Sunday, February 28, 2010

Framed Quilled Spring Verse

Hi all, still fighting the bad head cold but doing a bit better! Here is one of the promised quilled projects for the March Custom Quilling Newsletter.  This month's kit came with a set of beautiful soft pastel spring colored quilling strips and I just had to make a flower garden out of them.  I love quilling keepsake invitations and such so I decided to print out a verse and quill around it.  I chose 1 Chronicles 16:23-33 for it speaks of the Lord's salvation and the "fields be jubilant", perfect for a garden of flowers. 

These two pictures represent the colors the best but the one below turned out a bit yellower because it was taken inside and for the life of me I couldn't get a good picture that night.  But you can see the dimension in the layered flowers in it. 

I love making the eccentric 6 petal flowers and these have two layers in contrasting colors for added interest.  The design is a draping swag of spring flowers and have soft yellow quilled tulips and white coil viney flowers with Stickles glitter for sparkle.  I tried a new quilling technique (for me) on the blue 5 petal flowers with the orange crystal.  These tight open centered coils are made by wrapping your quilling strip around a large diameter round paintbrush handle or something similar.  The size of the opening is determined by the diameter size of your paintbrush/tool.    You glue the end as you would with a tight coil and then slip it off the paintbrush/tool and shape as you would any other quilled coil. 

The swag is filled in with punched pearlescent flowers with pearl centers and green/gold vellum "greenery".  The verse is matted with a gold metallic paper and is popped off the soft green 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock that comes in this months kit.  I wasn't thinking but I should have cut down the card stock to 8 x 10, which would have made framing this piece a bit easier if I wanted to put it in an 8 x 10 frame!  But I found a larger frame and matt the right color in my "saved for the right thing" stash and it fits perfectly. 

Stop by and see Sue's, my awesome design team sister's projects, they are just jaw dropping CUTE!  You can see the Custom Quilling Newsletter here.  Check back here for the next installment of my Quilled and Floral Punch calendar page, April, will be my next post, so check back! Or, you can get a look at it in the CQ Newsletter link above!  Be sure to vote for your choice in the poll on the side bar of my blog, it will be up for a couple of weeks to give everyone a chance to vote! For all my Canadian friends, that Maple Leaf is sure Golden!!!


Thanks for the comments, I love hearing from you!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sweet Pea Pink FTTC55

Hi, all!  Have a bad head cold that I caught from the grandkids that has made doing anything a challenge.  So I decided to post a card and enter it in a challenge! The Flourishes Timely Tuesday Challenge (FTTC55) to be exact. I also have been working on some quilling projects that will be posted at the first of the month.  But, back to the card details.  I used Flourishes Sweet Pea image and embossed it in white on watercolor paper.  Then I watercolored it with my Tombow markers, not easy to do with white on white!! 

Used my new MS Edge all Around punch to frame the image and then added some flower edged sheer pink ribbon and a little bird charm and some pink pearls to finish it off.  Hope that random number hits mine, I'd like win some more stamps!!! lol!!  All of the energy is used up, going to take some more cold meds and go to bed. Thanks for voting on the poll on my sidebar! Until later,


Thanks for all the encouraging comments, y'all are sweet peas! Had to do it!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lily of the Valley MMSC41

Edited to Add:  So honored to have this card to be chosen for the Midnight Madness Gold Star Award!

Hi all, Been playing with the new Fred She Said flower images again.  This time with the Lily of the Valley.  I also entered this card in the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #41, you can see the details here and the sketch below. 

I printed the lily of the valley image onto watercolor paper and used my Tombow markers to watercolor it.  Then as I did with the pansy teacup image, I cut out a base image and then layered 4 layers of the flowers and leaves to give it dimension. Since the flowers were small I used a thin picture mount double-sided foam tape so that the layers would be a bit closer.  The little white blossoms have a Stickles sparkle that draws your attention and is really diamond-like in real life. 

The sketch as you can see has three panels with some "stitching" and I did that with my metallic gel pens.  Also it has the button accents which was something that I haven't reached for as an embellishment much.  So I found some pretty green tone buttons out of my stash and added some white, cream and gold pearls and of course I couldn't go without a green crystal or two!  I also added the button and pearls to the lily image instead of a bow that would have covered up too much of the image.  But, I have to use ribbon, right, so I added the little ribbon tabs under the main oval.  And the base green cardstock layers is embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.

Tracey made it hard to decide which flower to play with next as there are more awesome flowers in this new release that you can see at the Fred She Said site here.  The Fred She Said Blog Hop runs through tomorrow so if you didn't get a chance to hop through the beautiful creations that the Design Team made with the new flowers then stop by the post here.You still have a chance to win a $20.00 gift certificate to the Fred She Said store! 

