C is For Cookie Cards...

A peek at a little something I'm working on at the moment. Sweet heart-shaped cookie cards for Valentine's Day!



A little washi tape shape making...



Plus a heart shaped card made from card stock in a creamy shade of vanilla.




Put them together, then garnish with glitter tape sprinkles.



Sweetness!

What have you been crafting lately? Would love to see!

The Kirigami Project - Week Four - Fireworks



If I'm being honest, this just might be my favourite... like ever! It's a definite departure from what I normally find myself cutting and I love the fluidity. It almost reminds me of antlers - do you see it?



Continuing on January's celebratory theme, this design was inspired by fireworks - when that ball of light zooms across the sky, that moment of anticipation before it blossoms. 

That's how I feel about kirigami, actually. You make all these cuts, sometimes planned, sometimes they veer a little off course, and you're not quite sure what's going to happen until, holding your breath, you unfold that piece of paper and boom - beauty! That moment of surprise - that's why I love it.

To create your own fireworks-inspired kirigami paper cut, start with the 6-point folding pattern, then trace and cut using the design below.
 And, as promised, Geri has prepared a free printable with all four of January's designs. Pretty snazzy, right?

Click on the image above to access and print the template. Then fold, trace and cut away!

We would love to see your kirigami creations! Use the hashtag #thekirigamiproject on Twitter and Instagram so we can see your versions of January's designs.

Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project is a collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri whips them into template shape! Each week In 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut.

Around here...


The appeal of winter is wearing thin...


Wait, who does winter appeal to anyway? Around here, we love it from December 24th - 31st, but after that...


I'm ready for Spring!


You can tell by our latest delivery of tape. Fresh, soft colours and patterns...


Perfect for your Easter basket (yes, I totally just skipped at least 2 holidays there, but I'm okay with that).

New tapes should be in the shop next week.

Send A LOVE-ly Garland


I must admit, I am rather smitten with the combo of washi tape on card stock. While it is true that, at least in the case of this project, you could get the same effect with pretty paper, I never have the right paper on hand, but tape I have aplenty! Plus, the benefit is that you get all that patterned goodness on the front and pure blankness on the back - perfect for scribbling down a sweet note or two.

And while we're admitting things, I should probably tell you that this project started out as something quite different (which seems to be a bit of a theme for me this week!). I was thinking about washi tape gift tags in the shape of letters but when I cut out the first one - an R - it looked all wrong. Too big, too awkward. Serves me right for insisting on cutting freehand - but I usually cut better than I draw. Usually. So I trimmed that R into a P, which looked much better but still too big for a gift tag. But then I thought about the cranes and thought "aha - a love-ly garland!"


Because why should we stick to sending rectangular mail when we can just as easily slip a handmade garland into an envelope? So a little more washi tape, a little more scissor work, a few holes and a length of twine. That's more like it! So simple but also so lovely - no need to stick to initials, you could just as easily spell out a phrase or a name. 

Of course, if we're sending pretty things in the mail, the envelope needs a little love too! Apply strips of washi tape to parchment/waxed paper, overlapping slightly. For lovely symmetrical hearts, use that old trick of folding, then cutting. 

A flurry of hearts on the front of the envelope. Start with the bottommost strip of tape, peel towards the top and stick wherever you please.A few strips of overlapping tape on a back corner. Love how the monochromatic patterns peek through the red stripes - that's one of the beauties of washi tape, the translucency!
All together now! That's a love-ly mail day.
Then, slide the garland into your decorated envelope and send love in the mail!
Will you be sending out love-ly mail this Valentine's Day?


The Kirigami Project - Week Three - Bubbles


For this week's circle-filled kirigami design, in keeping with the celebratory theme, I took inspiration from bubbles - you know, of the bubbly pour-me-another-glass kind! Though this kind of bubble is pretty amazing too.

My outside row ended up a little bit pointier than originally intended, but I still rather like it and the tiny sunshine right in the middle was a fun surprise! This design reminds me a little of something you might see through a kaleidoscope - and that's really never a bad thing.

To create your own Bubbles-inspired kirigami, use the 6-Point Folding Pattern and the design below.

Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project is a collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri whips them into template shape! Each week In 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut - simply print the traceable template to get started now


Wear A Pom!

Have you been bitten by the pom pom making bug yet? Once you find yourself surrounded by fancy handmade (or clever contraption-made) poms, the question "what should I do with all these pom poms?" is sure to come up. Why not wear a pom?


Transform pretty pom poms into one of a kind hair accessories simply by tying them onto a hair elastic.
Or why not attach one to your daily topknot with a simple bobby pin (or two) or a hair clip?
It's an easy and fun way to sport a little quirky colour during these long dark days of winter!
Happy crafting! 



The Kirigami Project - Week Two - Lucky Horseshoes

When you think about good lucky charms, what comes to mind? Though I've never been particularly horse-y (horses belonging to that grouping of animals that, while charming from afar, leave me rather breathless and wheezy up close. Darn allergies!), I've always been rather smitten with the lucky horseshoes. So, what better than to choose as a lucky symbol to start off 2014, year of the horse!

After folding & cutting this design, you can add the nail holes with a small hole punch as I did, or skip this step altogether. Simply unfold almost all the way, leaving papercut folded in half, then punch 3 equally spaced holes on each of the three straightaways as seen in the image above.
Once unfolded fully,  the final result is a simple flower shape with rounded petals and a scalloped centre.

To create your own Lucky Horseshoes kirigami, use the 6-Point Folding Pattern and the design below.



Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project is a collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri whips them into template shape! Each week in 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut - simply print the traceable template to get started now.

Lucky Bags Are Here!


A little bit late - but no less lovely - our 2014 Lucky Bags have arrived in the shop!


I snapped a few pictures while I packed so you could have a sneak peek at the goodies inside.


Cute stationery, packaging / party supplies and lots of pretty tape!

Like surprises? You'll love Omiyage's Lucky Bags. Kind of like the goody bags of your youth but with fewer candy necklaces and more cute + useful goods! Inspired by Japanese fukubukuro, our Lucky Bags will help you start the new year with cute & colourful flair.

A Year Of Sending Pretty Mail

Washi Tape Birthday Card
Kraft & Black
Canadiana
Naoshi Mail
Sparkly Pretty Mail
Not-So-Classic Valentines
Origami Heart Cards
Grey & Gold
Kirigami Envelopes
Neon & Glitter
Upcycled Envelopes
In The Garden
Cotton & Flax
Mozaiq
Dots & Stripes
Posticks
Happy Home Mail
Sweet Details
Teacups & Watercolours
Catalogue Envelopes
Doodle Collages
Safari Mail
Kokeshi Mail
Confetti Mail
Sparkle Dots
Ornament Cards
Christmas
New Years Wishes

The Send Pretty Mail project started in January 2013. The premise - to send 5 pieces of pretty mail, whether handmade or store-bought, each month. To send good mail days to friends and strangers both near and far.

More than 60 pieces of pretty mail were sent across Canada and the US and the world. To places like Argentina, Australia, South Africa, Malaysia and the Channel Islands. Occasionally, a beautiful piece of return mail would brighten up my mailbox.

There really is nothing better than a good mail day - something beautiful tucked in between the bills and the flyers never fails to make someone smile.

Here's to more great mail days in 2014 and beyond. Hope you were inspired to send a little pretty mail too!