Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thursday Tip ~ Filling in Large Centers

I am working on a pattern using a lot of eccentric circles. When using tweezers to even the coil and pull the center to the side, my center hole is often enlarged.

Only IF you want your centers to appear tighter and filled in, here is my tip:

Take a strip of paper about 1/2-inch (13mm) long and roll it tightly. The bigger the opening, use a longer strip of paper. I use a quilter's or shirt pin to get it tight, but you can use your quilling tool or fingers. There is no need to use glue as the coil will expand and stay put once you place it in the opening. The easiest way for me is to insert it with my tweezers.

This is the result.  You may like the look of having an open hole for your project. But if you ever need to fill in one or two in your project, try this technique.

Have fun quilling!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring Magnets

These colorful, Spring-inspired magnets are made using 2" vinyl blinds. They are lightweight and easy to make. I have detailed the how-to info in a previous post here.

Instead of the printed picture, I think these would be cute with a bit of quilling on them! Magnets are fun to create, inexpensive, expressive and make great gifts.

Thanks for stopping by!


The cute graphics are (c) Beth Logan, Canning Garden clipart.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Suzana's 'M' House

I am so excited to share the "M House for Marilyn" created by the talented quilling artist, Suzana Ilic. This is a gift Suzana made for a special online friend celebrating Suzana's one year hosting of her blog, Quilling with Fun . The thought put into this elaborate paper house and the quilled details are amazing.

Suzana's blog is filled with her fabulous work (check out the Slide-show). Click below to view more pictures of this project and read the inspiration behind creating this gift for her friend Marilyn. Her pictures are larger showing close-up details, dimension and different angles. I think her peace dove is beautiful and brilliant.  Quilling with Fun


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Be Inspired

I am happy to be a part of a group on LinkedIn titled CopyRights-Artists Rights. The group was created by artist and designer Phyllis Dobbs to actively help educate and spread awareness of the copyright laws. This Blog Hop , organized by artist designer Brenda Pinnick, is a group effort to educate and show how we can be inspired from others' original artwork.

Use your own imagination and craft a unique project. Your original piece of art then becomes protected under the law. In the United States, copyright protection automatically exists from the moment the work is created.

Copying someones artwork and misrepresenting that it is your own is wrong; it is against the law. It is an infringement-- a violation of the rights secured by a copyright.

Showing an Internet audience how to wrongfully copy original artwork is an unethical practice.

Be Inspired!

I am in love with Jonathan Adler, his life story and his store. I work hard for my money and I'm very particular where I spend it. He sells colors, I love colors. His quilted line of pottery is inspired by Chanel. I love Chanel, and so on and so on.

After noticing a trend of four colors in last Sunday's Target ad, I decided to take a look at the Jonathan Adler store to see what color groups he is selling. I clicked on NEW and fell for the colorful, geometric square paperweights AND round crystal coasters.  This is my Jonathan Adler inspired coaster project. It's not crystal and it's not round, but it's colorful and mine.


I already had the coasters from a book project. You can buy a Two Coaster Cross Stitch Kit at Hobby Lobby for around $10. The coasters are plastic. I used double-stick removable tape for the paper backing so they are interchangeable.

I am not a symmetrical designer but wanted to use the 9 buttons for a geometric look.

Yellow Houndstooth and Navy Buttons

Black Polka Dot, White and Red

Monochromatic Gold Damask

 Please visit all the participating blogs below. Each one is unique, informative and inspiring! 
Joanne Sharpe
 Sharyn Sowell
 Aaron Christensen
 Chris Chun
 Vickie Lea
 Monica Lee
 Brenda Pinnick
 Shelly Kennedy
 Phyllis Dobbs
Jennifer Goode
 Beth Parker
 Sue Zipkin
 Robin Pickens
 Terri Conrad
 Jane Maday

Disclaimer: I have not been paid for this post nor given free product. All comments and suggestions are my own.