Posts Tagged ‘Martha Stewart’

Glass Glitter Gourds

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Although the store is full of beautiful paper products, we also have lots of non-paper craft items! When I first saw the beautiful vials of glass glitter in the store, I was immediately inspired by all the colours and the luxurious sparkle it had! I remember a Halloween episode of  Martha Stewart where she covered pumpkins in glass glitter as an alternative to a Jack-o-lantern. We carry a Martha Stewart Craft Encyclopedia in the store that is full of glitter crafts! With Thanksgiving soon approaching, I thought decorative gourds would be a fun alternative to a large pumpkin!

glass glitter

I didn’t want to go overboard with the glitter so I chose to only glitter the orange gourds I bought and used the copper colour of glitter. Things you will need for this craft are, pumpkins or gourds, some glass glitter, white glue, a paint brush, a spoon, a bowl, and some newspaper.

supplies

The first step is to simply coat the pumpkin with the white glue, using a paint brush. Make sure you wash the pumpkin well, and try and get any waxy coating off of it. Depending on the size and the shape, you may want to do one half at a time.

glue

The next step is the fun, and messy part! Make sure you have some newspaper down to dry the pumpkins on and to catch any renegade glitter. You want to pour some glitter in a spoon and sprinkle it over the glued area of the pumpkin. I placed a wide bowl under my work area to catch the excess glitter.

glitter

It takes a little patience, but the results are really precious and beautiful. The glass glitter has a really unique look that is nothing like the glitzy plastic glitter we are more used to seeing.

gourd

Think about using the black or purple glitter to make really enchanting Halloween decorations! The glittery possibilities are endless. Using the glittered gourds in a group with non-glittered gourds makes a sweet little Thanksgiving centre piece too!

gourds

Happy fall crafting! – The Paper Place

 

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Scrapbook-er and Card Maker Gift Ideas

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

It’s always hard to find that perfect gift for that crafty someone special, but don’t worry we’re here to help!

Here are some ideas for the avid scrapbook-er or card maker that you know.

Pictured: 12″x12″ decorative double-sided paper, Rag & Bone hand bound photo album, tin of 240 photo corners, book of labels, mini alphabet stamp set, star stickers, pigment and dye ink pads.

Pictured: Chiyogami 8.5″x11″ sampler pack, Martha Stewart punch, “Greetings” stamp set, A6 folded cards and envelope set (10 per pack), washi tape with stand, dye and pigment ink pads, and Yamato rice paste glue stick.

Come on in and take a look around the store for the full selection of products that we carry.

Happy Holidays!

Jax

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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!!

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Fun Paper Petal Lanterns!

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Inspired by this tutorial on the Martha Stewart website, I decided to glam up a few basic white paper lanterns that we had hanging in the store.

The project is super easy, with only a few materials needed: paper lanterns, tissue paper circles, and a tape runner (or double sided tape.) I used Unryu tissue in light green, light blue, dark yellow, and raspberry. You can either use a circle cutter, or cut the circles out by hand. It’s important to use a tissue that is thick enough to cut nicely, but thin enough for the light to show through.

Head over to Martha’s tutorial here for the step-by-step process!


Above: The glowing lanterns! / They look great even with the lights off! / The paper layering process.

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