Friday, September 30, 2011

Wrap-Up - GCSP09: Previous Art Exchange

Way to take on our prior art exchanges! Hope everyone had a lot of fun! Your art was inspiring.

Our randomly drawn Home Page Artist this week is

Congratulations, Debi! 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 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 Inkspired
Ginger Gems


Artwork by Electra

Artwork by Diane Ladd

Artwork by Louise LePierres


Artwork by Louise LePierres

Artwork by Valerie-Jael

Special Guests

Artwork by our very own Ginger
Petra Berendsen

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

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fond Farewell to Linda Ledbetter

Today, we say goodbye to Linda Ledbetter whose stylish art has always been inspirational. Linda is leaving us to concentrate more on her amazing and successful Grungy Monday challenges! We've enjoyed Linda's time with us. Her art has always displayed wonderful design, often with a touch of whimsy and humor.

Enjoy some of the fantastic art Linda has shared with us over the years!


We wish Linda every success in whatever new endeavors she puts her hand to! Have a ton of fun, Linda!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wrap-Up - GC116: Primary Colors

Great bright and bold creations everyone! Thanks to all who played! Your art was brilliant.

Thanks to The Stamping Boutique for their generous sponsorship of this challenge! The winner receives 3 digital stamps from the The Stamping Boutique store.


Our randomly drawn Home Page Artist this week is Yvonne

Congratulations, Yvonne. Please email us at gingersnapstamp@gmail.com with your contact details by October 18, 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.

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, September 26, 2011

Astrid Maclean: Halloween Treat Cone Tutorial

Hello fellow Ginger Snap creative folk,
This is Astrid with my second tutorial for the month of September.

As Halloween is getting closer and friendship is the theme this month I decided to create a project that could be a gift for a friend this Halloween and called it “Halloween Treat Cone”.

Here is a template to create your cone, I have sized it so it will fit an A4 or 8.5 by 11” piece of cardstock.

This is what you do:
1. Print the template onto a white piece of cardstock
2. Decorate as you like (in a moment I will give you the description of how I decorated mine)
3. Score and fold along the glue-strip
4. If you want a triangular shaped cone, score along the dotted line
5. If you want a round cone, omit this step
6. Add strong adhesive to the glue-strip, and fold into a cone taking care to make a sharp point at the bottom
7. Punch 3 equally spaced holes along the top, about ¼ to ½” from the top rim
8. Thread through ribbon or string, fill with Halloween treats and your gift is ready.

You could also make several smaller cones of course and hang them to make great Halloween decorations.



This is how I made my cone:
I printed the template onto white card stock and cut it out. I painted the one side with dark orange acrylic paint and then decoupaged the top layer of a Halloween paper napkin onto this and trimmed it around the template shape. I then lined the inside with a piece of paper from the Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby collection. I scored the dotted lines and folded and glued my piece into a triangular cone. I glued the lacy edge of a paper doily along the top and used some Tim Holtz tissue tape to create a kind of border about a good half inch from the top edge, making small folds to follow the rounded shape of the edge. I used stamps from the Artistic Outpost Haunted Halloween set to create the images on the three sides, and further embellished with some burgundy roses and ribbon from Wild Orchid Crafts
The little metal embellishment was made by embossing a piece of silver mirri card with a cuttlebug embossing folder. This was then painted black with acrylic paint and immediately wiped off again with a bit of kitchen paper. That way bits of paint get stuck in the embossed bits and give the faux rusty look. The actual shape was then die cut.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

GCAE#9: Holiday Ornament Art Exchange

It's time for another Gingersnap Creations Art Exchange and with the holidays just a couple of months away, we will be creating and trading

Holiday Ornaments


A huge thank you to Laura Liddell for creating all these beautiful ornaments to inspire you!

Details

Media: holiday themed ornament - minimum size 2" x 2" - any shape
Theme: any seasonal holiday that you celebrate
Style: Any but must include some stamping and be more than one layer,
Number of Pieces: 4 for 4
Sign-Ups/Withdrawals: by November 1, 2011
Due Date: November 15, 2011

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. The membership process, including a short questionnaire, is quick and easy. Once you've requested membership, be sure to look for your questionnaire in your email and return it to us ASAP so that we can process your request!






Sign up today and share your art with your fellow Gingersnappers!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Jean Franks Beck: Spotlight Panel Tutorial

The focus is on spotlighting this month during our tribute to Gal Pals, and I thought I'd show you another quick and simple way to spotlight images on your cards. For this technique, you will need a blank white or ivory cardstock card base, black waterproof ink (such as Ranger Archival Ink), Distress Inks (or any other coloring medium you might prefer - markers, pencils, etc.), Post-It Removable Labels (or other means of masking your image - large regular post-its will work okay, too), a grid ruler, and some favorite rubber stamps. For my card, I used Viva Las VegaStamps' Four Tulips image and Friends Are The Flowers sentiment.

Start by stamping your image onto the cardstock in black ink. I stamped my image twice, so that it covered the majority of the space. I also stamped the sentiment.


Next, use a grid ruler to line up a Post-It Removable Label to cover the left portion of your image:

Use a ruler to do the same on the right side of your card, using the post-it to keep the card in place as well. Be sure that you have "framed" a pretty portion of your image that you wish to highlight:

Because I wanted to use Distress Inks, I need to mask my image so that I could do the background of the flowers first. I simply stamped the image onto another post-it note, cut it out, and masked the tulips. I burnished all of the edges of the post-its with a bone folder - you could use a ruler or your fingernails, too.

Next, fill in the background of your image with color. Make sure to color right up to the edges of the post-its!

Remove the mask from the main part of your image and color it in, again, remembering to color right up to the edge of your post-its so that the edges of the spotlight panel are well delineated:

When you're done coloring, carefully remove the post-it labels... and have fun with the "reveal:"

And there you have it - an easy alternative to the traditional spotlight technique, and a fast way to add color without having to color your entire image. Hope you can give it a try!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Wrap-Up - GC115: Tribute to Teens

Wow! Creativity was overflowing for this fun challenge! Thanks to all who submitted! Your art was fabulous.

Thanks to The Stamping Boutique for their generous sponsorship of this challenge! The winner receives 3 digital stamps from the The Stamping Boutique store.


Our randomly drawn Home Page Artist this week is


Congratulations, Merethe. Please email us at gingersnapstamp@gmail.com with your contact details by October 11, 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 Rockin'
Ginger Gems



Artwork by Louise L.



Artwork by Meggymay




Artwork by Tine



Artwork by Jenni



Artwork by Donna



Artwork by Shelby



Artwork by Sue B


Artwork by Jo Capper-Sandon


Artwork by Inkypinkycraft


Artwork by Sarah Cooper


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 Random Redhead Challenge.

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