Precious Life

Susan Robinson
May 20, 2018

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I remember in high school finding it difficult picking my subjects as I truly had no idea what I wanted to do as a career when I left. So hard when you’re still trying to figure yourself out, never mind everyone and everything else.

Spritz white card with water, then Distress Stain Sprays. Dry with a heatgun. Lay over stencil and sponge same inks through to correspond with background colours.

Stamp girl on separate card, colour her in with watercolour pencils, then cut out and glue onto main card. I added some stripes of Flamingo Liquid Pearls onto hat, some White Accents over her sholaces, Weathered Wood Crackle Paint onto bag and Silver Fab Foils to accents on bag.

Stamp wording in black at top left of card. Sponge around edge of card with sepia ink and attach to grey matting, then musk pink folded backing card.

stamps: Lost in Thought by Indigo Blue; Precious Life D13325 by Impression Obsession

inks: Victorian Velvet and Tumbled Glass Distess Stain Sprays and Pads

stencil: Mini Flower Frenzy TCW157s by The Crafters Workshop

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Teenage Dream

Susan Robinson
May 18, 2018

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I like the freedom of being able to use any stamps I want when creating a card, with no constraints regarding  which company they come from.

stamps: Dreamer Flair by Close to my Heart; Empowered Words DD-960A by Unity Stamp Co

die: Garden Trellis Frame & Labels 660060 by Sizzix  

I later added a swirly stream of Diamond Stickles behind butterfly to show its flight path and to fill in the middle space, but as usual was frustrated by my media library not allowing me to rotate the photo the correct way up and so eventually gave up trying to post that pic. If anyone has any advice on the matter, I’m all ears!

 

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Teenage Heart

Susan Robinson
May 16, 2018

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The teenage years can sometimes be challenging, and making cards for that age group can be too. Each child is an individual and they mature at different rates, so what might suit one 13 year old, may seem too childish for another. I have been asked for ideas for teenage girls lately by a number of friends wanting to make cards for their daughter’s friends birthdays or their own grandchildren. It’s nice having friends that span many generations, helps keep me in touch. And it’s important for us girls to support each other, no matter our age.

stamps: Dreamer Flair set B1439 by Close to My Heart; Butterfly Edge 3648K by Penny Black

inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar and Dried Marigold Distress Stain Sprays; Jet Black Archival Pad

punch: Fiskars Butterfly hand Punch

 

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Scripted Rose

Susan Robinson
May 11, 2018

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Inky backgrounds are one of my favourite things to do. This one is using Distress Stain Sprays Mustard Seed, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord and Aged Mahogany. I applied a script wording stamp randomly over, inked with a Walnut Stain Distress pad.

The Rose was sponged with Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Aged Mahogany Distress Pads, the stems and leaves – Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. I stamped the script wording over it also, then glazed with Glossy Accents using a paintbrush. Set aside to dry.

I drew a line down each leaf with a dark green pencil. Originally I placed the Rose directly onto the background, but felt it got lost a little, so added the plain yellow rectangle beneath to highlight it better. I sponged around all edges with sepia ink.

Stamp ‘Just for You’ wording onto scrap of same yellow card, cut to size, sponge edges with sepia and glue into place. Matt card front onto burgundy card layer, then folded backing card of mustard yellow.

Rose die 51-023 by Penny Black. Handwriting and Just for You stamps by Stamp-it.

 

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Love Rose

Susan Robinson
May 9, 2018

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I was busy in my bedroom last Friday packing for a crafty weekend away with a few girlfriends, whilst unbeknown to me a pipe had burst in the spare bathroom at the other end of the house and water was busily pouring out EVERYWHERE! When I finally emerged from my room in a state of happy anticipation for what lay ahead, I came to a quick realisation that it may not be that great a day after all.

