Thursday, March 24, 2011

Gingersnapper Spirit Blog Hop

In honor of the 3rd Annual Copper, Ginger or Rust Challenge over at Gingersnap Creations, they have asked the members of their Yahoo Group to be part of a blog hop today. To check out the other participants, go to Gingersnap Creations.

Last year, I went all girly with this challenge (if the goddess Aphrodite can be considered girly) and as you can see from the thumbnail above this year was going in the same direction.

I did want to make at least one submission with a more masculine feel. I've been dying to use this fab compass paper that's been lying in my "I'm going to use that soon drawer" forever. I just couldn't find the right project until I thought "journal".

I didn't need to add much to the basic composition book once I had this fun paper - just some burlap-look paper and a sentiment from Chapel Road.

The whole journal:

I love that it was simple yet still had a lot going on. Of course, I couldn't stop at just the journal, so I kept on crafting.

I was feeling really old today, so to perk myself up I embraced the feeling and went vintage. I decided to create a couple more pieces using my Relish Reading stamps and some yummy paper from Heidi Grace Designs. I coupled these great starting blocks with a vintage feel technique from Technique Junkies called Sepia.

Now, you've seen my humble submissions, you should go check out all the amazing art from the Gingersnapper community.

I cannot believe it's been over 2 years since Ali and I founded the GC blog and started off on this journey of stress-free art, challenging fun and fabulous community. I am so blessed to have made so many great friends through both the Gingers team and the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group. Thanks tons everyone for a great 2 years of gingery goodness!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Setting Up with Relish Reading

This month, I've been playing with paper. Today, I took a simple design idea and, using a paper pad collection, I created a set of note cards. Once I started, it was easy to keep going, adapting the design slightly with each card.

Here's my first card:

Stamp: school girl from Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Pyrus Paper Pad (BasicGrey)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (Memento); various copic markers
Embellishments: prima flowers; 1 deep blue brad

To see the rest of the card set, check out my post on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Snip off the Ole Redhead

My wonderful and amazing 11-year-old daughter is also a stamper and she was busy yesterday making a beautiful set of note cards. She had a lot of fun mixing and matching paper and coloring with copics.

Here's a peak at her cards:

If you want to see some close-ups and get more information, please check out her post on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog where she is our Junior Designer known as the "Roguette".

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Passion for Paper

I am once again diving into my stash of fabulous papers, determined to use the pieces I've been hoarding. I've had a piece of Chicky Check from sei that I adore because it looks so fun but haven't been able to figure out what image would go with it. Instead of focusing on the pattern, I decided to focus on the colors - a warm tan and a couple perky pinks. Then it struck me - the pattern was busy so I had to go simple and go with faces to use that tan color!

I stamped the cuddling couple from my Snow Hugs plate with a deep rose ink and then heat set it. I then carefully colored the face with copic markers. I added some color to the hats and the woman's scarf also using copics, trying to accent the image without overpowering it. To finish up, I used an oval punch to isolate the faces of these two love birds and then matted with a coordinating color. It needed a little something so I created a color coordinated mini-tag to add the sentiment.

Warm Hugs
Stamps: couple and sentiment from Snow Hugs plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Chicky-Check from the Chick-a-dee line (sei)
Cardstock: Rose Red and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rose Red (Stampin Up)
Copics: E00, E02, RV32, and RV34
Embellishment: heart brad
Tools: tag punches

That's what I did, now it's your turn! Start using that awesome paper you have on hand by keeping it simple and drawing inspiration from the paper itself!

Getting Random with Typewriters

What luck! I still have my fab typewriter stamp on my desk and now Gingersnap Creations has made Typewriters the new Random Redhead Challenge!

I have made a bunch of this style of markered cards with lots of white space and repeated pattern. I really like making off I went again! I can also enter this card into the Less is More Challenge as they are doing "One-Layer Off the Edge" this week and this would definitely qualify.

Embrace Your Giggle
Stamps: typewrtiter (OnyxXpressions); embrace your giggle from word set (Impression Obsession); Large type (River City Rubber Works)
Paper: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: YR04, YR07, YR09 and YR14

Type in Gingersnap Creations into your browser and check out the fabulous samples submitted by the amazing Gingers!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Virtual Birthday Greetings

I am not sure what is more amazing - that 3 of my stamping cyber pals have the same birthday or that they have the same birthday as ME! How cool is that?

So here's some virtual greetings to some fabulous artists and all-round wonderful ladies!

Happy Birthday to Shelly! I know she loves her layers so here's my card to her!

Dragonfly Dreams
Stamp: Dragonfly Dreams (Stamp Francisco)
Cardstock: Cameo Coral, Bashful Blue, Really Rust and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); various copic markers
Technique: Level Up (Technique Junkies)

You can see the "Level Up" bits here:

Next, Birthday Greetings to Lisa! I know Lisa has a fondness for Warhol cards so here's my card for her!

Happy Flowers
Stamps: flower from Polka Dots and Paisley set and sentiment from Warmest Regards set (Stampin Up)
Paper: coordinating blue set not sure the name (American Crafts)
Cardstock: Bordering Blue (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)

My final card is to my special GF, Gerrie! Hers had to be bright and a little irreverent...just cuz.

It's the Life
Stamps: Can Can Trio (Putting on the Ritz); It's the Life (Penny Black)
Paper: Kitty's Place (sei); Rally Dot from Shabby Princess line (BoBunny)
Cardstock: Whisper White and Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); various copics

Here's a little close-up of these fun dancers:

Have a fantastic birthday ladies!

