Archive for Decoupage
Every Friday I write the 20 Minute Club Minutes–because using a timer for what I call the 20 Minute Technique can keep your creative momentum going in your busy, time-crunched life–20 minutes at a pop.
Please join in and share your 20 Minute Experiences in the Comments–good/bad, it’s all fair game, because sharing your experiences about the process is a great way to figure things out and increase your creativity.
My life as a juggler of many balls in the air has continued and my brain is on overload.
So this week, my holiday gift making 20 Minute Club minutes had to rely on the tried and true– something I knew I could do without any planning.
For me, that’s my Glitter Decoupage Ornaments! They are soothing to make; I can decoupage those babies in my sleep; and people always like them. It’s a winning combination.
If you like them too, you might want to order them now. (Buy 2 sets and get FREE shipping!)
There’s also still time to sign up for either of the next Telecrafting Teleseminars (on 11/16 or 12/5) and we’ll make some ornament gifts together.
Watch this killer how-to video and see for yourself how fast, easy and fun they are to make:
(If you’re reading this as an email, you probably can’t see the video. Please visit the site and watch it there.)
Carving out the time to create is important of course, but it’s not enough. Getting (and eventually staying) on your own side is a critical factor for helping you take bigger risks with your work, get yourself out of a creative rut, or just enjoy the process more.
Taking the time to remember to appreciate yourself and all your efforts (big or small, creative or not) is a powerful way to make this happen.
Here are my five this week:
1. I appreciate that I’m keep moving forward with certain projects, even with misgivings and doubt. The way out is through!
2. I appreciate that I keep learning-learning-learning.
3. I appreciate that I meditate. Or sit like I’m meditating.
4. I appreciate that I had a little meltdown this week. What can I say?
5. I appreciate that I left one of my collages out to ponder, even though I thought it sucked wasn’t working. A solution arrived quite suddenly because of that and now it’s done. Yay!
How was your creative week? Did you make or start any handmade holiday gifts? Yes? Not yet? Please share, I’d love to hear from you!
It can be so rewarding to make your gifts for the holidays. But stressful at the same time.
What if it doesn’t work out? What if you run out of time? What if they hate it?
Well, I’ve got two great ornament kits that are a great way to learn some fun techniques, make something special, and are guaranteed to work. They also come with lots of support–including a special (totally optional) FREE tele-seminar each month when we make them together.
And I figured that I better announce them now–even though it’s early October–to give you time to mull it over, order a couple-three (free shipping when you order 2 or more) and finish them in plenty of time for giving or hanging on your tree.
Glitter Decoupage Ornament Kits
AND you can get several ornaments done in one afternoon.
They’re perfect teacher, grandparent, or co-worker gifts and they’re easy enough to do with little kids as well, which is not true of most projects I design.
And yet, they’re not a little kid project.
Which means, if you make them with a little kid, they’ll still look like a sophisticated, grown up ornament when you’re done. But you’ll both have had loads of fun with no stress.
Because it’s really all about the magic of this decoupage technique and the quality of the supplies. A seriously awesome combo that can’t be beat. (People actually find this technique very meditative.)
Click here to read what one mom wrote me about the kits last year after she made them with her 5 year old daughter (I felt like a million bucks after reading her note to me.)
This kit is also great for a party. I’m throwing an ornament party this year, and I’m going to use this kit because I know
- everyone will be able to do it,
- everyone will like the finished result, and
- everyone will be able to drink wine and laugh with friends while they make their ornament.
Or click here to get all the details and/or place an order. (You can view the video from a link on that page too. But definitely watch the video!)
Byzantine Baubles Ornament Kit
This kit also has its own super clear how to video, but it’s only for people who buy the kit.
Because this kit is fancy with lots of special supplies, and one of those special supplies is the video itself. You won’t find a kit like this anywhere else on the internet.
As a teacher, I love how this kit is a great art lesson.
Making it walks you through a genuine transformation process–from its blah, brown kraft paper beginnings to its final, bejeweled, glittery wonderfulness– it’s a great exercise in experiencing how lots of small details create a final result that’s truly greater than the sum of its parts.
But best of all, they simply look great and if you give these as gifts, you can rest assured people will love them and keep them forever.
You’re creating heirlooms, when you make this kit. Heirlooms, I say!!
Click HERE to learn more.
You’re busy. Or it’s been a while since you made anything. Or you’re afraid to buy something you won’t use.
I get it. I’ve felt like that many times myself. That’s why I designed these kits to come with lots of support.
Each kit has its own HOW TO VIDEO, so there’s no tortuous reading of instructions. I hate to read instructions for visual things, I just want to see what to do.
(Of course, I’ve included written instructions in the kits, just in case, but really, you can just watch the video.)
AND, I’m also offering totally optional, totally FREE Tele-crafting Teleseminars to everyone who orders a kit.
These are conference calls where we create an ornament together over the phone–you’ll need an earbud or a speaker phone so you’ll have both hands free to work.
This tele-seminar gives you a chance to carve out time to get started, ask any questions you may have, or just have some company while you create.
But if you can’t make any of the teleseminar dates, you can write me anytime, and I’ll write you back pronto.
And if you’re still having trouble for some reason, we can even have an emergency crafting chat over the phone.
Support, baby, I’m not kidding around!
