Ananda and I have corresponded a few times about various projects, and I was interested to learn she is a landscape architect who would very much like to turn her creative talents and enjoyment of teaching/writing into a full-time career. I can definitely see this happening as she is brimming with ideas.
...and this poppy tutorial makes use of crepe paper and paint, plus a neat way to make stamens.
Last, but definitely not least because there are many how-tos on Ananda's site, a pretty set of cut paper lanterns that would be just right for an outdoor party.
Ananda of A Piece of Rainbow has a tutorials page and is also on Facebook.