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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Penny Bennington: Floriculture on text paper

I love the look of flowers stamped onto text paper and have made this card using the sunflowers from Floriculture stamped onto a scrap of a vintage dictionary page. I colored the flowers with colored pencils and stamped and cut out an additional big flower, snipped the petals to fluff them, and added it with foam tape. I also inked the seam binding with Distress Inks in antique linen and dried marigold. Here's a close-up of the stamping:
If you prefer a more muted look to your text, you can dry brush it to fade the words before stamping. I used a mix of gesso and Titan Buff acrylic paint.
Hope you have a great day!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Simple Set Saturday: Color Repetition

I went a little crazy for this Simple Set Saturday post! I wanted to show you what repetition of image or type of image and color could accomplish with very little effort.

For two cards in this set, I picked one of the simple images from Floriculture and repeatedly stamped it on a white panel using colors in the same color family. I then repeated one of the colors for the card base and mat for the sentiment. The sentiments all come from the versatile Bits and Pieces plate.

Here's one using the sun from Floriculture:

and anther using the rose:

Once, I finished these two cards, I had a quirky idea. I was thinking of how many different things we are to different people. I picked out the words from the Bits and Pieces plate and stamped each word in a different color randomly on my panel. For the masculine Happy Birthday card, I chose shades of blue and the words "Son", "Father", and "Brother".

For an easy "Way to Go" card, I did the same thing for a female recepient. This time I used pinks and the words "Mother", Daughter", "Wife" and "Sister" and the overstamped "Congratulations in the blank spots. I finished off with a "Wow" matted in one of the medium pinks.

Hope you enjoyed this set!

Next week, we'll be doing a little something different, but look for Simple Set Saturday on the first Saturday of each month.

Starting in July, we'll be having challenges here on the second Saturday of each month! How fun is that?

Friday, May 27, 2011

Jean Franks Beck: Fleur on Kraft Glassine

I had a little fun today experimenting with the new Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine paper.  I stamped the lily of the valley image from Floriculture three times using Archival Ink.  After it had dried, I went in and colored the images using Prismacolor pencils.  I love how the whites and creams look against the kraft.  I adhered the image to some vintage sheet music using some patterned masking tape.  The music image just slightly shows through the glassine.  I think it looks a little like an aged floral print from long ago.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend planned.  Happy Memorial Day to all in the US!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Beverly G: Postcards

 A Great Good Thursday Morning To Everyone!
I have two postcards for you this morning. Each measuring 3 1/2" X 5 ". The first one I used stamps from the Floriculture stamp set.  Even though I didn't use any of the french words from the set this kind of gave me a French Country kind of feeling.  I've been in a sponging frenzy lately, hence the sponged edges. I don't know if you can pick it up from the photo, but I heat embossed the roses, which popped them up with a little bit of sparkle. I do love the tactile feel of heat embossing.
The second postcard, I used the Bits and Pieces
stamp set. The squares, circle, and rectangle give this postcard a very graphic feel to me. I did a little bit of doodling around each stamped piece to ground things and then stamped the Happy Birthday using my Stamp-a-ma-jig and as you can see I'm still straight lined challenged. I stamp like I write everything goes up to the right. My Mom taught me how to write and she always said that meant that I had my head in the clouds.
Two more examples using these two very versatile stamp sets.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ali Manning: Bits & Pieces Fun

I've been having so much fun with Rogue's new Bits & Pieces plate. The sentiments on this plate are so versatile - I love how you can mix and match the words to create custom sentiments. Here are some clean and simple cards I created that highlight these fantastic stamps:

The Bits & Pieces set is so reasonably priced at $12.00, but remember there's a Spring Special going on until June 10, 2011......

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Penny Bennington: Floriculture Notecards

Hello! I have a couple notecards to share that came about from just playing with the new Floriculture stamps. Isn't it fun to find different ways to use the same stamp?

In this first card, I stamped the flower using Distress inks in victorian velvet and shabby shutters. That panel is layered onto gold textured paper and a tissue taped background colored with the same victorian velvet Distress ink.

