Saturday, August 1, 2009


Pass it on - it's contagious!

August is Happiness Month! In 1999, the Secret Society of Happy People had August 8th declared as "Admit You're Happy Day". That fun day is now known as Happiness Happens Day! With such enthusiastic response to this fabulous idea in 2000, the celebration of happiness was expanded to all of August for Happiness Happens Month and has been celebrated with joy and cheer ever since!

Celebrating is easy! There's only two rules: 1) Recognize and express happiness; and 2) Don't rain on other people's parades! The Secret Society of Happy People have a wonderful chart of 31 Types of Happiness which I found very fun and amusing! Uh oh, I gave away types 2 and 12!

We'll have lots of happiness-inspired ideas to share this month at Gingersnap Creations. Look for a happiness quote on our sidebar each day in August! We even found a wonderful article entitled "9 Ways to Get Happy in the Next 30 Minutes" on Shine at Yahoo.

Of course, art and happiness go hand-in-hand so we thought it would be a wonderful theme for this warm and sunny month!

We'll have lots of fabulous happy things to share with you in August including new challenges, some glimpses of what makes us happy both in art and life, and some blog candy sure to make everyone happy! We'll be focusing on perky papers, quick cards and chipper chipboard for some light-hearted projects!

Let's get going with spreading the happiness right now with some great blog candy!

For a chance to win this great plate of unmounted stamps entitled Happiness (manufacturer: Artistic Outpost), please leave a comment on this post telling us which of our past posts at Gingersnap Creations was your favorite and what you would like us to feature in the future!

That's it! Pretty easy, right? We will select a winner at random from all the qualifying comments submitted between August 1st and August 31st, 2009.


  1. What a great theme!! I'm looking forward to seeing the team's creations and making a few of my own! Favorite post? Just one??? Well, I'm first going to cop out and say the TUTORIALs are my favorite. Okay, specifically, I loved Shar's Masterboard and Masking tutorials (which I have already put into practice, thanks!) and Ali's Found Paper Tag Book, which I soooo appreciate, because I've always thought getting a look like that was beyond me! Now I know I can try it, and thanks to the detailed tutorial, I'm not afraid of it! :) Thanks for offering up such great inspiration AND blog candy!

  2. Ohhh,Happiness all around!! Can you believe it I don't have this set!! Favorite past post besides what Jean has already mentioned would have to be the one you did on Oxford impressions.
    What I'd Like to see featured. Me of course hahahah ! All kidding aside collage on canvas with modeling paste, gesso, encaustic wax, etc. I do some of this alraedy but theres always room for improvement or, peeled paint done with vaseline on board or canvas. The etched metal tech .I'll be learning that soon so maybe I can share what I learn if you gals don't do this already! Looking forward to seeing it all!! pure Happiness!

  3. Saw these on facebook and missed them fabulous cards.
    Yes Happiness is all around for sure in Canada we have a holiday tommorrow.
    Spead the word..Happiness.

  4. I think I agree, tutorials for sure and the tag album, because I have been wanting to try one of these .

  5. I am brand-new to Gingersnap Creations--came here via Bluebird Paperie because I love her style and if she likes it here, I probably would too! I have only see the tri-fold shutter card that Lynn made and that blew my sandals off! And I would certainly LOVE to win this set--it would make me VERY happy!
    Keep up the good work!

  6. I'm new to Gingersnap creations - saw u through the scrapcalls blog. Ben reviewing the site and it really is my style (vintage/dsitressed) so I've added this to the blogs I follow in my blog and been coming back whenever there's an update. Would love to win the stamp and i'm planning to buy more from outpost! Their stamps are lovely! I never knew there were other like the Tim Holtz stamps!

  7. Boy, I am not with is posted on the wrong subject. Well, it is hard to choose one subject that I like the most, but love the reasons for stamping section. Also all the tutorial, have used them and learned how easy it is to try new techniques. All and all love this community of creative ladies.

  8. I'm sorry to say that I only just found this blog through Facebook and I haven't had time to peruse past posts but I really love the stamp set and what you've created with it! I'll be coming back to look some more!

