Tag: papercraft

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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My Favourite Aliexpress Arts and Crafts Purchases

My Favourite Aliexpress Arts and Crafts Purchases

You may have noticed that I usually praise Aliexpress in my arts and crafts posts. Craft supplies are generally only of interest of a narrow group of people, so with low demand – and rather limited supply too – come high prices in local craft stores. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against supporting local businesses and there are items I buy from them. But when I see the exact same tool that I had bought on Aliexpress in a local store, for 5 times the price, I feel no guilt or shame for buying the thing directly from China.

Buying cheap craft tools and supplies also allows you to play around and experiment with various mediums and techniques, and once you get hooked on something, you know what’s worth spending money on and you can buy higher quality – and more expensive – tools, knowing that you’ll actually use and appreciate them.

Here’s a list of my favourite random creative tools and supplies that I bought on Aliexpress!

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Quilling Guide – Tools

Quilling Guide – Tools

I’ve already posted about my creations in quilling technique – the art of creating designs out of swirled paper strips – quite a few times. It’s generally my go-to type of papercrafts and I use it for all different purposes: from cards, through gift tags to jewellery and 3D mini paper items. So I thought I’d post an extensive guide to my favourite papercraft, covering all of the tools and their uses, basic shapes and techniques. Part one – about the tools – is here!

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DIY Quilling Gift Tags

DIY Quilling Gift Tags

So a while ago I made a video tutorial for quick and easy – yet adorable – little floral gift tags. I thought I should share it here as well. πŸ™‚ I believe this is a perfect little project for when you want to go that extra mile and take your gift wrapping to the next level. I’m sure it’ll be appreciated!

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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
DIY gift tags

DIY gift tags

Hey everyone πŸ™‚

Time for a more light-hearted post.

First half of each year is always filled with tons of special occasions for me – all members of my close family have birthdays between March and July, there’s Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandmother’s Day, Easter… and sometimes more if there’s something that deserves celebrating. Due to my busy lifestyle, I don’t always have time to prepare everything I need shortly before those occasions – that’s why I like to make some bits in advance while watching YouTube or Netflix.

Recently (well, since mid-December, really) I’ve been enjoying creating my own gift tags. I’ve always paid a lot of attention to wrapping gifts, making cards and simply personalizing everything I give to my nearest and dearest – I feel like even the tiniest gift feels special when you see the work someone’s put into it.

I always made a lot of cards, but there’s something soothing in making gift tags – I can easily make a bunch of those in one sitting and it feels great to see a pile of tiny little artworks in front of me after an evening with series. Now the only issue is that I’ll probably have to flood my family with presents this year, after just a week I already have a small box of gift tags πŸ˜€

Here are some examples of my creations. The technique I used there (and usually use for most of my papercraft projects) is called quilling, in case anyone’s wondering.

A handmade gift tag - red and pink flower with leaves

A handmade gift tag - balloons - quilling

A handmade quilled gift tag - two pink roses

A handmade quilled gift tag -

A handmade gift tag - red and pink flower with round petals

Two handmade floral gift tags and mini paper flowers
Quilled Gift Tags
Quilling card - Mother's Day - pink and purple flowers
Quilling card – Mother’s Day
7 DIY handmade quilled Christmas gift tags
Quilled Christmas Gift Tags
DIY Christmas gift name tags

DIY Christmas gift name tags

Christmas is coming! If you want to personalise gifts for your beloved ones, DIY wrappings are a thing to do – so today, let’s focus on personalized Christmas gift tags. Also, I think that in the time of ubiquitous rush which takes place in most homes before Christmas, making DIY items is extremely relaxing. Today I’ll focus on Christmas name tags that you can easily make yourself. Let’s get started!

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