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Paper gems (+ templates)

Paper gems (+ templates)
This has got to be one of my favourite projects to date…which is a good job because I nearly broke my brain putting the templates together!! I’m not so good at maths and figuring out angles (my lovely Mum is a retired maths teacher so I should know better!). By the way this project is quite fiddly so more aimed at grown-ups or older kids. My paper gems were very influenced by these wonderful crayons (via Deborah’s Pinterest board). You can use these paper gems as hanging decorations (for your Christmas tree) or you can incorporate them into a mobile or garland. I would love to make about a hundred and string them up in front of my window…however there is a limit to my patience!! If you spray them lightly on one side they look very pretty and a bit more crystal-like! If you love crystals and gems as much as I do then check out these cool projects: Home-made rock candyHome grown geodes Edited to add: Check out this great advent calendar idea using my paper gems. How-to 1. !!! !!

http://www.minieco.co.uk/paper-gems/

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Retro printable Christmas boxes and tags If you like nostalgic Christmas graphics, you'll get a kick out of these tiny Christmas boxes from artist Jason Snyder. One set is designed to look like vintage boxes of lights from dime stores, while other sets feature old-fashioned gift wrap. Get them here.

DIY Angled Starburst Ornament Guest post by Denise Sharp of Studio d.Sharp This is a simple, modern paper ornament that is easy to make and looks great on the tree. Being lightweight, it twirls when hung, reflecting light from its many angles. You will need: Medium weight paper Scissors Glue Embroidery thread Bone folder Ruler Pencil Tape Small mercury glass bead Thin wire How to Build an Outdoor Mud Oven for Use Now and When the SHTF Rocket stoves and outdoor grills are great for cooking in a pot or skillet when the power is down or non-existent following a disaster or a worst case SHTF situation where fuel is either flat-out unavailable or intolerably expensive. There are some things, though, that cook best in an oven. One solution, of course, is to use a cast iron Dutch oven or camp stove. These are great options, sure, but what about something made from the ground we stand on? I am referring to what is commonly called a “Mud Oven”. Until my recent visit to the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington, I did not know such a thing existed.

Cookie Cutter Soaps Tired of the same old soap molds? Get creative with cookie cutters! You Will Need: petit paquet today is the one-year anniversary of my etsy shop. i hope it's not overdramatic or strange to say that i'm finding it almost as difficult to reflect back on the last year as i found it to reflect back on my son's first year of life. so much happens and changes in a year. our orientations toward things and events and life itself change. we move. we rethink. some things we wish we could redo. some things we wish we could relive. suffice it to say that it has been a good year and i'm really proud of my work. i'm continually astounded by how much i enjoy doing this. so this week is going to be a little bit of a celebratory week. i've got freebies lined up for each day of the week, starting today. as you'll see, all of the freebies are etsy orange. i thought it seemed appropriate. today's download is a pillowbox. the illustration is actually something i drew by hand for the new desk calendars and then digitized for printing.

ORIGAMI PIKACHU « EMBROIDERY & ORIGAMI Pikachu origami version 2 – Kaboose.com Get more of everyone's fave Pokemon character with our Pikachu origami craft, version 2. 2 Pikachu Origami Diagrams | Paper Kawaii This Awsome Pikachu Origami Model is by Kozasa Keiichi, image above is from yuhaje on Flickr. I know some people are searching for this diagram and I know how stupidly Paper Gems: New Templates Hello there! My book finally came out this week! As a little present I am giving you the templates for the paper gems that are shown in the book. They are an improved version of the ‘old‘ gems on my site.

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life in general: yarn bowls Okay, here's how it goes. It's super easy and just a little bit messy. ;) Supplies: yarn + glue + bowl Prep: Cover a bowl with plastic wrap. Or use a balloon as your form. (I think these look pretty.) Petites boîtes I labeled it 1 because I might feel like doing more. These are in 300 ppi, and make up a 2 inch cube Click on the images to download the full sized versions. I did these in grey-scale so you can re-color them to suit your occasions. I had weddings in mind at the time. Build 3D paper letters from a nifty font Speaking of Fontstruct, I found something cool over there. Punched Out is a free font that allows you to type letters, print, cut, fold, and glue to make 3D forms. Created by Tobias Sommer, it's available for download at Dafont or Fontstruct. I gave it a try while watching TV. It's a little tedious, but the result is fun! I printed the letters in gray, scored along the center of the dashed lines, and folded so that the printing ended up on the inside of each letter.

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