Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Rogue Redhead + Technique Junkies Blog Hop!

Welcome to Stop #5 on the joint Rogue Redhead and Technique Junkies Blog Hop! We are all having loads of fun with the new Technique Junkies' 3D and Fun Folds CD! If you have been following along already you should have come from Beverly G.  If you are only starting here, please head back to the Technique Junkie Newsletter Blog and go from there.

If you have just discovered the blog hop, let me give you some background....
The Technique Junkies team has joined us to showcase the numerous great techniques on this new CD. As you may know, the Technique Junkies Newsletter has been publishing rubber stamping technique tutorials since 2002. The 3D and Fun Folds CD contains 70 step-by-step technique tutorials in PDF format – perfect dimensions, perfect directions and great pictures for every step. Visit www.techniquejunkies.com for more details about the CD and the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

A fantastic group of design team members from both Rogue Redhead Designs and the Technique Junkie Newsletter have helped put together this fabulous Blog Hop to kick off the 3D and Fun Folds CD. Not only are the talented Technique Junkies team hopping with the Rogue Crew today, they started hopping yesterday with Classy Cards N' Such and will be hopping again all the way through Friday one day each with PaperTemptress, Mark's Finest Papers, and Sweet n' Sassy Stamps. Check the The Technique Junkie Newsletter Blog for more details.

After visiting me, you can head off to see Holly Brown at Glitter, Stamps and Ink (Oh My) for your next stop.

For my first project, I couldn't resist making an adorable Technique Junkies "Goodie Purse."  This is the perfect little "handbag" for a gift card!  I used some double-sided Christmas papers, decorative brads, and a stylish Rogue Redhead Designs Milliner Misses gal and sentiment for the gift tag.

Here's a photo of a gift card perfectly nestled inside.  I will give this little Goodie Purse to my daughter with a gift card to one of her favorite mall haunts (Delia's, perhaps!).

Next up, a pretty Scallop Flower Box, decorated with a cute snow couple from Rogue Redhead's Candy Kisses plate.

The instructions for this project include the how-to's for this fabulous little scalloped flower embellishment.

I can see making these to adorn lots of small gifts.  And the box is the perfect size for stocking stuffers... perhaps filled with some Candy Kisses or other sweet treats. :)

I had tons of fun making these Technique Junkies projects, and just in time for the holidays.  I hope you have fun hopping along to the rest of the design team blogs.

If you get lost along the way, here's the whole list of hop stops for your convenience.

1. The Technique Junkie Newsletter Blog

2. Rogue Redhead Designs Blog

3. Jackie Kalchert

4. Beverly G., Rogue Crew

5. Jean Franks Beck, Rogue Crew - that's me!

6. Holly Brown

7. Jane Bosi

8. Laura Liddell, Rogue Crew

9. Joanne Wardle, Rogue Crew

10. Chris Dickinson

11. Stephanie Severin, Rogue Crew

12. Sharon Briss, Chief Rogue

13. Pat Huntoon

Thanks for stopping by!  And one last, very important, thing.....

On Saturday, December 3, Pat from the Technique Junkie Newsletter will announce the winners from each company. Be sure to hop along on each day! There will be FIVE WINNERS! On Monday, December 5th, Pat will announce ONE LUCKY WINNER with a GRAND PRIZE with a bundle of prizes from all of the participating businesses.

You won't want to miss any stops along the way – in order to win you will need to comment on everyone’s blog AND Pat Huntoon's blog. There will be an additional chance to win by playing along in her Blog Hop!

Friday, November 25, 2011

A Masculine Christmas Card with Rogue Redhead Designs

Making some headway on my Christmas cards, this time with some Rogue Redhead Designs stamps.  You can find all of the details over at the Rogue Redhead Designs blog.  Plus, find out about some really great deals on all of their fabulous stamps over at the shop.  (Just a little enabling for your Black Friday pleasure, LOL!)  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Monday, November 21, 2011

CHF Grand Re-Opening Blog Hop Winner!

We have a winner!  I've used Random.org to choose a winner from the 92 comments received in the first 24 hours of the blog hop.....

The winner is #71, who is.....

