One of the great things about the internet is that one link leads to another. I was clicking around a few weeks ago looking for Valentine inspiration and found a wonderful blog called iheartnaptime.net which features a free download of a patchwork heart made from triangles designed by Kiki Comin, the creator and editor of Kiki and Company.
I was ready to try something different and when I saw the heart I thought it would be fun to make my own — only I used triangles that I created using the husking technique. My version seemed to create itself and turned out decidedly old fashioned.
While looking around for a cute saying to go with the Valentine I came across this one: “You stole a piece of my heart.” If I had not already glued the heart together, I would have left a triangle piece out and used this saying.
Looking for quilling inspiration? Why not upcycle old gift enclosure cards into new cards for friends and family?
Last fall I spent a lovely day with my friend stopping at yard sales and thrift stores. At one very unique shop in downtown Villa Rica, GA, I spied a shoebox of old, unused gift enclosure cards. I picked out several for only a dime a piece. What a deal!
I love making quilling cards, but don’t make enough of the same ones to justify spending a lot of money on specialty stamps and supplies. When I saw these wonderful little gift cards, I had the idea of using the colorful fronts as the sentiment part of a card.
The enclosure card was the inspiration for the colors and the actual quilling design which is a repeat of the whimsical leaf and berry doodle.
I love how this card turned out! Not only did I save an old card from the trash, but I have a new quilling card ready for the next special occasion.
A dear friend of mine, Sharon, recently had a birthday and I wanted to craft her a quilling card to celebrate the occasion.
I have a very hard time using border punches and when I saw this lovely strip on the program of a wedding I attended recently, I couldn’t toss it out. I carefully removed it from the program and saved it to recycle into a future quilling project.
While creating this card, I tried various ribbons, but just wasn’t happy with the look — then I remembered the punched paper strip. I think it adds a wonderful lacey accent. It doesn’t show in the photo, but I edged the white scalloped circle with silver metallic ink. The pearl flower center and blue gems add a touch of bling to an otherwise simple card — perfect for my special crafting friend.
Take a creative look at cards, programs, and packaging before you toss them out. You may be throwing away free crafting materials that can add color, texture, and interest to your quilling projects.
My husband’s former sales assistant is getting married in a private ceremony this week and we will be attending their reception on Saturday. I created this card to celebrate the happy occasion.
The graphic, created by Angela Poole, Creative Editor of Papercraft Inspirations, can be found in the “Free Downloads” section of the magazine’s website.
Making quilled flowers that tiny was a bit of a challenge. The petals are solid ring coils made by wrapping 1-inch pieces of 1/16” paper around a toothpick. I then added a tiny rhinestone to the center of each flower to add a bit of sparkle.
My niece recently graduated from the University of Georgia. She has always been so complimentary of my quilling that I wanted to make her a special card rather than purchase one off the shelf.
The card turned out to be more of a challenge than I thought it would be. It took three stops to find a paper that meshed with the idea I was playing with in my mind. When I finally had the card layout set, I thought that quilling the graduation cap would be a snap. Oh, my goodness … was I ever wrong.
This card may say, “Hats off to the graduate,” but to all the quillers who have already created a quilled a graduation cap, my hat’s off to you. I had a devil of a time shaping the coils the way I wanted them. And when I glued the bottom cap part onto the mortar board diamond, I decided that the mortar board was a bit too small. I certainly did NOT want to create another cap, so I carefully added more “layers” to the top diamond shape to enlarge it.
I could have created a paper tassel with fringed paper, but as you all know, I’m not a purist and like the look of mixing different materials together. I had trouble finding a light blue tassel small enough in the stores, so I made my own using embroidery floss.
The sentiment on the front of the card has rolled ends like a diploma. I found a quote online that I thought was appropriate and used it for the inside of the card.
I hope she likes it.
Even if your quilling design isn’t quite right — keep working with it before you throw it away. You can reshape or add to your coils until you have the look you want.
My youngest daughter’s friend is having a baby boy and the shower theme is outer space. When she saw the Valentine’s Day lollipop cover I made with the rocket ship, she asked me to make a shower card with a rocket on it for her to give to the mother-to-be.
Normally, the idea of a baby shower conjures up images of baby booties, rattles, and teddy bears in soft pastel shades. When I found this nice blue mid-century modern space looking paper, I thought it would be fun to go a bit cartoonish with the quilling.
The rocket pattern is adapted from a free clip art picture I found on the Internet. I pulled the blue-yellow-red color scheme of the rocket directly from the patterned paper and outlined each section with a double thickness of black paper strips to give it a comic book feel. I just love the addition of the yellow star buttons that I found in my stash. The end result reminds me of Marvin the Martian’s rocket from the old Buggs Bunny cartoons.
I tailored the card sentiment to the arrival of the new bundle of joy, but this card could very easily be adapted for a little boy’s birthday by changing the inside sentiment to read, “Counting Down the Days Until you Turn 5,” for example.
Quilling doesn’t have to be girly – sometimes it’s fun to let your imagination take flight.
I am so pleased to share with you that another design of mine, “Happy Father’s Day”, has been published — this time in CardMaker Magazine‘s May 2012 issue. (The first Father’s Day card was published in May 2010.)
For this card, the magazine editor actually contacted me (yes, that was a squeal of delight you heard coming from Georgia last November). LOL!!! Tanya had seen one of my Christmas cards where I replaced a letter with a quilled design posted on Pinterest and asked me if I had any interest in creating a card using that technique for an up coming issue of the magazine. Oh, my goodness, of course I was interested.
