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Stick Art: Expressive and Low-Cost

8 Jan

Wonderful low-cost art.

Wonderful low-cost art.

Welcome to the Club Creative Studio Two-Cent Tuesday post.  Today I will feature a few ideas I learned about via Pinterest using a low-cost supplies.

Each of the projects that I will highlight today are made from painted wooden pop sickle sticks.  The first one is a framed creation with same sized sticks, the second project includes a variety of stick sizes and additional wooden cut-out shapes.  Both involve paints and the use of a glue gun for quick results.

Framed Art Project

The first project was made by a group of second graders. Their art project was presented as a school class auction item.  Usually for this type of event, each class in a school collaborates and makes an item that is creative and interesting and it is auctioned off  to raise funds. Each of the class supporter’s bidding can get pretty competitive in their price wars to raise funds and have a chance to own art.  I know that this would have certainly caught my eye!

I am awaiting information on the pinner of this photo and source to share the details of the story behind this pop sickle art. When and if it arrives I will edit this post.  In the meantime, I am guessing that acrylic paints were used and each child contributed a set amount of sticks to form this art. The source: Holly McGavin, posted that the sticks were attached to foam core and then framed out. What a colorful result from something that is a low-cost, easy and quick. I love this project idea.

This project idea has inspired my daughter to create her own art, using inspirational quotes on each of her sticks and painted in the same technique. I think this has no age boundaries, I am even thinking of creating like this too! I love that a simple frame makes this look more worthy of hanging.  If it is a done as a class I suggest that  on one side the design is painted and the other side the artist’s signature is added. This makes the piece even more personal. Each stick can be readily identified this way for later reference.

Snowflake Project

Found on the site called:  Call Me May this project is also easy to make with variety possibilities as well.  How fun it looks, when completed I suggest hanging on a door, wall or from the ceiling! Using a variety of stick sizes, your snowflake shapes can be created in many interesting shapes and diameters. These are obviously painted (or spray painted) in a tint but they would also look beautiful in white and decorated further with added embellishments like glitter for a glam/festive look or buttons and gears for a vintage feel.

Have fun with your imagination and create with love like these projects were. I love sharing information that is low-cost and appealing. If you live in an area where you have a winter season, the snowflake theme can be current right up until spring!  Please stop by this Club Creative Studio blog often as the creativity is endless.  You never know what will jump-start your creative juices. Let us know what you think about this project in the comment box below!

Veronica’s Visions

1 Jan

Welcome to a new year of posts with the focus on CREATIVITY.

Club Creative Studio has made creative business goals each year. They have been expressed in a visual way and used as an every-day display for the entire year.  This is a low-cost creative activity. It is a tradition that is also a type of visual communication.  By creating a poster (vision board), my focus on goals is always right in front of me, in a colorful way. I am reminded of the importance of them each time I look at the poster. It’s great to visualize goals, a poster board creation can serve as a prompt to keep you on track or inspire you to reach higher to obtain them. Try to make one for yourself, if you are motivated by this post.

Club Creative Studio's 2013 Vision Board

Club Creative Studio’s 2013 Vision Board

A vision board is a creative way that anyone can express their vision of the future in poster form and keep a focus on where you want your efforts to lead you.

Ten Suggestions For Planning Your Board

1. Decide when you want to have your poster complete.  Plan accordingly so that you have enough time to finish your project. This is no time to procrastinate because your purpose of the whole creative exercise is to commit to your wants and needs. Make this a priority so that you can have success right away in completing your poster and use it as inspiration as soon as possible.  A good time to aim for completion is at the start of a new year or land-mark event.  It may take some time to gather cut materials, and construct it so plan ahead if possible.

2. Use old magazine cut outs, photos, inspirational quotes, written journal thoughts, computer software or scrapbook materials or a decorated plain piece of paper to creatively organize and decorate your poster board or foam core base.  It can be made in any size or shape.  Keep in mind however, that the larger your base board, the longer it will take to cover and the more material you will need to do so.

