Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Things That Leap

It's time for a Once in a Blue Moon Challenge again at Gingersnap Creations! For this Blue Moon, we are asking you to use "Things that Leap" as your inspiration.

I made two cards for this challenge. The first thing I thought of for leaping were beautiful ballerinas leaping on the stage. I had fun with this one. Thinking also of Rogue Redhead's Stamped Background Rebel Challenge, I stamped a small stamp showing a ballerina repeatedly on cardstock stained with Distress Ink.

Leap into your Dream
Stamps: Degas Ballerina (Stamp Framcisco); Prima Ballerina (Inkadinkado); dream (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Worn Lipstick and Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress Ink)

Thinking of Rogue Redhead's Use a Stamped Background Rebel Challenge, I stamped the smaller ballerina stamp repeated on cardstock stained with distress ink. I cut out each square and then reassembled the tiles on a chocolate cardstock panel set on a pink base. To give more interest, I attached all the tiles with pop-up dots.

For the ballerina herself, I painted color on with Distress Inks with a water brush. I love the soft look this achieves and I have a ton of fun with shading and layering color.

I'll be entering this card into the following charming challenges:

Going Grey with Scrap-Creations - Pop It Up (every tile is popped up plus central image)

Ladybug Crafts - Pink and Girly

Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes

For my next card, I decided to finally use a Stampin Up set I got eons ago and never really put to good use. This Zebra was a perfect fit for "Things That Leap". Taking my cue from the Zebra, I kept the whole card Black and White.

Leaping Love
Stamps: Zebra (Stampin Up); Love You (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)

I'll be entering this card into these delightful dares:

Lexi's Creations - Monochromatic

Everybody Art Challenge - Monochromatic

Jump right into Leap Day!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Tree-Mendous Mail

I just got my fab Card of the Month from Pam over at Stampers Corner Yahoo Group. Our mandate was to make a card with a tree motif. You've already seen mine.

Here's what Pam sent me:

I just love the colors she used! Such a pretty combo. If you turn the card slightly, you'll see that she added some lovely metallic gold to some of the leaves.

Big thanks to Pam!

As another nice surprise this morning, I found out that one of my cards is the front page art at Stampers Corner Yahoo Group.

I also found out on the weekend that I made the Top Three at Unscripted Sketches this week with my Mardi Gras card.

What a nice way to start the week!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

You're the Cream in my Coffee

I love this older couple. They make me smile as they seem to be sharing so much together.

As the Rogue Crew plays along with Gingersnap Creations this month, I took up the Two Color Only Challenge with a Cream and Cafe au Lait combination.

Stamps: older couple from Just Sayin' and sentiment
from Bits and Pieces (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Celebrate the Occasion - Thinking of You

Lexi's Creations - Monochromatic (all colors in the same color family)

Pink Elephant - Print It (use text or script) - on the panel behind the couple

City Crafter - All Natural

Hope you connect today with that special someone!

Don't forget to check out the Columnist and Contributor Calls at the new blogozine, Unruly PaperArts - first issue coming soon!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bright Anniversary Greetings

Don't you just love what a happy color yellow can be? I certainly think it can make any day a little brighter!

This card is was born out of the inspiration from a few different challenges. I took the layout from Clean and Simple Stampings' Sketch #FL178. Charisma Cardz Challenges asked for an anniversary card and Simply Create Too dared us to "add sunshine" to our day. The color choice came from Crafty Ann's Challenges asking for "Bold and Bright" and Gingersnap Creations asking for only two colors.

Sunny Anniversary
Stamps: sun and checkered border from Floriculture and circle and sentiments from Bits and Pieces (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Yoyo Yellow, Basic Black and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Yoyo Yellow (Stampin Up)

Hope your day is also wonderfully bright and sunny!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mardi Gras Time

Happy Mardi Gras to everyone! It's always such a fun time...and tomorrow is lent so basically, I have to live it up now!

