Wednesday, June 30, 2010

On the CASE: Part One

Today, on Gingersnap Creations, it's time for another Once in a Blue Moon Challenge. These challenges which happen only once every 3 months or so, generally send our Gingersnappers into our archives but this time we decided to send them out to blogs of our Design Team, the Gingers.

The mission for this challenge? To CASE (Copy and Steal Everything) a Ginger! Of course, you have to make the piece your own with your own colors, images, paper and style but our inspiring inkers are a great place to get some fabulous ideas.

I decided to CASE three of my fellow Gingers. This first card is a total rip-off of a much prettier card by my great frend and awesome stamper, Debby Boltman. In addition to being part of the Gingersnap Creations Design Team, Debby is also on the Design Teams for Hearts in Touch, Paper Temptress, and Squigglefly.

Click here to see the actual card and how Debby taught me to add those wonderful dots. She is so creative with her materials!

What really drew me to this card was Debby's excellent use of color and her fantastic design touches. She adds lots of visual interest through subtle use of texture and embellishments. I also liked the whimsical image that she chose which gives the card a really fun feel.

Here's what I did:

Stamps: bear and snowflakes from DoodleFactory Santa's Sweet Shop plate and flourish from DoodleFactory Fairy Tale plate (Starving Artistamps)
Cardstock: sky blue and green crepe ruche (PaperTemptress); Night of Navy and Whisper White(Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: B26, B41, C1, C3, C5, E35, R11, YG95, YG97, YR24
Embellishments: 6 self-adhesive rhinestones

Now, CASEing someone else's work sounds really easy, but believe me it is definitely a challenge! Why not play along with us and see some fabulous and inspiring art along the way?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Canvas Capers

I've finished my first least I think it's finished. I went off to the studio today and got to put some more touches on my works in progress.

I noticed that Theme Thursday's challenge this week was collage! Perfect! It gave me the push I needed to stop fiddling with this piece and call it done.

I had a lot of fun with this 5" x 7" canvas. I painted it with a couple of colors of blue and blended in some brass as well as stenciling a fleur de lis in the center. Taking the fleur de lis as my jumping off point, I added a collage image of Marie Antoinette. As fate would have it, my ephemera included a page from an old french text which discussed the ill-fated queen. I added some of my favorite paper and pulled out a dictionary card with "la fille" on it, a peacock charm which I painted gold and a couple of wooden fleur de lis. As I was almost done, I found the "Trial Credits" envelope and thought it would be interesting to add it in considering Marie Antoinette's end.

Now, I just need to finish my other 6 painted canvases... good thing it's Summer!

Monday, June 28, 2010

French Phrasing

Okay, the phrases aren't french, but the background definitely is. I got crazy with the Color Wash and my new Tattered Angels stencil.

These cards are for the Blues & Greens Color Challenge at Our Creative Corner.

A little closer look:

Embrace Desire and Inspire Passion Notecards
Stamps: sentiments (Invoke Arts)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla and Night of Navy (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Adirondack Color Wash - Bottle (Ranger)
Other: fleur de lis mask (Tattered Angels); 4 green eyelets per card; Crop-a-Dile

Here's wishing you a day filled with inspiration and passion for art!


Last week, Ali and I went on a road trip to my favorite stamp store, Absolutely Everything. I was only supposed to be getting supplies for the studio but I couldn't resist these cute stamps from Impression Obsession!

I really liked the color scheme from the tag I just made, so I decided to use the same paper and cardstock for this card. I loved the simple lines of this sweet stamp so I kept the card fairly simple too. I used a tip from Ali's 10 Ways to Use Ribbon Scraps post on Gingersnap Creations and stamped my sentiment right on my ribbon scrap. I really liked the effect especially as the ribbon had such cool edging. I colored the birds in softly with a watercolor pencil and used a blender pen to smooth out the lines.

