You’re How Old?

Susan Robinson
October 20, 2017

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To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.   -Reba McEntire

stamps: Laughing Animals 16268 by Paper Roses; You’re how old? by Stamp-it; Haha  I-1642 by Art Impressions

I have been busy cataloging all my stamps & dies etc the last few months. It has taken me foreeever! It’s been all work, work, and no play 🙁

I will hopefully have it all sorted in time for my huge GARAGE SALE in November.  I did manage to get away with a few girlfriends for some creative time at ‘stamp camp’ last weekend though and so have quite a few cards now that just need finishing off.

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Single Digits

Susan Robinson
September 9, 2017

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Kids whose birthdays are still in the single digits, are the ideal candidates for this type of card.

stamp: Fun Times 3826H by Penny Black

dies: Antiqua Numbers siz658338 by Brenda Walton; Lovely Happy Birthday #99778 by Memory Box

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Birthday Numbers

Susan Robinson
September 8, 2017

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I have had this numbers die (Antiqua Numbers siz658338) for many years and normally cut out the numbers and use them individually, but have seen some ideas lately utilising the silhouette  as well. Thought I’d have a play.

Of course this only works for birthdays with sequential numbers. I caught up with a girlfriend last week and was showing her some of the cards I had made recently. She really liked the number ones and reminded me she has a birthday coming up. And how old will she be? 57!! A challenge indeed.

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English Rose Bouquet 2

Susan Robinson
August 6, 2017

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A little softer than my usual style, but it was hard finding paper with a small enough pattern to put behind the roses. For this card I:

  • cut out the rose die (English Rose Bouquet #99139 by Memory Box) in white card
  • then traced around each flower head onto patterned paper and cut out
  • glued these behind relevant sized rose head
  • glued pearl into center of each rose
  • sepia wash over leaves
  • stamped wording in sepia ink (For You from Stamp-it)
  • sponged edge of card with sepia ink and assembled layers

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As I wasn’t 100% happy with my first sample using this technique, I re-did it using a plain card colour behind the rose heads. I then added some shading using watercolour pencils and a waterbrush. I had planned to make the roses all the same colour, but got carried away as usual. I just love colour! The leaves are a very pale green.

  

This is my favourite colour combination – peach and aqua. The pattern card is from My Minds Eye – ‘Sweet Little One’. It’s stripey on one side and plain aqua on the other. I added a strip of aqua lace as well to soften the look.

Happy Birthday stamp is from Stamp-it, inside a Collections book plate attached with green brads and Magic Mounted onto card.

Bazzill cards used: Adobe & Pinecone

 

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On the Farm

admin
April 15, 2017

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20170414_141243A card I made for my brother-in-law’s 50th birthday. He’s a farmer. He is also a twin. Always tricky trying to make their cards similar but different. Still working on his brothers.

stamps: Nature ASCRS01 by Stampendous

dies: Covered Tractor #99025 by Memory Box & Antiqua Numbers #658338 by Sizzix

instructions:

1. Stamp images onto white matt card using black Archival pad. Colour shed lightly with pencils.

2. Sponge Distress inks (Wild Honey, Barn Door & Peeled Paint) over card to cover.

3. Put dies through Big Shot machine to cut out tractor in mustard card and numbers in white card.

4. Sponge numbers with ink colours to match background. Dot black accents onto them if desired. Set aside to dry.

5. Sponge around tractor with sepia ink to define edges. Pierce hole in center of larger wheel and insert brown brad. Adhere tractor to front of card.

6. Sponge sepia ink around card edges, especially at base as you don’t want the green to be too bright (this is Australia after all).

7. Matt onto brown card which has been torn across the bottom. I tore mine too long, so tore it again, then it was too short, so I just added the torn bit underneath. Sponge edges with sepia.

8. Attach a strip of black corrugated card across bottom of folded green backing card, then adhere card front to it. I used 1mm Magic mount at top to account for thickness of corrugated card at base.

9.  Fix your numbers in place, overlapping them if necessary.

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Dinosaur Birthday

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April 10, 2017

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20170324_100938A card for our grandson’s 3rd birthday – he is mad about dinosaurs!

Dinosaur Birthday 4006E from Stamp-it

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Bugs Galore

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March 2, 2017

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stamps: Bugs Ga20170302_112922lore 80347 by Stamps Happen Inc; Bold Birthday 3203D & Number Background 4485E by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads

papers: Kraft, Lava & Yellow Green Bazzill Cards; White & Ivory Matt Cards

accessories: Colour Pencils; Red Fab Foil; Crystal Stickles, Black Accents; Brown Brads, Ideology Stencil Mark #6

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Liquid Glue; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents; Sailor Glue Pen

tools: Awl; Sponge Block; Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Stamp out circle of bugs in black ink onto white card. Colour in with pencils and decorate with Stickles, Glossy Accents and Fab Foils. Set aside to dry.20170301_171340
  2. Stamp out circle of bugs in black ink onto ivory card. Stamp out numbers in bottom left of card and Happy Birthday in top right in sepia ink. Sponge around edges with sepia also.20170301_171327
  3. When the coloured bugs are dry, cut out the bodies only and glue into place over same images stamped onto ivory card. Colour in their legs to match. Choose 1 bug only to lift up with Magic Mount beneath (I chose yellow/green bug).
  4. Matt small rectangle of red card at top right behind birthday wording. Matt finished card with yellow/green Bazzill card.
  5. Pierce 2 holes at bottom right of card front with awl, and secure brown brads through. Slide metal number (appropriate age for child) into place at top left of card. Back number with red card. Magic Mount card front onto folded Kraft backing card. Sponge around edge of backing card with sepia ink.20170302_11265720170302_112847
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Fashionista

admin
January 26, 2017

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20170121_171145This mannequin stamp is perfect for using up all those small scraps of paper you may have lying about. Too pretty to throw out, but too small to be much use for anything. These came from the front cover of a Basic Grey paper pack so all co-ordinate. But otherwise I store my cut papers in drawers by colour, so it’s easy to find scraps of paper with complimentary patterns and similar tonal values that I can use successfully together on a card.

stamps: Mannequins 3281F and Tiny Birthday 4092C by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black, Coffee and Sepia Archival Pads

papers: Ivory Matt Card; Aqua & Adobe Bazzill Cards; Pink Corrugated Card; Romani Basic Grey Paper

accessories: Ideology Coat Hanger Paperclips; Silver Stickles; Liquid Pearls

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

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Poppy Patch

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April 14, 2016

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floral cards 018 I like stamping out an image multiple times onto various cardstock and colouring them in, to see how many different looking cards I can end up with. All these cards have been made using Stamp-It’s “Poppy Patch” 4944E.floral cards 020

 

 

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