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 wit 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!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Baby Cards

 These next couple of cards are baby cards, both with a simple quilled duck, but different layouts. The first is a gate fold design that I made for my nephews wife (new great nephew born in December 2010!), using Cuttlebug Divine Swirls, and one of the border folders,(buttons), and spell binder ovals. The second is the Cuttlebug Baby folder and Spellbinder scalloped circle and oval that I made for an order. 

It's been a long time!

After a much needed break from posting online, I am giving it a go again.  I just got caught up in life, and  needed some time away.   I spent last fall getting ready for a few Christmas sales, which went fairly well, but as I say , they can always be better too!  I sold lots of quilled ornaments, and bookmarks, a long with friendship bags, but not too many cards.  This was a shock, as I sell quite a few privately, so thought I would sell lots at my sales... Oh well, on the bright side, I have a nice stock made :). 

Someone Special card: For the flower, I used peach colored strips wrapped around a dowel, and then shaped like a grape roll to give added dimension with a pearl to finish it off in the center.  The leaves and scrolls are light green, and then I added little quilled pegs in the corners.  This is a simple faster design that can be used for many different occasions. 


For the birthday card I used light yellow and aqua colored strips.  The fringed center is both colors, made from 1/8” strips rolled together.  The leaves are a moss green color, both quilled and alternate side looped.