Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy Birthday Baby New Year

While writing up a new article for Unruly PaperArts on mixing and matching patterned paper, I decided to create a little birthday card to 2013.

I am not sure if this card is vintage, grunge, shabby chic or just a bunch of papers I really liked together, but here it is.  My camera is being a bit finicky about color but most of this card is rich reds, and rusts with a fabulous touch of celery green and warm ecru.

This year I have resolved to not resolve anything. Last year, I really wanted to be better about using my vast collection of stamps and my hoarded supplies and scheduling time to stamp. I did do a lot better at the beginning of the year and then, as it always does, life happened. In April of 2012, my part-time mostly offsite job became a very much onsite position with lots more hours. In September, I completely resumed all my full-time duties at our family business. Stamping time was at a premium as I tried to juggle all my different bits and bobs of life, marriage, parenthood, house, job and my own business as well as I could.

In the end, I followed half of last year's resolutions and, until yesterday, had not cut a new 12x12 piece of patterned paper throughout 2012. I have dipped into my scrap basket so much that it now actually resembles a basket again. I can see sides and sometimes even the bottom. I did organize my small scraps of cardstock and actually used them quite a bit. They now occupy a small drawer rather than a huge file box.

My responsibilities for Rogue Redhead Designs and Unruly PaperArts did take up a lot of my sparse stamping and collage time so I did not get to play with my many, many (26 pizza boxes of wood-mounted, 13 binders of cling-mounted and 3 drawers of acrylic) stamps or boxes of collage elements as much as I would have liked. I only added one new stamp in 2012 to my collection that wasn't RRD ...but everyone knows I am a sucker for Penny Black's hedgehog so that can be excused as a minor slip in my Stamp Acquisition was Christmasy, what was I supposed to do?  I have trimmed down my stamp collections though, getting rid of all my impulse buys.

This year, my goal is quite simple - keep stamping!

I want to keep learning, experimenting and being inspired by all the fabulous artists that I know and admire!

Wishing everyone a fabulous New Year!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Just a Note

Tis the season to get in touch with friends who are spread far and wide. What better way to start up a new conversation than with a handmade card.  Whether I am thanking someone for the perfect present or just wishing them tons of New Year cheer, a "Just a note" card is my favorite way to go. 

This year, I made a lot of different "thinking of you" and "just a note" cards as I decided in a wild move against tradition to skip the holiday cards this year.  I am taking my time over the quiet days between the end of the holiday and the beginning moments of 2013 to write letters to my friends and family flung far and wide rather than just dashing off a quick note on the bottom of a Christmas card. 

Here's one of the cards I made:

For this square card, I colored this stamp with markers and stamped it onto water color paper for a soft and different look.

Stamp: Blush (Penny Black) and sentiment (SavvyStamps)

I am entering this card into the following fantastic challenges:

Tuesday Alchemy - Anything Goes

Use It Tuesday - Look Ahead to 2013  (hoarded supplies are much neglected stamp and sentiment, Stampin' Up paper I've had for at least 4 years and my last two pieces of Old Olive cardstock which I was saving for a rainy day; purpose of card is to catch up with friends/family with hand-made cards in 2013).

The Pink Elephant Challenge - Anything Goes

Off to make some more!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas with some Paper Pines

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday and fabulous New Year! Hope your days are filled with love, friendship and fantastic fun!

For this card, I did a simple paper piecing technique with a whole lot of scraps! The trees are from RRD's Candy Kisses set.

Hope everyone finds some great crafty goodness under the tree this year!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Multi Midge

"Midge" , a new Rogue Redhead Designs image, made her debit in the January 2013 issue of Craft Stamper magazine. I was so excited to have 3 of my designs included in this issue of Craft Stamper. Here is one of the designs I made with Midge. As you can see, I kept it dead simple but I think it still has some panache!

Midge will make an appearance on one of RRD's 2013 releases.  Look for here in the New Year.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Design Divas - Anything Goes

Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Lady Anne's Challenges - Anything Goes

Hope you are enjoying some free time for your creative endeavors over the holiday break!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Good Friends and Published in Craft Stamper

I am delighted to say that a few of my cards graced the pages of Craft Stamper in their January 2013 issue! So excited!

Those who get the free cover stamp with their subscription to Craft Stamper have a new Milliner Misses image - Midge! She'll be making an appearance, in a larger format, on RRD's upcoming Odds and Sods stamp plate releasing in 2013.

Stamps: Midge (exclusinve on Craft Stamper) and sentiment from Milliner Misses mini (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I had a ton of fun putting this card together!  The pleated ribbon border was a bit tricky until I realized that it would be a breeze with some double-sided tape - duh.

Hope you are having lots of fun times with friends over the holiday season!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cooking Up Some Art

For December, the Unruly Facebook group is doing baking/cooking items as their "Altered Item of the Month"!

I choose to FINALLY (had this thing forever) alter this cool vintage 50s pie plate.  I painted it with gold Lumiere paint and sprinkled on some gold flakes (JudiKins) for some extra sparkle.

For the center piece, I wanted to showcase this lovely vintage Christmas postcard.  I picked out some subtle paper to go with the colors - don't you love green and gold?  I added some music paper and a little more gold paint here and there to finish off the look.

