Mary & Joseph

Susan Robinson
November 27, 2021

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As we all get caught up in the hype of Christmas, it’s good to take time to reflect and remember how the story all began.

Variations on a theme, using the ‘Mary’ (LAV040) stamp above from Lavinia Stamps, and ‘The Journey’ (D023) by Stamp Africa below.

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Leafy Bauble

Susan Robinson
November 14, 2021

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I thought it was past time I started on my Christmas cards. Still playing with Paper Rose’s ‘Gum Leaf Circle Frame’ die.

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Orange Poinsettia

Susan Robinson
December 14, 2020

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Poinsettia’s are a tropical plant with groups of bright red (or white) leaves that look like flowers. It is a favourite at Christmas time. The shape of the ‘flower’ is thought to symbolise the Star of Bethlehem, which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolise the blood of Christ, the white ones, his purity.

stamp: Christmas Star 4104K by Penny Black

This is my last posting for the year. I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season, and all the best for 2021. Hope to catch up with you then. Enjoy!

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Red Joy

Susan Robinson
December 9, 2020

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Christmas is nearly here! Are you nearly ready?!? No, me neither.

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Merry Christmoose

Susan Robinson
December 7, 2020

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There appears to be a theme happening here, but it won’t last, as I have already changed direction. I like to mix things up a bit.

This background was created by smooshing Distress Oxide inks onto a Teflon mat, spritzing with water, then placing my white card over to colour. The moose and tree designs are by Lavinia stamps, the birds are from the Tim Holtz ‘Scarecrow’ die set, and the wording I just did on the computer.

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Green Deer

Susan Robinson
December 3, 2020

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Finally getting my Christmas mojo going. Don’t worry if you don’t have the same stamps, hopefully you can adapt the ideas to your own images. There are slight variations in the 2 cards above, as I struggle to ever do 2 cards exactly the same.

stamps: Reindeer by Stamp-it; wording by Paper Artsy

In the card with the red border, I also flicked some ‘Forever Red’ Perfect Pearl Powder that I had added water to, over the background.

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Blue Gumnuts

Susan Robinson
December 16, 2019

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Breaking away from my theme of birds this year with this card. I bought some stamps off a lovely lady a few weeks ago. They belonged to her 92 year old mother who sadly is unable to continue her hobby due to failing eyesight. This was one I didn’t buy as I already have it. It is an old favourite of mine as it is simple but effective, so when I got home I had to take it out and reacquaint myself with it. I sent her the card as a thank you.

To make: I simply stamped it out twice in dark blue without re-inking in between, to create that shadow effect of the 2nd stamping. On a piece of scrap paper, I then stamped it out again in a light blue ink and cut out the top leaf only. I folded the leaf down the center to create a slight ridge, then glued it into place over darker blue version. Using a thick glue, I applied gold Flowersoft for flowers. When dry, shake off any excess back into pot. I then added dots of light blue Liquid Pearls around flowers. Set aside to dry before assembling backing cards. I gold embossed the Christmas wording at top.

stamps: Gumnut Brush 3745E; Christmas Mini 3044B both by Stamp-it Australia

Probably won’t get the chance to post again now till after New Year – so Merry Christmas everyone! Hope it is a safe and happy one 🙂

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Finding Peace

Susan Robinson
November 23, 2019

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A little Christmas wish for everyone – I hope this years end brings Peace, to your home, to your heart, to your world and ours.

After playing around with inky backgrounds and tweaking the design, I am finally ready for mass production! There is a high possibility if you are on my Christmas list that you may get a card that looks something like this. So everyone gets the same card, but slightly different.

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Birds with Bauble

Susan Robinson
November 15, 2019

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Holly Concert 4337K Penny Black

There seems to be a theme happening this year – birds! I haven’t got back to further explore the potential of my ‘Birds on a Wreath’ die from previous post yet, as I got diverted with this one. I felt like doing some colouring in, it helps to relax me. This design was the perfect size, not too big, not too small, with enough colour variation to be interesting.

I matched up the Penny Black bird stamp ‘Holly Concert’ 4337K with a Stamp-it Christmas wording from their set #17, which I gold embossed onto a Tim Holtz Bigz die ‘Retro Ornaments’ siz660036. It was a bit of a squeeze but hopefully the message is clear enough 🙂

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Birds on a Wreath

Susan Robinson
October 23, 2019

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Thought I’d better make a start on my Christmas cards. Just playing with this Penny Black die “Birds on a Wreath” at the moment. In the pink sample above I have incorporated some Alexandra Renke dies also.

In this green and copper sample, I embossed the Christmas script background in copper, overlaying the die, cut out in gold paper. I cut out the bells a 2nd time and mounted them over the originals once I’d dry- embossed them. The birds I also cut out a 2nd time in scraps of rust and mustard cardstock, gluing into place and adding wings.

For this blue sample, I cut out the die in white cardstock and coloured it in with watercolours and pens – a bit time consuming, so doubt I’ll be making many of them. The bells and birds I cut out a 2nd time, colouring in the birds and Magic Mounting all into position. The background was just a scrap I had laying around from another project that I re-purposed.

Well that’s all for now, all the best with your Christmas card endeavours! I found this die (much as I love it) a bit busy, so may try some de-constructed versions of it next 🙂

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