Future Prediction

Susan Robinson
October 10, 2017

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It was my son’s 30th birthday recently – goodness that makes me feel old! He was born in the year of the rabbit, so I thought it would be cute to try incorporate some rabbits onto his card.

This is the inside:

stamps: Graphic 45/Hampton Art ICO347 World’s Fair 1; Stampers Anonymous CMS164 Tiny Things

dies: Impression Obsession 269-N Rabbits; Brenda Walton six658338 Antiqua Numbers; Memory Box 99778 Lovely Happy Birthday

 

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Yacht Tag

Susan Robinson
September 3, 2017

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I feel so blessed to live in this modern age of technology with music at your fingertips (I love i-tunes) and crafty inspirations at a click of a button. I often wander round Pinterest, it makes me happy just looking at beautiful things. I came across a lovely card from cestlafranz.com the other day and decided to try my own version (see original below). I’m thinking I should have placed the anchor on the bottom design though, not the tag.

My Dad has dementia, but one of his few remaining memories is of a yacht he had when he was in his 40’s called the ‘Sally-Sue’ (after his 2 daughters). He loved sailing. I think I will keep this card for his next birthday, when he turns 88.

stamp: PSX G1479

saved from cestlafranz.com

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Navigation

Susan Robinson
September 2, 2017

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It’s hard navigating the choppy waters of life, sometimes we lose our way. But when I finally reach my destination, I hope I can look back and feel it was a good journey.

Thought I’d post a few more male cards before Father’s Day, boat theme this time, with 1 more to come – then I will give it a rest for a while, I promise, haha:)

stamps: Carnet de Voyage SA60287 by Carabelle Studio; Transport Tags Cl428 by Crafty Individuals (there are 8 tags in this set).

Background was coloured with Distress Stains then stamped over in black ink. Copper Fab Foil was used to highlight radial lines.

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Old Chevy

Susan Robinson
September 1, 2017

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Kraft & black is my oft used go-to combination for male cards. It’s simple but it works, and no colouring in is required. For this sample I included a neutral ivory card also. All sponging is done with sepia ink. I added some Glossy Accents to the headlights, silver pen to bumper bar/grill and gold Liquid Pearl dots to background cogs.

stamps: F13461 by Dina Kowal, DK Designs/Impression Obsession Inc. The stamp is not named, I am just guessing that it looks like an old chevy or maybe a Ford?

embossing folder: Sizzix 657195 Steampunk set by Tim Holtz

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Father’s Day Hot Rod

Susan Robinson
August 31, 2017

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With Father’s Day nearly upon us, thought I’d better post something manly. My poor old Dad has had dementia for many years now and we have finally put him into a home as my mother has been struggling to care for him on her own.  Luckily we found a lovely place that is very close, so I can pop over regularly to see him. He is past the stage of needing gifts bought for him, but he does always LOVE getting a card, especially home-made ones.

This design is very simple, so I stamped it onto an opened out teabag to add some interest to the background. Also my Dad is originally from England and likes a ‘cuppa’ tea, so I thought it appropriate.

stamp: Penny Black set ‘Hot Rod!’ 40-224

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Nathan’s 21st

Susan Robinson
May 27, 2017

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Yet another male birthday in our family with my nephew turning 21! How time flies! I often turn to Tim Holtz for inspiration as his grungy style works so well for male cards. This design is one of his – CDM003 Skull.

I stamped and embossed in black, then sponged over with Distress inks. Layered up the numbers on right and added blue rhinestones to skull eyes. The 21 was cut from alphabet thinlet and glued in place. I am slowly using up my scraps of patterned papers as backgrounds.

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Moon Shadow Mists

admin
April 29, 2017

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I have been having a play with Lindy’s Stamp Gang ‘Moon Shadow Mists’. When you purchase them, they only have a small amount of powder in the bottle. You need to boil the kettle and add hot water to the fill line at the top right of the bottle label. Let them cool. Place the lid back on and give them a good shake.

When you spray them out, the liquid comes out a dirty brown colour, it is not till it dries that you see the shimmer colour coming through. I found the larger the droplets, the darker the colour. It is a very unpredictable science and to be honest I found it a bit frustrating. In the end I resorted to using a pipette to drip larger droplets about strategically. ( – as there are no rules in art, I don’t classify that as cheating, haha).

 

 

 

FOSSIL FISH

stamps: How Old? by Stamp-it

inks: Tawny Turquoise Moon Shadow Mist; Jet Black and Sepia Archival Pads

papers: Kraft Bazzill Card; Dark Green Mulberry Paper; Natural Corrugated Card 

accessories: Mini Fish Fossils stencil 497s by The Crafters Workshop; Snow White Colour Blast Paste; Gold Eyelts; Kraft Cord: Metal Spinner Charm

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Palette Knife; Sponge Block; Eyelet Setter; Circle Hole Punch

______________________________________________________________________________________________________FAIRY LIGHTS

stamps: Fairy, Mushrooms and Vines by Lavinia stamps; Fireworks (flower) 3948K by Penny Black

inks: Bluebeard Blue Violet Moon Shadow Mist; Jet Black and Sepia Archival Pads; Antique Linen and Peeled Paint Distress Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Forget-me-Not and Wisteria Bazzill Cards

accessories: Glossy Accents; Crystal Glitter; Star Dust Stickles; White Opal and Orchid Liquid Pearls; Green Pencils; Black Zig pen

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Glue Pen

tools: Fiskars Butterfly Punch; Sponging Block

 

What the background looked like before stamping.

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On the Farm

admin
April 15, 2017

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20170414_141243A card I made for my brother-in-law’s 50th birthday. He’s a farmer. He is also a twin. Always tricky trying to make their cards similar but different. Still working on his brothers.

stamps: Nature ASCRS01 by Stampendous

dies: Covered Tractor #99025 by Memory Box & Antiqua Numbers #658338 by Sizzix

instructions:

1. Stamp images onto white matt card using black Archival pad. Colour shed lightly with pencils.

2. Sponge Distress inks (Wild Honey, Barn Door & Peeled Paint) over card to cover.

3. Put dies through Big Shot machine to cut out tractor in mustard card and numbers in white card.

4. Sponge numbers with ink colours to match background. Dot black accents onto them if desired. Set aside to dry.

5. Sponge around tractor with sepia ink to define edges. Pierce hole in center of larger wheel and insert brown brad. Adhere tractor to front of card.

6. Sponge sepia ink around card edges, especially at base as you don’t want the green to be too bright (this is Australia after all).

7. Matt onto brown card which has been torn across the bottom. I tore mine too long, so tore it again, then it was too short, so I just added the torn bit underneath. Sponge edges with sepia.

8. Attach a strip of black corrugated card across bottom of folded green backing card, then adhere card front to it. I used 1mm Magic mount at top to account for thickness of corrugated card at base.

9.  Fix your numbers in place, overlapping them if necessary.

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Smile for the Camera

admin
April 14, 2017

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While I was hunting through my ‘stash’ looking for suitable cards for male birthdays, I found these 3 cards I did a few years ago using the same two stamps – Traditional Camera 4747D and wording siset083 from Stamp-it. I didn’t end up using them this time, but am sure I will at some point in the future as they are good for a wide age range.

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Boys 2 Men

admin
April 10, 2017

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There have been a spate of male birthdays in our family recently and they are always more challenging to design for, especially teenagers.

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Joey 2565E and Bold Birthday 3203D by Stamp-it

 

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Your Way… 40-130 by Penny Black

 

 

 

 

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all stamps by Stamp-it

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