Friday, December 30, 2011

GCAE#10: Twinchie Art Exchange

Welcome to another Gingersnap Creations Art Exchange! This time around we're asking you to get out your scraps and create some vintage inspired

TWINCHIES



Details:

Format:
Twinchies - 2" x 2" squares - made from scraps. Include more than one layer and a sturdy base.
Theme: Any theme
Style: Vintage
Number of Pieces: 6 for 6
Sign-Ups/Withdrawals: by February 15, 2012
Due Date: February 29, 2012

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!

If you live in the UK, Gingersnaps DT member, Laura Liddell will receive and mail out your artwork to save you some postage.

If you have any questions, please email alimanning@charter.net.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wrap-Up - GCSP10: Thank You Notes

We are all so grateful that so many of you took time to play the Blue Moon Thank You Challenge during the holiday season! All your thank you notes were outstanding!

The randomly drawn Home Page Artist this week is

Congratulations, Amy. 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 Gracious
Ginger Gems

Artwork by Mynette


Artwork by Zoechaos


Artwork by Margie Kemper


Artwork by Mary Ann Potter


Artwork by Peggy G


Artwork by Electra


Artwork by Cheri


Artwork by Debi Ryan


Artwork by Beverly G.


Artwork by Nancy Johnson

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

More great new challenges coming in 2012!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Wrap-Up - GC128: Yellow, Red and Brown

Great use of our rustic colors from all our players! Thanks to all who submitted!

Thanks to Rogue Redhead Designs for their generous sponsorship of this challenge! The winner receives a US$15.00 gift certificate to the Rogue Redhead Designs store.


Our randomly drawn Home Page Artist this week is

Cathy Calamas
of
A Surcee Life


Congratulations, Cathy. Please email us at gingersnapstamp@gmail.com with your contact details by January 17, 2012 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 Colorful
Ginger Gems

Artwork by Aimeslee


Artwork by Alie

Artwork by Cindy

Artwork by Ellie

Artwork by Esther

Artwork by Gerda

Artwork by MusAnna

Artwork by Nancy

Artwork by Sharon

Artwork by Silvia


Special Guests

Artwork by Gingersnaps DT Member Trisha Too

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, December 26, 2011

Barbara Lindsey of PWA: Glass Block Tutorial

We are delighted to have another fabulous tutorial from the talented Pennywise Arts team. Today, they are going to show you how to turn a simple glass block into some beautiful decor item! Instructions were written by Barb Lindsey and the artwork created by Suzanne Glazier.


Here's Barbara to show you how!

Supplies:
  • Glass Block (Glass blocks can be purchased at most building supply stores, i.e., Home Depot, Lowe's)
  • Drill
  • 1/2 inch Ceramic Tile Masonry Drill Bit
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue
  • Graphic of your choice (You can print a graphic on regular text paper, use a pretty tissue paper, stamp your own design on text weight paper or even use a decorative napkin)
  • O'So Sticky Tape Sheets & Roll
  • Set of Christmas Lights (Depending on the size block anywhere from a string of 20 up to a string of 50. Look for them at a dollar store)
  • Micro Beads Clear
Tip:
Remember that O'So Sticky Tape likes to be warm. It's a good idea to heat the surface of your block with a heat tool before you add the tape for best adhesion of micro beads.

If your graphic is very fine in detail, you might want to use the Ultra Fine size of micro beads. This will keep the image from distorting too much.

Instructions for cutting the hole provided by Barb's DH:

CAUTION: Use safety glasses; wear protective clothing, and a respiratory mask. Glass flakes are not good for the human body. Also, these blocks do shatter easily, so be careful! Barb's dh uses a drill press with a 1/2 inch Ceramic Tile Masonry drill bit. Set the drill press at the lowest speed. GO SLOW AND STEADY. When the bit cuts into the block there is an intake of air. At this point use a Dremel tool with a Ceramic Tile Masonry bit to enlarge the hole to the desired size. 1/2 inch. (Big enough for the string of lights to go in and out). There will be glass dust in the block you can rinse it out with water and drain.

Instructions:

1. Clean surface of glass block with alcohol. If you want to clean the sides you can, but the ribbon will cover them.

2. Lights. Remember to test your lights before using them. Feed the string of lights into the block leaving the plug on the outside. If you like you can try to manipulate them with a dowel to distribute them more evenly.

3. Measure the surface of the block to size your graphic. Remember that the lights shine through the graphic. For best results avoid dark colors and too much of one color. Center your graphic on your block and apply with adhesive of choice. Make sure you burnish it down good.

4. To apply micro beads, put O'So Sticky Tape over the image and pour beads onto it. It's good to use a tray to catch them in!

5. Finish your block with a ribbon if you like. Or you can add any embellishments. Wrap the ribbon around the block and attach it anyway you like. (Hot Glue works great!) Then make a pretty bow for the top!


Thanks Barbara for such a great idea and thanks to Suzanne for creating such gorgeous examples.

We have been very fortunate to have the Pennywise team sharing all their fabulous ideas with us all month! While, this is their last tutorial on Gingersnap Creations for this year, be sure to check out the amazing tutorial archive on the Pennywise Arts website for more great ideas!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Holiday Greetings from the Gingers

The Gingers would like to wish everyone a fun and festive holiday season!

Artwork by Sharon Briss


Artwork by Ali Manning


Artwork by Laura Liddell


Artwork by Jean Franks Beck


Artwork by Annette Goatley


Artwork by Stephanie Severin


Artwork by Jean Franks Beck



Artwork by Petra Berendsen

Have an amazing day!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Suzanne Glazier and Julie Imsland of PWA: More Beaded Winter Votive

Today, we will be presenting another great project from the talented Pennywise Art's team! First, Suzanne Glazier will show us how to create a basic beaded votive wrap and then Julie Imsland will show you how you can customize this design! Her project is really gorgeous! We're sure you'll keep coming back to these wonderful tutorials!

