Sunday, February 27, 2011

Heart Coaster Art Exchange

I just finished my submissions for the Heart Coaster Art Exchange on Gingersnap Creations. I had a lot of fun with them. I have never done coasters before (despite the stack I bought 2 years ago) but they are my favorite canvas size - 4" x 4".

The only stipulation besides using a coaster or beer mat as the base of your art is to include a heart. As you all know, I am not a really pink and bow type person so I did my own spin with the heart inspiration making it more about following one's heart than giving it away.

Here are two of my creations:

Follow Your Heart
Stamps: Inkadinkado and Studio G

Fly Free
Stamps: Invoke Arts and Catslife Press

To see my other coasters, check out the art exchange reminder on Gingersnap Creations.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

OWOH Mail Call and a New Card

I really enjoyed the One World One Heart event this year. For once, I actually got it together enough to make a piece and to visit a good portion of the participating blogs.

I was lucky enough to win two prizes from two excellent artists AND both prizes came on the exact same day! Whoohoo!

Here's the first piece, a stunning tatted necklace by Icela of Icela's Fish Bowl of Tatting. Isn't it gorgeous? It came with a beautifully made Thank You card! To see more of Icela's cards, you can check out her card-making blog, Greeting Cards by Icela.

A close-up:

The second fabulous prize was a pair of earrings created by Elaine Akers of Elaine's Creative Works. They are such a pretty shade of lilac! I love them!

A big thank you to both wonderful ladies! Your art is fabulous!

Although time on the weekend is rather rare in my house, I did get a chance to make a quick card!

Stamp credit: Snow Hugs plate, Rogue Redhead Designs

To find out more about how I made this card, you can visit the Rogue Redhead Designs blog!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

GC92: Jewel Colors plus Gold

It's Wednesday which means it's Ginger time! Gingersnap Creations has a new color challenge on for the finale of their Royalty month - Jewel Colors plus Gold.

I decided to pick just one jewel color - emerald - for my creation!

I've been dabbling with simple reinker backgrounds so I thought this would be a great use of the emerald green one that I made. To make up some, just drop some ink from one to three reinkers onto a craft sheet and "spread" with a plastic knife or stir stick. Then, drag some glossy white cardstock through the mess. While the color becomes fairly consistent, it does have some inconsistencies that are lovely for background panels.

I find these backgrounds work best with fairly complex images so I picked this fabulous very guy image from Paperbag Studios and stamped it with Jet Black StazOn on my uneven background.

Emerald Green Guys
Stamp: gentlemen collage (Paperbag Studios)
Paper: Glorious Green and Whisper White (Stampin Up); gold shiny paper from my scrap basket
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)

Why not stop by the challenge at Gingersnap Creations and check out how the other Gingers have interpreted the challenge? Have some fun and join in!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Mix Ins for My Mediums

Today, I got really messy. Not just a little, but really messy. Yeah, I know...I never get messy, but it was soooo worth it! I mixed some glitter and paint into my gel medium to create a little extra dimension and sparkle.

Here's the frame and canvas that I created.

To see how I made these two pieces, check out my tutorial on Gingersnap Creations!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

One World One Heart Door Prize Winner

It's been a great 3 weeks of journeying around the blogosphere all over the world and meeting so many great artists! It's so cool to see so many different types as well - collage, mixed media, papercrafts, doll making, jewelry making, photography and painting to name just a few.

I am happy to announce the winner of my door prize


Comment Number 122!

Here's what she said:

Paula, I'll be emailing you soon so you can send me your contact information!

Thanks so much to all my new friends and all my wonderful followers for all the great comments! A huge thanks to Lisa for creating such a wonderful event! We all know it took a lot of hard work and difficult organizing to put it all together and she deserves a huge WHOOHOO and round of applause! I look forward to her newest event - Our World Our Art - coming in 2012!

Skating Away

I was messing around with my reinkers and my craft mat and made up a few basic backgrounds. I love the way te color floats and changes on these backgrounds.

I made this card for my wonderful husband. He is definitely a star in my life!

Skating Away
Stamps: skaters, snowflake background and sentiment from Snow Hugs plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago); Almost Amethyst and Elegant Eggplant (Stampin Up)
Inks: Elegant Eggplant, Lovely Lilac, and Brilliant Blue (Stampin Up); Jet Black (StazOn)
Tools: mini star punch, craft mat

All the romance doesn't have to end just because Valentine's Day has come and gone! Why not put a little love note in your sweetie's lunch or under their pillow? This one is going to be delivered with breakfast tomorrow.

Monday, February 14, 2011

One Pink and Red Card for the Big Day!

I never get the right shade of pink Valentine paper to go with the cardstock I have on hand, so this year I decided to make the background paper.

I hauled out my Technique Junkies newsletters and had a peak and found exactly what I was looking for - the Depth of Field technique.

Depth of Love
Stamps: sentiment and interlocking heart (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Pink Passion and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Real Red, Pink Passion and Pixie Pink (Stampin Up)
Technique: Depth of Field (Technique Junkies)

Hope everyone has a splendid Valentine's Day!

Surprise Mail

Whoohoo! The mailbox had a wonderful surprise today - a great stamp from Willy Anderson!

Not only did Willy send me this fabulous stamp...

She also sent me this stunning card that she made!

Thanks a ton, Willy! I can't wait to play!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Looking for Two New Gingers!

It's time for another Design Team call at Gingersnap Creations! We're looking for two new artists to join our team.

For more information, check the Design Call post at the GC blog.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Skating Through Life Arm in Arm

I had a lot of fun coloring these two skating sweeties! I thought they would be perfect for a non-traditional Valentine card!

