Dress Form

Susan Robinson
June 17, 2020


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


Cosmos Compilation

Susan Robinson
April 20, 2020


We’ve had a bit of rain this week, always good for the gardens.

These are cards I made a while ago but just realised the post was still sitting in Drafts.

The backgrounds were created with various Distress Stain Sprays. The stamp is “Cosmos Spray” CRP263 by Stampendous.


Petals coloured pale pink, cut out and glued over main image. Glossy Accents and micro beads added to centers. Silver foil applied to swirls.

Glossy Accents applied to petals. When dry, Gold Stickles smeared over. Gold Pearls glued to centers. Gold Fab Foil applied to plaque swirls.

Yellow Flowersoft added to center of flowers to create texture and dimension. Water splashed onto background to bleach colour. Yellow chalk applied to plaque.





Hanging Baskets

Susan Robinson
February 23, 2020


A big Happy Birthday to my baby sister!! She loves succulents so this will be right up her alley. Inspiration from Pinterest. Of course I couldn’t find the card again on Pinterest when I went back to see how they’d done it, just remembered it had a sprayed background. I wanted to see whether the pots were supposed to be underneath or above the ropes. In the end I did a combo.

stamps: Succulents set 6049Q by Kaszazz


Blue Wren on Banksia

Susan Robinson
January 22, 2020


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.


Celebration of Life

Susan Robinson
September 22, 2019


Life goes on and we must celebrate the living.

This card is for one of my good friends who has been a wonderful support and source of inspiration to me for many years. I feel very blessed to have her in my life. I hope you all have at least one person in your life like that 🙂

Flower dies by Alexandra Renke, leaves (unsure), Tattered Banners siz657179 by Tim Holtz, Happy Birthday stamp 3320C by Stamp-it

Flowers coloured with Distress Stains.


Fairy Cup of Kindness

Susan Robinson
September 3, 2019

So Suzy “Fairy Teacup” stamp, wordings by Stampin’ Up

For all of you suffering colds and the flu (or any other ailments) – hope you feel better soon.

I fell in love with these adorable little fairies from ‘So Suzy’ stamps as soon as I saw them. How gorgeous are they?!

The background for this card was sprayed with Distress Stains (Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Weathered Wood), then spritzed with Perfect Pearl PP Mist. Crystal Stickles have been applied to the fairies wings, and Glossy Accents to reflections on cup and liquid in spoon.

Below is another card I made with them.

So Suzy “Fairy Teacup” stamp, wording by Penny Black, “Fillipa” corner die by Memory Box



Dragon at the Gate

June 22, 2017



stamps: Moon & small Dragon by Lavinia stamps; Timepiece Collage G-3570 by PSX

dies: Cityscape Metropolis siz661804 & Halloween Shadows siz658253 both by Tim Holtz; Gothic Gate 51-146 by Penny Black; Dragon YCD10045 by Yvonne Creations;

inks: Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet & Pumice Stone Distress Stain Sprays; Victorian Velvet, Frayed Burlap & Stormy Sky Distress Pads; Jet Black StazOn Pad; Sepia Archival Pad; Cement Antiquities Pad; Silvery Shimmer Delicata Pad; Perfect Pearl ‘Perfect Pearl’ Mist

papers: White & Ivory Matt Cards; Fawn & Pinecone Bazzill Cards; Fig Bazzill Smoothie Card; Lt & Dark Grey & Brown Prismatic Cards; Magenta Mesh; SLove Notes – ‘Always’ Cosmo Cricket Paper

accessories: Silver Ball Chain; Lavender, Crystal & Silver Stickles; White Chalk

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents, Tombow Liquid Glue

tools: Big Shot Machine; Circle Punches; Notebook Fiskars Border Punch; Sponge Blocks; Water Spritzer; Heat gun; Paper Trimmer; Scorer; Metal Ruler; Awl