I was inspired by the Unscripted Sketches Sketch #146. I used RRD's new Carnival Dreams mini set for the focal image and sentiment and the flower from Just Sayin' as embellishment. The colors are those of Mardi Gras itself - purple, green and golden yellow!

Mardi Gras
Stamps: loving couple and sentiment from Carnival Dreams mini and flower from Just Sayin' (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: scrap of yellow paper (Provocraft maybe?)
Cardstock: Garden Green, Orchid Opulence, Whisper White and More Mustard (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E00, E02, E11, G05, Go7, G09, V04, V06, V09, y19, YR23, and YR24
Embellishments: 1/4" lilac ribbon; 5/8" see-through purple ribbon
Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories)

I really liked the dimensionality that the flowers gave this card.

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

Always Crafting - Anything Goes

Created by Hand - Mardi Gras

Do You Stack Up - Layering (5 layers on this one)

Enjoy the day! Off to figure out if we have pancake ingredients for dinner....

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Grow Your Dreams

I made this card for a Card of the Month swap with the Stampers Corner Yahoo Group. The theme was trees. This is one of those stamps I keep meaning to use but hadn't thought what to use it on yet.

I colored the tree with copic markers and kept the rest of the card fairly simple. It is on its way to Ireland. Hope it makes it soon!

Dream Tree
Stamps: Apple tree (Hampton Art Stampes); dream from Carnival Dreams (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: scraps from my diminishing bin of scrap designer paper; music from Bo Bunny 6x6 pad
Cardstock: Garden Green and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); various copic markers

I am also entering it into the following charming challenges:

For Your Inspiration - Challenge 24

Do You Stack Up - Layers (7 not including base)

It would also be great for the Glorious Greens Challenge that's on at Gingersnap Creations but I've already played that one :)

Hope your day grows glorious today!

Saturday, February 18, 2012


The snow has not come yet to our corner of the world. We had an unseasonably early blizzard but that was it. While we are all waiting for the characteristic snow hammering more typical of the northeast, my flowers are limping back to life. I thought I would make a card to celebrate their undaunting spirit!

I took out my lovely Floriculture set from RRD and decided to use my cosmos blossom as my main image. I added the "je t'aime" sentiment and then distressed the edges. I had a background from my pre-stamped batch of layered backgrounds I made a few weeks ago. This one always reminded me of something earthy and natural so it was a great match.

I had started with the Sandy Beach Background from Beach Babes stamped with Bundled Sage Distress Ink. The next layer used the Almanac Background from Relish Reading in Crushed Olive. I completed the look with the Netted Background from the new Just Sayin' plate in Tea Dye Distress Ink.

Once I had chosen my focal image, I actually went back and added a bit more Tea Dye Distress ink and a bit of Wild Honey.

Je t'Aime
Stamps: cosmos blossom and sentiment from Floriculture plate, sandy beach background from Beach Babes, Netted background from Just Sayin' plate, and Almanac Background from Relish Reading (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: bit of rusty script paper from my scrap basket
Cardstock: Sage Shadow, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)

This card is for the following fab challenges:

Rogue Redhead Designs: Use a Stamped Background Rebel Challenge

Annabelle Stamps Blog: Say It with...Background Stamps (I've used 3 in this card)

Crafty Purple Frog: Flower Power (cosmos blossom)

Dutch Dare Card Challenge: Distressing (edges of focal image and background are distressed)

Have a bloomin' fantastic day!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Looks Like Rain

In honor of Gingersnap Creations focus on faking it with faux techniques this month, I decided to try a brand-new faux technique for their new Random Redhead Challenge. To get some inspiration, I checked out some faux painting techniques and came across creating "faux clouds". So fun!

I created an 8"x10" canvas using some ArtChix Studio collage sheets and my Just Sayin' stamps from RRD. These characters just crack me up and I love putting them in silly situations. I used some wings from the collage sheets and added some silly phrases from the collage sheets and the stamp set.

Here's the whole canvas!

Here's what the bottom bit says:

If you like my faux clouds, come by Gingersnap Creations on the 19th and check out my tutorial!

