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Friday, December 31, 2010

Jean's Take on Gingersnap Creations' Blue Moon Challenge

Happy New Year!  I'm just popping in with a very fun little card that I made after getting lots of inspiration - "Ginspiration" - over at Gingersnap Creations and their Once in a Blue Moon Challenge.  I'm one of those people who finds it nearly impossible to part with my scraps, even the small ones!  So I made this card for Petra's challenge to use your paper scraps.  I've used lots of little bits of vintage text and music for my background, then layered on some strips of patterned paper. I colored the dapper lad from Relish Reading with my Copics, then added a sentiment (stamped on the margins of a vintage book page, of course!) and some of Tim Holtz's gears.  This was fun and surprisingly quick to do.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sharon Briss: Distressed By Labels

While any good rogue would find labels distressing, I decided to turn the tables and distress the labels!

I started by taking a regular page of labels, available at most office supply stores, and running my first color of distress ink, Wild Honey, over the labels direct to paper. I then ran my second color, Spiced Marmalade over the same labels but more lightly with wide strokes. By doing this, I tinged the edges of each label with the slightly darker color. I overstamped the whole piece with the Almanac background from Relish Reading in Brush Corduroy and then stamped the flourish from the same set randomly around the edges with Fired Brick ink. I transferred the labels to a vanilla card base.

Using the same Fired Brick distress ink, I stamped the school girl image from Relish Reading on a fresh piece of paper and matted it in red.

I finished off by adding a flower in corresponding colors and stamping a quote from Voltaire on the base.

Read the Label
Stamps: Almanac background, flourish, school girl with book and sentiment from the Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade,Fired Brick, Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress Ink)
Other: sheet of standard adhesive labels
Embellishment: prima flower; red brad
Tools: oval and oval scallop punch (Marvy)

Why not push the boundaries a little with some simple items? Maybe you'll get labeled a rogue too!

Monday, December 20, 2010

a little tag by Joanne Wardle

just a little tag using this adorable image from the relish reading plate, these images work so well with book pages, I rubbed this one over with a little white acrylic paint so that the image would stand out.
of course, flat tags like this work really well as bookmarks.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sharon Briss: Ms. Claus

Ever run out of Christmas images? I sure do! Jean Franks Becks' lovely Christmas projects - the Book Lover's Gift Kit and yesterday's Visions of Sugarplums card - inspired me to think about using my Relish Reading images in a new way.

I love this sassy little lady, all cozy in her chair but obviously deep in thought. She just oozes a sense of imminent spunk! Her expression also reminded me of my daughter's when I pleaded with her to put on a Santa hat....yup, the same look!

To make the cap, I just measured the width of the image's head near where I wanted the cap to rest. I doubled the width to get the height of my hat and cut out a rectangle. I measured the midpoint of top edge and marked it. From there, it was an easy matter to cut from the bottom right corner up to the top midpoint and then repeat with the left side. I created a fold in the cap so it would hang over and added some cotton balls for the trim.

To finish her off, I dressed her in reds and golds and sat her in a nice puffy green chair!

Stamps: young lady from the Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs); sentiment (Impression Obsession)
Paper: Merry Christmas Sentiments (Karen Foster)
Cardstock: Real Red and Very Vanilla (Stamping Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E02, E07, E09, E11, G16, G17, G19,R35, R37, R39, Y21, YG05, YG07, YR00, YR23, YR24
Tools: 1" and 1.25" punches (Creative Memories); oval cutter (Creative Memories)
Embellishment: 2 mini cotton balls

I hope to being putting Santa hats on more of my favorite images soon! Maybe next time, I'll use felt to really capture the texture of a Santa hat!

