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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sharon Briss: Quick and Easy Cards

With a weekend ahead of me of quiet contemplation, of course I stamped instead! Today, I made a few really quick and easy cards with images from my Relish Reading plate.

I found this handy technique which uses distress inks to make a quick backdrop for my images in the latest Technique Junkies newsletter. I loved how quick and simple it was!

Day Dream Boy
Stamps: boy and sentiment from Relish Reading plate
Paper: blue gingham from The Goods line (American Crafts)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Brilliant Blue and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans (Ranger Distress Ink)

Imagination Girl
Stamps: girl and sentiment from Relish Reading plate
Paper: Pink Small Dots (Making Memories)
Cardstock: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans (Ranger Distress Ink)

Once I got started, I couldn't stop. See my other two cards in this set on my blog, Ill Tempered Ink.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sharon Briss: Swing and Miss

This morning I was in need of something fun to get my juices going, so I visited a few challenge blogs. I stopped when I got to The Pink Elephant and saw that their current challenge was "Red, Brown and Pink". That I could do!

I set to work first creating a soft background with distress inks. I stamped my Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress inks onto my largest acrylic block, spritzed it with water and stamped the block down on some glossy cardstock. I then overstamped the Almanac page with Work Lipstick over this background. I stamped the swingers onto some soft pink designer paper and then punched them out with an oval punch. I did the same with the Miss You sentiment, matting both ovals with red.

Swing and Miss You
Stamps: Miss You and little swingers from Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Fleur d'Lis Light from the Heritage line (Making Memories)
Cardstock: Real Red (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn); Spun Sugar and Work Lipstick (Ranger Distress Ink)
Other: oval and scallop punch (Marvy)

May your day turn out rosey!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Jean Franks Beck: A Little Valentine

Hello friends! Jean here, sharing a little Valentine I made for a "virtual Valentine exchange" using some kit ingredients I purchased on Etsy. I used those adorable swinging cuties from Relish Reading once again (can't get enough of them!), this time snuggling within a heart doily. I threaded some seam binding along the outside edge of the doily and tied a bow at the top. (You could of course do this with a regular round doily as well, as long as it has regular perforations around the edge that are big enough to support the ribbon.) The stitched blue background is "kraft paper bag paper" - it has color on one side, and you can distress it with sand paper to take off some of the color to shabby it up. A bit of patterned paper, a fabric yo-yo, button, tag, and some baker's twine finish it off. Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Krisha, Caught Again!

We have another customer caught redhead-handed using her Rogue Redhead stamps!

For her beautiful card, Krisha has incorporated a Relish Reading image of a book and one of the quotes from the set into her awesome design!

To see more of Krisha's wonderful art, visit her blog, Krisha's Keepsakes!

Post a picture of your Rogue Redhead art to your blog and you may be caught redhead-handed yourself!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New Rogue on the Run Discovered!

Yes, we have caught yet another customer making some amazing art with RRD stamps! We apprehended Petra at her lovely blog, Kunterbunt Cottage! Petra creates many lovely and wonderful papercrafting and mixed media projects. Her blog is just delightful!

She used our sitting girl and the Daydream sentiment from the Relish Reading plate as elements in a very creative coffee filter booklet. Isn't it beautiful?

To see the rest of Petra's beautiful booklet, check out her original post.

We've always got a watch out for art using our RRD stamps! Watch out! The next artist we catch up to might be you!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sharon Briss: Layered Tile

I've had fun playing with ceramic tiles in the week with my green tile and my red one! The Relish Reading stamps seem to lend themselves to this wonderful technique which I first learned about from Penny Bennington and her tutorial on Gingersnap Creations.

For today's tile, I decided to change it up a bit. I started by applying a background using three Adirondack Alcohol inks - Rust, Lettuce and Eggplant. I let these completely dry and then applied a few spots of Meadow on top and finally a bit of Red Pepper alcohol ink. To my delight, the background which had come out as small marbled areas was then overlaid with wonderfully big blotches of red and green.

