Jeff_Rudell

NY, US
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I am a paper artist whose work combines my background in graphic art with my lifelong fascination with traditional craft techniques. My work runs the gamut from highly sculptural Baroque headdresses crafted from handmade French papers to African tribal masks crafted from discarded shopping bags. Despite the diversity of my subject matter, I strive to make work that has a strong sculptural quality, is drawn from organic shapes, and has a sort of crisp lyricism.

My work has been featured at Tiffany & Co. (Fifth Avenue), Mish New York, The New York Botanical Garden, and can also be seen in the pages of Elle Decor, Brides, Receptions, and Good Housekeeping magazines among others.

I am also a writer and storyteller whose work has been performed at the New York Public Library, The Players Club, the American Institute of Architects, and the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut. In 2007 I was a featured performer on the National Storytelling Tour. Check out my stories at The Moth Podcast on iTunes or at Audible.com

In 2005 I was a candidate on the NBC television show, The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. Contact: You can reach me at my name "jeffrudell" followed by the "@" symbol and the extension "gmail". (Pardon this cumbersome format but as anyone who has posted their full email address online will attest, extraordinary steps are necessary if one is to avoid being buried in an avalanche of unwanted junk mail.)

craft interests: gifts, holidays, home decorating, memory making, paper crafts

Member Since: 06/02/2008

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Crumpled Up: How to Make Paper Flowers

Take a break from the straight and narrow and free yourself up to make some mistakes. Today, try setting aside your scissors and focus, instead, on torn paper, soft edges, and coloring outside the lines.

How to Make a "Bloomin' Box" for Spring

This clever origami project looks like a box but easily transforms into a cheery springtime blossom with just a few simple pinches of the paper.

How to Make Perfect Paper Daisies

These cheery blossoms are a breeze to make and, best of all, they never wilt or need watering.

How to Make a Snowstorm

When the weather outside isn't helping you get into the holiday spirit, create a snowstorm inside the house.

The Claw: How to Make an Unusual Halloween Mask

Say goodbye to the black plastic cat-eye masks and the ill-smelling latex hoods. This year, show off your skills by crafting a relic straight from the crypt.

How to Make a Pencil Box Bouquet

Send a beautiful bouquet of flowers to your favorite office worker for the price of a few postage stamps. This simple and colorful tutorial gives new meaning to the term "fresh-cut flowers."

Repeated Rewards: Make Paper Party Decorations

Many crafts rely on repetition of relatively simple operations to produce complex (or complex-looking) results. Knitting, crocheting, and quilting spring to mind. Working with paper is no different, of course, as card-making, wood-block printing, and gift-wrapping prove.

How to Print Flowers with Flowers

A simple blossom is pressed into service as both ink and printing plate. This fast and easy process gives new meaning to the term "botanical print" and is a wonderful way to capture the fleeting beauty of flowers.

How To Write About Crafts

Author Jeffery Rudell talks about some of the basic skills needed to be a craft contributor.

Oeuf Couture: How to Dress an Easter Egg

Who says every egg has to take the same color bath, year after year? This Easter I'm keeping all of my eggs "au naturel" but wrapping them in as much color as I can muster.

How to Make a Valentine from an Onion

When I was single, I used to hate Valentine's Day: the cloying emotion of store-bought cards, the exaltation of all things couple-oriented. Then I wised up and created my own tradition. Here is a Valentine for single people everywhere.

How to Make a Garland with Punch

This week I take up the old reliable paper garland of my elementary school days but with a twist: Bands of paper glued end-to-end become rings of paper glued edge-to-edge.

Pretty Up a Party with Paper

I wouldn't hesitate to put extra care and attention into wrapping a present, so why should a cake be any different? Cutting a silhouette is not difficult. If you have paper, pencil, scissors (or X-Acto knife), and an interesting design, you’re more than halfway there. Simply draw out your design, and start cutting.

How to Decoupage a Tray

A simple paper technique (with a fancy French name) helps turn inexpensive objects into a luxurious, one-of-a-kind object d'art. Our paper guy shows you how to dress up your home accessories without breaking the bank.

