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Crazy for crimping!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

I decided to create a new header for my blog.  It’s actually a close-up of my Quilled Rainbow Fish that I made for display at Craft & Hobby Association tradeshow.  Not only does this fish show the beauty of crimped strips of paper, but it show the incredible colors of quilling paper we offer!  Earlier this year, I added 6 new colors!

We have new shaded mix packs and paper sheets!

Our newest tool, The Deluxe Crimper, is hot!!  Kids love it and there are so many different ways to use crimped strips.  The tool has two different sized crimps, fine and course.  It can crimper paper strips up to 3/8-inch or 9mm.

Roll a crimped as is OR sandwich the crimped strip between to flat strips of paper.  Be sure to roll the paper gently so that the crimps don’t flatten out.

For a quick and easy jewelry project, roll a few different strips of crimped quilling paper.  Then glue them inside our jewelry pendants or rings!  Pearls are my favorite, but gems will definitely bring out some bling!

This fish pendant shows the new shade of oranges.  I’m in love with these colors!

Enjoy!

Alli

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Where has time gone?  Well, I back sharing ideas with you and inspirational projects!

I’m excited to show you the next book that I’ve written, “Quilled Flowers” published by Lark.  A lovely mixed of projects for all types of quillers and crafters.  It definitely was a huge project to work on since I tried to cover all different kinds of flowers.

You can see more pictures and my interview here!

*** GIVEAWAY! ***

So I do feel guilty for not blogging for almost a year…yikes!  So I’m giving away an autographed copy of the book and some other freebie stuff (quilling paper, jewelry pieces)!

Post a comment by end of the day on April 1st and I’ll randomly pick a winner! (No foolin’!)

Good luck!

alli

********** WINNER  ************

Lavina was picked by the Random Number Generator as comment #18!

Lavina

Congrats Lavina!

(Please send me an email at alli@quilledcreations.com)


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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

NEW! Cupcake Treasure Boxes!

Cupcakes are so popular now.  I love watching the TV show, Cupcake Wars, with those crazy cupcake challenges.  Well, for a guilt-free cupcake version, try this NEW quilling kit.

The “Cupcake Treasure Boxes” quilling kit includes quilling paper and instructions to make 6 different cupcakes that are good enough to eat. Be sure to get a MiniMold tool to help with the cupcake tops…yes, another cool quilling tool…keep reading this post!

MiniMold Tool

In addition to the jewelry kits, I also introduced at CHA a new tool called the MiniMold! I can’t make miniatures without it!  It shapes my flat tight circles into neat and evenly shaped domes…so all you perfectionists out there are going to fall in love with it!  No more looking all over the house for a marble, golf ball or digging through my kid’s toy box for a rubber ball!

It includes 12 different dome shapes and it fits in our double-sided storage box.

Here’s a handy chart that lists what dome to use with the paper strips.  Note: The quilling paper lengths or “full-length” are about 16-inches which are Quilled Creations paper lengths and thickness. I recommend using 1/4-inch (6 mm) wide quilling paper for making 3-D shapes.

Dome  =  Paper Length/Number of strips
A = 8-inches (20 cm)
B = 16-inches (40 cm) or full-length QC paper strip
C = 2 full-lengths
D = 3 full-lengths
E = 4 full-lengths
F = 6 full-lengths
G = 8 full-lengths
H = 10 full-lengths
I = 14 full-lengths
J = 16 full-lengths
K = 20 full-lengths
L = 24 full – lengths

I’ll be posting a YouTube clip on how to use the MiniMold later this week! Stay tuned!

Thanks!

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Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Finally, our NEW Jewelry Quilling Kits!  “Romantic Roses” and “Modern Waves“ Necklace quilling kits! The “Romantic Roses” kit won the Top 20 Innovative Product at the Craft & Hobby Association trade show!  Quilling is finally gaining popularity and some well-deserved attention!  People were amazed at what you can do with strips of paper!

The kit makes two pendants! I found a wonderful clear glaze that not only helps bond your paper to the pendant, but it leaves a nice thin coating over your quilling. “Crystal Coat Glaze” is so much fun to use because it spreads easily then hardens the quilling like it’s porcelain. It’s so cool! A little tube goes a long way too!

