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« on: July 04, 2008 07:41:00 PM »

Made for OWS 35, something snailish was requested.  This is what I came up with.  Snails and one cattail are made from quilling paper, rocks are sculpey, background is watercolor and my new favorite frames are from Ikea.  About 5.5 in square.



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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2008 07:53:17 PM »

Thats really cute  Smiley I wish I knew how to do that kinda stuff ^_^
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2008 08:36:12 PM »

holy mother of naturey goodness  !  Shocked

thats fantabulous !!!

the watercolouring ! the pebbles and the freakin' snails !!!
its all awesome ! to say the least !!

congratulations ! the receiver is one lucky girl !!!!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2008 09:29:48 PM »

I think ... that I'd LOVE to be your swap partner!   Wink
I love everything you do! FANTASTIC! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2008 09:32:58 PM »

Wow! I love it!!
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2008 09:44:04 PM »

that's really adorable!! so creative!
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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2008 10:37:15 PM »

Love love LOVE this. 
I love everything about it.

Amazingly put together, all of the elements and different media.
It looks so professional, not to mention the huge amounts of adorable.

Did I mention I love this?
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« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2008 11:41:51 PM »

I just squealed so load that my roommates came in to see what was up. This is seriously awesome! I'm going to make rolled snails to go around my entire room!
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« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2008 07:06:17 AM »

Very cool, great idea and great composition!
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« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2008 08:46:59 AM »

I love everything about it.
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« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2008 07:01:34 PM »

awww, thanks everyone.  I do enjoy making these, and I'm happy when the recipients likes them.  I used to do everything in a picture made out of the paper, but it was sorta distracting...once I started using other media, it really made the quilling stand out.  I'm just hoping people start to see quilling in a different light---not all so old fashion looking, it can be modern and cute.  If anyone ever has any questions, I'm game...anyone think a tutorial would be a good idea?  Basic shapes??

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« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2008 08:11:24 PM »

A tutorial would be awesome .... I've always wondered how you do all you cute work!
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« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2008 10:36:40 PM »

This turned out so pretty. Another great quilling project. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2008 08:53:46 AM »

I've always been fascinated by quilling.  Your snails are great! 
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« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2008 10:26:27 AM »

Awww they're SO cute!!
I really love these.
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« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2008 06:39:23 PM »

what is quilling paper exactly?

I could definitely see myself doing something like that with polymer and origami paper

So cute!
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« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2008 07:29:23 PM »

what is quilling paper exactly?

I could definitely see myself doing something like that with polymer and origami paper

So cute!

Quilling paper is just regular paper (lots of colors) but about the weight of regular copy paper, maybe a tad heavier.  The thing is, most quilling is done with very narrow strips of paper, either 1/8, to 1/4 in wide and depending on the project you can use pretty much, so some places sell it pre-cut.  You can cut your own, but unless you have a really nice cutter, the edges won't be straight, and that shows up.  Although to practice...cutting your own scrap paper is great.
I buy mine from Quilledcreations.com.  You can buy it at craft stores, and if it is in little cellophane baggies, it will be nice...if it is in tubes, it will be too thick to get smooth curves for a beginner....I still can't with that stuff.
Actually I said that I would post a tutorial, then I realized this website already has one.  So if you are interested, go to this website and look under 'Alli's classroom'  This is better than I would have done.
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« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2008 06:29:56 AM »

Summertimerolls,
Did you do the watercolor backgrounds yourself?  They are very pretty, are they watercolor paints, crayon, or pencil?
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« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2008 11:17:14 AM »

Ooh, I recognise that - it's hanging in my crafting room  Grin

Yes folks, I am the lucky recipient of this piece, and I can tell you the photos aren't a patch on the real thing - the tiny swirls of paper are so detailed. I'd never seen a quilled piece done properly before I received this, and I'm so impressed.

We had a quilling demonstration when I was at Brownies (eek, 15 years ago?) and you're right - it does have a bit of a reputation for being old fashioned. Way to start the revolution Summertimerolls!
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« Reply #19 on: July 08, 2008 02:36:33 PM »

Yes please post a tute. Your snails are adoreable.
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« Reply #20 on: July 10, 2008 08:06:51 AM »

that is SO neat! the snails are cute!! Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: July 28, 2008 02:36:40 AM »

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« Reply #22 on: July 30, 2008 01:40:17 PM »

Super cute!  My mom does quilling, but you may have inspired me to raid her stash!
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« Reply #23 on: August 10, 2008 08:32:31 PM »

I remember doing simple quiled birds when I as in grade school....but nothing that small or tight! adorable!
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« Reply #24 on: August 15, 2008 08:02:59 PM »

i've seen other quilling projects before and they always look awesome and this is no exception. great job! I'm tempted to do some quilling now  Cheesy
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What a beautiful piece! It just proves that you don't need very much to creaty something so nice and so different. I LOVE IT! It's so unique.
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Too cute!  I love it!
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CUTE CUTE snails!  Plus I love the frame and photo you used to finish this beautiful craft!  Great!!

