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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Dragon at the Gate

admin
June 22, 2017

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stamps: Moon & small Dragon by Lavinia stamps; Timepiece Collage G-3570 by PSX

dies: Cityscape Metropolis siz661804 & Halloween Shadows siz658253 both by Tim Holtz; Gothic Gate 51-146 by Penny Black; Dragon YCD10045 by Yvonne Creations;

inks: Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet & Pumice Stone Distress Stain Sprays; Victorian Velvet, Frayed Burlap & Stormy Sky Distress Pads; Jet Black StazOn Pad; Sepia Archival Pad; Cement Antiquities Pad; Silvery Shimmer Delicata Pad; Perfect Pearl ‘Perfect Pearl’ Mist

papers: White & Ivory Matt Cards; Fawn & Pinecone Bazzill Cards; Fig Bazzill Smoothie Card; Lt & Dark Grey & Brown Prismatic Cards; Magenta Mesh; SLove Notes – ‘Always’ Cosmo Cricket Paper

accessories: Silver Ball Chain; Lavender, Crystal & Silver Stickles; White Chalk

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents, Tombow Liquid Glue

tools: Big Shot Machine; Circle Punches; Notebook Fiskars Border Punch; Sponge Blocks; Water Spritzer; Heat gun; Paper Trimmer; Scorer; Metal Ruler; Awl

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Lightly spritz your white card with water, then with the Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet & Pumice Stone Distress Stain Sprays. Dry with heat gun.
  2. Cut out multiple buildings from Cityscape die in this sheet and some from the Cosmo Cricket patterned paper. Keep in mind that you are trying to replicate an ancient city, so some of the building shapes may not be suitable as they look too modern. Cut out matching rooftops in light grey or brown card. Sponge around each piece with sepia ink and glue rooftops on.
  3. Stamp out moon in silver ink. Cut out with circle punch. Spritz with Perfect Pearl PP Mist. Heat set. Sponge around edges with sepia ink.
  4. Cut out Gothic gates in dark brown card. Sponge silver ink over randomly. Place lighter brown card behind gates and cut to same size. Glue together.
  5. Cut out dragon shape in dark grey card. Highlight with white chalk and purple Stickles. Fill his eye in with crystal Stickles. Set aside to dry.
  6. Cut an A4 sheet of ivory card lengthways. Score into thirds. Find center points for 2 right panels and cut between them, then score down. Pull bottom part outwards (mountain fold – this is where the gates will be attached) and top part backwards (valley fold). See picture for layout. Cut 1st panel height shorter than others. Create decorative edge with Notebook border punch along top. Sponge with Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap Distress inks.
  7. Meanwhile play around with your layout, the order you want your buildings in, the position of the moon & dragon. I attached my gates into place first, then worked from the front of the card to the back.
  8. Start gluing your buildings into place, overlapping in places.
  9. Stamp the small dragon onto moon with black StazOn ink. Decide where to position moon and glue into place. Add accessories: – I stamped a clock from Timepiece collage stamp in sepia ink and cut out with small circle punch. Glue into place and cover with Glossy Accents and set aside to dry. – I cut a section of mesh off sheet to use as ladder up to clock. Glue into place. – Cut out fence from Halloween Shadows die in light grey card, sponge with Frayed Burlap ink and glue into place. – Using an awl, pierce 2 small holes near gate handles and insert silver ball chain.
  10. Cut another piece of ivory card, same length but taller than previous folded one. Score into thirds and sponge with Cement and Stormy Sky inks for sky. Glue into place behind decorated one. Decorate sky with stars using silver Stickles. Set aside to dry.
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Seashells on the Seashore

admin
June 6, 2016

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Seashells on the seashore 003 Continuing with card ideas for young girls. Somehow I always circle back to the sea:)

The main stamp image is “Collecting Sea Shells” 50031 from Stamps Happen; “Seashells” B1887 wording is from Stylish Images Australia; and the little brown shell at bottom right is from a Stampin’ Up set.

instructions:  1. Create puddles of ink on teflon matt with Bundled Sage and Weathered Wood Distress Stains. Swipe white card through puddles until completely covered. Dry with heatgun. This particular cardstock was quite absorbent and the inks soaked in straightaway, rather than sitting on top for a while and creating the lovely drippy effect I prefer. This was more subtle, but it worked okay for this background.

2. Stamp girl in black Archival ink and colour with pencils as desired. I then used butterscotch chalk over sand contours and highlighted the stamped seashells and girls ribbon with Cantaloupe Liquid Pearls (applied with a paintbrush). Paint some tiny white seashells (real ones) with Cantaloupe and Coral Liquid Pearls too. Set aside to dry.

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3. Tear along bottom of card. Mix small amount of structure paste (similar to texture paste, but with gritty granules in it) together with touch of Lettuce and Aqua Adirondack Dabber Paints. Using a palette knife, smear coloured paste around sides of torn card. Push painted tiny shells and some natural tiny starfish into paste while still wet. Set aside to dry.Seashells on the seashore 004

4. Assemble card layers. Stamp seashell wording at top of card in Potting Soil archival ink. As you are stamping over multiple layers, you may need to touch it up with a texter pen after.

5. Stamp out tiny shell image in Potting Soil Archival ink onto scrap of ivory card. Cut out and magic mount at bottom of main card. This should balance out wording at top of card.

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