3. Use a key focus word or short phrase (sort of like a title) to aid as a theme for your poster creation.  This will give your board an over-all theme and make it easy to recall your goals at a quick glance no matter how detailed your other information on the board is.

I used a few key words to develop my theme. The word RAISE... reminds me of my goals to:  RAISE Expectations, RAISE the Bar, RAISE Standards, RAISE my hand, RAISE questions, RAISE Awareness, Raise Profits and RAISE Eye- Brows.

I used a few key words to develop my theme. The word RAISE… reminds me of my goals to: RAISE Expectations, RAISE the Bar, RAISE Standards, RAISE my hand, RAISE questions, RAISE Awareness, Raise Profits and RAISE Eye-Brows.

4. Take advantage of using color or mixed media in our board to add variety and uniqueness. If it is eye-catching and generally attractive, you will find yourself looking at it more often.  This is key to using it to your advantage and bringing your goals to the forefront of your mind.

5. Plan to review your resolutions, habits, motivations, and goals daily. Place it in plain view so that you see it everyday and often.

6. Allow for space to add to your lists on the front or the back of your board.  One year, I wrote many of my accomplishments on the back of one board, making that side just as important as the front! Maybe your “buzz word” can be best serve you if it is repeated several times in the same poster. Consider making up your own power word by combining two or more words together like my example of the words CAN and  FANTASTIC to combine into: “CANTASTIC”.

Club Creative Studio's theme word for 2013 is: "CANTASTIC"!

Club Creative Studio’s theme word for 2013 is: “CANTASTIC”!

7. Vow to make a new board each year and keep the old boards as reminders of past success if you have the space.

8. Encourage others to create with you and share your goals. It is fun to share supplies, gather and celebrate your journey plans.

9. Keep your friends accountable for your goals and ask for help and support from them when you need it.

10. Knowledge is Power. Use the spirit of creativity to invite others to make their own boards, and tell how they are part of your life and how they serve you. Promote your success.

Club Creative Studio has a repeat word theme and that is "WOW".

Club Creative Studio has a repeat word theme and that is “WOW”.

Have we inspired you to take some time to make a visual board with your goals?  Have a great time creating and a great time reaching those milestones in the New Year 2013!

We welcome you to visit our website as we share creativity and you can see for yourself how the goals on my vision board have been incorporated into creative art!

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Christmas Crunch- Quick and Easy Projects

16 Dec

Welcome to Club Creative Studio’s  blog where the focus is always on creativity.  With Christmas fast approaching, I am certainly feeling the “Christmas Crunch”. It is the time many feel rushed, hunting for quick solutions.  Many of your creative endeavors do not need to be time-consuming.  In fact, sometimes is a simple display of creativeness can mean the most.

Here’s the first of a few posts that will deal with the holiday season theme suggesting project prompts that are fairly quick and relatively easy to complete.  Let’s not stress being creative.

Hand-Made Gift Tags

Let’s create simple yet fun gift tags. You can do this inexpensively and with scraps and other found objects around the house. Using the computer is a fast and easy way to make gift tags because of the editing possibilities and the quick process. Maybe you want to combine the computer with other elements to create your tags.  I used pre-cut blank tags but, making your own from scrap stock paper and using a hole punch is just as easy to customize your color choices if you have those scrap booking supplies close on hand.

Basic supplies for gift-tag making.

Basic supplies for gift-tag making.

Supplies I used in the creation of my tags were: paper tags and ribbon,  scissors, decorative tapes, permanent markers in various size points and colors, foam stickers, scrap wrapping paper, brads, double stick tape, stamps, ink pads.  Dividing the tag surface into sections will give you an area to focus on. The new printed tapes out in the scrap-booking section of your local craft stores are fun to experiment with.  Feel free to cut the tape to suit your specific design needs.

Hand-made tags with paper "yo-yo" flower added.

Hand-made gift tags with paper “yo-yo” flower added.

