A Blue Christmas

Susan Robinson
December 17, 2017


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.




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

Frosted Bunnies

December 7, 2016


20161019_193453stamps: Robin’s Kingdom 30-056 by Penny Black

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Peacock & Prussian Blue Color Box Pads

papers: White Matt Card: Silver Foil Board

accessories: Branches & Snowflake Embossing Folder siz657251; Sketchbook Peace 99236 Memory Box die; Polysparkle Embossing Powder; Texters

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Heatgun; Big Shot Machine; Scissors


  1. Open up the embossing folder and run the blue ink pads over the flatter side, starting with the lighter colour and blending into the darker blue. Place your white card inside, close the folder and run through Big Shot as normal. When you pull the card out, the background should be blue and the foreground (snowflakes) should be raised and the original white card colour. Pour over the polysparkle embossing powder while inks are still wet, then heatset. (Note: Polysparkle is a clear embossing powder, with a subtle sparkle through it). Attach to white folded backing card with two-sided tape.
  2. Stamp rabbits onto scrap of white card, colour in as desired, then cut out. Magic Mount these onto piece of white card.
  3. Cut out “Peace” wording die in silver foil board. Use liquid Glue to affix to top of white card above rabbits. Position off center on main card and secure with two-sided tape.



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




Frosted Poinsettia

November 14, 2016


20160930_211556stamps: Polka Run 3639H by Penny Black; Joyeux from ChristmasSTC-M01 by Delish Designs

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Antique Linen & Pumice Stone Distress Pads; Red Pepper, Cranberry, Lettuce & Pesto Alcohol Inks

papers: Frosted Film TH93048; Clear Film (acetate);  Ivory Matt Card; Raven, Pear & Leapfrog Bazzill Cards, scraps of dark green card

accessories: Cream Pearls; Tattered Poinsettia die siz658261; Spruce Stems die CC-182 by Cottage Cutz; Star Dust Stickles; Brad

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Harlequin stencil THS016; Circle Hole Punch; Sponging Block; Big Shot Machine, Tim Holtz Applicator Tool & squares


  1. Attach a sheet of clear film to some of Tim Holtz frosted film. Frosted Film is adhesive backed. Just make sure you push all the air bubbles out as you go. Now cut out the Tattered Poinsettia petals in it.20160930_131110
  2. Add a few drops of alcohol ink to the sponge on applicator tool and apply to the petals of the poinsettia. I coloured some of the larger petals green to make them into leaves. 20160930_131026
  3. Punch a small hole in the center of each flower. Heat them with the heatgun. This will cause them to curl up. Shape as desired while still warm. They will set into the position when cool. If you’re not happy with how they’re sitting, re-heat and re-shape. 20160930_131738
  4. Assemble your flower layers and join together with brad through the middle. Smear some Star Dust Stickles over and spread with a paintbrush. Set aside to dry. 20160930_132430
  5. Lay the stencil over the ivory card and sponge the Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress inks through using a sponging block. Stamp the polka dots stamp down the left-hand side in black ink. 20160930_210245
  6. Assemble your card layers with two-sided tape – ivory onto black matting, then onto light green, then darker green folded backing card.
  7. Fix your poinsettia into position. Place pearl over brad in center. Cut out some greenery from Spruce Stems die using Big Shot machine and attach some sprigs under poinsettia using liquid glue.
  8. Stamp your wording in black ink onto scrap of ivory card. Cut left side into flag shape. Sponge edges with sepia ink and attach to card with two-sided tape. Attach small pearl into swirl.20160930_211556




Postal Poinsettia

November 10, 2016


20161003_115224stamps: Silhouette Poinsettia 3039K by Penny Black; Santa Post 4142C by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Red & Green texters

papers: White Matt Card; Lily Pad & Gecko Bazzill Cards; Red Corrugated Card

accessories: Buttercup Liquid Pearls

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Stamp Decorative Edge Scissors; Sponge Block; Water Mister; Heatgun


