Friday, November 21, 2014

Fold & Fly Paper Airplanes Kit

Spark an interest in aviation and origami with paper airplanes, perfect activities for down time and energy release. Fold & Fly Paper Airplanes by Mark Zagaeski is a 76 page paperback released October 10, 2014 by Race Point Publishing. The kit includes an Easy-to-Use Instruction Book and More than 180 Illustrated Papers for 12 Soaring Folds. First pick the airplane model you want to fold and your paper. Choose from a dozen airplane models and paper in a variety of bright colors and playful patterns. Begin with paper imprinted with numbered steps and fold lines for easy folding, as you master the airplane folds move on to guideline free paper. Then simply Fold & Fly! No scissors or glue required. Includes sections on the history and science of flight. A fun and educational kit that will keep kids busy experimenting, exploring, testing, playing and learning for hours this winter! Would make a fun birthday activity. Have a paper plane making party, with races, and prizes for airplanes that fly the furthest, highest, funniest etc. Get your copy below!


A Brief History of the Paper Plane
The Physics of Flight
Flight Control

Guide to Folds
Guided-Fold Sheets

Dart Jet
The Wing
Hang Glider
Flying Box

Fold & Fly Paper Airplanes is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and worldwide at QBOOKSHOP. Race Point Publishing is a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Race Point Publishing is dedicated to producing high quality illustrated books, calendars and journals in a variety of subjects ranging from art, cooking and crafts to entertainment, performing arts and the natural sciences.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars Giveaway

Add a touch of handmade to your Christmas with Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl, by acclaimed paper crafters Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt. The 144 page hardcover published by Kodansha USA provides clear instructions and precise diagrams for making snowflakes, stars, and sunbursts using origami (paper folding), kirigami (paper cutting) and quilling (paper curling) techniques. Ordered by level of difficulty. Use as accessories, decorations and gifts. Get your copy below!

 About this book 

 Chapter 1 SELECTOR 

 Chapter 2 THE BASICS 
 Paper choices 
 Core techniques 

 Chapter 3 DESIGNS 
 Quilling designs 
 Origami designs 
 Kirigami designs 

 Chapter 4 PROJECTS 
 Quilled place cards 
 Origami napkin ring 
 Kirigami place card 
 Quilled coasters 
 Kirigami notecards 
 Quilled window ornaments 
 Origami garland 
 Quilled mobile 
 Kirigami silhouettes 
 Origami earrings 
 Origami gift tags 

 Authors' acknowledgments

Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Kodansha USA. Check out their unique catalog at Kodansha USA

Kodansha USA has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until November 15, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Origami Masters Bugs

Origami Masters Bugs: How the Bug Wars Changed the Art of Origami, from Race Point Publishing. The 184 page hardcover includes instructions for 12 amazing models. Sherry Gerstein gives a fascinating introduction on the transformation of the ancient art. From only a few standard bases handed down orally, til the mid 20th century when the creation of diagrams, symbols and crease patterns led to the spread and eventual worldwide explosion of origami, which continues to this day. Beautifully illustrated and diagrammed by Marcio Noguchi. Large, bold, and detailed diagrams show you step-by-step how to turn simple pieces of paper into complex bugs, without the use of scissors or glue. Origami Masters Bugs offers the unique opportunity of learning from some of the world's most talented origami artists. Practising artists offer inspiration and challenging folds. The Luna Moth has the most steps at a staggering 201! The two dollar folds have the fewest steps at 29. Five crease patterns are also included. A striking book. Get your copy below! Also in the series, Origami Master Class Flowers.
Terms and Symbols
Won Park
Flapping Dollar Butterfly
Dollar Dragonfly

Sebastian Arellano
Bed Bug
Praying Mantis

Marc Kirschenbaum

Daniel Robinson
Leaf Insect

Jason Ku
Rhinoceros Beetle
Luna Moth

Shuki Kato
Titan Beetle
Flying Hercules Beetle

Robert J. Lang
Yellow Jacket, Opus 624

Rhinoceros Beetle
Luna Mothx-impos
Titan Beetleur
Flying Hercules Beetle
Yellow Jacket

