Tag Archives: Christmas

Paper Ornaments

On my travels, I found some Christmas trees with paper ornaments. The first trees I found were in the city of Ferndale, California. There were many trees filled with ornaments lining the downtown streets.

I found lots of paper ornaments on Christmas trees in downtown Ferndale, California.

The paper ornaments were made by children and laminated so that they could hold up to the outside weather.

I found lots of paper ornaments on Christmas trees in downtown Ferndale, California.

I love how festive and personal these trees feel. And they look like they’d be a fun, easy project to do with a child.

Paper cranes adorn this Christmas tree.

The paper cranes on the tree above are larger than most of the paper cranes I’ve seen. These cranes were made with 9″ origami paper rather than the usual 6″ origami paper.

Enjoy, Candy

Memories Of My Dad: Tea Bag Folding Holiday Garland

Every Monday I my dad and I would go out to his favorite restaurant for lunch. While we would order different items from the menu, our beverages were always the same. He would order English Breakfast Tea and I would order Green Tea. When I started folding tea bag wrappers early this year, we started saving our tea bag wrappers from our Monday lunches.

Holiday Garland made from tea bag wrappers. I sewed them together with gold thread.

Holiday Garland made from tea bag wrappers. They are sewed together with gold thread.

I realized that our tea bag wrappers were red and green, the perfect color combination for the holiday season. I played around with different combinations, all green and all red, but my favorite was the red and green together.

Our tea bag wrappers along with the front and back of the folded rosettes.

Our tea bag wrappers along with the front and back of the folded rosettes.

My original plan was to make red and green tea bag garlands to decorate my dad’s Christmas tree. I showed him my idea and he loved it. Unfortunately my dad passed away a little over a month ago. I am now making these garlands as a memory of our Monday lunches together.

Close up of the folded rosette.

Close up of the folded rosette.

Each garland has eight 2″ by 2″ squares cut from the front of the tea bag wrapper. You can see how they are folded in the above photo. The pieces are then glued together to make the rosette.

Front and back of the rosettes along with the folded squares ready to become another rosette.

Front and back of the rosettes along with the folded squares ready to become another rosette.

If you are interested in making some of these yourself, check out my blog post: DIY – Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes.

Start creating your own memories!

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Snowflake Envelope

I love sending cards and envelopes through the old fashioned US Postal Service, aka Snail Mail. I know it’s faster and and cheaper to do email, but I do so enjoy receiving and holding physical cards and envelopes. So, with this in mind, I signed up to do a Holiday Envelope Exchange.

My first batch of envelopes went out on Monday. These went out today.

My first batch of envelopes went out on Monday. These went out today.

Since I have lots I am doing right now, I decided to make my envelopes for the Holiday Envelope Exchange the same design I’m using for my own Holiday Cards. My Holiday Cards are predominately blue with snowflakes. So, I decided to take a scanned paste paper of a similar blue color and put white embossed snowflakes on it. The actual color is “silver pearl.”

Here is a close up of one of the "silver pearl" embossed snowflakes. I love that it's so subtle. Depending on the light, it may take a second look to see it.

Here is a close up of one of the “silver pearl” embossed snowflakes. I love that it’s so subtle. Depending on the light, it may take a second look to see it.

My card was designed to fit a standard A-7 envelope. Since you may have a different size envelope you are working with, the simple answer is to take apart your chosen size envelope and trace its pattern on the decorated paper you want to use. I suggest using a text weight paper for your envelope. If you need to shop for paper, check your local art supply store or scrapbooking store for your decorated paper.

I steamed open the envelope on the left and used it as my pattern for the envelope on the left. I didn't bother with rounding any of the corners or having a deckled edge on the flap.

I steamed open the envelope on the right and used it as my pattern for the envelope on the left. I didn’t bother with rounding any of the corners or having a deckled edge on the flap.

Note to self: steaming open an envelope looks so easy on TV, but is a bit harder in real life. Or, maybe I just need more practice.

After cutting out my envelope (and before pasting the envelope together), I stamped a snowflake on the envelope in two places and sprinkled silver pearl embossing powder over the stamped area. I shook off the excess powder, then heated the embossing powder with a heat gun. Before I bought myself a heat gun, I used to use hold my paper over a toaster or light bulb. Be careful not to singe the paper if you do that.

The envelopes on the left are ready to go out. The ones on the right are works in progress.

The envelopes on the left are ready to go out. The ones on the right are still works in progress.

Next (again before pasting the envelope together), I wrote the recipient’s first name in calligraphy with blue ink on the envelope. Then I pasted up the sides of the envelopes, inserted my card in the envelopes, finished addressing the envelopes and put on the stamps.

It did take me longer to make the envelopes than I had remembered, but it really was fun.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Handmade Holiday Envelopes

This past week I have been making envelopes for the Holiday Cards I showed a couple of weeks ago. It’s taking quite a while to make them. I’ll give details on how to make them on Thursday’s blog post, so stay tuned.

These are going to be envelopes in which I am going to be sending out my Holiday Cards. It's hard to see, but each envelope has 2 embossed snowflakes on it.

These are going to be envelopes in which I am going to be sending out my Holiday Cards. It’s hard to see, but each of the envelopes has 2 embossed snowflakes, one in the upper left corner and one in the lower right corner.

