Have Courage

Susan Robinson
March 25, 2021

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It’s very cosy here in our comfort zone, but we won’t discover anything new, unless we have the courage to step outside it once in a while. They don’t have to be big steps, they can be little baby ones to start. The first one is always the hardest.

stamps: ‘En Bord de Mer’ by Carabelle Studio; ‘Discover Oceans’ by Stamp-it

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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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Lotus Bouquet

Susan Robinson
January 7, 2021

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How gorgeous is this new waterlily stamp (Lotus Bouquet 19087) from Paper Rose Studio! I used Distress Stain sprays for the backgrounds. Usually I colour my white card completely, but sometimes it’s nice to leave some white. Was toying with the idea of adding a wording to the above card, but decided it was more peaceful without.

After finishing my flower on the green card, I decided to add the script wording in the background. That was my first mistake, as it all went downhill from there, haha. This meant I had to mask off the flowers (ugh!) and then I stamped the wording on the middle right UPSIDE DOWN!!! Seriously don’t know how that happened! So I had to find something big enough to cover up my error. I fiddled with that wording plaque for ages, changing ink colours of the wording and background numerous times. Not totally happy with the result as it is looks a bit busy, but it is done and I have moved on with my life. Sometimes it’s the smallest things that take up the most time.

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The More You Read

Susan Robinson
October 27, 2020

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Just a quick card today for all you young students slogging over the books, preparing for your exams. Best of luck. Keep the end goal in mind.

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Musical Tea

Susan Robinson
October 1, 2020

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One of my dear friends is teaching me to play the piano (in an effort to stave off dementia). After our lesson, we sit down over a cup of tea and share card design ideas and swap stamps. I wanted to make a card for her birthday that incorporated all that. However after finishing it, I realised that as usual, I had leaned towards my own colour preferences, not hers, so I made another one in blue (her favourite colour) and white, slightly different.

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Tea Cup Stacks

Susan Robinson
September 27, 2020

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Not sure about you, but I’m nearly over this theme. I do have 2 more posts to go though, so to sweeten the deal, I will post my favourite ‘Date and Ginger’ cake recipe tomorrow. What’s tea without cake?

Distress Stain sprays ‘Brushed Pewter’ and ‘Pumice Stone’ were used to create this background, but I was a bit over enthusiastic with the metallic I think (they’re notoriously hard to stamp over). That’s why I chose to silver emboss the wording, but then I had to edge it with a very fine black pen in places to make it stand out.

I stamped the jungle print in ‘Coffee’ Archival ink across the bottom of my card to replicate a tablecloth, then stamped it again onto my bottom cup. I sponged the top and bottom cups with ‘Antique Linen’ Distress ink, and sponged ‘Vintage Photo’ over the middle cup and also the saucer. In case you’re wondering, that funny thing on the right is a sugar cube! I hand drew it onto supersheet (2-sided sticker paper), poured crystal glitter over it, and Magic Mounted it into place. Just felt it needed a little something to fill that space. Hope the rest is self explanatory.

stamps: ‘Scrapcosy’ set ESC16 by ElecTica/Paper Artsy; Botanical Tea set ICO296 by Graphic 45/Hampton Art; ‘Exotic Jungle’ 3565F by Stamp-it

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Bonus buy below, haha. Popped this little paper collage stack of tea cups card onto the bottom of this post, as I am really ready to move onto another subject matter, but didn’t want it to go to waste.

stamp: ‘Time for Tea’ 547 by Crafty Individuals

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Coffee helps

Susan Robinson
September 18, 2020

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Life happens… coffee helps.

I haven’t forgotten all you coffee lovers out there. This is another Distress Stain spray background with a fineCopper shimmer mist over it. The cup is from the Scrapcosy 16 set used in recent posts. The ‘coffee’ wording is a die. Other stamps are loose and not sure of their origin sorry. I actually stamped the beans out onto scrap paper, then cut them out to place in position, as I wasn’t confidant they’d stand out against the dark background. I then covered them in Glossy Accents. Really love the rich colours of this one.

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Pursue Happiness

Susan Robinson
August 25, 2020

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The Pied Piper of Fairies (or in this case geese). The first in a series of 4 fantasy cards.

The inky splotch background was created with Distress Stain sprays Wild Honey, Vintage Photo & Broken China. I am so happy with it!! As usual in my excitement to create, I forgot to take a photo of the background before stamping over it. I stamped the tree trunk image over the patch of brown ink. Not sure I am so happy with the little leaves I stamped over the bush though, maybe better without?

stamps: Fairy, tree trunk & geese designs by Lavinia stamps; wording & grass by Stamp-it; leaves by Stampin’ Up

dies: birds from “The Scarecrow” set 662382 Tim Holtz Sizzix

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Running with Scissors

Susan Robinson
July 4, 2020

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Running with scissors… makes me feel dangerous.

Well, that tells you all you need to know about my life.

stamps: Running with Scissors by Deep Red; Mannequins by Stamp-it

Distress Stain spray background. Gold and silver embossed stamps. (And yes there is an ‘e’ after the ‘g’ in dangerous, though they’re a bit squished together).

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Dress Form

Susan Robinson
June 17, 2020

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I was kindly gifted a sewing machine last year, so I thought I’d better learn how to use it! When my son was very young, I used to sew clothes for him, but when he started school, I went back to full-time work and then never seemed to have the time after that. Thirty years on and I am starting again from scratch, just don’t feel as confident this time round. Maybe because I knew he’d be a non-judgmental recipient, whereas now – I’m making clothes for me, and I might have to wear them out in public!! And material costs a bit more than a piece of paper, what happens if I stuff it up?

stamp: Dress Form E6402 by Impression Obsession

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