Thursday, August 27, 2015

Origami Playhouse Review & Giveaway

Huy Voun Lee's Origami Playhouse is a one-of-a-kind origami kit that will capture your imagination. It includes a 60-page booklet with instructions for more than 20 origami pieces, 60 beautifully designed origami papers, and an easy-to-assemble pop-up paper house for play and display. Fold home furnishings and decor, crafting the style of each piece with your choice of paper. Decorate your perfect space including bedroom, living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and accessories. Stage fun scenes in your very own personalized origami home. Charming and whimsical. Will provide hours of creative play. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS

Introduction
Symbols
Folds
Paper Sizes

BEDROOM
Drawer
Drawer Chest
Vanity Table
Vanity Seat
Armchair
Bed
Pillow

LIVING ROOM
Sofa
Sofa Chair
Coffee Table
Bookcase

DINING ROOM
Dining Chair
Dining Table

KITCHEN
Refrigerator
Sink
Stove

BATHROOM
Toilet
Bathtub

ACCESSORIES
Bowl
Frame/Mirror
Spiral Star

Acknowledgments
About the Author

Origami Playhouse is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores. It is published by Chronicle Books. 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 Playhouse! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until September 10, 2015.


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Friday, August 21, 2015

Perfect Gift Wrapping Ideas - Review & Giveaway

Origami Gift Box
The perfect little gift box! From Perfect Gift Wrapping Ideas: 101 Ways to Personalize Your Gift Using Simple, Everyday Materials by Hiroe Miyaoka. This is Chapter two's folded Gift Box, instead of newspaper I used 8 1/4" Kimono Pattern Origami PaperI love the box's vibrant colors and crisp fold lines. It measures 3 x 3 x 1 1/2 inches deep and has a slightly bigger matching lid. You can easily make the box larger or smaller. Step-by-step photographs along with minimal text show you how. A wonderful resource for anyone who likes to present beautifully wrapped gifts using materials found around the home. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS

Enjoy Wrapping in Everyday Life

CHAPTER 1  Basic Lessons in Gift Wrapping
Let's Start Wrapping
Tools for Wrapping
Typing and Binding Materials
Decorating Materials and Little Extras

Make Your Gift Wrapping Personal

Wrapping Ideas--Match the Wrapping Materials to the Gift
Craft Paper Bottle Wraps
Tissue Paper Garment Wraps
Wax Paper Stationery Wraps
Glassine Paper Food Wrappers
Crepe Paper & Kitchen Utensils
Washi Paper Umbrella Wraps
Fabric Potted Plant Wrapper

Little Extra Touches for a Lovely Wrapping
Narrow Ribbons
Corsages
Using Washi Tape
Sealing Wax
Eyelets

CHAPTER 2  Wrapping with Materials You Have on Hand
Paper Bags Can Take on Many Shapes
Make a Newspaper Gift Box
Turn an Envelope into a Tetra Gift Wrapper
Packaging Materials Make Great Casual Wrappings
Baking Paper for a Simple Bouquet
Paper Cups and Egg Cartons Create a Lunch Box
Glass Jars Make Reusable Wrappings
A Collage from Recycled Wrapping Paper

CHAPTER 3  Wrapping with Handmade Materials
Mix Materials to Make Tags and Labels
Easy-to-make Wrapping Paper
Dyed Paper for an Antique Look
Favorite Papers Get the Wax Treatment
Make a Cut-and-paste Collage Box
Lots of Paper Bags to Make
Make a Casual Gift Envelope
Make a Paper Bag with Handles

CHAPTER 4  Techniques for Beautiful Gift Wrapping
Seam Line Wrapping
Diagonal Wrapping
Square Wrapping
Twist and Tie Wrapping
Pillow Box Wrapping
Pillar Wrapping
Tying a Bow
Horizontal Single Bow / Vertical Single Bow / Crucifix Bow
Bow Tied on a V / Bow Tied Diagonally
Single Loop / Triple Loop

Special wrapping lesson
Next-level Techniques

Photocopy and use over and over!
Wrapping Extras

Special Tips

Perfect Gift Wrapping Ideas 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 Perfect Gift Wrapping Ideas! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until September 5, 2015, Canadian and USA addresses only.

