Sunday, May 31, 2009

Color Challenge Wrap Up

You made some awesome cards for April's color challenge - tan, teal and blue. Thanks to everyone who played the Gingersnaps Color Challenge. Here's a selection:

La Verne

Don't forget to check out the May Color Challenge - Yellow, Dark Brown and Green and upload your creations in the comments section or on the Yahoo Group.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Try a Technique with Sharon: Master Board

I have seen numerous articles about masterboards, but I had never tried one before. It turns out, it's a lot easier than I thought.

Almost anything goes when making a Master Board, but I like some direction. To focus my attempt, I picked a set of coordinating stamps, Alice in Wonderland from Non Sequitur, for yet another memorable female character. From there, I decided to pick some colors which reminded me of old picture books - faded yellows and oranges.

While you can make your Master Board any size, I decided to use a piece of ivory 12 x 12 cardstock.

One of my favorite images from this set is the White Rabbit. I started with this image and stamped it numerous times in Really Rust. I tried to vary the position of the image on the cardstock and stamped some images partly off the paper.

I next added Tweedledee and Tweedledum in Pumpkin Pie. Again, I tried to place these as randomly as possible. Of course, the human brain doesn't like randomness so inevitably patterns emerge. I tried to purposefully place some images close to the ones I had already stamped to offset this tendency. Again, I stamped the image in a variety of directions and stamped some off the side of the page.

Alice was the next obvious choice!

After that, I added the rest of my images included elements like a crown and a heart. For the heart, I wanted to use a deep orange but it was too strong so I stamped the image once onto a scrap before adding it to the Master Board to make the color not quite so deep.

As I stamped, I tried to fill in the white space but I tried to make sure that I didn't get too fussy about whether the images overlapped or not.

I ended by overstamping "Go Ask Alice" in a Chocolate Chip ink around the page.

I was very happy with the final result and I had a lot of fun using this Master Board to make a set of coordinating cards.

Okay, your turn!

The possibilities are endless. You can make a master board that is inked, chalked, collaged, painted, watercolored, or any other technique that takes your fancy! What fun!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Garden Challenge Wrap Up

Here are some of the great cards made for the recent Garden challenge!




Thanks to those who participated. Don't forget to check out the current challenges listed in the sidebar.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Redhead Review: Shimmerz Spritz

From the folks who brought us those sparkly pots of Shimmerz and Blingz paint comes the new Shimmerz Spritz. I am proud to be on the Shimmerz design team and have been playing with this great new product for a couple of weeks. Here's a quick review and some ideas to get you started with Shimmerz Spritz.

This is actually a re-release for the Spritz. It was released back in 1999 and was the original shimmering sprayable coloring medium. The new and improved formula is packaged in 2oz plastic spray bottles and is available in 20 colors, with yummy names like Purple Passion, Olive Branch and Mud Pie. It is water soluble, non-toxic and has no odor. It's available directly from Shimmerz, local scrapbooking stores and online retailers for $4.99.

The Spritz is really good for covering three dimensional objects that would be very difficult to color with paint or ink, such as this silk rose .

Or these white paper flowers by Bazzill:

It's also ideal for large, flat pieces of card stock, paper or even fabric. The two pieces of whisper white card stock below were spritzed with Eucalyptus. The one of the left has one coat, the one on the right has two coats. I sprayed the pieces from a height of about 16" and this gave great even coverage and left a lovely sparkling, fine speckled texture.

These pieces of Riding Hood Red c/stock were spritzed with Bed of Roses but from a height of only 4 inches and this leaves a less uniform but equally nice shimmering speckled effect.

Now for my favorite piece - a piece of blue c/stock that I spritzed with the Eucalyptus over a Tim Holz mask. It turned out so nicely and I can't wait to use it on a project.