Nice work!
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Did you use any special tools?
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« Reply #29 on: January 17, 2010 09:42:43 AM »

Wow, I posted this a year and a half ago?  Time sure does go fast.  
To answer MissMo's question of special tools?  Yes, I have a little quilling tool.  Some people can wrap their paper around a toothpick or a straight pin, but I can't seem to get the hang of that.  I bought a little slotted tool that holds the end of the paper.  You can find them at some craft stores, but I buy all my quilling stuff online from quilledcreations.com I like their stuff the best. It is also a great website to learn basic techniques from.  Look up slotted tool on there, it will show you what it is.  I also find I use their extra fine tweezers a lot to help when my fingers are too big.  
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« Reply #30 on: January 17, 2010 08:39:27 PM »

these are so cute! i normally dont really like quilling, but i adore these!
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« Reply #31 on: April 05, 2010 08:57:02 AM »

These are so cute! 

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« Reply #32 on: April 06, 2010 10:11:14 AM »

Waaaa, I love the snails very much. They're very kute! If you don't mind, I'll borrow your template and try to make a copied snails Cheesy I love to play paper quilling because it can help me feel relaxed, and I can use them as gifts for my family and friends :x

And can I ask you a question? I found that there are a lot of tools or toolkits for paper quilling and I don't know which I should buy. Do you have any suggestion? Thanks Smiley
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« Reply #33 on: April 06, 2010 12:27:56 PM »

Thank you for the compliment!  Of course you can use the idea that is what craftster is for. The only tools I use is a slotted tool made for quilling and straight pins. I do buy the paper that is already cut for quilling.  The only other tool I sometime need is a pair of tweezers to help me hold some of the pieces. Enjoy!
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« Reply #34 on: April 07, 2010 09:08:21 AM »

Thank you for the compliment!  Of course you can use the idea that is what craftster is for. The only tools I use is a slotted tool made for quilling and straight pins. I do buy the paper that is already cut for quilling.  The only other tool I sometime need is a pair of tweezers to help me hold some of the pieces. Enjoy!

Thanks so much for your reply! Smiley
Have you ever used a needle tool? I don't know that I should buy only the slotted, or both of them? I think that the needle is used for quilling some very tight shapes rite? And should I buy some kit, because I'm not good at creating a new one (I'm still very new in paper quilling), and I don't have much template to practice Cry
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« Reply #35 on: April 08, 2010 01:17:35 PM »

Honestly, I do not use a needle tool to wind my shapes, I can't seem to make nice coils with the needle tool; I need the slotted tool, it is easier.
The website I order all my stuff through is quilledcreations.com  they seem to have very fair prices and very quality products, I've always been happy with them. 
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« Reply #36 on: April 09, 2010 09:59:50 AM »

Thanks for your advice Cheesy So I'll buy a slotted tool Cheesy
I took a look at quilledcreation.com. You're rite, I think their prices are acceptable. I'll order a slotted tool from them.
Btw, have you ever been used the real quilling paper? I mean the strips which they offer on the website. 'coz I have just used strips cut by myself from papers, so I don't know whether there is any difference between the qualities of those papers? (hardness, color, etc.)
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« Reply #37 on: April 09, 2010 11:27:48 AM »

I prefer to use paper that is pre-cut for quilling.  The paper from quilledcreations.com is what I like best.  I prefer the pre-cut paper because the edges are even.  I have cut my own for practice, but they are never as even as the pre-cut.  Some papers that are sold as quilling strips are too thick.  I've never run across this from this website, but I've bought some tubes of paper at craft stores and the paper is thicker, causing creases or folds if you are not careful.  My best advice would be to buy a multi colored pack of the 1/8 wide paper to start with.  This will allow you to practice the techniques.  After you know what kind of project you are going to do then you can order more individual colors.  You actually use a lot less paper than you think.  quilledcreations.com also has a chat room with a lot of great quillers and advice there.  I learned a lot from that website when I first started.  As with anything, it takes practice and working with the small paper takes a 'touch'.  But it is pretty simple once you get used to it.  Remember, don't limit yourself to 'flat' projects...
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« Reply #38 on: April 12, 2010 10:52:29 AM »

Thanks so much for those advices Cheesy I went around the quilledcreations.com site, and I also like its products there very much Cheesy I'll order some packs, and maybe some kits too to practice Cheesy
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« Reply #39 on: April 12, 2010 04:45:23 PM »

Totally wisted!  Do you know if IKEA still has the frames/if I could order some online?
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« Reply #40 on: April 12, 2010 05:10:58 PM »

Totally wisted!  Do you know if IKEA still has the frames/if I could order some online?

I'm pretty sure this is one of Ikea's staple items.  They have been there for years.  I don't know how much stuff you can order from their website...I'm lucky enough to live 4 miles from a store Smiley  They had two sizes...5.5in and about 9 in also in black.
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