Tag Archive 'Halloween quilling'

Oct 10 2011

Quilled Black Cat Halloween Card

Published by under Halloween Quillng

Folded paper rosettes are very popular right now.  They are available for purchase in most craft stores, or you can make your own using the many tutorials available on the web.  They are often embellished with some sort of button or charm in the center, but I thought it would be fun to add quilling instead.



My good friend Sharon has many of the paper crafting tools now available.  The other day I dropped by and she used a Tim Holz die to cut some rosette strips for me.  The die perforates the fold lines making it super easy to get perfect accordion folds.


I quilled a black cat, added green crystal eyes, and glued it to the center of my rosette.  I used it as the focal point of a Halloween card made from more decorative paper included in the Midnight Spell matstack I purchased last year.


These paper rosettes are a great way to add a touch of quilling to any paper project.

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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

Published by under Quilling Pattern

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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Aug 12 2010

Fall 2010 Quilling Classes at Marietta Community School

I will once again be teaching quilling classes this fall through the Marietta Community School, the continuing education division of Marietta City Schools.  The classes will be taught at Marietta High School, Marietta, GA.
  • Quilling I — Beginner/Fall (Thursday, Sept 23, 6:00-8:30pm)
  • Quilling I — Beginner/Halloween (Tuesday, Oct 5, 6:00-8:30pm)
  • Quilling I — Beginner/Christmas (Tuesday, Oct 12, 6:00-8:30pm)
  • Quilling II — Christmas Cards (Thursday, Nov 4, 6:00-8:30pm, Prerequisite:  Any Quilling I Class)
In each Quilling I class I’ll talk briefly about the history of quilling and show samples of the various quilling papers, tools, and books available.  Next, I’ll teach the students how to make the basic coils and scrolls used most in quilling as they complete a shape chart to take home for reference.  We’ll make one project in class and the students will go home with a pack of multi-colored quilling paper, a slotted quilling tool, plenty of informational handouts, and enough materials to complete two more projects so they can keep quilling after the class.  Check out the class projects for the Halloween and Christmas classes. 
The Quilling II — Christmas Cards class is for students who already know the basic coils and scrolls, but want more practice.  We’ll work on three quilled Christmas cards (original designs different than those provided in the Quilling I — Beginner/Christmas class).
You can check out the MCS online course catalog for complete registration information.  If you live in the area, I would like to personally invite you to join me for a wonderful evening of quilling. 
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need further information.  You may leave a comment on this post, or send an email to charlotte (at) theartofquilling (dot) com.

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Oct 23 2009

Halloween Mommy & Me Quilling Class

Published by under Quilled Card,Quilling News

We had a fun time quilling at the recent Mommy & Me quilling class.  It was the first time I had taught a class with children, but they did great, as you can see!
I will be teaching a beginner Christmas quilling class on Thursday, November 5th, from 6:00-8:30pm at the Marietta Community School, the continuing education division of Marietta City Schools.  Check out the MCS online course catalog for complete registration information.  There are still spaces available, so if you would like to get a head start on your Christmas decorating or gift-giving projects, please sign up and join us.

Newsletter Teaser

The second issue of my newsletter is almost ready.  You’ll receive a free quilling pattern — this time for a popular late summer flower — along with complete instructions for turning it into a sunny card.  You’ll also learn of a wonderful charity that will welcome all of the cards you can quill.  So, if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet, do it now.  You won’t want to miss it!

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Oct 18 2009

Quilling with Kids — Ms. Pumpkin Head

My youngest daughter would tell you she is craft-challenged when it comes to the actual execution of a project, but she is as crafty as they come and has great ideas.  The other day we were discussing Halloween and she suggested that I quill a face for a pumpkin.  I’m thinking, “OK, I can quill some yellow triangles for eyes ….,” which didn’t seem too exciting so I put that idea away. 
quilling-pumpkin-headWhen Jen asked me if I had made the pumpkin yet, I knew I needed to take another look at the possibilities.  And then it hit me — I could quill real features for the pumpkin, just like a Mr. Potato Head!


I used a tiny gourd-type pumpkin found at the grocery store.  There is no pattern since you would have to adjust the quilling shapes to fit whatever size pumpkin you had, but here is a list of the coils I used:
  • Eyes:  Tight coils starting with black for the pupil, then blue for the iris, and finishing with white.  The eyelashes are fringed from a 3/8″ wide strip.
  • Nose:  Teardrop
  • Mouth:  Two half-circles on top with one large half circle on the bottom.  Glue them together and pinch the sides.
  • Ears:  Two curved teardrops; larger on top, smaller on the bottom.
I accessorized this stylish Miss with jump rings for earrings and a blue bow tied to her stem to match her eyes.  I glued the features directly to the pumpkin using Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, but any strong, thick glue should do fine.
This would be a great project to do with children.  If you need further inspiration, simply surf the Internet for additional photos of decorated pumpkins.  Turn your pumpkin into a scary monster with jagged teeth or a beautiful princess with a crown.  You could color your pumpkin first with markers before gluing on the features if you’d like.  The possibilities are endless.  Just pull out your quilling papers and let your imagination go wild!
Quilling Tip:  The idea isn’t just for pumpkins.  You can quill faces for all sorts of fruits and vegetables.  How about a yellow squash bird or an eggplant clown with a big red nose?  This is one time when it is fine if children play with their food.