The "Times" They Are A-Changing: How to Make a Basket from a Newspaper

A plump issue of the Sunday New York Times, a gray and rainy day, and perhaps one too many cups of coffee turned out to be the perfect combination of ingredients for a fast and fashionable recycling project. Pour yourself a cup of joe, finish the crossword puzzle, and get busy weaving.

How to Make an Egg Dish

Use up your leftover egg shells in this creative decor project.

How to Brighten a Rainy Day Brunch

Inviting friends to brunch in no way guarantees that the weather will cooperate. When the forecast for an event calls for rain, rain, and more rain, try "spring showers" as a theme and go to town.

How to Make a Surprisingly Simple Paper Wreath

"Show me something I can make in an hour that isn't going to cost and arm and a leg and won't leave me frustrated and discouraged by the time I finish it." Enough said.

The Relentless Urge to Create: the Work of Earl Joseph Martell

The Home Depot is the last place on earth I expected to make the acquaintance of an artist. That he was mixing my floor paint at the time of our meeting just added a further strange dimension to the situation.

How to Make an Impression: Extraordinary Thank-You Notes

Art is for the ages, but paper is for the here and now! Embrace its ephemeral nature and even turn it to your advantage. Putting a little time into something that's not meant to last can yield wonderful results.

How to Make Paperless Origami

It's white. You can fold it. You can crease it. You can even wash it! But, it's not paper; it's fusible interfacing. And, if you're making large-scale origami this holiday, it is the perfect paper substitute.

Make It Pink: How to Make a 'Millie Box'

A woman I hardly knew, with a disease I hardly understood, taught me one of the most important lessons of my life: that compassion dissolves fear. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I offer a belated thank you to Millie Barnett for introducing me to the big "C."

How to Create a Community (a final tutorial)

After a year of writing about all things paper for CraftStylish.com the time has come to say goodbye. But before I go three things have to be said, Thank You, Goodbye, and Hello.

How to Make My Very Favorite Box (of All Time!)

I write a lot about craft ideas that make great gifts, but what often gets lost in such articles is that I wrap a vast majority of the gifts I give in my very favorite box of all time. Download the pattern and you'll see that it is beautiful, sturdy, versatile, and a pleasure to open. I always have one or two boxes precut and ready to use.

Paper Fiend: Inspirations, Obsessions, and Curiosities from the Web to Nourish the Soul of a Paper-Lover

The fact that I enjoy cutting intricate shapes is only one manifestation of my "fiendish" obsession with paper. When I'm not cutting and folding on my own, you can find me surfing the Web for evidence that there are other people just like me out there with paper on their minds.

How to "Scrapbook" a Box

I have never been inclined to join the tribe known as "scrapbookers," but that doesn't mean I don't have an inkling for nailing down my memories and sharing them with others...

Dodecahedron: "Baby, You're A Star!"

For this week's project, I found myself revisiting my high school geometry notes. What was a seemingly simple idea in theory turned out to be a challenging exercise in precision when put into practice. However, challenging work offers satisfying rewards.

Ouef Couture (Part II): Still Dressin' Eggs...

Easter's still three weeks away, but my exercise in holiday decor has morphed into what seems like a graduate-level exploration of paper forms...and I'm fine with that.

Wait 'til You Hear This...

You may know her as the editor behind CraftStylish.com, but what she does when she's moonlighting at her secret, second job is another story altogether...

A Tiny Extravagance: Merchandising in a Down Market

Jobs are scarce, budgets are shrinking, and competition for work is at an all-time high. Luckily, merchandising creativity in a down market requires less money than you think (but as much imagination as you can muster.)

Crafting Editorial Props: A Case Study

Being creative requires only thought, curiosity, and a willingness to fail (and yet not falter). Being creative is only half the job; making a living at it is the other half.

Wall to Wall Paper

Tasked with the challenge of designing a trade show booth for CraftStylish.com, a group of the site's contributors decided to practice what they preach: reuse and restyle!