Luckily we have tiled flooring throughout the house, so not much damage. There were a lot of boxes in the spare bedroom which had to be emptied out though, the contents of which are still strewn about the house, awaiting new dry boxes.  All the contents of the linen closet had to be rewashed (left hubby with that little task), but really can’t complain in the scheme of things. Could have been so much worse – could have been upstairs in my craft room! Now that WOULD have been a disaster!!

This ‘Rose’ die 51-023 is by Penny Black and one I have been coveting for a while, but it always seems to be out of stock. Then hallelujah, one of my girlfriends had it, so I cut out a few for myself in white card stock.

I decided to add the cut-out part of the rose back in for this one, adding Magic Mount underneath it for dimension.

  

 

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French Bubbles

Susan Robinson
April 30, 2018

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CARD FOUR

I’m sure it’s wine o’clock somewhere in the world. Cheers and happy creating!

stamps: Time in Paris 4477E and Classy Lady 4251E both by Stamp-it

I made puddles of Tumbled Glass and Victorian Velvet Distress Stains on my teflon mat, then laid white card over. Stamp Paris clock in black ink. Apply fine line of tacky glue to circumference of clock. Set aside to dry, then lay silver Fab Foil over.

Stamp lady in black Archival ink onto scrap of white card. I used White Opal Liquid Pearls on her dress, applied with a paintbrush. I coloured her jewellery in with a blue texter, then added dots of Glossy Accents over. Red texter on lips and nails. Stardust Stickles for champagne bubbles. Sponged sepia ink around hair. When dry, cut her out, tearing across bottom of dress. Glue into position at right of clock stamp.

Stamp clock stamp again onto scrap of white card. Colour Eiffel tower with Victorian Velvet ink and white pencil. Apply tacky glue to swirl across base. Set aside to dry, then lay silver Fab Foil over swirls. Cut out tower and swirls only and glue over image on main card.

Cut card to size, tearing across bottom edge. Sponge all sides with sepia ink. Matt onto silver foil card which is slightly shorter to allow room for lace to be attached at bottom. Loosely fold some muslin behind and attach onto aqua card, then onto folded white backing card.

 

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Paris Beauty

Susan Robinson
April 28, 2018

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I have been waiting to try out my new Starburst spray from Lindy’s Stamp Gang called ‘Bougainvillea Fuchsia’. It’s a gorgeous deep pinky/red shade with purple shimmer through it. Delish!

CARD THREE

stamps: Inspired Key 4685F, Audrey-esq 3199F, Embrace Beauty 4507D by Stamp-it

I stamped and embossed the key collage onto white card using black ink and powder. Unfortunately my powder seems to have got some moisture in it and is not behaving itself as I would like. On a separate piece of white card, I stamped and embossed the ‘Beauty’ wording in black also. I spritzed both cards with the Bougainvillea Fuchsia Starburst ink. Dry with heatgun. Sponge around both cards with sepia and black ink. Attach wording to top right of collage with two-sided tape.

Stamp lady twice onto ivory card with black pigment ink. Emboss one with black powder and the other with Holographic. Cut out lady in black completely. Cut out dress and gloves only, from holographic one and glue over main body. Holographic powder over black ink can be quite subtle depending on how the light hits it, it can look black or sparkly gold. Colour her hair using a brown texter and apply tacky glue to shoes. When glue is dry, lay over Gold Fab Foil to colour shoes. Glue lady into position at right of collage/wording.

Attach card front to black matt. Punch three holes at bottom right and secure black brads through. Tape card to apricot folded backing card.

Apply tacky glue along lines of Eiffel Tower. When dry, lay over Gold and Silver Fab Foils to decorate. Add crystal rhinestone to center of heart. Give lady a gold earring if desired using Gold Stickles.

 

 

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Torn Rose

Susan Robinson
April 22, 2018

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Another torn background card. Method is the same as previous post for the first step – cut white card the same width but longer than the folded backing card it’s being attached to.

Stamp KaiserCraft small rose pattern all over it in black ink. Stamp Magenta rose square in Archival black onto separate white card.

