Blue Gumnuts

Susan Robinson
December 16, 2019


Breaking away from my theme of birds this year with this card. I bought some stamps off a lovely lady a few weeks ago. They belonged to her 92 year old mother who sadly is unable to continue her hobby due to failing eyesight. This was one I didn’t buy as I already have it. It is an old favourite of mine as it is simple but effective, so when I got home I had to take it out and reacquaint myself with it. I sent her the card as a thank you.

To make: I simply stamped it out twice in dark blue without re-inking in between, to create that shadow effect of the 2nd stamping. On a piece of scrap paper, I then stamped it out again in a light blue ink and cut out the top leaf only. I folded the leaf down the center to create a slight ridge, then glued it into place over darker blue version. Using a thick glue, I applied gold Flowersoft for flowers. When dry, shake off any excess back into pot. I then added dots of light blue Liquid Pearls around flowers. Set aside to dry before assembling backing cards. I gold embossed the Christmas wording at top.

stamps: Gumnut Brush 3745E; Christmas Mini 3044B both by Stamp-it Australia

Probably won’t get the chance to post again now till after New Year – so Merry Christmas everyone! Hope it is a safe and happy one 🙂


Finding Peace

Susan Robinson
November 23, 2019


A little Christmas wish for everyone – I hope this years end brings Peace, to your home, to your heart, to your world and ours.

After playing around with inky backgrounds and tweaking the design, I am finally ready for mass production! There is a high possibility if you are on my Christmas list that you may get a card that looks something like this. So everyone gets the same card, but slightly different.


Birds with Bauble

Susan Robinson
November 15, 2019

Holly Concert 4337K Penny Black

There seems to be a theme happening this year – birds! I haven’t got back to further explore the potential of my ‘Birds on a Wreath’ die from previous post yet, as I got diverted with this one. I felt like doing some colouring in, it helps to relax me. This design was the perfect size, not too big, not too small, with enough colour variation to be interesting.

I matched up the Penny Black bird stamp ‘Holly Concert’ 4337K with a Stamp-it Christmas wording from their set #17, which I gold embossed onto a Tim Holtz Bigz die ‘Retro Ornaments’ siz660036. It was a bit of a squeeze but hopefully the message is clear enough 🙂


Birds on a Wreath

Susan Robinson
October 23, 2019


Thought I’d better make a start on my Christmas cards. Just playing with this Penny Black die “Birds on a Wreath” at the moment. In the pink sample above I have incorporated some Alexandra Renke dies also.

In this green and copper sample, I embossed the Christmas script background in copper, overlaying the die, cut out in gold paper. I cut out the bells a 2nd time and mounted them over the originals once I’d dry- embossed them. The birds I also cut out a 2nd time in scraps of rust and mustard cardstock, gluing into place and adding wings.

For this blue sample, I cut out the die in white cardstock and coloured it in with watercolours and pens – a bit time consuming, so doubt I’ll be making many of them. The bells and birds I cut out a 2nd time, colouring in the birds and Magic Mounting all into position. The background was just a scrap I had laying around from another project that I re-purposed.

Well that’s all for now, all the best with your Christmas card endeavours! I found this die (much as I love it) a bit busy, so may try some de-constructed versions of it next 🙂


Susan Robinson
December 23, 2018


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.


Merry Mayhem!

Susan Robinson
December 12, 2018


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😊



Koala Christmas

Susan Robinson
November 24, 2018


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



Keep Cool

Susan Robinson
November 6, 2018


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.



Aussie Christmas Trees

Susan Robinson
October 23, 2018



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.



Christmas is Coming

Susan Robinson
October 5, 2018



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).