Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Quilling: Cross with Hymnal Music

I thought it would look nice to make something with quilling out of strips from the leftover hymnal music I have. One of my good friends is getting married in a couple of weeks, so I made her something as a wedding gift. So here's what I made.

Here are some more shots of it.

I really enjoyed making this, and I think I want one for our house. So I might make a bigger version of this. But right now I need to focus on the quilling project someone is paying me for.

So tell me what you think! I love reading the comments. :)

Monday, July 4, 2011

20 Minute Card

I had lunch with my best friend on Saturday to celebrate her graduation and new job. While I was getting ready to meet her, I thought I should give her a card for this. So I quilled some flowers and leaves, and I came up with this. It took me 20 minutes. It's not actually Adrienne-approved, but for just 20 minutes it'll do. My friend plus the waitress at the restaurant thought it was really cute. That's all that matters huh?

Sorry the photos are blurry. It's the best I can do with my phone. :P

Monday, June 27, 2011

Paint Chips Project Finished.......I think

I finally finished the paint chip project I wanted to do. I still have other ideas up my sleeves, but this one project will satisfy me for now. I first told you about the project here. I love the way it all looks on our mantle!

I'm constantly changing things on the mantle because I haven't found that ONE perfect thing to do there. The big hole drives me crazy most of the time because I can't figure out a great and unique way to do something there. So for now, it looks like this. and I can live with it.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

New Wreath for the Front Door

I finally got around to making the wreath I wanted for the front door. My time was busy with quilling lately, so it was nice to get back to something else for a second. But I'm ready to get back to quilling though ;)

So here's what I made! I used a straw wreath (still in the plastic), wrapped yarn around it a million times, and made cute felt roses. Add some simple ribbon, and viola!

I enjoy making wreaths, so I think I'll make some for birthday and Christmas gifts this year. I assume that my mom and sister-in-law might like one. :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

What a Surprise!

My quilling project was featured at Under the Table and Dreaming! That is such an honor! Thank you so much!!!!!! This is my very first time being featured! :D


Just wanted to say welcome and thanks to my first two followers: Katherine and Barbara! Thanks so much, ladies! I hope you enjoy what you see here. Right now I'm working on a wreath for our front door, and it's almost finished. I'll post photos when it's complete. :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Update: Quilling Tree

Well, my quilling tree was a huge success at the silent auction! It kind of started a bidding war, and the person who won it told me they were SO excited to get it! I got a ton of compliments on it as well, and people even said they had no idea I "was so talented". Ha! I don't know if I'll say it's talent, but I appreciate the comment just the same :)

The leader of the silent auction has already asked me to make another quilling piece for the auction next year. And after I showed it to my boss, she now wants me to make the Alabama logo with this technique and she is going to pay me! Plus another person wants me to quilling something for her daughter's bar mitzvah. And one of the people who bid on my project but lost has asked me to make something for her. and she'll pay me as well! This could turn into a small business, it seems!

So it looks like I'll be doing a lot more quilling. But I love it, so that's ok! However, I think this weekend, I want to work on something else besides quilling. I think our front door really needs a wreath. :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Latest Quilling Project: Tree!

I finally finished my latest quilling project. I created this for the silent auction for the talent show we're having at work for ArtsMemphis.  I will be tickled pink if someone actually bids on this! But if no one does, that's ok too because it means that I get this back. After spending so much time on it, that wouldn't be so bad. But really, I hope someone is willing to pay for this. :)

I first told you about this here. Next I created the tree and limbs by filling out what I had already drawn.

Next, I cut out strips of green paper. Each strip is about 1/8th of an inch.

Then usually the quilling technique, I started making the leaves. This was the most time consuming part of the project.

Finally, I ended up with something like this.

Actually, this is only about half of the total leaves I needed. After I finished making the leaves, I started gluing them around the tree limbs using Modge Podge. Oh, how I love that stuff!

Then I kept on adding!

Until finally it was completely filled in.

Then I added it to a shadow box. All done!

This is my biggest quilling project to date. And I really like it. I already have an idea on what to quill next. But I think I'll take a break from quilling. Our front door really needs a wreath. :)

I'm linking to a few places, including here:

Under the Table and Dreaming
Today's Creative Blog

Saturday, June 4, 2011

First Paint Chip Project

Remember when I told ya about getting all those paint chips? Well, I finally got around to finishing my first project with them.

Ta da!

First I cut out the little squares from my paint chips

Then added a line of tape to my card stock.

Next I added a paint chip, one at a time.

Then I cut off the ends that lapped over and framed it!

I plan on making lots more of these in different size frames and with different colors. Then I'll hang them gallery style in our bedroom.

I also worked for a few hours on another quilling project. It's going to take me a long time to finish, but it has to be completed by June 13. After a nice day of crafting, I think I'm going to take a break and wait for the pizza delivery guy. Happy weekend!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Another Quilling Project

At work, there is a talent show every year to raise money for Memphis Arts. Usually it just singers that perform, but this year they're allowing craft projects as well. Normally every year some people donate photos and there's a silent auction. So this year I'm entering a quilling project, as I am very curious to see if I could make money with some of my craft projects. I've made some money before, so I wonder if I could do it again.

Today I finally started. I have a feeling it'll take me some time to complete because it's the most advanced project I'm trying with quilling. So wish me luck!

I've started cutting out my strips of paper. I think I'll have to cut out a lot of paper!