Monika/Buzsy said...
Fabulous projects Jean. Love the digi images, especially the vintage palace! The coloring is so pretty!
Congratulations, Monika!  Please email me (by clicking on the little bluebird in my sidebar) with your contact information, and I will pass it on to Tanya at CHF!

I want to thank everyone for coming around for the Cornish Heritage Farms Grand Re-Opening blog hop!  I appreciate all of your lovely comments. :)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cornish Heritage Farms Grand Opening Blog Hop!

Welcome!  I'm so excited to be part of the Cornish Heritage Farms Grand Re-Opening!   Today I'm playing with some of the fabulous new digital images available on the Cornish Heritage Farms online site.  For my Thanksgiving card, I've mixed it up a bit and printed a background image (Fall Harvest) onto some patterned paper, the sentiment onto cream cardstock, and the Boy with Pumpkin onto white cardstock.  I colored the boy with Copics, cut him out, and adhered him into the center of the background scene.  A bit of distressing, a felt leaf, and some pleated paper strips finish it off.

Next up, I decided to play with a few of the cute Pumpkin images - I think they're just perfect for place cards for the table.  I layered them with some felt leaves and a few coordinating buttons.  The whole little embellishment sits atop a place card made from corrugated cardboard.  Now, so that I don't have to do this all over again next year, I made sure to stick the names on with just a little temporary adhesive - that way I can change them out, depending on who's at the table next year. ;)

I love playing with this series of vintage palace images (you can see the first one - Palace #2 - in my previous blog post).  As before, I printed out Palace #1 on a subtly patterned Prima script paper and colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I changed up the color scheme this time, but the idea is still the same, using Graphic 45 patterned papers, a rose diecut, and a tiny crown bottlecap.

Thanks for visiting and having a peek at some of the over 500 digital images now available on the Cornish Heritage Farms website.  And for those of you who love rubber (like me!), over the coming weeks there will also be a special rubber stamp section on the website, too - featuring some old favorites like The Rummage Bin, Thomas Kinkade, and the wonderful backgrounders!

So, want a chance to win a Cornish Heritage Farms gift certificate? Just visit each of our blog hop sites (see the list below). Leave a comment on each site before you hop to the next site.  Each DT member will randomly draw a name from the comments left in the first 24 hours of the hop.  That means you have 8 different chances of winning!

Good luck and Happy Hopping!

Jean Franks Beck - (that's me!)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cornish Heritage Farms Sneak Peek

So apparently there are these things called "digital stamps".  No really, there are!  And they are just like stamped images, only you print them on your own printer.  Yes!  It's true!  Onto any paper you'd like.  Even Patterned Paper.  ROFL!!!

Okay, if you've visited here often, you know I am a dinosaur when it comes to digital.  Stubbornly avoiding the bandwagon.  And when I found out that Stamper's Ink was going to be offering lots and lots of Cornish Heritage Farms *digital* stamps, I was, shall we say, "tentative." :)  I love me some rubber.  However.... I am now hooked.

No, I'm not giving up rubber, no how, no way.  But I had fun with this!!!  I am definitely adding digital to my repertoire.  Especially with these yummy new vintage images from Stamper's Ink, the new home of CHF.  This card came together in a snap.  I printed the Palace #2 image onto some Prima script patterned paper and softly colored it with Prismacolor pencils.  Distressed the edges a bit (with Gathered Twig), framed it up on some cardstock, and added it to another patterned paper background, this one from Webster's Pages.  All it needed was a special little embellishment - some big box petals, some vintage lace, and a vintage mother-of-pearl button.  That's it! Done!  Oh yeah, I'm feelin' it, LOL!  I can see how this could fit in for me, tee hee.

So now that I'm at least friends with the digital bandwagon, I hope you can join me and the rest of the CHF team on Saturday, November 19th.  We are going to officially launch Stamper's Ink's new Cornish Heritage Farms website, filled with lots of never-before-seen CHF images - the ones that hadn't made it to primetime yet.  (Along with a few old favorites coming soon.)  If you followed CHF before, there will be lots of familiar blogs on the hop, along with some new ones.  And I'm told that eventually there will be rubber, too..... the best of both worlds. ;)  See ya then!  (If you want a bit more of a peek, there are a couple of images available now - but most won't appear until the big day.)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Visions of Sugarplums with Rogue Redhead Designs

A "sweet" little card I made for the Rogue Redhead Designs blog today.  You can check it out *here* and get all the deets.