Enjoy, Candy

Last Minute Holiday Gifts

I’m starting to feel the holiday gift crunch. I have made, purchased or figured out most of the gifts I’m giving this season. But with moving and a whole lot of shows this year, I have run a little short on time. I feel I’m scrambling more this year than usual. If you’re in the same place, then here are some ideas you might be interested in.

A 4 year old making flowers with Earth Paints.

A 4 year old making flowers with Earth Paints.

If you wish to buy art supplies for children on your holiday list, Leah Fanning Mebane has you covered. She is an artist who has been working for a number of years creating non-toxic and eco-friendly paints. She has a Children’s Earth Paint Kit, a Natural Face Paint Kit, a Natural Egg Dye Kit and lots more. She even has non-toxic oil paints, gesso and Eco-Solve. You can see her products on her website: Natural Earth Paint.

Helen Hiebert's book Playing With Pop-Ups.

Helen Hiebert’s book Playing With Pop-Ups.

I will be reviewing Helen Hiebert’s book Playing With Pop Ups in a later post, after I make a number of the projects in the book. Still, just from looking through the book, I think it would be a great gift for a child who enjoys making things. You can order them from Helen’s Website. Although you can order the book elsewhere, I like to order directly from the artist whenever possible.

This is a shadow lantern made from a kit by Helen Hiebert. It can also fold open to be a screen.

This is a shadow lantern made from a kit by Helen Hiebert. It can also fold open to be a screen.

Helen also sells playing with paper kits which include everything needed to make a project. She sells a window star kit, a shadow ornament kit, an interchangeable ring kit, a shadow lantern kit (the photo above is one of the options for that kit), a party light kit and an envelope folding screen kit. Perfect gift for a crafty adult or child. Her kits are on her website: Helen Hiebert Studio.

Five boxes, all perfect for holding a small piece of Dagoba chocolate.

Five boxes, all perfect for holding a small piece of Dagoba chocolate.

For the person who has everything, there’s always chocolate. What better way to give chocolate than in a beautiful little box. Check out my blog post: DIY Boxes For Chocolate. There are links to 5 different templates at the bottom of the post. Use a decorative paper and make a wonderful little box in which to present your chocolate.

This envelope was made using the instructions in Ed Emberley's Halloween Drawing Book.

This envelope was made using the instructions in Ed Emberley’s Halloween Drawing Book. It’s simple to follow the instructions.

I realize that Halloween is a long ways away, but I love the Halloween Drawing Book by Ed Emberley. It’s one of my favorite books. You can read my review of the book on my blog post: Halloween Envelopes and Ed Emberley’s Halloween Drawing Book Review. His books are available on Amazon. I’ve not tried his other books, but if they’re anywhere near as good as this one, you won’t be disappointed. Great gift for children and fun loving adults.

These wonderful geometric ornaments are available as a kit you can make yourself.

These wonderful geometric ornaments are available as a kit you can make yourself.

Here is another kit that is perfect for a crafter. The kit contains materials to make four ornaments. They’re made by Michelle Ebersohm and sold through her Etsy shop Chronus+Rhea.

Gifts of food are always welcome. Here are some ideas. 1. Put a stack of cookies in a mason jar, cover with decorated paper and attach your cookie recipe to it. 2. A gift certificate for a meal, either delivered or for a meal at your house at a later date. I gave my dad all the ingredients to make turkey sandwiches this past Thanksgiving (his favorite dark meat, his favorite cranberry sauce, bread and a small jar of mayonnaise). 3. Gather the favorite foods of your recipient and put them together a basket. Wrap in clear plastic or tissue paper. 4. Restaurant gift certificate. 5. A gift certificate at the recipient’s favorite grocery store of food co-op. I have given this to a student. I also received a gift certificate at our food co-op from an out-of-town relative. The ideas are endless and everyone eats food.

Happy Holidays, Candy

Studio Snapshot – December 1, 2014

I can hardly believe it’s December already. Today I’m working on my annual Holiday Card. I used to make completely handmade cards for the holiday that took me weeks to make. I’ve changed now to sending cards with family photos. I design the cards on the computer and insert a family photo. Below is the one I’m working on for this year.

Once I put my family photo into the white place holder, this will be my Holiday Card for 2014.

Once I put my family photo into the white place holder, this will be my Holiday Card for 2014.

Enjoy, Candy

Paper Holiday Ornaments

Paper Holiday Ornament

Paper Holiday Ornament

We got hit with a surprise snowstorm and over a week of freezing temperatures that are decidedly atypical for our area, which means I’ve spent most of the past week either shoveling snow or stuck inside accutane for acne finishing up my holiday cards. So, just for fun, I decided to try making these paper holiday ornaments.

I found two tutorials and, with some playing around, made my ornaments just a bit different from those. I didn’t use sequins, but I did make some round paper circles to cover where the paper strips come together at the top and bottom. I also used a corner rounder on the corners. It did look great, but it took a lot more time.

Here are two tutorials I found of different variations of this ornament:
First Tutorial – YouTube video tutorial by Mark Montano
Second Tutorial – Text and photo tutorial by Stephanie Lynn

Paper Holiday Ornament

Paper Holiday Ornament

Paper Holiday Ornament

Paper Holiday Ornament made with paste paper and gold paper

Paper Holiday Ornament

Paper Holiday Ornament with rounded corners

Paper Holiday Ornaments

Paper Holiday Ornaments

This was quite fun, and wouldn’t take very long if I hadn’t taken the time to round all the corners.

Enjoy, Candy