In the meantime, check out the gorgeous inspirations by the Gingers on the challenge post or the fab faux pieces by my fellow Rogue Crew team mates.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Simple Love

When I started playing around with stamped backgrounds two weekends ago, I chose to create one that had very subdued tones. Just by happenstance this week, I rediscovered this beautiful collage image in the very same hues! Don't you love it when a card comes together!

I started with a very simple background. The first layer is our Almanac Background in Antique Linen Distress Ink. Stamped over using Old Paper Distress Ink this was the Crazy Dots Background. The last layer was done in Brushed Corduroy with the Netted Background. If you like playing with stamped backgrounds too, come play with us at RRD where the Rebel Challenge is to "Use a Stamped Background".

The vintage collage image went beautifully with these soft browns but I wanted some pop so I went with dramatic red! I think it gave the card some zing. I matted the background panel, the collage image and the sentiment with red and I was done!

Simple Love
Stamps: Crazy Dot background and sentiment from Snow Hugs, Netted background from Just Sayin', and Almanac page background from Relish Reading (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Collage Image: unknown - was in my lovely box of random images - probably Enchanted Mercantile?
Cardstock: Very Vanilla and Real Red (Stampin Up)
Ink: Old Paper, Antique Linen, and Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress Inks)
Embellishment: self adhesive bow

I am entering this card into the following fantastic challenges:

Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Monochromatic plus One Color

That Craft Place - Love is All Around

Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes

Hope you have a day filled with simple love and sweet moments!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Dreaming of Love

These loving sweethearts always make me smile. They are so dreamy! I could not help but use them for a card about love! Of course, with true love, all your dreams come true! I know mine did.

For this card, I went with my pink layered background. The pic below shows what it looked like when I started. You can find the recipe for it on my layering backgrounds post on RRD.

Putting this lovely couple together with this background, I wanted something still bright but with enough color weight to keep it all grounded. I picked a nice deep rose pink. The final result is below.

Dreaming of Love
Stamps: sentiment and couple from
Carnival Dreams mini, Almanac background from Relish Reading plate, Crazy Dot background from Snow Hugs plate and Swirls mini background from Candy Kisses (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Rose Red (Stampin Up)
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Regal Rose (Stampin Up); various copics

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Emma - Lots of Layers (this card has 7 - really!)

4 Crafty Chicks - Love is in the Air

Do You Stack Up - Love

Hope you are having an absolutely dreamy day!

Old Geezer ATCs

Have you heard about the new Rebel Challenge on RRD? RC08 challenges you to use a stamped background in your creation! It's lots of fun....

Use a background stamp or a combination of stamps to create a beautiful inky backdrop for your favorite stamp or collage image. There's so many different ways you can play with this challenge. I created a single background and used it to make this pair of ATCs.

Pair of ATCs..... Sigh...does it ever seem like your art is talking to you? Well, of course not. That would just be nutty. Although sometimes late in the craft room, I begin to wonder.

To make these ATCs, I started with white cardstock and added a soft layer of Mulled Lavender Distress ink with the Sandy Beach background from Beach Babes. Over that, I stamped the Crazy Dot background from Snow Hugs using Dusty Concord ink. A layer of Brushed Corduroy distress in using the Netted background from Just Sayin' finished it off.

And then, I turned the background into these!

I am also entering these ATCs into the following great challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Anything but a Card with a Sentiment - I created ATCs.

Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

Why not have some fun and play along?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Rebel Challenge #8: Stamped Background

Today, a new Rebel Challenge posted at the RRD blog. This time, we are asking you to use a stamped background in your creation!

I've used one of the backgrounds I made last week and my Relish Reading plate to create this card. I love the great texture that was created by overlapping the various distress inks and background stamps.

Here's what the background looked like before I dressed it up. I started with the Sandy Beach Background, stamped in Wild Honey Distress ink. I then inked up my Almanac background from Relish Reading, stamping it in Spiced Marmalade Distress ink. Finally, I re-inked the Sandy Beach background with Tea Dye Distress ink, turning the Sandy Beach background 180 degrees before stamping it again.

