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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

ATC APB - Jack's Caught Again!

We've caught Jack again with this great ATC! She used the boy and the books from the Relish Reading plate.

Check it out!

Great combination of elements!

To check out more of Jack's great art, visit her blog - Jack's Arty Krafty Kreations.

Get caught yourself! Just use your RRD stamps!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Beverly G: Snow Hugs Gift

A Good Tuesday Morning to Everyone!
I know I'm a space hog, but I had to show you the nifty surprise inside this sweet snowy card.
With the Snow Hugs stamp set you can get a jump start on your Christmas gift giving needs. This can be a Christmas gift or an anniversary gift for those couples who got married in December.
I know you ask, who would do that, but we have some in our family who did. It's that cuddling time of year.
I happened to have used the snowflakes in the stamp set along with the Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder, but you could pick you own colors.
The card front is 4 1/4" square, so to create the pop up gift card holder inside: cut a 4" X 12" piece of card stock, score at 4", 6", 8", valley fold at 4" and 8", mountain fold at 6", cut a slit to hold the gift card, tape together the bottom of the mountain, do any stamping or decorating and attach the card front.
So many people are giving gift cards these days and some feel it's not very personal, but with this project made with your own loving hands it will warm the heart of any recipient.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Monday, September 26, 2011

Penny Bennington: Rogue ATC Garden

I created two ATC's to join in on this month's challenge to "think outside the ATC". For my pair of ATC's, I used images from Relish Reading and Floriculture. I also had some fun playing with distress stains. My colored background is a Jennifer McGuire technique she calls pearlized distress - you use distress stains on watercolor paper (in my case I clear embossed my images first so I would also get a cool resist effect), then spritz the whole thing with Perfect Pearl spray blending the colors and giving them a shimmer. I also flicked droplets of the pearl spray onto the background. On the left I used a strip of that paper over a base created with tone-on-tone distress ink stamping and rubbing with a blending tool all using the tea dye color. On the right, I reversed the paper combination. Then I added my garden of buds that were also stamped onto watercolor paper and colored with distress stains. The buds are arranged so that some go "outside" the margins of the ATC and they're also elevated using foam squares - I wonder if "above the ATC" counts in the challenge....hmmmmm.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sharon Briss: Easy Vellum Window Cards

I wanted to really try something new today and I had never tried to create a window card. Now seemed as good a time as any to try it!

I started by punching out a square window out of a simple white base. I then punched a coordinating mask out of a post-it note and carefully aligned it. I then stamped my Lily of the Valley image from the Floriculture plate through the window onto the inside of the card.

For the first one, I left the mask in place and carefully sponged around the edges of the punched window. This created a sponged frame on the inside of the card.

I wanted to be able to see something slightly different on the outside of the card than on the inside so I decided to add some patterned vellum. I stamped the lily of the valley onto the vellum, colored it from the back with copics and trimmed it. I added vellum adhesive around the backside of the punched window, then I held the vellum piece in place against the stamped image on the inside of the card. Keeping it in place, I closed the front of the card on top of vellum and pressed down to get a bond between adhesive and vellum.

To finish off, I punched two more "frames" out of patterned paper and added them to the front and back of the card.

The inside panel:

I played with this same formula a bit for the next card changing very little.

For a different look, I followed the same procedure but this time after stamping the lily, I colored it in with a Versamark marker, added clear embossing powder and heat embossed it. This allowed me to get right up to the image with the distress ink.

Here's a full view of the inside panel:

Instead of a frame around the image, I left this one plain but added a ribbon detail to the front.

On the inside I added a full panel of patterned paper.

It's always fun to try something new! Why not try your own window cards? They are a ton of fun once you get the knack of them!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Jean Franks Beck: Is She or Isn't She?

Is she a cute little trick-or-treater?  Or is she a witch, carrying her book of spells?  Or is she not-of-this-world, with her ghostly gown?  I had a little fun with the adorable "spell-book" carrying girl from the Relish Reading plate.  I stamped her three times - once on cream cardstock, to color her sweet face; once on black cardstock as a background for her gown; and once in embossing ink with white embossing powder on vellum, which I adhered over the top of the black gown.  Her hat is a sticker (a very old one from my stash), and the "Happy Halloween" sentiment is from Bits and Pieces. There's also a rub-on (also ancient from my stash), some fall leaves, and papers from Lilybee and.... um.... my stash, of course!  It's fun to make a card that stretches your stamps and uses up some of that old stuff we all have lying around. ;) 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

We've Caught Holly!

We've caught Holly using her RRD stamps and blooming with creativity! Holly made some amazing art for our second Rebel Challenge, Wet and Dry Embossing.

Her design was soft and sophisticated! Holly embossed the Lily of the Valley image from Floriculture and used a distressed stain technique to get that wonderful look.

Don't you love the wonderful background, great color combination and sweet butterflies?

