Sunday, January 29, 2012

You have my heart


I had such a fun time making the origami flower in THIS post,
I wanted to try origami again.

After a bit of internet research, I came across this SITE with both
written and video tutorial on the beauty above.
They suggested making the heart from money to gift.
Now, that is what I call a good gift.  :)

I was totally inspired and off I went to find some paper.
I ended up choosing 3 different colors,
as I wanted to make 3 different size hearts.

The cast of characters:


Paper
Paper Cutter or Scissors
Embellishments
Ribbon


I cut my paper as follows:

Pink - Same size as a money bill ($1 I'm a big spender)
Purple - Sheet of 8.5X11 cut on the short side
Red - Sheet of 8.5X11 cut on the long side


Here are the steps.
It seems like a lot, but one heart takes about 3 minutes total.



Take your paper and fold both ends in a 45 degree angle down
Flatten back down and repeat the 45 degree angles up.
In my pic, I flipped by sheet of paper and did a down fold again.
Same difference. :)
See the cool-criss cross you got going on?



Take one side of the folds and bring both ends to meet.
This will create a triangle to your right.
Press down on the triangle.
Repeat on the other side.



Once you have both ends completed, take the right side 
and fold it over the left.
Fold over both corners on the right in 45 degree angles.



Take that same half and fold back over the 2 small,
45 degree angles.
Now you will have a diamond shape, made up of 2 triangles.
Take each leg of the triangles and fold up so it meets the point 
of the triangle.
Repeat for each of the 4 legs.



Open the middle and press the tip of the folded legs to middle of the diamond
Repeat for each leg.
This will leave you with for small diamonds
Take the  sides of the diamonds and fold them in
toward the middle of the small diamond.
It will leave you with a kite shape.
Now take each of those folds, open the middle and press the tip
towards the middle of the diamond.
Repeat for each side of the diamond, 8 folds.



You are now finished with the front!
Turn the heart around and take the top piece of paper
and fold it down to the tip of the heart.
Fold over the tips of of the side of the heart to finish the look.


Here is the finished product, without and extras.
Then with a sparkly jewel set in the middle.

Since I was not using money for this origami,
I whipped out the glue gun and added the jewel.
I also glued down the side folds of the heart in the back.
I then added a ribbon for hanging.

Here are my completely finished hearts!






The bottom of the hearts are open so you can attach them to anything.
I added on to the frame above.

Gratuitous Plug: How cute is my 3 month old little man in that pic. I just want to eat him up  

You could also add them to a card or use as a bookmark.
The ribboned hearts can be gift tags, or stand alone ornaments.

I really loved making these and think the bling gives them a little sumpin' sumpin'

Happy Valentines Day!

XOXO

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Are you cooler than...

Our fun little Valentine?


I mean, he's a quite the cool character.
and you can't beat those sparkly shades for the girls.
I want a pair.

I whipped up this cute duo 
for Michael's Class Valentines.
Can you believe I couldn't find Heart Shaped Glasses?
Just as well, I'm sure the boys in his class would
not have been thrilled with those.

Cast of Character

Mod Podge and brush
Sunglasses (I got a pack from the Dollar Store)
Glitter
Clear Nail Polish
Owl Printable (download it HERE)
Ribbon


Ok to get started apply Mod Podge to one side
of the glasses frame with the brush.


Once applied, sprinkle your glitter liberally over that area to cover.


Repeat the process on the other side.
And allow to dry.


Next up is the clear polish. 
Apply the polish to directly over the glitter.
It will seal the glitter and prevent it from shedding.
We don't want glitter in little eyes.


Here is after the clear polish dried.
As you can see the glitter is more tame
but just as sparkly!


Print and cut out the owl tags.

(I made this little guy from scratch in 
Corel Draw.
Jaime, being a Graphic Designer, was very proud.  
Said I was finally using the good stuff.
He may have even shed a tear.)
lol.


Tada!


Last step is to punch a hole on one side of the tag.
Take your ribbon and tie the tag to the 
leg of the sunglasses.


Happy Valentine's Day! 

XOXO