Sunday, January 31, 2010

Party Time Postcard

Gingersnap Creations will be a year old on March 1st and we are celebrating by having our first-ever Gingersnap Creations' Art Exchange. Check out the information on the Gingersnap Creations blog.

You have until March 1st to sign-up. Sorry, this exchange open to Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group members only. Still want to play? Why not join the group? It's quick and easy.

For this piece, I used the Simple Whitewash technique from Technique Junkies.

Party Time
Stamps: diamond border (Catslife Press); Art (Hampton Art Stamps); flourish (DeNami Design); alphabet (My Sentiments Exactly)
Collage: masquerader from Venice Carnival sheet (Curious by Design)
Paper: party paper (Provocraft); purple background from Once Upon a Time 4" x 6" stack (DCWV)
Ink: Midnight Blue and Royal Purple (StazOn); Gold (ColorBox)
Other: white Gesso
Embellishments: 4 small gold eyelets, 1 gold button

Wishing you a party feeling all week long!

Friday, January 29, 2010

GC39: Metallics Take Two

I thought I would take another try at the Gingersnap Creations Color Challenge - Metallics!

I used the Aged Metal technique from Technique Junkies.

The Gift of Gratitude
Stamps: Gift of Gratitude (Serendipity Stamps)
Paper: gold Shimmer Sheetz
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Other: gold embossing powder; cuttlebug dry embosser and folder; small heart punch; large scalloped oval punch (Marvy)
Embellishments: 1/4" red ribbon with gold edging

Hope you have a bright and shiny day!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Oh, Canada!

Did you know that today is the anniversary of Canada picking their new flag way back in 1965? Well, you can find out all kinds of neat things in this month's Reasons to Stamp for January on Gingersnap Creations!

To go completely Canuck, I decided to not only use a maple leaf, as that seemed a given, but also this pretty image in the style of a Group of Seven painting. The Group of Seven are famous Canadian landscape artists who painted mostly in the 1920s. My mom just adores their work so that's why I bought this set! By the way, all the stamps are from Chapel Road Art Stamps, a Canadian company.

The sentiment is a line from the Canadian National Anthem, which is a fine anthem indeed. Lots of great stuff in that song! "Our home and native land" is my favorite line, but "true North, strong and free" is right up there!

True North
Stamps: tree image and sentiment from West Wind set (Chapel Road Art Stamps)
Cardstock: Whisper White and Riding Hood Red (Stampin Up)
Ink: Riding Hood Red (Stampin Up); Jet Black (StazOn); Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade (Ranger Distress Inks)

A brief salute to the home of my birth! I am so blessed to have been born in one great nation and to have moved to another great nation which I now call home!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

GC40: Numbers

Today, at Gingersnap Creations, we announced a new Random Redhead Challenge! This month, the inspiration is "Numbers".

I love a wide-open challenge! It really gets my creative juices going. I thought of so many ways to go with this theme but ended up with one of my favorite pieces of ephemera, a bingo card!

I absolutely love this particular card as it has "Ladies Night" written across the top. I used this phrase as my jumping off point to make my first-ever postcard-sized piece!

Ladies Night
Stamps: Bliss (Serendipity Stamps)
Collage Images: two women from Vintage Beauties (Curious by Design)
Paper: French Poetry from the Sonnets line (Creative Imaginations)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Ink: Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress Ink)
Embellishments: one bingo card; one gold-toned button

Check out the challenge at Gingersnap Creations and all the beautiful samples from the Gingersnap Creations Design Team and the Visiting Artists of the Serendipity Design Team!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Playing with Crayons

While it's been an age since I used crayons, I have always wanted to try doing a crayon resist technique. It's a lot of fun and I really liked how the final card turned out. If you would like to see how I did this simple technique, you can visit my tutorial on Gingersnap Creations.

Here's how it turned out:

Soft Spring Petals
Stamp: flower from Summer Flower Cling Set (Serendipity Stamps)
Paper: pink gingham (Making Memories)
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery and Barely Banana (Stampin Up)
Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories); white wax crayon; used dryer sheet
Embellishments: 3 heart brads

I've put a little Spring in my day! I hope you have some in yours!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

GC39: Metallics

Today, Gingersnap Creations announced its latest Color Challenge! It's "metallic"! How fun!

I looked around at my supplies and discovered some lovely Shimmer Sheetz papers which I had been hoarding, so I decided to try out the Technique Junkies' technique, Aged Metal. It looked fun and I need to use my Cuttlebug more.

