My Pinterest Picks

July 28, 2014

As I am a confirmed lover of Paper Crafts, I thought it was highly appropriate that my latest choices for my Pinterest Picks series encouraged this passion.

So please ‘click’ and enjoy.

`Pinterest Picks - July

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1. Robin’s board: Paper Crafts
2. Ghyslaine’s board: Fleur en Papier
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. Lia’s board: I Heart Paper
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. Gee Cecil’s board: Paper Crafts

And there’s always my Paper Crafts board for inspiration, too.

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Rustic Watercolour Flowers

July 2, 2014

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I have come across the most lovely tutorial for these Watercolour Flowers,
by Liz from Love Grows Wild blog.

Such a simple idea,
that anyone who just wanted to be creative,
could easily create their own masterpiece.

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Tutorial Photo

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I can also imagine tables laden with old milk bottles
filled with these flowers
at a Rustic Wedding.

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So as usual, I wanted to try to make my very own.
I really enjoyed it, as compared to so many other tutorials on the Interweb, this tutorial was FAST!
Woo hoo!

So,
follow my simple instructions and make your own lovely version.

And enjoy the process, as when I made mine
– it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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You will need:

Requirements

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Step One – Tear the paper into rough petal shapes

Torn Petals

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Step Two – Adhere the petals onto a waterproof surface area

Sticky Tape

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Step Three – Ensure that only a little piece at the base of each petal is covered in tape

Tape To Small Section Of Petal

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Step Four – Water down the paint really well

Watered Down Paint

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Part Five – I applied a dollop of yellow paint down the centre of each petal

Yellow Dollop On Each Petal

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Part Six – Cover the whole petal with watered down pink paint

Painted Pink Petals

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Part Seven – Remove tape from petals and set aside to dry a little (not completely)

Step 7 - Remove Tape From Petals

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Part Eight – Cut wire to roughly 30cm (12″) lengths

Step 8 - Cut wire to 30cm

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Part Nine – Using small pliers, twist and turn one end of wire to make a stamen – no perfection needed, rough is good

Twisted Wire For A Stamen

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Step Ten – Group all your petals into fives, ensuring that the petals in each group are roughly the same size as each other

 

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Step Eleven – Towards the base of each petal, use the wire to pierce the petals and thread each petal on to the wire – make sure you thread them UPSIDE DOWN so that they will sit right side up when you are finished

Step 11a

 

Step 11b - Thread Petals Onto Wire

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Step Twelve – Arrange petals into a shape of your flower, applying a little dab of glue between each petal

Step 12 - Arrange Petals Into a Flower

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Step Thirteen – Add a generous dab of glue at the back where the flower meets the wire

Step 13 - Glue on the back of the flower

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Step Fourteen – Allow all glue to dry thoroughly

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Step Fifteen – Curve petals of the flower

Step 14 - Curve Petals

Ta da!

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So are you inspired?

I’d love to see your creations.

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Completed Water Coloured Paper Flower

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If you make some flowers yourself, I’d love to see them.
Upload a photo in the comments section.

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Ribbon & Fabric Flowers

May 21, 2014

Cruising the inter web recently,
I came across the following gorgeous tutorial
by the talented Flax & Twine.

Although the techniques and tutorial are originally from Martha Stewart,
I just love how Flax & Twine has laid out the post.
It makes it so easy to follow.

Aren't they gorgeous?

Aren’t they gorgeous?

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Now, I myself, have made these flowers in the past,
and I though it was high time that I showed you my versions,
and my tutorial.

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Now,
as when a new technique is learnt
it means that one must become completely obsessed,
so . . . . . .

3 easy shapes + sizes

3 easy shapes + sizes

I created quite a few.

Spotty ribbon

Spotty ribbon

Blue ribbon

Blue ribbon

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And then I made a whole canvas with it.

Heart Canvas

Heart Canvas

You like?

 

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What do you think you will do with your creations?

  • Decorate a mirror
  • Make a wreath
  • A hairclip?

I’d love to see what you create.
Truly :)

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Stamped Polymer Clay – I Couldn’t Stop!

July 29, 2013

As I already had the clay laying around
’cause I needed an excuse
I decided to make a just few more
stamped polymer clay images.

Dragonfly

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I even used some un-stamped ‘scraps’ to finish of a drop pendant design.

Pendant

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You like ?

So tell me . . . have you made anything like this.
I’d love you to share.

Put a link in the comments
so that we can all see your imagination at work.

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Dunny rolls are too cool

July 27, 2013

I am a MASSIVE fan of toilet rolls.

I have seen quite a few tempting craft ideas on
Pinterest
and so HAD to give it a go.

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Here’s a few of my creations.

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And my favourite so far . . .

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So what IS the best way to try to make
a toilet roll piece of
crafty art?

Here’s a quick tutorial to get you rockin’.

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If you have a go,
please put a link in the comments.

I would LOVE to see your creations :)

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And just in case you need some added incentive
for making beautiful things
with toilet rolls . . .

. . . check this out !!!

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Source: French Artist – Anastassia Elias


I’ve Been A Bad Jelly Bean

April 22, 2013

I have been unable to spend much time at JellyBean Scrappers lately.

But, last Thursday I caught up with BigToni from JBS and she showed me a project that she had loaded at JBS, as a Challenge for April.

Here’s where she got the idea from . . .

Tea Party Blog Hop

Tea Party Blog Hop . . . click to link :)

Paper Tea Cup

Paper Tea Cup . . . click on image for link to Template & Instructions

Here’s the template, itself . . .

Ann Wood Tea Cup – Template

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Her instructions are wonderfully detailed

Ann’s instructions are wonderfully detailed

I have started making my version. I am quite enjoying it

. . . well it does involve glue and mess :)

I will be posting a tutorial from my trial and also a new tutorial as I have already discovered a new way that I think I want mine to turn out.

. . . cause I cannot seem to accept what ‘is’!

I probably won’t get time until ANZAC Day
(Thursday 25th April)

Ciao bellas!


More DIY Valentines’ Ideas – Yippee! – Plus a True Story About St Valentine

February 8, 2013

Would you like more DIY Valentines’ Day ideas?

Sure!

Here at the Purple Paper House
we don’t actually celebrate Valentines’ Day.

however

we do LOVE the
true nature
of the day.

Valentines’ Day is a commemoration of
a priest in Ancient Rome
– yep he was called Valentine –
who ignored a decree from the Caesar
that soldiers were not allowed to be married.

The belief was,
that married Centurions
would not concentrate in battle
as they would be dreaming of their wives back home.

True stuff!

So, common soldiers were banned from getting married.

Now Valentine,
a true romantic,
thought that this was poppy-cock.
So he ignored the law
and married soldiers and their lovely ladies
in secret.

He obviously got busted,
was executed
and was eventually Sainted for his troubles.

So . . . . . . . .

. . . . what is the moral of my musings?

Well, Valentines’ Day is  actually a celebration of
married couples.

So I hope to inspire all those married couples to celebrate their
decision to become married
and their
commitment to each other.

Happy Valentines’ Day

Click on images to go to tutorials :)

Blooming Hearts - Literally!

Blooming Hearts – Literally!

Valentines' Day Breakfast

Valentines’ Day Breakfast

Heart-Shaped Boiled Egg

Heart-Shaped Boiled Egg

Red Wine Pops

Red Wine Pops

So what was your favourite DIY this Valentines’?

Let me know and even leave a link in the comments.
I’d love to hear from you ;)

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