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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sharon Briss: Getting into Rust

Inspired by all the Rust projects on Gingersnap Creations, I pulled out my stash of rust-based deisgner paper and was delighted to encounter two beautiful patterns from Heidi Grace Designs.

I was feeling a pull to vintage, so I pulled out my Relish Reading plate and coupled its wonderful vintage reader images with a vintage-feel technique from Technique Junkies.

Once again, I was able to let the paper shine through and use a very simple design and coordinating cardstock as a backdrop to my focal images.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Extra! Extra! Beverly's Been Caught Again!

We've got another repeat impresser today. Check out Beverly's great art using her Relish Reading plate! She has put our vintage lad to work as a newspaper boy! How awesome is that?

I love the wonderful backdrop against which she has set this industrious lad and the fabulous vintage color scheme! Awesome art, Beverly!

To see more of Beverly's fantastic creations, check out her blog, Gott Heart Art!

Are you waiting to get caught? Just use your RRD stamps so we can catch you redhead-handed! If we don't find you, you can always turn yourself in by emailing us!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sharon Briss: Variations on a Theme

I love making note card sets but sometimes it's hard to figure out where to start to make a collection that goes together yet still has individual different cards. That's where a good 6"x6" paper pad comes in.

For this set, I decided to go with BasicGrey's Pyrus Paper collection and RRD's Relish Reading plate. I started by picking papers that I liked. I then decided on a simple design and stamped my images. There are so many wonderful copic marker colors that it's a breeze to find some shades that work with this colorful paper.

I changed the design slightly for each card while keeping the embellishments of the same type but coordinated with each individual card. The result was a definite style to these note cards with no repeats.

Note cards make wonderful gifts for friends and family! Why not try some out yourself?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Set from the Roguette

Our Junior Designer, the Roguette, has put together a simple set of note cards using basic elements, a malleable design and our Snow Hugs plate.

To start off the Roguette chose 3 coordinating double-sided papers for her set. She then cut identical bases from olive colored stock (5.5" x 4.25"). While most of her paper selections were a yellowy-green, she did note that they had traces of deep blue so she also cut mats (5.25" x 4.0") for her card bases from navy blue.

Next, she created several panels, 4 colored full-size panels (5.0" x 3.75") using the 3 fronts of the papers and 1 back as well as 4 smaller panels (4.0" x 2.0") from the same papers. She also cut out 4 mats for the smaller panels (4.25" x 2.25") from the navy cardstock. Finally, she stamped the standing couple from the Snow Hugs plate and colored it with coordinating copic markers.

Then, she had some fun as 11-year-old redheads are bound to do! She played with the combinations of paper and panels and came up with some designs she liked. They are shown below.

Paper - Olive Vacation Floral, Olive Den Plaid and Olive Nook Blossoms (Scrapbook Walls)
Cardstock - Old Olive, Night of Navy and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink - Paris Dusk (Memento)
Copics - B24, B26, E02, E11, E37,YG95 and YG97

Hope you enjoyed this great way to play with paper. The Roguette will be back with more posts in the future.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Jean Franks Beck: Playing with Backgrounds

I just love the circle background from the Snow Hugs plate, and I've been having some fun playing with different techniques.  For this card, I used a simple emboss resist for the background, but added a little vintage flair by clear embossing over some text from an old 1880s Harper's Weekly magazine (an article about "camping out in California" - very fun!).  I simply stamped the circle backgrounder using Versamark watermark ink, heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then rubbed on Distress Inks in Broken China, Shabby Shutters, and Dusty Concord.  I lightly buffed the embossed areas with a clean cloth to really bring out the clear parts in the text.  I thought this would be a perfect backdrop for a little Crate Paper Restoration designer die cut of a bicycle, and the "Day Dream"  sentiment from the Relish Reading plate (which I stamped on a piece of margin from another vintage page).  A tiny button is the only embellishment needed.  The panel is then mounted on some plain vintage text, which is glued to a cardstock base.  This is a really easy technique with very fun results.  See, that Snow Hugs plate doesn't have to be just for the winter months... it can take you right into spring and beyond.  

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Booking Jack for Great Impressions

We're booking Jack for a terrific use of Rogue Redhead's Relish Reading plate! She has created a magnificent cloth book and used her RRD stamps to decorate it.

Just check out this fabulous cover:

The way Jack has framed these cute little swingers with buttons is totally charming.