For the second card, I used the same flower stamp but combined it with one of the inchie squares from the Bits and Pieces set used as a shadow stamp and it kind of gives a cyanotype effect. I first inked the square with turquoise pigment ink and then "kissed" it with the flower stamp. After cutting out the inchies and edging them with gold Krylon pen, I added them to another tissue taped background. Simple and fun!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Joanne Wardle: it's just about the words...

This is the simplest card made for a neighbour that just had a baby boy. I was going for simple, cute and commercial. The words from the bits and pieces set from Rogue redhead designs were the perfect finishing touch. It's so useful to have such a complete set of coordinating greetings to hand. The font and size of the baby word are perfect for nestling up against the handcut paper heart. And then the Congratulations word inside ties in the front with the inside.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Enjoying the new stamps: Laura Liddell

Well I must admit to really enjoying using these new stamps. it is so easy to create something fun and easy. It is like a breath of fresh air. As you can see I have had fun with this card. A simple spray, a stamped shadow and a overlaid flower simply adorned with a circle punched Hi. I drew lines around the image edges just to define it more and draw the eye in.

I am sure everyone will enjoy using these stamps. It is a bit like having a stamping holiday!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Simple Set Saturday: Distressed Lustre

I love my Ranger Distress Inks. They are fun to work with and so easy to use. Today, I am going to show you how to combine your Distress Inks, some cool paper from PaperTemptress and some Rogue Redhead stamps to come up with two different card sets.

Supplies for the main panels:
Images from Floriculture and Relish Reading plates
Laser Silver Lustre paper (PaperTemptress)
StazOn Ink - this tutorial uses Jet Black
Ranger Distress Inks - 1 to 2 base colors, 1 yellow and 1 to 2 of the browns
Alcohol Ink applicator and Blending Foam or Sponges or Cotton Balls

First off, forgive the dark pictures. It has been raining all week in Massachusetts so my studio's usual fabulous natural light did not come through. My pictures came out slightly dreary, just like the view from my window.

Let's get going with this super simple technique. Start by stamping your image with StazOn ink onto the Laser Silver Lustre paper. I used a sentiment and the Lily of the Valley from the new Floriculture plate. Stamping straight is easy with this paper and its subtle textured look. I just line up with the lines on the paper. Trim your piece down to the size you want and you are ready to start distressing. I always trim my images down after I add my sentiment in case the words go a little crooked. That way, I can trim the piece so that the sentiment always looks dead on straight.

Now, choose the Distress Ink you want for your main color. I choose Peeled Paint for this project. Use an applicator with blending foam to apply the ink to the paper. I work from the scrap paper inward and use circular motions. Keep adding more ink and working it as desired until you are happy with the result.

Next, take one of the brown Distress Inks and start applying that around the edge of the image. I used Tea Dye for this one. To create a deeper edge, I also applied some Vintage Photo but not as far into the image as I had applied the Tea Dye.

To finish up and bring up the image and sentiment, I applied a little Scattered Straw with a sponge just to my stamped areas.

Once completed, I matted my panel with Copper Stardream and used Caramel Pearl Linen as my card base. Each paper has its own different sheen so the effect was quite nice.

Here's my finished card:

and from the side:

I also created a second card using the same color scheme:

While I loved the wonderful earthy colored panels I had created, I wanted to try some other color combinations. I took out my Relish Reading plate for the next two cards.

The first one uses the Swingers and a sentiment from the Relish Reading plate along with Victorian Velvet, Worn Lipstick, Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw Distress inks. The card has a Burgundy Brawny RC 100lb base and the Distressed Laser Silver Lustre is matted with Nero from the Incandescent line which has some metallic sparkle for some more of that wonderful shine. As a background panel, I used Cranberry Brown Bag Kraft paper which I ripped to show the brown bag side.

I used the same formula for the next card, using the book border from Relish Reading and another sentiment. For inks, I chose Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw. As this card's colors provided more contrast, I again matted with Copper and used a pairing of Tuscan Sun Brawny RC 100lb and Blueberry Brown Bag Kraft paper.

Do try some of your Distress Inks on your textured paper to see what will happen! You never know what great looks you can create!

