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791  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: quilling on: January 11, 2008 04:20:54 PM
Thanks for all the nice words.  There were some questions and I'll try and answer them.

This was the first large project I did and I made a few mistakes.  I glued my coils one at a time onto a thick velum paper...which warped...then I had to glue that down to the background paper...which warped...then I glued the velum with the tree, the background paper to a heavy cardboard to help flatten it out.  next time I would start with something pretty thick, that won't warp with glue and add to that.  The end result would probably be the same, but you wouldn't put in all that work and then go, "oh sh*t, my tree is wrinkled".  Also, I would make many, many coils of different shapes and sizes...then start gluing.  One at a time was a waste of time.

And yes, my mother loves it.  She is the recipient of all my work, she seems the only one as excited as I am with a new project.  I told her I hid a heart shaped coil in it and it took her about four days to find it...
792  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: quilling flower magnets on: January 11, 2008 04:14:12 PM
That's so cool -- the only quilling technique I know is rolling into a coil, and pinching into various shapes.  Can you describe how you made the flowers?  I'm guessing you cut circles and fringed the edges, but I'm not quite sure how you got that 3D look.
Great work!

Thanks for the nice words.  The type of flower I used was a fringed flower...there are a couple of ways to make them...you can actually purchase a fringing machine that will make the little cuts for you, but I just do them by hand.  I used a graduated paper (one end was light pink and it gradually turned to dark pink) and the paper is 1/4 inch wide and about 4 inches long.  Then I cut tiny cuts in the paper and then rolled it just like you would a coil...flatten it out a little and viola...a flower.  I have learned most of my quilling methods from Quilled Creations (google, I don't know if I can post a link here), but it is a pretty great/friendly website.  The site owner has a book I bought called, Paper Quilling for the First Time, another handy tool in learning techniques.   I haven't quilled in a while, but posting these pictures makes me want to start up again.
Here is a close up of the flowers.

I am by no means an expert, but I will help with any questions I can. 
793  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / quilling flower magnets on: January 11, 2008 01:30:17 PM
I took a miniature terra cotta pot and cut it in half (this was the hardest part without breaking it) and quilled the flowers, then put magnets on the back.  This was a present for a friend's birthday. The pot was about an inch and a half...so the whole thing was about 2.5"

794  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / quilling on: January 11, 2008 01:09:38 PM
Here is a project I did last January...it is a family tree for my mother.  I've always loved paper, and I found an art/craft just for me...quilling!  I think there have been some quilling posted before, but if you don't know you have tiny (1/8 inch wide) papers that you roll into coils...then you can shape the coils or make an larger picture.
This fit into an 8x10" opening in a frame, but I don't know the exact size...  I think this is my most favorite quilling I've done.  Most projects aren't quite this big...plus I designed it too.

And here is a close up
795  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Thank you cards - First real post! on: January 09, 2008 03:55:57 PM
I can't see your photos, but I too quill.  It gets crazy addictive at times and I have to move on to other things....I was happy to see some quilling references on here, there aren't many.
796  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / animals on: January 09, 2008 02:34:35 PM
Hi, I've been watching for a while and I finally thought it was time to post.

I think Momma duck looks pissed off.  I used Ana Paula Rimoli patterns for the duck and fish, the monkey was a freebie at Michaels.

This monkey was made for a friend's son.  It started out as a cute idea, then quickly turned into a nightmare of brown single crochet. He is about two feet long...the momma duck and fish are only about 5 inches, which I had done first and didn't realize the time it would take to finish the monkey...I feel the monkey looks a bit gansta-ish.
797  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: pebble mosaic on: January 09, 2008 01:49:15 PM
So I'm replying to my own post b/c I don't know how to edit and add a link the the last one.  Here is a pic of the stone up close and personal to show the individual placement of each pebble.

798  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / pebble mosaic on: January 09, 2008 01:33:09 PM
Hi, this is my first post, I'm having a hard time so I hope this works and is in the right place.  I made this mosaic for my parents 40th anniversary.  It is 2'x2' and covered with hand placed pebbles.  The tree contains 40 'leaves' representing the 40 years together.  They are 'planting' in their yard in the spring.

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