Save-a-Cent Tuesday: Cupcake Liner Ideas

Plain paper, printed paper or tin paper liners work great to create paper flowers.
Plain paper, printed paper or tin paper liners work great to create paper flowers.

It is fun, useful and challenging to figure out or accidently discover a new way to use a common household item. Today on Save-a-Cent Tuesday, I will share few low-cost tips for using cupcake liners. Get your other cupcake liner ideas flowing. Please share your ideas if you have ever used a cupcake liner in an inventive, creative way.

Now-a-days, paper cupcake liners can be found in bright and festive colors and prints. They have come a long way since the limited pastel colors commonly offered. It’s alright if you do not invest in decorative cupcake liners for this particular project.  Creating paper flowers are fun. Care to try it?

Paper Cupcake Liner Flowers

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Create low-cost, cute paper flowers with cupcake liners.

Materials: paper cupcake liners, scissors, glue, miscellaneous small items for layered decorations, background paper surface.

1.  Stack as many paper cupcake liners as you can scissor cut at once, or cut one liner at a time for one-of-a-kind shapes.  Simply cut the outer edges in fringe/slits or into flower petal shapes.

Cut slits to make fridge edges.
Cut slits to make fridge edges.
Cut a variety of petal shapes from the cupcake liner paper.
Cut a variety of petal shapes from the cupcake liner paper.

♥ For younger persons using scissors, cut one line at a time or pre-draw cut lines to follow.

♥ Random fringe cuts make great flowers, as well as planned petal shapes.

2.  Glue the liner bottom portion flat onto a background surface such as stiff construction paper or card stock.

3.  Add FUN. Consider using fun artful items to the flower center like ribbon, buttons, pom-poms, colored rice, yarn fragments, or even a photo of someone for display. Add a stem using ribbon, yarn, or pipe cleaner segments.

♥ This idea makes a great bulletin board display.

♥ This idea works well for a greeting card project.

In the blog from the Krazy Coupon Lady at www.krazycouponlady.com, more ideas are shared below. These ideas are elaborated on that blog.

1. Popsicle drip-catcher- Stop the sticky mess with a cupcake liner catching the drips.

2. Glass covers- Protect your outdoor beverage glass rim with a cupcake liner.  With straw use, slide the straw through the baking liner.

3. Contain loose messes- Place loose powders or material spills within a baking cup.

I have used cupcake liners in the cup holder of the car to use as a station to place ketchup instead of using the messy tear tip packages.

4. Hold pre-scooped servings- Serve ice cream, art supplies, or finger food snacks easily and in control of portion.

Photo Credit: www.krazycouponlady.com blog site via The Hazel Bloom.

6. String liners against lights- Use the design on the liner to convey a theme or add whimsy to lights.

7. Make a mold- Aside from baking cupcakes and muffins in cupcake tins and liners, use the liner as a mold for individual gelatin or cheesecake recipes. The ridges from the baking cup look fancy.

Here is one more tip from Club Creative Studio: Decorative cupcake liners can also be used for their attractive, ready-made polka-dot shapes when flattened out. Use for signs, windows and bulletin boards.

Look for bright patterns on cupcake liners so that you might flatten out the liner to show the entire decorative surface.
Look for bright patterns on cupcake liners so that you might flatten out the liner to show the entire decorative surface.

Do you have a cupcake liner activity or idea? We welcome your creative insights!

 

 

 

 

 

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A Royal Creation- Uncle Don’s Art

It may be all in the family- CREATIVITY that is.

My husband’s great uncle has a creative eye and artistic talent that he expresses from time to time. This time, his creation was fit for a King or Queen- it was a royal creation.

I love hearing about his latest challenges and successes with his photography, painting, welding, gourd painting, and now steel cutting.  By trade, he is winding down his days as a farmer. So, he has a bit more time now to travel on his creative paths.

Great Uncle Don 2013
Great Uncle Don 2013

We recently went to Nebraska for a visit. When we went to Don’s place we were happily greeted with a platter of his home-made goodies and his company.  After a tour of the farmland, photos and story swaps of days gone by, Don lead us into the living room.

He was so excited for us to sit in the chair that he recently had re-upholstered and was eager for each of us to take a turn sitting in it.  In Don’s eyes, this chair must have reminded him of royal throne.  The next question for you to ponder is: what is a throne without a person sitting in it with a crown on?

