Saturday, September 27, 2014

Chinese Seal Carvings, Kanji Stamp Engravings, Name Chops Review & Bookmarks Set Giveaway

Make an instant and lasting impression with a custom stamp also known as a seal or chop from Char4U.com. This is the elegant Two Dragons #2 Chop, one of many to choose from including the 12 Chinese zodiac signs, Buddha, Phoenix, Guanyin, Confucius and more. Made of stone, their artist will hand-carve your name, words or design on the bottom, includes classic red Chinese ink paste in a charming blue and white porcelain pot, presented together in a handsome fabric covered box. Free translation. 18 styles. Ships globally from Hong Kong to your door. US$9.95 or less worldwide shipping, entire order. Add flair to your business or personally, just like the days of old. Makes a lovely gift.

Custom Stamp/Seal/Chop Handmade by Deb

I chose "Handmade by Deb" all in Chinese. I love the Asian aesthetic. Delivery to Canada was quick. All of my email questions were answered promptly and courteously, in perfect English. Char4U.com is a premier, online gift store carrying a wide variety of Oriental Art & Crafts, Accessories (Jewelry), Wedding, and New Year products. They have served thousands of customers from all over the world since 2003. Shop now using coupon code WOW-2672-KXFLG-LBCG and save 5%.

Char4U.com has generously offered to giveaway a set of their gorgeous bookmarks (some below), your choice! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until October 11, 2014, Worldwide. Check them out below!



Friday, September 19, 2014

Origami Workshop

Handmade by Deb proudly participated in the BBFG Garden Harvest Dinner. Young and old alike made origami seed boxes led by yours truly. The handmade boxes were filled with seeds from the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens. Participants took these favor boxes home along with planting instructions! The BBFG is one of my favorite places to visit. President, Lynne Taylor works very hard to create the Gardens that opened in summer 2013 and showcase over 250 varieties of rare, endangered, heirloom and world food plants - over 10,000 plants in all - and that's just Phase One.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Origami 2015 Page-A-Day Desk Calendar - Scottie Dog


Available now from Workman Publishing the Origami 2015 Page-A-Day Desk Calendar by Margaret Van Sicklen. Endorsed by Origami USA, I love it too. It's like a little present every day, for a whole year! Over 300 projects. Clear instructions. Colorful paper. Charming folds. I look forward to doing it every day, stress disappears... I made June 24th's Scottie Dog, a model by Robert E. Neale. From gliders, insects, money and napkin folds, puppets, hearts and ornaments, it's a wonderful way to discover new folds. So much fun! A separate origami key explains important base folds and symbols. Looking for a present that will last more than a few days? Here's a gift that will keep giving throughout the year! Plus you get a digital page-a-day calendar absolutely free! Choose from a selection of bestselling titles. Get yours below!

The Origami 2015 Page-A-Day Desk Calendar is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and at Workman Publishing. Workman has published books, calendars, and big ideas for over 40 years.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Origami 365 Review - Origami Heart Bracelets Giveaway


Race Point Publishing presents Origami 365 by Taro Yaguchi, includes a whopping 365 sheets of glossy origami paper in three sizes, and a variety of attractive colors and patterns. The author is Founder of Taro's Origami Studio in Brooklyn, New York, voted Best of New York in 2012. Taro created the Kyu system of teaching origami. He emphasizes mastering the principles of origami, fundamental folds and bases are classified by level of difficulty into belts. Students advance through six belts ranging from Yellow Belt (6th Kyu) to Red Belt (1st Kyu). Use those fundamentals on 12 select origami models. This is the Heart Pendant, it uses the Book, Cabinet, Kite and Squash Folds. A single piece of square paper is required to make the sturdy design, insert a chain or thread through to create a pendant. I made a pretty bracelet with a 2 1/4 inch square of handmade Japanese paper and a blue cotton thread. Get your copy and enter my giveaway below!

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Welcome to the World of Origami
A Brief History of Origami
Origami Today
Types of Paper
Learning Origami Using Taro's Philosophy
Kyu System
Instructions for Folding
Symbols

Basic Folds and Bases
Book Fold
Blintz Base
Cabinet Fold (or Cabinet Base)
Diagonal Fold
Kite Fold (or Kite Base)
Pleat Fold
Rabbit-Ear Fold
Square Base
Squash Fold
Waterbomb Base
Bird Base (or Petal Fold)
Inside Reverse Fold
Flower Base
Frog Base
Outside Reverse Fold

Samurai Helmet
Ninja Star
Heart Pendant
Butterfly
Pinwheel and Flying Disc
Crane
Twisted Rose
Chrysanthemum
Iris
Frog
Peacock
Turtle

Origami 365 is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and worldwide at QBOOKSHOP. Race Point Publishing is a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USARace Point Publishing is dedicated to producing high quality illustrated books, calendars and journals in a variety of subjects ranging from art, cooking and crafts to entertainment, performing arts and the natural sciences.

