Blue Gumnuts

Susan Robinson
December 16, 2019

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Breaking away from my theme of birds this year with this card. I bought some stamps off a lovely lady a few weeks ago. They belonged to her 92 year old mother who sadly is unable to continue her hobby due to failing eyesight. This was one I didn’t buy as I already have it. It is an old favourite of mine as it is simple but effective, so when I got home I had to take it out and reacquaint myself with it. I sent her the card as a thank you.

To make: I simply stamped it out twice in dark blue without re-inking in between, to create that shadow effect of the 2nd stamping. On a piece of scrap paper, I then stamped it out again in a light blue ink and cut out the top leaf only. I folded the leaf down the center to create a slight ridge, then glued it into place over darker blue version. Using a thick glue, I applied gold Flowersoft for flowers. When dry, shake off any excess back into pot. I then added dots of light blue Liquid Pearls around flowers. Set aside to dry before assembling backing cards. I gold embossed the Christmas wording at top.

stamps: Gumnut Brush 3745E; Christmas Mini 3044B both by Stamp-it Australia

Probably won’t get the chance to post again now till after New Year – so Merry Christmas everyone! Hope it is a safe and happy one 🙂

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Finding Peace

Susan Robinson
November 23, 2019

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A little Christmas wish for everyone – I hope this years end brings Peace, to your home, to your heart, to your world and ours.

After playing around with inky backgrounds and tweaking the design, I am finally ready for mass production! There is a high possibility if you are on my Christmas list that you may get a card that looks something like this. So everyone gets the same card, but slightly different.

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Birds with Bauble

Susan Robinson
November 15, 2019

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Holly Concert 4337K Penny Black

There seems to be a theme happening this year – birds! I haven’t got back to further explore the potential of my ‘Birds on a Wreath’ die from previous post yet, as I got diverted with this one. I felt like doing some colouring in, it helps to relax me. This design was the perfect size, not too big, not too small, with enough colour variation to be interesting.

I matched up the Penny Black bird stamp ‘Holly Concert’ 4337K with a Stamp-it Christmas wording from their set #17, which I gold embossed onto a Tim Holtz Bigz die ‘Retro Ornaments’ siz660036. It was a bit of a squeeze but hopefully the message is clear enough 🙂

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Birds on a Wreath

Susan Robinson
October 23, 2019

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Thought I’d better make a start on my Christmas cards. Just playing with this Penny Black die “Birds on a Wreath” at the moment. In the pink sample above I have incorporated some Alexandra Renke dies also.

In this green and copper sample, I embossed the Christmas script background in copper, overlaying the die, cut out in gold paper. I cut out the bells a 2nd time and mounted them over the originals once I’d dry- embossed them. The birds I also cut out a 2nd time in scraps of rust and mustard cardstock, gluing into place and adding wings.

For this blue sample, I cut out the die in white cardstock and coloured it in with watercolours and pens – a bit time consuming, so doubt I’ll be making many of them. The bells and birds I cut out a 2nd time, colouring in the birds and Magic Mounting all into position. The background was just a scrap I had laying around from another project that I re-purposed.

Well that’s all for now, all the best with your Christmas card endeavours! I found this die (much as I love it) a bit busy, so may try some de-constructed versions of it next 🙂

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Celebration of Life

Susan Robinson
September 22, 2019

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Life goes on and we must celebrate the living.

This card is for one of my good friends who has been a wonderful support and source of inspiration to me for many years. I feel very blessed to have her in my life. I hope you all have at least one person in your life like that 🙂

Flower dies by Alexandra Renke, leaves (unsure), Tattered Banners siz657179 by Tim Holtz, Happy Birthday stamp 3320C by Stamp-it

Flowers coloured with Distress Stains.

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Golden Sympathy

Susan Robinson
September 15, 2019

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It was with great sadness that I made some Sympathy cards this week. One of our close friends’ mother passed away suddenly. Such a lovely, lovely lady, what I would call ‘the salt of the earth’ type. We often dropped by to have a chin-wag over a cuppa. She will be sorely missed.

My husband has known the family a lot longer than I have (over 50 years), so he was going to fill in the inside message. Still waiting… I know he is really struggling to find the right words to say. Some feelings no words can express.

My condolences go out to all others suffering a similar loss in their life. I hope you have the love and support of friends or family to help you through it. x

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Snail Mail

Susan Robinson
September 11, 2019

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For many years I was under the misconception that WHEN I retire, my life would suddenly be ALL organised! Three years on and sadly that is not the case. My recipes are still waiting to be sorted, as are my music files, and don’t get me started on my photographs! I thought digital technology was supposed to make life easier, but it has only added to the chaos. And considering I make cards as a hobby, you’d think my friends and relatives would at least get a lovely hand made card for their birthday every year! On time! (Sigh)

I get through life with the attitude that “Every day is a new day”, forgive myself for past inadequacies and strive to do better.

  • UMS879 Toadstool Turret from Willowby Woods Collection by Creative Expressions UK
  • 1758E Garden Buggy! by Penny Black Inc
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Fairy Cup of Kindness

Susan Robinson
September 3, 2019

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So Suzy “Fairy Teacup” stamp, wordings by Stampin’ Up

For all of you suffering colds and the flu (or any other ailments) – hope you feel better soon.

I fell in love with these adorable little fairies from ‘So Suzy’ stamps as soon as I saw them. How gorgeous are they?!

The background for this card was sprayed with Distress Stains (Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Weathered Wood), then spritzed with Perfect Pearl PP Mist. Crystal Stickles have been applied to the fairies wings, and Glossy Accents to reflections on cup and liquid in spoon.

Below is another card I made with them.

So Suzy “Fairy Teacup” stamp, wording by Penny Black, “Fillipa” corner die by Memory Box

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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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Summer Hibiscus

Susan Robinson
August 9, 2019

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We’ve had such beautiful sunny weather this winter, some days I feel like it’s summer already! Inspiration for this card.

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