Wednesday, December 14, 2011

LaDonna's Papercutting and Framing Idea...

This is such a neat craft display idea that I just had to share it. My friend, LaDonna is an amazing papercutter. Her work is far superior to mine, so different in style and... amazing. They are more like paper sculptures, where the flowers she makes are 3D!! You really must go see. She also has her work published in a book. You can see more about that on the blog.

Anyway, she posted this idea on her blog, and I thought to pass it on to you. Seems rather simple, and that works for me.

Go see her post here on Framed Vintage Silverware. I would love to use this idea. While I do not have a beautiful selection of vintage knives as she has, I would certainly be able to find scissors or some other such lovely to use instead. ;-)

That is all for now. You may be wondering why I am not sticking to ONLY papercuts on this blog... well, this is my place to share what interests me as well, is it not? I love literature and the written word, crafts of all kinds and such, which is why I call my blog what it is... Wordlets (words and outlets) and Craftivities (crafts and activities)...

Don't worry, More papercuts are on their way!! :-)

Friday, December 9, 2011

From 2008... Old Art Found And Now Included...

Starting out in papercutting, I asked a couple of artists if I could try to copy their work to build my skills. One was Cindy at Scherenschnitte. She was a TREMENDOUS encouragement in the first couple years of learning. I asked her questions, and she was kind enough to answer as best she could. I used mostly her pieces, at the time, for practice, since she was so proactive in her assistance and because her work is so admirable, but I did also do some from a couple other people.

Because I was just getting the handle of things back then, including labeling everything... I have NO idea where I got this from. I made NO mention on the back as to where I got it, and I am so sorry about that. If you recognize this piece, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due. I have tried to search online, but have not been able to find the source.

I LOVE this papercut. I gave it to my mother-in-law for her 70th birthday card in July of 2008. I recall not including it in my scanned art because it was not my own design, but now that I look at it, it is a pretty good replica for a beginner.

Please ask for permission before using someone else's art. :-) And, label whatever you DO use so you do remember the source. That is said from experience. Oh, the things we learn on our creative journey. Hahah...

Well, I hope you like it as much as I do!!

Current Redirected Inspiration... Snowflake Art...

I have found new inspiration!! My interest in papercutting has been redirected for the time being to papercut snowflakes! Even my kids are following suit, as can be seen by the many creations now decorating our windows and glass doors!! Art for a house to wear! NICE!

Here are the ones that I have created so far. I got the idea from a few contacts on Flickr. They created not just various snowflake forms but movement and people and LIFE. I did not think I could do it, but... I did! They have been surprisingly easier to create than I expected. I am very happy with them.

You will notice that Snowflake Art #5 is missing from the group. That is because it is being used for another project, which I will post about when it is complete and ready to show. For now, here you go! :-)

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Snowflake Art #1 Roots And Wings... (Got this from a song... Below are the lyrics and other info...)... One of my favorites. Very personal. It is a song I remember from my youth. While it did not mean as much then, it means very much to me now that I have my own children. Funny how things DO sometimes come back to you from the past. This has been a blessings to remember.


Singer: Clay Crosse
Song: Give Him Roots
Writer: J. SILBAR, B. VALENTINE
Got lyrics from HERE



So many voices in his ear
Are they playing on his fears
It's a bad situation
All the way around
But with a solid foundation
He's gonna stand his ground

Take a little time
Plant the seeds
Give him reason to believe

Give him roots, and give him wings
And he'll grow up to do great things
Let him know the joy that he brings
Teach him the value of the truth
Oh you gotta give him roots, give him wings

When he comes to you
And he needs your help
And he's so unsure of himself
Give him vision
So he can see the Light
Let him know the difference between
Wrong and right

Share the wisdom
Of your peers
There'll be laughter
There'll be tears

He should aim as high as the sky
There ain't nothing he can't do
If he'll only try


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Snowflake Art #2 Cross-hatched Butterflies...

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Snowflake Art #3 Spreading Seeds...

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Snowflake Art #4 Growing...

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Snowflake Art #6 Abuela's Hummingbird Flower... (This one is dedicated to my Abuela. She loves hummingbirds. I thought of this idea while half awake and half asleep. It will be sent to her as a gift, so family DO NOT say anything.) :-)

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Snowflake Art #7 Flight of the Hawks for Anthony...

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Older Crafty Things I Have Done...

I just wanted to make sure I direct you to our family blog as that is where for a few years I was posting all of my crafty things and creations. Please stop by. I hope to be able to add links to those posts bit by bit. Until then, happy browsing.

You can find our family blog HERE!

Have a great week!