Sunday, April 28, 2013

Starburst Birds

As you may have noticed, I can't seem to stop playing with my new lovebirds. For today's card, I wanted to go more natural (read possible) colors so I pulled out my red and brown copics and got to work.

I decided to try another card using the Technique Junkies' Designer Paper Starburst technique. This time I went a little slimmer with my starburst and started it mid-card. I thought that the background went beautifully with my little birds. What do you think?

Stamp: love birds from This N That (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I am entering this card in the following fab challenges:

Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes

Fab N Funky - Love is a Many Spendored Thing

Crafty Bloggers Network - Anything Goes

Have a good one and don't forget to cuddle up with someone special!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Pink and Green Fit for a Queen

My Mom always used to say "Pink and Green are fit for a Queen". I agree with that bit as I love the freshness of this particular color combo. Of course, the rhyme ends "Pink and Blue will never do" which I have to take issue with as it truly depends on which blue and which pink. For today, however, I'll stick to the part that Mom and I both agree on.

I've dressed Midge up in these Spring colors and then set her on a simple background with two polka dot papers. I think she is definitely dressed for success with this card!  This is also my first time making Midge blonde.  What do you think?

I am entering this card into the following charming challenges:

Crafty Creations - Pink Plus One

Charisma Cardz - Polka Dots

Dilly Beans - Think Pink

Hope you feel like royalty today!

Lay Claim to Your Fate

With this card, I just really wanted to focus on the sentiment.  For the base, I used kraft cardstock and stamped the clockface from the newly-resleased This N That plate several times in both Memento Tuxedo Black and Distress Ink Tea Dye.  I added the stark white quote, also from This N That, and rounded two corners for some visual interest.

Here it is:

Stamps: clockface and sentiment from This N That (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I am entering this card into the following challenge:

Paper Crafting Journey - Use a Sentiment

Don't let time get away from you today!  Have some fun!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Teal We Meet Again

I love teal and yellow as a color combo so I could not resist dressing Midge up in those same hues. Doesn't she look stylish?  Midge is our newest Milliner Miss and she is part of the brand-new Rogue Redhead Designs' This N That plate which is on sale until May 30, 2013.  

I put Midge on a Designer Paper Starburst background, a technique I learned from Technique Junkies.  It was a great way to use up my stray long and skinny scraps. 

Stamp: Midge from This N That plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I am entering young Midge in the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Make Your Mark

Everybody Art Challenge - 2 Colours (Teal & Yellow)

Simon Says - Anything Goes

Hope your day bursts with color!  Have a good one!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Krafty Birds

What I loved about this bird image when I chose it for the new This N That plate from Rogue Redhead Designs is its simplicity. This image does not need to be colored to really stand out. In this card, I decided to use black ink on kraft paper and add a small amount of highlight with a white colored pencil.

I finished off the card with a bold white banner with one of the sentiments also from the This N That plate.  Many of the quotes that show up in on RRD plates are personal favorites of mine.  Both myself and my daughter, the amazing Roguette, absolutely love Emily Dickinson so I was happy to include this turn of phrase from the poem of the same name.  I always found it evocative.

Stamps: birds and sentiment from This N That plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I am entering this card into the following fabulous challenges:

Celebrate the Occasion - Clean and Simple

Craft Room Challenge - So Sentimental

Cards in Envy - Things with Wings

I hope you have a day where you can dwell in possibility too!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

We've Got a Little This N That to Share Today

Rogue Redhead Designs is delighted to announce its newest release, This N That, a half plate of unmounted rubber stamps with a lot of personality. This eclectic collection of vintage focal images and bold sentiments is sure to enchant.

With our fashionable flapper Midge and our adoring lovebirds along with our newest set of sentiments, you’ll be inspired to create many unique papercrafting projects. This half plate also features its own mini background, a charming checkboard, ideal for ATCs and smaller creations.

