Sunday, January 31, 2010

Gingersnap Creations Art Exchange

We are excited to announce our very first Gingersnap Creations' Art Exchange! Gingersnaps will celebrate its first birthday in March, so the exchange will have the theme

PARTY TIME!

Artwork by Sharon Briss

Participants will create four 4" x 6" (postcard size) creations and will receive four creations in return.
  • Format: 4" x 6" (postcard size) creation
  • Theme: Party Time
  • Media: Any
  • Number of Pieces: 4 for 4
  • Due Date: March 15, 2010
All the exchange details are on the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group. In order to participate in the exchange, you will need to become a member of the Yahoo Group, so that we can maintain proper communication. Membership is quick, easy and open to EVERYONE.

All our readers, members and challenge takers are so creative, we hope that lots of you will join our first art exchange. We can't wait to see your creations!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Our Tutorial and Project Guide

We know you all love tutorials and step-by-step projects so we have created a single page guide to all these posts. For future reference, you will be able to find a permanent link to this post in the sidebar of the blog.

This post will be updated on a monthly basis. The last update was January 29, 2010.

Please find below an alphabetical list of our tutorials and step-by-step project guides by topic with links to the original posts along with the author. Please also note that any inspirations or resources for these tutorials are referenced in the individual posts whenever possible.

Some tutorials may be listed more than once as they address more than one topic and we wanted to make it easy to locate each tutorial.

Accordian Books - Found Papers Tag Book - Alison Manning
Accordian Books - Holiday Recipe Book - Sharon Briss

Acrylic Stamps -
Bending Acrylic to Your Will - Sharon Briss

Album/Books -
Mini Baby Album - Sharon Briss
Album/Books -
Guest Book - Sharon Briss
Album/Books -
Tag Album - Sharon Briss

Alcohol Inks -
Polished Stone - Sharon Briss

Artist Trading Cards -
Overcoming ATC Angst - Sharon Briss (follow-up)

Backgrounds - Creating Backgrounds with Acrylics - Laura Liddell
Backgrounds -
Polished Stone - Sharon Briss
Backgrounds -
Salted Backgrounds - Alison Manning
Backgrounds -
Sponge and Shimmerz - Alison Manning (follow-up)
Backgrounds -
Watercolor Crayons: Rainbow Notebook - Alison Manning
Backgrounds -
Watercolor Washes - Sharon Briss (follow-up)

Boxes, Containers and Totes - Chanukkah Gift Card Box - Hetty Sanders, Visiting Artist
Boxes, Containers and Totes -
Colonel Mustard Tin - Sharon Briss
Boxes, Containers and Totes -
Mini Tote and Cards - Alison Manning

Brayer -
Using Natural Elements: Leaf Prints - Jean Franks Beck

Chipboard -
Glittery Chipboard: Elina Gets into Glitter - Elina Koutsouradi
Chipboard -
Guest Book - Sharon Briss

Clean and Simple -
Chalked Images - Alison Manning
Clean and Simple -
Ephemera - Alison Manning
Clean and Simple - Let the Paper Shine - Alison Manning
Clean and Simple -
Monochromatic - Alison Manning
Clean and Simple -
Patterned Paper - Alison Manning
Clean and Simple -
Warhol - Alison Manning

Collage - Altered Pages - Sharon Briss
Collage - Colonel Mustard Tin - Sharon Briss
Collage - Halloween Mask - Sharon Briss
Collage -
Sign of the Times - Sharon Briss
Collage -
Tag Album - Sharon Briss

Direct to Paper - Gilded Paper - Debby Boltman

Distress Ink - Distress Watercolor Resist - Alison Manning
Distress Ink - Distressing by Hels - Hels Sheridan
Distress Ink -
Stamping with Distress Ink/Creating Background - Sharon Briss

Distressing Techniques - Distressing by Hels - Hels Sheridan

Embellishments -
Glittery Bottlecaps: Elina Gets into Glitter - Elina Koutsouradi

Embossing Powder - Distress Watercolor Resist - Alison Manning
Embossing Powder - Distressing by Hels - Hels Sheridan
Embossing Powder - Drawing with Glue Pens and Embossing Powder - Laura Liddell
Embossing Powder- Gilded Paper - Debby Boltman
Embossing Powder - Resisting It by Hels - Hels Sheridan

Ephemera -
Clean and Simple Cards Using Ephemera - Alison Manning
Ephemera -
Found Papers Tag Book - Alison Manning

