Posts Tagged ‘3D Miniatures’

“Quilling Flowers” in time for spring! Giveaway! WINNER is…

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!


********** WINNER  ************

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


Congrats Lavina!

(Please send me an email at

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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.


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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!


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Drivers wanted!

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

My summer has been go-go-go!!!  I haven’t found much time to just sit in front of my computer or craft desk…which I miss!  Sorry for the long break between blog posts.  I really miss working on fun & creative projects for all of you!

Here is where I’ve been almost all summer…

…in a (hot) car driving kids to camps, Vacation Bible School, swim lessons, soccer, karate, library, friend’s houses or traveling somewhere far away to visit family.  But, it has been a good summer!  When the kids are busy, then the summer flies by!

So here’s a fun little project to keep your kids busy!


- Bright white quilling paper, 1/8-inch wide

- Black quilling paper, 1/8-inch wide

- Leaf Green, Blue, Yellow and/or Red quilling paper, 1/4-inch wide

- Needle or slotted tool

- craft glue


1.) For a car, use the wider paper or 1/4-inch wide quilling paper.  Roll a 12-inch strip of paper into a rectangle and roll a 6-inch strip of paper into a square.  Glue them together.

2.) For the wheels, use the narrow paper or 1/8-inch wide quilling paper.  Measure and tear a 6-inch BLACK strip of paper and a 3-inch BRIGHT WHITE strip of paper.  Glue the two strips together by placing a small dab of glue at a paper’s end and overlapping the second strip.

Use a straight edge to make sure both strips are straight!

Starting from the BRIGHT WHITE end, roll the 9-inch strip into a tight circle.  Repeat for the other wheels.

3.) Glue the wheels to the side of the car.

Hope you’re having a great summer vacation!  Safe travels!

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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:


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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Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

At a young age, I scored fairly well on spatial relations, 3D visual learning…or something like that.  I think it meant I had an eye for drawing objects with depth, perspective, and proportion (but please don’t ask me to draw people!). I’m thankful for my art teachers who helped develop and fine-tune these skills! Skills that are perfect for quilling!

In return, I love teaching kids how to quill. With kids, there’s something exciting that happens when they pinch little rolls of paper strips into something wonderful!  They see paper in a whole new light! So if you get an opportunity to teach or show a child how to quill, then take it!

Here’s a quilled lemonade stand that my daughter made when she was 8 years old. Those are cars zooming across the road, not turtles!

She even made a “boom box” off to the left. The two girls are wearing dresses made from a large tight coil.  The technique is similar to the Easter Basket project.

“She’s doing a split because she’s happy to buy some lemonade!”

Gotta love their creativity!

(I’ll be posting some other projects made by kids!)

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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“.


- 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


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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