After a great birthday and some fantastic sales at some well-known craft stores, I’ve added some great new craft tools to my studio’s arsenal. Take a look. (more…)
“Paper Crafting” Archive
It was all about thrifting and antiquing during Paper Source’s most recent Crafter’s Night Out. This workshop’s theme was Flea Market Style, so our projects were all inspired by fantastic finds from local flea markets. Just like our Dive Into Indigo workshop, fun-to-make cards were paired with some other DIY projects that didn’t involve paper greetings. (more…)
If you’ve got a paper stash filled with odd sizes and cool patterns, you can create a stack of paper scrap gift tags. My inspiration came from pieces of Paper Source’s records wrapping paper that I could never throw away after using. My fellow Handmade Detroiter, and record crafter, Beth had a birthday coming up, so I knew just exactly how to put those record paper pieces to work. (more…)
My birthday was this past weekend and my friends and husband surprised me with a craft night in my craft studio! It was such a surprise and a total blast. We made a few cards (as directed by a great new pal of mine), enjoyed some champagne and shared lots of crafty ideas. Here’s what we made. (more…)
During a visit to Rock Paper Scissors in Ann Arbor earlier this week I found myself picking up items, from greeting cards to snack bags, that had a similar look and feel. Come to find out I’d picked a handful of items from Ladyfingers Letterpress of Rhode Island, and I’m so glad I did because I’m in love with their product line.
Ladyfingers Letterpress is the hard work of Morgan Calderini and Arley-Rose Torson. The two have been creating for years and offer a variety of letterpress greeting cards, paper products and custom stationery. On top of their wonderful creativeness they give back to the community by donating a portion of sales to marriage equality and LBGT awareness. I was impressed with their cards, but I’m even more impressed with their mission. (more…)
The Fourth of July is just a few days away; seriously?! The holiday snuck up on me, so I found myself scrambling to make my flag-friendly greeting cards for my family last week after work. I had an idea after staring at my washi tape stash that turned into a cute card that was easy to make in large quantities. If you’re like me and want to surprise someone with a card for the Fourth, give this a try. (more…)
Earlier this spring I missed the Crafter’s Night Out: Geometric Decor at Paper Source as I was at SNAP! My crafty cohorts went and had a blast, making me feel even sadder for not being there. As luck would have it, Paper Source Birmingham offered an encore of the class last night and I had a spot at the table this time around.
What I was really looking forward to was the mix of making cards AND art. Paper Source has been changing up the workshops with more non-card options, and that’s great. (more…)
Since Paper Source first arrived in Michigan a few years back, I’ve been a huge fan of their paper crafting kits, especially the wreath kits. I can’t think of one I haven’t enjoyed making. I’ll be honest, it’s not a 30-minute craft project. The wreaths tend to take a few hours to make, but if you’ve got some TV to catch up on, the creation comes together quicker than you realize.
I’ve had a few wreath kits in my craft stash that I was finally able to assemble. They now adorn our front door, office doors and other nooks inside our house. If you’ve been secretly eyeing one of these kits, take a look at the finished products and my thoughts.
My takeaway tips for Paper Source Wreath Kits?
- Use hot glue to attach the paper flowers to the wreath form
- Decorative, smooth chopsticks work well to curl the petals
- Use hot glue to layer flowers with thicker papers
- Consider painting the wreath form a complementary color to enhance the finished look
My card stash is all blue right now thanks to the latest Paper Source workshop at my store in Birmingham – “Dive Into Indigo!” A mix of five cards and one muslin gift bag kept us busy as we dyed papers and fabrics, stamped and embossed last Thursday night.
The big focus during this workshop was dyeing gampi paper. The paper had a recycled-like feel and absorbed the ink like a dream. Did we use Rit Dye to create the twisted, tie-dyed looks? Nope! We used pigment-based ink pads and water to dye the paper, resulting in three beautiful looks. (more…)
Last month my crafty cohorts headed over to Paper Source Birmingham and took their Fresh Folds workshop. Featuring some of Paper Source’s new colors (coral and royal blue), the cards taught more advanced paper-folding techniques than offered in previous workshops. Once we saw the cards on display in the store we were hooked, yet slightly nervous as they seemed a bit complicated to make.
Luckily for us our awesome Paper Source team was one step ahead. Many of the small pieces had been prepped ahead of time for us, but we still learned about the techniques used and could try them on our own with extra supplies. It was definitely the way to go; I don’t know how we would have made all of our cards otherwise!
Hands down our favorite card was the origami-inspired flower card. The larger square card is worthy of framing in my opinion (and probably the reason why I haven’t sent it yet).
Another favorite? The folded chevron card. What a cool idea! Again, this is a card where the coral and royal blue work so, so well together. The black-check specialty paper we used added an additional source of color and pattern, too.
The pop-up card was perhaps the most challenging out of the cards and, honestly, not my favorite. It’s a bit bulky when closed and you worry you might rip some of the flowers when opening up. I like the idea, but this time around it wasn’t for me.
My takeaway from this class? Pair coral and royal blue together more often. Take a look at Paper Source’s blog to see how they presented the fresh folds ideas in other paper crafting methods. In the mood to try a class? You can still sign up for the Mini Succulent Garden workshop happening on May 10. As a new succulent owner myself, I’m already signed up. (Obviously.)