Archive for the ‘Paper Projects’ Category
I always find the most amazing vintage graphics on The Graphics Fairy website which is why I knew I had to make a calendar out of one of her delightfully vintage frame finds. The size and style really lent itself to becoming a sweet yet totally versatile calendar which you can use as a simple desktop calendar or for something larger like the collage art calendar I did on the December 28th Craft-Tastic LIVE!
You can find the downloads here:
Hope these help you have a fun and fruitful new year!
Can you tell I have a thing for candy corn this year? Something about the color, the smell and ohh the taste! These little triangles of goodness were the inspiration and fuel behind many of my projects this Halloween including the Trick Or Treat Candy Corn Banner my personal favorite! It’s so sweet that I’ve almost licked it a few times
Check out my video on how easy the Trick Or Treat Candy Corn Banner is to create on your own!
You can purchase this simply sweet template for only 2 dollars with your credit card or paypal account and print out as many times as you’d like. The PDF will be sent to the email used to purchase.
Back in April in a delirious fog I mentioned to the entire Craft-Tastic LIVE audience that I didn’t have any buttons. The gasp and the laughter that followed was so loud that I’d be surprised if it didn’t wake the dead!
I didn’t think it was a big deal that I lacked buttons but apparently everyone else did think is was a big deal because in the weeks following I received a mountain of buttons from talented independent crafters and button companies such as Blumenthal Landsing. I even found a great group of button collectors called the National Button Society which sent me their very neat buttons guides. Suffice to say I am now well stocked and totally obsessed with buttons.
It became clear to me that my thank you to all of the very giving buttoneers would need to be more than a whole Craft-Tastic LIVE dedicated to buttons. So I set my brain to design mode and created a really delicate and neat design that would display buttons in a very artistic yet antique way. I call it a button tree but you can call it whatever you’d like
The template can be downloaded here. Please use this ONLY for personal use and link back to the blog if you feel like giving out some link love!
On the Button episode of Craft-Tastic LIVE I also taught the audience how to make pet silhouettes out of buttons. It’s a really easy and rewarding project. The one below is in honor of my late but great goldfish Pedro.
Ever since the Andrea Currie Crafts: Paper Bag Tea Cup Valentine show people have been hounding me for a template. I’m quite flattered that the craft turned out looking so good that everyone who didn’t watch the video assumed a template was needed. As much as I love making templates for my lovely fans this project really doesn’t need one. It’s just a matter of some clever folding and simply placed staples. The best part is you don’t need much to create this project. Most materials you have laying around the house. Of course since I’m an embellishing queen (sometimes over embellishing) that loves to create different embellished versions of each project.
I’ve been debating if just having the video was a good enough explanation of how to create these cute little tea cups and it turns out the audience is asking for more visuals and instructions. I can’t say no to that, now can I? So here we go!
- Brown Paper lunch Bag
- Glue stick or glue runner (any glue that’s good on thin paper)
- A little bit of colored paper ( about 3 inches by 3 inches)
- Stamps and ink
- Stir stick or straw
- Any other light embellishments you want. I used a punch for some hearts and so on.
Fold in half joining the open ends together. Draw a half tea cup shape leaving the fold as the middle of the tea cup. Then cut this shape out. Once complete you will unfold once to see your complete tea cup shape.
Now decorate to your hearts content Just remember that the paper is lightweight and will hold up its’ form better with light weight embellishments such as stamps. I slapped on a few paper hearts for this example.
Once you are finished embellishing you will need to flip the paper over to prepare for stapling. You will need only two staples on either side of the project. make sure to staple in the middle of the crease as evenly as you can. The staples serve as feet when you stand up the tea cups.
Just put some glue up the sides of each tea cup shape. Stick the handle on before you join the shapes. When joining the shapes you are also going to want to work the paper around the staples which causes a little puckering. Do your best to join the shapes from base to top. It’s hard to get it perfectly aligned so don’t be surprised if you need to do a little trimming.
Have fun and if you get lost you’ll find Lot’s of good tidbits to be had in the video
I love crafting and I love Valentine’s Day decorating. I also love spreading some free downloadable templates!
If you missed the Valentine’s Day Garland show give it a gander here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/4248098
And don’t laugh at the fact that I can’t rock the hat I made at the Crafty Chica’s booth! Follow along with the downloads here: http://andreacurrie.com/downloads.htm
OR make your own! It’s super easy and you can’t beat the price
I typically run into a mental block when it comes to using fresh paper or fresh materials on things I’m certain I don’t have to. When it came down to 3 days before the CHA Super show I almost gave in and had business cards printed. After all I don’t want to be caught empty handed when someone asks for my card, right? Even worse was the thought of handing over a static white card with my basic contact info on it. With that pressure set in my brain I dug through my samples from the 2009 CHA tradeshow and POW! like lightning the Cardstock Warehouse paper sample stack found its’ way back onto my crafting table. I kept praising myself for holding (hording) onto this stack of paper samples as they were the perfect business card size AND the variety of colors/textures lent them to becoming mini Artist Trading Cards. Whoopie a 2 for 1! Gotta love that.
I stamped and punched my way through the versatile collection of paper and couldn’t be happier with the results! So fun, simple and each one is totally unique since each paper sample is different. This was one of those projects that took me a whole day to complete but it left me uber relaxed and satisfied. Check out some of the themes I followed while creating 100 of these mini Artist Trading/business cards!
I was so busy buying and making things at the Super Show that I forgot to hand out a bunch of cards but that’s OK since I know I’ll have many more opportunities to hand them out or trade them. If you are interested in a trade let me know! andrea(at)andreacurrie (.) com
Thanks to all who participated in tonight’s live broadcast! I couldn’t have possibly finished my impromptu wedding cake card if it wasn’t for your input
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Take a gander at the recording of my stream and don’t forget to tune in next weekend!