Tuesday, August 4, 2015

August 2012 Cards and Projects!

After winning those 3 awards for my 2012 entries, it helped restore some confidence that I lost from losing my vision in my left eye.  As I’ve been going through my pictures, I see I made quite a few cards shortly after that.  It didn’t seem like that many, but I guess it was. All of these ones were made in August 2012.

This is a simple card I did for a birthday which has pearl peach roses, and light pearl green leaves…. 

And this one has a similar layout to one I did before, only it has the embossed corners, which really add to the design.  It was for a special order.

For these birthday cards, I used and onion holder to make all of the petals of the flower in 2 shades of purple.  It gives quite a different look.

The 2nd birthday card is the same technique with the onion holder.  The petals are a light soft yellow & light very light aqua. The fringed center is the same colors rolled together using 1/8” strips as well.  The leaves, wheat-ears, and hummingbird wings are also made with the onion holder.

Now this one, I did for a friend’s 50th anniversary.  I used English gold edged strips for all of it.  Unfortunately, the shiny gold edges don't show up very well in my picture.

The last project I made in August 2012 was a paper embroidered Winnie the Pooh with him sitting in a bunch of quilled flowers, while a quilled butterfly flies towards his nose.  I made it for my 2nd great niece’s 1st birthday.  I was so pleased with how it turned out; I almost didn’t want to part with it!  

Okay that’s mainly what I did that summer, as less than a week after that (August 24th, 2012), there was a fire in the apartment next to us!  We didn’t have any fire damage, but we did have a lot of smoke damage.  Thankfully, all of my paper and supplies, had no lasting damage, and Bill put an air cleaner from his work in there right away. 

I could go on about the whole experience about the fire, but I won’t too much, except that, even though we didn’t have much damage, it was still frightening, and a little traumatizing waiting out in our car while the firefighters put out the fire, wondering if it was spreading to our unit, and if we would still have our home...our belongings.... Then, finding out it was caused by careless smoking on a couch!  Thank goodness our building is all concrete!  You will hear more about what we went through in posts to come…

Monday, August 3, 2015

It's Been So Long I Don't Know Where To Start!

Hi Everyone,

It’s been so long since I’ve posted to my blog, I almost don’t know where to start!  I guess back in 2011 is as good as any time to start to explain, all that’s gone on.  The last time I posted was Aug 31, 2011.  My mom happened to get terribly ill that night, which lead to 1 6 to 8 week recovery.  So, all my creativity was put on hold for the most part.  Then in November 2011, we got accepted into a housing co-op, we had 2 months to prepare before our move in on Jan. 27, 2012.  So again, I didn’t do much quilling, as we were busy with Christmas and packing for our move…

Two weeks before we were to move,. I slipped on ice and fell on my back.  Thankfully my hood cushioned my head!   Then one week before we were to move, I saw my glaucoma eye specialist, who found something wrong with my left eye, which I was already partially blind in.  Monday Jan. 23, 2012 I had to see another specialist.  I found out, I had a non-cancerous tumour (a mass of blood vessels growing in my left eye resulting from an early childhood injury), and a detached retina.  I had to have emergency surgery as soon as possible.    I wanted to wait until after we moved, but my doctor said my eye could end up hemorrhaging. So on January 26, 2012, I went in for vitrectomy surgery.  This was the day before we were moving!  I suddenly had 4 weeks off work, which sounds good when you’re moving, but I couldn’t do anything!!!  I could bend down, I couldn’t lift anything.  My mom had to come and stay with us, because I could even cook.  One would never think an eye surgery would be so serious and disabling, but it can be!  2 weeks into my recovery I developed a blood clot in my eye and had to have another vitrectomy surgery.  This gave me another 2 weeks off work.  Our place was in such disarray, and my mom and I really couldn’t do much.  With Bill working full time, unpacking and organizing was a very slow process. 

This ended up being one of the worst personnel experiences of my life!  I had severe headaches for weeks, I lost almost all of my vision in my left eye,  going from about 15% to about 5%.   I always thought I couldn’t see much so it wouldn’t be a big deal if I went completely blind, but I found out that 15% vision was a lot!  Then to top it all off, the second surgery they put an oil bubble into my eye, which I ended up having to have a 3rd vitrectomy surgery, in June 2012, giving me another 6 weeks off, and finishing off my eyesight in my left eye.  I can see a little bit of light, but it is mostly dark and gray, and it has shrunken significantly.  All this was to save what sight I had, so I would lose my eye.  I was then told that eventually I will lose my eye and have to have prosthetic glass eye.  I am not looking forward to that at all!  If I had known I was still going to lose it, I would have just refused the surgeries in the first place… 

I could go on about everything I went through, but I
won’t bore anyone any longer!  Let’s get back to my paper quilling and card making!
So needless to say, I did not do much quilling for most of 2012.  I did however make a few cards, and do a couple of entries for The Calgary Stampede.  It was there 100th anniversary, so I just had to enter!  The first couple are mother’s day cards, and then a father’s day card.  As you can see I still love making my easel cards.  They lend them selves so well to quillinq. 

