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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Debi Ryan : Floriculture Country

Floriculture Country Style

Floriculture is our Plate of the month. For my card today, I've used the flower stamp from this set and paired it with some French Country paper. I just love how this card has turned out.

I hope you've all had a great Easter and enjoyed your chocolate.

Debi x

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Vicki..."Le Jardin"

Happy Easter everyone!

Vicki here with another project created using this month's featured Floriculture Half Plate Collection.  Today I am sharing an altered tin that contains a set of four gift tags.


Keeping with the theme, I used floral patterned paper and die cuts along with one of the flower images and the "Le Jardin"  sentiment from the Floriculture Collection to alter the top of the tin.  On the tag, I stamped the flower image several times using the "stamp off" technique for the one in the background.  After stamping the sentiment, I added pearl accents along the outer edge. 


The inside of the tin is lined with patterned paper and contains a set of four gift tags using the various images from the Floriculture as background and sentiments from other RRD stamp plate collections. 


This is a photo of the complete set - altered tin and 4 gift cards.
  You can find the featured Floriculture Half Plate Collection in the  Rogue Redhead Designs Store.  It can be purchased at the special sale price of $10 US (reg. $15) until April 30th, 2014 or as part of a Four Seasons Bundle special. 

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Thanks for stopping by!  I hope my altered tin has inspired you today.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Holiday Inspiration Club for April: Inch Your Way to the Holidays

Thanks to everyone who participated in last month's Holiday Inspiration Club prompt from guest Rogue, Holly Brown.  We had some excellent Do It Yourself Backgrounds!

This month, our daring Holiday doers will be asked to

Inchie Your Way to Christmas


Yup, that's right.  Use inchies on your holiday creations.  You can make cards, ATCs, decorations, or anything your heart desires as long as it contains at least one inchie!  For those who have not heard of inchies before, they are quite simply 1"x1" tiny bits of art.

I have created a variety of looks to inspire you.  As always, they are wicked simple so you can recreate them in singles or in bulk as desired.

This first one is a grid-based inchie project.  I punched out 6 images of the snowball-throwing bunny from Beatrix Potter's A Winter's Tale - all black ink, 5 on kraft and 1 on white.  I colored the white one with copic markers and mounted them all in a 2x3 grid pattern.

Stamp: Snowball Bunny from Beatrix Potter' A Winter's Tale (available at Rogue Redhead Designs)
As most of my friends know, I am wild for spotlights.  Here is one which creates a little color highlight on a kraft and colored pencil image of Santa from the Christmas Cheer collection.  I added the colored inchie of Santa's face over top of a much more muted image.

Stamps: Samta and sentiment from Christmas Cheer (Rogue Redhead Designs)
My last card has inchies used as tiles on the silhouette image of Santa's sleigh, also from the Christmas Cheer collection.  I cut the image into 4 inchies and laid them against a red panel to create some contrast.  Love, love, love black, white and red, don't you?

Stamps: Silhouette Santa and sentiment from Christmas Cheer (Rogue Redhead Designs)

While this club has been helping me get my Christmas cards done, I also like making the occasional ATC.  This one has just a hint of Christmas with the Precious Pair (Christmas Cheer) giving a sweet touch of the holidays with holly in their hair.


What will you make?  Add your creations to the linky below and share with the rest of the Rogue Stampers out there.


Play along with us and be super ahead on all your holiday card needs. Think about being able to actual RELAX during December...it could happen!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sharon Briss: Quilted Tiles Tutorial

As you all know, I am totally about the quick and easy. During our recent Floriculture Tag blog hop, I showed off a simple quilted tiles background which can be used for a variety of purposes. Today, I will show you how to create a simple one-layer card with a look of depth and texture similar to the tiles on the tag below.
Stamps: Cosmos bud from Floriculture and sentiment from
Bits and Pieces (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I have seen this look a ton of times, but after reading all the intense marking, measuring and masking that was going on I had always given it a pass.  I am not one for methodically calculating measurements or getting out my various scoring tools and painstakingly marking off lines.  Also when masking, I like not to have to reposition a ton as every time can lead to a mishap that might have me back at square (or tile) one.

For this technique, you will need the following supplies:
  • metal or wooden ruler
  • repositionable notes, preferably ones that are 5" tall or more or scrap paper and repositionable adhesive
  • cotton balls, sponges or daubers for inking
  • plain cardstock
  • distress ink in two similar shades, one light and one dark
  • repositionable adhesive such as repositionable Tombo
  • punch, die cut or other cutting tool for cutting circles, ovals or squares
  • scrap paper
So far, so good, right?  Mostly stuff you probably have lying around on your craft table right now!  If you can't find the longer repositionable notes (although I find them invaluable), you can carely layer the 3" x 3" ones to form one longer piece or just run repositionable adhesive along the edge of a piece of scrap paper.

For this tutorial, I will be creating a CAS card.  I started with a white standard-size (5.5" x 4.25") card base.  I folded it in half and secured it to my scrap paper with a little repositionable adhesive.  The last thing I want to happen is everything to shift while I am inking it.  The next step is to pick a central image and stamp in the middle of the card and color or paint it as desired.  You can also stamp it in the same ink as you will be doing the background for a nice monotone look.  I used my darker distress ink, Frayed Burlap, for my image.


Choose your image frame style - circle, oval, square, rectangle or die cut.  Add respositionable adhesive to the back of your mask and position it over the inked image.   I will often hold my card up to the light to check the position of the mask.

