Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Gingersnap Creations Goes Rogue

Yup, it's true! Rogue Redhead Designs is going to sponsor Gingersnap Creations all through the cool month of February! GC's theme is "Telling It Like It Is" and it will be focusing on faux techniques. Sounds like amazing fun, doesn't it?

Well, my fun lady from the Just Sayin' plate thinks so even if she doesn't look like it! She's stating her current mood du jour on this card. We've all had those days where it seems that nothing we try is going to work out no matter what.

To create this card, I've used Carole Burrage's Faux Torn Mosaic technique which I learned on the fabulous Splitcoast Stampers site. It was really fun although lots of inking. I went with more pink ink for the edges instead of nice browns - must be the rogue in me. I think it turned out fab!

Can't Win in Pink
Stamps: sentiment and Umbrella Woman from the Just Sayin' plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: scrap from my basket - Anna Griffin I think?
Cardstock: Rose Red, Basic Black and Whisper White
Ink: Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet (Ranger Distress Ink); Tuxedo Black (Memento); Jet Black (StazOn); variety of copic markers
Techniques: Faux Torn Mosaic (Splitcoast Stampers); paper piecing
Other: foam brush, sponge daubers and ModPodge

I am entering this card into the following awesome challenge:

Charisma Cardz Challenges - Pretty in Pink

I think this card is pink enough :)

Hope you are not having the kind of day my card suggests.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Marking Places

I love tag bookmarks! They are so much fun to make, use and give as gifts. This one will stay with me as I seem to suddenly be reading so many books at once that I need extra bookmarks.

For this one, I used the same technique as in my Simply Aged cards except that I took it a step further by over-stamping the Netted background on my color panel.

Old Gent Bookmark
Stamps: border, flower, netted background and Old Gent from Just Sayin' plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Base: shipping tag (Staples - yea, really - way cheaper per tag than a craft store)
Ink: Wild Honey, Scattered Straw and Spiced Marmalade (Ranger Distress Ink); Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Embellishment: polka dot ribbon
Other: post-its for masking

I am entering this bookmark into the following challenges:

Come and Get It Challenges - Anything BUT a card

Drunken Stampers - Something New (stamp just released last Wednesday)

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge - Polka Dots (dots definitely on my ribbon)

Hope you take time to mark your place today!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Aged Background for a Vintage Lad

Can you go simple with vintage? Absolutely! Well, if you go Rogue, you can! I have found this look very effective over the years and love how this simple distressed background goes from light to darker edges. The card below and the others in the set were made all with 5 distress inks, one shade of Memento ink and a lot of white cardstock!

I also love how the focal image pops out of all that distress ink! It gives a bit of flair without being flashy.

The card below contains one of my oft-used expressions - Can't Win for Losin'. I was surprised to find this phrase actually has an entry in the Urban Dictionary. It seems to capture a certain mood and I just had to make it in rubber so I included it in my newest stamp plate - Just Sayin'. There are some perks to making your own stamps :)

Just sayin' is also in the Urban Dictionary...just sayin'

If you want to see how I made this card and got this effect or just check out the other cards in this set, surf on over to my tutorial on the RRD blog.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Warhol Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is so much fun that I couldn't wait to make my first card for it this year! This fun jester's hat seemed a great way to get into the spirit. It's not that far away - February 21!

I stamped the hat with black on the three Mardi Gras colors - purple, green and yellow - and created a quick and easy Warhol card. I added a little white colored pencil highlight to the hat just to give it a bit of definition.

Make it Mardi Gras
Stamps: sentiment and hat from Carnival Dreams (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: scrap from my basket
Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Lavender Lace, Certainly Celery, Barely Banana and Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Tools: Oval cutter (Creative Memories)
Technique: Warhol (Technique Junkies)

Hope you have a festive day!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Orange is the new Black

So, I got the green out of my system only to become infatuated with orange. Sigh. I seem to be color compromised in 2012.

I am having some more fun with my Just Sayin' stamps today. The first card is paper pieced to give the little kits more interest. This cat reminds me of mine little furball - determined not to acknowledge that I exist.

I made this card nice and bright! From the depths of cooling green, I have heated up my color preference and gone all citrusy on this one! I am entering this one in the Hooked on Craft Challenges - Something Bright!

Three Little Kitties
Stamp: cat from Just Sayin' plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: scraps from my basket
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Technique: paper piecing

For my second card, I wanted to do something bright but simple. I keep admiring all the cards with pennants so I decided to make one. Again, I used paper piecing for the flags to give them some pizzazz.

Happy Unbirthday
Stamps: pennant and sentiment from Just Sayin' plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: scraps from the basket (think I am finally making a dent)
Cardstock: Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White
Ink: Pumpkin Pie (Stampin Up); Jet Black (StazOn)
Technique: paper piecing

Hope your day was light and bright!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Did Ya Hear?