Here's a closer look at that vintage postcard:

There's still time to go arty on your  bakeware!  We're showing off our altered items until the end of the month! The some Unruly submissions will be featured in the January issue of Unruly PaperArts!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Mittens in the Mail

Check out this fabulous tag I got in the mail from the amazing and talented Stephanie Severin!  She was rocking her Candy Kisses and Just Sayin' stamps from RRD for this awesome piece!

If you want to see more of Stephanie's work, check out her blog - Ingenious Inkling!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Shaping Up Blues

It's the end of the year and I am contemplating my stamping sins of the past year. While I started with the idea of using up as many scraps as possible this year and getting tons of stamping done, life and a slow-go mojo got in the way. I did conquer my fear of CAS cards which was a plus as they are such a great way to use up those pesky scraps!

Here is one of the ideas from my article on Unruly PaperArts - Scraptastic Uses for Your Paper Bits.

I loved this bits of blue too much to throw them out but they were too small for most of my design ideas.  I decided to showcase them as small panels and use the excess of this double-sided paper to paper piece this pretty miss.

What do you think?  Hit or Miss?

Friday, December 14, 2012

Feeling Scrappy

If your scrap basket is like mine, it is constantly overflowing. In this month's issue of Unruly PaperArts, I took a look at some ways to lighten your scrap load with some easy cards.

I am often left with scraps that are long enough but not quite wide enough for a full card panel. Why not showcase the amazing pattern and make it a feature? This simple card could definitely send me on a card making frenzy to use up all those gorgeous and busy designer papers that I have lying around.

Stamp: sentiment from Snow Hugs (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I also have a lot of very small scraps and that's where my punch comes in handy. Here's another card with only a sentiment but lots of visual interest. You can see how I made it over at UPA.

Stamp: sentiment from Floriculture (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Well, off to rummage some more in my scrap basket!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Mitten Mania

I always love repetition in design. I find it so fun. Here's a quick one-layer card I did with a Christmasy feel.  The finished card was perfect for the One-Layer Winter Holiday Card challenge at RRD!

I stamped the mittens from my RRD Candy Kisses set in a row and then used copic markers to add Christmasy colors.  I added a sentiment from a companion set, Snow Hugs, to finish off this simple card.

Stamps: mittens from Candy Kisses, sentiment from Snow Hugs (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I have entered this card in the following challenges:

Less is More - One Layer In a Row

Lollipop Crafts - Happy Holidays

Paper Playtime - Christmas Colors

Of course, this is not the first time I have used this layout as you know!  Here's a peak at my past cards going back to 2009!

Time to find those mittens and get out in the great outside!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Icicle Infatuation

Love blooms even in the coldest weather. I was having fun with my Snow Hugs set and some post-its! It was perfect for the One-Layer Winter Holiday Card Rebel Challenge on RRD!

I first stamped this loving couple onto a white card base and then I created a mask by stamping the image again on a large post-it. After carefully cutting out the figures, I added the mask to the card and then used post-its to create square (or mostly square) sections into which I could sponge cool blue ink. I loved the effect!

I used a water brush to pick up some more inky color and paint in some of the details on the two figures.  I wanted to keep it simple so I just picked out a few details.

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Snow White

Try It On Tuesday - Let's Get Inky

Without Words Challenge Blog - Monochrome Christmas

Hope the love of your life warms your heart in this cool weather!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Mardi Gras in the Middle

For Clean and Simple cards, the "In the Middle" technique, shown in the  Technique Junkies newsletter, holds the possibility of so many variations.  This time I went bright and bold with it.  The new Rebel Challenge on Rogue Redhead Designs is to create a Winter Holiday Card in just One-Layer!

I chose Mardi Gras for my first Winter Holiday to showcase and used my RRD Carnival Dreams stamps to create the scene.

I stamped my couple and surrounded them with stars for above the sentiment.  For below the sentiment, I used masking to create a trio of jesters hats.  I used the purple, green and gold of Mardi Gras for my main color scheme.

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

Jellypark Challenges - Stars are Brightly Shining

Addicted to Stamps and More! - Make Your Mark

Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything Goes

Hope you have a day bursting with color and love!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Cosmos Buds Go Scraptastic

This card was born from scrap bits left over in my scrap basket.  I love this happy yellow color and couldn't resist saving all my bits from various projects.  That said, I also couldn't figure out what to do with the little bits I had saved until I hit on this one idea.  I think it turned out quite well.

I stamped my cosmos blossom from my Floriculture set (Rogue Redhead Designs) onto these different patterned papers with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  I framed the strips with a black panel and mounted everything onto a soft yellow card base.

Stamp: Cosmos blossom from Floriculture (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I have entered this card into the following challenges:

Lady Anne's Challenges - Anything Goes

Crafting for All Seasons - Use Flowers (these are cosmos buds)

Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
To see more of ways I used up my scraps, check out my article on Unruly PaperArtsVintrigue: Scraptastic Uses for Your Paper Bits.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Paging Winter

It's a busy time of year so I went EXTRA simple for this month's Simple Set Saturday over at Rogue Redhead Designs.

I started with some vintage papers (a gift from my friend Laura) and over-stamped my Snow Hugs images onto the paper. A little ripping and distress ink later and I had a full set of cards - no fuss no muss! Okay, a little muss...I'm not that neat with distress ink :)

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Clean and Simple

Guylou's Inimitability - Twisted Christmas (non-traditional colors)

Charizma Cards - Christmas with a Twist (no red, green or gold)

To see the other cards I made with the same idea over at the RRD blog!
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