Showing posts with label Origami. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Origami. Show all posts

Monday, January 12, 2009

Hugs & Kisses Box, Blog Candy Winner And Valentine Card Challenge!

The winner of my blog candy was comment #53 and that was:

Dolce Deb's Designs who said...
Congrats what an honor hope you enjoy it. Your challenge card is just beautiful. Thank you for the chance to win some candy. Hope you have a great week and TFS.Debbie/Phx AZ
January 11, 2009 6:47 PM

so Congratulations Deb! - e-mail me with your name and address and I'll get that set right in the mail to you! [email protected]

I'm sorry everyone couldn't win - I know it's just a super fun stamp set. Remember to keep checking Heather's store to see when it's back in stock.

And here is a fun little Origami box that I made today for the Technique Challenge on Split Coast. You can see the directions here.

I was just starting to look around for fun easy Valentine crafts I could make to sell at our church during coffee hours and this cute box sure fits the bill don't you think?!

The directions on Split Coast include an optional cover but I just wanted an open box and then added a layered punched heart instead. I started my box with an 8" x 8" piece of kraft card stock (instead of the 12x12 in the directions). This makes a box about 2 3/4" square. Just perfect for this basket filler and a handful of kisses to fit into!

I stamped the card stock with the dots after making all the origami folds but before folding it up into the box. I attached the Nestability hearts to the inside of the back edge of the box with some tacky tape. I love how this came out!

Stamps: Polka Dot Basics, Sweet Love: PTI
Paper: Kraft: PTI, Real Red: SU
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine, Palette New Canvas
Accessories: heart nestabilities, cuttlebug, foam dimensionals, tacky tape, basket filler, Hershey Kisses

And one last thing before I go make my supper -

You have probably heard on other blogs or Split Coast about a wonderful challenge going on at Patty Adam's blog. She is asking the stamping community to help her gather 1ooo Valentine cards for children in the hospital to receive and also send to others. You can find more details here - just scroll through her blog - the story keeps growing! You need to e-mail her to request her mail address.

The deadline to send the cards to Patty is 02/07/09. I just sent off 20 cards yesterday. It's a wonderful opportunity for us to share our talents with those who need some cheering......

Thank you for coming by tonight!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

A Pretty Dress and a Proud American

I had a really busy weekend but just had to do the Inspiration and Featured Stamper Challenges on Split Coast!

Stef gave us the inspiration of Movie Dresses and I chose this picture to be inspired by (the girls from the Sex In the City movie).

I just had to make an origami dress for this challenge card - and I used this beautiful designer paper I just got from 7 Gypsies (from my shopping spree at The Papertree where I took Lauren Meader's Workshops as shown in my post below!). I tied a satin sash around the waist and added half pearl stickers as buttons. You can find the pattern for the origami dress in a book titled: Minigami by Gay Merrill Gross published by Firefly books. I got mine at Borders but you can find it on also. The Sentiment is part of a birthday set by See D's. I used my cuttlebug to emboss the script background.

Stamps: See D's birthday set
Paper: Sage Shadow, Groovy Guava, DP: 7 Gypsies
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine, Sage Shadow
Accessories: oval punch, foam dimensionals, green satin ribbon, ticket corner punch, Crystal sticker pearls, sponge

And here is my card for the Featured Stamper Challenge.

Todays Featured Stamper is Maren (MMBC) and you really must check out her gallery - you will be SO inspired. Every single card is a gem! The card I chose to CASE can be seen here. When you CASE a card you need to change things. I changed the colors and stamp. I loved her simple yet stunning design. I used a great DP I just got (at the Papertree again!) by My Mind's Eye and made this a Patriotic card using non-traditional colors based on the colors of the designer paper. The sentiment by Stampendous (yes - I just bought it at Papertree! I came home with 2 bags full of stuff!) is stamped in Versamark ink and then clear embossed. For some reason I felt the need to fill the space to the left of the sentiment (!?!?!) and so added 2 cut out stars from the designer paper.

Well - once again - I'm up late and really have to hop off to bed - now that I've been able to stamp and get my cards done I can sleep KWIM??!!

Thank you so much for spending part of your day with me here!

