Thursday, February 28, 2013

Embossing Ribbon

I love playing around with new techniques. I saw that Lis Whiting dry-embossed some ribbon in her Unruly PaperArts article from earlier this month

I have long wanted to try wet embossing ribbon and this was just the inspiration I needed!

What I found through trial and error is that you need to use a smooth textured ribbon and be mindful of the weight (thickness of the ribbon) as my gossamer thin fibres melted as soon as the heat gun came close. You should also be sure to firmly secure your ribbon during both the stamping and heating processes. I used Versamark to ink my ribbon.

Here's my first card with some simple embossed ribbon.  CASual Fridays was having a Touch of Silver Challenge so I jumped right in with some silver ribbon.

Stamps: sentiment and swimgers from Relish Reading; sequin waste background from
Behind the Scenes; cosmos blossom from Floriculture (Rogue Redhead Designs)
You can see a bit more of the embossing from the side view.

I've also entered this card into the following challenges:

Addicted to Rubber Stamps - Use Stamps (4 stamps used, 5 impressions)

Lady Anne - Anything Goes

In my next card, I was going for a monochrome feel.  I used a matte silver embossing powder so the end result would have a flatter appearance.  The sentiment reads "Life is the flower for which love is the honey".  My camera would not show both a good view of the embossing and a good view of the sentiment.  My light box was having a mutiny day :)

Stamps: sentiment and cosmos blossom from Floriculture (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I loved the look as it reminded me of embroidered or damask fabric.

I am entering this CAS card into the following challenges:

CASual Fridays - Touch of Silver

Ruby's Rainbow - In the Garden

For more great things to do with ribbon check out the February Issue of Unruly PaperArts!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

One-Layer Double Stripe

Okay, I got re-addicted to masking once I started and could not stop!  I wanted to see how I could twist my masked stripe designs and then this card happened. 

I started by masking out the central oval as the basic rule of masking is to mask out whatever you want on top first.  I then marked out the green stripe which was sponged with distress ink, stamped with my sequin waste background in the same color and then over-stamped with a darker ink with my handwriting background. 

I then masked off the green stripe and created the blue stripe.  It has sponged distress ink, stamped with the same color using my bubble wrap background and then over-stamped with my handwritten music background in a slightly darker ink.  All these backgrounds came from the new Behind the Scenes plate at RRD.

Finally I used the reverse mask of the oval to shield everything else while I stamped the lily of the valley into the white space of the oval.  I added the sentiment and voila!

Stamps: handwritten music, handwriting, sequin waste and bubble wrap
 backgrounds from the Behind the Scenes plate, lily of the valley
 and sentiment from Floriculture (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - Flower Power

Perfect Sentiments: Floral Fantasia

Whimsical Designs; Going Green

Hope you have a burst of Spring in your day!  We could all use it, couldn't we?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Valentine's Aftermath 2

Usually I make vintage Valentines for my fabulous family, but this year I was feeling like going a totally different way - cute.

I have a pizza box filled with Valentine stamps and in there I have a couple of my fav Penny Black critters.

I made my sweet daughter, the incredible Roguette, this Miss Mouse card.  I went pink for this Valentine but as the Roguette is not girly at all, takes after her mom, I went with a strong pink with some gravitas with bold modern patterns.  She still loves cute, cuddly creatures (who doesn't?) so the mouse was okay.

Stamp: Mouse Love (Penny Black)

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Ladybug Crafts - Valentine's / Love

In the Pink - Pink Valentines

Paper Crafting Journey - Love

For my spectacular spouse, I went with some masculine blue (his fav color) and created a quick and cute card with this cute pup!  I probably should have colored it to match my giant of a golden retriever but he is so white blonde his nickname is "polar bear".  The brown pup gave more of a contrast to the cool blues.

Stamps: I'm So Cute (Penny Black); Hearts by the Dozen (Inkadinkado)
I am entering this card in the following fantastic challenges:

Artistic Stamper - Hearts and Flowers

Creatalicious Challenges - L'Amour

Heck of a Challenge - Love and Flowers

Hope you all had a tremendous and tender Valentine's weekend!

Guest Art: Roguette Zentangles Her Valentines

I'm always happy to share my beautiful and brilliant daughter's art!  This year, the teenage Roguette decided to create Zentangle Valentines for her appreciative parents.

I loved the bursts of red and touches of purple in her designs.

Here's what she made my handsome husband:

This one was for me!  I loved it!

