Blue Trellis

Susan Robinson
December 9, 2017


This post is in memory of my father who died last Wednesday 6th December. He didn’t come from London but Hartlepool which is in the north east of England. He left England when he was 20 and traveled and worked in many countries – Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and spent many years in West Africa where he met his wife and had 4 of his 5 children. He returned to Australia with his family in 1973 to settle.

I actually made this card for my brothers birthday which was the day my father took gravely ill and was taken into hospital. He and his wife had recently spent some time in London on holiday. My father was quite a strong willed person and I was so glad he managed to get through that Saturday, it would have been even more devastating for my brother if his father had died on his birthday. As it was he waited until all his children from various parts of the country had assembled by his bedside before passing away half an hour later. He will be sorely missed.

I used Tim Holtz Frameworks ‘Trellis’ die siz659431, the  same as in the ‘Peach Trellis’ flower card a few posts back. I had assembled all the little pieces and attached with glue and various levels of Magic Mount, but when I went to stamp my ‘London Gent’, because it was Bazzill card, it didn’t stamp well as all the texture from the card showed through. Being a solid image, it really needed to be stamped onto a smooth surface, something I didn’t think through beforehand. So I had to go to plan B, and stamp onto a piece of clear film cut to size and attach it to my card front with black brads. I placed black Magic Mount underneath the man (so that worked well being a solid image). It was a little harder to photograph because of the reflection from the film, so had to do it on a slight angle, which made my words distorted as then they weren’t directly underneath. I cut out the 55 from 2 different fonts and glued them onto the top of the clear film.


The Sea – Shell

Susan Robinson
May 31, 2017


  The Lure of the sea…

stamps: Shell 3581H by JudiKins; Background Fishing Net CS255 by KaiserCraft; wording (custom)

inks: Clear Versamark Pad; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Lake Mist Adirondack Pad; Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters & Bundled Sage Distress Pads; Tattered Rose & Old Paper Distress Stain Sprays; Frayed Burlap Distress Pen

papers: Marshmallow, Adobe & Pickle Bazzill Cards

accessories: White Embossing Powder; White Dabber Paint; real Starfish; Sammy Seahorse die (for seaweed) SD365 by Joanna Sheen

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Liquid Glue

tools: Big Shot Machine; Heatgun; Water Spritzer, Water Brush; Sponge Block; T-grid; Scissors


  1. Stamp shell in clear ink onto Marshmallow card and emboss in white. Heat set.
  2. Spritz card lightly with water, then the Distress Stain Sprays until covered to your satisfaction. Heat set. If you want you can add a little shading to shell using your Frayed Burlap pen & water brush.
  3. With the aid of your t-grid, align SEA wording where desired and stamp out with black Archival pad. Mine did not stamp out really crisp black, but for this card I am happy with that weathered look.
  4. Now to create a ‘mask’ for your shell so that when you stamp the fishing net over the top, it will appear too be beneath it: Stamp shell in black ink onto scrap paper and cut out. Lay cut out over embossed shell on main card. Now that your shell is ‘masked’, stamp out the fishing net with Lake Mist pad over the top. I almost thought this colour was a little too light, so choose a darker ink if you prefer. Lift mask off shell.
  5. Cut out 2 seaweed strands from seahorse die in white card. Sponge them with combination of green ink pads. Heat set. I thought they were a bit dark, so dabbed over them with white paint to lighten and add texture. Heat set. Position on card and glue into place. Add small starfish.
  7. Lightly sponge around card edge with sepia ink, then distress with edge of scissors. Adhere finished card front onto green matting with two-sided tape, then onto backing card of pale peach.


I have used the same shell stamp for this card. 

I stamped shell with a Coffee Archival Pad onto white card, then coloured with pencils. Added highlights with a Sailor Glue pen and when dry, laid gold Fab Foil sheet over. I cut out shell and Magic Mounted it over script background.


Pink Poinsettia

November 6, 2016


20160926_110043stamps: Christmas Star 4104K by Penny Black; Peace Joy Love 540D by Stamp-it

inks: Clear Versamark Pad; Jet Black Archival Pad; Picked Raspberry & Barn Door Distress Re-inkers; Picked Raspberry Distress Stain

papers: White Matt Card; Pink Pajamas Bazzill Smoothie Card

accessories: White Embossing Powder; Rouge Liquid Pearls; Clear Rhinestone; Tag & Bookplates siz656938