The pendants are lightweight and 1/8-inch (3mm) deep. Imagine ALL of the possibilities you can quill in these pendants! Check out  our jewelry supplies!

Here are more pictures from CHA!

Demoing the “Romantic Rose” Necklace at the TOP 20 Innovation Event.

We found out that we were selected as the TOP 20 Innovative Product ONLY a week before CHA.  So, the crazy quiller that I am, I made over 100 of these pendants to giveaway! They loved them!

Here’s your own personal demo on how to make them! Enjoy!

Check out my other videos from CHA on YouTube!

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CHA in L.A. & NEW QUILLING KITS!

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Dave and I had the best time exhibiting at the Craft and Hobby Association tradeshow! We met so many wonderful store owners, professional crafters, teachers, buyers, etc…at the show in L.A. We miss the weather too!!

BUT after six long months of working on new quilling kits and tools, I finally released them at the tradeshow! I’m so excited that I can share them with you! I’ll posting them throughout this week!

This year the Quilled Creations’ booth was the biggest it has EVER been (10′ x 40′). It’s a overwhelming task to get set-up. Like the “circus” curtains?  I’m glad our booth cover them up!

BEFORE:

AFTER:

We had new quilling videos playing throughout the show.  They will be up on YouTube very soon for you to enjoy! I have to admit, it’s awkward watching myself demo, but I have so many techniques that I really want to share with you.  So you might only see my hands :)

We also had a Make & Take table.  I think we had 150 people try our Make & Take!  The response was amazing…

NEW QUILLING KITS!

Arctic Buddies

Of course after all of the other “Buddies” kit, this one was just waiting to happen! I love the penguin (even though he’s from other other side of the arctic)! It includes quilling paper, wiggle eyes and instructions ($9.95).

Elegant Floral Cards

I love how the tri-fold cards frame these quilled designs!  Each flower uses a unique technique that you might not have tried before. Hey, it’s always great to learn something new! I even included colored photographs in this kit!  Includes quilling paper, 6 tri-fold oval blank cards, 6 envelopes and instructions ($12.95).

More posts to come this week…three more NEW kits…and one was awarded “TOP 20 Innovative Product of CHA”!!!

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Kaleidoscope Flowers – Quilled Card Project

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Our Circle Template Boards are finally back in stock!  So as a celebration, I designed this “Kaleidoscope Flower” card project that shows you why it’s such a useful tool! Here’s an incentive to get one…a 10% off coupon for our tools! Order online and use coupon code: EM5K (expires May 31, 2010, retail orders only).

If you want to stretch your creativity, then see how many things you can make with one of our “Sampler Quilling Paper Packs“. These 8-inch lengths of rainbow goodness can go a long way!  I use them for classes and give them away at trade shows. With just three Sampler packs you can make these kits, “Flower Sampler” or “Quilt Block Sampler“.

- 1/8-inch (3 mm) wide Quilling Paper – Sampler Paper Pack

- Slotted or Needle tool

- Fine Tip Tweezers

- Circle Template Board

- Square Window Tri-Fold Card

Other Supplies:

- Glue

- Green leaf pattern scrapbook paper

PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS:

1.) To make the kaleidoscope flowers, you’ll need 8-inch lengths of:

- RED SHADES: 3 Crimsons, 3 Reds, 3 Blushes

- YELLOW SHADES: 3 Deep Yellows, 3 Yellows, 3 Pale Yellows

- PINK SHADES: 3 Fuschias, 3 Pinks, 3 Pale Pinks

- PURPLE SHADES: 3 Grapes, 3 Purples, 3 Lilacs

You could use shades of greens or blues too!

TIP: Tear the ends of the paper.  The feather or torn end will leave a more seamless look when you glue the papers together.

2.) Glue the 3 different colored strips together, end to end, by placing a small amount of glue at the end and overlapping the second strip.  Use the board to keep them straight across and press them together. For example: Crimson to Red to Blush.

