Friday, December 31, 2010

Party Hardy!

Happy New Year's Eve everyone! For this fun Friday, I made a new card for the Gingersnap Creations Creative Connection - Party Hats! You can see more information on the GC blog.

Why not play along? My daughter, who graciously agreed to by my guest designer, has played already! See her Party Hat Creation below!

Artwork by the Tween Rogue

To participate, post a creation to your blog mentioning this post and the Creative Connection post on Gingersnap Creations. Let’s all craft it forward and see how far we can get this connection to go!”

Before you run off to your fabulous New Year's Eve plans, don't forget to put your name in for my Blogoversary candy! It closes January 23, 2011!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ginspiration Abounds

I had a lot of fun preparing this card for the Once in a Blue Moon Challenge on Gingersnap Creations. Today's Blue Moon has not one challenge but five challenge options, all suggested by the fabulous Ginger team!

My challenge was to dare the Gingersnappers out there to use labels creatively! Here's one of my cards using some labels and distress ink!

Imagining Daydreams
Stamps: Almanac background, Day Dream and Imagination from the Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs); Love Fairy (Alpha Stamps)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Antique Linen, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress Ink); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: sheet of standard adhesive labels
Embellishment: mustard ribbon
Tools: ribbon punch (Stampin Up)

To get more information on how I went about creating this card and to see another card using distressed labels as a background, check out the Rogue Redhead Designs blog.

To see what the other challenges dreamed up by the awesome Gingers, check out Gingersnap Creation's Once in a Blue Moon Challenge.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Playing Round Today

After a few days off, I decided to get in on some new challenges. For this one, the color scheme came from the current Play Date Cafe Challenge.

So, with color scheme in hand, I went looking for some more inspiration and found it in the Card Patterns Sketch.

Here's what happened when I put the two together!

Booking It
Stamp: school girl from Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Creamy Swirls (Creative Imaginations); Mix Floral from the Heidi Grace Design line (Fiskars); weathered blue scrap from my basket
Cardstock: Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments: gold trimmed ribbon; 1 ribbon buckle
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)
Technique: paper piecing

Hope you got some time to play today!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Hope everyone has a wonderful and joyous holiday season!

I wanted to share some silly music to celebrate the day.

And just because some of us will be home with our darling children this week, here's just one more:

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Santa Season: Day 25 a little early

Merry Christmas to all!

Here's my last Santa card for the season - a little early as I will be celebrating with my amazing family tomorrow. I have had the image of the little girl for absolutely ages and never quite knew what I was going to do with it. Surrounding the little tyke with images of Santa seemed a good start.

I wanted to enter the One Layer Wonder Challenge at Inkurable Stampers this month so I decided to do a variation on a Technique Junkies technique called Block Collage. My twist was to not use a square mask and to color the central image. Usually this technique is done with a monochromatic palette.

I Believe in Santa Claus
Stamps: little girl (Inka Stamps - now available from Scrolls Work); postage Santa and framed vintage Santa (Stamp Francisco); hooded Santa (Queen's Dresser Drawers); Santa with fur hat (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); Cranberry Crisp (Stampin Up); Fired Brick (Ranger Distress Ink)
Copics: B00, B02, R24, R27, R29, E00, E02, E11, E15, G14, G19, YR23, YR24
Technique: Block Collage (Technique Junkies)

I hope that Santa puts lots of lovely stamps and inky goodness under your tree this year!

Santa Season: Day 24

Santa is pretty busy today so I thought this Vintage Santa from Artistic Outpost was pretty apropos considering the lovely Robert Frost quote.

I stamped the image with Midnight StazOn and then I used a variety of Stampin Up dye inks to watercolor the image, adding just touches of color to maintain the vintage feel.

Miles to Go
Stamp: vintage Santa (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: scrap from my basket
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Midnight Blue (StazOn); variety of dye inks (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: 4 antique copper brads

Here's hoping you have all your travels done today and can stay indoors and cozy!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Blogoversary and Some Candy

I can't believe I have been blogging for 3 years! Wow! What wonderful people I have met and what wonderful art I have seen along the way!

