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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Catching Up on Catching Rogues Redhead-Handed!

The Rogue Redhead community has so many talented and imaginative stampers! We've had an abundance of great art over the last few months and we want to share some with you!

As the summer starts off, there are so many ravishing and Roguishly scenes to show off!

First, we have Annette's outstanding outdoors scene with a crowd of charming cats and a delightful "sun" flower.  I love how she has paper-pieced these cats.  So fun and colorful!

Annette used the cat from Just Sayin' and the sun from the Floriculture plate to create this delightful scene.

Also creating a delightful scene, Debi Ryan takes us to the beach with her creation!  She has captured a beautiful seaside moment on this delightful tag!

She has used the beach duo from Beach Babes along with a verse from the same plate.  You can see that she has also used the Beach Babes birds along the horizon!  So pretty!  She has even included seashells on her beach!

Finally, Anna takes on a journey to a scene from our own backyards with a shabby chic bird tag! 

From the picket fence to the delightful birds rousting on the sentiment and in the flowers, this tag is an artful depiction of spring!  To add interest to the background of her little garden, Anna has used her Almanac background from the Relish Reading set.

Go Rogue this summer with RRD!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Sharon Briss: Rose Background

You can make great backgrounds without special inky techniques or a background stamp!  All you need is a great image, preferably one that is self contained and easy to cut out, and ink and self-stick notes such as Post-Its.

The rose background in this card was made by stamping the two roses from Floriculture repeatedly. These roses are mirror images of each other so provide a little more interest than repeating the same image. On this card, I chose to make the background subtle so I used coordinating cardstock and ink (Apricot Appeal from Stampin' Up).

To start, stamp the roses on self-stick notes trying to position them to take advantage of the re-positionable strip on the back.  Cut out each mask making sure to pay attention to detail.  Cut a little inside the outline to ensure that you do not get a "halo" effect when stamping.

I made 2 sets although the background may have gone faster had I made 4 sets.

Stamp your first rose in the center and a little off the cardstock.  When masking, it is important to remember that whatever you stamp first will be what is in the foreground.  As you add detail and other impressions, the newer images will appear to be behind the original image.

Add the mask and stamp your next rose.  Because I had both roses available, I alternated which one I stamped.  I kept one on the left side of my work area and the other on the right so I would not mix them up.

Place another mask on your second image and work outward.  Keep adding masks as needed.  Once an area has been covered you can reposition one of the used masks and keep working downward along the cardstock.

The result was simple and subtle but I really liked it!  I added a matted collage image and a stamped sentiment (also from Floriculture) to finish off this card!

I hope you will give this technique a try. Believe it or not, this background took less than 10 minutes of stamping time!

Don't forget - you can still get the Spring Rogue's Choice Bundle featuring Floriculture and Bits and Pieces for the low price of $22.50 until May 30th! That's a $7.50 savings off the regular retail price of $30.00 for both these versatile plates.  Check out our Specials page for more details!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Rogue Crew Openings

We have TWO open spots on the scandalously talented Rogue Crew! 

If you love to go Rogue, why not apply for a spot on our team?

Requirements for 6-month term (June thru November 2012):

a) Create a minimum of 4 samples for each new release that you work on and post the samples on your own blog and that of RRD.   We also encourage submission of samples to print publications.

b) Create samples for the RRD blog (maximum 2 pieces per month) to highlight our images and support our RRD Rebel Challenges.

To apply, email the following details to by June 3rd with Rogue Crew Application in the Subject line:

1. Name:

2. Blog Address:

3. Provide links to 3 pieces that show your style:

4. Have you been published?  If yes, in what publications:

5. Do you belong to any online groups?  If yes, which ones:

6.  Are you presently part of any other design teams?  If yes, which ones:

7.  Past design teams if any:

That's it!  We are Rogue so we try to be light on rules and heavy on creativity!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Deb Corder: A Finale!

I'm sad to say this is my last post for Rogue Redhead Designs.   I'm stepping down from the design team.  I've started the process to get my basement finished (into a "mancave with girlie parts" (or in other words a craft room to die for!!!)).  With that going on I felt I needed to step down.

Here's a little tutorial of how I created this canvas. (note: after each step I dry the canvas with my heat gun.)

I started with a 4x5 canvas, some paints, gel medium, and paper scraps.

I painted a rough background on to the canvas (and on the sides). I do this just because the paper won't reach to the edges and it keeps the edges from sticking out.

I covered the dried painted background with gel medium, layered the paper on, and added more gel medium over the paper. I use a matte finish gel medium.

Next using solvent or oil based inks randomly stamp all over. I used stamps and "found items" (shelf liner, bubble wrap, spray can lids, etc). This is an ongoing step as the layers go down. If you feel it needs more stamping...STAMP!!

I sprayed color in the corner over a mask. I should have put the stamped BEACH BABES down first, but as you can tell, in the end it didn't matter.

