Monday, November 20, 2017

DIY Christmas Card: Dimensional Bead Wreath with Quilled Holly Berries

Here's an idea for a handmade Christmas card that the recipient just might decide to frame as a holiday decoration. That sounds like a fine idea to me as then it can be enjoyed for years to come. The triangular corners are reminiscent of a retro photo album. A batch can be made in stages, assembly line-style, and perhaps you have quite a few of the supplies already on hand.

DIY Christmas Card: Dimensional Bead Wreath with Quilled Holly Berries

Monday, November 13, 2017

Two Paper Art Shows: The Nature of Money and Paper Heroes

Longtime readers will remember that each year about this time we have the opportunity to admire a new paper sculpture collection by Seattle artist Patty Grazini. Flowers, birds, butterflies and insects figure into the remarkable pieces that she meticulously crafts with much thought and skillful precision.

Living with Nature (Detail - Head) by Patty Grazini
 Living with Nature (detail - head) 
overall height 10 inches

Monday, November 6, 2017

Where to Find the Best Paper Craft Kits and Printables for the Holidays

This time of year brings out the crafter in me... you too? I enjoy the busy-ness of projects that are useful as holiday decorations or gifts. And so I've rounded up eight creatives who make it easy for us to get started on festive fun by providing patterns and supplies in kit form, as well as instant printable downloads.

Quilled Paper Ornament Kit from BrinDeSev

Monday, October 30, 2017

Petals to the Metal Earrings by Diana Ferguson Jewelry - Giveaway

Congratulations to makkokaze!
Stay tuned for another paper jewelry giveaway coming up later this month.

There's no question about it... paper jewelry always attracts attention. Why? Because it's unexpected! Most people would never consider paper a viable material to make fine jewelry... I'm so glad today's featured artist does just that!

Tee Shirt Stripes Petals to the Metal Earrings by Diana Ferguson Jewelry

Diana of Diana Ferguson Jewelry creates very special earrings, necklaces, and bracelets that range from fun and funky to elegant and sophisticated. Her New Petals to the Metal and Classic Petals to the Metal collections of dangle earrings have a definitive paper aspect, even though they are as durable and long-lasting as jewelry made completely of traditional metals.

Monday, October 23, 2017

More Quilled Jewelry Made by Others from The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry

Oh boy, do I enjoy finding messages in my inbox about projects made by others from The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry! I have new photos to show you today and exciting news about a brand new type of quilling paper that I can't wait to use for more jewelry designs.

Quilled Teardrop Scroll Paper Earrings

Monday, October 16, 2017

Mayumi Origami Etsy Shop Launch and Giveaway

Congratulations to Michaella! Thank you for all of your enthusiastic comments and stay tuned for another beautiful paper jewelry giveaway coming up soon!

I always enjoy featuring the beautiful folded paper jewelry made by Renata Mayumi of Mayumi Origami in Portugal. She has been working hard to launch her new Etsy shop and it is now open! I'm happy to help Renata celebrate by hosting this giveaway, but first, let me show you some of her recent designs.

Mosaic Origami Earrings - Mayumi Origami
Mosaic Earrings

Monday, October 9, 2017

Custom Wedding Ketubahs - Oren Loloi of Papercuts By Oren

Since I last featured cut paper ketubahs by Oren Loloi of Papercuts By Oren, he has continued to create many striking designs. His journey from illustrator to graphic designer to papercut artist is an interesting one. Oren spoke about it in my previous post/interview... worth a read if you have time. And in case the term is an unfamiliar one, a ketubah is a Jewish marriage contract that is framed and hung in a couple's home.  
 Helios Papercut Ketubah by Papercuts By Oren - Detail

The Helios (Golden Sunburst) is his most popular design... no surprise as a metallic flash is a surefire way to attract attention!

Helios Papercut Ketubah by Papercuts By Oren

Monday, October 2, 2017

Green Banana Paper Eco-Friendly Slim Wallet - Giveaway

Congratulations to Namrata, winner of a Slim Wallet!

If terms like eco-friendly, sustainable, handmade, vegan, durable, and lightweight are appealing to you when it comes to choosing a new wallet, this brand new design from Green Banana Paper has your name on it!

Green Banana Paper - Slim Wallet on Kickstarter

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