Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tall Favor Boxes

From the Archives:

You can make two boxes from one 8.5x11-inch sheet of cardstock. These boxes are a perfect size for a handful of candy, small toys, money, notes .. just about anything you would like to gift and want a cute presentation ... you can even personalize.

I printed the watermark on the sheets before beginning. Four chocolate covered cherries in mini wrappers fit perfectly in each box. I tied a 10-inch piece of raffia on the fronts and BAM ... very easy, inexpensive gifts.

Below, these were made on a whim, experimenting with the embellishing. I used paper from a DCWV Luxury Stack. The flowers are three different size daisy punch-outs from leftover paper, glued and stacked with a bead in the center. I used a circle and square Coluzzle template to cut out the front piece(s) and covered with a piece of scrap cellophane inside.

The template is below. Use a 5.5x8.5 inch sheet of heavy cardstock. If you use a Scor-Pal, put the edge at the 3 inch and you have an exact 1-1/4 inch score mark at 4.25. Move your first score line back to the 3 and score again three more times. It doesn't matter which side of the template the 1/2" flap is located, either side will work. The flap is the first thing glued to the inside of the opposite edge when assembling the box. The only other piece to adhere is the bottom, and BAM .. your box is finished! How easy is that?

I'm a visual person, but if you like instructions here is a short version.  Score the 5.5" x8.5" sheet vertically, four times 1-1/4" apart with each score. Turn the sheet sideways and score 1-1/4" from one end and 1/2" (and 1-1/4" from that scoreline) on the other end.  The blue lines on the template are cut lines. The red dots indicate the pieces of the template that are cut and removed. I used a corner rounder punch for the top flap piece.

Glue the 1/2" flap to the inside of the opposite side. I use a tape runner, it is easy to get the flap lined up with the edge. Glue the bottom flaps down and you have a box!  It is easier than it looks, I promise

Alternate Sizes

As I did in the first photo, you can make a shorter box (less area to fill with candy :) by trimming 1" and using a 5.5x7.5 inch piece. I have also made a wider size box substituting 2" scores for the 1-1/4" measurements (again using the 1/2" flap scores). Use a 8.5" x10" inch sheet for the larger size.The cutout in the front is optional.

Have a fabulous day!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Quilled Jewelry Set

I taught a quilling class at a museum in Fort Worth a couple of weeks ago and wore this jewelry set. I read that you should wear your work, I never have, so I wore this white set.

The flower is 2.25" in diameter and the earrings hang about 1.25". Sorry about the photos. I made a mistake and photographed on gray paper thinking they wouldn't show up on a white background. Click to get a better look.

I used a standard 1/4" hole punch to glue a white dot on the back center, thinking someone may look at the back. Sure enough, every person who looked at it turned it over :)

I glued a Swarovski crystal on the earrings and center of the flower for some bling. Each petal is wrapped with the English hologram edge paper. I believe I used 12" bright white strips for the individual shaped marquise.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Quilled Turkey Card

Not your traditional Thanksgiving Card, but I thought I'd share my card to our daughter and family this year. 

Body: 24", Head: 8", Wattle: 6", Beak: 4", Feathers: 9"
Feet: 2" fold in half, accordion fold three times, trim ends before gluing

Wishing everyone a safe, warm, yummy, blessed, joyful Thanksgiving weekend.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Handmade Holiday Bookmarks

Handmade bookmarks make nice, inexpensive holiday gifts. Six 2.5" x 5.5" bookmarks can be printed on one sheet of cardstockPlace quilled elements or other 3D embellishments on the top half of the bookmark. I used a circle punch on the top corners of the middle one and a corner rounder punch on other two.

Instructions for the quilled leaves can be found on my website here: Fall Leaves

Poinsettia: red petals are 6", green leaves are 8" and center tendrils are 1/2" using bright yellow 1/16" wide.

Hanging Miniature Snowflake: 1/16" wide bright white strips, center and marquise are 1", hanger, tight rolls and closed hearts are 1.5" long.

Happy Friday!
Have a fabulous weekend. (Stay warm :)

Friday, November 8, 2013

Olive, the Other Reindeer

I found a box I have been looking for over the past three years. It had all my prototype quilled stickers I designed that Provo Craft didn't accept. It also has three small tablets filled with all the instructions for the 64 SKUs they did accept and manufacture. I really thought that the box was accidentally lost in the move. 

The line in Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer that says 'all of the other Reindeer...', is sometimes misheard as Olive, the other Reindeer. In 1997, author Vivian Walsh wrote a children's book featuring a Jack Russell Terrier as Olive, the other Reindeer. The book was made into a film in 1999. Maybe someday, Olive will be just as much a part of the Reindeer story as Rudolph and Blitzen.

Happy Friday, have a Fabulous Weekend!

Monday, November 4, 2013

More Miniature Quilling

Happy November! I hope your month started out wonderfully and you are making time for some crafty fun this month.

