Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Paper Pompoms and Butterflies

My team and I have been really excited lately, planning for a little girl's upcoming 7th Birthday Party.

The theme is... fairies and butterflies!

And since we were eager to try doing some stuff on our own (rather than buy them from the party supplies store), here's what we came up with these past 2 days:

1. Paper Pompoms

For this we used 1 pack of Japanese Paper (containing 10 sheets).
We then cut the sheets in half, placed them altogether, then folded in accordion style.
Then we rounded the ends of the paper.
Then we bound the center with a string, and gently separated the sheets of paper therefore creating the volume of the pompom.

It's pretty easy, isn't it?
You may also refer to this video for the tutorial.



2. Butterfly Invite

Now this is just a prototype. :)
We wanted the invitation to be simple but with a touch of creativity and elegance to it.
So we decided to die cut butterflies out of green and pink paper and adhered it on top of ring of paper which would then be used to hold the "scroll" or invitation itself.
The top butterfly is folded at the center to create a dimension or 3d effect. :)





But after thinking about things for a while, we decided we might want to create a pop-up invitation instead. But we do not have samples yet so I might be posting about that on another day. :)

What do you think?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Upcycled Paper Bag

Here's a quick tutorial into turning an old paper bag into a cutie gift bag.
You can actually do this in less than 10 minutes.

Materials:
- Paperbag
- Doily (can be purchased from local supermarket or bakeries)
- Embellishment (Butterfly cutout)
- Adhesive




Instructions:
Using an adhesive, whether glue or tape (I used double sided tape), adhere the doily on the side of the paper bag and then adhere the butterfly embellishment on top of the doily.

 
 


Here I used a die-cut butterfly embellishment and ready-made doily.
But there are different doily dies out there which you can use as well. You can cut out of patterned or colored paper.
If you do not have a die cutter for butterfly, you can always create one yourself. ;)




Hope you enjoyed that and I hope you try it out sometime too! :)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Perforated Bookmark

So I went to this really pretty place called Sophie's Mom last week and it got me so inspired I decided to create some bookmarks.

But to make not just an ordinary bookmark, I decided to use perforated paper which I accentuated with buttons, felt and fabric tape.

I plan to enter this into this week's CASology: NEON challenge but I am not sure if it is neon enough on the photos. But the green and yellow are in fact neon 'in person' so I'll give it a try anyway. :)

Here are several bookmarks I created, hope it inspires you to create your own! :)





 
 
Did you notice that this one looks like a mouse or some tiny creature?
 
 
I am still working up the courage to make that video tutorial. When I finally do, I'll make a video tutorial on this one. :)


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Garden Invitations

Today's post is a follow-through on my previous post Sneak Peek: Flowers.

It is one of the invitations I created for my friend, but since the wedding is not over yet, I won't post the pages with their details.

But what I want to highlight here is how I decorated the seal of the envelope with 3D flowers to complement the invitation which was bordered roses and hydrangea, which is also the theme of their wedding and the composition of the bride's would be bouquet. :)

And here are the quick steps:

1. Using EK Success' 2.25 Scalloped Circle large puncher, I punched out the shape from light green cardstock to use as my background.

2. Using Bigshot and Sizzix 3D flowers die, I cutout pink felt and created a big pink rose with it. This is the technique I used for rolling up the flower, it's the easiest technique I found out there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgAn8bvXGoY

3. I then punched out and crumpled tiny blue flowers using my Carl Craft small flower punch. Then stuck them on top of a big lump of glue for dimension to look similar to a hydrangea.

4. After that, I stuck the rose on one side (a bit closer to the center) of the green scallop, making it seem like it's surrounded by the hydrangea flowers.

5. Then I stuck the bottom side of the green scallop into the center of the envelope.

Here are the photos:








I actually want to create a video tutorial for this, would be my first if it pushes through.
That is, when I finally get the courage to actually create a video and post it on youtube.

But what I actually liked about this project is that, I had the recent CASual-Fridays challenge (CFC108) in mind. The them is to create a simple project with any material such as fabric or felt. My project comes with felt! :p