Quick Picks : 8.22.13

8.22.2013 Add Your Comment

Ciao Letterpress Card | Shed Letterpress

Ciao! Letterpress Card by Shed Letterpress

This Week’s Picks

♥ Ha! A fantastic watercolor portrait featuring the quintessential line from my favorite 90s “high school” movie.

♥ Fun and festive party kits from Yellow Owl Workshop. – via

♥ Clever, printable flamingo cocktail party invites by Amy Moss for Oh Happy Day.

♥ An amazing papercut stop-motion animation by Kelli Anderson. -via

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All Things Paper by Ann Martin Book Review

8.21.2013 1 Comment

Book Review : All Things Paper by Ann Martin

All Things Paper: 20 Unique Projects from Leading Paper Crafters, Artists, and Designers, the new book by Ann Martin, the talented quilling artist and paper enthusiast behind the blog, All Things Paper, is one that I’ve been anticipating. I have to admit that my anticipation was partially self-centered, as one of the projects in the book is my own, and I was so honored when Ann asked me to participate in the project. I knew that she had invited a host of talented paper artists to be part of the book, but I had no idea who or what would be included, so it was very exciting to receive the book and see all of the projects that were chosen.

As the title says, the book contains 20 unique projects, and each is featured in one of the book’s four categories: home décor, fashion accessories, jewelry, and correspondence. Each project includes a full list of necessary tools and supplies, as well as a step-by-step tutorial with photos for every step. I really appreciate that every single project has step-by-step photos because I’m a visual learner and find it much easier to figure something out when I can actually see what I’m supposed to be doing, especially if it’s a more complex project with a number of smaller steps. Many of the projects have helpful tips, too.

Paper Candle Luminaries by Kristen Magee

The projects themselves represent a broad range of paper crafting techniques and levels of complexity. You’ll find simple projects, like my Candle Luminaries (above photo), that will appeal to beginners, as well as more complex projects, like Linda Thalmann’s beautiful Fine Paper Yarn Necklace, that will grab the attention of more advanced paper crafters.

Quilled Antique Key by Ann Martin

Two of my favorite projects in the book come from Ann herself. I’m itching to make her lovely, quilled Antique Key Pendant (above photo), as well as her beautiful Makigami Pendant Flower. I’m also excited to try the aforementioned necklace by Linda Thalmann, the Crepe Paper Lilacs by Jenny Jafek-Jones, and the Sticky Notes Notepad Holder by Stefani Tadio. And Casey Starks’ Citrus Slice Coasters really make me want to get back into screenprinting.

At the end of the book, you’ll find an Artist Gallery and Directory, which has photos of the artists and designers whose projects appear in the book. Corresponding projects with page numbers are listed under each photo, as are URLs to the artists’ websites and blogs. After the directory, you’ll find project templates for photocopying.

The quality of the projects and range of paper crafting techniques found in All Things Paper: 20 Unique Projects from Leading Paper Crafters, Artists, and Designers makes this a book that paper crafters of all skill levels will appreciate having on their shelves. I know that I will!

quilled key pendant photo credit : Ann Martin
additional photos : Kristen Magee

 
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Hunter’s Hideaway Geometric Rubber Stamps

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My imagination is running wild thinking about all of the possible paper crafts that could be made with these little geometric rubber stamps from Hunter’s Hideaway. I love that they carry both solid shapes and patterned shapes, like striped triangles and dotted circles, which offer lots of options for creating patterns and layered designs.

Here’s a peek at some of the stamps and paper goodies that you can create with them:

Geometric Rubber Stamps | Hunter's Hideaway

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Sparrow Gold Foil Stamped Wedding Invitations

8.20.2013 1 Comment

Sparrow Gold Foil Stamped Invitations | Smitten on Paper

Smitten on Paper recently added a selection of gorgeous foil stamped wedding invitation designs to their lineup, and I’m totally smitten (no pun intended) with the shimmering lovelies. The sleek and slightly whimsical Sparrow invitation suite (featured) is a delicate mix of modern calligraphy and sans-serif faces complimented by sweet, hand drawn and foil stamped vines that appear on the reverse of the invitation and throughout the suite.

All of the designs in this collection are available with either gold or silver foil stamping, and you can order samples of any of the lovely designs if you’d like to see their gilded goodness in person.

Sparrow Gold Foil Stamped Invitations | Smitten on Paper

Sparrow Gold Foil Stamped Invitations | Smitten on Paper

Sparrow Gold Foil Stamped Response Card | Smitten on Paper

Sparrow Gold Foil Stamped Monogram Tag | Smitten on Paper

Custom Wedding Envelopes | Smitten on Paper

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“Communicate” Letterpress Notecards

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I’m really digging this trio of “Communicate” letterpress notecards from NSW, Australia-based Olive and the Volcano. The casual hand lettering and hand drawn patterns give the modern notecards a great, organic feel. Check ‘em out:

"Communicate" Letterpress Notecards | Olive and the Volcano

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