"But what else can I Spritz on?" I hear you ask. The answer is just about anything. Most porous and non-porous surfaces will take the Spritz, but the drying time will vary. For example, card stock and paper will dry almost instantly and a fabric or felt flower might take up to 5 minutes depending on how heavy you spritz it. However, acrylic, acetate or metal will take longer to dry. I found leaving those projects overnight to dry ensured they were completely set.

Here are a few surfaces you can spray with Shimmerz Spritz:
  • Card stock & patterned paper
  • Speciality papers, such as handmade or mulberry papers
  • Ribbon, fibers & trim
  • Chipboard
  • Acrylic & acetate
  • Metal
  • Buttons
  • Fabric & felt
  • Stickers
Finally, another great use for Shimmerz Spritz is ribbon and fibers. I took every piece of white ribbon and trim I could find in my craft room and spritzed it with Bed of Roses. Some took the color and sparkle better than others. The effect on the sheer ribbons was more subtle but on the other end of the scale the ric rac and twill tape really absorbed the color well.

Another of my favorites was the felt trim:

You will need to protect your work surface with newspaper or scratch paper, especially when misting something from a height. However, because it's water soluble it does clean up just fine with baby wipes or a damp rag. I fashioned a spray booth out of a cardboard box - very fancy!

Here are a few things to keep in mind when using Shimmerz Spritz.
  • The product does tend to separate, so you need to shake it well before use.
  • Clean the nozzle after each use because it can become clogged.
  • Because the Spritz is in a pump bottle, you need to spray it a couple of times on scrap paper to get the pump working correctly and to get a nice even mist coming out.
You can see that the world is your oyster with the new Shimmer Spritz. I don't feel like I've even scratched the surface yet - there are so many possibilities. If you are looking for more inspiration, there are lots of great design teams projects over the Shimmerz Blog.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Alison Manning: Mini Tote and Cards

I had so much fun making this cute little tote this week, that I just had to share. The fun thing about the tote and four cards is that it comes from one sheet of 12" x 12" card stock.

Note: there is a cutting diagram plus a full set of instructions on how to construct the tote in the files section of the Gingersnaps Yahoo Group. All are welcome to join.

I planned to do more stamping on both the tote and cards, but sometimes a patterned paper is so great that it stands alone. And this was the case here. This Making Memories paper called Chloe's Closet is so adorable, I didn't want to clutter it with stamped images. So, I just stamped the sentiments on the card and bag using one of my go-to sets Essential Sentiments by My Favorite Things.

The tote contains four 3" x 3" cards with lined envelopes. Here's a side view of the filled bag.

Here's another version I made to hold tea bags instead of cards - I call it a 'tea-tote'. The image on the front is from a fun mini set by MFT called Hot Stuff. Instead of a card stock handle, I chose a yummy pink velvet ribbon instead.

Thanks for stopping by Gingersnap Creations. We hope that you'll come join the fun at our Yahoo Group!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Inspiration in Ink: 12 from 3 - last set

This is my last set of cards inspired by the fabulous 12 from 3 article by Etha Schuette in the Winter 2009 issue of Stampington's Take Ten. To find out more about this idea, please check out the first post in this series.

This last set just seemed to feel right together and I simply named it Live.

Laugh and Live More!
Laugh and Live More from Laugh plate (Paperbag Studios)
Paper: 2 sheets from K & Company stack
Cardstock: River Rock, Ruby Red and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)

Time to Enjoy
Stamps: sisters from Passages plate (Paperbag Studios); Take Time to Enjoy (Hero Arts)
Paper: 2 sheets from K & Company stack
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Whisper White & Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Ink: Old Olive (Stampin Up); Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Embellishments: antique brass brad & chocolate photo turn

Girl Champion
Girl Champion Rider (Queen's Dresser Drawers)
Paper: 2 sheets from K & Company stack
Cardstock: Old Olive & River Rock (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)

Hope you enjoyed my take on this cool idea! Now, you can have some fun with it too!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Inspiration in Ink: 12 from 3 - 3rd Series

I'm back with more of the cards I created with the 12 from 3 idea that was featured in the Winter 2009 issue of Stampington's Take Ten magazine. Created by Etha Schuette, this idea really inspired me to get busy and create. The limited color scheme and pre-cut pieces streamlined and focused my creative process.

