Koala Tea

Susan Robinson
September 14, 2020

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Talking of teabags – you can’t get any more Australian than this brand of ‘Koala Tea’ I came across. Australian Certified Organic tea, how cool !! Tastes pretty good too, Koalality tea indeed!

I stamped the silhouette of horse & cowboy onto a background created with Distress Stain sprays (Broken China, Rusty Hinge, and I think Hickory Smoke?) I chose the lighter end as I liked that the blue represented the sky, with still enough of the other colours to indicate a smoky fire from his tea being brewed, and picking up the orange brown of the teabag and label. I cut the right half of the background off to use for a future project.

I stamped the koala out, coloured him in using Distress re-inkers, then cut him out to position on card.

stamps: Tree Koala 4447E by Stamp-it; Trail Break by Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps

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Running with Scissors

Susan Robinson
July 4, 2020

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Running with scissors… makes me feel dangerous.

Well, that tells you all you need to know about my life.

stamps: Running with Scissors by Deep Red; Mannequins by Stamp-it

Distress Stain spray background. Gold and silver embossed stamps. (And yes there is an ‘e’ after the ‘g’ in dangerous, though they’re a bit squished together).

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Sea Nymph

Susan Robinson
June 5, 2020

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As we head into winter here, I have been missing that warm from the sunshine, and especially missing my swims in the sea!! So my thoughts are turning to mermaids, that I may live vicariously through them for the next few months…

stamps: ‘Sea Nymph’ PI026 by Pink Ink Designs; wordings by Stampin’ Up (Mermaid set). I do love Pink Ink’s nautical series, but find their stamps quite large for card making, which is why I cut her wings short in the green one so it could fit into a square envelope. The purple one below needs an C5 envelope (which is an A4 folded in half).

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Baby Ted

Susan Robinson
March 5, 2020

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Welcome baby Ted! My nephew and his wife have just had their first baby – a boy. They decided to name him Edward (Teddy) after my father, who sadly passed away 2 years ago. He arrived 3 weeks early, so appears to be showing characteristics of his namesake already, eager to get going and looking for adventure! I can’t wait to meet him. He will be much loved.

stamps: ‘Snug’ 3824F by Penny Black; ‘To Hug and Hold’ T111-1D by My Sentiments Exactly

die: ‘Baby Heart’ by Alexandra Renke

I started this cross-stitch for the baby room once I knew they were expecting (his mother picked out the design she wanted), however as he came early it’s not quite finished yet. Off to get my ‘Whooping Cough’ vaccine now, as apparently you’re not allowed near little ones without it (at least until they’ve had their first vaccines at 6-8 weeks). I don’t want to wait that long for my first cuddle!!

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Pet Dragon

Susan Robinson
March 1, 2020

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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.

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Hanging Baskets

Susan Robinson
February 23, 2020

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A big Happy Birthday to my baby sister!! She loves succulents so this will be right up her alley. Inspiration from Pinterest. Of course I couldn’t find the card again on Pinterest when I went back to see how they’d done it, just remembered it had a sprayed background. I wanted to see whether the pots were supposed to be underneath or above the ropes. In the end I did a combo.

stamps: Succulents set 6049Q by Kaszazz

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Hello there!

Susan Robinson
February 12, 2020

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Just because… they are so darn cute!

I have been trying to rearrange and tidy my craft room for the last few weeks, but it seems I don’t have enough cupboard space (or maybe just too much crap!). A slow and frustrating process, so I took some time out today to play. Just because… I spotted amidst the chaos, a small clearing on my tabletop:)

stamp: Snugglepot & Cuddlepie – Hanging On 17313 by Paper Rose

I added Vintage Photo Distress Stickles to his cap and Sunshine Yellow Flowersoft to her skirt and cap, with Yellow Liquid Pearls for dots.

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Water Lilies

Susan Robinson
January 13, 2020

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Taking advantage of this lull before life speeds up again. I have a heap of coloured in images that just need backing cards attached to finish off. This is one of my favourite designs from PSX.

Stamp is by PSX K-1438. I used a combination of normal and watercolour pencils to colour. Glossy Accents added to dragonfly wings and ‘Onyx’ Liquid Pearl for his body.

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Blue Gumnuts

Susan Robinson
December 16, 2019

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Breaking away from my theme of birds this year with this card. I bought some stamps off a lovely lady a few weeks ago. They belonged to her 92 year old mother who sadly is unable to continue her hobby due to failing eyesight. This was one I didn’t buy as I already have it. It is an old favourite of mine as it is simple but effective, so when I got home I had to take it out and reacquaint myself with it. I sent her the card as a thank you.

To make: I simply stamped it out twice in dark blue without re-inking in between, to create that shadow effect of the 2nd stamping. On a piece of scrap paper, I then stamped it out again in a light blue ink and cut out the top leaf only. I folded the leaf down the center to create a slight ridge, then glued it into place over darker blue version. Using a thick glue, I applied gold Flowersoft for flowers. When dry, shake off any excess back into pot. I then added dots of light blue Liquid Pearls around flowers. Set aside to dry before assembling backing cards. I gold embossed the Christmas wording at top.

stamps: Gumnut Brush 3745E; Christmas Mini 3044B both by Stamp-it Australia

Probably won’t get the chance to post again now till after New Year – so Merry Christmas everyone! Hope it is a safe and happy one 🙂

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Summer Hibiscus

Susan Robinson
August 9, 2019

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We’ve had such beautiful sunny weather this winter, some days I feel like it’s summer already! Inspiration for this card.

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