Pink Petals

Susan Robinson
July 30, 2019

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Having a play with my flower dies. As I wanted the inside petals to contrast with the flower outline, I had to cut the die out twice, so made a 2nd card with the leftovers.

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Mum’s 80th

Susan Robinson
July 22, 2019

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My dear old Mum is turning 80! Sadly she has been suffering from dementia for the last few years and is on a downward slide. Despite the fact that she can’t remember her children’s names, she does know that we are family and can still recognise her immediate neighbours and a few friends faces. I decided it would be a shame to let such a momentous event pass with a hardly a whimper, so organised (with the help of my sister and sister-in-law) an afternoon tea to celebrate. She was a bit anxious on the lead up, but rose to the occasion once people started to arrive and enjoyed being made a fuss of and all the attention. We took a few photos so hopefully that will help her remember some happy times:)


The house where the other part of my heart lives, with my mother and only son.
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Purple Roses

Susan Robinson
March 7, 2019

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Different day, different colour, same die (Penny Black ‘Glamorous’ 51-117)

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Pink & Glamorous

Susan Robinson
March 3, 2019

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My husband went off fishing this morning, so had the place to myself and managed to get 2 cards done!

When posting cards in the past, I have always tried to state stamps or dies used (codes and company) and occasionally I still will but –

(1) many of the stamp images I use I have had for a long time and the companies are no longer in existence. Therefore it seems silly wasting time and going to the trouble to list such things when they are no longer available. If you’d like any further information though, I’m more than happy to answer any questions if you want to flick me off a quick email.

(2) I have run out of storage room for my dies and unmounted stamps, so once out of their packaging, they often get separated. I also often work on numerous projects at a time so things can get a little messy.

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Flowing Flowers

Susan Robinson
February 27, 2019

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Some stamp designs, while beautiful, are not very flexible in their usage. This is one such stamp. Options:

  • apply different colours
  • chop up the design into squares or mosaic pieces, then reassemble
  • stamp out only a portion of the design
  • highlight a section of the design
  • add other elements to the design
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Peonies and Ladybugs

Susan Robinson
February 18, 2019

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What are your go to colours? I lean towards this peachy shade, olive greens and aquas. I do use other colours of course, though some combinations I really struggle with (black, white and red for example).

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Rose Bed

Susan Robinson
November 9, 2018

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Here are two cards I made using the same swirly rose die. The orange one above uses only a portion of the die. After cutting it out in white, I simply placed an alternative colour card behind the cut-out. After pushing all the little segments of leaves and petals out, I glued the rose outlines back into place.

For the pink card below, I cut the whole die out twice, one in white and one in light brown card. I placed the pink scripted paper behind the brown card background, but glued the white rose outlines in instead. When my card was completely assembled, I highlighted the bottom right rose only with Glossy Accents and sprinkled crystal glitter over.

 

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Grateful

Susan Robinson
November 1, 2018

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Goodness it’s busy this time of year! I’ve hardly had a chance to get into my craft room, though I did have a quick play the other day to try out my new watercolour set. Unfortunately the card I stamped onto was not great (too absorbent) but didn’t have time to re-do. I was quite happy with the watercolours however. They come with a water brush which has it’s own pocket to tuck into. I like the colour coding visual at the base of each layer and how they fold away – great for travelling. There is a sponge on top to wipe your brush clean on and the plastic base which supports them can be used as a palette to mix your colours on.

stamp: ‘Grateful for Everything’ by Concord & 9th

watercolour set: from shutupandgiftme.com

   

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Frilly Oval

Susan Robinson
September 16, 2018

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Just a quick post showing 2 cards I made from the same oval die, one card using the cut-out oval and the other using the surround only. 

For some reason my blog will no longer allow me to post images any larger than this, so I hope you can see the details okay. Every time things update, they change! I had to have a little break from my blog earlier this month as all the issues I have had with technology this year has been completely doing my head in. I also ended up deleting many of my posts whose pictures had vanished (oops) as it was too hard and seemed pointless, to re-do them all. All cards should still be showing on my Pinterest boards though.

  

I gold embossed around the edges of the oval cut-out on the green card.

  

I sponged around the inside edge of the oval cut-out with sepia ink on the cream card. The surround was Magic Mounted over a background done with shimmered texture paste through a fine TH Rose stencil.

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Sunflower

Susan Robinson
September 8, 2018

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Hello Spring! Bring on the sunshine!!

Main die is ‘Bountiful Sunflower’ by Memory Box; ‘Enjoy’ by Cheery Lynn Designs. ‘Bee’ stamp is by Stampin’ Up and ‘Script Corner’ by Stamp-it.

   

After cutting out the sunflower in white card, I sponged Distress inks (Spiced Marmalade, Brushed Corduroy and Peeled Paint) over to colour. I added the little pieces of the petals back into the framework and coloured to match.

I placed dots of glue into the holes of the sunflower head, then poured Ultra Fine Black Flowersoft over. Push gently into the glue with fingertips. Shake off excess back into pot.

I cut out a 2nd flower and sponged to match original. I then cut the flower head and petals out separately. The flower head I sponged a darker brown along top edge, the petals I sprayed with ‘Sunflower Sparkle’ Perfect Pearl Mist and bent the petals upwards.

I glued the flower head into place, then did the same with the petals, offsetting them slightly. I also glued the second stem and extra leaves over original, gluing down stem only so leaves lifted.

I sprayed Distress inks onto a Teflon mat then ran Unryshi paper through, scrunching it up a bit, then spread out to dry. When dry, glue onto backing card with Matt glue, wrinkling as you go to create texture. Use the Matt glue on top also to seal any folds or wrinkles into place. Set aside to dry. When dry, cut card to size and sponge edges with sepia ink.

Cut wording out of gold foilboard and glue into place. Stamp bee in black at top right. Stamp bee a 2nd time onto scrap card, colour in and cut out body only. Magic Mount bee body over original. Glossy Accent top wings. Set aside to dry. When wings are dry, place dot of glue to bee’s head and cover with Black Flowersoft. Set aside to dry.

When dry, add corner mattings of black card and glue onto background. Attach finished card front to folded backing  card of Mustard colour.

 

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