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Nov 21 2012

Quilled Chalkboard Ornament for Teacher

I was looking around the craft store yesterday and came across some small chalkboard ornaments in the unfinished wood section (Craftwood brand made by Darice).

chalkboard ornament with quilling embellishments

At 2-in x 3-in, these little chalkboards are the perfect size for a gift tag ornament and come complete with a hang cord attached.  They are so inexpensive that you could make one for the teacher, room mother, and even the principal, without breaking the bank.

 

The chalkboard is recessed exactly 1/8-in so the quilling embellishments fit right in.  I added an apple and pencil to mine, but there are many cute school embellishments you could add like a school bus, school bell, or old fashioned school house.

 

I was afraid that actual chalk would wipe off, so I used a white paint pen (Painters paint marker by Elmers) to paint on the numbers and letters. 

chalkboard ornament supplies
The back of the chalkboard is nice and smooth making it easy to write the “to” and “from” information — and don’t forget to add the date.

 

Wouldn’t this be a great craft project to make with the kids?

 

 

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Jan 09 2012

Quilled All Occasion Card with Matching Gift Card Holder

I’m not much of a winter person, so by January my thoughts are turning to spring.  When I happened upon some pretty floral scrapbook paper, I used it to create this decidedly feminine card and gift card holder perfect for any occasion.

floral quilling cards

Michaels had their scrapbook paper on sale a few weeks ago and since I was already there, I just had to take a look.  I was happy to find a floral with a small pattern that I thought would work well with quilling.  My idea was to make a card using the paper and decorate it with a quilled version of the floral pattern. 

 

At least that was the plan, but after a few false starts I was beginning to wonder if this project would ever come together.  Then, I had one of those sleepless nights and tried again at 4:00am.  This time everything just came together. 

 

close up of quilling flowerThe flowers on the paper are simple 5-petal posies.  I wanted to maintain the look and feel of this style, but couldn’t resist jazzing the petals up a bit.  Instead of keeping the flower petals flat, I gave them dimension by rolling them as tight coils and then letting them uncoil just a little instead of all the way before gluing down the end and pinching them into teardrops.  This allowed me to take the end of my quilling tool and gently push out the center.  I then smeared glue on the back of the petals so that when dried, they would keep their new shape.  For even more dimension, I angled the petals a bit when gluing them together to form the completed flower.

quilled petals

Since the card would be handled, I glued two strips of quilling paper together for the vine so that it would be a little sturdier.

 

With the card done, I turned my attention to the gift card holder.  It is made using an empty toilet tissue roll!  I have no idea how I missed this recycling trend, but it was new to me.  I first saw it used in a project created by the very talented quiller, Sue Custer (Hi, Sue!).  She is on the Custom Quilling design team and used a toilet tissue roll to create a gift card pocket holder tag (you can see it here).  When I asked Sue about it, she directed me to an earlier project where she used the toilet rolls to make a cute mini album (you’ll find it here along with some directions). 

 

I had a hard time keeping the roll flat so I cut the tube and made mine into a fold-out card holder.  I decorated the tube inside and out with the same paper as the card then cut a strip the width of the holder and glued down just the ends to form a pocket for the gift card.  It is still curved, but I know that the gift card is secure and won’t fall out.

gift card with quilling tag

I closed the gift card holder by wrapping it with a piece of the same ribbon I used on the card and tied a matching bow.  The ribbon just slips off to open the card holder and both can be used again and again.  How’s that for recycling? 

 

To finish off the gift, I created a matching gift tag using a left over pricing tag as the base.  I covered one side with the floral paper and the other with the dotted paper.  I quilled one more flower using the cupped petals and added a quilled leaf.  I stamped a sweet sentiment on the dotted paper side and tied the tag onto the bow. 

quilled gift card tag

Whew!  That was a long post, but I hope I have inspired you to make your own matching card and gift card holder set. 

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For those of you interested, the floral paper is called “Itsy Bitsy Ditsy” from Recollections (which I think is Michaels’ store brand) and the color is called Pistachio.  The pink polka dot paper is called “Pink with Rose Trim” and is also by Recollections.  It has a green and white stripe of roses down one side of the paper.  I was tickled to find that Quilled Creation’s moss green and pale pink papers were an almost identical color match.

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Nov 07 2010

Quilling Class was a Blast

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We had “snow” much fun quilling this past Saturday at the Christmas Quilling Workshop.  I just had to take a moment and show off the wonderful projects the students made.   They did such a great job!

christmasquillingclass 

Our next class will be Janaury 22 when we’ll learn more quilling techniques (like pom-poms and fringed flowers) to make Valentines.
 
Hope you can join us!
 
 
 

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Nov 03 2010

Quick Quilled Christmas Tag

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candycanetagI 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.
 
candycanetagblankIf 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).

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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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Feb 06 2010

Upcycled Valentine’s Day Quilling

quilled-valentine-bottleLike most crafters these days, I am saving bottles, wrappers, and other packaging pieces for use in future craft projects.   I was looking through my stash for Valentine’s Day inspiration and found a wonderful glass bottle that used to contain a marinade.  I decided to dress it up and fill it with M&M’s (my husband’s favorite candy) for a great Valentine’s gift.
 
I didn’t want the gift to look too frilly or girly, and was pleased when I found heart scrapbook paper in shades of beige, pink, and brown (American Craft’s Romance collection, In Love, #34582).  I cut a band of the scrapbook paper to fit the bottle like a wrapper and grunged it up with brown blending chalk.  I kept the quilling embellishment to a minimum, using simple light pink, red, and brown, quilled hearts, inspired by the scrapbook paper, glued down the center.
 
To make a quilled heart, roll two teardrop coils the same size.  Glue the sides together, starting at the tip and ending just before the curve of the teardrop.  If you are new to quilling, learn how to make a teardrop coil here

Quilled Heart

Quilled Heart

Additional quilling instructions, hints, and information can be found in the Beginner’s Corner.  The quilled hearts used on the scrapbook paper bottle wrapper were made using 8″ strips of 1/8″ paper for the teardrop coils. 

 
The tag is a collage made from a dictionary page, a February calendar, and more quilled hearts. 
Abbie at The Vintage Moth has been kind enough to post free antique and vintage images for mixed media artists.  I found her post containing several pages scanned from a vintage dictionary.  quilled-valentine-tagThe word “love” was on one of the pages, so I copied the graphic into a photo editing software program, cropped the section I wanted, enlarged it a bit to fit a standard small white tag (3-1/4″ x 1-5/8″) and printed it out on white paper.  I glued it to the tag, trimmed the edges and punched out the tag hole.  The graphic already had a nice aged patina, so I just grunged the edges with brown blending chalk.  Next, I found a free calendar page for February courtesy of homemadecalendars.blogspot.com.  Again I copied the graphic, resized it, and printed it on white paper.  I cut it out and glued it on an angle to the tag, trimming the edges, and highlighted the calendar with light pink blending chalk.  I glued a 3mm flat-backed red crystal on top of the “14” of the calendar to mark the date.  I then quilled three small hearts, one each light pink, red, and brown (teardrop coils made from 3″ strips of 1/8″ paper), and glued them randomly on the tag.  Red fiber string was used to tie the tag onto the bottle.
Quilling Tip:  Use the same graphics and quilled hearts to create a fun ATC for your sweetheart, or use the tag as an embellishment for a Valentine’s Day card.
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