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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!
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