Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Spotty or Dotty?

With an eye to both using the color scheme for the new Gingersnap Creations Color Challenge - Turquoise, Blue and use a spotlighting technique, I created this created this card.

It uses a Warhol motif but also uses a punch spotlight. I thought the combination was pretty cool.

Greetings Earthlings
Stamps: Eye Girl and Greetings Earthlings (Viva Las Vegastamps)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Taken with Teal, Brocade Blue and Lavendar Lace (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Tools: circle punch
Technique: Warhol (Technique Junkies) and punched spotlight

If you love cool colors, why not join this cool challenge? Check out what my fellow Gingers have created using this same palette!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Vellum Window Cards

I started out looking for a quick card design to make and after some trial and error, these easy vellum window cards were pretty fast to put together.

I checked out the Less is More Challenge and it was a Sketch this week.

While I still wanted the overall look clean and simple, I wanted to make something a little different and try something new. I decided to try a vellum window card. I have this awesome vellum which is actually patterned to add even more interest.

Of course, I used Rogue Redhead stamps to make it! I used an image and sentiment from the Floriculture plate on the front and added a sentiment from the Bits and Pieces plate on the inside.

Here's one of the cards, I made using this sketch:

I was able to duplicate the sketch on the inside too:

To see another version of this card and get some details on how I made it, check out my post on the RRD blog.

Vintage Visions

I adore vintage images, vintage looking paper, vintage get the idea. So when I saw that the Sarah Hurley Challenge #50 was vintage, how could I resist?

Here's what I put together:

Stamp: boy from Beach Babes plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)

If you like this card, come on by the RRD blog on Saturday and check out my Simple Set Saturday post! In the meantime, you can always check out the Simple Set Saturdays I've already posted.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunny Days are Here Again

Okay, more like "not raining" days are here. I had to make a sunny card today to push away the gloom that has descended on my little corner of New England!

I was bopping around the challenge blogs and found this fab sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping:

Here's my take:

Stamps: Sun from Floriculture plate and Hi from Bits and Pieces (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Keep sunny thoughts inside even when it's raining outside!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Keeping Color Simple

I had some time to play some challenges today and I had a lot of inspiration from which to work.

My first card incorporates a few different challenges. The layout is from Tuesday Morning Sketches #111 although I did modify it a wee bit. The color was inspired by the Monochromatic Challenge at Dutch Dare (DDCC130). The style was influenced by the Pink Elephant Challenge TPE116 - Vintage Theme. My little lad is definitely vintage!

Stamps: boy from Beach Babes and sentiment from Bits and Pieces (Rogue Redhead Designs)

The next card brought together some more challenges. This card uses the Clean and Simple Stamping Sketch #158. The colors come from the Stamping for the Weekend Tickled Pink Challenge. I added a couple hearts for the City Crafters "I Heart You" Challenge.

Stamps: linked hearts, hugs and kisses and Love You from Snow Hugs (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! I am looking forward to more stamping time soon!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Rebel Challenge #3: Think Outside the ATC

I've got one last piece to show you all for the "Think Outside the ATC" Rebel Challenge on Rogue Redhead Designs.

The idea for the challenge is to make an ATC (2.5" x 3.5") and let one of your elements protrude past the defined borders of your Artist Trading Card. I took this one step further and mounted my ATC onto a card - yup, you can do that.

Here's what I created:

Le Jardin
Stamps: cosmos blossom and sentiments from Floriculture plate and Sandy Beach Background from Beach Babes (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Silver Lustre and Heavenly White (PaperTemptress); basic black cardstock; old text pages
Ink: Chipped Sapphire, Milled Lavendar and Dusty Concord (Ranger Distress Inks); Memento

Find your inner rogue and play the latest Rebel Challenge! You don't need to use Rogue Redhead stamps to play, but you might win some if you do! One randomly drawn winner for the challenge will receive a $15.00US voucher to the Rogue Redhead Etsy Store!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Playing with Trisha's Stuff

My friend and fellow Ginger, Trisha, had a brilliant idea for a creative collaboration. She sent out 10 packets of "her stuff" to 10 different artists to see what they would make with it. Such fun!

I decided to make a canvas, which I painted with Lumiere paints. I added a stamped tissue paper overlay...which ever so slightly distorted...bah. Anyway, I centered my piece around this quote - "Here's to good women. May we know them, may we be them , may we raise them!". I centered all my stamped images and collaged images around this theme.