These are definitely going in my treasure box :)

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Valentine's Aftermath 1

Now, that everyone has received their Valentine's I can finally blog them. Yup, my family actually does read my blog - scary, right?

Here are the rest of my little love notes.  These minis are 3' x 3" which is surprisingly small as a design space but a very fun size with which to work.

This one is extra simple and I may adapt it for some place cards for my next foray into entertaining.  As you all know - domestic goddess, I ain't!

Stamp: cutie from Just Sayin' (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I really love how this one turned out.  I mounted my little lady, Dot, onto a black circular mat, adhered it to the 3x3 base and then cut the mat where it overhung the edges.

Stamps: Dot and sentiment from Milliner Misses (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I went all inchie with this masculine mini.  I used Thomas from Relish Reading to create 4 inchies which were then arranged in a simple grid.  The base is stamped with the handwriting background from Behind the Scenes.

Stamps: Thomas from Relish Reading, My Sweetie from Candy Kisses,
and Handwriting Background from Behind the Scenes (Rogue Redhead Designs)

The next simple card ended up to be my favorite of the bunch!  It was so simple to create.  I stamped this loving couple with black ink, added a little white colored pencil highlights and added the sentiment.  Done! 

Stamps: older couple from Just Sayin' and
Love You from Snow Hugs (Rogue Redhead Designs)
My husband and I are a bit nutty as we are still crazy for each other after almost two decades together.  That's why I'll keep making these little notes as every day is Valentine's Day in our house!  I love to surprise him! 

If you want to try your hand at this nifty size note, why not play along with our 3"x3" Love Notes Challenge on RRD?

Friday, February 15, 2013

Quiet Solitude

I've been having fun with one layer cards! With a little masking and some great background stamps you can really have some fun.  For this card, I grabbed my Nature Notes plate from Rogue Redhead Designs.  I decided to do a little twist on the Technique Junkies' technique "It Takes Two".

I used sweet Clarice, the woman from Nature Notes.  I masked her and all the white space around her frame except for a wide stripe along the bottom of the card.  I sponged on some Dried Marigold distress ink and over-stamped with Sequin Waste background from Behind the Scenes with Spiced Marmalade.  Using Vintage Photo distress ink, I stamped my Handwritten Music background over all the masked areas.  I removed the masking and added the sentiment, also from Nature Notes.  I loved the way the intense background contrasted with the white space.

Stamps: Clarice and sentiment from Nature Notes, sequin waste and handwritten music
backgrounds from Behind the Scenes (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I am entering this card into the following fabulous challenges:

Anything Goes Challenge Blog - Vintage / Shabby Chic

Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes

Lady Anne's Challenges / Vickie' s Challenges - Anything Goes

Wishing everyone a day of quiet and a moment at least of delicious solitude!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


I got a chance to play a bit on Monday. With two different challenges on my mind, Less is More's One Layer Card with Music Challenge and Just Us Girl's Masking Challenge, I started with one idea and ended up with four different masked cards.

I started with a vague notion of a cat sitting on a wall, so I stamped my fav cat from my RRD Just Sayin' plate onto the card with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then masked off the cat and a section of card to become "the wall".  Once I had the section masked off, I sponged on some Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger).   Over that I stamped my sequin waste background from Behind the Scenes with the same ink.  I finished with my handwritten music background from the same collection, stamped using Vintage Photo distress ink.

Once this strip was completed, I removed the masks and colored the cat in with copic markers.  I stamped the sentiment, "Did You Hear" also from the Just Sayin' plate with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. 

Stamps: cat and sentiment from Just Sayin'; sequin waste and
handwritten music background from Behind the Scenes (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Less is More - One Layer Music

Just Us Girls - Masking

Sugar Creek Hollow - Feathers and Fur

Hope you get a bit of time to let your creativity take you where it will!  Come back and see the other cards I made over the next week or so.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Feline Fancy on a 3x3

Here is another of my 3" x 3" Love Notes for the current Rebel Challenge on RRD!  I paper pieced  the cat from the RRD Just Sayin' plate and paired it with a sentiment from Candy Kisses.  For the base, I stamped the 3" x 3" pink card with coordinating ink and the sequin waste background from the new RRD Behind the Scenes plate.

Add captionStamps: cat from Just Sayin' and Love You from Candy Kisses;
sequin waste background from Behind the Scenes (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I am also entering this mini card into the following charming challenges:

CAS on Sunday - Be My Valentine

Robyn's Fetish - Paper Piecing

Stamping Sensations - Fur and Feathers

Have a great day and let that special someone know that they are on your mind!