I stamped the BEACH BABES on scrap paper and glued down with more gel medium.

To distress the image I used India Ink pens and my finger to add color and then rub it out.

Use a gel pen to add detail to the distressed image. (and notice there was more stamping going down...)

I just bought this Inca Gold - it's a waxy color. I rubbed some along the edges and corners. Buff it with a rag.

After adding the flowers and shells (or between layers to keep them from running) spray with "Workable Fixative". This will give it a nice shine!

So here are some close ups of the final image. After I had the layer of fixative on, I decided to add the sentiment. Just goes to show can't make a mistake and more layers are always good!

Thanks so much to Shar for inviting me a year ago to join the team and allowing me to play with her great stamp sets!

(On this canvas I used Beach Babes, Floriculture, and Relish Reading)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Stephanie Severin: Floral Congratulations

This card combines stamps from Rogue Redhead Designs with this week's Retro Sketch & Webster's Pages papers.

The polka dot background paper was stamped in grey with the Ledger from Relish Reading to repeat the soft texty look of the seed packet.  The Congratulations sentiment is from Bits & Pieces.

Designer: Stephanie Severin

Monday, May 21, 2012

Barbara Washington: Milliner Misses Stylin'

I love the stamps in Milliner Misses. I stamped my ladies on watercolor paper and used the distress markers to color them. These ladies are so stylish. So, of course, they had to have a classy background. The circle background was cut from a sheet of blingy My Mind's Eye paper using a Mini Pearl Circle Mega Doily die from Cheery Lynn. The corners were cut from gold metallic paper also using a Cheery Lynn die. The flowers were cut from glitter paper. I think these gorgeous ladies look great surrounded by glitter.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sharon Briss: Beach Notes

It was very hot today in my studio so I wan drawn to cool aquas and soft sandy kraft papers for my color palette. Of course, the Beach Babes set was an obvious choice. It's not quite time for the beach yet, but a girl can dream, right?.

Here's a breezy sailboat to start us off! I've stamped the central image on kraft-colored paper and colored it lightly with colored pencils.


I then turned to the anchor from the same set.

Finally, we have the card that started this little bevy of beachy cards. I think this little girl is soo cute!

Hope your weekend was filled with delightful breezes and bright sunshine!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Beverly G: Sweet On You

A Great Good Tuesday Morning Everyone! I've got an Anniversary Card for you today, with a faux technique to share. The faux technique is Faux Washi Tape. I got this technique off Splitcoast Stampers, but there are several versions of this faux technique floating around. With this one there was a surprise for me. I didn't know there was a Post It Note Label roll 1" wide. I cheated a little bit however, I didn't want all my strips to be 1" wide, so after I stamped my strips I cut them to the width I wanted.
I used 3 stamp sets to create this card: Just Sayin', Candy Kisses, Snow Hugs. I just love the quirky stamps in the Just Sayin' set and the other sets gave me lots of great backgrounds and sentiment for the Washi Tape.
I created the stacked framed effect for the couple as the focal point and topped it off with the stacked buttons tied with Baker's Twine. I like the pop of red with the blue, yellow, and white.

Happy Creating--

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Rebel Challenge #11: Warm Tones for the Gents

We are looking forward to Father's Day this month with our newest Rebel Challenge!  We want you to

Use Warm Tones
and Make a Masculine Creation


We reserve the right to delete submissions that do not
follow our guidelines!

Let's get well ahead on our Father's Day cards and our stores of gentlemen-centric cards.  I know I always am searching around for the perfect card for the special men in my life. Have fun and  go Rogue for the guys this month!

Please check our FAQ for all the info on our challenges!

Here's the short version.

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 suitable to give to a male recipient and use warm colors for your color palette.

4) Only links that are to a single post (ie only to a general blog post) will be accepted.

5) All submission posts need to include a link back to this challenge to be eligible for the challenge prize.  Please note: the challenge must be named in your list and not simply listed by its URL.  Thank you.

6) You can submit up to 3 entries and you may combine this challenge with up to 5 other challenges, but more than that and you will disqualify yourself.

One challenge winner will be drawn randomly from the qualified submissions for a $15.00 US voucher at the Rogue Redhead Designs Store. This challenge will end on June 3, 2012. The winner will be announced on June 6, 2012 and will have until July 6, 2012 to claim their prize.

Here's some easy ideas to get you started!

For the first card, I concentrated my stamping and inking on the background. I did direct-to-paper with some warm-colored distress inks. I evened out the color with some sponging and finished off by overstamping the Sandy Beach background from Beach Babes. I used the same colors to tint some collage circles from the Two Inch Circles - Debrina Pratt collage sheet by Retro Cafe Art Gallery. I then added a simple sentiment from the Bits and Pieces half plate.

On the next card, I went with a very simple design and lots of white space. I stamped the pennant and cat from Just Sayin' and paper-pieced the images using orange, red and yellow scraps.

