Gathering at the Windmill

Susan Robinson
July 6, 2018

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Keeping the colours fairly neutral for this one.

I first used various Distress Stains directly onto the rubber of wording stamp to colour, before flipping it over to stamp out onto kraft card. This is not a precise art, but try not to make the rubber too wet or you won’t be able to read the words at all. For a crisper result you could use water based texters instead.

I cut out the windmill and ‘kangaroo in forest’ dies in black card. The kangaroo one I cut up and only used part of it as you see. I then sponged around the edge of kraft card with sepia ink and matted it onto a larger piece of kraft card. Glued everything down except the kangaroo which I Magic Mounted.

I coloured the sails of the windmill with silver Rub-ons and attached a large silver brad to their center, which I had embossed with a combination of silver and black embossing powder.

I cut out a grass die in kraft card and attached along bottom of design. The echidna is a Carl punch. Smudged some copper Rub-on over kangaroo back and face. I applied some black Accent for his eye.

Matted finished card front onto dark green layer, then attached to folded mid-green backing card.

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Kangaroo in Forest

Susan Robinson
July 4, 2018

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Alcohol ink backgrounds with black silhouettes.

die: ‘Kangaroo in Forest’ 16948 by Paper Rose Studio.

stamp: ‘Good Planets’ D-752 by Print Blocks.

alcohol inks: Rust, Caramel, Butterscotch, Stream, Lettuce

For this background I applied puddles of alcohol inks onto a teflon mat, then swiped my Yupo paper through it. I then placed a few drops of Stream, Rust and Lettuce onto a thin cotton pad attached to an applicator tool, and proceeded to stamp randomly over the bottom half of card until all the white was covered. That’s how the pebble effect was created.

I cut out the ‘Kangaroo in Forest’ die in black and glued onto alcohol ink background card. Matt this onto wheat card, then butterscotch folded backing card.

I stamped out the planet stamp in black ink twice, then punched them out in a small and larger circle. I layered these on top of each other with a green circle in between, sponging all sides with sepia ink as I went. Line up along right side of card, cutting off slither of circle at right, then glue into place.

ANOTHER VERSION:

For this card I used similar alcohol ink colours, adding Cloudy Blue for the sky and did it landscape instead of portrait. When dry I poured Stream and Sunshine Yellow directly onto the paper to make the river and sun.

I cut the die out twice. I cut off the surrounding frame and cut them both at the base so I could elongate the image. I also flipped it over so that my bird was sitting over the sun.

I wrapped twine around base of card to add texture and help disguise join mark. Assemble layers. Stamp wording.

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Black Bunny

Susan Robinson
March 30, 2018

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Happy Easter everyone! Hope you have a safe and enjoyable long weekend.

Finally got time to play with my new Kaszazz stamps! This is the larger bunny in the set of 2 (4970J). I morphed him slightly by opening his eye and giving him whiskers. I used a scrap of Japanese paper for inside his ear and a white Sharpie pen to add accents. The flowers and butterflies are from a clear unmounted garden set I got with a magazine some years back. I highlighted the flowers etc… with Liquid Pearls, Stickles and gold Fab Foils.

I made the bunny black as it signified my mood yesterday after discovering that my much anticipated parcel of 2nd hand stamps I bought on-line had been delivered ‘apparently’ to my address the day before!! This is the 2nd parcel that has gone ‘missing’ in as many months, so now I have a suspicious feeling that perhaps there is someone hitching them. There has been a bit of nefarious activity in the area this year. It just makes me hopping mad, as a bunch of dirty rubbers is going to be of no interest or use to them and they’ll probably just throw them away!! AAaagh!

I just need to take a deep breathe, put my big girl panties on and put things back into perspective. And move on..

It certainly crushes your confidence in ordering on-line though. So many pitfalls every step of the way (even up to your front door).

 

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Retreat

Susan Robinson
March 16, 2018

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I went on a girls retreat last weekend to Gumnut House in Carmel. I was part of a group of 6 card makers, but there were a few other ladies there doing scrapbooking. It was lovely to get away and just relax and be able to play all day without the normal distractions of everyday life. Zena, the lady who ran it is a Kaszazz consultant, and kindly allowed us to try out all her stamps and inks etc… I fell in love with a few.