To see more of Holly's spectacular art, visit her blog - Glitter, Stamps and Ink (Oh My..).

Do you want your art featured on our blog? Just use your Rogue Redhead Stamps!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Stephanie Severin ~ You Deserve the Best

I thought this bouquet of blooms from Floriculture looked beautiful in dragonfly blue.

The background was sprayed with Dragonfly Glimmer Mist using a flourish mask. To get the same color with my stamp from Floriculture, I inked with Aquamarine Chalk Ink followed by Ocean Blue (you can see the combination of the colors in the middle of the largest flower).

I finished with an EAD Designs rub-on sentiment and a tiny butterfly embellished with ivory pearls.

The sketch this is week's CardPatterns and the colors are from the Paint or Mist Color Trends Challenge at {Embellish Magazine}

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sharon Briss: Mainly Monochrome

Today, I was inspired by a lovely sketch on Tuesday Morning Sketches. I decided to go green and use the single boy from Beach Babes and a sentiment from Bits and Pieces.

I liked playing with all these scraps of paper in the same color range. I love monochromatic color palettes especially in earth tones or calming greens.

Hope you all had a lovely and calm weekend!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Laura Liddell: Think Outside the ATC

Shar is currently running a Rogue Challenge to Think Outside the ATC. I have decided to showcase here some more ideas for the challenge using the charming Rogue Redhead stamps that are available.

These first two are from the Relish Reading plate, but "Write soon" is from the Bits and Pieces plate.

The third ATC I have made is taken from the new plate Beach Babes with the most adorable vintage children on it. This is just one image of children on the plate.

I must admit I love to make ATC's just as much as Scraplings and Tags. Hope you enjoy the challenge too!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Beverly G : Warm Wishes ATC

Good Tuesday Morning Everyone!
What a coincidence that Shar has picked for the Rebel Challenge #3 Think Outside the ATC
ATC's have been the rage for many years now. Small works of art to be traded not sold. I've been dabbling with ATC's lately. Sometimes it's fun to see what you can do with a small canvas.
I've used the Beach Babes stamp set today. The stamps remind me of vintage postcards and tin type photos. All the tin type photos I remember are in sepia tones, so that's the look I wanted to create with this ATC.
With the background stamp in the set I created the aged look around the edges and attached the sentiment with the mini brad and star fish charm.
Hope we'll see lots of you joining in on the challenge this time with some wonderful Outside the ATC creations.

Thanks for viewing and visiting,
Beverly G ♥

Monday, September 12, 2011

Penny Bennington: Crayon Glassine Cards

I have two cards to share with you. I thought I'd see how the newest RRD stamps looked stamped on my crayon glassine paper, and I really liked the effect! I melted crayons in the blues and greens family onto the glassine and achieved a really nice watery texture. The boat image was a perfect fit. I also found that I could color in the sail and add highlights with a white gel pen.

Here is the same idea with the heron stamp, again with the white highlights. If you'd like to create your own crayon glassine background paper, you can find the details at my blog HERE.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

RC003: Think Outside the ATC

It's time for another Rebel Challenge on the RRD blog! Like all our Rebel Challenges, this one has a bit of a twist. We are asking you to

Think Outside
the ATC

What does that mean? Create an Artist Trading Card (2.5" x 3.5") and let some element protrude beyond its borders.

1) You can use any products to participate in this challenge. You do not have to use Rogue Redhead Designs products but it would be fabulous if you did!

2) Your submission must include some stamping.

3) Please read the directions for the challenge. We like to add a twist here and there. Your submission must be an ATC (2.5" x 3.5") which has an element which extends beyond the borders of the ATC. You may, if you wish, mount your ATC on a card or mixed media project as long as it follows our other guidelines.

4) Links that are not to a single post (ie only to a general blog post) will not be accepted.

5) All submission posts need to include a link back to this challenge to be eligible for the challenge prize.

One challenge winner will be drawn randomly from the qualified submissions for a $15.00 US voucher at the RRD Etsy store.

This challenge will end on October 9, 2011. The winner will be announced on October 12, 2011.

I had quite a bit of fun with this one! Check out what I made!

Stamps: Waving Girl (Beach Babes) and
Miss You (
Relish Reading)

Stamps: Reading Girl, sentiment and
Almanac Background (
Relish Reading)

For this one, I made the ATC and then attached it to a coordinating card! I used Joanne's great technique of using the Sandy Beach background to create instant distress.

Stamps: Cosmos Blossom, checker border and sentiments (Floriculture)
and Sandy Beach Background (Beach Babes)

We hope you have some fun and play along!

RC002: Wet and Dry Embossing Winner

Well, this one was a 50-50 chance and it came up Barbara! Congratulations!

Here's her great card! Barbara used her Floriculture set for this one!

Barbara, please contact RRD at to get your $15.00 Voucher. Thanks for playing!

