Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Quoth the Raven

It's getting to be Poe season! Whoohoo! I've been messing around with distress ink misted and smooshed backgrounds and I had one orange one that totally screamed Halloween! I also got a new stamp from Stampendous with this awesome raven on it! They seemed to be a good match!

To make the background, I stamped several distress inks onto a craft sheet and then misted the ink slight. I pulled my glossy paper through the ink and swirled it around. After letting it set a little bit, I misted the finished panel with more water, letting it puddle wherever it wanted. I also inked up my handwriting background stamp (RRD)with one of the medium-colored inks to give the panel a tiny bit more texture.

From there, I simply inked up my lovely raven with Jet Black StazOn and trimmed it to fit a simple mat. The mottled look gave it a great look.

Stamp: Raven collage (Stampendous); Handwriting Background
from Behind the Scenes (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Get raving about ravens!  It's almost time!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Warm Colors and Warm Thoughts

I've been playing with my distress inks and background stamps this week.  I stamped some warm orange and yellow distress inks (Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw and Wild Honey) onto a craft sheet, misted it, and drew some glossy cardstock through the resulting puddle  After letting it dry, I used Spiced Marmalade to stamp my RRD Sequin Waste background on top of my inky cardstock.

My endeavors ended up being enough for two cards.  The first uses a brand-new Ranger set called Collaged Hearts that I just received.  I waited until my background dried completely.  I then stamped the largest heart from the set with Brushed Corduroy distress ink.  I let it dry for a short time and then smudged the dickens out of it with a cotton ball so I ended up with the idea of a heart rather than an actual image.  On top of this, I stamped a medium-sized heart with StazOn Timber Brown. Finally, I added a trio of hearts with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  This time I let it all dry!  I matted the panel on dark brown and added it to an apricot base.  Finally, I stamped a sentiment from the same set onto the bottom of the card.

Stamps: Medium Heart, Small Heart, Tiny Heart Trio and sentiment from (Ranger);
Sequin Waste background  from Behind the Scenes (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I will be entering this card into the following charming challenges:

Left of Center Creative Challenges - No Designer Paper (background is all me)

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes

That Craft Place Challenge - Sentimental

Using the same background I created above, I made another card with a completely different feel.  Again,  I waited until everything dried and punched out 9 squares with my 1" punch.

Stamps: Clarisse from Nature Notes; Sequin Waste from Behind the Scenes (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Clarisse is colored with copic markers with some Scattered Straw distress ink painted around her with an waterbrush.

I am entering this sweetie in the following sensational challenges:

Corrosive Challenges - Autumn/Fall

Simply Create Too - Autumn/ Fall

Crafting at the Weekend - Anything Goes

I hope you are also enjoying the warmth and colors of the season.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Going Green & Simple

I was playing around with smooshing some of my distress inks onto some glossy paper.  I love doing this technique!  Always different and always easy!

I used a variety of greens and yellows for the background for these two cards.  For the first card, I used a new-to-me stamp from Stampers Anonymous.

I paired it with an ultra-simple layout.  Okay, I had to do it...the pun was just unavoidable.  It would have been fruitless to try :)

A simple mat and a block of designer paper give this card a bold look!

Stamp: Stampers Anonymous

I hope this card can qualify for the following challenges:

Cards & More - Clean & Simple

Try It On Tuesdays - How Does Your Garden Grow (I've used this gorgeous pear which I wish grew in my garden)

Vintage Stamping - Anything Goes

Now, this piece of glossy paper really worked out great! I love the little dots in the background and the great but subtle color variations!

Again, I matched this simple image with a very basic layout.  I headed back to the same designer paper for some nice contrast.  For the key itself, I extended the mat beyond the image to give it some extra grounding.

Stamp: Hampton Art

This card might be a lock for the following challenges:

Cardz 4 Guys - Clean & Simple

Crafts Galore Encore - Make a Card

Tok Bobok - Masculine

Have a fab and fun day!  I'm going to enjoy the green while it lasts!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Another Reader for National Literacy Month

I got Marie out of hiding.  She was the first image I chose for my Relish Reading plate!  I just love her no-nonsense look!  I wanted a reader for my creation to page a bit of homage to National Literacy Month!  Literacy is a cause I wholeheartedly get behind!  Without written language, so much of the world is hidden!  If you have any budding or struggling readers, please do your best to share the joy and wonder of reading!

For this card, I went with a very simple look.  I think this layout may be a lifesaver for using up all my crazy designer paper scraps!

Here's the layout I used.  It's the Rogue Stampers Sketch for this month!  If you want to join in, join our Rogue Stampers Facebook group!

Here's what I did with it!  Marie is sitting pretty in the middle of the card, looking moodily at all those who would interrupt her trying to finish her fabulous novel!  The inspiration for the color palette came from the scrap of designer paper I found! It is actually one of the freebies from the pages of Stamper's Sampler or Take Ten.  I knew I kept them around for a reason!

Stamp: Marie from Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I hope this card is well-suited to fit the following challenges:

Daring Cardmakers - September Color Combo  (think it fits rather nicely)

Stamplorations - Stamps & Markers (Stamp: Marie from Relish Reading; markers are copic)

Craft for the Craic - Something with Circles on It

I am in the midst of two novels right now - Feast for Crows (Game of Thrones #4) and The Island of Lost Girls.  Gotta love being able to lose oneself in another world!  It's sort of like stamping that way, except less inky!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Same Scraps, Different Day

I really liked the way my Sally card worked out the other day color-wise, so I decided to use the same scraps to create another quick card.  This one has much more white but it is a similar idea using a few different patterned panels.

I love this easy look and it's such a great way to use up coordinating scraps and highlight a quote or simple image.  I made my mats 3.5" x 1.5" and deducted an 1/8" for the actual scraps.  A ruler is very useful when creating this look!  I laid it across the bottom of my card to line up all my panels.

Stamp: Life is a Flower quote from Floriculture (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I thought this card might fit the following challenges:

Frilly and Funky - Summer Garden

Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything with Patterned Paper

Hope you like it!  The papers made me think of shabby chic!

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Stamping

Hi all!  Yup, I have been away from my crafting table all summer.  Can you believe it?  It's the longest I've gone without stamping since I started back in 2005!  Everyone needs a break now and again and my creative mojo was just begging for one!  You've all been there, right?

Besides, I had my amazing teen at home for the summer and wanted to spend as much time as I could hanging out with her on my days off of work!  It's around this age that it dawns on us as parents that time is running short.  My gorgeous beauty is already a sophomore in high school and I don't understand how that happened as I have not aged at all!

In honor of my hard-working student, I decided to use a stamp that reminds me of my sweet daughter.  This image is from my RRD Relish Reading plate and her name is Sally.

I am starting off September, on this fabulous Labor Day, with a challenge card using a sketch I saw over at The Sweetest Thing.  I think I will use this particular sketch again and again!  Isn't it lovely?

Here's my take on it, using Sally from Relish Reading!  I dipped into my scrap box for the papers. I just love teals with browns.  To me, it's an elegant and timeless color combination!

Stamps: Sally from Relish Reading (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I also thought this card might qualify for these other charming challenges:

Addicted to Stamps - Pastels / Soft Colors

Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes

Hope everyone had a glorious summer!  It was over too fast!
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