The Song in your Heart

Susan Robinson
September 3, 2020

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After many years of stamping, I still occasionally smudge it. This was another unsatisfactory background which I rescued from my by now infamous ‘box’. I had white embossed some flowers onto a white card, then sponged Distress inks (Dried Marigold, Tumbled Glass and Worn Lipstick) over. It didn’t quite work out for what I had intended it for, but I was looking for something light and bright for this card. When I went to stamp the fairy out, I wobbled and got double lines happening, luckily not on his face! So using the Black Archival refill and a fine paintbrush, I painstakingly went over the whole thing, smoothing the edges. Double lines still on his antennae and wings, but to quote my dear old granny, surely “a blind man running for his life would never notice”.

stamps: “Sky” by Lavinia Stamps; “Friend” DF204 by Hampton Art Stamps; Blossom Spray P136 by Stampendous

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Purple Rain

Susan Robinson
August 31, 2020

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Come and take the journey, to find your child within. Open up your heart and mind, and watch the magic begin…

I could see a whole scene in this inky background! When the piece was whole, it looked like a shaft of sunlight was breaking through the cloud and shining down onto the hill. Strangely when I cut the bottom off, that shaft of light looked more like a waterfall, flowing into a small pond. There appeared the misty outline of fence posts at the base of the waterfall. It was a shame to cut the bottom off, but it would have made too large a card.

stamps: “Enchanted Dreams” by Lavinia Stamps; wording by Stamp-it

dies: Gum Leaves by Paper Rose

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Dragon Love

Susan Robinson
August 28, 2020

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Even dragons need a little love. My husband is born in the year of the dragon, and he’s an Aries, which makes him a double fire sign!! He even has a tattoo of a dragon on his shoulder. I didn’t think of the symbolism of this card until afterwards.

This was a shaving cream background I wasn’t very happy with, so banished it to my ‘backgrounds box’ in the hope that one day it may be given a new life. I haven’t quite mastered the art of the ‘shaving cream’ technique yet. I have my own way of doing it and I like the results better (see under ‘techniques’ categories at right). I originally had visions of placing the girl and her dragon inside a cave with a bonfire, but that small area of light above her head made me see a window, so I just drew that in. So then I needed to make it look more like an inside room, hence the light (die) and ceiling cornice (created with an embossing folder). Quite happy with the way it all came together in the end.

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Pursue Happiness

Susan Robinson
August 25, 2020

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The Pied Piper of Fairies (or in this case geese). The first in a series of 4 fantasy cards.

The inky splotch background was created with Distress Stain sprays Wild Honey, Vintage Photo & Broken China. I am so happy with it!! As usual in my excitement to create, I forgot to take a photo of the background before stamping over it. I stamped the tree trunk image over the patch of brown ink. Not sure I am so happy with the little leaves I stamped over the bush though, maybe better without?

stamps: Fairy, tree trunk & geese designs by Lavinia stamps; wording & grass by Stamp-it; leaves by Stampin’ Up

dies: birds from “The Scarecrow” set 662382 Tim Holtz Sizzix

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Deep in the Forest

Susan Robinson
August 1, 2020

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Inspiration for this layout was from Tracy of ‘Lavinia Stamps’ who I purchased the fairy and mushroom stamps from. I must say I had particular trouble stamping them out, though I have had them a long time so maybe they’re getting old? They stamped out fine on matt card, but I had to stamp them out about 5 times on the Yupo before I got a decent blackness. Thank goodness I remembered to use my hinged stamper! I ended up capping the mushrooms, but they still didn’t turn out black enough, and used dies for the rabbits instead of doing more stamping. I applied Copper Foil to this background. I thought it was a little dark, but the foiling helped to lift it a bit, as did the glitter sphere around the falling fairy.

Always hard to photograph the foiling in the cards, depending on how the light catches them, so I took a few from different angles.

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Sew Sweet

Susan Robinson
July 11, 2020

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Who can resist these sweet little sewing fairies? They’re from Penny Black’s ‘Stitches’ set 30-303. Wish I had one of them sitting on my shoulder every time I get my needle out!

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Fairy Dust

Susan Robinson
April 16, 2020

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My 3rd card using this technique, only it didn’t really show up so well. The Perfect Pearl Mist used was ‘Bronze’. I used a wet paintbrush to bleach the colour from the fairy’s wings and mushroom heads, then highlighted circles with a white Sharpie pen. I added green with texter to grass at base of mushrooms and dots of ‘Biscotti’ Liquid Pearls to flower centers.

stamps: Rabbit and Leaves by Lavinia Stamps; Fairy by Katy Sue Designs; Mushrooms by Art Impressions

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Fairy Walk

Susan Robinson
April 5, 2020

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“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, ” one must have sunshinefreedom, and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Andersen

So apparently there ARE worse things than being isolated at home alone – being stuck in a small space with numerous children who are bored silly and constantly bickering with one another, haha!! Sorry. I have added another board to my Pinterest site called ‘Crafty Ideas’. Hopefully there will something on there to inspire an activity your child could do with what’s lying around the house.

Meanwhile, I’m sending a little fairy to add cheer to your day.

stamp: ‘Fairy with Balloon’ #80295 by Stamps Happen

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Roots and Wings

Susan Robinson
March 22, 2020

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Staying indoors as much as possible. Hope you are all well.

stamps: ‘The Candytuff Fairy’ G337 by CMB; ‘Lasting Bequests’ 2289G by Hampton Art Stamps

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Snail Mail

Susan Robinson
September 11, 2019

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For many years I was under the misconception that WHEN I retire, my life would suddenly be ALL organised! Three years on and sadly that is not the case. My recipes are still waiting to be sorted, as are my music files, and don’t get me started on my photographs! I thought digital technology was supposed to make life easier, but it has only added to the chaos. And considering I make cards as a hobby, you’d think my friends and relatives would at least get a lovely hand made card for their birthday every year! On time! (Sigh)

I get through life with the attitude that “Every day is a new day”, forgive myself for past inadequacies and strive to do better.

  • UMS879 Toadstool Turret from Willowby Woods Collection by Creative Expressions UK
  • 1758E Garden Buggy! by Penny Black Inc
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