About the Illustrator
Credits and acknowledgements

Origami Masters Bugs is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and worldwide at QBOOKSHOPRace Point Publishing is a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA and is dedicated to producing high quality illustrated books, calendars and journals in a variety of subjects ranging from art, cooking and crafts to entertainment, performing arts and the natural sciences.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Travel Origami Review & Giveaway

Cindy Ng author of the popular origami kit Girligami continues her modern twist on origami in Travel Origami, 24 Fun and Functional Travel Keepsakes, published by Tuttle. Non-traditional sizes and types of paper are folded into sentimental origami souvenirs. Turn travel ephemera like flyers, brochures, leaflets, pamphlets, maps, programmes, packaging, advertising, posters, newspapers, tickets and labels into origami tokens of remembrance. This is the handy Corner Book Mark. It slides neatly on to any corner of the page and stays securely in place until you re-position it. One sheet of square paper is required to make it. I used a 3 inch square of handmade Japanese paper. Use just about any paper, simply trim to size. Will prevent dog-eared corners and make a thoughtful addition to any book you are giving as a gift. For instructions and 23 more travel-inspired origami projects get your copy below

Essential Tips
A Guide to Origami Folding Symbols and Terms

Candy Wrapper Necklace
Comic Strip Bracelet
Money Diamond Ring
Punk Rocker Ring
Modern Money Ring

A New Kind of Envelope
Gift Wrap Paper Bag
Corner Book Mark
Paper Arrow
The Octo Bag
A Cute Paper Bow

Brochure Photo Holder
Metro Card Holder
 Business Card Holder
Fortune Bowl
Memorabilia Holder
Mini Picture Frame

Dollar Heart
Money Tray
Postcard Star
Paper Shelf
Diamond Bag
Straw Rose
Shopping Bag Lamp

Acknowledgements/About the Author

Travel Origami is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Travel Origami! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until November 1, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Origami Master Class Flowers

This is Origami Master Class Flowers by Marcio Noguchi and Sherry Gerstein, Race Point Publishing. The 192 page hardcover contains 12 floral projects for advanced folders. Looking for great detail, realism and complex design? Some of the world's most talented origami artists fold flowers they designed, including Robert Lang's Rose. Illustrated and diagrammed by Marcio Noguchi, large, bold, clean diagrams show you how to turn simple pieces of paper into a sophisticated origami flowers. From the Bleeding Heart to the Zinnia, fold flowers complete with leaves, bracts, calyces, pseudobulbs and stems, then assemble into arrangements. Suggested assembly materials include craft knife, self-healing cutting mat, floral tape, wire and wire cutters, glue, tapestry needle or beading awl/reamer, vases and wreath form. A beautiful book. The models are very challenging, the Bleeding Heart has 48 steps! Get your copy below.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Chinese Seal Carvings, Kanji Stamp Engravings, Name Chops Review & Bookmarks Set Giveaway

Make an instant and lasting impression with a custom stamp also known as a seal or chop from This is the elegant Two Dragons #2 Chop, one of many to choose from including the 12 Chinese zodiac signs, Buddha, Phoenix, Guanyin, Confucius and more. Made of stone, their artist will hand-carve your name, words or design on the bottom, includes classic red Chinese ink paste in a charming blue and white porcelain pot, presented together in a handsome fabric covered box. Free translation. 18 styles. Ships globally from Hong Kong to your door. US$9.95 or less worldwide shipping, entire order. Add flair to your business or personally, just like the days of old. Makes a lovely gift.

Custom Stamp/Seal/Chop Handmade by Deb

I chose "Handmade by Deb" all in Chinese. I love the Asian aesthetic. Delivery to Canada was quick. All my email questions were answered promptly and courteously, in perfect English. is a premier, online gift store carrying a wide variety of Oriental Art & Crafts, Accessories (Jewelry), Wedding, and New Year products. They have served thousands of customers from all over the world since 2003. Use coupon code WOW-2672-KXFLG-LBCG and save 5%. has generously offered to giveaway a set (some below) of their gorgeous bookmarks, your choice! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until October 11, 2014, Worldwide. Check them out below!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Origami Workshop