This card I copied straight from the Kaszazz catalogue. The dog reminds me so much of our little staffy Bo. It was one in a set of 4 dogs though and the others didn’t appeal to me, so I didn’t order it. The background was created with Distress Oxide inks.

I fell in love with these little turtles from the ‘Coastal’ set and did order them, so you will be seeing more of them in the future I’m sure.

 

 

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Tutu Pig

Susan Robinson
January 1, 2018

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Hope the New Year brings with it all things glorious!!

stamps: Ballerina Pig P-1185 by Art Impressions; Hope Your Day S143-N by Wordsworth

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You’re How Old?

Susan Robinson
October 20, 2017

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To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.   -Reba McEntire

stamps: Laughing Animals 16268 by Paper Roses; You’re how old? by Stamp-it; Haha  I-1642 by Art Impressions

I have been busy cataloging all my stamps & dies etc the last few months. It has taken me foreeever! It’s been all work, work, and no play 🙁

I will hopefully have it all sorted in time for my huge GARAGE SALE in November.  I did manage to get away with a few girlfriends for some creative time at ‘stamp camp’ last weekend though and so have quite a few cards now that just need finishing off.

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Zebra Music

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March 25, 2017

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20170316_173137Like with stamps, I try to get the most out of my embossing folders. Using the same Diamond pattern embossing folder from Kaisercraft, I created 2 different looking backgrounds for the following 2 cards:

 

 

 

 

The backgrou20170106_090226nd for the Zebra card was done by using the folder like a stamp. First spritz the folder with black ink, placing the white card inside, then close it up and push down to imprint the pattern onto the white card.

Zebra stamp 4×502013 is by Deep Red. It is only a single zebra which I masked off and stamped out twice. Wording is from Stamp-it set047.

 

 

20170316_181056For this background I first sponged Distress inks over white card to cover, then embossed it with folder through Big Shot machine. I then poured clear embossing powder over and heatset. Next I sanded raised areas, then sponged black ink over.

The drums are made with black clay which has been cooked in the oven, then coloured with dry Perfect Pearl Powders.

African Drums 1962D by Stamp-it; Spirit F612 by Collections

 

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Rhinoceros

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March 21, 2017

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20170321_10440920170321_104446Deep Red’s Rhinoceros stamp (SKU3x400116) is featured in both the following cards.

Sorry for lack of instructions, but my students have advised me not to put them up for cards from classes. I am more than happy to answer any queries personally though:)Africa cards-06

 

 

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Elephants

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March 13, 2017

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Here are 2 cards made using Stamp-it’s ‘Elephants’ 4215D woodmount stamp designed by Micky Choo. In the card on the left, I have also used ‘Weathered Clock’ 657190 Sizzix die and the tree from ‘African Savannah Scene’ 724821 die by Couture Creations, plus ‘Limited Cog’ stamp 4906C by Stamp-it. The wording I did on the computer, then cut out.20161231_165258

20170313_144036The card on the right I used the direct to rubber technique to colour as the elephants are solid rubber (as in not an outline design). I used Distress Pens directly onto the rubber, then spritzed the stamp lightly with water and stamped it out. This creates a soft watercolour effect.

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Giraffes

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March 7, 2017

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Shown is my new giraffe die from Couture Creations, which I made 3 different cards from. I hope they provide you with some inspiration.

 

 

 

 

The backgrou20161222_101724nd for this card was made by swiping alcohol inks across some gloss card, then the giraffes lifted out and used individually on the card.

 

 

 

 

 

20170101_135548For this card I used the silhouettes of the entire tower of giraffes. The background was again made with alcohol inks (using the marbling technique) which was then placed behind the black card cut out.

 

 

20161230_17504620170101_140153When I was cutting out the die for this card, the giraffe legs got stuck and wouldn’t cut out properly, so I left them in and slid a piece of patterned paper behind their heads.

 

 

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