Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Holiday Paper Treats

Paper-y goodness in card and gift form found its way into my life this holiday season, so I thought it would be fun to do an assemblage post before Christmas and New Year celebrations have faded too far from our thoughts.

This pretty laser cut card with a birds-in-birches, tri-fold design was sent by my sister. It's from Peter Pauper Press.


We also received this more unusual holiday greeting. It's a 3D punch, fold, and assemble paperboard rendition of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein's 1996 bronze sculpture Brushstroke. A mini-art piece at about six inches tall, it's perfect for desk display.



Casey Starks of Vitamini and vitaModern sent this retro Noel card that she screen printed after creating the paper cutting. If you've had a yen to try screen printing, but haven't known quite where to start, Casey details the process and shows how to make something very nice in the All Things Paper book due out this spring.


Linda Thalmann of PaperPhine surprised me with these red/white and black/white paper twines. Amazing stuff, it's strong, yet flexible and easily manipulated - great for gift wrapping or jewelry making. She also has a stylish project in the book.


Laura Nicoulaud of Laura des villes Laura des champs sent me a vitrified paper boat necklace as a thank you for hosting her giveaway and for featuring the shop this past year. It's gorgeous, as is the elegant, faceted paper box. By the way, hiver is French for winter - I looked it up. :)


My husband was in California right before Christmas and brought back this beautiful sheet of metallic Japanese paper from a letterpress shop in Berkeley called Twig & Fig. I'm planning to have it framed as I can't imagine cutting into it. He had the opportunity to attend a Japanese tea ceremony in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park where the guests were given authentic paper fans... durable, yet light as a feather.


You might recall Bronia Sawyer and her stunning mirrored book sculptures. I was thrilled to receive this matted photograph of Book Lungs and have picked out a spot to hang it as soon as I find the perfect frame. She also sent along postcards that show additional images of her altered book art.


Last but not least, a bottle of Fetzer wine found its way under the Christmas tree - apropo because the 2012 Fetzer Vineyards ad campaign by the Formium agency featured quilling and layered paper cut trees.


You may have seen one of their ads on the ATP Facebook page, but I wanted to share it here also.


I'll never grow tired of seeing beautifully quilled ad designs and just wish each one would indicate what this on-edge paper art is called... surely people who have never seen it before must wonder!


  1. Beautiful cards, thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed them, Meg. Happy New Year to you too!

  2. Such elegant art work...amazing!
    A 'Quilling' category is being added to our County Fair; this category is already a part of the Oregon State Fair.
    Happy New Year, and thank you for the year round inspiration!!!
    Paper Hugs,

    1. Yay! I hope you'll enter the fair, Jan. You're very welcome about the inspiration - it's my pleasure. Happy New Year!

  3. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love the card your sister sent you - the birch trees! I just love birch trees!!!! I've been working on a cut file off and on for something similar and it was fun to see one already finished...and sooooo much better than what was in my brain! lol!

    1. Good Kim! I'm glad the card helped with ideas.

  4. Each of your gifts ,so special and thoughtful. They are all beautiful. Love your sister's card and the fan a lot. How perfect the swirls and circles are in the ad!! Never can get enough of it.

  5. I guess it's no mystery what you like, Ann. The better to figure out what to send you during these wonderful end of the year holidays! Thanks for sharing such great gifts and cards. What a delight! Happy new year to you and everyone!!!!!

  6. BTW, I'm excited that you'll be publishing an "All Things Paper" book. I can't wait to hear more about it! Bon Chance!

  7. You did really well in the card department this year! And thanks so much for showing off my card. Happy New Year!

  8. Thanks for the mention Ann I feel so happy that you will have the photo hanging in your home. happy new year :)


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