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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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Last week I showed you a picture of an origami box, that I created for this month’s Virtual Crafting Challenge. In today’s post, I would like to share a video tutorial of how the box was made. 

My Origami Gift Box. Decorated using Clarity Stamps

These boxes will vary in size, depending on what size of paper that you begin folding with. I would recommend using paper rather than card and a GSM of about 80-100 gsm. You could use patterned scrapbook paper for these boxes, or create your own patterned paper, by inking and stamping plain paper. 

You Will Need:

  • Two sheets of paper, cut to a square. Any size, but I demo with  6 x 6″ in the film
  • Steel Ruler
  • Craft Knife
  • Cutting Mat
  • Bone folder
  • Pencil

To Embellish

  • Ribbon
  • Decorative stamps
  • Ink to co-ordinate with your colour scheme.

Method

Here is the film to show you how to create your Origami Box. I am not the originator of this folded design, it is a classic from the origami world. 

These boxes would be perfect for small gifts, on tables for parties and for celebrations. I hope you have a go and enjoy making these useful little boxes. The stamp I used on my film, is one of the small Ornate Corners by Clarity Stamps

Star Book, inside the Origami Gift Box

My Gift box contains a Star Book, another classic from the origami world. The stamped design again features Clarity stamps. This is my modified design, based on an original demonstration, by Barbara Gray, from Clarity stamps. As shown on Create and Craft TV in January 2010. 

Star Book Featuring Clarity Stamps

Links

Clarity Stamp Barbara Gray’s excellent rubber stamp company.

Graphicus also stock the two sizes of Ornate Corner stamps.

There will be a video tutorial, of the creation of the star book, coming soon.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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It’s been a very interesting day! I decided to make an origami box for this month’s Virtual Crafting Challenge. I saw Jen Lowe demonstrate it on You Tube, which inspired me and I was going to give her credit for the design until…I went into my loft.

As regular readers will know I have been seriously bitten by the bookbinding bug. Whilst reading Keith Smith’s books on the subject I noticed that he often quotes his former tutor who taught him stitches based on embroidery stitches. This got me thinking, back in the days when my hands worked better I used to do a little embroidery and a friend of the family gave me a book detailing many kinds of stitch. I knew I had the book in the loft so with encouragement of my DH I ventured into the loft to find it.

I found the book and also a selection of crafting magazines that my late mother had collected back in the 1970s. I brought these downstairs to look through and guess what… the exact box that I had just made was described in one of the magazines :0  :)

Here is a picture of the cover of the magazine circa 1972

Handicrafts (circa 1972)

Handicrafts (circa 1972)

 

Here is a picture of the origami box instructions from there

Origami Box described

Origami Box described

 

And last by by no means least here are pictures of the boxes I created for the challenge

Origami Box

Origami Box

 

Origami Box

Origami Box

 

It just goes to show how hard it is to create something original :) Many of the origami models seen around today have been reproduced from models created many many years ago.

 

Links

If you would like to see the video that Jen Lowe created for You Tube on the model I made, please follow this link.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

 

Billie :)

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I would like to share a picture of the origami Peace Crane earings that I made my good friend Lynn for Christmas.

 

Origami Peace Crane earings

Origami Peace Crane earings

 

They are made from gold coloured velum, this turned out to be a bit heavy to fold with but I got there in the end. This was another project I found in the Paper Fold It book that I bought some weeks ago.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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I would like to share a picture with you of the origami sachet that I made using instructions from the Paper Fold It book that I reviewed a couple of weeks ago.

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

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

I made the decorative paper 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

As an open box 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; http://www.graphicus.co.uk/prodpage.asp?ProdID=2262

Paper Fold It; http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paper-Fold-Exquisite-Folding-Projects/dp/071532585X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226072228&sr=8-1

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

 

Billie :)

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I saw Judi Watanibi make a Surprise Box with Flair over on www.tvweekly.com and have tweeked the idea a little to create a gift box.

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I was trying to work out how to show you this as a tutorial when I discovered Erin Michele over on You Tube wonderfully demonstrates just what I was trying to show you.

You can make this box in any size as long as there is about a 1 cm difference between your base and lid pieces of paper.

You Will Need

  • Two pieces of square card, scrapbook card is ideal.
  • The second piece of card needs to be 1cm smaller on two sides, than the first.
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Steel ruler
  • Cutting mat

 

Method

Fold cut and assemble the base and lid of the box as shown in Erin’s video  http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=q3ROyc7iEZY&NR=1  and you will have a nice sturdy gift box.

Decorate to suit your project, I have added a medallion created from a rubber stamp and pierced a small hole in the centre of the lid to add a ribbon pull.

Links

Judi’s Surprise Box with Flair http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8571448044342828508#

Erin Michele channel on You Tube http://uk.youtube.com/user/erinmichele

This is another variation on the idea http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=410418

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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