Anzac Day

Susan Robinson
April 24, 2020

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Lest we forget…

It will be a strange Anzac Day this year, with no group gatherings allowed. I hope many of you take up the suggestion to stand at the end of your driveways for the morning service, with radio on and candle lit. It will be a year to remember.

This is a cross-stitch I did last year for my brother’s birthday. He used to be in the army, and two of his sons still are. Anzac Day is a very important day in their calendar.

The top framed picture looks a bit distorted from the reflection off the glass sorry. The bottom one I took at the framers, while trying to decide which colour matting to put around it. I forgot to take one of the complete image before framing. Don’t look too closely at the black section as I’m sure there’s a few errors in there. Soo hard to see black when working en mass.

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Cosmos Compilation

Susan Robinson
April 20, 2020

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We’ve had a bit of rain this week, always good for the gardens.

These are cards I made a while ago but just realised the post was still sitting in Drafts.

The backgrounds were created with various Distress Stain Sprays. The stamp is “Cosmos Spray” CRP263 by Stampendous.

 

Petals coloured pale pink, cut out and glued over main image. Glossy Accents and micro beads added to centers. Silver foil applied to swirls.

Glossy Accents applied to petals. When dry, Gold Stickles smeared over. Gold Pearls glued to centers. Gold Fab Foil applied to plaque swirls.

Yellow Flowersoft added to center of flowers to create texture and dimension. Water splashed onto background to bleach colour. Yellow chalk applied to plaque.

 

 

 

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Fairy Dust

Susan Robinson
April 16, 2020

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My 3rd card using this technique, only it didn’t really show up so well. The Perfect Pearl Mist used was ‘Bronze’. I used a wet paintbrush to bleach the colour from the fairy’s wings and mushroom heads, then highlighted circles with a white Sharpie pen. I added green with texter to grass at base of mushrooms and dots of ‘Biscotti’ Liquid Pearls to flower centers.

stamps: Rabbit and Leaves by Lavinia Stamps; Fairy by Katy Sue Designs; Mushrooms by Art Impressions

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Mermaid On the Rocks

Susan Robinson
April 12, 2020

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My 2nd card created using the technique explained in previous post ‘Blue Boat’. This time using ‘Creole Spice’ Kaleidacolor pad and ‘Copper’ Perfect Pearl Mist.

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Blue Boat

Susan Robinson
April 10, 2020

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This is a background technique using Kaleidacolor pads with Perfect Pearl Mists. It’s a set of 3 posts.

Kaleidacolor pads (by Tsukineko Inc) are dye inks comprised of separate raised colour sections which you push together to create the rainbow effect. I brayered the ‘Blue Breeze’ pad onto white kromekote (gloss) card for this sample.

The brayer wasn’t long enough to do the whole card, so did half the card with the darkest colour to the outside. Then swiveled the card around to do other half, meeting the lightest colours up in the middle.

Next, rather than spray the ‘Perfect Pearl’ Mist directly onto the coloured card, I spritzed it onto a Teflon mat (you can use a plastic lid or tablecloth instead). This allowed me more control of where to apply the silver shimmer mist rather than get a blanket coverage. The shimmer mist will bead on the plastic mat and provide you with different effects depending on whether you dab at the droplets or swish the card through.

The exciting discovery for me was – that as the shimmer mist was being added to the card, at the same time, the liquid element of it was bleaching the colour from the blue dye ink! So cool! This will show up better on the sample I did for my next post as the colours are more contrasting. With this card using a ‘Pearl’ (whitish) shimmer mist, it’s hard to distinguish that from the water bleaching effects on the card.

The Boat Collage is from a very old Stampin’ Up set (I bought 2nd hand, no name on packaging). I stamped the center square again onto another piece of card which had been brayered with the same ink pad as the background, then Magic Mounted it into place. I used a white Sharpie pen to add highlights. The wording is from PSX F-3403, the Compass 8362-J from Inkadinkado. I actually wanted to stamp the wording directly onto the blue background as it seemed a shame to cover up all that deliciousness, but the shimmer ink is very hard to stamp over, so I took the cowards way out and stamped onto a separate card. The wording seemed appropriate for these trying times.

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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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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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Easy Apple Slice

Susan Robinson
March 31, 2020

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As you know I love an easy recipe, and this one is not only easy, but has few ingredients. Saw it posted on facebook and gave it a try tonight. A big hit with my husband who has a terrible sweet tooth, so I can recommend it.

Credits to www.sewmucheasier.com

2 cups self raising flour
1 cup sugar
3 green apples, peeled, cored and diced (1cm)
125g butter or margarine
1 egg

Toss apples with self raising flour and sugar in a medium mixing bowl.

Melt butter in a small saucepan on the stovetop or in a small bowl in the microwave. Stir in egg.

Pour butter and egg into the apple mixture and mix until combined.

Spoon into a greased and lined slice tin (23 X 32cm)

Bake at 180 C for 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Keeps for about 3 days.

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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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Chemistry

Susan Robinson
March 24, 2020

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My husband’s birthday is coming up. We’ve been together nearly 27 years, so I guess the chemistry must be right, (though there have been times I’ve longed for the old days when arsenic poisoning was undetectable. How long are we self- isolating for?).

stamps: ‘The Chemist’ CMS172 by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous; Multi Circles Birthday 3599D by Stamp-it

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