Beach Parade

Susan Robinson
November 23, 2020

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Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s off to the beach we go!! With today’s top forcast at 35 degrees, an early swim is definitely on the cards, then it’s home to stay cool.

I made a 2nd version of this card (below), which I kept very plain. The wording I just made up and did on my computer as I couldn’t find a suitable one in my considerable ‘stash’. I added some tiny real starfish to it.

stamp: ‘Kid parade on Beach’ 4803 by 100 Proof Press

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Every Breath

Susan Robinson
November 19, 2020

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Thinking of all the people around the world today still effected by Covid, either directly or indirectly. It has been a huge wake-up call for many of us, not to take things for granted – even breathing. Here in Western Australia we have been very blessed so far.

stamps: ‘Every Breath’ set PH-947A from Unity Stamp Company

I stamped the girl onto a card I had previously coloured with Distress Stain sprays (Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord & Shaded Lilac). I think I should have stamped her onto the other side though where is was a little clearer, to have avoided the purple spots on her face and arms. I coloured her in with watercolour pencils, and sponged Distress inks (Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord & Chipped Sapphire) at bottom to create hills. The little houses are an Impression Obsession die (118-H). The wordings were white embossed. I used Opal Liquid Pearl for the dandelion, sprinkling glitter onto it while it was still wet.

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Take Wing

Susan Robinson
November 16, 2020

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This background was also created by squishing Distress Oxide pads directly onto a Teflon mat then spritzing with water. But then I swished my white card through in a circular motion, trying to create the effect of moving/ swinging. Below is another attempt.

stamps: ‘Girl Swing’ E13307 and ‘Take Wings’ D13038 both by Impression Obsession

inks: Distress Oxide pads – Peacock Feather, Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry & Squeezed Lemonade

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What if you Fly?…

Susan Robinson
November 13, 2020

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I just love this card, definitely one of my favourites! The background was created by squishing Distress Oxide pads directly onto a Teflon mat, spritzing lightly with water, then placing white card over to colour.

stamps: ‘Bike Ride’ E8723 and ‘What if you Fly?’ D13445 both by Impression Obsession

inks: Distress Oxide – Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade & Cracked Pistachio

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What if I fall?

Susan Robinson

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Another background salvaged from the scrap paper that I rolled my brayer on to clean, while playing with my gelli plate. I lay the stencil down on it too, as it still had a lot of paint on, and didn’t want to waste it down the plughole. Below is what it looked like before I cut off the section for this card. I liked the bit of pink on the left.

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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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Piglet & Pooh

Susan Robinson
August 19, 2020

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Lovely soft colours on this alcohol ink background, so made it into a card suitable for a young child. I simply cut the background into 4 uneven quarters, then matted them with a very narrow border using the same aqua card as for the main backing card. I didn’t attempt to colour in images, felt I could get away without doing so.

I have had these Winnie the Pooh stamps for many years. The 2 on the bottom are from All Night Media and they don’t stamp out that well any more. Top left is by Rubber Stampede and top right by Stamp-it.

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Cosmos Compilation

Susan Robinson
April 20, 2020

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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.

 

 

 

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Merry Mayhem!

Susan Robinson
December 12, 2018

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FINALLY, I have made a start on my Christmas cards, and because it is last minute (and my brain has already gone to mush) I have borrowed a design from Penny Black this year. I thought it seemed simple but there were still a few steps involved, especially when making multitudes.

dies: Manger 51-254 & Winter Garland 51-249 by Penny Black

stamps: Peace, Believe, Joy 3378D by Stamp-it

Cut out Mangers in white card.

Cut out same size circles in white card. Sponges 3/4 circle with Shabby Shutter Distress ink.

Glue Manger onto green circle (with darker shading at bottom). Sponge around edges with sepia ink.

   

Cut out Garland in white card, place on teflon mat and sponge using Distress dabbers. Dry.

Cut off holly leaves at top. Draw a line down center of each leaf with a brown pencil. Sponge edges of leaves with green or brown ink. Bend leaves up from middle to shape.

Turn over stamp and ink directly onto rubber with Distress Stains. Stamp out onto strips of white card. Because the inks are so liquid, your image may not be crisp, more like a watercolour effect. If you have any that are too messy, simply don’t use them. Stamping onto a separate piece of card means you don’t ruin your main card if your stamping doesn’t turn out. When happy with your results, cut wording down as much as possible, sponge around edges with sepia (or not) and glue at base of folded white backing card.

Glue garland behind manger bauble shape, ensuring you get plenty of leaves poking out, then glue both onto card front. Glue holly leaves behind star at top of bauble and place clear sticky backed star into center of it.

To be honest I think the wording is too large and distracting. It would have been better something smaller stamped directly onto the card base, but as it is Bazzill card which is textured, I didn’t want to risk messing it up.

One of the reasons I am behind schedule with my own projects – our house (and my craft room) has been over run with grandchildren for the last week! Shown are 10 year old twins Mischa and Joaquin working on their creations. Their 2 younger brothers escaped before I thought to grab the camera. I must confess I find it a little stressful having other people in my personal ‘space’. I really need to take a chill pill though – after all it’s only paper and ink right? 🤔 Last visit I let them all loose at once, but learned my lesson and this time brought them up one at a time with a glass of wine in hand (for me). I did spread the sessions out over a few days in order to ration out my alcohol consumption😊

   

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Keep Cool

Susan Robinson
November 6, 2018

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I love snowflakes, but with the heat waves we’re normally enduring during that period here in the southern hemisphere, they are hardly appropriate decor for our Christmas cards. But with a little imagination I have schemed some ways to incorporate them. Cool huh?! (pardon the pun).

   

I stamped out the wording in Coffee Archival ink onto kraft card, before running it through a snowflake embossing folder, then rubbed a white ink pad over the raised areas to highlight pattern.

I cut the sizzix 657838 Vintage Fan out in silver foilboard (cutting out paddles twice). The base and surround I coloured with brown alcohol inks then pushed a silver brad through fan paddles to secure them together onto kraft card. I added some extra snowflakes punched from white card and glued in position.

I sponged the edges with sepia ink, layering onto darker brown card which I deckle edged before attaching to white folded backing card.

The card below is one I made previously using a 12×12 glitter card as background:

Below are a few more Aussie themed Christmas cards I found in my box of projects to finish off. I used dark green Ultrafine Flowersoft on the grass trees (at right) to add texture.

   

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