So…Don made a crown from some steel scraps and he added a few reflectors as the crown jewels.  We all had a good time as we took our turns being a royal subject sitting in his chair.  What will he make us do when we visit next time?

Waving to the common people!
Waving to the common people!
There is still time to grow into the crown.
There is still time to grow into the crown.
The "Royal Throne" Chair
The “Royal Throne” Chair
Uncle Don created the crown that gave us all a royal attitude.
Uncle Don created the crown that gave us attitude.

Creativity can be expressed for a certain purpose or just for the fun of it. We are glad that Don’s creations expressed a sense of humor. This particular visit was a memorable one because of it.

Do you have a family member that has a creative talent or expresses their creativity in a fun way?  Let us know in your comment below. We’d love to know about other’s creative creations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Save-a-Cent Tuesday: Paint Palette Tips

I have decided to change the name of Club Creative Studio’s Two-Cent Tuesday post title to “SAVE- A-CENT TUESDAY” Often times a project or idea featured on Tuesday will save you more than a few cents or cost more than a few coins so, it just seems more fitting.

Welcome to the first SAVE-A-CENT post!

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Image:deliciouslynoted.com

Today’s Save-A-Cent low cost art idea will give you tips and ideas to use a paint palette more effectively. I help you think of creative ways you can make and use your own paint palettes.

The Traditional Palette Traditionally paint palettes are flat surfaces a painter uses to conveniently hold dabs of paint for their painting project. The painter arranges the colors and mixes them on the same surface.

 

 

A paint palette can be made of wood, plastic or any rigid and stable surface.  It is best to use nonporous material because you will likely add water or oil base to the paints, or other mixed media additives when mixing on top of the surface.

A palette can be any size that is manageable. The most commonly type of painter’s palette known is made of a thin wood board designed to be held in the artist’s hand and rest on the artist’s arm.

My friend, Lauren Parker Lasater is a painter and this palette is symbolic of her profession. Photo credit: Lens Friends

Watercolor palettes are generally made of plastic or porcelain with small rectangular or wheel shaped built in wells and mixing areas for colors.

As a Save-a-Cent tip, I am suggesting other ways that you can make a palette for your paint. Styrofoam packaging from meats, recycled box lids, old cookie sheets, ice cube trays and paper plates make great disposable or reusable palettes.

You can line most any platter or a regular plate or old cookie sheet with foil, parchment paper or plastic wrap for protection as well. Change the shape of a paper base plate for better comfort and effective use.

Paper plates make great pallets.
Paper plates make great pallets.

Paper plates come in all sizes and weights. The more ridged a plate the better. It should withstand the brushing against it with the paint brush or palate knife.

For artists of all ages, the placement of hands for holding this type of palate is a challenge. As a creative solution to hold the plate more securely, pre-cut the plate from a round shape to a kidney shape and cut a designated area for your thumb to rest. Hold it in support of the palm of your hand under the plate. Make this for a left or right-hander comfortably and affordably.

 

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Let us know if you plan to use this specific paper plate paint project for saving time and money while painting in comfort.

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50 Shades of Green

Club Creative Studio Green Ring
Club Creative Studio-hand-torched green glass ring

Green,

which is Nature’s colour,

is restful, soothing,

cheerful, and health-giving.

-Paul Brunton

Green Psychology

Consider a popular color of the season right now.  There might be more than 50 shades of green you can appreciate. And, because green has psychology associated with it, you have something to learn.

  • Green is a symbol of nature to include the earth, trees and land
  • Green represents tranquility, well-being, healthiness, good luck, and jealousy
  • Green has long been a symbol of fertility and was once the preferred color choice for wedding gowns in the 15th-century
  • Green is thought to relieve stress and help heal.  It is said that those who have a green work environment experience fewer stomachaches
  • Green, with its calming effects may give you a sense of comfort when wearing this shade of color
Club Creative Studio- Hint of green earrings
Club Creative Studio- Hint of green earrings

Effects of Green

  • Rejuvenating: Think of green as a color that revitalizes physically, mentally and emotionally
  • Nurturing: Green has a heart link, urging  nurturing
  • Clarity: The color green offers agreeable and diplomatic encouragements
  • Possessiveness: Green is a color that encourages us to want to own things, collect and possess

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Green is commonly associated with Couture fashion and elegant retro costumes. But, we can also appreciate it in everyday fashion in many shades and stones like jade and emeralds. I like to create my unique shades of greens in my hand-made clay beads by mixing my original colors from blue and yellow and adding pearl whites, transparent and darker clays, creating a wide variety of greens.

