Deep Sea Cave

Susan Robinson
November 17, 2017

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Trying to get different looks from the same die. I chose soft colours for this mermaid one in contrast to the below samples which are the traditional darker blue & white palette. Can’t decide which one I like best. Maybe the crab… Which do you prefer?

Die is “Under the Sea Collage” 99703 by Memory Box

 

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Seahorse Circles

Susan Robinson
November 8, 2017

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Summer has finally arrived, and with a vengeance! Trying to keep cool creating cards with a watery theme, imagining myself swimming beneath the waves with seahorses (except I usually only get the seaweed).

dies: Sammy Seahorse SD365 by Joanna Sheen; Large Ringlets 98790 by Memory Box; Sea Plants 560-ZZ by ImpressionObsession

stamp: ‘Everything you imagine’ from Stamp-it set062

I simply coloured white cardstock with various shades of blue and green dye spray inks (Dylusions & Distress) before cutting out my shapes and assembling. I used Magic Mount under the seahorse body and also beneath the rectangle the seahorse and seaweed are sitting on. I thought about putting some little fishes swimming through the bubbles, but decided against it as they would just be a distraction from the focal point. I drew the seahorse eye in and added a touch of glitter to his stomach.

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Perky Poppy 2

Susan Robinson
August 15, 2017

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Sometimes simple is best. My second card in this 3 series post.

Cut out Perky Poppy die (Memory Box), ‘smile’ wording (Impression Obsession), and rectangle in white card, arrange as desired and glue onto inked background (created with Distress Stain sprays: Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap). I white embossed the ‘Love’ stamp (3283C from Stamp-it) onto a scrap of white card, then sponged over matching inks to colour. Use a circle punch or scissors to cut out stamp then Magic Mount into place. Assemble card layers.

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Perky Poppy 1

Susan Robinson
August 12, 2017

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When buying a new die, I like to explore all the possibilities of its use. This is the first of a 3 series post using this Perky Poppy die #98762 from Memory Box.

For this card, I cut the poppy out in cream card, and again in a patterned paper (sample shown is from Bo Bunny). Ensure your paper has a small pattern, or the design will be lost when cut up. I then just placed the cut pattern pieces inside the cream framework. I curled the petals slightly first and used Magic Mount beneath the larger pieces.

I sponged the stems sparingly with sepia ink and coloured the leaves & bud with watercolour pencils. Apply dots of Copper Liquid Pearls to stamens. Set aside to dry.

Added some strips of torn paper from my ‘scrap box’. Just play around till you find a combination that you’re happy with. I changed my mind on the darker blue paper and added some more music notes instead.

Stamp ‘love you’ wording (Stampin’ Up) in black ink.

Sponge around card with sepia ink and assemble layers.

 

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Reverse Butterfly Collage 1

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July 25, 2016

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butterfly formation 006I have a new butterfly die! Memory Box #99145 reverse Butterfly Collage die. The wording is from Unity Stamp Co’s Empowered Words DD-960A.

Cut the die from a piece of white kromekote (gloss) card which has been coloured with various Alcohol inks. Place plain ivory card beneath the cut-out to highlight the butterfly pattern. Lightly sponge the butterfly wings with a dark purple chalk and smudge some Lavender Sticbutterfly formation 007kles around the wing tips. Draw the butterfly bodies and antennae on with a black Zig pen.  Stamp the wording with a black Archival pad (note: don’t use a StazOn pad or it will re-act with the alcohol inks, and some dye pads may not dry on the gloss card). Mount finished card front onto backing layers to frame.

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Reverse Butterfly Collage 2

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butterfly formation 012My 2nd card using my new Memory Box die # 99145 Reverse Butterfly Collage. The wording is “Happiness is When” 2440C by Stamp-it.

Cut out the die in white matt card. Place a larger piece of card beneath which has been coloured with Dylusion ink sprays (Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange and Postbox Red) leaving a border of the coloured card showing around it . Mount this onto folded black backing card.

Cut out butterfly pattern again on scrap of white matt card. It doesn’t have to be a very big piece of card as you don’t want the whole pattern, only a small section of it. I chose the middle-left part to highlight as there was space there to add a wording. Use texters directly onto rubber stamp to colour wording (so all the words can be different colours). Cut your chosen section to desired size and matt onto piece of black card. Magic Mount onto card front, lining up with butterfly images beneath. Fix adhesive rhinestones of pink and orange in place for butterfly heads.butterfly formation 013

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Butterfly Whirl

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July 7, 2016

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A rainbow of colours to brighten up your day!

butterfly whirl 004 My fourth and final card using the “Butterfly Wreath” 99380 Memory Box die (see previous posts). This time I have used only the individual butterfly shapes from within the wreath, which I cut out from a piece of white card previously sprayed with multiple colours of Dylusion Sprays.but whirl 001

