Green Bug

Susan Robinson
June 30, 2020


I had some unfinished business with these bugs! I normally like to post in themes (I still have a few more sewing cards to come) but thought I’d break it up a bit, before moving onto ‘Alcohol Inks’. Really excited by some of the backgrounds I’ve made, just have to decide now how to decorate them.

  1. Colour card using ‘Bells of Ireland Green’ and ‘Jack in the Pulpit Teal’ Lindy’s Starburst sprays. Mixed in with the green ink base colour, they have an iridescent blue which dries in little puddles. Gorgeous!
  2. Stamp bugs into position on green card, and a 2nd time onto scrap card. Colour them. I coloured the cockroach brown, before covering it in Glossy Accents (adding drops of Black Accent for eyes), then put aside to dry. The other 2 bugs I covered in tacky glue, which when dry, I rubbed green and blue ‘Fab Foils’ over to give them that iridescent shine.
  3. Cut a circle out of clear film and place over lower bug. Lightly sponge around circle with blue ink to create a halo effect.
  4. Leave circle in position to act as a mask while stamping over card with large script writing stamp. I used blue ink as I wanted a subtle effect.
  5. When decorated bugs are dry, cut bodies only out and glue or Magic Mount over ones on green card. I added some black wire as antennae for blue bug.
  6. Assemble backing card layers. I found a piece of metallic blue mesh which I slipped in between, which works well I think, picking up the shine of the blue bug.

stamps: ‘Entomology’ CMS328 & ‘Theories’ CMS329 By Stampers Anonymous (Tim Holtz Collection)


Pet Dragon

Susan Robinson
March 1, 2020


The twins are turning 12! All the grandkids are into dragons at the moment, and wouldn’t it just be SO cool to have your very own dragon pet?! I was really happy when I came across this stamp last year, as it is hard to find images of that theme geared towards girls. Had to have a little play with it straight away, but couldn’t post until I had given it to her for her birthday. I will show her brother’s card tomorrow.


New Aussie Gumnut Baby

Susan Robinson
January 29, 2020


We have two new babies expected within our extended family over the next few months, how exciting! May Gibbs is always a go-to classic in my book for a new little Aussie, but I will be making a few other varieties too so I have a selection to choose from when the time comes.

Not sure which version of this card I like. I felt the baby got lost among the gum leaves in the first one, so I placed it onto a mounted cream circle, then added a bow at the finish. Hmm, still undecided – 1, 2 or 3?

I cut the Gum leaf dies (Paper Rose: Gum Leaves 2 & 3) from a piece of card I had previously coloured with Distress Stains. It turned out too dark to use for a stamped background, so I put it aside for cutting leaves out of. I added a little Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearl to highlight the gumnuts.

The May Gibbs stamp images are from Stamp World: ‘Nuttybub and Nittersing’ C215 and ‘Nuttybub in a Birdsnest’ E236. I stamped them both onto a seperate piece of card, coloured them lightly, then cut them out. I added some Grey and Sage Ultrafine Flowersoft to the nest, then Magic Mounted the image over the gum leaves.

Below is a another card using the same Birdsnest Baby stamp along with ‘Just Peeking’ K476 also from Stamp World. I think I like it better, sometimes simple is best.


Merry Mayhem!

Susan Robinson
December 12, 2018


FINALLY, I have made a start on my Christmas cards, and because it is last minute (and my brain has already gone to mush) I have borrowed a design from Penny Black this year. I thought it seemed simple but there were still a few steps involved, especially when making multitudes.

dies: Manger 51-254 & Winter Garland 51-249 by Penny Black

stamps: Peace, Believe, Joy 3378D by Stamp-it

Cut out Mangers in white card.

Cut out same size circles in white card. Sponges 3/4 circle with Shabby Shutter Distress ink.

Glue Manger onto green circle (with darker shading at bottom). Sponge around edges with sepia ink.


Cut out Garland in white card, place on teflon mat and sponge using Distress dabbers. Dry.

Cut off holly leaves at top. Draw a line down center of each leaf with a brown pencil. Sponge edges of leaves with green or brown ink. Bend leaves up from middle to shape.

Turn over stamp and ink directly onto rubber with Distress Stains. Stamp out onto strips of white card. Because the inks are so liquid, your image may not be crisp, more like a watercolour effect. If you have any that are too messy, simply don’t use them. Stamping onto a separate piece of card means you don’t ruin your main card if your stamping doesn’t turn out. When happy with your results, cut wording down as much as possible, sponge around edges with sepia (or not) and glue at base of folded white backing card.

Glue garland behind manger bauble shape, ensuring you get plenty of leaves poking out, then glue both onto card front. Glue holly leaves behind star at top of bauble and place clear sticky backed star into center of it.

To be honest I think the wording is too large and distracting. It would have been better something smaller stamped directly onto the card base, but as it is Bazzill card which is textured, I didn’t want to risk messing it up.

