shastablasta wraps presents well

Jul 16

Tenugui gift wrapping

This past weekend Heath Ceramics in San Francisco had a lovely exhibit; Akio Nukaga and friends which included several events. One of the friends events I saw on the calendar was a Japanese gift wrapping demo. So you know I had to be there!

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Jul 09

Tie Dyed Paper Flowers

You have not time traveled back to the 60’s but these petals are sporting some tie dye flower power. Okay, so I did not tie up my paper with marbles and rubber bands but these papers are not store bought. They’re dyed using alcohol inks.

READ MORE ABOUT THE TECHNIQUE….

Jul 01

Starz and Stripz: Patriotic mail

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The US flag is a malleable thing. In it’s nearly 240 years it’s had 27 official versions though there was no designated arrangement for the field of stars until the 1912 introduction of the 48 starred flag (source). Did you know that?! The fact the flag has changed forms many times makes it seem less sacred. More sacred are the rights written within the constitution that imbued us with the ability to use the flag as a symbol to herald or question our country. Whichever you prefer. You can paint it on your jean shorts or create fine art.

So there you go! I’m doing my patriotic duty by playing with the form of the American flag. If you break the flag down to it’s simplest form it is two fields awaiting manipulation. Perfect for Zentangle and watercolors.

READ MORE + DIY ENVELOPE…

Jun 18

DIY decorative masking tape

Last week I shared an alternative for using plain clear tape when wrapping gifts. This week I’ve got another one. By now most avid crafters have discovered washi tape. So what’s the next logical step for a washi tape addict? Making your own of course! READ MORE…

Jun 11

Gift wrapping with image transfers

Have you ever heard of an image transfer? I had almost forgotten what they were until I recently got this book, Playing with Image Transfers, by Courtney Cerruti. I remember making one as part of a letterforms project in college. Google was barely a thing so I went off the verbal instructions from an art grad. Boy do I wish I had this book then. I remember having fun with my project but this book would have alleviated a lot of frustration.

Yeah, so what’s an image transfer? 

READ MORE + A GIVEAWAY…

Jun 04

Zentangle in color

A few weeks ago I shared the tangle pattern I created called Onion Drops and I included a list of patterns I found that have a similar twisting feel. Many of them I had never tried out before so I’m following up with some sample tiles to see how some of those patterns work. I think I found a new favorite in Sand Swirl. You’ll also notice the line work on these tiles is in color! I’ve been having fun playing with a pack of Stabilo pens. Usually I draw with a black 01 Micron (0.25 mm line). These create a 0.4 mm line so the line work is still fairly fine.

If this is the first time you’re stumbling upon Zentangle check out my introduction to the practice here. It can be a great medium for adding a handmade element to correspondence.

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May 28

Show and Tell: Maker Faire 2014

Have you ever been to a county fair? Maker Faire takes place at the San Mateo County Fair Grounds so walking in it has all the buzz of carnival rides, corn dogs, and 4-H projects. But this in actuality it is combination tech trade show, craft showcase, science fair, with creative oddities rolled into one. Every direction I turned there was something to wow at. The best “county fair” I’ve ever been to.

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May 21

Celebrating a year of calligraphy with a summer word list

It’s my calligraversary! Myyy ca-llig-ra-ver-sary. And now I have an awful song in my head. Regardless I’m happy to say I’ve been practicing calligraphy for one year. The first 6 months was spent diligently practicing a few hours a week. And the last 6 months I’ve been less disciplined. I’ve mostly trotted out my new skill for creating notes for well wishes. I am so thankful that I did spend that chunk of time early on practicing. It felt like learning a foreign language. At times I needed to reference my notes to get my hand to translate the letter forms. But now I feel much more fluent and it flows pretty quickly even when I haven’t practiced in awhile. 

If you’ve been thinking of taking up calligraphy and need some reasons to take the plunge I’ve got five for you.

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May 15

Crafty book recommendation: Just Us Girls

This months book recommendation is a crafting book for moms and daughters. Just Us Girls: 48 Creative Art and Craft Projects for Mothers and Daughters to Do Together, By Cindy Ann Ganadan. Flipping through this book brings me back to my childhood and all the fun projects my mom would come up with. We always had a project going. Sometimes it was making contraptions for blowing giant bubbles or you could find us blending up newspaper and fabric bits to make our own paper.

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New Zentangle pattern: Onion Drops

One of the things I love most about Zentangle is that it’s a great go-to creative outlet when creating birthday notes and wrappings. Hand drawing something is an automatic way to make something unique and special for someone.

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Pin cushion upholstery with Spruce

Last week I attended a book tour event for Spruce; A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design by Amanda Brown. At the event we made pin cushions which were the perfect micro project for using some tools of upholstery. 

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Apr 16

Peeps poppies, paper, and pink

Easter time is peeps time. My latest Peeps project is live on my blog. Enjoy!

http://shastablasta.com/shastablasta-wraps-presents-well/2014/4/16/peeps-poppies

Apr 02

Callingrams


Today I’m headed to Craftcation and taking some newly letterpressed business cards with me. Or should I say callingrams? Each one has an image from my Instagram feed.




I came across this fun sticker product from Social Print Studio and was inspired to design something with them. My other cards don’t have my social media contacts on them so it was the perfect project to incorporate these little stickers with my photos. Plus I do love to make labor intensive cards.



These stickers are so fun and I’m already finding other things to use them for. Each order has two booklets for $10 but I would recommend getting two orders because the shipping is $7. They’re printed in Taiwan but that shipping rate does make them arrive speedily. Mine arrived just 3 days after I ordered. I was super impressed. I do with they had other slightly larger sticker sizes. I’m sure I’d find many more projects to create with them. 

Mar 27

Wrap a t-shirt like a sandwich


T-shirts can be an odd thing to wrap. You could put it in a box or you could wrap it like a sandwich!







Bonus points if you can get paper from a favorite sandwich shop.

Mar 19

Don’t forget the pets


There are a lot of friends in my life welcoming new little humans into their families for the first time. Many of them have pets so when attending baby showers I’ve been including an extra gift for the furry friends. I figure some extra love in the form of treats and toys is helpful because they might perceive the new bundle of joy a little differently than their owners. 



I have plenty of handmade cat toy options in my Etsy store but I’ve had a hard time thinking of a handmade gift for pups. Handcrafted and dog has never sounded too durable to me. But in thinking of dog gifts there is one that can be hand gathered. Sticks!



If your neighborhood is lacking in sticks there’s always the classic tennis ball. Bonus if you’ve got some doggy paper for this super simple wrap.

So I encourage you when gifting parents to be; please don’t forget the pets!