Win a pair of charming origami heart bracelets, made out of gorgeous handmade Japanese paper and cotton thread. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until September 22, 2014, Worldwide.
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Monday, September 01, 2014

Origami Ikebana Review & Giveaway


I love the origami flower folds in Origami Ikebana by Benjamin John Coleman, published by Tuttle of Vermont. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. The author combines the principles of ikebana, origami and makigami (paper rolling) to create beautiful paper flower arrangements. This is the Buttercup, one of about 30 variations of the Basic Flower Form. A single sheet of paper is required to make it, I used an 11 cm square of dollar store origami paper. Coleman uses the innovative Glow-Fold method of paper folding, a diagramming technique he developed to simplify origami instructions. There are also lessons on how to make leaves, stems and bases all from paper and then fit them together. An instructional DVD is included. Get your copy below! Paper flowers are always in bloom.

CONTENTS
Introduction
How to Use This Book
Introducing Glow-Fold Instructions
Symbols, Tips, and Tools
Cutting Paper for Origami Ikebana

The Rotundifolius Leaf
The Ficus Leaf
The Berlin Poplar Leaf
The Ivy Leaf
The Boxwood Leaf
The Bamboo Leaf
The Fern Leaflet
The Micro Leaf

The Black Eyed Susan
The Basic Flower Form
The Michelle
The Curly Michelle
The Primrose
The Thistle
The Bud
The Phlox
The Phlox with Stamens
The Ipecac
The Banana
The Banana with Stamens
The Fleur de Lis
The Buttercup
The Pumpkin Flower
The Morning Glory
The Morning Glory with Stamens
The Short Shooting Star
The Bunchberry
The Trillium
The Hippeastrum
The Scorpion Weed
The Clematis
The Dragon Head
The Solanum
The Posey
The Long Shooting Star
The Pyrola
The Cranesbill
The Snap Dragon
The Droopy
The Foxglove
The Daisy
The Corolla
The Lady Slipper

Using Flowers in Assemblies
The Columbine Flower Assembly
The Double Dip Flower Assembly

Painting Leaves and Flowers
Making Rocks and Boulders
Painting the Rocks and Boulders
Introduction to Makigami
Assembling Origami Ikebana

Origami Ikebana is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Origami Ikebana! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until September 15, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Paper London

This is veteran paper engineer Kell Black's dynamic Paper London published by the UK's, Ivy Press. From the Beatles Abbey Road to the Royals Westminster Abbey create models of some of London's historic treasures, then tour the wonders of a miniature London, includes the iconic telephone box, London taxi and double-decker bus. You get 20 die-cut paper templates ready to press out and build, instructions, and a map showing the location of each. You need a ruler and some white glue to make the world famous replicas take shape. It's educational, fun and creative, perfect for those interested in history, architecture, want to learn about or simply love London. I love London and am finding assembling the models nostalgic and relaxing. Get yours below!

CONTENTS
A Note on the Selection of the Models
General Instructions for Assembling the Models
A Map of London
Building London
London Templates
BT Tower
Double-decker Bus
Nelson's Column
Abbey Road
Number 10
Horse Guard
Buckingham Palace
Westminster Abbey
Big Ben
St Paul's Cathedral
The Gherkin
Tower of London
London Taxi
Olympic Stadium
Tower Bridge
Tate Modern
London Eye
Telephone Box
Shakespeare's Globe
One Canada Square

Tower Bridge Template

Paper London is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and in the UK at Ivy Press. Ivy Press is an innovative publisher and packager of creative, highly illustrated books and stationery. Check out their charming catalog at Ivy Press

Friday, August 08, 2014

Origami Flowers Kit Review & Giveaway


This is the pretty Petallunia Moon Flower! It's just one of 20 projects in LaFosse & Alexander's Origami Flowers, Lifelike Paper Flowers to Brighten Up Your Life. The boxed kit, published by Tuttle includes 180 folding papers, a full-color instructional booklet and DVD. You get 2 sizes of folding paper, 7 and 15 cm squares in purple, yellow, red, green, orange and pink solids. To make this flower I used five 6 cm squares of handmade Japanese paper, 1 for each petal. Best of all the design is modifiable, add or remove petals to transform the look of the flower! It wasn't difficult to make, I found the instructions very clear but if you get stuck just use the instructional DVD, it's very well done, you can go from project to project. Can you imagine how spectacular a bouquet of paper flowers would look? Get your kit below!

