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Surprise Balls… more like amazeballs.

Mum, Dad – why did you not tell me about Suprise Balls? I feel deprived!

If you too had NO clue what the heck a Suprise Ball was, then you may want to watch this little clip, created by Kate Spade New York.

Now you can understand why I am so sad that I have no memories of deranged madness trying to unravel all the colorful crepe paper to get to the next little gift. Seriously… I want one!

To make matters worse, I discovered that there are certain magical elves who have taken this crazy cool concept a notch higher.

Take Anandamayi Arnold for instance – Anandamayi is a paper artist who transforms the surprise balls she puts together into something else entirely. Each of her botanical sculptures is, in fact, a little bundle of “surprise” goodness all wrapped up in crepe paper and made to look like an innocent piece of fruit (or a veggie, or a flower even).

Each Surprise is painstakingly put together by Anandamayi, who carefully picks all the little gifts herself and then lovingly sculpts them into these fantastic delights. Only problem is, can you bring yourself to tear one apart to get to the prezzies that wait inside? I dunno? In Anadamayi’s words: “I find some people are mystified that anyone would open them and others are equally mystified that anyone would not.”

Read more about Anandamayi Arnold on her Facebook page

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All photos are taken from Anandamayi Arnold’s Facebook page

Comic book life

Have you ever wished you lived the life of a comic book character, well this is how you do it. Draw and then build your own interiors.

This project is part of a project done by Swoon, a flipping awesome Belgium Design agency. You simply have to check out their portfolio, these folks do some amazing work, the kind of stuff that we all wish we could make money doing – hands on and very creative (super dream job!)

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Do NOT forget to check out more of Soon’s phenomenal work here

Make Your Own paper rosette

While Valentines day is (in my books) overly commercial and terribly forced, it does seem like a nice opportunity to do something sweet for my dear husband… but what?

Cooking something delicious is the obvious choice (which I will still do) but what can I do that’s unusual and something that he can keep? Last year I made heart shaped red velvet ice-cream sandwiches (they didn’t last long) so this year I decided to make him a huge “I Love You” rosette.

Making this was so much fun (and so easy) that I thought I would share it with you.

Make your own Rosette (DIY)

You will need:
Different coloured papers – I used 3 plain papers and one with an old school newspaper effect
A ruler
A box cutter
Glue
If you have one – a tool for making folds in paper (have no idea what it’s proper name is?)

1 – Cut strips of your paper in varying widths. Remember you want them to be progressively wider than each other so that you get a multilayer effect. Also cut out a backing circle and a heart shape for the front of your rosette.
2 – Carefully measure and crease your strips of paper every 1cm. Then fold the paper up so it make a concertina. Here having a cutting mat (with lines on it) and that fold making tool (as in the photo) really did help.
3 – Now take your widest strip of paper and glue the two ends of the concertina together to form a band. Gather all the folded edges of one side of the concertina together and push the other ends out so it lies flat. Your paper should now create a circular fan. Apply a generous dollop of glue to your backing circle and stick this onto your fan.
4 – Now continue creating circular fans with the other coloured papers. Continue sticking them down, one on top of the another, until you have a set of concentrically smaller circular fans.
5 – (not pictured) Cut strips of your paper to create the ribbon tails and glue these onto the back of your rosette. When you are happy with the overall look, glue your heart in place – Voila, you are done!

This is so easy to do, and you can customise it in so many ways, sticking on some sparkly glitter, or using a photo in the middle. The options are endless.

Hope you all have a romantic and happy Valentines Day
Much Love
xxx

Collage Work

As a school girl I used to spend hours and hours cutting up old magazines and creating collages in my homework books. I loved transforming what would otherwise have been a boring and much hated part of my daily school routine into something bright and colourful. Sadly I haven’t actually done any collage work since those days, perhaps I should get out my trusty scissors and Pritt stick and get gluing – if only my finished peices could look half as fabulous as Laura Redburn’s gorgeous creations. Laura is a very talented collage and mixed media illustrator from Cardiff in Wales.
You can see more of her work on Society6 and on her own website

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Les robes géographiques

This morning while doing some design research, I stumbled upon Elisabeth Lecourt’s fantastic paper dresses and shirts. Each unique artwork is painstakingly folded from vintage paper. So lovely

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See more of Elisabeth’s work here

Blooming lovely

Looking for some serious spring inspiration, I recently revisited Dutch designer Anne Ten Donkelaar. (Read my previous post about her here)
Needless to say, Anne is still at it, making the most exquisitely detailed masterpieces. Her work combines paper cutouts, photographs and actual pressed flowers along with what looks like real little root systems and all. Each piece is so delicate and intricate, positively inspirational. Thanks Anne for brightening up spring!

