Nature Fairy

Susan Robinson
September 21, 2021

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I have some little fairies in my garden! They are metal ones that dance around in one of the palm pots. I think they’re secretly looking after the garden at night, because sometimes in the morning, I notice that the hedges have been trimmed, or the weeds pulled up. (Or maybe it’s just my husband? He tends to get up earlier than me and potter about outside for a bit whilst I’m still snoozing. If I make any comments on the garden, he says, yes, the fairies have been busy again, haha).

When I first stamped out the fairy and realised she wasn’t dark enough (as you can still see a hazy image of the green fern through her), I was going to re-do, but then I thought – ‘Hey, fairies are supposed to be invisible aren’t they?’ So I reasoned it was okay to leave it as it was. Applying logic to support my laziness:) Anyway, it’s time all the fairies disappeared, as I move onto some flower cards.

stamps: fairy by Lavinia stamps; cricket by PSX; rest from ‘Nature Sketchbook 2’ set ICO375 by Graphic 45

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Pink Sky

Susan Robinson
September 20, 2021

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Just running out the last few fairy mushroom cards before moving onto new subjects – flowers, then cats. Only 1 more fairy left! I’m regretting stamping the wording out in purple, as it is a little too dominating, but was afraid a lighter colour wouldn’t stand out against the busy background.

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Pink Leaf

Susan Robinson
September 4, 2021

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This is my last card in this Leaf series. I will be moving on to mushrooms and fairies next.

After creating your background (as shown in pictures), stamp Leaf with clear pigment ink and emboss with Copper embossing powder. Colour with same Distress inks as used for background. Cut out leaf and Magic Mount onto plain cream card. Matt with dark brown and copper papers.

Gold emboss wording across bottom half of card. I shadowed the letters with a dark brown texter to make them stand out better. Assemble card layers, adding a slither of copper card to top left corner.

stamps: ‘Leaf Detail’ E1998 by Hero Arts; ‘Blips’ 40-382 by Penny Black; ‘All the Best’ wording by Stamp-it

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Big Zebra

Susan Robinson
January 2, 2021

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A question most women have asked themselves at some stage, especially after a little indulging over the festive break! Just don’t ask your partner – for no matter the answer, for one reason or another, it’s never reliable, haha. I hope you all enjoyed whatever time you managed to get off work and spend with loved ones.

Well to fit this ‘big bum’ on, I had to use a BIG card! This ‘Stripes’ PI061 Pink Ink Design stamp image is quite large.

As I have quite a number of finished cards lined up to show you, I may start bundling them onto the same posts in themes. Below is another zebra card.

One of the backgrounds created on my gelli plate. Zebra stamp is by Deep Red SKU 4X502013

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You can Dance

Susan Robinson
November 5, 2020

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I am in the ‘child’ zone at the moment. There will be a number of kids cards to follow. I used 3 dots of Liquid Pearls on her dress for buttons.

Distress Stain spray inks: Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Bundled Sage & Stormy Sky

stamps: ‘Running’ D13333 by Dina Kowal for Impression Obsession; ‘You can Sing’ 2715F by Penny Black

embossing folder: Tim Holtz, Texture Fades ‘Rays and Retro Circles’ set by Sizzix

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Ballerina Trio

Susan Robinson
October 19, 2020

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Inspired by my neighbour’s 2 year old daughter. I always see her dancing about out the front, ‘helping’ her Dad in the garden. No matter what clothes she’s wearing, she always got a tutu on over the top. She must have a different colour for every day of the week! Think I’ll save this card for her 3rd birthday.

stamp: Ballerina Trio 894G by All Night Media

The background was created with Distress Ink Sprays – Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany & Dusty Concord. The ‘Happy Birthday’ is from a sheet of gold stickers I bought from a $2 shop. After assembling the card, I decided the middle ballerina’s top and slippers needed darkening, to better match the purple tones in the background. Hard to see in the photo, but the ribbon has a lovely gold fleck through it. I wouldn’t normally use such strong colours for a young child’s card, but sometimes these things just seem to fall together, almost by accident.

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Pink Flamingo’s

Susan Robinson
October 12, 2020

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I have a number of gorgeous nieces, who I had in mind whilst creating these cards.

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Pink Tea

Susan Robinson
September 10, 2020

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So I made myself a cup of tea, and decided I should incorporate the teabag into my next card design. I have used them before and find them a great medium. They can appear fragile, but are quite strong, easy to stamp onto and obviously take liquids (watercolours/paints) well.

Still using the ‘Scrapcosy 16‘ stamp set from last post, except the little teapot for the tag, which is from a Graphic 45/Hampton Arts set.

The background was done with Distress Stain sprays ‘Victorian Velvet’ and ‘Dried Marigold’. I sponged Distress inks ‘Antique Linen’ and ‘Victorian Velvet’ over the cup. I coloured the leaves with watercolour pencils, then cut out (which was a bit of a pain), also stamping leaves onto the tea bag which had been emptied and dried.

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Blushing Hearts

Susan Robinson
July 28, 2020

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I am loving my alcohol inks at the moment and the beautiful effects you can achieve! This background was created by dripping various inks onto a Teflon matt together with some Isopropyl alcohol and swishing my Yupo card through. After waiting approx 1 min. until most of the ink is dry but you can still see wet areas where the ink has pooled – that is the time to place your foil sheet (colour side up) over it. I have used Gold for this sample. The foil should adhere to the sticky bits. Keep lifting and replacing your foil over your card until sure no more of the foil is going to stick. Sometimes you can get seams of foil (depending on how your inks have dried), but mostly I seem to get glints of foiling. Maybe it is determined by the foil sheets used? I have been using a brand called Fab Foils.

I chose a nice open die design so as not to cover up too much of the inky deliciousness, the gold hearts complimenting the gold foiling in the background.

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Cat Schedule

Susan Robinson
May 18, 2020

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Isn’t the old adage so true – “the less you do, the less you feel like doing”. Many people forced into isolation have put their time to good use and achieved a heap of things they never normally have time to do. I on the other hand, while always managing to find things to do, don’t feel I’ve actually achieved a great deal. I guess there’s always tomorrow…

stamp: Feline Set by Art Impressions

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