How to "Waste" Paper

If necessity is the mother of invention, then poverty must be its father. Here, frugality, utility, simplicity, and creativity join forces to create a handsome trash can from a handful of trash.

How to Make Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With Strings

A mayfly has a longer life span than most brown bags. Why do so many of these sturdy containers end up being disposed of long before they've lost their usefulness? A little design modification attempts to rescue the humble brown bag.

"100% Trash, So You Know It's Good!"

Dive into a dumpster, rescue some refuse, and get ready to make gifts out of garbage. This week we look at protecting our natural resources, and the most natural resource we have (in need of the most protecting we can offer) is the one called "creativity."

DIY: A Manifesto (of Sorts) in Four Parts

Because it is convenient to do so, the craft world is often divided into myriad categories: from those who knit and crochet to those who make jewelry or do decoupage or scrapbook or quilt. In truth, though, one of the most compelling divisions between crafters is rarely mentioned at all: the division between those who craft because they can and those who craft because they must.

Living on Scraps: The CraftStylish Interview with Jeffery Rudell

CraftStylish talks with our paper blogger; and he talks...and talks...and talks...right back to us.

How to Make a Contemporary Creche

CraftStylish member suggestions are behind this holiday project. Easy to make, easy to display, and easier still to package and mail to a loved one far away, today's project is a modern take on the most traditional of Christmas traditions.

How to Make the Perfect Hostess Gift

Call it "Season-ings" Greetings (if you must), but your spice rack is hiding one of the best (and easiest) decorations of the holiday season.

Extreme Paper: The Long, Dark Road to a Bright Idea

A total of 765 discrete pieces of paper, 10 feet of dental floss, 15 glue sticks, 6 ounces of white craft glue, and hours of trial and error eventually culminate in a frothy bagatelle just right for a holiday window.

Ideas for a Creepy Little Photo Book

Just because I'm a crafter doesn't mean I insist on making everything by hand. For me, half the fun is finding ways to use tools and technology in new and unique ways. Take for example the common photo book...

YOU Be the Client: An Open Call for Paper Projects

CraftStylish.com now has more than 5,500 members. In honor of this milestone, our paper blogger turns the tables and puts our readers in the client seat. This week Jeffery is soliciting project ideas from the CraftStylish.com community. Here's your chance to put this amazing paper engineer to work for you.

How to Make Scrap-Paper Mosaics

Scraps of paper, remnants, and junk-mail catalogs are the raw materials for these exuberant collage portraits. The old adage, "Sometimes good enough is good enough," applies: Approximate the shapes you want, select tonal values that are close, and you'll likely capture a likeness.

How to Make Paper Ornaments

Ah, Labor Day, when a young man's fancy turns to ornaments. Ornaments?! Yes, it's time again to begin crafting for the holiday season (three months away and counting). Here's the recipe for one of my favorite (and easiest to make) tree-trimming decorations.

Portrait in Paper: It's Not What You Think!

The question I get from crafters more than any other is, "How do you come up with fresh ideas?" For me, I had to free myself from the tyranny of the medium before the ideas really started to flow. The truth is, you can do more with paper than you think is possible.

How to Make Simple White Paper Flowers

These elegant flowers look like a million but cost only pennies to make. A careful choice of materials and attention to creating graceful shapes combine to make this my favorite paper centerpiece.

Unusual Embroidered Paper from India

A company in India is treating paper like fabric and offering a stunning line of beautifully embroidered (Yes! Embroidered!!) papers to the U.S. market...

Save Yourself

Crafting is great fun but a studio can be a very dangerous place...

Impression Prints

When drawing an image is either not practical or not possible, and when collage simply won't do, these simple Impression Prints may be the answer to your craft challenges.

Depth Charge: How to Make a Splash and Get Paid for it.

"You cut and fold paper...that's your job?!" I get the question a lot, usually asked with a tone somewhere between incredulity and jealousy. I never tire of the answer, always offered with a smile, "Yes, that's my job."

Bend to Conquer: How to Make a Beautiful Paper Lantern

A single sheet of paper and some thoughtfully added cuts and folds will yield an eye-catching lampshade for a votive candle.

