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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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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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Under the Sea…quilling and kids

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The North American Quilling Guild is having their annual conference on April 30 & May 1. If you’re in the area, stop by to see some amazing quilled artwork! There are many talented quillers that attend – my work looks so simple in comparison to some of the elaborate pieces that are displayed. It’s a wonderful conference to see if you want to be inspired!! I’m planning to teach and demo miniature treasure boxes or maybe the little basket.

The conference is in Long Island, New York…by the ocean! Kay Shockley, the co-ordinator of the conference, told me on the phone that they quilled a bunch of sea life using my “Under the Sea” kit as part of the conference decor. I’m excited to see the results!

If you want to see how a child views the “Under the Sea” kit, then enjoy this interpretation by my youngest daughter (7-years old).

She was sick for a whole week in December. So this is what we did together at home to pass the time. The overall size is about 5-inches x 7-inches.

We used 1/4-inch wide quilling paper. The wider width is much easier for kids to roll!  She didn’t want to read my instructions or use my suggested lengths/circle sizes (kids are so smart!). Instead, she just used the front cover picture and eye-balled the size coils she wanted. It turned out great!

“Nemo needs to have his own anemone!”

She scolded me for not putting that in the kit!

Post a comment and let me know what your kids like to quill!

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Hoppy Easter! – Quilled Card Project

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

I’m planning to teach this little Easter bunny for a class.  It’s a simple design, great for beginners.  If you’re interested in seeing more cute quilled animals, then you might like these kits:  Animal Buddies, Jungle Buddies, Forest Buddies.

I always hear comments on how quilling must take so much time. It does. But so does any hobby that you enjoy doing, right!?!  Below I’m sharing my SECRET to quilling EFFICIENTLY!  I’m using this quilled bunny to demonstrate it. Hopefully you’ll find some time-saving tips that will help you quill a little faster.

Enjoy!

- 1/8″ (3 mm) wide - Pale Pink and Ivory quilling paper

- Slotted or Needle Tool

- Fine Tip Tweezers

Circle Template Board or Circle Sizer Ruler

- Wiggly Eyes

- Folded Card with envelope (4-inch x 5 1/4-inch)

Other Supplies:

- Glue

- Spring Patterned Paper

- 2-inch Round Scalloped Punch Piece or any shape about 2-inches wide

The best way to describe my method of quilling is the Ford assembly line…grouping similar or repeated steps together!  I’ve broken it down into six color-coded steps:

1.) MEASURE AND TEAR

2.) TECHNIQUES

3.) ROLL THE STRIP AND SIZE

4.) GLUE AND SHAPE

5.) ARRANGE

6.) GLUE DOWN

PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS

1.) MEASURE AND TEAR (no need to cut!) all the paper strips to length:

BODY  - 12-inch (30 cm) pale pink strip.

FOOT  -  4-inch (10 cm) pale pink strip.

TAIL  -  4-inch (10 cm) ivory strip.

NOSE –  1-inch (2.5 cm) ivory strip.

HEAD – two  17-inch (43 cm) pale pink strip (see step 2).

EARS – two 3-inch (7.5 cm) ivory and two 3-inch (7.5 cm) pale pink strips (see step 2).

2.) Perform any special TECHNIQUES.  The head and ears use the “End-to-end technique” where two separate strips are glued together to make a longer strip of paper.  Place a small dab of glue at a paper’s end and overlap with the second strip.  Use a straight edge to make sure both strips are straight (see picture below, the yellow thing is a sticky note pad with glue on it).

HEAD – glue two pale pink 17-inch (43 cm) strips (or the full-length) together.

EARS – glue a 3-inch (7.5 cm) pale pink to a 3-inch (7.5 cm) ivory strips together (see picture).

3.) ROLL THE STRIPS AND SIZE the coils in the appropriate hole.

BODY – SIZE 2 hole

FOOT – SIZE 6 hole

TAIL – SIZE 6 hole

EARS – SIZE 5 hole, start rolling from the ivory end!

NOSE – tight circle, no hole size.

HEAD – tight circle, no hole size.

TIP: If the bunny’s HEAD or tight circle looks bumpy, then a simple way to even out the edges is rolling the tool’s handle on top of it.

I call this “rolling out pie crust”! (** this works great for large tight circles like in my previous blog, “Quilled Easter Basket Project”.)

4.) Remove the sized coil from the Circle Template Board (or Circle Sizer Ruler) and GLUE the paper’s end to make a loose circle. SHAPE them by pinching points on the loose circle.

HEAD – Oval

BODY – Half circle (or cup shape)

FOOT – Teardrop

EARS – Marquises

5.) ARRANGE (don’t glue) the quilled pieces on the scalloped punched piece.  The placement of the quilled pieces doesn’t need to be exact.

6.) GLUE DOWN the pieces by picking up each piece with tweezers, dipping it in a glue puddle and placing it on the scalloped punched piece. The picture below shows how I hold my quilled piece with FINE-TIP tweezers.  I can get a good grip on the piece without changing its shape.  (To save time, I usually skip gluing the pieces together.)

TIP:  If you pick up too much glue on your quilled piece, then tap it on the sticky note pad to remove some of the clumps before placing it on your background.

Don’t forget to glue the wiggly eye on the bunny!

To put the card together, adhere the spring colored pattern paper to the front of the white folded card.  Then mount the quilled scalloped piece to the center of the card.

I hope you found some helpful tips and techniques from this project!

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Something Inspirational

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Something simple or something a bit challenging. Well, as my first blog I debated what quilled card to show first. But, this is one of my favorites. It’s definitely a challenge for a new quiller, but I wanted to show that quilled shapes can be more than than your basic teardrops and marquises! I hope you’re inspired!!

I saw this pattern on a canvas bag (actually it’s our laundry tote). Since I empty this about everyday, it finally caught my eye that I could probably quill this pattern! It’s pretty much how I’m inspired when I design my kits and projects. Simple things I see become “I bet I could quill this, but if I only had time!”. I finally made time one evening.

The first bird didn’t come out anything like a bird (more like a bird’s dropping)! I had to keep manipulating the coil with my fingers and tweezers (yes, fine-tip tweezers are a must in quilling) until it came out looking somewhat decent. But after I added a wing with 1/16″ paper…whew, a little bird appeared.  I don’t have instructions for this design, just made it up as I went along.  But I would love to come up with a series of cards using this black/white style – so chic!

I’m looking forward to sharing more projects and inspirational ideas with you.
Enjoy!


- Tri-fold Card – Oval Cutout
- Bright White Quilling Paper 1/8-inch
- Needle Tool
- Fine-tip Tweezers
- Scissors
- white glue

Other Supplies:
- Black cardstock

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