Friday, May 27, 2011

Thinking of You

I had a few backgrounds left over from another stamping adventure so I thought I would get busy and use at least one!

This Lily of the Valley image lends itself to simple cards. Love the ease with which this card came together! It's just a distress ink background with some simple paper piecing.

Thinking of You
lily from Floriculture plate and sentiment from Bits and Pieces plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: glossy text weight cardstock (PaperTemptress); Whisper White and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Ink: various Distress inks (Ranger); StazOn

Have a fabulous weekend! Hope you have lots of fun!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Triple Play on Challenge Day!

Dontcha love it when a plan comes together? I was blurfing around and found a sketch challenge, an inspiration challenge and a recipe challenge that all came together to become my card for today!

I started with the excellent sketch at Card Patterns.

Then, I decided to try out the recipe challenge at Stamping for the Weekend where they were asking for Blue, Buttons and Bling. Neat combo, huh? Next, I saw the Special Day/Event Challenge at Simply Create and I had an idea! I grabbed my Bits and Pieces set and my Relish Reading stamps and got to work! Bits and Pieces has individual words that can be mixed and matched to create very specific sentiments like the one below.

Happy Birthday Girl
Stamps: words from Bits and Pieces plate and girl from Relish Reading set (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: the Goods line (American Crafts)
Cardstock: Brocade Blue and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Black Tuxedo (Memento)
Copics: B21, B23, B24, E02, E07, E09 and E11
Embellishments: 2 blue butterfly-shaped buttons; 3 rhinestone hearts; striped ribbon
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)

Wish your favorite person a great day! Don't forget that the Bits and Pieces mix-and-match sentiment set is on sale at Rogue Redhead Designs for $12.00 (shipping not included) until June 10, 2011!

Clean and Simple Hello

I'm having a ton of challenge fun this week! Today, I'm playing along with Clean and Simple Stamping and their 141st Sketch!

This sketch had me at "Hello".

Here it is! Super fab design and easy to adapt!

I still had some of my yummy Cashmere paper from BasicGray laying around, so I used that as my jumping off point. When it came to a sentiment, I went to my Bits and Pieces set and choose the "hello" stamp. Here's the finished product:

Stamp: hello from Bits and Pieces (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Cashmere from Urban Couture (BasicGray)
Cardstock: Almost Amethyst, Brocade Blue and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Tools: circle punch (Creative Memories); scallop circle punch (Marvy)

Meaning to say a cheery "hello" to someone? Get going!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Roguishly Colored

I dusted off my colored pencils when I felt an urge to use my favorite babe from the Relish Reading plate by Rogue Redhead Designs! But what to make?

I decided to take a crack at this week's Play Date Cafe challenge! Aren't these colors fantastic? They had were just calling out to me to go completely vintage! I had just the paper!

Here's my attempt to use these pretty colors!

Love You
Stamps: reading girl from Relish Reading and sentiment from Snow Hugs (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Autumn from Gretel collection (Cosmo Cricket)
Cardstock: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Other: various Derwent colored pencils from the Aquatone, Watercolor and Studio lines
Embellishments: 3 antique bronze brads
Tools: corner rounder

Have a spectacular day!

May Flowers

Over at Crafty Creations, they are having a May Flowers challenge! Awesome! To make it more challenging, not only did you have to create a card with a flower, but also add patterned paper and some ribbon. Too fun!

I picked up my copics and got to work coloring these fab flowers from the Floriculture set. I decided on blue this time.

I only had one piece of this yummy BasicGray paper but I am trying to be good and not hoard the pretty paper. What good does it do in the drawer, right?

Flower Power
Stamp: Gaillardia from Floriculture set (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Cashmere from Urban Couture (BasicGray)
Cardstock: Almost Amethyst, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Copics: B21, B23, B24, Y11 and YG03
Embellishment: green grosgrain ribbon
Tools: scallop circle punch (Marvy); circle cutter (Creative Memories)

I hope your April showers brought you some amazing May Flowers!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Green Monochrome

This week The Shabby Tearoom is having a Monochrome challenge! I love monochrome so this was a great challenge to get me back to stamping.

I suddenly got switched from off-site to on-site with fixed hours at my job, so stamping has not been easy. I was happy to get some great time today to sit and play!

I decided to go all vintage with this one. I started by stamping some Ranger Distress ink on my craft pad, misting the ink with water and smooshing some glossy cardstock through the resulting mess. I then let that dry and stamped a Cosmos bud and this sentiment from my Rogue Redhead Floriculture plate onto the panel with more distress ink. I added some more Forest Moss Distress ink around the edges, matted with Chocolate cardstock and voila! My central panel was done. To create the back panel, I used distress ink on some PaperTemptress Silver Lustre paper and then overstamped with the Almanac background from the Rogue Redhead Relish Reading set.

