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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

Studio Snapshot – Making Lots Of Colorful Long Stemmed Hearts

On my last blog post, I gave directions for making long stemmed hearts. Somehow, many of you who subscribe to my blog never received that post. I don’t understand the technology of why that happened, but here’s the link to the DIY instructions: DIY Long Stemmed Hearts.

While these are not the customary colors for hearts, I really like them together as a bouquet.

While these are not the customary colors for hearts, I really like them together as a bouquet.

For that blog post, I made a dozen red long stemmed hearts. And seeing that I had a whole lot of colorful fade resistant papers sitting around my studio, I couldn’t resist making lots more long stemmed hearts is ever so many different colors.

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

One dozen Long Stemmed Hearts as shown in last week’s blog post.

As I stated last week, I use Pop Tone colors from French Paper Company, located in Niles, Michigan. I had to order directly from the company to get all the colors I wanted.

Purple and pink Long Stemmed Hearts.

Purple and pink Long Stemmed Hearts.

One of the things I love about these hearts is that I don’t have to remember to water them. I can leave for a week or two without worrying about them. No wilting. No watering. As a matter of fact, it’s not advisable to water them at all.

I love the bright colors of these Long Stemmed Hearts.

I love the bright colors of these Long Stemmed Hearts.

All week, I just kept making all different colors of folded paper hearts. I kept trying out how different color combinations looked together. It was so much fun!

Green and yellow Long Stemmed Hearts.

Green and yellow Long Stemmed Hearts.

The vases I used for most of today’s photos used to hold balsamic vinegar. They make great vases. I bought the balsamic vinegar at Trader Joe’s years ago. I don’t know if they still sell it in these glass bottles. I added the band of red cord to coordinate the vase with the wrapping of embroidery thread on the hearts.

Pastel Long Stemmed Hearts.

Pastel Long Stemmed Hearts.

I have also found lovely vases at yard sales and estate sales. Look around and you’re likely to find the perfect vase for your Long Stemmed Hearts.

Lots of colorful Long Stemmed Hearts.

Lots of colorful Long Stemmed Hearts.

For instructions, see my blog post: DIY Long Stemmed Hearts.

Enjoy, Candy

Spending Time With Loved Ones

A dear family member just had a stroke. I am spending time with them rather than writing the instructions for my Long Stemmed Hearts. You can look forward to the instructions coming for these soon.

Soon I will be posting instructions for making these Long Stemmed Hearts.

Soon I will be posting instructions for making these Long Stemmed Hearts.

With Love, Candy

DIY – Making Heart Garlands

I think what I like most about Valentine’s Day is hearts. I love hearts! And around Valentine’s Day, I get to play with them for weeks on end. Over the years I have made a number of different heart garlands. So here’s a bunch of them along with instructions or links to the instructions from past blog posts.

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

My Folded Paper Heart Garland is made with red, dark pink and purple papers along with thread and some beads.

Below are some photos of a super easy heart garland. All that is necessary are strips of paper and a stapler. It’s a perfect activity to share with a young child.

A strip of paper and a stapler are all you need to make this heart garland.

A strip of paper and a stapler are all you need to make this heart garland.

For this garland I cut 3/4″ strips out of a couple of 8 1/2″ by 11″ red papers. You can use multiple colors to make you heart garland. You can use double sided scrapbook pages too.

You can see the staples on this photo.

You can see the staples on this photo. The staples are actually hot pink staples which were a gift from a friend. I love how they look on this garland.

And, should you want something a little more “professional” looking, just use glue instead of a stapler. Glue stick dries quicker than a liquid glue, but any glue will work.

Red and white heart garland made with strips of paper 1/2" x 6"

Red and white heart garland made with strips of paper 1/2″ x 6″. I used glue stick rather than staples on this garland.

Another heart garland can be made by sewing paper hearts, like I have with the heart garlands below.  While I prefer to sew by hand, you could use a sewing machine which would speed up the process.

"String of Hearts" hand sewn with metallic gold thread (about 6' long)

Rainbow Heart Garland, perfect for any time of year, not just Valentine’s Day!

I like to fold 2 hearts together and sew them with a coordinating thread. I use either embroidery thread or waxed linen thread. I add a few beads at the bottom and a loop at the top.

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.

