Thursday, November 29, 2012

Comforts of Home

It's holiday time again or at least that's what the music and decorations at the mall seem to be screaming. In the midst of all that loud, brash and over-the-top Christmas chaos, I wanted a breath of old-fashioned holiday spirit - simple delights and time spent with family. I thought of this sweet pair, an image I received from a dear friend.

I went very colorful with the actual image but tried to keep my Copic coloring fairly mellow.

Stamp: HAnglar & stAnglar
I am entering this card into the following charming challenges:

Shopping Our Stash - Odds and Ends / Waiting to Be Used
This image from a swap has been in my "to be colored" box for ages and these Stampin' Up papers have been sitting in my drawer for several years.  Happy to have them all used!
ABC Challenge - Anything Goes

May the comforts of home be paramount for you this week!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Live the Life

This is the second card I made with my distress ink backgrounds. This time I went ultra simple. Showcasing the beautiful Da Vinci woman was my main focus and this evocative sentiment seemed to add a fabulous balance to the card.

Again, I kept the color palette to a minimum of teal and black.  An ultra-simple mat with opposing rounded corners added a little zing.

Stamps: Da Vinci Woman (Stamp Francisco) and sentiment (Stampers Anonymous)
I have entered this card in the following challenges:

Sunday Stamper - Vintage (image is Da Vinci - vintage)

That Craft Place - No Squares Allowed

Wishing you a day of stamping and serious fun!

Winner of December Craft Stamper Issue

Thanks for all the nice comments on my post. Congrats to Evelyn who won the December Issue of Craft Stamper. Evelyn, please email me at so I know where to send your issue.

Have a great day everyone! P.S. Craft Stamper is going Rogue again in January! Check out the next issue for another look at Rogue artwork!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Teal Streaked Passion

Sometimes one just has to play around. This card is the result of just making it up as I went along. I started with some backgrounds I had made a long long time ago by dragging glossy card stock through distress ink that had been stamped on a craft sheet and spritzed with water.

From there, I decided to focus on this beautiful image originally by Leonardo Da Vinci, translated into rubber by Stamp Francisco. She has such a classic powerful look despite her elegance and grace that I wanted to pair her with an inspirational statement.  I used some extra background glossy paper to stamp the sentiment (River City Rubber Works).

While the background paper was already subtly patterned teal paper, I added to it by stamping "passion" (Impression Obsession) repeatedly over the whole panel. 

I ended up making two cards using this face and a similar theme.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Ladybug Crafts - Monochrome

Natalie and Amy's Challenge - Favorite Color Combo (teal and black)

Hope you find passion, poise and poetry in your day!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Bunny Christmas

Figured it was about time to start on my Christmas cards! These bunnies are too cute! I dressed them and their tea cup up with some red and green and voila! Christmas card!

The bunnies are from My Favorite Things and the sentiment is Rogue Redhead from the Candy Kisses plate.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Bloggers - Christmas Anything Goes

Clear It Out Challenge - Ugly Sweater - the base panel of designer paper was purchased in a pack for me as a gift when I first started stamping, almost 8 years ago!  It's supposed to be grass blades.....

Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes

Hope your day is filled with playfulness and a nice cup of tea!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Post Script

I have been very negligent in posting the fabulous things that have been coming in the mail for me in the past month!  I have been beyond busy at work but hopefully it will start to ease up as we hit the home stretch of the year!

These are the beautiful Artist Trading Cards that I received in the Unruly Eerie ATC swap.  Thanks to Michele, Krisha and Helene!

Artwork by Michele, Krisha and Helene

I also got a lot of great hostess gifts along with my selection of ATCs!  Thanks everyone! You are all too sweet!  For those that played, yes I only have 3 and I should have 4 ATCs in the swap but the Roguette took a shine to my own creations and put them around the house as decorations.  One of them was especially well-hidden and as she asked if she could have it after we finally found it, I have a feeling there was a plan involved in its disappearance.  As I could only send out 3, I only took 3.

Here's a couple of the wonderful extras I got from the swap!

A tag from Helene:

I love all the great details in this many great touches!  Thanks so much, Helene!

A great card from Electra:

I adore the design of this card, but I think my fav part are the witches legs at the top!  Thanks a bunch, Electra!

I also was surprised and delighted to receive a RAK from Kathy R!  Isn't it fabulous?  Thanks tons, Kathy!

My mail carrier thinks I am nuts as I always do a little dance at the mailbox when I see art from friends mixed in with all the bills and catalogs.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Orange You Reading?

Every year at the holidays, I find myself wrapping up a ton of books as gifts for friends.  Almost all my friends are bibliofiles like me and cannot get enough of a good read. 

This year, I wanted to add cards that went with the gift, so I dug out my Relish Reading stamps and came up with a simple design!  I wanted the colors light and bright but I am sure I could completely change the look by changing the color palette.

Stamps: Marie and sentiment from Relish Reading (Rogue Redhead Designs)I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes

Robyn's Fetish - Make It Vintage (definitely a vintage image)

Simply Create Too - Use Your Stash -  the designer paper and most of the cardstock was out of my stash of scraps and I've had those brads hanging around for a donkey's age :)

Hope you have a cozy day curled up with a book and a cup of cocoa before the holiday chaos arrives!

