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Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Rogue Stylings of She

Over at Rubber Addict, Sheila aka "She" has been going Rogue with her art!  We are delighted to show off her recent pieces.  A design team member for Make the Day Special, a UK-based stamp company which specializes in hard-to-get stamps, She shows off her fabulous style with flair and versatility.   You can see more of her work on their blog!

We love her vintage work here where she goes Rogue with Milliner Misses!

In this first card, we see that She has showcased Dot from Milliner Misses, who you may also recognize as our lovely logo lady!  She is named after my fabulous Grandmother who was a woman of tremendous style and grace.  We love the way that She has layered pattern and texture here!

Switching formats to a fabulous embossed tag, She once again shows off Dot!  With the fabulous rich golden, green and brown tones, she has made a sensational companion tag for the card above.  She ties it all together with a repetition not only of color but also of embellishments!

The trio, also from Milliner Misses, called to her next and she created this elegant card, once again using pattern, texture and delightful floral embellishments to highlight these lovely ladies.  As you may remember, these ladies were also named for some important women in my life - Olive, Kitty and Belle - my incredible Great Aunts!

Look for more of She's fab creations on her blog, Rubber Addict, and on Make the Day Special

For all you UK-based Rogues, Make the Day Special is currently carrying a number of RRD unmounted stamp plates!  Check out the RRD page on their shop website.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Debi Ryan: Spring Layout

Today I have a 12 x 12 scrapbook layout for you. I've started with a white piece of cardstock, which I've then sprayed and sponged the yellow and the green onto. To add extra detail and interest I've stamped using 2 of the stamps from the new background set: Behind the Scenes and the seed head from the Floriculture set.

I then sprayed some paper daises from Stampin' Up and added some lace, finally stamping the sentiment from the Floriculture set.

Here's to all my Northern Hemisphere friends getting some sights of Spring soon :-)
Debi x

Monday, February 18, 2013

Barbara Washington: Love Notes

 This month's Challenge is to create 3x3 inch love notes. These are so much fun to make that I couldn't stop at just one. My first card was a bit of an experiment. All of the stamps I used are from Beach Babes. I used broken china distress paint for the background and then stamped the background stamp using water into the paint. Since distress paint reacts to water while still wet, I got an image. I then stamped over the background using a darker ink. I stamped the boat and colored it with distress markers. I used the out of the Nestie technique to cut it out and added a border. I stamped the sentiment in the top corner with archival ink. For fun I added some bling bubbles.
My second card is somewhat CAS. I cut a heart out of my front panel and layered it over the hand written music stamp from Behind the Scenes. The flower and sentiment are from Floriculture.
There's still plenty of time to join the challenge fun. These cards are addictive.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

trisha too: Behind the Scenes--an altered book layout

 This is a layout in a train themed altered book--I really like how the script
from the new Behind the Scenes set looks stamped in that turquoise glaze!
reproduction train tickets in the pocket

AND the Behind the Scenes set?  On sale right now!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Helene Huber: A 3x3 Love Note With Heart Closure

I hope everyone was surrounded with love this past Valentine's Day. Here's my version of the 3x3 card, our latest Rebel challenge:
Cut pink cardstock 3 inches by 6 inches.  At this point, I went a little Rogue and didn't fold my card in half---after all, it IS a rebel challenge!  On the 6 inch side, score at 1.25 inches and at 4.25 inches.   Fold at score lines. You now have a 3 inch square card (back to the challenge rules).

Using, Ranger worn lipstick Distress Ink, stamp front and back of card with bubble wrap stamp from RRD Behind the Scenes stamp plate

Using, Ranger festive berries Distress Ink, stamp onto card the sentiment, Love You, from RRD Snow Hugs stamp plate.

Using same festive berries ink and a scrap of same pink cardstock, stamp hearts from RRD Snow Hugs stamp plate.  Fussy cut hearts.  On back of left side, adhere a foam square.  On right side of hearts, adhere a small fastener tab (similar to Velcro).  Position hearts on either side of opening.

