Friday, June 24, 2011

Taking the Art on the Road

So excited! I am participating in the Handmade Summer Market at my favorite stamp store, Absolutely Everything in Topsfield! It's on Sunday, June 26th from 12 noon to 3pm. For directions, check out the their website.

Too cool! I am bringing a few new canvases and a ton of handmade greeting cards! I am sure it's going to be a ton of fun!

"I had no idea he was that kind of man".

"White-Horse Fred. Day to day I have nothing to tell."

For anyone in the area, it'll be a great day. Absolutely Everything is giving 20% off coupons for products in this delightful store for all customers that come to the market! How cool is that?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Color of Canadian Money

Today on Gingersnap Creations, they have a new color challenge - The Color of Money. The challenge is to make something using the colors of either where you live or where you were born.

I chose to use the beautiful colors of my no-longer-home but still native land of Canada. To check out all the great colors of Canadian money, you can visit Wikipedia where I am sure they have abided by the way too many rules for photographing money :)

I chose the 5 dollar (blue) and 10 dollar (purple) for my tags. Here they are:

Spend Time Tag
Collage Image: Beauty in Blue #1855 (Altered Pages)
Paper: Boxer from Pattern Paper line (BasicGrey) and No. 19 (Daisy D's)
Other: words from old book page; shipping tag
Embellishment: Enchanted Evening grosgrain ribbon (PaperTrey Ink)

Stepping Heavenward Tag
Collage Image: Beauty in Purple #1855 (Altered Pages)
Paper: Grape Soda (Karen Foster); Morrocan Floral - Eggplant (Daisy D's); postal paper (unknown)
Other: words from old book page; shipping tag
Embellishment: Enchanted Evening grosgrain ribbon (PaperTrey Ink)

Supplies - $5.00. Inspiration - Priceless.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Simon Says Torn Edges

Going Rogue on the challenges this week :) Simon Says Stamp and Show has a "Distressed/Torn Edges" Challenge going on. I decided to do both - distress and tear - with my new Floriculture stamps.

I was really happy when I found this cool quote to include with the Floriculture half plate. I framed it using a Technique Junkies technique called...what else?....torn frames.

I sponged distress ink around the edges of both my designer paper and the main image panel. I then colored the main image with copic markers and highlighted around the edges with a yellow copic marker.

Here's the whole card:

Soul Blossoming
Stamps: lily of the valley and quote from Floriculture plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: green wood grain (Provocraft?)
Cardstock: Always Artichoke and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); Always Artichoke (Stampin Up); various copic markers; Tea Dye (Ranger Distress Ink)
Embellishments: 4 buttons

Let your life bloom!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Father's Day on C.R.A.F.T. Challenge

Father's Day cards are always fun to create so I was happy to see that this week's CRAFT Challenge was on that theme. Of course, guy cards can be hard and I didn't want to include tools, a tie or barbecue stuff on this one. I decided to create a card with something ALL Dads have in common - kids.

I thought the orange was guy enough but still warm. I love these cute little swingers but I often end up using a punch and isolating the image so they don't hang from nowhere...until I realized that the large flourish on the Relish Reading plate makes a perfect anchor for my little playmates.

Happy Dad's Day
Stamps: flourish and children from the Relish Reading plate and the sentiment from the Bits and Pieces plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Golden Tones (Foof-a-la); Buttercup from Oh Baby line (BasicGrey)
Cardstock: Really Rust and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: E00, E02, E07, E09, E11, YR18, YR21 and YR24

Why not make a card for that special Dad in your life.

Angel Greetings

Whoohoo! I had the day off yesterday so I decided to make some cards for some new-to-me challenges and some old favorites.

For the first one, I just had to try out my brand-new Stampotique stamps so I grabbed my Angel Boy stamp and looked up the latest Stampotique challenge. Uh oh... Clean and Simple. No sweat. I just checked out some other of my fav challenges for inspiration and saw that Stamping for the Weekend had a Lemon / Lime Challenge. Light bulb!

Here's what I came up with:

Angel On Hi
Stamps: Angelboy (Stampotique); sentiment and circle from Bits and Pieces plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Green Galore and Yoyo Yellow (Stamping Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Green Galore (Stampin Up)
Copics: E00, E02, E11, Y15, and Y19

Hope your day is heavenly!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Queen of the Last Minute with a Sweet and Simple Card

Yup, I am trying to skate in under the wire again with another last minute entry. One day my ambition and my leisure time will coincide :) To make it more interesting, Blogger has decided to be difficult...sigh. I picked out one of my favorite Rogue sweeties to cheer me up and inspire me.

This week at Papertake Weekly the challenge was "Anything Goes" with an optional white color theme with one extra color. Okay, I used skin tones and two colors but it was optional.