And here's a sneak peek at the beginning of the project. Can ya tell what it'll be? :)

I might post more as I get more done. or I might just wait until its completed. ha!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Quilling At My Best ( so far)

My sis in law graduated from college a couple of weeks ago. Now she's an RN! :D I asked her what she wanted as a graduation gift, and she said one of my quilling letters. So I made her this.

I used metallic cardstock for the background, then just shades of blue and gray for the inside. Glossy Modge Podge is what's keeping it all together. She said she wanted it in University of Memphis colors. After making it, now I want one for our house! :D

I'm linking to a few places, including Today's Creative Blog!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Paint Chips

I love color. I love rainbows. So when I started to see a ton of ideas on how to use paint chips, I was sold! Now that I have a ton, what to do with them? I'm going to stew over it a bit.

Paint chips really weigh a lot more than you would think! My shoulder was aching after carrying them around in my purse. And it felt weird grabbing all these cause it kind of felt like I was stealing them. But the employees saw me grabbing them and no one said a word, one even smiled at me. So I figured its ok to go raid your paint department. :)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I love walking

I'm trying to lose weight. It sucks, but this time around I'm kind of enjoying it. I'm using Weight Watchers and so far it's great. I want to lose at least 45 pounds, and so far I've lost 5.5 pounds in 4 weeks. But I have found that if I don't exercise at all during the week, then  I will not lose a single pound. Gotta love that slow metabolism :P And of course, the more I exercise, the more I lose.

My favorite form of exercise is walking. But I hate treadmills. I love to go outside and walk around the neighborhood. It serves me well. If I walk 2 miles away from home, then I have no choice than to walk 2 miles back. So I like how I don't give myself the option to quit. Because otherwise on a treadmill, I can usually convince myself to quit. Sad, but true. At least I know who I am.

I find it more motivating to lose weight for health reason than for vanity. When I've lost weight before, it was just to be thinner. But now I have high blood pressure, and the only thing left that I can do is lose weight. So now I don't care what size clothes I wear or how big my waist is. I just want to be healthy so I can live a nice long life with my hubs. Because I want more photos like this. :)

Sigh, I love that man!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Jewelry Hanger

I tend to get knots in my necklace chains, and it always drives me crazy. After I got a knot in the necklace my hubby got me for my birthday. (shout to the hubs for the most gorgeous necklace I've ever own!)

Because I can't resist, here is the necklace!

ok, back to the original topic. :) After I got a knot in this beautiful necklace and after we asked a jeweler to carefully remove the knot, I decided it was time to find a better way to store my necklaces. And I came up with this.
I used a frame, but removed the backing and the glass. And I use a cork board without a frame, ribbon, cute fabric, and push pins. Add it all together, and you get this. Now I have a cute way to store my necklaces and it looks like art. I plan on making another one with coordinating fabric, just in case my hubs decide to get me another necklace or two in the future. ;-)

Paper Birds

I received this cool birdcage from my mom-in-law a while back, and I finally got around to adding some cute paper birds. I used the template from Martha Stewart's bird mobile. And then I use string to hang them in the cage. Easy!


I tried my hand at quilling before and I wasn't too thrilled with the results. But when my grandfather's 80th birthday was coming up, I decided to try it again. Cause really, what do you get an 80 year old for his birthday that he doesn't already have? :P Plus, I figured he would love to have something handmade by his granddaughter. You can find tons of tutorials on quilling though a Google search, and I don't really have a favorite one to show you. So this is what I came up with.

All you need is some pretty paper, a paper cutter, glue of some sort (Modge Podge works for me!) and something to roll the little strips of paper with. 

I'm making another one for my sis-in-law. And, I'm making a quilling project for the talent show at work for the silent auction. So I'm going to be quilling for a while. :)


Paper Wreath from Sheets of Hymnal Music

This is the craft I'm most proud of right now. It took me a long time to finally master how to roll those cones. But I'm glad I kept trying because the hard work turned into something awesome! I followed the tutorial from Jade Flower.

I didn't really need many supplies. I found the sheets of hymnal music from Etsy (gosh, how I love that place!) And you need some cardboard for the backing, hot glue gun and glue, ribbon to hang, and a pretty picture for the center.

I thought it would be great to show my favorite craft project for my first post. Enjoy!


Dictionary Page Art

The hubs and I are big Memphis Tigers fans and New England Patriots fans. We both went to Memphis, so that's understandable, but I really have no idea why we love the Patriots. We're not from Boston, never been to that area. But for some reason, we love the Pats. And I promise you it's not because Tom Brady is the quarterback. I know he's cute, but more importantly, he's a great quarterback! :D

When we bought our first home, I wanted to decorate with personal touches. I saw that people sell these kinds of things on Etsy, but why pay for it if you can make it yourself? I just printed out a page from a dictionary in black and white, and then printed out the logo on top of it.

Go TIGERS!!!!!


Someone from work asked that I made some for her (the first time I've sold a craft project!).

They are Saints fans

and White Sox fans

So at Christmas time last year, I decided to make something like this for my dad.

I'm proud to say that this now hangs in my parents' living room :)

Paper Hearts

My mom is awesome sometimes, and I wanted to make her something special. It wasn't for a special day or anything, so I didn't want to make a big deal out of it. I know she likes hearts, so I made her this paper hearts from sheets of music.

They look pretty cute hanging from the mantle! Too bad Mom and Dad don't have a fireplace for a mantle. But oh well.