Grey Bugs

Susan Robinson
February 4, 2018


My drawer of grey/black card scraps is full to overflowing. Time to extract some patterns and attempt to assemble something reasonable from them. Their removal unfortunately has hardly made a dint. Time to ask myself – do I need to keep every single scrap of card?

The butterfly was stamped onto matt white card, the wings being stamped a second time onto vellum with a black Staz-On pad, cut out, then layered over original image. I only glued down the body to allow the wings to float up, then created dimension for the butterfly body with Black Accent. I felt the vellum softened the butterfly’s look to better match the delicate background papers.

stamp: from Stamp-it set090

The background script was from a piece of 12×12 Creative Imaginations acetate and the dragonfly paper from Bo Bunny. I stamped and gold embossed the 2 dragonflies onto some acetate too. When you heat the embossing powder, it causes the acetate to curl, but as they were dragonflies, I was quite happy for this to happen. It made the wings look like they had a bit of movement in them.

stamp: Dragonfly F-2870 from PSX


Dragonfly Tag

Susan Robinson
August 29, 2017


I have a new obsession with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst sprays! This one is Sweet Violet Purple Teal. Just love the way that teal shimmery sheen shows up amidst the purple inkiness. I have contrasted it with Distress Stain spray Fossilized Amber.

The Dragonfly collage stamp is from Stamper’s Anonymous P1-622, which I embossed in gold before spraying. And I discovered that these Bo Bunny brads fit perfectly inside the circular seal. The dragonflies right wings have been covered with Glossy Accents with Crystal glitter sprinkled over while still wet.


Dragonfly Dreams

June 16, 2017


I have used this Stampers Anonymous Dragonfly Collage stamp (P1622) many times and it still remains one of my favourites. Obviously everyone else feels the same as Pinterest is flooded with samples.

I have embossed the image in gold, then used Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst ‘Jack in the Pulpit Teal’  in combination with Dylusions spray ‘Squeezed Orange’ for the background colour. We will be making a similar card to this in my upcoming “Pearls, Paints and other Potions” class.

This dragonfly from Stamp-it’s set065 is in the same vein as the above design.

For this card, I sponged Distress inks over white card to colour, then lay a stencil over and spritzed water through to create the circular images. I randomly dripped water droplets over for a more irregular effect. I also used a wet paintbrush on the right wings of dragonfly to bleach the colour from them. Have a clean tissue or paper towel handy to dry as you go. Glossy Accents and Crystal Glitter have been used on wings of both cards.



Bugs Galore

March 2, 2017


stamps: Bugs Ga20170302_112922lore 80347 by Stamps Happen Inc; Bold Birthday 3203D & Number Background 4485E by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads

papers: Kraft, Lava & Yellow Green Bazzill Cards; White & Ivory Matt Cards

accessories: Colour Pencils; Red Fab Foil; Crystal Stickles, Black Accents; Brown Brads, Ideology Stencil Mark #6

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Liquid Glue; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents; Sailor Glue Pen

tools: Awl; Sponge Block; Scissors


  1. Stamp out circle of bugs in black ink onto white card. Colour in with pencils and decorate with Stickles, Glossy Accents and Fab Foils. Set aside to dry.20170301_171340
  2. Stamp out circle of bugs in black ink onto ivory card. Stamp out numbers in bottom left of card and Happy Birthday in top right in sepia ink. Sponge around edges with sepia also.20170301_171327
  3. When the coloured bugs are dry, cut out the bodies only and glue into place over same images stamped onto ivory card. Colour in their legs to match. Choose 1 bug only to lift up with Magic Mount beneath (I chose yellow/green bug).
  4. Matt small rectangle of red card at top right behind birthday wording. Matt finished card with yellow/green Bazzill card.
  5. Pierce 2 holes at bottom right of card front with awl, and secure brown brads through. Slide metal number (appropriate age for child) into place at top left of card. Back number with red card. Magic Mount card front onto folded Kraft backing card. Sponge around edge of backing card with sepia ink.20170302_11265720170302_112847

Reverse Butterfly Collage 1

July 25, 2016


butterfly formation 006I have a new butterfly die! Memory Box #99145 reverse Butterfly Collage die. The wording is from Unity Stamp Co’s Empowered Words DD-960A.

Cut the die from a piece of white kromekote (gloss) card which has been coloured with various Alcohol inks. Place plain ivory card beneath the cut-out to highlight the butterfly pattern. Lightly sponge the butterfly wings with a dark purple chalk and smudge some Lavender Sticbutterfly formation 007kles around the wing tips. Draw the butterfly bodies and antennae on with a black Zig pen.  Stamp the wording with a black Archival pad (note: don’t use a StazOn pad or it will re-act with the alcohol inks, and some dye pads may not dry on the gloss card). Mount finished card front onto backing layers to frame.


Reverse Butterfly Collage 2



butterfly formation 012My 2nd card using my new Memory Box die # 99145 Reverse Butterfly Collage. The wording is “Happiness is When” 2440C by Stamp-it.

Cut out the die in white matt card. Place a larger piece of card beneath which has been coloured with Dylusion ink sprays (Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange and Postbox Red) leaving a border of the coloured card showing around it . Mount this onto folded black backing card.

