Thursday, May 26, 2022

Tags. Are they really inexpensive, easy and fun to make?

 YES, I think so. I've decided to start making "all occasion" tags and gifting to my daughter in an organized... something, I haven't decided what.  πŸ˜ƒ

I made tags 15 or so years ago for my mother, back when I hand-embossed a few and used one of those silver "office" hole punches. They were cut on a trimmer, no die-cuts available. I rounded the bottom corners, tracing a curve with a penny or dime, and fussy cutting.  

I make it easy by using one or three (always odd numbers) quilled elements on a single tag. I know of a guy who had a fit over a small tag with his name, one quilled fish element, and tied around a bottle of wine. It was a dinner-host gift and he enjoys fishing. He showed each guest as they arrived. 

As you know, Etsy, eBay crafters sell tags by the dozen. I think most people don't want, or don't know how, to make tags and it saves them time. Selling online, craft fairs, holiday sales parties-- oh my gosh, Christmas tags are hard to pass up.

Easy. Used punch on the divider cards you get in those craft store photo boxes. Love the lines. You could line cardstock on a printer and do this. No big scalloped punch? Make circles or squares (shape the corners).

Labor intensive 😁, a past thing. I quilled some flowers on the tag to match the gift paper. Retiring the photo.

I have no idea what this was for, but an idea for printing a message or quote instead of stamping. I used this daisy paper a lot with the daisy quilled stickers. Horrible angled corners on top, yikes, don't do this. 😬

I admit, I over-do holiday/winter tags during watching Christmas in July videos, but this is a more simple tag using scraps. I cover front first, then trim and shape corners. I use the backs of tablets mostly and don't stamp To & From. This type of cardboard is easy to use a marker, no bleed-through. 

And the basic quilled element on small folded tag to stick on a card, package (or a bottle of wine πŸ˜‰).

If you feel creative and don't want to jump into a big project, make a stack of tags using leftover quilling elements (and scraps). When you need one you'll have a selection to look through. 

Stay safe and well.

xo, Molly

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Mini Quilled Carrots - Archives

Wow, this post is only 11 years old, and I changed most of the wording since things have changed so much in quilling. These are last minute elements for Easter card/envelope, tags, napkin holders, place cards, scrapbooks, picture frame, Easter thank-you card, etc; three quick carrot styles to make. 

Carrot: 1/8" x 7" tight roll. Shape with a small, pointed dowel and glue inside.

Green leaves: 1/4" x 2.5" strips. Fringe down the edge of the 2.5" strips. Roll around toothpick and glue end. Insert into carrot top halfway and glue. When dry, spread fringe outward with fingertips. 


Carrots: 1/8" x 12" loose roll. Shape in a long teardrop.

Green leaves: 1/8" x 3" pieces. Make three 1/2" loops the same height (accordion folds) and spread out before gluing at bottom. Trim each fold in half lengthwise, making six thin leaves for each carrot. 


Carrots: 1/8" x 7" tight rolls. Shape with a small, pointed dowel and flatten with fingers.

Green leaves: 1/8" x 1" pieces. Cut slivers of paper at various lengths. Glue ends individually into top of carrot until full.

These are my favorite for the cards because they lay so flat.

Thank you for stopping by.
Have a blessed Easter. 🌷


Idea: A small tag with "For You" add three carrots, hang tag with pretty ribbon around a bottle of wine for a hostess... Awesome! Or bring it for the person who arranged a restaurant Easter brunch. If you are like me, and aren't going to a brunch this year, make a tag anyway and who knows what next year will bring. Non-alcoholic Welches Sparkling White Grape Juice is another gift suggestion. 

Monday, February 7, 2022

Quilled Hearts from the Archives

Again, I want to show some simple Valentine's Day cards and link my website hearts for those who are new. The page is very old but still relevant. So many people email me thanking me for the lopsided heart, because they say it helps hide imperfections when the two teardrops don't match up. And I have always said "Imperfection Adds Character".  πŸ’Ÿ

Hearts are SO simple, fun to quill and they don't always have to be red. Thanks for looking today.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Favorites to Start the New Year

A belated happy 2022 to everyone! Below are a few favorite sites I want to share, plus quilling conference news.

Miriam's Quilling

This is my new favorite channel to visit often if not daily. Miriam's creations are amazing and her videos are very brief. She demonstrates how to create everything in the entire project. She lives in Romania. Check out her last 2021 video, first. 

Lively Paper Creations

This is the Etsy store where I purchased 1mm paper strips like Miriam uses in some of her projects. YES 😲, one millimeter wide paper strips. This is the store Miriam recommends on her channel. 

Yulia Shorts

Yulia Brodskaya's YouTube channel of "shorts" from her fabulous paper illustrations is a must see. Her last masterpiece included a large open ended loose coil, so she does continue to use quilled shapes other than her colorful tight rolls. There is so much to see in her very short videos.


Finally (yay), there will be a quilling conference this year after two years of covid restrictions. It will be held May 13-14 in Springfield, Illinois. All information is on the website.

Be well, stay warm!
Molly 🌹