Stamps: Stampendous
Paper: Really Rust, Mellow Moss, DP: My Minds Eye 20th St. Market
Ink: Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad
Accessories: clear embossing powder, hot gun, grosgrain ribbon, foam dimensionals.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Catching the Sun, Doing it Over and Tulips for the Table

I have so many projects to share with you tonight! I've had a busy weekend - but in between I've been stamping (of course!) to get the SCS challenges done.
First, just let me tell you that we saw The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde last night at the Lyric Stage in Boston. It is a really funny play written in 1895. Then today we went to the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA and had a guided tour of an exhibition called "Remember Me" - where there are everyday articles from the last 100 years donated by families that also include the stories of where they came from and who owned them attached. So lots of culture for me these two days!

Now on to the projects! This card was made for today's Inspiration Challenge which was guest hosted by my friend on SCS, Anne. She gave us this picture of a Sun Catcher to be our inspiration. You can see it below - but you can see it better here.

And here is the card I made based on the Sun Catcher.

I stamped my flowers and leaves on a piece of acetate with white Stazon Ink and then colored them from behind with alcohol inks. I thought this would simulate the transparency of the suncatcher. I found a great tutorial on this process by Sherrie Siemens on the Cornish Heritage Farms web site. I may add a sentiment to it later or may just use it as a general note card.
Stamps: leaf, Natural Beauty - SU, Flower: Stampendous
Paper: PTI White, bordering blue, acetate
Ink: Stazon White - Ranger Alcohol Inks - Cranberry, lettuce, wild plum, stonewashed, alcohol blending solution
Accessories: liquid applique, cuttlebug Folder Distressed stripes, vellum glue dots, aqua brush
Techniques: alcohol inks

This next card was made for a Double Dare Weekly Challenge I do with a group of friends on SCS.

Charlene gave us the challenge this week.

1. We had to pick a card that we thought after we posted it : what was I thinking?!!!
2. Change 2 or more things:I added a framing layer, changed colors and added butterflies.
3. Keep the basic sketch of the first card.
4. Use one color you rarely useI used Stazon Azure - first time I've used this Ink Pad and have had it for maybe a year??!!

My biggest 'whoops' on my first card, which is shown below, was stamping the background right on the card - I think it looks better and is a sturdier card if you stamp on a panel and then mount that onto the card.

Which one do you like better??

Stamps: Tree backgrounder: Cornish Heritage Farms, Sentiment: Wordsworth
Paper: Soft Sky, Basic Black
Ink: Stazon Azure, so saffron
Accessories: distresser, sponge, butterfly punch: Martha Stewart, dimensionals

And now my final project for today - the Origami flower place cards I've been promising to show you for the past few days!

Aren't these just the cutest things?? I made them for our dinner table for Mother's Day. They are origami tulips, leaves and stand. I got the pattern from a book called 'Minigami' by Gay Merrill Gross published by Firefly Books. I purchased mine at Borders Books and you can also find it on line at places like They work up in a flash.

The stand has a little slot in the back where the stems just slip right in. I computer generated the names, punched them with the large oval punch and attached them to the front of the stand. I think these will look really pretty at everyone's place on the table tomorrow!

Thanks for checking in with me today - I made 10,000 hits today! and I am so very grateful to everyone for having interest in my 'stuff' here!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there - I hope you have a wonderful day with your families!

Today's Quote from Poor Richard's Almanac by Ben Franklin: "Well done is better than well said."

Stamps: none
Paper: Origami red, blue, purple, green, PTI White, unknown blue
Ink: none
Accessories: glue dots
Techniques: origami

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

An Early Father and Blogging with A Purpose Award

Hi everyone! I've been working on some cards that I'm going to bring to a local shop - hopefully to sell (!) Some of those I'm bringing are these Father's Day cards. I'm sure you've seen these fun origami shirts before - this year I added some cute ties from Hero Arts to mine. You can see instructions for the shirt as well as some fun variations in the Try a New Technique forum on Split Coast here.

The Dad and dots stamp is from the new Verve Visual Set called Father Figure. I also used a cuttlebug folder on the panal. The cardstock is Kraft.

The Father definition stamp is by Paper Inspirations and I used another Cuttlebug panel on the Caramel card base for this set of cards. The panels are Naturals Ivory, Certainly Celery and Basic Black. The Hero Arts ties come in a set of 3 and each one has a different pattern on it. I just stamped them in black on colored card stock and matched each one up to the dp that I used for the shirts. I think these little shirts are just so cute!

