Matching Pen-stand & Paper Decoration

Paper Decoration
Hi friends sharing 2 matching decorative project ideas which are perfect to showcase the favourite papers in your stash as well as use up paper scraps.

I used my hoarded Graphic 45 papers to make this Origami Pen-stand and adorned it with butterflies,rhinestones and handmade foam roses.
I have a few favourite Craft Challenges that spur my creativity and my friend Brenda at All Sorts Challenge has chosen the theme "Matching Pairs" this week. I love making matching crafty projects so.....

With the paper scraps I had left I made a matching 3 D Paper Ball  decoration.

3 D Paper Ball
This is a perfect project to use up small paper scraps. I die cut 20 circles to make this paper ball. There are many tutorials on the net  on how to make this paper ball. I am just sharing some  additional tips that you may find useful.
3 D Paper Ball
Folding the circles into triangles is relatively easy  but sticking the circles is  rather fiddly and time consuming!
Use different sizes  binder clips to make your job quicker and easier while making 3 D paper-crafts !

3 D Paper Ball
The ball has a 5 circle top , a 5 circle base and a 10 circle waist! 

3 D Paper Ball
Tip : To get a fairly strong paper ball to which you can add a heavy dangler , add a strong thread/twine to the ball before gluing shut the parts as shown .
3 D Paper Ball
If your twine is thick like the one I used...stick it to the paper using a god adhesive like tacky glue or a quicker option like hot glue. Add a bead to the top and base to add interest as well as hide the teeny gap you may get.
Paper Ball
Add beads ,tiny flowers or butterflies like I did here to the  joints as how much ver care you take in gluing.....some joints tend to have gaps! And if are someone like me who gets bothered by such things...this is the perfect crafty solution to that!

3 D Paper Ball
A fun addition to this paper decoration is adding paper discs. Make the paper discs strong by adding foam supports to fit around the twine 
3 D Paper Ball
Once you glue the foam and twine add another paper circle atop the twine and foam . This way your paper disc is well supported and doesn't wrap yet remains lightweight.

Another scrap busting idea is to make paper beads .I made matching beads using a paper bead maker which is actually a toy I had got for my daughter years back but is  a cool crafty tool to use for your crafty projects.

Hehe ever since I became more disciplined and discerning at craft shopping I have been discovering new craft tools and supplies right at home!!!

3 D Paper Ball
I added butterflies I die cut from paper scraps to the paper beads and finished it off with tassels.
Paper Decoration

Here is how it looks.

Supplies used: Dies : Flower made with Little Birdie Florentia,Leaves -DMC Foliage and Leaves 9,Cheery Lynn  Rose Leaf Strip; Butterflies- Little Birdie Butterfly Medley ,Sizzix- Hero Arts Stamp- Die Set - 657776; Circles -Crea Nest Lies XXL No 84, Sizzix 3D Circle Ornament
Papers : Graphic 45 World's Fair
Linking to  
All Sorts Challenge-Matching Pairs
This Project was honoured at the  Butterfly Challenge . Thank you so much !


3 D Hot Air Balloon Shadow Box

Hot Air Balloon Shadow Box

Hi friends I am on a mission to use my craft supply stash , especially my hoarded papers .Sharing a shadowbox  made with my stash of Graphic 45 papers and featuring a 3 D Hot Air balloon 

3 D Hot Air Balloon
The  Hot Air Balloon was made using a Spellbinders die [also featured in this post : Travel Themed Card].Added flowers fussy cut from the papers over the balloon.

3 D Hot Air Balloon
Added clouds cut from glitter foam as a border around the balloon and also on the top of the shadowbox.Made the clouds appear at different depths by propping them on different length of rolled foam cylinders  .

3 D Hot Air Balloon
My favourite is the glass ball with crystal beads. Hung it from the foam cylinder support behind the cloud.

3 D Hot Air Balloon
Made the dreamy bench by staggering and layering silver and white bench die cuts and giving it a turquoise blue background .

