Flowers in Frames

Susan Robinson
January 28, 2018


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


Dragonfly Tag

Susan Robinson
August 29, 2017


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.


Dragonfly Dreams

June 16, 2017


I have used this Stampers Anonymous Dragonfly Collage stamp (P1622) many times and it still remains one of my favourites. Obviously everyone else feels the same as Pinterest is flooded with samples.

I have embossed the image in gold, then used Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst ‘Jack in the Pulpit Teal’  in combination with Dylusions spray ‘Squeezed Orange’ for the background colour. We will be making a similar card to this in my upcoming “Pearls, Paints and other Potions” class.

This dragonfly from Stamp-it’s set065 is in the same vein as the above design.

For this card, I sponged Distress inks over white card to colour, then lay a stencil over and spritzed water through to create the circular images. I randomly dripped water droplets over for a more irregular effect. I also used a wet paintbrush on the right wings of dragonfly to bleach the colour from them. Have a clean tissue or paper towel handy to dry as you go. Glossy Accents and Crystal Glitter have been used on wings of both cards.



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.

Industry Baron

September 9, 2016


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stamps: Stamper’s Anonymous sets: Time Travelers CMS157, Warehouse District CMS124 & RemnantsCMS130, Destiny by Collections

inks: Jet Black, Potting Soil & Sepia Archival Pads; Evergreen Bough, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Black Soot & Rusty Hinge Distress Stains

papers: Pickle, Raven & Fawn Bazzill Cards; White & Ivory Matt Cards

accessories: Subway Embossing Folder siz657948; Brick Wall Sizzlit Strip siz658240; Brass  Bookplate; Brads; Bleach

adhesives: Super Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents

tools: Big Shot Machine; Sponging Block; Waterbrush


Stamp numerous machinery images in sepia ink over ivory card. Sponge around the edges with sepia and potting soil inks using a sponging block. Colour down left side with Distress Stains – Evergreen Bough, Rusty Hinge & Walnut Stain, using a waterbrush to help blend inks. Attach to Pickle (green) backing card with two-sided tape. male cards 008






Open Subway embossing folder and lightly sponge bleach onto top half. Insert black card into folder, close, and put through Big Shot machine as normal. Open folder, take out black card and immediately wash bleach off folder. Leave black card aside to dry. The bleach will discolour card causing brown rusty looking patches around letters. When dry, cut card in half lengthways. Attach half to center of stamped ivory card (leaving other half for future project). male cards 010male cards 015







Cut out brick wall die in Big Shot machine in light brown card. Cut section to fit across bottom of card. Colour with Black Soot & Rusty Hinge Distress Stains. Glue across bottom of card.male layers 014



Stamp gentleman in black Archival ink onto white card and colour with layers of Distress Stains, starting with the palest colour first (see below). Ensure each layer is dry before adding another layer of colour, as you want the underneath layer to show through in areas and not blend in with the next colour. You don’t have to be too particular about staying in the lines, as you are going to cut him out. Cut him out (tearing across bottom section). Magic Mount him to card front. Fill eye glass in with Glossy Accents. Leave to dry. (note: this is not the original sample I used on the finished card).male layers 015

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Stamp wording in black ink onto scrap of white card. Sponge with sepia ink and insert into bookplate. Fix brads through either end and Magic Mount onto card front. male cards 017








See below for an alternative version of this card.



Time Flies

September 4, 2016


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Happy Father’s Day everyone!






Stamps: Time Travelers CMS157 set & Clock Face G11660 by Stampers Anonymous; Number Background 4485E by Stamp-it; Small Clock A923 by Amazing Creations; Time Flies A1506 by Stylish Images Australia

Inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Walnut Stain Distress Pad; Walnut Stain, Forest Moss & Brushed Pewter Distress Stain Sprays; Gathered Twig Distress Pen

Papers: White (12.5×14.5cm plus scrap) & Ivory Matt Cards (scraps); Brown (15x27cm), Saltillo (7.4×13.1cm), Gecko (7×11.3cm) & Kraft (scrap) Bazzill Cards; Copper Shimmer Card (scrap)

Accessories: Mini Time Travel stencil 201s by The Crafters Workshop; Clock Hands from Clock & Gears die 917 by Elizabeth Dies; Texture Paste; Pot Pourri; Brown Brad; Colour Pencils; Chalks

Adhesives: Super Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents

Tools: Sizzix Big Shot; Sponging Block; Heatgun; Scissors; Circle Punches


Spritz white card with water, then with Distress Stain Sprays. Be sparing with the Metallic colour. Dry with a heatgun.clock inks







Lay the stencil over and smear texture paste through with a palette knife. Lift off stencil and wash straight away.clock stencilclock texture paste







While paste is still wet, push some pot pourri flakes into it. Set aside to dry. clock pot pourri


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When dry, brush excess pot pourri back into pot with a soft dry paintbrush. Now lay stencil over design again and colour some of the texture paste with a dark brown pen.

