Sunday, May 1, 2011

Letting Loose with the Wild West

Last month, we traveled across the globe to the Far East! This month, we're traveling back in time to America's Wild West with a focus on, what else? masking!

Artwork by Sharon Briss

May is an exciting time for us as we welcome our May Challenge Sponsor - the Technique Junkie Newsletter! Be prepared for some amazing prizes from Pat Huntoon, the original Technique Junkie! Wait! That's not all! The tremendous Technique Junkie Design team will be playing along with our challenges this month! Look for their posts on Thursdays!

If you are not familiar with this wonderful publication, you can find more information at

We are also honored to have Amy Kinsch of Beeswax Stamps with us this month as our May Muse! You can see her extraordinary stamp art and her new passion, her gorgeous lampwork beads at her blog, Chatterbox.

We are also pleased to welcome our Visiting Artists for May who will be sharing their fantastic art and creativity with us in our challenges! We are delighted to have Electra, Toni Burks and Sue Drees with us this month!

We'll be lassoing up some great posts and tutorials for you in the upcoming month including:

~ our 4 regular challenges: Chestnut Theme, Spicy Supply, Random Redhead and Color

~ 4 more wrap-ups with more stunning Ginger Gem art and 4 new Home Page Artists

~ a Muse Spotlight with Beeswax Stamps owner, Amy Kinsch, as well as some wonderful posts from Amy herself

~ an Industry Spotlight interview with Pat Huntoon, creator of the Technique Junkie Newsletter

~ some fabulous new projects from our Gingers including new posts by Stephanie Severin, Laura Liddell and Annette Goatley

~ another new column by Contributing Artist, Alexa Noble


~ the announcement of our latest and greatest art exchange!

Checking in with our Gingersnappers

Things are never dull with our Yahoo Group members, the Gingersnappers! Every month, we've been having special content just for the Yahoo Group. Here's a glimpse of some of what we were up to in April.

We had a sketch challenge:

Here's Sharon's take on the sketch:

and Beverly G's version on our design:

We also had our Technique of the Month - Wet Paper Embossing.

Here's Beverly G's take on this techique:

And Shar's:

We just finished our biggest and most international Art Exchange to date! The pieces for the Heart Coasters Exchange were just magnificent! We had submissions from the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Sri Lanka and New Zealand!

Artwork by Valerie-Jael

Artwork by Lesley

Artwork by Krisha

Artwork by Electra

Artwork by Suzanne

Watch for our next art exchange being announced tomorrow!

If you want to get in on the fun in our GC Yahoo Group or sign up for one of our Art Exchanges, why not become a Gingersnapper yourself and join our group? The membership process is easy and the fellowship is fantastic!

We hope you join us for our trip into the Wild West!


  1. wow great post with lots of info and eye candy! Great new theme for May!!

  2. I found you at Carol Maes blog! I am a lover of ginersnap's and your blog title caught my attention! But I knew you would be a crafty talented soul so here I am drinking in all the coolness of your blog! Thanks for sharing.
    If you have an interest in helping a fellow blogger for know folks who want to help please visit the Polka Dot Barn. Jan is traveling with her daughter to give a helping hand at a women's shelter. She wants to give each woman and child a tag or card while there. I am passing this info along. Thanks again for sharing your beautiful blog with us. Anne

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  4. Great post! And, yeehaw, time to let my inner cowgirl out to play! Love the new theme,

  5. Well this could be very good for me - I have two different sets of horse stamps that I haven't taken out of their plastic, some star punches, and some leather, all which have definite potential with a western theme. Bring it on!

  6. What a fabulous new theme!! Can't wait to see what the new visiting artists create (as I am familiar with them and already admire their work!). Looking forward to a month full of inspiration!! :)

  7. I am always amazed by the abundance of talent here.


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