Thursday, December 12, 2013

Giving the Gift of Creativity.

Hello there! It’s Susan from with something a little different for my December project – a challenge! During this holiday season, I challenge you to give the gift of creativity!

If you’re like me, a lot of your friends and family don’t quite understand your obsession with creating. Some may say things like “I don’t have the patience (time, talent, etc) for that.” Some marvel over your creations as if there is no way human hands could create such a thing. Some are generally indifferent. I'll bet there's also at least one or two you can think of that are genuinely interested. They ask questions about how you did it. Want to know what kind of materials you used or compare it to something they tried some time ago. They let you prattle on about books, blogs, tools and supplies actually listening and maybe even remembering a few things. Instead of making them a gift and telling them all about it – why not give them gift of making themselves? 

I’m so excited to be doing just that and challenge you to do the same. Last month, Diane posted a tutorial that I just loved and thought perfect for a beginner with Creative Paperclay® Modeling Material. With Diane’s permission, I’ve printed her instructions and put together a getting started kit for a good friend of mine. 

Included in the kit are all of the supplies she will need to make this project. Remember – this is for a beginner, don’t assume they have supplies on hand! I had to be a little creative, I picked up large gems to use in place of the buttons and bought a craft wood plank since I never could find one to reclaim. I made notes on the printed tutorial where I made substitutions. I picked up the items at Michaels with a coupon and it totals roughly $23. With more creative shopping, you could probably get it right in the $20 range.

As an added bonus - I included this on the second page of the tutorial:
I'm pretty sure you can't get that kind of personal service from a store bought kit! I so hope she loves the gift - I totally do, there's a good chance I'm going to give this tutorial a whirl myself! If you put together a kit, I'd love to hear about it. Drop me a comment here or an email to

On my blog,, I'm musing a bit on creatives, busy times of year, and how I was inspired to put together this gift. Stop by and take a peek!

Thank you for visiting the Creative Paperclay® Modeling Material blog. Your support means the world to all of us! Happy Holidays, I'll see you again on December 26th.


Terri Sproul said...

fun idea

Rachaeldaisy said...

You'll be getting cute handmade clay models for Christmas from your friend in years to come!

Diane said...

What a perfect gift! I know so many of my friends and family would enjoy this gift.
Giving the gift of creativity is priceless :)
And thank you for liking the tutorial enough to be part of the creative gift. :)

take care,

Susan Owenby said...

Thanks for your comments! You all are really the best!

Quilting Nonnie said...

I love your idea! My grandkids after a little young for this but I usually try and find something creative asa gift. The penguins are adorable.

Donna Chartrand said...

That's a great idea ~ also fun to include the invite if they need help to make the project. Time spent together is always a bonus.

Charmed Confections said...

I absolutely love this idea Susan. This is a must do ... or should I say a must give? Excellent!