where the gates will be attached) and top part backwards (valley fold). See picture for layout. Cut 1st panel height shorter than others. Create decorative edge with Notebook border punch along top. Sponge with Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap Distress inks.
  7. Meanwhile play around with your layout, the order you want your buildings in, the position of the moon & dragon. I attached my gates into place first, then worked from the front of the card to the back.
  8. Start gluing your buildings into place, overlapping in places.
  9. Stamp the small dragon onto moon with black StazOn ink. Decide where to position moon and glue into place. Add accessories: – I stamped a clock from Timepiece collage stamp in sepia ink and cut out with small circle punch. Glue into place and cover with Glossy Accents and set aside to dry. – I cut a section of mesh off sheet to use as ladder up to clock. Glue into place. – Cut out fence from Halloween Shadows die in light grey card, sponge with Frayed Burlap ink and glue into place. – Using an awl, pierce 2 small holes near gate handles and insert silver ball chain.
  10. Cut another piece of ivory card, same length but taller than previous folded one. Score into thirds and sponge with Cement and Stormy Sky inks for sky. Glue into place behind decorated one. Decorate sky with stars using silver Stickles. Set aside to dry.

Dragonfly Dreams

June 16, 2017


I have used this Stampers Anonymous Dragonfly Collage stamp (P1622) many times and it still remains one of my favourites. Obviously everyone else feels the same as Pinterest is flooded with samples.

I have embossed the image in gold, then used Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst ‘Jack in the Pulpit Teal’  in combination with Dylusions spray ‘Squeezed Orange’ for the background colour. We will be making a similar card to this in my upcoming “Pearls, Paints and other Potions” class.

This dragonfly from Stamp-it’s set065 is in the same vein as the above design.

For this card, I sponged Distress inks over white card to colour, then lay a stencil over and spritzed water through to create the circular images. I randomly dripped water droplets over for a more irregular effect. I also used a wet paintbrush on the right wings of dragonfly to bleach the colour from them. Have a clean tissue or paper towel handy to dry as you go. Glossy Accents and Crystal Glitter have been used on wings of both cards.



Mermaid Bath

June 11, 2017


Little mermaids love water, but swimming around in sea water all day can turn their hair a horrid seaweed green, so occasionally they like to spoil themselves with a lovely big bubble bath and a blonde rinse!

stamps: Mermaid Bath 40-457 by Penny Black; Ducky B1998 by PSX; Fish #?; Picture Frame 200D by All Night Media

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Clear Pigment Pad; Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Spun Sugar & Victorian Velvet Distress Re-inkers

papers:  Watercolour Card; White Matt Card; Hazel & Starmist Bazzill Cards; Gold Foilboard; Clear Film

accessories: Trellis Embossing Folder siz661369; Lumiere Metallic Olive Green Paint; Gold Embossing Powder; Stardust, Crystal & Diamond Stickles; Orange Tombow Pen; Olive Brad; Green Ribbon

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents

tools: Waterbrush; Sponge Block; Scissors; Big Shot Machine; Heat Gun; Circle Punches; Awl


  1. Place piece of white card into Trellis embossing folder and run through Big Shot machine. Pour some of the metallic green paint onto plastic palette and dip sponging block into it – you don’t need much, so be sparing! If you haven’t got a sponging block, make sure you use a fairly firm sponge. The idea is that the paint only touches the top embossed pattern and doesn’t seep into the hollows between. Once covered, set aside to dry.
  2. Stamp your mermaid onto watercolur paper in black archival ink or some other permanent ink (if you use dye ink, it will bleed when you add the wet watercolours). Colour in with Distress re-inkers with the aid of a waterbrush/paint brush. I often use re-inkers for colouring as they are a nice, thick concentrated colour. (Note: when using watercolours, you have to make sure each section of colour is dry before trying to add another colour next to it or they will leak into each other. Sometimes you want this, as I did for the waves, but sometimes you don’t. Problem with me is I get so excited playing with a new stamp that I forget this little fact until the damage is done. It looks like my mermaid is dying her hair blond and all the dye is running down her face and arms. Well, maybe she is!). Cut out mermaid and bath together. Sponge around lightly with sepia ink. Apply Crystal & Diamond Stickles to tail. Set aside to dry.
  3. Stamp duck on white card with black ink and colour with Mustard Seed re-inker. Add shading with orange texter. Cut out and put square of Magic Mount behind.
  4. Stamp frame onto white card with clear pigment pad and pour over gold embossing powder. Heat set. Stamp little fish inside frame in black and colour in both. Sponge with sepia ink. Cut out frame and adhere to slightly larger piece of gold foilboard. Attach short strip of green ribbon behind and secure with Magic Mount. Pour Glossy Accents over fish and set aside to dry.
  5. Assemble card layers, placing embossed card towards left side of blue one. Position mermaid with two-sided tape over 2/3 of embossed card with part of her tail and bath hanging over onto blue card beneath. Place duck and fish frame where desired. Using an awl, pierce small hole at top of card to secure middle of ribbon with olive brad.
  6. Cut out various sized circles in clear film with punches. These are for the bubbles. Position where desired with Glossy Accents (or some other glue that dries clear). Squirt a little Stardust Stickles over them. Set card aside to dry.