3 D Hot Air Balloon
The bicycle  was made by layering 3 layers of glitter foam and cardstock so that it was thick enough to stand on it own.

3 D Hot Air Balloon
All the roses were handmade using dies and foam.

3 D Hot Air Balloon
I hope you liked this project.

Supplies used: Dies :  Flower- Little Birdie Florentia, Leaf - Cheery Lynn  Flourish 13, Magnolia DooHickeys Lovely Fence,Memory Box  Hanging Cloud Border, Bench-Marianne Designs LR0258,Cloud -Little Birdie - In the City,Spellbinders  Hot Air Balloon Contour Steel Rule Die. Oval-Crealies- Crea Nest Lies XXL No 51

Papers: Graphic 45 Baby to Bride

Linking to  Shopping Our Stash Letter B - Balloon,Bicycle, Bench. Not a single item is new in this project. Used hoarded papers and embellishments!

Outlawz Paper a la Mode

Not Cards : I love....diecutting,3D papercrafts and hot hair balloons


Shaker Box


Shaker Box
Hi friends my daughter's current favourite colour is purple and I altered this box for her using a lovely purple paper from Stamperia. 

Shaker Box
I added a die cut Peacock , lots of purple butterflies and shaker elements. Made a shaker using the Fuse tool. I seem to get a hit or miss  result with the fuse tool and this time it was a big miss as the edges turned out ghastly . 

Shaker Box
Rather than throw it into the bin I managed to somewhat salvage the project by adding purple glitter strips on the edges to create a frame! Hehe glitter truly can salvage many a crafty blunder...what do you say friends ....?

Papers : Stamperia. Dies : Sizzix,Provocraft
Linking to  

Shopping Our Stash Letter B- I used Birds, Butterflies and Box


Jungle Safari Shaker

Jungle Safari Shaker

Hi friends I don't know how many of you love Safaris. Well I just love going into the forest....the anticipation of seeing an exotic bird or elusive animal and the sheer thrill on spotting one is unparalleled!
Just like in the jungle...this shaker decor piece has many hidden treasures . I propped up the shaker on 2 layers of circular foam diecuts and added it to a larger circular base made with several layers of card stock and  glitter foam.
Jungle Safari Shaker

2 little birdies nest behind the front shaker panel amidst the swaying coconut trees!{coconut trees are fancy buttons!} I tucked in the  little birdies in the space between the base and the images on the front of the  shaker so that they are not seen from the front but only from the sides or top!

Jungle Safari Shaker
Loved  using the sentiment "Make Life  a grand Safari Adventure" as a theme for this project. It is such a perfect sentiment...Life should indeed be filled with anticipation, hope and joy!
Jungle Safari Shaker

I placed the fussy cut exotic bird in such a way that they are feasting on scrumptious wild fruit!
Jungle Safari Shaker

Added shiny ruby red ladybirds to keep the avian folk company. Graphic 45 papers have the  most gorgeous leaves and flowers which are perfect to make a tropical jungle.
Jungle Safari Shaker

Added  colourful fruit slices and flower sequins inside the shaker .
Jungle Safari Shaker
And here my safari ends  with a view of all the exotic flora and fauna and the shaker flowers, beads and fruits.

Shaker Decoration
I took 3 days to make this project. What started off as a simple shaker ornament  kept evolving as I went on adding just one more thing!!
I hope you enjoyed seeing this project as much as I enjoyed showing it to you.
Supplies used
Papers :Graphic 45 Safari Adventure
Dies : Base -Tonic Trellis Circle Base Die,Shaker-Dienamics [MFT] Stitched Circle Scallop Frame,Crealies Circle Dies -Crea Nest Lies XXL No 7,Leaves-Cheery Lynn  Flourish 13
Linking to  
All Sorts Challenge -Wings - I used birds and ladybirds
Shopping Our Stash - B for Birds


Mixed Media Butterfly


Resin Art
Hi friends if you have been crafting for a long time I guess you must have accumulated a lot of bits and bobs which you don't feel like binning but don't really like using either. Sharing an idea to use up those unwanted unused paraphernalia...a mixed media collage project!
Mixed Media
Altered an old brown plastic frame to make this project. Gave multiple coatings of gesso and white paint to myriad ghastly coloured beads and odd embellishments to make the white background .To make the butterfly  I  found I didn't have a lot of pretty pink  embellishments so had fun making new flowers using snippets of shrink plastic. 

