[identity profile] fanmade-cards.livejournal.com
Today I tried my hand at making a matching pen to go along with a notepad using patterned paper. It was a little tricky to get the paper inside the pen but I think it turned out okay.

Cut for pictures. )
[identity profile] irynan.livejournal.com
Hello all!

I just want to share my first finished quilling project :) I made it for my friend and co-worker who is expecting a baby girl :)

How this was done... )


Jul. 25th, 2012 09:46 pm
[identity profile] atouchofyou.livejournal.com
Hello, everyone! This is my first post, although I've been watching for a while. I work in a used book store, and while great, it doesn't pay that much. So I made some bookmarks to try and raise a little extra money. 

Take a look! )

There are two other designs not shown: a suspension bridge and an art nouveau bird. They're printed on pages of old books we were going to throw away. (I used a dictionary for the flower and bird, Shakespeare's history plays and sonnets for the globe, and Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales for the seahorse and bridge. The seahorse is on The Little Mermaid.) I then laminated them by hand. I sold my first one today! It's the first thing I've ever sold that I made! I'm super proud. If they take off, I hope to expand to other bookstores in the area and maybe to etsy. (Or maybe I'm just getting ahead of myself!)

What do you think? Have any suggestions for other designs? I have a hard time finding images that aren't coded as feminine, so masculine/gender neutral suggestions would be welcome.

[identity profile] g2ek-librarian.livejournal.com
Hi all,
It's the librarian from San Francisco again. This time we're teaching people how to make these cute little lotus flowers out of paper and tiny beads. The program is open to everyone who can attend. It will be on Thursday, August 9, 2012 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm at the Chinatown Branch of the San Francisco Public Library.
(Follow fake cut to library site)
[identity profile] yunikoneko.livejournal.com
Hello. My name is Katherine and I have an unhealthy addiction to paper. It's been a month since my last paper purchase. But... I've already impulsively bought more cute paper than I really have projects for. I should never have to buy another greeting card or gift wrap because I'm up to my elbows in colorful cardstock. If I ever have kids, they would be set for most of their school art projects, Valentine's cards, and the like through graduation. Literally.

These are my recent projects:

Please excuse the mess!

+3 close-ups )

So... any suggestions for stash-busting paper? Besides greeting cards/books and dollhouse accoutrement (I made a doll-house book a long time ago... I don't remember if I ever posted about it, but if I didn't the video is here).
[identity profile] memoryanddream.livejournal.com
I made this for a swap on Craftster and was really pleased with how it came out. :)

I used a combination of card stock and scrapbook paper. The card stock butterflies I folded to bring their wings up, as if in flight. Some of the scrapbook ones I doubled, putting one directly on top of another to give it a 3D effect. Because of the depth of the shadowbox frame, there’s plenty of room for them to “flutter” their wings.

It’s a fun take on a traditional specimen or botanical print. No butterflies are harmed in the making of this one!

(You can see larger versions of the pics here on my blog.)
[identity profile] rooftopscandal.livejournal.com

I spent a good night making a few of these giant paper flowers to hang over my bed.
Read more... )
[identity profile] mumms.livejournal.com

Hi all! Just want to share this great idea to use leftovers and upcycled materials.
This journal was made by my stepfather. He used leftover gabric pieces for the cover.

+3 photo... )
[identity profile] shveta-thakrar.livejournal.com
Hi, everyone! This is my first post.

I've spent the last couple months diving into paper crafts, and I am in love. So I thought I'd share my latest project with you, a mobile I made for my niece's birthday. I'm very proud of how it turned out and can't wait to try something else!

I used an embroidery hoop, lots of cardstock, digital printed paper, glue, glitter glue, embroidery floss, ribbon, lace, mini brads, a sticker, and a fabric rosette. I also cut one of my old bindis to use on my doll.

Aunt and niece paper dolls. The flowers and heart spell out "trust in magic." And you can't really tell in these pictures, but the dolls are wearing sparkly emerald and ruby slippers, respectively.

See the rest of the mobile objects beneath the cut. )

And best of all, aunt and niece celebrating together.
[identity profile] ldhenson.livejournal.com
I haven't done one of my paper sculptures since last spring, but now I'm taking up the craft knife again.

Here's the latest: the Brooklyn Bridge, cut and folded from a single piece of paper.


( Bigger pics and details at my LJ )
[identity profile] smashblocked.livejournal.com
Now that our Secret Santa has passed, I can reveal the gifts that I made for our exchange and a tutorial on how to make your own. With Valentine's Day fast approaching, you can use this tutorial to create your own unique greetings.


