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May 31 2011

Quilled Bookmark

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quilled_bookmark     This quilled bookmark is a good project for children because it is quick and easy to do.  And since the quilling is glued onto a wooden base, it becomes very durable, even for little ones who may not be as gentle with the paper coils as adults would be.

     The materials used are very inexpensive, making it an ideal group project.  The cross shown in this post would be a good choice for a Sunday school class or vacation Bible school.  You could easily change the wooden base, however, to appeal to any group — perhaps a wooden heart with a quilled heart on top, or a round disk with a quilled flower for girls or a bug for boys.

quilled_bookmark2     For each bookmark, you will need:  a small wooden shape, paint or scrapbook paper, a jump ring, assorted beads, cording, glue, and quilling paper of your choice.

     To make the bookmark pendant, drill a small hole in the wooden shape for the jump ring.  Paint the wooden piece or glue scrapbook paper scraps to the front and back.  Insert the jump ring.  Glue the quilling design of your choice to the top of the wooden shape.

     To assemble the bookmark, thread one end of the cord through the beads, then through the pendant’s jump ring, and back through the beads.  Secure the cord by wrapping it around back around itself and tying a knot.  Tie a knot at the other end of the cord to finish the bookmark.

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Mar 08 2011

Quilling Patterns You Want to See

I want to send a big THANK YOU to all of my newsletter readers who took the time to tell me the kinds of projects you would like to quill.  The information received was just wonderful.  I am going to tally up the results and will definitely keep your wish list in mind as I create my new quilling designs.

floral_heart_wreath_pinkAs promised, all feedback responses were put into a single folder and I used to generate a random number used to select the winner of a free quilling pattern.

The number generated was 107 and the lucky winner is … (drum roll, please) … Eileen from Ward, Arkansas.  I have contacted Eileen and she has selected the Floral Heart Wreath pattern for her prize.

Congratulations, Eileen!  I hope you enjoy the pattern.

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Jan 23 2011

Valentine Quilling for the Man in Your Life

I love shopping the clearance section of craft stores.  You never know what goodies you might find.  This was the case with a pack of unfinished wooden hearts.  I had no particular project in mind, but purchased them anyway — they were on sale!  As with all of my treasures, they went into my inspiration bin.


With Valentine’s Day on the horizon,  I starting going through my bin and rediscovered the wooden hearts.  The ideas started bouncing around in my head.  I could paint the heart red … decoupage a sentiment across it … add a quilled lace border …  
The result is this handsome Valentine’s Day card perfect for the man in your life.  The tailored color blocked squares of red and black contrast nicely with the lacy quilled border around the heart making this card flirty and fun.  
quilled-heart-border-closeupI enjoy mixing various elements together with my quilling and this heart’s 1/8-inch depth makes it a great companion element for the standard 1/8-inch width quilling paper.  The next time unfinished wooden items go on sale, I’m going to take a closer look at the other shapes available.

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Jan 19 2011

Quilled Captured Snowflake Pattern

quilledcapturedsnowflakeI am so excited to share the news!  As promised in my last post, the first pattern I’ve completed for 2011 is for the Quilled Captured Snowflake — a beautiful paper snowflake captured for all time inside a glass ornament — just like a ship in a bottle.

     When I created my Captured Snowflake ornament I knew it was special, but the response I have received has been truly amazing!  It seemed like everyone who saw this snowflake ornament either bought one or asked me how to make it.

     I was going to keep the secret all to myself, but you know me … I just love to share.  So, I sat down and created this pattern so that you, too, can quill your own Captured Snowflake ornament and WOW your family and friends.

     This downloadable PDF ePattern contains complete easy-to-follow instructions, lots of step-by-step full color photos, a sprinkle of hints and tips to keep you on track, and all pattern templates to ensure your success.

     The pattern is available for purchase in the Quilling Pattern Store section of the blog.  Enjoy!

