Sunday, January 26, 2014

Precious Pair Make Merry

Still going one-layer on my 2014 Chirstmas cards!  It's so nice to already have several made and ready to go for next year!

Without the crunch of the calendar blocking my creativity, I think I will have a great selection of one-of-a-kind cards to send off by next December!  This year, I barely got them out and only sent handmade cards to my nearest and dearest.

Want to get yours done early too?  Join us for our Holiday Inspiration Club at Rogue Redhead Designs which will have new ideas to get you going on the third Saturday of each month!

These little sweeties are from the new Christmas Cheer plate.  I colored them with copic markers before masking them with a oval mask.

I then added some more masking to isolate a nice bold stripe.  I stamped the reverse sequin waste background from Behind the Scenes first and then followed it with the Handwritten Music background from the same plate.  I finally sponged over the area to create a nice rich look.  The sentiment was added at the end.

Stamps: Precious Pair and Merry Christmas from Christmas Cheer plate and Handwritten Music
and Reverse Sequin backgrounds from Behind the Scenes plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Allsorts - Vintage

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenges - Vintage

Christmas Cards All Year Round - Anything Goes

Hope you all have an old-fashioned fabulous Sunday!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Goodbye, Pandora. You Were Best Cat in the World

Yesterday, I lost my beloved and beautiful furry friend of 17 years, Pandora.  She always conducted herself with style and grace and was the diva of demure.

She took sick about 3 weeks ago. 3 long weeks ago.  She had never been sick before in her life.  She dealt with it with the same quiet dignity with which she handled everything.

She was sweet and affectionate. She came when called, greeted me at the door every day, slept at my feet every night (occasionally on my head), and "helped" my daughter study.

She was our rock, our confidante and definitely thought she was our queen.  She was marvelous and much loved!

She purred throughout her entire 17 and a half years, never stopping.  The house is very quiet. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Spotted the Chrsitmas Tree

In another quick card for the One-Layer Elegance prompt over at RRD's Holiday Inspiration Club, I went ultra simple.

This time, I used the versatile circle and a mix-and-match sentiment from Bits and Pieces and the Tree from Christmas Cheer for s eimple but what I think is effective CAS Christmas card.

I stamped the circle in the three iconic Christmas colors - yellow, red and green.  I made the middle one slightly farther up.  I then overstamped the Tree with Jet Black StazOn and added the sentiment. 

Tree-Mendous Holidays
Stamps: circle and sentiment from Bits and Pieces, tree from Christmas Cheer (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn);Squeezed Lemonade, Fired Brick, and Shabby Shutters (Ranger Distress Ink)

Hop on over and add your One-Layer Elegance creation to our Linky!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Santa Unmasked

As you may have read in my previous post, I am bound and determined to get well ahead on the 2014 Christmas holiday season.  Last year was a disaster of unexpected changes and lack of time, so this year I want everything to be different.

Of course, I lack the follow-through to keep up an 11-month plan on my lonesome with my family obligations, work overflowing and generalized lack of leisure time.  That's why I have enlisted the invaluable help of the outstanding and amazing Rogue Crew, the Rogue Redhead Design Team, otherwise known as some of the best women I have ever known.  They, with me, founded the RRD Holiday Inspiration Club which will appear on the RRD blog on the third Saturday of each month with a new holiday prompt!

This month we are working on One-Layer Elegance as our prompt as who wants to mess with complicated after all the fuss and celebrations of last month!

I've already made 7 unique cards and I did it all in one morning!  Not a bad way to start off a New Year!

Santa is a great ambassador of the holiday spirit!  If you;ve never looked up his origins, Saint Nicholas is a pretty interesting character.  Of course, the modern idea of Santa is a smushing together of a ton of different ideas, people and myths.  Check it out in Wikipedia if you don't believe me.

I love masking so these cards area all about Santa, after he is unmasked as it were.a

This first one was wicked simple.  I stamped good ole St. Nick (Christmas Cheer plate) in the center of a white piece of cardstock.  I stamped the image again on a re positionable note and cut it out and laid it over my original stamped image - totally basic masking technique.  I then stamped my Twaas the Night mini background from the same plate right over half of Santa.  I blocked off the edges with more re-positionable notes and sponged in some more color into the color block.  Easy peasy. 

Stamps: Santa, Twas the Night mini background and sentiment from Christmas Cheer plate
(Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Scattered Straw and Wild Honey (Ranger Distress Ink); copic markers
Technique: basic masking
Other: repositionable notes

For the next one, I employed a little extra help from some Post-It Label and Correction tape which is the lazy person's way to mask off bits and pieces of artwork.  This one is the thicker kind but it comes in a number of different sizes including 1-line, 2-line and 6-line.  I can't wait to try this on some altered books but in the meantime I still had some more Santa ideas rolling around in my head.  I stamped and masked him again, this time with an oval mask.  I added the stripes and then had a ton of fun sponging in Spun Sugar Distress Ink, edging each section with Worn Lipstick and overstamping the Twas the Night mini background again, this time with Fire Brick Distress Ink  I used an aqua brush to add a little color to Santa's hat, face and beard.

Rosy Santa
Stamps: Santa, Twas the Night mini background and sentiment from Christmas Cheer plate
(Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Scattered Straw and Wild Honey (Ranger Distress Ink); copic markers
Technique: basic masking
Other: repositionable notes, Post-It Label and Correction tape
Tools: aqua brush, oval cutter
Technique: basic masking

Close up of the background:

Want to play along?  Please join the Club and get your cards, tags and decor going before the rush!  We've even got a badge for those playing along.