For the paper “yo-yo” flowers you see on my tags, you’ll need a paper strip of printed scrap paper cut in a rectangle. The size of your flower and center opening will vary in size with your cut paper width and length cuts. Using the basic accordion fold, pick a thickness and keep the folds back and forth consistent.  Glue two stop ends together overlapping slightly and your “flower” is ready to add  a brad to the center. For a finishing touch on the flowers, I marked the raised and folded sections with metallic marker and placed double stick tape on the back to adhere to my blank tag area.  Let your creativity flow as you save money and create one-of-a-kind hand-made gift tags. It is certainly part of your gift!

Club Creative studio gift tags.

Club Creative Studio gift tags.

Party with ABC

27 Nov

You have got to start someplace- start your creativity at the beginning!

With an open mind, I write about an “ABC Party” today.  They never had these celebrations in my college days (at least I never knew about them). An A. B. C. party is a gathering of people wearing Anything But Clothing!  It’s a theme party where the guest’s attire is a specific expression and brought into focus.  The point of an ABC party is to have all of your guests show up dressed in everyday items such as newspaper, plastic bags, duck tape, feathers, etc.,  rather than real clothing.

As another “Two-Cent Tuesday” post, I offer suggestions on what to make an outfit from as well as save you money while you are being creative.

Spreading the word

Apparently, to announce an ABC party you need only inform your prospective guests that it IS an ABC party.  They know what to do, especially if they are college aged.  Since most college students know what this is.  The creativity begins in the planning.  It is likely  that you will see people dressed in inexpensive items such as trash bags, bubble-wrap material, or even painted. I have inclosed a list of items that might be creatively used, just in case you ever find yourself invited to such a party.  Good luck adding things to undergarments, leotards or spanks in order to obtain a unique look

Materials to Consider

  • Newspaper- fold to pleet, crush, layer
  • Plastic bubble wrap- wrap around or form into pattern shape of article of clothing attaching “seams” with clear packing tape. I have even seen pink wrap, wouldn’t that be cool?
  • Feathers, coins, buttons, beaded necklaces, socks, envelopes collect items and  hot glue to swim suit for your theme
  • Sheets- you have heard of a “toga” right?
  • Duct tape is available in decorative colors and prints now-a-days. I do not recommend attaching to your skin, however. Double tape back-to-back then wrap/form
  • Christmas Lights can be attached to colored plastic wrap. I have seen green cellophane- you could look like a Christmas tree.
  • Large canvas- I can “picture” two put together as a sort of walking bill-board
  • Burlap sacks- large potato bags, gift bags, empty snack bags, empty juice boxes, wrapping paper
  • Beer boxes, soda boxes, pizza boxes, shoe boxes, cereal boxes- cut or tape together
  • Deck of cards or Uno game cards- attached to one piece suit
  • Curtains- from a window or a shower
  • Body paint- I do not recommend spray paint- let’s be smart here!
  • Large cardboard boxes- from a television or appliance
  • Plastic bags can be crocheted, braided or attached together with tape
  • Venetian Blinds, a bit hard to sit in but still covers a large area
  • Hawian grass skirt or something made to look like one (plastic bags)
  • Aluminum foil (watch the sharp edges) candy wrappers
  • Towels or a decorated robe
  • Fabric from a table cloth or pillow case
  • Rugs or place mats
  • Crepe paper streamers, balloons, ribbon
  • Wrapping paper can be laminated or taped with clear tape to reinforce for strength and durability
  • Decorative papers from magazines, posters, letters, wall paper
  • Selected board games or Twister “board” which is a large plastic material
  • Faux animal furs from fabric store or decorative rugs
  • Sleeping bag or blanket
  • Tarps can be tied with rope or large bungee cord
  • Egg crate mattress pad
  • CD / DVD covers can be attached together with hot glue
  • Hammock or bed spread
  • Deflated pool raft or inflated life-preserver vest
  • Car  window shield shade- cover length very well
  • Lamp shade- could make a cute skirt
  • Fabric made from woven plant leaf,actual food or other material
  • Hunting vest
  • Couch cushions- tie them together
  • Cloth napkins or connected bandanas
  • Yoga mats
  • Soft luggage
  • Take a trip to the local thrift store to see what can be recycled or repurposed into clothing
  • What do you have round the house to convert into clothing for an ABC party?

