Sunday, January 24, 2016

Starkly Kitty

Today, I am thinking about my beloved cat, Pandora, who we lost two years ago. I miss her still. She was a gorgeous cat with a take-charge attitude that, although undeniable, was delivered with a good deal of grace and class on her part.  Cat's have that ability - to be both bossy and admirable at the same time.

This year, I am focusing on the very basic things.  All the things she did to make our little family that much better and fuller.  She showered us with love and affection, made us laugh quite regularly, showed definite concern when we were upset and licked our eyeballs if we got out of line.



Pandora was into the simple things so I decided to make a card that was also simple.   Her coloring was gorgeous - a silky deep gray with patches of pristine white - but I could never reproduce it.  Like her, it seemed to be constantly changing and fluid.  Instead, I used the carpet she is sitting on in the picture above for inspiration for the coloring of this pensive cat.



I found similarly colored scrapbook paper and accented it with a deep chocolate cardstock all mounted on bright white XPressIt.  I used a ripped edge with a fuller mat to give a sense of what is there and, today, what is not.



Hope everyone has a great Sunday and takes time to remember all the small souls in our life that make it that much better each day.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Help....my Kid Just Turned Sixteen

Okay, so I had 15 years and 364 days to prepare....but was it really enough time?  My sweetie just turned Sweet Sixteen and I could not be prouder!  She is a lovely young lady with a great sense of humor, lots of determination, a generous heart and a boatload of potential to change the world.  She has, of course, already changed mine.


I woke up on her 9th birthday sobbing to my confused husband that "it's already half over", knowing even then that my kid would be fully independent and on her own by the time she turned 18.  Imagine my surprise when I realized that she is actually going to graduate high school and be a college freshman at the tender age of 17! Yikes!  She can totally handle it and so can I...after some lovely Bourdeaux :)

This year, I decided to make an especially more mature card as her tastes are definitely out of kidland unless you count Harry Potter or select Disney entities.  I went with 3 blue inks (herself's favorite color) and just went nuts having some fun with masking and some fabulous (yet deep) stamps.  Gotta love a nicely masked image!



Here's to my kid who is adored!


Monday, December 14, 2015

My Twisted Christmas Movie List

Every year, my daughter rolls her eyes as I bring up my non-traditional movie favorites for Christmas time.

Of course, I always watch the old-time greats and recent classics.  Here's my short list for the must-sees:

1) Christmas Carol - both the Alastair Sim and the George C. Scott versions





2) Miracle on 34th Street - original



3) It's a Wonderful Life



4) The Bishop's Wife



5) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer



6) Frosty the Snowman



7) Charlie Brown Christmas



8) How the Grinch Stole Christmas



9) Christmas Vacation



10) A Christmas Story





But I also enjoy movies with non-traditional Christmas flair!  These are not family fare and will not put you in the mood, but they are fun in their own way.  Here is the list that makes my daughter cringe.

1) Die Hard - I usually only include the first and second installments on the francise






2) Lethal Weapon - again only the first two make my list.





3) Gremlins



4) Edward Scissorhands



5) Trapped in Paradise



6) The Ref



7) The Apartment



8) Lion in Winter



9) Three Days of the Condor



10) The Thin Man



Hope everyone is getting into the holiday spirit!  Have a great day!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Last Chance Sale over at Rogue Redhead Designs!

Well, it's been a ton of fun creating my very own stamps!  I met some amazing people and tried some great techniques and, hopefully, made a few nice cards.  Unfortunately, due to that pesky "real life" thing that interferes with my stamping on a regular basis, I do not have the time to properly devote to creating new designs or, to be honest, stamping much at all any more.  Thus, I made the hard decision earlier this year that Rogue Redhead would close its doors for the time being.  The last day over at the store will be November 30, 2015.

If you are interested in taking advantage of my final slashed prices, head on over to the Rogue Redhead Designs website for our final clearance before we close down!