Jackpot Jean

June 8, 2017


May all your dreams come true Edna. Another 12 months clocked up on the birthday register! As soon as I saw this stamp I knew just who to make a card with it for. This feisty old dame (who refused to let me take her picture) just turned 80.. something last week (also refuses to state real age, but I know it’s creeping closer to 90 than 80). She enjoys her independence, gardening and going to the casino occasionally to play the pokey machines. Lady Luck was smiling on her last week and let her win a cool $1,000 for her birthday!! Lucky lady. (Maybe that’s why she didn’t want her photo taken, haha).

stamps: Slots Jean UMP3500 by Art Impressions; Dreams come True 4070F by Penny Black


The Sea – Shell

Susan Robinson
May 31, 2017


  The Lure of the sea…

stamps: Shell 3581H by JudiKins; Background Fishing Net CS255 by KaiserCraft; wording (custom)

inks: Clear Versamark Pad; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Lake Mist Adirondack Pad; Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters & Bundled Sage Distress Pads; Tattered Rose & Old Paper Distress Stain Sprays; Frayed Burlap Distress Pen

papers: Marshmallow, Adobe & Pickle Bazzill Cards

accessories: White Embossing Powder; White Dabber Paint; real Starfish; Sammy Seahorse die (for seaweed) SD365 by Joanna Sheen

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Liquid Glue

tools: Big Shot Machine; Heatgun; Water Spritzer, Water Brush; Sponge Block; T-grid; Scissors


  1. Stamp shell in clear ink onto Marshmallow card and emboss in white. Heat set.
  2. Spritz card lightly with water, then the Distress Stain Sprays until covered to your satisfaction. Heat set. If you want you can add a little shading to shell using your Frayed Burlap pen & water brush.
  3. With the aid of your t-grid, align SEA wording where desired and stamp out with black Archival pad. Mine did not stamp out really crisp black, but for this card I am happy with that weathered look.
  4. Now to create a ‘mask’ for your shell so that when you stamp the fishing net over the top, it will appear too be beneath it: Stamp shell in black ink onto scrap paper and cut out. Lay cut out over embossed shell on main card. Now that your shell is ‘masked’, stamp out the fishing net with Lake Mist pad over the top. I almost thought this colour was a little too light, so choose a darker ink if you prefer. Lift mask off shell.
  5. Cut out 2 seaweed strands from seahorse die in white card. Sponge them with combination of green ink pads. Heat set. I thought they were a bit dark, so dabbed over them with white paint to lighten and add texture. Heat set. Position on card and glue into place. Add small starfish.
  7. Lightly sponge around card edge with sepia ink, then distress with edge of scissors. Adhere finished card front onto green matting with two-sided tape, then onto backing card of pale peach.


I have used the same shell stamp for this card. 

I stamped shell with a Coffee Archival Pad onto white card, then coloured with pencils. Added highlights with a Sailor Glue pen and when dry, laid gold Fab Foil sheet over. I cut out shell and Magic Mounted it over script background.


Nathan’s 21st

Susan Robinson
May 27, 2017


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.


Japanese Tea

Susan Robinson
May 23, 2017


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 black 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.

broke a bit off the seal, doh!


Dance Away

Susan Robinson
May 21, 2017


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.


Wise Owl

Susan Robinson
May 19, 2017


 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