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Hanging Heart From Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar

While traveling, I am not able to make February’s paper project from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. There just wasn’t enough room to pack everything. I purchased both the calendar as well as the custom paper pack, so it’s going to be fun to make this once I get back home.

Hanging Heart, February’s paper project from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

This is Helen’s photo of the hanging heart she made. The instructions for making this are included in her calendar, one project for each month of the year.

This is very similar to the hanging hearts I shared in December 2014 and February 2015.

These paper Valentine Heart Ornaments are made from polka dot scrapbook paper. My instructions are my blog post: DIY Hanging Paper Heart Ornaments

If you are interested in getting your own calendar see: 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Long Stemmed Hearts

I made some long stemmed hearts a number of years ago for Valentine’s Day. Recently, I noticed that a number of the colors had faded from being in the sun. So, I decided to make them again using fade resistant papers. I also decided to simplify the process I and share my instructions here.

These paper long stemmed hearts look great in these three vases I purchased years ago from Ikea.

These paper long stemmed hearts look great in these three vases I purchased years ago from Ikea.

I got a variety of colored papers from French Paper Company which is located in Niles, Michigan. I used their line of Pop Tone colors. These papers are some of the most lightfast, fade resistant papers available. They come in a wonderful variety of colors, too.

Instructions for making my Long Stemmed Hearts.

This is how I make my Long Stemmed Hearts.

Instructions:

  1. Cut paper 8.5″ by 2.5″ with the paper grain going the 2.5″ direction. Fold the paper in half like in #1 above (note: the fold is on the right). If you don’t know about paper grain, check out my blog post that explains it at: Understanding Paper Grain Direction.
  2. Draw an arc in pencil like in #2 above. It should be just a bit higher on the fold line (that’s where the center of the heart will be).
  3. Cut the arc and start folding. Fold towards the center fold as in #3 above.
  4. Continue folding as in #4 above, folding each fold in half.
  5. Continue folding as in #5 above, folding each fold in half again.
  6. Continue folding as in #6 above, folding each fold in half again.
  7. Put the accordion folded heart into a bulldog clip as in #7 above (or secure it with rubber bands). Tie embroidery thread around the bottom of the heart using a square knot. Put a dab of glue on the knot.
  8. Wrap the long end of the thread around the knot about a dozen times with the short end of the thread still visible above the wrapping. Tie the ends together with a square knot. Glue around the thread, including the knot as in #8 above. You can see the wet glue in the photo, but it dries clear. I used PVA glue, but a white glue like Elmers would work well too. Cut the thread after the glue is dry. For those wanting a super clean looking wrap, put the thread on a needle and thread it under the now glued wrapped thread.
  9. Push a bamboo skewer through the center of the heart, between the center fold and the thread. Push the skewer all the way down to where the thread goes around the heart. Gently open the heart. It should look like # 9 above.
One dozen red paper long stem.med hearts. Make your own and look for unique ways to display them

One dozen red paper long stemmed hearts. Make your own and look for unique ways to display them

These are fun to make. And now that I have simplified how I make them, they go fairly quickly. Before I actually sewed the folds at the bottom of each heart. This way is much quicker.

These paper long stemmed hearts won't wilt and you don't have to remember to water them either.

These paper long stemmed hearts won’t wilt and you don’t have to remember to water them either.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Spring Heart Garland

I made a wonderful green heart garland for St. Patrick’s Day. I kept it draped over my dining room chandelier, for over a month now because I thought the green reminded me emerging green leaves of spring. Now, however, the flowers have started blooming and I decided I want bolder flower colors decorating my home. So, this week I made myself a new Spring Heart Garland.

My Spring Heart Garland has bright colors that remind me Spring flowers that are now blooming.

My Spring Heart Garland has bright colors that remind me Spring flowers that are now blooming.

This is the beginning of my Spring Heart Garland. I start at the bottom and work up.

This is the beginning of my Spring Heart Garland. I start at the bottom.

For my Spring Heart Garland, I fold 2 hearts in half sew them together.

For my Spring Heart Garland, I fold 2 hearts in half sew them together as you can see above.

