Saturday, September 29, 2012

More Eerie ATCs

I've been bogged down with a ton of work and craziness, but I wanted to share the remainder of my ATC makes for the Eerie Artist Trading Card swap on Unruly PaperArts.  There's still time to join in!  Sign-ups end tomorrow!  Join the UPA Yahoo group to get in on the fun!

Here's what I came up with:

I am also entering the above ATC in the following challenges:

Paper Crafting Journey - Mythical Creatures (Winged Witch has to be Mythical, right?)

 Crafting for All Seasons - Things with Wings

I am entering my Hocus Pocus ATC in these challenges:

Craft Us Crazy - Halloween and/or Anything Goes

Sarah Hurley Challenge - Something Magical

Finally, I am also entering my Black Cat ATC in the following challenges:

Wicked Wednesday ATCs - Based on a Story Character (The black cat in Poe's Black Cat story)

Crafty Ann's - Inspired by a Film Title (this one is based on the old movie The Black Cat adapted from Poe's story)

Hope you are all have an awesome Autumn!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

UPA Eerie ATC Swap

Unruly PaperArts is having an Eerie ATC swap!  I put together some collaged ATCs for the occasion.

If I could go Poe all the time, I totally would.  Instead, I use my few Poe images sparingly but I just had to bring them out for this swap!

I went a little silly with the tiny witch hat, but hey...Halloween and spooky stuff is all about fun right?  The backgrounds are from some fabby collage ATC backgrounds my sweet friend Debby Boltman gave me ages ago and they were perfect for this set!

If you love making ATCs and you love Halloween (like I totally do), this is the swap for you!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Faux Designer Paper Goes Rogue

It always amazes me what can be created with a little ink, some images and some embossing powder.

The colors were inspired by our Lilac, Navy and White Rebel Challenge on RRD. I used a number of different sets to create this card. I loved watching how they all melded together.

I  stamped a number of images onto a white panel using Versamark ink. I sprinkled clear embossing powder over these inked images and heat embossed them. I then sponged plum and lavender ink across the whole panel. I used the lavender ink to over stamp the same image slightly offset to the embossed ones. I then put the panel between two pieces of copy paper and ran a heated iron over the paper, removing the embossing powder. Make sure to keep your panel between the sheets of copy paper when ironing as you don't want your iron to get embossing powder all over it! I stamped the Sandy Beach Background with plum ink over the whole panel. Finally, I added more images randomly using Paris Dusk Memento. I matted the panel with navy cardstock and mounted it on a white card base.

Stamps: flower silhouette, vines and Carpe Diem from Nature Notes, cosmos blossom
, lily of the valley, sun, and Fleur from Floriculture, Sandy Beach background
from Beach Babes; Thinking of You from Bits and Pieces (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Seize your creative day!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Blog Candy Winners

This week got away from me but I wanted to announce the winners of the blog candy!  Better late than never, right?

Here's the results of my random drawing!

First, congratulations to #12 Dawn who will receive the Nature Notes plate!

Next, congratulations to #4 Georgie Horn who will receive the Floriculture plate!

Finally, congratulations to #26 Rachelxx who will receive a Milliner Misses mini!

Thanks everyone!

Happy Unbirthday

Sometimes you just have to celebrate the non-days! Life isn't all greeting card holidays. I love to make cards for my friends "just because". My father started a tradition of "unbirthdays" in our family so that no one ever had to wait to do something nice for one another. This is one of those kind of cards.

The reason I used this particular image is that this woman just cracks me up each and every time I set her in ink!  She is totally celebrating an unbirthday, don't you think?

Stamps: woman and sentiment from Just Sayin' (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: More Mustard, Basic Black, Barely Banana, Ruby Red (stampin Up)
Paper: scrap from my bin
Ink: Jet Black (Stazon)

Hope you have a Happy Unbirthday!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Lilac Lovely

While this card is another one heavy on white space, I actually had a lot going on with it!

This piece is another sample for the Lilac, Navy and White Rebel Challenge on RRD! I used my RRD Nature Notes set for this one with a little help from the Relish Reading and Beacb Babes full-size backgrounds.