While you can creatively use all these images to give your holiday cards a little something different, they can also help you create some amazing hand-made gifts for those literature lovers on your list! Look at these wonderful creations from our Rogue Crew:

Gift Certificate Scroll Box - Joanne Wardle

Imagination Journal - Jean Franks Beck

Magnetic Bookmark - Laura Liddell

Matchbook Notebook - Joanne Wardle

Library Pocket with Bookmark - Jean Franks Beck

Book Plate - Laura Liddell

For even more wonderful ideas and a host of amazing cards and spectacular projects, check out our Rogues Gallery!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Jean Franks Beck: Visions of Sugarplums

A sweet little girlie card for that sweet little someone at Christmas. I remember when I was wee little, sitting on (yes, *on*) my grandmother's dining room table, pouring over the Sears catalog and dreaming of what I might get for Christmas. Grammie would be playing Solitaire, seemingly unawares, but actually keeping careful watch over what caught my eye. I remember distinctly that one year it was a model horse, with joints and head that could be posed - I'd never seen one like that..... until Christmas day, of course! I wonder what these two are dreaming of?

I used lots of pinks and greens, and my favorite image from Relish Reading. The papers are all from Webster's Pages Sweet Season 6x6 paper pack. The image is colored with Copics. Nothing too tricky or time-consuming in this card for this time of year... just lots of fun layers.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. :)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Terry Caught Redhead-Handed Again!

We are looking at a repeat impresser! Check out this cool splatter background that Terry created with the Almanac background! It is too cool!

Terry has used the vintage lad from the Relish Reading plate as her focal image and topped off her creation with an RRD sentiment! Beautiful work, Terry!

Check out Terry's blog to see more of her fabulous art!

We'll be featuring customer art on a regular basis on the RRD blog! Check in on Wednesdays to see if we caught you Redhead-handed!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Now Shipping to Canada and the UK

Rogue Redhead Designs is happy to announce that we are now shipping to Canada and the United Kingdom!

Visit the Etsy store to get your Relish Reading plate! Our sale is still on and until December 15, 2010, you can still get this plate for 20% off the regular price of $22.00 U.S.

Here's a couple of new pieces to celebrate our new destinations!

Please consult our Policies section for shipping rates and information on international orders.

Sharon Briss: Reader Card

This library image is so fun to color! For this card, which is destined to hold a bookstore gift card, I was inspired by the pretty BasicGrey paper to use a more unusual color combination.

The quote says "Let us read and let us dance: two amusements that will never do any harm to the world".

I have to agree that these are two activities that bring much joy to those who indulge in them. Had Voltaire had been around for the advent of stamping and scrapping, maybe he would have added papercrafting to his list.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sharon Briss: Little Lady

This little lady has stolen my heart. I find her so easy to use. In this first card, I simply stamped her onto a variety of designer paper for a quick card.

For this second card, I took out my copic markers and colored her in! She then became the focal point of my faux patchwork background.

Can't wait to see what you make with this image!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Laura Liddell: Book Plate

Here is another idea for using this stamp sheet, "Relish Reading". As you can see by all the makes on this blog it really does lend itself to so many makes. I thought this may be a nice addition when giving a book to someone to make it even more personal. Perfect for Christmas or Birthdays or just those giving days.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Sharon Briss: Book Lover Scrapbook Page

I loved these pictures of one of my favorite readers caught absorbed in a novel in a cozy chair. It seemed natural to create a scrapbook page with them and just as natural to use the Relish Reading images to embellish it.

To recreate the cozy feeling, I wanted some "soft" elements. I chose Ranger's Sticky Back Canvas from the Claudine Hellmuth line for some fabric accents. As you can see below, I was able to stamp directly onto the canvas and color the image in with Copic markers.

I used some of the sentiments to accent the photographs and the flourish stamp to add some extra interest to the pictures.

I was able to create some some additional accents with the book stamps.

Here's the full scrapbook page:

I loved how quickly this project came together!

