Sea of Wonder

Susan Robinson
June 13, 2018

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Sometimes you just have to use what you’ve got. I was looking for something soft and swirly to put behind my mermaid and shells to link them, but could only find this butterfly corner die. So I just covered up the butterflies as best I could and made do.

dies: Mermaid CCE-279 by the Scrapping Cottage; Butterfly Corner Swirl from Paper Roses; Aquarium Fish 1132 by Poppystamps; Shells (from my girlfriends stash so unsure sorry)

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The Siren

Susan Robinson
June 6, 2018

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Still thinking of ideas for teenage girl cards but have deviated towards Mermaids, which I feel are perfectly suitable as long as they’re not too cutsey looking.

I picked up this little mermaid stamp in Hawaii last year from the Rubber Stamp Plantation. The shells are from Inkadinkado’s ‘Down by the Seaside’ set 60-30059; Fish from Heidi Grace’s “Beyond the Sea’ set and Numbers from Kaiser Craft CS838.

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Love Rose

Susan Robinson
May 9, 2018

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I was busy in my bedroom last Friday packing for a crafty weekend away with a few girlfriends, whilst unbeknown to me a pipe had burst in the spare bathroom at the other end of the house and water was busily pouring out EVERYWHERE! When I finally emerged from my room in a state of happy anticipation for what lay ahead, I came to a quick realisation that it may not be that great a day after all.

Luckily we have tiled flooring throughout the house, so not much damage. There were a lot of boxes in the spare bedroom which had to be emptied out though, the contents of which are still strewn about the house, awaiting new dry boxes.  All the contents of the linen closet had to be rewashed (left hubby with that little task), but really can’t complain in the scheme of things. Could have been so much worse – could have been upstairs in my craft room! Now that WOULD have been a disaster!!

This ‘Rose’ die 51-023 is by Penny Black and one I have been coveting for a while, but it always seems to be out of stock. Then hallelujah, one of my girlfriends had it, so I cut out a few for myself in white card stock.

I decided to add the cut-out part of the rose back in for this one, adding Magic Mount underneath it for dimension.

  

 

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Succulents

Susan Robinson
March 19, 2018

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Succulents are all the rage at the moment and Kaszazz have nailed it with these gorgeous stamps. There are 6 different succulents in the set plus a few little wordings and plaques. Can’t wait for my order to arrive!

I used watercolour pencils and a waterbrush to colour the plants.

The background:

  1. Push Texture paste through stencil (by Prima) onto card. Dry.
  2. Sponge over Dusty Concord Distress ink. Spritz with Wild Honey Distress Stain spray.
  3. Sponge Sepia ink around edges and a little over raised pattern.
  4. Sand texture paste to remove some colour and create distressed, grungy look.
  5. Distress edge of white card then adhere various card layers and some mesh ribbon to complete.

Below are a few more cards made using the same Succulents stamp set:

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Alexandra Renke Watercolour Florals

Susan Robinson
January 5, 2018

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Starting off the year with some simple cards using one of Alexandra Renke’s beautiful watercolour floral design papers. I actually find it quite hard keeping things clean and austere, especially when trying to use predominantly white! You don’t realise how many shades of white there are till you try using them together. Rather than struggle against my natural instincts, I decided to just relax and go with the flow, adding colour where the whim dictated.

You can get 24 cards from one 12×12 sheet…

    

    

      

    

    

    

    

     

 

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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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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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Blue Sky at Night

admin
December 18, 2016

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stamps: Winter Trees SKU 3×505521 by Deep Red; Joy Trio 3063B by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Midnight & London Blue Dylusions Sprays; Silver Alcohol Ink

papers: Watercolour Paper; Mediterranean & Teal Bazzill Cards

accessories: Silver Cord

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Notched Corner Punch; Water Spritzer; Clear Film stencil frame; Scalpel;(clean) pizza box; Heatgun; Acrylic block

