Hello there!

Susan Robinson
February 12, 2020

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Just because… they are so darn cute!

I have been trying to rearrange and tidy my craft room for the last few weeks, but it seems I don’t have enough cupboard space (or maybe just too much crap!). A slow and frustrating process, so I took some time out today to play. Just because… I spotted amidst the chaos, a small clearing on my tabletop:)

stamp: Snugglepot & Cuddlepie – Hanging On 17313 by Paper Rose

I added Vintage Photo Distress Stickles to his cap and Sunshine Yellow Flowersoft to her skirt and cap, with Yellow Liquid Pearls for dots.

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Plain Sympathy

Susan Robinson
February 7, 2020

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Another sad day.

‘With Sympathy’ Embossing Folder by Darice ; ‘Lilies’ 3409E by Stamp-it

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New Aussie Gumnut Baby

Susan Robinson
January 29, 2020

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We have two new babies expected within our extended family over the next few months, how exciting! May Gibbs is always a go-to classic in my book for a new little Aussie, but I will be making a few other varieties too so I have a selection to choose from when the time comes.

Not sure which version of this card I like. I felt the baby got lost among the gum leaves in the first one, so I placed it onto a mounted cream circle, then added a bow at the finish. Hmm, still undecided – 1, 2 or 3?

I cut the Gum leaf dies (Paper Rose: Gum Leaves 2 & 3) from a piece of card I had previously coloured with Distress Stains. It turned out too dark to use for a stamped background, so I put it aside for cutting leaves out of. I added a little Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearl to highlight the gumnuts.

The May Gibbs stamp images are from Stamp World: ‘Nuttybub and Nittersing’ C215 and ‘Nuttybub in a Birdsnest’ E236. I stamped them both onto a seperate piece of card, coloured them lightly, then cut them out. I added some Grey and Sage Ultrafine Flowersoft to the nest, then Magic Mounted the image over the gum leaves.

Below is a another card using the same Birdsnest Baby stamp along with ‘Just Peeking’ K476 also from Stamp World. I think I like it better, sometimes simple is best.

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Blue Wren on Banksia

Susan Robinson
January 22, 2020

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I found this fabulous stamp on marketplace being sold by a local lady who was no longer crafting. It’s called ‘Wren on Banksia’ 382L by Annaleey Crafts in South Australia. I tried to find them, but like so many companies, they seem to have disappeared.

These inky backgrounds were left over from some of my Christmas cards. I had put them aside as I felt they were a bit dark. Perfect for these cards though! They were done with variations of Distress Stain Sprays: Weathered Wood, Bundled Sage, Dried Marigold, Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar.

The wrens and banksia were coloured in using watercolour pencils. I then added some lines of thin glue to ridges of the banksia before applying Ultrafine Flowersoft ‘Sand’ to create texture. Glossy Accents were used to highlight seedpods and birds eye and beak.

The Australian bush background and wording with above card are both by Stamp-it. Rather than stamp the bush background as a whole, I stamped the left and right sides of the image onto the opposing sides of the card (hope that makes sense). I first masked off the bird though so as not to have unwanted lines going across it when stamping the background on top. To do this just stamp the bird onto some scrap paper, cut it out, then sit it over stamped bird image to protect/mask it.

The Ancient Proverb wording with bluer card below is by Penny Black.

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Water Lilies

Susan Robinson
January 13, 2020

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Taking advantage of this lull before life speeds up again. I have a heap of coloured in images that just need backing cards attached to finish off. This is one of my favourite designs from PSX.

Stamp is by PSX K-1438. I used a combination of normal and watercolour pencils to colour. Glossy Accents added to dragonfly wings and ‘Onyx’ Liquid Pearl for his body.

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Torn Flowers

Susan Robinson
January 8, 2020

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When you find the perfect matching card in your box of scraps to back your stamped image, but there’s a chunk missing from one corner – what do you do? You improvise! I have only 1 full A4 sheet of this yellow colour left in my stockpile, so was very reluctant to cut it up. Instead I replaced the missing corner with another card of similar tone. And rather than straightening the torn edges at the top and right side, I left them as is for a more casual look. Really excited when I found this scrap of ribbon too! It’s a shimmery orange on one side and pink on the other. Quite lovely. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but the flowers have been stamped onto ivory card and the folded backing card is pale yellow. Watercolour pencils were used to colour in flowers.

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Honey Oat Slice

Susan Robinson
January 5, 2020

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There is more to life than card making (really!?!), so I thought I’d start sharing with you some of the other aspects of mine. One of my friends is a really good cook and I’m ashamed to say I made an absolute glutton of myself the first time I sampled this. She kindly shared the recipe with me, so I thought I’d spread the love and share it with you. We all need a repertoire of quick and easy recipes don’t we? After a few attempts, I have tweaked it slightly and am now satisfied, (though of course her cooking always tastes better).

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup of dried fruit (eg. sultanas, cranberries and currants)

1/2 cup wholemeal self-raising flour

1/2 cup raw sugar

1/2 cup coconut

Combine all dry ingredients into basin, sifting flour (return husks from sifter to basin).

Melt 140g butter and 1tbsp honey in pan, then mix into dry ingredients.

Line a 18 x 28cm lamington tin with baking paper, then press mix evenly over base. Sprinkle with some extra coconut. Bake in moderate oven (160* fan-force) for 15 – 20 mins or until golden. Cut into bars while hot. Remove from tin when cold.

It has been a difficult few years on an emotional level for me since I finished work back in 2016. Partly because I have always worked full-time and then suddenly I wasn’t at all, but the company closed down, so that was that. They say everything happens for a reason and though I was sad about my job, it came at a good time as it allowed me to spend time caring for my parents. My father had been suffering from dementia for a few years already and my mother was struggling to care for him. Sadly he passed away at the end of 2017. After the dust had settled, it soon became apparent that my mother was also suffering from dementia. (Not liking my odds at this stage).

I have found this experience quite bittersweet. I think when people get dementia, they revert back to who they were before the world and their experiences shaped them into who they became. They go back to being children, mostly happy but with some anxieties about things beyond their comprehension. They need you and your love, patience and understanding. The wheel has turned. I feel very fortunate to have/had 2 such beautiful people as my parents. And hopefully they are shaping me into a nicer person too.

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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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New Year Coffee

Susan Robinson
December 31, 2019

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The Last Day of the Year!!! Enjoy yourselves tonight but stay safe. You may be wanting a slightly larger cup of coffee in the morning just to kick start the New Year. All the best for 2020!

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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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