Bird Watching

Susan Robinson
January 10, 2018


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


Fairy Post

Susan Robinson
November 25, 2017


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.        


Postal Poinsettia

November 10, 2016


20161003_115224stamps: Silhouette Poinsettia 3039K by Penny Black; Santa Post 4142C by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Red & Green texters

papers: White Matt Card; Lily Pad & Gecko Bazzill Cards; Red Corrugated Card

accessories: Buttercup Liquid Pearls

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Stamp Decorative Edge Scissors; Sponge Block; Water Mister; Heatgun


  1. Turn stamp over and colour image with texters directly onto the rubber. Spritz rubber lightly with fine mist of water to re-moisten (as some of it may have dried by the time you finish colouring). Stamp out into center of white matt card. 20161002_124644
  2. Re-colour main flower and place small rectangle of white card over image (ensuring your small piece of card is straight with the edges of larger white card). Press gently with fingertips then lift off. Dry with heatgun. Now lightly sponge edges with sepia ink. Attach this to slightly larger square of white card, who’s edges have been cut into decorative ‘stamp’ border with scissors. Sponge the edges of this with sepia also.
  3. Affix poinsettia ‘stamp’ over main poinsettia image with two-sided tape. Stamp ‘Santa post’ stamp along bottom edge in black ink.
  4. Adhere poinsettia card onto light green matting with two-sided tape. Position red corrugated strip at left-hand side of folded green backing card. Because of the thickness of the corrugation, when fixing the layered poinsettia card onto the backing card, I used two-sided tape where it sat above the corrugated card, but Magic Mount under the side that went straight onto the backing card.
  5. Place dots of Buttercup Liquid Pearls at the center of each poinsettia flower. Set aside for it to dry.

NOTE:  If you do this same technique with kromekote (gloss card) instead of white matt, you will get a smoother, brighter finish. I quite like the slight grunginess of the matt finish myself, but you might prefer this alternative.20161009_170000



20161002_1456291. same as (step 1) above.

2. Using Sizzix Square Framlits, cut out center of main poinsettia flower. 20161002_124750


20161002_1249153. Attach matting of slightly larger size red card behind white with Magic Mount. Trim the opening with gold border sticker.20161002_144456







4. Attach to folded white backing card. Position cut-out flower back into place. 20161002_145703

5. Position Merry Christmas sticker wording towards bottom right of design. Dot Buttercup Liquid Pearls into center of flowers. Set aside to dry. 20161002_145629







Here are some other variations using the same stamp and direct to rubber technique:

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Postal Mannequin

October 7, 2016


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


  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.

Hairy Butterfly

June 28, 2016


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


Aussie Christmas

November 9, 2015


It’s November already and Christmas is looming! Thought it was about time I posted some Christmas cards. I am playing with a Christmas “Wreath” theme at the moment. Here are a couple of cards I created with an Aussie flavour.

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Kookaburra Christmas 4703F, Gumnut Wreath 2372E

outback wreath






Kangaroo Christmas 4821E, Outback 930F, Wattle 3237D