Seahorse Circles

Susan Robinson
November 8, 2017

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Summer has finally arrived, and with a vengeance! Trying to keep cool creating cards with a watery theme, imagining myself swimming beneath the waves with seahorses (except I usually only get the seaweed).

dies: Sammy Seahorse SD365 by Joanna Sheen; Large Ringlets 98790 by Memory Box; Sea Plants 560-ZZ by ImpressionObsession

stamp: ‘Everything you imagine’ from Stamp-it set062

I simply coloured white cardstock with various shades of blue and green dye spray inks (Dylusions & Distress) before cutting out my shapes and assembling. I used Magic Mount under the seahorse body and also beneath the rectangle the seahorse and seaweed are sitting on. I thought about putting some little fishes swimming through the bubbles, but decided against it as they would just be a distraction from the focal point. I drew the seahorse eye in and added a touch of glitter to his stomach.

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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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Ocean Deep

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May 2, 2017

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I am a bower bird. I love collecting pretty little things and then I come home and organise them. Can’t help myself. Whenever I walk on the beach, I’m always on the lookout for little shells, seaglass or interesting pieces of drift wood. Sand can also be a great addition to a card (best not collected from the dog beach though). And don’t pass over bits of broken scallop shell as they can be used for seahorse or fish fins. I’ve started drying out some seaweed to experiment with too. This card has both on it.

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stamps: Deep as the Ocean 4880E by Stamp-it; Seahorse E1504 by PSX; Coastal Escape CS250 by Kaisercraft. The background has been coloured with Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Weathered Wood Distress Stains.

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Boys 2 Men

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April 10, 2017

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There have been a spate of male birthdays in our family recently and they are always more challenging to design for, especially teenagers.

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Joey 2565E and Bold Birthday 3203D by Stamp-it

 

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Your Way… 40-130 by Penny Black

 

 

 

 

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all stamps by Stamp-it

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Dinosaur Birthday

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20170324_100938A card for our grandson’s 3rd birthday – he is mad about dinosaurs!

Dinosaur Birthday 4006E from Stamp-it

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Zebra Music

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March 25, 2017

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20170316_173137Like with stamps, I try to get the most out of my embossing folders. Using the same Diamond pattern embossing folder from Kaisercraft, I created 2 different looking backgrounds for the following 2 cards:

 

 

 

 

The backgrou20170106_090226nd for the Zebra card was done by using the folder like a stamp. First spritz the folder with black ink, placing the white card inside, then close it up and push down to imprint the pattern onto the white card.

Zebra stamp 4×502013 is by Deep Red. It is only a single zebra which I masked off and stamped out twice. Wording is from Stamp-it set047.

 

 

20170316_181056For this background I first sponged Distress inks over white card to cover, then embossed it with folder through Big Shot machine. I then poured clear embossing powder over and heatset. Next I sanded raised areas, then sponged black ink over.

The drums are made with black clay which has been cooked in the oven, then coloured with dry Perfect Pearl Powders.

African Drums 1962D by Stamp-it; Spirit F612 by Collections

 

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Silence of the Stars

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December 12, 2016

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20161013_160905A simple card with an Aussie feel,  in a calming blue and white colour palette. My original intention was to form the stars into the shape of the Southern Cross, but my stars were too large:(

 

 

 

 

stamps: Grass Tree Christmas 4909E and Christmas Mini 3044B both by Stamp-it

inks: Clear Versamark Pad; Prussian Blue and Peacock Color Box Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Lakeshore Bazzill Card

accessories: White Embossing Powder ; Ribbon; Silver Stickles

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Star Punch; Scissors; Heatgun; Sponging Block

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Stamp grass trees with clear pad and emboss in white. Sponge over image with blue inks, blending from dark to light with the aid of a sponging block. Rub a clean tissue over when done to ensure there is no ink sitting on top of the embossing that may smudge later.
  2. Cut out 5 stars in white using small punch. Glue into place. Smear with silver Stickles and set aside to dry.20161013_150644
  3. Tear edge of piece of white card to roughly fit the ground shape under grass trees. Wrap thin blue ribbon around twice and secure at back with tape. Fix this card into place at bottom of sponged card. Silver emboss tiny Christmas wording onto scrap of white card. Cut into tag shape and glue into place where ribbon intersects with itself. Tie tiny bow with leftover ribbon and glue at apex of tag.
  4. With two-sided tape, attach finished card front onto matting of Lakeshore card, then folded white backing card. 20161013_15303620161013_160844
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Pink Poinsettia

