Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Paper To Petal

http://crownpublishing.com/imprint/potter-craft/?sort=Bestselling&cf=

From the book Paper To Petal by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell. 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand, Foreword by Martha Stewart and published by Potter Craft, New York. Learn to transform paper into playful, luscious and sophisticated flowers with inexpensive tissue and crepe paper. These exquisite blooms never wilt, are always in style, and are endlessly fun to create, share, and give to everyone you love. Get your copy below. Get inspired. Gather supplies. Learn some techniques. Craft your project. You'll be amazed how easy!

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Foreword By Martha Stewart
Introduction
Get Inspired
 
The Flowers
Materials
Skills
How-Tos
Templates

Sources
Index
Thank You! 

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 More than 200 unique flowers and foliage to make and enjoy.

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Always in season. For any reason. Parties, weddings, gifts, holidays, everyday.

Paper To Petal is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Random House. Check out their charming catalog at Potter Craft.



 
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Friday, April 04, 2014

Creative Beaded Jewelry Review & Giveaway

Creative Beaded Jewelry: 33 Exquisite Designs Inspired by the Arts of China, Japan, India and Tibet by Carolyn Schulz and published by Tuttle of Vermont. Stunning photos will inspire the novice through experienced to make impressive bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings with materials you can find in most craft stores. Each project includes-- author's notes, you will need..., all you do is... and detailed step-by-step instructions. Get the book below, gather your supplies, learn some techniques and start crafting your own masterpieces!
 
http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/new-releases/creative-beaded-jewelry-paperback-with-flaps
CONTENTS
Beaded Jewelry Inspired by Asian Art
Notes On Materials and Tools
 
Chapter 1
ELASTIC CORD BRACELETS
Using Elastic Cord
Basic Technique for Using Elastic Cord
Hints & Tips
Tying a Slipknot
Tying a Surgeon's Knot
Marbled Splendor
Cinnabar Magic
Turquoise Cuff
Classy Ceramic
Exquisite Pearls
Jade & Onyx Watch Band
 
Chapter 2
MEMORY WIRE JEWELRY
Using Memory Wire
Tools for Working with memory Wire
Optional Extras
Basic Techniques for Using Memory Wire
Hints & Tips
Basic Technique for Making Dangles
Wood & Metal Cuff
(above) Aqua Lampwork With Silver Tubes
Jade, Flowers & Butterflies
Black Velvet Choker
Red Fossil Coral Choker
Silver & Jet Ring
Black & Pink Sparkle Ring
 
Chapter 3
WIRE STRUNG JEWELRY
Using Beading Wire and Crimp Beads
Attaching a Clasp Using the Flat Crimp Technique
When to Use Flat or Folded Crimping Techniques
Floating Beads on Beading Wire Using Crimps Beads
Etched Jade Necklace
Blue & Jade Necklace
Elegant Earrings
Coral & Lava Bracelet
Pearl, Crystal & Ivory Necklace
Red & Black Double Stand Cinnabar Necklace
Turquoise & Coral Floating Necklace
 
Chapter 4
KNOTTED JEWELRY
Cord and Knotting
Larks head Knot
Overhand Knot
The Square Knots
Half Square Knot
Square Knot
Loop and Bead Clasp
Making the Bead Side of the Clasp
Attaching a Cord Tail
Black & Copper Necklace
Red & Black Cube & Tube Necklace
Patina Donut Necklace
Black Knot Choker
Amethyst Shamballa Bracelet
(below) Pink Flower Green Macramé Choker

http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/new-releases/creative-beaded-jewelry-paperback-with-flaps
 
Chapter 5
LOOP AND CHAIN JEWELRY
Making Loops and Working With Chain
Basic Techniques for Making Single Loops
Opening and Closing Loops
Opening and Closing a Jump Ring (or a Link of Chain)
Making a Bracelet, Necklace or Earrings with Chain
Abalone Shell Ensemble
Gold & Peal Lariat and Earrings
Red & Black Resin Bead Necklace
Etched Resin Choker
Flower & Butterfly Charm Bracelet
(below) Elephant & Jade Bracelet (With Matching Jade Earrings)
Resources
Index

http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/new-releases/creative-beaded-jewelry-paperback-with-flaps
 
Creative Beaded Jewelry is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their catalog at Tuttle Publishing.
 
Tuttle has generously offered to giveaway one copy of the Creative Beaded Jewelry! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck to you! Canadian and USA addresses only.
 