To celebrate, I'll be giving away a Relish Reading unmounted stamp plate from Rogue Redhead Designs to one lucky winner.

For a chance to win this blog candy, just comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this stamp set. One winner will be chosen at random on January 24th, 2011 from the qualifying comments on January 24, 2011.

The opportunity to win the blog candy will end on January 23, 2011 at midnight EST.

To see some lovely samples using this plate, please visit the Rogues Gallery on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog.

Have a great day and good luck!

Santa Season: Day 23

Today, I am taking it easy and trying to put away all my stamps. While stacking up my Stampin Up boxes, I found my Sassy and Seasonal set.

I had fun working with blues yesterday so I decided to continue with another blue card.

Mrs. Claus Brings Home the Tree
Stamps: sassy Santa and tree (Stampin Up)
Paper: from my scrap basket
Cardstock: Night of Navy and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B01, B12, B14, B16, B18, E02, E39, Y02, YR00

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Santa Season: Day 22 & My 600th post

Tomorrow is my 3rd blogoversary and today's post is my 600th! Thanks to everyone who has supported me and shared their art with me over the last 3 years of my stamping pursuits! It has been a true pleasure learning, laughing and crafting with all of you!

I started with a Santa card all those days ago...guess I don't really change that much. At least my photography has gotten a little better :)

It's getting awfully close to the "big day" so I am going Clean and Mostly Simple for this Santa card.

I created a blue background using Splitcoast's Stamped Acrylic Block Background technique and then overstamped my postage Santa and cut them out. I then stamped a grouping of the Santa postage stamp onto a piece of simple designer paper. After that, it was a simple matter of matching up my cut out pieces with my arrangement and affixing. I think it came out quite nicely!

Postage Stamp Santa
Stamps: postage Santa and sentiment (Stamp Francisco)
Paper: scrap from my basket
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy and Basic Black (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock
Ink: Paris Dusk and Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Technique: Stamped Acrylic Block Background (Splitcoast Stampers)

Extending you lots of warm wishes today!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Santa Season: Day 21

I was poking around in my "Stuff I Should Finish" pile and I found some old Reinker Splash backgrounds that I hadn't assigned to a project yet. They have been there about a year! Yikes!

I've been loving all the inchie and grid cards I've been seeing around the blogosphere so I thought I would try my hand at a couple.

For the first one, I wanted to take another crack at the CRAFT Black and White with a Splash of Color as I wasn't 100% on my first attempt.

I chose the more monochromatic of my backgrounds - shades of orange. Onto this base, I stamped my ATC-sized Santas from the Tim Holtz collection. I used my 1.25" punch to isolate portions of the stamped image that I wanted. I also punched out and then squares of designer paper and created a grid on black cardstock. I used some more scraps from my basket and added a strip of orange designer paper to the bottom of the white card base.

Ho Ho Ho
Stamps: Santas from ATC-size collection Tim Holtz line (Stampers Anonymous); Ho Ho Ho (unknown)
Paper: scraps from my basket
Cardstock: Whisper White and Basic Black (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); various Stampin Up reinkers
Technique: Reinker Splash (Technique Junkies)

That one done, I thought I would try another!

I used a similar process to create the card below. I really liked the effect of the blues and browns.

Keep Christmas
Stamps: Santas from ATC-size collection Tim Holtz line (Stampers Anonymous); sentiment (Stampington)
Paper: scraps from my basket
Cardstock: Whisper White and Night of Navy (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); various Stampin Up reinkers
Embellishment: 1/4" navy ribbon; 2 powder blue ribbon flowers
Technique: Reinker Splash (Technique Junkies)

The holiday is inching closer! I can feel it!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Santa Season: Day 20

I have been playing with my chalks today! I loved the new sketch from CardPatterns #95 and I also thought this card fit the Christmas Challenge on Stamping for the Weekend.