One of the reasons I am behind schedule with my own projects – our house (and my craft room) has been over run with grandchildren for the last week! Shown are 10 year old twins Mischa and Joaquin working on their creations. Their 2 younger brothers escaped before I thought to grab the camera. I must confess I find it a little stressful having other people in my personal ‘space’. I really need to take a chill pill though – after all it’s only paper and ink right? 🤔 Last visit I let them all loose at once, but learned my lesson and this time brought them up one at a time with a glass of wine in hand (for me). I did spread the sessions out over a few days in order to ration out my alcohol consumption😊



Leaves of Gratitude – Masked Background

Susan Robinson
February 16, 2018


stamps: Curled Leaf F-3100 by PSX; Vine Leaf 1497BMini Leaf 1499B & Handwriting all from Stamp-it; Gratitude A3079 by Hero Arts


I used the Distress mini pads, squishing some ink randomly onto my teflon mat (or you could use a flat piece of plastic). Spritz inks with water, then place white card over. Lift off. Now spray inks on card with more water if you need to make them blend and run into rivulets. Dry with a heatgun.

Cover your card with clear vellum and trace around your inky shape with a pencil.

Cut out shape. Throw away the inside piece. We will be using the outside area as a mask. (For this reason it is important to try and keep the outside piece relatively intact ie. don’t hack it into pieces).

Lay your vellum mask around your inked shape (this will protect your white background from getting any script on it). Ink up script stamp with black Archival ink and stamp over.

When you remove the mask, you should have your script showing over your inked areas only. I love the way the words follow every little drip out. It is important when choosing your stamp, that the design is very close or you will lose the effect.


Next I stamped out my leaves and coloured them with watercolour pencils and a water brush. After cutting them out, I spritzed some gold sparkle over. Dry with a heatgun.

Stamp your Gratitude wording, sponge and mount onto card. Magic Mount the large curling leaf and some of the smaller ones, gluing the remainder down flat. Assemble card layers.


Pear Art

January 10, 2016


1.  Pear Art  swirl Stamp-It Australia: Pear Vine 4152E, Love 3283C.  Leaf punches

2. Pear Art collageStampers Anonymous: Pear Collage U3-538; Stamp-It Australia: Dragonfly Garden siset035    

3.   Pear Art  with seal   Impression Obsession: French Pear D9397

4.  Pear Art  vine Stamps4U: Pear Script; Stampin Up: Thinking of You. Sizzix Die: Flowers, Branches & Leaves set

There’s something about the shape of pears that really appeals to me. I have a little collection of pear stamps that I take out and play with when I can. To view more cards on this subject, go to If you would like to show your “pear” creations on this board, please message me on pinterest so I can invite you to join it. Please give credit to the stamp company that designed the image and state titles and codes where possible:)




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


Tree Trimmings

November 22, 2015


This simple design by Yvette (4910E Tree Trimmings) is one of my favourite Christmas stamps. I get bored easily making multiples of the same card, so I usually stamp the same image with the same black Archival ink pad onto multiple pieces of different coloured cardstock. That way they’re kind of same, same – but different! It makes the repetitive process more fun. Here are a few of my finished cards.

baubles - neutral closeFor this card I have stamped the image onto kraft card in black, coloured the baubles in with White Opal Liquid Pearls, coloured the branches in with ordinary white pencil. I then added some thick glue over the branches (just a line to highlight, don’t completely cover the branches with glue). While glue still wet, I pushed some Polar White Flowersoft into it. Set aside to dry. Add a line of Silver Stickles to hang baubles from and a clear rhinestone to crown each bauble. Layer kraft card onto Opal shimmer card. Magic Mount onto a piece of white card that has had ribbon adhered to it with 2-sided tape to create a frame (see below). Attach this card onto backing card of Quicksand Bazzill card.

ribbon frame


baubles - green stripe close For this card I stamped the image onto Nautical Light Blue Prismatic Bazzill card in black. I coloured the baubles in with Baby Blue Stickles, then went over them with Ice Blue Stickles in a “C” shape only. I applied Star Dust Stickles to the hanging thread and a clear rhinestone to top each bauble. I squished some ink from a Bundled Sage Distress Pad onto an acrylic block, which I picked up with my water brush and coloured in the branches with. I then applied some thick glue over branches and pushed some Pale Green Flowersoft into it.  Set aside to dry. This card was then Magic mounted over a piece of white card that had had striped green ribbon attached by means of some strips of 2-sided tape to it’s perimeter (see above). It was then secured to backing card of Aloe Vera Bazzill card.


baubles - blue sparkle close For this card I stamped image onto same light blue card as above. I coloured in the baubles and branches with blue and green pencils respectively.  I then went over the baubles with Crystal Ice Stickles, used Star Dust Stickles for the hanging thread again and placed a dark blue rhinestone atop each bauble. After applying some thick glue to the branches, I pushed some Christmas Green Flowersoft into it. I Magic Mounted this over a piece of white card that had had some gorgeous blue/green shot ribbon attached to the perimeter to create a frame. This was then layered onto a backing card of Jade Bazzill card.

The ribbons really are the hero pieces of these cards. The photos don’t really do justice to the shimmer and texture of them. Why don’t you try this technique with any lovely ribbon you may have lying around. I used less than 1/2 m for each card. Don’t choose a stamp image too large or complex.