And check out these spectacular inner pages:

To see more of Jack's amazing art, please check out her blog - Jack's Arty Crafty Kreations.

Wanna get caught using your RRD stamps? Start stamping and posting! We try and show off some great guest art here on the RRD blog every Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sharon Briss: Tagging Old Man Winter

I've decided to "play tag" with Old Man Winter. It's being typical March - one day bitter and cold and the next bright and bold. I still have snow and there's no daffodils in sight so I decided to have a little fun time with my Snow Hugs plate and make a one-layer tag.

On a standard shipping tag (which I buy in bulk at the stationary store for $20.00/1000 rather than at the craft store for $4.00/10), I started to layer my various stamps from the Snow Hugs plate. I started with the dot background in a soft caramel and then added some fun toques in chocolate. From there it was easy to fill in with green pine boughs, red hearts and pink x's and o's. I finished off by adding the sentiment and some fuzzy wool for a fun tassel.

The final result:

Have a great day whatever your weather!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sharon Briss: Maroon Monochrome

Sometimes you just have to let the paper and the images speak for themselves. No elaborate embellishment or layout required. Today, I made a quick set of note cards with my Relish Reading plate. I let my paper dictate my color scheme and let the images stand clean and unadorned.

By choosing a bold paper and matching the color tones, I was able to create a unified look and simple frames, faux photo corners and simple matted ovals, to complete the design.

Stamps: all images from Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Guana Bay double-sided from Letters from Paradise (Black Market Paper Society)
Cardstock: Rose Red, Basic Black and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Raspberry Fizz (Palette)
Tools: oval and oval scallop punches (Marvy)

Have some stunning paper that you haven't used yet because it is just too yummy? Why not create your set of note cards letting it truly shine?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Repeat Inker Michele Caught Again

Michele of Art from the Well has been caught again using her stamps from the RRD Relish Reading set!

Michele used a tissue color technique to create a soft background panel for her beautiful and richly colored card. She added some flair by using decorative scissors to create a gorgeous edging and a coordinating flower to top it all off.

To see more of Michele's art, please visit her a Art from the Well.

We're putting out an APB, All Papercrafters Bulletin, for any more Rogues on the Run out there. Will you be caught next?

Friday, March 4, 2011

Jean Franks Beck: Snow Hugs Trio

Hello again and happy Friday!  I have been having fun creating some quick and easy cards using this wonderful ice skating couple from the Snow Hugs plate.  I love how the free, wavy line drawings in this plate are so suggestive of movement, and I wanted to highlight that effect even more.  To make these cards, I first cut three identically-sized panels of cardstock - one white, one light blue, and one medium blue.  I stacked them on top of each other and attached document clips to both ends to make sure they wouldn't shift when I cut them.  I freehand drew two wavy lines horizontally across the cards, and cut through all three layers at once, reattaching my clips to secure the layers for the second cut again after I had made the first.  I then jumbled up my three colors and fit them back together, like a puzzle, and attached them to a dark blue cardstock base.  I stamped the skater image in Brilliance blue ink, and colored them with a range of blue Copic markers to keep the monochromatic effect.  For a little sparkly highlight, I filled in the moon and outlined some of the snowy areas and the girl's hat with a Spica clear glitter pen.  I've attempted to capture the shimmer in the photo below:
It adds a nice extra dimension in real life - you probably know what I mean. :)  I mounted the images onto some snowflake patterned paper, then the entire panel onto a white cardstock base.  I kept the embellishments to a minimum.  Each card has its "statement" embellishment and that's it - I wanted to let the little scene shine.  The sentiment will go on the inside.  These would make great cards for the holidays, as thank yous, or just as little "warm winter wishes" cards for someone special.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Lynn Stevens Caught Using her RRD Stamps!

It's Wednesday which means it's time to catch another Rogue on the Run! This week, we've caught Lynn Stevens using her Relish Reading stamps not once but twice!
Lynn created wonderful layers in her fabulous collage of elements! From the fabulous tag which spotlights the sitting reader to the fabulous pen nib, each item brings another fantastic part of this collage's narrative together.

For this piece, Lynn created an amazing stained glass window behind our seated reader! She added lots of wonderful detail and created a sensational scene reminiscent of a fabulous library, complete with clock!

To see more of Lynn's amazing art, please visit her blog Trash to Treasure Art!

Who will we be catching next? Maybe you!
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