Bird Watching

Susan Robinson
January 10, 2018

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Now that I’m no longer working, I have time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Time to walk in the sun, to watch butterflies floating by, hear the birds in the trees – and just appreciate the simple things in life.

stamp: Garden Letter 40-277 by Penny Black

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Alexandra Renke Watercolour Florals

Susan Robinson
January 5, 2018

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Starting off the year with some simple cards using one of Alexandra Renke’s beautiful watercolour floral design papers. I actually find it quite hard keeping things clean and austere, especially when trying to use predominantly white! You don’t realise how many shades of white there are till you try using them together. Rather than struggle against my natural instincts, I decided to just relax and go with the flow, adding colour where the whim dictated.

You can get 24 cards from one 12×12 sheet…

    

    

      

    

    

    

    

     

 

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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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Vintage Flowers

Susan Robinson
October 29, 2017

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I love these montage flower designs, you simply colour in and assemble suitable backing cards. With very little strain on the brain, they make for a quick and easy card and the whole process is quite relaxing.

     

stamp: Butterfly Suite 4182K by Penny Black

    

stamp: Rose Script #91658-Y by Inkadinkado (Tin Can Mail)

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Bright Flowers

Susan Robinson
October 25, 2017

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Flowers always make me happy. Unfortunately we only have green leafy things growing in our garden, no flowers, so I have to make do with those I create in my craft room.

This is one of my friends dies that I cut out some copies of on camp, but she had thrown away the packaging sorry and couldn’t remember what company it was from. I used the same technique as I did for the alcohol ink poppy die cards I made recently, except that I used dye inks to create the colourful backgrounds.

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Awaken Bloom

Susan Robinson
September 24, 2017

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stamps: Awaken 40-507 by Penny Black; Damask DDTSo11 by Darkroom Door; For You by Stampin’Up

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Stamp flower twice onto 2 separate pieces of white card. Tear around edges of one (this will be your card front). Colour other with watercolour pencils and cut out flower heads.
  2. Stamp damask pattern in green ink (Adirondack- Meadow) over uncoloured flower. I felt this was too dark though so dabbed some white acrylic paint over to soften. Dry with Heatgun. Sponge over Crushed Olive & Tumbled Glass Distress inks. Sponge around torn edges with sepia ink.
  3. Colour in flower stems. Magic Mount cut out flower heads into place.
  4. Smear Glossy Accents over flower petals with a paintbrush. Set aside to dry.
  5. Apply touches of white paint to edges of flower petals with a paintbrush. Heat set.
  6. Glue some black Beadazzles near flower centres. Set aside to dry.
  7.  Wrap ribbon around base of card and secure at back. Glue on bow. Assemble card layers.
  8. Gold emboss wording, cut out with circle punch, sponge around edges with sepia ink and Magic Mount at top of card.
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Birthday Numbers

Susan Robinson
September 8, 2017

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I have had this numbers die (Antiqua Numbers siz658338) for many years and normally cut out the numbers and use them individually, but have seen some ideas lately utilising the silhouette  as well. Thought I’d have a play.

Of course this only works for birthdays with sequential numbers. I caught up with a girlfriend last week and was showing her some of the cards I had made recently. She really liked the number ones and reminded me she has a birthday coming up. And how old will she be? 57!! A challenge indeed.

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English Rose Bouquet 4

Susan Robinson
August 6, 2017

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My last card in this series, made with Memory Box’s ‘English Rose Bouquet’ die (#99139). Before I bought my metal adaptor plate, sometimes when I put my dies through the Big Shot machine, they wouldn’t cut out completely, especially those with more intricate designs – very frustrating! That is what happened this time, so I put the roses aside to think about another day as I really couldn’t be bothered getting my scalpel and cutting each tiny section out. Now with my new plate, my dies all cut out beautifully each time 🙂

Eventually I came back to this problem child and decided instead of trying to push all the little pieces OUT, I would work with what I had and leave them all IN! I watercoloured them, initially just colouring in the petal sections of the roses leaving the borders white, but ended up pulling the colour out to cover the whole rose. Think I should have left them white – but oh well, once you start, there’s no going back.

 

I sprayed my background card with Tumbled Glass and Crushed Olive Distress Stain Sprays, lay some ribbon across bottom and attached my card layers.

 

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English Rose Bouquet 3

Susan Robinson

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Simple silhouettes.

This card is very straightforward, simply using the cut out roses from English Rose Bouquet die #99139 by Memory Box and gluing over a patterned background. I left the leaves unglued so I could lift them slightly to create some dimension to the card.  I sponged the leaves with Lumiere metallic Olive green paint. When used thinly this green paint shows up a gorgeous gold tint through it. I swirled some Gold Stickles into the center of each rose head.

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Of course, don’t limit yourself by always trying to use the design as a whole. You could chop it up and only use part of it – as a border, a corner, to decorate an envelope flap, whatever…

For this sample, I was experimenting using the cut-out as a stencil. I smeared some white shimmery texture paste through it, but wasn’t happy with the result, so it got binned. This was going to join it, but I liked the shimmer effect on the roses and decided to salvage it.

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English Rose Bouquet 2

Susan Robinson

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A little softer than my usual style, but it was hard finding paper with a small enough pattern to put behind the roses. For this card I:

  • cut out the rose die (English Rose Bouquet #99139 by Memory Box) in white card
  • then traced around each flower head onto patterned paper and cut out
  • glued these behind relevant sized rose head
  • glued pearl into center of each rose
  • sepia wash over leaves
  • stamped wording in sepia ink (For You from Stamp-it)
  • sponged edge of card with sepia ink and assembled layers

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As I wasn’t 100% happy with my first sample using this technique, I re-did it using a plain card colour behind the rose heads. I then added some shading using watercolour pencils and a waterbrush. I had planned to make the roses all the same colour, but got carried away as usual. I just love colour! The leaves are a very pale green.

  

This is my favourite colour combination – peach and aqua. The pattern card is from My Minds Eye – ‘Sweet Little One’. It’s stripey on one side and plain aqua on the other. I added a strip of aqua lace as well to soften the look.

Happy Birthday stamp is from Stamp-it, inside a Collections book plate attached with green brads and Magic Mounted onto card.

Bazzill cards used: Adobe & Pinecone

 

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