100% Money Back Guarantee!
And of course, there’s no worries because each kit has a 100% money back guarantee, so if you’re not completely delighted, I’ll give you a full refund out of my own pocket because I totally believe in these kits and I’ll be ridiculously surprised if you need to send yours back.
But if you do need to, no hard feelings, I just want you to feel safe about ordering and know that we’re totally good even if you do need a refund.
You can read more about the guarantee here.
Yes! The Telecrafting Teleseminar is next Wednesday, Dec. 16th at 4pm. Whoa–time flies–Christmas is just around the corner! What does that mean for you?
It means that if you’d like to make a gift or two this year, and you’d like some support in the way of carving out a structured time to get it done, then you’ll need to order a Glitter Decoupage Ornament kit soon soon soon, now (ish), so I can assemble it, pack it and ship it out so you get it in time for our Dec. 16th rendezvous. I’m excited.
So, if you want to participate in the free conference call, you’ll need to order by this Saturday morning EST at the very very latest.
(Of course, you can always order the kits right up til Christmas day and make them whenever you’d like.)
Everything gets sent out priority mail, so if you live on the West Coast and you’d like to join in on the call, it might be better to order today, so I can get it out to you by Friday.
If you’re still on the fence, click here to read a couple-three testimonials from happy ornament kit crafters. I’ve gotten the nicest emails and Facebook & Twitter feedback–everyone seems to be having a really good time.
If you have any questions, btw, that you need answered before you can buy, feel free to contact me and I’ll get back to you asap.
Other Fun Stuff
Cool Drawing Warm Up/Loosening Up Exercise
I stumbled across this wonderful “artist warm up exercise” on Instructables.com and wanted to share. I think I’m going try this one out myself–it looks fun and is a great way to get jumpstarted. Click here to view. Read More→
I’ve got a fun and exciting update about our Glitter Decoupage Ornament kits!
But first I must say that I’m tickled about how many people who’ve already ordered have chosen the Buddy Kits–either to make together with a friend (creating + bonding = perfect) OR because they’ve gotten into gear and are creating lots of ornaments as special handmade gifties for friend and colleagues. So impressed!
To celebrate, I thought I’d help my other creative friends out there in internet-land who also really want to make glitter decoupage ornaments but are afraid to order a kit because you’re worried you won’t find time to make them.
And then you’re worried if that happens, you”ll have to kick yourself about buying more supplies that you didn’t use, and/or on not following through on a commitment you made to yourself.
Since we definitely don’t want either of those things to happen, I’ve got a cunning plan.
(And for those of you who are feeling bad about owning too many art or craft supplies, you should read my blog post called, unsurprisingly, “Too Many Supplies?” to find out what’s secretly very good about it, and why it actually shows a real commitment to yourself, even while you’re busy berating yourself for a lack of that very thing. So stop kicking yourself, you’re trying!)
The Cunning Plan
On December 16th, at 4pm EST, I’m offering a Glitter Decoupage Telecrafting Teleseminar for anyone who has bought a Glitter Decoupage Ornament kit, and we will make an ornament together at that time! Read More→
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Yay! The Glitter Decoupage Ornament Kits are ready to ship out. I’m so excited. They come in three great colors choices, so there’s definitely something for everyone.
Please watch the how-to video at the end of this blog post, because it lets you see if it’s something you’d like to try before buying. No risk!
A Perfect Holiday Project for a Creative Woman with NO TIME to Make!
If you’d really like to make a few gifts this holiday season, but are now worried you’re too crunched for time–take heart! This project is the perfect solution. Fast, fun and super easy, you can make these in an afternoon.
This is another great small gift idea like the bookmarks I wrote about the other day. They don’t take long to make, they look super pretty, and they’re something the recipient will enjoy every year when they decorate their tree.
This is actually even easier than the bookmarks idea, because the kit has everything you need to get started–no thinking or planning required!
Perfect as a special little something for co-workers, great as teacher gifts because your kids can make them with you, and so nice as that extra surprise tied to a gift bag or bow that makes a gift so much more touching, because you made it. Read More→
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My first set of holiday kits–Patchwork Glitter Decoupage Ornaments are almost done–and I’m so excited. (When I start to see glitter on my husband’s face, I know things are reaching critical mass.)
On the left is a little glimpse of what’s in store, although it’s difficult to see the glistening crystal glitter finish on top that adds the special touch–I’m hoping the effect shows up more clearly in the upcoming how-to video as I demonstrate the before and after.
It’s basically a super high quality grown up glitter that works like magic fairy dust–transforming the decoupage from “nice” to “wow” in the final step. I think you’re going to love it.
I’ve also created 4 brand new papers to choose from, designed specifically for this technique: Read More→
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Tips for choosing handmade or rice paper that will work for my Fast & Easy Rice Paper Decoupage Project:
~Choose a paper with an all-over repeat pattern because that will definitely work well when it’s torn up.
~A paper with a very large motif might be beautiful as a whole paper, but will probably be tough to use in this project because once you tear it up, the image might not have the same impact.
~Avoid papers where the motif is small and very spread out for the same reason as above–if you have too much negative space, you’ll have a lot of wasted paper when you tear it up.
~If you want to use several papers together in one project, you might want to avoid papers that are too high contrast in relation to each other–the combination could work out really well, but Read More→