For more detail on how I used Sticky Back Canvas on this page, please check out my review on Gingersnap Creations.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Jean Franks Beck: Book Lover's Gift Kit

Hello again, everyone, and Happy Friday! Today I have a little booklover's gift kit, just in time to make for the holidays. Have you noticed how these little paper bag gift sacks are cropping up everywhere? I've used the Relish Reading plate to make a version that will hold a gift card, a bookmark, a Christmas card, and a few little goodies, all perfectly packaged and ready to delight. Here's what I made for inside:

The How-To's:
Start by cutting a tiny sliver off the bottom of a folded lunch sack. I happened to find red ones and thought they'd be festive, but kraft would look just as lovely.
Next, sew along where the bag would naturally fold, and down from the fold to the bottom of the sack.
This will create a little pocket, like so: (There will be a couple of layers of folded paper in there - don't worry about that.)
Next, measure how wide your gift card is, and mark where you will sew, just from the open bottom up to the line of stitching at the fold. The other side will hold your bookmark. As it happened, my pockets were about even.
So now you've got this:
At this point, you can trim any excess off the top of the bag - however tall you'd like it to be. You might also want to add a decorative edge to the top after trimming:

Next, sew up the entire height of the bag on either side. I increased the stitch length for this step, so that I didn't perforate the paper while sewing over my previous stitching. Embellish the edge of the smaller pocket. I used some flowers pulled off a big box store floral, some vintage leaves, and a little vintage candy cane I got on Etsy.
Measure the width of your non-gift card side, and make a bookmark to fit. For my bookmark, I used a Nestabilities die to trace a pretty pattern for the top.
I stamped the sweet little girl carrying the book and one of my favorite sentiments from the set cut up and distressed. The paper is from Webster's Pages, with some of the same trim that I used for the pocket, and some seam binding for the top.
For the card, I made the little girl into an angel using German scrap wings and a halo cut from a gold foil doily. You could also use chipboard, clipart, or stamped wings. More Webster's Pages patterned paper, seam binding, a little Making Memories red rose finding, and another Christmas rose finish it off. Isn't she the cutest?
Slip the gift card and the bookmark into the very front pocket. If you get stuck halfway down, separate the inner layers of the pocket until you can slide them all the way (sometimes there are extra little layers/folds in the bag). The card goes in the very back pocket, leaving an extra little pocket in between for a little treat, candy, tea bags, or maybe even the New York Times bestseller list for some suggested reading.

I hope you like this fun and easy little project - it packs lots of "wow factor" for very little time and effort, perfect for Christmas, easily adapted for birthdays, teacher gifts, you name it. Have a fabulous weekend, my friends!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Booking Another Customer!

We've caught another customer redhead-handed using their new RRD stamps! This lovely 4x4 was created by Helene Huber of Lotsa Scrap who is this week's "Rogue on the Run"!

Helene's 4x4 is full of great touches like the touch of lace between the two beautifully complimentary papers, the scrabble lettered "Joy" and the great ribbon flower accent.

To see Helene's original post, go to Lotsa Scrap.

We'll be featuring customer art on a regular basis on the RRD blog! Check in on Wednesdays to see if we caught you Redhead-handed!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ali Manning: Warhol Card

The fantastic artwork created by the Rogue Crew and Rogue customers using the new Relish Reading plate showcased here over the past few weeks is so inspiring!

I decided to make a quick and simple card using the TJ technique called Warhol:

I stamped the image of the girl and boy reading on three different patterned papers and punched them out using a 1" square punch. The paper used in the lower half of the card is from the same paper pack, so all the colors tie together nicely. The card is finished off with some black ribbon and buttons.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Matchbook Notebook by Joanne Wardle

I decided that The book theme of the relish reading plate, was just perfect for a little handmade notebook.
I love making the matchbook notebooks, they are just so easy. There is a tutorial on my blog here for making them.

