A Blue Christmas

Susan Robinson
December 17, 2017

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Wishing everyone a peaceful, joyous Christmas, filled with love and laughter. See you in the New Year!

I finally have some Christmas cards made and ready to post! It has been a bit of a blue Christmas this year with the recent passing of my father, so I thought the colour scheme appropriate.

dies: Angel with Heart KbD-AR-W0019 & Branch Wreath KbD-AR-F10008 by Alexandra Renke

Below are samples I made while playing with ideas, before settling on the above one as my card design for this year.

 

 

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The Warmth Lingers

Susan Robinson
December 13, 2017

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Thinking of my father, and the empty spaces left behind…

stamps: Down by the Seaside 60-30059 by Inkadinkado; The Tide Recedes 4228F by Stamp-it

die: Tim Holtz Frameworks ‘Trellis’ siz659431

inks: Spun Sugar, Antique Linen & Weathered Wood Distress Stain Sprays

For this card I lifted out the trellis part, inked around the edges with a Weathered Wood Distress pad and Magic Mounted it back into place. I removed 2 of the shapes and cut out a single one from the background card which I placed above the empty spaces. The shape with birds on, I Magic Mounted up.

VARIATION:

stamps: Sandcastle 60-00558H by Inkadinkado; Waves 481E by All Night media; Walk with Me D13007 by Impression Obsession

die: Tim Holtz Frameworks ‘Trellis’ siz659431

inks: Spun Sugar, Antique Linen & Tumbled Glass Distress Stain Sprays

For this card I glued the trellis part down flat, then lifted out 3 shapes to leave the background showing through. The shapes beneath the sandcastle, I lifted out, sponged around the edges with sepia ink and replaced with Magic Mount under 1 side only to tilt them, the 2 at top tilted right, the bottom 2 left.

 

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Fairy Glen

Susan Robinson
December 4, 2017

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Oh to have some magic fairy dust to make all my flowers bloom!

stamps: Moon by Lavinia Stamps; Fairies by Katy Sue Designs; Flowers by Stampin’ Up & Penny Black

die: Autumn Frame Square YCD10105 by Yvonne Creations

inks: Purple Twilight, Eggplant & Pesto Adirondack Pads

 

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Fairy Thoughts

Susan Robinson
December 2, 2017

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Now for something a little prettier – a walk through fairyland.

Now that I am posting my card images larger, all my faults & errors are more glaringly obvious. Might have to invest in one of those hinged stampers I think.

stamps: Fairy & leaves by Lavinia Stamps; SHE DD-1205A by Unity Stamps

die: Rabbits 269-N by Impression Obsession

stencil: DYS34216 by Dylusions

The background was created by sponging Distress inks (Wild Honey, Broken China & Worn Lipstick) over white cardstock, then laying over a circle stencil and spritzing water through. Lift off stencil and blot card with paper towel. The water will bleach away the colour leaving the pattern of the stencil behind. After stamping all images in black Archival ink, I added dots of Star Dust Stickles to flower centers.

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Fairy Post

Susan Robinson
November 25, 2017

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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.        

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Lily Letter

Susan Robinson
November 22, 2017

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This started off as a sympathy card, but I somehow deviated from the plan. I suppose it could still be used for that purpose, by simply placing the sympathy wording on the inside.

 

 

stamps: Elegance 40-438 by Penny Black; Script Lines CRP297 by Stampendous

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Peach Trellis

Susan Robinson
November 20, 2017

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die: Tim Holtz Frameworks  “Trellis” siz659431

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Seahorse Circles

Susan Robinson
November 8, 2017

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Summer has finally arrived, and with a vengeance! Trying to keep cool creating cards with a watery theme, imagining myself swimming beneath the waves with seahorses (except I usually only get the seaweed).

dies: Sammy Seahorse SD365 by Joanna Sheen; Large Ringlets 98790 by Memory Box; Sea Plants 560-ZZ by ImpressionObsession

stamp: ‘Everything you imagine’ from Stamp-it set062

I simply coloured white cardstock with various shades of blue and green dye spray inks (Dylusions & Distress) before cutting out my shapes and assembling. I used Magic Mount under the seahorse body and also beneath the rectangle the seahorse and seaweed are sitting on. I thought about putting some little fishes swimming through the bubbles, but decided against it as they would just be a distraction from the focal point. I drew the seahorse eye in and added a touch of glitter to his stomach.

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Smiling Poppy

Susan Robinson
November 3, 2017

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This poppy die is becoming quite a favourite of mine. It somehow always seems to be the right shape for the space.

dies: Perky Poppy 98762  from Memory Box; Smile die378-E by Impression Obsession

(Yes, my card does actually have straight edges, despite their curvy look in the photo ha,ha. The wetness of the inks caused the white card to buckle a little. I’ll need to try flatten it out under a heavy book or something).

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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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