Found Objects - Stamping with Paint using Natural Materials - Sharon Briss
Found Objects -
Using Natural Elements: Leaf Prints - Jean Franks Beck

Gesso - Resisting It by Hels - Hels Sheridan

Glitter -
Elina Gets into Glitter - Elina Koutsouradi

Hangings/Signs -
Sign of the Times - Sharon Briss

Inchies -
Masterboard Technique - Alison Manning

Jewelry -
Altered Spoon Tutorial - Lynn Stevens

Journals/Notebooks -
Rainbow Notebook - Alison Manning

Masterboard -
Inchies Masterboard Technique - Alison Manning
Masterboard -
Try a Technique: Masterboard - Sharon Briss

Paint - Creating Backgrounds with Acrylics - Laura Liddell
Paint -
Mother and Daughter Checkerboard - Sharon Briss
Paint -
Sponge and Shimmerz - Alison Manning (follow-up)
Paint - Stamping with Paint using Natural Materials - Sharon Briss

Photo Stamps -
Picking Paper - Sharon Briss
Photo Stamps -
Stamping Tips - Sharon Briss

Resist Techniques - Crayon Resist - Sharon Briss
Resist Techniques - Distress Watercolor Resist - Alison Manning
Resist Techniques - Resisting It by Hels - Hels Sheridan

Ribbon -
10 Ways to Use Ribbon Scraps - Alison Manning

Scraps -
10 Ways to Use Ribbon Scraps - Alison Manning

Stamp Use - Using the Same Stamp Three Different Ways - Jo Capper-Sandon and Joanne Wardle

Tags -
Found Papers Tag Book - Alison Manning
Tags -
Tag Album - Sharon Briss

Transparencies -
Glittery Transparencies: Elina Gets into Glitter - Elina Koutsouradi

Wood -
Mother and Daughter Checkerboard - Sharon Briss

Templates -
Mini Tote and Cards - Alison Manning

Watercolor -
Watercolor Crayons: Rainbow Notebook - Alison Manning
Watercolor -
Watercolor Washes - Sharon Briss (follow-up)
Watercolor -
Wonderful World of Watercolor - Sharon Briss (follow-up)

Hope you find this list helpful! We'll keep updating it as we go so that it can be used for a reference.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Reasons to Stamp in February

The first month of the year whizzed past us in a blur and now we entering the month of love! When you're all done with the hearts and roses, we have a whole host of other cool reasons to send a card during February. And our fabulous design team has created a whole host of cards to fire your creativity. Enjoy!

1. Give Kids a Smile Day

What a pleasure it is to make a card for a little one and what a great holiday to inspire you!

2. Groundhog Day

Here's a chance to poke a little fun at this crazy day or let the idea of shadows, weather, winter or spring influence your creativity!

3. Children's Authors and Illustrators Week (1st to 7th)

Ah, here's one to really get the creative juices going! Why not do an homage to your favorite book from childhood?

Artwork by Sharon Briss

4. Liberace Day

Music and personality all in one day. Pianos, music and candelabras are all great themes for a papercrafting project today!

5. Wear Red Day

Have your art wear red today! Make a piece of red clothing the focal point of your creation and dress it up!

Artwork by Joanne Wardle

6. International Snow Sculpting Week (3rd-6th)

Snowman cards are so much fun! Use this day to create some other fun snow creatures on paper and sculpt your own snowy art!

7. Ballet Day

Have a ballerina in the family or a dance enthusiast? Here's a great day to send them a thinking about you card with the lovely theme of ballet!


Artwork by Debby Boltman

8. Boy Scout Anniversary Day

Be prepared to have some fun today! It's the anniversary of the Scouting movement!

9. Read in the Bathtub Day

Think spa! Think bubbles! Think great books!

Artwork by Jean Franks-Beck

10. Celebration of Love Week (10th to 16th)

Romance is in the air! Start to make that special card for your sweetheart today!

Artwork by Lynn Stevens

Artwork by Hels Sheridan

11. Satisfied Staying Single Day

A great day to make something to celebrate your favorite single!

Artwork by Jean Franks-Beck

12. Darwin Day

Happy Birthday, Mr. Darwin! Why not make a card with the natural world as a theme to celebrate this scientist's special day?