Crafting My Life with Paper

Paper was my first playmate, my constant companion, my catechism in graphic design, and fuel for my imagination. Like most crafters, I have the-many-who-came-before-me to thank for generously sharing their ideas and techniques, and now I’m thrilled to have a chance to continue the tradition and pass along some of my own ideas. I hope you enjoy them.


recent comments

Re: How to Make a Valentine from an Onion

To readers wondering what Twin Tak is, it is an adhesive that comes in sheets (18" x 24" or 36"x48) It is clear and has a removable paper covering on both sides. You can think of it as similar to contact paper (remember contact paper) but instead of being sticky on one side, it is sticky on both sides.

It's perfect for projects like this were you want adhesion over a large, uniform, area. There is no oozing glue to worry about and no chance of inadvertently getting adhesive on the outer face of your project.

It is available at New York Central Art Supply (62 Third Avenue, @ 11th Street, New York, NY, 10003, 212-473-7705. As for the "basement" when calling -- such items are sold from the department on the lower level). It is also available (or similar products) at better art supply stores.

I hope this helps. Good luck. And thank you for reading.

Re: Create "Spooky Halloween Silhouettes" with Jeffery Rudell

Hello, CraftStylish members. It has been too long! So nice to see you in these pages again. Leave a comment and say hello or follow me on Twitter @jeffrudell. Happy Halloween!

Re: How to Decoupage a Tray

Dear Cyd88: The best way to prevent strokes appearing in your Mod Podge is to use a very fine haired brush to apply it (avoid coarse "craft" brushes and large acrylic brushes made for painting moldings and trim). If you are still seeing evidence of strokes even with a better brush, you might try thinning your Mod Podge with a little water before applying it. As a last resort, you might give your piece a light sanding with a fine gauge steelwool between coats. This should even out the surface and give you a nice flat finish.

Re: How to Brighten a Rainy Day Brunch

Dear ObjectTrouves: The teapot you see in the photographs is a reproduction of a "SYP" (Simply...Yet Perfect") teapot invented in 1905 in Scotland by the Earl of Dundonald. More information about this object (and information on where to order one) can be found here: http://www.virtualtea.com/vt/tilt.html

Re: How to make Paper Portraits

Paul does it again. Dudecraft RULES!!!!!!!!! Loved the tutorial (clear and easy to follow) but l love the results even better. I sat down and did one right away and I'm loving it. Thanks so much for sharing your technique. Thanks for being so generous with the craft nation.

Re: How to Make an Egg Dish

Dear CleverPussRevolution: I am certain you could replace the varnish that I used on this project, with a non-toxic substitute that would make your vessel suitable for use with food (fruit, breads, rolls, etc.) I might suggest exploring Modge-Podge as a finishing medium. As well, I believe certain Acrylic finishes are non-toxic and safe to use with food. Good luck and thank you for your comments.

Re: How to Make a Magazine Reed Box

Gorgeous! Easy to do! And too clever by half! I love it.

Re: How to Decoupage a Tray

Dear deandebbie: I'm unsure how best to answer your question. I used two products on my tray, Mod Podge, the label of which claims it is Non Toxic, and Varathane, the website of which claims is a water-based, low odor, eco-friendly product. I would hesitate to eat food off either of these finishes but, once they are dry, I believe they are both inert. For my part, I would be comfortable placing fruit (in its skin) or perhaps a dinner roll on this tray but, no, I probably would not serve food out of it. If you can find a finish that is safe for use with food, you could probably substitute that finish for either of the two I used and still get the same adhesion results with you decoupage. Good luck.

Re: Wait 'til You Hear This...

For those who missed her performance at the Liar's Show last night, all I can tell you is it began with, "In 2004 I agreed to play Prospero in a Balinese production of the Tempest at the La Mama experimental theater in New York City." Highlights included: rescuing an elderly woman from a subway platform, a harrowing taxi ride to Bedford-Stuyvesant, comments on familial duty as it relates to picking up ones parents at an airport, a blind date, and the kindness of strangers. Other characters included a Haitian cab driver, a Barbadian immigrant, 40 Balinese dancers and a full Gamalon orchestra. Four and a half minutes after she began her tale, it ended with, "I glanced in the mirror and realized, in horror, that I was covered in blood from head to toe." I'm not kidding when I say it was a bravura performance that left the audience amazed (and applauding for more.) Our editor is a star!