By the way, I no longer have your snail mail addresses on hand, so if you want your card mailed, drop me a line and I'll pop it in the post.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Late to the Party as Always

Okay, I meant to post this last week, but I was busy having my pancake dinner and throwing Mardi Gras beads to the passing wildlife off my deck! The rest of the week is a blur....must have been that wicked and wild maple syrup!

Here's my Mardi Gras card for 2011! I used the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group Technique of the Month, multi-color embossing. For this card, I started out with some purple and then added a previously created mixture of red, green and gold.

Venetian Mardi Gras
Stamp: collaged woman (Curious by Design)
Paper: Night to Remember (Creative Imaginations)
Cardstock: Whisper White and Elegant Eggplant (Stampin Up)
Ink: Versamark
Embellishments: 4 deep rose ribbon flowers
Other: Gold and Red embossing powder (Ranger); purple embossing powder (Stampendous); green embossing powder (Judikins)
Tools: embossing buddy (Stampin Up); heat tool; oval cutter (Creative Memories)

So where did I get the mix of red, green and gold? From making the card below with it's multicolored stripes of embossing.

Festive Flowers
Stamp: flowers (Above the Mark)
Paper: scrap from the basket
Cardstock: Barely Banana and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Other: Gold and Red embossing powder (Ranger); green embossing powder (Judikins)
Tools: embossing buddy (Stampin Up); heat tool

Here's a side view:

Hope you are having a fabulously colorful day! Don't forget to check out the Mardi Gras fun at Gingersnap Creations!

Working with a CAS Challenge

I love clean designs without a ton of elements so I have been trying out some new-to-me challenges. Today's make is for Clean and Simple Stampings' 131st Challenge. I have been working with the Get to Work theme over at Gingersnap Creations since the beginning of the month so I had this cool typewriter stamp still out from my World of Work Collage. So I got to work with that...stamping this image onto some brown designer paper.

Here's the Clean & Simple sketch:

Typewriters always remind me that I have lots of friends to write to and lots of snail mail to catch up on, so I made that the idea behind this design. I loved this pretty rich but subtle paper so I used that for the main backdrop.

Dear Friend
Stamps: typewriter (OnyxXpressions); dear (Stampington); friend (Impression Obsession)
Cardstock: More Mustard and Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Paper: Together Scroll (Adorn It Carolee Creations)

Hope you get a chance to write to some of your favorite friends today! I'm definitely going to get busy.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Off the Edge with Less is More

The Less is More "Off the Edge" Challenge seemed like a great way to showcase one of my favorite (and one of my first) stamp acquisitions.

The lovely lady is part of a Stamp Francisco set that caught my eye way back when and that still brings a smile to my face when I am browsing through my stamps. Just love the look!

Renaissance Woman
Stamps: woman and sentiment (Stamp Francisco)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Vintage Photo, Dried Marigold, Antique Linen (Ranger Distress Ink)

Well, lots to do and off to do it! Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Maroon Makes

I am always hoarding paper. I know...bad habit. Anyway..... I decided to pick one piece that I really loved and make it into a set of note cards. I also needed some images that would work well together but need little in the way of adornment. I headed straight for my Relish Reading plate from Rogue Redhead Designs.

Here's one of the quick cards I made:

Stamps: swingers and sentiment from Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Guana Bay double-sided from Letters from Paradise (Black Market Paper Society)
Cardstock: Rose Red, Basic Black and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Raspberry Fizz (Palette)
Tools: oval and oval scallop punches (Marvy)

You can see the rest on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Busy Busy Busy

Yup, I've had my nose to the grindstone and haven't got around to much stamping. Here's a quick card showing my version of "work at home" and "at home at work".

Sending Hugs
Stamps: woman and sentiment (My Favorite Things)
Paper: scrap of faux brick (Provocraft?); green ruche (PaperTemptress)
Cardstock: Old Olive and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: BG11, BG15, C3, C5, C7, E02, E11, Y15, Y19, YG91, YG95, YG97, YG99, YR00, YR23, YR24

Have a fun day and don't work too hard!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Working Man for GC93

Too fun! Our new theme challenge over at Gingersnap Creations is "Get to Work"! Here's my interpretation

Working Man
Stamps: man (Paperbag Studios); Work from alphabet set (Hampton Art Stamps); ledger (Above the Mark)
Paper: scrap from my basket; rolodex card
Cardstock: More Mustard (Stampin Up)
Ink: jet Black (StazOn); Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress Ink)
Embellishments: gears

Before you get to work, why not check out the other samples from the hard-working Gingers?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Working World

Gingersnap Creations is marching into the world of work this month. I made my first exposed cardboard collage to get into the spirit.

Stamp credits: River City Rubberworks, Ma Vinci's Reliquary, Above the Mark and Onyxpressions.

It was a lot of fun! I inked the exposed parts of the cardboard and then placed my designer paper on top and rubbed my fingers over the whole piece. When I lifted the designer paper, I could see on the back where I needed to rip so that I could match my cardboard open areas exactly.

I had fun with the title using some typewriter key stamps from Ma Vinci's Reliquary. I also dipped into my Ma Vinci postal images to add some more detail.

I inked up a rolodex card with Antique Linen Distress Ink with some Brushed Corduroy and Tea Dye inks around the edges before overstamping this ledger sheet image from Above the Mark.

This wonderful typewriter from River City Rubberworks made a great focal image.

I used Multi-color Embossing, the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group Technique of the Month, to give it a vintage feel.

After much sponging of distress ink everywhere (mostly my hands by the look of me), I added a binder clip and some staples along with this fabby collage image to complete the scene.

Hope you'll meet up with us at Gingersnap Creations for another fun month of art and inspiration!
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