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Nov 15 2010

Quilled Poinsettia Pattern and Folded Fan Ornament Tutorial

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poinsettiafanornamentSeveral weeks ago I was approached by Laura Boetto of Papers and Pixels,  a new On-Line Crafting Magazine.  She had downloaded my free eBook, Quilling with Confidence, and was having a grand time learning how to quill.  Laura was writing an introduction to quilling and asked if I would contribute a free quilling pattern for the November issue.  How could I refuse?
I just received the November issue and am so impressed with the quality of the projects, a mixture of more traditional paper crafts and digital crafting/scrapping.  Not only does it contain the quilling from Laura and yours truly, there are great ideas for Christmas cards and ornaments, and very informative tutorials on basic photo restoration — just in time for those needing a little help retouching scanned copies of precious family photos now faded with time. 
But wait …. there’s more! 
This magazine is totally free.  Just pop over and download it.  Such a deal.
Do come back and leave me a comment if you like my poinsettia and folded fan ornament.  I’d love to hear from you!

To get your own copy of Quilling with Confidence, fill in your name and email address in the form found under the “Free Quilling eBook” section located at the top of the right-hand column of this blog. 

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Oct 22 2010

Quilled Pumpkin Patch Characters

In October of 2009, I posted an entry featuring Ms. Pumpkin Head, a small gourd pumpkin with quilled features just like the children’s toy, Mr. Potato Head.
Imagine my surprise and delight when Lynne Carr, a member of a quilling Yahoo! group I belong to, posted this photo of her wonderful pumpkin patch characters based on my design.  Of course, I had to ask her if she would share them with you and she graciously agreed.

Lynne’s Quilling Background

Lynne discovered quilling in the fall of 2006 when she picked up a child’s quilling kit for a friend’s daughter in her local Dollar Tree.  The friend decided she didn’t want it so it was set aside for six months.  Lynne was going to throw it out, but decided to go online to see what quilling was.  After she “picked [her] jaw up off the floor,” she decided to give it a try herself and it was instant love at first twirl.  
Her first quilling piece was a simple purple flower.  She tried the many designs she found online and soon discovered a 3D picture of several frogs sitting around a pond which won her heart.  With her Dollar Tree strips now gone, Lynne started to cut her own 1/8″ strips from construction paper and tried making a small pond scene with only 1 frog and cattail.  She says that the light weight construction paper quilled fine, but the paper wasn’t colorfast and her once colorful scene is now very pale as it has almost faded away.
She and her husband, Joe, are self-employed with very busy schedules.  It seems as soon as she sits down to quill, she is called away (sound familiar?).  Lynne loves that quilling is a versatile art you can start and stop quickly.  She now purchases her quilling strips online to save time and obtain the colors she needs that don’t fade. 
Lynne’s projects are a mixture of designs she has found online, her ever-growing collection of books, and her imagination.  She was kind enough to mention that she enjoyed my Quilling with Confidence eBook* and actually quilled the “beautiful cross” (a free quilling pattern found in the eBook) and has it hanging on a wall over her desk.

Lynne’s Smiles

She has a collection of simple designs that she calls her “smiles” — things like frogs, butterflies, angels, ducks, flowers, etc., that are usually ½ to 1 inch in size.  She keeps them with her and gives one to anyone she sees who she thinks needs a smile.  She says that the reaction has been amazing.  These little pieces of twirled paper have a way of making people of all ages smile who moments before were frustrated, upset, or sad.  Lynne’s philosophy about her “smiles” is wonderful:
“I tell people who want to give me money for them, smiles are meant to be free.  I gave them my smile and they gave me theirs in return, so we were even.  And those smiles have given both my husband and me memories no money could ever buy.”
How awesome is that???  What a wonderful way to spread quilling love with others.  Kudos, Lynne.  