I have used five stamps from the plate, the image is coloured with pencils.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Laura Liddell: Magnetic Bookmark

Here is another idea for the stamp sheet "Relish Reading". This is a magnetic bookmark which just happens to be the size of a scrapling. 8.5 x 1.5 inches, folded in half, I do believe? I have some magnetic tape that I have added to the inside ends of the bookmark. This then fits over a page and sticks together, magnet power penetrating through the page.

This uses 3 of the images from the sheet; the script background, the bookshelf and the saying from Voltaire. I have then coloured it with Inkintense crayons and water. These would make great little Christmas gifts on their own or to give along with a book.

Having made this I can say that I have actually used ever stamp on the sheet. I do not think I can say that about any other stamp sheet I have ever bought! And that is saying something.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sharon Briss: Pretty in Pink

Part of what I love about stamping is all the inspiration and community one can get online. I personally love doing challenges and all kinds of challenges! From color to sketch to recipe to inspiration challenges, I'm there.

I just discovered a new-to-me challenge blog - Truly Scrumptious - and I decided to try out their latest sketch challenge #46 along with the extra dare to "Think Pink". I am not a person drawn to pink but I love to push my comfort zone a bit and I could not resist this pretty sketch.

I picked a coral scheme and I think it came out quite nicely!

Missing You
Stamps: sitting reader and Miss You from Relish Reading
Paper: Sundress "Admire" Winding Vine Paper from Laundry Line Collection (My Mind's Eye); soft salmon paper (Provocraft)
Cardstock: Cameo Coral and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E02, E07, E09, E11, E31, E34, E35, E40, R20, R32, R35, R37, R39, and YRoo
Embellishments: 4 gold brads
Tools: oval Marvy punches; oval cutter (Creative Memories); decorative corner rounder (Fiskars)

To check out some of my favorite challenge blogs, check the Links section of the RRD blog. I am always on the lookout for new ones, so let me know about your favorites too!

To see some of my favorite challenge blogs, check out our Links section!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

We've Caught Another Customer

Terry aka Terry2Dogs was caught online using the new Relish Reading plate in scandalously artistic ways! She's our latest "Rogue on the Run", a customer caught redhead-handed using our stamps.

With her excellent use of paper coordination and design, Terry showed off her flair for balance and use of space with this lovely card! The addition of the ribbons through the lace die-cut border is wonderful!

Terry did confide in us that she had an accomplice in creating this piece - her faithful companion, Molly, a sweet little dalamation.

You can visit Terry's original post on her blog, Terry's.

We are dedicated to featuring customer art on a regular basis on the RRD blog! Check in on Wednesdays to see if we caught you Redhead-handed!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sharon Briss: Storytime Swingers

This pair of swinging readers, from the Relish Reading plate, lend themselves to so many designs! For this card, I started with a base panel onto which, using Versamark ink, I stamped the Almanac page background and embossed it with clear embossing powder. From there, I used several shades of Ranger Distress Inks sponged over the background to create a warm toned panel.

I used the same Distress colors and sponged them onto a plain strip of cardstock. I overstamped these cute little swingers onto that strip with StazOn and then punched the image out using a Marvy oval punch. I added a little plaid paper and ribbon for some flair and finished off with a small "Storytime" embellishment.

Once I started stamping with this image, I couldn't stop. For the card below, I stamped the children on a craft cardstock and then used colored pencils to add white and brown highlights for a vintage look.

Using a more modern take for the next card, I used several of the elements from Relish Reading to create multiple blocks which were used as a backdrop for the swinging pair.

As you can see, this image lends itself to several styles and a variety of looks! We'd love to see what you can do with this image!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Laura Liddell: Chinese Proverb

This is another fab image from the sheet. I think this has been one of the favourites as there are quite a few examples on the blog with this image. This is my contribution with this image.. I have used a script stamp to lightly stamp the background and distressed the edges. I have done a bit of paper piecing with the papers Shar sent us and teamed it up with some wonderful grungy papers I had in my stash. I made this bookplate to add the saying and attached it with brads.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Jean Franks Beck: Library Pocket and Bookmark

Happy Friday, Everyone! Today I have a little project that would be perfect for those of you who lend out your books, have book-loving friends, or if you are in a bookclub that passes books around to the members. I've created a stamped and embellished library pocket with a library card bookmark, to be glued into place at the front of a favorite hardcover.