Happy Veteran's Day, Remembrance Day, Armistice Day to all - thank you to the service men and women who have risked or given their lives so that we may be free.  My dad was a teenager in the US Navy during WWII.  Now my cousin's son serves in Afghanistan.  We all know someone.... take a moment to give thanks. :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Glue Book on the Go

Well, I am not getting into my craft room nearly as much as I would like, and when I'm in there, I'm cleaning!  Luckily, I still have my vintage train trunk full of scraps that I take with me in the car.  I tend to work with nature themes a lot, and so the next few pages I decided to try to combine a bunch of this sort of image.  For this layout, I also happened upon a few scraps that fit together beautifully - completely serendipitously.  It's so fun when you find the perfect combination in your stash!
For the right-hand side of the layout, I discovered two clock images that fit together rather nicely.  I used them to highlight the fairy image (a leftover if a Craft Individuals image stamped on a glimmer misted background).

On the left side, I found two butterfly images that fit together - a stamped image and an image on a scrap of patterned paper.

Another couple of nature themed pages - these with a "field notes" kind of a feel.  The large bird image is from an old Christmas season bag from Pottery Barn.

Finally, one last Halloween page that I forgot to post.  I love this one, because I happened to find a piece of vintage sheet music that had the lyrics "name a spell" on them.... a perfectly witchy little tune, I think. ;)
That's all for now.  Got to get cleaning!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Gingersnap Creations "Farm Fresh"

It's time for another "Chestnut Theme" challenge at Gingersnap Creations, and this month the theme is "Farm Fresh" to celebrate the richness of our agricultural heritage.  There are tons of different ways to interpret this challenge, so I hope you'll be able to play along.  There is a very special, near-and-dear-to-my-heart sponsor this month.... Rogue Redhead Designs!  Yep, one randomly drawn participant in this challenge will win a gift voucher from RRD.  Sweet, yes it is!

For my card, I pulled out some of my old Cornish Heritage Farms stamps.  And speaking of which.... did you know that all of CHF's images were sold?  And that they were bought by Tanya Kostynuk, of Stamper's Ink?  And... that they are coming back, in the form of digital images and rubber?  Oh yes they are!  Tanya is in the process of developing a bunch of digital images right now, and is scheduled to go live with them on November 19.  You can read all about it on the new CHF blog.  There will be some old favorites, as well as some new, never-before-seen images that never got released before CHF closed its doors.  So if you were a CHF fan.... "stay tuned" over the coming month. ;)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Rogue Redhead Designs' Anniversary and New Releases!

Happy 1st Anniversary to Rogue Redhead Designs!!  I'm so excited to share the new releases today.  There are two - a mini set called Milliner Misses, and an adorable half plate of winter fun called Candy Kisses, a companion to the Snow Hugs plate.

The Milliner Misses mini plate has three gorgeous vintage fashion images and two sentiments.  From the RRD blog: 

"This mini plate packs a lot of style into just a few images.  Capture the distinctive fashion and panache of the twenties with these great elegant ladies and their fabulous hats.  Perfect for gal pal cards and fashionable greetings of all kinds."

The Candy Kisses plate is so versatile - you can use these images for Christmas, but also for birthdays and just for sending warm winter wishes. From the RRD blog:

"A fun companion plate to Snow Hugs, this half plate brings its own charm to the snowy season.  Featuring a mini background, decorative elements, fun images and sweet sentiments, Candy Kisses is sure to become a go-to plate for warm wishes during the cold months of Winter."

And since it is Rogue Redhead Designs' 1st anniversary, they are having some wicked special offers.  You can read all about it on the RRD Blog, as well as see some wonderfully inspirational designs.  You can visit their new web store *HERE* for a little Christmas shopping.  I'm thinking that at only $6.00 (special sale price), the Milliner Misses mini plate is the perfect stocking stuffer for crafty friends (and maybe your own little crafty self!!... Just sayin'!).  There are some wonderful special prices on the gorgeous prior releases as well.  I hope you'll go have a look. :)  Happy November!