Waratah

Susan Robinson
August 16, 2018

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This Waratah design is from Stampin’Up’s discontinued “Bloom Away” set.

Sometimes I feel uncomfortable with empty spaces looking at me and get the urge to fill them. That’s what happened with this card, I just kept adding things to it, hard to know when to stop.

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The Waratah stamp used on the 2 cards below is from KaiserCraft set ‘Road Trip’.

The butterfly stamp is from Magenta and the wording from Stamp-it.

This next one has turned out to be one of my favourites I think.

I inked up an acrylic block with pink down the middle and yellow around the outside. Spritz with water then stamp out. The colours will bleed together a bit creating an orange/red tone. Dry.

    

Colour in waratah with colour pencils, adding smears of Buttercup Liquid Pearls to flower head. When dry, cut out flower head as one, and all leaves individually. Magic Mount flower head to corner of inked rectangle, gluing leaves into place separately.

  

I found the background in my infamous ‘box’ of pre-done ones. The colours matched (would have been Distress Stain Sprays) so just stamped Penny Black ‘Classic Border’ 2005J down side and attached layers to complete card. Friendship stamp is from Hero Arts set ‘Hand Drawn Captions’ LL020.

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Teenage Heart

Susan Robinson
May 16, 2018

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The teenage years can sometimes be challenging, and making cards for that age group can be too. Each child is an individual and they mature at different rates, so what might suit one 13 year old, may seem too childish for another. I have been asked for ideas for teenage girls lately by a number of friends wanting to make cards for their daughter’s friends birthdays or their own grandchildren. It’s nice having friends that span many generations, helps keep me in touch. And it’s important for us girls to support each other, no matter our age.

stamps: Dreamer Flair set B1439 by Close to My Heart; Butterfly Edge 3648K by Penny Black

inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar and Dried Marigold Distress Stain Sprays; Jet Black Archival Pad

punch: Fiskars Butterfly hand Punch

 

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Tutu Pig

Susan Robinson
January 1, 2018

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Hope the New Year brings with it all things glorious!!

stamps: Ballerina Pig P-1185 by Art Impressions; Hope Your Day S143-N by Wordsworth

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Fairy Post

Susan Robinson
November 25, 2017

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Letters seem to be a thing of the past now (along with beautiful handwriting), but I still remember the excitement of getting a personal letter in the mail! I am always drawn to designs with postal marks or lovely script on them. And of course fairies are a constant favourite. This is a Stampendous stamp CRW099 “Birthday Fairy”. I stamped image in black Archival ink over an alcohol ink coloured background, and again onto some white card so I could colour in the fairy, cut her out and mount over image on coloured card. I placed a bit of Magic Mount under her skirt to lift it up but glued the rest of body down onto card. Drizzled some Glossy Accents over skirt and sprinkled glitter over whilst still wet. Added silver Stickles to star on wand. Assembled finished card front onto various coloured matting cards. The pink spirals is a scrap from a plastic sheet by KI Memories. Added some rhinestones for bling. See below for slight variations – same, same, but different: The one below was a bit hard to photograph as the light reflected off the silver alcohol inks in the background and silver stickers.

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Roses for Mum

Susan Robinson
May 14, 2017

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 Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there! Hope you are being spoiled, or at least remembered and appreciated. I have had a busy week so only managed a quick card for my Mum. It’s not perfect but then neither am I and it’s the thought that counts, right? Wishing you all a wonderful day:)

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Fashionista

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January 26, 2017

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20170121_171145This mannequin stamp is perfect for using up all those small scraps of paper you may have lying about. Too pretty to throw out, but too small to be much use for anything. These came from the front cover of a Basic Grey paper pack so all co-ordinate. But otherwise I store my cut papers in drawers by colour, so it’s easy to find scraps of paper with complimentary patterns and similar tonal values that I can use successfully together on a card.

stamps: Mannequins 3281F and Tiny Birthday 4092C by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black, Coffee and Sepia Archival Pads

papers: Ivory Matt Card; Aqua & Adobe Bazzill Cards; Pink Corrugated Card; Romani Basic Grey Paper

accessories: Ideology Coat Hanger Paperclips; Silver Stickles; Liquid Pearls

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

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Paris Mannequin

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September 30, 2016

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Paris mannequin 7You’ve heard of the leaning tower of Pizza – well here is the leaning pedestal of Paris! Some of you may have already noticed the fact that I am not a perfectionist (though hopefully it’s not too glaringly obvious).  I grew up with a mother who was a perfectionist. As a result, a lot of the tasks she set herself were never completed because they weren’t quite perfect and so had to be re-done – and time ran out and it never happened. There were cupboards full of half- finished things that she was going to get back to one day. My father on the other-hand was a ‘close enough is good enough’ type of guy. Something needed fixing, he did it. May not have been a perfect job, but it was done and he moved on. Needless to say both characteristics have their draw-backs, so I decided at an early age I would try to strive for middle ground. I do the best I can within the time allowance. So it’s not perfect, but you get the idea. I try not to sweat the small stuff:) And it serves as a gentle reminder that my eyesight is not what it used to be and to USE my t-grid when positioning things!

stamps: Butterflies siset 034, Paris mannequin siset066, Love 2774C all by Stamp-it; Mannequin Pedestal by Inkadinkado

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Spun Sugar & Worn Lipstick Distress Stain Sprays & Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Romance & Raven Bazzill Cards

accessories: Sizzix Mixed Media #2 Thinlit siz661185; Ribbons; White Sharpie Pen; Bubble Wrap; Brown Pencil; Clear Rhinestone

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Scissors; Big Shot Machine; Heatgun; T-grid

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut white card with swirl pattern from Mixed Media dies using Big Shot. Spritz card with water, then Distress ink sprays until completely covered. Dry with heatgun.Paris mannequin 1

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2. Rub ink pads over bubble wrap, mainly Spun Sugar with a little Worn Lipstick. Apply randomly to card. The great thing about using Distress inks, is that they’re water soluble, so if your bubbles are too dark, simply wet a paintbrush and wipe over area and the ink will be diluted. Dry with heatgun.