adhesives: Two-sided Tape

tools: Heatgun; Scissors; Waterbrush; Big Shot


  1. Stamp Poinsettia stamp onto white card with clear pigment pad, pour white embossing powder over and heat set with Heatgun. Repeat this process a 2nd time on some scrap of white card.20160926_095227
  2. Place separate drops of the two Distress re-inkers onto a palette (I often use my acrylic blocks as palettes). Pick up the colour with a waterbrush (or wet paintbrush) and colour in petals of the poinsettias. Dab with a dry tissue when finished to remove any ink that may be sitting on top of the embossed areas, otherwise you may inadvertently smear that onto your white backing card. Cut out the 2nd poinsettia from the scrap card.
  3. Ink up ‘Peace’ word & star only from wording stamp (masking off other words), and stamp onto scrap of white card in black ink. Cut out bookplate from Sizzix die in white card. Attach wording into center. Place clear rhinestone in center of star.20160926_101718
  4. I didn’t have any suitable pink ribbon for my card, so I coloured some yellow ribbon I had that was the correct width by simply running some Picked 20160926_103740Raspberry Distress Stain over it.
  5. Thread short sections of ribbon through the holes on either side of bookplates. Stick the bookplate down onto your card, then wrap the ribbon over the edges of your card to secure at the back. 20160926_104522
  6. Attach your card front onto pink matting, then folded white backing card with two-sided tape.
  7. Position your cut out 2nd poinsettia angled over poinsettia on main card and fix with tape in the center only. I like to curl the petals a bit to create dimension. Place a few drops of Rouge Liquid Pearls into the center of the flower and set aside to dry. 20160926_110043

Orange Poinsettia

November 3, 2016


It always takes me a while to warm up to making Christmas cards. I have to start thinking about designing them months before I even want to think about Christmas at all! I find the best time (as far as inspiration goes) for me to make Christmas cards is straight after Christmas, while I’m still in that holly jolly festive mood. I thought I’d kick off my Christmas run this year with some poinsettia cards, and just pretend I was doing normal floral cards – just to ease myself into the Christmas ‘zone’. Keeping things simple to begin with.20161003_115323





stamps: Poinsettia 29013N by Magenta; And Wild and Sweet F2002 by Hero Arts

inks: Clear Versamark Pad; Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade & Barn Door Distress Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Apricot, Pomegrante & Papaya Bazzill Cards; Gold Mirror Board

accessories: Fine Gold Embossing Powder; Rhinestone; Virtuoso Music die 98356 by Memory Box; Stamen Flower Punch

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Heatgun; Sponging tool; Scissors; Big Shot Machine


  1. Stamp poinsettia twice onto matt white card in clear pigment ink and emboss with gold embossing powder. Heatset.
  2. Apply complimentary colours of Distress inks to flower petals with sponging tool, blending as you go. Cut out flowers. 20160926_125702
  3. Stamp and gold emboss wording onto right side of papaya card (I prefer to use the smooth side of the Bazzill card when embossing). Attach to pomegrante (red) matting, then onto folded apricot backing card with two-sided tape.20160926_131932
  4. Layer flowers over each other, securing with two-sided tape in centers only. Position them at left side of wording on front of card. You can curl your petals downwards if you prefer.20160926_132925
  5.  Cut out the music die in the gold mirror card and attach under the wording with liquid glue.
  6. Affix flower stamen (cut from punch in gold paper) to center of poinsettia and glue red rhinestone in center of it.  20161003_115323

One Wedding Dress – Pearls and Petticoats

July 24, 2016


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Lots of lustrous shimmer and shine in this lovely wedding card with it’s pearls and petticoats.

stamps: Elegant Bride 3207F & Wishes Corner 4075D both by Stamp-it

dies: Trellis siz659431

inks: Sepia Archival pad; Jet Black StazOn pad

  1. Stamp Best Wishes wording into top left corner of shimmer card with Sepia ink pad. Stamp bride in black StazOn ink into centre of cream shimmer card, then again onto patterned shimmer paper. Cut out skirt only in patterned paper. Attach fringe of white organza ribbon along bottom edge of skirt and magic mount into place over stamped image on main card (gluing top of skirt flat to surface).
  2. Colour bride’s top with White Opal Liquid Pearls direct from bottle, running lines down folds of skirt also. Dot pink variations of Liquid Pearls for bouquet and set aside to dry.
  3. Attach card layers.
  4. Using Big Shot, cut out die shapes in embossed shimmer card. Sponge around 4 of them with Sepia pad and arrange at top right of card, magic mounting one. Colour stem of bouquet with green Spectrum Noir pen.

One Wedding Dress – Vintage Bride



wedding dresses 016What’s old is new again – vintage is back in style!

wedding dresses 017stamps: Elegant Bride 3207F, Love 2774C both by Stamp-it; Something Old, Something New P722 by My Sentiments Exactly




  1. Stamp bride in black StazOn ink onto ivory card. Paint skirt and headdress with white acrylic paint. Paint top with Pewter Liquid Pearls. Set aside to dry. Reg leaves 013
  2. Cover top with clear Distress Crackle paint. This will dry clear and shiny (and cracked of course). Cover skirt with Kroma crackle gel. This goes on clear, but will dry an off-white matt. The thicker you apply it, the more obvious the cracks. Spread crackle gel around edges of card in thinner layer using palette knife. Set aside to dry. This may take a 1-3 days. Reg leaves 012
  3. Sponge card with Antique Linen Distress ink (going around bride). Sponge edges (going in a little) with Sepia Archival ink. Apply a little Brushed Pewter Distress Stain, blending in with a wet paint brush if needed. Sponge edges only with Potting Soil Archival ink.
  4. Position and stamp wordings of choice with the aid of a t-grid. Reg leaves 010
  5. Apply glue to bouquet area and using tweezers, place single cut flowers from ribbon edge into position. Apply dot of Silver Stickles into centre of flowers and set aside to dry.
  6. Cut out frame in brown card. Run Silver embossing pad around inside edge and emboss with silver embossing powder. Run pad over frame and around outside edge randomly and emboss with silver powder. Mount with black magic mount over bride image.
  7. Attach finished front of card to silver matting and brown backing card.