I stamped the Sandy Beach background from Beach Babes in lilac ink and the Almanac Page background from Relish Reading with navy ink onto white paper. I sponged some additional lilac ink onto the background. I then stamped the woman with Tuxedo Black Memento onto one panel of white, one panel of plain lilac cardstock and onto the inked lilac panel. I colored the woman's head and neck on the white panel with copics and I cut the woman's coat out of the lilac cardstock. I layered both of these pieces onto the inked background and then trimmed and matted it. I added the sentiment and the panel to the white base card.

Stamps: woman and sentiment from Nature Notes, Almanac Background from Relish Reading, Sandy Beach background from Beach Babes (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Lavender Lace and Night of Navy (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); copic markers
Technique: paper piecing

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Great Impressions - Sentimental Journey

Scrappers Delight - Make Your Own Backing Paper (I did behind the image)

Allsorts - Layers (4 layers beyond base card with the paper piecing)

Hope you are the master of your fate today!  I know I am - it's my day off :)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

K.I.S.S. Birthday Card

This card is definitely a "Keep It Simple Stamper" card.  For a cat lover though, it has everything it needs :)  The colors came from the "Lilac, Navy and White" Rebel Challenge on RRD!

Stamps: cat from Just Sayin' and sentiment from Nature Notes (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Believe it or not this little card has 3 layers in addition to it's base.  I started by stamping the cat and sentiment onto white cardstock.  I then trimmed the panel but made the bottom of the piece a little higher than the image to let the cat's tail hang out of the "frame", something the Technique Junkies taught me with their "Out of the Box" technique.

 I matted the white panel with some navy cardstock.  The final step was to stamp the cat again on lilac designer paper (there's some texture and dots but those are hard to see in the picture).  I cut this lilac cat out and paper pieced it to the white one.  Next time, I may try the same technique with some textured paper for the kitty.

I am entering this card in the following fab challenges:

Do You Stack Up? - Birthdays

Delicious Doodles - Celebrations (birthday)

Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes

Hope you have an excellent start to your week!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Going Rogue with Lilac, Navy and White

There's a new Rebel color challenge on RRD - Lilac, Navy and White!  I thought it would make a great color combo for Dot of Milliner Misses.

I was inspired in the layout by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!

I had a lot of fun paper piecing this image with some plaid and gingham!  Her face is colored with copic markers.

I think this card would also work well for the current Simply Create Too "So Old or Vintage".

Hope you are having a stylish and sunny weekend!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

One More Beach Card

Here's another beach-theme card as I try and cope with the fact that Summer is finally over...sigh. Did I get to go to the seaside this year? Nope. Never made it. Double sigh. Will have to settle for some off-season time on the Cape.

I've used the little guy from Beach Babes again.  I love repetition in cards so the Warhol technique is a great fit.  This card also works for the current Rebel Challenge on RRD - Shape Up!  We've challenging you to use at least one rectangle, one square and one circle in your design. 

Oceans of Love
Stamps: beach boy and sentiment from Beach Babes (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: scrap from my ever-increasing scrap basket
Cardstock: Kraft, Espresso, Mellow Moss, and Not Quite Navy (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Technique: Warhol (Technique Junkies)

I'm going to enter this card in the following fab challenges:

Crafty Sentiments - Male Cards

Creative Craft Challenges 2 - All About the Boys

Card Mania - On the Beach

Wishing you oceans of fun and waves of creativity!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Scene Peek on a Summer's Day

Over the weekend I played with my own take on a single-layer card.  I wanted it to be different so I created a window where you could catch a peek at the scene behind the focal image. 

As the summer fades into memory, I wanted one last seaside scene to send it off.  I started with the little boy from RRD's Beach Babes in the foreground (front of the card) and used one of my circle cutting templates to draw a circle around him.  After coloring him in with copics, I cut out all the "white space" in the circle revealing  the inside panel of the card.

Using the grid on my cutting mat, I was able to figure out where to place the inside scene which consisted of the sailboat and the birds from the same plate.  I decided to make it a sunset sky to really set it off.  When you stand the card up, you really get a feeling of depth as the boy stands looking out over the sea.

