Friday, September 21, 2012

Autumn Sun Catchers

Leaves Will Fall

This project is for the Lil' ones! (Except, as I was trying to make them
with my 6,  5,  and 2 1/2  year olds, I realized that the 6 year old
was able to do it with much ease. Whereas the the 2 1/2 year old, I 
had to finish hers. And the 5 year old was able to do it but 
with much help) That's just a bit of advice when
 doing this with kids. (Tissue paper and glue make for a 
sticky situation.)

I used my Sizzix Big Die to cut the maple leaves and then the big punch tool for the smaller ones. Since tissue paper is so thin, I was able to fold it quite a few times and cut them.

I used recycled tissue paper to make the leaves. (I can never throw away tissue paper when it comes with gift bags)

These are all the items that I used to make the sun catchers
I added a bit more beads to mine, only because I knew they would have a tough time with that.
I hope that you give this a try. It's a great way to welcome Fall. I am soooooo
ready for this season!!!(it is my favorite)
And now my house is starting to look like it!
May Autumn FALL upon us!!


Back to School

This is my Holiday Tree! I try to change it monthly. I had to get creative with this one.

Okie Dokie Kiddos, time to go 'Back to School'!!
And here is my tribute to all of you
students, and teachers!!
Study hard!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Yulia Brodskaya

Yulia Brodskaya caligraphy
Computer Arts did an interview with Yulia in March of 2010

This is the famous Yulia Brodskaya!
 I admire her and her work. 
She really does do beautiful artwork
with quilling!
This post is a bit of 
interest in the beautiful world of quilling!!
Check out this link. It's an older interview with her
I don't remember how I found it but I 
thought it would be fun to share it with you.
She is an awesome quilling artist!!
If you have never seen any of here work,
you need to!
You will be amazed!
(oh, how I would love to actually, watch her work!)
  (When I grow up I want to be like her)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Finished Request!!!

For a Special Lil' Lady

My niece, on my husband's side of the family, made a
quilling request for her daughter, Erica.
(I am embarrassed to say, that was back in May)
But, I did finally finish it!!!
Nicole told me that she had just bought new bedding for
Erica's bedroom and then sent me a photo of it.
So that is where it all started!
Damask pattern
I had a lot of fun working on it! The reason it took so 
long was because I had quite a few other projects going on at the
same time that actually had a dead line to be completed.
Anyway, here it is!

The green paper, I actually cut myself. If you notice it is white on one side and green on the other. I kinda like how it turned out, so that you can see both colors, depending on the angle you look at it.

To get my pattern started I used my Sizzix, Nesting Swirls, Sizzlets dies. The lettering I did freehand. I first drew them out and then cut them with an exacto knife.

I really like working on canvas, you ought to give it a try!
Because the background can be any color you want to paint it
and the rest is up to the papers you choose!

The great thing about inspiration, is, it could be anything!
A napkin, fabric, a plate, a flower, a bedspread,....
whatever it may be, go for it!!
You never know what you'll come up with!
Like I always say, 
go get inspired!!!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Circle Punch Flowers

Simple 'Whimsy' Flowers

I used these flowers for many pieces of work that I did years ago, and
now I have resurrected them.
They are simple and dainty, and are good for filling 
in areas big or little. These ones are a little larger than what I  
usually do. I usually use the circle size of a regular hole punch.
I used vellum. (I just 'Love' vellum) I used it a lot more then,
and I think I will be again. It just adds a dainty and soft look 
to whatever you might be working on.

These are some of my favorite tools! My 'most favorite' are the curved tweezers that you see in this pic

As usual, I like to use my cushioned placemat underneath while I do my work.

 Once I have punched out enough circles, I will then put a bend in the centers. Like 
folding them in half, but not completely. This is where my favorite tweezers come
in handy. I just place them right in the center and bend one side up. No fiddling around
with fingers and losing circles. This makes it soooooo quick and easy!
You may want to crease one end of your fold so that it holds better but not to make it such a definite crease all the way across.
Next you will use a circle as your base. Larger circles for the base, allows for more
petals to be added to make your flower. The smaller circle base allows for less petals.
Your first petal will be glued down and then you will glue the others, going in one direction, to where it looks as though you are overlapping them. And you might, depending on how many petals you are gluing on.

This is using a little larger circle for petals and one size smaller for base. Apply a little glue and then place the petal.
You now have a flower!
Different sizes and different amount of petals.
Sorry, my lighting was not good for this picture!
Next, I like to add a little bling in the centers. Here, I have tiny silver beads and really tiny
glass balls, called ballentine. You really can do whatever, to give your flowers a little
added pizzazz, or leave them sweet and simple!

I used a soft peach vellum and I also used white.

Here is the completed flower! They are sooo much fun and you can do so 
much with them. And again you can use just a regular hole punch so you don't 
have to go buy anything fancy!
(I added these to a project that I had started about 2 months ago! EEEEeeeks!
But have not had enough time to finish. Yet! It is a work in progress
and I will share it with you when it's complete! )
I am so short of creative time lately. Kids back in school, working part time, and 
then all the regular mommy and wife things to do, I don't have
too much time to be creative. And when I do, I have to decide.
do I quill, do I blog, do I Pinterest, or do I catch up on sleep!
I'm sure most of you moms can totally relate!
I'm not complaining, ........oh,......... okay maybe a little!
But I know that I am truly blessed,
so I'll take what I can get!

Please, if you make some of these whimsy little flowers, I would love
to see what you come up with.
So do share and tell!