Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Assignment: Quilt Block

It's that rare time of year when Gingersnap Creations has their Blue Moon Challenge! A different kind of challenge, it often involves a little homework or blurfing on the part of the participants.

With our month of tiles finishing up, we have one more type of mosaic for you to play with - a more modern one - quilt blocks.

Add your favorite quilt block to a card or a scrapbook layout. Here's what I did with mine:

Sew Many Memories
Stamp: sentiment (Prickley Pear)
Paper: scraps from my basket
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); black (Marvy Marker)
Embellishments: two buttons

I loved that this challenge is perfect for using up those scraps that I can't help hoarding! This particular block was a pattern I found on McCall's Quilting. It's called Aunt Dinah and I love it!

Why not jump on over to Gingersnap Creations and join in on the fun!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Birthday Girl Gets a Makeover

In my frenzy to complete some new projects for my Open Studio last weekend, I neglected to blog some of the new pieces I made.

This is a canvas that may look familiar as I made the 4x4 I made for Gingersnap Creations' first birthday last March the focal point. I used lovely Lumiere paints to lay down a background of oranges, rust and golds. Aphrodite is my fav birthday girl.

Every day is a new day for love to be born! Just ask Aphrodite!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Forest of Cards

I am back with another Holiday Happenings on Gingersnap Creations. To get this month's inspiration, go check out my post on GC.

Can you guess the theme this time?

To see the full cards, head on over to Gingersnap Creations.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Lowell Open Studios 2010

It's the big 10th anniversary of the Lowell Open Studios weekend. This weekend over 140 artists will open their studios up to the public. For more information, check out their site: Lowell Open Studios.

Western Avenue Studios, where I have my little creative space is participating in this amazing event. I'll be hanging out in Studio 328 on Saturday! My studiomates, two fabulous photographers, will also be displaying some of their amazing art!

For this Open Studio, I'll have a few new pieces on view!

This is a love letter box I just finished with collage images and some awesome paper - I kept it sweet and simple.

These are some of the photographs, I'll have on view.

Hope everyone has an absolutely beautiful weekend!

Creative Connection: Haunted

Gingersnap Creations has got a new way to artfully connect! Join in their Creative Connection which which will hopefully spread like a wave of wonderful papercrafting fun all over the stamping blogosphere.

I am participating in a GC Creative Connection with this piece of Haunted art. I heard about this month’s GCCC from Helene of Lotsa Scrap. Why not play along? Please post a creation to your blog mentioning my post and the Creative Connection post on Gingersnap Creations. Let’s all craft it forward and see how far we can get this connection to go!

Collage images from Alpha Stamps, Curious by Design and Enchanted Mercantile.

If you want to get in on the fun, check out the directions on Gingersnap Creations.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

GC71: Inchies Inchies Everywhere

There's a new fun challenge on Gingersnap Creations - Inchies! I made 4 and made them into a card but there are so many ways to use these cute little works of art! Check out Jean Franks Beck's blog, Bluebird Paperie, to see her innovative way of displaying her inchie art!

I tried to push my comfort level by picking an unusual color combination - vanilla, orange and blue.

Here's how it came out:

Here's some close-ups of my foray into inchie land:

I hope you will give this challenge a try - make a collection of inchies, a card or a project! If you want to get inspired take a peek at what the talented Gingers have put together for you!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

GC69: Tiled Time for "Ancient Ages" Challenge

Our newest Chestnut Theme Challenge on Gingersnap Creations is "Ancient Ages" where we celebrate the ancient civilizations.

I couldn't make up my mind which stamps to use - so I used a bunch. I stamped an old architectural textbook page as a base and overstamped a variety of "ancient" characters before I sponged distress ink all over everything - including my fingers.

Tiled Time
Buddha postage (Cherry Pie); greek heroes (Stamp Francisco); egyptian lady (Beeswax); griffin and architectural text page (Above the Mark); roman soldier (Stampington)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown and Saddle Brown (StazOn); Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold (Ranger Distress Ink)
Tools: 1 1/4" punch (Stampin Up); sponges

See how the Gingers are making history over on Gingersnap Creations!
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