3. On the back of card place two-sided tape along straight edges. Use wet glue for swirly cut-out area. Attach card to white matting, then black matting, and finally folded pink backParis mannequin 3ing card.

4. Stamp pedestal only in black ink at bottom left side of card. Use a t-grid to ensure the pedestal is straight (obviously I didn’t, naughty girl). Stamp Paris Mannequin in black ink above it. Stamp mannequin again onto scrap of white card and cut out body only. Place Magic Mount on back, with a strip of two-sided tape along bottom edge to attach ribbon to. Fold wide organza ribbon in half (creating two layers of skirt) and adhere to tape. Flip right way up and fix into place over main image on card. Affix clear rhinestone to top of Eiffel tower.

5. Stamp smallest butterflies from set onto white card scraps in black ink. Sponge lightly with Spun Sugar ink then cut them out. Colour bodies with brown pencil and add dots of white to edge of top wings using a Sharpie pen. Stamp butterflies into desired positions on main card. Apply glue to bodies only of butterflies and fix to main card, folding up wings to create dimension. Apply a dot of pink Liquid Pearls to heads. Set aside to dry.

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  1. Stamp Love wording onto white card in black ink. Round corners with punch and sponge with Spun Sugar ink. Layer onto black card and round corners to match. Tie bow with skinny pink ribbon and glue onto plaque. Magic Mount plaque onto card.
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Seashells on the Seashore

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June 6, 2016

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Seashells on the seashore 003 Continuing with card ideas for young girls. Somehow I always circle back to the sea:)

The main stamp image is “Collecting Sea Shells” 50031 from Stamps Happen; “Seashells” B1887 wording is from Stylish Images Australia; and the little brown shell at bottom right is from a Stampin’ Up set.

instructions:  1. Create puddles of ink on teflon matt with Bundled Sage and Weathered Wood Distress Stains. Swipe white card through puddles until completely covered. Dry with heatgun. This particular cardstock was quite absorbent and the inks soaked in straightaway, rather than sitting on top for a while and creating the lovely drippy effect I prefer. This was more subtle, but it worked okay for this background.

2. Stamp girl in black Archival ink and colour with pencils as desired. I then used butterscotch chalk over sand contours and highlighted the stamped seashells and girls ribbon with Cantaloupe Liquid Pearls (applied with a paintbrush). Paint some tiny white seashells (real ones) with Cantaloupe and Coral Liquid Pearls too. Set aside to dry.

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3. Tear along bottom of card. Mix small amount of structure paste (similar to texture paste, but with gritty granules in it) together with touch of Lettuce and Aqua Adirondack Dabber Paints. Using a palette knife, smear coloured paste around sides of torn card. Push painted tiny shells and some natural tiny starfish into paste while still wet. Set aside to dry.Seashells on the seashore 004

4. Assemble card layers. Stamp seashell wording at top of card in Potting Soil archival ink. As you are stamping over multiple layers, you may need to touch it up with a texter pen after.

5. Stamp out tiny shell image in Potting Soil Archival ink onto scrap of ivory card. Cut out and magic mount at bottom of main card. This should balance out wording at top of card.

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Peachy Girl

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June 4, 2016

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I thought I’d make a few more kids cards while I was in the zone. As usual, I got to the 3/4 stage and then came to a standstill. I struggled to find coordinating backing cards, and I wanted to add a little something more to it, but couldn’t decide what worked. In the end, I used a stencil pattern over the sprayed Dylusions background around the main image. Normally I would spritz water through the stencil then quickly dry with paper towel, but that method can be a little messy and it’s hard to control where the water goes. So I used a “wet one” instead. That way I could pick which parts of the stencil I wanted to emphasise and where to place the design. This worked well, and I am quite happy the way it turned out. Got a little zealous whilst sponging around the perimeter with Sepia ink though, so had to add an extra butterfly or two. All good. No such thing as mistakes in art… (is there?).

Coloured with pencils; Glossy Accents added to peach.

peachy girl 019Penny Black stamps: You are a Peach 40-124; Enjoy 3410D

Stencil: Mini Swirly garden TCW325s   peachy girl 020

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Too Many Cupcakes!

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June 1, 2016

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“Too much of a good thing is simply wonderful!”

I haven’t made kids cards for a bit and they’re always fun.

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“Cupcake” 40-367 by Penny Black; “Wonderful” D-2834 by PSX. I’m pretty sure this is a Mae West quote.

I stamped the girl and cupcake in Jet Black Archival ink onto white card and coloured them in with pencils. Using a paintbrush I coloured the frosting with White Opal Liquid Pearls, then went over it thicker in places (direct from bottle) to create swirls and folds. The cherry was covered with Glossy Accents. When dry, I cut image out and laid onto stamped background card.

The girl’s tutu was decorated with Pale Green Flower Soft. Her wings painted in Glossy Accents, with crystal glitter sprinkled across while still wet. Her crown was highlighted with Silver Liquid Pearls and Stickles.

The background was from my “box”, it looks like Broken China, Dusty Concord and Picked Raspberries Distress Stains (I think).

 

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