Club Creative Studio Soldered Art
Club Creative Studio Soldered Art

I also enjoy my confidence mixing and matching shades of greens to combine in interesting ways as well as with contrasting colors, patterns and textures from the color wheel.  Have you noticed the trend spike with the color green?

Are you a fashion insider that can come to consider green as the new neutral? In Club Creative Studio Art here are specific shades you can expect to see highlighted and combined with interesting patterns and bold combinations for spring and summer 2013.

Club Creative Studio- Shamrock Green Necklace
Club Creative Studio- Shamrock Green Necklace
  1. PALE GREEN- fresh start feeling
  2. EMERALD- suggesting wealth and creative ideas
  3. JADE- generous spirit increasing worldly wisdom
  4. LIME- youthfulness and electricity of playfulness
  5. DARK GREEN- ambitious strive
  6. AQUA- Calming of the spirit
  7. OLIVE- strength of character, overcoming adversity
  8. YELLOW GREEN- representative of conflict and contrast
  9. GRASS GREEN- color of security and abundance
  10. CHARTREUSE- go-go, psychedelic groove
  11. SEA FOAM- ocean water and beach themes
  12. APPLE, LICHEN, LEAF- visual cues of nature

 

Club Creative Studio- Sea glass necklace
Club Creative Studio- Sea glass necklace

From a meaning of colors perspective, green is also the color of renewal and rebirth. It renews and restores depleted energy.  This is why there is so much of this relaxing color on the earth, and why we should embrace and consider wearing more of the shades of green.

I probably can create more than 50 choices of greens to combine into handmade beads and art. To view more items that contain highlights or hints of the color green please visit the shopping section of this website and make your selection for a hand-made work of art in the color green. http://www.clubcreativestudio.com/cgi-bin/cart.cgi

Hand-rolled clay beads- Club Creative Studio
Hand-rolled clay beads- Club Creative Studio

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Unexpected Art- The Power of Art

Broach pin with ink applied from Club Creative Studio

Happy accidents in the art studio or on the design table are a welcomed sight.

Sometimes having a plan go in a different direction and unexpected way is exciting. It can be a learning experience and a chance to be spontaneous.

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Some mediums naturally lend themselves to unexpected results. I feel I have almost no control when I use certain art supplies.  This can be a good thing as long as your expectations are not definite.

One art supply that comes to mind as notorious for unpredictability are alcohol inks. Inks can be applied to certain areas but the amount of ink flows and sticks in various spots and the results can not really be planned.  I love the idea of being surprised when I use inks.

 

I enjoy blending ink on a variety of surfaces. I enjoy transforming metals, experimenting with absorbency of papers and blotting bamboo for my best results.

Bamboo rectangles are transformed with ink.
Bamboo rectangles are transformed with ink.

 

Saturations with ink give a new look to a plain surface. It is for that reason that I enjoy blending, dabbing, and using ink with many different types of materials.

Ink has a way to deepen in color in some spots and add depth and texture from stained lines of ink.

The only way to go back from ink on a project is maybe a quick wash of ink with water but, even then that is no guarantee that the ink will lesson in intensity.  The chances are in favor of change when ink is used.  Alcohol ink does have a solution called a “thinner” that adds a level of opaqueness to strong levels of ink. It is always a good idea to practice on something you intend to alter permanently.

Here is an example of a vintage broach that was transformed with pink inks. I love how it turned out. It goes without saying that my personal touch was added to this creation. I took out a few elements and added wire and one of my hand-torched glass beads. The plan now is to maybe add it as a pendant. I am still deciding. Share a suggestion below if you wish, I’d love to brainstorm. 🙂

Club Creative Studio transformation pin
Club Creative Studio transformation pin

 

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Out and About, Your Portable Project

It’s “Two-Cent Tuesday”. I am here to share a creative idea or project that is low-cost.

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Since the weather is getting warmer where I live, the change of seasons always bring to mind the need for a change in other areas. More and more people are heading outdoors to work and play.

Have you considered taking your creative project out and about on the porch, yard or public park? Is there a way to make your project portable? Expressing your creative energy means the energy within you is given an outlet; it is redirected into a more positive energy.  Taking your creative outlet outdoors gives you more space and fresh air to work in. Maybe it will even be more energizing! Who wouldn’t enjoy that?

Two great goals most people hope for when the weather is nicer are to be creative and to improve and maintain health.  You can do both at the same time when you are out and about.