Sweet in Pomegranate
Stamps: girl from Relish Reading plate and sentiment from Bits and Pieces plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Purely Pomegranate and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Purely Pomegranate (Stampin Up); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E00, E02, E11, RV06, RV09, RV19, Y23, and Y26
Tools: cuttlebug, cuttlebug embossing folder and corner rounder

Keep it sweet today!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

So Excited...and Late Mentioning

Happy Sunday morning! For me, it's a rainy but bright weekend. I was sitting at the kitchen table, enjoying my morning tea, when I realized I had not shared some big news with my fav group of people!

First off, I was published in the recent Take Ten issue. I had actually stopped leafing through the magazine when I saw my first card as pretty much that's as much as I usually get in - one or two cards. My daughter actually grabbed the issue from me and started flipping through and announcing "Here's one" and "Hey, Mom, there's another one". Eight cards! Whoohoo! Too excited! The most exciting part - they were all ones I loved (and had neglected to send in as I was having separation anxiety with my art).

Here's one of my favs that made it in:

It was a little gray in the magazine but as you can see in "real life", it is teal. That fab stamp is from Lost Coast Designs.

Congrats to my many friends who also were published in this issue! It was like "old home" week I recognized so many names!

Second, the amazing Jean Franks Beck just got published in Stamper's Sampler ....drumroll..... with Rogue Redhead stamps! Whoohoo, Jean!

She made an awesome piece with a balloon theme and used my little reader sitting under a tree and one of our quotes.

Isn't it fab? Her piece is the one on the right-hand side of the page.

To check out more of Jean's art, go to Bluebird Paperie. To see other samples from our amazing Rogue Crew, go to the Rogue Redhead Designs blog.

Last, but not least by any measure, select Rogue Redhead stamps are now available at! How cool is that? I've long been a customer of this delightful online store and am so excited to see the Relish Reading plate among the "What's New" at the StampDiva shop.

If you have not had a chance to drop by this incredible online store, do take a few minutes to have a fun browse. StampDiva has unmounted and rubber stamps from several great lines of stamps as well as collage sheets, embellishments, select inks, magazines and books and mounting supplies.

Guess that's it for catching up! Time to go refill that tea cup!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Silent Maiden

As Mark Twain once allegedly said, "The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated". I feel that way about my long blog absence. Yes, I am still around....sleepy, working a ton, and mojo-challenged....but definitely still around.

Silent Maiden

So where have I been? Would you believe working at my real life job? Yup, as dull and boring as that. I've been shifted from offsite to onsite and thus offline.

I've also been packing up my beautiful studio. While the idea of a wonderful studio in a romantic old textile factory at the heart of the birthplace of the American industrial revolution was absolutely irresistible, the actual getting-it-done part didn't actually happen as planned.

I was always carrying stuff back and forth between home and studio, wondering why I had left this or that at whichever location I was not and generally not using the fab studio space as my kitchen table kept beckoning with the siren call of "I'm right here - you can craft here ANYTIME". While the display space was magnificent, I missed the immediacy of my work space.

With the help of my ever-supportive hubby, I am renovating and revamping my home studio so my commute will be 22 stairs instead of 16 miles. The truth is out - I'm a home body. Besides, with a home studio, I get to spend time with my awesome daughter, the Roguette.

Aime L'Enfant

I have been doing some collage canvases here and there which I will share with you over the next few days. These new pieces and some of my previous pieces will be featured in my Rogue Redhead Designs Etsy store starting in July.

It's Been So Long Since I Really Felt Strong

I've also been preparing for a brand-new my fav stamp store, Absolutely Everything! It's a "Handmade Summer Show" on Sunday, June 26th. Half of all table entry fees for this fun event will be donated to a local charity, Wellspring House, a center for homeless women, children and families, giving them a chance through housing and education to get back onto their feet with support and respect. Fab time, great art and wonderful cause!

I'll be back here and there for the rest of July and then I should be back and crafting, collaging and blogging! I'll also have some great new Rogue stamps coming out!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Gingersnap Creations' Trip to Fifth Avenue

A new month always means a new fun at Gingersnap Creations. This month, they are doing a tribute to retail therapy with a Shopping Theme! They are starting off with a brand-new theme challenge - At the Mall! How fun!

I thought immediately of a long-neglected stamp I bought when I was first starting out. I realized that she would be great copiced (is that a word?). Anyway, from there, the card just came together!

May saw the return of sponsors to the Gingersnap Creations challenges and for June we are lucky to have the fabulous Altered Pages website as our sponsor. Definitely a go-to location for any mixed media or papercraft artist. I used a collage sheet from Altered Pages website for the background, cutting the money images in half and randomly placing them around the edge of my card for a fun frame!

Made of Money
Stamp: New York Socialite (Stamps Happen)
Collage Images: Foreign Money (Altered Pages website)
Cardstock: Glorious Green and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B21, B23, B24, E00, E02, E09, E11, E53, G05, G07, G19, YR21, YR23, YR24.
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)

Hope you get a great bargain on inspiration today! Stop by Gingersnap Creations to see more shopping themed art!
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