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Feb 19 2012

Bridal Shower Quilling Card

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.

quilled bridal shower card


quilled bridal shower card side view


bridal shower card sentiment


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.


Scrapbook Lounge card sketch


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.


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Jan 21 2012

Quilled Valentine Pomander

Published by under Valentine Quilling

quilled Valentine pomanderPomanders have been around for centuries.  Once used as a way to mask unpleasant odors, modern pomanders are a fun way to add a little extra scent to the air.  This fancy pomander is made from a plain paper mache heart ornament I found in my local craft store (on sale, of course).


Since the heart is hollow, the pomander is surprisingly easy to make:


    1. Replace the hanging thread with your choice of ribbon (this step is optional, but it’s easier if you do it first).
    2. Decoupage the outside of the heart with torn pieces of decorative paper (thinner papers work better than card stock weight papers).
    3. Poke holes into the back of the heart using a sturdy paper piercing tool or awl.
    4. Cut a door into the center of the front of the heart with a craft knife.
    5. Insert your scent of choice (potpourri, perfumed cotton balls, purchased scent beads – you could even use a torn up car deodorizer).
    6. Close the door and seal it up by covering it with additional decorative paper strips.
    7. Decorate the front of the pomander with your choice of trims and quilling design.

pomander steps


To decorate mine, I ruffled a small doily (sew a circular running stitch about a half inch from the doily’s center and pull the thread tight) and glued it to the center of the heart.  I then glued on three rolled roses made from card stock, three sets of leaves made from strips of crimped quilling paper, and bits of red pearls left over from a Christmas project done long ago.


Inexpensive and oh, so pretty, these little pomanders would make lovely, and useful, Valentine’s Day gifts.

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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. 


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 06 2011

Add Quilling to Your Stamped Christmas Cards

When making cards, I think it is fun to replace letters with bits of quilling.  It adds such a touch of whimsy.  When I ran across the “Big On Christmas” stamps from Stampin’ Up! I knew they would be perfect for my 2011 Christmas cards.  As you can see, they had the same idea.  Of course, I didn’t want to stamp the tree, ornament, or snowman (which I replaced with a snowflake).  I wanted to quill those instead.


Unfortunately, having this idea and implementing it proved to be two very different things.  You see, I am not a talented stamper and I was having a hard time stamping just the letter part of these holiday stamps.  I tried adding ink to just the letters using a marking pen, but my hand would slip and I would invariably get ink on the picture portion of the stamp.  Next, I tried covering the picture parts with tape, but that didn’t work for me either.


Finally, I decided to cut out the part of the stamps I didn’t want printed.  It was a hard decision to make since there was a very good chance I could ruin the stamps, but I took my craft knife, held my breath, and carefully cut around the picture section of each stamp and peeled off the cut portions.  Since the stamps were mounted on wooden blocks, the spacing and alignment of the rest of the stamp sections was not disturbed.


I then inked them up (I like using StazOn solvent ink since it dries quickly and doesn’t smear) and stamped away.  As an added bonus, I was delighted to find that I hadn’t ruined my stamps at all.  The cut out portions fit right back into their original places so the stamps can still be used as they were originally intended.

I am sure that if you look around you’ll find many other stamps out there that would lend themselves to this creative “altered art” technique.

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Sep 08 2011

Cute as a Button Quilling Card

We were blessed with our fourth grandchild, Daniel John Morgan, on July 21st, so to say that I have babies on the brain is an understatement.  When I ran across a free “cute as a button” graphic on the Papercraft Inspirations website, I was inspired to make a card featuring quilled buttons — for a baby boy of course!

Cute as a Button Quilling Card

If you haven’t visited the Papercraft Inspirations site, you are in for a real treat.  This is the online site for the printed magazine.  Besides all of the ideas provided by a team of extremely creative designers, you’ll find free templates, downloads, and papers you can print off to use with your own creations.


If you would like to make your own “Cute as a Button” card, you’ll find the free button card back graphic (designed by Jo Kill) in the free download section.