Cards before in easel position
My 3rd surgery was much better that the first two.  And by that, I mean less pain, and complications to the anesthetic.  The next projects were done just before and after my 3rd eye surgery. They were my Stampede entries, to which I won 1st in class and 2nd in Section for my quilled sunflower thank you easel card and embellished envelope. And I also won 1st place for my quilled framed piece, which is an all-black silhouette of a cowboy on a bucking horse in a black shadow box frame.   I did this especially for their 100th anniversary.  

Plenty more to come........

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Stampede 2011 Western Arts & Crafts Entry!

I think last year was only the second year I hadn’t entered anything into the Western Arts & Crafts Showcase at the Calgary Stampede since I started quilling.  So this year, I really wanted to get an entry made for it.  I was still so busy and stressed about getting ready for my cruise in July that I almost didn’t get a card made.  I made a Quilled snowflake Christmas card, using  silver holographic edged paper.  The Merry Christmas peel off is actually silver, but look gold in the  photgraph.  The background is embossed on an Arctic white, pearl paper.  I took it in just a week or so before I went on the cruise.  

The Stampede started on July 8th, and I left on July 6th, so I had no idea how I did until I got back, and went there on the 16th.  To my surprise, I won first place in the card make class, and 3rd place in the Paper arts section overall!!!  I was shocked, because, since they changed the format for the section awards, and started offering cash prizes, I had not won a section award.  So, to get 3rd in section was really pleasing, especially with a $100 prize to go with my 1st place ribbon!  As I've said before, picture don't do any justice, or show the wonderful color reflections on this holographic paper.  
All comments welcome…

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Easel Cards & Something Fishy....

My brother has always loved fish, so I decided to quill him a tropical fish for his 50th birthday card. I quilled a Powder Blue Tang, which turned out quite well, and he was really pleased with it. This card is an easel card, which has become one of my favourite card styles to quill on. You can view instructions on how to make the easel card here:
They lend themselves well for quilling!
 I also made this quilled get well easel card for a friend who had surgery. I used light pink and blue for the flower, to match the blue and pink card.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Time Just Goes By Too Fast

I just don't know where all the time has gone! In the Spring I booked a cruise to Alaska. It was to be a quilling cruise, so I just couldn’t resist! I continued to make cards, as I prepared for the cruise. More about the cruise, in future posts.

This first card, is a birthday card, I did by special request for a friend of mine’s sisters birthday, who decorates baked goods, and loves tea. I quilled a teapot using Pat Caputo’s design as inspiration http://quillingwithwhimsiquills.blogspot.com/2011/05/mothers-day.html and then, quilled a small teacup, cup cake, and folded rose. There is a theme to this, as the printed insert I made, has a picture, of a cupcake decorated, with a tiny teacup, teapot, and rose on it.
This second one, was made for my same friend’s niece’s 2nd birthday. I made a teddy bear, using a pattern from Diane Boden Crane’s Quilled Greeting Cards book, and had it hold, a little cake with 2 candles, and 2 balloons. She also loves ladybugs, so I just had to add one of them too! All comments welcome!

Monday, February 21, 2011

More Christmas Cards!

These next few cards are again Christmas theme. This first one just doesn’t look nearly as good in the picture! It is a quilled snowflake using the Jane Jenkins’s holographic papers, which in my opinion are some of the most gorgeous papers for snowflakes! I also used a holographic ribbon to go behind the embossed layer of card. The embossing folder is from Cuttlebug’s 2010 Winter Wonderland set. I also used holographic tape behind the Happy Christmas layer. It turned out so nice, I wish the picture did it justice but it doesn’t. Hopefully you get the idea of how it looked.

The next one is a stamped card. I embossed a nativity stamp in silver, and then chalked it. Then I quilled the star using gilded paper to go above it. The embossing is done with a Sizzix Texture plate.

The third one is quilled holly on a spellbinders scalloped layer circle, with and embossed holly background. I taught this one at my card making group last fall.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Christmas Cards Made in 2010

These are some new designs I made this last year. Christmas cards are some of my favourites to make. This first one is a type of origami fold Christmas tree (I learned in a card making and techniques group that I belong to) made from mulberry papers, and embellished with stickles. The quilled star is gilded paper, and I like how the Cuttlebug snowflakes folder is laid out for the star to sit in the center of that particular snowflake.

The second & third ones are my quilled holly & scroll trees. These are fun to make, and endless in possibilities. They are a triangle collar, filled with scrolls, and quilled holly leaves, with red rhinestones for the berries. The stars are gilded paper.

One more thing, there is a quilling paper giveaway at 
http://allthingspaper-annmartin.blogspot.com/ , and fabulous article /interview with Diane Boden new co-owner of JJ Quilling Designs.  Wonderful pictures too! Check it out!