Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Fancy Fox

I have a friend who likes foxes, so I wanted to make a little gift for Christmas.

I typically start with a sketch. I am horrible at drawing, and the finished item normally doesn't look anything like the sketch!

I re-sketched it on this graph paper to help me keep the proportions right.

After I formed the papers into similar shapes, I was ready to transfer the main parts to my background.

After I glued down the head and tail, I added the little body parts! I really hope my friend loves her as much as I do!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Wash Basin

My Mom follows a blog that is written by ladies from her church. When she asked me to make something based off their logo I was so excited! She is going to be giving it as a gift.Here are some progress shots of this creation.

My Mom loved it! It looks great in it's 8x8 frame!

Quilling Dream

I joined a charity auction, and decided to quill up a dream piece. I love bubble letters and new that they would look lovely with a little cloud and a couple of stars!

After a failed attempt, someone mentioned putting one of the stars in the D, and I just knew it would look perfect!

After I laid out the fluffs for the clouds I just had to add a little bit of linings to some of the bigger puffs. The cloud is made with 2 shades of purple and some grey.

Last of all I added a bigger star to the right to balance out the piece with the big D.

This was framed in an 8x8 shadowbox and I know it is going to look fabulous in a kids room!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Washi Tape

I love love love washi tape!! I use it almost daily to add a little color to my notes and envelopes. I see a lot of questions around asking what you can use these little rolls of sticky goodness for. Here are just a sample of items I have jazzed up with the tape.

Easiest and fasted card I have ever made!! Just a simple strip of tape, with some fringed flowers, and you can make a card for any occasion!

Another card a made for a Harry Potter fan.

I also love jazzing up the outside of the envelopes.

Securing bubble wrap.

When using recycled packaging, sometimes it helps to add a little color to the outside of the box. I like to tape down the addresses, and the Post Office workers always comment when I get new designs!

There are so many more ways to use washi/deco tape, that this barely even scratches the surface of its uses! What do you use washi tape for?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Forever and a Day

I was fortunate to have someone contact me for a very special order. My customer and her husband have a saying that they have been telling each other for years, and she wanted it quilled. I was honored and humbled to work on something that they would cherish! The saying is "Forever and a Day". She sent me a pic of the room it would be displayed in so I could color match it. I know cursive in quilling is hard and time consuming, but I knew that it would be perfect for this project. So, here are all my work in progress pictures of this piece!

I am proud to say that she loves it!! It is so whimsical, and I can not wait to start another project like this one!

If you could have a saying quilled, what would it say?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Quilling Horses

Yay for horses! I live out in horse country in Florida. I have always loved their beauty and strength, and knew it would be a perfect model for a quilled project.

I started with an outline. I didn't want a perfect replication. So I picked a pretty teal 12x12 paper and only used white strips. I just defines the face and added some wisps of mane.

The mouth was looking a little funny, so I redefined it and started marking where I would end the mane.

I wanted a nice full mane, and had to set the major lines of the hair.

I just had to add a little flower behind the ear, I really couldn't resist!

Here it is complete! She is going to look perfect in a nice white shadowbox!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rainbow Hearts

I was making little hearts out of a rainbow pack of strips the other day. I had no mission, no great idea of what I wanted to create. I was having a bad day, and making these little hearts was very calming.

They looked so cute and cheerful, I had to do something with them! So I started putting the purple together, then adding blue around it. 

I loved how they looked so I kept adding, and adding.

 It became a little harder as it got bigger to fit in the new colors without so many gaps. I had to play with positioning until I had it just right.

I love how every single strip of paper is a heart, and I love how it starts out at purple and spreads out to red. This was a really fun piece and now I can't wait to see what else I can make out of hearts!

What do you think? Leave a comment!