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Origami Square with Pocket Letter Envelope


Design from Origami Card Craft by Karen Elaine Thomas, published by Potter Craft, New York. This book illustrates beautifully how clever origami folds can be turned into cherished stationery keepsakes. In this project, rectangular paper is folded into pretty square envelopes that stay securely closed yet open easily. Tuck something into the outside pocket or inside of the fold. Made from wallpaper samples, 8 1/2 x 11" paper folds to almost 4" squares. I refer to Origami Card Craft over and over again because of the variety of useful designs ranging from quick and easy to a little more complicated. Each project includes the author's notes, materials, clear step-by-step instructions, finished size and tips. A few projects require non-traditional paper sizes. Author Karen Elaine Thomas is the Creative Director of Yasutomo. I like this book! Get your copy below.
 
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Contents
INTRODUCTION
 
ORIGAMI BASICS
 
CARDS
Fold-Out Heart
Fortune Teller
Little Pocket
Cut and Fold
Love Knot
Secret Slipcase
Money Holder
Pinwheel
Woven Belt
Folded Frame
Signature
Star
Pop-Up Box with Fan-Out Card
Kiss
Crane
Accordion
Folded Box
Secret Message
Jacob's Ladder
Postcard Holder
Dos-a-Dos
From the Heart
Tato Puzzle
Pop-Out
Simple Fold
 
ENVELOPES
Simple
Classic
Square with Pocket
Square with Tabs
Elegant
 
RESOURCES
 
INDEX
 
Origami Card Craft is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Random House. Check out their charming catalog at Potter Craft.
 
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Friday, February 28, 2014

All Things Paper Review & Giveaway Hop

http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/bestsellers/all-things-paper-paperback-with-flaps
Welcome to the Leap into Books Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. My prize is a copy of the bestselling All Things Paper, featuring 20 Unique Projects from Leading Paper Crafters, Artists, and Designers, by Ann Martin, courtesy of Tuttle Publishing, VermontThis is Chapter One's elegant Candle Luminaries and below is Chapter Three's Fine Paper Yarn Necklace. Beautifully illustrated projects range from simple to complex and include, artists tips, supplies and tools lists, and detailed step-by-step photographic instructions. The book closes with a gallery of the 18 contributing artists and project templates. These distinctive paper crafts will have you look at paper differently. Get your copy below!

http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/bestsellers/all-things-paper-paperback-with-flaps
CONTENTS
Introduction
 
CHAPTER 1: HOME DECOR
Candle Luminaries
Phone Book Letter Holder
Crepe Paper Lilacs
Tiered Garland Ornament
Citrus Slice Coasters
Sticky Notes Notepad Holder
Mysterious Stationery Box
Silhouette Portrait Art
 
CHAPTER 2: FASHION ACCESSORIES
Tiger Lily Fascinator
Everyday Tote Bag
 
CHAPTER 3: JEWELRY
Jungle Beads Necklace
Introduction to Quilling
Teardrop Orb Pendant
Antique Key Pendant
Fine Paper Yarn Necklace  
Loosely Braided Makigami Pendant
Makigami Pendant Flower
 
CHAPTER 4: CORRESPONDENCE
Frameable Tree Card
Perfect Journey Journal
Frameable Gift Card
Wedding Cake Card
Fringed Flower Card
 
ARTIST GALLERY AND DIRECTORY
TEMPLATES 

http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/bestsellers/all-things-paper-paperback-with-flaps
All Things Paper is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their catalog at Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle Publishing has generously offered to giveaway one copy of All Things Paper! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck to you! Canadian and USA addresses only.

http://www.iamareader.com/2014/02/leapintobooks-giveaway-hop-enter-to-win-15.html
 
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Monday, February 24, 2014

Everybody Kirigami! Review

I have long admired the ancient craft of paper cutting and couldn't wait to start the projects in Everybody Kirigami by Mitsuhiko Imamori published by Vertical, Inc. of New York. Just add scissors to transform paper into art by simply folding and cutting,  then open to reveal patterns that will delight. 53 projects explore Kirigami's rectangular, square and triangular bases. 20 pages of ready-to-fold and cut patterns on two kinds of colorful paper (heavy and light weight) will provide hours of enjoyment. Simple yet beautiful, this is what I did with February's Cranes pattern. A fun kit for the beginner. Get your copy below!
 