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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Trash Origami Review & Giveaway

Origami Dish My new favorite origami fold is called Ali's Folded Dish. Attractive and practical, the design is solid and easily folded. An 8 1/4" square folds into a 5 x 5 x 2" deep dish that stacks neatly. Brings new meaning to the term "paper plates". The design is from Trash Origami 25 Exciting Paper Models You Can Make with Recycled Trash by Michael G. LaFosse & Richard L. Alexander. Reuse pretty or interesting bits of paper from your recycling bin. I used origami paper. A professional DVD Video is included. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS

Introduction
Raw Materials
Making Squares

Crowns & Towers Game
Jumping Frogs
Scoopy Ball Game
Flap Cube Cores & Paneled Cubes
Photo Cubes
Modular Chess & Checkerboard Sets
Ali's Folded Dish
Masu Boxes

Star Box Lids
Candy Wrapper Butterflies
Interlocking Flower Petals
Sailboat Envelopes
Flapping Bird Envelopes
Shuttle Darts
Art-Deco Wings
Snack Bag Wallets

Bag Ballot Boxes
Custom-Bound Books
Calendar Wreaths
Curler Unit Balls
Paper Hearts
Crumpled Mushrooms
Pinwheel Envelopes
Dave Brill's Origami Masu

Suggested Uses for Trash Origami
Acknowledgments
Resources

Trash Origami 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 Trash Origami! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until August 15, 2015, Canadian and USA addresses only.


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Monday, February 09, 2015

Chinese Wall Hanging Calendars 2015

Lotus

Paintings by Qi Baishi

Peony in Bloom

February 19, 2015 is the start of the Chinese New Year. It's the Year of the Sheep. Above are a few of the exquisite 2015 Chinese Wall Hanging Calendars from Char4U! Both Chinese lunar and Western calendar systems are supported. The calendars measure 22" x 35" (56cm x 88cm). For a peak inside click on calendar image. There are only a few left, don't you want one? Get more authentic Chinese New Year, Cards, Calendars, Stamps and Red Packets below at Char4U!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Paper Cutting for Celebrations Review & Giveaway



Paper cutting is one of the oldest and most popular folk arts in China. This is Double Birds on Plum Blossoms from page 1 of Paper Cutting for Celebrations by Zhao Ziping (Author), Liu Shenghui (Photographer) and Kayan Wong (Translator) Paperback – released April 1 2014 by Tuttle Publishing. There are over 100 Chinese Designs for Festive Holidays and Special Occasions created by Zhao Ziping, a professional paper-cutting artist at the Shanghai Arts & Crafts Research Institute. Paper cutting is easy to learn, requires few materials and can be used to create a wide range of decorative projects. All you need is scissors, then cut, copy or scan the designs from the book while learning their symbolic meaning. With Valentine's Day (February 14) and Chinese New Year (February 19) approaching you will find many uses for your paper cuts. There are varying levels of difficulty in the book. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS

Introduction
A Brief History
Artistic Characteristics
Using Paper Cutting Crafts as Decorations in Daily Life
Tools and Materials
Accessories
How to Use This Book

Chapter One Birthday
Chapter Two Celebration for the New Born
Chapter Three Weddings and Anniversaries

Chapter Four Graduation and Promotion
Chapter Five Housewarming
Chapter Six New Year

Chapter Seven Valentine's Day
Chapter Eight Mother's Day
Chapter Nine Father's Day

Horse page 45.

Paper Cutting for Celebrations 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 Paper Cutting for Celebrations! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until February 3, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.



