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In today’s post I’d like to share a picture of the paper flower I made. This is another piece for this months Virtual Crafting Challenge, whose current theme is Paper and card.

Paper Flower

Paper Flower

Some weeks back my friend Lynn, over on Garden Pinks website made the most wonderful Kusudama ball using these. I’ve not got that far yet, perhaps nearer to Christmas I’ll have a go.

These flowers are quite quick to make and if you use printed paper that is different on each side you get some really pretty results. I’m hoping to experiment with some hand decorated paper and see what results that gives. My flower was made using pearl paper. I’ve linked to the instructions I followed at the end of the article. Ask me real nice and perhaps I’ll create a video tutorial on how to put one of these flowers together.

Links

Check out the Folding Trees website as they have a tutorial on creating these flowers Kusudama and lots more projects too. It’s a fantastic resource and well worth a visit, or three ;)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post, I’d like to share a picture of the latest Origami Gift Box, that I recently made. 

My second Origami Box. Decorated with Clarity Stamps

 

 

Products Used

  • Paper; Plain Pearl from The Paper Mill Shop
  • Ink; Brilliance Coffee Bean BD-54
  • Stamps; Clarity CLNC224-C Ornate Corner Small

 

For directions for folding the box, please refer to post Video Tutorial for Origami Box posted 26 February 2010. 

Links

Clarity Stamp Barbara Gray’s excellent rubber stamp company.

Graphicus also stock the two sizes of Ornate Corner stamps

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I would like to share details of how to create the Star Book, I showed you in February.

Star Book Featuring Clarity Stamps

The star Book is a classic structure, with links to origami and also to book binding. It is quite simple to make and would be a very charming gift. With a different colour scheme this would also work as a hanging window ornament for Christmas. Would look wonderful in velum.

You Will Need

For the Construction of the Book

  • 6 sheets of paper (100 gsm or less) cut to perfect squares. I used Plain Pearl from the Paper Mill Shop
  • Craft Knife
  • Cutting Mat
  • 2 Pieces of Matt board or similar for the covers
  • Bone Folder

For Decorating the Book Pages

  • Rubber stamps. I’ve used Clarity Stamps CLNC24-E Ornate Corner and CLNC224-C Ornate Corner Small
  • Inks compatable to your choice of paper. I used Brilliance Coffee Bean BD-54

For Decorating the Cover

  • Versafine ink
  • Perfect Pearls in colours to co-ordinate with the project.  Iused Bronze
  • Ranger Acrylic Paint Dabbers. I used Gold

For Assembling the Book

  • Prit Stick, or glue compatible to the paper you used for your pages. A dry glue or double sided tape will prevent pages rippling.
  • Ribbon. Colour to co-ordintate to your project.

Method

Here is my video demonstration, to show the stamping and assembly of the book. I was inspired by an original demonstration by Barbara Gray on Create and Craft TV of a very similar book to this one. My book features different stamps to the one Barbara demonstrated in the show, and I have modified her original stamping too.

Links

Clarity Stamp Barbara Gray’s excellent rubber stamp company.

Graphicus also stock the Small and large sizes of the Ornate Corner stamps.

I hope you have enjoyed the film,  if you have any questions do leave me a comment.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Are you looking for ideas for place settings for you Christmas/holiday table? I would like to share some pictures with you of the origami sachet that I made using instructions from the Paper Fold It book.

Add a name tag for a place setting for the Christmas table

The decorative paper was made using the Season’s Greetings CD from the Artylicious range made by Graphicus. I printed different designs on each side of the paper and used the preset square background paper from the CD. This prints out to just under 6″ square and is perfect for small projects like this.

Here is a different view of the sachet once it is open, if you want to fill it with confectionery it makes a wonderful open box. It’s an either or arrangement as if you want to tie it closed you can only put flat items inside, its a sachet not a TARDIS ;) The alternative being having it as an open box which gives more opportunitues for gifts or treats inside.

Filled with chocolates

This project could be used for all kinds of messages or gifts, co-ordinate your papers to what ever occassion you are using it for.

Links

Graphicus; Season’s Greetings CD

Paper Fold It; Available from Amazon UK

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share a tutorial for an exploding box. It’s still a paper craft project for those of you getting worried! These make wonderful place settings for holiday parties and are a great alternative to crackers for those of us with limited dexterity.

The finished box will look like this;

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You Will Need

  • Exploding Box Templates. I created templates for 3cm and 6cm Boxes with full instructions. The PDF’s were kindly added to the Stamping Mad Forum site. The link will take you to the post on the forum. From there you can download the PDF’s for the boxes of your choice.  You will need to download these to follow this project ;)
  • A4 card stock that will go through your printer.
  • A printer
  • Steel Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Scoring tool

You can use plain or pre printed patterned cardstock. If you only have plain paper use craft CD’s to create the patterned paper that will suit your finished project.

The template has been designed to fit within an A4 sheet. For the 3cm box, print one A5 background from Artylicious CD, the box and it’s lid will fit within it. The 6cm box with the lid and inserts will require 2 sheets of A4 backgrounds from the CD.

Method

  • Open the PDF of the size of box you wish to make.
  • Read through the instructions on the screen.
  • Print your background designs on to your chosen card, then allow the ink to dry. Put the card back into the printer and print the box template directly onto the card.
  • Follow the instructions within the PDF for how to cut, fold and assemble your Exploding box and it’s lid.
  • Add additional images as toppers to your basic box, and embellish you box to your chosen theme.

Ideas for your box

I am using these one’s as place settings for our Christmas table. These are also ideal for anyone with dexterity problems who can’t manage crackers :) Due to RSI I cannot pull a cracker, so it will be nice to be able to join in with these instead. I’m sure there are shops that sell paper hats and you can print your own jokes if you really want to use these as alternatives to crackers. You could add a special small gift or the confectionary of your choice to the smaller inner box. If you want to add a larger gift, don’t add the inner box, this will leave you more room inside the box. :)

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If you made this box in different styles of card, it could easily be adapted for;

Birthdays, Weddings, Christenings, Baby showers. It is a perfect size for place settings and enables you to tailor your chosen gift to the person you are giving it to. Try printing on pearlescent card for a really impressive result.

Links

Here are a just a few suppliers who produce CD’s of papers and toppers, that you can use to create your background papers.

  • Graphicus  I used their Season’s Greeting’s CD from their Artylicious range to create the sample shown in this tutorial.  Artylicious is a truly wonderful range of artwork that is even better when you see it in real life.
  • Joanna Sheen  Joanna has a wide range of CD’s on all kinds of topics, they all include background papers, as well as toppers.
  • Crafters Companion  All kinds of images on a variety of CD’s

I would like to thank

Many thanks to Helen on the Stamping Mad forum for posting the PDFs for me.

Stamping Mad Forum  A friendly and welcoming forum for crafters of all levels, do come and have a look round.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

**Edited & updated from a post previously published on this blog 28 November 2008**

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