Re: Hemidemisemiquaver Design

OMG: Both of these egg projects are fantastic and I especially love the eggshell containers with the tiny flowers. Such a precious looking gift. Way to go! Thanks for the inspiration. Jeffery

Re: Crafting Editorial Props: A Case Study

Dear Sweat Meats, et al: Thank you all for your really wonderful words of encouragement. I can't tell you how satisfying it is to know that anything I say here might be of some help to members. I'm not certain but I suspect the fine print in my contract prevents me from accepting gifts but it would delight me no end if you would post pictures of your projects here on the site, so all the members can benefit from, and be inspired by, your creativity.

Re: How to Make a Woven Button Coaster

Linda: The moment I saw this I got that little tingle -- call it the Craft Itch! I could imagine how satisfying this piece would feel in my hands, what fun it would be putting it together, and what squeals of delight it would likely elicit from guests who saw it. Fun to do, fun to have, and fun to share: a perfect project in my opinion. Thank you.

Re: Egg shell postage stamp box

Marsha: This is a lovely example and I love the addition of color! I agree, projects like this can get tedious at times but when you think of it in terms of have the opportunity to spend an afternoon thinking of a friend (and how much they will appreciate it) I know you'll agree, it really not a bad use of ones time. Thank you very much for adding this item. Jeffery

Re: How to Make a Valentine from an Onion

Dear justj: I did not find it necessary to coat or treat the onion skins with any fixative or finish. When adhered to the Twin Tak adhesive sheets, I found them to be very durable. As for the box, I don't have a template but I encourage you to make a box to whatever dimensions best suit your needs. My photographs were intended only as a guide to what shape you might use. Good luck and thank you for your very kind comments. Jeffery

Re: How to Make a Valentine from an Onion

To Readers Inquiring about Twin Tak: Twin Tak is a double-sided adhesive sheet (usually about $4.50 for an 18" x 24" piece) that is widely available at art supply stores. I am uncertain whether or not it is available at craft stores such as Michael's, etc.

As alternatives you might wish to consider other brand name adhesive sheets (double-sided being the most convenience since you can adhered the onion skins to one side and then adhere the the other side to your project -- in my case a Valentine box) or white liquid adhesive suitable for paper. With liquid glues you will have to wait for it to dry fully after gluing your onion skins in place. If you are comfortable with spray adhesives, that might offer another solution.

If you would prefer to use Twin-Tak as specified, you can order it by calling New York Central Art Supply at 212-473-7705 or 800-950-6111.

Thank you to everyone for their very supportive comments on this post. Good luck and Happy Valentine's Day to you all.

Jeffery

Re: How to Make a Valentine from an Onion

To AuburninAuburn: Twin Tak is a double-sided adhesive that comes in a variety of sheet sizes. I would probably recommend against spray adhesives or liquid glues for this project in order to avoid the mess. Twin Tak allows you to adhered the skins to one side and then peel off the backing and adhere the the finished sheet to your project. Good luck!

Re: How to Make Simple White Paper Flowers

Dear tonistre: The trick to getting Floral Tape to stick (or so I've found) is to keep in mind that the tape sticks best to ITSELF. This means the trick is to get the tape stuck to itself with a quick roll of the wire and tape together between your thumb and forefinger. Floral tape also seems to get "stickier" if you stretch it a little as you're rolling it. I'd suggest practicing rolling tape around a pencil (or something rigid) until you get a feel for how the tape responds to being stretched and pressed onto itself. I hope this helps.

Re: "100% Trash, So You Know It's Good!"

Dear pamphyila: My grandmother taught me to iron ribbons by carefully sliding them over a warm lightbulb. It seems our grandmothers were "green" long before it was fashionable. Thank you for your comments.

