Saturday, November 27, 2010

Shameless Self-Promotion

I am so dang excited about my holiday listings for Cyber Monday in my Etsy Shop that I don't have enough time to talk about it. So here is a big shout-out: Please visit and look on Monday. Maybe this will answer that reoccurring question I get from family and friends .. "Now what exactly do you do?".

And I will be there until the last week for you last minute shoppers! :O)

My Etsy Store and My Other Store

Have a great week!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Paper Pumpkin Pie

I follow Ann Martin of All Things Paper on Twitter for her fabulous paper finds. Check out her latest post and be sure to follow her blog if you love quilling and all sorts of unique paper creations.

Oh, and if you saw an Ann Martin making a quilled holiday card on HGTV's That's Clever! episode this morning, yes, that was this Ann Martin!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thanksgiving Preparations

I love Real Simple Magazine for happy everything resources! This year, I am adding a few extra favorite links for Thanksgiving 2010 :)
I'll be back after the holiday.

Happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Quilling Fill-in Technique

This is such a simple, quick technique that can be applied to any printed motif. On the left is my trio of dresses project from my book. I was commissioned by an international craft magazine to teach various quilling techniques and this is one of them. The issue was published in 2007 and the pictures I have left from the projects aren't the best, but they give you an idea of how to get started.


All the printed motifs I used are free clip art that I altered slightly. I started with a simple handbag. I drew a diagonal line and filled in one side with black then printed on a white card. The blank area is filled in with 1/16" (0.158 cm) wide "S" scrolls and loose coils/tendrils. The lengths varied and ranged from 1/4" to 3/4" (0.635 to 1.9 cm).

 Using tweezers, I first tap the bottom edge of the shape on a thin layer of glue on wax paper and immediately apply to the card. The editor wanted quilling to be the main focus so I did very little embellishing. I inserted two eyelets and added a string of pearls for the handle. I let the handle dangle loose on one of the cards, but the purse was printed too low so they didn't use that one. 

I also filled in a dress and shoe. I added pink to the heel and removed the printed bow on the shoe. I added a black satin ribbon bow on the finished card for dimension.

If you try this technique or have used it before, please let me know and I'll post your project!  Enjoy!