I'm having fun with my new stamps! Here's a quick card I made using the fab sketch over at Unscripted Sketches.

I'm using up my scraps this month and I came across this fun star paper. I went a little patriotic on my color theme with a hint of yellow. I had a lot of fun coloring these two characters and the flower!

Did Ya Hear?
Stamps: Melvin, Old Gent, flower and sentiment from Just Sayin' plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: scraps from my basket
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Night of Navy and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); various copic markers

If you haven't heard about the Rogue Redhead Designs new releases, pop on over to the RRD blog and find out more!

New Stamps at RRD...Just Sayin'

It's so exciting! There are new stamps at RRD today! Just sayin'....

Rogue Redhead Designs is pleased to announce two new releases, Just Sayin' and Carnival Dreams, to brighten up your winter! Each is whimsical in its own way and sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Our Just Sayin' plate is a full-size unmounted rubber stamp plate with focal images, sentiments, decorative elements and a full-size background. Its quirky vintage charm lends itself to grace greetings to close friends and family. It's timeless humor is great for "any day" cards. Order this new full-size plate before February 25, 2012 and get it for the introductory price of $17.60, a 20% savings over its regular retail price of $22.00.

Here's a card that I made using the Umbrella Lady from the Just Sayin' set. The characters on this plate are so fun, they need very little embellishment.

Ourr second new release is a fabulous new mini featuring the art of New England artist K. Dunn called Carnival Dreams.

This newest addition to the Beautifully Dunn range comes just in time for Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day. It features beautiful-drawn free-flowing images of love and enchantment. Romance, mystery and a joyous spirit infuse this collection. Order this new mini collection before February 25, 2012 and get it for the introductory price of $6.00, a 20% savings over its regular retail price of $7.50.

For the card below, I used the Moonlight Lovers from the set. I love their free-flowing design! These stamps are great for making Valentine cards or having fun with a Mardi Gras theme.

Want both the new RRD releases? During our sale, get our January 2012 Release Bundle including both Just Sayin' and Carnival Dreams for the low price of $22.00! You have to hurry though. The sale only lasts until February 25, 2012.

To find out more and get info on more bargains and a couple of announcements, visit the Rogue Redhead Designs website. It's been updated and has a new look and new products! Don't miss out! These great prices won't last long!

To see more samples, visit the Rogue Redhead Designs blog today and throughout the week as we show off some more stylish samples.

Glorious Greens with Gingersnap Creations

Guess this card is a good finish to my obsession with green this month. Over at Gingersnap Creations, they have a new color challenge - Glorious Greens!

I made two cards for this fab challenge, maybe because I've been drawn to greens lately! The first one, I made with the newly released Carnival Dreams mini plate from Rogue Redhead Designs. The lsyout was inspired by the Sweet Spot sketch where the mandate was not only to use the sketch but also to make a non-traditional valentine.

My Sweetie in Greens
Stamps: carnival couple from Carnival Dreams plate and sentiment from Candy Kisses plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: all scraps from my basket
Cardstock: Always Artichoke and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (StazOn)
Copics: B12, B14, E00, E02, E07, E09, E11, G20, G21, G82, G85, and G99
Embellishment: polka dot ribbon
Tools: tab punch (Stampin Up)

I will also be entering this card into the following challenges:

Do You Stack Up - Patterned Paper

Cupcake Craft Challenges - All You Need is Love

Of course, I just could not put my green papers and inks away, so it was on to Card #2!

I picked this happy snowman from Stampotique. He was painted on watercolor paper with distress inks. I really like the soft look of painted ink.

Happy Snowman
Stamp: Chilly (Stampotique)
Paper: Old Olive patterned paper (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Cardstock: Old Olive and Always Artichoke (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); various distress inks (Ranger)
Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories)

To see all the other green goodness for the Gingersnap Creations Color Challenge, check out the samples from the glorious Gingers! Go green and play along!

Hope your January is making you smile!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sneak Peek in Black and White

Sometimes it is good to see the world in black and white! Here's a fun little card with no color. It really doesn't need it. Between this sweet old couple and the yummy black and white paper, there was no need for color or a complicated design!

I picked the Old Couple from the soon-to-be-released Just Sayin' plate from Rogue Redhead Designs for a simple Unbirthday card.

Happy Unbirthday
Stamps: Old Couple and sentiment from the soon-to-be-released Just Sayin' plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Black Tie Optional - Rosette Silhouette (Imaginisce)
Cardstock: Whisper White and Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

CASual Fridays - Black and White only

Creative Stamp Friends - Old Fashioned or Antique (Vintage image)

Stamp with Fun - Cute Vintage (I think these two are super cute)

Want to see more from this stamp plate? Come back here or visit the Rogue Redhead Designs blog tomorrow!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Valentines, Candy Kisses and a Sneak Peek

I decided it was time to get going on my Valentines for this year. I could not resist using this sweet couple from the soon-to-be-released Carnival Dreams mini plate from Rogue Redhead Designs.

