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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Box and card gift sets (Meg's Garden/Helmar)

I created these pretty little kirigami boxes and cards using the new 12x12 Spring Paisley collection from Meg's Garden and from some help using Helmar's Acid Free glue. There are so many uses for this glue but I decided to use it in a less traditional way and it really worked great! 

I have so much Green Tara product left over from my year DT term that I heavily embellished this project with their products. Meg's Garden also carries many Green Tara items so check out the store! Here is a close-up of of one of the gift sets that I played up the peach and cream in the pretty paper.

Here is a close-up of where I brought out the darker red and pink in the Spring Paisley paper for the second gift set. Loads of Helmar Acid-Free holding this project together!
The great thing about kirigami boxes is that they are just as pretty on the inside. Since they are folded, it means they are sturdy too due to several paper layers too. My tutorial on how to create these boxes can be found archived on this blog HERE. These boxes are about 4 inches square once you fold down 12x12 paper (but can be made smaller).

BTW - check out this awesome article by Craft Test Dummies about ways to use Helmar's Remover cleaner to SAVE your crafting tools and money! All Helmar products can be purchased directly from http://helmarusa.com or http://helmar.com.au if you do not have a local shop that carries the products.

Friday, September 21, 2012

So many good DT calls right now

Just a quick post to say that many of the design teams I am on are looking for designers. Here are the direct links:

Pion Design - Guest DT Call

Meg's Garden - DT Call

Helmar - Education Team Call

Also, one of my Helmar DT mates Susan has her own paper and stamp line (that I showcased on here this summer) and she is also looking for a design team. Details at http://www.susankweckesser.com/scrap_matters.

Good luck to all that apply!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Pion Design Releases

As the fall has arrived and the evenings are getting darker, many of us feel an emerging need to cuddle up inside with plenty of time to spend on paper crafting. Fittingly enough, Pion Design are now releasing two paper collections.

From Grandma's Attic - tinted contains lovely sepia toned pictures, gently tinted as it was done in the past. The shades can be traced back to Pion Designs previous collections and therefore you will find that the pictures match perfectly with our other papers. With titles such as Family, Warm Clothes, Boys and Girls you will soon learn that no matter what the occasion or the aim of your crafting may be, you will be able to find a gorgeous picture suited for exactly this purpose. 

For Father 6x6" is Pion Designs masculine collection, suitable for all those special occasions when you want to acknowledge a father, brother or son. The images of old cars and gentlemen in quite muted colors will provide you and your crafting with that vintage feeling that is a trademark of Pion Design papers.

For Father 6x6" and From Grandma's Attic - tinted, are in stock and ready for immediate shipping.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Do you display your layouts?

I do! My husband hand stained eighteen 12x12 open shadow boxes to match our hardwood floors (from Michaels Crafts - they have glass protected ones too that are already finished). Gotta love a man who supports your art (aka addiction, LOL!). We have 12 foot ceilings on either side of our staircase so 9 frames per wall (the stairs go down to a walk-out basement -- built into the side of a hill).

Click on images for a larger view.

Here is the right view from my front door.

Here is the left view from my front door.

What do you think?