My Spring Heart Garland, now about 9 feet in length, is finished

My Spring Heart Garland, now about 9 feet in length, is finished

I find the colors uplifting.

Instructions for making a Heart Garland are on my blog post: DIY St. Patrick’s Day Paper Garland.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Saint Patrick’s Day Paper Garland

I just received an order of paper, paper that claims it won’t fade. I ordered every color available. And when I saw these two greens, I knew they would be perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day paper garland.

While you probably don't think of hearts as being green, I love these colors for my St. Patrick's Day paper heart garland.

While you probably don’t think of hearts as being green, think these colors work well for my St. Patrick’s Day paper heart garland.

I love this elongated heart shape, so I decided, why not make my garland out of green hearts. I think the green hearts worked perfectly. I chose a dark green embroidery thread and put on a few green beads to give my garland a little weight at the bottom (see photo above).

Two hearts are folded together and strung with embroidery thread.

Two hearts are folded together and sewn together with embroidery thread.

I punched my hearts out of the two green papers. I think a combination of green and white papers would work nicely too. Then I folded the hearts and placed two of each color together. Next I punched 3 holes with a needle and sewed the two hearts together. To make the hearts less likely to slip on the thread, I used bees wax on the thread. Waxed linen thread would work well too.

Keep adding hearts to your garland.

Keep adding hearts to your garland.

Keep adding hearts until you reach the length you want or run out of thread. Then tie a loop on the top so you can hang your garland.

My finished garland is about 8 feet long.

My finished garland is about 8 feet long.

Please note that in keeping with trying to keep my paper collection (or stash) under control, I dutifully gave away an equal amount of paper. The paper I gave away was paper that fades rather quickly. I am so excited to have found colored paper that claims it won’t fade.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Valentine Envelope Gift Certificate Booklet

Gift certificates are great Valentine’s Day gifts. Who wouldn’t enjoy a foot massage or dinner at their favorite restaurant or even just hugs and kisses. To make these gift certificates super special, I’ve made a booklet out of red envelopes. The envelope booklet makes a wonderful presentation for the gift certificates.

Valentine Gift Certificate Booklet open looks a bit like an accordion book.

Valentine Gift Certificate Booklet open looks a bit like an accordion book.

Firs,t I found some red envelopes at my local Staples store. Any color envelope will do, but I decided on red. Once I knew the size of my envelope, I designed my gift certificates to fit in that size envelope. You can make your own gift certificates using your computer or stickers or just write your gift certificate by hand on a white piece of paper.

I made 8 Valentine gift certificates.

I made 8 Valentine gift certificates.

I found these red envelopes that seem perfect to hold the gift certificates.

I found these red envelopes that seem perfect to hold the gift certificates.

Glue the inside flap of one of the envelopes. I used glue stick because it doesn’t cause the paper to curl as much as a wetter glue would do. Place another envelope on the inside flap you just glued (see photo below).

Glue the inside flap of the envelope and place another envelope on top. Continue until you have used all your envelopes.

Glue the inside flap of the envelope and place another envelope on top. Continue until you have used all your envelopes.

Insert your gift certificates inside the envelopes. It now looks something like an accordion book.

Here the gift certificates have been placed in the envelopes.

Here the gift certificates have been placed in the envelopes.

All that’s left is to wrap it up into a pretty package. I used one white and one red ribbon and tied the booklet together.

The presentation of these gift certificates makes the gift feel super special.

The presentation of these gift certificates makes the gift feel super special.

Originally I was going to use 8 envelopes, but I liked the look and feel of 6 envelopes. You can use as many envelopes as you want.

Enjoy and have a Happy Valentine’s Day, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Happy Valentine’s Day Cards

My studio time this week has been minimal as I have been working on cleaning and organizing my garage (lots of art supplies stored in there), and locating all my tax records. I have had time to package and put together a few Happy Valentine’s Day cards.

Happy Valentine's Day cards

Happy Valentine’s Day cards

As usual, my cards are 5″ by 7″ and fit into a standard 5″ by 7″ mat or frame.

Happy Valentine's Day cards

Happy Valentine’s Day cards

These cards are prints of an original gouache and ink piece I did on Arches cover, a printmaking paper.