Brought it all together with a sprinkling of pink flower sequins and a resin pour!

Hope you like this idea 

Linking to  

Pixie's Snippets Playground ---used all snippets literally to bring the whole project together

NBUS Challenge

All Sorts Challenge- Anything with option "wings"

Simon Says Monday Challenge- Frame it

Creations in Pink

Shopping Our Stash - B for Butterfly

Edited : Thrilled to be chosen as Top 5 at All Sorts Challenge- Anything with option "wings"


Origami Penstand


Origami Penstand
Hi friends sharing another Origami Penstand with Graphic 45 papers. I love this penstand design as it is sturdy and functional and it also helps use up the much loved papers in my stash!

Origami Penstand
My daughter loves pearls and rhinestones so I painstakingly added them to all 6 sides of the hexagonal penstand. The roses were made using dies and foamiran.

Edited : This project was chosen as Top 5 at All Sorts Challenge Anything Goes. Thank you !!


Tunnel Card

Tunnel Card
Hi friends  ....sharing a Tunnel Card which is the magical abode of   little birds and butterflies . The little birds frolic amongst cute teacup stacks , cupcakes and a  lovely  glittering dream catcher !
Tunnel Card
In this view you can see the shimmering magical bird house and more little birds on teacups!  

Tunnel Card
Some projects are super fun to make and this Tunnel card was a delight to put together. Hope you liked it too.
Here is the video from my instagram account


House Shaped Box


House Shaped Box

Hi friends do you sometimes look back on an old project and felt it was downright boring! Well I decided to revamp this somewhat plain paper holder I made  more than 3 yrs back!

House Shaped Box

I love adding handmade flowers to my projects and find making flowers from shrink plastic absolutely fantastic! 
Shrink Plastic
There is something magical about cutting a sheet of plain plastic , heating it , oohing and aahing over how it shrinks & shaping it into a beautiful flower!

House Shaped Box
Here is how the box looks with the roof removed!

House Shaped Box
And hehe though this is a utility item, I admit I don't really use the papers from this holder...this paper holder just sits on my table for me to look at and smile!!

Supplies used: Dies :  Flower and Leaf dies from Dress My Craft, Lace ,Leaf- Crealies. Papers : Graphic 45 Time to Flourish


Origami Penstand


Origami Penstand
Hi friends ,I was so excited to find this origami penstand  design which was perfect to showcase pretty papers.
Origami Penstand

If you have a crafter or artist at home you can never have enough penstands right! And what is better than a functional yet pretty project!

Origami Penstand
I used my favourite Graphic 45 papers to make this hexagonal penstand and dressed it up with stamped, heat embossed Heartfelt creations foliage.
Supplies used: Papers : Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe
Dies: Foliage : Heartfelt creations,Border :  Crealies 
Tutorial Link on my Pinterest Board 


Interactive Slider Pop Up Card

Hi friends sharing a fun interactive card made with the  huge word die " Happy " from Crealies . It it quite similar to the  Party slider pop up card I shared earlier.
The card folds flat for mailing

And on pulling up the  tab you have a window where you can write a message...I just added a cute image inside the  window

The  Happy  is made from glitter foam and has a white outline cut with the  same die set.

Added lots of floating clouds and happy balloons full of hearts.

The little horses float over the  Happy along with the  balloons , hearts and clouds.

The Happy word has stitch lines and is pretty on its own....but I added a simple layered flower  for added interest.

Here is the  side view when you open the  slider and the  card stands  up on its own for display.

Supplies used: Dies :  from Crealies. Paper : Dress My craft

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