Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Lai See Red Envelope Tutorial

Lai See Origami Red Envelope

Join in on the Chinese New Year celebration with these easy to make Lai See Red Envelopes. February 8 marks the start of the New Year on the Chinese calendar. It is customary to give a red envelope called a Lai See containing money as a way of sharing your prosperity. I folded mine from sheets of 6 x 9 and 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper I custom cut from Tuttle's Chinese Silk Gift Wrapping Papers. Put money inside and fold closed. Add a gold sticker to seal. Check out the tutorial and get your paper below!


Chinese Silk Gift Wrapping Papers is available worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

Tutorial: Lai See Red Envelope 


Fold paper in half as above.

Fold right side in.

Fold top down and tuck in, first layer only.

Fold top down, second layer.

Fold left side in and tuck in.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Chinese Silk Gift Wrapping Papers


From the birthplace of silk comes a book of gift wrapping papers featuring 12 silk textile designs perfect for wrapping gifts and craft projects. Chinese Silk Gift Wrapping Papers: 12 Sheets of High-Quality 18 x 24 Inch Wrapping Paper, from Tuttle Publishing. These gorgeous patterns and exotic motifs rich in the symbols of Chinese culture are suitable for a variety of occasions. Book format allows for convenient storage and ease of use. Simply fold, crease, and tear along perforation line to remove. Add a touch of Asian flair to your gift giving. Get yours below!





Chinese Silk Gift Wrapping Papers is available 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 Chinese Silk Gift Wrapping Papers. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until Feb 14, 2016.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Ultimate Paper Airplanes for Kids

How do airplanes fly? Explore the dynamics of flight making and flying paper airplanes with Ultimate Paper Airplanes for Kids: The Best Guide to Paper Airplanes! A paperback with flaps – by Andrew Dewar (Author) and Kostya Vints (Illustrator) released November 10, 2015 by Tuttle Publishing. Experience the thrill and exhilaration of launching a paper airplane into the air and watching it fly. This book includes: 48 colorful tear-out airplane folding sheets, step-by-step instructions for 12 models, and a fold-out runway and landing game. This simple yet time-tested activity will provide hours of fun and learning for kids. Get your copy below! 

Contents

Introduction
Why Planes Fly... or Don't!
Animals that Fly
Creating Lift
Streamlining
Balance and Stability
Forces in Equilibrium
Controlling the Airplane
How I Got Hooked ... and You Will Too
All Kinds of Paper Airplanes
Folding Techniques
A Word About Paper
Test Flying
Higher and Farther

The Planes

Belly Button
Decapod
Hammerhead
Flying Wing
Fireball
Chevron
Spade
Delta Jet
Ring Wraith
Space Cruiser
Raptor Iceberg

Games and Contests
Organizing a Contest
Using the Runway

Belly Button

Ultimate Paper Airplanes for Kids is available 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 Ultimate Paper Airplanes for Kids. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until January 25, 2016.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Origami Boxes Super Paper Pack

Pretty Easy Boxes folded out of a single square each. Design and paper from Origami Boxes Super Paper Pack: Folding Instructions and Paper for Hundreds of Mini Containers by Maria Noble released January 1, 2016 by Creative Publishing international. Kit includes 232 sheets of vibrantly colored 6" x 6" folding paper, handy tear-off style pad. The matte finished paper squares are boldly patterned on one side with solid color reverses. A 32 page booklet with instructions for folding 10 useful containers tucks neatly into the paper pad making the kit highly compact and portable. Get your copy below!


CONTENTS
Gift Box
Shallow Box
Box Divider
Easy Box
Flower Box
Star Box
Gift Bag
Basket
Pleated Box
Long Box

Origami Boxes Super Paper Pack is available at Creative Publishing international, a division of Quarto. Creative Publishing international (CPi) is a go-to reference for crafters on core techniques, project instruction, and design inspiration. It focuses on soft crafts and places an emphasis on sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, beading, and textile arts.

Friday, December 04, 2015

ULTIMATE Friendship Bracelets Review & Giveaway

A cool accessory, a sentimental gift, and so much fun to make! Ultimate Friendship Bracelets: Everything You Need to Make Your Own Personalized Bracelets! by Patrizia Valsecchi released October 13, 2015 by TUTTLE Publishing. Boxed kit includes a 64 page paperback and DVD instructions for 12 original bracelet designs, 14 colorful skeins of embroidery floss, plus 25 red, white and blue beads. The DVD menu lets you skip easily from project to project. Just add scissors and tape. I used a safety pin to hold my bracelet in place while I worked. The possibilities are endless. Get your copy below!






