Wattle I do?

Susan Robinson
July 1, 2021

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Yes, that is the question, how to while away the hours whilst in lockdown.

The Wattle stamp is from Kaszazz, the baby from Paper Rose’s ‘Snugglepot & Cuddlpie’ “Bush Babies” set. The background was created by inking up an acrylic block with Distress inks, then stamping it out. I coloured images in with watercolour pencils, then added dots of Buttercup & Gold Liquid Pearls for the Wattle flowers.

Below is another card I did using the same Wattle stamp, but onto an alcohol ink background.

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Gumnut Babies in Love

Susan Robinson
June 30, 2021

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This started as just a scrap of paper that I’d rolled my brayer onto to clean, but I liked the colours together so kept it.

I stamped the gumnut babies (‘Hanging On’ 17313 by Paper Rose) onto it, then a 2nd time onto white card, which I coloured in and fussy cut out. I cut the brayered paper down to fit inside an oval embossing folder (by PortaCraft), then ran it through the Big Shot.

I used a brown pencil to define the inside of the oval. Over the raised areas of the oval pattern, I ran a sponging block with pink/blue ink to colour. I ran the same blue ink around the edge of the card before adhering my layers. I cut out the ‘love’ wording in watermelon card, and the gumleaves in white. After colouring the leaves I glued them into place and added dots of yellow Liquid Pearls for flowers. Then because glue is NOT my friend and I always end up with some in places undesirable, I had to sprinkle some yellow glitter over the card, to give the sticky bits something to hold onto.

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Gumnut Baby Writers

Susan Robinson
June 29, 2021

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Another lockdown, another day in the craft room. Gotta feel sorry for those people without hobbies.

I am on a mission to use up some of my scraps, as my drawers are overflowing. Most are too small to use as a border all the way around, but I am not averse to combining patterns and textures together of smaller bits which hopefully compliment the focal design. I have stamped my images onto what would have been the 2nd or 3rd lift from some stenciled gelli-plate prints, so the patterns are a little faint or incomplete, but still interesting.

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Lemon Poppyseed Cake

Susan Robinson
June 28, 2021

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I found this delicious cake recipe online last night from LifeLoveandSugar.com

I split the cake mix into 2 pans, (instead of 3 as per the recipe) as I didn’t have 3 the same size, and cooked them for 35-40 mins. Unfortunately my husband is not the patient kind, especially when there’s a cake sitting there cooling. He had already eaten nearly half of 1 cake before I could get the frosting done! So I didn’t bother with the frosting, but it was so moist, it was fine without.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 cups (325g) all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (112g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups (310g) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds

LEMON CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

  • 16 oz (452g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (172g) butter, room temperature
  • 10 cups (1150g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon zest

Instructions

1. Prepare three 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper circles in the bottom and grease the sides. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).
2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
3. Add the butter, oil, sugar and vanilla extract to a large mixer bowl and beat together until light in color and fluffy, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Do not skimp on the creaming time.
4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until mostly combined after each. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated.
5. Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until mostly combined.
6. Combine the milk and lemon juice, then slowly add the mixture to the batter and mix until well combined.
7. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until well combined and smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated. Do not over mix the batter.
8. Add the lemon zest and poppy seeds and gently stir to combine.
9. Divide the batter evenly between the cakes pans and bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.
10. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool for about 2-3 minutes, then remove to cooling racks to cool completely.
11. To make the frosting, add the cream cheese and butter to a large mixer bowl and beat until well combined and smooth.
12. Add about half of the powdered sugar and mix until well combined and smooth.
13. Add the lemon juice and zest and mix until well combined.
14. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until well combined and smooth. Add more or less powdered sugar, as desired for consistency purposes.
15. To put the cake together, use a large serrated knife to remove the domes from the top of the cakes so that they’re flat, if needed.
16. Place the first cake on a serving plate or a cardboard cake round.
17. Spread about 1 cup of frosting evenly on top of the cake.
18. Add the second layer of cake and another cup of frosting.
19. Top the cake with the remaining layer and frost the outside of the cake. Decorate with lemon slices and poppy seeds.

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Write me a Letter

Susan Robinson
June 26, 2021

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In this age of technology, writing letters is a dying art – and don’t even get me started on penmanship and correct spelling! It used to be quite exciting getting a letter in the mail. Now I suppose we get parcels instead (from our on-line orders) which may be even more exciting, especially if they’re a new stamp or die, haha.

The background was done with Distress Oxide inks. The ‘Dearest Friend’ stamp 17421 is by Paper Rose; the ‘Carte Postale’ L517L is a Lost Art Penny Black stamp; the ‘mini bug’ 1813a is also by Penny Black. I cut out a couple of the Gumnuts and Gumleaves die, and chopped and changed them around a bit.

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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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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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Golden Gumnut Flowers

Susan Robinson
June 17, 2021

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Once again I find myself using for my background, not the actual print which I had designed on my gelli plate, but the scrap paper that I rolled my brayer onto to clean off the paint from the stencil! For some reason I am always drawn to these more random messy patterns.

Still on the theme of gum leaves, I dug to the back of my drawer for this old stamp (from Stamp-it), inking it in blue rather than the traditional green. I then went over it with a green colour pencil. I applied Gold Flower Soft to the flower areas, scattering dots of Light Blue Liquid Pearl around them. It’s not showing up in the picture, but the Gold really does catch the light and is quite shiny, as is the light blue shimmer paint in the leafy background.

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Thinking of Gumnut Flowers

Susan Robinson
June 16, 2021

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Finished assembling this card today that I had started colouring in ages ago. It made for a quick card.

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