Tag: handmade

Handmade Cards 2021 – I

Handmade Cards 2021 – I

It’s been a while since I posted photos of my handmade cards, but fear not! I definitely still make them for all family occasions! But just to have a record of them on the blog – for you, and for myself – I thought I would make a recap in two posts. This is the first of them, with cards I made for my dad’s birthday, my grandmother’s birthday and my sister’s birthday.

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Cat Painted Wooden Box

Cat Painted Wooden Box

October the 1st marks the start of Halloween season, even if the supermarkets make it look like it’s Christmas already. As much as I love Christmas, I do like to have an autumnal transition period between summer and Christmas. I can’t imagine any Halloween celebrations actually taking place this year, but it doesn’t mean I can’t decorate the house as if everything was normal.

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How To Draw A Mandala

How To Draw A Mandala

In recent years, mandalas significantly grew in popularity. Loads of arts and crafts ideas use mandala patterns, they can make spectacular, abstract designs in drawings and paintings. There are mandalas printed on T-shirts, mandala wallpapers and even mandala tattoos are more and more common. I’ve written about the trivia of the patterns of Asian origin before. Today, I’ll share a step by step tutorial to drawing a perfect mandala from scratch.

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Mini Watercolour Tags

Mini Watercolour Tags

A while ago, I decided to let my long-forgotten watercolours shine and spent an afternoon playing with them. I created a few simple bookmarks that day and was left with some scraps of watercolour paper which I didn’t want to go to waste. So, without a real plan, I made a few little tags. They’re really tiny – 3.5x5cm – but I think they’d look okay used as gift tags, perhaps?

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DIY Wand – Harry Potter Crafts

DIY Wand – Harry Potter Crafts

I don’t know about your countries, but mine is now entering the carnival period. Christmas officially ended a few days ago, and the time before Lent is supposed to host colourful, jolly parties. Our celebrations aren’t as prominent as those you’d see in Brazil though, and the group that has the most fun are… children! I’ve no idea where this concept originated, but almost all kindergartens and primary schools organise fancy dress parties for the little ones in carnival here. The project I’m coming with today would have made me so happy 20 years ago! Here’s how, in a few simple steps, you can make a wand – perfect to go along a wizard costume, looking like it was nicked straight from a Harry Potter filming set!

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Quilling Card – Grandmother’s Day

Quilling Card – Grandmother’s Day

The 21st of January, in Poland, is when we celebrate Grandmother’s Day. And who, if not grandparents, can really appreciate handmade gifts? After all, to them we’ll always remain their beloved little grandchildren, no matter the age.

Naturally, I made a card for my Grandmother. A card in quilling technique (oh what a surprise, right? πŸ˜‰ ). I’ve recently written the first part of my quilling guide, covering all of the available tools – if you’d like to get into this type of papercrafts, you can check it out here! Part two of the guide, covering basic shapes and techniques is in the works.

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More papercrafts… cards!

More papercrafts… cards!

So I’ve been on this papercrafting spree since the New Year’s… first making gift tags, now switching to cards πŸ˜€  One of them will go to my grandma on Grandmother’s Day (we celebrate it on January 21st), the rest… no idea, but I’ll sure find a use for them πŸ™‚

Three floral handmade cards

A purple quilled flower for a handmade card

A purple quilling flower in progress

A purple quilling flower in progress on a cork board

Red petals for a DIY quilled floral card

A DIY card in progress - red and pink quilling

A handmade quilling card in progress - red and pink flower

A handmade quilled card - red, pink and purple flowers

Three floral handmade cards

Three floral handmade cards

Three floral handmade cards

Three floral handmade quilled cards

My desk is an absolute mess after 2 weeks of quilling, I should clean it up and take a short break from messy crafting for a while…

Check out my other crafts!

A finished card of a watercolour gecko holding balloons
Watercolour Gecko Birthday card
A number quilled card for 18th birthday
18th birthday quilled card
Grandmother's Day quilling card - close up on a red flower
Grandmother’s Day Quilled Card