Here's the finished card with all the trimmings.

Read and Dance
Stamps: sentiment and Almanac background from Relish Reading, Sandy Beach Background from Beach Babes (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Collage image: unknown - got separated from the rest of the sheet
Other: music sheet and dictionary page
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, More Mustard and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Inks: Old Paper, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Tea Dye (Ranger Distress Ink); Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Technique: Back t0 Back (Technique Junkies)

Check out more samples for this challenge on the RRD blog! Hope you join in!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Flowering Peeled Paper

The Rogue Crew is joining in with Gingersnap Creations and their newest Spicy Supply Challenge - Masking Tape. I decided to use a peeled paper background for my submission as this technique uses masking tape as part of the process.

It was a fun piece to put together. I combined stamps from Rogue Redhead Designs' Floriculture plate with collage images from Paper Whimsey and ArtChix Studios. The little girl's dress turned out to be a perfect place for a sentiment.

To see how I did the background, stop by Gingersnap Creations tomorrow to see my tutorial. In the meantime, check out all the fab art from the Rogue Crew and the Gingers!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Happy Man

Just a quick canvas I put together. I used some extra thick gesso and mixed it in to my paint. I used a piece of cardboard packaging to give some texture. I also pressed in some hardware into the paint before it dried. I distressed the collage images (ArtChix Studio) I used a little bit, but not sure I like the effect now that it is done.

I've got a few more prepared canvases on my craft table so off to play!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Mardi Gras in Mauve

Okay, it's more like lilac....but that would mess up my alliteration :) Hmmm....could have gone with Pretty in Plum I guess.

Here's an easy one-layer card with the new Carnival Dreams mini from Rogue Redhead Designs! I used the Block Collage technique from Technique Junkies which, as you all know probably too well, I truly love to use!

Mardi Gras Love
Stamps: various from Carnival Dreams mini (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Pale Plum and Perfect Plum (Stampin Up)
Technique: Block Collage (Technique Junkies)
Other: post-it note; sponge

I am entering this card into a few fantastic challenges!

Challenge Up Your Life - Tone on Tone/Monochrome

My Sheri Crafts - Love is in the Air (must show at least 2 hearts) - 4 hearts in the background and one on the lady's necklace and there's no doubt these two are sweethearts :)

Moving Along with the Times - Have a Heart - 5 hearts in total

Hope your day is filled with love and joy!

Grid Card Fun...Just Sayin

I combined the images from Floriculture and Just Sayin' for this easy vintage grid card!

Just Sayin' Grid
Stamps: various images from Just Sayin' plate and sentiment and sun from Floriculture (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Bo Bunny 6x6 pack
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Wild Honey, Scattered Straw and Dried Marigold (Ranger Distress Ink); Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Embellishment: dark brown 1/4" ribbon

I am submitting this card into the following fab challenges:

Allsorts - Free and Easy

Charisma Cards - Vintage

Do You Stack Up - Anything Goes

Okay, game's almost on so I gotta get going! Happy Football...I mean Sunday.... everyone!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Gingersnapping with Words of Wisdom

The GC Chestnut Theme Challenge for February is Words of Wisdom! I picked this proverb I love.

I have almost figured out my die-cut machine....yup, that hopeless! Anyway, I used this pretty scroll and really loved the look. The kids are colored with copic markers and I added some faux stitching around the edges as GC is focusing on faux techniques this month.

Garden Carried in the Pocket
Stamps: swingers and sentiment from Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: scrap from my basket
Cardstock: Handsome Hunter, Old Olive and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Handsome Hunter marker and ink (Stampin Up); Rich Cocoa (Memento); various copic markers
Other: Sizzix border die; circle cutter (Creative Memories)

To see more examples from the Rogue Crew, check out our post on Gingersnap Creations. To see all the awesome work from the Gingers, go to our Challenge post.
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