What a Ride!

Susan Robinson
February 13, 2018

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

It hasn’t always been a smooth ride, but I am glad I have someone by my side to share it with.

stamps: The London Eye 4225K & Worthwhile 2697F both by Penny Black; Happy Valentine’s 213D by My Stamps

This is my one and only Valentine’s wording and one of the first stamps I purchased nearly 20 years ago. We are coming up to our 25th anniversary, so I’d say I have had my moneys worth. Bit like re-inventing the wheel, coming up with new ways to use it every year.

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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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Bird Watching

Susan Robinson
January 10, 2018

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Now that I’m no longer working, I have time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Time to walk in the sun, to watch butterflies floating by, hear the birds in the trees – and just appreciate the simple things in life.

stamp: Garden Letter 40-277 by Penny Black

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Lily Letter

Susan Robinson
November 22, 2017

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This started off as a sympathy card, but I somehow deviated from the plan. I suppose it could still be used for that purpose, by simply placing the sympathy wording on the inside.

 

 

stamps: Elegance 40-438 by Penny Black; Script Lines CRP297 by Stampendous

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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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Harvest Moon

Susan Robinson
September 30, 2017

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Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight

Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning

stamps: Nature’s Paintbrushes 40-441 by Penny Black; Thinking of You F3926 by Hero Arts; Moon by Lavinia Stamps

inks: Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade & Barn Door Distress Re-Inkers; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Silvery Shimmer Delicata Pad; ‘Perfect Pearl’ Perfect Pearls Mists

papers: Watercolour Paper; Raven Bazzill Card; Orange & Cad Yellow Mi-Teintes Cards; White Matt Card

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Apply water to rectangular area of your watercolour paper with a wet paint brush. Put drops of re-inkers onto a palette. Pick up inks with wet paintbrush and apply them to the wet area of your paper in a wide sweeping motion, going from light to dark as you move down the card. Set aside to dry naturally or dry with a heatgun.
  2. Stamp the moon onto scrap of white card with silver pad. Cut out shape with circle cutter or scissors. Sponge some of the yellow ink (Fossilized Amber) over. Sponge around edges with sepia ink. Curve the edges down slightly and mount onto card.
  3. Stamp plant image in black ink onto card, ensuring some overlap onto moon.
  4. Tear around edges of watercolour paper and attach to backing layers of cards.
  5. Stamp wording onto strip of orange card in black ink. Cut wedge out of right side to replicate banner shape. Sponge around all edges with sepia ink. Place 2 small squares of Magic Mount under length of strip. Secure banner with two-sided tape flush left at base of card, again in the middle and at end so the banner is like a wave going up and down.
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Awaken Bloom

Susan Robinson
September 24, 2017

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stamps: Awaken 40-507 by Penny Black; Damask DDTSo11 by Darkroom Door; For You by Stampin’Up

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Stamp flower twice onto 2 separate pieces of white card. Tear around edges of one (this will be your card front). Colour other with watercolour pencils and cut out flower heads.
  2. Stamp damask pattern in green ink (Adirondack- Meadow) over uncoloured flower. I felt this was too dark though so dabbed some white acrylic paint over to soften. Dry with Heatgun. Sponge over Crushed Olive & Tumbled Glass Distress inks. Sponge around torn edges with sepia ink.
  3. Colour in flower stems. Magic Mount cut out flower heads into place.
  4. Smear Glossy Accents over flower petals with a paintbrush. Set aside to dry.
  5. Apply touches of white paint to edges of flower petals with a paintbrush. Heat set.
  6. Glue some black Beadazzles near flower centres. Set aside to dry.
  7.  Wrap ribbon around base of card and secure at back. Glue on bow. Assemble card layers.
  8. Gold emboss wording, cut out with circle punch, sponge around edges with sepia ink and Magic Mount at top of card.
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Single Digits

Susan Robinson
September 9, 2017

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Kids whose birthdays are still in the single digits, are the ideal candidates for this type of card.

stamp: Fun Times 3826H by Penny Black

dies: Antiqua Numbers siz658338 by Brenda Walton; Lovely Happy Birthday #99778 by Memory Box

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Father’s Day Hot Rod

Susan Robinson
August 31, 2017

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With Father’s Day nearly upon us, thought I’d better post something manly. My poor old Dad has had dementia for many years now and we have finally put him into a home as my mother has been struggling to care for him on her own.  Luckily we found a lovely place that is very close, so I can pop over regularly to see him. He is past the stage of needing gifts bought for him, but he does always LOVE getting a card, especially home-made ones.