Lately, I keep wanting to grab the thin English strips and work on miniatures. I made another tiny bottle necklace but not for the store. This one is for my niece who is a cancer survivortwice! She had a total Laryngectomy earlier this year with many complications. She has adjusted very well to speaking with a prosthesis. I am so proud of her and want to surprise her with this necklace.

Three hearts, three flowers, the larger have centers on both sides - paper and Swarovski, pink ribbon with a crystal and a bit of confetti

Have a great week! xo


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

I was looking for an Autumn photo and couldn't decide on just one. I like the mushroom. I am working on quilling a fairy mushroom house :)

What are you working on? :)

Have a great end of September!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Featuring Quilling Supply + Giveaway

Congratulations to the Winner!


Thank you to everyone who stopped by and entered to win. Erin-Joi, please email me your complete name and address to: molly at mollysmith dot com ... Congratulations.


I am excited to feature Roxann Dragula's new online store and offer a GIVEAWAY! I've known Roxann via Facebook for several years and actually met her in May at NAQGCON. Since then, she has traveled to the The Quilling Guild AGM in Liverpool, UK and opened the online store last month. Roxann is Accredited in both, the North American Quilling Guild and The Quilling Guild (UK).

I asked Roxann how she first started quilling. "I have been an artist all my life and became unemployed in 2009. I went looking on the web for an art that I could do with little or no money. I found it and it was called Quilling. I had no idea at the time what it was or where it would take me."

(this is stunning in person)

What does your new online store offer? "It offers what any quiller would want or need plus products exclusive to Quilling Supply. I have the standard products such as tools, paper strips and books-- along with crossover products like handmade paper and unique acrylic gifts with quilling in them." 

Desk items made with resin and quilling paper

What sets you apart from other stores?
"I think outside of the box. I have added products that will crossover to crafting and origami that will also work well with quilling. I hope to draw in paper crafters and introduce them to the art of quilling. I also stock many new, hard to get international products saving my U.S. customers the current high shipping costs. I also offer shipping outside the U.S."

"I had no idea when I picked up my first strip of paper and started winding it up, that I would be winding my life up in it. These little strips of paper have more strength in them than a rod of steel the same size. They have connected me with people and places around the world that I never dreamed of visiting when I was unemployed. I am a business owner and a little strip of paper is to blame." 

Round Acrylic Key Ring 
Add pretty quilling || an international item || the price is a steal!

English Parchment Mixed
 The marbled look makes it seem textured || I have used this to make lacy-looking projects.

Ultra Fine Tool
It is like a tiny slotted tool || love the long handle || I saw people using this at NAQGCON.


In celebration of the opening of Roxann's Quilling Supply online store, I am giving away this paper and quilling package, to one winner worldwide:

Leave a comment below. 

For extra entries:

“Like” Quilling Supply on Facebook & leave a separate comment saying so.

"Visit and Bookmark" Quilling Supply website & leave a separate comment saying so.

"Sign Up" to receive the (non-spammy) Quilling Supply Newsletter  & leave a separate comment saying so.
Good Luck!


Have a fantastic week!

PS Footnote: check out the Gift Registry, Free Patterns, Videos, Gift Certificates, Catalog -- and check back often for New Items.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Affordable Light Box

My most productive hours in the day seem to be at night. I've been taking product photos near a window during a 2-hour range around noontime -- often losing track of time. 

I finally decided I wanted to try to use a light box so I asked for one for our anniversary

My husband came through and built one beyond my expectations. 

The box is 18x18x24" and cost $1.30
He cut out 14" holes with rounded corners on sides and top

Three 5.5" clamp lights were $7 each (Home Depot)

A 4-pack of Daylight fluorescent 23W spiral bulbs (equivalent to 100 watts) was $11.

He already had the blue painter's tape, white tissue paper (one sheet per side/top) and used the matte side of white wrapping paper to make the inside infinity wall. He built the wood pieces for the side lamps and put a grill on top so the light is closest to the opening.

This is a pic of a my husband's marble bracelet I photographed late one night, on a piece of bead felt. I always put a piece of white paper in my photos so I can adjust the contrast easier before cropping.

This is a man's paper bead bracelet I am listing this week: the first pic I took in the light box. I am going to enjoy this :)

Thank you for stopping by!

Have a great end of August this week :)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Simple Back to School Quilled Card

I cannot believe school starts here in two weeks. August is flying by. I should be working on my store items (I have decided to open next month) and instead, worked on this quilled card today. I used 1/8-inch strips, all 16" long. The tip of the pencil is a cone I flattened. The brown paper for the lead is 3". I crimped a silver strip for the bottom of the eraser.

This is the same pencil design of my Apples & Pencils Provo Craft stickers that are now retired.

Have a fantastic week!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Miniature Quilled Flowers in a Bottle Necklace

This is a necklace I made with some tiny quilled flowers and leaves using narrower than the 1/16-inch strips (paper from England). I put centers on both sides of the flowers. The sterling silver snake chain necklace is 20 inches (50cm). The bottle is about .75 inches (19mm) wide. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Gardener's Hand Scrub

I have been following the most helpful and coolest blog for a couple of weeks. It is One Good Thing by Jillee. She is writing a book and also planning a wedding so she had a week of Jillie's Best posts to free up some time. She posts every day! I was drawn to this easy sugar scrub she posted, especially after seeing she had over 700 comments. (There are many more now because she was giving away a washer and dryer the week I saw it.)

