Friday, July 29, 2011

Wrap-Up - GCSP08: 3 Words, 3 Papers and 3 Buttons

We had some great entries for this challenge! Thanks for playing another Blue Moon Challenge! You all had such creative entries!

Thanks to Altered Pages for their generous sponsorship of this challenge!


The prize for this Chestnut Theme Challenge is a Teeny Triptych Kit. Kit including 2 collage sheets, quotes sheet printed on cardstock, heavy cardstock for the base, cutting template, charm and full instructions on how to create a folding Triptych that be cosed and tied like a book if you desire.

Our randomly drawn Home Page Artist this week is

Congratulations, Vada! Please email us at gingersnapstamp@gmail.com with your contact details by August 15, 2011 to collect your prize.

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 10 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.

Our Triumphant
Ginger Gems

Artwork by Judy B (JJ)


Artwork by Donna


Artwork by Chrissie


Artwork by Silvia/Barnie


Artwork by Linda64


Artwork by KathleenD


Artwork by Tina G


Artwork by Cathy Calamas


Artwork by Dawn


Artwork by Diana


Special Guests

Artwork by Sue Drees
Visiting Artist May 2011


Artwork by Electra
Visiting Artist May 2011


Artwork by Helene Huber
Ginger

Congratulations to all our Ginger Gems this week! We hope you take a minute to stop by their blogs.

Come by next week for a new Chestnut Theme Challenge.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wrap-Up - GC108: Color of Money

Wow! What amazing creations you all made with the Color of Money! Awesome! Thanks to all who played!

Thanks to Altered Pages for their generous sponsorship of this challenge!


The prize for this Chestnut Theme Challenge is 4 digital collage sheets from Altered Pages such as these beautiful "Beauty in" series below.






Our randomly drawn Home Page Artist this week is

Suze Bain
of
CantStopCrafting

Congratulations, Suze! Please email us at gingersnapstamp@gmail.com with your contact details by August 15, 2011 to collect your prize.

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 10 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.

Our Monetarily Hued
Ginger Gems

Artwork by Jayne


Artwork by Nancy Johnson


Artwork by Debbie R


Artwork by Linda H


Artwork by Donna


Artwork by Gingerbeary8-CarolH


Artwork by Diana


Artwork by BrianK


Artwork by Silvia/Barnie


Artwork by Terry


Special Guests


Artwork by Electra
Visiting Artist May 2011


Artwork by Annette Goatley
Ginger

Congratulations to all our Ginger Gems this week! We hope you take a minute to stop by their blogs.

Come by tomorrow for a new Color Challenge.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Penny Bennington: Inventor's Notebook

Creating in a Steampunk style can become quite addicting - of course there are common elements - Victorian era people, mechanical drawings, machines with gears and cogs, but there are limitless possibilities, and you can let your inner mad scientist run wild and use old stodgy Victorian images in a fun and imaginative way. I like to collect “bought ancestors” when I visit antique shops - you may be more familiar with these as cabinet cards. It’s so much fun to imagine stories about their lives and this project has evolved from my love of those images as well as my enjoyment in creating altered books. You could absolutely make this project using an actual book, but for those out there that are a little intimidated by cutting into an old book, here’s a way to make a faux one! I’ve made my entire book into a niche, essentially giving you a shadow box to work with.

To start, I used one of my cabinet card images which I scanned and printed onto cardstock and cut out, two 7Gypsies book covers, a scrap of corrugated cardboard to create the depth and mimic book pages, die-cut chipboard gears, and a knife.

These particular covers have a nice border that outlines a rectangle. After cutting out the center rectangle from the top cover, sand the edges of the opening and the rectangle piece with a sanding block to allow it to slip back into the opening easily. This piece will become the door. Also cut the corrugated cardboard to just slightly smaller than the cover and cut out the center rectangle shape to match the one you just cut on the cover.

To alter the chipboard gears, first color them with Krylon pens, then sand the surface to scuff them.

After highlighting the scuffs with Distress Stains you get a really nice worn look.

I wanted to have a blueprint background for my inventor - complete with light bulbs for his bright ideas! I used Oxford Impressions stamps to stamp a collage background with Versamark onto white cardstock, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. A little bit of Faded Jeans Distress Stain and you achieve a great blueprint look.

Now to build the collage. Starting with the inside of the back cover, adhere the blueprint background checking its placement by laying the corrugated cardboard over it like a frame. Then I added my inventor, his stamped hat (Oxford Impressions), a text strip made the same way as the blueprint background, and some of the altered chipboard gears. Then I placed tiny watch gears and a game spinner over top of those and just had to add more of the tiny watch gears over his head so you can see his brain working away!

With the inside collage complete, adhere the corrugated cardboard piece over it.

Now to the front cover. With the cut out rectangle in place, stamp images (Oxford Impressions) onto the cover.

Take out the center rectangle, punch a hole and add a chipboard gear, washer, and hitch fastener creating a doorknob.

Once the door is back in place, add a piece of gaffer tape only the length of the opening. You can see I had to re-stamp a little bit onto the tape to replace the bit of stamping it covered. You could certainly add the tape before stamping to avoid that. I also started scuffing and peeling parts of the cover so that it looked worn and well-used.

Now adhere the top cover to the base you’ve already created then add more gaffer tape to the spine giving your book its binding.

Finally add the altered chipboard gears to the cover. I wanted a large one in the lower left corner, and needed to cut it along the border of the inner rectangle to allow the door to open.


Then I placed the others, fitting the cogs together to create a pattern across the top. I liked the look of actual metal cogs, clocks, washers, game spinners and brads along with my larger chipboard pieces and if you notice, the arrows start from the left and draw your attention down to the doorknob...

...which you can now open to reveal the inventor!

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