Published in Craft Stamper and a Giveaway

This month, I was delighted to be part of the Stamping Contrasts spread for the December issue of Craft Stamper.  I joined a wonderful group of designers - including Joanne Allison, Kim Costello and Jean Franks Beck -  all using Rogue Redhead's Snow Hugs plate!

I kept my deign pretty simple!  I colored the image using Copic markers!  The hearts in the sentiment block are paper pieced.

If you haven't checked out this cool magazine, now's the time!

Comment on this post for a chance to win the December Issue of Craft Stamper magazine.  I'll be drawing ONE lucky winner from all the comments left on this post by November 26, 2012.  I'll post the winner on November 27, 2012.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Labeling the Rainbow

Every once in awhile I pull out my label sheets to see what I can do.  This time I decided to take a nudge from the Do You Stack Up Rainbow Challenge and go with blocks of color with labels.

This is a simple square kraft card.  I colored the labels with distress ink and then stamped the lovers from Carnival Dreams with black ink.  I reassembled the three labels onto the base card and added a sentiment.  All finished!  I thought it made a cute note!

Stamps: lovers from Carnival Dreams, sentiment from Snow Hugs (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Don't forget both these sets are part of the Beautifully Dunn Bundle now on sale at Rogue Redhead Designs!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Dawn of Time

This card is for my husband on the occasion of our 16th wedding anniversary.  We are both history nuts so this beautiful tableau of gentleman from ancient Greece seemed to be appropriate.

It's hard to see in the full photo (my camera is being annoying) but these fab faces are stamped onto a piece of watercolor paper that was tea-dyed with actual tea and dusted with some coffee granules.  To finish off it was held over a candle just to get some fun singed bits here and there.

Onto this treated paper, I stamped this fantastic image from StampFrancisco with Rich Cocoa Memento.  I wanted to go a straight-forward non-cluttered layout as it was a masculine card so I took my cue from the Craft Your Passion Challenge where there was a call for Clean & Simple cards.  I then went looking for my design and settled on a delightful sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

I liked the clean lines and the focus on the middle panel.  I also took inspiration for the background papers from Crazy Amigo's Stripes Challenge.

I used a little hardware and a bit of ribbon to finish the whole thing off.  As I have loved my beloved husband from the Dawn of Time, I hope this will properly convey that feeling :)

Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Playing Tag

In keeping with the Rogue Redhead Designs' Rebel Challenge - UnCard! - I am trying once again to create a tag.  I am truly tag-challenged but I thought I would just play around.  Here's what I got:

For this tag, I used images and a sentiment from my Floriculture plate and a flourish and tulip from my Nature Notes plate, stamped in Really Rust ink (Stampin Up) and Rich Cocoa (Memento) ink.  My base layers are scraps of designer paper.  I added a collage heart and the sentiment to finish it off.

Hope your day blossoms!

Monday, November 12, 2012

A Simple Thank You

Sometimes you need a simple thank you to highlight a generous gesture.  This one-layer thank you was quick to put together but I think has nice visual impact.

To put it together, I used the following Rogue Redhead Designs sets - Floriculture (the cosmos blossom), Bits and Pieces (the mottled square and the ragged rectangle) and Nature Notes (the sentiment).  I used Certainly Celery ink (Stampin' Up) for the shapes and Tuxedo Black Memento for the flower and sentiment.

I really love these simple geometric shapes from Bits and Pieces.  They come in so handy.

I've entered this card into the following challenges:

Amusing Challenges - Thank You

Scrappy Frogs - Give Thanks

Sentimental Sundays - Thanks / Thanksgiving

Have a fabulous day!! Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

UnCard! New Rebel Challenge at RRD!

The new Rebel Challenge is up on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog and we are asking you to NOT make a card!  Basically, you have a long list of possible makes to create - ATC, Moo, Scrapling, coaster, hanging, canvas, home decor item, mixed media 3D piece - just not a card!

With a very tiring couple of weeks including a hurricane, Halloween, book clubs, outings with the family, an election, and a small snow storm, I really just wanted to keep life simple.  I decided to decorate a kraft journal with an image and sentiment from Nature Notes.

I particularly love this quote from an excellent poem by William Ernest Henley called Invictus.  It seemed quite appropriate for a new journal!

If you feel like getting away from the "card game" for a little, why not play in our current Rebel Challenge?  The randomly selected winner will receive a US$15.00 voucher to the RRD store!

If you haven't checked out the RRD Anniversary Mega Sale, there's still time to get in on the huge bargains available!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Anniversary Mega Sale at Rogue Redhead Designs

Wow! It's our second full anniversary over at RRD! I am so excited to have been producing vintage and eclectic stamp collections since 2010!

We are celebrating with one huge sale!  All rubber stamp plates are on sale for one week only!

On top of savings on individual stamp plates, we've also got two great bundles on sale! 

Our Beautifully Dunn Winter Bundle - which features the full-size Snow Hugs plate, the half-size Candy Kisses and the Carnival Dreams mini - is available the low price of $30.00!  Similarly, the Half Plate Bundle -  including Floriculture, Bits and Pieces and Nature Notes - will also be on sale for $30.00!  Both these great deals are available only until November 11, 2012!  Get in on the savings today!

If you haven't gone Rogue with your art yet, this is a great time to start!  If you're already a Rogue stamper, this a fabulous time to round out your collection!

Sale ends on November 11, 2012!  Get in on the bargains today!
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