Posts Tagged 'Inspire Me Now!'

Inspire me NOW! – Tina Kraus

Drop what you’re doing. Right now. Just drop it. You HAVE to visit Tina Kraus’s blog and site, at this very minute. I promise you, it’s going to take your breath away!

Tina is a super talented (and really nice!) young German paper artist. She creates delicate and beautiful pop-ups, paper cuts and illustrations. I love them all, I think she’s a star.

Do yourself a huge favor and take a stroll in Tina’s wonderland:

faltmanufaktur Site

faltmanufaktur Blog


If you’re not German speaking, worry not! She usually writes in English as well (just scroll down), and her site is definitely google-translation worthy.



Inspire me NOW! – Helen Musselwhite

Happy Saturday everybody!

For those of you that celebrate Christmas, I wish you a wonderful holiday, I hope it’s really festive and exciting wherever you are!

I would like to introduce a very talented artist. Her name is Helen Musselwhite and she creates the most magical, gorgeous, delicate and moving scenes with paper. The layers of hand-cut paper are laid in box frames to create depth and drama. I love the woodland works, it makes you feel as if you’re peeking through a dense, mystical forest. You also HAVE TO check the Glass Domes! So beautiful.

Most recommended! Check out Helen’s site here.

Happy holidays!


Inspire me NOW! – Pattern Matters

I came across Pattern Matters almost by accident, and I gotta tell you – it was an instant crush! This crazy and innovative project is based on an interesting manifest, but even if you’re not into reading the theory, you got to admit – it’s super cool! The amazing calendar and awesome 3D posters are the result of brilliant minds and great talent.

So check it out at:


Inspire me NOW! – A Little Hut

Hello everybody!

I have to tell you about this lovely blog I visit quite often – A Little Hut. The owner of this creative blog is Patricia Zapata, a graphic designer, crafter and writer. She has a clean, chic style, a sensitive eye and imaginative mind. Her work is simply beautiful. There are plenty of cool tutorials and lots of ideas. There is a strong emphasis on recycling throughout her site, which is refreshing in our consuming, big-spenders modern scrapping community.

These days she’s doing a lot of cutter-machine creations and experiments, which made me wish I had one myself…

Check out Patricia’s blog:

She also has an on-line store, where you can purchase hand made designs as well as original cutting files (if you’re lucky and you own a cutting machine):

Have a nice week!


A Serious Dilemma

“Purim”, my favorite holiday in the world, is coming up soon. For those of you who don’t know, “Purim” is the Jewish holiday that’s probably the closest to Halloween. On Purim’s week I try to go to as many costume parties as I can, always making sure to have a super cool, crafty, original outfit! I’m not sure if it’s the dressing-up, the DIY or the “feel free to carry enormous fake weapons” that makes this holiday my favorite. I guess it’s simply the joyful atmosphere, having grown up people fooling around in the streets, letting their imagination go wild.

Now, I usually have an idea for a costume at least 6 months in advance, so I can work on it as long as I need… The tradition for the past ten years includes my sister and I spending days at my parents’ house, turning the basement into a Purim sweatshop (and my mom into a living sewing-machine…). The result – a costume that is completely hand made, unique and awesome!

Here are some examples of our costumes from the past few years:

In 2007 Ari and I were Kong-Fu fighters! I drew dragons on our clothes and added lots of black and red accessories.

2008 was the year of the Vikings (I LOVED this costume!). I dyed some fabrics, sew all our clothes, used hot-glue gun on everything and- voila! The most vicious warriors of the western world! Some of the “metal” pieces are made of Fimo, colored in gold.

In 2009 we were space invaders. It was really cool! Our suits were black and silver, we had space weapons (very useful against the human race) and acid green accents all over. I made a cute little space-pet as a hairpiece.

2010 was the era of the Aztecs. I made our outfits from dyed fabric and fake suede, the head pieces from leather leftovers and the jewelery from Fimo (drawn on with acrylic paint, to imitate the vanes of the turquoise stone…). The fake tattoos I drew on our arms lasted for a week and looked real good!

Now- the big dilemma – what shall I do this year?!?! I’ve been asking myself this question since October… HELP! If you have any brilliant ideas, please feel free to comment 🙂


Inspire me NOW! – Luxirare

This product just blew my mind! I love it! The idea is absolutely awesome – edible crayons, a (supposedly) healthy and tasty colorful kid’s toy! I love it when things are being taken out of context in a bright, humorous way.

I found this great pack of joy at the Luxirare site, check it out.

Hope I made you smile!

Water & Sky Tri-Fold Card

Our honeymoon in New Zealand was full of beauty, wild landscapes, powder blue waters and glowing clouds. There were so many hues of gray, aqua, blue and green, a cool magic that astounded me. It was at Punakaiki rocks, in front of a stormy sea, that I declared that our next home will be in that precise color scheme.

For my husband’s birthday I wanted to capture some of that southern-hemisphere feel in a card. I made this tri-fold card following a few tutorials on You Tube, and chose cool shades of gray and blue (with a hint of green). I wanted to keep it very clean and simple – it is always very challenging, creating a card for a man…

Since it doesn’t really feel like winter around here, hope this post helped cooling you down…


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