Don't forget that you only have until June 10th to take advantage of our great introductory prices for Floriculture and Bits and Pieces or grab our Release 3 Bundle or our Big Vintage Bundle.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Jean Franks Beck: Rosy Notes

Happy Friday!  I've been so inspired by all of my Rogue teamies and their notecard sets, I had to make a little set of my own.  There is just something about Floriculture and Bits and Pieces that makes ya want to do little gift sets - for teachers, coaches, moms, sisters, friends.  I am a bit obsessed with this little rose image from Floriculture - I can't put it down.  For my note cards, I first stamped the mottled square from Bits and Pieces in Tattered Rose Distress Ink, then overstamped the rose in Aged Mahogany.  I punched it out with a square punch, then framed it in vintage text (sometimes the text part, sometimes the blank part of an old book page - there's nothing like the patina of old paper!).  Then I added a sentiment to each one, along with a little something special as a border.
For these two, I used vintage book pages as a border.  The one on the left is simply torn text smooshed in the distress inks I used for the rose.  For the one on the right, I pinch pleated a plain strip of vintage bookpage text, sewed it with my sewing machine, then wrapped some twine around it and added a mother of pearl button (this one is my fave of the four!).
The next two: for the one on the left, I tore a strip of 7 Gypsies tissue tape for the border, then added a few little pink pearls around the sentiment.  For the one on the right - a strip of vintage sheet music, and a row of tiny rhinestones to highlight the words.

These were very quick and easy to whip up.  Good thing, because my kids have four core teachers between the two of them, plus piano teachers, volleyball coaches, chorus teachers..... you get the idea. ;)  Have a great weekend, friends!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Beverly G: Floriculture-Blinging Blossoms

A Great Good Thursday Morning To Everyone!
I've got a round card for you today and taking center stage is the wonderful bold flower stamp from the Floriculture set . I stamped it in Black Archival Ink and used my circle and scallop circle nestabilities for the two main mats.
I tried adding a sentiment, but the pink and black just kept whispering bling, bling. So, after I got the bling on,  I felt the flowers would feel like a diva when she is front and center, she doesn't want anyone stealing her thunder. Consequently, no sentiment this time.
I positioned the bow at the top because the card opens from the bottom.
It just so happens I know the perfect Diva who loves pink, black, and lots of bling. This may be a Birhday Card.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Jack Creates Some Roguish Notelets

This is Jack's third time being caught as a Rogue on the Run! She is definitely having some fun with her Relish Reading set. Spied on May 12th making notelets, she has once again earned another guest artist spot on the RRD blog.

Check out her great designs! She stamped with suede colored ink onto kraft colored cardstock and then colored the images with Derwent pencils. Great effect, isn't it?

To see more of Jack's wonderful art, check out Jack's Arty Crafty Kreations.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Laura Liddell: Wonderful New Stamps

The new stamps by Shar for Rogue Redhead are just wonderful. They are so fun and easy to use and lend themselves to all sorts of makes, including CAS cards. I decided to take this idea and create a wallet of notecards. I started with blank postcards and stamped the botanical images simply onto the note side. Two of each design for the pack. I used archival black to stamp with so I could simply colour them with watercolour paint to add extra interest. The words from the sentiment sheet fitted perfectly which were stamped in archival maroon.

I made the wallet out of handmade paper that contained petals. The ribbon adornment on top was created by using pearl paper and a Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch to create the lace edges. It was then lightly coloured with Vintage Velvet Distress ink stamped and lastly a dried flower added.

A handy little pack for those quick note one needs to write from time to time.

Simple Set Saturday: Minor Variations

Happy Saturday! It's time for our Simple Set of the week!

Note cards are a popular gift for relatives and dear friends. It takes ages to come up with the perfect design and then you feel like you have to start all over again for the next card. Not so! Varying the color of the cards is an easy variant, but I would like to also suggest a twist by adding and varying texture as well.

I love the beautiful Lily of the Valley from the new Floriculture release. It can stand on its own so well and I have made it do so with this simple card design. I stamped the image, cut it out with an oval cutter and matted it with a rich color. I used the same color for the card base and added a white panel, dry embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, as the background. To increase the interest, I used a different Cuttlebug folder for each card. While similar and definitely a set, the cards are all different! Voila! Another 10 minute set!