To make the library pocket, I purchased an inexpensive pack of plain library pockets (can be found at most all office supply or school supply stores or outlets), and took one apart and traced it onto patterned paper. My paper had a softly colored pattern on both sides, since you will see both sides once it's folded. I cut along the traced lines and scored where the folds were in the template. I stamped the reading girl from the Relish Reading plate using Archival Ink in Coffee, then stamped the words Imagination and Daydream in pale blue. At this point I went around all the edges with Distress Ink in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. I embellished the pocket with some vintage lace trim, a butterfly punched from vintage text, and a tiny mother of pearl button. You'll want to keep your embellishments relatively flat so that they don't interfere with the closing of the cover. Use a good strong adhesive to assemble the pocket so that it won't pop apart with use. A few strips of tacky tape on the back will secure it to your book. (If giving as a gift, adhere the tacky tape to the back but leave the outward side of the pink strip on for your recipient to remove when she puts it in her book.)

I also bought a packet of library cards and used one as a bookmark. I stamped the girl in the chair in a pale blue ink, so that the card could actually be used. You can either use it the old fashioned way, and put the title at the top, with the borrowers names and date borrowed on the lines; OR, you can put your own name and address at the top (for people to remember whom they borrowed from), and make the lines a place for people to jot down a comment or two about what they thought of the book. I used a little bit of the same patterned paper to decorate the top, punched a hole, and threaded through some pretty crinkled ribbon and a vintage mother of pearl button. I love that there is a built-in place to put the bookmark while you're reading.... I often find that I take out the bookmark and end up misplacing it, so this is just the ticket. :)

These are easy to make and would make great little gifts as a thank you to a friend who has lent you her book, or to make in sets as a gift for a bookworm. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend. ;)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Krisha Caught Redhead-Handed!

We have our very first Rogue on the Run, a client caught using their RRD stamps in creatively wicked ways!

We are proud to show the work of the amazing Krisha of Krisha's Keepsakes! She has created a charming card with a beautiful blue palette!

Check out Krisha's fabulous details like the touch of lace at the bottom and the wonderful ribbon corners on the main panel! Accenting with those lovely flowers was a great touch!

Thanks Krisha for making such a sensational card! Don't forget to check out Krisha's amazing blog - Krisha's Keepsakes!

We'll be featuring customer art on a regular basis on the RRD blog! Check in on Wednesdays to see if we caught you Redhead-handed!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tutorial: make a box to hold a scroll, including making your own custom scoring board

One of my favourite presents to give at the moment is Amazon vouchers. I love that you can print them straight off, and let's face it, you can buy pretty much anything from Amazon.
But they are not very exciting to give, so that's why I came up with the idea of making a box to put a scroll in, so you can roll the printed voucher up and give as a proper gift.

I have made mine from a sheet of A4 card, it would be easy to adapt this to a similar sized card. I decided that I needed all my scores to be a width of 4cm, however my scoring board doesn't do this width, so I decided I needed to custom make my own scoring board. This was really easy to do, fold a card as shown, so that the channel is just the right width for your embossing tool. mark the width on that you want. As I wanted to be able to score lengthways A4 card, and repeat the scoring, I added little extension pieces to the measurement.

you can see the board in use here. it really does work.

score 4 lines at 4cm intervals lengthways down your card, and 4cm in from each edge.
trim the last flap down to 3cm and shape as shown. cutting away all the shaded areas, and between the side flaps.

fold up and glue side flaps together and place your rolled paper/voucher/certificate/invitation etc, inside.

decorate however you like. I have used a quote and the background from the Relish Reading plate.
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