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Origami dog – Jack Russell Terrier

August 22, 2016
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by Kim
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I tried to make origami of my dog Jackie, this is what I have came out with. It was folded from 2 pieces of square papers. Still need some work on the body but I’m quite happy with the head. The next thing i want to do it to refine it and figure out the color placement on the paper for her face and ears. 🐶

Origami Jackie

 

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Freebie! FREE Star and stripe pattern for your origami bag or project

July 2, 2015
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by Kim
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Here are some star and stripe pattern (free PDF download) I reused from my last 4th of July project (Printable Paper Firework Rocket Pencil Toppers). I made it into a 6″ x 6″ square to fold it into these cute origami boxes/gift bags. The finished dimension is about 2″w x 2″h x 1.5″d. It’s quite small good for little things like sweets. If you like it bigger, you can enlarge it by setting the print size at 130% to get a 8″ x 8″ square just big enough to fit on a A4 or letter size paper. Please visit this link for the box/bag instruction. I didn’t use any tape at all, it holds up pretty well without the tape.

Enjoy and Happy 4th of July to those who celebrates!

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Seal it with a tape, it makes perfect little gift bags!

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A Break in the clouds – Solar Eclipse 2015

March 20, 2015
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by Kim
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Thanks to the clouds for breaking at just the right time for me to capture the Solar Eclipse today! It was overcast and cloudy when I woke up, very typical England weather and I really didn’t expect the weather will change much. When I see the sun came out and clouds started to break around 9ish, I got a bit panic because I really want to capture this rare phenomenon but I didn’t have my gear ready! I able to get everything set up quickly and lucky enough to capture the half of it. :)

Partial Solar Eclipse in Oxfordshire, England March 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A break in the clouds, just at the right time, right place.
Below is my half hour shots in 6 sec time lapse movie.

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Last-Minute Valentine’s Day card and a keepsake bookmark

February 11, 2015
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by Kim
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This last-minute Valentine’s Day card are super easy to put together and best of all it’s a keepsake bookmark. They won’t take you too much time and it definitely don’t look last-minute…at least to me. :) You could write a little message or a secret message in the bookmark.

 

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For Origami Heart Bookmark instruction, click here.

 

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Cut a slit on the card that’s long enough to insert the bookmark.
The bookmark is long, i fold it in half and tuck it under
the heart shape so the end doesn’t stick out at the bottom of the card.

 

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And here’s how it looks on a book.

Super easy enough right? I think it’s great for your friends or family who love to read too. Happy Valentine’s Day! x

Materials:
6″ x 6″ Chiyogami paper, cut into half, you can make 2 origami heart bookmarks.
10″ x 5″ card stock, fold in half to make a 5″ x 5″ card
a craft knife to cut the slit

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Cute needlebook from Barbara

January 25, 2015
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by Kim
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I received this cute and delicate needlebook gift from Barbara, my dear friend in Atlanta. Such a wonderful surprise! She created this needlebook with the fabric i designed on Spoonflower. She made 10 of these to send it to all of our friends who have left FA (Finished Art), the company in Atlanta where I used to work.

“But thinking about all of our friends who have left FA, this little gift became a token of friendship, fond memories, and lasting goodwill to share. Please enjoy!” – Barbara H. Dorn

I love all the thoughts Barbara has put into this needlebook, below are some photos I want to share with you.

 

needlebook-package“This little gift celebrates friendships that know no boundaries”  – Barbara

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The front and back of the needlebook <3

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It’s so lovely isn’t it! <3 I’m really excited for everyone to receive theirs too!

This gift is so special to me, and when I received it my eyes filled with happy tears! :)
Thank you Barbara. x

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December 24, 2014
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by Kim
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Just a quick word to wish everyone, families and friends a very…

MERRY CHRISTMAS & a JOYOUS NEW YEAR!

I hope you have a wonderful time and enjoys the festive period.

I would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has ever taken the time out of their day to stop by, send me message, tweet, like and comment; how lucky i feel to have such support from you!

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Best wishes from me and my family to you and yours. Kim xxx

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Make a snowman without snow – Paper snowman!

December 17, 2014
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by Kim
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Here’s a fun and quick project to make an indoors paper snowman using  2 inflatable origami water balloon (instruction). I like everything miniature, so i made mine super tiny with 2 pieces of square paper, 3″ x 3″ for the head and 4″ x 4″ for the body. Glue them together and use ribbon to make the scarf. Make a little cone with orange paper for the nose, if you don’t have orange paper, just paint it with color pencil or orange sharpie. I use glue stick to glue the nose. Then draw the eyes.

Isn’t the snowman cute? Hope you have fun making it. :)

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Wishing on a star…

 

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A bit windy here! 

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Hand Embossed Snowflake Christmas Card

December 15, 2014
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by Kim
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Hi ya, I’m finally back with new project – hand embossed snowflake card,  just in time for Christmas. This embossed snowflake looks elegant and not expensive or hard to do, and it can be done without a die-cutting or embossing machine.

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Here are a few items you need:

Metal or wooden embossing stylus
Craft knife
Scotch tape
Cardstock
Lightbox (I made my light box by raising the glass cutting mat with a few books and put a small torch light underneath)

embossed snowflake instruction 1

 

First of all, you need a snowflake stencil/template, i made my own by cutting the the snowflake die (donwload) on a piece of card stock.

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Keep the diamond shape loose pieces and arrange them back accordingly, secure them with scotch tape.

embossed snowflake instruction 3

 

Sprinkle some powder (if you don’t have powder, you can use flour) on the sticky side of the scotch tape, this is to get the stickiness off the scotch tape, when you emboss the paper later, it will not stick to your paper.

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Place the template on a blank card, turn it over and put it on top of a light box in order to see the outline of the template through the paper.

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Once you have the template and paper line up, apply pressure to the paper and trace the outline of the snowflake. Press hard enough with the stylus to make an indentation in the card. When you are finished, flip your card over and you will see a nice embossed snowflake on your card!

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Simple huh? Till next time, happy crafting! x

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It has been a while!

December 3, 2014
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by Kim
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Hello and happy December everyone. I haven’t posted any new projects in while due to house moved and currently busy working on a book illustration. Hopefully i can find time to do a little Christmas card before Christmas is here.

Anyway, i want to share this great deal today from Society6, it’s $6 off pillow and free worldwide shipping. There are lots of beautiful pillows there, they will make great gift. You can also visit my store below. Hope you find something you like. :)

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Freebie! Thinking of you card for National Thinking of You Week

September 24, 2014
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by Kim
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Have you heard of the National Thinking of You Week launched by the Greeting card Association here in the UK? And did you know, it’s this week 22-28 September 2104?  I just found out about it today. It says, that it’s now been scientifically proven that receiving a handwritten card makes people feel much more special than receiving texts, emails or Facebook messages. And it feels really good to send one too! I totally agree!

So why not send a card to someone today, to tell them you love them, to say hello, to wish them well, to make them smile, to be supportive in a difficult time or just to say thinking of you.

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Here’s a card I made from my pencil sketch, you are welcome to download the PDF file (download), print it,  send it and spread the love. 
Size of the card is 5″ x 5″ after trimming and folding.

Who’s on your mind?

 

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