To finish off, I dropped some blending solution on top of the tile. Instead of blending it in, I just let it expand naturally to create the open circular areas. I let everything dry completely.

From here it was easy to fill those lovely open spots. I simply laid my tissue paper on the dry tile so I could get the positions as close as possible. I cut a reverse circular mask out of a post-it note with a 1" circle punch.

I laid the mask over each hole and stamped my images over the mask, making sure to only ink the portion of the image that I wanted to appear on the tile.

Here's the end result:

All stamps are from the Relish Reading plate.

Why not make your own tile project with your Rogue Redhead stamps? It's truly addictive!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Jean Franks Beck: So Sweet

A little card for the new mom or a mother-to-be, to accompany a gift of nursery rhymes and a few of those adorable little books they now have out there for the wee ones. I used the image of the boy and girl from Relish Reading, and surrounded it with some gorgeous papers from Graphic 45's Once Upon a Springtime line. I also used a bit of vintage text, a square of coffee filter that I had sprayed with Glimmer Mists, a vintage button, some baker's twine, ribbon... well, all the things I love. :) Lots of tearing and distressing going on here. The sentiment is a sticker from SRM.

I love that these images can be about reading, or about something completely different... this would make a cute little Valentine for my 3-year-old niece as well. Let your imagination soar.....

Have a happy Friday. :)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

We've Caught Vicki Redhead-Handed!

We've found another Rogue on the Run! Vicki Romaine has posted a lovely card on her blog, The Cheerful Stamp Pad, using her Relish Reading stamps!

Her background is has exquisite vintage appeal and the way she has placed the foot of the sitting girl casually dangling into the sentiment area is wonderful! Great design, Vicki!
As well as being an avid stamper, Vicki also runs challenges on her blog! Her current challenge "Let's Relax" is being sponsored by Rogue Redhead Designs. To check out the challenge and the lovely inspiration for this theme, go to The Cheerful Stamp Pad.

Want to be a Rogue on the Run? Just get caught using your Rogue Redhead Design stamps!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Joanne Wardle: Another bookmark card

Here's another bookmark card I made using the relish reading plate. It's really straightforward.

The main image is coloured with coloursoft pencils and a blender pencil.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Laura Liddell: Another Calendar!

Continuing with the calendar theme I have created another one with a different stamp from the "Relish Reading" set. I adapted the stamp a little by adding a cup of tea to her lap as I felt it fitted with the words more aptly. Also to remind us to take time to relax and reflect during the day and what better way than with our favourite brew.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sharon Briss: Reading Tile

I am a long time lover of books, so I decided to use my Relish Reading stamps to make some wall art! I was inspired by the beautiful tile creations of Penny Bennington. You can see her amazing work on A Penny for Your Thoughts, her blog.

She has a wonderful technique involved tiles and alcohol ink that I just love. She shared this technique in a tutorial on Gingersnap Creations.

I was also inspired by Joanne Wardle's wonderfully creative use of the flourish stamp in the Relish Reading set. Joanne, on her amazing matchbook notebook, turned the flourish into a flower stem which I thought was ingenious and have promptly copied.

Here is my take on an alchohol ink stamped tile. I used Ranger Alchohol inks and blending solution. I wanted to have a soft outdoor feel to go with the image and sentiment I chose so I used Stream, Stonewashed and Lettuce.

To see more examples with this plate, please check out our Rogues Gallery where the ever-creative and hardworking Rogue Crew have made many wonderful samples.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Laura Liddell: A New Year

I felt this would be a good make for the beginning of the year. I have made various calendars in this way so I am able to give them away to people. Just a little gift and to say that I am thinking of them, or to say thank you.

If only we realized sooner that "these are the days of our lives". So my resolution is to live as best I can every day of my life.

Yet another great use for this fantastic stamp sheet. I felt the image went well with the saying because many people refer to their school days as the best years of their lives. I cannot say I am in agreement. I think I am now living the best years of my life and I hope it may continue.
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