Check out our post on the Rogue Redhead Designs

If you just love this Santa, the half plate he comes from - Christmas Cheer - is available until January 31, 2014 for its introductory price of US$10.00 (reg. US$15.00).

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Getting Ahead on Christmas 2014

Christmas got the best of me in 2013.  I was horribly behind on all my card creations and did not even get a chance to add to my holiday decor for the year.  This year, I am making a concerted effort to do a little toward the effort every month of 2014 and the great and talented ladies of the RRD Rogue Crew will be helping me along the way as we beat the rush for the 2014 holiday season.

We've established the brand-new RRD Holiday Inspiration Club, where we will put forward a theme, color scheme, format or idea to light the fires of inspiration for our friends.  We are including a linky with every inspiration post so that all our stamping friends can join in and share their fabulous makes as well!

I know for my part I got 7 cards completed and had a lot of fun.  Without the stress of a deadline, my creativity was let loose again!

This month's inspiration is One-Layer Elegance.  Those joining in may create cards, bookmarks, tags, ATCs, Moos, etc.  Any format goes as long as it meets the One-Layer requirement. 

We'll be showcasing some of the best submissions on the Rogue Redhead blog in February!

Today, I am showing off one of my samples that uses a couple of different Technique Junkies techniques all twisted into a lovely result.  I started by using the "In the Middle" technique as my inspiration.  Instead of a sentiment in the middle, I stamped the Santa's Ride image from RRD's Christmas Cheer plate.  For the above and below, I flowed in a little "Depth of Field" goodness with the holly stamp from the same set.

Santa's Ride
Stamps: Santa's Ride and holly from Christmas Cheer (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Pine Needles (Ranger Distress Ink); black marker
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Techniques: Depth of Field and In the Middle (Technique Junkies Newsletter)

Hope to see you over at RRD!

Friday, January 17, 2014

A Birthday Wish

It was the Roguette's birthday recently and as I sat down to make her card, I was struck by the fact that I was not going to make a card for a little girl this time. This year, I had to make a card for a young lady of whom I am most proud and in whom I always find delight!

For her card, I decided to go back to the original images that held me in thrall when I first began stamping - Stampington's elegant and stylish stamps. I have a number of their acrylic sets as well as a ton of wood-mounted ones. 

I stared with this pensive young lady in the middle and masked her. I then added the butterflies and a couple of larger images in a slightly lighter ink, which I also masked. Finally, in the lightest shade, I added some elements and backgrounds. I really liked the result!  I found a similarly colored piece of designer paper with lovely roses and thought it a perfect fit!

Here's a view of some of the other birthday cards I've made for my beloved daughter in the past.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Midge and Possibility

One last sample from the RRD Paper Piecing Challenge! Here's Midge being her stylish self and rocking in a great blue check outfit! 

I love paper piecing.  It's such an easy technique with such an impactful result.  Great way to use up scraps as well! 

To complement Midge, I grabbed one of my fav Dickinson quotes from my  RRD This N That set.  I think this would make a great gal pal card for someone starting off on a new venture or starting a new resolution for the New Year!

Stamps: Midge and sentiment from   This N That (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Challenges 4 Everyone - Anything Goes

Sweet Stampin' - Girly But No Pink

Craft Your Passion - Cool Colours

Here's to dwelling in the possibilities of today!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Experiment: Paper Pieced Hair

For this sample I made for the new RRD Paper Piecing Challenge, I wanted to do something a little different.  I always paper piece clothes, but what about hair? 

I used a piece of designer paper which coordinated with my background panel and had some fun.  To give it a little more dimension, I outlined her 'do with my copic markers.  Oh course, she's a ginger.  What else would I do?  The dress is from the same piece, with the flowers pieces on top.  Unfortunately, I didn't get any pattern on the dress piece.  Ah, least it matched.  Her hair bows are from the background panel of paper.  Isn't she cute?

Stamps: Girl and Sentiment from S.W.A.L.K. Blooming Wonderful
available at Rogue Redhead Designs

I added a curved sentiment banner and called it a day.  Super fun!

I am entering this card in the following charming challenges:

Just Us Girls - Paper Piecing

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenges - Cute and Sweet

Sweet Stampin' - Girly But No Pink!

Wishing you a Blooming Wonderful Monday!!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

A Little Paper Piecing Kiss

So, today, I worked on some samples for the new Rogue Redhead Designs Paper Piecing Challenge. I grabbed my A Little Kiss set from S.W.A.L.K. and set to work.

What I really love about Paper Piecing is that it's a great way to use up my crafts and it's a fun way to jump start your color creativity. For this card, I grabbed a really pretty piece of designer paper for my backdrop and used pieces of it for the girl's dress and the boy's pants. For the girl's apron and the boy's shirt, I picked up a scrap of subtly-patterned orange designer paper, picking up on the bits of orange in my main paper. These kids are a dream to color so I finished off all the exposed bits of the image with copic marker coloring.

Stamps: Couple and sentiment from S.W.A.L.K.'s A Little Kiss
available at Rogue Redhead Designs
Wanting to build on the orange, I added an orange rectangular panel to my card.  I finished off with a self-adhesive fabric ribbon to which I added a few brads.  Can't even remember the last time I used brads.... must be better about using up that stash!

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

Card Makin Mamas - Anything Goes

Simply Create Too - Anything Goes

Crafty Girls - Anything Goes

Hope you are having a relaxing and fun Saturday!!
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