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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.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Laura Liddell: Day Dream

This is a card I made with the Relish Reading plate. I stamped "Day Dream" randomly over the background with Versarmark to create the words as a watermark image.I distressed the paper and used a slightly darker ink through stencil waste. The tree was cut from a Tim Holtz die from textured paper. The children in the swing stamped and cut out and then hung from the tree. The children have been lightly coloured with crayons. Grasses were added around the base of the tree and leaves punched out of autumn coloured paper and stuck down. I then layered them onto stripy backing paper as I felt the colours enhanced the image.

As you can see from all the creations this week on this blog all the images lend themselves to so many different makes. They are truly versatile and I love using them.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sharon Briss: Going Rogue with Zentangle

I adore this book border image from the Relish Reading plate and I wanted to make a hanging for my room using it and one of favorite quotes from Voltaire.

My problem was that I loved the simple lines of the image and didn't want to drown them out with too much color. It occurred to me that I could use Zentangle patterns to add some fun and interest and still show off my lovely image at the same time!

Here is the result:

Stamps: book border and sentiment from Relish Reading plate Zentangle patterns: Up and Down, Hibred, DL Sunray, Japonica, Knightsbridge, Yincut and Fescu and Poke Root.

There are many great Zentangle resources online and the one I particularly like is

Friday, November 12, 2010

jean Franks Beck: Imagination Journal

I'm going to blame it on Shar for calling us design team members the "Rogue Crew." It's gone to my head, even if the red hair has not!

You see, I've taken the Relish Reading plate and used it for..... a sketchbook! I mean hey, who says all these beautiful vintage images show people holding novels... maybe they're holding sketchbooks? Maybe that delightful girl under the tree is jotting down card designs in that book she's holding?

The inspiration for this little journal came both from the beautiful images of Relish Reading and from the fact that I sit in a carpool line three times a day. While waiting to pick up my kids, I am either reading a good book or sketching out my next project. Unfortunately, I usually don't have anything to sketch in, so I end up with a pile of scraps that looks like this:
Not very organized, to say the least. So I decided to make an inspirational little art journal to keep in the car or in my purse. Here's how it started. First I gathered my supplies, including an inexpensive, smallish-sized blank journal, the Relish Reading stamp set, pretty papers and coordinating inks, and lots of scraps - and I do mean tiny little bits and bobs of leftovers that I couldn't part with, but which I usually don't know what to do with.
I focused on the cover first. You see that little pile of stamped images on the right? I do that with most of my plates - stamp all the images and cut them out - in order to use them to visualize collage placements and figure out what I want to put where. As you can see in the first photo of my post, I decided on the image of the girl daydreaming under the tree for my cover image, colored with Copics. I stamped the "Imagination" and "Daydream" sentiments on pretty scraps and added them, too. Next, it was on to the inside pages.

I wanted a bit of whimsy on the inside, so I stamped images here and there, every few pages or so, adding in some of those little bits of scrap text, fabric, paper, etc. along with them. I'll stop yakking now and just show you a few of the pages. Some pics are of the full page (so you can get oriented to what I was doing), and some are just the close-ups.

I think this would make a great gift for a crafty friend or someone who likes to keep a journal. Or, as it turns out, for my daughter...... You see, when she saw it, she thought it would make a great sketching-and-Manga-practicing-short story-and-poetry-writing book. So maybe I'm back to being disorganized. I'll have to go start on another journal... I've still got lots of scraps..... ;).

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Debby Boltman: I love being a Rogue

And a redhead. Naturally or Not! Luv it!

Shar sent sent some fabulous papers with the extraordinary rubber and what I did with this. I layered the red paper on the red paper and stamped the flourish from "Relish Reading" with versamark on the red paper then dragged some acrylic paint across it and around the edges. Added some ribbon and adhered to the cardstock as the base. I then stamped the background image on to blue cardstock with versamark and overstamped the lovely boy from "Relish Reading" with Memento Tuxedo Black and sponged the edges of that layer with the same then adhered with pop dots. So many possibilities to make your own backgrounds with this magnificent sheet of rubber. And layer layer layer! Fun!

Thanks for dropping in! See you soon!

Debby :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Simple Card from Joanne

Hi, I'm Joanne and I'm delighted to be a rogue redhead (My hair is sort of red: "macadamia" actually, at least that's what it says on the packet)

I'm the "simply does it rogue". My work tends to be quick and simple, and I love clean designs.

This is a good example of this. The background is created with distress inks on shiny card. I used cut'n'dry foam to colour it. I then stamped random quotes from the sheet onto the background with distress ink and embossed them with clear powder. I stamped the boy onto shiny card with black archival ink and cut him out. I mounted all this onto a square white card, and that's it!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Laura Liddell: So happy to be a Rogue, wish I were a Redhead!

As the title says I am so happy to be a Rogue Redhead. I suppose as I am not a redhead, unfortunately, I am a true Rogue Redhead! LOL

I was truly delighted to be asked to be one of the team members of this new enterprise, and even more delighted when the glorious stamps arrived. They are a joy to use, not only as the images are glorious but the quality is outstanding. They stamp very cleanly as the rubber is so deeply etched. It really does seem to make a difference.

Here is the first item I made with the stamp sheet.

As you can see it is a lovely image. I did a lot of paper piecing with this. Shar also sent us a few papers where the colours and patterns complemented the stamps perfectly. I love the paper for the chair and how it worked out. It really feels as if it could be a linen seat cover. Paper piecing is quite time consuming but I rather enjoy doing it and I find the results pleasing. It seemed to bring the image to life.

I felt this image very provocative particularly of unrequited love. So I teamed it up with the words from the sheet "Miss You". She is desperately trying to occupy her time with reading but as you can see she just can't settle with discarded books by her feet. The days of the week I felt were appropriate as it suggested the number off days of waiting for news and the fact that each day felt like the one before.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Our First Release - Relish Reading

Announcing Rogue Redhead Designs, a brand-new stamp company!

RRD offers deeply etched unmounted stamps on high quality rubber. You’ll love the level of detail!

Started by avid stamper, Sharon Briss, this new company will feature stamps in several different styles including vintage, eclectic and modern. Our first full plate release is a tribute to the literature lovers in our midst. The “Relish Reading” unmounted plate is perfect for creating hand-made bookmarks, adding a personal touch to journals and creating beautiful note cards.

This 8" x 10" plate includes images and elements to get you stamping right away from a full-sized background to focal images to sentiments.

“Relish Reading” is available at the Rogue Redhead Etsy store. As part of our initial release, RRD is offering this brand-new plate on sale for 20% off the regular retail price of $22.00 until December 15, 2010. Get yours now for the introductory price of $17.60.

Here are some samples from our wonderful Rogue Crew:

Artwork by Joanne Wardle

Artwork by Laura Liddell

Artwork by Debby Boltman

Artwork by Jean Franks Beck

Artwork by Jo Capper-Sandon

Artwork by Alison Manning

Artwork by Sharon Briss

We’ll be having new art regularly here on the RRD blog from our scandalously talented team! Watch out too for our Rogues at Large as they drop in on us to tempt us with some of their own amazing art!
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