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 every day, stress disappears... I made 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.

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Saturday, August 02, 2014

Origami Book Cover w/ Pocket

This is the Origami Book Cover from Everyday Papercraft, Paper-Folding Projects for the Home and Beyond by Keiko Komatsubara published by Vertical, Inc., New York. It's just one of 40 paper craft projects in the book. I love the neat, clean look and the adjustable pocket is perfect for tucking in a bookmark or memento. Inside, fitted corners ensure a great fit. Use decoratively, to keep your books in the best condition or both. A solid design. Paper needs to be at most 2 x the length and 4 x the width of the book you want to cover. Use your favorite paper, I chose to recycle a map. An elastic band is optional. Check out my easy tutorial and get your copy below!


Mini Notebook
Notebook with Bookmark
Account Book with Folder
Pen Case with Lid
Slim Pen Case
Slim Folder
Bag Receipt Case
Pen Stand and Memo Holder
Sticky Notebook
Memo Stand
Clip Box
Cube Box
Odds-and-Ends Box
Receipt Case
Card Case
Book Cover with Tail
Origami Book Cover
House Gift Box
Gift Bag
Clothing Gift Bag
Photo Frame
Bathroom Tissue Box
Pocket Tissue Box

Technical guide
Let's Make Some Objects!
Hand-Made Papercrafts: Production Hints

Everyday Papercraft 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

Tutorial: Origami Book Cover w/ Pocket


Thursday, July 17, 2014

One Minute Paper Airplanes Review & Giveaway

Welcome to the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop hosted by Review Wire Media. My prize is Tuttle Publishing's One Minute Paper Airplanes by Andrew Dewar. The kit includes 12 pop-out paper airplanes, easily assembled in under a minute, a 32 page full-color instruction book and super-charged catapult launcher. My boyfriend Graham and I worked on the kit. I folded and he stapled the paper planes together, then we headed outside. We were amazed at how high and far the airplanes went. I squealed with delight as the planes shot up and zoomed through the air, changed direction, glided or swooped and plunged to the ground. Exciting and thrilling! Hours of learning, outdoor activity and fun. Get your kit below and make sure to stop by The Review Wire for a chance to win the grand prize, a Fathead Wall Decal of your choice!

Tools and Techniques
Test Flying
Flying Tips

Streaking Comet

One Minute Paper Airplanes 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 a One Minute Paper Airplanes kit! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until July 31, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.

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Monday, July 07, 2014

Origami Crane Platter (Paper Towel Napkin)

This is the quick and easy to make Origami Crane Platter from All-Purpose Origami by Boutique Sha. It's a handy serving paper or paper towel napkin. I made it using an ordinary paper towel. It can also be made of parchment, wax, tempura serving or hanshi calligraphy papers. There are 4 attractive variations in the book. The 96 page paperback published by Vertical, Inc., of New York contains a whopping 75 useful origami projects. You can't beat it for value. Add a personal touch to the everyday with functional origami. Check out the tutorial and get your copy below!

Table of Contents

Crane Container
Congratulatory Crane Container
Small Crane Box
Basket A
Basket B
Basket C
Basket D
Candy Box
Pocket Dish A
Pocket Dish B
Winnowing Basket
Decorative Box A
Decorative Box B
Stand A
Stand B
Stacked Box
Box with Lid
Coin Purse
Wastepaper Box A
Wastepaper Box B
Chinese Vase
Eight-Point Star Dish
Square Dish A
Square Dish B

Bunny Pouch
Kitty Pouch
Puppy Pouch
Gift Pouch A
Gift Pouch B
Gift Pouch C
Heart Pouch
Crane Pouch A
Crane Pouch B
Shirt Bag
Square Pouch A
Square Pouch B
Sweets Packet
Herb Packet
Pyramid Packet

Good Wishes Platter
Crane Platter A
Crane Platter B
Crane Platter C
Crane Platter D
Coaster A
Teapot Trivet
Coaster B
Teapot Trivet B
Memo Stand A
Memo Stand B
Coaster C
Kissing Cranes Chopsticks Rest
Peacock Chopsticks Rest
Crane Chopsticks Rest
Double Cranes Chopsticks Rest
Puppy Chopsticks Rest
Bird Chopsticks Rest
Lucky Knot Chopsticks Rest
Crane A Chopsticks Envelope
Crane B Chopsticks Envelope
Crane C Chopsticks Envelope
Crane D Chopstick Envelope
Dolls A Chopsticks Envelop
Dolls B Chopsticks Envelope
Helmet Chopsticks Envelope
Carp Banner Chopsticks Envelope
Celebratory Chopsticks Envelope A
Celebratory Chopsticks Envelope B
Celebratory Chopsticks Envelope C 

All-Purpose Origami is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Random HouseVertical translates the best contemporary Japanese books. Check out their unique catalog at Vertical Publishing.