http://www.vertical-inc.com/books/everybodykirigami.html
CONTENTS
Explanation of Instructions
Decorations that Reflect Life
Spring . Summer . Autumn .Winter
Preparation
Seasonal Kirigami
January
Lion Dance . Camellia . Lobster . Racket & Shuttle
February
Snowflakes . Snowman . Cranes
March
Doll Festival . Ferns . Horsetails . Bamboo shoots
April
Cherry Blossoms . Butterflies
May
Carp Banner . Carnation . Oak Leaf
June
Hydrangeas . Snails . Umbrellas . Frogs
July
Milky Way . Seashell . Yacht . Ice Cream . Rhino Beetles . Stag Beetles
August
Sunflowers . Goldfish . Fan . Watermelon . Sparkler
September
Harvest Moon . Dragonfly . Grapes . Persimmon . Chestnuts . Rabbits
October
Ginko . Maple . Bat . Baseball . Sneakers
November
Chocolate Vine . Migratory Birds . Daikon . Carrot . Lotus Root
December
Santa Claus . Tree . Reindeer . Shortcake . Candles . Bells
Various Patterns
 
Everybody Kirigami! is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Random House. Vertical translates the best contemporary Japanese books. Check out their unique catalog at Vertical Publishing. 
 
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Dollar Origami Kit Review & Giveaway


This unique dollar fold is from LaFosse & Alexander's Dollar Origami: Convert Your Ordinary Cash into Extraordinary Art! The full-color, spiral-bound, hardcover and instructional DVD builds on their first two money origami kits Money Origami and Mini Money Origami, no repeats. Intermediate folders will discover twenty exclusive money folding projects by the authors, eight of them modular, along with 48 practice "dollar bills". The DVD is indispensable and will help you advance your folding! I used four US $1 bills to fold this striking modular design called an Origami Windmill Pillow Tile. Give more than money, give art!
 
http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/origami-crafts/michael-lafosses-dollar-origami
CONTENTS
4 Introduction
5 Symbols Key & General Tips
6 Lee's Coin Pouch
8 Canoe
10 Windmill Pillow Tile
12 Lantern Puzzle
14 George Washington Monument
17 Richie's Rocket
20 Two-Dollar Crown
22 Prosperity Bamboo
24 Bamboo - Orchid Leaves
26 Orchid
29 Sitting Bunny
33 Standing Bunny
37 George Washington Knot
39 Reef Pony
43 American Shad
46 Great Seal
51 Teddy Bear
55 Standing Eagle
58 Three-Dollar Bird Base
61 Drachir the Dragon
 
http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/origami-crafts/michael-lafosses-dollar-origami
Dollar Origami is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique Asian catalog at Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle Publishing has generously offered to giveaway one copy of Dollar Origami! To qualify you must be a follower of my blog and leave a comment below about another Tuttle book you'd like to give or receive. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck to you!

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Year of the Horse

Today marks the start of the New Year on the Chinese calendar. 2014 is the Year of the Horse, based on a twelve year cycle, each year related to an animal. It is customary to give a red envelope or packet called a lai-see containing money. Lai-see are presented at social and family gatherings. China Post honor's the Year of the Horse with this 2014 traditional stamp issue.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Be Our Valentine Review & Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Be Our Valentine Giveaway Hop hosted by TheReviewWire.com. 41 bloggers have teamed up to bring you sweet Valentine giveaways. The grand prize, Who Loves Me? Personalized Book and Lovie Blanket Set from I See Me, valued at $50. My prize is a copy of 10-Fold Origami, Fabulous Paperfolds You Can Make in Just 10 Steps! by Peter Engel courtesy of Tuttle Publishing of Vermont, valued at $20. Check out Chapter 3: FOR THE ROMANTIC!

http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/origami-crafts/10-fold-origami-hardcover-with-jacket 
CONTENTS
Introduction
Basic Origami Symbols and Folds
Chapter 1:  TRADITIONALS
Duck
House
Pinwheel
Sailboat
Chapter 2:  DELECTABLES
Breakfast Special
Candy Cane
Ice Cream Cones
Chapter 3:  FOR THE ROMANTIC
Valentine
Picture Frame
High-Heeled Shoe
Wedding Ring
Butterfly
Chapter 4:  WILD KINGDOM
Bat
Penguin
Elephant Head
Snake
Snail on an Ivy Leaf
Chapter 5:  JUST FOR FUN
Rocket Ship
Spinner
Goose and Golden Egg
Hatching Chick
Acknowledgements
About the Author
10-Fold Origami is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique Asian catalogue at Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle Publishing has generously offered to giveaway one copy! To qualify you must be a follower of my blog and leave a comment below about another Tuttle book you'd like to give or receive. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck to you! Open until February 3, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses.

