Archive for May, 2010

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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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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Eat Your Veggies, please!

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

I hope you had a nice mother’s day.  My mom is an amazing cook!  She definitely shows her love through her incredible homecooking.

For me, as a mom of two young children, I think my kids will only remember me saying “Please, eat your veggies!!!!” at every meal.

This adorable veggie-printed papers came from Cookbookin’.  I met the owners of Cookbookin’, Patricia Fletcher and Keri McCafferty, earlier this year at the Craft & Hobby Association tradeshow.  We were all excited about how their papers could compliment some of my quilled designs!  They even have recipe cards, stickers and stamps to match!

I’m hoping to play around with more of their fun designs.

PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS:

- Square Window Tri-Fold Card

- Slotted Tool or Needle Tool

- Fine-Tip Tweezers

1/8-inch (3mm) Quilling Paper: purple, brown, orange, leaf green, moss green, red

- Circle Sizer (on cork or foam board)

- Scissors

Other Supplies:

- Cookbookin’ Scrapbook Paper: “Eat Your Veggies”

- Adhesive tabs or double stick tape

- Pins

- craft glue

PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS

1.) On the backside of the veggie-printed paper, trace the square window cutouts from the tri-fold card.

2.) Use a ruler and exacto knife to cut out the squares.

3.) Attach the printed paper to the front of the tri-fold card with double-stick tape or adhesive tabs. Don’t use glue or it will wrinkle the paper.

4.) OFF-CENTERED CIRCLE TECHNIQUE (EGGPLANT & TOMATO)

The eggplant is made using the Off-Centered Circle Technique (or eccentric circles).  First, mount your Circle Sizer Ruler onto your cork or foam board with two pins as shown:

Roll a 16-inch (40 cm) strip of purple into a SIZE 1 hole on the Circle Sizer. Remove the coil, glue the paper’s end to the coil and place it back into the Circle Sizer.  Put the pin in the coil’s center, pull it off to the side and push the pin into the cork to hold it in place (left photo).  You can use tweezers to fix your coils so that they’re evenly spaced (center photo).  Spread glue near the pin where all of the edges are pressed together (right photo).  Let it dry.

For the leaves, fold a 2-inch (5 cm) strip in half.  At the fold, trim a leaf shape.  Separate or fan out the two leaves.

To make the eggplant, shape the off-centered circle into an oval.  Glue the leaves on top.  Roll a 2-inch (5 cm) strip of brown into a tight circle and glue on top.

The tomato is made like the eggplant.  Just use a 16-inch (40 cm) strip of red, add more leaves and a 2-inch brown stem.

5.) PEA POD

The pea is made by rolling two 6-inch (12.5 cm) strips of moss green into loose circles (SIZE 5 hole).  For the pod, fold a 4-inch (10 cm) strip of paper in half, then fold it in half again.

Glue the two peas together.  Shape and glue the pod around the peas.

6.) CARROT

Roll a 12-inch (30 cm) strip of orange into a loose circle (SIZE 2 hole).  For the leaves, roll two 2-inch (5 cm) strips into “V” scrolls.

Pinch the orange coil into a long triangle.  Glue one “V” scrolls inside the other and glue on top of the carrot.

Glue the veggies to your card!

Get your 5 servings a day! I guess I need one more…

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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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