My first take on the challenge, I used a multi-colored Shimmerz sheet and then used a crayon resist and sponging on the image. I tried to match the colors I was sponging with the variations in the Shimmer Sheetz sheet.

Imagine Time
sundial from Sundial Cling set and sentiment (Serendipity Stamps)
Paper: blue/green Shimmerz Sheet
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Opulent Orchid, Brilliant Blue, YoYo Yellow and Gable Green (Stampin Up); Jet Black (StazOn)
Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories); cuttlebug machine and embossing folder; white crayon
Embellishments: sun charm painted with Smooch

Hope your find time to imagine wonderous things today!

I will be showing my other sample for this challenge later in the week. If you like the crayon resist technique, check out the Gingersnap Creations blog this Sunday.

Close Knit

I love this "sweater" paper. I wish I could still find it. When I paired it with this cute knitting basket from Serendipity Stamps with some easy paper piecing and a little dry wall stitching.

Close Knit
Stamps: Basket of Yarn (Serendipity); sentiment printed from my computer
Paper: Sweater Green (Daisy D's); scrap of basket weave paper (unknown)
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Creamy Caramel and Whisper White
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Black marker (Marvy)
Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories); magic mesh

If you want to find out more about Serendipity Stamps, check out my interview with the owner, Mary Lee on Gingersnap Creations.

Stay cozy today! I know I will!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Return of Bookmark Monday

I haven't quite run out of bookmarks yet and they are so fun and easy that I could not resist!

Here's a set I made using the same batch of Ranger Distress Inks - Broken China, Peeled Paint and Scattered Straw. All the images are Oxford Impressions.

One for my heart-breaking western tales of adventure and romance.

One for that pile of school days memoirs sitting beside the bed.

And, last but not least, one for my inspirational non-fiction books.

As you might of guessed, I love books! I never seem to have enough bookmarks though. Perhaps that is why I am so obsessed with making more...or they are just a lot of fun!

Hope you can find a warm and cozy corner to curl up with your favorite book today!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

If Music be the Food of Love

If music be the food of love, play on! - William Shakespeare

I was blurfing around my favorite challenge sites this weekend and came across the Musical Challenge at Secret Crafter's Saturday Challenge. I guess the theme just grabbed me as I went off straight away to make something.

Here's my take on musical:

A Woman's Heart
Stamp: sentiment "A woman's heart is forever full of thoughts and dreams" (Stamp Francisco)
Collage Image: woman from Muses (Curious by Design)
Paper: scrap of old music sheet I had
Cardstock: Garden Green & River Rock (Stampin Up)
Ink: Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress Ink); Jet Black (StazOn)
Embellishments: metallic musical note charms (Create & Impress)

Here's hoping your day is filled with music, dreams and wonderful thoughts!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Whoohoo! I Got a Scrapbook Page Done!

I finally got a scrapbook page completed and it was fairly timely as well. I owe it all to my latest purchase, the Scrapbooker's Creativity Kit. I have done a review of this kit over on Gingersnap Creations which also details my process for this layout.

My husband and my daughter bring me joy every day and are the loves of my life. With this spread, I wanted to pay tribute to the decade of smiles, happiness and love I have had with my gorgeous daughter. I cannot believe how much she has changed but some things always stay the same - her sparkle, her wonderful charm and her sweet disposition!

Here's my page:

Decade of Delight
flourish (unknown - acrylic I have had forever); numbers (My Sentiments Exactly)
Paper: Vale (7 Gypsies); Dulce from Antique Boutique line/Amber MacDonald (A to Z Essentials); blocks (Creative Memories)
Cardstock: Burgundy Cover (Paper Store)
Ink: Raspberry Fizz (PaperTrey); Tempting Turquoise (Stampin Up); Versamark
Embellishments: 6 paper flowers (Prima); 3 blue brads (American Crafts); stick-on letters from Blush line (BasicGrey)

Well, off to try and get caught up on more scrapbooking!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Life is Good

Winter has gotten to me! I need a little sun. I decided to step outside my comfort zone with this card, but not step's cold out there!

I used a sentiment from Serendipity Stamps to create a Depth of Field background which is a Technique Junkie technique. The comfort zone was breached when I picked this lovely lady for my collage image. Wow! Those colors are certainly bright, but I wanted warm so I went with it!

