Paris Love

Susan Robinson
April 24, 2018

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A girlfriend of mine is off to Europe on holidays, going to Paris and numerous other lovely places. So jealous! The best I can do is head into my craft room and let my imagination transport me.

CARD ONE

stamps: Paris Collage set066 by Stamp-it; Girls love to Shop 95370MM by Inkadinkado

accessories: Silver & Gold Fab Foils, Pewter & Gold Perfect Pearls, Texters, Glossy Accents, Chalks

I stamped the Paris collage and girl out in black Archival ink onto two separate pieces of ivory card.

I applied glue (that dries tacky) to the Eiffel Tower and when dry laid gold and silver Fab Foils over. I dipped my finger into a clear pigment pad and smudged some shadows below the tower and bike riders and around the street lamps. I applied dry Perfect Pearl powders over in Pewter and Gold. I used a glitter pen over smaller Eiffel tower and brown chalks over bits of collage. I sponged around whole card in black, attached to pink matting, then onto folded ivory backing card.

I coloured the girl in with texters, highlighting her handbag with Glossy Accents. When dry, I sponged around the edges with black ink and matted her onto black card. I attached her over center of Paris collage.

I cut out LOVE (Impression Obsession die385-B) wording in black and glued onto top right of card.

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Flowers in Frames

Susan Robinson
January 28, 2018

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I like being organised, everything to have a place and everything being IN it’s place, but life happens and messiness follows. I am currently doing an on-line art class as well as continuing with my obsession for card making, and then people I know keep having birthdays which throws another spanner in the works, then off I go on another tangent. I have 2 large work tables in my craft room, with projects in various stages of completion spread upon them. Strangely enough it is often within the chaos that I gain my inspiration. I will spy a random piece of paper next to another colour or pattern that I would never normally think to pair together, and yet I see something that could work in that combination. Today I spotted some cut-out frames rejected from a previous project, and decided to make use of them.

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

dies: Love Die385-B by Impression Obsession

inks: Victorian Velvet, Pumice Stone & Wild Honey Distress Stain Sprays; Aged Mahogany & Peeled Paint Distress Re-inkers; Sepia & Jet Black Archival Pads; Golden Glitz Delicata Pad

stamps: Tulips in Porcelain 276K by Penny Black; Postcards CMS099 by Stamper’s Anonymous; Tiny Butterfly 338A by All Night Media

inks: Wild Honey & Pumice Stone Distress Stain Sprays

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The Warmth Lingers

Susan Robinson
December 13, 2017

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Thinking of my father, and the empty spaces left behind…

stamps: Down by the Seaside 60-30059 by Inkadinkado; The Tide Recedes 4228F by Stamp-it

die: Tim Holtz Frameworks ‘Trellis’ siz659431

inks: Spun Sugar, Antique Linen & Weathered Wood Distress Stain Sprays

For this card I lifted out the trellis part, inked around the edges with a Weathered Wood Distress pad and Magic Mounted it back into place. I removed 2 of the shapes and cut out a single one from the background card which I placed above the empty spaces. The shape with birds on, I Magic Mounted up.

VARIATION:

stamps: Sandcastle 60-00558H by Inkadinkado; Waves 481E by All Night media; Walk with Me D13007 by Impression Obsession

die: Tim Holtz Frameworks ‘Trellis’ siz659431

inks: Spun Sugar, Antique Linen & Tumbled Glass Distress Stain Sprays

For this card I glued the trellis part down flat, then lifted out 3 shapes to leave the background showing through. The shapes beneath the sandcastle, I lifted out, sponged around the edges with sepia ink and replaced with Magic Mount under 1 side only to tilt them, the 2 at top tilted right, the bottom 2 left.

 

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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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Postal Mannequin

admin
October 7, 2016

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postal mannequin 023stamps: Postal Mannequin 8339P by Inkadinkado; Paris/New York J11671 and Suitcases from Time Travelers set CMS157 both by Stampers Anonymous; She DD1205A by Unity Stamp Co

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Scattered Straw, Victorian Velvet & Weathered Wood Distress Pads; Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood & Bundled Sage Distress Stains Sprays

papers: Specialty White Card; Savannah & Blossom Bazzill Cards

accessories: Simple Banner die #836 By Poppy Stamps; Small Dress Forms Embossing Folder 1219-110 by Darice; Glitter Pen

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

Tools: Big Shot Machine; Heatgun, Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Spritz white card with Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass & Bundled Sage Distress Stain Sprays until covered to your satisfaction. The Specialty card tends to be a bit more water repellent than normal matt card, so you may want to spread the inks with your fingers or another piece of card to help cover the white areas. Dry with heatgun.
  2. Emboss with Dress Forms embossing folder through Big Shot machine. Go over pattern with sponging block dipped in Weathered Wood Distress pad to highlight raised mannequins images. Sponge edges of card with sepia ink, then attach to blossom (pink) matting, then Savannah (cream) backing card with two-sided tape.
  3. Stamp postal mannequin onto right side of card in black ink, then again onto scrap of white card. Cut out body of mannequin on scrap. Sponge Scattered Straw & Victorian Velvet Distress ink over mannequin body. postal mannequin 025Magic Mount this over mannequin image on main card.
  4. Stamp suitcases from Time Traveler set onto white scrap card with black ink. Cut out top 4 suitcases only and colour as you did the mannequin body. Stamp “She” wording across suitcases in black and then again onto main card beneath where the suitcases will be fixed. Stamp “She” wording once more onto more white scrap card.  Cut out strips of tiny typewriter script from wording, sponge with matching inks and adhere into place across suitcases. (This is to make the wording more legible, otherwise it’s too hard to read). Attach suitcases into place with two-sided tape. Outline the script words “she” and “dreams” with the glitter pen.
  5. Punch out the banner die twice in Big Shot machine from white scrap card. Colour with Scattered Straw & Victorian Velvet inks. Attach to top left of card front. (I glued the bottom banner & Magic mounted the top one).
  6. Stamp Paris/New York wording in black ink onto scrap from embossed mannequin background card. Cut out individual cities and fix to card front as desired.
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A Larger Glass