Chalked Santa
Stamp: vintage Santa (Hearts in Touch); Weathered background (Stampin Up)
Paper: scrap from my basket
Cardstock: Cranberry Crisp and So Saffron (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Versamark
Chalks: various from Pearlescent Jewel Tones (Pebbles Inc.)
Embellishments: poinsettia (Prima); copper brad; 1" grosgrain green ribbon

Wishing you a day of wonder!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Santa Season: Day 19

Today, I was inspired in my Santa cards by the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #81 - Black, White and a Splash of Color. Being the holiday season and Santa, I decided to splash with some vintage red.

Believe in the Magic
Stamps: Santa and Child from Saturday Evening Post collection (Cornish Heritage Stamps); believe sentiment (Outlines)
Paper: scrap from my basket
Cardstock: Basic Black and Whisper White (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Vintage Velvet, Fired Brick and Tea Dye (Ranger Distress Inks); Jet Black (Ranger Archival Ink)
Tools: scallop and oval punch (Marvy)

Wishing you a day where the belief in the magical in life gives you joy!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Santa Season: Day 18

Today, I decided to give you a different part of Santa's family, the little known Ms. Claus.

She is sassy and has a load of attitude, but hopefully the same generous spirit as the rest of her clan.

Stamp credits: young lady (Rogue Redhead Designs); sentiment (Impression Obsession)

For more details on this card, drop by the Rogue Redhead Designs blog. You can also see many other great examples using this young woman in our Rogues Gallery, both in Rogue Crew and customer art.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Santa Season: Day 16 and Day 17

Little did I know but Santa Season seems to coincide with flu season...ah well! On the upside, there are two Santas today!

After all my somber vintage Santas, I thought I would be a bit irreverent. Here's my lavender and lime Santa:

Lavender and Lime Santa
Stamp: Santa digistamp (Pink Cat Studios)
Paper: green stripe from the Bambino Collection (DaisyD's..boy I miss their papers)
Cardstock: Green Galore, Lovely Lilac and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); variety of copic markers
Tools: Oval cutter (Creative Memories)

I also love this fab Santa from Starving Artistamps! I used a combination of marker watercoloring and wisped frames for this simple card.

Happy Santa
Santa and sentiment (Starving Artistamps)
Cardstock: Really Rust and Real Red (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Markers: Real Red, Really Rust, Blush Blossom and Summer Sun (Stampin Up)
Tools: sponge and post-its
Techniques: Marker Watercoloring and Wisped Frames (Technique Junkies)

Hope you had a fabulous and fun Friday!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Santa Season: Day 15

To go along with the Gingersnap Creations Polar Animals challenge, I decided to make my Santa penguin-style - black and white!

I love the look of black and white holiday cards and usually I put a splash of red in but this scene was so serene that I went with more white with a little ribbon flower.

Sitting with Santa
Stamp: Santa and child from Season of Giving (Oxford Impressions)
Paper: Black Tie Optional (Imaginisce)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Embellishment: white ribbon flower

Have a tuxedo kind of day!

GC83: Polar Animals

Gotta love all those fun and furry polar animals! They are the subject of the the current Random Redhead Challenge on Gingersnap Creations!

It was a hard decision about which polar animal to choose. I settled on the majestic polar bear. I love this little stamp and often use it with paper piecing. I colored the scarves with copic markers.

Polar Parade
Stamp: polar bear (A Muse)
Paper: "Bloom" Daisy Chain from the Bloom & Grow Collection (My Mind's Eye)
Cardstock: Glorious Green and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: G16 and G17
Technique: paper piecing

Go polar and check out the phenomenally cool work of The Gingers!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Santa Season: Day 14

Today's Santa is one of the first ones I acquired and one that I still treasure.

I decided to use this pretty aqua color for a little different look. I was inspired by a fabulous poinsettia by Evelyn on her blog, Beyond Just Black and White.

Sweet St. Nick
Stamp: vintage Santa (Stamp Francisco)
Paper: scraps from my basket
Cardstock: Night of Navy (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Broken China and Tumbled Glass (Ranger Distress Ink); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: heart punch
Technique: Stamped Acrylic Block Background (Splitcoast Stampers

Tired of red and green? Try out some other colors and see how beautifully a holiday card can come out!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Santa Season: Day 13

I am finishing off my cards with the Stamped Acrylic Block Background from Splitcoast Stampers. Today's is my second last card using this technique.