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Thursday, January 01, 2015

Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered

I have decided to take up drawing and this is my new spiral bound sketchbook-- Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered by Quentin Blake and John Cassidy published by Klutz The Scholastic Store. The 106 page drawing activity book comes with an artist quality sketch pen and two watercolor pencils. It's a very thoughtfully and cleverly assembled kit for kids, but I like it too, particularly the playful, relaxed approach to beginning drawing. It's focus is on drawing as an act of creative expression but it covers all the necessaries. I highly recommend it!

Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores. Klutz has something for everyone.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Origami Heart Bracelets Giveaway & Tutorial

Win and make Origami Heart Bracelets, like the one above! Contest and tutorial below. Design from Race Point Publishing's Origami 365 by Taro Yaguchi. A single piece of square paper is required to make the sturdy design, insert a chain or thread through to create a pendant. Made with a 2 1/4 inch square of handmade Japanese paper and a blue cotton thread. One winner will be selected at random. Until December 29, 2014 WORDWIDE.


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 USA and 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.

Tutorial: Origami Heart Bracelet

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Ultimate Origami for Beginners Kit & DVD Giveaway

Discover the joy of folding and delight in the results with Ultimate Origami for Beginners by Michael LaFosse & Richard Alexander a 64 page paperback by Tuttle Publishing. The Perfect Kit for Beginners -- Everything You Need Is in This Box! Includes an Easy-to-Use Instruction Book, DVD and 62 Folding Papers for 19 Exciting Projects. Do not worry about getting stuck! The DVD is very easy to follow, unlike many of the videos out there. You will take your folding to the next level. Explore a variety of projects including traditional, money, modular, paper airplane, animal, modern and wet folding. Below, Kanji the Dog is folded from a single 6 inch blue square from the kit. Paper in 3 sizes, a variety of solid colors. There's even replica dollar bills for money folds. No scissors or glue required. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS
Introduction
How to Use the Kit
Origami Symbols Key

CLASSIC FAVORITES
Crane's Egg
Tato Purse
Sealed with a Kiss Envelope

FLOWERS
Dazzle
Two Lips
Petallunia Moon Flower

ANIMALS
Dim Sum Bunny
Kanji the Dog
Scallop
Baby Dinosaur
North American Cardinal
A Seahorse for Al Miyatake
Pig

AIRPLANES
Chuck Finn
Shuttlecock
Manta Jet

DOLLAR FOLDS
Five-Dollar Star
Dollar Bill Butterfly
Dollar Yacht

Kanji the Dog

Ultimate Origami for Beginners 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 Ultimate Origami for Beginners! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until December 17, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Fold & Fly Paper Airplanes Kit


Spark an interest in aviation and origami with paper airplanes, perfect activities for down time and energy release. Fold & Fly Paper Airplanes by Mark Zagaeski is a 76 page paperback released October 10, 2014 by Race Point Publishing. The kit includes an Easy-to-Use Instruction Book and More than 180 Illustrated Papers for 12 Soaring Folds. First pick the airplane model you want to fold and your paper. Choose from a dozen airplane models and paper in a variety of bright colors and playful patterns. Begin with paper imprinted with numbered steps and fold lines for easy folding, as you master the airplane folds move on to guideline free paper. Then simply Fold & Fly! No scissors or glue required. Includes sections on the history and science of flight. A fun and educational kit that will keep kids busy experimenting, exploring, testing, playing and learning for hours this winter! Would make a fun birthday activity. Have a paper plane making party, with races, and prizes for airplanes that fly the furthest, highest, funniest etc. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS

PAPER PLANES FOR EVERY DAY
A Brief History of the Paper Plane
The Physics of Flight
Flight Control

FOLD INSTRUCTIONS
Guide to Folds
Guided-Fold Sheets

Dart Jet
Glider
Eagle
Albatross
Diamond
Hawk
Shuttle
The Wing
Hang Glider
Flying Box
Stinger
Sonic

Fold & Fly Paper Airplanes 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 USA. Race 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.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars Giveaway