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Mar 18 2011

Paper Quilling Inside a Locket

Published by under quilling

hummingbird-comparisonOne of the things that I love most about writing this blog is meeting all of the wonderful quillers out there. Over the years, the popularity of this art may ebb and flow, but I have no fear of quilling ever becoming a lost art. There are just too many of us … and we enjoy sharing our art with each other and the next generation. Woo-hoo!


hummingbird-locketSpeaking of sharing, I recently heard from a very clever quiller named Gina who created two very unique lockets. They are just awesome and I am so pleased to be able to share her art with you. Gina does what so many of you do – she takes designs and techniques of others and then changes them up to make them truly her own. But I’ll let her tell you …


“For example, the hummingbird pattern in the ‘Combing Quilling Kit’ [from Quilled Creations] was one of the first ones I tried. It was done in a lavender, which isn’t a hummingbird color, so I re-did it to look like a ruby-throated hummingbird. I added a tail and trimmed the beak to a point, which gave it a bit more realism. I got to looking at it and wanted to make one even smaller. Finding a comb smaller was a challenge, but I eventually got a tiny comb from the WalMart pet dept. that was for combing out fleas. It worked great! The bird came out 1/2 the size. I found a locket with flowers in relief on the front and an indent inside the size of a quarter. The tiny bird fit in there perfectly, with a circle of blue in the background to make it stand out more. I gave this to a friend as a gift and she couldn’t believe I’d made something so tiny.”


baby-locketGina also made a locket for a friend of hers who was expecting a little girl. She made a tiny baby foot in pink for one side of the locket and left the other side empty for a photo of the new baby. Is it any wonder that her friend just loved the unique gift?


Of course, I had to ask her where she purchased the lockets and she told me that they came from the online store, ornamentea, http://www.ornamentea.com/Lockets.htm. Gina used the Florentine Perfume Locket which has a round depression inside, perfect for the quilling. Ornamentea has several types of perfume lockets listed on their website, but unfortunately, by the time I got there, they were sold out of all of them. They might get some more in stock at a later date, or you might be able to use this information to find the lockets elsewhere. If you do, please be sure to let me know. I would very much like to try my hand at making one of these special lockets of my own.


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Jan 23 2011

Valentine Quilling for the Man in Your Life

I love shopping the clearance section of craft stores.  You never know what goodies you might find.  This was the case with a pack of unfinished wooden hearts.  I had no particular project in mind, but purchased them anyway — they were on sale!  As with all of my treasures, they went into my inspiration bin.


With Valentine’s Day on the horizon,  I starting going through my bin and rediscovered the wooden hearts.  The ideas started bouncing around in my head.  I could paint the heart red … decoupage a sentiment across it … add a quilled lace border …  
The result is this handsome Valentine’s Day card perfect for the man in your life.  The tailored color blocked squares of red and black contrast nicely with the lacy quilled border around the heart making this card flirty and fun.  
quilled-heart-border-closeupI enjoy mixing various elements together with my quilling and this heart’s 1/8-inch depth makes it a great companion element for the standard 1/8-inch width quilling paper.  The next time unfinished wooden items go on sale, I’m going to take a closer look at the other shapes available.

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Aug 23 2010

Quilled Acorn Bookmark

quilled-acorn-bookmarkA while ago, I saw a window tag at the scrapbook store that held confetti.  The tag was made from two pieces of card stock with a clear plastic window sandwiched in between.  As I examined the piece, I wondered if it would work with quilling and filed the idea away in my idea box.
We have a dog, Trixie, who is part golden retriever, part husky, (and who knows what else) that my husband brought home from the pound.  She loves the treats I purchase that come in a plastic bag.  This bag is heavy duty, clear, and pliable.  In other words …. perfect for crafting … so into my inspiration bin it went. 
While looking through my inspiration bin I ran across the plastic bag, remembered the window tag, and I knew it was time to give the idea a try.
First, I created a bookmark template with a window and printed two (front and back).  Then, I cut two pieces of plastic (from the recycled plastic bag) larger than the window.  I quilled a little acorn and slid it between the plastic sheets.  I then placed this between the front and back pieces of the bookmark, tacking the two together at the top and bottom away from the stitching area.  Next, I stitched around the edges to hold it all in place.  Finally, a tassel on the bottom completed the bookmark.
You’ll find the free quilling pattern for the acorn, along with the bookmark template and complete instructions and photos for creating the bookmark, 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.)
(Oh, and please excuse the sewing around the window.  I was almost done when Trixie decided that she needed my attention and bumped my arm.)

