Wheat Field Sunset

Susan Robinson
July 10, 2021

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Nothing nicer than watching a beautiful sunset.

To create this card, I first sponged a white card with Distress inks (colours as shown below). After cutting out the dies, I assembled my layers. I applied a few dots of Buttercup Liquid Pearls to highlight the wheat sheaths. The cockatoo bird is from Paper Rose’s larger windmill die.

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Home Among the Gum Trees

Susan Robinson
July 7, 2021

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Give me a home among the gum trees please…

Two different but similar cards using Kaszazz’s ‘Silhouette Kangaroos’ stamp 6249K. The kangaroos on the right, I cut out by hand (which was not fun. I hope they bring out a matching die one day!). The small solid eucalypt leaves are also from Kaszazz. I used some Espresso Liquid Pearls over the nuts to highlight. The open gumleaves and outback house stamps are from Stamp-it. The Windmill die is from Paper Rose but the water tank die was a cut-out given to me years ago and not sure what company it’s from sorry. The backgrounds were created using Distress Stain Sprays Evergreen Bough, Seedless Preserves & Dusty Concord.

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Gumnut Baby Leaf Wash

Susan Robinson
June 23, 2021

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Washed out gumnut leaves… I borrowed this gumleaf die from a friend at a craft camp getaway last month, but loved it so much I had to buy my own. It’s just called ‘Australiana dies Gumnuts and Gum Leaves’ from ScrapDragon (must be their own brand maybe). I think it works so well in conjunction with Paper Roses’s ‘Snugglepot & Cuddlepie’ stamp.

Using the same Gumnut Babies stamp for the foreground, I created the card below with a Uniquely Creative ‘Slimline Gum Leaves’ die as the background (again borrowed from my friend). I cut the die out twice – once in white for the pattern outline, then again from a piece of card pre-coloured with various green Distress inks. I glued the white outline onto a sponged Distress background, then glued the green mottled leaves inside the white framework. I must say it was an exercise in patience piecing all the leaves back in, and it makes for a pretty large card (DL size) in the end, so don’t think I’ll be putting this die on my shopping list.

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Kookaburra circle

Susan Robinson
May 5, 2021

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Apologies for my long leave of absence without giving notice, sometimes life just gets in the way. And you’d think having had that break, I’d come back all refreshed and full of creative ideas, but I find just the opposite is true, that it usually takes me a while for the creative juices to start flowing again. That’s my excuse anyway, for why I had to go out and buy myself a new toy in the shape of this “Honeysuckle Plant” 21201 Paper Rose die. I combined it with an old Stamp-it Kookaburra stamp and a Hero Arts wording for this card. The background and plant were sponged with Distress Oxide inks Bundled Sage, Speckled Egg & Crushed Olive. I used Buttercup Liquid Pearls to highlight plant tips.

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Platypus mates

Susan Robinson
February 11, 2021

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The last of my Australiana cards for now. Bet you were glad to see the back of those babies!! Pretty simple, so no explanation required. Just did a little stenciling in the background as per my previous post.

The Playtypus stamp is by Tree Tots, wording by Stamp-it.

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Sleeping in the shade

Susan Robinson
February 6, 2021

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My last little gumnut baby for this series, fast asleep in the shade of a eucalyptus tree. A bit of dappled light in the background with some stenciling.

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Gumnut Baby Dreaming

Susan Robinson
February 5, 2021

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Another circle, but the focus for this post is on the use of stencils for your backgrounds.

Before gluing branches and Magic Mounting baby into place, flick some silver Alcohol ink over inner circle with a paintbrush to represent stars. I then added a little silver star shape. Sponge all around outer edge of card with ‘Shaded Lilac’ Distress ink. Apply ‘Dream’ rub-on.

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Pale Ride Gumnut Babies

Susan Robinson
February 4, 2021

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Another card with a circular center. Watercolour pencils used to colour in, and Buttercup Liquid Pearl dots added to her skirt and headdress.

stamp: ‘Having Fun’ 17322 and die: ‘Leafy Circle’ 17922, both from Paper Rose Studio

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Green Leaves Gumnut Baby

Susan Robinson
February 3, 2021

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Protea Gumnut Babies

Susan Robinson
February 2, 2021

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We’re in lockdown and I’m on a roll. When I first purchased Paper Rose’s “Thanks a Bunch” stamp, I had a little play stamping it out as a background, horizontally and vertically. The card above has their smaller sized trio of the Gumnut babies from the “Snugglepot & Cuddlepie” 17310 set as the feature. The ‘best wishes’ at the top is a rub-on.

Below is one of my favourite cards from this series, using Paper Rose’s “Dearest Friend” 17421 stamp as the feature. I placed little dots of Balllerina Liquid Pearls over her skirt and headress.

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