Happy Valentine's Day card

Happy Valentine’s Day card

Enjoy, Candy

Long-Stemmed Heart Bouquets

Today I put my vase of Long-Stemmed Hearts on my dining table. I love these hearts. I know I’ve posted these photos before, but I just couldn’t help but share them again. They are perfect for Valentine’s Day and they are one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Long stemmed hearts in a variety of colors are perfect for Valentine's Day.

Long stemmed hearts in a variety of colors are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Lately I have been playing around with paper hearts. My favorite I have dubbed the Long-Stemmed Hearts. I started out making the traditional red heart. Then I decided to make pinks and purples. Why stop there? I got a little carried away and have made the hearts in all sorts of colors. Then it was time to play with different color combinations for the bouquets.

Purple, blue and teal long stemmed hearts.

Purple, blue and teal Long Stemmed Hearts.

Warm colored long stemmed hearts.

Warm colored Long-Stemmed Hearts.

Purples and blues go together well. You don't always need to have red hearts.

Purples and blues go together well. You don’t always need to have red hearts.

Here I went with cool colored Long- Stemmed Hearts.

Here I went with cool colored Long- Stemmed Hearts.

Unlike roses, my Long-Stemmed Hearts won’t wilt after a week and never need watering. In fact, it’s highly advised that you don’t water them.

I hope this inspires you.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Folded Paper Heart Garland

After making a whole bunch of heart ornaments for the front window of the Ashland Art Center (see my last post, Paper Valentine Heart Ornaments), I decided to make some folded heart garlands.

Folded Paper Heart Garland

Folded Paper Heart Garland

I started with three colors of paper, a red, a dark pink, and a purple. I also used a variety of beads. Most were #6 seed beads, but I used a few other sizes of beads to go with them. I liked the contrast of the different sizes and shapes of beads.

I used red, dark pink and purple papers along with some beads to make this paper folded heart garland.

I used red, dark pink and purple papers along with some beads to make this paper folded heart garland.

I used a text weight paper. I started with an 8.5″ by 11″ paper that I cut into quarters.

Steps to make the folded heart for the garland.

Beginning steps to make a folded heart for the garland.

1. Cut an 8.5″ by 11″ piece of text weight paper into quarters.

2. Fold the paper in half horizontally and again vertically. Cut a rounded corner shape like in the photo #2 above. Hint: Make a paper template of your desired shape once you have a shape that you like.

3. Unfold as you can see in photo #3 above.

4. Fold into a fan shape as in photo #4 above.

Next 2 steps in making folded paper heart garland.

Next 2 steps in making folded paper heart garland.

5. Poke a needle through the center of the “fan” as shown in #5 above.

6. Cut a piece of string, embroidery floss or thread the length you want  your garland. Put a knot at the bottom and string a few beads on the garland. Then thread the needle through the center of the “fan” hole made in #5. See #6 above.

Hint: Start from the bottom of the garland and go up. The first garland I made I started at the top and went down. The second garland I made was much easier to make because I started at the bottom and went up.

Gluing the first heart on the garland.

Glue the first heart on the garland.

7. Put glue stick on both sides of the inside of the “fan” to make the first heart. Also at this time glue the thread down too, pulling just a bit to make sure the beads are tight against the back side of the paper.

First heart on the garland. Now continue up the garland.

First heart on the garland. Now continue up the garland.

8. Close the two sides of the paper against the thread. Hold for a little bit to be sure the paper is secure. Now you have your first heart on your garland finished.

Keep adding more folded paper "fans" and more beads to your garland.

Keep adding more folded paper “fans” and more beads to your garland.

Add more beads and hearts until you get your garland the length you want. Then tie a knot to secure the top bead and tie a loop at the end so you can hang the garland.

Folded Paper Heart Garland finished.

Folded Paper Heart Garland finished.

I got the inspiration and basic instructions (which I have modified a bit) from Kate’s post on Red Ted Art.

