Blushing Hearts

Susan Robinson
July 28, 2020

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I am loving my alcohol inks at the moment and the beautiful effects you can achieve! This background was created by dripping various inks onto a Teflon matt together with some Isopropyl alcohol and swishing my Yupo card through. After waiting approx 1 min. until most of the ink is dry but you can still see wet areas where the ink has pooled – that is the time to place your foil sheet (colour side up) over it. I have used Gold for this sample. The foil should adhere to the sticky bits. Keep lifting and replacing your foil over your card until sure no more of the foil is going to stick. Sometimes you can get seams of foil (depending on how your inks have dried), but mostly I seem to get glints of foiling. Maybe it is determined by the foil sheets used? I have been using a brand called Fab Foils.

I chose a nice open die design so as not to cover up too much of the inky deliciousness, the gold hearts complimenting the gold foiling in the background.

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A Moment’s Peace

Susan Robinson
July 20, 2020

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I have always loved this quote by Katherine Hepburn. I’m sure there are many women out there who can relate to it.

Sometimes I’m not that enamored with a background. This alcohol ink one I felt was a bit bright, so I chose a large die that would cover a large portion of it.

Then I put it into an embossing folder that had fancy scrolled corners. When I took the card out, I ran a fine sandpaper over the raised areas of the pattern to remove the colour and help lighten the look of the card. I also put the diecut girl into the embossing folder, so part of the scroll pattern overlapped her legs. This I ran a white pigment pad over. Some of the embossed pattern also went into her hair, but I ignored that, thinking it looked a bit like a hair ornament.

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Dresses Galore

Susan Robinson
July 5, 2020

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Getting back to my current favourite technique (recently shown in the “Seahorse Siblings’ post) of inking up embossing folders before placing your card inside and rolling through the Big Shot machine.

stamp: Dress by Stamp-it; embossing folder: Small Dress Forms by Darice; die: Mini Sewing Room by Sizzix (I cut the shoulders down to fit the dress)

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Running with Scissors

Susan Robinson
July 4, 2020

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Running with scissors… makes me feel dangerous.

Well, that tells you all you need to know about my life.

stamps: Running with Scissors by Deep Red; Mannequins by Stamp-it

Distress Stain spray background. Gold and silver embossed stamps. (And yes there is an ‘e’ after the ‘g’ in dangerous, though they’re a bit squished together).

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If Happiness fits…

Susan Robinson
June 28, 2020

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While still in the peachy zone, I created this background using Dried Marigold and Worn Lipstick Distress inks. Can you believe that when Dried Marigold first came out, I thought it was a bit boring?!? Now it is the colour I most often reach for.

stamp: Dress Form CS884 by KaiserCraft

With the inks still on the teflon mat, I re-spritzed with water to re-moisten, then swiped another card through for this next background.

stamps: Attic Treasures CMS123 by Stampers Anonymous (Tim Holtz collection)

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Making Dresses

Susan Robinson
June 25, 2020

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Clearing out my cupboards and came across some old card kits (I think these were from a Christmas class. Yes, I get bored doing the traditional colours every year, so like to mix it up a bit). Very convenient that the pieces were already cut to size and ready to assemble, so I thought I’d re-purpose them. And as I am currently in the mannequin mode – this is what they became, VOILA!

stamps: by Stamp-it Australia

Below are some other kits I made up into completed cards, using Stamp-it stamps and Tim Holtz Alterations Movers & Shapers ‘Mini Sewing Room’ set siz657487. The sponged background on the right ended up a bit brighter than I’d intended, but sometimes you just have to stick it down and move on.

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Dress Form

Susan Robinson
June 17, 2020

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I was kindly gifted a sewing machine last year, so I thought I’d better learn how to use it! When my son was very young, I used to sew clothes for him, but when he started school, I went back to full-time work and then never seemed to have the time after that. Thirty years on and I am starting again from scratch, just don’t feel as confident this time round. Maybe because I knew he’d be a non-judgmental recipient, whereas now – I’m making clothes for me, and I might have to wear them out in public!! And material costs a bit more than a piece of paper, what happens if I stuff it up?

stamp: Dress Form E6402 by Impression Obsession

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Be Fabulous

Susan Robinson
May 7, 2020

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In the mood for purple today. Another alcohol ink background.

I think I have enabled my comments finally – so PLEASE do! Feeling a bit disconnected from the world during these isolating times.

stamp: ‘Odes’ 4520 by Hampton Art Stamps; wording by Stampin’Up

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Mood du Jour

Susan Robinson

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I love colour and am always very conscious of it in my surroundings. Some days I just feel the need to wear clothes of a certain shade, and if for some reason I can’t (like I haven’t done the washing) it does affect my mood.

While I had the alcohol inks out to make the background for my last card, I thought I might as well make a few more for future ones. Playing with inks can be a messy business. I love how the pink just catches the top of her cheekbone.

Stamp: ‘Mood du Jour’ by Inkadinkado (Dawn Houser) 95241-Y

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Turquoise Suite

Susan Robinson
March 9, 2020

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Turquoise – my favourite colour! I have been out doing some gardening, absorbing the beauty of the flowers, birds and butterflies, soaking up the sun. Feels good to be alive. After a few hours I felt a bit hot and tired, so rewarded myself with a plunge in the turquoise clear waters of the pool!

stamp: ‘Butterfly Suite’ 4182K by Penny Black

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