The More You Read

Susan Robinson
October 27, 2020

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Just a quick card today for all you young students slogging over the books, preparing for your exams. Best of luck. Keep the end goal in mind.

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Headphones

Susan Robinson
May 28, 2020

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This card was inspired by a photo I took of my granddaughter. Not even a teenager yet, and already it has begun – practicing the art of escapism, the tuning out of the world around you, the act of being physically present but otherwise unavailable. Love it! I want a pair of headphones!

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Seeing Red

Susan Robinson
May 14, 2020

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I use card making as a kind of art therapy. Feeling very frustrated with technology at the moment, or more so the inability of my brain to comprehend it. After doing a bit of research, I thought I had finally nutted out how to enable my ‘Comments’. It worked for one post, but when I went through exactly the same process for the next one, although behind the scenes looked all good and correct, it then stated ‘Comments Off’ when the post went live. Aaaaagh!!! Why?!? I DO NOT understand! Looks like that problem will once again be put aside in the too hard basket. Such a time waster, I’d rather be making cards.

stamps: ‘Prom Queen’ by Stampotique; ‘Say it How it Is’ by Dylusions.

Alcohol ink background.

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Party Girls!

Susan Robinson
April 2, 2020

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It may be a while before we can get together to celebrate a birthday party, so to all you crafters out there – sending hand made cards to let people know we are thinking of them is especially important right now. Some cope better than others without company. Many of us are isolating with family members or friends, but some people live all alone. And without the distraction of work or social gatherings, and the anxiety over financial issues, the next few months may prove difficult to get through.
Hang in there. Remember, you are never really alone. Keep connected…

Sending warm thoughts and virtual hugs to you all. xx

stamp: Tiny Townie ‘Birthday Party’ by Stamping Bella

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Fly Away Dragon

Susan Robinson
March 2, 2020

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Card for her twin brother. After being organised so far ahead of time with the ‘Pet Dragon’ card, this one was a last minute slap dash affair I’m afraid. Consequently in my hurry, I caught the sides of the sponging block while shading around the moon, creating lines. I tried to blend the (water soluble) inks out with a water pen, but the paper was too absorbent and it just soaked in. Aahh! The card I used was one I had previously sprayed with Distress Stain Sprays (Mustard Seed and Aged Mahogany I think), then put aside. Inspiration came from ‘Lavinia Stamps’.

I have shown this hilly background technique in a previous post (see Cherry Tree under Leaves/Trees catagory) but it’s been a while and thought you might like a refresher. You could do the background hills first if you prefer as they are lighter in colour, then do the darker hills in the foreground, either way. The inks I used were all Adirondack dye inks – ‘Slate’ edged with ‘Eggplant’ for the darker foreground hills, ‘Current’ edged with ‘Mushroom’ for the lighter background hills. I then added a bit of ‘Current’ to the base of the foreground hills to spread that pink glow reflecting from the moon.

For the moon I cut out a circle, laid it into position, then sponged lightly around it with ‘Current’ Adirondack dye ink. Just ensure the circle doesn’t move while doing this! I sponged some ‘Slate’ around edges of whole card to finish, before adhering to backing cards.

stamps: Dragon and Birds by Lavinia stamps; Winter Trees 05521 by Deep Red; wording by Tim Holtz/ Stampers Anonymous

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Pet Dragon

Susan Robinson
March 1, 2020

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The twins are turning 12! All the grandkids are into dragons at the moment, and wouldn’t it just be SO cool to have your very own dragon pet?! I was really happy when I came across this stamp last year, as it is hard to find images of that theme geared towards girls. Had to have a little play with it straight away, but couldn’t post until I had given it to her for her birthday. I will show her brother’s card tomorrow.

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Hello New Year Girl

Susan Robinson
January 2, 2020

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HELLO new year! Glad to meet you. What do you have in store for us this year I wonder? Only good things I hope…

Stamp is by Jane Davenport, she’s called “Hair Lines” (strange name). Coloured with watercolour pencils. I found her quite large for a card, as Jane mainly caters to the Art Journal market.

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Detours

Susan Robinson
July 4, 2019

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My niece is off on her first overseas adventure with two girlfriends today. I am at the same time both excited for her and nervous for my sister, her mother! It’s always hard letting them go, especially when they’ll be so far away. I’m sure she’ll have a fantastic time though and have plenty of stories (edited of course) to tell when she returns!

Stamp is: “Molly Makes a Detour” Uptown Girl range from Stamping Bella

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Inspiration Exists

Susan Robinson
May 26, 2018

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Wise Words…

stamps: …with Journal 40-127 by Penny Black; Empowered Words DD-960A by Unity Stamp Co

stencil: Mini Elliptic TCW605s by The Crafters Workshop

As usual I could not get my photos in library to rotate!! Aaagh! So frustrating. Anyway, below is my first version of finished card, but upon viewing the photographed image it appeared washed out, so I went back in and darkened the surrounding sepia sponged area, gave her blue eyes, added more shading to her boots and t-shirt and stamped out wording again, lifting it up with Magic Mount over original. Her bangles and spirals on journal are foiled with gold and silver Fab Foils. I added Glossy Accents over her hair (applied with paint brush) and dots of Baby Blue Liquid Pearls for center of flowers. The circular stenciled area is highlighted with Wild Honey Distress Stickles. I sponged Tumbled Glass Distress ink inside the circle and used coloured pencils to colour everything in.

 

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World of Imagination

Susan Robinson
May 23, 2018

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So true. I guess you know which world my feet are planted in 🙂

stamps: Lost in Thought by Indigo Blue; Golden Leaves 3982K by Penny Black; The World of Reality from Warehouse District set CMS124 by Stampers Anonymous

inks: Shaded Lilac and Chipped Sapphire Distress Pads

 

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