Dinosaur Daze

Susan Robinson
August 21, 2021

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Girls like dinosaurs too you know! But I made one for the boys anyway, just so they didn’t feel left out. The background for the boys card was done with shaving cream and dye inks.

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Listen

Susan Robinson
July 31, 2021

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This is a new release script stamp from Kaszazz called ‘Listen’ 6502J, which I gold embossed over a Distress Stain spray background. I also added a spritz of Lindy’s Starburst ‘Jack in the Pulpit Teal’ which gives it that lovely turquoise shimmer when the light catches it (hard to photograph sorry). Apart from the beautiful wording, I love the font they’ve used. The Wildflower stamp along the bottom is from a ‘Quick Cards’ magazine, and the little butterfly from Stamp-it.

I tried it again on the fairy card below (though didn’t quite get the layout right).

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Moving On

Susan Robinson
November 30, 2020

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Thought it was time I threw a few male cards into the mix. Just procrastinating really in order to put off doing Christmas cards as long as possible. In the car card above, I put a piece of clear film behind the windows to replicate the glass.

stamps: ‘Hot Rod!’ set 40-224 by Penny Black

Below is a card for those who prefer to cycle.

stamps: ‘Racing Bike’ 4450D by Stamp-it; ‘Memories of Summer’ MS289 by Studio Light

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Peacocks

Susan Robinson
October 18, 2020

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Peacocks are the epitome of beauty with their stunning colouration, and long stupendously ornate tail feathers. Their spiritual symbol offers lessons about self-love, honor, integrity and the importance of facing life’s challenges with courage and confidence, while still recognising the need for light-heartedness and laughter. When a peacock struts gracefully into your life, you may be entering a time of rebirth.

This peacock die was from a ‘Papercraft’ magazine. It’s quite a busy design, so I sponged the background using (Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Twisted Citron & Peacock Feathers) Distress Oxide inks, to add colour but not too much distraction. Not sure if I’m happy with the glitter on the tail feathers. I tried blue rhinestones first, but they were too big. [Thanks to Mary Poxon for the inspiration].

While on the subject of Peacocks, I did another card (below), creating a watercolour wash background using water and Distress re-inkers (Crushed Olive, Tumbeld Glass, Mowed Lawn & Peacock Feathers). I placed the coloured watercolour paper underneath the cutout space, then glued the peacock outline back in. I used a blue pencil to draw a faint outline inside each tail feather, then added dots of Liquid Pearls. This is a Poppystamps die called ‘Plumed Peacock‘. The wording was from Stamp-it. [Thanks to Marybeth Lopez for the inspiration].

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New Aussie Gumnut Baby

Susan Robinson
January 29, 2020

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We have two new babies expected within our extended family over the next few months, how exciting! May Gibbs is always a go-to classic in my book for a new little Aussie, but I will be making a few other varieties too so I have a selection to choose from when the time comes.

Not sure which version of this card I like. I felt the baby got lost among the gum leaves in the first one, so I placed it onto a mounted cream circle, then added a bow at the finish. Hmm, still undecided – 1, 2 or 3?

I cut the Gum leaf dies (Paper Rose: Gum Leaves 2 & 3) from a piece of card I had previously coloured with Distress Stains. It turned out too dark to use for a stamped background, so I put it aside for cutting leaves out of. I added a little Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearl to highlight the gumnuts.

The May Gibbs stamp images are from Stamp World: ‘Nuttybub and Nittersing’ C215 and ‘Nuttybub in a Birdsnest’ E236. I stamped them both onto a seperate piece of card, coloured them lightly, then cut them out. I added some Grey and Sage Ultrafine Flowersoft to the nest, then Magic Mounted the image over the gum leaves.

Below is a another card using the same Birdsnest Baby stamp along with ‘Just Peeking’ K476 also from Stamp World. I think I like it better, sometimes simple is best.

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Pure Innocence

Susan Robinson
August 28, 2019

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My Favorite Things stamp “Pure Innocent Love” took me back to my childhood of playing with paper dolls. After digging down to the bottom of my patterned paper cut-offs drawer to find all those tiny pieces perfect for cutting her dress out of, I had a lot of fun dressing her up for her card debut.

I have a favourite, which one’s yours?

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Yellow blossoms for you

Susan Robinson
August 5, 2019

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Alexandra Renke has some beautiful flower designs in her die range and this is just one of them. They always cut out nicely too.

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Pink & Glamorous

Susan Robinson
March 3, 2019

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My husband went off fishing this morning, so had the place to myself and managed to get 2 cards done!

When posting cards in the past, I have always tried to state stamps or dies used (codes and company) and occasionally I still will but –

(1) many of the stamp images I use I have had for a long time and the companies are no longer in existence. Therefore it seems silly wasting time and going to the trouble to list such things when they are no longer available. If you’d like any further information though, I’m more than happy to answer any questions if you want to flick me off a quick email.

(2) I have run out of storage room for my dies and unmounted stamps, so once out of their packaging, they often get separated. I also often work on numerous projects at a time so things can get a little messy.

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Flowing Flowers

Susan Robinson
February 27, 2019

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Some stamp designs, while beautiful, are not very flexible in their usage. This is one such stamp. Options:

  • apply different colours
  • chop up the design into squares or mosaic pieces, then reassemble
  • stamp out only a portion of the design
  • highlight a section of the design
  • add other elements to the design
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