Artwork by Laura Liddell

13. International Flirting Week (8th to 14th)


Wink, wink! Send a little hand-made something to that sweetie you have your eye on!

14. Chinese New Year

Happy Year of the Tiger! Why not let your creativity flow with Chinese themes, tigers, or with the lucky color combination of red and yellow?

Artwork by Erika Taylor

15. Susan B. Anthony Day

Suffragettes unite! Here's a day to celebrate the power of women! Do you know a wonder woman? Why not send her some hand-made love?

Artwork by Erika Taylor

16. Shrove Tuesday / Pancake Day / Mardi Gras

Whatever you call it, the day before lent begins is full of inspiration for creative art. Think carnival and mardi gras with lots of purple, green and gold! Go sweet with a delicious breakfast theme of pancakes!

Artwork by Sharon Briss

17. Quiet Day

Take some quiet time today to reach out to a friend with a "Thinking of You" card.

18. National African American History Month

Put your creativity toward honoring the history of African-Americans today!

19. National Cherry Month

With Spring not yet returned, this month gives us some cheery thoughts of Spring with sweet cherries in our thoughts. Why not use this fabulous fruit to decorate your latest creation?

Artwork by Erika Taylor

20. Love Your Pet Day

Do we ever really need an excuse to show off some cute cats, dogs, rabbits, and all our other furry friends? Make a pet the focal point of your creative process today!

Artwork by Debby Boltman

Artwork by Hels Sheridan

21. Spunky Old Broads Month


Now, here's a totally fun theme! No other inspiration needed!

Artwork by Erika Taylor

Artwork by Sharon Briss

Artwork by Hels Sheridan

22. George Washington's Birthday


Think patriotic and presidential today! Go red, white and blue and have some fun with it on this founding father's birthday!

23. International Friendship Week (17th to 23rd)

No excuses this week! Time to put together some wonderful handcrafted cards to send out to all your fabulous friends!


Artwork by Debby Boltman

Artwork by Hels Sheridan

24. Youth Leadership Month

Know a great kid with some not so hidden talents? Make some paper hugs and hand-crafted encouragement to make their day!

25. National Chili Day

Here's a food that just evokes thoughts of cowboys, ranches and campfires!

26. For Pete's Sake Day

Had one of those days? Why not turn your rotten day into some fabulous art?

27. Texas Cowboy Poetry Week

Campfire sonnets out on the range! Can't ask for better inspiration than that!
Artwork by Lynn Stevens

Artwork by Laura Liddell

Artwork by Debby Boltman

28. Purim

Purim is the a Jewish festival commemorating Esther's saving of the Jewish people of the ancient Persian empire from the fiendish plots of Haman, vizier of the empire.

If you need more inspiration for your creativity this month, check out all our great new challenges in February!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wrap-up: GCSP2 - CASE a CAS

It was so much fun to see everyone's take on my CAS cards for the Once in a Blue Moon Challenge and I really enjoyed looking at all the entries. I appreciate how hard it was for some of you to pare down your fabulous creations and I applaud you for taking the challenge!

The randomly drawn winner of the unmounted Hearts in Touch stamp is....

Amanada
from I Love Bling

Congratulations, Amanda! You have just won a single unmounted stamp from Hearts in Touch's Song Titles plate. Please email us at gingersnapstamp@gmail.com by February 28 to claim your prize.

And now for our fabulous Ginger Gems. When each challenge closes, we pick 5 Ginger Gems - fabulous creations that we feel really exemplify that challenge's objective. The Ginger Gems appear in a slide show in the blog bar for the entire week and their creators have the honor of displaying this Ginger Gems blog badge.

Please note: for your work to be eligible to be selected as a Ginger Gem, participants need to adhere to the challenge guidelines, in particular including a direct link to your creation and including a link back to Gingersnap Creations if it appears on your blog.

We are giving everyone until the end of January to get used to the Ginger Gem requirements as we know that some of you entered the challenges before we put these rules in place. For more information on our challenge guidelines, please check out our FAQ page.

It wasn't easy picking just five Ginger Gems from this challenge, but here they are - enjoy!


Gerrie from Queen of Grunge


Jan from Jan's Arty ATC Journey


Kim from Inspiration of the Day


Petra from Kunterbunt Cottage

Congratulations to our Ginger Gems. Go visit their blogs and leave them a sweet comment.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Wrap Up - GC36: Resolutions

We had a great response to our Resolutions Challenge and some really fun resolutions! But even in this brand-new year, all good things must come to their finale!

