Archive for the ‘Inspirational’ Category

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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My Heart to Yours – Mother’s Day Quilled Necklace

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Tomorrow I’m going into my daughter’s fourth grade class to teach them how to quill!  I can’t wait!  We timed it perfectly so that the kids can make a pretty pendant for their mom as a Mother’s Day gift!  It’s quick and easy!

They can even pick out their own background!

I used a 1-inch punch (by Fiskars) and my left over scrapbook paper to punch different circles. This is a great way to use up those small scrap pieces!

Here’s how to make it the QUILLED HEART NECKLACE:

1. ) To make the heart, roll two 8-inch (20 cm) strips of RED quilling paper (1/8-inch wide) into teardrops and glue them together.

2.) Glue the circle piece into the pendant (most craft glues will work!).  You can find the pendant on our website, “Round Necklace Pendant“.  They’re super light and the perfect depth for quilling!

3.) Glue the heart inside the pendant.

I’m still debating whether I’ll put the Crystal Coat Glaze on top of their hearts.  I know it’ll look fabulous with the shiny covering, but there won’t be enough class time to let them dry. :(

But…we’ll frame the necklace inside a tri-fold card with a circle cutout. Then they can decorate and write a special message inside!  Too cute!  I can see this being a nice Valentine’s Day gift too!

Wishing all the moms out there a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Easter is coming and what a sweet way to give out candy treats! The pretty colors in this little flower pot makes me think of spring! And oh how I can’t wait…snow is melting here – finally!!


I really love miniature techniques because you can make so many different three-dimensional objects with paper strips. I prefer using 1/4-inch (6 mm) wide paper because it’s more “forgiving” when I shape my pieces.

If you remember, I did a similar project like this last year with pictures, “Easter Basket“, but this time I have a YouTube video! For those of you who don’t like reading instructions (like me!), this video shows the “3x Tucking Rule” that I write in all of my 3D Quilling Kits. I showed this at CHA, so it only has text and music.

Enjoy!

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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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Easy Quilled Bows!

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Need a quick “something” to spruce-up a birthday present? Have lot of scrap quilling paper?

Here’s a great way to make a fun, color-coordinated bow in a minute!

EASY QUILLED BOW

1.) Take a 4-5 strips of 1/4″ (6 mm) wide quilling paper. Pick colors that match the wrapping paper.

2.) Fold them in half and staple.

3.) Curl the ends!

4.) Unroll some of the coils.

5.) Attach it to your present! So quick and easy!

The cute little elephant is from the “Jungle Buddies” quilling kit!

Check out the other animal buddies on our website!

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Quilling Paper storage solution!

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Now that the school year has settled in, I’m finally catching up on blogging! I often get asked how I store my quilling paper. Trust me, it’s not an easy task when it comes to keeping quilling papers organized! I’ve used different methods, but this seems to work fairly well. Plus it looks so pretty when the papers are altogether!

First, I highly recommend keeping your quilling paper in the package because it’ll keep your papers from creasing or tangling. I like the 17-inch length of our Quilled Creations papers because they stack neatly side-by-side and they fit in those standard storage bins with drawers! (Also, majority of my designs use strips 16-inches or less!  The extra inch on the paper lengths allows you to tear off the ends – a good quilling technique!)

Use a binder ring and feed it through the hole in the packaging. You can find these at your local office supply store.

Use one ring for all of your colors or several rings and group them by like colors.

Next, use scissors to cut an opening though the bag.  CUT ONLY ONE LAYER of the bag. Avoid cutting to the bag’s edge or it might rip completely from the label. If it does happen, then just reinforce the cut ends with tape. You only need a hole big enough to pull one end of the paper out.

Detach a quilling strip from the inner layer (see photo). Pull a strip out and detach it from the other end. Simple! No kinks, no bends, no tangle! (Technique Tip: Once I have the strip out of the packaging, I immediately tear off the ends or the padding glue that might still be on the paper ends. You want to have a feathered torn end so when the paper’s end is glued to the coil it will look seamless!)

With multi-colored quilling packs, I use zip-lock bags or the 6″ x 9″ bags that our kits are stored in.  I try to keep like colors together.  It doesn’t always happen, especially when I’m in a rush to take some quilling paper on a trip or for a class. But the bags helps store those loose strips of quilling paper.

Another tip to hold your mixed/multi-colored paper packs (or papers from a quilling kit), is to fan the paper out and use a binder clip at one end of the paper. At the other end, cut or tear off the glued ends so that the strips are all separated.  Then when you need a certain color, you just tear if off the binder clip.

Hang all of the papers so that they are within easy reach.

Hope this gives you some ideas for an organized craft/quilling area!!

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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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Class Results!

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

I just came back from the North American Quilling Guild conference in Long Island, NY.   Thank you Kay and all of the Long Islander guild members for organizing it (great job on the quilled gift tags, favors, nametags)…it was a fantastic weekend!  I met so many wonderful and talented quillers. It was really nice to be with like-minded artists that appreciate this paper art!

There was a huge selection of classes, but we were limited to 5 classes.  I taught one class and attended four classes.  Here are pictures of the final projects:

FLOWER TREASURE BOX (Alli Bartkowski)

For my class, we made this cute treasure box.  We used a Curling Coach to roll the tight coils and shaped them to create a box with a cover.

A little Hershey Kiss can fit inside.

A similar, but BIGGER version of this flower treasure box is in my Miniatures 101 kit.  (I promise to make a video clip on how to use the Curling Coach to create these boxes!)

MINIATURE ROSES (Maggie Nakatani)

Maggie is an amazing quiller from Japan.  In her class, we made a mini flower pot that stands about 2-inches high.  It’s made with a combination of punched flowers, tight coils and fringing.

MINIATURE BEAVER (Sherry Rodehaver)

Sherry is the “master” of quilled miniatures! I took her class on miniatures at my first quilling conference and I was just blown away by her skill and innovative techniques. When I wrote my first book, “Paper Quilling for the First Time“, the publisher said I could feature a few quilling artists in the gallery section.  Sherry was my top pick!

We made this adorable little beaver all out of paper.  The beaver is New York’s state animal. Too cute!

STENCIL QUILLING (Charlotte Canup)

Charlotte is a wonderful quiller. I love her southern charm! She’s really good at explaining quilling techniques…check out her blog!

For her class, we quilled with 1/16-inch wide quilling paper to create this beautiful “see-through” sailboat. I love looking at BOTH sides of this ATC (Artist Trading Card). The stenciling idea is a great way to highlight the intricate beauty of quilling.

SPIRELLI (Carol Gancorz)

I’ve always admired spirelli.  So, I couldn’t wait to try this class. Spirelli is wrapping embroidery thread around a scalloped punch paper piece.  It’s really simple and a great way to frame your quilling. Carol prepared so many beautiful card kits for us to practice this technique! Wouldn’t it be cool if you could spirelli with quilling paper?

Here were some of the other classes that I didn’t have a chance to attend…

Iris Folding, 3D Tree, Braiding, Sunflowers, Feathering, Bead Quilling, Earrings, Snowman, Matting, Lighthouse, Terns, Butterflies, Floral Design, Husking, Paper Quilting, Sailboats

Hope to see you next year!

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