Thursday, December 22, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

3D Math as Art – Paper Tori by Kris Koch

As those of us in the northern hemisphere hurtle toward Winter Solstice and many other celebrations that take place at this near-magical time of year, I have to say the topic for today's post, along with its ethereal images, could not have dropped into my inbox at a better time. Kris Koch, the maker and photographer of paper sculptures that prompted thoughts about the joys of increased light and longer days, was a recent Paper Connection itajime giveaway winner. When Kris replied to my message telling her she had won, she was thrilled, of course, and casually mentioned her new-to-me type of paper art. We struck up a conversation and this post is a result of my education, a la Kris, about paper tori.

Mum Torus

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Paper Stitching on Holiday Cards

As another idea in my #SnailMailStash series, I thought I would show you this stitched card that's fun to make (provided needle and thread don't cause panic), pretty quick, and sure to impress any non-crafty recipient. Plus it slides easily into an envelope with no need for bubble wrap or extra postage.

Paper Stitched Stars Card

Monday, December 12, 2016

Quilled Wedding Invitation Mat - New Orleans Style

A few months ago I created a quilled wedding invitation mat for a couple who married earlier this year in New Orleans. They had chosen a French Quarter-themed invitation from Etsy shop Seahorse Bend Press in Houston that provided a design I enjoyed translating into dimensional quilling.

Quilled Wedding Invitation Mat

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Diana Ferguson Jewelry - Petals to the Metal Earrings Second Chance Giveaway

 Congratulations to Maureen, whose entry number was chosen by!

If you're in full-on holiday shopping mode, here's an idea for the women on your list (yourself included, of course)...perhaps one who is already looking forward to her spring wardrobe, the way I am now that the weather has turned chilly and gray in the mid-Atlantic states.

Diana Ferguson Jewelry S.T.R.O.N.G. Petals to the Metal Earrings

Diana Ferguson of Diana Ferguson Jewelry creates some of the most striking jewelry with paper elements that I've come across. You might remember her work from an earlier giveaway this season... to those of you who weren't lucky enough to win, I have good news! But first, let me show you the reason I know just how lovely Diana's jewelry is.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Paper Sculpture Figures by Patty Grazini - Baroque People and Their Pets

Perhaps, like me, you look forward to seeing paper artist Patty Grazini's annual collection of historical figures that she makes entirely of paper. Each November, themed work that Patty has completed during the year is featured in a show at Curtis Steiner in Ballard, Seattle. This year's remarkable assemblage features Baroque people and their pets. I invited Patty to tell us about her impetus for the project as well as a bit about her process... Welcome, Patty!

I have always enjoyed combining my art and with my interest in history and culture. When I started this paper group, I knew that I would create a body of work based around classic paintings of people and their pets.

Dog Paper Sculpture by Patty Grazini 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Make a Tiny House Paper Ornament

Last year toward the end of December when the holiday rush was winding down, I made a couple of paper craft projects I'd been itching to do all season long. These little paper houses were tops on my list. I'd noticed handmade dioramas of decorated rooms on Etsy in the lead up to Christmas and was excited to see the creator, paper engineer Helen Friel, featured on the Etsy UK blog. Not only that, but the post included a template provided by her to make an irresistible tiny house... thanks Helen!

Christmas Paper Houses 
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