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Everyone is inheritably born with the potential for creativity.  Igniting your creative spark outside is easy to embrace if your “art” or “craft” outlet is more easily portable. Endeavors like photographing, sketching, painting, writing, acting, sculpting, knitting, dancing, playing an instrument, light building, singing, etc., are all creative activities that can be “taken to the street”.  I am sure you can think of more as well.

I have a few designated projects that are best done outside. I take advantage of the fresh air and ventilation outside when I torch, solder, paint and also sometimes wire-work jewelry. Each project has various supplies that I keep in separate containers that enable me to tote what is needed when it is needed. Portable art gives you the freedom to pick up and go when you want to.

Be on the look-out for containers that can help you be more organized or can be carried easily. I have several containers with handles and pop-up tote/baskets that are great for transporting items in the car, on a bike or while walking. Think of ways that you can store all that you need in one place and can be comfortable when you start working in a different location.

Adding accessories:

  • Camping items like a folding stool, table or pop-up tent are helpful
  • Use an easy fold up easel or tripod
  • A backpack or other bag with several pockets can help you sort items
  • An umbrella is great for shade or the unexpected shower threat.
  • A cart with wheels may make your trek faster and lighter if you carry many items
  • Recycle containers to include needed water for easy clean ups

Take it to the streets!  The key to being creative is taking action, just try it outdoors. How have you or how can you make your project portable? Do share your comments with us.

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Awesome Art: The Power of Art

No matter if you are artistic, have a streak of creative genius from time to time or are one that appreciates all that art offers.  Art has a powerful effect on many. Art is awesome.

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I wanted to share a few thoughts about why I believe art is awesome and why I take pride in the projects that evolve from my workspace: Club Creative Studio.

Art is Powerful

1. Art is Emotional.  Art has the power to express how you feel and change mood. Ask any artist and they will probably let you in on the secret that the act of creating art makes them happy.

2. Art is Profound. Stepping beyond beginning and including masters of a craft, art is an “experience”.  Art stems from unique circumstances and stories. Art offers a means of communication and connection.

3. Art is for Sharing. Art can be expressed for personal and public appreciation. When art is created for artist’s eyes only, it becomes a resource for growth. When art is shared with others, it can take on a “Pay it Forward” gift. Artists that share their art with others invite understanding of the creative process. Creativity is a learning process and when artists open doors to creativeness, the spark for others can also be ignited.

4. Art is Information. The reason why the spirit of art is informational is because art can be viewed as a document of experiences.  It is sometimes a learned choice to use art as a reference point for what is found around us. We can use art to deliver messages, mark history and express inner feelings.

5. Art is Healing. Art has potentials to be a personal attraction for heightening our senses and be used as physical, emotional, and spiritual developments.

For me, all of the points I write about above are calls for purpose of art for me at Club Creative Studio. Perhaps you can relate?

Art for me has always been emotional. Because I attach a connection of self to my art, it is one reason why the love of what is created is mixed right into each of my creations.

Art is a learning experience. Creativity and imagination is always a stretch for growth when I create.  It is what places purpose into a project.

It makes me happy to be able to share Art That Sets You Apart and this is the main reason why I create. I enjoy helping others overcome ordinary and define their individuality by wearing and sharing unique art.

There is much to consider when we observe or create art. If we look deep into art around us, we can learn more about our world and the persons creating and sharing their points of views. Not to mention, the times when art reflects joy and radiates with others.

A healthy appreciation for art and those sharing it is just one highlight to understanding why art makes us respond. I hope that you gain an awareness for art and the awesome contributions if offers our world.

I welcome you to share the reasons why you think art is awesome as well.  It is certainly a great addition to add to your agenda- being an advocate for art.

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Excuses, eXcuses, Xcuses- Celebrate the Letter X

Club Creative Studio-Creative Excuses quoteWhat is the one word that gets in your way of being creative? Is it FEAR, having no TIME, or some other EXCUSE (e”X”cuse).

I’d like to explore the reasons why we have road blocks in creativity. Celebrate the letter “E” today with the word excuse.  Do you know what your halt words are that keep you from being creative?

Try to remember: Creativity Takes No Excuses!

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Expanding on these points we can get a clear vision of what to do to overcome the creative stumbling blocks we may encounter in creative times.

1.   Set aside time for what matters Once we realize that creativity is important to us and makes us more complete, we will carve out time to do what we have a desire and need to do.