Handmade by Deb proudly participated in the BBFG Garden Harvest Dinner. Young and old alike made origami seed boxes led by yours truly. The handmade boxes were filled with seeds from the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens. Participants took these favor boxes home along with planting instructions! The BBFG is one of my favorite places to visit. President, Lynne Taylor works very hard to create the Gardens that opened in summer 2013 and showcase over 250 varieties of rare, endangered, heirloom and world food plants - over 10,000 plants in all - and that's just Phase One.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Origami 2015 Page-A-Day Desk Calendar - Scottie Dog

Available now from Workman Publishing the Origami 2015 Page-A-Day Desk Calendar by Margaret Van Sicklen. Endorsed by Origami USA, I love it too. It's like a little present every day, for a whole year! Over 300 projects. Clear instructions. Colorful paper. Charming folds. I look forward to doing it, stress disappears... This is June 24th's Scottie Dog, a model by Robert E. Neale. From gliders, insects, money and napkin folds, puppets, hearts and ornaments, it's a wonderful way to discover new folds. So much fun! A separate origami key explains important base folds and symbols. Looking for a present that will last more than a few days? Here's a gift that will keep giving throughout the year! Plus you get a digital page-a-day calendar absolutely free! Choose from a selection of bestselling titles. Get yours below!

The Origami 2015 Page-A-Day Desk Calendar is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and at Workman Publishing. Workman has published books, calendars, and big ideas for over 40 years.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Origami 365 Review - Origami Heart Bracelets Giveaway

Race Point Publishing presents Origami 365 by Taro Yaguchi, includes a whopping 365 sheets of glossy origami paper in three sizes, and a variety of attractive colors and patterns. The author is Founder of Taro's Origami Studio in Brooklyn, New York, voted Best of New York in 2012. Taro created the Kyu system of teaching origami. He emphasizes mastering the principles of origami, fundamental folds and bases are classified by level of difficulty into belts. Students advance through six belts ranging from Yellow Belt (6th Kyu) to Red Belt (1st Kyu). Use those fundamentals on 12 select origami models. This is the Heart Pendant, it uses the Book, Cabinet, Kite and Squash Folds. A single piece of square paper is required to make the sturdy design, insert a chain or thread through to create a pendant. I made a pretty bracelet with a 2 1/4 inch square of handmade Japanese paper and a blue cotton thread. Get your copy and enter my giveaway below!

Welcome to the World of Origami
A Brief History of Origami
Origami Today
Types of Paper
Learning Origami Using Taro's Philosophy
Kyu System
Instructions for Folding

Basic Folds and Bases
Book Fold
Blintz Base
Cabinet Fold (or Cabinet Base)
Diagonal Fold
Kite Fold (or Kite Base)
Pleat Fold
Rabbit-Ear Fold
Square Base
Squash Fold
Waterbomb Base
Bird Base (or Petal Fold)
Inside Reverse Fold
Flower Base
Frog Base
Outside Reverse Fold

Samurai Helmet
Ninja Star
Heart Pendant
Pinwheel and Flying Disc
Twisted Rose

Origami 365 is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and worldwide at QBOOKSHOP. Race Point Publishing is a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USARace Point Publishing is dedicated to producing high quality illustrated books, calendars and journals in a variety of subjects ranging from art, cooking and crafts to entertainment, performing arts and the natural sciences.

Win a pair of charming origami heart bracelets, made out of gorgeous handmade Japanese paper and cotton thread. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until September 22, 2014, Worldwide.
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Monday, September 01, 2014

Origami Ikebana Review & Giveaway

I love the origami flower folds in Origami Ikebana by Benjamin John Coleman, published by Tuttle of Vermont. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. The author combines the principles of ikebana, origami and makigami (paper rolling) to create beautiful paper flower arrangements. This is the Buttercup, one of about 30 variations of the Basic Flower Form. A single sheet of paper is required to make it, I used an 11 cm square of dollar store origami paper. Coleman uses the innovative Glow-Fold method of paper folding, a diagramming technique he developed to simplify origami instructions. There are also lessons on how to make leaves, stems and bases all from paper and then fit them together. An instructional DVD is included. Get your copy below! Paper flowers are always in bloom.

