Paper Flowers

They say flowers are therapeutic! I say so too!

 

So here’s a bunch of paper flowers just for you!

 

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I’m actually trying some stuff out in preparation for an upcoming project! Praying as early as now that everything will go well. Pray for me too?

 

More tutorials coming soon too! Stay tuned!

 

To God be the Glory! 🙂

How To: Ribbon Headband

Has it been a week already? Missed me? Well, I missed you too! So here, let me share with you another throwback: DIY 10-minute Toddler Ribbon Headband

This is something I created back in 2014. It was raining here in Manila due to Typhoon Hagupit. Hubby didn’t want me to come to work any more to avoid getting stranded outside. So we opted to work from home.

Now when my afternoon meeting was finally over, I went for a quick break. I looked at my craft materials and thought, “I really miss crafting! Is there something I can quickly make while I am on break?”

And as a matter of fact, there is! And you can make one too!

Here’s what you will need:

A ribbon (in this case, 2″ wide beige organza ribbon ~20″ long)
– A garter or band (sized to my daughter’s little head)
– Needle and Thread
– Fabric Brad or Button
– Scissor

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Instructions:

1. Sew a running stitch through one side of the ribbon from one end to the other, pulling along from time to time until you make a full circle. Depending on the length of your ribbon, you can make one or more layers.

2. Sew the center to secure your layers then adhere the fabric brad/button/gem. Depending on your material, you can sew this as well or you may adhere using glue gun.

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3. Sew one end of the garter/band on top of the other to form your headband.
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4. Sew your ribbon accent on top of the part where the ends of your garter meet. (Alternatively, you can adhere this using glue gun).
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And there you have it. Pretty easy isn’t it? And pretty nice too! Depending on your sewing skills, you can make this project in less than 10 minutes.
And if you have time, you can make more.
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Well that’s all for now. If you are able to make one yourself, do let me know. I would love to see your own headbands! 🙂
To God be the Glory! 🙂

How To: Flower Seal

Flowers! They look good on your garden, they look good on your hair, they look good on your dress. But do you know that they make good stationery accents or envelope seals too? So today let me show you just how to do that. 😉

Actually, this post is another throwback! If you are getting tired of throwbacks, don’t worry because I only have a few of them left… around 3-4 posts. Yay! 😀 After which, I would have to devote more love, time and effort to bring new newer tutorials. Yay! 😀

Last 2013, I made the wedding invitations for a friend wherein I decorated the seal of the envelope with 3D flowers to complement the invitation which was bordered with roses and hydrangea, which is also the theme of their wedding and the composition of the bride’s would be bouquet. 🙂

And here are the quick steps:

1. Using EK Success’ 2.25 Scalloped Circle large puncher, I punched out the shape from light green cardstock to use as my background.

2. Using Bigshot and Sizzix 3D flowers die, I cutout pink felt and created a big pink rose with it. This is the technique I used for rolling up the flower, it’s the easiest technique I found out there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgAn8bvXGoY

3. I then punched out and crumpled tiny blue flowers using my Carl Craft small flower punch. Then stuck them on top of a big lump of glue for dimension to look similar to a hydrangea.

4. After that, I stuck the rose on one side (a bit closer to the center) of the green scallop, making it seem like it’s surrounded by the hydrangea flowers.

5. Then I stuck the bottom side of the green scallop into the center of the envelope.

It’s that simple and here are the photos:

Hmmm… so if yesterday you created a notecard with a pretty butterfly, how about complementing it with 3D flowers for the envelope? 😉

How to: Notecard

I love love love butterflies! An I love love love Martha Stewart’s Doily Lace Edge Punch. And I love love love notecards, bookmarks and the like! So here’s a not so throwback throwback post on how to create one.

Well, technically it’s still a throwback post since I will be re-using instructions and photos from my previous blog, but not so throwback since I will be adding in some new points; though just a few.

So with tummy aching, eyebrows curling and forehead scrunching, I present to you, simple instructions on how to make your own cute notecards. (Haha. What an introduction! But yep, I am in the middle of terrible tummy aches but I do not want to let this mood to post something pass… I am trying my best to stick to my blogging-posting-commitment here. Hihihi.)

Materials:

  • Shape Punchers (e.g. Scalloped Circle, Butterfly)
  • Martha Stewart Edge Punch (e.g. Lattice, Doily Lace)
  • Cardstock or Special Board/Paper
  • Adhesive, Glue Gun+Stick
  • Fabric Tape, Scrapbook Paper and other designs.
  • Cutter or scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cut out sheets of cardstock according to desired card size, doubled in height since this will be folded in half. In the photos below, I used 5×8 so the folded size would be 5×4.
  2. Fold in half.
  3. Use the Martha Steward Edge Punch of your choice to decorate the bottom part of your card’s front flap. You can either punch off the whole edge or just a portion to create a window effect.
  4. Decorate the inside of your card with fabric tape or colored paper such that it shows through the decorated edge of your card at front.
  5. Cut/Punch out embellishments such as butterflies and adhere to your card’s front for added decoration.

And there you have it! Your very own cutie cutie notecards!

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You can actually create your own version of notecards or stationeries with different patterns and designs. These are just a few of them.
(Whew! I almost gave up completing this post but yey! I survived!) So, what do you think? Feel free to create your own and share them with me too! 🙂

 

 

How To: No Sew Tutu

I must admit, I wasn’t able to fulfill the 1-post-a-week I originally planned on doing, but I will do my best to uphold this commitment moving forward.