Cut out butterfly pattern again on scrap of white matt card. It doesn’t have to be a very big piece of card as you don’t want the whole pattern, only a small section of it. I chose the middle-left part to highlight as there was space there to add a wording. Use texters directly onto rubber stamp to colour wording (so all the words can be different colours). Cut your chosen section to desired size and matt onto piece of black card. Magic Mount onto card front, lining up with butterfly images beneath. Fix adhesive rhinestones of pink and orange in place for butterfly heads.butterfly formation 013


Butterfly Whirl

July 7, 2016


A rainbow of colours to brighten up your day!

butterfly whirl 004 My fourth and final card using the “Butterfly Wreath” 99380 Memory Box die (see previous posts). This time I have used only the individual butterfly shapes from within the wreath, which I cut out from a piece of white card previously sprayed with multiple colours of Dylusion Sprays.but whirl 001





but whirl 005The 3 small butterflies at the top were created by either folding a butterfly in half, or cutting butterflies in half and assembling 2 small wings over each other or the 2 larger wings over each other.butterfly whirl 006



Stamp is Fiesta! set CS226 by Kaisercraft


Free Spirit Butterfly Wreath

July 5, 2016


Set free your creative spirit! Let it fly!

free spirit 005 My energy is so often scattered – multi-tasking I believe it’s called, something we women are good at. But it is nice to be able to focus on just one object and explore it’s possibilities before moving onto the next. My 3rd card using the Memory Box die “Butterfly Wreath”. This time I didn’t throw any bits away, including the background card I cut it from.

  1. Cut wreath from ivory card. Sponge around with Antique Linen Distress pad. Matt ivory card onto pale blue card and cut a circle from the center of the blue card (lining up with center of wreath) with circle cutter or die. Adhere ivory and blue card layers onto fawn coloured backing card.
  2. Glue butterfly wreath outline back into place in center of cut-out. I have long decided ‘glue’ and me will never be best friends. This is a little tricky to do as the outline is wet with glue and so delicate it easily stretches out of shape. In hind-sight would have been better to cut it out of supersheet/jac paper, or just apply glue to the card itself rather than the thin outline.
  3. Sponge around individual butterflies with Spun Sugar Distress pad. I then decorated some of them with rub-ons from Fancy Pants ‘Fancy-free’ collection.  The ‘Free Spirit’ wording also came from this same sheet of rub-ons. Position butterflies in different poses back into wreath. Magic Mount has been added beneath some wings. Cut out butterfly antennae in dark brown card and add to decorated spirit 006
  4. Stamp Kaisercraft “Dictonary Meanings” randomly over ivory card in Sepia Archival ink. free spirit 007

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Blue Butterfly Wreath

July 3, 2016


Still playing with my new butterfly wreath die (see previous post). I like it!new blue 001








To re-create this card:

  1. Colour a white piece of card with Mermaid Lagoon & Peacock Feathers Distress Stain Sprays & some London Blue Dylusions spray. Don’t forget to spritz your card with water first to allow the inks to run together. Dry with a but wreath 001
  2. Cut out butterfly wreath in supersheet/jack paper ( 2 sided sticker sheet). Peel backing off butterfly outline only and stick onto coloured card slightly off centre. Cut overhanging butterflies off with but wreath 002
  3. Now peel off top layer of supersheet to expose the sticky layer. This is a little tricky due to it’s delicate nature. I actually ended up lifting the whole thing off and flipping it over as I decided I wanted the butterflies to face the other way.
  4. Brush Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls over now sticky butterfly wreath outline with a dry paintbrush. Brush excess powder back into pot. Being the impatient sort, my background card wasn’t quite dry enough, so some excess powder did hang around, but that’s okay in this instance as it adds a little metallic glimmer to the card. blue but wreath 004
  5. Cut out some extra butterfly shapes from scrap paper. I had some which had been previously sprayed with inks which I thought would compliment the but wreath 005
  6. Glue 3 butterflies in position at base of wreath and add antennae of dark brown. Add antennae for next outine butterfly too. Attach card front onto dark brown but wreath 006

7. Stamp wording onto scrap of ivory card in black ink. Tear right end and fold under slightly. Sponge around all edges with sepia ink. Magic Mount onto left of card, through middle of wreath.

8. Adhere finished card onto gold layer, then turquoise backing but wreath 008



Butterfly Wreath

July 2, 2016


When life has you going round in circles, at least make them pretty ones!

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I never throw away my scraps of card, as they come in handy for projects like this.

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  1. First sort through your scrap drawers to find coordinating papers.
  2. Cut out your “Butterfly Wreath” 99380 Memory Box die in solid card colour (I chose red).
  3. Cut out individual butterflies from your scraps, then lay them out in the order you want them to go in.butterfly wreath 2
  4. I sponged some white card for the background in Dried Marigold, Spun Sugar & Weathered Wood Distress inks. (This was originally for another project but I changed direction. It has a wording clear embossed underneath if you look closely). I glued my butterfly wreath on, then using a circle template, cut a rounded edge on one side of card. I then sponged all edges with Worn Lipstick Distress ink.
  5. I added a square of Magic Mount to outer wing of butterflies and glue to inner wings.butterfly wreath 009
  6. After positioning butterflies, I added their antennae (which I cut shorter as I felt they were too long), then placed a dot of Petal Pink Liquid Pearls for head.
  7. When dry, I adhered finished front card to backing layers.butterfly wreath 008new but wreath 005