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Aug 01 2010

Back to School Quilling

For those of you wanting to add quilling to your scrapbook pages, this sample layout featuring my handsome grandson, Jeffrey, makes the grade.  Made for an 8″x8″ album, the primary colors, quilled pencil, and A-B-C charms definitely give it an elementary school feel.
The quilled pencil is 6-3/4 inches long from eraser to tip.  4-inch strips of 1/8″ paper were used for the coils, but this pattern could easily be resized to work with your own layout.
Square coils made from a deep pink quilling paper create the eraser.  A strip of the same pink is wrapped around the square coils to give it a more solid appearance.  The pencil body is made from golden yellow marquise coils.  Strips of matching yellow paper are glued to both the top and bottom sides of the pencil to outline the pencil body.  Light beige marquise coils are used for the sharpened tip of the pencil while a black pinched heart is used for the lead.  A strip of shiny aluminum tape is adhered on the top and sides of the pencil between the pink eraser and pencil body.
To incorporate the quilled pencil into the page title, I printed “First Day of School” on some matching golden yellow card stock, cut it out, and glued it on top of the quilling.
I created my own A-B-C charms from 22 gauge wire, accenting each letter with quilled beads made from tight coils.
Apples, an old fashioned school house, a student desk, scissors, and crayons, are but a few of the many quilled embellishments you could create to dress up your back-to-school scrapbook pages.

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Jun 28 2010

Happy Independence Day, America!

My sister and I were going through some boxes of old family photos when we discovered four manila envelops full of vintage postcards.  I was so excited … it was like Christmas had come early! 
quilled-july-4th-cardThere is very little correspondence written on them, but it appears that from 1912 to 1915, Miss Harriett E. Prizer of Brighton, Iowa, was being courted by a gentleman named Arthur residing in Becket, Massachusetts.  We are not sure where Miss Prizer fits into our family tree, but we are now very curious.


One card, postmarked 1915, pokes fun at Women’s Suffrage and depicts what those opposed thought might happen if women obtained the right to vote.  Thank goodness the 19th Amendment was proposed on June 4, 1919 and ratified on August 18, 1920.  I thought it would make a fun graphic for a July 4th card.  The postcard reads:
quilled-july-4th-card-insideThe sentiment inside the card …
For this card, I created a 5″ square top fold card out of white card stock.  Next, I scanned the postcard and resized it a bit smaller, printed it, then double matted it on red and navy card stock.  The “ribbon” is actually fabric from my stash that I tore into strips.  The red and blue buttons are tied with string and held on with glue dots.  I was going to just attach my quilled bottle rocket in the upper right-hand area, but it got lost in a sea of white, so I created a double mat from the same red and navy card stock and glued the rocket to it so that it would pop.
quilled-july-4th-bottle-rocket-fireworksThe rocket cone is a triangle made from a 12 inch strip of 1/8 inch wide navy paper.  The body of the rocket are C-coils made from 3 inch strips of red, white, and blue 1/8″ wide paper that are turned on end and glued coil side down.  The rocket “stick” is simply two strips of white paper glued together for added firmness.  To finish off the rocket, I glued a small piece of the the same white string used with the buttons to form the fuse.
A big THANK YOU to all who serve our country — both military and civilian — and who work hard protecting our many freedoms.
Have a happy and safe July 4th.
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