Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Vintage Quilling Kit

I received an email from a crafter in Russia last week. She is young and commented on my 70s vintage quilling. So I decided to look in my box of vintage kits.

I opened this Quill-It kit dated 1976; the photo is very faded. There are two shades of red paper plus many enclosures. The geranium flowers aren't something I would make. 

Also inside was an actual size pattern to slide under "wax paper". A full sheet of quilling information for beginners. Two large pages of green paper for leaves and sheets of black and red cardstock for the flower pot. A booklet, sort of a mini catalog, to order supplies. I am blown away at the $1.75 lap board. I still have mine and the soft board is indestructible -- the best ever made. 

And my favorite item, the corsage pin. This is what I learned to quill with and every kit contained one.

I decided to start making a friend the red snowflakes I promised about three years ago. Her Christmas tree is solid red ornaments and she requested red. The 1/4" wide vintage paper is very thick and easy to work with. 

Just a reminder it's not too early to start making snowflakes. This is a basic 20 piece snowflake design. The 3" center, 3" ribbon holder and six pieces of three different shapes.

Many other patterns are here:  Snowflakes

Thanks for stopping by!
-Molly xo

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Simple Quilled Project ~ Keep It Simple

Summer begins on Saturday so I wanted to change out my Spring subway art sign in the entry way. I was looking for something simple on Pinterest because I am out of two printer ink colors. I found this cute, free bicycle printable at The 36th Avenue blog -- three colors are available.

I printed one in black and white. 

I added some pre-made quilling pieces I had left over from another project .. and sort of followed the printed design. 

It is simple, but I like how easy it was and how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by!
~Molly xo

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Getting Organized - Boxes for Memory Boxes

I've been making some topless boxes to put in my new boxes and want to share the process. These are so easy to make and fit in a memory box.

This is what I've stored my ring findings and materials in -- forever.


I didn't photograph my paper trimmer and I used cardstock paper. Also if you have a score board you won't need the ruler/embosser. 


4 ... 5 x 3.5"  (size of paper before scoring = 7 x 5.5")
2 ... 4 x 6.5"  (size of paper before scoring = 6 x 8.5")
2 ... 7 x 6.5"  (size of paper before scoring = 9 x 7.5")

Score 1" on all four sides and fold.

Make two 1" cuts on both ends & fold in the 1" square tabs.

I used a piece of tape on each corner. Tabs can be on the inside, outside -- however you want them.

I went back and added packaging tape to the ends to make the boxes more sturdy.


Using scraps, I trimmed the length to the same as the width of the box and made a score down the center. My box sides are 1" so I scored 7/8" on both sides of the center score line and made a valley fold. I added glue and tape runner as shown.

After it was glued in the box, I added a piece of packaging tape on both sides to secure it better.

This is the middle layer. I didn't take a pic of the bottom layer (four boxes-see pic above). It only contains notes, some business cards and info where I buy my findings.

This is the top layer and there is room for my ring mandrel.

Better organized and in a larger container with room to grow.

Thanks for stopping by!
~Molly xo

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Few Tuesday Tips

This month is flying by, almost half over! I hope everyone is doing fantastically :o)

Shylaa Shree is organizing an, "Indian Quilling Challenge Group". Sign up is open until May 25th. Details are HERE.

I like to use my template board to organize small pieces when I am quilling smaller pieces and miniatures. When I need to clear the area, or if I am finished for the time being, I can pick up the board and quickly move it elsewhere without disturbing the pieces. Other methods could be used:  shallow boxes, trays, food container lids, etc.

I think a package of page protectors is a wise investment for any crafter. I live in west Texas and our skies are more often brown from dust than blue. I use cheap plastic page protectors for EVERYTHING in my craft room. 

Plus they are transparent and are perfect for when I want to stack several layers in a box, just cut to size. Whether you have dust problems or not, they are perfect for easy storing and stacking.

Have a GREAT day. Thanks for stopping by!
-Molly xo

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Thursday Tips

Happy May!

I didn't get a blog post done in April. Thought for a while that I might close down, but realize others take breaks. So suddenly, I have a list of ideas to post. Hopefully I can stay with it for a while. :)

I recently bought some boxes for storage at Michaels on sale. You the know stack of dividers inside? I normally throw them away, doodle on them or give to the grandkids.

I used my 4" round scallop punch and made a tag. I like the dotted lines to write on and I'm thinking these will make great gift tags for any occasion or holiday. 

Have a great day!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Simple Spring Paper Flower Bracelet

Happy Spring! Thanks for stopping by.

I am experimenting. I thought this green strap bracelet looked springy so I added a flower. I also have straps in light blue and lavender. I added two smaller flowers on each side and didn't like it (for me). Looked a bit flower-girlish.

The 1" flower was made with a 3/8" by 8" strip of bright white fringed paper with a 1/16" by 3" yellow strip at the starter end.

I added my smallest Swarovski crystal so it would  not cover up the yellow center. I adhered the flower with hot glue.

The strap has a textured cloth look but it is plastic. I'm going to wear it for a while and see how it holds up. I'm considering clear coating or glazing the flower.

I plan to sell these next week in my Quillr Etsy shop. The straps and flowers will be sold separately.

Have a fantastic weekend!
~Molly xo

Sunday, March 16, 2014


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