Circle of Bugs

Susan Robinson
June 15, 2020


I find insects quite fascinating, and they make a great subject matter for little boys cards. This is a really fun stamp to colour in too (and yes, artistic license is allowed haha). I used watercolours to colour bugs and Distress Oxide pads squished onto a teflon mat, spritzed with water, then white card dragged through, to create background. I highlighted certain parts of the bugs with Glossy Accents to complete.

stamps: Bugs Galore #80347 by Stamps Happen; Mini Birthday 4647B by Stamp-it


Blue Boat

Susan Robinson
April 10, 2020


This is a background technique using Kaleidacolor pads with Perfect Pearl Mists. It’s a set of 3 posts.

Kaleidacolor pads (by Tsukineko Inc) are dye inks comprised of separate raised colour sections which you push together to create the rainbow effect. I brayered the ‘Blue Breeze’ pad onto white kromekote (gloss) card for this sample.

The brayer wasn’t long enough to do the whole card, so did half the card with the darkest colour to the outside. Then swiveled the card around to do other half, meeting the lightest colours up in the middle.

Next, rather than spray the ‘Perfect Pearl’ Mist directly onto the coloured card, I spritzed it onto a Teflon mat (you can use a plastic lid or tablecloth instead). This allowed me more control of where to apply the silver shimmer mist rather than get a blanket coverage. The shimmer mist will bead on the plastic mat and provide you with different effects depending on whether you dab at the droplets or swish the card through.

The exciting discovery for me was – that as the shimmer mist was being added to the card, at the same time, the liquid element of it was bleaching the colour from the blue dye ink! So cool! This will show up better on the sample I did for my next post as the colours are more contrasting. With this card using a ‘Pearl’ (whitish) shimmer mist, it’s hard to distinguish that from the water bleaching effects on the card.

The Boat Collage is from a very old Stampin’ Up set (I bought 2nd hand, no name on packaging). I stamped the center square again onto another piece of card which had been brayered with the same ink pad as the background, then Magic Mounted it into place. I used a white Sharpie pen to add highlights. The wording is from PSX F-3403, the Compass 8362-J from Inkadinkado. I actually wanted to stamp the wording directly onto the blue background as it seemed a shame to cover up all that deliciousness, but the shimmer ink is very hard to stamp over, so I took the cowards way out and stamped onto a separate card. The wording seemed appropriate for these trying times.


Blue Wren on Banksia

Susan Robinson
January 22, 2020


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.


Blue Gumnuts

Susan Robinson
December 16, 2019


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 ๐Ÿ™‚


Reef Cave

Susan Robinson
January 12, 2019


I really love this Reef Border die D1385 by Hero Arts. The backgrounds for both cards were created by sponging blue to green Distress Oxide inks across white card, then splashing with a few droplets of water (bit more obvious in the below card). The seal and turtles were taken from an All Night Media stamp and the Happy Birthday is by Stamp-it. The Mermaid below is from a Stampin-Up set.


Come Walk with Me

Susan Robinson
January 9, 2019


I hope everyone has had some happy times over the last month of Christmas and New Year holidays ๐Ÿ™‚ Feeling very blessed to have 3 brothers and a sister in my life, and it was wonderful they and their families all made it home for the holidays this year!

stamp: Impression Obsession D13007


World of Imagination

Susan Robinson
May 23, 2018


So true. I guess you know which world my feet are planted in ๐Ÿ™‚

stamps: Lost in Thought by Indigo Blue; Golden Leaves 3982K by Penny Black; The World of Reality from Warehouse District set CMS124 by Stampers Anonymous

inks: Shaded Lilac and Chipped Sapphire Distress Pads



Blue Rain

July 27, 2016


I like cards that are quick and easy, simple yet effective. I think this card falls into that category. mermaid belief 002

Stamps: ย Quite Dandy (flower) 3623K by Penny Black; Sympathy CS924 by Kaisercraft

Inks: Jet Black StazOn & Archival Pads; Weathered Wood & Stormy Sky Distress Stain Sprays

