Friday, May 24, 2013

Tagging the Challenge

There's still lots of time to play the Rogue Redhead May Flowers Challenge!  With the world blooming with life and blossoms, we are celebrating any kind of flower on your projects either as images or embellishments!



Here's one of the samples I made for this challenges.  As my regular readers know, I love tags but have not yet mastered the art form so bear with me :)  I inked htis tag up with some fab distress inks and layered on some old music sheets.

Stamps: checkerboard and sentiment from This N That; Cosmos
blossom from Floriculture, handwritten background from Behind the Scenes;
floral embellishment and flourish from Nature Notes (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I am also entering this tag into the following challenges:

Creative Belli - Flowers

Anything Goes - Handmade Backgrounds

ABC Challenges - Stamped Background


Wishing everyone a weekend full of blossoms and beauty!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Song Birds in the Forefront

I guess I am being birdbrained today but I could not resist playing with these birds again!



I went blurfing to find some inspiration and as usual the internet did not let me down. There a slew of challenges right now daring us to make our own backgrounds.  Well, I have the perfect set for that - Behind the Scenes!  I used 3 of the backgrounds from that set for this subtle background - I stamped the bubble wrap background with Antique Linen distress ink, the handwriting backgrounds with Tea Dye and the handwritten music background with Vintage Photo distress ink.

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

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

ABC Challenges - Stamped Backgrounds

Cards in Envy - Make Your Own Background

Smudgy Antics - Making Something Using Feathers and/or Fur

Hope your day is filled with bird song and sunshine!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Midge Says Thank You

Today, I created a Thnak You card using a palette inspired by the present color challenge at Just Us Girls. I think she makes a great thanks you image with her pretty smile!


The challenge was to use Cameo Coral (which I still have squirrelled away), Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand, all from the Stampin' Up color lines.



I had fun with my first paper piecing of this image.  I loved the extra dimension I got with the feather.  To add a little more depth to the image, I added some copic coloring to the image.

Hope you like it!

Stamps: Midge from This N That plate and Thank You from
Nature Notes plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I also entered this card into the following charming challenges:

Sunday Stamper - All Those Years Ago (Vintage)

Corrosive Challenges - My Sentiments Exactly (Sentiment on Front)

Hope you have a fabulous day today!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A Mailbox Full of Collagy Goodness

This week has been insane at work and I haven't had a second to turn around.  I put aside all my mail until today so when I finally had time to go through it.  In this mammoth stack of bills, junk mail and parcels was a wonderful, amazing, and fun package!  My ArtChix Studio order came!  Whoohoo!

If you haven't checked out this fun online store, it is a fantastic resource for collage and mixed media!  Lots of fun and fab items including collage sheets, wood cuts and charms, shrines and kits.


Here's what I got this time:


Now, I just have to find some time to play with it all!  My mind is buzzing with ideas!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Midge Has a Passion for Pink

I usually steer far away from pink but for this card it just seemed the perfect hue! I decided to accent my deep pinks with chocolate. Everything's always better with chocolate, right?


This is a truly simple card. I love the combo of the circle sitting in the rectangular mat. I added flowers to the mix to celebrate the beautiful blooms arising in my garden. If you love adding flowers to your creations, you have until May 25, 2013 to enter into the Reader Art Quests over at Unruly Paper Arts - 5 or More Flowers and Paper Flowers. Rogue Redhead's Rebel Challenge is also going floral with a May Flowers Challenge open until June 2, 2013.

Stamps: Midge from This N That (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Our Creative Corner - Anything Goes

Simply Create Too - Anything Goes

Hope your day sees you "in the pink"!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My First Watercolor Painting

After I finished my online collage course from MoMA, I thought...hmmm....what can I do next?  One of my friends is a fabulous watercolorist and runs courses out of her studio.  After warning her that I have zero talent, she still let me into her beginners class...she's so nice!

This is my first composition. We worked from a photocopy of a photograph and our assignment was to create a monochromatic piece based on the photo. I choose the rich color of burnt sienna. Considering I am, as previously stated, without natural talent AND I had never worked with watercolors in tubes before, I think I did pretty well.

My favorite bit of the whole piece was the tree that I created. Unfortunately, it ended up deciduous and the actual tree was really a scrubby pine but small steps are still steps.


Here's the whole attempt. The shed got away from me but I am pleased with the sky.


So tonight, I am off to my next lesson! Yikes. We were forewarned that we are doing the same picture but in color. Should be interesting if nothing else :)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Merry Mom's Day

Wishing all the Mom's out there a very happy day with their families! So here's a nice little sprig of Lily of Valley!


I always think of something homey when I see gingham so I used that as my backdrop for this card!

Stamps: lily of the valley from Floriculture; sentiment from
Bits and Pieces (Rogue Redhead Designs)


If you get to get all inky (or better yet get new stamps) for Mother's Day, come and play our new Rebel Challenge - May Flowers - on Rogue Redhead Designs!

Of course, if you don't get any new stamps for Mom's Day, you can always get yourself a present at the RRD store where we have several plates on sale this month as well as a new release!

I'm also playing along with the following challenges:

Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Mother's Day / For Mom

Pattie's Creations - Mother's Day

Crafty Calendar Challenge - Blooms and Blossoms

Have a fabulous day!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Orange You in Love with Blue?

I love this color combo eventhough I am often not brave enough to use it!  Recently, I painted my daughter's room with orange and navy accents and I was hooked!


I am loving Midge with this color combo!  She's back to having red hair.  You'd think I was biased or something...

I am entering this card into the following challenges:


Cute Card Challenges - Something Blue

Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything Goes

Hope everybody is heading toward a fabulous and fun weekend!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Clockwork

Yesteday, I wanted to make a set of note cards that would be suitable for either a male or female recipient.  I embossed the clock face from the new This N That plate from Rogue Redhead Designs with clear embossing powder and then added distress ink to the panel.


To check out my other variations and get more detailed steps, check out my Simple Set Saturday post on RRD!
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