3.) Roll the paper strip and place them in a Circle Template Board to make them all uniform in size. Glue the paper’s end to the coil. ** Notice I rolled two strips the same way, starting with the darker color…then the last strip the opposite way, starting with the lighter color (or vise versa) **

4.) Pinch your coils into teardrops or marquises (see finished card photo). To make “pretty” teardrops or evenly pinched coils, use the following technique!

LEFT PHOTO: Hold the coil with the paper’s end (arrow) is facing out.

CENTER PHOTO: Pull the center of the coil over to the side so that the coils are evenly spaced.

RIGHT PHOTO: Pinch a point at the paper’s end while the center is held off to the side.

5.) To make the stem, use four 4-inch (10 cm) strips of FOREST GREEN. Fold each strip in half and roll the ends outward.  Place glue near the fold and press together.

6.) Mount the green printed scrapbook paper behind the window card. Place your quilled pieces inside the square cutouts. Here are two variations I came up with.

7.) Glue the pieces down with tweezers.

I could spend an hour fiddling with these pieces!  So many possibilities.

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Spiral Rose Quiling Kit – Giveaway & Winner!

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

With summer almost here, it suddenly hit me that I have to start thinking about teacher gifts/thank you cards, bridal and wedding cards.  This can be a really busy time of the year!

So, here’s my secret to making cards within minutes:  Spiral Roses!

I made a video clip on how to make them on the Quilled Creations’ website.

Win a “Spiral Rose Quilling kit” by leaving a comment!

Winner can pick a kit color of their choice: Pinks/Ivory/White,  Burgundy/Red/Purples, OR Orange/Peach/Yellows

I’ll randomly pick a winner in a week!

WINNER IS…(picked by random generator at random.org)
“Barbara”
who left the comment:

Barbara says:
May 21, 2010 at 12:52 am
I’ve loved quilling since I was young and did some in school!! Now I do all sorts of things using them!! LOVE IT!!

Congrats! Email me at alli@quilledcreations.com and we’ll hook you up with a Spiral Rose Quilling Kit!

Thanks for all of the great comments!

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ABC’s of quilling scrolls

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

I just taught a group of kids how to quill alphabet letters to spell their name. Many of them said they were scared and nervous (complaining)  “this looks way too hard!”. But, after I gave them these simple tricks, they totally changed their tone!  “It’s sooooooo easy!” said a 8-year old…mission accomplished! It is. Hope you’ll try it!

So, here are some basics in rolling…

Quilled scrolls are different from making loose coils into teardrops or marquises. Instead, it’s a combination of rolling both ends of the paper and reshaping the coils with your fingers. Here are some examples:

For the letters “S” and “C”, I first rolled both ends of the paper toward the middle of the paper strip (the smaller “lowercase” letters). Then I unrolled the coils and re-rolled or shaped them to form the “uppercase” letters.

For the letter “R”, I broke up the letters into simple scrolls and basic quilled shapes (half circle).  Then I glued them together.

If you fold a paper strip in half and roll both ends, then you can create a bunch of different letters and shapes! Adding a dab of glue near the fold will hold shapes like the letter “Y” or “L”.

Here are a few pieces that I made (years ago) with different styles of quilled letters.

To learn more about quilling letters, check out the “Alphabet Letters” quilling kit!

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Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Happy Easter!  He is ALIVE!

Here’s a simple quilled card project I made that is featured in “CardMaker” magazine – March 2010 issue, page 17.  It’s part of their “Quill It Easy” section.

The roses are made from the pinks/ivory/white “Spiral Roses Quilling Kit“. They also come in burgundy/red/purples and orange/peach/yellows.

If you want to learn how to make the spiral roses, then check out my video clip on the Quilled Creations’ website.  They are very easy to roll and create!  I actually prefer making these spiral roses (instead of the folded rose) for my gift cards, wedding frames, gift boxes, etc.

Here are some other ways to use these lovely quilled roses!  The topiary in this picture is about 3-inches high.  BUT…

…check out what one of my customers did…

Wow! Sue Cox emailed me this picture of her topiary she made last summer and it blew me away!  Talk about being inspired!