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut a rectangular hole in piece of clear film to fit over watercolour paper. This is to provide a stencil for when you spray the inks onto the watercolour paper, so that the colour stays within that rough area and don’t cover the whole paper. I wanted the edges to remain white.
  2. Spraying inks can be a bit messy, so I use an old pizza box (clean of course). Line with newspaper to soak up the excess ink (change the paper regularly). Then I put some white paper over newspaper in case the ink from the newspaper should transfer onto my work.
  3. Lay watercolour paper in box, cover with clear stencil, making sure it is lined up so there is equal amount of border coverage on all sides. Spritz watercolour paper with water, then blue inks. I didn’t want the ink edges to be straight, but try to ensure the inks don’t bleed under the frame too much. (Have a wet paint brush and some paper towel on hand to mop up and dilute stains if this happens). When happy with coverage – dry with heatgun or set aside to dry naturally.
  4. Stamp trees onto card with black ink.
  5. Squirt some Silver Alcohol ink onto acrylic block and pick up with old toothbrush. Hold over card and run your thumb along toothbrush bristles to create splatter effect across card. Hopefully this will resemble stars in the night sky:)
  6. Stamp peace wording only (from trio of options) onto scrap of card in black ink. Cut to desired size and edge with black ink. Magic Mount onto card.
  7. Using Punch, cut notches out of the corners of the card. Secure a piece of silver cord to the back of card and wind the cord through and around each notch to form frame.
  8. Using two-sided tape, adhere card front to teal matting, then darker blue folded card.
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Autumn’s Unveiling

admin
June 21, 2016

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Soon they are without – their naked beauty bared for all to see…

Stamps: Fern Leaves 2467D, Multi-circles Birthday 3599D & Leaf Pattern 4660E all by Stamp-It

Dies: Fillipa Corner 99146 by Memory Box

Inks: Sap Green, Viridian, Sepia & Jet Black Archival pads; Broken China, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive & Tumbled Glass Distress pads

Papers:  white Watercolour paper (6x8cm), white matt card (8.3×10.5cm), blue 8.6x11cm), aqua backing card (13.5x20cm), scraps of white matt & dark green cards

Ink up a small acrylic block (5x6cm) with the Broken China & Peeled Paint Distress pads. Spritz the block with water, turn it ink side down and press it into centre of watercolour paper. Dry with heatgun. Stamp Fern Leaves over in black Archival ink. Sponge edges with Sepia ink.

Tear across bottom of white matt card. Sponge with Tumbled Glass Distress ink until completely covered. Add touches of Crushed Olive ink. Stamp background leaf pattern all over, also in Tumbled Glass ink. Sponge edges with Sepia ink. Tear across bottom of blue card and attach to back of patterned card. Attach both to aqua backing card.

Attach coloured watercolour paper to front of leaf card. Cut out Fillipa corner in dark green card. Arrange sprigs across corner of card front. Ink up circular birthday stamp with Viridian & Sap Green pads. Stamp out on scrap of white matt card. Cut out with  1 ½ inch circle punch. Sponge around edges with Sepia ink and Magic Mount to corner of card front.

 

 

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Blue Lagoon

admin
March 1, 2016

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Teal & brown watercolour -  dolphinTeal & brown watercolour - boatThese scenic cards are quick and easy to make and are great for Men’s cards:

1.  Spritz a piece of watercolour card with water, then add some blue shades of Dylusion or Distress ink  sprays to create your watery lagoon. Try not to get too much colour in the top half of the card.

2. While still wet, run the tip of a Walnut and/or Rusty Hinge Distress re-inker nib across the horizon line. It will bleed into the blue wetness to form your island. You can continue to add more water or ink and manipulate with a wet paintbrush until happy with the result. Dry.

3. Create cloud effects by dabbing Snow Cap (white) and Pearl Adirondack Dabber Paints together across skyline. Or you may prefer a little moonlight instead. Just cut out a circle in matt white card and spritz it with Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist. Dry. Glue Moon into desired position.

4. Attach metal charms of dolphins or yacht. Matt finished picture onto contrasting brown card and mount onto backing blue card.

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