Wednesday, April 24, 2013

This N That

Something new, you say?  Yes, some brand new Rogue Redhead stamps to play with.

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 checkerboard, 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 today through May 30, 2013 for the sale price of US$18.00 (reg. US$22.50).  

Rogue Redhead Designs also offers mounting supplies.  Purchase your mounting supplies with individual plates to save money!   Just click on the “More Options” link below each plate on our Ranges page at the RRD store.  Download our EZ-Mount Instruction Sheet for how-tos on mounting unmounted rubber stamps!

Come back to the Rogue Redhead Designs blog all through this month to see a variety of samples using this new collection! 
Quick Links:
RRD Store =
This N That Stamp Plate

How amazing is this perfect ATC size checkerboard??  The love birds are adorable!  I stamped the birds twice.  Fussy cut the pair and popped them on the checkerboard with foam adhesive.  Then I fussy cut just one bird and placed it on top of the first one with another foam dot for added dimension.  Fabulous sentiments on this plate too!

Other Materials used:
generic black cardstock
Ranger Distress Ink Markers
Stampin' Up colored card stock
Archival black ink

Special thanks to Jen B. at Freshly Made Sketches  for posting a sketch that worked perfectly for my card.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

ATC business cards

I joined another ATC swap.  This time it's for the Gecko Galz  Ephemera Emporium Crafting Challenges Yahoo Group. There are eleven of us swapping. 

Penny asked us to make an ATC that represented us as an artist.  She mentioned that she uses ATCs as business cards (ATCs are Artist Trading Cards--always traded, never sold).  This got me thinking about making an ATC that really was a business card. 
(If you'd like to see a larger version, just click on the photo.)

Because this was for a Gecko Galz group, I decided to incorporate what Gecko Galz is all about--digital images.  Then I decided not to reinvent the wheel. 

Since I'm on the Gecko Galz design team, I already had made a special banner for my gallery of projects at the Gecko Galz website.  It consists of three Gecko Galz images (from the collage sheets: A Rose is a Rose; Edwardian Beauties; Pretty Little Butterflies) which I cut, resized and layered onto each other using my Photo Shop Elements (PSE) software.  I then added text--my name.  YAY---doing a happy dance when I realize the front is already done!  Details on my banner are posted HERE.

For the back--the business card portion, I took the lovely Gecko Galz 2013 design team badge that had been designed for us and used my software to erase the design team info and replace it with my personal info.

Using PSE, I hit the "print multiple copies" and chose the option, eight 3-1/2' x 2-1/2" (perfect ATC size--another YAY!).

I printed the back business card on blue paper and cut it to ATC size.  Because I wanted some "hand-craftiness" on these ATCs,   I printed the front on matte photo paper and then fussy cut around each frame.  I decided to double mat--first on black for a striking contrast, and then onto the blue to pick up the color of the flowers.  The double mats and the pearl embellies are for the ATC swap.  I'd use a simpler version for actual business cards.  And I would not use the Gecko Galz' design team logo for the business card side. 

Since this ATC is to represent my artistic style, I would have to say that the vintage image, as well as the layering and fussy cutting, represents my style.

And vintage it is as I'm quickly approaching another birthday.  I told myself when I got to my birthday month, I'd change the blog background and header to The Birthday Girl, free from Vintage Made For You.  So you aren't imagining things--I did change the blog look.  

And I had a great early birthday surprise, yesterday and today on the Gecko Galz site, my Queen of Spring tag, from a couple of posts ago here was featured as the Design of the Day.

Friday, April 19, 2013

It's Raining, It's Pouring

The latest Rebel Challenge #22 April Showers has me thinking about combining products and techniques.
Please head over to the Rogue Redhead Designs blog for the details on my design team card and to learn more about the latest Rebel Challenge.

How fortuitous that the Rebel Challenge is in keeping with my cardmaking theme, April Showers Bring May Flowers.  

