Circle of Bugs

Susan Robinson
June 15, 2020

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I find insects quite fascinating, and they make a great subject matter for little boys cards. This is a really fun stamp to colour in too (and yes, artistic license is allowed haha). I used watercolours to colour bugs and Distress Oxide pads squished onto a teflon mat, spritzed with water, then white card dragged through, to create background. I highlighted certain parts of the bugs with Glossy Accents to complete.

stamps: Bugs Galore #80347 by Stamps Happen; Mini Birthday 4647B by Stamp-it

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Mermaid Bath

Susan Robinson
June 11, 2020

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Managed to squeeze out one more card this week with a water theme, before I change direction. Might save this one for my granddaughters next birthday. The grandkids do love a good bubble bath!

stamp: ‘Mermaid Bath’ 40-457 by Penny Black

Below is a card I made previously with this stamp. I was sure I had already posted it, but can’t see it anywhere, so will show it again.

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Caged Dragon

Susan Robinson
April 30, 2020

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With border restrictions still in place, it’s looking unlikely that we’ll be seeing our grandson on his upcoming birthday, as they live in the country. At least living on a large block he has plenty of room to roam, with brothers and a sister to play with. Apparently all he wants for his birthday is more chickens and an apricot tree. Cute! A real country boy 🙂 I’m sure he and his siblings have been enjoying the extra time off from school, despite the home schooling. It’s probably his poor Mum that feels like the caged dragon, haha. Hope they’re off to school again soon before she starts breathing fire!

Dragon by Katzelkraft; Alpha Background by Stampers Anonymous; Woodgrain Background by Stampin’ Up; It’s Your Birthday by Stamp-it. I hand drew the deflated balloon.

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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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Fisher Boy

Susan Robinson
March 29, 2020

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For my young grandson’s 6th birthday. His Dad takes him out fishing in the boat with him often on the weekends.

stamp: ‘Fishing Squidgy’ eb699 by Stamping Bella

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Pure Innocence

Susan Robinson
August 28, 2019

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My Favorite Things stamp “Pure Innocent Love” took me back to my childhood of playing with paper dolls. After digging down to the bottom of my patterned paper cut-offs drawer to find all those tiny pieces perfect for cutting her dress out of, I had a lot of fun dressing her up for her card debut.

I have a favourite, which one’s yours?

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Dinosaur boy

Susan Robinson
March 29, 2019

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My youngest grandson is turning 5! He is mad about dinosaurs (spiderman & transformers), while his older male cousins are more into dragons. Hope this fits the bill.

Card was first sprayed with Twisted Citron & Broken China Distress inks, before stamping over.

stamps: “Dino” set by Basic Grey, “happy birthday” by Stamp-it

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Dragon in Training

Susan Robinson
August 3, 2018

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Another fun little card for my grandchildren.

Life is a journey, a continual process of making mistakes, hopefully learning from them and moving on.

stamp: Lg Dragon CT116G by Artee Stamps; Campfire B02622c by So Suzy Stamps

dies: Houses 118-H by Impression Obsession; Hanging Cloud Border 98835 by Memory Box; Inside Out Alphabet 657827 by Sizzix. Dragon wording I just did on the computer.

Oops! Did I do that?!

I love the way the googly eye swivels, so the dragon appears to be looking down in horror at his misdeeds.

 

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Sleeping Dragon

Susan Robinson
July 31, 2018

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Rules of Survival

stamps: Dragon Sleeping G00210c by So Suzy Stamps; Castle by Lavinia Stamps

die: Pine Trees CR1287 by Marianne Design

inks: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Weathered Wood & Stormy Sky Distress Pads

INSTRUCTIONS:

Stamp dragon in black ink. Tear a curved line in scrap paper for hill shape. Lay it into position on card (protecting sky area). Sponge over Milled Lavender to create hill, then sponge down and around dragon too. When you lift off the scrap paper, you should have a softly undulating hill in your background.

Stamp your castle in black ink. Tear a smaller piece of scrap paper for this hill, making sure you ground your castle. Sponge Dusty Concord for this one to make it appear further in the distance.

Sponge Weathered Wood lightly across the top of card for sky, making the sky darker nearer the top edge with Stormy Sky. I ran a wet paintbrush from castle and along side of hill for road.

Colour in dragon. I added Star Dust and Lavender Stickles after and some Orchid Liquid Pearls for his spots.

Cut out trees from purple card and glue into place. I added a little white to trees and more purple ink to hillside.

I just did up the wording on computer, printed onto white card which I cut into tag shape and Magic Mounted on.

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Do Not Meddle with Dragons

Susan Robinson
July 29, 2018

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 A little light relief now as I go back in time to when dragons roamed the world.

This is a tri-fold card as I wanted a third panel to conclude my story (and indulge my warped sense of humour). I was an avid reader of fairy/folk stories when I was younger and they always seemed to have a moral.  This one could have a few interpretations – “A suit does not the man maketh”  and “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. Just because someone puts on a monkey suit, doesn’t mean he’s a monkey – you have to look beneath the surface and form your opinion of their character by their abilities and actions. Hopefully my grandchildren will enjoy this one.

stamps: Dragon solo-101 by Katzelkraft; Dragon wordings by Stamp-it, Slate & Stone CMS299 by TH Stampers Anonymous

The wording in the first 2 panels is actually one stamp which I have cut into 2 parts.

I sprayed Barn Door Distress inks over, then coloured dragon in with Spectrum Noir pens, adding glitter to his stomach. Knight is a die.

I stamped out dragon head only, then masked off to stamp stone wall behind him. I gave the dragon puckered up lips and used StarDust Stickles to replicate spit and scrunched up tin foil to represent chewed up knight’s armour.

 

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