Susan Robinson
December 23, 2018

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Christmas Poinsettia’s

There has been a lull before the storm, the 4 grandchildren left this morning and we’re back down to only 2 dogs, phew! After cleaning and sanitizing the house, I have taken the opportunity to sneak up to my attic and have a play with my new Altenew ‘Festive Poinsettia’ stamp set. I’ve already sent out my cards for this year but find it easier to carry on making Christmas cards while still in the zone.

Just experimenting stamping some in black and white embossing others, doing different centers and do I prefer landscape or portrait? I will play around a little more before choosing one design to make multiples of. I may not give everyone the exact same card for Christmas but I try to at least have a theme or chosen stamp, so I don’t inadvertently give someone the same card 2 years in a row. Awkward.

Merry Christmas everyone! And best wishes for the New Year and whatever it may bring.

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Merry Mayhem!

Susan Robinson
December 12, 2018

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FINALLY, I have made a start on my Christmas cards, and because it is last minute (and my brain has already gone to mush) I have borrowed a design from Penny Black this year. I thought it seemed simple but there were still a few steps involved, especially when making multitudes.

dies: Manger 51-254 & Winter Garland 51-249 by Penny Black

stamps: Peace, Believe, Joy 3378D by Stamp-it

Cut out Mangers in white card.

Cut out same size circles in white card. Sponges 3/4 circle with Shabby Shutter Distress ink.

Glue Manger onto green circle (with darker shading at bottom). Sponge around edges with sepia ink.

   

Cut out Garland in white card, place on teflon mat and sponge using Distress dabbers. Dry.

Cut off holly leaves at top. Draw a line down center of each leaf with a brown pencil. Sponge edges of leaves with green or brown ink. Bend leaves up from middle to shape.

Turn over stamp and ink directly onto rubber with Distress Stains. Stamp out onto strips of white card. Because the inks are so liquid, your image may not be crisp, more like a watercolour effect. If you have any that are too messy, simply don’t use them. Stamping onto a separate piece of card means you don’t ruin your main card if your stamping doesn’t turn out. When happy with your results, cut wording down as much as possible, sponge around edges with sepia (or not) and glue at base of folded white backing card.

Glue garland behind manger bauble shape, ensuring you get plenty of leaves poking out, then glue both onto card front. Glue holly leaves behind star at top of bauble and place clear sticky backed star into center of it.

To be honest I think the wording is too large and distracting. It would have been better something smaller stamped directly onto the card base, but as it is Bazzill card which is textured, I didn’t want to risk messing it up.

One of the reasons I am behind schedule with my own projects – our house (and my craft room) has been over run with grandchildren for the last week! Shown are 10 year old twins Mischa and Joaquin working on their creations. Their 2 younger brothers escaped before I thought to grab the camera. I must confess I find it a little stressful having other people in my personal ‘space’. I really need to take a chill pill though – after all it’s only paper and ink right? 🤔 Last visit I let them all loose at once, but learned my lesson and this time brought them up one at a time with a glass of wine in hand (for me). I did spread the sessions out over a few days in order to ration out my alcohol consumption😊

   

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Koala Christmas

Susan Robinson
November 24, 2018

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I couldn’t put my koala die away until I had at least attempted a Christmas card with it!

(Note: I have finally worked out how to post my cards at a larger size once again, hooray!)

Firstly cut out whole koala die in dark brown card, then cut out koala only in lighter grey card. I sponged around the koala body with Coffee Archival ink then Magic Mounted him over darker counterpart.

I stamped Santa Hat onto white card, coloured it in, then cut it out. Attach to top of koala’s head.

Run a pigment ink pad around edge of circle, then emboss with gold embossing powder.

Fold backing card of dark moss green. Attach white square card onto front.

Cut a circle of white card slightly larger than koala circle. Sponge this with Shabby Shutters Distress ink. Glue into middle of card front.

Stamp Santa & kangaroos in black ink across top third of circle, masking off where needed in order to elongate design. I used a T-grid to help me line them up.

Stamp Christmas wording in black ink at bottom right. 

Glue koala circle over green one – and your card is finished!

die: Koala in Tree by Paper Rose

stamps: Kangaroo Sleigh, Christmas Hat and wording – all by Stamp-it

 

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Keep Cool

Susan Robinson
November 6, 2018

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I love snowflakes, but with the heat waves we’re normally enduring during that period here in the southern hemisphere, they are hardly appropriate decor for our Christmas cards. But with a little imagination I have schemed some ways to incorporate them. Cool huh?! (pardon the pun).