After the design was set and the card submitted, came the hard part … the wait. You never really know what changes they might make or how the card will fit into the magazine layout until you see the final magazine.
Well, the wait is over and the issue is published. Their photography is always top-notch and I am so pleased with the final results.
I know I’ve said it before, but you really do need to check out CardMaker Magazine. They always have at least one quilling card in every issue. And for those in need of inspiration for design layout, colors, and sentiments – look no further. This magazine has it all. I love this magazine and I think that you will, too.
Thanks for letting me share.
Several months ago I was doing my usual look through Michael’s scrapbook paper isle to see what papers they had marked down to ridiculously low prices when I happened upon one sheet left of a St. Patrick’s Day paper called Lucky Day Shamrock Big Stripe by Deja Views®. Regularly well over a dollar, it was now a mere $0.29. Of course I snatched it up.
What first caught my eye was the wonderful saying printed on the paper. A fancy sentiment is often the costliest part of making a card and here was a great one for mere pennies. It is hard to tell in the photo, but much of the sentiment is done in embossed metallic.
The other great thing about this paper was that it combined many great prints onto one sheet (also with lots of added shiny metallic embossing). It was like having the use of six printed papers for the price of one. I had quite a bit of the printed paper left over after making this card and will be able to use it for other occasions.
In making the card, the first thing I did was to cut out the sentiment and line it with matching blue card stock trimmed slightly larger than the sentiment, edging the pieces with black ink. Next, I cut a piece of matching green card stock 5-in x 6.5-in and affixed it to the front of my ivory card. I then cut a piece of the scrapbook paper 4.75-in x 6.25”, wrapped a piece of blue ribbon diagonally around the front securing the ends to the back, and affixed it to the front of the card. I attached the sentiment to the center front of the card using adhesive foam mounts so that the sentiment stood away from the back of the card.
Since the background paper was already pretty busy, I didn’t want to glue quilled shamrocks directly onto the card, but wanted them to stand out instead, like the sentiment. So, I quilled two shamrocks and glued them onto the front of mini clothes pins! I then clipped them onto the sentiment section of the card.
The clothes pin shamrocks were the perfect finishing touch to this St. Patrick’s Day inspired card. You can find several sizes of clothes pins in the unfinished wooden shapes isle of your local craft store.
I purchase bulk packages of inexpensive cards in 5-in x 6.5-in and 4-in x 5.5-in sizes in both ivory and white. They make a wonderful starting base for decorated cards and come complete with envelopes that are sized a bit larger than the cards. This allows finished cards to easily fit, even when embellished with quilling.
A cup of tea is an invitation to put your feet up and relax for a moment, or catch up with the latest news as you chat with a friend. Is it any wonder that teacups are such a popular motif in stamping and paper crafting?
When I first started thinking about this project, I envisioned my card having a decidedly Victorian feel. I had some nice off-white lace that I wanted to use and started looking through my papers to see what I might have to go with it. I was quite surprised to find that while I seem to be drawn to that style, it wasn’t reflected in my current paper stash and I didn’t have anything that would work.
That actually turned out to be a good thing. I am still in a “use what I already have” mood, which made me look at my current papers in a new way. I found a large scrap of striped print paper that reminded me of mid-century modern wallpaper and the look of my card quickly jumped a century from 1850 to 1950 and provided an opportunity to try some new quilling techniques.
I want to give Melisa Waldorf of Paperlicious Designs credit for the teacup template I used as the pattern to cut out my own blue teacup. I resized it a bit since I needed it smaller, but kept the rim wide enough to cover the packaged tea bag. I cut a slit through the front of the card and slipped in the teabag. It is held in place with a glue dot.
Most of the quilling designs are made from “solid rings” (the official North American Quilling Guild name for the ring coils) created by wrapping the quilling paper around a bamboo skewer, dowel, or tool handle.
I also used these rings to make the outline of the flower petals which I filled in using the Beehive technique Susan of Susan Quilling Cards introduced us to last December. Pritesh of Quilling Me Softly was kind enough to make a video of this technique.
I enjoy a nice hot cup of tea, especially on a cold evening, and this card with the enclosed teabag will let me share that enjoyment with a friend.
If tea isn’t your “bag” (I know, that was bad … LOL!), this card idea can be easily adapted to hold a packet of instant coffee or cocoa. Or try changing the tea cup to a soup bowl and add a packet of instant chicken soup for a thoughtful Get Well card for a sick friend.
My niece is getting married this June and I attended her bridal shower yesterday. I wanted to create a special card for the occasion and using the colors from the invitation, I designed this one.
Deciding on the actual quilling is usually not a problem; however, it can take me quite awhile to come up with the actual card layout. If you suffer from this design malady too, then a card sketch may be just what the doctor ordered.
For those unfamiliar with sketches, they are drawings of cards with the various paper pieces and embellishment placements already decided. I belong to a Yahoo! Group called The Scrapbook Lounge. The moderator (hi, Diana) is starting up a monthly sketch challenge and I decided to use it for the layout of the shower card.
With sketches there are no rules and you can certainly move pieces around to fit your mood or the supplies you have on hand. I find them to be a wonderful design tool since the work is already done for you. And since sketches are a simple black and white, it is much easier to imagine your own colors and papers in the layout, rather than seeing a finished card and then trying to imagine it made from completely different supplies.
You can find sketches quite easily. A quick Google search will turn up quite a few. You can also find them in the back of magazines such as Card Maker, and there are some excellent professionally done sketch books you can purchase.
There are also quite a few blogs that sponsor sketch challenges (again, do a Google search). Participating in sketch challenges is an excellent way to practice your card making skills and show others the beauty of quilling.