Tutorial: Origami Crane Platter (Paper Towel Napkin)


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Snowflakes, Sunbursts and Stars

Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl by Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt144 full color pages published by Kodansha USA. The neatly organized hardcover explores the celestial worlds of origami, kirigami and quilling. First choose your paper craft project from a dazzling array of photos. Gather some basic tools and materials. Learn some techniques. Follow clear step-by-step text and photographic instructions. Finally dress up your creations and use. Most origami projects start with a hexagon base cut from 6" squares. Kirigami 6" squares. Quilling 2" to 5" strips. Each design includes a level of difficulty. I made a striking origami star. Get your copy below!

About this book

Chapter 1

Chapter 2
Paper choices
Core techniques

Chapter 3
Quilling designs
Origami designs
Kirigami designs

Chapter 4
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

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Girligami Kit Review & Giveaway

Girligami, A fresh, fun, fashionable spin on origami, by Cindy Ng, published by Tuttle of Vermont. "Cindy Ng is an origami designer whose mini-kits and jewelry are sold in museum shops worldwide. Her work has been featured in Real Simple, Elle, and the New York Times." Her kit includes a 64 - page booklet with 18 projects and 60 folding papers. Pre-printed fold lines leave no room for error. Most "models are presented in multiples on a single sheet" so scissors are required to cut them out prior to folding. There is an added section on how to turn your origami creations into various trinkets. A fun folding activity kit for girly girls. Get your copy below!

Making the Connection
Essential Tips
A Guide to Folding Symbols, Terms and Actions

Fashion Runway
Foxy Pumps
Trendy Tote
Dazzle On A Bow
Strapless Dress
Classy Ensemble

Heaven & Earth
Daisy Bunny
Bobo Panda
Lola Kitty
Build A Bamboo Stalk
Beautiful Butterfly
Tulip Garden

Cute Sassy Fun
Cool Cupcake
Secret Love Note
In Hearts We Trust
Lovely Little Laptop
Yay! Presents

Vogue-It Earrings
Cute Pin
Colorific Magnets
Hanging Noetpads
All-Occasion Greeting Cards
Bunny Ornament
Chic Bow

Girligami is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's 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 a copy of Girligami! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until June 22, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Origami Sweets Box

I folded these gorgeous boxes from single 15 cm squares. The design is from Practical Origami, Folding Your Way to Everyday Accessories by Shufu-no-Tomo, published by Vertical, Inc. of New York. The 160 page paperback presents 75 useful and decorative projects with clear, step-by-step instructional text, diagrams and photographs. It's an inspirational guide to the ancient art of paper folding. You'll learn how to make beautiful packets and boxes perfect for gifting. Easy through difficult. Paper in square and rectangular sizes required. A valuable resource I will return to over and over again because of all the handy projects. A lovely book. Get your copy below!

Basic folds and symbols explained
Materials, tools, tips and tricks
How to Resize Patterns

Part 1
Rectangular Box
Sweets Box
Pound Cake Box
Open Box
Cookie Box
Gift Bag
Deli Box
Lunch Box
Cutlery Case
Square Box
Small Drawer
Two-Tone Box
Bag with Handles

Part 2
Chopsticks Envelope
Pop Chopsticks Envelope
Knotted Chopsticks
Bunny Chopsticks Rest
Hat Chopsticks Rest
Boat Tray
Crane Chopsticks
Cherry Blossom Dish
Serving Paper
Crane Serving Paper
Toothpick Holder
Herb Pouch
Triangle Pouch
Pepper Pouch
Candy Dish
Candy Box
Cutlery Rest
Heart Napkin Ring
Card Stand
Photo Frame

Part 3
Cross Pouch
Cross-Over Pouch
Simple Pouch
Pinwheel Pouches
Four-Corner Pouch
Hexagonal Pouch
Octagon Pouch
Celebratory Envelopes

Part 4
Book Cover 1
Book Cover 2
Book Cover 3
Shirt and Tie Envelope
Shirt and Tie Bag
CD Case
Pen Tray
Desktop Box
Pyramid Potpourri Case
Tissue Case
Card Case
Folding Card Case

Part 5
Paper Crane
Plum Blossoms
Mustard Blossom
Offering Box
Goldfish Balloon
Evening Primrose
Snow Bunny

Practical Origami 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

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Origami Birds Kit Review & Giveaway

Origami Birds by world-renowned origami artist Michael G. LaFosse, published by Tuttle of Vermont. Kit includes 2 booklets, 96 sheets of folding paper and 2 sheets of gold foil, everything you need to make your own flock of feathered friends! Booklets contain easy-to-follow instructions for 20 origami birds along with origami symbols keys. Paper is 6 inch square and colored on both sides. Most models are single-square, no-cut and no-glue original designs by the author. Hours of fun and learning perfect for home, school, cottage and camp bird lovers. Beginner/intermediate. Get your copy below!

Book One
Origami Symbols Key
Elsa's Swan
Duck Family

Book Two
Origami Symbols Key
Flapping Bird
Simple Penguin
Golden Goose
Golden Goose Egg
Pajarita (Little Bird)
Thunder Bird

Origami Birds is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's 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 a copy of Origami Birds! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck to you! Open until June 7, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.

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