Sweet Nest
Bird Cage Pyramid and sentiment (Impression Obsession)
Paper: Liberty from Savannah line (7 Gypsies)
Cardstock: River Rock and Ruby Red (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Other: red watercolor pencil (Derwent); 1 1/2" wire-edged ribbon

Hope your home is hopping with sweet tweets today!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Tag Tuesday: #57 Postage

My first try at a Tag Tuesday Challenge. I don't do many tags so bear with me. I started in a whole different direction but ended up with a Peirrot postage stamp image and went from there. I have a thing for harlequins so I got out some harlequin paper too!

Here's the whole tag...I went a little wonky with ribbon...another rare moment for me :)

Pierrot Postage Tag
Stamp: Pierrot Stamp (Invoke Arts); boys in clown costumes (Oxford Impressions)
Collage image: Vintage Postage (Enchanted Mercantile)
Paper: Liberty from the Savannah line (7 Gypsies)
Cardstock: Ruby Red and River Rock (Stampin Up)
Ink: Ruby Red (Stampin Up); Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Embellishments: 1 1/2" wire-edged gold ribbon; 1/2" double-sided red/gold ribbon
Techniques: Vintage Photo Stamping (Technique Junkies)

Be a little crazy and clown around today!

Friday, June 25, 2010

July Inspirations

For today's card, I got inspired by all the great Reasons to Stamp in July on Gingersnap Creations! There's lots of great inky inspiration from The Gingers.

I haven't used my "camping" stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms in awhile so I was happy to break them out for this month's RTS post. I also found some ultra fun camping paper during my last run to my local stamp store, Absolutely Everything, with my best stamp gal pal, Ali.

Here's the simple card I created:

Sweet Outdoors
sign post, sentiment, tent, fire and flashlight from Bear Hugs plate (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Paper: Camping from the Great Outdoors line (Reminisce)
Cardstock: orange (Paper Store); Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: E31, E33, E34, E35, E37, E55, G05, G07, W0, W1, W2, W3, W4, Y38, YG03, YG05, YR04, and YR16
Technique: out-of-the-box (Technique Junkies)

Here's hoping your summer is filled with lots of the Sweet Outdoors!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Furry Father's Day

This image is so perfect for my wonderful husband. The dog also looks like our mutt, if a wee bit smaller than our Polar Bear-like goldie.

To all the fathers who do so much to make their families feel loved, Happy Father's Day!

Furry Father's Day
triple paned scenes (Magenta); sentiment (Impression Obsession)
Paper: blue mottled from scrap bin
Cardstock: Garden Green (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Markers: Garden Green, Blush Blossom, Creamy Caramel, Bashful Blue, Bordering Blue, Not Quite Navy, Apricot Appeal (Stampin Up)
Technique: Marker Watercoloring (Technique Junkies)

Have a Fabulous Father's Day with the ones you love!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Fairy Flight

Yup, another fairy card for the new Random Redhead Challenge on Gingersnap Creations! This one is a variation on a Valentine card I made for my daughter. I love the effect of the pink and chocolate inks.

Absolute Fairy Beauty
flourishes and sentiment from Grunge It Up and Love and Hearts sets (Blockhead Stamps); fairy from Take Flight plate (Blockhead Stamps)
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink (Stampin Up); Timber Brown (StazOn)
Technique: color collage (Technique Junkies)

Hope you have a chance to fly over to Gingersnap Creations and join in! The Gingers have some amazing creations to inspire you!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Light and Fairy

Today, Gingersnap Creations' has a brand-new Random Redhead Challenge - Fairies. I haven't done a Clean and Simple card for awhile so I thought I would try one for this challenge.

I used 3 individual fairy stamps which I lined up and stamped repeatedly across the width of the card. I then colored them with soft Copic colors and added a simple sentiment.

Fairy Wings
3 fairies (Above the Mark); sentiment (Inkadinkado)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: BG10, BG11, E02, E11, G40, G82, YR00, YR23, and YR24

Hope your imagination flies on fairy wings today!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Vicious Creative Circle

Last week, I finally had a chance to clean up my craft room which also doubles as my home office. As you can see, I had quite a task in front of me...and this is only the desk! We won't talk about the floor...or the closet...or the bookshelves.

