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.
We are continuing the spa theme today with this recipe for a DIY scrub that will help prepare your skin ready for your pretty summer dresses. The base of epsom or sea salt not only exfoliates your skin but has the added benefit of absorbing toxins. One note about my reason for choosing salt over… Read more.
I have come to the conclusion that any paper. . . that is ANY paper. . . can be transformed into a gorgeous paper flower. Other than poms for gift toppers and tree ornaments, I had yet to experiment with tissue paper to make paper flowers, until this weekend. Having just returned from San Francisco… Read more.
Here we are, day two of the Easter set! To coordinate with the Easter basket tags, I have designed for you a set of editable Easter labels and round stickers. These all feature the loveable Easter critters; the bunny, chick, lamb and blue bird. Perfect for the little ones or anyone who enjoys the delight… Read more.
Today’s post is in celebration of this blog’s 1st year anniversary! Whoot Whoot! It has been the best year, and the busiest year of my work life. So let us take a moment of pause the busy blogger schedule to eat cake! This fun eat cake party banner was a suggestion of a reader who… Read more.
Spring is coming very soon which means it is time for some new spring inspired gift tags. Right? I loved the mix of pastel pinks with the kraft paper gift tags I designed for Valentine’s day and decided to try a similar palette with these gorgeous vintage rose illustrations. Most of these are very feminine… Read more.
Continuing the St. Patrick’s Day theme, I have designed a fun set of photo props and party decor just for you. For the props in these photos I used glitter card stock paper that I found in the scrap booking section of the craft store. I think I am oddly obsessed with glitter right now…. Read more.
The last few days I have been working on a photo shoot for a UK craft magazine. I designed and shot an article on gift wrap as well as this issue’s cover shot. Very exciting! It has been a fun project since gift wrapping is one of my passions. One of my props that I… Read more.
You all know how I love the chalkboard look, right? Inspired by this and the visual trend of crisp black and white mixed with old world charm I noticed when in Amsterdam this fall, I had an idea for a party look I wanted to create. This project started when I opened my 12-Months of… Read more.
Happy Monday my lovelies! Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and for those of you who would like to have special personalized valentine cards or stickers for your kids, you have landed on the right page! I have designed two sets this weekend, one showcasing the woodland friends, the bear, fox, squirrel and… Read more.
A few months ago I was invited with nine other bloggers to be on the 12 Months of Martha craft bloggers team and this is month number one! I received my box of goodies last week and found myself giddy like a teenage girl. The box was full of so many Valentine craft paper, stickers… Read more.