Also entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge:  Use a Background Stamp.
I used the Rogue Redhead Designs bubble wrap background stamp from the Behinds the Scenes stamp plate.  I used the background stamp in a different way in that I created rain to place behind my die cut window.  To create rain, first I stamped with blue ink, then I turned the stamp around and stamped over the same area with gray ink.

We've had a temendous amount of rain here in the Midwest and are dealing with flooding issues everywhere.  I hope you are keeping safe and dry.

Materials Used:

Rogue Redhead Stamp Plates Used:
Behind the Scenes (bubble wrap)
Just Sayin" (cat and sentiment)

Metal dies:
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fancy Tags Two
Poppy Stamps Inc. Grand Madison Window

Papers:  DCWV and Bazzill

Black Archival
Ranger Distress:  Weathered Wood and Tumbled Glass

Monday, April 15, 2013

Visionary Queen Tag

 I made this tag, the Visionary Queen, as one of my April design team projects for Gecko Galz.  

I always look to internet challenges for inspiration when creating with Gecko Galz products.  There are so many great products to choose from that I have to narrow them down to what fits a current challenge.  

This tag is made for this week's Shabby Tea Room challenge where I was inspired by the color combo.

Gecko Galz April 2013 products:

Waters Edge from Butterfly Meadow digital paper pack:  color digitally altered and then cropped, printed on card stock, and cut to 6x3 tag size.
Artful Visions collage sheet--crop circle image and size to 2-1/2 inches; cut with circle die

Other Materials used:

2-1/2 circle metal die from Sizzix Framelits
white paper doily from stash
Flowers:  Michaels and Flying Unicorn paper floral stems
Recollections Adhesive Faux Pearls
Ranger Gold Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder
Ranger Tarnished Brass Distress Stain
blue and gold Dresden metallic trims from stash
bow found in my stash of trims which was recycled from another project that has long since "bit the dust"--I'm pretty sure it was from one of my Bella Creations design team projects.
Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Art Fit for a Queen stamp set (sentiment)

Entering this challenge:

The Shabby Tea Room:  Challenge #162 Pretty Shabby and use Colors in Photo and a recycled item (bow)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Time to Vote for your Favorite Gecko Galz Spring Project !!!!

It's time to vote for your favorite Spring Fling project created by the Gecko Galz design team members.  The voting is done at the Gecko Galz site, so you don't have to join any groups to vote. 

On the main page,  click on the underlined words Spring Fling Projects which takes you to two pages of projects.  At the bottom of the second page, you are asked to name your favorite project. 

Here is my project up for voting:
I had posted this earlier when it was time to announce our Spring Fling campaign.  It is my Florida spring break in a jar, complete with seashells I personally collected when in Florida.

I hope you take time to visit Gecko Galz and view all of our spring fling projects.  

You undoubtedly will recognize many design team member names and projects which you have been seeing posted in blogland over the past six weeks.  Please vote for your favorite!  

Here is the link:  Gecko Galz Spring Fling Projects.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Clean and Modern Card

One of my resolutions was to enter some challenges where I can use my Stampin' Up supplies.  Here's a card I made in keeping with my latest theme, April Showers Bring May Flowers.  My last card was funky vintage.  This one is clean and modern.

You can see that I stamped the umbrella again in teal and used a foam dimensional to pop it up.  

For texture, I used the narrow heart embossing folder several times.  As you know, when you run the folder through another time, it flattens what you did the first time.  But I liked the overall interesting textured effect.  

Stampin' Up Rain or Shine stamp set
Stampin' Up Million  Memories stamp set
Stampin' Up Whisper White card stock
Hampton Arts Studio G teal card stock
Stampin' Up Tempting Turquoise ink
Ranger Mustard Seed distress ink
Ranger Ripe Raspberry distress ink
Archival Sepia ink
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eighteen die
Sizzix Stampin' Up heart Adorning Accents Textured Impressions folder
Queen & Co. heart Jewels

 Entering these challenges:

Card A Day:  Spring (there are four themes each month and you can enter once for each theme)

Freshly Made Sketches: Challenge #81 Cindy's Sketch
due April 15 Noon PDT  add up to 3 other challenges

Our Creative Corner: modern texture with these colors 
due April 12 11:59 EST 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Grey Skies

I'm in an April Showers Bring May Flowers mode.  Here's the first of what will be many projects around this theme.  This one is entitled, Grey Skies Are Gonna Clear Up (lyrics from old song).

