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Jan 13 2013

Upcycled Quilling Card

Published by under Quilled Card,quilling

Looking for quilling inspiration?  Why not upcycle old gift enclosure cards into new cards for friends and family?

upcycled quilling gift card

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!

upcycled gift cards

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.

upcycled quilling 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.


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Sep 09 2012

Birthday Card with Quilled Flower Accent

Published by under Quilled Card,Quilling Tips

A dear friend of mine, Sharon, recently had a birthday and I wanted to craft her a quilling card to celebrate the occasion.

quilled birthday card
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.


Crafting Tip

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.

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Feb 01 2012

Quilled Mini Valentine’s Day Cards

Feeling sweet, sexy, or playfully punny?  Then one of these quilled Valentine’s Day cards is right for you.

3 quilled Valentine cards

Archiver’s has been advertising a card workshop making Itty Bitty Valentines that are 3-in x 3-in.  They looked so cute I decided to challenge myself to design three Itty Bitty Valentines of my own.  I only had two rules:  (1) my cards needed to be the same 3-in x 3-in size and (2) I couldn’t purchase any new supplies – I had to use what was already in my stash.  


Pretty in Pink

quilled Valentine card with roseWho says a Valentine has to be red?  For this sweet card I layered three strips of pink card stock (alternating light and dark) on the bottom and rounded the corners with a decorative punch.  I added a quilled long-stem pink rose with moss green leaves.  For the sentiment, I stamped “My heart is yours” in black ink and added a little pink bow.  The rose is a rolled spiral made from a circle punched from card stock.  To finish the card I edged it with pink chalk.


A Berry Delightful Valentine

quilled Valentine berryThis card was inspired by the red and tan checked paper which has been in my stash bin for quite some time.  It is from a sack I saved from a purchase made in Savannah.  It reminded me of a country picnic which lead me to the “I love you BERRY much!” theme.  I used my computer to print the sentiment onto the tan cardstock, trimmed it to 2.75-in square and attached it to the front of my red card.  I cut a piece of the sack with pinking shears and glued it near the top-left of the card.  I punched two small holes and added little red heart brads (bought awhile ago with no particular project in mind, but they were cute and on sale – lol!).  Next, I glued on a red heart-shaped strawberry and white strawberry blossom.  I tied a little piece of jute cord around the top of the card to finish it off.


Hot Lips

quilled Valentine kissThis card is my favorite.  I had the thought of quilling a pair of lips and as I pondered how I would use that embellishment on a card, I remembered the famous Bogie & Bacall movie quote, “You know how to whistle, don’t you?”  A quick internet search turned up the entire quote and I knew that this would be the card I would give to my husband — Steve.


I used my computer to print the text and a Spellbinder’s die set to cut out the layers for both the front and inside of the card.  I glued two little flat pearls to the front and added the lips.  He’s going to love it.


There’s only one downside to taking on a challenge like this — what do I do with all of the ideas still floating around in my head that I didn’t create?

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Jul 01 2011

Recycled Ribbon Spool Quilling Card

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quilledribbonspoolcardHere is a delightful card that uses an empty ribbon spool as the card base.  A message strip is attached to the core, wound around the spool, and secured with a piece of ribbon tied into a bow.  The lucky recipient then unties the bow to unroll the greetings.  I guarantee that this card will be a keeper!  Since I wanted larger flowers, I used strips of scrapbook paper cut to various widths and hand fringed them.



Since I firmly believe in giving credit where it is due, I must mention that I ran across this clever idea by Alison Eads in the paper crafting book, Retro Mania, published by North Light Books.  The quilling design that decorates this card, however, is all mine.

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Oct 18 2010

Quilling a Happy Halloween Card

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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 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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Jun 06 2010

Quilled Puzzle Piece Magnet

quilled-cherries-puzzle-magnetI really appreciate all of the feedback I receive from my newsletter subscribers and blog readers.   One request that I hear quite often is for more quilling projects made from recycled materials, which is great because I enjoy creating them!
Several weeks ago, I stopped by a local thrift store and found a handmade cookbook from 1971.  You know the kind — the recipes were all typed with a real typewriter then the pages were mimeographed and bound with a metal prong file clip into a book for the club members.  It was awesome and all for only $0.50.  What a bargain.
Along with the retro cookbook, I have had an old children’s puzzle in my supply stash for quite awhile (ever since the all important “last piece” went missing).   When I looked in my inspiration bin and saw the cookbook and puzzle pieces, I knew I had the ingredients to cook up this week’s project — a quilled kitchen magnet.
Since your materials will differ (we are trying to use what we have, remember), I offer these general instructions as a guide for making your own Quilled Puzzle Piece Magnet.
You will need
Chipboard puzzle piece
Background paper (scrapbook paper, old wallpaper, etc.)
Recipe (from old book, newspaper, magazine, etc.)
Quilling paper, 1/8″ wide
Basic quilling tools (discussed earlier)
Spray adhesive
Sandpaper or emery board
Permanent fine-line marker, black
Distress ink (I used Tim Holtz’s Tea Dye)
Cotton swab
Spray acrylic sealer (optional)
General instructions
  1. Turn your puzzle piece so that the plain chipboard side is facing up (this will be the front of your magnet) and place it onto your background paper (right side of paper facing up), trace around the puzzle piece and cut out.  Spray the front of the puzzle piece and the back side of the cut-out background paper with spray adhesive and adhere the two together. 
  2. Tear the recipe to fit the puzzle piece and glue in place.  Clean up the edges of the puzzle piece by sanding them with the sand paper or emery board.
  3. Dab the cotton swab on the ink pad and highlight the edges of the puzzle piece and torn edges of the recipe.  Using the permanent marker, make stitch marks around the edges of the puzzle piece. 
  4. You are now ready to add the quilling.  Here is where you can get creative matching the quilling to your chosen recipe.  Since the one I selected was “Cherries in the Snow,” I added ripe red cherries with green leaves.  This design would also work well with a cherry pie or tart recipe. 
  5. Spray the puzzle piece with an acrylic sealer (optional), glue a magnet to the back, and you’re done.
Quilling Tip
If you want THE gift for a special holiday that is sure to touch the recipient’s heart, make a copy of a handwritten recipe from a cherished family member and use it on the magnet, matching your quilling to the recipe.  If your family is anything like mine, be ready for a big hug and have an extra tissue handy.
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