Sunday, December 19, 2010
These are Kusudama origami balls. They are made with Washi paper but you could use any type of paper as long as it isnt too heavy. Cardstock would not work very well. Each ball is made up of 12 flowers and each flower has 5 petals (although some of Lisa's had 6!) so that is 60 pieces of paper all folder and glued per ornament. Thank heaven for binder clips, bobby pins, and Aleene's Tacky Glue!
I found the instructions here over 2 years ago but was intimidated to make them. Honestly it wasn't hard, just time consuming. And once I got a good routine down, the balls came together pretty quick.
I have not personally heard from each person I mailed ornaments too, but I am assuming they all have them by now as I sent them Priority Mail 2 weeks ago. I have only received 2 of my ornaments so far. Parcel post takes 30 days (not during the holiday rush) to get here to Japan so I will start to worry come New Year's. I will do a part 3 post once I have them all together.
As you can tell I haven't been blogging much, but I have a load of crafts that I have done that I want to share. I hope you won't be too offending seeing Thanksgiving and Christmas crafts around Valentine's Day! Some of what Ive been making is for Christmas gifts so it's under wraps.
I have been inspired by alot of crafty blogs lately and I like to ready all of the "Linky Parties" and see what others are crafting and cooking. SO I am going to try today to Link to a few of these that I frequent most. I hope it works and that I do it right!
Tatertots and Jello
Monday, November 29, 2010
The Elephant and Kangaroo cards are from an old Stampin' Up! set. They were colored in with Copics. The ricrack die cut is from PapertreyInk. Used misc. cardstock and printed paper.
I love how simple yet elegant the heart card is. I have been wanting to try this style for some time now. Misc. printed paper and punched hearts. Sentiment by CTMH.
The Goldfish and Toucan are also from an old Stampin' Up! set and colored in with Copics. The background is embossed with Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. I used two heart punches to create the hearts used on these cards.
If you want to send Valentine's for OWH the dealine for shippers to receive them is Jan 7th.
I will be posting some non-card crafty items soon!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
The deadline for sending Christmas cards is already passed.
Here is my Valentine's Card to Share
Thursday, November 11, 2010
So I find one blog and it links to another and then another and that's how I found Wendy's blog. She is an especially crafty lady who is dearly missed after her recent move. She is featuring an ornament a day for the month of November AND a far-away friends ornament exchange! I figured I am a pretty far away friend! I talked my friend Lisa into doing it (we are doing 5 ornament each!) and I tried to "talk" my sister into it (nudge).
You can sign up and read the rules at her blog Craft Goodies or just check out her creative ornaments. If you are part of the exchange and you get an ornament from me or Lisa (we are working on them together) it will be unique and Japanese-ish! Obviously I will not be posting any pictures until the ornaments arrive at their final destination.
A final word on Christmas ornaments. Tradition. I have ornaments that I hang on my tree EVERY YEAR that one of my Aunts made me when I was growing up. The oldest one is 38 years old. Not going to say how old I was when I got it :O
One of my sisters has continued that tradition and my children look forward to their ornament every Christmas. I also give my kids an ornament too, so when they are old and grey and they put those ornaments on their Christmas Trees, happy memories (I hope) will come flooding back to mind.
This is one of my Thomas Kincade stamps by Cornish Heritage Farms, sentiment by PTI. This is the cracked glass technique. I have been wanting to try this forever. I did not have/could not find my Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, so I used regular clear embossing powder, about 7 layers. Then I stuck it in the freezer (forgot it was there) and pulled it out and cracked it. Sentiment is embossed with gold filigree embossing powder.
I have a few more cards that I haven't finished that I will post another time. I have a few more posts to finish up today and then maybe I will feel "caught up" in the blogging world.