Flowers in Frames

Susan Robinson
January 28, 2018


I like being organised, everything to have a place and everything being IN it’s place, but life happens and messiness follows. I am currently doing an on-line art class as well as continuing with my obsession for card making, and then people I know keep having birthdays which throws another spanner in the works, then off I go on another tangent. I have 2 large work tables in my craft room, with projects in various stages of completion spread upon them. Strangely enough it is often within the chaos that I gain my inspiration. I will spy a random piece of paper next to another colour or pattern that I would never normally think to pair together, and yet I see something that could work in that combination. Today I spotted some cut-out frames rejected from a previous project, and decided to make use of them.

stamps: Rose Script 91658-Y by Inkadinkado (Tin Can Mail)

dies: Love Die385-B by Impression Obsession

inks: Victorian Velvet, Pumice Stone & Wild Honey Distress Stain Sprays; Aged Mahogany & Peeled Paint Distress Re-inkers; Sepia & Jet Black Archival Pads; Golden Glitz Delicata Pad

stamps: Tulips in Porcelain 276K by Penny Black; Postcards CMS099 by Stamper’s Anonymous; Tiny Butterfly 338A by All Night Media

inks: Wild Honey & Pumice Stone Distress Stain Sprays


Row of Poppies

Susan Robinson
January 23, 2018


Sometimes when I am playing with a background, it turns out uuuggly, but I never throw it away because one day it may come in handy for something else. This is the case for the following 2 cards, I got both pieces from my reject box and though I didn’t like them as a whole, I am quite happy with the mix of colours once they’ve been cut out into flowers (Row of Poppies die 99137 from Memory Box).


I stamped the wording (Evidence of Art LCS055 from Wendy Vecchi) in sepia ink onto off-white card, then spritzed Sunshine Sparkle Perfect Pearl over. I used Magic Mount under some of the flower heads but glued the rest down and applied a strip of brown leaf ribbon across base. After assembling card layers, I put Glossy Accents over flower heads and set aside to dry.


I sprayed some Wild Honey Distress Stain onto watercolour paper, then ran it out to the right with a wet paintbrush. Dried with a heatgun. I glued the flowers into place, again lifting some of the heads with Magic Mount. I stamped the wording (from same set as card #1) in black Archival ink and use a black Zig pen to draw the roots extending down from the stems. After assembling card layers, I added dots of gold Liquid Pearls above the flower heads to resemble pollen drifting off in the breeze.


I cut the flowers from plain watercolour paper, then hand cut some strips of grass from leftover card to bulk out the flowers and make them look a bit different from my other cards. I coloured these and flower stems, with Bundled Sage Distress re-inker using a water brush. The poppy heads I used a combination of Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed Distress re-inkers.

On my background watercolour paper, I first mapped out my desired shape with water using a flat brush before dropping re-inkers Iced Spruce and Forest Moss onto it, using same brush to move ink around. Dried with a heatgun.

Glue grass at back of flowers and attach to card. Cut out birthday word in yellow card and glue down. Stamp ‘happy’ down wording onto scrap of same card, cut out and mount into position. Assemble remaining card layers.


This background was created with a combination of blue/green Dylusion ink sprays. When dry, I stamped over alphabet in white and circles in teal ink. Dried with a heatgun.

The poppies were cut from plain orange card. I sponged a little Spiced Marmalade Distress ink and sepia around edges of flowers. After I had attached them to card front, I applied some Spiced Marmalade Distress Stickles and ran a white Sharpie pen along their top edges.

The base was initially texture paste, but I didn’t like it so covered it with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress embossing powders, then heat set. The butterflies were from a scrap of brown alcohol ink card cut out using a tiny Fiskars butterfly punch.



Seahorse Stew

Susan Robinson
January 14, 2018


Summertime, and the sea is calling. After a couple of divine mornings swimming in the ocean, we are in for a cooler change. The storm clouds are gathering and rain is expected tonight.

Meanwhile, back in my air-conditioned attic, I have been cooking up a creative storm with Kaisercraft’s Seahorse Embossing Folder EF234. I have had the folder for a while, taken it out on a number of occassions, but kept putting it back in the box as I was unsure what to do with it. The hardest step of any journey is always the first one. Sometimes you just have to begin, and the path will unfold before you.

On all the following 4 cards, the seahorse was first dry embossed onto white watercolour paper before various inks were sprayed over.


(Apologies for the blurriness of above photograph due to the clear film).

stamps: Hanging vines by Lavinia stamps; Beyond the Sea set (fish) by Heidi Grace; Dream set078 by Stamp-it.

die: Aquarium Fish 1132 by Poppy Stamps

stencil: Circles DYS34216 by Dylusions

inks: Fresh Lime & Polished Jade Dylusion Ink Sprays; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Jet Black Staz-On Pad; Caramel Alcohol Ink; Walnut Stain Distress Pen

accessories: Silver Fab Foil; Silver Rub-ons; Silver Stickles; Picket Fence Dabber Paint; Black Accent


stamps: Ocean Backgrounds DYR37798 by Dylusions

die: Doodles (hello) 51-128 by Penny Black

inks: Fresh Lime & Melted Chocolate by Dylusions; Blue Raspberry Perfect Pearl Sprays

accessories: Silver Starfish Charm; Clear Rhinestone; Watercolour Pencils; Waterbrush; Crackle Accent


stamps: Fish AL32 by Acorn; Bubble Stream 487D by All Night Media

dies: Sea Plants 56022 by Impression Obsession

inks: Crushed Olive, Dried Marigold & Dusty Concord Distress Stain Sprays; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Eggplant Adirondack Pad

accessories: Orchid Liquid Pearls; Copper Stickles, Copper Rub-Ons; Picket Fence Dabber Paint; Lettuce Adirondack Dimensional Pearls; Shells


stamps: Seahorse 2723C by Stamp-it; Sea by anon; Starfish 91663-Y by Inkadinkado

inks: Tawny Turquoise Moonshadow Mist; Evergreen Bough Distress Pad; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Walnut Stain Distress Pen

accessories: Crackle Accent; Copper Stickles, Dark Chocolate & Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls; Clear Rhinestone


