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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You’re How Old?

Susan Robinson
October 20, 2017

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To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.   -Reba McEntire

stamps: Laughing Animals 16268 by Paper Roses; You’re how old? by Stamp-it; Haha  I-1642 by Art Impressions

I have been busy cataloging all my stamps & dies etc the last few months. It has taken me foreeever! It’s been all work, work, and no play 🙁

I will hopefully have it all sorted in time for my huge GARAGE SALE in November.  I did manage to get away with a few girlfriends for some creative time at ‘stamp camp’ last weekend though and so have quite a few cards now that just need finishing off.

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Future Prediction

Susan Robinson
October 10, 2017

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It was my son’s 30th birthday recently – goodness that makes me feel old! He was born in the year of the rabbit, so I thought it would be cute to try incorporate some rabbits onto his card.

This is the inside:

stamps: Graphic 45/Hampton Art ICO347 World’s Fair 1; Stampers Anonymous CMS164 Tiny Things

dies: Impression Obsession 269-N Rabbits; Brenda Walton six658338 Antiqua Numbers; Memory Box 99778 Lovely Happy Birthday

 

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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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Yacht Tag

Susan Robinson
September 3, 2017

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I feel so blessed to live in this modern age of technology with music at your fingertips (I love i-tunes) and crafty inspirations at a click of a button. I often wander round Pinterest, it makes me happy just looking at beautiful things. I came across a lovely card from cestlafranz.com the other day and decided to try my own version (see original below). I’m thinking I should have placed the anchor on the bottom design though, not the tag.

My Dad has dementia, but one of his few remaining memories is of a yacht he had when he was in his 40’s called the ‘Sally-Sue’ (after his 2 daughters). He loved sailing. I think I will keep this card for his next birthday, when he turns 88.

stamp: PSX G1479

saved from cestlafranz.com

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Navigation

Susan Robinson
September 2, 2017

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It’s hard navigating the choppy waters of life, sometimes we lose our way. But when I finally reach my destination, I hope I can look back and feel it was a good journey.

Thought I’d post a few more male cards before Father’s Day, boat theme this time, with 1 more to come – then I will give it a rest for a while, I promise, haha:)

stamps: Carnet de Voyage SA60287 by Carabelle Studio; Transport Tags Cl428 by Crafty Individuals (there are 8 tags in this set).

Background was coloured with Distress Stains then stamped over in black ink. Copper Fab Foil was used to highlight radial lines.

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Old Chevy

Susan Robinson
September 1, 2017

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Kraft & black is my oft used go-to combination for male cards. It’s simple but it works, and no colouring in is required. For this sample I included a neutral ivory card also. All sponging is done with sepia ink. I added some Glossy Accents to the headlights, silver pen to bumper bar/grill and gold Liquid Pearl dots to background cogs.

stamps: F13461 by Dina Kowal, DK Designs/Impression Obsession Inc. The stamp is not named, I am just guessing that it looks like an old chevy or maybe a Ford?

embossing folder: Sizzix 657195 Steampunk set by Tim Holtz

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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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Dragonfly Tag

Susan Robinson
August 29, 2017

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I have a new obsession with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst sprays! This one is Sweet Violet Purple Teal. Just love the way that teal shimmery sheen shows up amidst the purple inkiness. I have contrasted it with Distress Stain spray Fossilized Amber.

The Dragonfly collage stamp is from Stamper’s Anonymous P1-622, which I embossed in gold before spraying. And I discovered that these Bo Bunny brads fit perfectly inside the circular seal. The dragonflies right wings have been covered with Glossy Accents with Crystal glitter sprinkled over while still wet.

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The Sea has it’s Treasures

Susan Robinson
August 1, 2017

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Silvery plankton the ‘web of life’, drift silently by

shimmering pearls within their shells in irritation lie

cruising fish and curious swimmers, keep a vigilant eye

searching for treasures, scanning for predators…

today is never a good day to die.

 

stamps: Scuba Diving 800E by Stamp-it; Fish P2290 by Art Impressions

dies: Sea Plants 560ZZ by Impression Obsession

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries, Peeled Paint & Crushed Olive Distress Pads; Watercolour Inks; Brushed Pewter Distress Stain Spray

paper: Watercolour Paper; Lava, Papaya & Jetstream Bazzill Cards

accessories: Silver Embossing Powder; Fusable Web; Heatgun; Fired Brick & Spiced Marmalade Distress Embossing Powders; lettuce Adirondack Dimensional Pearls; Black & Glossy Accents; Silver Liquid Pearls; Turquoise & Stardust Stickles;  Gold Scallop Shell Charm; Flat-backed Pearl; Silver Pen

 

Colour a piece of watercolour paper with blue watercolours and while still wet, lay over some Glad Wrap and scrunch up to create wrinkles. Leave to dry.

Cut short lengths of Fusable Webbing. Fold one in half and hold in place with a satay stick or similar. Heat with a heat gun. You need to work quickly. As soon as the webbing starts to melt, pour embossing powder over, tip off excess, then heat. As the embossing powder melts, the webbing will also change.

Stamp out the fish in black onto watercolour paper and colour in as desired. I added silver detail lines to the fins, some silver Liquid Pearls to his lips, dot of black Accent for his eyeball, smeared Turquoise Stickles over his upper body and finally spritzed some Brushed Pewter Distress Stain Sprays overall. When dry I cut him in half, attached Magic Mount beneath and positioned onto card.

Cut out coral and seaweed from Sea Plants die set in white card. Sponge over relevant colour inks.

I then decorated the seaweed with splotches of Lettuce green Adirondack Dimensional Pearls. Set aside to dry. The coral I tipped over some Spiced marigold and Fired Brick Distress Embossing powder then heatset. This Distress powder dries dull and gritty like sandpaper, not shiny like normal embossing powder, so it’s the perfect finished effect for the coral.  Glue into position at base of card.

Cut loop off top of charm shell with metal pliers. Glue flat-back pearl into shell then glue shell onto card.

Stamp the diver in black ink onto top left of card. Colour in with watercolours. Apply Glossy Accents to his mask and Stardust Stickles to arising bubbles. Set aside to dry.

Attach finished card front to red and orange mattings, then folded pale blue backing card with two-sided tape.

 

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