This last Christmas when I made my holiday tree decorated in all paper ornaments, I made some orbs that were covered in little paper circles. I kept seeing them as a very round paper pine cone and thought how cute it would be to make some in more of the cone shape. Pine cones are… Read more.
Hello lovelies! I am so excited to finally share the paper bird tutorial. And it is in video form too!! Since this was my Christmas tree topper as a turtle dove, I planned to share in December, but with the passing of my mother and a busy traveling schedule in January, the birds have now… Read more.
Hello everyone! I am back from my trip to Salt Lake City where I met the team from Cricut and attended the Alt Summit. It was a very successful week and I will be sharing some of my finds and news from that in the next few months. The highlights of my week were: 1)… Read more.
Can you believe it is almost time to celebrate 2014? One of my favorite decorations for my New Year’s Eve parties are these super simple paper medallion stars made from foil gift wrap. They make a huge impact and you can create them large, huge or small. This little DIY project is a perfect one… Read more.
Hello everyone. I am in Washington with the whole family this weekend to remember my mother and celebrate her life. It is so nice to be together right now. Thank you all for the notes of love and encouragement. I am responding to each and everyone of them (I still have a few to get… Read more.
I have been quite spoiled the last few years when I was the Creative Director for an online stationery shop. We had everything set for adding photos and text into the card designs. I looked high and low for an option so that you could add a photo and type easily before you printed, but… Read more.
To finish off my paper tree ornaments I wanted to add some of these simple pom poms made from gold metallic tissue. They add an extra layer of fullness to the detailed ornaments and are so simple to make. Each pom pom started from one sheet of 20×20 gold tissue paper so these are not… Read more.
I love all of the delicate little pieces on my tree. . . the snowflakes, the feathers, the garland. . . but the give another texture and shape, I added these pinecone like paper balls to my paper decorated tree. As one reader pointed out, my paper tree ornaments are perfect for a child (or… Read more.
This Christmas, as you saw in my Handcrafted Holidays video, I decorated my tree with a bird theme in a variety of gold and silver tones. The paper feathers are part of the detail of the tree and to add a little extra bling, I used some pretty gold and silver glitter on the tips… Read more.
One of my “favorite things” to wrap gifts year-round is brown kraft paper with bakers twine or garden twine. When I was asked to get creative with holiday labels from Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery that are available at Staples stores, I decided to pair them with these favorites. And what fun I did… Read more.
Happy Friday everyone! A few of you have reminded me that even though I posted the printable paper bow templates, I did not give a tutorial on how to assemble them. So I will do just that today. In addition to the tutorial, I am including a Silhouette template as well and the outline template… Read more.
The rumor here in Portland is that it may snow tomorrow. What a perfect time to post the tutorial for the 3-D paper snowflakes, right? If it does not snow outside, at least it will be inside. This snowflake is not my invention, but this is my version after making many of these each year… Read more.
Hello everyone! I am back from the Netherlands, (see photos of my trip on the blog Facebook page) inspired and ready to continue on our handcrafted holiday theme. I have so many ideas popping that I wish I had time to do several a day. Sigh. Still just a tad still in jet lag, today… Read more.
A few years ago after I moved from a house into my downtown loft, I realized that my Christmas decoration collection had found its way to the donation pile. I saw it as an opportunity to try something different, to fill the tree with handmade paper ornaments. This started a new tradition, and now in… Read more.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone back in the United States. Today, I am thankful for every single one of you. . . the readers, cheerers and crafters all over the globe. . . that visit, comment and share their own stories, as I pour my heart and soul into making this a magical place to be…. Read more.
Here is another set of gift wrap for you to round out this season’s chalkboard and woodland themes. . . and it is my other current favorite. . . kraft. These fun patterns mix and match with all of the other Christmas wraps, the chalkboard tags, the woodland tags and the paper bows. Someday I… Read more.
Happy Saturday everyone! It has been a busy week as I am trying to complete everything before I head over to Amsterdam tomorrow. Don’t worry. . . I am a bloggeraholic so you will be hearing from me in the next seven days. Today I am sharing one of my favorites yet! Here is a… Read more.
Today I am sharing one of my favorite quick and easy gift wrap printables. I designed this template a few years ago and have loved adding the fun mini paper sculpture to packages year round. These paper bows are something you can have printed and trimmed, ready to pop onto a bottle of wine or… Read more.
For my next round of gift wrap, I designed Winter Wonderland featuring my woodland buddies that were here for Easter, for summer bookmarks, and now here for Christmas! The collection also includes a chalkboard garland, a birch faux bois and a wooly dot pattern. Of course these coordinate with the chalkboard set as well. For… Read more.
I think you may all know by now that I have a thing for gift wrapping. And gift wrap. In a few minutes, I head over to West Elm to teach a creative gift wrapping class. I have been busy designing 16 different wraps these last few weeks, which I will post in the next… Read more.