Birthday Boots

Susan Robinson
July 14, 2021

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A special card for my son’s birthday. He has a pair of boots just like this that he wears all the time.

It’s a Paper Rose stamp called “Work Boots” 18330, that I used in conjunction with a Stamp-it birthday wording. I stamped the image onto a pre-coloured card, then fussy cut it out. I added a little extra colour with pencils to the soles and laces.

The wood panel stamp in the background was from a Stamp-it set. I stamped it in brown ink and poured clear embossing powder over it, then heat set. I then sponged Distress “Weathered Wood” ink over it, and Sepia ink around the edges, before adhering my layers.

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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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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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Geraldton Wax Gumnut Babies

Susan Robinson
January 30, 2021

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More from my gumnut baby series using Paper Rose’s ‘Bush Babies‘ set 17529, together with Stamp-it’s Geraldton Wax flower. The sleeping baby background was created with Distress Oxide ink pads (Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin & Worn Lipstick). The ‘Baby’ word is a die from Alexandra Renke. I applied Glossy Accents over the flowers.

The background for this card was created with Distress Stain sprays (Spun Sugar, Dried Marigold & Evergreen Bough). The wording is from Stamp-it. I used watercolour pencils to colour, then added tiny dots of pale pink Liquid Pearls to open flowers.

The Geraldton Wax flower used in the card below is from the “Bush Babies” set. I stamped it multiple times to create the background. The brown half circle is actually a thin piece of bark, which has this beautiful texture. The ‘love’ word is a die, cut out of gold foil board.

A big shout out to all the ladies from Harvey, who love May Gibbs gumnut babies! Look forward to seeing you all soon for card classes 🙂

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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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