I love these ATC-sized minis from the Tim Holtz collection. They are wonderful and detailed but still allow lots of space on a regular sized card to play with paper.

Blue Christmas
Stamp: Santa from Tim Holtz (Stampers Anonymous)
Paper: various scraps from my basket
Cardstock: Night of Navy (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Mulled Lavendar and Chipped Sapphire (Ranger Distress Ink); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Technique: Stamped Acrylic Block Background (Splitcoast Stampers)

Shoo away the blues today with some stamping fun!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Santa Season: Day 12

On the 12th day of Santa, Sharon cleaned her room! Unbelievable, yes! I had a floor, a desk and actually some stamps in there. Who knew?

First, the card I made in my lovely clean room. I used one of Tim Holtz Santas and used a Technique Junkie technique called Vintage Photo Stamping. I used that technique on top of a background I had already completed using the Splitcoast Stampers Stamped Acrylic Block Background.

Touch of Pink Santa
Stamp: Post Card Santa from Tim Holtz collection (Stampers Anonymous)
Paper: scrap from my basket (Sandy Lion); hand-made paper with paper eyelets
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick (Ranger Distress Ink); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Techniques: Stamped Acrylic Block Background (Splitcoast); Vintage Photo Stamping (Technique Junkies)

Here's the shocker! My clean desk! Check it out - almost nothing on it.

The long shot to show that I cleaned more than a 2 x 3 foot square on my desk.

My unmounted stamp binders all put away - not all up-to-date - but put away.

Hope you had a wonderfully productive day! I know Santa's been busy too!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Santa Season: Day 11

I have been messing around quite a bit with the Stamped Acrylic Block Background that I saw on Splitcoast Stampers. I really liked the mottled look that it created when I stamped a Tim Holtz Santa on top of it. I liked the effect so much I created two more along the same lines.

I love the vintage look of these stamps! There's something about vintage Christmas that just makes me smile.

Here's today's try:

Santa Memories
Stamp: Santa mini from Tim Holtz line (Stampers Anonymous)
Paper: Anniversary Sentiments (Karen Foster Designs)
Cardstock: Always Artichoke (Stampin Up); white glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Bundled Sage and Forest Moss (Ranger Distress Inks); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments: 2 circular decorative paper clips
Technique: Stamped Acrylic Block Background (Splitcoast Stampers)

Wishing you a day of happy nostalgia!

Rogue Redhead is Going More Places!

Rogue Redhead Designs is now shipping to Canada and the United Kingdom! To celebrate I made a couple of quick makes with the Relish Reading plate.

Tea in Hampstead ATC
Stamp: boy from Relish Reading (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Life's Journey (K & Company)
Cardstock: Old Olive and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E00, E02, E07, E11, Y21, YG91, YG95, YG97
Embellishments: 4 antique copper brads

Missing You in Canada
Stamps: girl and sentiment from Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Canadian Flag (Rusty Pickle)
Cardstock: Cranberry Crisp and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: C1, E00, E02, E07, E11, E51, R35, R37, R39, RV11, RV13, Y21. Y23
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)
Technique: Out of the Box (Technique Junkies)

Don't forget to check out the wonderful samples from the Rogue Crew and our Rogues at Large at the Rogue Redhead Designs blog!

Wishing you a weekend where you can go off to many wonderful places!

Santa Season: Day 10

Feeling in the pink today! I used some more of the background I made with the Splitcoast Stamped Acrylic Block Background for this vintage Santa and then, inspired by the White Glitter Challenge on the GC blog, I added some Stickles for dimension and some white glitter for fun. Obviously, I am now covered in glitter but it was worth it :)

Sweet Santa
Stamps: vintage Santa from Snowy Woods plate (Artistic Outpost); sentiment (Hero Arts)
Paper: Sari from the Perhaps collection (BasicGrey)
Cardstock: Rose Red and Basic Black (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock
Ink: Victorian Velvet and Fired Brick (Ranger Distress Ink); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories)
Embellishment: ribbon flower; white Stickles; white glitter

Have a sweet Saturday! Stay tuned for Santa #11.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Santa Season: Day 9

I just got this brand-new stamp from Stamping Bella so I had to try her out! I haven't made a candle in a while so I thought I would try making one.