We were lucky and honored to have Hearts in Touch as the sponsor for this challenge.

This challenge's randomly drawn winner is:

Congratulations, Krisha! You have just won this single unmounted stamp from Hearts in Touch's Song Titles plate:


Krisha, your artwork will also be displayed on the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group Home Page and on the sidebar of the blog until next Tuesday! Please send your contact information to gingersnapstamp@gmail.com so we can send out your new stamp. You have until February 26, 2010 to contact us!

Resolutions Challenge Ginger Gems

When each challenge closes, we pick 5 Ginger Gems - fabulous creations that we feel really exemplify that challenge's objective. The Ginger Gems will appear in a slide show in the blog bar for the entire week and their creators will have the honor of displaying this Ginger Gems blog badge.


Please note: for your work to be eligible to be selected as a Ginger Gem, participants need to adhere to the challenge guidelines, in particular including a direct link to your creation and including a link back to Gingersnap Creations if it appears on your blog.

We are giving everyone until the end of January to get used to the Ginger Gem requirements as we know that some of you entered the challenges before we put these rules in place. For more information on our challenge guidelines, please check out our FAQ page.

Now onto the amazing art! Here's the great entries from our Ginger Gems for this week!


Artwork by Stef



Artwork by Cathy


Artwork by Krisha


Artwork by Hetty

Artwork by Kim

Congratulations to our awesome Ginger Gems and thanks to everyone who participated in the Random Redhead Resolutions Challenge!

Come by tomorrow for our next Random Redhead Challenge!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sharon Briss: Youthful Resistance - Crayon Resist

While we are exploring "Time" this month, I decided to go back in time to play with one of my first art tools - a crayon.

Doing a crayon resist must be one of the simpliest resist techniques I know. It's quick, easy and fun and your only tools are sponges and a white crayon!

First, I stamped the image using StazOn ink, a solvent-based ink, although you can use any type of ink you choose.

Next, I used my white crayon to highlight areas of the image that I wanted to remain white. I chose to highlight the leaves as well as the flowers.

After this step, I sponged on some pink ink over the area of the flowers. I was not trying to be terribly careful as I wanted a very soft effect.


I then chose a soft green and sponged over the leaves. I sponged yellow onto the remaining white areas.


Once I finished adding ink colors, I wiped away my crayon. I use a used dryer sheet for this step as it leaves very little lint and seems to wipe off the wax very efficiently.


You can see the white areas that appeared after I gently rubbed off the wax.


Here's the finished card:

Stamp: flower from Summer Flower Cling Set (Serendipity Stamps)
Paper: Pink Gingham (Making Memories)
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery and Barely Banana (Stampin Up)
Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories); white wax crayon; used dryer sheet
Embellishments: 3 pink heart brads

For those of you who haven't tried crayon resist in a long time, it's time to break out those crayons again. For those who have never tried it, why not have some fun and play a little with this easy technique?

For other great resist techniques on Gingersnap Creations, check out Ali's Distress Watercolor Resist and Hels' take on Basic, Batik and Gesso Resist Techniques.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Creating backgrounds with acrylics: Laura Liddell


To start choose about 3 background colours to work with. It can be more, this is just a starting point. Paper towel, spritz bottle and a sponge for each colour for application.

I am working in my journal where the pages are a thick water colour paper.

Start dabbing the colours onto the page into different areas. Fill the page with colour blending slightly where they meet. Not too much or it could go muddy. Leave to dry.

When the page is full and dry you can add some mask or stencils and dab over them.

Here I have used a scroll dabbed over with translucent blue and below is with a crown and some red added over the top.

You can use your non stick craft mat to put the paints onto. I tend to ruin other pages when I do this as I get carried away and forget there is paint on it.

Now I have chosen a rubber stamp to use and have applied white acrylic paint to it and stamped with it.

The next stage I have dabbed through some sequin waste. I always love the way this adds a wonderful layer.

On the top left corner you can see that I have turned the sequin waste over and have created a subtle negative print from paint left on it. You need to do this before the paint dries.

I have then added some stamping, a little journaling and stamped a figure onto patterned paper, cut out and stuck on.

Here are some other backgrounds from the journal. Some not finished yet, but show how different colours work.




Just play with what you have to hand. This last page was coloured by using Adirondack sprays. This is a much quicker method and gives a different effect.

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