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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English Rose Bouquet 4

Susan Robinson
August 6, 2017

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My last card in this series, made with Memory Box’s ‘English Rose Bouquet’ die (#99139). Before I bought my metal adaptor plate, sometimes when I put my dies through the Big Shot machine, they wouldn’t cut out completely, especially those with more intricate designs – very frustrating! That is what happened this time, so I put the roses aside to think about another day as I really couldn’t be bothered getting my scalpel and cutting each tiny section out. Now with my new plate, my dies all cut out beautifully each time 🙂

Eventually I came back to this problem child and decided instead of trying to push all the little pieces OUT, I would work with what I had and leave them all IN! I watercoloured them, initially just colouring in the petal sections of the roses leaving the borders white, but ended up pulling the colour out to cover the whole rose. Think I should have left them white – but oh well, once you start, there’s no going back.

 

I sprayed my background card with Tumbled Glass and Crushed Olive Distress Stain Sprays, lay some ribbon across bottom and attached my card layers.

 

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English Rose Bouquet 3

Susan Robinson

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Simple silhouettes.

This card is very straightforward, simply using the cut out roses from English Rose Bouquet die #99139 by Memory Box and gluing over a patterned background. I left the leaves unglued so I could lift them slightly to create some dimension to the card.  I sponged the leaves with Lumiere metallic Olive green paint. When used thinly this green paint shows up a gorgeous gold tint through it. I swirled some Gold Stickles into the center of each rose head.

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Of course, don’t limit yourself by always trying to use the design as a whole. You could chop it up and only use part of it – as a border, a corner, to decorate an envelope flap, whatever…

For this sample, I was experimenting using the cut-out as a stencil. I smeared some white shimmery texture paste through it, but wasn’t happy with the result, so it got binned. This was going to join it, but I liked the shimmer effect on the roses and decided to salvage it.

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English Rose Bouquet 2

Susan Robinson

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A little softer than my usual style, but it was hard finding paper with a small enough pattern to put behind the roses. For this card I:

  • cut out the rose die (English Rose Bouquet #99139 by Memory Box) in white card
  • then traced around each flower head onto patterned paper and cut out
  • glued these behind relevant sized rose head
  • glued pearl into center of each rose
  • sepia wash over leaves
  • stamped wording in sepia ink (For You from Stamp-it)
  • sponged edge of card with sepia ink and assembled layers

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As I wasn’t 100% happy with my first sample using this technique, I re-did it using a plain card colour behind the rose heads. I then added some shading using watercolour pencils and a waterbrush. I had planned to make the roses all the same colour, but got carried away as usual. I just love colour! The leaves are a very pale green.

  

This is my favourite colour combination – peach and aqua. The pattern card is from My Minds Eye – ‘Sweet Little One’. It’s stripey on one side and plain aqua on the other. I added a strip of aqua lace as well to soften the look.

Happy Birthday stamp is from Stamp-it, inside a Collections book plate attached with green brads and Magic Mounted onto card.

Bazzill cards used: Adobe & Pinecone

 

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English Rose Bouquet 1

Susan Robinson

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My next series of floral cards, made using this rose die – English Rose Bouquet #99139 by Memory Box.

I really loved the cards in the last post (Perky Poppy 3) with the Alcohol inks, so decided to replicate the technique with this die. Not as effective I feel, unsure whether due to the design shape or my choice of background.

 

Note: when pushing out the unwanted petals, don’t lose the 2 pieces (shown at right of image), that are part of the background and need to be glued back in.

I didn’t glue the leaves down so I could bend them up to show a slither of colour from background beneath. I then wrapped some ribbon across the top and assembled card layers.

Thinking of You Brush stamp (890B) is from Stamp-it.

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Flower Flurry

Susan Robinson
May 17, 2017

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Here are some of the flower cards I made recently while away with the girls. I find it hard to do anything complicated whilst talking to people, so am happy just colouring in and assembling basic cards. I try to keep them fairly generic so they can be adapted for future needs.

Botanical Asperula CRP153 by Stampendous. The Blacklabel has been cut from an article of clothing or home wares. You never know when they might make a handy addition to a card.

 

 

An oft used Rose stamp by Stampin Up. Unfortunately I didn’t keep the code. The Thank You is from Stamp-it.

 

 

 

 

Rose Square 19015.I by Magenta; Floral Wallpaper CS296 by Kaisercraft

 

 

Floral Square 19068M by Magenta; Happy Birthday Script 2934D by Stamp-it

 

 

 

 

 

  Rose Quartet K-2291 by PSX

 

Inspire! 3078K by Penny Black; Tiny Birthday Down 4095C by Stamp-it

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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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Flower Vase

admin
May 7, 2016

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My first card from the flower stamps I took on my recent travels (checkout my facebook post or see below). I stamped rose vase onto a piece of card that was coloured with Distress Stains: Mustard Seed & Aged Mahogany, then stamped border image down the side of the card also in Aged Mahogany Distress ink. I coloured in roses with pencils, then added Glossy Accents over the top to highlight. The vase I painted with Buttercup Liquid Pearls. The wording was stamped in black Archival ink onto ivory card cut from Sizzix Mini Labels set 657214, sponged with Scattered Straw & Aged Mahogany Distress ink. I added 3 dots of Garnet Liquid Pearls under wording and lightly spritzed label with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Mist.

vase flowers 005vase flowers 007Penny Black Stamps: 2420K Rose Vase, 2005J Classic Border. Wording set046 by Stamp-It Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

Whenever I travel, I take with me my watercolour palette and some pencils, along with some stamped images to colour in. Everything folds flat so is quite easy to transport. There are always those moments on holiday when you have to entertain yourself (like sitting at the airport waiting for connecting flights). My version of the adult colouring-in books that are so trendy at the moment, but more practical, as my efforts are later turned into cards.

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