Lynne’s Pumpkin Patch Characters

This past summer Lynne found my blog post on Ms. Pumpkin Head and waited until the gourds were available in the stores to give it a try.  She changed the lips to a simple half moon for a more comic look.  To dress the pumpkins she went online to look for patterns for a child’s costume hat and found one of a pirate.  She reduced the size of the pattern and glued it to a black band and lets it sit like a sweatband around the pumpkin.
For the witch’s hat, she drew two circles, 4-inches in diameter, on black construction paper, then cut one of the circles in half.  She rolled the half circle into a cone and glued it together, just barely overlapping the sides.  Next, she sat the cone in the center of the full circle and traced around it so she would know the diameter of the cone.  She then made another circle in the center about the size of a quarter.  She cut out the quarter size hole in the center, then cut from the hole to the middle circle (the one she drew when she traced around the cone) like she was fringing around it.  She folded the fringe up and glued the fringe inside the cone shape.  This gave her a witch’s hat that fit over the stem of the pumpkin and the stem helped keep it from falling off.  She offered this great tip:  When drawing on black construction paper use a pencil, it leaves a shinny mark that is easier to see. 
The only problem she ran into was using Elmer’s glue to adhere the features to the pumpkin because they pop off if they come in contact with anything.  She has given a dozen pumpkins away and explains to the recipient that if it happens, just pick up some Elmer’s and glue them back.  No one seems to mind this little drawback.  Everyone has loved the pumpkins, and are just amazed about how they look as they are shocked to find out it’s a real pumpkin. 

*You can receive your own copy of my free eBook, Quilling with Confidence, by filling in the form located in the top right of this blog.

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Oct 18 2010

Quilling a Happy Halloween Card

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I was wandering around my local Jo-Ann recently, and I do mean wandering — they have totally changed the layout of the store, moving the merchandise and shelving.  The entire store is now different. 
dcwv_midnight_spell_matstacI managed to find the scrapbook department and discovered a wonderful 4.5″ x 6.5″ bound stack of Halloween papers by DCWV, Inc., called The Midnight Spell matstack®.  It contains 72 heavy card stock sheets with wonderful Halloween prints (half of them have foil or glitter) that are just the right size for card making.  I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but just had to have it.  I had a coupon, but when I went to pay, it was on sale, so it only cost me around $5.00.  What a deal!
Some of the papers have all over patterns and some have wonderful scenes on them.  As I thumbed through the stack I discovered this delightful haunted house and knew it would make a great card with quilled ghosts flying out of the windows.
To assemble the card, I layered the printed card stock onto black and then attached it to a purchased blank ivory card.  The scene needed a big orange moon, so I punched one out and stamped it with happy halloween.  Then I glued it to some scrap black card stock and cut around the circle with my pinking sheers.  I then glued the moon in place.
You won’t believe what I used for the strip of spooky ground fog — a torn dryer sheet, already used, of course!  I happened to be going back and forth between doing laundry and working on the card, when I saw the dryer sheet in with the clothes I was folding and thought it looked a bit spider-weby.  However, when I went to stretch it out, it was far too sturdy.  I was playing around with the torn strip, wondering if I could use it like a ribbon on the card, when I realized it made great fog.  How’s that for recycling?
All I needed to add to finish it off were the quilled ghosts and a large black bat flying in front of the moon.  I was going to add wiggle eyes to the ghosts, but they didn’t look right, so I added a pair peeking out of the upper window instead.
Sometimes all it takes are a few paper quills to make a simple card extra special.

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Sep 14 2010

Create a Custom Mat for Your Quilling

Step 1 - Purchase suitable frame

Step 1 - Purchase suitable frame

I create a lot of quilling for sale and for the most part, I like to frame it under glass.   Since I have no idea where my quilling will find a home, I feel better knowing it has that extra protection.  Custom framing is expensive, but there are ready-made frames out there with enough depth for the quilling if you look for them.

Step 2 - Assemble painting materials

Step 2 - Assemble painting materials

I found a wonderful double-matted frame that had plenty of room, and with a 40% coupon, it was a good price.  The only problem was that both of the mats were white and they didn’t add any punch to the quilling.

I wanted the inside mat to be black to match the frame and really set off the quilling, but having a custom mat cut around here is at least $10.  So I put on my creative thinking cap and decided to paint the mat. 
Step 3 - Paint mat with acrylic paint

Step 3 - Paint mat with acrylic paint

I used a quality craft store acrylic paint (Americana Lamp Black — but any quality acrylic paint should do nicely) and a good paint brush left over from my ceramic days.