Here’s how she did it:

“I made this 21-inches tall topiary using approximately 1100 of your “Spiral Roses”.  I spread this project out over several weeks but believe it took around 80 hours to complete.  The top Styrofoam  ball was 3-inch in diameter before decorating and the bottom was 5-inch. I simply bought a bright gold finished plastic pot and placed the topiary inside.  I glued it onto the bottom and then placed large smooth river rocks
to hide the bottom .”

Thanks Sue for your extreme quilled creation!

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Quilled Easter Basket Project

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Here’s a delightful little basket that you can fill with jelly beans, a Cadbury egg or a yummy marshmallow peep! This is an adorable quilled basket you can give someone anytime of the year!

It uses the braiding technique and a technique called “Miniatures”. The miniatures technique is really fascinating because you to make all different three-dimensional shapes from a large tight coil of paper strips! The project instructions below describe the basics of making miniatures. But if you’re interested in learning more, then these kits include more detailed tips on rolling and shaping: “Miniatures 101“, “Sunflower Treasure Box“, “Chess Pieces” and “Bride & Groom Miniatures“.

Enjoy!

- 1/4″ (6 mm) wide – Lighter Shades mixed paper pack

- 1/8″ (3 mm) wide – Mint Green (three strips)  and Pale Pink (three strips)

- Slotted Tool, Curling Coach, Cork

- Circle Template Board (optional)

Other Supplies:  Glue, Pins

PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS:

1.) For the basket’s handle, use the cork and pin to hold a single strip of Mint Green quilling paper. Then glue two more strips perpendicular to it.

2.) Alternate folding the paper strips 90-degrees down and across, like braiding. Continue folding the strips until the braid is about 4-inches in length.

3.) For the quilled bow, roll two 8-inch (20 cm) strips of paper into teardrop shapes. I used my Circle Template Board (SIZE 3 hole) to help me create uniform coils or teardrops.  Roll a 4-inch (10 cm) strip of paper into a “C” scroll. Glue the pieces together.

4.) For the basket, you’ll need 4 strips of each color in the Lighter Shades mix pack of paper or a total of 24 strips (Quilled Creations papers are about 17″ in length). I found it’s easier to separate 4 of each color first. Then I tear off the padded glue at BOTH ends, leaving a “torn or feathered” end. If you can remember the order of the rainbow colors, then get ready to roll! Otherwise, rearrange ALL the paper strips in the order first: pink, peach, yellow, green, blue, purple…pink, peach, yellow, green, blue, purple…etc.

5.) Next, put the slotted tool inside the Curling Coach and start rolling your first strip of paper. Be sure to roll with even and light finger pressure. TIP: Don’t squeeze the tight coil while rolling or later it will be difficult to shape.

6.) When you get to the end of the strip, tuck in the next strip of paper!  It’s that simple!  Just remember to leave enough of the paper’s end sticking out before tucking in the next strip, otherwise the new strip slips right out. This is especially important as your roll gets bigger!!!

7.) Finally, 24 strips of paper rolled into a nice tight coil.

Glue the end to the coil. Hold the end until it’s dry! To remove the coil from the tool, place and hold  the tight coil faced down on the table and pull the slotted tool straight up.

Note: If you accidentally let go or “pop” your coil when shaping the basket – don’t worry! The strips are all loose and you can re-roll them again! The Curling Coach tool is a lifesaver when it comes to making these large tight coils!!

8.) First, shape the coil into a dome. Then squeeze and roll the coil’s outer rim between your fingers to evenly shift the coils into a bowl. Keep an eye on the coils to make sure they shift evenly.

9.) Flatten the top or bottom by tapping it on a hard table surface. Check to see that it sits flat and the rim is even.

10.) To hold this shape, squeeze a generous amount of glue on the inside (use a glue that dries clear). Then use your finger to gently spread the glue around all of the inside and top edges. Let it dry.

11.) Now you have all of the pieces ready to glue together.

Try a different color combination, maybe all white for little wedding favor baskets or different shades of blues for a nice monochromatic look!

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