Ok, I couldn't resist! I had to post a little something. My brother and I got to New York City today and we're ready to set up the booth tomorrow. I haven't been in the city since we left the area when I was 10 so this is like seeing everything with new eyes. The energy is very palpable specially when out hotel is only a block away from Times Square!
I'm very excited to get going. Those of you that follow me on Facebook know that I started a new Instagram account and I've been sharing a few photos there. Come visit my stream here—and if you happen to be at the Javits Center this weekend come by my booth— #664.
Wish me luck! Woohoo!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! XO
Some flowers for you! Consider them my freebies for last couple of weeks.
I've been knee deep (or higher!) in work and I haven't had a chance to make any paper related projects. That made this card for Mother's Day feel so good to put together.
The pieces are all separate and I simply tied them together with some twine. I hope you enjoy it! You can download it here.
Surtex is only a little over a week away and I'm very excited. I can't wait to show everyone my work! If you're there please visit me at my booth - 664! If you're tired hearing about Surtex can you imagine my Mr. Z and the kids? LOL. They are so patient with me. I'm a lucky girl!
Wish me luck! I can't wait to tell you all how it went. Until then I hope you take care and I'll see you when I get back. There will be no posts until the 24th or so.
Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful mothers!
Be well! - Patricia
I don't know what it is about slides but I really like them. I think it's because it's a combination of tag and embellishment and it can be used on different projects (cards, gift wrapping, scrapbooking). Yes, I definitely like versatility.
I made the flower stand out a bit simply by using some foam dots underneath it. The rest of it should be self explanatory with the file.
The good news for you is that this project is this week's freebie! Download it here. Enjoy!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Happy Earth Day everyone!
I'm the first to admit that my love for paper can be a bit over the top at times but that doesn't mean I splurge a whole lot. I tend to be on the conservative side and really try to use what I have. The fun and awesome thing about paper is that scraps are still very, very useful.
Today's card is made completely from scraps—and let me tell you that after making the boxes and cards below (for the first communion celebration of a friend's daughter) I have plenty of white and pink paper scraps to go on forever! I cut the tree with my cutting machine but all the leaves are cut by hand and glued to the tree one at a time.
The tree is attached to the card using foam dots to give it more dimension and contrast since it's white-on-white.
Color is awesome but isn't white just so beautiful?
PS - I've been absent because I'm crazy busy with work for Surtex and other side projects. I'd rather stay away from the blog when things get like this. You wouldn't want to hear about the same thing over and over again, right? Hopefully things will get a little more normal once I get back (it's only 4 weeks away - yikes!). In the meantime I work on!
Have a great week!
I got the biggest treat in the mail when I received Paper Blooms: 25 Extraordinary Flowers to Make for Weddings, Celebrations & More by Jeffery Rudell. It's a gorgeous book with great projects, clear instructions and fantastic photography.
First off let me say that I've always admired and been in awe of Jeffery's work. The elegant solutions and attention to detail that are in all of his projects are nothing short of perfect. I couldn't expect anything less from his book, and I wasn't disappointed.
Every project in this book is not only beautiful but easy for anyone to make. The materials are very basic but the results are stunning. For anyone wanting to learn how to make flowers, this book is a definite must.
One of the most frequent phrase searches that lead people to my blog is "how to make a paper flower". I can honestly say that if you buy this book you won't need to make that search again!
If you'd like to see other amazing examples of Jefferey's work you can visit his web site here.You won't regret taking the time to visit!
A simple idea that came to mind after a quick glance at a photo on Pinterest. I don't even know who/what it was aside from a multi-tiered necklace of sorts. I caught a glimpse of it just as I was shutting down my browser—and boom! my mind immediately tried to figure out how to make something inspired by it, using paper and I had to make it right away—just because. It looks absolutely nothing like the photo I saw but I'm sure I would've never done it had I not seen that photo. The brain is such a tricky thing, isn't it?
Lesson of the day:
When you have an idea, just go for it! There doesn't need to be a real reason for it
You just never know what you'll be inspired by. Just be open to the possibilities.
I just received my copy of the new Made In Paper magazine—a sister magazine Mollie Makes and The Simple Things (both gorgeous UK publications)—and I couldn't be more thrilled. It's such an honor to be included in this first issue which is so full of fantastic projects and inspirational images.
My interview is one of several that include other artists that I admire greatly. I'm so humbled to be in such great company (no spoilers so you can see them for yourselves!).
The templates for several projects are included in the back in the issue including the templates for the pink flower I created for this issue (shown below).
The magazine will be available in the US at Jo-Ann's and Barnes & Noble and at some point in digital format in the Apple Newsstand.
Since I'm someone that notices these things, I also have to mention that I love that it's larger than standard magazine format (so great!) and it's printed on beautiful paper (feels like it's between a magazine and a book).
Look at just a few of the beautiful paper ideas that are shared in the magazine (top and bottom photos). Every single page of this issue has something fun to be inspired by.
Thank you so much to the editors of Made in Paper for including me!
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