Reader of the Week: Susan (Rainy) Roberts


I’m pleased to introduce you to Susan Roberts of Rainy Day Creations.  Susan left me a comment and was randomly selected as my reader of the week.  Susan has lovely work on her blog, and a sampling of her work is seen above.

To learn more about Susan, read on

How long have you created cards? The first time I ever made anything crafty was when I got invited to a SU! party back in the Fall of 2005.  I made 4 cards and thought it was the most fun ever.  There was no turning back!  lol

Susan, how long ago did you receive the honour of becoming a Dirty Girl? I was on the Dirty Dozen Team from July-Dec 2007.

What did it take to become Copic certified?
I took a Certification Class given by Marianne Walker from Copics.  Her blog is  She has tons of great information there.

What colours of Copics do you recommend.  I don’t own any, but would like to start. I was so lucky to be designing for Ellen Hutson’s “the CLASSroom” as she let me use every single Copic marker that she carried in her store!  This gave me the opportunity to play with so many different colors.  I have just started buying my own and am beginning by choosing those colors which are my favorites.  For example, I love pinks and reds and have purchased over a dozen variations of those.  I’m not a violet fan and actually do not have any pure violet colors yet.  Also I am a real Stampin’ Up! paper person so I am also choosing some of my Copics to match the SU! colors.  Ellen has a chart to show these markers as she spent a lot of time determining which markers or combination of markers best match the SU! colors.  (She includes this chart for free to anyone who purchases Copics from her store.

It is best when buying Copics to buy them in groups of three according to their number.  This helps with blending.  For example if I want to get a few basic yellows (indicated by the letter “Y”) I would get three markers that have the same first number (color group) and then get progressively higher on the second number (natural blending group).  ie: Y11, Y15, Y19.  These will blend better for shading, etc. than say Y02, Y15, Y28.  A quick Google search gave this color chart

How do you juggle family and all your design team work? This is a challenge.  I have recently stepped down from design team work as it was taking so much of my time away from my family.  Guess I never really figured that one out!!  lol

How long do you spend in the studio each day? Actually in my studio I only average about an hour a day now.  But if you count blogging and SCSing, I still spend probably close to four additional hours a day “playing” at this hobby!

I noticed recently some stunning cards you did with the brayer. (Thank you.:)) Will we be seeing more brayer work?  I love using the brayer. Yes, I’ve recently bought several solid image stamps that I want to use with this technique.  (Now to juggle some time! ;))  Have you ever visited Michelle Zindorf’s blog? If you love brayering… she is the QUEEN!!

What tips can you offer for cardmakers who want to kick it up a notch? Oh gosh… good question.  I think when I started to add more layers and began to add dimension with pop dots, etc. I felt like my cards became more interesting.  The sketch challenge and inspiration challenge on SCS really helped me to try new layouts and stretch my imagination, too.  For awhile I was totally addicted to those two challenges!  lol

Outside of cardmaking, what would you like my readers to know about you? I can’t think of anything that would interest them!  lol  I’m just a mom and grandma.  They could always read my Dirty Dozen intro/profile on SCS if they were at all curious about me.

Thank you Susan for participating in my little interview.

For more eye candy, visit Susan at Rainy Day Creations, and tell her Beth sent you.

For your chance to be Reader of the Week, simply leave me a comment throughout the week.

Posted on : Jun 10 2009
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5 People have left comments on this post

Jun 10, 2009 - 09:06:32
Kim H said:

WOWZERS what a great interview! Just great info on Copics! Susan’s work is gorgeous! WOWZERS!

Jun 10, 2009 - 10:06:07
jeanette said:

Beth this was a really good interview. Thanks for starting this interesting feature on your blog.


Jun 10, 2009 - 01:06:56
Danni said:

I love when you do this feature! Wonderful!

Jun 10, 2009 - 09:06:30
margie said:

… breathless… I’m speechless! What a beautiful set! Her creations are outstanding!
Such inspiration…
TFS :*)

Jun 11, 2009 - 03:06:38
Yvonne said:

Wow, amazing work! Off to check it out:)

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