Fairy Post

Susan Robinson
November 25, 2017


Letters seem to be a thing of the past now (along with beautiful handwriting), but I still remember the excitement of getting a personal letter in the mail! I am always drawn to designs with postal marks or lovely script on them. And of course fairies are a constant favourite. This is a Stampendous stamp CRW099 “Birthday Fairy”. I stamped image in black Archival ink over an alcohol ink coloured background, and again onto some white card so I could colour in the fairy, cut her out and mount over image on coloured card. I placed a bit of Magic Mount under her skirt to lift it up but glued the rest of body down onto card. Drizzled some Glossy Accents over skirt and sprinkled glitter over whilst still wet. Added silver Stickles to star on wand. Assembled finished card front onto various coloured matting cards. The pink spirals is a scrap from a plastic sheet by KI Memories. Added some rhinestones for bling. See below for slight variations – same, same, but different: The one below was a bit hard to photograph as the light reflected off the silver alcohol inks in the background and silver stickers.        


Perky Poppy 3

Susan Robinson
August 19, 2017


My third posting in this 3 part series, suggesting ways to use this Memory Box die.

For this sample I have kept the background card and popped the flower frame back inside the space to define it. Behind it is a piece of card from my ‘background’ box, what was once white kromekote (gloss) card, brightly coloured with Alcohol Inks. I like to leave a little of the coloured card peeping around the edge, (seems a shame to cover up all that deliciousness).

Stamp wording (from Unity Stamp co) in black ink.

I added a strip of turquoise card to pick up that colour in the flower head, and some silver cord for interest. Assembled onto white folded backing card.



Of course there is nothing stopping you from doing multiple cuts of the poppy die onto your card front. Here is one made with a different coloured Alcohol Ink background.

I hope you have enjoyed this mini series and gained some inspiration. There will be another series soon to follow using Memory Box’s ‘English Rose Bouquet” die.


English Rose Bouquet 1

Susan Robinson
August 6, 2017


My next series of floral cards, made using this rose die – English Rose Bouquet #99139 by Memory Box.

I really loved the cards in the last post (Perky Poppy 3) with the Alcohol inks, so decided to replicate the technique with this die. Not as effective I feel, unsure whether due to the design shape or my choice of background.


Note: when pushing out the unwanted petals, don’t lose the 2 pieces (shown at right of image), that are part of the background and need to be glued back in.

I didn’t glue the leaves down so I could bend them up to show a slither of colour from background beneath. I then wrapped some ribbon across the top and assembled card layers.

Thinking of You Brush stamp (890B) is from Stamp-it.


Frosted Poinsettia

November 14, 2016


20160930_211556stamps: Polka Run 3639H by Penny Black; Joyeux from ChristmasSTC-M01 by Delish Designs

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Antique Linen & Pumice Stone Distress Pads; Red Pepper, Cranberry, Lettuce & Pesto Alcohol Inks

papers: Frosted Film TH93048; Clear Film (acetate);  Ivory Matt Card; Raven, Pear & Leapfrog Bazzill Cards, scraps of dark green card

accessories: Cream Pearls; Tattered Poinsettia die siz658261; Spruce Stems die CC-182 by Cottage Cutz; Star Dust Stickles; Brad

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Harlequin stencil THS016; Circle Hole Punch; Sponging Block; Big Shot Machine, Tim Holtz Applicator Tool & squares