Here's Suzanne first with the Basic Beaded Votive Wrap!

Supply List:
Step 1:
Cut Out The Paper Template and Punch Guide. Cut the colored cardstock to match the paper template and score the lines onto the cardstock as indicated on the punch guide. (Once you cut your paper template you no longer need that piece of the pattern

Step 2:
This is how your colored cardstock should look!

Step 3:
This is the trickiest part but I know you can do it! Use removable double stick tape or paper clips to hold the punch guide to your cardstock. Your colored cardstock should be lined up behind the open (white) portion of the punch guide - see how it fits there? Once you have secured the punch guide to your cardstock you are ready to punch perfect square windows and feet! Turn your punch over so that you can see the black squares through the bottom of the punch. Line those up and punch it.

Step 4:
Cut four pieces of heavy vellum paper in 2" squares and stamp on them! These will take longer to dry - you can use a heat gun if necessary - but be careful not to scorch them! Stamp the outside of your lantern now too!
Step 5:
Cut FOUR 2" squares of O'So Sticky Tape Sheets. Peel one liner and place on the BACK side of each of the stamped vellum pieces. NOT over the top of your stamping - but on the BACK! Peel the second liners on each and bead with clear micro beads. Putting the beads on the back will make a pretty raindrop reflection on the vellum when your candle is lit!

The Finishing Touches!
Using 1/4" O'So Sticky Tape, attach the vellum squares to the inside of the windows with the stamped side facing out - the beaded side facing the back.

Secure the tab with 1/4" O'So Sticky Tape, making sure that the tab edges are lined up evenly.

Here's how Suzanne finished hers.

Place your lantern over a glass votive candle holder with a tea light candle inside. Light the candle, turn off the lights and enjoy your romantic creation!

Caution: Never leave burning candles unattended!

Now, let's see how Julie Imsland finished off her votive wrap using the same technique but turned it into a beautiful Winter decoration!

Julie Imsland is well known for her collection of punches and the amazing fact that she actually uses them often!

Check out this wonderful beaded winter votive that she created.

Julie really took the idea to a whole new level of “Wow” with the darling small town border punch! Julie also added more dimension by raising the tree scene along the bottom with foam tape.

Supplies:
  • Stickles™ Frosted Lace Glitter Glue
  • Ek Success Alpine Trail Edger Punch
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Frosty Village Edge Punch
She started with Suzanne Glazier's Beaded Votive Wrap Tutorial (shown above) and created her own finishing touches! Follow the directions for the Beaded Votive Wrap, stopping just before “The Finishing Touches!" step and then follow the directions below.

Punch Frosty Village border along the top edge of the votive wrap.

Using 1/4" O'So Sticky Tape, attach the vellum squares to the inside of the windows with the stamped side facing out - the beaded side facing the back.

Secure the tab with 1/4" O'So Sticky Tape, making sure that the tab is lined up evenly.

Punch Alpine Trail (tree) border along a narrow strip (1-3/8” wide) of matching cardstock.

Apply Frosted Lace Stickles to simulate snow on the tree strip and the village border. Set aside to allow Stickles to dry.

Once dry, apply small pieces of foam tape to the back of the tree strip. Beginning under the windows at one corner of the votive wrap, temporarily clip the tree strip to one side of the wrap, crease at the corner (allowing room for the foam tape); continue around the wrap in this manner fitting the tree strip. Trim the end with approx. ¼” to lap under the beginning of the strip.

Now starting at the under lap of the tree strip, remove any clips and adhere the strip with the foam tape around the bottom of the votive wrap windows. *Note that the strip does not cover the “feet” of the votive wrap.

Use a piece of the 1/4” O’So Sticky Tape to secure the end of the tree strip over the lapped end.

Place your votive wrap over a glass candle holder with a tea light candle inside, I especially like the little battery votives that flicker like a real candle, but don’t need the constant attention of a burning candle.

Turn off the lights and enjoy your creation!

Look through your punches, and see what other designs you can use for other seasons of the year. These look great on a mantel, or as a special touch on a dining table at each place setting.

To see more variations from the whole Pennywise Arts team, check out samples from the original tutorial.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sharon Briss: Modern Menorah

e are in the midst of Chanukah, the beautiful Holiday of Lights. I have always admired the wide variety of menorahs available from dignified and antique to marvelous and modern. From formal to fun, these beautiful candelabras are always a delight.

This year, I decided to add a little modern flair to our holiday table with a modern menorah! It was as easy as One-Two-Bead.


It started with a very simple idea and nine round candles. To make your own, you'll need 9 candles, 1/2" blue ribbon, 1/2" double-sided tape, 1/4" double-sided tape and some Pennywise glass microbeads.

To begin, I measured the ribbon around the candle and cut it so that it overlapped slightly. I then cut 8 more strips of ribbon the same length.

I then attached the 1/2" double-sided tape to the back of each piece of ribbon.

I then attached the second smaller piece of double-sided tape to the front, centering it in the middle of the ribbon.

Next, I took the protective coating off the small ribbon and poured microbeads over it, being careful to catch all the extras in a tray.

All that is left to do is to attach the ribbon around each candle.

Once complete, arrange all 9 candles onto a decorative plate and you are done!

As with any decorative candle, do not let it burn down to the decoration and never leave candles of any kind unattended!

May the season of holiday lights bring cheer and warmth to your home!

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