Life is Good
Stamp: Life is Good sentiment (Serendipity Stamps)
Collage Image: Bathing Beauties collage sheet (Alpha Stamps)
Cardstock: Ballet Blue, Gable Green and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Pumpkin Pie, Apricot Appeal and Really Rust (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: blue and green self-adhesive rhinestones
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)

I'll be dreaming about a lake, a cottage and some warm summer breezes today...right after I get in from shoveling the snow drifts off the deck. Hope you have a warm and wonderful day!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Theme Thursday and GC38: Embossing Powder

Yesterday, Gingersnap Creations released their new Spicy Supply Challenge - Embossing Powder so I put that together with Theme Thursday's Hearts challenge to come up with this card. Hope you like it!

I did use embossing powder to create my card, but you won't find any embossing powder on it anymore. As we are also focusing on resist techniques, I used the embossing powder as a resist.

I started by using Versamark to stamp this pretty heart on white cardstock, then I covered the image in clear embossing and heat set it. I then sponged 3 different colors of pink over top and then overstamped the word "Bliss" on top of all that and added the sentiments. When I was done, I just placed the card under a piece of clean copy paper and applied a hot craft iron to remove the embossing powder.

The Heart that Loves
Stamps: Heart with Bow , Bliss and The Heart that Loves (Serendipity Stamps)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rose Red, Regal Rose and Pixie Pink (Stampin Up)
Other: Clear embossing powder (Judikins)
Tools: craft iron

Have a heart-warming day!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Rubber Ducky Day

It's Rubber Ducky Day! No, really it is! Just check out Gingersnap Creations' Reasons to Stamp for January!

I have a fondness for these little yellow sweeties so making a card was irresistable!

Just Ducky!
Stamps: Ducks in a Row (Rubber Stampede); Just Ducky (A Muse)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: Y13, Y15, Y19, and YR04

Get your ducks all in a row and have a completely ducky day!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I Got Mail!

I got another great piece of art in the mail from the last art exchange I participated in! It is an awesome snow globe and gorgeous storage folder from the infinitely talented and wonderfully sweet Ann Clack!

Thanks tons, Ann! Here's a close-up:

And it folds flat for storage...too cool!

Ann told me that the blank globe comes from Some Assembly Required and it takes 2 hours to create (and I bet she didn't include the stamping time as this gorgeous piece of art is truly intricate)!

This beautiful snow globe has taken up residence on my mantle until the snows outside start melting's too pretty to put in with the Christmas decorations just yet!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Forget Your Age

Just feeling silly with this one! I wanted to try out a 4 x 4. This is my first one!

The background uses a Technique Junkies technique called Faux Flocking. This was the first TJ technique I ever tried (way back in 2007) and I still love it! I thought it would be perfect for this burlesque-esque collage image.

Live Your Life
Stamps: sentiment and marble cell background (Serendipity Stamps)
Collage Image: woman from Can Can sheet (Enchanted Mercantile)
Paper: striped vellum (Staples...yes, Staples)
Cardstock: Always Artichoke and Pink Passion (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Pink Passion (Stampin Up)
Other: red embossing powder (Tinsel); clear embossing powder (Judikins)
Embellishment: bow charm previously painted with Smooch

Hope you have a day of youthful exhuberance!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Cocoa Notes

It's bright and cold her today so I thought I would sit down with a nice cocoa and catch up on my blogging. I made this journal for a friend so she could record her warm thoughts on cold days.

I think this image is just way too cute. It's a Sugar Nellie. Here's the whole journal.

Here's a second journal I made with some gorgeous papers I bought ages ago and some scraps from my drawer. There is just something soothing about a nice pot of tea! Must be the Canadian in me!

Hope everyone is having a nice cozy day!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Back with another Paneled Serendipity Card

A while back, I copiced a beautiful farm scene from Serendipity Stamps and then cut it into panels. I really liked the effect, but decided this time to just cut the background and leave the image alone this time.

This card also fits into our Yahoo Member Only Challenge over at Gingersnap Creations.  Wish I could tell you what the challenge was know...members only.  Of course, if you want to have some fun and join the Yahoo Group, you can find out more about this challenge and the other exclusive content we have going on for our Yahoo Gingersnappers!

Flower Panels
Stamps: Flowers from
Summer Flower Cling Set (Serendipity Stamps)
Paper: scrap from my basket (sorry the source of this beautiful paper was cut off some time ago)
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: G40, G82, V12, V15, V17, YG03, YG63, and YG95
Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories)

Hope you are having a day that just blossoms with possibilities!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Time to Play Another Gingersnap Creations Challenge!

Yesterday, we announced a brand-new Chestnut Theme Challenge at Gingersnap Creations! The theme for January is Time itself!

I just got these pretty stamps from Serendipity Stamps so I could not resist using them for this challenge!

