Friday, May 22, 2015

CHA Paper Arts Show Blog Hop with KaiserCraft

paper leaf winter wreath by lisa fulmer

Today is the last day of a week-long blog hop hosted by the Craft & Hobby Association to promote the Paper Arts+ Show in July in Chicago. I'm so happy to be part of the hop!

CHA designers teamed up with craft product manufacturers who will be exhibiting at the show to highlight some of the exciting new products coming out this year. Be sure to check out the prize drawing details at the end of this post.

I'm working with KaiserCraft's new holiday line called Silver Bells - romantic, floral Christmas papers (two-sided) in muted shades of teal and rose.

Silver Bells holiday papers KaiserCraft

The teal reminded me of eucalyptus, which is native to Australia where KaiserCraft is based. So I decided to make a wreath of paper eucalyptus leaves. I found this tutorial online to learn how to make the teardrop paper ornament that hangs in the center. Instead of stringing floss through the top to hang, I inserted a wire with beads and a dangle up through the middle of the ornament and twisted the top into a loop.

paper teardrop ornament

After trimming the teal papers down to 1"x4" pieces, I cut a narrow leaf from each piece with scissors. It went a bit faster by cutting through 3 pieces together at the same time. Then I wrapped the end of each leaf around a sturdy wire and hot-glued in groups of three, alternating paper shades. To keep the clusters looking random, I glued some leaves directly on top of others. After working my way down the wire until I ran out of leaves, I gently curved it into a circle, overlapping one end a bit. I used pliers to curl one end of the wire around the other to hold the circle shape.

assembling paper leaves on wire by lisa fulmer

I brushed a little rose ink on the petals of the mini paper roses - one of the embellishments from Kaisercraft - and poked a few into the wreath, taping the wires to the backs of leaves. Lastly, I added a bit of bling to the tips of some of the leaves and wired in the ornament.

smoothfoam christmas display cube

My wreath will be in a display case at the Paper Arts+ show, along with the other designer projects in this hop. So I used more of the Silver Bells papers to decorate a 5" painted Smoothfoam cube to use as a display base, so the wreath can be free-standing.

The price/barcode strips at the bottom of each sheet of paper are printed with holiday messages on the back (genius!), which I added to a couple sides of the cube. I pushed a large painted skewer down into the center of the block and wrapped the top with a coiled loop of wire to hang the wreath. Now this wreath will look cute on the door or the table!

paper eucalyptus wreath by lisa fulmer

Tweet for your chance to win!
If you have been following the this blog hop all week, you may have seen a special secret word at the end of each designer's blog post. At the end of the hop, put all the words together in the right order to form a phrase. And my secret word is ... IN.  Good luck!

The first two people to tweet the correct phrase to @Craftandhobby will win:
 - 1st:  $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show (for the trade only)
 - 2nd:  $25 American Express gift card

If you work in the craft industry, registration is now open for the Paper Arts+ Show, where you’ll learn about awesome craft products for everything from paper to jewelry to mixed media and more. Check it out!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Creating with Joy Iron-On Embroidered Letters

love washi tape handmade greeting card lisa fulmer

Today the Designer Crafts Connection is hoppin' with our friends at Joy - makers of embroidered iron-on letters and appliqués for wearables and home décor.

Always the one to ignore the rules, I decided to use my letters on a greeting card instead. I really like the softness that the dimensional embroidered letters bring to a papercraft project, as opposed to chipboard.

The background of my card is washi tape - I placed several strips side by side at a diagonal on a piece of cardstock, then wrapped the edges to the back. I inked the edges of the letters with a marker and glued them down. Added some bling and layered the panel on blue cardstock, then on to a white folded card. Done!
washi tape card detail lisa fulmer

Hop through the other designers' blogs by clicking the links in the DCC logo on each of our sidebars. Be sure to check out Joy's brand new blog too - and give their new Facebook page a little like, wouldjya?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

20 ways to inspire: Week 20 - The final prompt

Well here we are, a scant five months later, and my #20waystoinspire series of creative prompts on the Bella Crafts Quarterly blog has come to a close. 

This series of blog posts was a spin-off from my Creative Space column in their Winter 2014 issue, where I listed all twenty prompts as a challenge to find creative inspiration in everyday places.

autumn leaves handmade greeting card
Week 20: Thinking about who you love
In my final post, the prompt is about love - with a throwback to one of the greeting cards I made when I first started blogging in 2008.

I'm still going to be blogging for Bella twice a month about creative inspiration and what I make of it. Look for my next post there on May 30th - and be sure to check out my Creative Space column in Bella Crafts Quarterly. Click here to view the current Spring 2015 issue - I talk about establishing "command central" in your craft space.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

20 ways to inspire - Weeks 16-19

Here's some of the fun I had over on the Bella Crafts Quarterly blog with my #20waystoinspire creative prompts! Click on the captions to read the full posts.

handmade greeting card drangonflies
Week 19 - Using a favorite paper punch

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

How to make a paper tassel

paper tassel fringing scissors lisa fulmer

I really love my fringing scissors...they're a great tool for making super cute paper tassels. Check out my tutorial over on the Craft Paper Scissors blog!

Monday, May 04, 2015

It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that bling!

gold star plaque

This month, our theme for the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop is all about the bling, baby. And you just gotta love that bling comes in soft self-adhesive sheets that you can cut into any shape you want.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015