I just found out today that Deb gave me this very nice award.

Thanks to all of you for the comments that you leave here that always lift my spirits and the inspiration that you provide each and every day!

I'm passing this award onto:

LeAnne and Beverly

Please check out their inspiring blogs and leave them a comment on something you like there!

Now I have to go finish some origami flower place name cards that I'll be using on my table for Mother's Day Sunday. I'll post them as soon as I finish them so check back soon!!

Thought for the day from Poor Richard's Almanac by Ben Franklin: "What you would seem to be, be really."

Have a great night - thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Origami Butterfly Tutorial - Take A Deep Breath!

I posted this origami butterfly card last week and many of you asked if I could do a tutorial on it. So here it is!

With Origami you really need to see each step clearly as it can be confusing the first time you make anything. There are 11 steps shown here!

I suggest you use a piece of plain computer paper the first time you try to make this butterfly. Once you get it - you can whip them out in just a couple of minutes! It may take a few tries to figure out the folds so don't get discouraged. I hope my pictures help you visualize them.

To make the small butterflies that end up to be about 1 3/4" x 2 " I used a piece of Origami paper 2" x 3". I purchased my paper at The Paper Source but there are many places to get it. I like the colors/patterns they have and you can see all of the pieces that you are buying - most packages you only see the first and last piece so you're not always sure what's in between!

For this tutorial I'm using a piece of Origami paper 4 x 6 and it makes a butterfly about 3" x 4". I made this one bigger so you could hopefully see the steps better. The smaller 2" x 3" size is best for regular size cards if that's what you are making them for.

You should use a piece of double sided Origami paper - ie. printed on each side - since both sides end up showing and it makes it more colorful. Note: Although you can use any kind of paper, it needs to be light weight so you can make good creases and folds. Origami paper is best.

So - let's take a deep breath and get started on it! My husband, Kent, was the photographer for me since both of my hands were busy!!

Step 1: Hold paper with the longer side at top and bottom, front side up.

Step 2: Fold in half bringing top down to meet bottom and crease.

Step 3: Open the paper back up, turn it over & rotate it so that the short side is at top and bottom (Note - I had already made a butterfly out of this piece so you can see many folds - yours will only show the center fold!)

Step 4: Fold in half bringing the top down to the bottom and crease.

Step 5: Lift right side up to the existing vertical center crease - open the edges on the right side and squash fold it (push the top fold down towards you where my right index finger is)

so it makes a triangle.

Crease the edges.

Step 6: Flip it over - front to back

It will now look like this.

Step 7: Lift up the right side to the center and squash fold this side - pushing the top down to form a triangle.

and crease it.

Step 8: Rotate it so the triangle is at the bottom.

Step 9: Fold down the top inner corners

and crease.

Step 10: Now unfold those creases you just made - open the layers at the top and push the edge inside on the same creases (push where my right index finger is) - this is called a reverse fold. Do this on both sides.

It will now look like this. We're almost done!

Step 11: Fold down the front wings from the top on each side.

Done! Phew! Good Job!

And here is a 5 x 5 card I made to show you a large and 2 small butterflies. I used this designer paper as background as I thought it looked sort of like the bark of a tree where butterflies might be hanging out!

This Origami Butterfly design was created by Ralph Matthews from England. It is just one of the many Origami projects in the book called "Minigami" by Gay Merrill Gross published by Firefly books. I highly recommend this book. It has patterns for dresses, hats, purses, ducks, flowers and pots, fish, stars, penguins, santa and many others! I purchased mine at Borders Books and you can also find it on

Please let me know what you think of my tutorial and if you make some butterflies please link back here so I can see what you created!

Thought for the day from Poor Richard's Almanac: "The good or ill hap of a good or ill life, is the good or ill choice of a good or ill wife".

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Paptertrey Ink

Ink: Pitch Black Adirondack

Paper: Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Basic Black, DP: K& Co., Origami papers

Supplies: oval punches, Dimensionals

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Fresh Cut Dress for Mother

Happy Saturday everyone! Here in MA it is bright and sunny and supposed to be in the 70's - yahoo!! Kent and I are going into Boston this afternoon to a see a play called "The Cry of the Reed" I'll let you know how it was tomorrow!