So while my work laptop is acting up (yeah, it’s taking 45 minutes to boot after I upgraded to Skype. boo-hoo), I am taking this opportunity to update you with one of my previous favorite tutorials, the No Sew Tutu [Dress]! I actually keep calling it Tutu Dress even though Tutu in itself already means “skirt”, one  that is particularly used in ballet. But you get the point.

So let me show you the tutu dress I made for my daughter’s photoshoot back in 2013 for her first birthday:

And here’s how you can make one yourself:

Materials:
– 3 yards dark pink soft tulle
– 1 yard 1-inch wide ribbon
– 1 baby headband
– scissors
– glue gun
– glue stick

Instructions:
1. Cut the tulle in 20 inches by 6 inches (length x width) strips.
2. Tie each strip of tulle around the hols in the baby headband.
3. Cut 2 8-inch strips of  the ribbon.
4. Attach each white ribbon strip into the back of the baby headband.

For a more illustrative tutorial, which also serves as my reference, you may view video here.

And that’s it! 🙂

 

How To Video: Kusudama

First of my throwback posts — my first how-to video: Kusudama Tutorial

I made this tutorial back in January 2014 when I was supposed to attend a Paper Flower Bouquet Workshop but couldn’t wait until then so I had to start making my own paper flowers. Fortunately, I did arrive at good results:

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And since I realized that this was pretty much easy to do, I just had to share it with you.

So please view (and like and share) my first ever video tutorial uploaded on youtube:

 

So what are you waiting for? Go on and start making your own paper flowers!
And when you do… please share them with me. You may comment below or share on my FB page: www.facebook.com/eclations
Until next time, I hope you can bear with me and stay tuned for more video tutorials. 🙂
To God be the glory!

Gift Wrapping from Scraps

I have always been a fan of handmade. I do handmade. But I have always been worried about the resources you waste or the trees you kill with all the materials discarded after a handmade project.

So yep, I have become a hoarder. I believe that as long as that piece of paper is at least 3/4 inch wide, it can be reused. So I hoard papers up to the smallest cut you would normally throw away. And we have been recycling stuff from projects into new projects.

And one of the most common venues where we could use all these scraps is through gift-wrapping.

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So when hubby got this gift we asked my mom to wrap of us, he was really surprised to see it so dainty. But I wasn’t. Coz I was expecting it to turn out nicely, not only because my mom is creative and meticulous on these things, but because I was sure she’d just get something out of my scraps. (Here she used pink papers from a child’s 3rd birthday guestbook to wrap the gifts, a beige board from a friend’s wedding invitation for the tag, and pink paper from my daughter’s bookmark project for that little butterfly.)

At least in a way, I do believe we help keep this world prettier and cleaner… by continuing to make pretty handmade things out of fewer mess. 😉

So how do you say goodbye to your own craft materials? Do you hoard stuff and recycle them too?

I hope you do 😉

 

To God be the glory! 🙂

New Year. New Life. New Blog.

Hi Girls! And Guys! 🙂

I am Jacque and this is my new blog! If you have been following me before, you would have seen several posts from my FB page and http://eclations.blogspot.com. And if you were really following me, you would know that it has been a really really really long time since I last posted something. And if you have been one of my few followers, I would like to take this opportunity to say, “Sorry it took this long. But this year (and on the years to come), I’m gonna make up for it. God-willing!”

So yep, here I am again in my attempt at a new blog, and just to be sure I would keep it running, I finally bought a domain! Yay! Yep, http://eclations.com is mine now! Rightfully mine! 🙂

And so, as the title of this very first post suggests, to me this is a New Year. Another start at my crafter life. But before we move forward, let’s do some throwback.

First, an old tale I wrote on what Eclations is all about:

History:

When I first thought of making paper crafting a business, the first thing I wanted to have was a “brand name”. I had several themes in mind like CutePrints, Cut&Fold, Happy Thoughts, Felicithings (meaning “things of happiness”), Oh Craft!, etc. But after discussing things with my good friend TJ, the term “Eclations” was coined.

Definition:
It supposedly came from the French word “éclat” meaning “great brilliance” then we just added “-tions” from “creations”. So in essence, we wanted it to mean “brilliant creations” but normally joke about it saying… “Eclations by Jacque, in Filipino, ‘mga ka-eklatan’ ni Jacque”. Though I don’t know what “eklat” exactly means in Filipino either. ^^v

Vision:
To craft things that would trigger smiles and to glorify God in the process, for the talent He has given me.

And here are the crafty highlights of my 2015:
January: My Daughter’s Cloud Pillow whom she calls Sun
February: Peace Flower Wreath for a wedding, Owl Clipart
March: Feather Headdress, Flower Girl Tulle Dress
April: Owl Softies
May: Candy Invitation, Ribbon Awards
June: Wedding Invitation Layout
July: “Winter” Letter Standee for a first birthday party
August: Another Flower Girl Tulle Dress
September: No-bake Strawberry Cheesecake
October: Flowers! Lots of Felt Flowers! And other Wedding props,
Miss Costa Rica Costume, My Little Pony Standee
November: Coloring Book; Save-the-Date Bookmarks
December: Santa “Fairy Flower” Hat

 

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Now I know some of the stuff posted above deserve their own dedicated posts so at least for the upcoming weeks or months, I will most likely have “Throwback” posts. So if there is anything you want to know more about, please feel free to leave a comment! 🙂

That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to follow me here and on fb, twitter and instagram!

Cheers to a happy crafty 2016 ahead! To God be the glory!