Diedra’s Different Outlook- Part ll

18 Sep

The color of love.

Club Creative Studio introduced you to my neighbor, Diedra in yesterday’s post.  Today I am thankful for having pride in knowing my creative-out-of-the-box-thinking neighbor. Who would not want to know more about how a creative person thinks?  Fitting for the Two-Cent Tuesday theme, I want to show you how the love of one color can have a cost-effective impact. Diedra’s favorite color in her own words is: “The color Peacock”.  It is actually the love of the color turqoise that has her racing to her paint and brush very often.  This interest in painting almost any thing and every thing has also expressed a sense of creative frugality.

Pursuaded by paint of a peacock-color, the rugs, pillows, furniture, and floor reflect that favorite hue.

It isn’t everyday that you can go out into the world and purchase turquoise painted furniture, a statue, flooring, a mailbox or  lawn ornaments.  This is a low-cost way to get that into your world by simply and inexpensively painting an item the way that you want it to look , yourself.  And why not? If you want to love something even more, find a way to make it attractive to you.  Diedra loves “peacock” so she paints many items with that color to reflect what attracts her taste.  You’ll see plenty of turquoise, purple and blue here. Nuff said.

At night- purple lights are scattered here and there in her garden areas.

You are free to consider this decorating style “quirky” but, it is certainly also “cohesive”.

Plenty of turquoise, purple and blue hues here.

Lending to the expressions of the colors purple, blue and turquoise is the personality and spunk of Diedra herself.

Meet Diedra, even her turquoise car has a creative touch.

When asked about the reasoning behind the attached flowers on her automobile roof and back window she responded with her logic. “I go out in the car and park in the parking lots and when I come out of stores I always think that someone has stolen my car because it seems to be parked in between the big SUVs and I can not see it quickly.  So, I put the flowers on top so I could spot it faster. Plus being short, I can see it better over the bigger cars.” Sounds good to me! She went on to add, “I used to change the flowers with the seasons and holidays but, that got to be a bit much.”

Visit the blog again for the continued multi-post series

sharing more of Diedra’s featured creative whims.

Creative Play Time

31 Jul

Club Creative Studio shares information about creativity in this blog and each Tuesday is reserved for learning about a low-cost thought or project.  Creativity never has to be expensive.  For this reason, creativity is available to many when you call upon simple or commonly used items to help you in the process.

The ideas today stem from a few different places. First, I recall my own childhood memories of using creativity during play and secondly, I share a few ideas for you to use at home to help spark children into more creative play, specifically when they are making tents, or forts from furniture and cushions. Make sure you view the video, it is awesome!

Imagination sometimes needs a gentle push. It takes courage to be creative.  It takes confidence to step outside the lines, do things in a unique way and be different. Even in playtime situations, it is sometimes difficult to do what you feel like doing and act out of the norm.  When we use our imagination as children, we are free. We know no boundaries and we are expressive in thought, process and play.  We are free to be bolder, and maybe even happier as we transform to a place that is exactly how we want it to be and no one else!

I remember as a young one, using out outdoor clothes line as a supportive structure for a home-made tent.  I took two people to make this “house” but, simply tossing a large blanket across the wires and then securing the ends of the blanket to sticks in the ground created the “walls”.  Pillows and other blankets were needed to make the playhouse more comfy, this was truly a low-cost, low-budget way of being creative making an outside fort.

I hope that you had the chances to make forts or tents when you were growing up.  If you allow children in your home to use the existing furniture for their imaginative play, they will return the favor with hours of “out-of-sight” play periods.  See what is created when you let them use their own logic in construction.  Making a tent can become their little escape area where although you can still hear them inside a blanket structure, you can also allow them to be out of your direct line of vision, but you still know exactly where they are and what they are doing.  It is a hide away in their make-believe land, and you can share in the fun of constructing or touring it as well , if you are allowed, that is!