Crackle wedding 5Crackle wedding 4An alternative version I made of this card without the frame. The ribbon border down the left side is what the bouquet flowers were cut from.


You are Loved

July 17, 2016


colours of grief 007 Sending a little love your way on this cold and blustery winter day.

stamps: Heart F2841 by PSX

stencil: Mini Paradise 186s by The Crafters Workshop






1. Smear texture paste through stencil with a palette knife onto ivory card. Set aside to dry.colours of grief 002colours of grief 004






2. Sponge around edge of ivory card with Sepia Archival ink. Wrap ivory satin ribbon around card front and secure at back with two-sided tape. Fix to front of white backing card. colours of grief 005

3. Stamp heart in white pigment ink onto ivory card and emboss with white embossing powder. Heat set. Cut out heart. Sponge around edges with Sepia ink.

4. Fix heart across middle of ribbon, to the right of center. Tie bow with scrap of ivory satin ribbon and fix to right of heart in line with ribbon strip. Fix some cream pearls to right lobe of heart.colours of grief 009


Leaves of Red & Gold

June 20, 2016


The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold

Sscrunched leaf 002tamps: ” Old Letter” CG197 by Hero Arts

Dies: Sizzix Tattered Leaves 656927

Inks:  Plum, Sepia & Coffee Archival pads; Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge & Crushed Olive Distress pads; Crushed Olive & Tarnished Bronze Distress Stain Sprays; Ink Refresher; Zig Black Pen

Papers: Ivory matt card (10.1×9.6cm), burgundy (10.6×10.1cm), rust (10.8×11.5cm), green backing card (13x26cm), scrap of ivory card

Start with plain ivory card and sponge it with Antique Linen and Rusty Hinge Distress inks using a sponging block.  Stamp “Old Letter” in Plum ink. Spritz lightly with Crushed Olive & Bronze Distress Spays. Dry with heatgun.  Sponge around edges with Sepia ink.

Cut out leaf from Tattered Leaves die in ivory scrap. Sponge Distress inks over to colour. Dry with heatgun. Spritz with Ink Refresher. Scrunch up while wet, then shape and dry with heatgun. You want the leaf to be textured looking and curvy, but still flat enough to easily attach to your card. Freehand, draw border around edge of leaf with Black Zig Pen. Spritz leaf lightly with Bronze Distress Spray. Attach leaf to card front.

Layer finished card front onto burgundy matting. Attach width of rust card behind at left and fix to green backing card.



Gumnut Babies

March 9, 2016


Some gumnut baby cards to welcome soon to be Aussie’s to the world. Fairly generic, so could be for a girl or boy (though I’d be tempted to incorporate a little pink if I knew it was a girl).

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May Gibbs design “Just Peeking” K476 by Stamp World, 100% Love 3524C by Stamp-It Australia.






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“Nestling Babe” 846E and “Baby” 3132D by Stamp-It Australia; Sizzix “Vintage Scale” and embossing folder siz658467



Gumnut Flower

February 6, 2016


bottlebrush red 2     bottlebrush red 6

One of the talented Helen Williams very popular Stamp-It designs –  “Gumnut Brush”  3745E, stamped with Adirondack “Pesto” ink pad and decorated with “Poppy Red” Flowersoft and “Gold” Liquid Pearls. The background stamp is “Handwriting” 3546H.

bottlebrush blueA blue version of the same stamp, stamped with Ultramarine StazOn pad, using “Gold” Flowersoft with “Baby Blue” Liquid Pearls. The background pattern stamp is from Stamp-It set092, also used “Limited Cog” stamp 4906C. Card has been spritzed with “Sunflower Sparkle” Perfect Pearl Mists. Sizzix shape is bigz die “Ornate Frame #3” siz656578.


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For this card, I have stamped the image with a “Sepia” Archival pad, then while still wet, immediately brushed some “Sunflower Sparkle” Perfect Pearl Powder over the top of the flower part only, with a dry paint brush. The leaves I have gone over the light brown inked image, with various green shades of normal coloured pencils.




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Because this design is a solid image (rather than an outline one), it works well with the “direct to rubber” technique – whereas the name suggests, you use your texters directly on the rubber to colour. This means you can get multiple colours on your image, rather than stamping with an ink pad which would just give you one colour. (Note: only suitable for water-based inks. Do not try this with Spectrum Noir or Copic pens).