Re: DIY: A Manifesto (of Sorts) in Four Parts

Amaryllis is absolutely correct in her evaluation. At the time, some years ago, the combination of "crazy-seeming" behavior, poor hygiene, and the unsanitary raw materials, made me loath to accept a paper crane from the street vendor. I would like to think I have since matured a little in my attitudes. Now, far from repulsing me, crazy-seeming behavior is something I am drawn to; hygiene (especially in this case) is often outside ones control, and; now that I've become a "trash picker" in my own right, I admire his resourcefulness. I'd like to think that, were I to happen upon the same situation today, I would offer money, accept a crane, and venture to share an origami recipe or two with that enterprising street crafter so that he could expand his product line and improve his lot. As I wrote in a recent post (DIY: A Manifesto (of sorts)), I've grown much more interested in passing along (craft) knowledge to others whenever the opportunity to do so arises. Thank you, Amaryllis, for your insightful comment.

Re: How to Make a Contemporary Creche

mistah's comment points out an oversight on my part, chiefly that the "Noel" envelope is intended only as packaging for storing the nativity components. I would still recommend a sturdy manila envelope be used to when sending this item through the mail in order to protect your creation from dirt or damage. Think of the "Noel" envelope" as the project box and the manila envelope as the wrapping paper that hides your surprise. Thank you, mistah.

Re: Surprising Easy Wreath in winter colors

Dear ModernGirl: Sensational!!!!!!! I love love love love love it (so much, in fact, I'm going to sit down and make another one on my own only this time I'm going to use our palette. Perfection!

Re: How to Make Paperless Origami

Lorell: Yes, my fusible interfacing is the woven kind. I actually bought it at Village Fabrics on 1st Avenue and 11th Street in NYC. It came of an enormous bolt so it didn't have any identifying labels or direction. It is woven, though, and the man who sold it to me said it was "double sided" so I did not fold it with the fusible side inward.

I have a dedicated "craft iron" that (sadly) doesn't get that hot anymore so I didn't have any problem with "stickiness." However, on my first attempt I did use a Silpat baking pad between my iron and the fusible material and that seemed to work well at preventing any residue from adhering to my iron. Thanks for offering tips on this material. I'm quite new to it so I appreciate all the guidance I can get.

Re: How to Make Paperless Origami

cavalierking and craftiretiree: I've looked into the reported printing problems and I have been unable to duplicate them on my end. When I attempt to print this post, all pages and all images print fine. I even tried printing from a friends PC (I'm on a Mac) and everything seemed find. I've asked the CraftStylish crew to take a peek at it and we'll see if we can correct the problem.

sfucella: I'm newer to fusible interfacing than you since I didn't even know if came in different weights. I haven't a clue what weight I used but I would suggest you try something supple enough for you to crease it and crease it again (four layers) without the material being too bulky. I hope you'll post pictures of your results.

To all the others who left glowing and appreciative comments, thank you thank you thank you for all your encouragement. It means the world to me to hear your thoughts on these posts. Such encouragement is a gift. Jeffery

Re: How to Make a Surprisingly Simple Paper Wreath

Dear Judy: Sorry for the delay and for failing to note in my post that I used a 12" wreath. Don't let what I used inhibit you in choosing a size that best suits your purposes. I think a larger wreath with smaller circles could be just as handsome as a smaller wreath with larger circles could be. :-)

Re: How to Make Paperless Origami

Dear Wildenfunky: Any origami pattern will work with this tutorial, of course, but if you are interested specifically in this deer pattern, it is, to the best of my knowledge, only available in the book The World of Origami. The author has created a series of "composite figures" made of up two crane bases and this is one of them. They are not particularly difficult to make (which I love) but I've not found anything like it elsewhere. You could check with your local library or search for it second-hand online. Thank you for your kind words. I hope you'll post pictures of your work on the site for us all to enjoy. Craft on. -- Jeffery

Re: Impression Prints

Dear Eveh: It was easy to add the type to these cards. After I finished making each of the prints (and after they were dry) I simply ran the completed pieces through my ink-jet printer. No scanning was required.

