Saturday, June 25, 2011

Accordion Fold Butterfly

To make this accordion fold butterfly you will need 2 square pieces of paper in two different sizes. A 4 inch piece of pipe cleaner and a safety pin.  For small butterfly cut one piece 2-1/2 square and the larger piece 2-3/4 square.   Burnish paper edges using a dauber and a brown ink pad.

2- Accordion fold each piece.

3 - Using an awl puncture the two folded pieces in the middle.  Join the two folded pieces and insert the safety pin through the layers.  The safety pin will become the butterfly's body.  Apply a little glue where the two pieces join.  Take a 4 inch piece of pipe cleaner and insert through the hole on the top of the safety pin.  Let dry.  Open folds as desired.  

4 - Mount butterfly unto a scalloped circular shape and apply a little glue to hold in place.

5 - Embellish adding other papers or decorations.

6 - Mount the finished butterfly unto a tag.

Another pretty tag I created this butterfly slightly smaller.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Japanese Camellia Crochet Pillow

The Japanese Crochet Pillow
I am really pleased with the result of this crochet creation.  I really like the texture that was created by making the shell pattern on the top circle shape.  I was inspired to create this pattern after seeing a similar pillow design on Pinterest. I liked the design just not the way the shells had to be sewn to a circle fabric base.

I used Vanna's Choice worsted yarn in the Dusty Purple color and a size H hook.  The center of the pillow is embellished with a variety of buttons in different sizes.

Center of the Japanese Camellia Crochet Pillow


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Origami Shirts

This is a fun card to make using a rectangular piece of paper. I love the look of printed book paper so this is what I used to create these little shirts. Check out your library for discarded books. I use books that have discarded due to poor condition. There are quite a few video tutorials on You Tube to create Origami shirts. I watched this one.

Supplies:  Scrapbook paper, notebook paper, magazine paper, book print paper,  card stock,  wrinkled ribbon, button brads, glue stick.

Use the scrapbook paper or the book print paper to create eye pleasing layers.  I like to recycle mail or magazine paper to create the little banners.  Cut small pieces of the notebook paper to write down your sentiment. 

To make  the tag you will need to cut your paper to measure: 2-3/4 inches by 5 inches.

To make the shirt for the greeting card cut your paper to measure: 4 inches by 7 inches.

Have fun making little shirts.  They are ideal for men birthday cards or Father's Day cards.