Skating Through Life
Stamps: skaters and sentiment from Snow Hugs plate(Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: scrap from the bottemless basket
Cardstock: Orchid Opulesence and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); various copics

Hope you are skating through life arm in arm with your sweetie this weekend! There's lots of love going on in the blogosphere so I am entering this card into the following challenges:

A Spoon Full of Sugar's Challenge 138 - Let's See Some Love

Cupcake Craft Challenge #128 - Seeing Red

The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge - In Love with Valentines

Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog Challenge #35 - Love is All Around

Creative Craft World's Love Card Challenge

The loving skaters image is from the just released Snow Hugs plate from Rogue Redhead Designs. To see other samples and to read about the new Snow Hugs plate at Rogue Redhead Designs, check out the RRD blog!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Rogue Valentines

With Valentine's Day around the corner, I decided to get busy with my new Rogue Redhead stamps and make a few romantic cards! Of course, I can't play by the rules so the standard pink and red just wasn't going to do!

I made this card for the Crazy Amigos Challenge - Valentine and Stamping for the Weekend's St. Valentine's Day Challenge! Isn't the background paper fantastic! I tried to mimic the lovely purples, soft pink as well as the hint of green in my coloring.

Sweet Snow Hugs
Stamps: couple and sentiment from the Snow Hugs plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Plum Blossoms (Deja Views)
Cardstock: Orchid Opulence and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); variety of copic markers

The second card I made for the The Pink Elephant Challenge #93 - Be My Valentine. I used one of my favorite Technique Junkies techniques - Marker Watercoloring. It gives such a lovely soft look!

Pastel Passion
Stamps: couple from the Snow Hugs plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: two-sided scraps from my basket
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); variety of Stampin Up markers
Technique: Marker watercoloring

To find out more about the new Snow Hugs plate and how to order, go to the Rogue Redhead Designs blog or visit the RRD Etsy store.

Challenging Heart

It's been awhile since I could put down the shovel and pick up my stamps, but I wanted to try a few challenges today!

CardPatterns has a wonderful design for their Sketch 101!

Here's my take:

Simple Love
Stamps: hearts and sentiment from Snow Hugs plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red and Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Ink: Real Red (Stampin Up); Jet Black (StazOn)
Embellishments: 1/4" red ribbon; red bow
Tools: corner rounder and mini heart punch

This card also goes along with the PaperTake Weekly's Have a Heart Challenge!

Everyone's getting into Valentine's Day! You'd think it was right around the corner...oh is! Aaaah! Better get busy with more Valentines!

Weather Got You Down? Warm Up with Snow Hugs!

Rogue Redhead Designs is pleased to announce its newest unmounted rubber stamp release - Snow Hugs!

This delightful plate is the first in RRD's "Beautifully Dunn" series, illustrated by New Hampshire artist, K. Dunn. Her free-flowing designs are wonderfully whimsical and perfect for a variety of techniques.

As with all our "full page" plate designs, Snow Hugs features great elements for card creation all in one plate - a fun background, focal images, design elements and sentiments.

Available now at the RRD Etsy shop!

So if your backyard still looks like this:

you probably have a few more weeks of winter left! Lots of time to stamp up some fun frosty cards for your snowbound friends or some sweet love notes for that special someone!

To see more samples, visit the Rogue Redhead Designs blog.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Snow Hugs Coming Soon

The Rogue that I am I just couldn't wait to give you a sneak peak of Rogue Redhead Designs' soon to be released Snow Hugs plate!

These fabulous free-flowing designs were created by New England artist K. Dunn! The Snow Hugs plate will be the first among our new "Beautifully Dunn" line. As Rogue Redhead grows, our stamps will include vintage, eclectic, and modern designs. There are no rules in art, right?

I hope you enjoy this quick look at a few images from the new plate!

Visit the Rogue Redhead Designs blog on Thursday to see the whole plate!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Everything You Imagined

I was playing around in my studio and decided, for once, to get messy. This card is the result. I created the background using three different shades of green stamped onto a craft sheet and then sloshed up with glossy cardstock. The background was overstamped with the Almanac background from RRD. I stamped this fab man into a puddle of blues and greens for a surreal look and then overstamped with this sentiment.

Stamp credits: man and sentiment (Paperbag Studios); background (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Are you getting messy today?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

GC89: Kings and Queens

To play this month's Chestnut Theme Challenge - Kings and Queens on Gingersnap Creations, I went into my ample stash and picked out this simple and beautiful Queen Isabella stamp from Alpha Stamps.

She's so pretty, I really wanted to focus on the image so I decided to do a soft warhol look.

Tiled Queen
Stamp: Queen Isabella (Alpha Stamps)
Paper: gingham scrap from my basket
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Almost Amethyst and Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Embellishments: 5 black brads
Technique: warhol (Technique Junkies)

Ready to make your own regal creation? Join in the challenge! There is some great inspiration from the Gingers and the GC guest artists!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Found My Marbles

After years of saying "I am going to try that shaving cream technique", I finally did. The Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group has a great new feature, Technique of the Month, and I am the lucky one to do this month's tutorial on creating marblized backgrounds. If you are a member of the group, you can get a pdf of my tutorial in the Files section.

Here are a couple of my creations. I like the way this particular background came out, that I wanted to keep the card really simple to show it off.

Stamp credit: Rogue Redhead Designs

For the next one, I wanted to see how a complex stamp with lots of detail would look on

Stamp credit: Lost Coast Designs

Stamp credits: Rogue Redhead Designs

I had lots of fun and made minimal mess (surprisingly) playing with this oldie but goodie technique.
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