I worked diligently all day putting things back in drawers, cubbies, closets, binders, and on shelves. I finally achieved my moment of clarity!

With my workspace so nice and clear, I decided to work on my pull-tab card tutorial for Gingersnap Creations and this happened:


Today, I am escaping this vicious circle of chaos, clarity and returning chaos. I am moving roughly half of all these wonderful supplies, tools, canvases, and half-finished altered art pieces off to my new studio space! I will be sharing some space with two wonderful photograpers - one of which is my fabulous husband! I can't wait!

I can't wait to mess up another work surface as I get ready for my first Open Saturday next month! Wish me luck!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Mad Hatter Day Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Gingersnap Creations’ Mad Hatter’s Day Blog Hop and Hop Stop #9!

The Gingers are celebrating Mad Hatter Day and hope that you will hop along with us!

If you’ve already been hopping then hopefully you have just come from Laura at As Happy As....

If you are starting here, welcome! It's a loop so you can start anywhere along the way!

At each stop, you need to collect a word or a hint! There are 10 stops in all starting and ending with the Gingersnap Creations blog where you can get all the specific information and get a peak at the the goodies in the Mad Hatter Giveaway.

When you get all your words, 8 in all, unscramble them to form a quotation from the beloved classic, Alice in Wonderland. Once you have your guess at the quote, email it and your name to by June 25, 2010. We will be picking one lucky winner at random from the correct entries to win the Mad Hatter package! We’ll let you know who won on June 29, 2010.

Package contains one plate of Alice stamps, one single stamp and 3 collage sheets all from Alpha Stamps.

If you visit all the stops, you should end up right back at Gingersnap Creations with 8 words and one hint! Unscramble the words to come up with the correct quote and email it on to That's all there is to it!

If you get lost along the way, you can see the entire route at Gingersnap Creations.

My word is "a".

Your next stop on the hop is Jennie at The Artistic Stamper and she has a hint for you. Have fun and good luck!

Here's what I made with a fantastic template I found on a fabulous blog called Don't Eat the Paste:

Mad Hatter Tea Party Hat
Stamps: Alice Tea Party set (Alpha Stamps)
Cardstock: glossy white cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Tea-Dye, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress Ink); Yellow Ochre, Bisque, Amber Clay, and Olive Pastel (ColorBox Chalk )
Other: clear embossing powder (Judikins); heat tool; multi-colored ribbon; belt buckle; double-sided tape
Technique: faux designer paper (Technique Junkies)
Template: Mad Hatter Hat (Don't Eat the Paste - Printable Mad Hatter Top Hat)

Hope you have fun being hopping mad with the Gingers!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Moving Bird Pull Tab Card

I just posted a tutorial for how to construct the pull tab card below on Gingersnap Creations. I love how the process results in a bobbing bird. My daughter got a kick out of the interactivity of the card.

Here it is before the tab is pulled:

And the graceful bow of the bird, after the tab is pulled:

Bowing Bird
Stamps: bird collage (Magenta); fly definition (Catslife Press)
Paper: Lilac Breeze (Prima Marketing); green textured (unknown)
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up); white cardstock Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Tools: circle punches; hole punch
Embellishments: polka dot green ribbon; green striped fabric-covered brad

To see how I made this card, jump on over to Gingersnap Creations where you can find my tutorial.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Soar ATC

I love ATCs! They are small but mighty bits of art. The one below was created for the brand-new art exchange at Gingersnap Creations! It's two-fold in that participants must make submissions with the theme "Soar" and use an Artist Trading Card format (2.5" x 3.5").

Soaring to New Heights
Stamps: sentiment (Serendipity Stamps); balloon (Stamp Francisco)
Paper: Lilac Breeze (Prima Marketing)
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Milled Lavendar, Shabby Shutters, Dried Marigold (Ranger Distress Ink)
Embellishments: alphabet stickers

Want to join in? Find out how at Gingersnap Creations.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

GC57: Wings Meets Faux Dominos

I just got my new Technique Junkies newsletter and was delighted by the Faux Domino technique contributed by Beth Norman. I used Gingersnap Creations' newest Chestnut Theme Challenge - Wings - as my inspiration, I grabbed one of my favorite Lost Coast stamps, this completely gorgeous fairy!