Bird Watching

Susan Robinson
January 10, 2018


Now that I’m no longer working, I have time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Time to walk in the sun, to watch butterflies floating by, hear the birds in the trees – and just appreciate the simple things in life.

stamp: Garden Letter 40-277 by Penny Black


Alexandra Renke Watercolour Florals

Susan Robinson
January 5, 2018


Starting off the year with some simple cards using one of Alexandra Renke’s beautiful watercolour floral design papers. I actually find it quite hard keeping things clean and austere, especially when trying to use predominantly white! You don’t realise how many shades of white there are till you try using them together. Rather than struggle against my natural instincts, I decided to just relax and go with the flow, adding colour where the whim dictated.

You can get 24 cards from one 12×12 sheet…











Tutu Pig

Susan Robinson
January 1, 2018


Hope the New Year brings with it all things glorious!!

stamps: Ballerina Pig P-1185 by Art Impressions; Hope Your Day S143-N by Wordsworth


A Blue Christmas

Susan Robinson
December 17, 2017


Wishing everyone a peaceful, joyous Christmas, filled with love and laughter. See you in the New Year!

I finally have some Christmas cards made and ready to post! It has been a bit of a blue Christmas this year with the recent passing of my father, so I thought the colour scheme appropriate.

dies: Angel with Heart KbD-AR-W0019 & Branch Wreath KbD-AR-F10008 by Alexandra Renke

Below are samples I made while playing with ideas, before settling on the above one as my card design for this year.




The Warmth Lingers

Susan Robinson
December 13, 2017


Thinking of my father, and the empty spaces left behind…

stamps: Down by the Seaside 60-30059 by Inkadinkado; The Tide Recedes 4228F by Stamp-it

die: Tim Holtz Frameworks ‘Trellis’ siz659431

inks: Spun Sugar, Antique Linen & Weathered Wood Distress Stain Sprays

For this card I lifted out the trellis part, inked around the edges with a Weathered Wood Distress pad and Magic Mounted it back into place. I removed 2 of the shapes and cut out a single one from the background card which I placed above the empty spaces. The shape with birds on, I Magic Mounted up.


stamps: Sandcastle 60-00558H by Inkadinkado; Waves 481E by All Night media; Walk with Me D13007 by Impression Obsession

die: Tim Holtz Frameworks ‘Trellis’ siz659431

inks: Spun Sugar, Antique Linen & Tumbled Glass Distress Stain Sprays

For this card I glued the trellis part down flat, then lifted out 3 shapes to leave the background showing through. The shapes beneath the sandcastle, I lifted out, sponged around the edges with sepia ink and replaced with Magic Mount under 1 side only to tilt them, the 2 at top tilted right, the bottom 2 left.



Blue Trellis

Susan Robinson
December 9, 2017


This post is in memory of my father who died last Wednesday 6th December. He didn’t come from London but Hartlepool which is in the north east of England. He left England when he was 20 and traveled and worked in many countries – Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and spent many years in West Africa where he met his wife and had 4 of his 5 children. He returned to Australia with his family in 1973 to settle.

I actually made this card for my brothers birthday which was the day my father took gravely ill and was taken into hospital. He and his wife had recently spent some time in London on holiday. My father was quite a strong willed person and I was so glad he managed to get through that Saturday, it would have been even more devastating for my brother if his father had died on his birthday. As it was he waited until all his children from various parts of the country had assembled by his bedside before passing away half an hour later. He will be sorely missed.

I used Tim Holtz Frameworks ‘Trellis’ die siz659431, the  same as in the ‘Peach Trellis’ flower card a few posts back. I had assembled all the little pieces and attached with glue and various levels of Magic Mount, but when I went to stamp my ‘London Gent’, because it was Bazzill card, it didn’t stamp well as all the texture from the card showed through. Being a solid image, it really needed to be stamped onto a smooth surface, something I didn’t think through beforehand. So I had to go to plan B, and stamp onto a piece of clear film cut to size and attach it to my card front with black brads. I placed black Magic Mount underneath the man (so that worked well being a solid image). It was a little harder to photograph because of the reflection from the film, so had to do it on a slight angle, which made my words distorted as then they weren’t directly underneath. I cut out the 55 from 2 different fonts and glued them onto the top of the clear film.


Fairy Glen

Susan Robinson
December 4, 2017


Oh to have some magic fairy dust to make all my flowers bloom!

stamps: Moon by Lavinia Stamps; Fairies by Katy Sue Designs; Flowers by Stampin’ Up & Penny Black

die: Autumn Frame Square YCD10105 by Yvonne Creations

inks: Purple Twilight, Eggplant & Pesto Adirondack Pads