Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Also, my second oldest son has dyslexia and needs a lot of one-on-one instruction to help him become an independent reader. So, raising four children (ages 9, 7, 3, & 1), plus with the extra needs they have, I don't know when I'll be able to get back to quilling again. I hope it's sometime within the next year or two. I definitely don't want to take a three year break like I did when my daughter (3 yr old) was born.
Thanks for supporting me and following my blog. I'll get back to it one day - I promise!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
So, this post is dedicated to my SHOUT OUT TO SHEETLOAD contest - anyone entering has a chance at winning cool Fiskars border punches! Your opportunity to enter ends February 28th. The current issue of SheetLoad of Cards is out now : February '09 - Unity Stamp Company sponsors the February '09 issue.
Check out this site. Truly worth your visit if you enjoy making your own cards.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Helen's completed wreath - sorry the image is so blurry. I didn't realize I hadn't gotten a good shot until after I was home and reviewing the pictures. The wreath turned out beautifully, nonetheless!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
5”x10” lilac (I used Bazzill Basics “Cool Heather”) cardstock folded into 5”x5” card
5/8” wide quilling strips (lilac, purple)
3/8” wide quilling strips (lilac, purple, deep violet, blue, ivory)
1/8” wide quilling strips (yellow, green)
4 ½” diameter vellum circle (printed greeting optional).
3 – 6” lilac fringed (5/8) with 6” (1/8) tight roll yellow centers
3 – 6” purple fringed (5/8) with 6” (1/8) tight roll yellow centers
3 – 3” deep violet fringed (3/8) with 3” (1/8) tight roll yellow centers
3 – 3” purple fringed (3/8) with 3” (1/8) tight roll yellow centers
3 – 3” lilac fringed (3/8) – no center
3 – 3” blue fringed (3/8) – no center
4 – 6” purple folded roses
4 – 6” ivory folded roses
4 – 6” deep violet folded roses
4 – 6” blue folded roses
10 – 4” green marquis
5 – 8” green marquis
9 – 3” green loose scrolls
6 – 4” green v-scrolls
6 – 2” green loose scrolls
Glue vellum circle to the card (using a clear adhesive roller) - I use a ruler to make sure it's centered on the card before sticking it down. Assemble flowers around the edge of vellum – prior to gluing them down. Assemble large fringed flowers first. Then, assemble other fringed flowers and roses as looks good to you – keeping in mind that you want to have a fairly even “thickness” for the entire wreath. After flowers are assembled as pleasing to you, glue down flowers. Finally, add greenery, again I suggest dry fitting it around the wreath prior to gluing it so you make sure you have it where you want it.
Have fun with it! The only thing I ask is that you use this card/wreath for your own personal use only. Unless, of course, you want to sell it at a local craft/art show. In that case, go right ahead! Please don't sell it online. It wouldn't be fair to me as the designer.
Friday, January 30, 2009
I am going to teach how to make this wreath at my next quilling class - for intermediate quillers. The colors didn't photograph as well as I had hoped - although it still looks pretty. The darker blue is really a deep violet (but you can't tell in the picture). Oh well! I'm also going to be making other wreaths for my students to choose from - same amount of each kind of flowers, but different arrangements and color schemes. I will post them as they are finished - all the flowers are quilled, just not arranged yet, so they will be coming over the next couple of days. Thanks for looking - feel free to comment!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I really should be quilling the Scottie dog, but as you can see, I've been avoiding it. I will repent and start probably this weekend. I still have two more cards to do for a friend and then I'll be done with my excuses. Although they aren't really valid as I could have worked on the Scottie this morning - other than fill-in work isn't all that fun. It's end result is worth it, but I guess I'm too young - feeling young - mid 30s really, but feel like I should have been born a decade later - to want to do much of it other than with my drive to earn some of my own spending money so I don't have to dip into our joint account and we can pay off student loans. Card making is much more enjoyable as I can get a card done in a couple of hours versus a couple of weeks of fill-in work (for projects as big as the Scottie which will be approximately 5"x7"). It feels more like real work and with four kids AND homeschooling the oldest two, don't I have enough work already? Like I said, money drives me - petty, I know, but how else am I going to be able to stay home with my kids and still buy fun stamps, paper, punches, etc, etc?
Monday, January 26, 2009
Now that's been explained, on to the reason for posting a "non-quilling" item. My dear friend Janet made me a "Quilling Queen doll" - her title for me, not my own - I realize there are far better quillers out there than me and - it's not a competition anyway - we do what we do because we LOVE it and that's that!
My new avatar shows part of the doll. Here's the full-length picture below - notice how she got the slotted tool looking so perfect? The ones from Michaels stores have the same blue handle:
Can you see why I had to post about this? Who wouldn't be thrilled about getting a replica paper doll of themselves? Especially when it's so flattering!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I will be sending her a couple of quilled cards. But, the cards she receives don't have to be quilled - any card will do - any theme. If you, my readers, want to participate and send little Hannah a card, you can mail it to:
704 Orchard Rd.
Lititz, PA 17543
Also, if anyone is interested, her dad is keeping a journal. The link is
Although it may not be a big thing for us to do this, it can bring little moments of happiness into this little girl's life. I know as a parent, if I were to have a terminally ill child, I would be so overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and feel immense gratitude towards anyone willing to give my little girl her Christmas wish.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
And, also I made another filigree heart card for Janet - my one true fan - who is a self-proclaimed stalker of my quilling work. If there ever was a good kind of stalker, she's it. I appreciate her loyal following (*smile*).
Enjoy the quilling "eye candy" (as one of my fellow quilling friends calls it)!