Papers: Watercolour Paper; Blue & Raven Bazzill Cards

Accessories: Frosted Lace Stickles; Water Spritzer

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Tools: Tiny Butterfly Punch

  1. Spritz watercolour paper with water, then Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress Stain sprays. Don’t be too enthusiastic or you’ll colour the entire card and that is not the effect we’re going for.
  2. When dry, stamp flower image to right-hand side in black Archival pad.
  3. The Sympathy set by Kaisercraft has 4 wording options. Stamp your chosen wording out in black ink onto white card. Matt with black card and adhere to bottom left of card front.
  4. Punch out 3 little butterflies in black card and glue onto card.
  5. Decorate flower heads with Frosted Lace Stickles.


Below is a slight variation of same card, just using another wording, dark blue stickles instead of white, and a less absorbent paper resulting in a different blending of the inks in the background. I also drew a white line down the center of the butterflies for their bodies and added antennae to each with a black pen.

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Blue Butterfly Wreath

July 3, 2016


Still playing with my new butterfly wreath die (see previous post). I like it!new blue 001








To re-create this card:

  1. Colour a white piece of card with Mermaid Lagoon & Peacock Feathers Distress Stain Sprays & some London Blue Dylusions spray. Don’t forget to spritz your card with water first to allow the inks to run together. Dry with a but wreath 001
  2. Cut out butterfly wreath in supersheet/jack paper ( 2 sided sticker sheet). Peel backing off butterfly outline only and stick onto coloured card slightly off centre. Cut overhanging butterflies off with but wreath 002
  3. Now peel off top layer of supersheet to expose the sticky layer. This is a little tricky due to it’s delicate nature. I actually ended up lifting the whole thing off and flipping it over as I decided I wanted the butterflies to face the other way.
  4. Brush Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls over now sticky butterfly wreath outline with a dry paintbrush. Brush excess powder back into pot. Being the impatient sort, my background card wasn’t quite dry enough, so some excess powder did hang around, but that’s okay in this instance as it adds a little metallic glimmer to the card. blue but wreath 004
  5. Cut out some extra butterfly shapes from scrap paper. I had some which had been previously sprayed with inks which I thought would compliment the but wreath 005
  6. Glue 3 butterflies in position at base of wreath and add antennae of dark brown. Add antennae for next outine butterfly too. Attach card front onto dark brown but wreath 006

7. Stamp wording onto scrap of ivory card in black ink. Tear right end and fold under slightly. Sponge around all edges with sepia ink. Magic Mount onto left of card, through middle of wreath.

8. Adhere finished card onto gold layer, then turquoise backing but wreath 008



Tissue Box Bird

April 10, 2016


tissue bird 003 Looking around for inspiration and I spied this tissue box. Rather than throw it in the bin, I decided to give it a second life by recycling it. You can get two full bird bodies from each box (unfortunately the legs are not complete). The bird on one side is larger than the other, which I didn’t realise at first. Probably would have looked better with the slightly smaller bird. Never mind. I think the bird is pretty enough to use as it is, but for this card, wanted just it’s shape. If you are just using it’s shape, there nothing stopping you from turning it over so that the bird is facing the other way.

For this card: I cut out the bird body, then painted it over with Snowcap Adirondack Dabber Paint. When dry, I added various other shades of paint (mainly Cloudy Blue, Aqua & Lemonade Adirondack Dabbers), till I was happy with the finished look. I used pencils to add a little definition on the wings and sponged some inks over too (Stormy Sky & Mustard Seed Distress & Sepia Archival pads) for shading. I added a dot of Glossy Accents for its eye and highlighted with a dot of white from a sharpie pen when dry.tissue bird 001

Nest is created from Memory Box die “Delicate Nest”. Eggs are made using a Carl punch.

Stamps are Penny Black “Cherry Blossoms” 3064K and Verses Rubber Stamps “Hope Feathers” QQ1007-D. Cherry blossom has been stamped in Tree Branch Archival pad and coloured with Petal Pink Liquid Pearls.