Here's my entry:

Soul Blossoming
Stamps: Cosmos bud and sentiment from Floriculture plate and Almanac background from Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper/Cardstock: Vintage Silver Lustre and glossy cardstock (PaperTemptress); Chocolate Chip and Always Artichoke (Stampin Up)
Ink: Forest Moss and Peeled Paint (Ranger Distress Ink)

Hope you have a sensational day!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Lustrious Swinging

Here's one of the cards I made for Simple Set Saturday over on the RRD blog.

Want to see the others and find out how I got that cool look? Head on over to Rogue Redhead Designs!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Variations on Lily of the Valley

Today is Simple Set Saturday over at the Rogue Redhead blog. I had a lot of fun with this easy note cards.

To see what I did, please check out my post!

Have an amazing Saturday!

Marvelous Mail

I am wicked late posting the gorgeous Heart Coasters I received in the recent Gingersnap Creations Art Exchange! Sorry about that. I've been working a ton extra and have hardly had time to breathe let alone post.

First, I would like to thank the creators of these awesome coasters: Pam L., Paula A., A.J. and Vicki. Such wonderful and varied designs! What a delight!

Next, I would like to thank everyone in my group for all the yummy extras they enclosed in their packages to me. Here's a few of the wonderful things I received:

Thanks also to Chriss and Paula for the sweet gifts of stash! I can't wait to use everything in new creations!

Gotta love the Gingersnapper community! They are all amazing artists and fabulous friends!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Another Flowery Card

Today is my first official day posting to the PaperTemptress blog as a member of their DT.

Here's a peak:

To see the rest, check out my post on the PT blog.

Daffodil Day

My beloved small fry was back today to ask me to make one more teacher gift. One of her teachers adores daffodils so little one asked if I could make some daffodil notecards.

After going through my collection, I found I only had one daffodil stamp. It is a beautiful stamp from Beeswax but it fills the whole card so it took some time to come up with a design that would work. I settled on a quick and simple spotlight.

I stamped the image in brown on kraft cardstock and then stamped and colored the same image on white. I punched out circles around the four flowers, matted them with dark brown and lined them up on the card bases.

I finished up with a full color version of the image for the accompanying card to go with the gift.

Hope your day is filled with flowers and sunshine!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Week

My darling daughter came home to tell me that she needed Teacher Appreciation gifts ASAP! Yikes! We ran out to the bookstore and picked up what we hoped would be good reads for her fav teachers, but how to make this gift a little more personal? Well, I went with bookmarks to go with the books.

For her Math teacher:

Stamp credits: Artistic Outpost

For the Language Arts teacher:

Stamp credits: Curious by Design

For the Science teacher:

Stamp credits: Stamp Francisco

And finally, for the Social Studies teacher:

Stamp credits: Beeswax and Curious by Design

Making all these bookmarks put in right in the mood for the new Gingersnap Creations Art Exchange - Travel Bookmarks.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Life is the Flower

It's a beautiful day and I am in the mood for flowers! Aren't these pretty? They are from the new Floriculture plate by Rogue Redhead Designs aka me! What do you think?

Over at Three Muses, the challenge is Stripes. So I combined that and my desire for flowers to come up with this design. Hope you like it.

Life is the Flower
Stamps: sentiment and flower from Floriculture (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Bambino Baby Blue Gingham (DaisyD's)
Cardstock: Gable Green, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); various copics
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! Have a fabulous day! You deserve it!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Clean and Simple Mother's Day

I had some fun with my Floriculture and Bits and Pieces plates from Rogue Redhead and made up some Clean and Simple (CAS) designs for Simple Set Saturday. You can see my whole set on the RRD blog.

Here's one for Mom's Day tomorrow:

Happy Mother's Day
Stamps: cosmos bud from Floriculture and sentiment from Bits and Pieces (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn); Pretty in Pink (Stampin Up)

Here's one not part of the set but with the same clean look:

New Job
Stamps: sun from Floriculture plate and sentiment and squares from Bits and Pieces (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Ballet Blue and Yoyo Yellow (Stampin Up)

Hop on over to the Rogue Redhead Designs Etsy store! We've got some wonderful deals for you!

Both new release plates - Floriculture and Bits and Pieces - are on sale $12.00 each until June 10, 2011! Also until June 10th, buy both together in our Release 3 Bundle and get both the new releases for $22.50. Want more? Try our Big Vintage Bundle featuring - Relish Reading, Floriculture and Bits and Pieces - on sale for $42.00 until June 10, 2011. Don't let this great sale pass you by!

Friday, May 6, 2011

New Releases on RRD

It's a big day for Rogue Redhead Designs! It's time to show off our newest releases!