Have a great weekend!  Helene aka 2amscrapper

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sharon Briss: CAS Cats Two Ways

Using the same basic premise, I created two different but similar cards with some simple masking.

I started with a vague notion of a cat sitting on a wall, so I stamped my fav cat from the Just Sayin' plate onto the card with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then masked off the cat and a section of card to become "the wall".  Once I had the section masked off, I sponged on some Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger).   Over that I stamped my sequin waste background from Behind the Scenes with the same ink.  I finished with my handwritten music background from the same collection, stamped using Vintage Photo distress ink.

Once this strip was completed, I removed the masks and colored the cat in with copic markers.  I stamped the sentiment, "Did You Hear" also from the Just Sayin' plate with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. 

Stamps: cat and sentiment from Just Sayin'; sequin waste and
handwritten music background from Behind the Scenes (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Don't ya love how his little tail dips into the "wall" of ink ever so slightly.

On the next card, I wanted to give the cat a different look so I stamped him on some cool textured patterned paper and paper pieced the image.  For the band of color, I sponged with Spun Sugar Distress ink and then overstamped the bubble wrap background from Behind the Scenes.  I then switched to Victorian Velvet distress ink and stamped the Handwriting background, also from Behind the Scenes, onto the color strip.  I added a little more color by adding some sponging Victorian Velvet along the masking line for some depth.  To finish, I added the layered flower and stamped the sentiment, Miss You from Relish Reading, onto the color band.
Stamps: cat and sentiment from Just Sayin'; sequin waste and
handwritten music background from Behind the Scenes (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I love this easy format and the quick way these cards went together.  While exactly the same design, I think they both have their own personality!

Behind the Scenes is a versatile collection that will quickly become one of your go-to sets.  As you see with the two cards above, it's already become one of mine!  I love the different ways you can layer the various backgrounds to create fabulous effects!  Behind the Scenes will be on sale for its introductory price of $17.60 only until the end of March!

Don't forget!  There's only a one day left to take advantage of the old postage rates.  As of February 15th, all our postal rates will reflect the changes implemented by the USPS in late January.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Rebel Challenge 20: 3 x 3 Love Notes

With Valentine's Day around the corner, we want you to concentrate on making

3" x 3" Love Notes

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

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 a 3" x 3" card and use "love note" as its theme.

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  only 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 March 3, 2013. The winner will be announced on March 6, 2013 and will have until April 6, 2013 to claim their prize.

We think you'll find these mini love notes very addictive once you start putting them together.  Start with a 6" x 3" piece of cardstock, fold in half and decorate as you wish.  They are great for attaching to gifts, adding to lunches or sending to that special someone.  Here's some easy ideas to get you started!

For the first one, I went bright and colorful!  The flowers are colored with copic markers in a random pattern.

Stamps: flower from Just Sayin' and Love You
fron Snow Hugs (Rogue Redhead Designs)
For the next one, I turned to paper piecing.  I used leftover cardstock from the card base to create the pink cat.  The base is stamped with one of our new backgrounds from Behind the Scenes.

Stamps: cat from Just Sayin' and Love You from Candy Kisses;
sequin waste background from Behind the Scenes (Rogue Redhead Designs)
The next card uses some snazzy monochrome patterned paper and a bright and fun sentiment.  Simple with a bold feel.

Stamp: cutie from Just Sayin' (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Another clean and simple look is this quick and easy note.  It features a copic-colored image set in a circle which is then trimmed to fit onto the 3" x 3" note card.

Stamps: Dot and sentiment from Milliner Misses (Rogue Redhead Designs)

In a totally different vein, this is a kraft card on which the stamped image has had white highlights added using a colored pencil.

Stamps: older couple from Just Sayin' and
Love You from Snow Hugs (Rogue Redhead Designs)
The final card uses a grid with a repeated image.  The kraft background has been stamped with our new Handwriting background from Behind the Scenes.