2.   Start at the beginning  The beginning is always the hardest step. Divide the unknown task at hand into small steps that do not overwhelm you.  If your initial ideas and supplies are close at hand, your process will begin and progress much smoother.

3.  Realize creativity flow rate Your creative juices have different height levels. Discover your best time to dedicate to your creative project. If you get frustrated or lack the skills needed, seek the answers that you need to complete your creative task the best you can at that point in time.

4.   Revisit  Step away from the project from time to time to gain a fresh perspective. Review and reassess your creative efforts for improvements.

5.   Avoid the excuse of ignorance The most common excuse for us to maintain our stumbling blocks of creativity are the voices in our heads that tell us that we simply can not do a task because we do not know how. If we add the simple affirmative word: “YET” to the end of any sentence, we gain the confidence to know that the task at hand can be attempted. Try, try, and try again.

6.  Stomp Self-doubt Belief in ourselves overcomes all the excuses we form that tell us NO. We should want to always drown out the visions and voices that make us believe that we can not do something creatively. It’s alright to do something that is not perfect.  Be open to  learn in creativity.

I wish you continued success in your creative endeavors.  Thank you for stopping by the blog. If you think these tips were helpful, let us know in a comment. we’d love to hear your feedback.

 

 

 

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Ruber Band Art- Celebrate the Letter R

Low cost art ideas are always a welcomed project to try for may reasons. Forget about it not being a huge investment in funds to produce.  The real thrill comes from making something out of the unusual and unexpected, creating something recycled or up-cycled. Excitement comes from using materials that are ordinary and easily found around the home as well.

As we celebrate the letter “R” I recall a Rubber Band project that is close to my heart.

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My daughter and I used our small crochet hooks to connect mini rubber bands and colored hair ties to form bracelets. It was a great bonding project and we spent hours upon hours creating piles and piles of bracelets which she shared with her high school friends.  Now, from time to time she makes them for her college pals too.

I guess there is something endearing about an item that is recycled, up-cycled or made from an inexpensive supply.  Low cost supplies are a favorite to explore and stretch creativity in any limits especially when saving money is al

Do you have a favorite art project that is made from a common household item and is low-cost at the same time? Let us know what you like to create while saving money.

Please visit this blog again for great ideas that fit into this category.

 

 

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Q-tip Art Celebrate the letter Q

Art can be found in many places. I have stressed this in many Club Creative Studio blog posts before.  Today is no different as we celebrate the letter “Q”, I have a focus on Q-tips as an art supply.

Recently while walking down the hallway of my daughter’s dorm, I noticed a piece of art on one of the doors. It was apparently created by a young child as the signature indicated crude penmanship.  Come to think of it…given the fact that I was at a university, I would certainly HOPE that the art was created from someone much younger being it’s elementary style.

Q tip art sampleThis art was created by dipping the ends of Q-tips into various paint colors.  This theme was apparently autumn, however, I can see the use of different colors used to highlight other seasons, painting dots to represent for example flowers or buds.

The style of Pointillism which is a technique that places small, distinct dots of pure color usually paint are applied in patterns to form an image. Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism but, this effect can be accomplished in a wide variety of mediums including markers.  It can be replicated easily by painting on the ends of Q-tips.

I recall creating a Pointillism project in art class in the 6th grade where we used Q-tips for this technique. Each dot represented a section of an object and when we stood back to appreciate each dot, our eyes focused on blending the colors naturally. The technique relies on the ability of the eye and mind of the viewer to blend the color spots into a fuller range of tones, thus completing the picture from dots to larger images. The same goes for this tree sample when you squint your eyes, individual dots become a whole area.

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I found a blog that highlighted an interesting project that also used Q-tips.  This project was inspired by nature.  It is also a sculptural work of art.  This simple yet creative piece was completed by an elementary student in an art class as posted by a teacher at: Splish Splash Splatter.  I can see an adult using these for table setting decorations, a festive wreath, hanging in a window pane area or even just displayed on a large platter, as well as in a pot as a potted plant, or created in several different sizes placed in a container like a topiary display, just to suggest a few.

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What so you say, are you going to look at the use of Q-tips more creatively from now on? These are just a few of the interesting art projects you can try using Q-tips. Are you ready to help someone get started?

Be sure to check back on this blog or better yet, sign up for the easy sign-in to get notices when a new post is shared. Creativity has no limits and it is Club Creative Studio’s pleasure to share tidbits of creative information. Enjoy your future Q-tip Art projects.

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