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Oct 09 2009

Quilled “Boo!” Halloween Card

Next week I am teaching my first basic quilling class with a Halloween theme.  It will also be my first Mommy & Me class (mother & daughter pairs), so I am really looking forward to it.  For each class, I provide my students with three original quilling patterns along with all of the materials necessary to complete three projects.  After making the basic shapes for their take-home chart, we complete one of the projects in class.  They can then keep quilling at home with the other two projects… and get hooked on quilling (I hope)! 
I was looking around the web for inspiration and ran across a card that spelled “boo!” using a chipboard letter “b” and exclamation point “!”.  For the letter “o” they used jack-o-lantern stickers.  It was so cute and I knew it would be just perfect as one of the class projects since each pair could make the card together, with the Mommy quilling one of the pumpkins and the child quilling the other.  I wanted to put a photo of the inspiration card on this blog, but it is on a major site and I honestly couldn’t figure out who to ask, so I am including the link here so you can click over and take a look.
I am very happy with how my quilled Halloween card turned out. 
Being creative doesn’t have to be expensive.  All of the supplies for this card came from my own stash, except for the ribbon that was on sale this week at Michaels.  Use what you have to make quilled cards for each season.  The lucky recipient will thank you for it.
Quilling Tip:  The idea of using objects for letters is not new.  An arching black cat would make a perfect “h” in Halloween.  And a quilled witches broom could be the “l”, or used as an exclamation point.  You could even quill the spider from the last post and use it for the “o”  in “Boo!” instead of the pumpkins.  Just make its body out of a larger loose coil and shorten the legs, making him more of an “o” shape. 
If you have been inspired my card, please take a moment and leave a comment.  I would enjoy hearing from you! 

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Oct 05 2009

Quilled Halloween Spider Card

I really enjoy Halloween!  It is the only holiday where you can go all out decorating your home and creating costumes for the little ones (and yourself), or you can do absolutely nothing … and it’s all OK. 
quilling-spiderI experimented with puffy markers in an earlier post and thought that they might work well with spiders.  Since Halloween is right around the corner (where did the year go?), I thought I would give it a try.  I used a dark gray quilling paper for the spider hoping that the black marker would show up a bit more than straight black on black, but the contrast isn’t there.  However, the texture the marker created is good.  It doesn’t show up very well in the photo, but it does look cool in person. 
In the spooky spirit of Halloween, I’d like to share my free spider pattern with you.
You will need
*Basic quilling tools (discussed earlier)
*Quilling paper, 1/8″: black
*Black Puffy Marker & heat gun (optional)
Free Quilling Pattern — Halloween Spider
(1) 5″ loose coil (head)
(1) 16″ loose coil (body)
(1) 1-1/2″ strip (front legs)
(4) 3/4″ strips (middle legs)
(2) 1″ strips (back legs)
Using the photo as a guide, glue the 5″ loose coil head to the center of the 1-1/2″ strip, then glue them both to the 16″ loose coil body.  Make a small bend in one end of each of the remaining legs forming a tab and give each one a slight curve.  To attach the legs, add a dab of glue to the tab of each leg and glue it to the body, spacing them evenly on each side.  Use the (4) 3/4″ strips (two on each side) for the middle legs, and the 1″ strips (one on each side) for the back legs.   If you would like to add a flocked effect to the spider, paint it with the black puffy marker.  When dry, turn on the heat gun and watch the paint puff.
What do you do with a scary quilled spider?  Turn it into a Spooktacular Halloween card, of course.
quilling-spider-cardAdditional Materials for Quilled Card
*(1) 4″ x 5.5″ card, ivory
*Orange card stock
*Quilling paper:  lime green, purple
*Small tag (1.5″ x 2″), lime green (Paperbilities — I found mine at Walmart
*Ink pads:  Brown (Stampabilities – Walnut); Black (StazOn – Jet Black)
*Halloween greeting stamp of choice (I bought a small set with several greetings at JoAnn for $1) 
*Small piece of black netting
*Small piece of black floss
*Self-adhesive foam mount (Pop Dots)
*Dry adhesive (tape runner)


Cut a 4″ x 5.5″ piece of orange card stock and ink the edges with the brown ink; attach to front of card.  Stamp greeting in upper left corner of card.  Using photo as a guide, glue strips of green and purple quilling paper in a cris-cross pattern to front of card; trim edges.  Tie the net to the tag with a simple overhand knot.  Thread one end of the floss through the tag hole and glue to the back.  Glue the other end to the center of the tag about three-fourths down.  Glue the spider (head down) to the tag at the base of the floss string to make it look like the spider is hanging by the thread.  Attach the tag to the card with the foam adhesive mount.
Share your Halloween card with a family member or friend.  And, don’t forget to sign your work!
I hope you decide to give this project a try.  If so, I’d love to hear from you.  Send me a comment and let me know how it turned out. 
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