The This N That plate will be on sale for an introductory price of US$12.00 until May 30, 2013 when it will return to its regular retail price of US$15.00. RRD will also be offering this plate in our Rogue’s Choice Bundle along with our popular Milliner Misses mini collection from April 17, 2013 through May 30, 2013 for the sale price of US$18.00 (reg. US$22.50).

Come back all through this month to see a variety of samples using this new collection! Don't forget to visit our ravishing Rogue Crew members and our glorious Rogue Crew Guests for even more inspiration!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Happiness Blooming

It's a sunny, beautiful day here so I am going to join in the joy of nature a little.  Bunnies always make me think of spontaneous joy with a little unfettered hope thrown in.  Here, I've used Block Fill technique from an issue of the Technique Junkies newsletter to give this cute image a little definition and pop.

Here's the whole card!  I went with sunny colors for a sunny day!

Stamp: Penny Black

Hope your day includes lots of bright and cheery elements!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

No Words

It's been a hard few days here in Massachusetts. I really don't have any words to express the heartache and grief at the tragedy that occurred at the Boston Marathon or how inspired I am by how Boston rallied in the face in adversity. This card, however, made ages ago for a very different heartache seems to sum up some of the welling emotion.

May peace, goodness, and courage always triumph over senseless evil.

Boston 4.15.13

Friday, April 12, 2013

Sneak Peak: You Only Live Once

Sometimes you just have to shout YOLO (you only live once) and have some fun!  That's what I was thinking when I made this simple card for a gal pal's birthday!  I just got my soon-to-be-released This N That plate from the pressers and could not resist playing with it a bit so this is a "sneak peek". Loving Midge in this new larger size. She's so fun to color!

The design for this card came from the fabulous challenge blog - Freshly Made Sketches!  Isn't it a great clean look?

I can see me using this same sketch a ton more times with it coming out different every time!

Stamps: Midge and Yolo from the soon-to-be-released This N That plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I colored Midge with Copics on X-Press It Blending paper.  I love the combo of green and blue!  I had this stylish designer paper in my drawers and thought, with its white detailing, it would be perfect for this card.  The bling are soft green self-adhesive rhinestones.

I am also entering this card into the following fabulous challenges:

Alphabet Challenge - E is for Emerald

Freshly Made Sketches - Sketch 81 by Cindy

Delightful Challenges - Round Up

Want to see more of the This N That plate?  Check out the Rogue Redhead Designs blog  and store on Wednesday, April 24th!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Flowers Flowers Everywhere

I was fooling around with some of my distress inks, a square punch and re-positionable notes and Voila!

Stamps: Cosmos blossom from Floriculture;
thinking of you from Bits and Pieces

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Corrosive Challenges - Spring Fling

Allsorts - Spring has Sprung

To see my other cards along the same lines, check out my Simple Set Saturday post on Rogue Redhead Designs.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Scrappy Thinking of You

This was a quick card I made for the Sentimental Focus Rebel Challenge on Rogue Redhead Designs. I've always loved this paper but only had a bit of it and it's coordinating partner left. I thought pairing them with a simple sentiment would the best use for them as I still get to show off the pretty paper and not detract from it too much.  I used coordinating cardstock to tie in the colors and the central oval is the reverse side of the olive paper.

Stamp: sentiment from Bits and Pieces (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Want to play along?  Just make a card or project with the sentiment as the main focus and join us over at Rogue Redhead Designs before April 7th.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Last Two Coasters From the UPA Swap

I already showed you the cool pieces I got from the Coaster Dream swap, but I wanted to share the other two coasters I sent.  They have finally made it all the way to New Zealand and my gal pal Debi!  I hadn't wanted to ruin the surprise.

So here are my attempts at Dream Coasters.  This one is collaged with a mulberry paper base and some dimensional flower stickers.

This one reads "Dreams are the touchstones of our character" and it includes vintage papers, some handmade designer paper and some rhinestones.  The background is a designer paper over-stamped with one of my new background stamps - handwritten music - from the Behind the Scenes plate from Rogue Redhead Designs.

Time to stop dreaming and get back to work :)
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