Monday, March 29, 2010

Farewell from the March Muse - Lynn Montcrieff

As March draws to a close my term as March Muse is complete. It has been a privilege to spend this time at Gingersnap Creations and an honour to be the first Muse. Everyone has made me feel so welcome and I would like to say thank you for the wonderful comments that have been posted. Ali and Shar, thank you so much for handing me this wonderful opportunity.

Here's one final project I'd like to share with you:

  • Spray lace/net with Adirondack Butterscotch Colourwash, laying thin white card underneath to create a pattern on the card. Leave to dry.
  • Stamp Flapper from The Stampsmith onto cream glossy cardstock.
  • Tint with Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade and Tea Dye.
  • Gently spray Adirondack Espresso Colourwash onto image creating a mottled effect.
  • Distress image by abrading the edges and use an emery board to distress further. Sponge ink onto edges.
  • Layer a printed transparency onto the lace adding the stamped image on top.
  • Add cream lace to the top of the panel.
  • Attach three beads onto a florist's pin and attach this to the lace.
  • Tear a piece of the prepared cardstock and stamp Au Revoir.
  • Cut a thin strip of orange tulle and thread through a vintage button. Adhere to panel.
I eagerly await the introduction of the next Muse, their artwork and the artwork of all the Muses to follow.

Thank you,

Lynn Montcrieff

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Farewell Erika

We are bidding a fond farewell to one of our original Design Team members, Erika Taylor. We want to thank her for all her hard work and the awesome things she has created for us. She is a busy lady and currently serves on numerous Design Teams, including Queen Kat Designs and The Paper Temptress. So, you'll still see her out there in blogland continuing to share her beautiful work.

It's always easy to spot one of Erika's projects in the challenge posts. Her cards feature lots of jewel tones, embellishments and textures. This girl really knows how to layer it up and with such great results!

Here is a sampling of some of the gorgeous work that Erika has created for Gingersnaps during her term. Enjoy!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Reasons to Stamp in April

There are plenty of reasons to celebrate and be creative during the month of April! Here are some ideas to get you started.

The symbols for April are:

Birthstone - Diamond

Flower - Daisy and Sweet Pea

Zodiac - Aires (March 21 - April 19) and Taurus (April 20 to May 20)
Celtic Months: Alder Moon (March 18 - April 14) and Willow Moon (April 15 - May 12)

The well-known holidays during this month are:

1 - April Fool's Day

4 - Easter

22 - Earth Day

But how about the less well-known holidays:

1 - Poetry and Creative Mind Day
7 - National Day of Hope
10 - Every Day is Earth Day
12 - Walk on Your Wild Side

14 - National Be Kind to Lawyers Day
17 - Blah, Blah, Blah Day

23 - Talk like Shakespeare Day
25 - Red Hat Society Day

30 - Hairstylist Appreciation Day

April is also:

Celebrate Diversity Month
Couple Appreciation Month

Frog Month
Jazz Appreciation Month
National Garden Month

National Poetry Month
National Kite Month

During April, you can celebrate:

National Week of the Ocean (4 - 10)

National Karaoke Week (11 - 17)
National Volunteer Week (18 - 24)
National Dance Week (23 - May 2)

If you need even more inspiration, here are some Springboard Words to get your creative juices flowing:





Happy Spring and Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Wrap Up - GC44: Birthday

Thanks to everyone for making our Birthday month truly special! We've spent some wonderful time so far admiring the art of some amazing Gingersnappers, some who have been here from the beginning and some that are brand-new!

This is our last challenge with a blog candy prize, so I won't keep you in suspense too long! Our randomly drawn winner is

Queen of Grunge

Congratulations, Gerrie - you are our randomly drawn winner this week!

Your card will be showcased on the Home Page of the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group as well as on the sidebar on the blog. You have also won this beautiful Flower Lace Border from
The Artistic Stamper who generously sponsored this challenge!

Please contact us at to claim your blog candy by April 23, 2010!

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.

I have to say that the task of picking the Ginger Gems gets harder and harder every week!

Without further ado, here's our newest

Ginger Gems

Artwork by Gini

Artwork by Karen

Artwork by Linda

Artwork by Sita

Artwork by Linda

Artwork by Libeeti

Artwork by Steph

Please join us tomorrow for our new Random Redhead Challenge!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

All Wrapped Up - Jo Capper-Sandon

As this will be one of my last opportunities to contribute as a member of the team for a little while, I thought I'd use the title of 'All Wrapped Up' as not only is it in keeping with the Birthday theme (wrapping :0) ) but describes the method in this tutorial and also wraps things up nicely for me here.

I'd like to show you a very quick and simple way in which to create your own individual backgrounds. This maybe something that you've seen before in the past, but if, like me, you forget some of these ideas and techniques along the way, I hope it will be welcome reminder.

1.First of all gather all your materials. You'll need a heavyweight plain paper or thin card, string, cord or ribbon of some sort, sticky tape and spray paints or inks.

2. Tape the string to one end of the card and wind randomly, criss-crossing as you go and changing angles. Add another piece of sticky tape at the end to hold in place.

3. Lay your string bound card onto a plastic sheet (teflon sheet, plastic bag, bin bag etc). Spray your chosen colour/s. I also used a scrap of sequin waste to spray through too as it was handy on my desk!

4. Set aside to dry. Meanwhile soak up any excess sprayed paint that landed onto the poly sheet onto white card as this will also come in handy for something else no doubt and will save you getting all the sprays etc out again.

5. Unwrap the string.

Now you have your patterned string effect background to use in your card making along with an added extra splashy bonus!

I made a couple of examples to show you from the results of the string technique above.

...and a speedy quick make using the splashy effect.

I hope you'll give this a try sometime as its a fun technique with fast results.

For stamp details please check out my blog.

Jo Capper-Sandon x

Friday, March 19, 2010

Birthday Blog Candy Bonanza Winner

Thanks to everyone for playing along with us and spreading the word about our Birthday celebrations here on Gingersnap Creations!!

We know you all want to know who won this great bunch of stamps and paper so without further delay, we would like to congratulate

who is our randomly drawn winner from the qualifying entries! You just won this wonderful selection of blog candy!

Please contact us at to claim your blog candy by April 19, 2010!

Once again, we would like to thank all our wonderful sponsors from last year!

Thanks go to:

Thanks to all these generous companies and to the awesome stampers who run them! We really appreciate all you did and we had an awesome time with each and every one of you!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Celebrate Spring with the March Muse

Here is another fabulous project from our March Muse, Lynne Montcrieff:

Here's how it was created:

Step 1: Paint a piece of artist sheet canvas with household paint.

Step 2: Make spray ink from walnut crystals and red food coloring. Decant into a spray bottle and spray onto painted canvas.

Step 3: Stamp image onto watercolor paper. Paint with Neocolor II and spray with ink created in step 2. Stick to painted canvas.

Step 4: Gather fabric, pressed flower, gauze and other items to embellish hanging. Attach to canvas to finish the piece.

To find out more about Lynne, read this great interview with her and to see more of Lynne's work visit her blog, Adorn.


  • Stamps: Collage Lady (Time to Stamp)
  • Paper: Artist canvas sheet, watercolor paper
  • Ink/Paint: Household emulsion paint, Neocolor II water soluble crayons, walnut crystals, Timber Brown Stazon, Daler Rowney Pearlescent Medium
  • Embellishments: Tassel, orange and green trim, wooden pegs, pressed flower, fleece blanket (used to protect plants from frost) & fabric scraps,

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