In my "envie" as Trish put it, I got 2 collage images - a girl and a flower, 3 plastic stars, 3 tickets, a text page with french exercises, a bit of shiny paper, a delightful piece of designer paper, a piece of black lace and some bling. I tried to use everything and succeeded except for the bling.

Here's some phrases from the text page, the designer paper, lace, star now covered with the shiny bits and a ticket:

More designer paper, lace, and more phrases from the text page:

Here's the two collage pieces, flower and girl:

The total piece below:

It was a ton of fun to play with someone else's stash! A real kick in the butt to creativity! Thanks for letting me play Trisha! It was a blast! Check out Trisha's blog, Easily Amused, Hard to Offend to see what other people made with her stuff.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Another ATC for Rebel Challenge #3

For this second ATC for the "Think Outside the ATC" Rebel Challenge on the RRD blog, I turned to pretty designer papers. I used gingham for this sweetie's dress and a beautifully soft designer paper for the background.

Miss You ATC
Stamps: little girl from Beach Babes plate and sentiment from Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: scraps from my basket
Cardstock: Whisper White and Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E00, E02, E07, E09, E11, E19, E40, E41, E43
Tools: oval punches (Marvy)

Why not play along? One randomly drawn winner from the qualifying submissions will receive a $15.00US voucher to the Rogue Redhead Designs Etsy Store.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Find Your Inner Rogue with RC#3

It's Rebel Challenge day on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog. Whoohoo!

The challenge I set today was to "Think Outside the ATC". Make an ATC and let one of your elements protrude past the defined borders of your Artist Trading Card.

Here's one of the ATCs I made using a distress ink background, paper piecing and some copic coloring:

Stamps: Reading Girl, Almanac Background and sentiment from Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)

To see the others and find out how to play along, visit the Rebel Challenge post on the RRD blog. One randomly drawn winner will receive a $15.00US voucher to the RRD Etsy Store.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Brown Bagging It

I've been playing with some really cool cardstock called Brown Bag from PaperTemptress. It's brown bag on one side and colored on the other. Cool, right?

Because I can't leave well enough alone, I had to mess with it and I came up with an easy no-ink background.

Here's the card I made:

Anchors Away
Stamps: Anchor and sentiment from Beach Babes plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Blueberry Brown Bag and Kraft Treasures (Paper Temptress)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Other: colored pencils, 3 antique bronze brads

To see how I made this simple no-ink background, check out my post on the PaperTemptress blog!

Wine Makes Mommy Clever

Couldn't resist this image when I saw it on the Viva Las Vegastamps online store. It just spoke to sort of a Great Aunt Zelda type voice...but anyway....

I made this card for the new Chestnut Theme Challenge on Gingersnap Creations - Gal Pals. The whole month is devoted to Friendship. How cool is that?

Okay, here's the card. I kept imagining names for these two great ladies - Cora and Mildred, Estelle and Beatrice, Babs and Stella. They were a ton of fun to color!

Wine, Women and Friendship
Stamps: Ladies with Wine and sentiment (Viva Las Vegastamps)
Paper: Spring in Bloom (Karen Foster) - yeah, I giggled a little when I saw the name of the paper considering my subject matter
Cardstock: Purely Pomegranate and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B00, BG11, BG13, BG15, E00, E02, E11, E35, E37, E53, E55, G24, R32, R39, RV11, RV13, RV14, RV17, RV19, YR23, and YR24
Other: 4 black photo corners

Check out this new challenge and all the fabulous friend-inspired art by the Gingers! Get in on the fun!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sweet Stop Sketch

I am still getting back into "challenge mode" after my crazed Summer. I found an adorable sketch on The Sweet Spot that I wanted to try. Their DT did some amazing variations - just brilliant.

Mine is less than brilliant but I still like it. I put the sketch over on its side. Isn't it cute?

I am not over beach season yet. So here's another beach scene:

Beach Birds
Stamps: sentiment and seabirds from Beach Babes plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: untitled from the Christine Adolph line (Creative Imaginations)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Other: 1/4" brown ribbon; 3 antique copper brads
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)

Wishing you a day filled with the wonder of nature!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Keeping It As Simple As Possible

It's been a zany Summer so when I was looking for challenges to play, I wanted to keep as simple as possible. No mess - no stress.

