Blue Birdy

Susan Robinson
June 19, 2021

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It’s a bit like groundhog day around here at the moment – eat, sleep, make cards, repeat. I do love making cards, but will be happy when I am feeling better and will be too busy to do so.

This is the sequel to my previous post, being the other bird in Tim Holtz ‘Feathered Friends’ set. Same method for the background too, just used different Distress ink colours (Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage & Crushed Olive).

The bird nest stamp is an old PSX, the gumleaves from ScrapDragon, and I can’t remember what company the ‘smile’ die is from sorry, but know I bought it from the Scrapbook Store in North Perth.

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Yellow Birdy

Susan Robinson
June 18, 2021

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Over a week since I came down sick, and now I have just have an annoying cough, which will no doubt linger for months. A good excuse to stay home and play in my craft room anyway. I hope you’re not ‘sick’ of my frequent posting already, haha.

The bird die is from Tim Holtz ‘Feathered Friends’ set siz664433. The wattle & wording stamps were from Stamp-it (no longer available sorry). I put dabs of thick glue over the wattle flowers and applied yellow Flower Soft. The background was created by inking up an acrylic block with Distress inks (Broken China, Evergreen Bough & Mustard Seed), spritzing with water, then stamping it onto white cardstock.

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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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Peacocks

Susan Robinson
October 18, 2020

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Peacocks are the epitome of beauty with their stunning colouration, and long stupendously ornate tail feathers. Their spiritual symbol offers lessons about self-love, honor, integrity and the importance of facing life’s challenges with courage and confidence, while still recognising the need for light-heartedness and laughter. When a peacock struts gracefully into your life, you may be entering a time of rebirth.

This peacock die was from a ‘Papercraft’ magazine. It’s quite a busy design, so I sponged the background using (Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Twisted Citron & Peacock Feathers) Distress Oxide inks, to add colour but not too much distraction. Not sure if I’m happy with the glitter on the tail feathers. I tried blue rhinestones first, but they were too big. [Thanks to Mary Poxon for the inspiration].

While on the subject of Peacocks, I did another card (below), creating a watercolour wash background using water and Distress re-inkers (Crushed Olive, Tumbeld Glass, Mowed Lawn & Peacock Feathers). I placed the coloured watercolour paper underneath the cutout space, then glued the peacock outline back in. I used a blue pencil to draw a faint outline inside each tail feather, then added dots of Liquid Pearls. This is a Poppystamps die called ‘Plumed Peacock‘. The wording was from Stamp-it. [Thanks to Marybeth Lopez for the inspiration].

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Pink Flamingo’s

Susan Robinson
October 12, 2020

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I have a number of gorgeous nieces, who I had in mind whilst creating these cards.

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Birds of a Feather

Susan Robinson
May 31, 2020

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All this rain has been keeping me indoors. I have been doing a lot of baking, but that just tempts me to eat more. Better to make cards.

I used a feather stencil to create the backgrounds for these 2 cards.

For the top sample, I sprayed shimmer inks through the stencil, which is why the design is not crisp, as ink always seems to seep beneath. I was after a soft watercolour abstract sort of look, so happy with the result.

For the card below, I first sprayed a white card with blue ink. Dried it, then placed the stencil over and sponged yellow ink through. I then ran a turquoise pen around the edge of each feather to better define them.

stamps: small birds F.0226 by Magenta; Song bird by Concord & 9th ; Happy Birthday wordings both by Stamp-it

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One Cockatoo

Susan Robinson
May 3, 2020

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My third card using this cockatoo die from Alexandra Renke. I pushed all the bits from the leaves out, and a few from the main body fell out which I didn’t bother to put back in. I coloured the leaves and branch, but wasn’t really happy with that result, so added some flowers and a real stick over branch area. When I went to dot the eye with the Black Accent, it smudged! Aaagh! So I just enlarged it to give him a large black eye, then placed a clear rhinestone in center, and put a dot in the middle of that.

The background I created with alcohol inks – Aqua, Latte, Lettuce and Oregano. The script is from a Bo Bunny ‘It is Written’ stamp set.

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Two Cockatoo

Susan Robinson
May 1, 2020

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This Cockatoo bird die from Alexandra Renke is my latest acquisition. Just having a play with the effects of leaving the bits in or out.

In the card with the yellow full body, I sponged the inside pieces before gluing them back into place. I applied Liquid Pearls to the leaves and talons, using Black Accent dot for the eye.

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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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Purple Kookaburra

Susan Robinson
March 13, 2019

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This ‘Kookaburra on a Branch’ die (by Paper Rose) is my latest acquisition, though personally I feel his beak is not long enough. I have matched it with their “Gumleaves #2” die. The purple/blue background is from my reject box, a shaving cream experiment gone wrong. I never throw anything away, even if it’s ugly, as it could be just what I’m looking for one day.

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