Update: The winner is Andrea from Canada. Congratulations! Thank you to all who participated.
 


Monday, November 18, 2013

Origami Boxes Review & Giveaway

Origami Star Box
This Star Box design is from Origami Boxes by Florence Temko, published by Tuttle of Vermont. I've been wanting to get my hands on this book for a long time and it does not disappoint! With Christmas approaching you'll never have to find another gift box and you'll refer to it over and over again. Priced to sell, it's packed with 24 projects, mostly boxes, perfect for beginners, but I like it too. Just add paper, I used one 8 1/4" sheet from Tuttle's  Origami Paper Traditional Prints.
 
*Not to be confused with Origami Boxes by Tomoko Fuse featuring modular origami boxes.

CONTENTS
Introduction
About Origami Techniques
Basic Procedures
About Bases
How to Cut Paper Squares
Helpful Tips
About Paper
Frequently Asked Questions
Further Information
About Boxes
How To Fold Origami Boxes
Easiest Box
All-Purpose Box
Row of Boxes
Desktop Basket
Classic Japanese Box
Banded Box
Nested Boxes
Plant Pot Cover
Box of Cards
Patchwork Box
Gift Bag
Stand-Up Frame
Triangle Box
Money Basket
Color Cube
Flower Gift Wrap
Star Basket
Triangle Gift Box
Five Happiness Bowl
Mystery Box
Hexagon Box
Four Thirsty Birds
Round Bowl
One-Piece Box
 
Origami Boxes is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique Asian catalog at Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle Publishing has generously offered to giveaway one copy of Origami Boxes! To qualify you must be a follower of my blog and leave a comment below about a Tuttle book you'd like to give or receive this Christmas. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck to you! Open until December 2, 2013, Canadian and USA addresses.
 
Update: The winner is #22 Andrea from Canada. Congratulations! Thank you to all who participated.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Origami Film

Green Fuse Films' award–winning documentary Between the Folds chronicles the stories of ten fine artists and intrepid theoretical scientists who have abandoned careers and scoffed at hard–earned graduate degrees—all to forge unconventional lives as modern–day paperfolders.

As they converge on the unlikely medium of origami, these artists and scientists reinterpret the world in paper, and bring forth a bold mix of sensibilities towards art, expressiveness, creativity and meaning. And, together these offbeat and provocative minds demonstrate the innumerable ways that art and science come to bear as we struggle to understand and honor the world around us—as artists, scientists, creators, collaborators, preservers, and simply curious beings.

"Luminously photographed", with a "haunting" original score featuring the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the film paints an arresting portrait of the mysterious creative threads that bind us all–fusing science and sculpture, form and function, ancient and new.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Origami Bunny Paper Towel

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I made this cute little bunny with one of those half sheet paper towels and six quick and easy folds. I love the little ears and cottontail, perfect for Easter! I began with a rectangular paper towel 15 x 28cm, once folded the bunny measures 10cm in height. Stands upright or lays flat. No scissors, glue or tape used. I originally came across this as a cloth napkin fold. Tutorial below.


Tutorial: Origami Bunny Paper Towel

video

Monday, March 04, 2013

Dollar Origami Heart Locket

Dollar Origami Heart Locket
I like seeing the smiles on people's faces when I present them with a money fold! A single dollar bill is required to complete this unique heart fold. It features a lockable pocket, a great place to hide a little something... The fun design is from Mini Money Origami, Make The Most Of Your Dollar! by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander. The kit includes a 32-page booklet and DVD with step-by-step instructions for 5 money folds and 40 practice dollar bills. I used the DVD instructions and found the video tutorials very easy to follow. An introduction to wet folding is included. All designs by the authors. Mini Money Origami is a follow up to the Money Origami Kit.
 
Contents
Origami Symbols Key
Introduction
Three-Dollar Bird Base
Four-Pointed Star
Heart Locket
Dolphin
Happy, Good-Fortune Bat
Dollar Bill Folding Tips
 
Mini Money Origami is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their New and Notable Titles at tuttlepublishing.com/