Add a touch of handmade to your Christmas with Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl, by acclaimed paper crafters Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt. The 144 page hardcover published by Kodansha USA provides clear instructions and precise diagrams for making snowflakes, stars, and sunbursts using origami (paper folding), kirigami (paper cutting) and quilling (paper curling) techniques. Ordered by level of difficulty. Use as accessories, decorations and gifts. 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

Kodansha USA has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until November 15, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Origami Masters Bugs

Origami Masters Bugs: How the Bug Wars Changed the Art of Origami, from Race Point Publishing. The 184 page hardcover includes instructions for 12 amazing models. Sherry Gerstein gives a fascinating introduction on the transformation of the ancient art. From only a few standard bases handed down orally, til the mid 20th century when the creation of diagrams, symbols and crease patterns led to the spread and eventual worldwide explosion of origami, which continues to this day. Beautifully illustrated and diagrammed by Marcio Noguchi. Large, bold, and detailed diagrams show you step-by-step how to turn simple pieces of paper into complex bugs, without the use of scissors or glue. Origami Masters Bugs offers the unique opportunity of learning from some of the world's most talented origami artists. Practising artists offer inspiration and challenging folds. The Luna Moth has the most steps at a staggering 201! The two dollar folds have the fewest steps at 29. Five crease patterns are also included. A striking book. Get your copy below! Also in the series, Origami Master Class Flowers.

CONTENTS
Introduction
Terms and Symbols
THE PROJECTS
Won Park
Flapping Dollar Butterfly
Dollar Dragonfly

Sebastian Arellano
Bed Bug
Praying Mantis

Marc Kirschenbaum
Mosquito
Ladybug

Daniel Robinson
Leaf Insect

Jason Ku
Rhinoceros Beetle
Luna Moth

Shuki Kato
Titan Beetle
Flying Hercules Beetle

Robert J. Lang
Yellow Jacket, Opus 624

THE CREASE PATTERNS
Rhinoceros Beetle
Luna Mothx-impos
Titan Beetleur
Flying Hercules Beetle
Yellow Jacket

About the Illustrator
Credits and acknowledgements

Origami Masters Bugs is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and worldwide at QBOOKSHOPRace Point Publishing is a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA and 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.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Travel Origami Review & Giveaway

Cindy Ng author of the popular origami kit Girligami continues her modern twist on origami in Travel Origami, 24 Fun and Functional Travel Keepsakes, published by Tuttle. Non-traditional sizes and types of paper are folded into sentimental origami souvenirs. Turn travel ephemera like flyers, brochures, leaflets, pamphlets, maps, programmes, packaging, advertising, posters, newspapers, tickets and labels into origami tokens of remembrance. This is the handy Corner Book Mark. It slides neatly on to any corner of the page and stays securely in place until you re-position it. One sheet of square paper is required to make it. I used a 3 inch square of handmade Japanese paper. Use just about any paper, simply trim to size. Will prevent dog-eared corners and make a thoughtful addition to any book you are giving as a gift. For instructions and 23 more travel-inspired origami projects get your copy below

CONTENTS
Introduction
Essential Tips
A Guide to Origami Folding Symbols and Terms

PART 1 JEWELRY
Candy Wrapper Necklace
Comic Strip Bracelet
Money Diamond Ring
Punk Rocker Ring
Modern Money Ring

PART 2 ODDS N'ENDS
A New Kind of Envelope
Gift Wrap Paper Bag
Corner Book Mark
Paper Arrow
The Octo Bag
A Cute Paper Bow

PART 3 ORGANIZATIONAL HOLDERS
Brochure Photo Holder
Metro Card Holder
 Business Card Holder
Fortune Bowl
Memorabilia Holder
Mini Picture Frame

PART 4 HOME DECOR ITEMS
Dollar Heart
Money Tray
Postcard Star
Paper Shelf
Diamond Bag
Straw Rose
Shopping Bag Lamp

Resources
Acknowledgements/About the Author

Travel Origami 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 Travel Origami! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until November 1, 2014, Canadian and USA addresses only.