I found a few that worked with my current "mood-us" operandi. When I cook, I love 5 ingredient or less meals, so 3 colors or less suited me just fine today. I started off with the Black, White and Splash of Red color scheme from the Playdate Cafe. Then, I married it to the most recent sketch on the ever delightful Clean and Simple Stamping Sketch Challenges.

Here's what I came up with:

Let Us Read
Stamps: sentiment and swinging children from Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Heavenly White and Rosso Incandescent (PaperTemptress)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Other: black 5/8" Splitz ribbon (PaperTemptress)
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)

Further along in my quest for simple, I also spied a challenge from C.R.A.F.T. Challenges for another wicked simple sketch. It had a circle...I had the cutter already out. I did with their fab inspiration:

Playing on the Beach
Stamps: boy and girl, birds and sentiment from Beach Babes plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Brown, Pink and Green Polka Dots (K&C)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Tools: Circle cutter (Creative Memories)

So if you are going around in circles, why not just put those circles on your cards and go simple!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

For My History-Making Sister

I made this card for my fabulous sister. She is desperate to be a Red Hat Lady, but she's still too young. I decided to use the Red Hat Society color scheme for this card just to "cheer her up" until she finally can get that membership.

I started with this fun image from Viva Las Vegastamps.

It was perfect for my sister! I cut out the window behind the woman with an exacto knife and a pair of small detail scissors.

After I had my "window", I colored her in with Copic markers.

I added a band of Red Hat themed paper and the sentiment. Inside the card, I added another square of the Red Hat paper matted in bright green and my message. I used another of my fav birthday stamps for the inside. It's from Verses and reads "Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show: the more you have the longer you live".

Stamps: Feather Hat Lady and Well-Behaved Women (Viva Las Vegastamps); inside sentiment - not visible (Verses)
Paper: scrap of Red Hat Society themed paper
Cardstock: Certainly Celery and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B00, B01, E00, Eo2, E11, R20, R24, R27, R29, V04, Vo6 and Y26
Tools: exacto knife and detail scissors

I hope my sister has finally gotten this card in the mail before she reads this post on my blog....hmmm.

Have a fabulous and fun day!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Going Rebel with TJ Techniques

One Saturday a month, I create a Simple Set on the RRD blog. It's a fun exercise as I am always in need of card sets for gifts and correspondence. This week, I decided to also create something that would fit in with the August Rebel Challenge on RRD. It's Surf and Turf - Wet (Heat) and Dry (Cuttlebugesque) Embossing! Fun, right?

Well, where else to turn but my ever-handy Technique Junkies Newsletter. I pulled out two oldie but goodie techniques - Marker Wash and Cuttlebug Highlights and got to work.

Here's the set all together:

Stamps: images from Beach Babes and Relish Reading plates

To get a better look and see how I made these cards, check out my Simple Set Saturday post on the RRD blog! Don't forget to check out the challenge too - now extended to September 8th! One randomly-drawn winner will receive a $15.00US voucher for the Rogue Redhead store!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Shining a Light on Spotlighting

This month on Gingersnap Creations, we are going to be celebrating International Women's Friendship Month and shining a spotlight on spotlighting techniques. I adore spotlighting so this month is going to be fabulous!

Here's my first spotlighting card. I got this delightful image from this month's GC sponsor, Viva Las Vegastamps. Aren't these girls adorable?

I started by using a simple circle punch to create a mask and picking the portion of the image that I was going to spotlight.

From there, I drew a soft line with pencil to delineate where I should color and colored in that portion with bright fun colors pulled from my designer papers. The rest of the image I used shades of yellows, also to tie in with my designer paper. At the end, I erased the pencil with my artist eraser and all was right with the world.

Pretty Little Ladies
Stamp: Two Little Girls (Viva Las Vegastamps)
Paper: Timeless (Imaginisce) and Holiday Argyle and Home for the Holidays (Deja Views)
Cardstock: Purely Pomegranate and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E00. E02, E07, E09, E11, E35, R32, RV17, RV19, V04, V06, Y13, Y21, Y23, Y26, YG05, and YG07
Tools: circle punch and circle cutter (Creative Memories)

Hope you will have time to come join in all the fun this month!
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