Stay tuned later today to find out about Rebel Challenge #3!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Deb Corder: Beach Babes & Sketch

I love card sketches! When I'm tired and I need some inspiration I look for a card sketch to get me going. I can always find a paper, or color, or stamp set to use. It's the layout that stumps me when I'm tired.

This week, I looked to SplitCoast Stampers Wednesday card sketch (SC349).

I started with a kraft card and stamped the background of the Beach Babes set in blue. Then I picked two designer papers from Memory Box's VALISE collection and backed them in blue. The image is stamped on kraft and lightly water colored. The final touch was my white souffle pen to give the shirt some definition.

Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Another Rogue on the Run Discovered

We've just caught Vada using her RRD stamps! Another artist found redhead-handed!

These stunning cards were made with the new Beach Babes plate. Don't you love the scenes she has created!

A completely charming pair of cards! To see more of Vada's amazing art, please check out her blog, Stamps, Ink and Paper.

To be caught using your Rogue Redhead Designs stamps, just email us your artwork! We are always on the lookout for Rogues on the Run!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Stephanie Severin: Sunny Smiles & Oceans of Love

This card combines images from Beach Babes with the Horizontal Sketch from the Moxie Fab World Blog. I colored each with orange colored pencil to tie them together and add a little pop against the white background.

Papers are Echo Park's Splash Collection & circle sentiment is from SRM Stickers.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Joanne Wardle: Instant Distress

I just love the large background stamp on the new beach babe plate from Rogue Redhead Designs. It's like instant distress. I stamped the whole thing in one colour and then turned it through 180 degrees and stamped it again in a different colour. Finally I inked it up with brown and dabbed my card randomly onto the stamp, the result.... instant distress background.
I simply finished by stamping words from bits and pieces and the fern from floriculture. I distressed the edges of the panel, mounted onto kraft card and added a ribbon.
A very quick and easy card, with a background which looks like it took time, but actually took seconds.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Simple Set Saturday: Spritzing Beach Babes

Here we are at the last official gasp of summer and many people are having fun in the sun at some sandy beach somewhere. That gave me the idea for my newest Simple Set.

You may think this set has lots of steps but it goes together fast and easy - believe me! I did these three cards in 30 minutes - I did cheat with my heat tool a little to speed up drying but I think the most you would need is 1 hour for 3 or 4 cards!

My other inspiration was the current Rebel Challenge - Surf and Turf - Wet and Dry Embossing. In simple terms, pair together some heat embossing with a little dry embossing. We've extended this challenge - why not - as August is a big vacation month. Now, you have until September 8th to join in!

For this set I used two Technique Junkie techniques, Marker Wash and a variation on Cuttlebug Highlights, which went together like a dream!

To start, I stamped my images onto watercolor paper and heat embossed with Super Fine Embossing Powder (Ranger).

Be sure to use a embossing buddy to get off anything that might grab that embossing powder that isn't ink. As you can see in the picture below, I wasn't as thorough in my rubbing as I should have been.

Thankfully, I have a back up plan. I also use a soft, dry paintbrush to eliminate any extra embossing powder as watercolor paper does have a tendency to grab onto all particulate matter.

I picked three images for this set and embossed them all.

I then colored in my images roughly with my Stampin' Up markers which use water-based ink so they run really well.

Spritz with a mister about 3 times and then turn the paper in your hand and let the ink run hither and yon.

Set aside to dry or, if impatient like me, dry carefully with a heat tool.

What I really love about this technique is that it is so unpredictable. You can get a great smoosh of ink all over the place or a slight "run". Most of my art is comprised of "happy accidents" so I guess that is why it appeals to me so much!

After doing this step, I set about cutting all my pieces and stamping my sentiments while the final drying took place. I cut bases from kraft paper, a 5.25" x 4" chocolate mat and a 5" x 3.75" slate blue mat. I ran the blue mat through the cuttlebug with a wave pattern embossing folder. Then I dragged a coordinating ink pad and some white ink over the raised bits. It made the wave pattern more visible but still subtle.

I also cut out some kraft-colored "belly bands" and stamped sentiments on with StazOn ink.

Next, I used my absolute favorite circle/oval cutter from Creative Memories to cut out my images in small ovals and then cut coordinating mats in chocolate.

Now, the assembly went together quite quickly.

I added the kraft belly band to the cuttlebugged mat. Then I adhered that panel onto the chocolate mat. Finally, I put together the images and their mats and positioned and adhered them to the chocolate panel and then everything got stuck onto the kraft base. Easy peasy

Here are the finished cards:

Stamps: Waving Girl from Beach Babes and Miss You from Relish Reading

Stamps: Boy and Oceans of Love from Beach Babes

Stamps: Girl and My Life sentiment from Beach Babes.

Why not try this combo of techniques out and join in on our Rebel Challenge! One randomly-drawn winner will receive a $15.00US voucher to the Rogue Redhead store!
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