All posts tagged: paper crafts

that cupid hit me. mmm mmm.

Love is in the air and Valentine’s crafting is in full swing. Here’s a simple DIY that you can use as a Valentine’s greeting or party decor. Materials & tools: Wooden dowel / pencil / stick Colorful paper Decorative tape Adhesive (glue tape recommended) Scissors Step 1: Cut out two hearts (or two triangles) for the arrowhead and two tail shapes. These can be any size, but note each heart pair and each tail pair should be the same size. Step 2: Glue the arrowhead and tail to the dowel. Attach the corresponding arrowhead and tail so that the dowel is sandwiched. Step 3: Cut the tail fringe. Step 4: Add decorative tape. Add as much or as little as you wish! Step 5: Spread the love. Cupid’s got nothin’ on these arrows!  

garland challenge part seven.

And here’s the rest of them – for a total of 366 garlands! I can’t take all the credit because the Hubby helped, too – remember the cheese garland? 🙂 Catch parts one, two, three, four, five, and six, too. Which one is your favorite? I think mine is any garland with food. Yum!

something blue.

My baker friend Mollie got married this year, too (the one who made my after wedding brunch treats!) and she asked me to host a paper flower bouquet workshop for her and her brides ladies to prep for the big day. The honor was all mine! Mollie made a bouquet of paper flowers in hues of blue; her ladies made giant crepe paper blooms. There were also delicious snacks and a curious kitten! The lovelies with their lovelies:  Congratulations Mollie and Ben!

say my name.

You may have spotted another heat embossing craft in my last wedding post but in case you missed it here it is in all its glory: our wedding place setting name cards! I found the stamp during our Seattle trip. I didn’t know what I was going to use it for when I purchased it, but I knew I would think of a way to incorporate it into our wedding crafts. It worked out perfectly for our name cards. To match our wedding invitations I mixed gold and copper embossing powder and stamped on the same blush paper. I used my handy brush pen to write our guests’ names. I am particularly fond of how these two cards came out: Easy peasy and fancy shmancy at the same time! All together now! And in the wilds! A snap of our name card on our wedding tablescape. Photo by Ngoc M. Nguyen I’m pretty sure I need to make more of these soon. Can someone please throw a sit down meal party so I can volunteer my name card …

you’re my type. 

Any reason to buy double sided scrapbook paper in pretty colors and prints is a good reason. Our wedding guest book was my favorite craft to put together because it involved just that. It also involved brush markers and a typewriter. Eep! Studio Calico decided to make the most awesome scrapbook album I’ve seen to date: 9in x 12in, which fits nicely on a standard shelf and/or won’t take up too much space on your coffee table. #scrapbooknerdreadytoreport And the inserts are just as baller: 3in x 3in, 3in x 4in, and 4in x 6in slots. I cut paper down to size and had guests type up love notes. Watching my guests learn or relearn the typewriter was really fun. My nephew (age 12) even started to trouble shoot for the grown ups. The pretties!! We loved reading all of our guests’ notes and we can’t wait to fill our album with wedding photo memories! All the things: Album: Studio Calico Paper: Scrapbook.com (by My Mind’s Eye, Pinkfresh Studio, The Project Girl) Typewriter: Alameda Antique Fair Typewriter maintenance …

répondez s’il vous plaît.

We got married! (Oh yeaaaa!!!) So now I get to share all the wedding crafts!! (Hell yeaaaa!!!) Today I’m sharing our wedding invitations. Though there are amazing professionally made invitation designs out there, this was the one wedding detail I had to DIY. We made simple invites + RSVP cards in blush, ivory, and sparkle. (In my world, “sparkle” is a color.) The most time consuming part was designing the invites as getting the spacing right and printing is generally a challenge. We designed our invitations in Comic Life (this is as fancy as we get) and used both black and brown ink. The brown ink almost looked like a rose gold on the blush paper. ::drool:: The front of the invitation received a love stamp and was heat embossed with a mix of copper and gold powder. We also added a hand drawn heart. ❤ I love this detail because it gave the invitation some texture. It was also really fun to mix the embossing powders. The back of the invitation had all the wedding festivity …

tradesies!

My nail artist Masako is learning how to apply eyelash extensions so she practiced on me. In exchange, we had an impromptu crafting session and I taught her how to make paper flowers. Ding ding ding, round two of paper flowers begins now! (Find round one here!) After my eyelash application session, we walked around the corner to Blick and picked up some beautiful papers. Warm colors for the petals and stamen; cool colors for the leaves. The petal/stamen paper was soft and a had a great texture for curling and “squishing.” The leaf paper was thick and made for a sturdy base. After a quick tutorial, we got to making. Masako is super crafty and totally took a liking to this craft. We had a flower garden in no time! We really liked making the tiny ones. AHH, too cute! I’m hoping by the time I return to the salon again there will be a whole bounty of these cuties! And, um, weekend nail salon crafting is pretty fantastic! I think we’re ready for Spring already! …