Mermaid Kisses

Susan Robinson
March 2, 2018


Can you tell I love mermaids? I finally bought Stampin-Up’s ‘Ruffled’ embossing folder and had a play. The base card was a shaving cream background on blue gone wrong, that I thought would be okay for this project. I ran a white pigment ink pad across the top of the ruffles to highlight and spritzed lightly with Picket Fence Distress Stain Spray. The stamps on this card are also from Stampin-Up (Magical Mermaid) except for the ship which is from Collections. The moon is a Fiskars hand punch and the fish are ‘Aquarium Fish’ from Poppystamps which I cut out in shrinky, painted in silver, then heatset to shrink.

Ruffled Embossing Folder used over inked background again. I stamped the octopus first.

stamps: Tell Me D13325 by Impression Obsession; Octopus by Rubber Stamp Plantation

dies: Shells D176E by Impression Obsession; Windswept Stems 99663 by Memory Box; Mermaid – I got on ebay, unsure of brand sorry. It was just a blank shape, I drew in her features and little turtle in her hand (which I think was supposed to be a shell, but hey, artistic licence is allowed).


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.


Perky Poppy 1

Susan Robinson
August 12, 2017


When buying a new die, I like to explore all the possibilities of its use. This is the first of a 3 series post using this Perky Poppy die #98762 from Memory Box.

For this card, I cut the poppy out in cream card, and again in a patterned paper (sample shown is from Bo Bunny). Ensure your paper has a small pattern, or the design will be lost when cut up. I then just placed the cut pattern pieces inside the cream framework. I curled the petals slightly first and used Magic Mount beneath the larger pieces.

I sponged the stems sparingly with sepia ink and coloured the leaves & bud with watercolour pencils. Apply dots of Copper Liquid Pearls to stamens. Set aside to dry.

Added some strips of torn paper from my ‘scrap box’. Just play around till you find a combination that you’re happy with. I changed my mind on the darker blue paper and added some more music notes instead.

Stamp ‘love you’ wording (Stampin’ Up) in black ink.

Sponge around card with sepia ink and assemble layers.



Boys 2 Men

April 10, 2017


There have been a spate of male birthdays in our family recently and they are always more challenging to design for, especially teenagers.


Joey 2565E and Bold Birthday 3203D by Stamp-it



Your Way… 40-130 by Penny Black






all stamps by Stamp-it



Blue Sky at Night

December 18, 2016










stamps: Winter Trees SKU 3×505521 by Deep Red; Joy Trio 3063B by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Midnight & London Blue Dylusions Sprays; Silver Alcohol Ink

papers: Watercolour Paper; Mediterranean & Teal Bazzill Cards

accessories: Silver Cord

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Notched Corner Punch; Water Spritzer; Clear Film stencil frame; Scalpel;(clean) pizza box; Heatgun; Acrylic block


  1. Cut a rectangular hole in piece of clear film to fit over watercolour paper. This is to provide a stencil for when you spray the inks onto the watercolour paper, so that the colour stays within that rough area and don’t cover the whole paper. I wanted the edges to remain white.
  2. Spraying inks can be a bit messy, so I use an old pizza box (clean of course). Line with newspaper to soak up the excess ink (change the paper regularly). Then I put some white paper over newspaper in case the ink from the newspaper should transfer onto my work.
  3. Lay watercolour paper in box, cover with clear stencil, making sure it is lined up so there is equal amount of border coverage on all sides. Spritz watercolour paper with water, then blue inks. I didn’t want the ink edges to be straight, but try to ensure the inks don’t bleed under the frame too much. (Have a wet paint brush and some paper towel on hand to mop up and dilute stains if this happens). When happy with coverage – dry with heatgun or set aside to dry naturally.
  4. Stamp trees onto card with black ink.
  5. Squirt some Silver Alcohol ink onto acrylic block and pick up with old toothbrush. Hold over card and run your thumb along toothbrush bristles to create splatter effect across card. Hopefully this will resemble stars in the night sky:)
  6. Stamp peace wording only (from trio of options) onto scrap of card in black ink. Cut to desired size and edge with black ink. Magic Mount onto card.
  7. Using Punch, cut notches out of the corners of the card. Secure a piece of silver cord to the back of card and wind the cord through and around each notch to form frame.
  8. Using two-sided tape, adhere card front to teal matting, then darker blue folded card.

Silence of the Stars

December 12, 2016


20161013_160905A simple card with an Aussie feel,  in a calming blue and white colour palette. My original intention was to form the stars into the shape of the Southern Cross, but my stars were too large:(





stamps: Grass Tree Christmas 4909E and Christmas Mini 3044B both by Stamp-it

inks: Clear Versamark Pad; Prussian Blue and Peacock Color Box Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Lakeshore Bazzill Card

accessories: White Embossing Powder ; Ribbon; Silver Stickles

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Star Punch; Scissors; Heatgun; Sponging Block


  1. Stamp grass trees with clear pad and emboss in white. Sponge over image with blue inks, blending from dark to light with the aid of a sponging block. Rub a clean tissue over when done to ensure there is no ink sitting on top of the embossing that may smudge later.
  2. Cut out 5 stars in white using small punch. Glue into place. Smear with silver Stickles and set aside to dry.20161013_150644
  3. Tear edge of piece of white card to roughly fit the ground shape under grass trees. Wrap thin blue ribbon around twice and secure at back with tape. Fix this card into place at bottom of sponged card. Silver emboss tiny Christmas wording onto scrap of white card. Cut into tag shape and glue into place where ribbon intersects with itself. Tie tiny bow with leftover ribbon and glue at apex of tag.
  4. With two-sided tape, attach finished card front onto matting of Lakeshore card, then folded white backing card. 20161013_15303620161013_160844

