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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Perky Poppy 3

Susan Robinson
August 19, 2017

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My third posting in this 3 part series, suggesting ways to use this Memory Box die.

For this sample I have kept the background card and popped the flower frame back inside the space to define it. Behind it is a piece of card from my ‘background’ box, what was once white kromekote (gloss) card, brightly coloured with Alcohol Inks. I like to leave a little of the coloured card peeping around the edge, (seems a shame to cover up all that deliciousness).

Stamp wording (from Unity Stamp co) in black ink.

I added a strip of turquoise card to pick up that colour in the flower head, and some silver cord for interest. Assembled onto white folded backing card.

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VARIATION:

Of course there is nothing stopping you from doing multiple cuts of the poppy die onto your card front. Here is one made with a different coloured Alcohol Ink background.

I hope you have enjoyed this mini series and gained some inspiration. There will be another series soon to follow using Memory Box’s ‘English Rose Bouquet” die.

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Perky Poppy 2

Susan Robinson
August 15, 2017

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Sometimes simple is best. My second card in this 3 series post.

Cut out Perky Poppy die (Memory Box), ‘smile’ wording (Impression Obsession), and rectangle in white card, arrange as desired and glue onto inked background (created with Distress Stain sprays: Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap). I white embossed the ‘Love’ stamp (3283C from Stamp-it) onto a scrap of white card, then sponged over matching inks to colour. Use a circle punch or scissors to cut out stamp then Magic Mount into place. Assemble card layers.

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Perky Poppy 1

Susan Robinson
August 12, 2017

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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.

 

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Zinnia

admin
April 27, 2017

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Flying about in the fairy zone at the moment.
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stamps: Zinnia by Crafter’s Companion

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Orange Poinsettia

admin
November 3, 2016

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It always takes me a while to warm up to making Christmas cards. I have to start thinking about designing them months before I even want to think about Christmas at all! I find the best time (as far as inspiration goes) for me to make Christmas cards is straight after Christmas, while I’m still in that holly jolly festive mood. I thought I’d kick off my Christmas run this year with some poinsettia cards, and just pretend I was doing normal floral cards – just to ease myself into the Christmas ‘zone’. Keeping things simple to begin with.20161003_115323

 

 

 

 

stamps: Poinsettia 29013N by Magenta; And Wild and Sweet F2002 by Hero Arts

inks: Clear Versamark Pad; Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade & Barn Door Distress Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Apricot, Pomegrante & Papaya Bazzill Cards; Gold Mirror Board

accessories: Fine Gold Embossing Powder; Rhinestone; Virtuoso Music die 98356 by Memory Box; Stamen Flower Punch

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Heatgun; Sponging tool; Scissors; Big Shot Machine

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Stamp poinsettia twice onto matt white card in clear pigment ink and emboss with gold embossing powder. Heatset.
  2. Apply complimentary colours of Distress inks to flower petals with sponging tool, blending as you go. Cut out flowers. 20160926_125702
  3. Stamp and gold emboss wording onto right side of papaya card (I prefer to use the smooth side of the Bazzill card when embossing). Attach to pomegrante (red) matting, then onto folded apricot backing card with two-sided tape.20160926_131932
  4. Layer flowers over each other, securing with two-sided tape in centers only. Position them at left side of wording on front of card. You can curl your petals downwards if you prefer.20160926_132925
  5.  Cut out the music die in the gold mirror card and attach under the wording with liquid glue.
  6. Affix flower stamen (cut from punch in gold paper) to center of poinsettia and glue red rhinestone in center of it.  20161003_115323
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Golden Glory

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August 1, 2016

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This is the last card from my “Colours of Grief” card making class. Bit of a somber subject I know, but one that shouldn’t be ignored. Give someone you care about a hug today, or a phone call to let them know they MATTER. It’s so easy for us all to get wrapped up in our own busy lives and problems, sometimes we don’t realise what others are going through, or not coping with, until it’s too late.

 

 

 

 

Stamps: Flamboyant 4240K by Penny Black, Empowered Words DD960A by Unity Stamp Co

Inks: Clear Versamark Pad; Gold Delicate Pad

Papers: Raven, Fawn & Gecko Bazzill Cards

Accessories: Labels die siz660060; Black Frilled Ribbon; Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Mists; Gold Brads; Fine Gold & Clear Embossing Powders

Adhesives: Super Tape; Black Magic Mount

Tools: Sizzix Big Shot Machine; Awl; Paintbrush

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  1. Stamp flamboyant flower in clear pigment ink onto black card and emboss with clear powder. Heatset.
  2. Lightly spritz Sunflower Sparkle Mist over design. Pick up some of the gold with paintbrush and fill in flower shapes. Heatset.
  3. Stamp wording onto scrap of black card and emboss with gold powder. Heatset. Select die from set that will fit over wording and cut out label shape in Big Shot machine. Use awl to pierce hole in either side of label and push gold brads through, opening legs at back to secure. Run Gold pad around edge of label to highlight. Magic Mount label ontogief class 010 card front.male cards 003
  4. Run gold pad around edge of card front. Flip over and run two-sided tape around perimeter. Peel off one side at a time, attaching ribbon frill as you go. Place black Magic Mount onto back of card. Attach finished card front onto matting of fawn card, then green backing card.

 

 

 

Below is another example using a clear pigment pad and embossing with clear powder onto black card. I highlighted the blossoms on the tree with gold Liquid Pearls.gief class 008

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Vintage Poppy

admin
May 10, 2016

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honeycomb 013 My third floral card this week, made quick and easy as the front of the cards were already coloured (see bottom of Flower Vase post), I just added highlights. I smeared Glossy Accents over the flower with a paint brush, then added “Mustard Seed” Distress Stickles to it’s center. After compiling my card layers, I applied touches of Sailor glue, and when dry covered glue with Leaf Craft “Harvest” gilding flakes.honeycomb 031

 

 

Stamp used: “Poppy” 2029J by Penny Black

Other products: Fired Brick and Dusty Concord Distress Stains; Colour Pencils, Fiskars border Punch

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Flower Vase

admin
May 7, 2016

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My first card from the flower stamps I took on my recent travels (checkout my facebook post or see below). I stamped rose vase onto a piece of card that was coloured with Distress Stains: Mustard Seed & Aged Mahogany, then stamped border image down the side of the card also in Aged Mahogany Distress ink. I coloured in roses with pencils, then added Glossy Accents over the top to highlight. The vase I painted with Buttercup Liquid Pearls. The wording was stamped in black Archival ink onto ivory card cut from Sizzix Mini Labels set 657214, sponged with Scattered Straw & Aged Mahogany Distress ink. I added 3 dots of Garnet Liquid Pearls under wording and lightly spritzed label with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Mist.

vase flowers 005vase flowers 007Penny Black Stamps: 2420K Rose Vase, 2005J Classic Border. Wording set046 by Stamp-It Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

Whenever I travel, I take with me my watercolour palette and some pencils, along with some stamped images to colour in. Everything folds flat so is quite easy to transport. There are always those moments on holiday when you have to entertain yourself (like sitting at the airport waiting for connecting flights). My version of the adult colouring-in books that are so trendy at the moment, but more practical, as my efforts are later turned into cards.

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