Stamp: This N That (Rogue Redhead Designs)

The last round of price reductions has occurred!  This is as low as it goes.  After this, my family is getting Rogue Redhead plates for every present-worthy occasion!

Our doors will close on November 30, 2015.  We've already sold out of some of plates.  Sorry, Behind the Scenes, Snow Hugs and Carnival Dreams are all gone.  The rest of the stock is dwindling swiftly!

Here are some favorites of mine from each plate.


























Don't forget to check out our Yard Sale area which currently has some cabinet cards on sale. Coming soon - mystery boxes from Sharon's stash o' stuff.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Bearly Father's Day

Each year, I seem to turn to the fuzzy Father's Day ambassadors from the Getting Grizzly set.  They are so fun to color and what says Dad more than a cub?


For this card, I decided to go for layer upon layer.  I started with a vanilla base and added a panel of tan designer paper (which while you cannot see it in this photo has some lovely subtle pattern) matted with chocolate cardstock.  On top of this base, I added the copic-colored image which was double matted in caramel and chocolate cardstock.  I ripped the bottom edge on both the actual image and the caramel mat.  I haven't used this look in years and, seeing how it looks, I am not sure why I stopped.


Stamps: Sitting bear and bee from Getting Grizzly and Happy Father's Day from Bits and Pieces (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Creamy Caramel and Chocolate Chip (Stampin' up); White X-Press It; scrap of tan designer paper (Sandy Lion)
Copic Markers: B00, E33, E34, E35, E40, E41, E43, and YR23

Here's wishing all the Dad's in your life a fabulous and fun Father's Day!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Blue Ocean Awaits

I guess I was feeling a little blue today!


For this card, I started out by smooshing a piece of glossy cardstock through a mess of blue distress inks (Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass and Broken China).  I splashed some alcohol ink onto the surface of the card ( Denim and Stream Adirondack) and then followed with splashes of blending solution.  Now that I had a liquidy mess fit to emulate the sea, I finally stepped back and let it dry.  I then stamped my Netting background from my Rogue Redhead Deisgns Just Sayin' set over top of the whole thing with Faded Jeans distress ink.

I stamped the Beach Boy from my Beach Babes collection with Tuxedo Black Memento on white cardstock.  I used an aquapainter to paint some of the distress inks onto the image to give it some tone.

I added a quote also from the Beach Babes collection.   To keep the theme nautical, I matted the quote as a flag.

Stamps: Beach Boy from Beach Babes and Netting from Just Sayin' (Rogue Redhead Designs)


Wishing you day with sunny blue skies and deep azure seas!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Budding Wishes

Today, I have an extra simple card for you.  I like to make simple cards up so that I can connect with old friends after the frigid winter has started to thaw.



Beyond easy, this layout is easy and uses up a ton of paper without having to have more than one coordinating piece.  Stamp your cosmos bud or other floral image onto the middle of white or cream cardstock and line up your sentiment and then cut your front panel out with an oval cutter or die.  I always stamp first and cut after so that I can always have the sentiment end up straight (or mostly straight).

I used a coral base and used the same color to highlight my cosmos bud.  I accented with brown matting and brown brads.  Easy-peasy!


Stamps: cosmos bud from Floriculture and sentiment from Bits and Pieces (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White (Stampin Up); designer paper from Blush line (BasicGrey)

I will probably end up making up a ton of these to send out to friends all over.  Thankfully, Spring calms down just enough for me to get ready for the craziness of Summer!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Frosty Penguin Valentine

In case you haven't heard, we've been having a little snow here in New England.  Okay, little actually means several feet of the wintery white stuff.  Naturally, my thoughts have turned to polar bears and penguins with the arctic chill in the air.  Hence, a penguiny Valentine for this year!


They are sweet!  Of course, my pink insanity has passed and I am back to my usual non-pink and non-red Valentine's. This one is all sorts of blue - to signify that you can still have warmth of spirit in wintery climes.  Boy, is it cold!  Even my penguins have bundled up this year!