April showers may bring May flowers and this Spring brings the new Floriculture plate from Rogue Redhead Designs. Bringing together focal images, sentiments and decorative elements, this set lets you create a variety of nature-themed projects. Perfect for coloring or just on their own, these vintage botanical images are made with high quality, deeply etched rubber so you can make great impressions.

The brand-new Rogue Redhead Designs Bits and Pieces plate is a versatile collection of common sentiments which you can mix and match. In addition to the easy-to-use greetings, Rogue Redhead has also included some simple shapes to create fun effects on your cards. A great set for lovers of the Clean and Simple style, this set may be used alone or in conjunction with any of our other Rogue Redhead plates.

We are offering these great half-size plates for the introductory price of $12.00 each, 20% off their regular retail price of $15.00 each, until June 10, 2011. Buy Floriculture and Bits and Pieces as a bundle and save even more! Get both these new releases together for the bundle price of $22.50 until June 10, 2011. That's 25% off their regular retail price!

Wait...that's not all! We are also offering a Spring Sale Big Vintage Bundle - Relish Reading, Floriculture and Bits and Pieces - all for the low price of $42.00 plus shipping and handling. Get yours now! The sale only lasts until June 10, 2011.

Card Details

CAS Just a Note
Stamps: sun and cosmos bud from Floriculture plate and circle and sentiment from Bits and Pieces (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Yoyo Yellow (Stampin Up); Timber Brown (StazOn)

Warhol Lily of the Valley
lily of the valley from the Floriculture plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Gable Green, Lavendar Lace, and Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Other: white colored pencil
Technique: Warhol (Technique Junkies)

Nature Block Collage
various from Floriculture plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Always Artichoke and Mellow Moss (Stampin Up)
Technique: Block Collage (Technique Junkies)

The Rogue Redhead Designs blog will have many more samples in the coming days. Be sure to stop by! I''ll be doing a Clean and Simple note card set for my Simple Set Saturday tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

GC101: Cowboys and Cowgirls

We are whooping it up with a Wild West theme on Gingersnap Creations for the whole month of May! Today, there's a brand-new Chestnut Theme Challenge - Cowboys and Cowgirls! How fun is that?

I have been itchin' to use my fabulous sheet of Wild Wild West collage images from Enchanted Mercantile. I picked this lovely lady and paired her with some great cowboy-themed paper from LinkSandy Lion. To finish off this card, I used the Technique Junkie Drywall Stitching technique for no-fail great faux stitching.

Get My Man
Stamps: sentiment and star from Cowgirl Blues (Oxford Impressions)
Collage Image: woman from Wild Wild West sheet (Enchanted Mercantile)
Paper: Wanted (Sandy Lion)
Cardstock: Really Rust and Always Artichoke (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)

Check out the fabulous samples from the Gingers and the Visiting Artists on the Gingersnap Creations blog.

Rogue Redhead Alert: Be sure to come back on Friday to see the newest Rogue Redhead releases!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Published in the Catch Up Issue

Well, it's happened again. I got into print! Whoohoo! Guess if you bombard them with cards, it helps!

They picked a Harvest colored card this time:

I know I saw a lot of friends in the same issue! Congrats to everyone who was recognized in the 2011 Catch Up issue.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Simple Set: Bleached Kraft

I love making simple cards and bleach is a great way to accomplish a great one-layer look with minimal effort.

I am submitting this simple card for the Crafty Creations #116 - White Space! It did say in the instructions that the white space did not need to be white so keeping my fingers crossed.

Thinking of You
Stamps: girl from Relish Reading plate and sentiment from upcoming Bits and Pieces plate (Rogue Redhead Designs
Cardstock: Kraft (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Other: bleach; cotton swab; heat tool

To see other cards in this set, please visit my Simple Set Saturday post on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog.

Going Wild at Gingersnap Creations

or rather Wild West! How fun! Our newest monthly theme on the GC blog is Wild West!

Back at the ranch the Gingers are teaming up with the Technique Junkies Design Team to provide some great inspiration for our upcoming challenges and, with Technique Junkies as our May Sponsor, there will also be great prizes for our challenges.

Being a long time TJer, I had to get in on the fun early. Of course, being the noted rogue I couldn't join in without bending the rules so I used a couple of my favorite TJ techniques but not quite as they are supposed to be done.

I took a great background I had made with the Reinker Splash technique and paired it with the Block Collage technique which typically is done with a monochromatic color scheme....which I didn't actually use. Here's what it looks like:

Wild West Cowgirl
Stamps: all images from Cowgirl Blues (Oxford Impressions)
Cardstock: Kraft (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Ballet Blue, Night of Navy and Creamy Caramel (Stampin Up)
Technique: Reinker Splash and Block Collage (Technique Junkies)

Hope you'll join in on all our Wild West fun at Gingersnap Creations! We have tons of great challenges, tutorials and features coming up in May!
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