So Saturday's on Split Coast is always the Inspiration Challenge hosted by Stef. Today she inspired us with fabrics. Heather Bailey is the designer of these fabrics called Fresh Cut Fabrics. I chose this one here:

And I made this card. As promised yesterday - here is the cute little origami dress that is another pattern in the wonderful book I just got (see yesterday's posting for the butterfly and information on the book).
I had some origami paper that was close in color to the inspiration piece and it had flowers on it so I used that for the dress. I used my cuttlebug to dry emboss the purple panel. I added primas and a flower brad to the corner. The ovals are cut with nestabilities. The oval and sentiment are attached with dimensionals.

Thanks so much for coming by today - I'm off to the play - see you tomorrow with my featured stamper card!

Stamps: PapertreyInk: Women of Life
Paper: PTI White, certainly celery, unknown purple, origami paper
Ink: Pitch Black Adirondack
Accessories: cuttlebug folder, nestability ovals, dimensionals, primas, flower brad
Techniques: origami, dry embossing

Friday, April 18, 2008

Spring has Sprung and a Mistake was Made!

Thought I'd share with you some of the lovely plants that are finally blossoming in my gardens. These are several hyacinths that I planted a couple of years ago after receiving them as gifts at Easter time. Don't you just love their wonderful fragrance?

And here is a cluster of Daffodils that are just starting to open. Daffodils really are the harbinger of spring for me - when I see them being sold at the fruit stands on the streets of Boston on my way into work - I know spring isn't far away!
So onto my card for today - the Limited Supplies Challenge at Splitcoast today was to make a long or tall card - at least 4" x 8" which will still fit in a business size envelope for mailing so it's the standard postage rate (a big consideration these days when thinking about the size of your card!)
Butterflies are another sign of warm weather so I put them on my Mother's Day Card today. I just got a wonderful mini origami book at Borders Books and one of the patterns is this gorgeous butterfly! You can make any size - it's just determined by the size paper you start with.

The book is called Minigami, and it's by Gay Merrill Gross - published by Firefly Books 2005. You can see it here at but I'm sure you can find it lots of other places.

The instructions for the challenge today were to limit layers and embellishments and so - since these Butterflies are pretty dramatic (I think!) - I didn't add anything else accept the origami paper panels and the sentiment. The sentiment is from the Women of Life set by PapertreyInk.

Here is a close up of one of the butterflies.

I'll have some cards with a beautiful origami dress on it sometime this weekend so be sure to drop by and check it out! Happy Friday everyone!

Stamps: Women of Life: Papertrey Ink
Paper: Papertrey White, Pumpkin Pie: SU, DP: Origami Papers
Ink: Pitch Black Adirondack
Accessories: dimensionals, MiniGami by Gay Merrill Gross 2005 a Firefly Book
Techniques: origami

So now for the Mistake was Made part - I completely ignored (forgot) one of the rules of today's challenge and that was not to use DP (designer paper) and my origami paper is certainly DP!!! so I rushed back to my stamping room and made this card:

So - this time I stamped the butterflies - actually I colored the stamp with Stampin Up markers - Perfect Plum and Almost Amethyst - spritzed the stamp with water and then stamped them on white card stock. It's called misting with markers and you can see a tutorial on SCS here. I used my sponge dauber with Groovy Guava on the wings.

I cut wire antanae, attached them to the back, scored down the middle of each butterfly and curved the wings around my finger. I attached them to the purple bazzill card stock with zots to hold them on well. This card also qualifies for Sharon's (NoTimeToStamp) Friday challenge to use Black as an accent on a card. You can see her challenge here. Sharon's trademark is to keep it simple and her cards are wonderful - so check them out when you go there!

So - I feel better after confessing my mistake and submitting a new 'following the rules' card LOL - now I can sleep tonight!!

Stamps: Butterfly: Oxford Impressions - Field Notes, Sentiment: All Year Cheer: SU
Paper: PTI White, Bazzill Purple, basic Black
Ink: Pitch Black Adirondack , Groovy Guava: SU
Accessories: wire, zots, nestability square
Techniques: misting with markers, dry embossing