Paper Flowers: English Rose

Paper Flowers: English Rose

English Roses, also called David Austin roses for the breeder who developed them in the 1960s, are some of my favorite varieties of flower–their intricate centers with swirling and curving petals are quite sculptural, and I was determined to make one of my own—from tissue paper, wire and floral tape—to enjoy year-round!  Continue reading “Paper Flowers: English Rose”

Crafting Lately: Tissue Paper Flowers

Lately I have fallen in love with making tissue and crepe paper flowers. In the past I had always written off paper and fabric flowers as typically somewhat tacky tabletop accessories, but my opinion toward faux blooms completely changed when I was introduced to the work of artist and stylist Livia Cetti. I got her book for Hanukkah, in which she outlines her techniques for creating different types of blooms, and ever since then, my floors have consistently been covered in a layer of tissue paper cuttings (just kidding–I vacuum and sweep daily…). I have loved going through her book and practicing her techniques, and doing so has led me to develop techniques of my own, which is even more fun for me! Slowly but surely, any open space in my apartment is being filled with these new creations.  Continue reading “Crafting Lately: Tissue Paper Flowers”

A Handmade Book for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day coming up next month, I am sharing my mom’s gift from last year. Putting this letterpress printed book together was a multi-step, somewhat improvised endeavor and I loved every minute of it. There is no one who deserves all the effort that went into putting this together more than my mom!

After printing the text on a Vandercook press, I painted the pages with watercolors. I used a modified accordion style binding and finished it off with a hard cover (made of extra thick chip board) covered in beautiful Japanese paper. I covered the spine of the book in Japanese paper that I added a tie-dye effect to, the colors of which match the coloring on the interior pages.

Here are some of the interior pages. Click on the images to enlarge them. 

Now we’re on to this year’s gift…!

sorry, Mom, no spoilers here 😉

V-Day Cupcake Toppers

V-Day Cupcake Toppers

These are such a fun way to add extra flair to Color Pop Cupcakes (or any cupcakes, really) that I just posted about. And they are so easy to make! All you need are toothpicks, tissue paper and a glue stick. Scroll through the photos below for a step-by-step guide on how to make these cute little cake accessories.  Continue reading “V-Day Cupcake Toppers”