Friday, November 27, 2009

Reasons to Stamp in December

As if Christmas and Hanukkah alone don't give you enough reasons to make cards during the busy month of December, we have some more ideas to keep your creativity flowing. The fabulous Gingersnap Creations Design Team have provided you with some eye candy to inspire you even more. Let's get started:

1 - Cookie Cutter Week

Baking and holidays go hand in hand. Why not compliment your homemade treats with some handcrafted bags, tags and boxes!

2 - Bingo Month

What a great excuse to pull out all those bingo card backgrounds and vintage bingo cards! Put bingo daubers, which can be used in lots of fun ways, into the mix and you have an irresistable month of card making inspiration!

Artwork by Lynn Stevens


Artwork by Hels Sheridan

3 - Read a New Book Month

Why not make a book-themed card to go with that new novel you are giving your sweetie for the holidays? Not enough time to make a card? Why not try a bookmark, the perfect companion to that literary gift?

Artwork by Sharon Briss

4 - National Dice Day

Use the idea of dice to create a game-themed card or use the black and white color scheme of the dice as inspiration for a striking creation.

5 - Blue Jeans Day

Casual, rugged and comfortable - blue jeans can inspire so many different ideas. Use the color, the texture or the pattern of jeans to create a unique piece of art. Add a pocket to a card or color in some denims on your favorite character image.

6 - St. Nicholas Day

Here's a day devoted to the inspiration for the modern Santa Claus. Have some fun with some vintage images or some modern versions of this beloved icon of giving.

Artwork by Lynn Stevens

7 - National Cotton Candy Day

Fluffy and pink, cotton candy is a happy treat. Why not make a candy-themed card for a sweet friend?

8 - Bad Hair Day

We've all been there. Here's a fun theme to make a great gal pal card. Use your imagination and comb through your stamp stash for this one.

9 - Christmas Card Day

Do we need a day specifically for Christmas cards? Well, I do as I use this day as my deadline for getting my holiday greetings in the mail. Have some fun and devote a day to making some Christmas magic with your supplies.

Artwork by Laura Liddell

10 - Dewey Decimal System Day

Today is a great time to make a little something for your favorite librarian!

Artwork by Sharon Briss

11 - Chanukah begins

The Festival of Lights is a fantastic celebration of miracles, dedication and perseverance. Why not make a creation to brighten someone's day this holiday season?

Artwork by Sharon Briss

12 - Poinsettia Day

These brilliant red flowers with their striking dark green leaves make a great focal point for any Christmas card. Why not send some bright blooms in the heart of winter to make someone's day flower with friendship?

Artwork by Hels Sheridan

Artwork by Laura Liddell

13 - Ice Cream and Violins Day

While there is very little background on this obscure holiday, it does bring to mind two great stamping themes - ice cream and music. Let your imagination go wild and create something frosty and fabulous or magnificiently musical!

14 - Buy a Tree Day

The practice of decorating a Christmas tree traces its origins back to Northern Germany and the 16th century. Since then, it has become one of the icons of the holidays.

Not into Christmas trees? Why not include a tree-themed card with the gift of a tree planted to help the environment or to honor someone special. There are several excellent charities that plant trees in communities all over the world.

Artwork by Ali Manning

15 - International Language Week

Have a friend that speaks another language or lives in another country? Take some time today to create a card dedicated to their mother tongue and say hello in another language!

16 - Boston Tea Party happened on this day in 1773

The legendary Boston Tea Party happened 236 years ago. Create some art to commemorate this important event in American history. Of course, you can also just send a card to your favorite tea drinker!

Artwork by Erika Taylor

17 - Wright Brothers Day

Fly high with the invention of the Wright Brothers and salute aviation today! Make a card for your favorite pilot or aviation afficionado! Take another direction and just honor the spirit of invention!


Artwork by Sharon Briss

18 - Underdog Day

This day, celebrated annually since 1976, honors unsung heroes like Dr. Watson from the Sherlock Holmes stories and Robinson Crusoe's Man Friday. Do you know someone that's an unsung hero? Why not send them some art and let them know that you appreciate their efforts?

Artwork by Laura Liddell

19 - Chanukah ends

With all the candles lit, Chanukah is coming to an end but it's never to early to start on some great cards for next year!

Artwork by Sharon Briss

20 - Crossword Puzzle Day

If you have a friend that is addicted to the grid, why not send them a note with a crossword puzzle theme? Incorporate a crossword puzzle background or create your own crossword with a special message in a wonderfully unique creation.

21 - First Day of Winter/Winter Solstice

It's the turning point of winter, the shortest day of the year. Let's welcome the change in the season with wonderful winter cards!

Artwork by Joanne Wardle

22 - Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic in New York City

Ah, the joys of traveling and traffic! Why not poke fun at this every day trial of life in the city? Have some fun with transportation themed cards and creations.

23 - Festivus

Although any Seinfeld fan knows about Festivus, the Festival for the "Rest of Us", the first Festivus was actually celebrated at the home of writer, Dan O'Keefe, in 1965. To find out more, you can check out the lengthy entry in Wikipedia. In terms of making art, just invent your own Festivus card and send it to someone who will appreciate the sentiment.

24 - Christmas Eve

A time for stockings, Santa cookies and dancing sugarplums, Christmas Eve has gained almost as much tradition as Christmas. Why not use this day to capture your own traditions in art?

Artwork by Sharon Briss

25 - Christmas Day

Bring out the spirit of Christmas in your art! Holidays are great times to get back in touch with friends and family who live far away. Send some love in the form of a papercrafting creation!

Artwork by Hels Sheridan

Artwork by Laura Liddell

26 - Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a 7-day celebration of African heritage and culture in America. Help someone you know celebrate this holiday with some handmade love.

27 - National Fruitcake Day

Add a stamped tag to your gift of fruitcake this year! Make a fabulous inked gift box for it! Have some fun dressing up this holiday staple.

28 - Chocolate Day

You could be inspired by the rich chocolaty color or by the sweetness of this confection! Have fun making a delicious chocolate creation.

29 - Tick Tock Day

As the year draws to a close, we are ever aware of the passage of time. Use stamping time to create a time-themed creation and send it on to a friend who you haven't contacted for some time.

Artwork by Ali Manning

30 - Rudyard Kipling's Birthday

Rudyard Kipling gave us such wonderful stories as Jungle Book and Rikki Tikki Tavi. Celebrate his birthday with some art with Indian themes or give a nod to the jungle animals that he brought to life as unforgettable characters.

Artwork by Hels Sheridan

31 - New Year's Eve

Party with paper today! It's a party day and party is a great theme to express your joy at the beginning of another year of stamping yet to unfold.

Have a wonderful time creating this month! If you need more inspiration, don't forget to check out this month's challenges and tutorials or go to our archive for more fun ideas!

3 comments:

  1. Its so fun to read all the crazy reasons to stamp, but the best one is to have fun! Great cards ladies!!!

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  2. YOU GIRLZ just ROCK! The artwork is fantabulous! ho ho ho....

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Thanks for your wonderful words!

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