ULTIMATE Friendship Bracelets is available 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 ULTIMATE Friendship Bracelets. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until December 19, 2015.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Origami Flowers Super Paper Pack

Fritillaria Origami Flower
The lovely Fritillaria is folded out of a single square. The design and paper is from Origami Flowers Super Paper Pack: Folding Instructions and Paper for Hundreds of Blossoms by Maria Noble released November 1, 2015 by Creative Publishing international. Kit includes 232 sheets of vibrantly colored 6" x 6" folding paper, handy tear-off style pad. The matte finished paper squares are boldly patterned on one side with solid color reverses. A 32 page booklet with instructions for folding 10 flowers tucks neatly into the paper pad making the kit highly compact and portable. Get your copy below!


CONTENTS
Tulip
Circle Flower
Kusudama Flower
Sunburst
Lily
Buttonhole
Rose
Forget-Me-Not
Fritillaria
Lotus

Origami Flowers Super Paper Pack is available at Creative Publishing international, a division of Quarto. Creative Publishing international (CPi) is a go-to reference for crafters on core techniques, project instruction, and design inspiration. It focuses on soft crafts and places an emphasis on sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, beading, and textile arts.


Friday, November 13, 2015

Origami Jewelry Review & Giveaway

Origami Pendant
Origami Jewelry: Easy-to-Make Paper Pendants, Bracelets, Necklaces and Earrings by Michael G LaFosse and Richard L Alexander released October 27, 2015 by TUTTLE Publishing. Learn how with a few basic craft shop supplies - glue, wire and paper, you can make your very own origami jewelry. This 80 page paperback and DVD provide comprehensive instructions for making custom paper jewelry and gift boxes. Diagrams with text and/or a professionally made DVD take you clearly through the folding sequences of each objet d'art. The DVD menu lets you skip easily from project to project. Includes sections on back-coating the paper for more durability, cutting and trimming papers to size, adhesives and glues, and wire work. One-on-one with the worlds best - you cannot go wrong. I made the above pendant by folding a single 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square of handmade Japanese paper, I just love it. Get your copy below!

Contents

Dedication
Acknowledgments
The Origamido Studio
Origami Symbols Keys
Our Origamido Jewelry Design System
Wearability is Critical

Square Beads
Bead Caps
Square Bead Mounting Covers
Pillow Beads
Square Rhombus Beads
Preliminary Form Connectors
Rhombus Bases
Triangle Beads

Triangle Bead Morphs
   Barrel Beads
   Flattened Barrel Beads
   Lantern Beads
   Teardrop Beads
   Blossom Beads

Triangle Bead Morphs with Tabs
   Barrel Beads with Tabs
   Flattened Barrel Beads with Tabs
   Lantern Beads with Tabs
  Teardrop Beads with Tabs

Preliminary Form Beads
Arrowhead Beads
Owl Beads
Twin Arrowhead Beads
Duo Kite Beads
Trident Beads
Wolverine Claws
Abstract Sail Elements
Angel Wings
Slinking Triangle Beads
Square Jewelry Gift Box and Lid
Long Jewelry Gift Box and Lid

Papers and Materials
Back-Coating the Paper
Cutting and Trimming Papers to Size
Basic Tools
Building Pieces of Origami Jewelry
Findings 
  Clasps
  Pin Backs
  Ear Wires
Wirework
Adhesives & Glues

Origami Jewelry is available 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 Jewelry. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until November 27, 2015.


Sunday, November 08, 2015

Origami Chess: Cats vs. Dogs Review & Giveaway

Origami Chess: Cats vs. Dogs by Roman Diaz released Feb 13, 2015 by Thunder Bay Press. Learn, fold and play! This engaging kit unites the ancient art of folding paper with the game of kings. The sturdy book-box holds a softcover book, folding paper and heavy card chessboard. The 112 page illustrated book has instructions for folding six cats and six dogs, as well as the base on which each is mounted. Fold two complete chess sets, one canine and one feline, 32 pieces in total. The folding is detailed however the instructions are clear. Learn about the 12 breeds, board game setup and movement of each chess piece. The over 100 sheets of 6" x 6" origami paper are specially designed for realism. The two-sided chessboard unfolds to measure 20" x 20". Ideal for dedicated origami folders, chess and animal enthusiasts. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS

History of Chess

Paper Designs
 Meet the Players
 Symbols, Basic Folds & Bases

The Pawn
 Dachshund
 Persian

The Rook
 Chow Chow
 Norwegian Forest Cat

The Knight
 Whippet
 American Short Hair

The Bishop
 Beagle
 Siamese

The Queen
Weimaraner
Turkish Angora

The King
German Shepherd
Devon Rex

Pedestal
Let's Play!
About the artist

The Pawn
 Dachshund

Origami Chess: Cats vs. Dogs is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores. It is published by Thunder Bay Press. Raincoast Books is a division of Raincoast Book Distribution Inc., an award winning, Canadian-owned book wholesale and distribution company based in Vancouver, BC. 

Raincoast Books has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Origami Chess: Cats vs Dogs! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until November 22, 2015.