  1. Turn stamp over and colour image with texters directly onto the rubber. Spritz rubber lightly with fine mist of water to re-moisten (as some of it may have dried by the time you finish colouring). Stamp out into center of white matt card. 20161002_124644
  2. Re-colour main flower and place small rectangle of white card over image (ensuring your small piece of card is straight with the edges of larger white card). Press gently with fingertips then lift off. Dry with heatgun. Now lightly sponge edges with sepia ink. Attach this to slightly larger square of white card, who’s edges have been cut into decorative ‘stamp’ border with scissors. Sponge the edges of this with sepia also.
  3. Affix poinsettia ‘stamp’ over main poinsettia image with two-sided tape. Stamp ‘Santa post’ stamp along bottom edge in black ink.
  4. Adhere poinsettia card onto light green matting with two-sided tape. Position red corrugated strip at left-hand side of folded green backing card. Because of the thickness of the corrugation, when fixing the layered poinsettia card onto the backing card, I used two-sided tape where it sat above the corrugated card, but Magic Mount under the side that went straight onto the backing card.
  5. Place dots of Buttercup Liquid Pearls at the center of each poinsettia flower. Set aside for it to dry.

NOTE:  If you do this same technique with kromekote (gloss card) instead of white matt, you will get a smoother, brighter finish. I quite like the slight grunginess of the matt finish myself, but you might prefer this alternative.20161009_170000



20161002_1456291. same as (step 1) above.

2. Using Sizzix Square Framlits, cut out center of main poinsettia flower. 20161002_124750


20161002_1249153. Attach matting of slightly larger size red card behind white with Magic Mount. Trim the opening with gold border sticker.20161002_144456







4. Attach to folded white backing card. Position cut-out flower back into place. 20161002_145703

5. Position Merry Christmas sticker wording towards bottom right of design. Dot Buttercup Liquid Pearls into center of flowers. Set aside to dry. 20161002_145629







Here are some other variations using the same stamp and direct to rubber technique:

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The Last Squeeze

December 24, 2015


snowflake full cardThat’s the problem with being an addict – you just can’t help yourself. No more I said, months ago, and yet here I am Christmas Eve, squeezing just ONE more out in the nick of time.




stamps: Flake Bauble 4148E; Peace, Happiness siset043 – all by Stamp-It Australia

inks: Crushed Olive & Peeled Paint Distress Pads, Clear Embossing Pad

papers: White & Ivory Matt Card; Hilary Bazzill Card

accessories: Fine Gold & Clear Embossing Powders; Gold Stickles; Gold Ribbon

snowflake close-up


Not Christmas Again!

December 9, 2015


Not Xmas Santa closeupI have been having fun playing with this wording from Stamp-It’s new Christmas set 114, mixing and matching it with some of my old stamps. I’m sure I’m not the only one that can relate to the sentiment. I seem to have been looking at and making Christmas cards since April. And still my friends and family have been waiting for a card for the last 3 years. Sad is it not?

The other stamp used on this card is “Resting Santa” 2122E

And below is my favourite.  Have to indulge my warped sense of humour at times, ha, ha.

not xmas mother close-up

The other stamps used in this card are “Aaagh!” 2573E from Stamp-It and “Before the Snow” 3993K and “Gift Boxes” 3556H , both from Penny Black.


Santa’s List



Santa's list closeup I hope you’ve all been good! Santa’s checking his list. Think I’ve been missed off again this year. Oh well… must try harder next year.

Stamps used by Stamp-It Australia: Naughty or Nice? 3020D, Checking it Twice 2120E, Save Santa 3055C.  I hand-wrote the wording on the scroll and typed out the words that are cut and pasted.

Inks: Jet Black Archival Pad, Antique Linen Distress Pad, Clear Embossing Pad

Papers: White Matt Card, Poppy Red Mi-teintes Card, Dark Green Mulberry Paper, Harvest Bazzil Card

Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Mist, White Flowersoft, Colour Pencils, Crackle Accent

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