  1. Lightly spritz your white card with water, then with the Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet & Pumice Stone Distress Stain Sprays. Dry with heat gun.
  2. Cut out multiple buildings from Cityscape die in this sheet and some from the Cosmo Cricket patterned paper. Keep in mind that you are trying to replicate an ancient city, so some of the building shapes may not be suitable as they look too modern. Cut out matching rooftops in light grey or brown card. Sponge around each piece with sepia ink and glue rooftops on.
  3. Stamp out moon in silver ink. Cut out with circle punch. Spritz with Perfect Pearl PP Mist. Heat set. Sponge around edges with sepia ink.
  4. Cut out Gothic gates in dark brown card. Sponge silver ink over randomly. Place lighter brown card behind gates and cut to same size. Glue together.
  5. Cut out dragon shape in dark grey card. Highlight with white chalk and purple Stickles. Fill his eye in with crystal Stickles. Set aside to dry.
  6. Cut an A4 sheet of ivory card lengthways. Score into thirds. Find center points for 2 right panels and cut between them, then score down. Pull bottom part outwards (mountain fold – this is where the gates will be attached) and top part backwards (valley fold). See picture for layout. Cut 1st panel height shorter than others. Create decorative edge with Notebook border punch along top. Sponge with Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap Distress inks.
  7. Meanwhile play around with your layout, the order you want your buildings in, the position of the moon & dragon. I attached my gates into place first, then worked from the front of the card to the back.
  8. Start gluing your buildings into place, overlapping in places.
  9. Stamp the small dragon onto moon with black StazOn ink. Decide where to position moon and glue into place. Add accessories: – I stamped a clock from Timepiece collage stamp in sepia ink and cut out with small circle punch. Glue into place and cover with Glossy Accents and set aside to dry. – I cut a section of mesh off sheet to use as ladder up to clock. Glue into place. – Cut out fence from Halloween Shadows die in light grey card, sponge with Frayed Burlap ink and glue into place. – Using an awl, pierce 2 small holes near gate handles and insert silver ball chain.
  10. Cut another piece of ivory card, same length but taller than previous folded one. Score into thirds and sponge with Cement and Stormy Sky inks for sky. Glue into place behind decorated one. Decorate sky with stars using silver Stickles. Set aside to dry.

Blue Rain

July 27, 2016


I like cards that are quick and easy, simple yet effective. I think this card falls into that category. mermaid belief 002

Stamps:  Quite Dandy (flower) 3623K by Penny Black; Sympathy CS924 by Kaisercraft

Inks: Jet Black StazOn & Archival Pads; Weathered Wood & Stormy Sky Distress Stain Sprays

Papers: Watercolour Paper; Blue & Raven Bazzill Cards

Accessories: Frosted Lace Stickles; Water Spritzer

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Tools: Tiny Butterfly Punch

  1. Spritz watercolour paper with water, then Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress Stain sprays. Don’t be too enthusiastic or you’ll colour the entire card and that is not the effect we’re going for.
  2. When dry, stamp flower image to right-hand side in black Archival pad.
  3. The Sympathy set by Kaisercraft has 4 wording options. Stamp your chosen wording out in black ink onto white card. Matt with black card and adhere to bottom left of card front.
  4. Punch out 3 little butterflies in black card and glue onto card.
  5. Decorate flower heads with Frosted Lace Stickles.


Below is a slight variation of same card, just using another wording, dark blue stickles instead of white, and a less absorbent paper resulting in a different blending of the inks in the background. I also drew a white line down the center of the butterflies for their bodies and added antennae to each with a black pen.

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Homes are Built

July 15, 2016


A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.                                                                                                                                            pillar 005stamps: A House 4970D by Stamp-it

dies: Pediments siz658557

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Blue Butterfly Wreath

July 3, 2016


Still playing with my new butterfly wreath die (see previous post). I like it!new blue 001








To re-create this card:

  1. Colour a white piece of card with Mermaid Lagoon & Peacock Feathers Distress Stain Sprays & some London Blue Dylusions spray. Don’t forget to spritz your card with water first to allow the inks to run together. Dry with a heatgun.blue but wreath 001
  2. Cut out butterfly wreath in supersheet/jack paper ( 2 sided sticker sheet). Peel backing off butterfly outline only and stick onto coloured card slightly off centre. Cut overhanging butterflies off with scissors.blue but wreath 002
  3. Now peel off top layer of supersheet to expose the sticky layer. This is a little tricky due to it’s delicate nature. I actually ended up lifting the whole thing off and flipping it over as I decided I wanted the butterflies to face the other way.
  4. Brush Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls over now sticky butterfly wreath outline with a dry paintbrush. Brush excess powder back into pot. Being the impatient sort, my background card wasn’t quite dry enough, so some excess powder did hang around, but that’s okay in this instance as it adds a little metallic glimmer to the card. blue but wreath 004
  5. Cut out some extra butterfly shapes from scrap paper. I had some which had been previously sprayed with inks which I thought would compliment the colours.blue but wreath 005
  6. Glue 3 butterflies in position at base of wreath and add antennae of dark brown. Add antennae for next outine butterfly too. Attach card front onto dark brown matting.blue but wreath 006

7. Stamp wording onto scrap of ivory card in black ink. Tear right end and fold under slightly. Sponge around all edges with sepia ink. Magic Mount onto left of card, through middle of wreath.

8. Adhere finished card onto gold layer, then turquoise backing card.blue but wreath 008