   

I stamped out the wording in Coffee Archival ink onto kraft card, before running it through a snowflake embossing folder, then rubbed a white ink pad over the raised areas to highlight pattern.

I cut the sizzix 657838 Vintage Fan out in silver foilboard (cutting out paddles twice). The base and surround I coloured with brown alcohol inks then pushed a silver brad through fan paddles to secure them together onto kraft card. I added some extra snowflakes punched from white card and glued in position.

I sponged the edges with sepia ink, layering onto darker brown card which I deckle edged before attaching to white folded backing card.

The card below is one I made previously using a 12×12 glitter card as background:

Below are a few more Aussie themed Christmas cards I found in my box of projects to finish off. I used dark green Ultrafine Flowersoft on the grass trees (at right) to add texture.

   

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Aussie Christmas Trees

Susan Robinson
October 23, 2018

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I’d like to share with you once again one of my favourite techniques, as it is so simple yet effective, quick, easy and colourful! And I have chosen this ‘Boab Tree’ image (by Stamp-it) as it’s nice to add a little Aussie flavour to our Christmas cards, especially if they’re being sent overseas.

  

Stamp out chosen image in black Archival (water-proof) ink onto watercolour paper. Use small Distress pads in your preferred colours, to ink up a small acrylic block. Lightly spritz the block with water, then lay block ink-side down over stamped image. Press block down with fingertips to push inks into paper, then lift off.

You can now spritz image with more water to help blend inks together or use a wet paint brush/waterbrush to pull inks into desired areas. Once you are happy with the results, dry with a heatgun before adding further embellishments.

 

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Christmas is Coming

Susan Robinson
October 5, 2018

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I have put my name down to do the Art Market on the “Decoy” this Sunday 7th Oct and on the 4th Nov. I didn’t take any Christmas cards with me last time as I thought it was too early – but apparently it’s never too early! So I have been busy all week going through my Christmas box of bits, finishing off cards that I had started but put aside for whatever reason. Here are just a few…

      

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

All stamps are by Stamp-it Australia, apart from the first tree card (Penny Black) and Winnie the Pooh (All Night Media).

 

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A Blue Christmas

Susan Robinson
December 17, 2017

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Wishing everyone a peaceful, joyous Christmas, filled with love and laughter. See you in the New Year!

I finally have some Christmas cards made and ready to post! It has been a bit of a blue Christmas this year with the recent passing of my father, so I thought the colour scheme appropriate.

dies: Angel with Heart KbD-AR-W0019 & Branch Wreath KbD-AR-F10008 by Alexandra Renke

Below are samples I made while playing with ideas, before settling on the above one as my card design for this year.

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The Last Squeeze

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December 24, 2015

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snowflake full cardThat’s the problem with being an addict – you just can’t help yourself. No more I said, months ago, and yet here I am Christmas Eve, squeezing just ONE more out in the nick of time.

 

 

 

stamps: Flake Bauble 4148E; Peace, Happiness siset043 – all by Stamp-It Australia

inks: Crushed Olive & Peeled Paint Distress Pads, Clear Embossing Pad

papers: White & Ivory Matt Card; Hilary Bazzill Card

accessories: Fine Gold & Clear Embossing Powders; Gold Stickles; Gold Ribbon

snowflake close-up

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Not Christmas Again!

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December 9, 2015

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Not Xmas Santa closeupI have been having fun playing with this wording from Stamp-It’s new Christmas set 114, mixing and matching it with some of my old stamps. I’m sure I’m not the only one that can relate to the sentiment. I seem to have been looking at and making Christmas cards since April. And still my friends and family have been waiting for a card for the last 3 years. Sad is it not?

The other stamp used on this card is “Resting Santa” 2122E

And below is my favourite.  Have to indulge my warped sense of humour at times, ha, ha.

not xmas mother close-up

The other stamps used in this card are “Aaagh!” 2573E from Stamp-It and “Before the Snow” 3993K and “Gift Boxes” 3556H , both from Penny Black.

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Santa’s List

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Santa's list closeup I hope you’ve all been good! Santa’s checking his list. Think I’ve been missed off again this year. Oh well… must try harder next year.

Stamps used by Stamp-It Australia: Naughty or Nice? 3020D, Checking it Twice 2120E, Save Santa 3055C.  I hand-wrote the wording on the scroll and typed out the words that are cut and pasted.

Inks: Jet Black Archival Pad, Antique Linen Distress Pad, Clear Embossing Pad

Papers: White Matt Card, Poppy Red Mi-teintes Card, Dark Green Mulberry Paper, Harvest Bazzil Card

Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Mist, White Flowersoft, Colour Pencils, Crackle Accent

Santas's list 2

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