This is one of my Gecko Galz Design Team projects using the new April products.

I've been wanting to try the grey and yellow combo that I've been seeing.  I thought my grey skies concept was perfect for this.  Gloomy, rainy grey sky.  Bright sunshiny yellow.  Grey card, yellow mat, grey embossed clouds, yellow label mat.

I stamped the umbrellas in bright spring colors as a contrast to the grey.  I like to fussy cut but the umbrella shapes (the yellow one in particular) were a challenge for my trifocals.  I had to cut the handles too in order to place them on top of the embossed clouds.  But I'm never one to back down from a challenge!  

I have made them 3-D by stacking two Stampin' Up foam dimensionals in the middle, and then placing just one dimensional on either side.  When placing them on the paper, I scrunched the umbrella to create an arched effect.

I used the metal die to trace the label shape and then hand cut it to extend into the photo mat.

So the umbrellas and clouds are the showers.  The 3 gems on the label are the flowers.


Gecko Galz Merry Fairies collage sheet:  ATC-sized image is cropped from sheet and altered to black and white

Stampin' Up Rain or Shine stamp set
Memento Dandelion
Ranger Distress Ink Picked Raspberry
Stampin' Up Tempting Turquoise
Archival jet black

Stampin' Up Cloudy Day textured impressions embossing folder
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eighteen die (used only a portion, traced and hand cut to create special mat for image)

Computer generated phrase from an old song.  I like spelling the word gray with an e -- it seems more grey.  Quirky, I know.

Stampin' Up Whisper White 
Yellow is Recollections from Michaels craft store
Grey from paper pack stash from dd2
Matte photo paper

Gems from stash for umbrella toppers and for label.

Ribbon trims from stash--I ripped apart, cut up, etc. to create the tiny bows.  

 Submitting to these challenges:

All Sorts Challenge Spring Has Sprung

The Paper Girls Challenge #29 April  Showers Bring May Flowers 

Paper Craft Crew Challenge #36 Card Sketch 
I made 3 bows on the umbrellas as they cascaded down the side rather than this ribbon in the sketch.  My 3 gems are on the label.


Since I'm on a few design teams, I thought I'd also feature one of the challenges they offer: 

Gecko Galz Papercrafting Ephemera Emporium Craft Challenges Yahoo Group
April Fools Challenge Create a card that has to do with trix. Place a photo in the album named April Fools Day. You have until the end of April to get your cards in. The winner will get 4 Gecko Galz Collage sets of their choice. 
Do you really think this tiny lace umbrella (er....parasol) is going to keep the rain off this fairy? I always thought an April full of rain was a mean trick to get to those May flowers.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

More About In the Library

Today Shar at her Rogue Redhead Designs, LLC blog is featuring the In the Library Challenge offered by our crafting friends over at the Craft Room Challenge blog. So please pop on over HERE to see her article, The Craft Room is Going Rogue.


In Shar's blog post, she's featuring the work of Rogue Crew members Debi and me.  Not only are we both on the RRD design team, but also Debi is a regular design team member of the Craft Room and I'm a guest designer at the Craft Room for this challenge.  You can see our projects in the Craft Room blog post HERE.  

You can also visit my teamie Debie at her blog, My Bird Flying Free.

We both used the lovely RRD stamp plate, Relish Reading, on our projects.  

You can see my project details by scrolling down to my previous blog post.

Rogue Redhead Designs, LLC is sponsoring the Craft Room challenge and providing a lovely stamp plate to ink up as the prize.  I hope you'll join in the fun.  This two week challenge runs until April 14.