By changing the colors of the hearts, I have made heart garlands for more than just Valentine’s Day. I have used green hearts for St. Patrick’s Day, spring colored to celebrate spring and pastel pink and purple hearts for Easter. You could even make a red and green garland for the Christmas season. You can find instructions for this type of garland on my blog post: DIY Saint Patrick’s Day Paper Garland.

My finished garland is about 8 feet long.

Heart garland in colors perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

Did I mention that I love heart garlands? My folded heart garland is my favorite of all garlands. I made this one last year and I have had it hanging in my studio ever since. Instructions on my blog post: DIY Folded Paper Heart Garland.

Folded Paper Heart Garland finished.

Folded Paper Heart Garland finished.

Not exactly a heart garland, but you could make multiple and make them into one, is the hanging heart ornament. Instructions on my blog post: DIY Hanging Paper Heart Ornaments.

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

One of my paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments.

Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Feels Like Slow Motion

Work in my studio is moving at a snails pace. My life is proceeding in what feels like slow motion. I had eye surgery a little over a week ago, and though I’m recovering quite nicely, many naps are required each day.

Just few of the paint samples given me to do something with from Ashland Hardware.

Just few of the hundreds of paint samples given me by Ashland Hardware.

The good news is that the surgery was successful and I am expected to make a full recovery. The bad news is that it could take up to a year for my vision to get back to normal. So, my reduced vision and reduced time in the studio, has slowed down my paper art.

I've been punching and cutting triangle and heart shapes in the paint samples.

I’ve been punching and cutting triangle and heart shapes in the paint samples.

This past week I did play around with the large batch of paint chips. I was given a salesman’s case of hundreds and hundreds of 4″ square paint samples from Ashland Hardware. I made flowers from them this past spring (blog post: Studio Snapshot – Spring Paper Flowers. Now I’m playing with hearts and triangles.

Two of the heart punches I've been playing with to punch some of the paint samples.

Two of the heart punches I’ve been playing with to punch some of the paint samples.

I’m thinking the triangles may become trees and the hearts may become cards. And I may play around with stars next, between my naps that is.

Enjoy, Candy

 

 

Hearts I’ve Shared on Facebook

These hot pink and gold hearts were punched out, then sewn on embroidery thread. They made a wonderful little garland.

These hot pink and gold hearts were punched out, then sewn on embroidery thread. They made a wonderful little garland.

On my Facebook page, I have been sharing a photo every day on a particular topic (one topic per month). January was Hearts and February is Red. Yes, a little bit of an overlap for hearts and red. I just love hearts. So here are some of my favorite Heart photos.

These are paper covered pencils. I love the hearts. You can see more paper covered pencils along with instructions on my blog post: Paper Covered Pencils

These are paper covered pencils. I love the hearts. You can see more paper covered pencils along with instructions on my blog post: Paper Wrapped Pencils.

These heart paperclips I made from regular paperclips I love colorful paperclips. Now I even have heart ones. What fun!

These heart paperclips I made from regular paperclips I love colorful paperclips. Now I even have heart ones. What fun!

I found this card when I was going through some old files. It was a proof for a wedding invitation for a friend a number of years ago. She actually chose a different design of mine that didn't include a heart.

I found this card when I was going through some old files. It was a proof for a wedding invitation for a friend a number of years ago. She actually chose a different design of mine that didn’t include a heart.

This is how the above card looks when it is opened.

This is how the above card looks when it is opened.

 

This is a blast from the past. As I was looking through some old files for some mail art envelopes for a blog post I am working on, I found this. It is a proof that my mom did for a wedding that took place in 1977. I introduced my mom to calligraphy only a couple years earlier and this was one of her earliest pieces of calligraphy.

This is a blast from the past. As I was looking through some old files, I found this. It is a proof that my mom did for a wedding that took place in 1977. I introduced my mom to calligraphy a short time before she did this. It is one of her earliest pieces of calligraphy.

For this card, I folded a piece of decorated paper I had left over from another project into the heart. Then I printed "Love Ya" in red with a stencil font.

For this card, I folded a piece of decorated paper I had left over from another project into the heart. Then I printed “Love Ya” in red with a stencil font.

I made this using ink and gouache on printmaking paper.

I made this using ink and gouache on printmaking paper.

Just to let you know, March will be Tools (as in the tools I use to make my art) and April will be A-Word-A-Day and May will be Flowers. Feel free to offer suggestions for future topics for months to come.