CONTENTS
Introduction
Symbols Key
How to use This booklet and DVD
Categories of Origami Flowers
Origami Flower Materials
Techniques and Tools
Inspirations and Uses

Lily
Lily Leaf
Kyoko's Flower
Maple Leaf
Anne's Orchid Ohana Orchid
Orchid Leaf
A Tulip for Betty
Modular Blossom
Plumeria
Clean Leaf
Modular Six-Piece Day Lily
Petallunia Moon Flower
Petal Module Calyx
Petal Modules
Star Flowers
Canday Blossom
A Rose for Irene
Rose Calyx
Cullen's Flower
Going Beyond This Kit


Origami Flowers is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing

Tuttle has generously offered to giveaway an Origami Flowers Kit! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until August 23, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.

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Saturday, August 02, 2014

Origami Book Cover w/ Pocket


This is the Origami Book Cover from Everyday Papercraft, Paper-Folding Projects for the Home and Beyond by Keiko Komatsubara published by Vertical, Inc., New York. It's just one of 40 paper craft projects in the book. I love the neat, clean look and the adjustable pocket is perfect for tucking in a bookmark or memento. Inside, fitted corners ensure a great fit. Use decoratively, to keep your books in the best condition or both. A solid design. Paper needs to be at most 2 x the length and 4 x the width of the book you want to cover. Use your favorite paper, I chose to recycle a map. An elastic band is optional. Check out my easy tutorial and get your copy below!

Contents
Materials

Mini Notebook
Notebook with Bookmark
Planner
Account Book with Folder
Pen Case with Lid
Slim Pen Case
Portfolio
Slim Folder
Bag Receipt Case
Pen Stand and Memo Holder
Sticky Notebook
Memo Stand
Clip Box
Cube Box
Odds-and-Ends Box
Receipt Case
Card Case
Book Cover with Tail
Origami Book Cover
House Gift Box
Gift Bag
Clothing Gift Bag
Photo Frame
Bathroom Tissue Box
Pocket Tissue Box

Technical guide
Let's Make Some Objects!
Hand-Made Papercrafts: Production Hints
Instructions

Everyday Papercraft is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Random House. Vertical translates the best contemporary Japanese books. Check out their unique catalog at Vertical Publishing

Tutorial: Origami Book Cover w/ Pocket


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

One Minute Paper Airplanes Review & Giveaway


Welcome to the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop hosted by Review Wire Media. My prize is Tuttle Publishing's One Minute Paper Airplanes by Andrew Dewar. The kit includes 12 pop-out paper airplanes, easily assembled in under a minute, a 32 page full-color instruction book and super-charged catapult launcher. My boyfriend Graham and I worked on the kit. I folded and he stapled the paper planes together, then we headed outside. We were amazed at how high and far the airplanes went. I squealed with delight as the planes shot up and zoomed through the air, changed direction, glided or swooped and plunged to the ground. Exciting and thrilling! Hours of learning, outdoor activity and fun. Get your kit below and make sure to stop by The Review Wire for a chance to win the grand prize, a Fathead Wall Decal of your choice!

Contents
Introduction
Tools and Techniques
Test Flying
Hand-Launching
Catapulting
Flying Tips

Sanger
Cirrus
Archaeopteryx
Taro
Thunderbird
Streaking Comet
Stingray
Crow
Wraith
X-15
Tailwind
Wasp


One Minute Paper Airplanes is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle has generously offered to giveaway a One Minute Paper Airplanes kit! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until July 31, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.

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Monday, July 07, 2014

Origami Crane Platter (Paper Towel Napkin)


This is the quick and easy to make Origami Crane Platter from All-Purpose Origami by Boutique Sha. It's a handy serving paper or paper towel napkin. I made it using an ordinary paper towel. It can also be made of parchment, wax, tempura serving or hanshi calligraphy papers. There are 4 attractive variations in the book. The 96 page paperback published by Vertical, Inc., of New York contains a whopping 75 useful origami projects. You can't beat it for value. Add a personal touch to the everyday with functional origami. Check out the tutorial and get your copy below!