 

 

 

 

but whirl 005The 3 small butterflies at the top were created by either folding a butterfly in half, or cutting butterflies in half and assembling 2 small wings over each other or the 2 larger wings over each other.butterfly whirl 006

 

 

Stamp is Fiesta! set CS226 by Kaisercraft

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Free Spirit Butterfly Wreath

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July 5, 2016

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Set free your creative spirit! Let it fly!

free spirit 005 My energy is so often scattered – multi-tasking I believe it’s called, something we women are good at. But it is nice to be able to focus on just one object and explore it’s possibilities before moving onto the next. My 3rd card using the Memory Box die “Butterfly Wreath”. This time I didn’t throw any bits away, including the background card I cut it from.

  1. Cut wreath from ivory card. Sponge around with Antique Linen Distress pad. Matt ivory card onto pale blue card and cut a circle from the center of the blue card (lining up with center of wreath) with circle cutter or die. Adhere ivory and blue card layers onto fawn coloured backing card.
  2. Glue butterfly wreath outline back into place in center of cut-out. I have long decided ‘glue’ and me will never be best friends. This is a little tricky to do as the outline is wet with glue and so delicate it easily stretches out of shape. In hind-sight would have been better to cut it out of supersheet/jac paper, or just apply glue to the card itself rather than the thin outline.
  3. Sponge around individual butterflies with Spun Sugar Distress pad. I then decorated some of them with rub-ons from Fancy Pants ‘Fancy-free’ collection.  The ‘Free Spirit’ wording also came from this same sheet of rub-ons. Position butterflies in different poses back into wreath. Magic Mount has been added beneath some wings. Cut out butterfly antennae in dark brown card and add to decorated butterflies.free spirit 006
  4. Stamp Kaisercraft “Dictonary Meanings” randomly over ivory card in Sepia Archival ink. free spirit 007

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Blue Butterfly Wreath

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July 3, 2016

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Still playing with my new butterfly wreath die (see previous post). I like it!new blue 001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To re-create this card:

  1. Colour a white piece of card with Mermaid Lagoon & Peacock Feathers Distress Stain Sprays & some London Blue Dylusions spray. Don’t forget to spritz your card with water first to allow the inks to run together. Dry with a heatgun.blue but wreath 001
  2. Cut out butterfly wreath in supersheet/jack paper ( 2 sided sticker sheet). Peel backing off butterfly outline only and stick onto coloured card slightly off centre. Cut overhanging butterflies off with scissors.blue but wreath 002
  3. Now peel off top layer of supersheet to expose the sticky layer. This is a little tricky due to it’s delicate nature. I actually ended up lifting the whole thing off and flipping it over as I decided I wanted the butterflies to face the other way.
  4. Brush Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls over now sticky butterfly wreath outline with a dry paintbrush. Brush excess powder back into pot. Being the impatient sort, my background card wasn’t quite dry enough, so some excess powder did hang around, but that’s okay in this instance as it adds a little metallic glimmer to the card. blue but wreath 004
  5. Cut out some extra butterfly shapes from scrap paper. I had some which had been previously sprayed with inks which I thought would compliment the colours.blue but wreath 005
  6. Glue 3 butterflies in position at base of wreath and add antennae of dark brown. Add antennae for next outine butterfly too. Attach card front onto dark brown matting.blue but wreath 006

7. Stamp wording onto scrap of ivory card in black ink. Tear right end and fold under slightly. Sponge around all edges with sepia ink. Magic Mount onto left of card, through middle of wreath.

8. Adhere finished card onto gold layer, then turquoise backing card.blue but wreath 008

 

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Butterfly Wreath

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July 2, 2016

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When life has you going round in circles, at least make them pretty ones!

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I never throw away my scraps of card, as they come in handy for projects like this.

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  1. First sort through your scrap drawers to find coordinating papers.
  2. Cut out your “Butterfly Wreath” 99380 Memory Box die in solid card colour (I chose red).
  3. Cut out individual butterflies from your scraps, then lay them out in the order you want them to go in.butterfly wreath 2
  4. I sponged some white card for the background in Dried Marigold, Spun Sugar & Weathered Wood Distress inks. (This was originally for another project but I changed direction. It has a wording clear embossed underneath if you look closely). I glued my butterfly wreath on, then using a circle template, cut a rounded edge on one side of card. I then sponged all edges with Worn Lipstick Distress ink.
  5. I added a square of Magic Mount to outer wing of butterflies and glue to inner wings.butterfly wreath 009
  6. After positioning butterflies, I added their antennae (which I cut shorter as I felt they were too long), then placed a dot of Petal Pink Liquid Pearls for head.
  7. When dry, I adhered finished front card to backing layers.butterfly wreath 008new but wreath 005
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