Posts tagged handmade
Dark Floral Gift Wrap

My online shop is FINALLY up! I always knew I needed a shop, but never took the steps because I was able to process all of my commissions directly with my clients. I've had this dream of making my own prints and stationary (and most of all, wallpaper), so I took the plunge and made this above, and this, below. I can't decide which dark floral gift wrap I like better: the charcoal black or the chestnut burgundy. Cannot. Decide. So I made them both, and they are both magnificent!! I couldn't have asked for better results. The resolution came out perfect and the colours....I'm so glad that I edited the print to look like they're emerging from the background. 

Here's the Black Charcoal: The flowers look 3-D! Some of you even told me that they thought I had real flowers on top of the dark background! 

Here's the Chestnut Burgundy: Here's a little short video of what the dark floral gift wrap in charcoal black looks like.

This gift wraps come in a roll and measures 26" wide by 72" long. It should be enough to wrap 4 medium sized gifts. It's printed on one side, with a satin finish, and on medium weight paper. I was surprised by how sturdy the paper is and in fact, I can imagine the same weight of paper for posters. You can purchase these gift wraps on my online shop now. I am offering very limited quantities so if you want one, get one (or two) fast! Only shipping within Canada and the US for now (shipping is a nightmare as expected). I printed these through Spoonflower and I am very impressed by the quality, speed, and cost of their service. I have also listed these on my Spoonflower shop. I'll definitely be using them again....wallpaper anyone???

Afterwards, I went a little mad taking photos of boxes wrapped in the gift wraps. I swear I took a million photos!

Crepe Paper Holiday Wreath Workshop

The holidays are fast approaching so of course, I'm returning to The Paper Place in Toronto to teach a crepe paper holiday wreath workshop on Tuesday December 4.Really, it's a foliage workshop where you'll learn how to make olive branches (my staple in any of my arrangements), rosemary twig (fantastic little fillers for boutonnieres, and can you imagine them on your guest's plate??), and ferns (remarkably quick to make). I'll have a pre-made gold crepe paper wrapped "hoop" for you, along with berries, so you can arrange your foliage anyway you'd like for your wreath.Check out more details on my Workshop page.

How to make a crepe paper berry branch

The last few weeks, I've been working on these blue sloe berry branches, hoping (and intending) to put together a small fall arrangement. Unfortunately, other things became a priority so I haven't yet been able to put anything together. That said, I was able to spend a little bit of time demonstrating how I made my branch and berries. Who knew that people would be so interested in such a gnarly thing! So here is my demonstration of how to make a crepe paper berry branch.I was inspired by all of the trees and falling branches right outside of my house. We have a wooded area across the street, and a park just around the corner with lots to forage. So I picked up a short branch as a model, and this was the result. I have to say, this looks nothing like it's model, all except for it's gnarly-ness.The other thing I was inspired by was a post by Emily Avenson of Fleuropean. I had watched her put together a small arrangement with sloe berry branches and I had been so surprised to hear that florists during the summer would purposely pull off leaves off branches to make them less full. It made a strong impression on me and made me look at bare branches in a very different light. As I assembled the berries and leaves on the branch, I kept that at the back of my mind.I demonstrated my technique over the course of 2 days and Lives, although the tutorial itself is divided into 4 shorter segments. Since these were once featured on my Instagram Live, I saved them and uploaded them onto my YouTube Channel. Yes, that's right, if you didn't know about it before, you know it now. I've had a YouTube Channel for 2 years now, mainly to host (privately) videos of my bouquets/arrangements. Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube Channel to be the first to hear about my new videos demonstrations!I've included a list of material sources in the videos, which is also listed at the end of this post. You can also view my other tutorials and demonstrations under the drop down menu, "Learn" and "Tutorials & Demos".Please LIKE my video if you enjoyed watching it and learned something! Thank you! DISCLAIMER: These videos first appeared on an Instagram Live on November 6, 2018 and November 16, 2018 to demonstrate my technique to my followers, as opposed to teaching it.Due to the nature of recording Live and unscripted, this video was a demonstration of my techniques and is not representative of the overall quality of my online courses, which are pre-recorded/edited. **SOURCES FOR MATERIALS**Crayola Magic Modeling Clay - White (1 pc)Crayola Magic Modeling Clay - White (4 pc)Grumbacher Acrylic paint in Thalo blue20 gauge cloth covered stem wire 18" long (I buy my white covered stem wire in 36" long from, but this is similar to what I use. In practice, any 20 gauge stem wire (bare or cloth/paper wrapped) would do). Any dollar store or baking supply store will have this24 gauge paper/cloth wrapped stem wire - Any dollar store or bakery supply store will have this.Brown crepe paper (I use a 180 g Chinese-made crepe paper from Papermart in brown, but this looks similar, despite the listing saying it is Italian-made)Floral tape - Check out your local dollar store or baking supply store, or Michaels/Walmart. My favourite is from Darice.Pan Pastels in Permanent Red Ex. Dark and Bright Yellow Green Ex. Dark. Check out your local art supply store, such as Curry's.DISCLOSURE: This post contains affiliate marketing links. If you make purchases via the links I've provided, I receive a small commission which costs you nothing, but do help to support my website/maintenance and fees. Thank you for your support!