Table of Contents

PRETTY CONTAINERS
Crane Container
Congratulatory Crane Container
Small Crane Box
Basket A
Basket B
Basket C
Basket D
Candy Box
Pocket Dish A
Pocket Dish B
Winnowing Basket
Decorative Box A
Decorative Box B
Stand A
Stand B
Orisue
Stacked Box
Box with Lid
Coin Purse
Wastepaper Box A
Wastepaper Box B
Chinese Vase
Eight-Point Star Dish
Square Dish A
Square Dish B

FOLD UP SENTIMENTS
Bunny Pouch
Kitty Pouch
Puppy Pouch
Gift Pouch A
Gift Pouch B
Gift Pouch C
Heart Pouch
Crane Pouch A
Crane Pouch B
Shirt Bag
Square Pouch A
Square Pouch B
Sweets Packet
Herb Packet
Pyramid Packet

DRESS UP THE TABLE FOR GUESTS
Good Wishes Platter
Crane Platter A
Crane Platter B
Crane Platter C
Crane Platter D
Coaster A
Teapot Trivet
Coaster B
Teapot Trivet B
Memo Stand A
Memo Stand B
Coaster C
Kissing Cranes Chopsticks Rest
Peacock Chopsticks Rest
Crane Chopsticks Rest
Double Cranes Chopsticks Rest
Puppy Chopsticks Rest
Bird Chopsticks Rest
Lucky Knot Chopsticks Rest
Crane A Chopsticks Envelope
Crane B Chopsticks Envelope
Crane C Chopsticks Envelope
Crane D Chopstick Envelope
Dolls A Chopsticks Envelop
Dolls B Chopsticks Envelope
Helmet Chopsticks Envelope
Carp Banner Chopsticks Envelope
Celebratory Chopsticks Envelope A
Celebratory Chopsticks Envelope B
Celebratory Chopsticks Envelope C 


All-Purpose Origami is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Random HouseVertical translates the best contemporary Japanese books. Check out their unique catalog at Vertical Publishing.

Tutorial: Origami Crane Platter (Paper Towel Napkin)


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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Snowflakes, Sunbursts and Stars

Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl by Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt144 full color pages published by Kodansha USA. The neatly organized hardcover explores the celestial worlds of origami, kirigami and quilling. First choose your paper craft project from a dazzling array of photos. Gather some basic tools and materials. Learn some techniques. Follow clear step-by-step text and photographic instructions. Finally dress up your creations and use. Most origami projects start with a hexagon base cut from 6" squares. Kirigami 6" squares. Quilling 2" to 5" strips. Each design includes a level of difficulty. I made a striking origami star. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS
Forewords
About this book

Chapter 1
SELECTOR

Chapter 2
THE  BASICS
Tools
Paper choices
Core techniques

Chapter 3
DESIGNS
Quilling designs
Origami designs
Kirigami designs

Chapter 4
PROJECTS
Quilled place cards
Origami napkin ring
Kirigami place card
Quilled coasters
Kirigami notecards
Quilled window ornaments
Origami garland
Quilled mobile
Kirigami silhouettes
Origami earrings
Origami gift tags

Index
Suppliers
Authors' acknowledgments

Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Kodansha USA. Check out their unique catalog at Kodansha USA

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Girligami Kit Review & Giveaway

Girligami, A fresh, fun, fashionable spin on origami, by Cindy Ng, published by Tuttle of Vermont. "Cindy Ng is an origami designer whose mini-kits and jewelry are sold in museum shops worldwide. Her work has been featured in Real Simple, Elle, and the New York Times." Her kit includes a 64 - page booklet with 18 projects and 60 folding papers. Pre-printed fold lines leave no room for error. Most "models are presented in multiples on a single sheet" so scissors are required to cut them out prior to folding. There is an added section on how to turn your origami creations into various trinkets. A fun folding activity kit for girly girls. Get your copy below!

Contents
INTRODUCTION
Making the Connection
Essential Tips
A Guide to Folding Symbols, Terms and Actions

WHAT TO FOLD
Fashion Runway
Foxy Pumps
Trendy Tote
Dazzle On A Bow
Strapless Dress
Classy Ensemble

Heaven & Earth
Daisy Bunny
Bobo Panda
Lola Kitty
Build A Bamboo Stalk
Beautiful Butterfly
Tulip Garden

Cute Sassy Fun
Cool Cupcake
Secret Love Note
In Hearts We Trust
Lovely Little Laptop
Yay! Presents
Fortune-Telling

WHAT TO MAKE
Vogue-It Earrings
Cute Pin
Colorific Magnets
Hanging Noetpads
All-Occasion Greeting Cards
Bunny Ornament
Chic Bow

Girligami is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Store's and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Girligami! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until June 22, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.