Stamps: Thomas from Relish Reading, My Sweetie from Candy Kisses,
and Handwriting Background from Behind the Scenes (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Come back and visit our blog over the next month to see some more 3" x 3" love notes. 

Now, it's your turn! Find your creative rebel spirit!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Debi Ryan: Summer Blues

As you can see, I'm still loving using my ink sprays, here I've sprayed them onto Glossy cardstock, and then used a paper towel to soak up the excess, and to give a swirly look. I've then stamped some of the images from the Beach Babes set, using black Archival ink.

Enjoy the rest of the week, Debi x

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

February Holidays Gone Rogue

Both Mardi Gras, February 12th, and Valentine's Day, February 14th, are right around the corner.  Wondering how to go Rogue for these holidays?  Check out these samples!

Mardi Gras Gone Rogue

Valentine's Gone Rogue

Hope you have a ton of fun in February!

Winner of RC019: WInter Blues

It might be icy cold outside, but here at RRD it's just completely cool with so many great Winter Blues such great Winter Blues submissions.

Drumroll please....and the randomly drawn winner for RC019 is.....

Congratulations go to

Joy, please contact RRD at to get your $15.00 US Voucher to the RRD store. You have until March 4, 2013 to claim your prize.

We've also selected the Rebel Challenge Top 3!

Silvia, Faith and Jenny - you can proudly display our Top 3 badge!

Artwork by Silvia

Artwork by Faith A

Artwork by Jenny H

Want to get into the winners circle? Come back on Saturday to find out what's up for the next Rebel Challenge!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Colleen Oxford: Background Treats

Hey everyone :)
Love, Flowers and Chocolates are in the air
and I have a special treat for you.

I live in a house FULL of testosterone and try to sneak pinks in everywhere.  Which was my intent when making their Valentine treats, but Antique is where my heart led me.  So without further ado...

Stamps: Handwriting background and Kids swinging from Behind the Scenes and Reading Relish

I'm going to share my process:
I started with cello bags from Stampin' Up - 5in x 11 1/2in.
I put about 5-6 pieces of chocolates in each

I then cut SU's Baroque Blue cardstock into a 5 x 11 piece and scored as shown.

I stamped the Handwriting background from RRD's newest set Behind the Scenes all over using the stamping off technique also to give some depth. Then I smudged all around the edges, remembering to smudge the bottom of the front.

I cut out an oval close to the edge of the bottom using Creative Memories cutting system.

I Love these two, such a cute stamp from Reading Relish.  I stamped the image onto canvas badges from Close to my Heart, and inked around the edges. Fold the bags down and staple closed.

Finally adding pearls and lace from SU as the finishing touches.

I hope everyone has a great (and Loving) Valentine's Day

Monday, February 4, 2013

Barbara Washington: Three Beauties

Don't these beautiful ladies from Milliner Misses look great framed by the wonderful new Behind the Scenes backgrounds. I love a good background stamp and the Behind the Scenes set gives you four great backgrounds. Don't forget, Behind the Scenes is on sale now until March 31st. 
I have been having so much fun playing with these backgrounds. Here is another card I created by rolling small sections of the background stamps on the distressed stain background.

The flower image is an old Penny Black sticker and the sentiment comes from the Floriculture stamp set.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

trisha too: beautiful backgrounds!

You may know I have a thing for making backgrounds--it's one of
my favorite arty things to do.  So you can well imagine that the new
Behind the Scenes plate is now on my list of favorite stamp sets!

Here are just a few of the backgrounds I've been playing with:
bubble wrap!  Now I'll never run out!
script--always adds a bit of mystery
music score--I think music notes add cheer to a piece

sequins waste/punchinella--just plain fun!
(I've actually tried stamping with sequins waste, and trust me, it did NOT
work as well as this wonderful background stamp!)

Here is an ATC made with piece of that musical score for background:
The backgrounds are quite a bit larger than an atc, perfect for making several
atcs at once, or, of course, cards and collages.

