Blue Iris

Susan Robinson
April 8, 2021

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Back to basics – using your texters directly onto rubber, to stamp out your solid design images in multi-colour.

I added Gold Liquid Pearls to the center of the Iris, then set aside to dry before assembling card layers.

stamp: Single Iris 2663K by Penny Black

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Easter Blessings

Susan Robinson
April 3, 2021

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Easter blessings to you all. I hope you have a peaceful and relaxing long weekend.

I was planning on catching up on a little shut eye myself, but here I am again at 2am – not sleeping! Hello to all my fellow insomniacs out there. At least with card making, I have something constructive to do with my time. You were probably wondering when I found the time to make all these cards, haha. Well now you know.

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King of the Castle

Susan Robinson
March 17, 2021

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What can I say…

stamps: Castle by Stamp-it; Old Man by 100 Proof Press; wording done on computer

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Fairy with Cat

Susan Robinson
March 7, 2021

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It’s great having a box of backgrounds already done up that you can select from when needing a quick card. This is a Distress Oxide background I used in conjunction with some Lavinia stamps and a Hero Arts wording.

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Transitions

Susan Robinson
March 3, 2021

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A birthday card for a 13 year old struggling with their identity.

Stamp by Studio Light MM244

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The Cut of your Perfume

Susan Robinson
February 26, 2021

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I saw this shaped card on a Cardmaking Fb page. The lady had seen it on Pinterest and constructed her own version. There were no instructions and they didn’t know what it was called. It looked simple enough, so I had a go myself. Anything that requires any type of precision cutting or folding is usually not my thing, but because it looked easy, I made an attempt. If it didn’t work, I wouldn’t have to tell you , would I? Anyhoo, quite happy with how it turned out, so here’s how I did it. If anyone knows the name of it, please put it in the comments box so everyone can see. And if you do have a go yourself, would love for you to post a photo with your comment.

This design will work with any size square card, so choose your envelope first and work backwards. Have a play with it on different size and shaped cards. I noticed some ladies matted their triangles before overlapping them. Probably easier than the way I did it. You could wrap the patterned card around from the back, or you could use both sides of a double sided patterned card. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Stamp: Vector set of Perfume bottles by Yulia Petrova; Mini Thinking of You from Stamp-it. Leaves die from Alexandra Renke

Another one below in blue.

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Perfume Bottle

Susan Robinson
February 23, 2021

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A birthday card for my sister, who I am so grateful to have in my life.

Stamp is “Perfume Bouquet” set by Colorado Craft Co. Below is another version, in more pastel tones.

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Bugs Abound

Susan Robinson
February 19, 2021

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Summer, a time when you really notice all the bugs about.

The Insect stencil in the background is by Alexandra Renke, the dragonfly stamp by Stamp-it. After colouring the card with Distress Stains, I tried spritzing water through the stencil first to bleach the colour from the insect shapes, but this didn’t work to my liking as it lost too much detail, so instead I sponged a darker blue ink through, then outlined each shape with a fine blue marker. Some more experimenting needed with that stencil.

I used Tim Holtz ‘Frosted Film’ for the dragonfly. This is a really cool product (though hard to find sometimes). I stamped the dragonfly onto it, then cut it out. When heated with a heat gun, this frosted film will start to curl. While warm, you can mold it into whatever shape you like. When it cools, it will retain that shape. So I heated his wings to create the appearance of movement, but made sure his body remained flat to better enable gluing down. I smeared some Turquoise Stickles over the frosted underneath side, and set aside to dry before gluing it into place over the stamped image on my card. The smooth upper side of the film catches the light, but being opaque, you can see the sparkly turquoise colour showing through from beneath, while still retaining the fine line details of his wing segments.

Using the same Distress Stain colours, I created a similar background (below), this time stamping a large ‘Beetle Collage’ stamp (from Woodware) over in black. I then silver embossed a circular birthday wording (from Stamp-it) and lay a disc in the center stamped with a bug image (from Amazing Creations) which I covered with Glossy Accents.

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‘Bee happy’ hexagons

Susan Robinson
February 17, 2021

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Happiness is a choice. Choose to be happy. I need to listen to my own advise a bit more often. Life is full of too many distractions, we forget to focus on ourselves sometimes.

I got the inspiration for this design from a window I pass at the exit of the freeway. Strangely, I can’t remember what the business is actually about, (nothing to do with honey products) but the graphics on their window of grey, gold & black hexagons, always catches my eye. I thought it would make a nice feature on a male card.

stamps: ‘Bee Happy’ set by Dovecraft

die: ‘Distressed Baptisia Collage’ set 30044 by Memory Box

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Be my Honey

Susan Robinson
February 14, 2021

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I have made this card especially for you, to add a little sweetness to your day. Much too soppy for me to give my husband, haha.

The bee stamp is from Prima’s Stamp-n-add “Moth Wings”. There were 2 designs in the set, 2 bodies and 2 wings that you stamp separately. After stamping it out, I added Glossy Accents to the wings, sprinkling glitter on whilst still wet. The wording I just did on the computer.

The honeycomb is from one of Tim Holtz/Sizzix “Mixed Media” die sets. I cut it out on 2-sided sticker paper. After positioning the individual pieces onto my card, I lay some mulit-coloured Gilding flakes over. The flakes stuck to the sticky shapes, then I brushed the excess off with a stiff paint brush. I didn’t realise until I’d completed the card, that I’d laid the honeycomb shapes in a different direction on the bottom, than I had on the top. Oops. No time to re-do now.

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