Sweet Gumnut Baby

Susan Robinson
February 1, 2021

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Using Tim Holtz Alterations Framework “Honeycomb” siz659430 die, I cut 4 co-ordinating sheets from a Basic Grey mini paper pad “Two Scoops”. I stamped the little bumble bee across 2 pale pink hexagon shapes, then sponged sepia ink around all the edges. Using the frame to help ensure the spacing was even, I mixed and matched the colours until happy with their arrangement. After gluing down the hexagons, I removed the frame, as I felt it made the card look too heavy. I stamped the wording (from Hero Arts) across top of card, and Magic Mounted Gumnut baby at bottom.

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Geraldton Wax Gumnut Babies

Susan Robinson
January 30, 2021

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More from my gumnut baby series using Paper Rose’s ‘Bush Babies‘ set 17529, together with Stamp-it’s Geraldton Wax flower. The sleeping baby background was created with Distress Oxide ink pads (Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin & Worn Lipstick). The ‘Baby’ word is a die from Alexandra Renke. I applied Glossy Accents over the flowers.

The background for this card was created with Distress Stain sprays (Spun Sugar, Dried Marigold & Evergreen Bough). The wording is from Stamp-it. I used watercolour pencils to colour, then added tiny dots of pale pink Liquid Pearls to open flowers.

The Geraldton Wax flower used in the card below is from the “Bush Babies” set. I stamped it multiple times to create the background. The brown half circle is actually a thin piece of bark, which has this beautiful texture. The ‘love’ word is a die, cut out of gold foil board.

A big shout out to all the ladies from Harvey, who love May Gibbs gumnut babies! Look forward to seeing you all soon for card classes 🙂

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Bush Babies

Susan Robinson
January 27, 2021

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A series of gumnut baby cards (more to follow) featuring Paper Rose’s ‘Bush Babies’ 17529, this set with Stamp-it’s ‘Eucalyptus leaves’ behind. The background for the sleeping baby with the yellow Flowersoft jacket, was from a painted gelli plate print, which I coloured with pencils after stamping the leaves on top. The others were created with Distress Stain sprays.

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Aussie Kanga’s

Susan Robinson
January 23, 2021

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In the lead up to Australia Day, thought I’d do some cards featuring our native kangaroos.

stamps: ‘Silhouette Kangaroos’ 6249K from Kaszazz; ‘Acacia Branch’ CO727991 from Couture Creations; ‘Australian Outback’ and both ‘Happy Birthday’ wordings from Stamp-it.

Re-visiting one of my favourite ways to colour backgrounds, using an acrylic block. I love it when the dribbles run over the edges.

I used chalks and watercolour pencils to colour in, highlighting plants with Liquid Pearls.

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Below is another card using the same kangaroo stamp, together with an Australian Outback scene (from Stamp-it), but not the same background technique obviously. I applied some Silver Liquid Pearl with a thin paintbrush to the iron roof of the building, and Silver Fab Foil to the wire fence line.

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Gelli Babies

Susan Robinson
November 4, 2020

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Slowly getting the hang of how to use this gelli plate. I am not very good at layering, so am a bit out of my comfort zone. Out of the 50 prints I have taken so far, I like maybe six. Anyway, I did a few leafy prints that I was quite happy with, so will share them with you now. [Please note that the below photos were taken after I made these 2 cards. This is using a 3×5 inch plate].

Took me a few goes to get my head around it, but the idea is that the first colour/colours that you lay down on the gelli plate, will be the colour that stays underneath the plastic area of your stencil. The second colour of paint that you lay OVER the stencil, will be the colour that goes into the holes of the stencil pattern.

So choose your stencil pattern wisely, depending on the result you’re trying to achieve, as some stencils have a lot of plastic area with small holes, and visa versa. Those stencils with very delicate patterns, may be hard to brayer the paint over to get into the holes, so you might have to sponge it on instead. I’m sure you’ll be seeing more cards in the near future with backgrounds designed on my gelli plate.

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Tea Break

Susan Robinson
September 15, 2020

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Time to sit and drink a brew, and linger over thoughts of you.

This Distress Stain spray background has a fine gold shimmer (Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl) mist over it, radiating from that one spot at the bottom of the card peeping out from behind the rock. Not sure whether to credit it to a rising or setting sun, or the glow from his bonfire. I actually rubbed some gold chalk over the spot to emphasise it more.

stamps: Trail Break by Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps; Dreams by PSX

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Koala Tea

Susan Robinson
September 14, 2020

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Talking of teabags – you can’t get any more Australian than this brand of ‘Koala Tea’ I came across. Australian Certified Organic tea, how cool !! Tastes pretty good too, Koalality tea indeed!

I stamped the silhouette of horse & cowboy onto a background created with Distress Stain sprays (Broken China, Rusty Hinge, and I think Hickory Smoke?) I chose the lighter end as I liked that the blue represented the sky, with still enough of the other colours to indicate a smoky fire from his tea being brewed, and picking up the orange brown of the teabag and label. I cut the right half of the background off to use for a future project.

I stamped the koala out, coloured him in using Distress re-inkers, then cut him out to position on card.

stamps: Tree Koala 4447E by Stamp-it; Trail Break by Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps

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Gum Leaf Slide

Susan Robinson
February 14, 2020

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And another, just for fun!

stamp: Snugglepot & Cuddlepie – Having Fun 17322 by Paper Rose

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Hello there!

Susan Robinson
February 12, 2020

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Just because… they are so darn cute!

I have been trying to rearrange and tidy my craft room for the last few weeks, but it seems I don’t have enough cupboard space (or maybe just too much crap!). A slow and frustrating process, so I took some time out today to play. Just because… I spotted amidst the chaos, a small clearing on my tabletop:)

stamp: Snugglepot & Cuddlepie – Hanging On 17313 by Paper Rose

I added Vintage Photo Distress Stickles to his cap and Sunshine Yellow Flowersoft to her skirt and cap, with Yellow Liquid Pearls for dots.

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Blue Wren on Banksia

Susan Robinson
January 22, 2020

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I found this fabulous stamp on marketplace being sold by a local lady who was no longer crafting. It’s called ‘Wren on Banksia’ 382L by Annaleey Crafts in South Australia. I tried to find them, but like so many companies, they seem to have disappeared.

These inky backgrounds were left over from some of my Christmas cards. I had put them aside as I felt they were a bit dark. Perfect for these cards though! They were done with variations of Distress Stain Sprays: Weathered Wood, Bundled Sage, Dried Marigold, Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar.

The wrens and banksia were coloured in using watercolour pencils. I then added some lines of thin glue to ridges of the banksia before applying Ultrafine Flowersoft ‘Sand’ to create texture. Glossy Accents were used to highlight seedpods and birds eye and beak.

The Australian bush background and wording with above card are both by Stamp-it. Rather than stamp the bush background as a whole, I stamped the left and right sides of the image onto the opposing sides of the card (hope that makes sense). I first masked off the bird though so as not to have unwanted lines going across it when stamping the background on top. To do this just stamp the bird onto some scrap paper, cut it out, then sit it over stamped bird image to protect/mask it.

The Ancient Proverb wording with bluer card below is by Penny Black.

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