3D paper embroidery revisited

3D embroidery - Patricia Zapata

Have you ever had an idea or a project just nagging at you and just wanting to come out? This is one of those projects. It's a like a little tap, tap, tap that my brain makes every now and then. This is not new. I've shown it a couple of other times in the past two years (yes, that's how long it's been). This time it will be different because I want to take it further. For now this is my latest iteration and more will be coming — where you get to join in the fun.

Part of me always feels a little guilty about just using black and white because in my creative world color is "everything". Part of me feels absolute delight. Color is harder for me than I care to admit. I LOVE black and white — more than anyone knows.

3D embroidery - Patricia Zapata

valentine's day flashback

Valentine's Day will be here before you know it! Make has posted a flashback (circa 2011!) project I designed for them. It's a matchbook card/wall art piece that includes easy to follow instructions and a downloadable PDF. Check it out here!

Typically I don't like revisiting old work but this is a rare project that I still like very much. Enjoy!

joy collection - svgs and printables


The first collection of the year is called Joy. It includes SVG cutting files and printables in two colorways — yellow and red.

I wanted to create a group of patterns and shapes that would coordinate all the way through different product lines. This collection is included in my Society6 products as I showed you the other day and will be coming soon in the manner of fabric and gift wrap on Spoonflower (still waiting for samples).

My ideas for the printables (8 letter-sized sheets of each pattern):
- To wrap small gifts
- Make envelope liners
- To make cards and hangtags
- To decorate scrapbooking layouts (including pocket scrapbooking like Project Life)
- Anything else you can come up with!

I'm pretty proud of this collection and if truth be told it does make me joyful when I look at it.
I hope you enjoy it too!

The Joy Collection is free from now until 1/11 with the purchase of $5.98 and above.
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2015 starts with joy!

Joy collection

Happy new year everyone! Don't you just love the feeling of a brand new year?

When I started to think about what I want to accomplish in 2015 I was working on this new collection. I decided to name it Joy because it was inspired by one of my favorite flowers—the Gerbera daisies. Daisies have always seemed like such cheerful flowers to me. I started sketching them out and whittled down the flowers and leaves to the simplest of forms. I like this part of working because dancing around that line of simple or too simple has always interested me. It feels like a challenging game of sorts (welcome to my inner workings! ha!).

As I designed the patterns I tried coming up with different names for the collection and Joy just kept popping up over and over again. I did feel rather in sync, so clear-headed/focused and energized (almost giddy!) with the creation of every pattern so I guess the name is quite fitting.

The first products using this line can be seen on my Society6 shop. You'll see how I translate this collection to SVG cutting files very soon! 
Joy collection

No new year's resolutions around here! We're going to work on our Happiness Jars. I think it's a great idea and I can't wait to see all my favorite 2015 happy moments at the end of the year!