I left the edges of my "scene" very irregular as if the sky and ocean just fade into the card itself.

I've entered this card into the following challenges:

Amusing Challenges - Must Use Markers (all copics)

A Gem of a Challenge - A Boy Thing

Crafty Creations - Summer Scene

You can see the other cards I made with this same idea on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog.

Monday, September 3, 2012

900 Posts? Is it Possible?

Yes, I guess it is!  I can hardly believe that I have posted 900 times.  Boy, am I overly talkative :)

To celebrate and thank all the fabulous friends I have made through blogging, I am offering up some vintage goodness in the form of some Rogue Redhead Designs unmounted stamp plates.

I will draw three random names from the comments left on this post over the next week (closing September 10, 2012). One comment per person please.

The first person whose name is randomly drawn will receive RRD's new Nature Notes half plate:

The second person whose name is randomly drawn will receive RRD's Floriculture half plate:

And, the final randomly drawn name will receive RRD's Milliner Misses mini:

You might be thinking, "But Shar what happens if my name is drawn fro a plate I already own?"  Well, I definitely don't want to discourage any of my fabulous customers from entering so if your name is drawn for a plate you already have, you will receive an RRD store voucher for an amount consistent with the value of that unmounted stamp plate.

To enter, just leave a comment making sure that I have a way to contact you.  I'll be posting the list of drawn names on Monday, September 10, 2012.

Help me get everyone going Rogue and pass the word about this giveaway!

Thanks to everyone for being part of my artistic journey!

As I looked over my old posts I was struck by the fact that I am totally all over the place with style, design, format and mediiums. It seems it has been more of a meander than a determined travel plan but it is still a journey.  I've grabbed some photos from previous posts to illustrate what I mean.

 Post 100 - Paper Piecing in my 31 Days of Holiday Cards series

This card is from a series of prompts I did one October to get my Christmas cards completed.

Post 200 - Going Girly: GC03 Inspiration Challenge.

This is an unexpected pink creation for one of the first Gingersnap Creations Challenges.

Post 301 - Queen of the Last Minute

I quite liked this card which had a bunch of things going on - copic coloring, embossing, masking, dry embossing....just lots.  My favorite part of course is the sentiment which fits me to a T!

Post 401 - Paper and Paste Creations

I was very excited to have had the pleasure to interview Kelly Kilmer, a collage artist I much admire.  I had showcased my "attempt" at some collage art.

Post 501 - Purple Passion

I had just completed my first ever canvas complete with an image transfer and some genuine 1920s newspaper bits.  I love that this one tells a story of a romantic triangle which was a theme I picked up from the old newspaper itself.

Post 601: Santa Season Day 23

This card harkens back to my start in stamping using Stampin' Up! sets.  I created this card for another holiday series I did, "Santa Season".

Post 700 - Simple Seaside Set

Here's a card I made for my Simple Set series on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog.  You can see that I was playing up the fabulous textures of the papers available from the incredible Paper Temptress!

Post 800 - Grid Card for Fun...Just Sayin'

I got really messy with this one - if I remember right I was up to my elbows in distress ink :)

For all these posts, I have stuck mainly to cards.  One of the reasons I love to create cards is that I very rarely get time to be creative - a few moments here, a stolen morning there.  Cards are a great and satisfying way of expressing that creative urge on the fly!

Here is a photo album of some of my favorite pieces over the years!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Summer is Sailing Away

Summer may be sailing away but I am still having fun with some of my seaside stamps! This little girl from my Beach Babes set always enchants me.  Combined with this lovely background paper, it looks as if she is waving goodbye to a whole regatta of sailboats.  She's colored using Copic markers.

Stamps: waving girl and sentiments from Beach Babes (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I added a little bit of ripped specialty paper to bring a little wave to my seaside card.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Amusing Challenges - Markers

Sweet Stamping - Inspired by a Song or Film (Song is "Sail Away")

Simply Create Too - So Old or Vintage (the young lady is definitely vintage)

Hope you are having an excellent Labor Day weekend!
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