I got the inspiration for this design from the fabulous sketch on Freshly Made Sketches!

To match the free-flowing design of the image, I used a marker watercolor technique I learned on Technique Junkies to color the image in. This great paper seemed like the perfect fit.

Candy Kisses
Stamps: sentiment from Candy Kisses plate and couple from soon-to-be-released Carnival Dreams mini plate (Rogue Redhead Designs) * out on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Paper: Candy Hearts (Bo Bunny Press) ; watercolor paper
Cardstock: Cameo Coral (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Embellishment: white bow
Technique: marker watercolor (Technique Junkies)

I am also entering this card into the following fun challenges:

Just Us Girls - Red, Pink and White

Simply Create Too - Love is in the Air

Wishing you a day filled with excitement and love!

Yellow Bird without the Banana Tree

Okay, so my mom used to sing this old song, Yellow Bird, around the house and the lyrics kind of got stuck in my head for life! That's where this title comes from.

This week, I have moved onto my "B" pizza box which contains birds and bird-related quotes. It has lots of great bird images in it.

The birds and branch shown in this card are from Memory Box. I stamped them onto vellum and placed it over some lovely bright paper. The sentiment is from RRD's Bits and Pieces collection.

As you can see, it's easy to use vellum in your cards (and can make for a quick card!), so why not get some out, have some fun and join in with the RRD Vellum Rebel Challenge!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sweet Girl

Brr...it's chilly outside. This little girl seems warn enough though with her steaming mug of cocoa.

Is she wearing a green snowsuit? What can I say....I am still in a green mood. At least I am adding other colors now :)

I still had some of my favorite purple paper left over from my Mardi Gras card. The star paper is another favorite. It always brightens up a design.

My Sweetie
Stamps: girl (Sugar Nellie); sentiment from Candy Kisses (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: scraps from my scrap basket
Cardstock: Whisper White and Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); various copics
Tools: tab punch (Stampin Up)

Hope you are having a warm and cozy day!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Twelfth Night

I've got a very mature tweenager at home so I had to step up my game for this year's birthday card! The Roguette's style is now half-goth and half rock chick with a sprinkling of her own creation, Victorian Punk. You just can't make any old card for a young woman like that!

I decided to make a card that featured more young women of bold fashion choices and got busy coloring this cool digi from Stamping Boutique. I positioned two next to each other on the paper and printed a third which I cut out and positioned in front of and between the other two.

I added in some fun paper and a card was born!

Well-Behaved Women
Stamps: Emo Alice digi (Stamping Boutique); sentiment (Viva Las Vegastamps)
Paper: scraps from my basket
Cardstock: Baja Breeze and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); various copics
Other: pop-up dots

Hope you have a day where your fun side shines out!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Til the Cow Comes Home

It was so good to break out all the fun stamps in my stash last week from my "A" pizza box with all its Animals and Architecture images.

This is the last of the cards I made from this batch of stamps. You can kind of see the cow and chicken stamp in the bottom right corner.

I wanted to make a really cheerful card and this stamp just leaped out at me. For cheerful paper, I turned to a stash of paper my awesome friend Laura sent me. Thanks again, Laura! It is gorgeous!

Don't Postpone Joy
Stamps: Skip and Romp (Penny Black); sentiment (Rubber Tree Rubber Stamps)
Paper: 6x6 from a friend :)
Cardstock: More Mustard and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); various copics

Wishing you a day where you a skip through life with a happy step!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Simple and Serene

I went strictly out of my scrap basket for these two cards. The layout was inspired by a Sketch challenge on the Stampers Corner Yahoo group. I recently joined this fun and friendly group and I am sure glad I did. I love meeting new friends and running into people I already know in new places!

I went earth tones with the first. I've been yearning for flowers with the grayness of the winter. I turned to my Floriculture set and my copic markers.

I really love the delicate pattern on the background paper. Isn't it pretty?

Each Flower
Stamps: lily of the valley and sentiment from Floriculture (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: scraps from my basket
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); G99, Y02, YR21, YR23, and YR24

I'll be entering this card into the Paper Crafting Journey - Floral challenge!

For my second card, I decided to go more water than earth. It's been wicked windy in our small burg so I've decided to pretend the sound of the whipping wind is more of a gentle ocean breeze...and that got me to thinking about sailboats sailing softly across serene seas.

