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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / paper dress form on: December 28, 2008 05:59:50 AM
I wanted to get a dress form for my fiance as a Christmas present.  I asked a friend who is a seamstress and used to teach classes for advice on how to buy one.  She suggested that I give my fiance some kind of IOU on Christmas day, and then take her shopping since there are so many different options to consider.  This made sense to me, so I made this little paper dress and put it on a toothpick stand. 

In this picture it's sitting on top of the box I put it in.  It's basically the origami box that I shared in another craftster post minus the lotus flower.

Here's a close up of the dress on it's stand. 

12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / origami ornaments on: December 19, 2008 03:56:30 PM
Here are a few ornaments that I made.  I call them ornaments, but you can hang them as decorations any time of year. 

You can't talk about origami with out bringing up these things...  I made the hook with a paper clip.  If you're interested in learning how to make a paper crane, you can go here

The red & white ring and the blue & white 8 point star are actually the same fold (they can transform!)  *I just posted a video of how to make the 8 point stars on my website*

Paper balloons of various sizes...  It was tricky installing the paperclip loop on these... they're so delicate. 

Here are some peace doves... maybe I could hot glue an olive branch into their beaks.  You can learn how to make these here
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Lotus flower boxen on: December 15, 2008 03:34:16 PM
Here's an origami box that I made out of two different sheets of 12x12 inch scrapbook paper... after all was said and folded, the box was 6x3x3 inches. 

Then I made a little origami lotus flower out of six different sheets of 4x7 origami paper (I had to cut a square sheet).

Then I figured... why not stick the flower on the box... I had to reinforce the lid from behind with a piece of card stock, and I used a yellow pipe cleaner as a twist-tie to secure the flower to the lid.  This made the lid a little heavy so I used a piece of clear packing tape to secure the lid to the box bottom (usually the lid slides under flaps on the box, and that's good enough to hold them together). 

Here's the box when opened.  You can see the piece of card stock as reinforcement (do I get points for trying to match the color of the card stock to the colors of the box?). 

It's hard to see in the picture, but I put some foam-like "premium densified batting," into the bottom of the box to give it a little more structural support.  This would make a nice little keep-sake chest or a good gift box (one of my fiance's Christmas presents is inside it as I write this). 

Patterns for the lotus and the boxen here.

Thanks for your time.
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