This is a fun project that will add a little pazzaz to your Valentine’s Day decor.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Valentine Paper Heart Ornaments

There’s a First Friday Art Walk every First Friday in Ashland. All the galleries are open late and people meander the streets and visit lots of galleries. It’s fun and festive. This past First Friday, in my studio on the 2nd floor of the Ashland Art Center, I demonstrated how to make my paper heart ornaments. An emphasis on reds and pinks I thought would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.

One of my paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments for the Ashland Art Center front window.

One of my paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments for the Ashland Art Center front window.

I wasn’t the only one who liked those paper heart ornaments. The executive director of the Art Center asked me to make a bunch more of them to put in the gallery window for a Valentine display.

These paper Valentine Heart Ornaments are made from polka dot scrapbook paper.

These paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments are made from polka dot scrapbook paper.

So, this past week, I’ve been making lots and lots of Valentine paper heart ornaments. DIY directions are on my blog post: DIY Hanging Paper Heart Ornaments.

Paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments for the Ashland Art Center front window.

Paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments for the Ashland Art Center front window.

I have used this paper for lotus flowers too.

Paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments.

I watercolored the paper before making this paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornament.

I watercolored the paper before making this paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornament.

These paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments were made from a paper I have been saving for over 20 years.

These paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments were made from a paper I have been saving for over 20 years. Time to put the paper to good use.

This paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornament was made from scrapbook paper.

This paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornament was made from scrapbook paper.

The heart ornament on the right is made from one of my paste papers.

The heart ornament on the right is made from one of my paste papers.

These paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments are so fun to make.

These paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments are so fun to make.

Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments sitting on two papers that will soon be made into more ornaments.

Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments sitting on two papers that will soon be made into more ornaments.

As I said earlier, the instructions are in my blog post: DIY Hanging Paper Heart Ornaments.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Hanging Paper Heart Ornaments

I decided it would be fun to make place cards for the four of us who went out to a noontime Christmas Eve dinner yesterday. I wanted the place cards to double keepsakes for the four of us, so I decided to make paper heart ornaments and attach our names to the hanging cord.

The heart ornaments double as place cards for our Christmas Eve dinner. I calligraphed our names on gold paper and slipped the hanging cord through a hole I punched in the paper.

The heart ornaments doubled as place cards for our Christmas Eve dinner. I calligraphed our names on gold paper and slipped the hanging cord through a hole I punched in the paper.

They were a big hit, not only to my dining companions, but to those at neighboring tables. I have decided that I will demonstrate how to make them during the First Friday Art Walk on January 2. In case you can’t make it to Ashland, Oregon on January 2, I’m including instructions below.

Here I have traced around my heart template on the back side of my chosen paper.

Here I have traced around my heart template on the back side of my chosen paper.

After finding a pleasing heart shape, cut the heart out of heavy paper and use it as a template. Trace around the heart template on the back side of the decorated paper you want to use for your heart ornament. I suggest either a heavy text weight paper or a light weight card stock paper.

Note: It is much easier to fold your heart in half if you are folding it with the grain of the paper. If you don’t know about paper grain direction, you can learn about it on my blog post: Understanding Paper Grain Direction.

Cut six hearts and then fold them in half.

Cut six hearts and then fold each of them in half.

Cut out six hearts, then fold them in half as shown in the photo above.

Glue the back sides of half of two of the hearts together using glue stick.

Glue the back sides of half of two of the hearts together using glue stick.

Glue the back half of one heart to the back half of another heart. I use glue stick for this.

Hint: I find that if I use glue stick on both pieces of paper, they will slide a little so it a lot easier to align them.

Always put the glue on the wrong side of the paper. It ends up looking like a heart book with all the wrong sides glued together.

Always put the glue on the wrong side of the paper. It ends up looking like a heart book with all the wrong sides glued together.

In the above photo, the first two hearts have been glued together, almost like a page in a book has been glued closed (the glued hearts are on the right, the one to be glued to them on the left). Now glue the back side of one of the “pages” to one folded back side of one of the remaining 4 hearts.

Three hearts have now been glued together.

Three hearts have now been glued together.

