Archive for the ‘Paper’ Category

I was perusing around the Marth Stewart website, as I often do when I need a quick break from working, and ran upon these cakes decorated with hand made paper crocus and snowdrops on the Craft’s Dept Blog. Two of my favorite things combined, crafts and dessert.  Almost too pretty to eat…

You can find the cake recipe here and how to information for the paper flowers here.


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Here are some quick and easy last-minute DIY valentine ideas. If you are a procrastinater like me, these ideas may come in handy today. After perusing the stationery store yesterday and feeling like I couldn’t deal with the throngs of people hunting for V-day cards, I decided to head home and make some. I’ve noticed that nice cards, like breakfast cereal, have increased in price exponentially over time, plus there were seriously slim pickings.  I actually made a few versions because I was having fun and couldn’t decide between cute or all out gushing. I will say that my Mr. isn’t the particularly mushy or romantic type, unlike myself, but I feel a card is always nice to give and receive.

One of my favorite Valentine crafts is this felt heart pins project from the Pearl Bee – so simple and lovely.  I actually have felt fabric on hand because my craft closet is overflowing with an abundance of things I don’t necessarily need or use on a regular basis, but it comes in handy when I want to make things. However, if you don’t have copious amounts of craft junk or felt on hand these can be made from other materials besides felt.  You can really use any scraps of fabric, even old clothing and sweaters would work great. And seriously, what says I love you more than a chunk of your favorite worn out sweater crafted into a wearable pin for your sweets?

I actually took it one step further and pinned them to piece of scrap card stock, that just happens to have hearts on the reverse side, (Thank you again craft hoard!), trimmed the edges with a scallop cutter, and used letter stamps for some heartfelt sentiments.

I also made a pop-up heart valentine and all you need are paper and scissors.  I recommend using a heavier card stock for a single one color card, but if you want a layered effect use a thinner paper as the card will be doubled. Fold paper in half and cut heart out half way on the crease of the fold. Open up card and push the heart inwards towards you, to what is the inside of the card.  Slightly pinch the heart on the inside of the card and fold the card closed on the outside crease.  The heart will naturally move inward when pinched. If you want multiple hearts I suggest cutting them and folding/ pinching them one at a time as they interfere with one anothers ability to fold inward. I cut multiple hearts on the how to example shots below so you could see what was going on. You can layer different colors of paper for a background color, using double-sided tape to join the sheets of paper together.  Voila! You now have a pop-up heart card that was easy to make, but not short on love.

Here are the ones that I made:

Happy Valentines Day! XOX

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Coming up Roses

I mentioned making this crepe paper flower in the post from last Friday and thought I would share the results with you. This project has been on my “To Make” list for some time, but I will tell you, it’s not the easiest thing I’ve ever made. It requires a bit of patience, possibly a few screams, and some extra hands help if you can find them, (My Mr. was an eye-witness to the struggle, as well as the extra hands).  I chose to use yellow/light yellow double-sided crepe paper ordered from D. Blumchen & Co., because yellow roses are my favorite. Mine doesn’t look quite like Martha’s and it did take me a few tries to get it just right, but it looks like a rose. I think the effort was well worth it, it’s really pretty.  I haven’t decided yet where to put it, but I think it would look great on a vanity or desk.




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