Creating an island for your children can be as easy as helping them use the couch cushions or a large sheet to drape across two chairs or the dining room table.  Who wouldn’t love to find a little area all to themselves with peace and quiet? I think as an adult, I might even appreciate my own tent nook to hide with a good book or earphones what about you?

Allowing your children to “hide” from the real world gives them some freedom to be creative in their own personal space.

Let me know if this blog post brought pleasant memories back to you. If you did not grow up constructing your own hid-away place with a sheet and a few chairs what is stopping you from doing this NOW?????

Creative on Contact (Part l)

10 Jul

Club Creative Studio likes to reserve the Tuesday post for low-cost creative projects.  Today’s Two-Cent Tuesday post is another way to use your stored up creativity in a low-cost manner.  Decorating can be costly but, there are ways to avoid that if you use your imagination.

This is a fun project with low-cost factors.

Among the many types of individuals that are penny-pinching these days are the many college bound and college dorm resident students.  You don’t have to be among is category to celebrate your creativity in this suggested project but, it is an ideal solution to decorating and personalizing your dormitory walls, or any wall.  Turn your doodles into art.

This post will feature the art of my daughter and her project intended to decorate and place her mark and personality upon her walls of her future living space.  Last year she had a focus on using post it notes to decorate her plain white walls of her dorm.  This year her space will be colorful and personal as well.  She is using clear contact paper as her medium. This sticky on one side only plastic is low-cost at less than six dollars for a roll of transparent Contact brand paper.  She also used her colorful Sharpie brand permanent markers.  It would be helpful to also use a flat long surface to work on.

My daughter used clear Con-Tact Brand in this decorative project.

To begin, gather your Sharpie brand markers, they work best because they are colorful and adhere nicely to the slick surface of the Con-Tact paper.  You may wish to use additional paper underneath the ends of the paper so that the markers do not damage your work surface. Sharpie brand markers are permanent markers.

Unroll and begin at one end of the paper and start your decorative doodles.  You can letter quotes, draw illustrations, write down positive affirmations and mantras and stick photos or cut outs under a section of the clear paper.  Whatever you put on or under your sheet of paper will show up nicely through the transparent and protective adhesive plastic sheet.

A section of my daughter’s wall art project.

Consider your designs to coordinate with the color of your wall.

It took a while to add to the entire roll. So you may want to do this project as a group art project or invest time if you do this as an individual.  My daughter intends to use her entire decorated roll as a wall border.  She will place it as a wide strip across her focal wall at eye-level to add a splash of color to her over-all decorated wall.  If there is additional left over after fitting to the space she wants covered, she was thinking of also placing a strip or sections onto her floor.  Con-Tact paper will be easily removed later and can be used on many type of surfaces safely.  She has used it on her mirrors to decorate the corners of them, on her desk-top to decorate that work space, on cabinets as cut-outs like decals or stickers would be used and she has also used this method of decorating on her windows.  A whole lovely theme could be incorporated with this very low-cost method.  Best of all, when removed, you can change out your theme or decorative written focus.

In this section: My daughter incorporated ovals as “fill-in-the-blanks” for others to add their “two-cents” to her wall mural creation.

This self-adhesive is a little tricky to apply alone if you use a whole sheet, so have some help on hand when applying.  Make sure that you have an idea of the total length you wish to cover, do some measuring or cutting.  apply to a clean, smooth surface. You can use a squeegee or wall paper smoothing tool to aid in getting bubbles out of paper when you flatten it to the wall.  Your hands rubbing across the surface will do well enough however, if you take the application process slowly.

It is NOT recommended to apply to wood or any water-based paint unless it is given a coat of varnish or shellac because it will stick and be removed with residue from this type wall. Test the wall if you have concerns.  For best results in application, the manufacturer of Con-Tact suggests that the surface be above 55 degrees farenheit  or  13 degrees celsius for best results.  They also mention that some shrinkage may occur so overlapping can be done.  This is also helpful to do if you are concerned about edges being touched or rubbed.

Draw directly on the Con-Tact paper to create your unique designs.