Little Ladies

Another card I forgot to blog!  Yikes!  My craft room is just beyond a mess lately.  This is a quick card I made with a bunch of scraps I had lying around.  These cuties are really fun to color and I took inspiration from the patterned paper that I used.

Stamp from Viva Las Vegastamps

To see other cards where I mixed and matched patterned papers, check out my article on Unruly PaperArts.

I am entering this card into the following fantastic challenges:

Eclectic Ellapu - Girly

Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes

Take some time to check in with a special gal pal today!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Going Rogue with Mini Love Notes

The new Rebel Challenge on Rogue Redhead Designs is to create mini 3" x 3" love notes!  Perfect for Valentine's or anytime you want to let that sweet someone know you care.

These tiny cards are too cute and too addictive.  While 3" x 3" is not a lot of space to get anything done, afficiandos of inchies, twinchies and thrinchies will totally be in their element.  You start with a 6" x 3" piece of cardstock, fold it in half and decorate it as you wish.

Here a couple of mine.  You can see the rest on the challenge post.

For mine, I was really concentrating on getting the message of "love" across.   For the following mini, I wanted to go really colorful so I stamped the flower from Just Sayin' randomly all over the card.  I then picked out groups of 3 copic markers in different hues to color in the various flower parts - yellow, orange, red, blue, green and purple - a virtual rainbow of love!

I adore this geometric flower as it's so easy to color and lends itself to so many different looks.

Stamps: flower from Just Sayin' and Love You
fron Snow Hugs (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Why not join in and play with this fun size? The challenge runs until March 3, 2013 and the randomly drawn winner will receive a US$15.00 voucher to the Rogue Redhead Designs store.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Let's Do Lunch

I was in a whimsical mood when I made this card. I've had this set of illustrations for ages, but kept forgetting to use them.

For this card though, I wanted to send a quick note to a friend who I've been trying to meet up with for awhile. It seemed perfect!

I loved the green in the woman's apron so I based my color selection on that one element to really pop it out.  I'm no domestic goddess so the image really worked for me and the sentiment, while a practical request, also made me laugh when coupled with the chaotic image.

Stamp: bubble wrap background from Behind the Scenes (Rogue Redhead Designs)

The background was made by stamping the Bubble Wrap background from the RRD Behind the Scenes plate onto a piece of glossy cardstock which had been inked with distress ink.

Wishing you lots of luscious lunches with your gal pals! 

To everyone in the path of Nemo, stay safe and warm!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Oceans of Love

I love to make Valentine's with less than traditional images. This time I am sailing away on the romance of the waves!

For this card, I used two tones of Distress Ink - Victorian Velvet and a hint of Spun Sugar.  To give this a more guy-friendly feel, I reached for my Beach Babes plate and decided to make this sailboat my main image.  I added a hint of color by using a water brush to apply some ink to the watercolor paper of the main image.  I added the sentiment from the same set.

The background was made by applying Victorian Velvet distress ink, using a direct-to-paper technique, to some glossy paper.  I misted my new Bubble Wrap background stamp, from the newly released Behind the Scenes collection, with water.  I then pressed it into the glossy paper and pulled it up to remove some of the ink.  I let this part dry and over-stamped the result with the Sandy Beach background also from Beach Babes.

Stamps: boat, sentiment  and Sandy Beach background from Beach Babes;
Bubble Wrap background from Behind the Scenes (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I am entering this card in the following charming challenges:

Lexi's Creations - Valentine

Scrappy Frog - Pink or Red

Anything Goes Challenge - Monochrome

Hope your day was rosy!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Keeping Cool

With a nod to Rogue Redhead's Winter Blues Rebel Challenge, I wanted to play with my cool blues on a blustery day last week. 

I started by smooshing a piece of glossy paper through some misted Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  I got some great inky looking texture and let it dry.  Then, I overstamped it twice with my new text background from RRD's new Behind the Scenes collection.  I stamped first with the same Tumbled Glass ink and then stamped just a hair offset with Faded Jeans Distress.  I liked the depth it gave the text.

I used this sweet collage image of the girl and paired it with a sentiment from RRD's Snow Hugs.  Not Quite Navy and Night of Navy cardstock added the finishing touches.
Stamps: sentiment from Snow Hugs, handwritten background from
Behind the Scenes (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I am entering this card in the following charming challenges:

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Adult Valentines

Divas by Design  - Blue, Brown and Cream

Simon Says ... Anything Goes

Have a fab and frosty weekend!
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