Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Rocks


Some families make Easter eggs. I make rocks. Aren't they CUTE?

And then some snuck up the tree. And I forgot to take them down so they are still out there. In the dark. Just waiting...

This is my rock band shot. It's all artsy with the poses. (Get it? ROCK band?)

All rocks were crocheted while watching multiple episodes of the first and second Dr. Who's. Does that make them special?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

All Things Paper Book Review


As someone who loves paper craft so much, I’m always on the lookout for new books on the art. On a whim, I entered a contest on Goodreads and was lucky enough to win a copy of “All Things Paper” by Ann Martin. Ann runs the website AllThingsPaper.net which is full Full FULL of papercraft designs and ideas. In her book she gathered twenty different paper artists together to share their ideas. I hoped to find something new and interesting to try.

The Table of Contents divides up the projects by type: Home D├ęcor, Fashion Accessories, Jewelry, and Correspondence. The projects themselves turned out to be fairly standard: candle luminaries, paper flowers, greeting cards and paper jewelry. Each of these fairly common projects is given a twist to make them something unique to each of the artists. 


Being that I am a book folder, I found the Phone Book Letter Holder the most interesting idea in the bunch. I saw it the first time I opened the book and was intrigued. One of my Read books has been pressed into service on my piano to hold correspondence and paper bills waiting to be paid (hello DMV renewal!). The time had come to replace it with something a little more lovely.

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I finished the project in under an hour, changing out some of the materials to suit those I had at hand. I preferred the look of  a regular (although cut in half) book and book paper to ribbon and a phone book. Mounting the finished project onto a small, vintage book completed the fabulousness!
 

Other projects which look interesting include the Jungle Beads Necklace (although hand-coloring individual paper beads might be something I have the patience to do only when I’m in the hospital with a broken leg!), the fine paper yarn necklace (oh WOW!) and the Frameable Tree Card. It has intricate leaf cut-outs that also might require the broken leg, but I can’t stop thinking about it!

This book is good for all levels of paper crafters and has projects to appeal to a general audience. The pictures and directions are detailed and easy to see. It’s a valuable addition to the library of most paper 
crafters.


Find more reviews for All Things Paper at Amazon. Thanks again to Tuttle Publishing for this fun gift!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Oh Happy Vacation!

I am on vacation from the library this week and what a joy it is!

The list of things to do is long and art is on there in between the trips to the post office and deep cleaning projects...

My Mormon Lent is still a-going on in my life and things have happened because of it. Some good. Some not what I expected (and good in spite of that).

More people are writing to tell me how they are using the Fancy Folds tutorial. Here's a photo from Stephanie Phillips from Tattered Trinkets who said, "Just wanted to show you my first completed "fancy font" project that I made using the techniques from your instructional book.  Hope it makes you proud!  Lol. I know it does me....your techniques are sooooo much easier to follow than other instructions I found out there....well worth [it]!

 
Check out Stephanie's Facebook page for more of her book folding crafts and antiques. While you are at it, check out the Rhymes With Magic Art page, too!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Itsy-Bitsy Teeny Tiny Stars


This past weekend was General Conference. On Saturday I just sat and listened. On Sunday I decided to use my hands while I listened. Remember back when I made these stars (at Conference, too!)? Well, now I've made them with 1/8" quilling paper. (Thank you, dear Allyson, for my Christmas present!)

And I will make earrings with them. Yes I will.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Clara Maffei's Folded Books

I've been following Clara Maffei's work for some time now. I've always loved her quirky designs and the lovely embellishments on her folded books. She was kind enough to allow me permission to share this picture and her blog. Take a peek! I never get tired of seeing how other people transform books into art.



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Heart Loop-de-loop


Just finished folded heart book. Pattern below!



Click on the picture to make it bigger and print it out. From there, make your pattern in three parts: beginning/left half of heart, repeated middle loops, right half of heart/end. I was able to fit five repetitions of the loop with a regular Reader's Digest Condensed book with about 20 pages left over...