You can join in, too. Post your own Red photos on Facebook in February and tag them #MyFebruaryChallenge #Red #MyPaperArts.

See more at www.facebook.com/mypaperarts

Happy Valentine’s Day, 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.

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Purple, blue and teal Long-Stemmed Hearts.
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Warm colored Long-Stemmed Hearts.
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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

 

DIY & Easy Heart Wreathes & Garlands

Heart wreath made from 1" by 8 1/2" strips of paper.

Heart wreath made from 1-inch by 8 1/2-inch strips of paper.

Today I thought I would share some very easy heart decorations that anyone, including children, can make. Quick and simple, but brimming with potential, these wreaths and garlands can make decorating for Valentine’s Day a snap. I like them because parents and children can turn this into a fun family project to do together.

Three hearts made from double sided paper. Each heart was from a piece of paper 1" by 8 1/2"

Three hearts made from double sided card stock. Each heart was from a piece of paper 1-inch by 8 1/2-inches.

To make the basic heart shape, I started with strips of paper 1-inch by 8 1/2-inches and folded them in half, lengthwise.

Then, still folded, I applied a bit of glue stick to the very tops of the strips (on the outside), glueing about the top 1/4-inch or 1/2-inch.

Bending the freshly glued tops of the strips down and in toward the center fold, the glued sides end up facing each other. Then I pushed them together until the glue set (or hold in place with a paper clip).

It’s a little difficult to put into words, so check out the photo above.

Here the hearts are glued together to form an arc.

Here the hearts are glued together to form an arc.

Once the hearts were made, I put a bit of glue on the side and held the hearts together with plastic-coated paper clips in a wreath shape until the glue dried.

Here the hearts are glued together to form a wreath. Just add a ribbon and hang.

Here the hearts are glued together to form a wreath. Just add a ribbon and hang.

I used glue stick, but if you really want to go fast, you can use a stapler. You get the same heart result, but the staples are visible. I prefer a glue stick, but it does take a little longer.

These heart garlands are made from text weight paper rather than the card stock of the wreathes.

These heart garlands are made from text weight paper rather than the card stock used for the wreaths.

Next, I decided to use some of my strips of paper to make a garland of hearts. I used text weight paper, not the stiffer paper needed to keep the wreaths in shape. Here, I poked the bottom of one heart into the top of the next heart and glued them together to make my garland. If you are NOT stapling, then you will need to glue the bottom (where you make the fold) about 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch to get the same result.

Hot pink and purple heart garlands.

Hot pink and purple heart garlands.

Red and white heart garland made with strips of paper 1/2" x 6"

Red and white heart garland made with strips of paper 1/2-inch by 6-inches.

I decided to vary the length and width of the paper strips for my garlands. The red and white garland above was made with strips that are 1/2-inch by 6-inches. Feel free to play around with different widths and lengths of paper and see which results you like best. Or maybe you’ll find that you like having a variety of garland sizes. You can even mix lengths in the same garland if you want different size hearts.

You can just pile the hearts together to make an interesting table decoration or display.

You can even pile the hearts together to make an interesting table decoration or display.

There are many different variations on these wreathes and garlands. Play around and see what you come up with.

Happy creating, Candy

DIY Cube Heart Box – Template Included

Cube heart box made from one of my handmade paste papers.

Cube heart box made from one of my handmade paste papers.

With Valentine’s Day coming next month, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and playing around the theme of hearts. This is a simple box that closes with two flaps that come together to make a heart. I call it a cube heart box.

Heart cube box made from a digital print of one of my handmade paste papers.

Heart cube box made from a digital print of one of my handmade paste papers.

Just print out the template on the back of a piece of decorative paper, cut on the solid lines, fold on the dotted lines and use a bit of glue on the flaps to hold it all together. To close it, gently bend the top flaps in and slip the tabs of the heart together.

Click here to download the template.

Cube heart box made out of one of my handmade paste papers.

Cube heart box made out of one of my handmade paste papers.

I designed my template to fit on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper, but you could enlarge or reduce the size if you need a larger or smaller box.

Three cube heart boxes.

Three cube heart boxes.

What to include in your finished box? My friends say that you can’t go wrong with chocolate.

Enjoy, Candy

Long-Stemmed Hearts

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.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, 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.

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Purple, blue and teal Long-Stemmed Hearts.

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Warm colored Long-Stemmed Hearts.

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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