Welcome to the Creative Paper Quilling blog hop. For those landing here first, I am so pleased to share the news – Annie’s Paper Craft (the creative force behind CardMaker Magazine) has just released a new quilling book, Creative Paper Quilling!
This book contains 28 new quilling projects for cards, home décor, and even jewelry. There is something for everyone from beginners to more advanced quilling artists.
I am honored that they chose to include two of my own original pieces, a new Wrought Iron Cross and the one shown here, Americana Sheep. The book is on sale now at Annie’s, http://www.anniescatalog.com/detail.html?prod_id=104399.
Thank you so much for stopping by. Your next visit will be to Sue Custer’s blog, http://susiequills.blogspot.com.
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.
I love quilled jewelry. It is very popular right now, and rightly so – the look is just lovely. I wanted to try my hand at making some, but was hesitant due to the fragile nature of paper.
I am notoriously hard on my jewelry and all the spray sealer in the world (which makes paper water resistant, not waterproof) can’t keep a toddler from grabbing hold of the quilling and crushing it.
To solve this problem, I am experimenting with embedding paper quilling inside resin. This preserves the delicate look of the quilling, but makes it pretty much indestructible. I am very excited about the many commercial jewelry bezels available and look forward to making my own.
I would like to wish all of my quilling friends a very happy, healthy, and creative new year!
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 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.
In February I was contacted by a member of Friends of Smyrna Library who had seen my work at the Mable House Christmas House craft show sponsored by the South Cobb Arts Alliance. She said that they would love to have me exhibit my work in the Smyrna library display cases on the second floor and would I be interested in being their guest artist for May-June, 2012. Always eager to share quilling with others, I naturally said, “Yes.”
The Smyrna library is in a neighboring city and I had never been there, so after agreeing to the display, I drove over to take a look at the space. I was expecting a single museum-type display case like you normally find at the front entrance and was a bit intimidated by the actual number of shelves I was expected to fill.
Since it was for a library, I wanted to make the display as educational as possible. I created informational signs describing quilling, a brief history of the art, the tools needed (and samples of the actual tools – I have extras of everything), various types and widths of quilling papers, and a shape chart. I also displayed current quilling books, along with my purchased copy of the Florian Papp brochure and an early quilling book that show samples of vintage quilling.
To promote the North American Quilling Guild, I included photos of the Guild’s 10th Anniversary floral tribute from 2010, copies of the popular QuillAmerica newsletter, and left a supply of NAQG brochures on the podium for those interested in learning more.
The display will be up until June 30th. My hope is that everyone who sees it enjoys learning more about this wonderful art and that some may even be inspired to give quilling a try.
If you live in the area, please stop by and let me know what you think. The Smyrna library is located at 100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, GA 30080.
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.