When you peel off the backing, you want to try to do this evenly.  For covering a wall which is a very large section, it is best to have help and peel small sections.  We will be doing this together in a few weeks so I will be sure to blog about how this turns out at a later date.

For now, I’d also like to share that one technique of application could be to begin at the middle (center) of your wall and press outwards towards the edge.  You may also use a ruler or cloth to smooth out the bubbles that may form when applying. We like this material because it can be lifted to reposition easily and get out any wrinkles that are formed. It is fun to see your wall “come to life” with your art. I can hardly wait to see what my daughter’s art looks like up on her wall.

This material is plastic so you should be aware that pulling too hard will stretch and distort your paper and in turn your images. Use care to place your finished project on the wall of other surface you wish to adorn.  If you are planning to cut your paper at any point, it is nice to also know that the back of Con-Tact brand paper they have pre-marked straight lines to follow to ensure a straight cut, they have also marked with measurements, so that is such a handy-dandy element to help you adhere and alter your paper art.

Make your banner art as long or as short as you wish.

Be sure to visit the blog again in the near future to see how her project looks in her living space.  I’d also love to hear if you try this method of low-cost decorating yourself.  Good luck and happy creating. We are CREATIVE EVERY DAY and hope that you experience fun as you attempt this project sometime yourself.

Metal Madness

28 Feb

Club Creative Studio’s blog brings you creative information about creativity.  Today is no exception. Usually, a Tuesday post has an underlining theme of low-cost creativity.  If you count asking a friend for use of their tools instead of buying them myself then it is considered “low-cost” (for me) anyway. Today, I have a madness for medal. I have hit the mark on the subtitle once again: Two-Cent Tuesday, low-cost creativity in a sense.  Sometimes it is wise to borrow tools that you do not have, in order to try out something that they have an expertise of.  And, if you rent tools you can experiment before you invest in supplies that you may have questions about or will not use after all.

Stephen Zawistowski, Stephen Z Metal Designs, Inc. and myself.

My artist friend, Steven Zawistowski, owner and metal artist of Steven Z Metal Designs, Inc. (http://www.stephenzmetaldesigns.com) located in North Carolina prompted me in creativity and also lent his expert advice.  He turns cool into awesome on a daily basis in his workspace by creating art from metals.  He recently offered scraps (which are actually valuable crumbs to me) of metal from his various projects,  for my experimental use.  Once I had the scraps of brass, copper and steel metals in my hand I quickly wondered what I could possibly do with them.  I could see and imagine in my mind’s eye an array of possibilities.  It was like giving a child free reign of a candy store.  My eyes could not have been any wider. What can I do? What will I do? How soon can I attempt anything?

The first idea that came to my mind was the incorporation of small samples cut and inlayed in resin at various depths, attempting to stop the normal discoloration of the metal from air over the course of time, and preserving the colors that I noticed of the metal on that particular day.  I was guessing that would be “cool enough”. Then the next obvious question came to mind.  How do I cut this metal? I was hoping that a jeweler’s saw would be adequate.  I knew that using that tool would take time and would not be as accurate as I was thinking for the forms I had imagined. I had thought of small bits of interesting curves and a variety of shards incorporated in a small area.

I asked Steve what he thought would be the best method for cutting based on what I wanted to possibly do with his scraps. He mentioned the PLASMA CUTTER. The plasma cutter is a small machine with big results. To me, hearing the name I first thought it to be dangerous. I mean really, it sounded like blood (plasma) was going to be a sacrificed in using this tool.  The name did scare me.  But, I forgot for a moment that I was dealing with a professional. Steve invited me to stop by his metal shop to check it out for myself.

Plasma Cutter: model Spectrum 625 Xtreme lr

This model is not what Steven Z had in his shop. This model is more compact but, the cutter is still the same in style and for the same use. His air compressor was quite loud, and  much larger but, the trigger hand-torch was the same as this pictured model version.  As you can see in this photo, the flame shoots out from the gun-like handle and it melts the metal like butter!

Plasma cutter in use.