Tear paper into ‘v’ shapes and sponge with Seedless Preserves Distress ink. Edge with Dusty Concord, then glue down overlapping slightly. It is always better to sponge lightly, you can add more colour if it needs it, but it’s hard to take away once applied. I was perhaps a little zealous with my colouring as the panels weren’t as distinctive as I would have preferred them.

Lay purple organza ribbon along bottom 1/3 of card and secure at the back. Stamp wording onto scrap of white card, sponge with Dusty Concord, matt onto black card and super tape into position over ribbon. Attach card front onto matting of black card, then white folded backing card which has been sponged with Dusty Concord Distress ink.

I coloured the rose in with Seedless Preserves and Shabby Shutter Distress inks using a waterbrush. Dry with heatgun. Sponge edge with Dusty Concord, matt onto black card, then Magic Mount into position. Lastly I ran some Ballerina Liquid Pearls along the tips of each rose petal. Set aside to dry.

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Torn Layers

Susan Robinson
April 20, 2018

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Made for my girlfriends 32nd birthday. She is a colourful, creative type, so I think she’ll like this.

I fell in love with this digital creation by Holly Takatsukatorn’s (shown at right) and just had to have a go at it. Obviously I am hopeless at anything regarding technology so had to do it the old fashioned way, which I kind of like best anyway as it has more dimension and you get to get all inky! I do adore the soft grungy look she’s achieved and the delicate wordings. One of the things I haven’t found a satisfactory solution to is stamping in white. I have a StazOn white but it’s opaque so doesn’t give you that crisp image and all other white pads seem to be pigment, which is a thicker ink (not good for tiny wordings or intricate details) and unless it’s embossed, they don’t really stand out either. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.

I coloured and stamped my own papers for this card, but this technique would be a great way to use up those leftover strips of card that are too small for most purposes. If they’re from a co-ordinating set of scrapbook papers, even better, as half the jobs done for you already! It could be adapted for any age group, gender or subject matter. As I do a lot of sea themed cards, I often use torn paper to replicate waves on the ocean.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Firstly cut a piece of white card the same width as your folded backing card, only longer. You will need the extra length to accommodate the tearing process and to allow yourself some wiggle room if you change direction (as I invariably do).

Run a rainbow of Distress Stain colours across the width of card. I used Bundled Sage, Broken China (later omitted) Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Aged Mahogany, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough (later switched the order of latter 2), Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive.

Tear across card to separate colour strips, leaving white core showing along each top edge.

I gathered a selection of stamps and stencils with small print or detail to decorate each colour strip differently. When happy, start gluing down each strip onto your backing card starting at the top and overlapping each subsequent layer slightly.

I wasn’t really happy with the direction this was going in as I felt the purple didn’t blend into the turquoise layers, so lifted them and replaced the numbered one.

   

When the strips were all stuck down, I sponged sepia around the edge of card and added embellishments. I cut out the 2 smaller “Coffee Rings” Spellbinders dies in white card, sponged them with Broken China and glued down. I used a black Zig pen to draw stitches around them.

I stamped the Magenta butterflies (used on background) out again onto scrap white card in Dusty Concord and Evergreen Bough inks. Select 3 butterflies to cut out, then glue onto card. I ran some Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearls down their backs. Set aside to dry.

Stamp out Birthday wording in black and cut out Sizzix tag around it. Sponge with Broken China and Magic Mount onto card. As this was for a birthday card, I also cut out some age appropriate numbers. I added some Stardust Stickles to the butterfly wings.

  

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Sea Party

Susan Robinson
April 16, 2018

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Combining one of my favourite old stamps with some of my new ones. Looks a little washed out in this photo, but the colours are actually quite vibrant. Turquoise and coppery tones, love that combo!

stamps: Mermaid SA2085 by Visual Image Printery; Turtles from ‘Coastal’ set 4757Q by Kaszazz; Bring on the Happy from ‘Sprinkles and Smiles’ set by Penny Black

background: Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Pads

embellishments: Glossy Accents; Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls; Stickles and Watercolour Pencils

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