One more photo behind the cut )
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[personal profile] grammardog
I made this tonight as a gift for my best friend's upcoming baby. I haven't drawn anything in many years and have never been good at it, but this was a satisfying experiment. I have been thinking for a few months about how to incorporate this Bob Dylan verse into some kind of baby gift for her and her husband. (It's a few lines from the great Forever Young. My friend and her husband are both bananas for folk music, and this song is the sweetest wish ever for a new person in the world, so it seemed like a good fit.) I was thinking about doing some kind of paper cut, but couldn't figure out exactly what I wanted to do or how. Then I happened across this on Pinterest and felt inspired by the wavy lines of text and the graphics interspersed with the text, so I appropriated those ideas and went to town. (If anyone knows who did that work, by the way, I'd love to credit them properly! UPDATE: The original work is by libre_versalita of Flickr!) I don't know how these kinds of posters are actually created... probably using Photoshop? But like a chump, I did mine by hand with a Sharpie pen and watercolour paper:


A few close-ups under here... )

I also handcut the mat for the frame! I feel very craft-capable tonight.

Like a dummy, I made this for someone who lives in California. Jeez. How am I going to mail it without it smashing into a million pieces?
[identity profile] bluefalconchick.livejournal.com
Hello crafty ladies!

I would like to make a card for a friend of mine using a photo. I would also like for this card to have some sort of almost scrapbooking-look to the background (Nothing fancy, just a design like some pretty pink scrapbooking paper).

I'd love to find a free website that can help me incorporate these ideas into a finished product-And recommendations?

(Oh, and I do no have an actual hard copy of the photo because I do not want her to know I'm making the card-I want to be able to use my mom's photo quality printer and matte photo paper to print the card, but if the only way to do this is to make a card out of card stock or something and then add the photo, I guess I can print the photo seperately and just use some of the scrapbooking paper I have here at the house-I was just SOOOO hoping for a much simplier way to accomplish this!)
[identity profile] enjirux.livejournal.com
I was feeling crafty and searching the web for inspiration I stumbled across for this amazing tutorial for Norwegian woven paper hearts.

Once you figured out the mechanism behind them (aka after your first heart ; ) ) they are not only easy to make but also very quick. You can fill the finished hearts with sweets or little (= light) presents and I can think of quite a lot of occasions where they could make nice little gifts
: )

Those are the three I made so far - they will be used as decoration, but I will make some more to give away for Christmas. I adore the "simple" paper hearts, but I am sure you can pimp them with glitter, stones, drawings....
[identity profile] sisterite.livejournal.com
Oh, dearest Craft-Gurus! I come to with a question!

I have been searching for instructions on how to create Korean origami "stars"; I've gone so far as to email this seller and ask for instructions. She mailed me back a 75px by 75px image that I can't enlarge or read. :\

Do any of you almighty crafters know where I could find instructions for this sort of origami? I haven't been able to find them anywhere on the 'net.

EDIT: Link removed; added a picture for reference. Image is credited to 81GiftStation at Etsy.
[identity profile] thisprairielife.livejournal.com
Hey y'alls. The other night I had the idea of purchasing some stationery, so I started cruising etsy. As I was looking at the designs I liked the most, I realized that I could do it myself. I am waiting for a package of lino blocks and a couple of speedball lino knife sets, it should be here tomorrow *squee*. I have never done any kind of printing before, my usual crafts are poly clay, needlework and some sewing.
I have done some googling (that always sounds dirty to me) on the subject and have determined that it's possible to do laserjet transfers just with water. Has anyone had success with this technique?
What are the best types of media to use for printing? Is it necessary for me to buy the ink too, or can I just use paint?
Any other general advice or tips and tricks are greatly appreciated.
[identity profile] sans-visage.livejournal.com
Hello, total first post! I'm Farren and I like making stuff, right now really into handbound books.

I'm making these cute little notebooks and I've found these awesome index cards to be the front cover - but they are a little bit flimsy and I want to find a way to make them hardier without taking away the awesome picture on the front or the cool description on the back.

A friend suggested laminating, but I'm not into the look of that. Is there anything else I can do that will still look neat and tidy? I'm totally at a loss.
[identity profile] penguin-ford.livejournal.com
I've been playing with pop-up art from this site. I just made a piano card:

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And this little wonder which I'm pretty gosh darned proud of if I do say so myself.

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This has sort of inspired me to do some hand made Christmas cards again this year and maybe if I'm feeling ambitious I'll do some quilled cards as well. What do you all think?
[identity profile] exousia.livejournal.com
Do you guys know where I can buy pre made 32 ct match boxes? I guess I could buy match boxes and then dump out the matches but that seems wasteful (I don't really have a reason for tons of matches). This might be a toughie, I live in Canada. I am making a trip to the states this weekend though. Anyone know where I can get them?
[identity profile] malicious-pengy.livejournal.com
A week or so ago I posted a few crafts, and someone asked for a tutorial. And I just now got around to it.

This is a set of four cards in a card-holding folder. Each card is like a little envelope, and the inside of the card is a little insert you pull out to write on or whatever.

Tutorial )


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