Sunday, January 30, 2011
This past Summer when I began working on projects for Gifted Magazine I discovered that coffee filters are an awesome multi-purpose crafting supply (I guess I kind of already suspected as much, but anyhow). As with a lot of the projects I make, I start with a simple object (such as coffee filters) and just begin messing around with it until it starts to become something. Usually this results in a giant pile of not-so-cute, destined for the graveyard of d.i.y. fails. But every once in a while something takes shape that I like. Martha Stewart has busted out countless projects using cupcake liners (like these Hanging Ball Decorations and Cupcake Paper Carnation Gift Toppers), and coffee filters seemed just like giant cupcake liners to me (therefore just as easy to use). I ended up folding, punching and stacking a bunch together and created a fun Hanging Pom Pom (perfect for party decor) and a Ruffled Gift Topper (you can also use it as wall decor - see the last image). Have fun!
Here's how to make 'em:
Supplies: Coffee filters in either natural or white (12-18 per topper | 24-32 per hanging pom pom), Large metal brads a.k.a. brass fasteners (I purchased mine at Office Depot), 1/8" Hole Punch Tool, twine (optional), ornament or small object for center of gift topper (optional).
Step 1: Fold filters (one at a time) in half.
Step 2: Fold in half again (repeat for all).
Step 3: Punch a hole in the corner of each folded filter.
Step 4: Insert your brad through the punched hole.
Step 5: Add prepared filters to the brad - stacking behind your first filter. Take care to keep the folded edge of your filters facing the same direction.
Step 6: As you add filters onto your brad you will begin to fan each one out. Don't worry about it looking perfect at this point.
Step 7: Once your brad is full, turn over and open the brad to secure.
Step 8: Move the filters around (they will rotate fairly easily) until the desired shape/fullness is achieved. If you will be using as a gift topper (or whatever other use you dream up) you can stop at this point.
If you would like to make a round pom pom (like the hanging one shown above) you will attach two completed filter pom poms together on the back using a piece of twine or hot glue. Hang with twine.
Hang two together to make some fab hanging decor. Perfect for your next party.
Dress up the middle of your gift topper with an ornament (seen in the first image) or a pretty disk of paper printed with a special message or addressed to the lucky gift recipient.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
I just want to share with you this cute blog by Inhae Lee called My Milk Toof. And the protagonists are Ickle and Lardee, you should check this out this blog. It is very creative and every unusual blog.
I hope you enjoy it :D
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Any advice for those planning now?
Start early. If you are crafting, designing, making, creating, start on your projects now. We finished almost everything a week before the wedding and didn’t stress about any of the details during the final days. Also, stay true to your sense of style and what you want in your day. Everyone around us had advice, suggestions, ideas, and while we listened to what friends and family had to offer, we remained steadfast in planning the day that represented who we are as a couple.
We are incredibly grateful to live in such a gorgeous part of the country, in a city that encourages and supports boundless creativity. Our wedding could not have happened without the help of our wonderful families and incredibly talented friends. There was so much sentiment tied to the fact that we had personal relationships with our caterer, baker and florist. Our friends and families schlepped and hauled, set up and broke down, and helped us have our dream wedding.
Friday, January 21, 2011
There is a giveaway going on at S and O productions sponsored by Ilovedielines Studio Please see the details for further info.
One lucky winner is going to get off with all of these lovely items:
* 4 Sweet Cupcakes Gift Tags
* 3 Love Quote Mini Cards
* 1 In Love Birds Card
* 1 Paris in love Card
And what is even better the prize is going to be personalized for the winner!
Leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite items from the shop!
For additional entries follow her on Facebook and at her Blog. You can also tweet about this giveaway for an extra entry. Then come back here and leave a comment for each thing that you've done, you'll have five entries all together. The more you do, the more you comment, the more chances you have of winning!
The giveaway will end 1/27/11 so you have plenty of time to get those extra entries in! A winner will be chosen at random via Random.org.
This giveaway is open worldwide!
Sunday, January 9, 2011
I hope you like our new Origami Valentine's Day tags, mini cards and cards! Please to see more and purchase these go to www.ilovedielinestudio.etsy.com