Stamps: Penguin Pair (Stampendous) and Je t'aime from Floriculture (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Night of Navy and Whisper White (Stampin' Up!) and a designer paper scrap (American Crafts) from by basket
Copic Markers: B00, B21, B23, B24, C1, C5, C7, YR02
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)

Hope your day is filled with lots of love and warmth!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Circling Around Mardi Gras

With Mardi Gras around the corner (Feb 17th), I decided to get Carnival Dreams back out so that I could play along with all the fun!



For this card, I decided to have fun with the colors of Mardi Gras - gold, purple and green. I colored each of the jester hats in these colors but with different patterns. I matched my hats with three circles of scrap designer paper in the same color combination.

Stamp: Jester Hat from Carnival Dreams (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Stamp: Jester hat from Carnival Dreams (Rogue Redhead Designs
Paper: Whisper White and Basic Black (Stampin' Up!) and various small scraps from my basket
Copic Markers: G20, G21, V12, V15, Y15, Y19, YG05,YG07, YG09
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

MarkerPOP Challenge: Anything Goes

613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes with Color Bingo

Stamping Sensations: Anything Goes

Hope you have fun getting into the spirit of this fun holiday!

If you want to see another of my Mardi Gras cards, check out my post on the RRD blog!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Kissing Cuties

I've finally broken down and made an actual pink Valentine!  Yup, I know.  Weird, right?  These two youthful sweethearts just made me cave to the popular color scheme of the holiday.  Of course, I did add some green just to keep it a little bit like me.



I wanted to really showcase these two so I kept the layout very simple!  I figured that using the Keep It Simple Stamper rule was perfect for a Kissing couple!


Stamp: couple from A Little Kiss (S.W.A.L.K. - available at Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Rose Red (Stampin' Up!), White Xpress It, various pink scraps from my scrap basket
Copic Markers: E00, E02, E11, E33, E34, E35, G20, G21, G24, RV13, YR29
Tools: Circle cutter

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Dream Valley - Valentine's Day

Eureka Stamps - All is Love

Love to Scrap - Love is in the Air

Hope you have a sweet and wonderful day on Saturday!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Another Birthday for the Roguette!

This year, I decided on an image to commemorate my daughter's newly acquired skating skills.  She started lessons in March of last year and, by November, she was on the school hockey team.  Pretty cool, huh?  Gotta love a kid with a mission!



For this card, I stamped and colored the pup first and then masked off the image with a repositionable note.  I stamped the snowflakes from A Winter's Tale all around the open white area with medium blue.  Next, I sponged some light blue over the snow flakes and then sponged the medium blue around the edges of the card and the mask.  Voila!  Snow storm!  For the final step, I created the ice that the pup is gliding upon with more copic coloring.

Stamps: Ice Dance (Penny Black) and snowflakes from
Beatrix Potter's A Winter's Tale (available at Rogue Redhead Designs)
I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Brown Sugar - Anything Goes

Card Mania Challenge - Add Some Red

Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes

Hope everyone is having fun in the snow!  Here in New England, I think we would rather have slightly less snow!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Vintage Santa with Vintage Coloring

I decided to do something a little different for this Santa card!


I stamped our Santa from Christmas Cheer in the middle of my panel, masked him and then stamped him again on either side of the central image.  I decided to color only the central figure in "full color" to really make him stand out, although ole Saint Nick doesn't really need help with that!

I decided to have some fun with shapes and cut my panel out as an off-set oval.  I followed that theme with a further oval matte in deep red.  To go with my more subtle copic coloring of the secondary Santas, I used a simple mustard colored print patterned paper.  Hope you like it!

Stamp: Santa from Christmas Cheer (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I hope everyone has a joyous holiday season no matter what or when you celebrate!  Happy Holidays to everyone from me and from Rogue Redhead Designs!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Snow Bunnies

Vintage and Christmas just seem to be a natural match.  I have a soft spot for the Beatrix Potter bunnies so I often turn to them at this time of year.


