Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dabbling with Jewelry!

'Effusive Arts’ is just that – effusive!  My creativity has exploded and now I’m dabbling with jewelry.  Using a bit of heated UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Powder) I've added some fun elements – sand, glitter (of course), even small stones and a bit of metal.  This is something you can easily make and let your imagination go.  Nothing around the house is safe, I’m always looking for something to use as an embellishment whether it’s for a card or other projects!

While the UTEE was still hot, I stamped an image.  A fun tassle adds bit of interest.

A close up shot of the medallion.  A little bit of my 'secret' pearlescent powder adds a nice touch!

A small pebble, a couple of shells and a bit of gold EP added really make an interesting pendant.

I used a small, rusty heart embellishment here.

If you have any comments or would like to learn more, send me an email!

Saturday, August 27, 2011


De-cou-page:  the art of decorating surfaces by applying cut-outs (as of paper) and then coating with usually several layers of finish (as lacquer or varnish).

I’ve been experimenting with this gorgeous and fun technique.  You can use tissue paper or separated napkins, both of which are now available in the most wonderful colours and designs.  It’s not a quick process, but it is an easy one.  I tried it on a couple of wood pieces and on heavy stock paper and used on a card (of course).  I love the versatility that you have, by means of adding glitter, rhinestones, stamping, and pearlex; just about anything that suits your fancy. 

I used a varathane water base lacquer (Home Hardware) and applied 5 layers, allowing each coat to dry.  For the card, just spray lacquer will do.  (You need a good adhesive as the paper will curl a bit). 

My first attempt - a little keepsake box. I added some glitter and rhinestones.
A plain wood frame (from the 'M' store) made into something beautiful.

A detail look at the embellishment (2 coats of Embossing Powder followed by a rubber stamp image, and some pearl-ex)

Of course I had to use this technique on a card!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Why create at all?

As I'm in the midst of organizing my upcoming workshops, I've been reflecting on why should we indulge in expressing our creativity.  Creativity can be any form, even trying a new recipe!  But for the purpose here, I'll focus on paper crafts:

  • There is a definitive calming effect when letting your creativity flow.  Not only is your mind relaxing, but your body will too.
  • What better way to clear your mind when you are troubled?  Focussing on a project gives your mind a break and when you get back to your problem, you will look at it differently.
  • If you are feeling sad or have the blues, creating something new will help to lighten your mood!  Try some cheerful colors and add a bright flower or ribbon and you will feel better.
  • Making something yourself provides a real feeling of accomplishment.  YOU did this.  YOU!  Don't be too critical of yourself, especially if you're new at making something.  If you really hate it, recycle it and create something new with it!  (Hint: only you will dwell on any flaws, so don't worry about it!)
  • If you're facing a serious illness, make something.  Anything.  Especially with cards, you can make one in 5 mins - perfect if your energy isn't the greatest.  Again, it will take your mind off yourself and allows your body some space to heal.
  • Children at home?  Sit down and have them help you!  Even if it's coloring an image, or helping you select colours, let them in.  They will probably want to make something of their own.  What a great way to let their creativity get flowing!
  • Errors are not a big deal!  You wouldn't believe how many ugly cards I've made, or they were centered badly.  No problem - you can use them in a new card or if it's really bad, parts of it.
  • What better way to give a gift to someone than giving something YOU made? 
  • Out of a gift idea?  Make a card to suit the person!  Even just printing a photo and gluing it on the front will make them smile.  Or, make 6 and wrap a cheerful ribbon around them as a set (don't forget the envelopes).
  • I often write my note on a sticky or loose paper and put it inside the card, so the recipient can use them (I also include an extra envelope).

These are just a few reasons why we have to express ourselves and let our creativity out.  There are days when I sit down and am just NOT in the mood to create and then I end up disliking the result.  When you feel like that, just leave it and do something else, take a walk, what ever.  You don't always HAVE to be in the mood to create, but give it a try.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Toilet Tissue Technique

Here is one of the least expensive techniques you can possibly find!  I applied 3 layers of toilet paper on a rubber stamp and applied a bit of ink here and there.  Once it dried, this gorgeous image appeared, looking very much like watercolor.  I'll add more as I experiment with this soooo easy technique.

A few rhinestones add a touch of glitz!

Close up detail.

Inside sentiment.

If this technique peaks your interest, email me about my workshops!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Inspiration Continued!

I really fell in love with this colour combination and had to continue....  Then I saw an episode of 'Farscape' and the aliens had amazing make-up using the same colours!  I just had to get to my studio and let my creativity 'effusive'!  Most of my cards lately contain glitter, unfortuantely you don't get the full effect online:

Glitter on the mermaid of course.

A bit of gold leaf was used here.  The Whale was stamped on clear acetate and lots of glitter applied!

More glitter...

Faux rhinestones from Dollarama!

More to come!  If you are interested in any of these techniques shown here, email me about my workshops!