  9. I just found your site. Got to bookmark this site. I love the stamping tips... love every tutuorial. I got to go back and read your older post. So much inspiration here. I like to see some sewing projects in future.

  10. I also just found your site. I am excited about going back to see your tutorials and ideas. Happiness is the theme of my life. Being happpy in life is very important. I really like stamps and ideas that convey that. Soooo let's all be HAPPY!!


  11. Hi Sharon - I'm one of your fellow TJ'ers and one of your stalkers, hehe. I love the tutorial you did entitled "Rainbow Spirits". That probably doesn't qualify as a "past" tutorial, but how 'bout a "Back to the Future" tutorial. Anyway, by August 31 it will be a past tutorial. Thanks for the chance to win that awesome stamp set from Artistic Outpost (one of my fav vendors)!

  12. I just arrived her from Evelyn's blog. She has posted a great card using your Rainbow Spirit technique which I just had to see how it was done. I am going to spend part of the evening check out more of your blog. I recognize Sharon's name as a TJ poster. Now off to have some fun perusing your blog. Darlene

  13. well I don't think I can pinpoint one thing that I liked the most - the samples here are wonderful - this site is FULL of inspiration!
    I would love to see more inking tutorials - like the one you did recently with distress inks - that is one I must try!
    Thanks for all the fun!

  14. I'm new at Gingersnap Creations. I really like the ideas you have. They are enthusiastically, fun and spontaneous!! I plan to submit a card soon expressing the Rainbow colors. I love the stamp set you're giving away and hope I get a chance to use this company's art.

  15. I started clicking on this blog when I saw snaps on Sharon's blog using the Artistic Outpost stamps which I really love. So really I come here to find inspiration and it's full of it!! So my favorite have been these posts.... also I would love to see more distressed techniques in the future with vintage stamps!

  16. actually, my favorite is in the newer pages. the cards and tut for the rainbow challenge are fab. the white card with the different colored flowers is fantastic.

  17. What a fabulous theme!! I'm new to the site, I actually just stumbled across it while blog hopping. My favourite post is the tutorial on watercolouring. I've always been a bit afraid of paint and the 'messy' techniques, and your tutorials really de-mystify the whole process.
    Thank you!!

  18. I would have to say that Couture Distress has been my favorite so far...because it was all new to me. Distress Inks have become my favorites for the moment, and this technique was so much fun. However, I do love Gingersnap's challenges.

  19. I just love the 31 Reasons to stamp in July, I thought your posts were fantastic - and the collage post - that was brilliant. In fact I am learning so much from your site - thank you.

    The Happiness Quotes are great fun - and the stamp plate - wow - to have a chance to win that is such a joy.

    Thank you for that.

    It is a super plate - I have the Serenity plate and its enchanting and would love to build up a collection of them.

  20. I loved your posting a couple of weeks ago on Chipboard, with the fleur de lys. I would love a tutorial on image transfer techniques. Just discovered your site as I hear a very clever artist Hels Sheridan has joined your team! Love the stamp set up for grabs!

    Thanks for the chance to win,


  21. A while ago you had an article on unblocking the creative process. That dealt specifically with making ATCs, but the principles can be applied to any artistic project. I enjoyed and have used the advice. I would like to see more on helping us be more creative and developing our own sense of style. While I think its ok to take someone else's concept and borrow it, I believe we all really want to learn to develop the ability to create and not just copy.

    Thanks for all of the inspiration,, love your stuff.

  22. I love this theme. We never can get enough happiness. This is my first view of the blog and I will be back to get more inspiration. Love the stamp set.

  23. I was hopping around on blogs and found Ginger Snap from Hels, Ink on My Fingers.... I am a little late to post something on my blog about your give-a-way... but Ginger Snap is mentioned in this post on my blog.

    I have been perusing your site and it is hard to pick just one item that I like more than anything else. I lover books and journals and found the following to be very inspirational: rainbow notebook and collage journeys, then I love birds and your Happy Play Day bird is wonderful.

    I am now a follower and I would love to see more mini books, altered books and collage... thanks for sharing!


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