Enlist the kids’ help to make a bouquet of cheery poppies to grace the summer picnic table. This is an inexpensive project that besides a pair of scissors, requires only paper, glue, floral wire and tape, and correction liquid. This is a great project to do with children as the glassine blossoms require creasing, which can be accomplished through shaping by hand (crumpling in the fist). Older children can further assist by applying correction fluid to the fringe of the flower center.
In his new book, Paper Blooms, Jeffery Rudell demonstrates how to create 25 simple but extraordinary paper flowers. Jeffery, an accomplished and versatile paper artist, guides readers through how to construct flowers in his signature style—polished, pretty, and modern— utilizing numerous step-by-step photos to visually illustrate how to construct the various flower components: stems, petals, and foliage.
The flower varieties are constructed from materials including purchased papers, glassine, vellum, coffee filters, and paint chips. The paper selection helps determine each flower’s aesthetics—opaque to gossamer, bold and striking to understated elegance.
Beautiful inspiration pages give readers ideas for the many ways the flowers may be used—as a whimsical cupcake topper, a decorative element for a place card or package, or a more elaborate room decor element.
In this increasingly fast-paced world where thoughts are communicated in abbreviated text and then transmitted and received in nano seconds, I’m heartened to see a renewed interest in hand lettering. Putting pen to paper is a good way to slow down and really consider what message you want to impart—whether to others or just yourself. Hand lettering nourishes both the creative and intellectual parts of our beings and the beauty of it is that anyone can do it. Whether you scribble, print, or write in flowing script, you’re already hand lettering—it’s simple to take it a step further. Creative Lettering:Techniques & Tips from Top Artists, a just-released title, encourages readers to explore the possibilities…
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Chocolate, sugar, and caramel, who doesn’t love sweets?! Whether they’re crunchy, chewy, or melt-in-your-mouth, sweets are awesome. Which is why they make terrific gifts—and Valentine’s Day is just a mere month away. What’s your favorite treat, or your sweetheart’s? Chocolate and nuts, chocolate with fruit, plain old milk chocolate? Butter crisps? Toffee? Marshmallow crème puffs? Can’t pick just one? That’s why Sweet Confections has 40 tasty recipes to keep your sweet tooth happy. Here’s a sampling of the options!
Left to Right:
Top row: Honeycomb Candy, Divinity Sundaes, Mixed-Nut Dark Chocolate Truffles
Center row: Fruit Jam Jellies, Vanilla Cheesecake Fudge, Toffee
Bottom row: Caramel Pinwheels, Pina Colada Truffles, Orange Walnut Chocolate Nougat
And because we want your sweet tooth to be happy, we’re giving away the Divinity Sundaes recipe (see center of top row for pic). Enjoy!
Nom nom nom…
thanks to Shannon Y for being recipe consultant!
Old St. Nick will be making his rounds a week from now. With Christmas just a scant seven days away, it’s time to get serious about those last minute gifts. This time of the year you have little time and maybe even littler cash. What you need is something quick, inexpensive, and beautiful. Check, check, and check—we’ve got you covered.
Ready? This will be easy. In a nutshell, here’s what you do: 1. find a smooth, pretty stone (free), 2. carve a simple stamp from rubber (can even be a white rubber eraser—cheap), 3. stamp your carved image onto your rock, and 4. add little dots of color, if you want to. Presto, done! What you now have is a lovely piece of art to give (or perhaps keep). Uses? Create several and line them up down a tabletop for a stunning centerpiece, or personalize each with a name and use as a place card and a party favor. Nestle one in a potted plant container, or use it as a paperweight. Arrange a few on a windowsill, or sprinkle them in a flower garden, make a larger version to serve as a pretty doorstop…and so on.
Click here for the complete how-to instructions and the plant templates. These and 48 additional signature motifs by Geninne D. Zlatkis can be found in Making an Impression: Designing & Creating Artful Stamps. Geninne is an illustrator and blogger living in Mexico. Her illustrated prints and licensed designs have been available through Urban Outfitters and are featured on an organic fabric line with Cloud 9 Fabrics and a pocket planner from Galison.
An age-old sign of welcome, many homes display a wreath during the holidays. A wreath hung on the front door has come to symbolize the hospitality that will be found within. Originally wreaths were made from evergreen branches that along with the circular shape, symbolize eternal life. Changing times and clever crafters have expanded on the materials that wreaths are now made with. Click on the links to go to the tutorials.
Above: The Food Network
FOOD—We’re a nation of foodies so it makes perfect sense to extend that love to wreaths.
More wreaths after the jump.
What child wouldn’t love to see this little guy peaking out from beneath the tree on Christmas morning? Heck, maybe you’d like him for your own! The pup pictured is made from wool suiting, which makes him especially durable and endearing and his plump legs are jointed, thanks to buttons that allow for his limbs to pivot. These add to Bobi’s charm and character, but also make him inappropriate for children under three years of age. His spots and inner ears and legs are made from fabrics different than that of the main body and don’t require much yardage, allowing for fun fabric selection opportunities, so dig deep in your stash.
There are many ways you can customize your pooch, like recycling fabric from a favorite old shirt or by using a plain, sturdy fabric like denim for the main body and turning Bobi into an autograph hound. The suiting material suggested makes a great blank canvas for touches of embroidery or even a rhinestone collar—so get creative and pimp that pup! Click here for the pattern and instructions.
Bobi Dog was designed by Maria Madeira, one of the 10 soft doll designers featured in We Make Dolls!: Top Dollmakers Share Their Secrets & Patterns, by Jenny Doh.
While it’s still a tad early for thoughts of Christmas (you wouldn’t know it from the Christmas tree displays in retail stores though), chances are that once you see how easy it is to make this pendant, you’ll want to whip out a few extras for holiday gifts—maybe even make some nice matching earrings, too. I tell you this now so that you can gather up a nice supply of leaves (or press some petite flowers) while the getting is still good. Time it right and you can opt for fall foliage in yellows, reds, or oranges. For you crafters in the warmer climes, you can even cash in on the last of the late blooms.
This pretty little pendant is one of the 40+ super-duper easy projects featured in Mod Podge Rocks! by Amy Anderson. This piece was designed by one of the book’s guest contributors, Candie Cooper (author of Metalworking 101 for Beaders, Necklaceology, and Felted Jewelry). To make it you’ll use the amazing Dimensional Magic Mod Podge which protects embellishments while adding a nifty three-dimensional effect. After you experience DMMP once, you’ll want to squeeze it onto any flat surface. Yeah, really, it’s that cool.
Click here for project instructions.