I had the sugar and Dawn so I made a few jars. EASY, EASY! And I love how it makes my hands feel after using it. 

I found some free DIY printables on Pinterest to make my presentation colorful. Lots of choices as to colors and designs.

I had some small plastic spoons that I attached a personalized handmade tag along with the ingredientsI tied to the back of the jars.

Here is the recipe and much better step-by-step photos. I just love all the pics that Jillee adds to her posts.

I hope you like Jillee's blog as much as I do.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

From the Archives ...

Quilling Comes In All Sizes
I have said before that my two favorites are miniature and giant quilling! I would put this one below in the big category! I used one-inch crimped red and green strips of construction paper glued end to end. The stems are spongy insulation material that I cut into pieces and painted black. The leaves are 6" long and the cherries are 3.5" in diameter.

This is a piece I made to take to a CHA show in 2006 when I bought a table spot to show my designs. It is a MUST to have some type of eye-catcher to draw the manufactures and publishers to the table. My table was set up to sell my quilled cherry projects and large wall art designs. I used this cherry project, a 14-inch quilled snowflake and three 12-inch layered paper flowers as my eye-catcher. My plan worked :)

I wanted to share this technique to show that there is no limit to what you can do with quilled paper. Here are a few more examples: 

Lori Mondell ~ has an amazing creative mind when embellishing her projects (check out other items in Lori's store)
Suzana Ilic ~ brings quilling to a next level with her brilliant dimensional art
Ann Martin ~ this is an excellent example of how to be inspired by non-paper material and incorporate into quilling (also, check out Ann's new book!)

I hope you are encouraged to try something different and quill a miniature, traditional or big piece of art using your own creative style. 

Have fun!

Update:  I found this poor photo showing how the large items are suppose to grab attention. This was the year I forgot one of my bags - containing makeup and my camera. I bought one of those disposable cameras and the photos turned out itty-shay!!!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Sour Cream Gift Container, Miniature Quilled Flowers

Happy July!

I made some 1" glass magnets, with yellow rose of Texas graphics. I wanted to wrap them but they are so small. They stack together easily held by the magnets and I wrapped them in tissue paper.

I decided to make a sour cream gift container using printed card stock. I made a tag and added tiny quilled flowers to match the paper I was using.

I used a 4" x 6" piece of card stock and rolled lengthwise into a tube as shown below. 
(10.16 cm x 15.24 cm)

I pinched the ends to close. I crimped the first end, applied glue inside along the edge, and crimped it again. After I put the magnets inside, I pinched the other end in the opposite direction. I repeated with crimping, gluing and crimping again.

I think it makes a nice presentation and this sour cream container is SO easy to make.

I purchased my graphics from Piddix at Etsy. She has so many prints in many sizes and you get instant download.

Have a fantastic week!

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Berry Boxes

click photos to enlarge

If you have stopped by before, you know that I absolutely LOVE hoarding collecting boxes and especially making them. I came across the cutest berry boxes and couldn't wait to make them last night. Before I show you my creations, I want to first give credit to Claire, the author of the blog, FellowFellow.  Her cute boxes, fabulous photos and fact sheets, in both inches and metric, can be found at the link below:

I used two-sided card stock paper from a K&Company pad. These are so easy to make (Claire has done all the measurements for you) and very sturdy. 

I used my Martha Stewart score board since it has 1/8-inch increments. So little materials and tools are needed!

I made all the top strips 1" wide and they stayed on better. I also put a bit of glue under the edge on the side opposite where it is stapled.

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S.  Made a few more. :)

Friday, June 7, 2013

Featuring ItsLorraine (Lori Mondell)

From the Archives:

I am beyond excited to again feature ItsLorraine's store items with you today. 

Lori and I are Internet friends but have never met. She lives in Delaware and emailed me a while back after seeing my book in a Michaels store*. She is a mixed media artist, awesome seamstress and loves creating with paper. She has contributed quilled projects to magazines and has created many quilling kits for adult and childrens' kit-of-the-month clubs. We both have quilling projects in the book Quill It Easy.

Lori hand makes everything she sells. Her wire-bound, accessorized journals are purchased for travel, prayer lists, sketchbooks, daily notes, recipes, etc. The journals are just as gorgeous inside as the front and back covers.

Password Books
Another favorite that I own and use daily is the must-have WWW password book.  These are perfect to keep all kinds of computer-related notes you don't want stored on your computer. She makes a lot of masculine items and these little books make great gifts for the guys.

Cards/Card Sets
Speaking of guys, this cute baseball cap card is one of a set. She makes both individual greeting cards and sets. I can attest that all her cards are fine quality and made to perfection. 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great TGIF and weekend!

*My book is no longer sold at Michaels but can be found at Hobby Lobby stores!


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