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How to Make Your Own Paper Christmas Ornaments

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At home, we have a very wide range of christmas ornaments that range from delicate, intricately painted glass to candy cane reindeer that I made when I was 5.  The tree is always such a hodgepodge!  When I moved out on my own and had to purchase my own christmas ornaments, I decided that my tree would be very chic with a silver and blue color scheme.  I have to admit, it looked fantastic!  Over the years, however, I have come to miss the hodgepodge.  I have been adding little ornaments here and there to try to mix it up a bit.  Recently, I have seen a bunch of paper globe ornaments around.  Looking around, I have found several templates, including the one shown below which I found at rubberstamping.about.com.

Using my Silhouette SD, manually digitized the above template and made my own little ornament!  I used the perforated line to “score” the folds, and it worked great!

While searching for a template for the globe ornaments, I also came across Canon’s Creative Park website.  They have tons of 3D paper creations that you can print from your home computer for free!  Each project comes with detailed directions to easily create some really cute stuff.  One of my favorites was the template for the snowman ornaments.  Check it out here.

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Last Minute Halloween Decoration Idea: Ghost Pops

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I never decorate my home for Halloween.  I never know if I’ll be home to pass out candy, so I’d rather not have trick-or-treaters come to my door only to find out there is no candy to be had.  Instead, if I am home, I try to find a way to display the goods in a cute way.  Usually this means buying a Halloween bowl of some kind when I grab the candy at the store.

This year, I thought it would be fun to dress up the candy in it’s own costume!  To do this, I have turned Tootsie pops into tiny ghosts!  I’ve even made a little diorama of sorts to display them in.  Doing this is super simple, and a fun way to display your Halloween candy to the kids.

For the ghosts, purchase some white tissue paper from the dollar store.  (Many directions indicate to use kleenex, but I have found it difficult to draw a clean face on them.)  Cut the tissue paper into approximately 6″ by 6″ squares.  On one of the squares, use a ball point pen to draw a ghostly face, approximately 1/2″ from the center of the tissue paper.  Layer 2 sheets of cut tissue paper together, leaving the one with the face on top.  Drape the papers over the Tootsie pop and tie at the “neck” with a ribbon or thread.

For the diorama, get some styrofoam or florists foam and a container of some kind.  Cut the foam to fit into the container.  Using hot glue, adhere some decorative moss on top of the foam and insert the sticks from your ghost pops.  For my diorama, I used my Silhouette SD and the available designs to dress up the scene.  I glued toothpicks to the backs of my cut-outs and inserted them into my diorama to make it really pop!

Last Minute DIY Halloween Costume Idea: Nyan Cat (a.k.a. Poptart Cat)

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There is only one full weekend left before the Halloween festivities begin!  I was originally planning for my husband and I to go as Boris and Natasha, but let’s be honest, it’s a pretty obscure reference.  You’ve probably just googled it yourself!  Last week, an idea popped into my head that I could go as Nyan Cat.  Nearly everyone knows what Nyan Cat (a.k.a. Poptart Cat) is!  If you don’t, check it out here, and be baffled by it’s absurdity!

Yes, Nyan Cat is absurd.  But it is recognizable, and would be a great DIY costume.  So,  I’m going to give it a try!  Here’s what I’m thinking…

I’m going to start by wearing a black skirt, a black t-shirt, and some long black gloves.  I have some printable iron-on paper, so I am going to print a large pop-tart and some pixellated star-like features, cut them out using my Silhouette, and iron them onto the shirt.  For my “paws” I will iron paw pads onto the palms of the hands of the gloves.

I purchased some ears and a tail from the local Halloween shop and for the rainbow, I decided to get some tall rainbow socks!  I purchased the socks at Sock Dreams in Sellwood, OR, where the staff was super friendly and helpful!  They also have an on-line shop where you can buy any type of sock imaginable!

Update 10/29/11:

I was finally able to pull it all together.  Here’s how it turned out:

How to Make Pop Up Cards: The Pocket Paper Engineer by Carol Barton

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I am an Engineer by day, and a crafter on evening and weekends.  Throughout my life, finding that balance between my need to do technical work and solve problems and my desire to create has been a near-constant struggle.  My little sister, recognizing this strife, gave me a book that made me smile the minute I laid my eyes on it!  The book I’m talking about is The Pocket Paper Engineer – How to make Pop-Ups Step-by-Step by Carol Barton.

