Category Archives: Crafts

Wednesday January 15, 2015

elephant-1 I decided to try some paper cutting again using the book Kirigami by Jeffrey Rutzky. This was supposed to be an elephant. Oops! I may have been asleep when I tried it.

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Next I wanted to try my hand at changing it so I added a ball to the design and changed the elephant a little bit.

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Paperwork

A friend left a big box of paper bunches here when she moved to California in a small travel trailer. So I thought I would make a post about which brand I like the best according to the ease of use. I have discovered that some aren’t as easy to use as others. So here we go.

1 Marvy Uchida  wasn’t the easiest to punch.

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McGill also not the easiest to punch.

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Martha Stewart easy to punch.

4Martha Stewart again and easy to use.

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This paper punch is by ek and I love this beautiful scroll and flower! It’s one of my favorites. It is decently easy to punch.

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t onic studios not very easy to punch.

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Recollection worked very well.

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The Paper Studio worked great.

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t onic studios again not the smoothest.

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Martha Stewart very nice of course.

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Recollections I really like it.

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Fiskars I did not  like at all, did not punch well.

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ek is easy to use.

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So I decided to make something with all of parts and pieces that I on hand.

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So my opinion is the best ones are Martha Stewart, Recollections and The Paper Studio.

I miss-calculated the size for the envelope and the top edges didn’t overlap so I had to tape them down. It was the first time I made an envelope but now I am hooked and I look forward to making many more cards and envelopes.

 

A Heartflake

As I was looking through this Kirigami book by Jeffrey Rutzky I decided to try making the heartflake since this is the month of February.

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According to the book this is an adaptation of a design by Cindy Higham. It starts off with a starburst fold and now I will try to take you through the steps to make this heartflake. Goodluck. :)

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I should have erased the 6 inch markings but since I did not, just ignore them for the rest of the time.
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Fold to the right along the dotted line.
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And then fold the same flap back, in half.
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Now fold the far right bottom up the the left along side the crease.
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Then fold the same flap back, in half the other way.
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Draw out the red pattern onto your starburst fold and cut the white parts away.
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I used scrapbook paper which was a little too thick so all of my folds didn’t quite reach as far as they should have so two of my corners were squared off instead of pointy but that is no big deal.
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Color of the Year, or Close Enough

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As I was wildly cleaning my desk the other night looking for a magazine I came across this little cigar box so I stopped cleaning and made a jewelry box. Who wants to clean anyway? No I never found the magazine but later I did get back to cleaning.

I just happened to find a piece of foamy stuff for the bottom that was very close to the color of the year.

If You Like Sewing, Crafting and Recycling…

then you might like my other blog, Skirting It. I am trying to get back into it after leaving it all lonely and abandoned for far too long.

A Crown

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Giant Knitting Needles!

Look at these fabulous knitting needles! Don’t they look like a ton of fun. I love these. You might want to hide them from stick chewing dogs you have around though.

You can purchase these at Loopy Mango on Etsy. Go take a look and see what other fun thing you can find there.