On Love, Life and Being Back in the Swing of Things

It has taken my fingers, wrist and hand much longer to recover than expected.  When the doctor said a sprain can take as long as a fracture to heal, I didn’t really take it too serious.  I have had sprains before.  They have never taken this long to heal!  Boy was I in for a

On the Creative Journey and Unexpected Detours

Running an artistic ecard business, like Ojolie, requires a lot of fresh ideas for new card designs. Even though it is a constant process of looking for inspiration, at the start of every year, I begin the planning process for what new cards are going to be released and when. This year a little accident

2016 is around the corner!

The joy of creating  Is it that time already? Time seems to be flying by and before you blink the New Year is upon us. This usually means reflecting on the year that was and setting your intentions for the year ahead. The pressure is on to devise your New Year resolutions; lose weight, exercise

Sparkling New Year

Hand lettered words appear in gold foil I have celebrated the New Year with family and friends in Asia a few times now. What has delighted me most, given the time differences, is that as I watch and enjoy as the celebrations, they continued around the world after starting in Asia. It is like experiencing

12 days of Christmas in a Paper Wonderland

Most people are familiar with the Christmas song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. To most it’s a delightful nonsensical rhyme set to music. As I recently discovered, it is a good deal more than just a repetitious melody with pretty phrases and a list of strange gifts. 12 Days of Christmas Paper Cut Motifs To

Paper Cutting or “Scherrenschnitte” Traditions

This is the first of a series of blog posts on the tradition of paper cutting, a folkloric practice close to my heart and my art! Scherrenschnitte which literally means scissor cuts in German, is the traditional art of paper cutting. Using scissors or a knife, a silhouette of the image or scene is cut

Who’s been naughty AND nice?

This year I wanted to develop a theme inspired by our pets as they are so much part of our families, as our human children are. For this new Christmas ecard, the idea was to inject a bit of fun into the festive season using three little mischievous kittens. Digital kitten engaging with scanned images

Illuminate the World with Peace

I developed two new cards as a response to all the turmoil going on around the world. We wanted to remind people that despite all the chaos, we can choose to focus on positivity and resonate this intention out to all those around us. Reflecting on the idea of light as a symbol of hope

Painting with Fresh Roses

The most amazing smell of roses filled my little studio today, as I was ‘painting’ with roses.  Gently prying them apart or manipulating them into an arrangement for the newest card I am working on for Mother’s Day. After weeks of working late into the night at my easel, painting on canvas, it was incredibly