Now, it's time for that easy quilted tile background.  Place your ruler on a corner of your cardstock so that it runs diagonal to the lie of the card.  I use an easy trick and make sure that two of the measurement markings on the ruler line up with the edges of my card.


Place your repositionable note beneath the ruler, remove the ruler and sponge the edge with the darker shade of Distress Ink.  Draw the ink from the repositionable note onto the cardstock.  Always go in this direction.  You are just creating a small visible edge so don't go crazy with the color.


Once the first line of inking is completed, remove the note.  Line up the top edge of your ruler with the inked line and lay your repositionable note under the bottom edge as shown.  Remove the ruler and sponge another edge.  Repeat until you reach the bottom of the card.


Now, it's time for the other direction.  Line up your ruler with other top corner.  Be sure to use your other lines as guides to create a nice 90 degree angle.  Repeat as you did with the other side, you will notice your nice tiles forming as you go. 

Take your lighter shade of distress ink and softly sponge all over exposed card, being careful not to disrupt your masking.  This bit of soft color will provide a soft edge all around your image.  Finally, remove the mask from the image.  Voila!  Easy card, no fuss - no muss!

Stamp: Lily of the Valley from Floriculture plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I like to put self-adhesive pearls or rhinestones at the intersections of the tiles, as I did with the example below, but you can also leave these spots plain as desired.

Stamps: Cosmos bud from Floriculture plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I like the masked image, but you can also create this background in a light, neutral color and stamp right on top of it with a darker ink as I did for my blog hop sample.

Stamp: Lily of the Valley and sentiment  from Floriculture plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)

You can also add to your background by masking off two or more sides of your diamond and stamping an image onto one or more tiles.  Below, I've made a birthday tag!

Stamp: Bridget and sentiment from Winter Women (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I hope you will try this technique!  If you do, add your creation to the linky so we can all see!


Don't forget - there's still one week left to play along with our RRD Holiday Inspiration Club!  For this four-week period, we've been working on Do It Yourself Backgrounds for your holiday cards! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Debi Ryan: Winter Woman Steampunk Tag

Steampunk Winter Woman

I had a lot of inky painty fun creating this tag, I've sprayed and painted the background using a honeycomb stencil. I've dry embossed the cogs and highlights them with gold acrylic paint.
I've then stamped the woman and the boot from Winter Women, the sentiment is from This N That.

Have a great end to your week, Debi x

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Vicki..."Signs of Spring"!

Vicki here...I'm up on the Rogue Redhead Designs Blog today with a tag that brings to mind that flowers are getting ready to bloom and trees buds will be bursting forth before too long.

Here's my "Signs of Spring" inspiration tag for you...

"Each Flower is a soul blossoming out to nature"

I used a Julie Nutting/Prima tag stenciled with a leaf pattern in green distress ink as the base.  Next, I folded a white paper doily, that had been inked along the edges with pink distress ink, in half around the side of the tag .  The ferns were stamped over the doily using a different shade of green ink and the fern image from the RRD Floriculture Half Plate


I added a mixed bouquet of flowers and a multi loop bow on the side and stamped the Floriculture sun image in the upper right corner of the tag. 


The sentiment, also from the Floriculture Plate,  is stamped in pink on white and matted with pink cardstock.  The cork butterflies, gems and pearls were the finishing touches to my tag.


The featured plate of the month is the Rogue Redhead Designs Floriculture Half Plate Collection.  You can find it in the Rogue Redhead Designs Store.  It can be purchased as an individual plate or as part of a Four Seasons Bundle special.

Thanks for stopping by.
I hope you have been inspired by my "signs of spring" tag!

Vicki
He"artful" Validation of Vicki
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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tag Blog Hop with Plate of the Month Floriculture

With the May flowers finally on their way, we've selected Floriculture as our Plate of the Month!



Until April 30, 2014, get the lovely Floriculture unmounted half plate of rubber stamps  for the sale price of US$10.00 (reg. $15.00)!

This unmounted half plate was inspired by the simple beauty of nature all around us. Bringing together focal images, sentiments and decorative elements, Floriculture lets you create a variety of nature-themed projects. Perfect for coloring or just on their own, these vintage botanical images are made with high quality, deeply etched rubber so you can make great impressions.


We are celebrating this great deal with a wonderful blog hop of samples brought to you by our talented Rogue Crew!  To make it more interesting, we've challenged our design team to show off Floriculture using tags!

Here are a couple from me!  I love the look of quilted square so I tried to recreate them here.  I have seen this done before but with tone of measuring and loads of masking.  My technique is quick, effective and you won't need to measure.  Interested?  Check out my post next Saturday!

Stamps: Cosmos and sentiment from Floriculture plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Stamps: Cosmos and sentiment from Floriculture plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Check out the Rogue Crew in our Floriculture  blog hop!

Here is your list of links to follow:

Sharon Briss - Ill Tempered Ink

Helene Huber - Lotsa Scrap from 2amscrapper

Krisha Ogle - Krisha's Keepsakes

Vicki Robertson - He"Artful" Validation of Vicki

Debi Ryan - My Bird Flying Free

Trisha Too - Easily Amused, Hard to Offend...

Barbara Washington - Magic Delights

If you already have this delightful plate, why not celebrate Spring with us and add your own Floriculture tag!

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