Blue Trellis

Susan Robinson
December 9, 2017

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This post is in memory of my father who died last Wednesday 6th December. He didn’t come from London but Hartlepool which is in the north east of England. He left England when he was 20 and traveled and worked in many countries – Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and spent many years in West Africa where he met his wife and had 4 of his 5 children. He returned to Australia with his family in 1973 to settle.

I actually made this card for my brothers birthday which was the day my father took gravely ill and was taken into hospital. He and his wife had recently spent some time in London on holiday. My father was quite a strong willed person and I was so glad he managed to get through that Saturday, it would have been even more devastating for my brother if his father had died on his birthday. As it was he waited until all his children from various parts of the country had assembled by his bedside before passing away half an hour later. He will be sorely missed.

I used Tim Holtz Frameworks ‘Trellis’ die siz659431, the  same as in the ‘Peach Trellis’ flower card a few posts back. I had assembled all the little pieces and attached with glue and various levels of Magic Mount, but when I went to stamp my ‘London Gent’, because it was Bazzill card, it didn’t stamp well as all the texture from the card showed through. Being a solid image, it really needed to be stamped onto a smooth surface, something I didn’t think through beforehand. So I had to go to plan B, and stamp onto a piece of clear film cut to size and attach it to my card front with black brads. I placed black Magic Mount underneath the man (so that worked well being a solid image). It was a little harder to photograph because of the reflection from the film, so had to do it on a slight angle, which made my words distorted as then they weren’t directly underneath. I cut out the 55 from 2 different fonts and glued them onto the top of the clear film.

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Yacht Tag

Susan Robinson
September 3, 2017

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I feel so blessed to live in this modern age of technology with music at your fingertips (I love i-tunes) and crafty inspirations at a click of a button. I often wander round Pinterest, it makes me happy just looking at beautiful things. I came across a lovely card from cestlafranz.com the other day and decided to try my own version (see original below). I’m thinking I should have placed the anchor on the bottom design though, not the tag.

My Dad has dementia, but one of his few remaining memories is of a yacht he had when he was in his 40’s called the ‘Sally-Sue’ (after his 2 daughters). He loved sailing. I think I will keep this card for his next birthday, when he turns 88.

stamp: PSX G1479

saved from cestlafranz.com

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Navigation

Susan Robinson
September 2, 2017

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It’s hard navigating the choppy waters of life, sometimes we lose our way. But when I finally reach my destination, I hope I can look back and feel it was a good journey.

Thought I’d post a few more male cards before Father’s Day, boat theme this time, with 1 more to come – then I will give it a rest for a while, I promise, haha:)

stamps: Carnet de Voyage SA60287 by Carabelle Studio; Transport Tags Cl428 by Crafty Individuals (there are 8 tags in this set).

Background was coloured with Distress Stains then stamped over in black ink. Copper Fab Foil was used to highlight radial lines.

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Nathan’s 21st

Susan Robinson
May 27, 2017

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Yet another male birthday in our family with my nephew turning 21! How time flies! I often turn to Tim Holtz for inspiration as his grungy style works so well for male cards. This design is one of his – CDM003 Skull.

I stamped and embossed in black, then sponged over with Distress inks. Layered up the numbers on right and added blue rhinestones to skull eyes. The 21 was cut from alphabet thinlet and glued in place. I am slowly using up my scraps of patterned papers as backgrounds.

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