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November 6, 2016

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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

INSTRUCTIONS:

  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
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White Mannequin

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October 14, 2016

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white mannequin 6stamps: Dress Form CS884 by Kaisercraft; Old Letter CG197 by Hero Arts; Background pattern siset092 by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Clear Versamark Pad; Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord & Seedless Preserves Distress Pads; Seedless Preserves Distress Stain Spray

papers: White Matt Card; Velvet Bazzill Card

accessories: White Embossing Powder; Purple Ribbon; Colour Pencils

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Heatgun; Sponging Block

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Stamp dress form in black ink onto 2 larger pieces of white matt card. Clean stamp.white mannequin 1
  2.  Stamp image again with clear Versamark pad onto white card scrap, pour white embossing powder over and heat set with Heatgun. Cut out body of dress form only. Sponge some Seedless Preserves Distress ink over with a sponging block to highlight details of pattern. Wipe a dry tissue over to remove any ink that may be sitting on top of embossed areas. white mannequin 2
  3. Stamp background pattern with clear pad randomly around edges of both white card pieces and emboss in white. Sponge Spiced Marmalade Distress ink over some sections.
  4. Sponge Dusty Concord Distress ink over remaining areas of white cards. Add a little Seedless Preserves ink.white mannequin 3
  5. Spritz a small amount of Seedless Preserves Distress Spray over card.white mannequin 4
  6. Stamp out Old Letter with Sepia ink over entire area of smaller card, positioning circular postal mark into top right corner. Stamp again onto left side of larger card (lining up oval postal mark). Sponge edges of both cards with Dusty Concord Distress ink.
  7. Adhere smaller card over larger card with two-sided tape, lining up patterns where possible. Fix onto folded backing card of dark purple (Velvet Bazzill) card.
  8. Run some two-sided tape on reverse side of white embossed cut out dress form along bottom only. Starting at the left, fix ribbon to tape, pleating as you go. Allow extra ribbon to run off at right. Apply Magic Mount to dress form and fix into place over black image of dress form on main card. Using two-sided tape, fix remainder of ribbon in pleats off the the right of dress form.
  9. Colour in dress form posts.white mannequin 7

 

 

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Floral Mannequin

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October 10, 2016

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20161010_110728stamps: Mannequin E6402 by Impression Obsession; Art Pattern 4206E by Stamp-it; She DD1205A by Unity Stamp Co

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Fired Brick Distress Pad; Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange & Postbox Red Dylusion Ink Sprays

papers: White Matt Card (16 x 6.8cm) plus scrap; Lemonade (16.6 x 7.4cm) & Reed (17.2 x 16.6cm) Bazzill Cards

accessories: Colour Pencils; Assorted Flowers; Rhinestones; Fancy That die Reeds & Grasses 3 PCH-104 & Memory Box die Grand Oak Tree #98462; Dylusion Stencil Dotted Flowers DYS34018

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

tools: Big Shot; Scissors; Heatgun; Water Spritzer; T-grid

INSTRUCTIONS –

  1. Spray white matt card lightly with water, then colour with Dylusion inks until covered to your liking. Heat set with heatgun.
  2. Lay circle part of stencil over card and spritz with water. Lift off stencil and dab card immediately with paper towel to dry. The water will have bleached the colour from the inks, leaving the pattern of the stencil showing.
  3. Stamp mannequin in black ink into center of coloured card. Stamp mannequin again onto scrap of white card and colour in with pencils. Cut out the dress and tiny tag and adhere them over main image on coloured card.
  4. Stamp border pattern across bottom of card in red ink. With the help of a t-grid, line up wording vertically along right-hand side of card and stamp in black ink.floral mannequin 003
  5. Fix card front to yellow matting, then folded green backing card.
  6. Cut out leaves and reed shapes from dies using your Big Shot Machine. Arrange flowers in top left corner of card and glue in place with bits of leaves and reeds poking out. Decorate with rhinestones. Glossy Accent flowers on mannequins ribbon tie. Set aside to dry.floral mannequin 002

 

 

 

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