Christmas Cat

November 30, 2016


20161031_165047stamps: Witches Cat by Lavinia Stamps; Bauble Brush 3876F by Stamp-it: Ornate Border by – unknown

inks: Jet Black & Cobalt Archival Pads; Silver Delicata Pad; Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass & Stormy Sky Distress Stain/Sprays

papers: White Matt Card; Silver Foil Board; Jetstream & Typhoon Bazzill Cards; scraps of blue pattern paper

accessories: Precious Ornaments 98724 die by Memory Box; Silver Fab Foil; Opal Liquid Pearls

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Tombo Liquid Glue: Sailor Glue Pen

tools: Big Shot machine; Fern Leaf Punch; Water Spritzer; Heatgun; Flat Paintbrush


  1. Spray white card lightly with water, then the Distress inks, using a flat paintbrush to spread the inks to completely cover the white card. I directed the darker blue ink towards the bottom 1/3 of the card. Dry with a heatgun or set aside to dry naturally.20161030_165213
  2. Stamp out the border image in black along the bottom part of card. Sit the cat on top of border at right. Stamp Bauble Brush image along top of card in blue ink.
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  4. 20161031_160631Punch out 5-6 fern leaves in blue card.
  5. Cut out smaller Bauble from Memory Box die set in silver foil board. Cut out 2 x bauble parts only in blue pattern paper.Glue patterned paper over silver baubles.
  6. 20161031_160742Smudge some silver ink on tips of blue fern leaves. Arrange them across the top of the card over stamped blue image and glue into place. 20161031_162621Position baubles hanging down from them. Dot white Opal Liquid Pearls randomly over leaves.
  7. With a Sailor Glue pen, highlight small areas of the black border pattern at bottom. When the glue has gone clear (it comes out blue) lay silver Fab Foil across glued areas, gently press with fingertips, then lift off.20161031_163912
  8. Matt card onto layer of silver foil board, then light blue card20161031_165012, then folded blue backing card.

Peaceful Fairy

November 26, 2016



Summer has arrived with a vengeance! What a day to pick to have my clearance sale – the garage was sweltering. Could have used a few sprinkles of snowflakes:) Thanks to all those who attended, it was a successful day. Off to the beach tomorrow, then will try to finish off my Christmas cards. December next week already!



stamps: Magic of Christmas 4363L by Penny Black; Peaceful Wishes 4579C by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Staz-On Pad; Clear Versamark Pad; Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans Distress Pads; Picket Fence Distress Stain; Brushed Corduroy Distress Re-inker

papers: White Matt Card; Silver Foil Board; Powder Blue Bazzill Card; Clear Film; Frosted Film TH93048

accessories: Silver Embossing Powder; Stardust Stickles; Crystal Glitter; White Sharpie Pen; Ruby & Opal Liquid Pearls, Green & Grey Texter; Pink Chalk

adhesives: Glossy Accents; Two-sided Tape

tools: Waterbrush; Paintbrush; Heatgun; Sponging Blocks; Scissors; Paper Towel


  1. Sponge white card with Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans Distress Pads using sponging blocks to blend colours, starting with the darkest at the top and fading out to white at the bottom of the card. Spritz some water into your hand, pick some up on fingers of your other hand and drop randomly over blue coloured card. Blot immediately with paper towel. The water will bleach the colour from the blue ink, leaving behind white blotches resembling snowflakes. Dry with heatgun.20161010_143146
  2. Stamp Fairy onto card in black ink. Squeeze some Picket Fence Distress Stain onto plastic palette, pick up with a dry paintbrush and colour in fairy’s dress. The effect will be subtle. Colour holly in her hair with green texter. Put drop of Brushed Corduroy re-inker onto palette and colour in fairy’s hair with it using a waterbrush.20161010_144158
  3. Affix small section of clear and frosted film together ensuring you push out any air bubbles. (I used scraps left over from another project as you don’t need much). Stamp wings only onto frosted side of film with black Staz-On pad. Cut out 2 top wings separately. Heat wings with Heatgun to curl them slightly. You can mold them into desired shape while still warm and they will set like that when cool.20161010_150303
  4. Smear Glossy Accents around edges of wings (of stamped image on main card) and sprinkle in crystal glitter whilst still wet. Place 2 frosted wings into position while Glossy Accents are still wet to set.20161010_151052
  5. Highlight decorative snowflakes with dots of Stardust Stickles and tiny snowflakes with white Sharpie pen. Use the pen also to emphasis lines of fairy’s dress and shoes.
  6. Dot Ruby Liquid Pearls as berries around holly garland in fairy’s hair and Opal Liquid Pearls along base of dress.
  7. Apply small smudge of pink chalk to fairy’s cheek. Scribble grey texter onto plastic palette, pick up with waterbrush and create shadow (puddle) at base of fairy.
  8. When everything is completely dry, stamp “Peaceful” wording in clear Versamark pad and emboss with silver embossing powder into bottom left corner.20161013_121117




Baby Boy

November 18, 2016


20161114_142524As another year comes to an end, for others their year is just beginning. A card for my friend Shelley’s new grandson. Welcome to the world Hendrix!

stamps: Christening CRV246 by Stampendous; New Little One 1056E by Penny Black

dies: Elegant Frame SD050 by Wild Rose Studio.

A card for another baby boy – Xavier. I quite liked the layout (and saved me having to strain my brain coming up with another so soon), but didn’t want to do the same colours, so went with neutral tones. 20161128_103846



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:  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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