I found this great plaid paper and while I know plaid does not go with sea, it did seem to fit here. I watercolored the image with some dye inks and a water brush...had to keep the water motif going :)

Sail Away
Stamps: sailboat and sentiment from Beach Babes (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: scraps from the basket
Cardstock: Almost Amethyst and Sage Shadow (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Bashful Blue, Almost Amethyst, Not Quite Navy, Really Rust and Close to Cocoa (Stampin Up)

I am going to enter this card into the 4 Crafty Chicks - Summer in January challenge as I was thinking the EXACT same thing.

Hope you are having a fabulous day filled with natural beauty and fair skies!

A is for Animal and Architecture

On Saturday, I mentioned that I was starting my personal campaign to use all my stamps more consistently. I started with my first pizza box full of wood-mounted stamps. With my pizza boxes, I store everything by theme as the stamps are (mostly) marked with name and manufacturer. My "A" box is for Animals and Architecture/Home stamps.

I've been meaning to use this stamp for a dog's age. Of course, I say that with most of my acquisitions. I was never quite sure what I would do with the image (which I loved) and then I finally I got an idea. I would just let the style of the stamp guide me and I came up with this design.

I colored the image with a vintage feel keeping most of the image in a sepia color palette and just pulling out a few details. I paper pieced both the dog and the ball, stamping them first on white cardstock before affixing them to the card.

Home Is
Stamps: Dog on Porch (Rubber Tree Rubber Stamps); Home Is (Verses)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: R24, R27, R29, RV11, RV13, YR21, YR23, YR24

The beautiful sentiment reads "Home is where your story begins" and I thought it went perfectly with the pup.

Off to see what else is in that box!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Going Rogue with Stampotique

Gingersnap Creations just released their latest Random Redhead Challenge and it's "Use Your Favorite Paper". Stampotique is the sponsor this month so I headed to my stash of their stamps first and picked out "Head" from the pile.

Now, my favorite paper is Eggplant Moroccan Floral from Daisy D's which is sadly gone now. I bought up a bunch of this stuff before they closed up shop.

The pattern on Head's shirt made me think about another piece of paper that I love but couldn't figure out what to do with it. This seemed like a good project.

So now I have purple and green paper...so I thought Mardi Gras. I added the jester hat from the soon-to-be-released Carnival Dreams mini from RRD and the Mardi Gras sentiment and it was all set!

Mardi Gras
Stamps: Head (Stampotique); crown and sentiment from Carnival Dreams (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Eggplant Moroccan Floral (Daisy D's); Casual Plaid Willow from Watercolor Collection (Making Memories)
Cardstock: Garden Green, Basic Black and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E00, E02, E11, G14, G16. G17, V04, V06, Y13, Y15 and Y19

To get in on this fab challenge, check out Gingersnap Creations and all the great samples from the Gingers!

This card is also entered into the following challenges:

Paperminutes - Anything Goes

The Pink Elephant - Favorite Colors

To check out more images from Carnival Dreams, go to Rogue Redhead Designs on January 25th and find out more about RRD's new releases.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Still on the Green Thing

Yes, I know. I am stuck on green this week. No idea why but I am just going to ride it out. At least this one has some amber, mustard and yellow too. There's even a little blue, so getting a tad better.

I got this stamp over the summer....and then mounted it and put it away. Silly me. Isn't she cute?

I decided to ink her up for my niece's birthday which is coming up shortly. She's a twenty-something and I think she'll like this image.

Dream Girl
Stamps: Shopping Girl from Miss Anya Collection (The Greeting Farm); sentiment from soon-to-be-released Carnival Dreams (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: scrap from my basket
Cardstock: More Mustard, Green Galore and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); various copic markers
Embellishments: amber rhinestones (Studio 18)

I am entering this little lady into the following challenges:

Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog: All That Glitters (the rhinestone bling)

Stampin' for the Weekend: Out with the Old (this stamp was bought months ago and the paper is all from the basket)

Hope you have a happy and sunny day!

Pink and Green Are Fit..

for a queen. At least that's what my mom used to say! I thought I would try out the color combo myself. I think it fit these cute pups and this cheerful card quite well!

I created this card for the Do You Stack Up - Pink Challenge. Hope it is pink enough.

I don't usually do pink, but I did have some scraps that color in my scrap basket so I figured time to use it up. I am still using my "A" pizza box of wooden stamps for this week. This time I picked out this cute pup, a doorway and this awesome sentiment. The dogs and the flower embellishment are all popped up. No, aliens have not come and taken me away - yes, I used pink and pop dots all in the same card. I've done it before...well, only once before but it does count :)

Road to a Friend
Stamps: doorway (Art Impressions); Patch and sentiment (A Muse); flower from the soon-to-be-released Just Sayin' collection (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: pink scraps from my basket
Cardstock: Pink Passion and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); various copics
Embellishment: 1 rhinestone
Tools border punch

I was really pleased with the flower embellishment. Now, I am wondering how great it will look embossed. Hmmmm.....

Well, off to have more fun! Hope you have a day which blooms with happiness!
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