admin
August 25, 2016

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I am reading a book by Dr Mike Dow at the moment called the “The Brain Fog Fix”. Apparently drinking a little wine every evening can actually be beneficial for the brain (one glass per day for women and up to 2 for men),  more than that however and it has the opposite effect. My first thought was ‘I’ll need to get myself a larger glass’ (so I can still just have 1 glass per day) and my second thought was ‘Ooooh, I think I have a stamp for that!’ And if you do like to indulge, apparently Champagne and Pinot Noir are the better options.

20160814_162830stamps: Larger Glass 94842X by Inkadinkado

inks: Versamark Clear Pad; Jet Black, Sepia & Library Green Archival Pads

papers: Ivory Matt Card

accessories: Sizzix Frame, Fancy Rectangle 658948; Gold Leaf; Assorted Flowers; Paper Butterfly; Star Dust Stickles; Snow Cap Dabber Paint; White Opal Liquid Pearls; Sunflower Sparkle & Bronze Perfect Pearls; Self-adhesive Pearls

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; magic Mount; Sailor Glue Pen

tools: Big Shot Machine; Paintbrush; Scissors; Water Spritzer; Sponge block; small Sponge

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut out the fancy frame from Sizzix die in ivory card. Sponge around edges with sepia ink. Rub clear Versamark ink pad over randomly. Pick up some gold and/or bronze Perfect Pearl powders with a dry paintbrush and brush over frame. The powder will stick to the clear ink. Spritz lightly with water when finished to set the powders. 20160813_16200820160813_162154

 

 

 

 

 

2. Stamp the image in black ink onto ivory card. Cut the wording at the bottom off separately and cut out the main image around border. Stamp bottle in image, again onto scrap of ivory card in green ink. Cut out bottle and glue over bottle in main image. 2016-08-11 17.45.40Run Sailor glue pen around border, and also around neck of bottle and stem of champagne glass. Set aside to dry. The glue comes out blue, then dries clear and tacky. When dry, lay bits of gold leaf over glued areas and press gently with fingers. Use a soft brush to remove excess gold leaf back into pot. I preferred to leave it a little lumpy around parts of the frame for a textured look.

3. Because the image is quite dark, I went over the ladies dress with some white paint applied by dabbing with a small sponge to highlight it better. I dotted some White Opal Liquid Pearls around her neck for a necklace and added some Star Dust Stickles to champagne glass. Set aside to dry. I still found the glass not prominent enough, so drew a line around it (a little crookedly, oops) with a black Zig pen.20160814_161330

4. Fix main image onto ivory card with two-sided tape, angled across decorative frame. It does actually fit perfectly within the frame, but I chose to angle it as I felt it suited the ambiance of the sentiment better. Sponge around the wording with sepia ink. Magic Mount the back of it and position on card.

5. Arrange assorted flowers in bottom left corner as desired. Place self-adhesive pearls in centers of them where needed. Glue butterfly cut-out at top of frame.

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Hairy Butterfly

admin
June 28, 2016

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napkin 013A butterfly collage card by Inkadinkado (Tin Can Mail) 91619X. I stamped it in Black Archival ink over a background coloured with Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral Distress Stain Sprays which I had dribbled some Glossy Accents over whilst still wet. I stamped the main butterfly and 2 postal marks out again onto some scrap white card, coloured them with pencils, then cut them out and mounted over images on main card. The butterfly is secured flat under it’s body, but has magic mount under it’s wings to lift them. Glossy Accents was then applied over it’s wings with a paintbrush to add sheen. When completely dry, I applied a thin glue to the main body and pressed some black and brown fine Flowersoft into it to create it’s hairy texture. Sponged around the edge with Sepia ink and layered onto black card, a scrap of script paper and main aqua backing card.hairy butterfly 005 hairy butterfly 003

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Insect Montage

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May 19, 2016

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insect montageOne of my favourite stamps of old. I love insects for a start, and collage style stamps make life easy because everything is arranged for you already and you simply have to colour.

The background card was from my infamous “box” so I have to guess at the colours used on what was once white card – I’m thinking “Evergreen Bough”, “Tumbled Glass” and “Pumice Stone”? Distress Stains. I added a bit of yellow watercolour in places later.

The bugs were foiled in green and blue, and the “A” in the square in gold. Liquid Pearls added for butterfly/dragonfly bodies. Clear film (or acetate) for dragonfly wings, which I then heated to curl, then spread Star Dust Stickles over. I smeared Glossy Accents over the wings of the large butterfly to highlight, but kept it’s colours muted. I tore around the edge of image and sponged with Sepia Archival before fixing to card layers.

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insect montage 2Stamp: Insect Montage #92699Y from Inkadinkado (Tin Can Mail)

 

 

 

 

2014-08-25 18.17.32Some of my bug collection. My husband has banned me from hanging them in public areas of the house as he says “they’re not everyone’s cup of tea”. As in his, I think that means:)

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