Time Began
sundial and sentiment from Sundial Cling set (Serendipity Stamps)
Paper: Day Dream Believer/Vines Double-sided paper from Heidi Grace Designs line (Fiskars)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive and...what else...Garden Green (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Oval Cutter (Creative Memories)

Hope you have all the time in the world to play to day and that art just blooms around you!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Three Kings Day: Alternate Universe

Three Kings Day is the celebration of the three magi visiting the Baby Jesus. This is a bit of an irreverant take on this holiday...but I had the stamps so it was inevitable that I use it!

I also wanted to join in the most recent Gingersnap Creations Color Challenge - Purple, Gold and Green. I made it in with 10 days to spare!

Three Wise Women
Stamps: sentiment (Stamp Francisco); crowns (Lost Coast Designs)
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke and More Mustard (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Embellishments: 2 green buttons, 1 purple button

For other ideas for cards in January, check out the Reasons to Stamp in January post on Gingersnap Creations!

Wishing you a day of wisdom with a hint of humor!

Monday, January 4, 2010

To Every Thing There is a Season

I was inspired to make this card by the beautiful snow that keeps cascading into my after day after day!

To Everything There is a Season
sled and sentiment (Serendipity Stamps)
Paper: Camping Plaid (Karen Foster)
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: C0, C1, C3, E09, E11, E13, E15, E19, E55, R05, R08, R27, and R59

To find out more about the Serendipity Stamps, you can hop over to Gingersnap Creations and check out my recent interview with Mary Lee, owner of Serendipity!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Hope is the Thing

I love making journals and having extremely pretty paper and great sentiments with which to work sure makes it easy!

The sentiment is a favorite verse from Emily Dickinson by Serendipity Stamps. I surrounded the sentiment with a torn frame, a Technique Junkie technique.

If was a perfect match to this yummy paper from Magenta!

Feathers Journal
sentiment (Serendipity Stamps)
Paper: Peacock Blue from the Printemps Passion collection (Magenta); blue dappled (scrap from my basket)
Cardstock: Rose Red and Barely Banana (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Other: composition book

Hope your dreams take flight in 2010!

GCSP2: Letting the Paper Shine

I made another card for the CASE a CAS Challenge on Gingersnap Creations! This one is based on Ali's post "Let the Paper Shine".

Here's a look from the side so that you can see the fun textured paper from PaperTemptress. You can also see that this pretty image from Hearts in Touch is embossed in silver to match the paper.

Here it is from the front:

Lonesome Land
Lonesome Land from Song Sheets (Hearts in Touch)
Paper: Vintage Silver Lustre and Smoothie Silver Lustre (PaperTemptress); Night of Navy (Stampin Up)
Ink: Versamark
Embellishment: 1/4" navy ribbon

There's lots more of Ali's Clean and Simple cards to CASE! Why not try one today?

Friday, January 1, 2010

Ending One Adventure and Starting Another

Last year, I had the distinct pleasure of being a Guest Designer for Artistic Outpost! I had a lot of fun and made some amazing friends all while playing with some really gorgeous stamps!

While I am sad to be finishing my term, I know that it is not goodbye as I will always be popping back to Artistic Outpost to check out their newest releases!

Today, I made a card using a plate that I bought as a Christmas present to myself, Distant Generations. I have a complete weakness for vintage images. I love the effect of the Faux Designer Paper technique from Technique Junkies and I had all my clear embossing powder out already so I thought why not?

I created the paper above and then decided to dress it up a bit. Here's the finished card:

Buttoning Down the Generations
Stamps: main image, buttons, flourish and sentiment from Distant Generations plate and leaf and numbers from Generation Redux plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: medium brown (Paper Store); Night of Navy and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Broken China, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress Ink); Midnight Blue (StazOn)
Embellishments: 3 blue buttons; 2 green buttons; organza ribbon

Hope you join me in the adventure that is 2010! Happy New Year!

Belated Shout Out - Thanks Debby

This is a huge thank you to my dear friend and fabulous papercrafting artist extraordinaire, Debby Boltman! A few days ago I got a lovely package in the mail from Debby as part of an Art Exchange and I couldn't wait any longer to share her beautiful work!

Thanks so much for the lovely pendant magnet, Debby! It is just glorious and I am already using it for all my big plans in 2010!

Here's the close-up:

And here's the whole gorgeous piece!

Yummy, isn't it? I just love it!

I also got this absolutely fabulous Christmas card:

and Debby spoiled me by including some wonderful goodies as well! She is so awesome! I am already mulling over a project to use all of these fun things.

Thanks again to Debby! I had to post all these lovely gifts as your art is too pretty not to share!
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