Needless to say, any reservations I had about sparks or flame quickly vanished after Steve showed me  how to start.  I was like turning cool into awesome alright! So my cutting began!

Plasma cutter trigger ready to cut the scrap bronze metal.

My forms using the plasma cutter from copper sheeting.

The color changes in the metals due to the heat applied from the plasma cutter torch were amazing to see right before your eyes. Here, notice the smooth shapes, the contours of the positive shapes and the interesting left-over negative shapes. I kept an array of both shapes from the finished collected scraps. All of my cuts were free-form cuts.

The first of a few plasma cut metal shapes.

My box of hand-cut metal treasures!

Turning cool into awesome! My cut metal shapes.

We have all heard that practice makes perfect.  Well, using the plasma cutter for the first time was a thrill and I have the bug to practice more but, Steve works with metal on a daily basis as a living…I’d say he is very well-practiced!  His friend Arron had also been taken under his wing the day I visited and here they are at work or I should say…at play!

Aaron Humphrey, Steve’s friend was welding, forging and having fun with his creation in the works- a metal gothic-like rose in metal.

A. Humphrey's iron rose creation. Work-in-progress.

To find out more about what I plan to do with my cut metal, visit the Club Creative Studio business page on Facebook, check back on this blog for a post and check out the website!

Work-in- progress: One of my many ideas for incorporating the cut metal into pendants for jewelry.

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Have Your Cake and Eat It (Part 2)

26 Oct

Club Creative Studio has captured a display of photos here that will have you wanting to create in the kitchen.  To continue with the Halloween theme and cake, you may find inspiration to try a few creative cupcake decorating ideas seen here.  Maybe this can be a challenge to yourself or others to see how you can also express the Halloween theme.

This photo shows two projects I would like to write about.  First the decorated cupcake.  This cupcake starts as an ordinary frosted cupcake. Here the cake is frosted in a light vanilla color which also can be substituted for a green icing that would make a striking witch-face complexion choice.  The hat is a chocolate sugar ice cream cone.  The cone can also be a dipped cone in chocolate if you can not find the chocolate flavored cones available.  If you desire a roundness at the base of the cone to look like a rim, a thin cookie wafer can be added and attached with more frosting.  Black licorice strips are used to resemble hair.  Almost any small confectionary can be used for the eyes, and the nose is a single candy corn candy.  As an added touch, I think that I would add {paper} legs and shoes attached to the underside outer bottom cake liner.  Makes me want to start this project now!

The second project in the photo shows stuffed pumpkins made from paper lunch sized bags.  One way to do this is to buy the gift bags that are already made in the orange color, stuff with plastic recycled bags or newspaper bawled up and then twist the top portion to make a stem.  Adding details in paint and maybe hot glue artificial leaves at the stem site.

Another method that works well is the way that I did this project with my students in art class.  We used recycled or new brown bag lunch sacks and grocery bags.  Stuffing with newspapers, the bags were formed into the round shapes like fat pumpkins are.  Each shape was different because each child stuffed their paper differently.  Make sure to identify the bottom of the bag at this time with the child’s name if you arr making as a group project. The top of each bag was then secured with tape and twisted into a stem form and tied off with natural jute string.  The jute also looked like a vine in the end of the project, and you can hot glue leaves along it as an added detail.  Orange paint was used to cover the bag surface, green paint used for the tip of the stem area.  The pumpkin patch was left in an area outside to dry.

To display a group project, this would look great in an entry way of a school or hallway. Benches could be used as levels for lined pumpkins or place them on top of stacked hay bales.  Transform one side into a jack-o-lantern by making features with black paints or markers and leave the opposite side of the bag “blank” so that the display can flow into the November theme of Fall or Thanksgiving, assuming the children will want to leave them instead of taking them home.  Have fun creating one or many of these stuffed pumpkin craft ideas.

Hungry for pumpkin spice cake in the shape of a pumpkin?

Transform your ordinary bunt cake into a pumpkin.

Use orange frosting and a green frosted ice cream cone to complete the look.