I got obsessed on Saturday with using the stencils I have acquired over the past few years.  I decided to add a random shape and pattern to my one-layer card and build a card around it.  The block below shows the pattern I chose.  I used a light green distress ink for the bas and then used darker green for the stenciled portions.


In the end, I ended up with lots of luscious olive and sage greens.  Gotta love green!

Stamps: Rabbits and 3 snowflakes from Beatrix Potter's A Winter's Tale and 
sentiment from Barkley - Festive Fun available from Rogue Redhead Designs

I am entering this card into the following fantastic challenges:

Pile It On - Vintage

Stamping Sensations - Simply Christmas

Love To Create - Make it for Christmas

If you like these bunnies, we are having a Snap Sale on the Beatrix Potter A Winter's Tale set at Rogue Redhead until November 30, 2014!  Go on over to the website and check it out! Quantities are limited!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

North Pole Greetings

With the arctic chill in the air, no wonder I started thinking about polar bears!

I had my stencils out the other day...causing havoc and mayhem and generally messiness as always.  I got thinking about one-layer cards and just went from there!


I took this sweet bear from RRD's Getting Grizzly and made him the center of my stenciled background.  I stamped him onto my card with Memento ink, colored him with copic markers (greys for him and blue for the snow) and then masked him and the sentiment with a bit of scrap I had cut using my oval cutter.

I laid my stencil over the card and started sponging with a light blue distress ink. I added smaller blotches of medium blue and finally little splotches of dark blue until I achieved the look I liked. Voila!  One-layer Christmas card!


Here's the whole thing!

Stamps: Cheery Bear from Getting Grizzly and sentiment 
from Christmas Cheer (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Christmas Cards All Year Round - No Patterned Paper

Emerald Faeries - Christmas Non-Traditional Colors

Naughty or Nice Challenges - Festive Furballs

Over at Rogue Redhead Designs, we have Getting Grizzly on sale as part of our Rogue's Choice November bundle.  It is paired with our useful plate of mix-and-match sentiments, Bits and Pieces.

The Merry Christmas sentiment comes from Rogue Redhead's Christmas Cheer plate which is on sale for $10.00US until the end of November.

To see more of my stenciled cards, head on over to the RRD blog.

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Little Christmas

So first off...sorry for the long pause between posts.  My camera died a sudden and unexpected death. I am working on resurrecting it or finding a new one.  It has taken me a bit to feel comfortable using my iPhone to show off my artwork...yup, now I know for sure...I am getting wicked old.  My daughter laughed at me and said, "Um, why didn't you do that three weeks ago?"  Yup....

So, I was messing around with my stencil collection yesterday and this is one of the cards that resulted.  I thought it was a fun treatment for a one-layer card which usually include more white space.  Obviously, I wanted a totally cute focal image so I grabbed the Precious Pair from Christmas Cheer and started working!

I stamped them first and then masked them off to create the blocked sections for the stencil patterns. In hindsight, I should have colored these lovely ladies BEFORE masking, but I was excited to be back and getting inky!


The stencils I used are mini-sized, about 4"x4". I got them at Michael's one day during a fab sale.  Most were only a dollar or two.  I love reuseable tools!  Once, I blocked off the squares, I spinged on a base layer of ink with my lightest ink and then used the stencil with a ink dauber and a darker hued ink.  I liked it!

Stamp: Precious Pair from Christmas Cheer (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Rogue Redhead Designs is sponsoring the latest Pile It on Challenge - Vintage! The idea is to combine the Vintage theme with at least one other challenge - but the more the merrier.   I am entering this card into the Pile It On challenge as well as the following fab challenges:

Christmas Cards All Year Round - No Patterned Paper

Rubber Dance Art Stamps - Classic Christmas

Crafty Hazel Christmas - Go Green

Hope you all have a ton of stamping fun today!

To see my other cards using stencils, hop on over to the RRD blog.
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