When I took the frame apart I discovered that the two mats had been glued together with a cardboard spacer, so I pulled out my craft knife and cut them apart.
Step 4 - Assemble the pieces and frame your quilling

Step 4 - Assemble the pieces and frame your quilling

I painted the smaller inside mat, being careful to apply the paint smoothly so that the brush strokes wouldn’t show.  Once dry, I glued the two pieces back together and finished framing my quilling.

I think it looks great and really highlights the quilling.  Plus, it saved me the cost of having a special mat cut.  And since I was framing three pieces, the savings really added up.
Don’t be afraid to alter ready-made photo mats to enhance your quilling.  Besides painting the mats, you can cover them with fabric, decorative papers, or even stamp on them.
Here are the three pieces of quill art that I framed using this technique.  You can see how the black on the inside mat really shows off the quilling.
Downloadable PDF quilling patterns (ePatterns) containing complete easy-to-follow instructions, full color photo tutorials, and all pattern templates are available for these three folk art quilling pieces.  Visit the Quilling Patterns section for more information. 

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Feb 21 2010

Quilling for St. Patrick’s Day

quilled-shamrock-tagTop ‘o the morning to you!  I missed Mardi Gras and the Chinese New Year, but my Scots-Irish heritage wouldn‘t let me skip St. Paddy’s Day without a quilled project or two.
In the United States, St. Patrick’s Day has become a celebration of everything Irish — and what could be more Irish than shamrocks and a leprechaun’s pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?  I combined these traditional Irish symbols into a fun quilling design sure to bring the luck of the Emerald Isle to all those who quill it or are lucky enough to receive it.
I dressed the quilling up with green glitter on the shamrocks and filled the pot with flat-back crystals for the gold.  A piece of variegated ribbon stapled in place finishes the tag.
You’ll find the free quilling pattern for this lucky design, along with instructions for creating the tag and the card I put it on, in the next newsletter.  So, if you haven’t already subscribed to “The Art of Quilling News,” be sure to sign up today.  (You’ll find the enrollment form in the upper right-hand corner.)
I leave you with this traditional Irish blessing:
For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way-
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.


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Dec 09 2009

Heavenly Angel — Free Quilling Pattern

angelThere is still time to embellish your Christmas crafts with quilling.  This sweet little angle works up quickly and would add a heavenly touch to your Christmas projects.
You will need
Basic quilling tools (discussed earlier)
Quilling paper, 1/8″: white, yellow, gold metallic (solid gold on one side of the paper strip)
Gold leaf pen (optional) 
Free Quilling Pattern — Heavenly Angel
(1) 20″ teardrop, white (body)
(1) 10″ loose coil, white (head)
(2) 10″ shaped teardrops, light yellow (wings)
(1) 2″ strip, metallic gold (halo)
Instructions for making the teardrop and loose coil can be found here
Using the photo as a guide, glue the 10″ loose coil (head) to the pinched tip of the 20″ teardrop (body) to form the angel.  Shape the wings by curving the teardrop around your index finger as you pinch it, or roll the tip of the completed teardrop around your quilling tool.  If desired, run the gold pen across the top of the two 10″ shaped teardrop wings to gilt the edges before gluing them to the angel body.
haloTo make the halo, fold the 2″ strip of metallic gold paper in half and glue the two sides together.  You now have a 1″ strip with gold on both sides.  Overlap the two ends and glue together to form an oval loop.  Glue the halo flat (with the glued ends down) onto the background, slightly at an angle above the angel’s head.
christmas-card-angelLast year, I used this little angel on Christmas cards.  I used the same blue scrapbook paper that reminds me of a winter’s night that I used on the snowflake cards in the previous post and added a homespun feel with the golden gingham held in place with mini brads.
This year, I designed a scroll ornament from the sheet music of a familiar Christmas carol, “Angels We have Heard on High.” 
If you want to try making your own scroll ornament, there are many carols and hymns in the public domain. 
angel-scroll-ornament3Try a Google search for images or you can visit to see if they have any you would like.  There are also many scrapbook papers and stamps with music backgrounds that would work nicely. 
Quilling Tip:  The metallic coating on the paper used to make the halo causes the glue to take longer to set.  I find it helpful to use a pair of tweezers to hold the ends of the halo strip together until the glue dries. 
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