This year we were so full of Halloween decoration ideas that I decided it would be fun to do a little roundup. We need to see them all in one place, right? For Halloween decor, we started outside the house with the entryway and made our way through the house finishing with a Halloween party… Read more.
It is the season for costumes and when Michaels asked us to show another DIY costume for today’s Michaels Makers blog hop we decided to share one that is perfect for one of Portland’s favorite past times. Portland hosts the 10th largest marathon in the U.S. and smaller ones once or sometimes even twice a… Read more.
Michaels had invited us, yes that mean you too, to #TrickYourPumpkin! That sounds like fun, right? We are tricking our pumpkins by making them think they are a round black cat, a chubby horned owl and a sly orange fox. Ha! These balls of cuteness are made from using foam pumpkins, craft felt and googly… Read more.
I am planning an end-of-good weather soirée at my house in a few weeks and wanted to give my back yard a little makeover. My modern style Ikea table and chairs that I bought I few years ago had a lovely frosted glass top that did not make it in my last move. This gave… Read more.
For my friends Lauren and Nelson’s wedding a few weeks ago, we decided to make them a custom cake topper. One of their favorite things to say to each other is “love you more” which makes a perfect phrase to top their wedding day cake. You can see their cake below and how we decorated… Read more.
Here is a fun little printable for you! Tiny note cards and envelopes are the perfect way to share your love and appreciation or you can print and bundle these in a set to give as a gift. Just download the PDF below, print onto a white paper, trim and fold your envelopes that are… Read more.
I have to admit that I find a great joy in inventing my version on paper flowers every week. Gerbera daisies are such a happy flower so it seems that this week I have a double dose of cheer. I made these paper blooms with a variety of papers in text weight (anything lighter than… Read more.
Even here is rainy Portland we love a wash of tropical colors. It has actually been in the 90’s for the last few weeks and for our little city that is a heat wave! August is the perfect time to go a little tropical, no matter where on the globe you live. These lush hibiscus… Read more.
A few days ago I shared that I had made this gorgeous crepe and tissue flower pinata for a wedding photo shoot, which I will share the final photos once they are available. In addition to the pinata I also made a papel picado banner that was designed by my intern, Lindsay. These flower and… Read more.
How fun is this over-sized ball of bright blooms! This project is perfect for a summer fiesta, birthday party or even a colorful wedding. I made this bright paper flower pinata for a wedding. . . well, a pretend wedding that is. Today I am meeting with a handful of other Portland wedding vendors and… Read more.
If you are planning a Luau or tropical party this summer, what a better way to add a splash of color than give each guest a handmade paper lei. You can also decorate your tropical drink straws with these pretty blooms. I promise that these will be a big hit at your summer celebration! For… Read more.
As some of you may have seen from my Instagram, I spent last week working with the amazing team at Creativebug in San Francisco on a new video tutorial series that will be released this Fall, and it was to my delight that this morning the final video for my last series on paper wedding… Read more.
A while back I posted this photo on my Instagram. These jumbo paper roses were made to style a Kraft themed baby shower. Shortly after posting and seeing the response, I knew I would be sharing a tutorial for this polka dot bloom. So here you are, the tutorial as well as a pattern for… Read more.
I have been planning a tropical Luau party setting (and of course the tutorials and printables that go with it) for this summer’s entertaining. Part of the Luau is a sit down dinner so I wanted to make the place settings very unique. I was having difficulty finding napkins to coordinate with my fuschia, pink… Read more.
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.
This is such a fun project! In this video with Creativebug, I teach you how to make the letters from a flat board into these 3D forms, then give you three ideas of how to finish the surfaces. I am just loving the gold leaf look right now and these letters were made especially for… Read more.
Ahhhh, the gardienia. I remember back in my 20’s when I was working as a designer at a well known golf resort and the flower department (how luxurious is that) placed a potted gardenia plant on my desk before it was in bloom. Within a few weeks my office was full of its soft, inviting… Read more.
You can now view the third of my Paper Wedding Craft video series on Creativebug. This video is a full class on how to make a Dowton Abby inspired topiary. I show you how to make them using a simple terra cotta pot, copper tubing for the form and Carte Fini floral crepe paper for… Read more.
I can tell it is summer (even though it has been raining the last few days here in Portland) because I am craving bright colors. And that is exactly what I reached for when I started making this paper ranunculus bouquet. I love the color pop of the gorgeous Italian crepe paper from Carte Fini…. Read more.
I will be completely honest with you here. . . I was dreading making the paper hydrangea and have put off designing the burst of tiny blooms for a very long time. Though it is one of my favorite flowers, the idea of gluing hundreds of little petals into a ball seemed daunting. One of… Read more.