Tuesday, August 30, 2011

How To Make Paper Roses

Making roses from hand-cut paper petals is one of my greatest joys.

When the paper is right: pliable, heavy-weight and in a pretty color like this candy pink, the whole experience is all the more enjoyable.

There are countless ways to make a paper rose.

You could try the way Paula taught me (via her blog), or you could try this method I came up with this Saturday.

The tutorial is all mine, but you are most welcome to try it.


Fox Clock

I want this wall clock!!!

The design is awesome, it is made from bamboo, and it goes perfectly with a blue wall - just like the one we already have in our home.

See it in Graphic Space Wood's shop on Etsy here.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Gray and Yellow Paper Flowers

This color combo seems perfect for today's weather: a mix of clouds and sunshine, a strange calm before the pending storm.

Polka dot yellows, shimmer papers, gray and silver and lovely lovely vellum. All flowers are dotted with pearly beads.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Corsages and Boutonierres in White and Blue

Paper flowers in shades of blue and white with lovely pearly buttons, handmade leaves from green paper, folded petals, and turquoise ribbon - perfect as little wedding party accessories, such as boutonierres for the groomsmen and corsages for the ladies.

These were inspired by Holly's wedding flowers I made a couple of months ago. For a limited time, you can see them in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bunny in the Mail

I won Seamore!!!
This pretty bunny came in the mail yesterday and totally made my day!!

The creator, Krys Kirkpatrick, was feeling generous and lucky and send it to me after I left a comment on the Earth Angels Toys blog. I love my little gift and will treasure him forever!

is a seafaring rabbit who
sails the seven seas to see what he can see.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Deep Wine and Pink Champagne Paper Flowers for Joslyn's Wedding

This bouquet was constructed from handmade paper flowers and butterflies to match Joslyn's vision of a vintage style, old Hollywood wedding.

Her palette: deep red, pink champagne, mauve, etc, was the starting point for the flowers, to which I added embellishments, such as, lace butterflies with crystals, tiny glittered butterflies, metal flower charms, pearls, vintage buttons and lovely red satin ribbon.

Joslyn also asked me to make her paper roses for the boutonierres and corsages for her wedding party.

She wanted champagne roses with some wine accents for the centers, so I used petals in deep wine and dark red pearls.

Each rose is wired and has a paper leaf made of two layers of papers. The rose petals come in three shades: shimmer ivory, champagne and deep wine.

Two of the roses needed to be extra special, so I added lace paper butterflies and double paper leaves.

Each flower is wrapped in deep red satin ribbon, which can be tucked into a button hole, or twisted around the wrist as a corsage.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Raspberry Red, Gray & Ivory - Color Combo for a Beautiful Wedding

When an Etsy customer from the U.K. contacted me to create her wedding bouquet in her colors: raspberry red, gray and ivory, I did my research and found these amazing papers at my local crafts stores...

I love it when I come across a designer paper that embodies both the colors that I'm looking for, and a wonderful weight and texture that makes folding paper petals all the more enjoyable.

In this case, the paper I fell in love with is red, bright bright raspberry red, with silver brocade flowers printed on it - the highlights add this lovely sheen when the red paper peonies in the picture are seen in different lights. My favorite so far is the full-bright sunlight falling directly on the bouquet. It also looks pretty neat under a dusky lamp light from, especially from a sharp angle.

In any case, a joy to look at!

The other papers that I used for the creation of this bridal bouquet include:
  • shimmer paper in several shades of silver gray and ivory,
  • white paper for the lace butterflies.
To accent the silverish tones in the paper roses and peonies, I added pearly centers in silver, ivory and white. I also used different ribbons to tie it all together: red satin ribbon, gray satin ribbon and a piece of sheer ribbon in ivory.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Paper Flowers for Bookmarks

Ah,... the many uses of paper flowers :)

I made a new bunch of paper daisies in a brown/orange/gold palette, which can be displayed as pretty florals in a vase, or tucked between the pages of a book like any old bookmark.
Elements of paper flowers:
  • petals made from designer paper,
  • a dab of glitter ink, 
  • cute buttons, 
  • wire, 
  • floral tape, 
  • paper leaves with handmade touches in golden ink
  • a whole lotta love ...