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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Precious Life

Susan Robinson
May 20, 2018

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I remember in high school finding it difficult picking my subjects as I truly had no idea what I wanted to do as a career when I left. So hard when you’re still trying to figure yourself out, never mind everyone and everything else.

Spritz white card with water, then Distress Stain Sprays. Dry with a heatgun. Lay over stencil and sponge same inks through to correspond with background colours.

Stamp girl on separate card, colour her in with watercolour pencils, then cut out and glue onto main card. I added some stripes of Flamingo Liquid Pearls onto hat, some White Accents over her sholaces, Weathered Wood Crackle Paint onto bag and Silver Fab Foils to accents on bag.

Stamp wording in black at top left of card. Sponge around edge of card with sepia ink and attach to grey matting, then musk pink folded backing card.

stamps: Lost in Thought by Indigo Blue; Precious Life D13325 by Impression Obsession

inks: Victorian Velvet and Tumbled Glass Distess Stain Sprays and Pads

stencil: Mini Flower Frenzy TCW157s by The Crafters Workshop

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Teenage Dream

Susan Robinson
May 18, 2018

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I like the freedom of being able to use any stamps I want when creating a card, with no constraints regarding  which company they come from.

stamps: Dreamer Flair by Close to my Heart; Empowered Words DD-960A by Unity Stamp Co

die: Garden Trellis Frame & Labels 660060 by Sizzix  

I later added a swirly stream of Diamond Stickles behind butterfly to show its flight path and to fill in the middle space, but as usual was frustrated by my media library not allowing me to rotate the photo the correct way up and so eventually gave up trying to post that pic. If anyone has any advice on the matter, I’m all ears!

 

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Teenage Heart

Susan Robinson
May 16, 2018

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The teenage years can sometimes be challenging, and making cards for that age group can be too. Each child is an individual and they mature at different rates, so what might suit one 13 year old, may seem too childish for another. I have been asked for ideas for teenage girls lately by a number of friends wanting to make cards for their daughter’s friends birthdays or their own grandchildren. It’s nice having friends that span many generations, helps keep me in touch. And it’s important for us girls to support each other, no matter our age.

stamps: Dreamer Flair set B1439 by Close to My Heart; Butterfly Edge 3648K by Penny Black

inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar and Dried Marigold Distress Stain Sprays; Jet Black Archival Pad

punch: Fiskars Butterfly hand Punch

 

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