Stamp used: lily of the valley from Floriculture (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Night of Navy, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Paris Dusk and Rich Cocoa (Memento); Always Artichoke (Stampin Up)

Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories); Cuttlebug machine and folders

To finish off, I would tie these cards up with a lovely white ribbon and include nice crisp white envelopes.

Don't forget to come back next week to see our next Simple Set. To check out the sets we've already done, you can click here.

Don't forget to visit our Etsy Store during our Spring Sale! Lots of great deals available!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Jean Franks Beck: Sunshine and Flowers

Woohoo, Blogger is back!  I felt like the power was out, and I was in a blackout or something - no new posts, no way to comment on anyone's posts - amazing how much we miss our little community when it's gone.  I have been having lots of fun creating with the new plates.  The Floriculture and Bits and Pieces collections are so versatile, they lend themselves to so many different styles.  For the card above, I made a background by smooshing Distress Inks in yellows and greens onto my craft sheet, and swiping and twisting the cardstock onto it.  Then I flung a little water onto it with my fingers to create a bit more interest.  Next, I stamped the fern image repeatedly across the bottom, varying the heights.  I used the smoosh technique again on another piece of cardstock, this time using yellows and oranges.  I stamped the sunburst directly onto this piece in black Archival ink, then punched the images out with Martha Stewart's starburst punch (fits perfectly!) and added them to my ferns.  A sentiment, a little twine for the corner, and it's done.

And for something completely different.... well, I kept with the green/yellow/orange color scheme, but used a totally different style:
When I was experimenting with smooshed background color combinations for the first card, I had one yellow panel that came out too pale for my sunbursts.  I kept it anyway, and tried stamping on it with this image. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils, and I liked the soft vintage effect that resulted.  I used the great border stamp to make a little black and white border that reminds me of a vintage seed packet design, and added a sentiment from Bits and Pieces.

Happy Friday the 13th! Have a great weekend, all!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Beverly G: Floriculture & Bits & Pieces

A Great Good Thursday Morning Everyone--
This morning I have 2 pictures for you. I couldn't resist showing you the inside of this card.
I used the brand new released stamp sets Floriculture and Bits and Pieces. Shar just keeps wowing us, doesn't she. These two sets are so versatile. Either one would be well worth the purchase, but when you combine these two sets the number of cards and projects you can come up with is unbelievable.
The pattern paper was pretty to start with, but after stamping the flowers and ferns then stamping the flower again with white ink and heat embossing, popping it up and popping up the sentiment I thought about some ribbon, but I decided no. I just stamped the fern on the green mat with VersaMark and it seemed to tie it all together for me.
It kind of reminds me of a quite forest glade.
A quick tip: To get the corners on the green mat punched like that and you don't have the fancy chomper punch to do it. Take your scallop border punch holding it upside down so you can see where to put
the corner of your paper between 2 scallops then punch.
I saved you from buying another punch so you can get both of these wonderful stamp sets ;-)

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Monday, May 9, 2011

Joanne Wardle: Notecard set from Floriculture and Bits and Pieces

Rogue Redhead had two new releases out this week- a beautiful botanical plate called Floriculture and a sentiment plate called Bits & Pieces.

Seriously, could these stamps be any more my style?

I decided to get stamping as soon as they arrived and made a batch of quick notecards.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Simple Set Saturday: Clean and Simple Set

I am happy to show you a new Simple Set using the Clean and Simple style today. I am also happy to be able to show off some of our brand-new stamps from the newly released Floriculture and Bits and Pieces plates.

In this set, I have used the cosmos bud and the sun from the Floriculture plate and sentiments and shapes from the Bits and Pieces plate. To create simple cards, I first stamped the cosmos bud onto white cardstock. Then I used the circle and solid square stamps with a single color. I added the sentiments after the shapes were applied.

Here are the other designs what I came up with:

Aren't these new stamps fabulous? Want to see more? Check out our New Release announcement and the great deals we are offering until June 10, 2011!
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