Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Winner of Alice Package!

On June 10th, we celebrated Mad Hatter Day with a blog hop and a bit of a puzzle!

Almost everyone who played got the correct quote:

"Why is a raven like a writing-desk?"

Even the Hatter doesn't have an answer to this one! Actually, Carroll never intended it to be a solvable riddle. He did bow to public pressure and an answer was added to the 1896 preface of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

He wrote:

"Enquiries have been so often addressed to me, as to whether any answer to the Hatter’s Riddle can be imagined, that I may as well put on record here what seems to me to be a fairly appropriate answer, viz: "Because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front!". This, however, is merely an afterthought; the Riddle as originally invented, had no answer at all".

Note that Carroll intentionally spells never incorrectly so that it is actually "raven" backwards thus creating another play on words.

Other puzzle maniacs have tried to come up with other solutions. The one I like the best is:

"Because Poe wrote on both".

Big Congratulations to

Vicki from Ohio

who got the correct answer to our riddle!

We've already emailed the winner and her package is on its way!

We hope everyone had a ton of fun with our blog hop! We would like to thank our Design Team, the Gingers, for coming up with such creative pieces and we would also like to thank our larger group of Gingersnappers who helped us keep the blog hop going by adding so many wonderous pieces of their own!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Elina Koutsouradi: Crepe Ribbon Tutorial

Hi there crafty girls!

I am excited to show you an easy tutorial on how to creat your own Crepe Ribbon to embellish your projects!!

- First of all get some white Crepe paper (duh). Here, I have cut a piece about 6x12 inches.

- Ink your stamp with ink, you can use whichever as it doesn't have to be Staz-on for what we are doing. (I have checked it)

- I have firstly used a word stamp to create a background. Do not worry if your stamping isn't crisp, it won't show.

- Then get a second stamp (or a third, or as many as you want) and stamp on top of your stamped background. Here I have randomly stamped some hearts.

- Get your sprays out. You can use glimmer mists (as I do here) or Colorwash or Maya mists, or diluted inks, whatever you have!!

- And make sure you use more than one color!! And just spray as much as you want all over.

- Leave your crepe paper to dry completely, and try not to touch it all the time, you don't want it get ripped!
- When it is dry, it is durable enough to work with it again. You can do more stamping if you want to or doodle or spray.

- Fold it, or roll it so you can start cutting your crepe ribbon faster.

- Start cutting your paper every 3/4 or 1 inch or as wide as you want it.

- Unfold and you are ready. You have your super inexpensive crepe ribbon with the colors you like and match your project.

Use your new ribbon to make ruffles, create flowers or an interesting textured background to your project!

Here is what I have made... It's an award medallion for myself to wear when crafting!! lol

I would love to see you play with this technique!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Art Exchange Reminder

The deadline for joining the current Gingersnaps Art Exchange is fast approaching - July 1. This is a popular exchange, but there is room for a few more players. We welcome participants from all around the world.


Format: Artist Trading Card - 3.5" x 2.5"
Theme: "Soar"
Media: Any but should include some stamping
Number of Pieces: 4 for 4
Sign-Ups/Withdrawals: by July 1, 2010
Due Date: July 15, 2010

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 is quick and easy.

If you have any questions, you can drop us a line at gingersnapstamp@gmail.com.

Tutorial: Mobile in an envelope by Joanne Wardle

I was inspired by this month's flight theme to make this mobile which fits down into an envelope so that it can be posted like a card. I decided to use the new Bee stamps from Jo Capper-Sandon's range at Stampotique, available from Happy Daze in the UK.

First of all stamp out the medium bee and small bee (which come on one duo stamp) 10 times each, and cut out leaving a small border.

colour the bodies and glitter the wings

on a piece of white card draw a small spiral,
and cut out. don't worry to much about the handcut look, there is a quick way to improve this later
cover just one side with Paper
now, to make the hanging bits you will need some invisible thread, (although gold, silver or coloured thread could look equally effective), silicone glue and some beads.

tie two beads to the thread leaving a gap of about 3" between them, and plenty of thread on one side.
apply a blob of silicone glue to a small bee, lie the thread across it
add the other bee. do this between the two beads. repeat this for the large bee above the bead
so you have something that looks like this:
And repeat 4 more times.

On the plain side of your spiral decide where you want you bees to hang. place some double sided sticky tape over the points and make a hole with a sewing needle

thread the needle with the bee hangings, thread from the pattern side to the plain side an attach to the sticky tape, cover with another piece of sticky tape.

now cover the plain side with patterned paper and carefully cut around the spiral, MAKE SURE YOU DON'T CUT THE THREADS!!!

now the trick to reduce the handcut appearance... an emery board. file all the edges.
it really works!
make a hole in the centre and tie a ribbon through and hang.

now make an envelope. using the diameter of your spiral at it's maximum point, and a small amount and draw a square. using a compass draw a semi-circle on each side, and cut out
fold up with the ribbon sticking out
The recipient should be able to lift the mobile straight out of the envelope.

This could of course be done with all sorts of images, butterflies would work particuarly well.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Reasons to Stamp in July

Each month on Gingersnaps we give you lots of good reasons to stamp. Here are some ideas to keep you busy in July.


Birthstone: Ruby

Created by Sharon Briss

Zodiac Signs: Cancer and Leo

Flowers: Larkspur and Waterlily

Created by Ali Manning

Created by Ali Manning


1. Canada Day

Created by Sharon Briss

4. US Independence Day

Created by Lynn Stevens

7. Chocolate Day

10. Teddy Bear's Picnic Day

Created by Joanne Wardle

11. Barn Day

Created by Lynn Stevens

Created by Ali Manning

13. Embrace Your Geekness Day

Created by Laura Liddell

17. Cow Appreciation Day
19. National Hug Your Kid Day
20. Chess Day
23. Gorgeous Grandma Day

Created by Sharon Briss

Created by Sharon Briss

24. National Day of the Cowboy

Created by Lynn Stevens

29. Rain Day

30. Father-in-law Day

Created by Hels Sheridan

Weeks & Months to Remember

15 - 21 Rabbit Week

Created by Laura Liddell

Created by Lynn Stevens

Blueberry Month
Family Golf Month
National Grilling Month

National Ice Cream Month

Created by Sharon Briss

Tour de France Month

Created by Lynn Stevens

July Inspiration Words


Created by Sharon Briss


Created by Ali Manning


Created by Katy Fox

Created by Lynn Stevens

Rock N Roll

Created by Laura Liddell

We hope we've inspired you to get stamping!

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