Re: Make a Shrink-Plastic Ring

These directions are great (I alway run things by my 10-year-old niece as a sort of field test and she agrees that they are clear and easy to follow.) I'm going out to pick up supplies so then next time we're all stuck inside on a rainy day, the nieces and I (there are five of them!) can have an afternoon of jewelry making. As one of them said, "This could make me very popular with my friends." Ah, the social benefits of bling! LOL.

Re: Jeff's paper daisies

Great job, Carolyn. Thanks for being the first to post your work. I love it.

Re: How to Make Perfect Paper Daisies

A few readers have asked for the name of the paper I used for this project. All of the paper I used came out of my scrap basket so it's been a little difficult to identify everything. Still, I had some success that I hope will be of interest to anyone making these on their own. J.

For the white daisies: Echizen Washi Kozo & Sulphite paper from Thailand (Direct link to page where this paper is featured: http://www.nycentralartsupply.com/asia/japan2.html). Style number: M32 Gira-Ume, 80 grams, 31" x 43", $5.60 per sheet

For the yellow centers of the white daisies: Canford Paper (Direct link to page where this paper is featured: http://www.nycentralartsupply.com/europeii/unitedkingdom.html), Desden Yellow, 150 grams, 20 1/2" x 30 1/2", $2.00 per sheet

Re: You're a Fabric Designer!

I mean "CraftyPod" blog (I left out the "y" in my last comment.) Let this be a lesson to all crafter that they should NOT to be writing comments at 1:56 in the morning when they should be sleeping. :-)

Re: You're a Fabric Designer!

Diane: Spoonflower sounds amazing. I can't wait to try it out. I also wanted to compliment you on your amazing CraftPod blog. I dipped in for a quick look and two hours (TWO HOURS!) zipped by before I knew it. I love the work you're doing there. Super.

Re: How to Machine Embroider Your Own Paper Right at Home

Jennifer: You've ruined me!!!! Now that I know I'm not limited by the type of embroidered papers I can buy off the shelf my mind is racing to all manner of projects I want to begin. This is a disaster since my mind is already running in ten directions. I'm going to be so busy playing with this new process it's unlikely I'll ever get any of my work done now! :-) Thank you for the great tutorial.

Re: Repeated Rewards: Make Paper Party Decorations

Dear Javamaven: The birds I simply cut out myself. You can make your own by simply downloading some bird images from Internet and then tracing them onto ColorAid paper and cutting them out. All you need is a craft knife, a cutting surface, and some colorful paper and you can make your own in a matter of minutes. Good luck.

Re: Bend to Conquer: How to Make a Beautiful Paper Lantern

Dear craft_gal: I use either X-acto or Excel brand blades (usually number 11, which is the most commonly available size.) I've had similar problems with blade tips snapping -- very annoying -- or blades being dull -- very very annoying. When I investigated by talking to a purchasing manager at a large art supply story in New York City, I was informed that most of the blades packaged for consumer use are now produced in China (isn't everything, these days?) However, he claimed that blades sold in 100 unit packs are still produced in the U.S. Why this should be I cannot say -- it may not even be true -- but I have had pretty good luck with the 100 packs. They are a bit expensive ($25-$35 depending on where you buy them) but it beats having to replace a blade every few minutes.

Another option you may wish to consider: Many art stores and higher-end craft stores now sell surgical steal scalpels. They are EXTREMELY sharp, quite durable, and they have a rounded tip. The snub-nosed blade prevents the tip from snapping off and there's no question they are sharp. I don't use them myself only because the handles are plastic and I tend to bear down rather heavily when I'm cutting so I prefer the steel shank of a regular X-acto. If you have a lighter touch, you may wish to try a scalpel. New York Central Art Supply in New York City carries them if you cannot find them where you live (NY Central Art Supply, 62 Third Avenue, NY NY 10003, 212-473-7705). Good luck and craft on!

Re: Crafting My Life with Paper

Dear artlikebread: Thank you for your kind comment. I've added a picture of floral frogs, per your request. You can find these items at your local florist (and often at your local flea market, too.) Craft on!