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Sun’s Out Kate Greenaway Spring ATC Card

I know I’ve been slow about getting my ATCs completed and posted lately, but I’m back with another one.  This time the inspiration was this illustration from an old Kate Greenaway book, Under the Window, that another crafter had given me: I immediately thought of spring.  I decided to recreate the facade of an old […]

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Postcard Collage Tunnel Book Class

I recently had the great pleasure of taking my very first class with Bettina Pauly at San Francisco Center for the Book.  The class was for making a tunnel book.  As readers of my blog know, I have taken classes in the past for tunnel books, here and here, but Bettina had a very unusual take on […]

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Hummingbird ATC Card – a Craft Fail of Sorts

Well, my ATC journey continues with a semi craft fail.  My plan was to create an ATC with this image of a hummingbird I had saved in my stash. This was originally from an envelope I had gotten in the mail for a wildlife organization.  I didn’t know what I was going to do with […]

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Christmas Nativity Shadow Box

Ever since I made my angels shadow box last year – read about it here – I had been contemplating making another one, using images from the same book that inspired my first shadow box. I had found an illustration of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus in a manger that I thought would be perfect […]

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Paper Electronics: E-luminated Tunnel Book Class

A few weeks ago, I took a paper electronics class at the San Francisco Center for the Book to make an e-luminated tunnel book.  I had never heard of paper electronics until I took this class.  It is a way of making interactive artwork that moves, lights up, makes sound, plays music, etc. Jie Qi, the artist […]

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Making Crepe Paper Poppies

In my last post, I shared part one of my recent crepe paper flower class at Castle in the Air with Lynn Dolan, in which we learned how to make a tree peony.  Today I share with you part two of that class, in which we learned to make a poppy. Okay, I am so […]

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James and the Giant Peach Book Sculpture

My favorite books are all children’s books, the books I either grew up with, or the ones I discovered later in life.  One of my all time favorite writers is Roald Dahl, and my favorite book of his is James and the Giant Peach.  I think this book is his masterpiece and one of the […]

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Dough Crafts: the Art of Salt Dough

Even as crafting has gotten more sophisticated over the years, with the explosion in popularity of scrapbooking and papercrafting, it’s always nice to revisit an old craft, maybe even one that we did in grade school.  One such craft is salt dough art.  Like many people, I was first introduced to salt dough in grade […]

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The Art of Bread Dough Crafts From Ecuador

Quite gradually over the years, I have developed an interest in the crafts of Latin America, primarily because of their bright colors which draw me in with their seeming cheerfulness, and the ingenious use of materials.  One such craft that I recently discovered is masapan, bread dough art from Calderon, Ecuador. You may be familiar […]

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