Stamp gentleman from Time Travelers set onto scrap of white matt card with black Archival pad and colour in with pencils. I then went over the pencils with chalks to soften the effect. Cut him out. Put a dab of Glossy Accents over the face of his fob watch. Set aside to dry.

Stamp Numbers Background onto green card in Sepia Archival pad. Sponge around edges with Sepia and Walnut inks using a sponging block. Stamp Time Flies wording onto Kraft card, sponge edges with Sepia ink and attach to top right of green card. Attach these onto matting of rust coloured card, which has also had its edges sponged with Walnut pad. Attach gentleman image to top of green card. Position this to right hand side of card front with two-sided tape.male cards 007

Stamp out two clock faces in black Archival ink onto scraps of ivory card. Cut out with circle punches. Sponge around edges with Sepia ink. Cut out two clock hands from die in copper shimmer card. Attach to larger clock face with a brown brad. Position clocks on card front, Magic Mounting the smaller one over the top of larger clock. male cards 015




The Chemist

September 2, 2016


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“Hope” is my most favourite word in the English language. It is what keeps us going through our ordinary days, never knowing what tomorrow will bring, but anticipating that wonderful things could be about to happen. Keep the faith.




stamps: The Chemist CMS172 & Little Labels CMS120 by Stamper’s Anonymous; Miracles 1714D by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Weathered Wood Distress Pad

papers: White Matt Card; Tobacco Mi-Teintes Card; Jetstream Bazzill Card

accessories: Snow Cap Adirondack Dabber Paint

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

tools: T-grid; Sponging Block; Paint Brush


  1. Stamp images out in black ink onto ivory card, using the t-grid to aid positioning them if needed.
  2. Using a sponging block, loosely colour (as in don’t worry too much about keeping within the lines) with Weathered Wood ink. Add a bit of sepia ink to contrast and also sponge the edges of card with it.Chemist 1
  3. Layer onto brown matting, then folded blue backing card. Sponge edges of backing card with sepia ink also.
  4. Stamp wording in black ink onto scrap of ivory card. Sponge edges with sepia, then attach to matting of brown, then blue. Magic Mount onto front of card.
  5. Colour test tube with white paint, then cover with Glossy Accents. Set aside to dry.
  6. Stamp out tiny words from Little labels set in black ink onto scraps of white card. Cut out desired words and sponge edges with sepia. Glue into place where preferred.


May 30, 2016


“I have spent my day stringing and unstringing my instrument,

while the song I came to sing remains unsung”.

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I can so relate to this sentiment (and I’m sure I’m not the only one), especially once I set foot into my craft room. I go in there with the specific intention of making someone a birthday card, and I potter about doing this and that, and before I know it – time’s up – and I still haven’t made the card!! Doh!

Stamps used: Musician 2655G by Judikins; wording J2-998 by Stamper’s Anonymous; Music “It is written” 10105759 by Bo Bunny

Stencils: Harlequin THS016 by Stamper’s Anonymous

The thing I like about this card is that it is ageless and can be given to either a girl or a boy, depending on your colour palette (this one leans more to the masculine I think).

The background card has been coloured using Distress ink sprays “Evergreen Bough, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Forest Moss”. All images were stamped with Jet Black Archival ink. Musician was coloured with pencils and parts highlighted with Liquid Pearls. Banner was created from hand cut triangles of Bo Bunny paper. Background harlequin design from Black Soot Distress sprayed through stencil. Any questions don’t hesitate to email me at



Butterflies and Moths

March 28, 2016


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Some simple variations on one of Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps P2-1673.

The big clean up of my craft room continues, so creating (and posting) has had to take a back seat for now. Strange how it’s impossible to contain messes to one specific area. You start in one spot, and it seems to create a domino effect throughout the house, so in the end, there is no room untouched. I didn’t think it would take this long…. will it ever be done!?!