Continue gluing one more heart. The above photo shows three hearts glued into what almost looks like a book. Add one more heart by gluing just the wrong side of the paper.

Four hearts have been glued and two remain to be glued.

Four hearts have been glued and two remain to be glued.

Glue another heart.

Five hearts have been glue together and only one more heart remains.

Five hearts have been glue together and only one more heart remains.

Glue the last heart.

Glue the last heart.

Glue the last heart to the others.

Now you have what looks like a heart book.

Now you have what looks like a heart book.

Cut a piece of string or cord long enough to form a loop and the top of your ornament and hang below it too.

Cut a piece of string or cord long for your heart ornament.

Cut a piece of string or cord long enough to make a loop above your heart ornament and hang below too. You could use a ribbon, but a cord is easier to hide in the fold of the ornament.

Tie a knot and lay the cord in the spine of the ornament.

Tie a knot and lay the cord in the spine of the ornament.

Double the cord and tie a know about 4 or 5 inched down from the top of the cord as shown above. Lay the cord in the middle of what looks like a heart book. See photo above. Then glue the two remaining wrong sides of the paper together to finish your heart ornament.

Make know at bottom of ornament.

Make knot at bottom of ornament.

I think it finishes off the heart ornament to have a knot at the bottom too. Cut your hanging cord to whatever length you like.

Two of my heart ornaments. The name tag can slip through the top hanging cord.

Two of my heart ornaments. I made name tags on gold paper, put a hole in the tag and slipped the name tag on the top of the cord. These made wonderful place cards (see first photo on this blog post).

You now have a hanging heart ornament.

Two hanging heart ornaments.

Two hanging heart ornaments.

Enjoy, Candy

Long-Stemmed Hearts Revisited

Long stemmed hearts in a variety of colors are perfect for Valentine's Day.
Long stemmed hearts in a variety of colors are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day is approaching and I decided I would revisit a post I did last January on Long-Stemmed Hearts. It is a favorite of mine and I hope you enjoy it again too.

Lately I have been playing around with paper hearts. My favorite I have dubbed the Long-Stemmed Heart. I started out making the traditional red heart. Then I decided to add pinks and purples. Why stop there? I got a little carried away and have made the hearts in all sorts of colors. Then it was time to play with different color combinations for the bouquets.

Long stem hearts 3
Purple, blue and teal Long-Stemmed Hearts.
Long stem hearts 4
Warm colored Long-Stemmed Hearts.
Long stem hearts 5
Purples and blue look great. You don’t always have to have red hearts.
Here I went with reds, pinks and purple long stemmed hearts.
Here I went with cool colored Long-Stemmed Hearts.

Unlike roses, my Long-Stemmed Hearts won’t wilt after a week and never need watering. In fact, it’s highly advised that you don’t.

I hope this inspires you.

Enjoy, Candy

 

A Dozen Handmade Boxes For Valentine’s Day

A dozen tiny handmade Valentine Boxes made from my handmade paste papers. I think these are much more original than a dozen roses!

 

A dozen red roses are a common gift for Valentine’s Day. I am not a fan of roses. I much prefer local grown flowers which are not in abundant supply at this time of the year in Oregon. It was below freezing this morning when I got up. Spring may be just around the corner, but the flowers have not come to life quite yet.

I got to thinking about what I could substitute for a dozen roses. With my recent 50 boxes for a 50th Wedding Anniversary (see my previous post), I got to thinking about a dozen tiny boxes for Valentine’s Day and here is the result. I made a large heart out of card stock to put put the boxes on and make them look more festive.

The contents in the photo below are not the ones I will be giving to my sweetheart. I go for more diflucan health options, which these obviously aren’t. These do, however, make for a great looking colorful photo. My sweetie will be getting tiny heart carrot cakes (his favorite, and it doesn’t have sugar or eggs), some other homemade goodies and a few love notes.

Just like the boxes for the 50th Wedding Anniversary, these boxes are tiny, just a little over an inch square. They are made with my handmade paste papers. I make paste papers each summer when the weather is warm so that they can dry quickly.  I will include a post or two this summer when I make my yearly supply of paste papers.

Enjoy, Candy