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See more of Anne’s amazing work here

Make Your Own Heart Bookmark

DIY bookmark

I couldnt resist trying to make this little origami heart bookmark I spotted on Bloomize.
It is so simple to do that I thought I would photograph the process and share it with you.

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Here are the simple steps to making this cute little bookmark:

1. Cut a square (mine is 10cm wide) of pretty paper
2. Fold your square in half
3. Fold it in half again
4. Open it up and you should see a cross of fold marks in the middle
5. Now turn it over and fold the bottom part up to the centre fold line.
6. Now turn it over again and fold the corner into the centre fold marks.
7. Turn your paper over again
8. Now fold the tip up to the centre middle
9. Turn your paper over again
10. Now gently ease open the bottom fold
11. Repeat step 10 on the other half
12. Now fold the corners of both halves in
13. Gently fold up the tip of the two points
14. Turn your paper over
15. Fold the edge peices of both halves of your paper behind the paper

Voila – you have a gorgeous paper heart to mark your spot in your current read.

Anatomy class

According to Wiki, quilling is “an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs”. Well, I think Lisa Nilsson has taken this otherwise tame hobby a little too far.
How insane are these anatomical cross sections?

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Each piece is painstakingly assembled starting with an actual photo of a anatomical cross section. Several weeks and a ton of coloured paper later, Lisa produces what has to be the most amazing paper sculpture I have seen in a long while.

Lisa’s “Tissue Series” is made from Japanese mulberry paper and the gilded edges of old books – she even makes the detailed boxes that these anatomical masterpieces are displayed in. Truely amazing!

If you want to read more about Lisa Nilsson, check out her interview on All Things Paper or visit her website.
All photos by John Polak.

Pass a napkin please

Tired of the boring napkin ring? Well, illustrator Aurore d’Estaing has come up with a naughty but ingenious alternative – a cocktail napkin girl.
Each delightful gal is stylishly decked out in a smart cocktail napkin which can be removed to wipe your sticky finger on, leaving behind a very scantily dressed dinner date. A smart (and silly) addition to any dinner party.
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Read more about Aurore d’Estaing here.

Vegan Taxidermy

Stuffed animals and birds fascinate me (see my previous post here). There I’ve said it! Weird, I know, but I am hooked – I blame my Mum, she took us kids to the Natural History Museum to see the numerous glass display cases bulging with frozen creatures of every species. I have always been intrigued by nature and animals (birds in particular) and being able to see a real specimen up close was a treat. However the idea that animals are hunted down for just this purpose still does bother me quite a bit.
As much as I would love a gorgeous bird posed on a branch under a bell jar, I simply cant bring my self to buy one. Until today that is, when I discovered “Vegan Taxidermy“.
Each piece is made entirely of bits of wire and paper and modeling clay and is painstakingly sculpted to look like its natural counterpart. Just perfect for the collector with a conscience.

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All photos are from “Vegan Taxidermy“.

Paper work

Helen Musselwhite's Beauties Wood

Around our house we have quite a few cloches proudly displaying prized little odds and bobs. I admit its a bit mad, but I love the idea of trapping a minute moment inside the comforting shape of a glass bell. Sadly none are as gorgeous as Helen Musselwhite’s stunning paper sculptures. Each of her pieces is lovingly cut, scored and folded to reveal a unique scene that almost springs to life.

Helen’s work is not only restricted to glass domes, she also creates gorgeous shadow boxes (another indulgence of mine), individual art pieces and unusual stand alone gems. Visit her portfolio for loads more gorgeous paper loveliness.

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