December 18, 2008

Good Intentions Lapbook

Here are some pics of my Good Intentions Lapbook. I've scheduled a class at Bizzy B's on January 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Get your New Year's Resolutions down on paper! Make a Good Intentions Lapbook in which you can organize and track your accomplishments, as well as gather bits and pieces to help you follow through. Make it detailed or keep it simple -- it's completely up to you! Stop by the store to see the sample or check out the pictures below.
Class: $25.00 Materials: $8.00 (taxes extra)

December 15, 2008

Quilled Snowflakes

Quilled snowflakes are one of my favourite things! They look so intricate, and yet they're really quite simple. A few rolls, curls, and pinches, and voilĂ  . . . beautiful paper snowflakes! The snowflakes pictured here are for my friend, Charlotte, who ordered them as a Christmas gift. Custom orders are welcome, so feel free to ask! And I do teach classes at Bizzy B's Stamp & Scrap, so feel free to check out our calendar. (Snowflake classes are done for this year, but other quilling classes will be posted soon.)

November 26, 2008

Christmas Craziness!

Well, I haven't been as crafty lately as I'd like, but my Christmas shopping is pretty well done and I've been busy filling custom Christmas card orders. It is, after all, that time of year! I participated in my first craft sale last weekend with my friend Helayne. It didn't go quite as well as hoped, but it was okay. We definitely have some ideas on how to improve for the next sale!

A bit of sad news . . . The gingerbread house didn't even get an honourable mention! I'm still glad we made it, though, as it was a great way to stretch and expand my quilling craftiness. Hmm . . . I should go turn on the tealight and turn the overhead light off so I can enjoy it while I have "custody." lol

It's a simple card (below), but a popular one, so I thought I'd share it with you. And one of my favourite Christmas cards! The double slider card below features a QuicKutz die-cut snowflake, a silver mini brad, turquoise Stickles, Autumn Leaves stamping (Flourishes V:I) in the background (and more Stickles!), Tim Holtz distress ink (broken china), a Hero Arts sentiment, and white ribbon, all on Bazzill cardstock (simon and coconut swirl). It takes some practice to make the card, but it 's such fun to make, give, or receive. And, on that note, I must go and make some!

November 11, 2008

Lollipop Lane

Okay, so you'll all think I'm crazy, but I spent the entire weekend decorating a chipboard house with my friend Lara Brooks. It all started a few weeks ago when she asked me something like, "Do you think you could quill gum drops?" I thought carefully for a few seconds and assured her it could be done. Well, the more we thought about it, the more we discovered we could make . . . gum drops, mini sugar cookies, lollipops, lamp posts, an evergreen bush, a wreath, peppermints, poinsettias to fill the window boxes, and even some curls of smoke for authenticity. I think we put in about 70 hours from beginning to end, and we made the deadline for entering the Maya Road Home for the Holidays contest, which is what inspired Lara in the first place. So much fun and such a great team! Here's hoping we win!! :)

September 22, 2008

Quilled Chocolates

My newest quilling project -- quilled chocolates in a little box! Join me at Bizzy B's this fall to learn how to make them! (They look real, don't they?)

August 11, 2008

More Quilling

The three images above are of quilled flowers: wild tomatoes, yellow roses, and hairy leschenaultias. I made these in January of 2008, intending to create a sampler of quilled flowers. I managed to get only these three done, but maybe some day I'll make the rest. So many other projects, tools, and supplies are competing for my attention!

August 8, 2008

First Post

Hi everyone! Well, I finally found time to create a site where people can view my cards and other paper projects. I figured a blog would be easier than updating my long-untouched website, so here it goes!

I haven't taken pictures of my recent work yet, but I'll be posting some older stuff over the next few days just to get started. I do sell my work and will consider custom orders, so feel free to get in touch with me if you're interested.

The picture above is of quilled flowers on a greeting card. Quilling is basically rolling thin strips of paper into coils that are then pinched into different shapes. These ones were made using 1/8" paper on its edge, so the card is just over 1/8" thick. The quilled designs are sturdier than you might think, although they do sometimes get crushed in the mail if you're not careful. These designs are quite intricate--the pictures really don't do them justice!

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