Monday, April 1, 2013

In the Library

I'm thrilled to be the guest designer for the Craft Room.  This is my second and final GDT piece for them.  I hope you join me in the Craft Room for this Challenge #48 In the Library.

As you can tell by looking around my blog, I'm on the Rogue Crew at Rogue Redhead Designs, LLC.  So I was very excited to see that they are the sponsor for this challenge.  It made it obvious then that I would use the RRD Relish Reading stamp plate ---  this was the very first stamp plate I got from RRD -- because we are a family of readers. As a matter of fact, our entire third floor in our Victorian home is my husband's (Frank Lloyd Wrightish) oak library.

A few of the details: 

I created a little scene.  Looking out the window you see two children on a swing reading a book.  To anchor them, I used the leaf vine so it looked like the swing was in a tree.  I used the cloud embossing folder to add some interest in the sky. And of course I added a little lace valance to the window.

Inside the room, the patterned paper is to be wallpaper which I overstamped with script.  I created a floor with the wood embossing folder and the rug is a label from the paper pack.  I didn't need to distress the window because it is in the design of the paper. The base board (dividing the wall from the floor) is ribbon and crochet lace which I wove together.

The woman reading in the chair is stamped twice, once for the chair on patterned paper, again on white in order to color the image.  They are fussy cut and layered together with pop dots.  I have acquired quite a collection of the Ranger Distress Ink markers.  I love them for edging my images.  I also used them along with some Copics for coloring the stamped images.

Rogue Redhead Designs, LLC Relish Reading stamp plate
Rogue Redhead Designs, LLC  Behind the Scenes Handwriting background stamp
Archival Jet Black Ink
Ranger Worn Lipstick Distress Ink
Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Collection:  Classic Paper Pack--all papers used in this project and the label are from this paper pack
Stampin' Up Whisper White paper
Stampin' Up Sissix Cloudy Day embossing folder
Poppy Stamps, Inc. Grand Madison Window steel die
Tim Holtz Sissix wood texture fade embossing folder
Crochet trim from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Green ribbon from Stampin' Up
Lace trim from stash
Variety of Ranger Distress Ink markers and Copic markers.

I'm entering this in the following:

Heartwarming Vintage/Crafty Secrets April Linky Party:
all papers and label (used as rug) are from Classic Paper Pack 

Simon Says Stamp and Show:  April 1 Very Strict--Just Kidding April's Fool--Anything Goes

Fashionable Stamping Challenge #44 Paper Piecing:  two step image sitting in chair, then put on rug; window with scene behind it

Card a Day Blog:  This is a new challenge site for me.  There are four themes each month.  In April, one of the themes is Teacher Appreciation Day.  I'm entering this theme challenge because, after, all, who teaches us to read, appreciate reading, and connect reading to the real world?  Teachers of course!  They play a primary role! (Spoken like a true family of teachers!  By the way, not only do I have a teaching certificate, I also minored in library science!)

I think you are beginning to see the full circle of this project and the challenges entered.  My humble thanks, again, to the crafters in The Craft Room for allowing me to be their guest designer!

Happy Easter Tag

I hope everyone who celebrates Easter had a wonderful weekend with lots of treats left by the bunny.  We had family here for the weekend so I cooked and visited instead of crafted. 

Under the wire, here is my version of the March Tim Holtz Tag.  
I'm three for three so far!  YAY!
I literally dragged out all kinds of things buried in the craft drawers (accept for the RRR trim) to create my version of Tim's tag.

Ranger Distress Inks:  Antique  Linen and Walnut Stain
EK Success Jolees by You Chocolate Bunny
Crochet trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon
DCWV Sweet Chocolate Frosting Glitter paper for tag
Bazzill Basics Paper:  Perfectly Pleated in Kiwi
Pink ribbon from stash
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Salvage Stickers
The Paper Company Ivory Large Fashion Tags 3x4"

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