Archive for April, 2012

Chi-chi-chi-chiyogami Nails!

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

I wanted to add a little bit more chiyogami to my daily life, so I chiyogami-ed my nails. To do so I used a pair of scissors, nail file, nail clippers, nail glue, clear polish to create this look along with the paper.

Using tracing paper (you could use any kind of thinner paper), I traced and cut out templates for each of my nails.  I numbered them, left hand and right hand, so I wouldn’t get confused later when cutting out the chiyogami pieces.

After cutting out each piece I then used the nail glue to attach them to my nails.  I put a small dot of glue on the middle of my nail and pressed the chiyo onto it letting it set for a minute.  I then put a little bit more glue around the sides to adhere them down.  If you’re trying this, be careful not to glue your fingers together or to the paper.  I found that using the tip of my nail file to press the paper to the sides of my nail worked best.  Make sure to follow the instructions of the glue you purchase for safe application.

Once the glue was fully dried I added a clear top coat to help protect them.  I cleaned up the edges by cutting or filing off any excess paper or glue with my nail tools. The colours in the paper darked once adhered and coated on my nails.  I really liked the finished product.

I used 445C, a fun green and gold stripe one week, and  619C, a soft floral the following week.

Try it for yourself at home and enjoy!



15% Off All Chiyogami Papers Online – Wed-Fri Only!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

In celebration of the addition of 8 new patterns we are running a sale from wednesday april 18th to friday april 20th. 15 % off all Chiyogami papers online, please enter promocode: APRILCHIYO


Stunning Origami Stop Motion by Erin Jang of The Indigo Bunting!

Monday, April 16th, 2012

This charming video was created for the iPad version of Martha Stewart magazine by Erin Jang of The Indigo Bunting. Enjoy!!


New from Knot & Bow

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

We recently received a box of goodies from Brooklyn-based wrap and accessories company, Knot & Bow. We’re excited to get some projects going with our new supplies… read on to see what we’ve got!

Gold and Silver Glitter Twine

Library Cards (We have these in green and white)

Me & You pencils – gold engraved natural pencils

Gold foil award ribbon stickers

Starburst Seals (We have these in kraft, gold foil and silver foil.)

Photos courtesy of Knot & Bow.


Kokeshi Cuteness!

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

The past long weekend was a very leisure one. For me that means lots of time to write letters. These notecards are cute both in front and in back. Accompanying them are tiny tags that are perfect when tied with twine to a little care package. (I tied one to a box of Earl Grey tea for a friend.)

In addition to letter-writing, I’ve been going to the movies, biking around town (without a scarf!), daydreaming about ice cream and falling in love with the new stamps that Canada Post has in store for spring.