Friday, April 30, 2010

Reasons to Stamp for May

Welcome to our monthly Reasons to Stamp feature! We've got lots of lovely ideas to keep you busy next month!

Symbols

Zofiac: Taurus - the bull (April 20-May 21)

Artwork by Sharon Briss

Zodiac: Gemini - the twins (May 21-June 21)

Artwork by Sharon Briss

Flower: Lily of the Valley

Birthstone: Emerald - meaning love or success

Artwork by Sharon Briss


May is named for Maia, goddess of fertility.
Artwork by Sharon Briss


Well-Known Holidays

5 - Cinco de Mayo (Mexico)

9 - Mother's Day

Artwork by Irit Shalom

24 - Victoria Day (Canada)

Artwork by Sharon Briss

31 - Memorial Day (USA)

Artwork by Alison Manning

Other Special Days

1 - Kentucky Derby Day
Race for those wonderful horse stamps!

Artwork by Sharon Briss

1 - Mother Goose Day
Nursery rhymes make for fabulous art themes!

Artwork by Sharon Briss


2 - World Laughter Day
Humorous and fun-loving cards are the fare today!

Artwork by Sharon Briss

6 - No Diet Day
Don't ration your fun - let it all hang out!

8 - National Train Day
Get your inspiration on track with card paying tribute to the wonderful train!

Artwork by Lynn Stevens

Artwork by Jean Franks Beck

8 - Mother Ocean Day
Make a splash with a marvelous maritime-inspired creation!

Artwork by Dan

Artwork by Linda Ledbetter


10 - Windmill Day
Feel like your mojo is going round and round - why not use that feeling to make a wonderful windmill card!

Artwork by Lynn Stevens

Artwork by Debby Boltman

12 - International Nurses Day
Bring some joy to a hard-working nurse by making them a thank you card today!

Artwork by Jean Franks Beck

15 - Straw Hat Day
Use today to capture that feeling of impending summer!

Artwork by Irit Shalom

19 - Bike to Work Day
Give that special cyclist a nice bit of handmade joy!

Artwork by Jean Franks Beck

23 - Neighbor Day
Acknowledge those wonderful neighbors who extend a helping hand with a nice impromptu thank you.

25 - Towel Day
This fun days pays tribute to that excellent science-fiction series, A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy! It's a day to get spacy!

30 - Indianapolis 500 Day
You may feel the need, the need for speed today! Put some racing stripes into your art today!

30 - Hug Your Cat Day
Like we need an excuse to make cat cards? Thought not!

Artwork by Linda Ledbetter


Weeks to Remember

2 to 8 - Be Kind to Animals Week
Have fun adding some animals to your artwork!

Artwork by Sharon Briss

2 to 9 - National Wildflower Week
Spring blooms inspiring you! Get a little wild with some flowers!

Artwork by Laura Liddell

Artwork by Joanne Wardle

16 to 22 - National Transportation Week
Great week to play with some images of travel and journey - planes, trains and automobiles!

Artwork by Irit Shalom

Artwork by Dan

Monthly Observances

National Military Appreciation Month
Send some stamped appreciation to the troops or a note
of support to a family waiting at home.


Artwork by Debby Boltman


National Moving Month
Everyone's on the move this month! Know someone who just moved to a new house? Why not welcome them to their new home with a hand-made card?

Artwork by Alison Manning

Creative Beginnings Month
Use May to start experiment or try something new that will excite the creative being within!

Artwork by Sharon Briss

Artwork by Debby Boltman

National Barbecue Month
Grill time! Why not write up your favorite bbq recipes and add them to a fun stamped cookbook?

Artwork by Debby Boltman

National Smile Month
Bring a smile to someone's face with an unexpected hand-crafted note!

Artwork by Dan

Artwork by Laura Liddell


Artwork by Debby Boltman

Personal History Month
This is one for the scrapbookers among us! Celebrate your personal history with some arty layouts!

Artwork by Debby Boltman


Artwork by Sharon Briss


May Inspiration Words

Blossom

Artwork by Debby Boltman


Artwork by Laura Liddell

Shine

Artwork by Debby Boltman


Bird Song


Artwork by Lynn Stevens

Artwork by Dan

Grass

Artwork by Katy Fox

Hope you have fun this month!

Want to share what you made using any of these ideas? We've included a MrLinky with this post so you have somewhere to share your creations.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wrap-Up GCSP3: Take on a Tutorial

Our last Blue Moon Challenge, which was to try one of the many Gingersnap tutorials, pushed many of you out of your comfort zones to try new ideas and techniques. And we LOVE that because sharing and learning together is what it's all about at Gingersnaps. We really enjoyed seeing which tutorials you picked and your takes on them.

When each challenge closes, we pick 7 Ginger Gems - fabulous creations that we feel really exemplify that challenge's objective. The Ginger Gems appear in a slide show in the blog sidebar for the entire week, as well as in this wrap-up post, and their creators have the honor of displaying this Ginger Gems blog badge.

For more information about Ginger Gems and entering our challenges, please visit the FAQ page. Here are the gems:


Created by Evelyn

Created by Jan

Created by Kim

Created by Stef

Created by Vicky

Created by Viv

Created by Anna

We are always adding new tutorials to the blog, for a full list, check out our Tutorial Guide.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wrap-Up GC48 - Growth

What a beautiful crop of projects you produced for our Growth Challenge! We enjoyed all the different takes on the theme and are always blown away by your creativity.

The randomly drawn Home Page Artist this week is Davi with this beautiful Spring card:


Congratulations, Davi! Your artwork will be showcased on the Home Page of the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group as well as on the sidebar on the blog.

Now onto our fabulous Ginger Gems. When each challenge closes, we also pick 7 Ginger Gems - fabulous creations that we feel really exemplify that challenge's objective. The Ginger Gems appear in a slide show in the blog sidebar for the entire week, as well as in this wrap-up post, and their creators have the honor of displaying this Ginger Gems blog badge.


For more information about Ginger Gems and entering our challenges, please visit the FAQ page.

Created by Gayle

Created by Peggy

Created by Deb

Created by Linda

Created by Mandy

Created by Penny

Created by Hazel

Come back tomorrow for another Gingersnaps Color challenge.

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