For the last sample, I started with a distress-inked washed background onto which I stamped the old gent from Just Sayin'. I then masked him and sponged on more distress ink. I then added the border and corner element using dark orange and red inks. Finally, I added the sentiment for a fun "anytime" card.

Have a ton of fun with this challenge! As you can see, it is not limited to just Father's Day! Any guy-themed card is welcome!

To see some more guy cards, come back and visit our blog over the next month. Our Rogue Crew will show off some fabulous art!

Your turn! Find your creative rebel spirit!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Sharon Briss: Grungy and Green

I felt like getting a bit grungy this week. Here's a couple of dusky creations.

The first card uses images from Relish Reading, our premiere plate. I added lots of layers each with their own distress and inked edges. 

The Cosmos Bud from Floriculture is the focal image for my second card. To celebrate Spring, I kept the color scheme all the great greens of the season!

Our Rogue Choice Special right now includes two half plates - Floriculture and Bits and Pieces - for the low price of $22.50 (a $30.00 value).  Check out our Specials page for more information!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Deb Corder: Milliner Miss ATCs

So here's the thing about me....I don't always read every little bit of info on a blog/post. Mostly I look at the pictures. (Grin)

So recently in the UNRULY PAPER ARTS Yahoo Group, I noticed an ATC swap.  When I first started paper crafting I did tons of swaps!  The past few years, I've been too busy to join any.  So I thought it would be fun to join this one.  So here's the part where I wasn't really reading all the fine details....THE SWAP DEADLINE WAS APRIL 30TH.  (oops....)

So, I have 3 ATC's all ready for trade. If you'd like to trade one-on-one with me, please go to my blog and leave a comment.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Winner for Rebel Challenge #10: Spring Fashion Colors

Thanks to everyone who played Rebel Challenge #10: Spring Fashion Colors! There were some amazing combinations of these great colors!  The purples and teal proved popular!

Drumroll...and our randomly drawn winner is ....

Ann Marie
My Eclectic Spirit

Congratulations!Ann Marie, please contact RRD at to get your $15.00 US Voucher to the RRD store. You have until June 6, 2012 to claim your prize.

We've also selected the Rebel Challenge Top 3!

  Inkypinkycraft, Kate, and Sandy S. - you can proudly display our Top 3 badge!

Artwork by Inkypinkycraft

Artwork by Kate

Artwork by Sandy S.

Each challenge we will now be picking 3 Ravishing Rogues from among the entries using RRD stamps.

The RC010 Ravishing Rogues are Esther, Zoechaos, and Shelly Schmidt!

Artwork by Esther
who used Relish Reading images

Artwork by Zoechaos
who used Floriculture images

Artwork by Shelly Schmidt
who used Floriculture images

We hope you proudly display this badge!

Thanks to everyone who played!

Want to get into the winners circle? Come back on Saturday to find out what we have planned for Rebel Challenge #11!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

Barbara Washington: Did Ya Hear?

I thought I'd be a little playful today and create an announcement card to celebrate my first official post as a Rogue Crew member.All of the stamps used are from the Just Sayin' plate. I think these stamps are so fun and so versatile.
To create my card I started by stamping the background stamp in sepia on my panel. I used Pan Pastels to add some color. The head and sentiment were stamped in coffee and colored with distress markers. I used Spellbinders nesties dies to cut out the image/ sentiment and the frame. The cat was stamped and cut out. I just love it's expression and pose. I use this cat over and over for so many cards. The whole image panel was layered on a dark green panel and a kraft card base.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Simple Set Saturday: Cleanly Sentimental

Talk about easy!  These clean ad simple hexagon cards go together in a flash and allow you to put some pizzazz on the paper while still focusing on the sentiment.

To start, I punched a bunch of hexagons out of a colorful scrap of designer paper I had in my basket.  I love working with this great shape as there are so many ways to arrange and play with them as you can see!

For this set, I turned to my Bits and Pieces set with all its fun sentiments and I borrowed the final sentiment from my Floriculture set. These sets are paired together

In this first card, I have used a typical honeycomb pattern along-side my sentiment.  They are easy to put together in fairly uniform patterns as long as you keep lining up the edges.

I turned the card and opened up the pattern a bit for a slightly different look.

The next card, I thought the hexagons would look great as decorative look emanating from corners with the sentiment in the middle.

For the last card, I used all one pattern for my hexagons let them meander across my page.  I stamped the sentiment in the nooks and crannies that were created.


I hope you liked these simple cards!  They would make a great set to give to Mom on Mother's Day!

Update: I was asked a few times about the punch I used.  It is a Hexagon Shape Maker from Creative Memories with two hexagon shapes in the same punch which I bought several years back.  Although this punch appears not to be available anymore, there are hexagon dies for die cutting systems such as Sizzix and Spellbinders.  You can also look for quilting templates for a slightly more cumbersome but still viable solution to hand drawing.
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