Enjoy  creating odd and unusual items to eat during any season.  Especially now, the hand-made goodies can be more whimsical and not so perfectly made to be enjoyed.

Be inspired to create with food, or with craft.  The best thing about creating in food is that it has two rewards: process and taste.

Creative Costumes

11 Oct

It’s Two-Cent Tuesday and that means it is time again to read about a low-cost creative idea brought to you from the findings of Club Creative Studio.  Innovation does not need to be expensive.  And this post will introduce you to several easy-to-do projects.

4 Shower scrubs = 1 Ballerina tu-tu

I was flipping through the television channels today and Martha Stewart’s show on the Hallmark Channel had a special episode show that challenged her crafting staff members to go to the local dollar shop to spend only $15.00 or less on supplies to turn them into a creative Halloween costume.

While watching I took a few photos while relaxing in my living room recliner of the actual t.v. show in progress.  So, all of the credit for the photos go to the Martha Stewart/Hallmark camera crew for filming.  I only “stopped action” with my camera to include those photos for the use in this blog.

The link to the show is at the bottom of this post to view the information in detail.  During the commercial breaks, I had time to get inspired to write this blog using this specific episode as the segment was being aired at the same time.  Now, that’s what I call creative use of  my TIME,  if I do say so myself!

The television cameras followed her bargain shoppers into the store and the viewers (us in the audience) were witness to a glimpse on how creative minds can seemingly explode with ideas right before your very eyes. I think that I liked seeing that part of the program the most.  At any rate, they returned to the show the array of items they bought and shared examples of  how they used their supplies to create. Sharing both process and project.

The creations included visions of a super hero costume, a child who is dressed as a gnome, two techniques to make cute ballerina tutus, and a baby  who was really named Jack who was dressed to be a “Jack in the Box”.  Enjoy my photos from watching the show and the information that I gathered to help explain what you are seeing, in case you did not get the chance to view the episode yourself.  Frequent your dollar shops in your community to see what low-cost treasures you may discover, its great fun.

$15.00 Super hero costume.

The Super Hero costume has a $15.00 total cost but, does not include the model’s shirt, undergarment or shoes.

Gnome costume.

The child is wearing an over-sized shirt and has black socks stretched over his tennis shoes to look more like black boots.  To make a beard that is not scratchy,  they attached cotton balls to the front of a baby bib and then tied it on. That is clever!

Common shower scrubs are transformed into a tu-tu.

This looks simple enough and it take four shower scrubs to make one child sized tu-tu.  The waist band was made from a stretchy elastic headband that is also available in a variety of colors.  The material is mesh and it is cut into several strips of varied lengths, then tied on to the band.  The band was stretched around a large jar to size and to also attach the sections more easily. This can also be made using curling ribbon but, it takes a longer time to complete it if that method is used.  It is just as adorable though.

Curling ribbon can also be used with the same tie-on technique.

Look how adorable these items can be and are as they were modeled by the guests on Martha Stewart’s television show.

Two tu-tu tots (say that three times fast)!

“Jack” in his box.

Here a child is supervised while he stands or sits in a decorated box with his costume.  His costume is a “Jack-in-the-box” toy.  The costume is fitting for this child because his name is Jack!  Maybe you have a name that can lend itself to a theme costume?

What was special about this costume consideration was that the coffee filters around his neck and on his hat were dyed using kool-aid beverage package drink mixes so that it was not harmful if he placed any part of that costume section into his mouth.  And ohhhh…I bet is smelled oh so sweet!
Also, visit http://www.dollarstorecrafts.com for more ideas on how to spend your dollar more wisely, use your imagination with unusual or limited supplies, and have fun while you create.

Just for kicks: with this link, you will see the super hero costume “in action” as they film against the green screen for his entrance on the televised segment.  This link is also where you can find the specific HOW TO directions from each of her creative staff member designs demonstrated on the show.  Create with confidence by following their examples or use their inspirations.
http://www.marthastewart.com/859103/halloween-costume-week-dollar-store-challenge#ooid=12YW52MjptyHrruhRV3HiTfJ_58nIhoi

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