How to Use This Book
Introducing Glow-Fold Instructions
Symbols, Tips, and Tools
Cutting Paper for Origami Ikebana

The Rotundifolius Leaf
The Ficus Leaf
The Berlin Poplar Leaf
The Ivy Leaf
The Boxwood Leaf
The Bamboo Leaf
The Fern Leaflet
The Micro Leaf

The Black Eyed Susan
The Basic Flower Form
The Michelle
The Curly Michelle
The Primrose
The Thistle
The Bud
The Phlox
The Phlox with Stamens
The Ipecac
The Banana
The Banana with Stamens
The Fleur de Lis
The Buttercup
The Pumpkin Flower
The Morning Glory
The Morning Glory with Stamens
The Short Shooting Star
The Bunchberry
The Trillium
The Hippeastrum
The Scorpion Weed
The Clematis
The Dragon Head
The Solanum
The Posey
The Long Shooting Star
The Pyrola
The Cranesbill
The Snap Dragon
The Droopy
The Foxglove
The Daisy
The Corolla
The Lady Slipper

Using Flowers in Assemblies
The Columbine Flower Assembly
The Double Dip Flower Assembly

Painting Leaves and Flowers
Making Rocks and Boulders
Painting the Rocks and Boulders
Introduction to Makigami
Assembling Origami Ikebana

Origami Ikebana is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Origami Ikebana! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until September 15, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Paper London

This is veteran paper engineer Kell Black's dynamic Paper London published by the UK's, Ivy Press. From the Beatles Abbey Road to the Royals Westminster Abbey create models of some of London's historic treasures, then tour the wonders of a miniature London, includes the iconic telephone box, London taxi and double-decker bus. You get 20 die-cut paper templates ready to press out and build, instructions, and a map showing the location of each. You need a ruler and some white glue to make the world famous replicas take shape. It's educational, fun and creative, perfect for those interested in history, architecture, want to learn about or simply love London. I love London and am finding assembling the models nostalgic and relaxing. Get yours below!

A Note on the Selection of the Models
General Instructions for Assembling the Models
A Map of London
Building London
London Templates
BT Tower
Double-decker Bus
Nelson's Column
Abbey Road
Number 10
Horse Guard
Buckingham Palace
Westminster Abbey
Big Ben
St Paul's Cathedral
The Gherkin
Tower of London
London Taxi
Olympic Stadium
Tower Bridge
Tate Modern
London Eye
Telephone Box
Shakespeare's Globe
One Canada Square

Tower Bridge Template

Paper London is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and in the UK at Ivy Press. Ivy Press is an innovative publisher and packager of creative, highly illustrated books and stationery. Check out their charming catalog at Ivy Press

Friday, August 08, 2014

Origami Flowers Kit Review & Giveaway

This is the pretty Petallunia Moon Flower! It's just one of 20 projects in LaFosse & Alexander's Origami Flowers, Lifelike Paper Flowers to Brighten Up Your Life. The boxed kit, published by Tuttle includes 180 folding papers, a full-color instructional booklet and DVD. You get 2 sizes of folding paper, 7 and 15 cm squares in purple, yellow, red, green, orange and pink solids. To make this flower I used five 6 cm squares of handmade Japanese paper, 1 for each petal. Best of all the design is modifiable, add or remove petals to transform the look of the flower! It wasn't difficult to make, I found the instructions very clear but if you get stuck just use the instructional DVD, it's very well done, you can go from project to project. Can you imagine how spectacular a bouquet of paper flowers would look? Get your kit below!

Symbols Key
How to use This booklet and DVD
Categories of Origami Flowers
Origami Flower Materials
Techniques and Tools
Inspirations and Uses

Lily Leaf
Kyoko's Flower
Maple Leaf
Anne's Orchid Ohana Orchid
Orchid Leaf
A Tulip for Betty
Modular Blossom
Clean Leaf
Modular Six-Piece Day Lily
Petallunia Moon Flower
Petal Module Calyx
Petal Modules
Star Flowers
Canday Blossom
A Rose for Irene
Rose Calyx
Cullen's Flower
Going Beyond This Kit

Origami Flowers is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing

Tuttle has generously offered to giveaway an Origami Flowers Kit! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until August 23, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.