Friday, October 30, 2015

Japanese Origami for Beginners Review & Giveaway

Japanese Origami for Beginners by Vanda Battaglia and Francesco Decio released October 27, 2015 by TUTTLE Publishing. Beginners simply cannot go wrong! Boxed kit includes a 96 page booklet and DVD instructions for 20 classic origami models plus 72 sheets of colorful folding paper, patterns and solids 6" x 6". Diagrams with text and/or a professionally made DVD lead you clearly through the folding sequences of each origami model. The DVD menu lets you skip easily from project to project. Crease patterns, the lines left on a piece of paper when you unfold an origami model also serve as a guide to how each model is made. A variety of engaging folds rich in symbolic meaning. Get your copy below!

Contents

Preface
Introduction
A Brief History of Origami
Traditional Origami Models
Glossary of Origami Folding Symbols

A Drinking Cup
Piano
Simple Envelope 
Hat
Carp
Samurai Helmet
Kimono
Masu Box
Desk
Sumo Wrestler
Collapsible Box
Starbox
Realistic Butterfly
Frog
Female Butterfly
Male Butterfly
Crane
Tortoise-Shell Tato Purse
Noshi
Octagonal Pouch


Origami Carp

Japanese Origami for Beginners is available in my USA Amazon Store and at TUTTLE Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at TUTTLE PublishingTUTTLE Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Japanese Origami for Beginners. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until November 14, 2015.


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Friday, October 16, 2015

Origami Aquarium Review & Giveaway

Origami Aquarium: Aquatic fun for everyone! by well known origami author Michael G. LaFosse, paperback released June 16, 2015 TUTTLE Publishing. Kit includes 2 booklets with easy-to-follow instructions for 20 aquatic origami projects and 98 sheets of folding paper with marine colors and patterns 6" x 6". Create your very own origami aquarium and fill it with a friendly seal, pretty seahorse and fierce piranha! Book One includes fundamental Origami Symbols. Guide book information introduces each species. A delightful underwater adventure. Perfect for home or school. Get your copy below!

Contents

BOOK ONE

Origami Symbols Key
Carp
Moray Eel
Seal
Fish
Terrapin (River Turtle)
Horseshoe Crab
Sea Snake
Seahorse
Fishing Boat
Seagull

BOOK TWO

Sea Turtle
Piranha
Whale
Shark
Octopus
Loch Ness Monster
Sea Serpent
Stingray
Swordfish
Sailboat

Origami Fish

Origami Aquarium is available in 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 Aquarium. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until October 31, 2015.


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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Traditional Japanese Origami - Fir Tree

Origami Fir Tree
The origami Fir Tree from Traditional Japanese Origami by notable origami author Nick Robinson. Beautiful design, gilded book pages and exquisite paper patterns give this kit an elegant and luxurious feel. Includes a 64 page book with step-by-step instructions for 10 traditional Japanese origami folds and 70 sheets of gorgeous folding paper 6" x 6", patterns reminiscent of classic Asian art with matte gold reverses. Traditional origami refers to the earliest origami models that were passed down from parent to child in Japan. Ideal for beginners. Would make a lovely gift. Get your copy below!

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE ORIGAMI
SYMBOLS FOR HOW TO FOLD ORIGAMI

ORIGAMI STEP-BY-STEP FOLD INSTRUCTIONS
Japanese House
Fir Tree
Sailboat
Swan
Flapping Bird
Crane
Fox Head
Starbox
Sumo
Rabbit

Traditional Japanese Origami is available worldwide at Rock Point Gift & Stationery, a division of Quarto. Rock Point Gift & Stationery features creative products including journals, kits, gift books, and calendars.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Bird Origami Review & Giveaway

Bird Origami by Seth Friedman, released June 30, 2015 by Thunder Bay Press. Create your very own origami aviary! Kit includes an 80 page spiral-bound paperback with step-by-step instructions for 20 origami birds and 100 sheets of 6" x 6" folding paper specially designed for realism. Diagram charts clearly illustrate origami symbols, basic folds and bases. Guide book information introduces each species. A fun and educational kit housed neatly together in book-box format. Ideal for dedicated folders and birders alike. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS

Symbols
Basic Folds and Bases

CROW & WOODPECKER
American Crow
Hairy Woodpecker

CARDINAL & JAY
Northern Cardinal
Blue Jay

GOLDFINCH & GROSBEAK
American Goldfinch
Evening Grosbeak

HUMMINGBIRDS
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird

SEAGULLS
Herring Gull
Laughing Gull

SPARROW & FINCH
House Sparrow
Purple Finch (above photo)

PELICANS
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican

BLUEBIRD & ORIOLE
Eastern Bluebird
Baltimore Oriole

GEESE
Canada Goose
Snow Goose

DUCKS
Mallard
Wood Duck

Bird Origami is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores. It is published by Thunder Bay Press. Raincoast Books is a division of Raincoast Book Distribution Inc., an award winning, Canadian-owned book wholesale and distribution company based in Vancouver, BC.

Raincoast Books has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Bird Origami! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until October 17, 2015.