To make my faux dominos not stark white, I stamped some distress ink onto a craft sheet and misted the ink with a bit of water. I stamped the fairy onto glossy cardstock and then pressed it into the watered down distress ink, sopping up the excess with a baby wipe. It gave her a soft greenish tone. I decided to pick up on that color with my designer paper and create contrast with black. I really like the end result!

Domino Fairy
fairy (Lost Coast Designs)
Paper: Restoration Drapery (We R Memory Keepers)
Cardstock: Sage Shadow and Basic Black (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock (Stampland Chicago)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage and Milled Lavendar (Ranger Distress Inks)
Other: clear embossing powder (Judikins); heat tool; corner rounder; pop-up dots
Technique: faux dominos - Technique Junkies

So fly on over to Gingersnap Creations to play along with the Wing Challenge and to see the great art from The Gingers Design Team!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Fly With Gingersnap Creations

It's the beginning of a new month so once again, we have a new theme over at Gingersnap Creations - Flight! Hope you can join us for some art and antics.

Fly with Me
Stamps: love birds (100 Proof Press); sentiment (Oxford Impressions)
Paper: old olive pattern (Stampin' Up); Franklin Street (Scenic Route)
Cardstock: Summer Sun, Really Rust, and Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: Bo4, Bo5, E13, E55, G12, G14, G19, G24, R27, R29, Y11, and Y19
Embellishments: 3 large green buttons
Tools: scallop punch (Martha Stewart)
Technique: Torn Frames - Technique Junkies

Hope your day lets your imagination fly!

Double-Tagged for Creative Writer Award

I was blurfing around my friends' blogs yesterday and was astonished to find myself tagged for the "Creative Writer Blogger Award" not once but twice! Then, I read the details and wasn't surprised at all.....the premise is to tell 6 outrageous lies and one truth. What fun and how me!

Here are the rules (as faithfully copied):

1) Express gratitude to the blogger who bestowed the award unto you.

Thanks Laura and Jennie!

2) Display the picture on your blog proudly.

3) Be nice and provide a link to the person who gave it to you.

Laura is at As Happy As....

You can find Jennie at The Artistic Stamper

Both of these fabulous, fun ladies are exquisite artists so make sure to drop by their online abodes!

4) Tell up to six outrageous lies about yourself, and at least one outrageous truth, or switch it around and tell six outrageous truths and one outrageous lie.

5) Nominate seven creative writers who might be into doing this. Pass it on to Bloggers who make you smile, laugh, emote in some way or another and, 6) Post links to the seven blogs you nominate and let the owners of those blogs know:








Here are my Creatively Written Outrageous Fictions (aka Bold-Faced Lies) with One Outrageous Truth thrown in:

1) I am a total chick and cannot leave the house without a completely coordinated outfit from heel to toe. I am a complete clothes horse and have dozens of dresses, shoes and purses. I pour over Vogue every month and save all the perfume samples.

2) I own over 5000 stamps. My Stamp Acquisition Disorder is a disease that my family has had to learn to cope with and bear with understanding. It didn't help when I found out Stampers Anonymous was not an addiction support group as I had thought....great stamps though....I have a

3) I love getting completely messy and never feel right unless covered in ink and paint. The messier the better! I actually intentionally lean on the ink pads to get integrated with my art.

4) My driver's license picture is particularly flattering. I am thinking of having it framed after it expires or perhaps having a poster made.

5) I have never waited in line for 4 hours to watch the first showing of a blockbuster on a weekday. I especially have not waited that long in line to see Batman and Robin.

6) I have absolutely no phobias - I am steady as a rock! Who knew?

7) In my youth, I toured with a little known heavy-metal jazz fusion band named "Fenderhead Lite" as their official guitar smasher and groupie motivator.

Hope those I pass this fun award onto have as much fun with it as I did!
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