The book goes into the basics of how pop-up cards work, and what kinds of tools you need to make them.  The best part is that included in each section of the book are several example cards that you can literally tear out and practice with (see photos below).  The examples have a printed design on the front and clearly indicate on the back where to cut and fold!  It’s a great way to get started with pop-up cards, and a highly recommended book if you think that creating pop-up cards is something you want to do.  I only have Volume 1 of this book, but there is a second Volume that goes into some more advanced techniques.

As with nearly any card making technique I come across, I try to figure out a way to do it on my Silhouette SD!  I thought that it would be fun to try out the shaped boxes technique to make a card that looks like a layer cake!  I cut the card using the Silhouette, but I ended up doing my scoring on my Score-it-All board (keep your eyes peeled for a post about this handy gadget next week).  On my first try, I made a rather large cake, and learned that when making a pop-out card, you should not make the cuts longer than half the width of the card.  If your cuts are too long, you’ll end up with little pieces of paper hanging out the end of your card.  On my second try, I got it right!  See, piece of cake!

Halloween Costume Idea: Paper Eyelashes

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There is a blog that I follow called “All Things Paper,” written by Ann Martin, a quilling enthusiast who tends to find the most amazing paper creations.  First of all, if you don’t know what quilling is, look it up.  Better yet, check out Ann’s Blog because it is some pretty cool stuff.

About a month ago, “All Things Paper” featured a post about some fun, decorative, fashion lashes made out of paper.  The lashes are made by a company called Paperself, and they feature a variety of designs including peacocks, butterflies, and clown lashes among others.

When I first saw these lashes, my mind immediately went to how I could incorporate these into a Halloween costume.  I actually have a friend who is planning to be a peacock for Halloween, and these lashes would be perfect for her!

Without giving too much away, none of these lashes really fit the costume that I have in mind for myself.  I am planning to go as a notorious criminal of sorts, so I immediately thought that lashes with some sort of bomb motif would be fun.  I couldn’t find any lashes similar to what I was looking for, so I figured, why not make them myself?  As mentioned in previous posts, I have a Silhouette SD, and it can do some pretty intricate cuts.  I decided to try my hand at creating my own paper eyelashes.

After a few attempts, I found that the Silhouette could not cut quite as finely as I would have liked.  I ended up using individual lashes that were about 0.01 inches wide, and that were spaced at about 0.03 inches.  It took about 5 tries before I had a design that did not get eaten up by the Silhouette blade, or destroyed when I tried to remove it from the carrying mat.  The final product is shown to the right.

I still was not sure if they would work out, so I decided I might as well try them on!  I applied them above my natural lashes and used an eyelash curler just like you would with any other set of false lashes, and voila!  Home-made false lashes made of paper!

The Gadget That Started it All

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I have always been a fan of greeting cards, so much so that I would spend literally hours looking for just the right one.  After a while, I abandoned my searching in lieu of creating my own.  I have been known to cut, paste, and stencil my mornings away in an effort to make that perfect paper creation.  While I still spend plenty of time pouring over designs, I have found a faster, more precise, and all around wonderful gadget to help me with my cutting needs!

Anyone who knows craft gadgets is probably thinking that I am talking about the Cricut, but that’s where you would be wrong.  I first saw the commercials for the Cricut a few years ago and nearly purchased one on the spot, but decided to do a little research first.  I found that as amazing and wonderful as the Cricut seemed, it was not quite suited to my needs.  I needed a gadget that I could be even more creative with; that would accept my designs, rather than the pre-purchased cartridges that the Cricut uses.  It didn’t take long for me to find, and fall in love with it’s competitor the Silhouette SD!

http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/whatisit.aspx

Over the past year or so their software has greatly improved making the little gadget near perfect for making cards and paper creations of all kinds.  I love that I can create my own designs in illustrator and cut them on this little beauty.  For simple shapes, the SD software is perfect.  Also, if designing your own is a little out of your league, they have an extensive library of designs for a great price!

UPDATE!:

The Silhouette SD has been recently discontinued to make way for the new Silhouette Cameo.  I still strongly recommend the SD, and if you can find it for sale, chances are you’ll get a great deal!

I will be keeping my eye out for reviews on the new Cameo.  The Cameo will accept 12″ paper, making it ideal for scrapbook papers.  It’ll also have a quieter motor, which I’m sure my husband will appreciate when I’m working away early in the morning!