Jinglebella Light
Stamp: Jinglebella (Stamping Bella)
Paper: tissue paper
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: E02, E11, E15, R35, R37, G14, G16, Y19
Embellishments: Christmas candy ribbon (Michaels)

Hoping your holiday is filled with happiness and light!

Santa Season: Day 8 (a little late)

I had all the good intentions in the world yesterday of posting my next Santa...but I fell asleep on the couch. Yup, no better excuse than that. Boy, the holidays are tiring!

For this card, I stamped Santa on vellum and then colored the backside with copic markers to give it a softer look. Then, I made a peek-a-boo window in my designer paper and set the vellum behind and up against my plain white background. A couple of bows and a teeny tag later and I was finished.

Smiling Santa
Stamps: Santa (Stubby Stampers); sentiment (not sure - not marked)
Paper: scrap from my basket; vellum with tiny hearts (Staples - yup, go check it out)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Real Red (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: B00, B32, B34, E02, E11, G14, G16, R35, R37, Y19
Tools: tag punches (Stampin Up); 2 red bows
Embellishments: stocking brad

Wishing you lots of smiles today!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Santa Season: Day 7

Time for a quick and easy card! This time I let the paper shine. Isn't this retro paper from Flair Designs cool?

This card was beyond quick and easy!

Ho Ho Ho
Stamps: sentiment (Rubber Stampede? - stamp not marked)
Paper: Here Comes Santa Claus (Flair Designs)
Cardstock: Real Red and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Real Red (Stampin Up)
Tools: oval and scallop punches (Marvy)

Hope you had time to laugh a little today!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Santa Season: Day 6

In keeping with the vintage feel of the Santa I used yesterday, I decided to dig out my Snowy Woods plate from Artistic Outpost for more of the same today. It seemed a good choice for St. Nicholas Day - to find out more check out the St. Nicholas Day post on Gingersnap Creations.

I have been dying to try out a really easy but effective technique I saw on Splitcoast Stampers last month called Stamped Acrylic Block Background. As per their instructions, I used some Distress Ink to create an interesting backdrop for my vintage Santa. I loved the mottled look it achieved.

For the color scheme, I went to Our Creative Corner for inspiration where they had a very interesting mix of Regal Rose, Rose Red, Tempting Turquoise and Kraft for their Alternate Christmas Color Challenge.

Rosy Santa
Stamp: vintage Santa from Snow Woods plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise and River Rock (Stampin Up); glossy white cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Victorian Velvet and Fired Brick (Ranger Distress Ink); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishment: Scarlet Jewel ribbon (Papertrey)

Wishing you a rosy day!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Santa Season: Day 5

For today's card, I tried out a vintage Santa image from The Queen's Dresser Drawers! I love this one as it says "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" in beautiful lettering embedded in the image. Of course, with the effect I used with it, only half the sentiment showed up but it seems to still work!

Play Date Cafe is doing "PDCC58: Rich Red and Fresh White" this week and I wanted to get in on the fun.

I was mulling over the color scheme and I thought what's whiter than bleach? So, I used a reverse bleaching technique that I had played around with a couple of years ago. I didn't consult any blogs when I came up with it but that by no means that someone else didn't think of it too. So far, I haven't seen any other techniques like it. To see how I did it, visit my tutorial on Gingersnap Creations. It's really easy!

Virginia & Santa
Stamps: main image (Queen's Dresser Drawers); snowflake (Stampington)
Cardstock: Whisper White and Real Red (Stampin Up)
Ink: Versamark; Real Red (Stampin Up)
Tools: iron; heat tool
Other: bleach; cotton swab

Here's wishing you find something magical to believe in this week!
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