Have a great Sunday, and happy stamping!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Simple Set Saturdays: Vintage Valentines

We're celebrating Valentine's Day on our Simple Set Saturday this month! I generally do not make traditional valentines and this year is no exception. I've gone quite simple using only standard cardstock, glossy paper and watercolor paper. I kept the color palette simple - 2 shades of pink and 3 shades of brown. Layering a backgrounds, one waterstamped and the other traditionally stamped gave teh backgrounds a lovely depth and complexity of texture.  I did not use any cupids or hearts and instead relied on vintage images and romantic sentiments.

To keep the required time to create these nice and tight, I organized my tasks. I started by cutting the glossy paper into 4 panels measuring 4.0" x 5.25". For the next step, I did each panel individually as I did not want the ink to by too dry. I used a direct-to-paper inking technique with some Victorian Velvet Distress Ink on the glossy panel and smoothed out the result with a cotton ball. I choose my first backgound and spritzed it with water. I pressed it onto the distress inked glossy panel and then removed the stamp. A lovely inverse of the background stamp appeared. I repeated this procedure with the other three panels, choosing a different background stamp each time. I set these aside to dry a bit.

You can see in this first card the layered background.  For this card, I waterstamped the Bubble Wrap background from the new Behind the Scenes collection and overstamped with the Sandy Beach background from Beach Babes.  The boat and sentiment are also from Beach Babes.

Stamps: boat, sentiment  and Sandy Beach background from Beach Babes;
Bubble Wrap background from Behind the Scenes (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Here you can see a detail of the two texture backgrounds layered together.

My next step was to stamp my desired vintage images onto the watercolor paper. I used Timber Brown StazOn ink so that I could immediately start watercoloring them with an aquabrush and my distress inks. I wanted to keep a minimal color palette so I chose to use the Victorian Velvet again with Spun Sugar, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo. The last two colors remain on my craft table as go-to colors. I usually stamp the inks I want to watercolor with onto an acrylic block so that I can pick them up easily and I don't damage my ink pads.

You can see on this next card that I kept the watercoloring merely a hint of color.  I just wanted to give some dimension to the images.  For this card, I had waterstamped my Handwritten background (Behind the Scenes)  and overstamped with the Handwritten Music from the same set.  The couple is from Just Sayin' and the sentiment is from Snow Hugs.

Stamps: old couple from Just Sayin', sentiment from Snow Hugs;
Bubble Wrap background from Behind the Scenes (Rogue Redhead Designs)

While my first round of painted ink was drying, I overstamped my second background images onto each of my four glossy panels using Victorian Velvet again. As the direct-to-paper and sponging had laid a light hue of color on the panels, the full strength version of the ink gave wonderful contrast.

The background below is the inverse of the one above.  I waterstamped the Handwritten Music and then overstamped the Handwriting background.

From here, I added a second layer of detail to my watercolored images. I like to let them dry and then apply my next layer of ink to give a little shading without having to use additional colors.

You can see the extra shading on my third card.  I used Dot and one of the sentiments from Milliner Misses.  To cut down the whiteness of the watercolor paper, I used a soft wash of Spun Sugar around the image.

Stamps: Dot and sentiment from Milliner Misses; Handwriting and Handwritten Music
backgrounds from Behind the Scenes (Rogue Redhead Designs)

To finish off the cards, I cut 4 card bases from burgundy cardstock. I used an additional sheet of cardstock to mat my images which I had cut into ovals and circles. When matting my images, I offset my images slightly for a little different look.

I especially liked the look for my final card, a simple floral valentine.  To create this card, I had waterstamped the Sequin Waste background (Behind the Scenes) and added the Almanac background from Relish Reading overtop. 

For my images, I chose the cosmos blossom and "Je t'aime" from Floriculture and added very minimal color. 

Stamps: Cosmos blossom and sentiment from Floriculture; Handwriting and Handwritten Music
backgrounds from Behind the Scenes (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Once assembled, I really liked the unified color and look. Hope you do as well!

Don't forget to check out our newest plate - Behind the Scenes - on sale for US$17.60 until February 28, 2013.
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