This design is very simple, so I stamped it onto an opened out teabag to add some interest to the background. Also my Dad is originally from England and likes a ‘cuppa’ tea, so I thought it appropriate.

stamp: Penny Black set ‘Hot Rod!’ 40-224

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Dragon at the Gate

admin
June 22, 2017

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stamps: Moon & small Dragon by Lavinia stamps; Timepiece Collage G-3570 by PSX

dies: Cityscape Metropolis siz661804 & Halloween Shadows siz658253 both by Tim Holtz; Gothic Gate 51-146 by Penny Black; Dragon YCD10045 by Yvonne Creations;

inks: Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet & Pumice Stone Distress Stain Sprays; Victorian Velvet, Frayed Burlap & Stormy Sky Distress Pads; Jet Black StazOn Pad; Sepia Archival Pad; Cement Antiquities Pad; Silvery Shimmer Delicata Pad; Perfect Pearl ‘Perfect Pearl’ Mist

papers: White & Ivory Matt Cards; Fawn & Pinecone Bazzill Cards; Fig Bazzill Smoothie Card; Lt & Dark Grey & Brown Prismatic Cards; Magenta Mesh; SLove Notes – ‘Always’ Cosmo Cricket Paper

accessories: Silver Ball Chain; Lavender, Crystal & Silver Stickles; White Chalk

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents, Tombow Liquid Glue

tools: Big Shot Machine; Circle Punches; Notebook Fiskars Border Punch; Sponge Blocks; Water Spritzer; Heat gun; Paper Trimmer; Scorer; Metal Ruler; Awl

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Lightly spritz your white card with water, then with the Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet & Pumice Stone Distress Stain Sprays. Dry with heat gun.
  2. Cut out multiple buildings from Cityscape die in this sheet and some from the Cosmo Cricket patterned paper. Keep in mind that you are trying to replicate an ancient city, so some of the building shapes may not be suitable as they look too modern. Cut out matching rooftops in light grey or brown card. Sponge around each piece with sepia ink and glue rooftops on.
  3. Stamp out moon in silver ink. Cut out with circle punch. Spritz with Perfect Pearl PP Mist. Heat set. Sponge around edges with sepia ink.
  4. Cut out Gothic gates in dark brown card. Sponge silver ink over randomly. Place lighter brown card behind gates and cut to same size. Glue together.
  5. Cut out dragon shape in dark grey card. Highlight with white chalk and purple Stickles. Fill his eye in with crystal Stickles. Set aside to dry.
  6. Cut an A4 sheet of ivory card lengthways. Score into thirds. Find center points for 2 right panels and cut between them, then score down. Pull bottom part outwards (mountain fold – this is where the gates will be attached) and top part backwards (valley fold). See picture for layout. Cut 1st panel height shorter than others. Create decorative edge with Notebook border punch along top. Sponge with Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap Distress inks.
  7. Meanwhile play around with your layout, the order you want your buildings in, the position of the moon & dragon. I attached my gates into place first, then worked from the front of the card to the back.
  8. Start gluing your buildings into place, overlapping in places.
  9. Stamp the small dragon onto moon with black StazOn ink. Decide where to position moon and glue into place. Add accessories: – I stamped a clock from Timepiece collage stamp in sepia ink and cut out with small circle punch. Glue into place and cover with Glossy Accents and set aside to dry. – I cut a section of mesh off sheet to use as ladder up to clock. Glue into place. – Cut out fence from Halloween Shadows die in light grey card, sponge with Frayed Burlap ink and glue into place. – Using an awl, pierce 2 small holes near gate handles and insert silver ball chain.
  10. Cut another piece of ivory card, same length but taller than previous folded one. Score into thirds and sponge with Cement and Stormy Sky inks for sky. Glue into place behind decorated one. Decorate sky with stars using silver Stickles. Set aside to dry.
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