Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dharma Dolls

Before Dharma become associated with a mysterious initiative on "Lost," it was the name of a deity in charge of one's righteous path.

It's also the name of a pretty cool little tchotchke you can pick up in Japan or (nearer to home) most Asian shops.

When you buy one, the eyes are blank and white. After bringing one home, you will think of a goal and fill in one eye, promising to provide the doll with full sight when your goal has been completed. The dharma (or daruma) doll will give you a little reminder to stay on task (and perhaps provide a little divine intervention as well).

And now you can make your own dharma/daruma doll out of paper, courtesy of the clever people at Canon's Creative Park:

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Free Download: Sweet Dreams Cards

Pick someone who wouldn't expect it and send them one of these lovely little cards.... on me!

I love the joy of snail mail, we should all do it more often. I promise to send a few of these to some people I love, "just because" if you'll do the same...

I love these sweet images. Both of them are in the public domain -- feel free to use them for your own personal use (please refrain from reselling them).

The pdf looks like this:

Download the pdf, print it onto cardstock, cut and fold!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dinosaur Invitations


It's been months since I've posted a new item -- seriously bad rut!

I've actually been working on this simple dinosaur birthday party invitation for a long time now, but have finally gotten the colors so that I'm perfectly happy with it.

Hope people like it!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Scary Heart

A properly Etsy-obsessed vendor checks her Etsy shop pretty much constantly, not only for sales, but for feedback (duh!) and even who is hearting him or her. Interesting avatars merit a trip to that sellers shop and a possible heartback.

This avatar made me laugh...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

3D Galore!

The boys and I have been playing around with 3D images... this is the best of the lot (there were some very weird effects if I moved the camera too far between the two shots).

Check out the Start3D site if you're interested in doing it yourself...

Monday, March 15, 2010

3D photos!

Wow, if there's one thing I love more than papercrafts, it's 3d photos! (well, not counting the kids)(oh, yeah, my husband!)(cats and other family members... okay all the mammals in my life, but really! I do love 3d so very very much!)

When we were on our honeymoon, I brought along a disposable 3d camera that took a series of photos all next to each other. You sent the camera in for processing and they sent you back a series of lenticular photographs -- you know, the kind with grooves in the plastic and as you move the photo back and forth, the image appears in 3d?

Super cool beyond belief! The photos were spectacular!

Since then, sadly, the company went belly up (unfortunately, AFTER we sent them a nice check, all our negatives and a request for multiple reprints). If anyone knows of anyone who's doing these clever 3d photos, let me know!

In the meantime, I've discovered Start3D, which allows you to upload two images (taken side by side of the same subject) and, within minutes, create a clever 3D animation -- super easy and effective! You can then order lenticular prints of your creations... WOW!

The screenshot I show above isn't as crisp as the actual animation here:

(and, okay, still not perfect -- you really need your subjects to stand REALLY still)

These handsome fellows are the brother, friend and groom of my niece Christine -- she was married years ago (my twin boys were ring bearers (they thought they were going to be "ring bears" and perhaps wear furry costumes)) and, just in case I ever figured out how to do 3D, I asked the men to hold their pose while I took two side-by-side shots.

Pretty cool, I think!

Bonus image of the "ring bears:"

Oh my goodness! So much cuteness! One more can't hurt:

Twins in cowboys boots!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Free. Paper. Foldables.

There are few words in the English language that get me as excited as the idea of free downloadable papercrafts.

I was dropping off a bag of paper goodies for my friend, CraftyLinda. She shared the most cunning little paper accordian that doubled as a calendar that she'd made using a downloadable pdf from the Paperfoldables website.

Check it out! It contains a wide assortment of fun, subversive, clever and sometimes even practical papercrafts. My faves? The poor kitty wearing a cone, the card holder that looks like an Atari console and Twiki (from Buck Rogers).