Here's my next set of three - Simple Lines Trio.

Just Between You and Me
Just Between You and Me (Catslife Press)
Paper: 2 sheets from a K & Company stack
Cardstock: Ruby Red, Old Olive & River Rock (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Tools: mini heart punch

Dance for Joy
Can Can Trio (Putting on the Ritz); Don't Postpone Joy (Rubber Tree)
Paper: 1 sheet from a K & Company stack
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy & Old Olive (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)

L'Image (Rubber Cottage)
Paper: 2 sheets from a K & Company stack
Cardstock: River Rock, Old Olive & Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)

Come back tomorrow to see the final set!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wacky Wednesday Revisited

Last week, I showed you some panels I made for a quick baby album.

Here are some panels I did that celebrate special days. Some celebrate specific holidays and some are just seasonal.


Father's Day

Copics Used: B32, E34, B37, E33, E37, W1, W3
Stamp: Cadillac (Pink Cat Studio)


Copics Used: E09, E25, E37, RV32, RV34, W1, W3, YR04, YR07, YR18,
Stamp: Pup-O-Latern (Penny Black)


Copics Used: B00, R17, R20, YG03
Stamp: Hatching Poochie (The Cat's Pajamas)

Personal Special Moments


Copics Used: B34, E33, E37, R32, R35 and Y13
Stamp: Birthday Dog (Penny Black)

Winter Days

Copics Used: B00, B32, B34, E09, E11, E21, E25, E29, G99, R20, YG95, YR00, YR23, and YR24
Stamp: Corey (Inka Stamps)

You can see that the possibilities are endless with these quick photo albums!

I made a baby album, but you could use the same idea to do any number of albums: school days, vacation, heritage, yearly album, and even a mini wedding album. The result is a color coordinated easy to use photo album for your cherished memories.

The wonderful thing is that you can do all your panels before the actual event occurs, leaving only the pictures to be placed for it to be finished!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Inspiration in Ink: 12 from 3 - 2nd Series

Happy Mother's Day to everyone! Yesterday, I posted my attempt at Etha Schuette's fabulous 12 from 3 idea which was featured in the Winter 2009 issue of Stampington's Take Ten. To get the details, please check out yesterday's post.

I really liked how using a limited set of papers, cardstocks and inks really helped to focus me. Having the pieces already cut, even when I had to make minor adjustments, also helped to speed along the process of designing 12 cards!

I grouped today's set of 3 together because they all use photo stamps. I really am addicted to photo stamps and love to try new ways to use them.

For the first card, I used a few Ranger Distress inks to give the photo a slightly aged appearance. On the next card, I stamped the image in brown, distressed it and then overstamped in black.

For the final image, I stamped the image in Ruby Red ink and then overstamped, slightly offset, with Rich Cocoa Memento. I really like how all these slightly different techniques worked out.

Cherishing Motherhood
Stamps: Little Judy (Repeat Impressions); Cherish (Invoke Arts)
Paper: 1 sheet from a K & Company stack
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); Scattered Straw, Tea Dye and Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress Ink)
Embellishments: 3 antique brass brads

Find Your Passion
20s Flapper (Alpha Stamps); Find Your Passion (River City Rubber Works)
Paper: 3 sheets from a K & Company stack
Cardstock: Ruby Red & River Rock (Stampin Up)
Ink: Ruby Red (Stampin Up); Rich Cocoa (Memento)

It's Been One of Those Days
woman (Stampsmith); It's Been One of Those Days (Repeat Impressions)
Paper: 2 sheets from K & Company stack
Cardstock: Old Olive & River Rock (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black & Rich Cocoa (Memento); Scattered Straw, Tea Dye and Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress Ink)

Next weekend, I'll show you the final 6 cards!

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