  1. Attach a sheet of clear film to some of Tim Holtz frosted film. Frosted Film is adhesive backed. Just make sure you push all the air bubbles out as you go. Now cut out the Tattered Poinsettia petals in it.20160930_131110
  2. Add a few drops of alcohol ink to the sponge on applicator tool and apply to the petals of the poinsettia. I coloured some of the larger petals green to make them into leaves. 20160930_131026
  3. Punch a small hole in the center of each flower. Heat them with the heatgun. This will cause them to curl up. Shape as desired while still warm. They will set into the position when cool. If you’re not happy with how they’re sitting, re-heat and re-shape. 20160930_131738
  4. Assemble your flower layers and join together with brad through the middle. Smear some Star Dust Stickles over and spread with a paintbrush. Set aside to dry. 20160930_132430
  5. Lay the stencil over the ivory card and sponge the Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress inks through using a sponging block. Stamp the polka dots stamp down the left-hand side in black ink. 20160930_210245
  6. Assemble your card layers with two-sided tape – ivory onto black matting, then onto light green, then darker green folded backing card.
  7. Fix your poinsettia into position. Place pearl over brad in center. Cut out some greenery from Spruce Stems die using Big Shot machine and attach some sprigs under poinsettia using liquid glue.
  8. Stamp your wording in black ink onto scrap of ivory card. Cut left side into flag shape. Sponge edges with sepia ink and attach to card with two-sided tape. Attach small pearl into swirl.20160930_211556




Reverse Butterfly Collage 1

July 25, 2016


butterfly formation 006I have a new butterfly die! Memory Box #99145 reverse Butterfly Collage die. The wording is from Unity Stamp Co’s Empowered Words DD-960A.

Cut the die from a piece of white kromekote (gloss) card which has been coloured with various Alcohol inks. Place plain ivory card beneath the cut-out to highlight the butterfly pattern. Lightly sponge the butterfly wings with a dark purple chalk and smudge some Lavender Sticbutterfly formation 007kles around the wing tips. Draw the butterfly bodies and antennae on with a black Zig pen.  Stamp the wording with a black Archival pad (note: don’t use a StazOn pad or it will re-act with the alcohol inks, and some dye pads may not dry on the gloss card). Mount finished card front onto backing layers to frame.


Let the Carnival begin

May 29, 2016


carnival 002Let the carnival begin! Oh wait, I forgot to dress – or did I? What the hey, who will recognise me with my mask on anyway?

Feeling in a fairly festive mood, having just come back from holidays.  And the best part is – I’m STILL on holiday!

This mysterious lady is from an equally mysterious stamp company, as there are no markings on the woodblock at all to identify her origins. Because of the block shape, I am guessing it may be a “Collections” stamp by Julie Van Oosten, but can’t give you a code sorry. Anyway, I like her.

I stamped her with Jet Black Archival pad onto gloss card that had been coloured with “Cloudy Blue”, “Sandal” and “Pebble” Alcohol inks. I stamped it a 2nd time onto some scrap gloss card, so that I could cut out the nautilus shell, and half circle at top of design. The nautilus I painted with White Opal Liquid Pearls, then went over with Tea Dye Distress pen to colour slightly, before magic mounting onto card. The half circle at top of image I sponged with turquoise and brown inks before fixing to card. The double border around it’s base, I foiled in silver, using a Sailor glue pen and Fab Foils. I coloured the building in background with Tumbled Glass Distress pen and highlighted the arc to left with Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls. I added Patina and Silver Stickles over lady’s necklace.

I cut a few extra strips of shorter length from the background card off and adhered them to the right of stamped image. Dots of Onyx Pearl Liquid Pearls were then added to decorate before setting aside to dry. I sponged around the edges of all gloss card pieces with Sepia Archival ink before adhering my card layers together.


Bird in Cage

May 21, 2016


I created this background using alcohol inks on kromekote (gloss) card. I first made concertina folds along just the edges of the card. You could carefully measure and score lines with a ruler for a neater look, but I was after a more relaxed, almost grungy look, so just folded roughly, making folds different lengths. I rubbed Blending Solution over with a sponge, then a light orange. Working quickly, I dribbled various colours of alcohol ink (Sunset Orange, Eggplant & Meadow) along folds, tilting the card to make them run along ridges created by folds. They dry very quickly.

Stamps: Bo Bunny set “Birds of a Feather” #12105440, Lovely day wording siset046 from Stamp-It

Dies: Mini Bird & Cage set siz657207newest 002

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