So yesterday I was messing around with some paper cutting, and this ‘happy birthday’ began to take an interesting form as the letters stood up. Today I finished off cutting it out and decided to attach it to a piece of black card – attached with some glue tape, some of the letters would have stayed stuck down altogether so I dug out some star ‘glitter’ I’ve had since forever (I think since I was about 9!) and stuck stars on to all the exposed glue.
I didn’t want all the letters to stay stuck when removed from the envelope. I had almost forgotten about the ‘glitter’ pieces, there are stars and hearts. I remember being given them as a child – I still have them because partly I didn’t have ideas on how to use them, but also because I remember thinking them so pretty I didn’t want to ‘waste’ them. This is a tendency I work hard at shaking – it’s not something I struggle with so much these days, holding on unnecessarily!
On the ‘front’ I’ve fixed the Cinderella paper cut from yesterday, I like how it stands out against the black. Hoping the recipient likes it too, but I’ve had fun making it. Then of course we need to make the envelope equally pretty …
Today I’m playing with paper cutting – never done it with such deliberation (obviously I’ve cut paper before 😉 just not like this) and it’s not as easy as the outcome might look – not my outcome you understand, like, really proper outcomes!
Paper cut Cinderella
I’m playing with this as an idea for a birthday card/gift later in the week, though I’ll have to have it finished tomorrow evening if it’s to reach its destination in time! After the Cinderella cut from a template I found on a delightful blog called Scherenschnittewhere she has many delightful templates and instructions.
I had printed out several different fonts for ideas – started cutting and realised that I could stand the letters up, I quite like the effect, thinking though I should maybe print onto some coloured paper and cut from there – some ideas to allow percolation time to, I can decide tomorrow.
Truthfully I’m not sure this is a craft for me, I’m a little impatient I think, maybe not precise enough – but I’m not ready to move on just yet, a little more playing might be needed first.
A friend finally gave birth yesterday morning after a 5 day labour, she is awesome! Today the happy family shared the name and first picture with us, so to join the washcloth I made before, a personalised welcome 🙂
Today has been a day of indecisiveness in the creativity stakes. I wanted to start a project for a friend who is having a baby in a fortnight, but for the life of me cannot find the pattern I want anywhere! Instead I spent sometime showing my Mum how to make the flapping bird you can see in the background, so that she’s able to make them without me when she returns home tomorrow. This brought me back to remembering I wanted to learn how to make the globes I’d seen at a website called Poppytalk – so I did 🙂 They are really very simple and I think when I’ve made some more will look really effective hung as a garland somewhere in the house … that decision is a challenge for another day though!
The paper I used is some from the cupboard (I am a magpie for ‘pretty things’ which catch my eye, not always knowing how I’ll use them!) it comes from a pack of craft paper designed by Kate Knight for Dovecraft.
I like origami and it requires repetitive movements, and precision – these things meaning that you must focus all your attention and cannot think of anything else…a definite advantage I’d say!
Update: finished mini project 🙂
acknowledging the importance of creativity in my daily life