I don’t own all the paper crafting tools and gadgets I would like. For the type of crafting I do, I find I need variety more than quantity and it is hard for me to justify spending the money on a new punch, die cut, etc., when I only want a few pieces. That’s why I keep my eyes open for ready-made items I can embellish with quilling.
I spotted several packages of Martha Stewart’s tags last year in my local Scrapbook outlet store. (Alas, I discovered a few days ago it had closed — sigh!). There are 8 tags in each package and since they were on sale, each package cost less than a dollar. What a bargain. The tags even have the “To” and “From” printed on the back.
I added my own ribbon (also from various bargain bins), a square of scrap card stock, a quilled candy cane, and … Voila! I now have a custom gift tag worthy of any present.
If you keep your eyes open, you can find lots of ready-made packaging just waiting for a touch of quilling to turn it from ho-hum to Ho-Ho-Ho! (Sorry, I just couldn’t resist).
I belong to several Yahoo quilling groups. If you want a constant flow of creative ideas and great quilling, I urge you to join.
The other day a very talented quiller, Lucia, posted some photos of some ornaments she had finished. They were glass balls with quilled Christmas designs inside. Obviously, they caught everyone’s eye and very quickly a discussion popped up as to how they are made. It turns out that they were constructed inside the ornament, much like a ship in a bottle, using tweezers.
I just had to give it a try with one of my snowflakes, although many quilling patterns would work. I have to admit that it was tricky, but I am so pleased with the results. I added some fake snow to give the ornament a bit more visual dimension and sparkle since it is clear glass.
I am definitely making more of these for the Christmas season.
Are you working on your holiday projects yet?
***Blog Post Update: I was going to keep the secret to making this amazing ornament all to myself, but you know me… I just love to share. You’ll find the downloadable pattern, priced at only $5.95, in the Quilling Pattern Store section of my blog.