I still have two cards finished that I will post this week also!  Thanks for all the very encouraging comments on my projects, y'all keep me challenged!  Until later,


Comments always welcome and appreciated!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Teacup Pansies

Hi all! Just a little update for the lack of posting and then to the card details. We have been on a camping trip with the 3 grandkids, daughter and son-in-law.  My oldest daughter is going to have her fourth child, a girl, and is due April 1st, so we decided to go now rather than wait.  My grandson LOVES dinosaurs, hence the reason we camped at Dinosaur Valley State park.  Which just happens to be down the road from Dino World, a theme park with over 100 life size dinos. He was in dino heaven!!!  We watched the weather forecasts and knew that it was going to be cold and wet the first day, maybe two that we were there but decided to go because it was going to clear up and be nice.  Right.  After a 4 1/2 hour trip we arrived, set up our travel trailer and their tent. It began to sleet with a snow mix.  I said wouldn't it be nice for it to snow enough to cover the ground.  Well, I got my wish because when we woke up this is what we found:

A snow covered park, snow covered dino's to my grandson's delight!  Eleven inches of snow had fallen!  So pretty and the kids played all day in it.  My youngest daughter was not happy that she couldn't come because of her nursing classes at Steven F. Austin SU and would miss the snow.  Not so!  The same system went right over Nacogdoches TX and she didn't miss a thing!  I can't wait to see the pictures of her sliding down a snow covered hill on a trash can lid!!!!

Now to the card details.  I made this card for the February 15th Fred She Said Blog Hop but would not get to post because we were camping.  I can't seem to get my auto post to work so Tracey posted it on the Fred She Said site as the first Blog Hop Stop.  Thanks Tracey for letting me participate while away!  This is one of her new release digi images and I couldn't wait to play with it, I love seeing these cheery pansy faces brighten the brown winter Texas landscape!

First I printed out the Teacup Pansy image 4 times onto watercolor paper. I heat set the images so that they wouldn't run when watercolored.  Then I watercolored the images with my Tombow markers and waterbrush.  I cut one complete image out as my base and then cut portions of the pansies out to layer onto it to give it a lifelike dimension. The topmost layers of the pansy petals are not just flat layered, I tilted the petals in a more lifelike position as you can see in the close up and tilted pictures.     

The centers of the pansies are accented with Stickles glitter for a little bling and the white swag on the teacup is painted with a white mica watercolor paint.  The dots are a white gel pen. The bow on the teacup handle is the same shade of purple the pansies are but it didn't seem to translate as that in the picture. 

The teacup image is popped up onto a Spellbinder Fleur de lis pendant accented with Stickles glitter and lavender pearls. I used my new Janome Sew Mini to sew the four panels.  The DP paper reminded me of china and coordinated beautifully with the blue of the cup, I purchased it at Hobby Lobby some time back and don't remember the name, sorry. The inside of the card is decorated with the Flourishes sentiment "Live life in color", from the set with the beautiful peacock, perfect for this card. It is also on Nestability die labels. I used another of the fleur de lis pendants in cream as a place to write a message.  You will see more of Tracey's new flower images in the days to come, they are awesome!

If you want to participate in the February Fred She Said Blog Hop, start here and see what the other wonderful Fred She Said design team members have created for your inspiration!  A $20.00 gift certificate to Fred She Said will be drawn from all who participate in the Blog Hop and find the words that make a sentence.  You can see the details on the FSS Blog Hop start page, have fun!

Well off to watch the Olympics and create more cards!  See you later!

Comments always welcome and appreciated, I have read each and every one left for me on the FSS Blog Hop Post!! Thanks so much!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Catch Your Heart by FSS

EDITITED TO ADD: This is the 2nd post for today, my mind is elsewhere and this was supposed to post tomorrow, see the other post for today below this one!

Hi all, here is the promised card! This new Fred She Said image is perfect for a wiper card! You can see the first picture is when the card is closed and you can only see the sentiment on the front that says "Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart".  When you pull the left side of the card out to reveal the "inside" the wiper flips up with the surprise image of the Glove and I Love You heart.  The heart is popped up on the bottom image of the glove to give it the look that it is being caught. 

I usually make feminine cards with bows and sparkles, but this set of digi images comes with a fonts that can be used either for a man or woman, so I chose to make a masculine card, no ribbon or bling, just a red embossed SWAK! These images also come pre-colored also! You can find the Catch Your Heart digi images at the Fred She Said store here. I made two other cards for a challenge that I missed the deadline for that will post this week while we will be away camping with the grandkids.  Until then,


Comments and projects links are always welcome and I love to see what you create!

Quilled Rose Heart Card

Hi all!  Back with another card.  This is one of the January CQ DT projects and I saved it for this week.  I'll have another heart themed card for tomorrow!  This card features quilled folded roses in several shades of pink atop a die cut deep red velvet heart. Another technique that I have used with making these folded roses is to paint the quilling strips with Twinkling H2O's to give them some sparkle, or I have just painted the tips of the petals after completing them.  I did not do that to these though, but will in another post later so you can see the difference it makes.  The leaves are punched with the Birch Leaf Punch Bunch punch, the sparkly DP is some that I purchased at Michael's and don't remember the name, sorry.   It was the perfect backdrop for this "lovey" card.  I used Sharon Johnson's ribbon technique for the bow, it is really easy and elegant, you can find it here.

I added two quilled hearts in the center of the bow for more "heartyness", sorry, couldn't resist.  They are two quilled teardrops glued together at the pointed ends, then I wrapped them in a contrasting crimped strip.  Lastly I glued them on to a white cloth wrapped floral wire and just stuck them in the center of the bow.  Quick and easy!

Thanks for your support and sweet comments.  I am taking an online class for water coloring my images and I can't wait to show you some of the practice pieces!  More about the class later.  I just wanted to get the short post up.  See you tomorrow!


Comments and project links always welcome!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Quilled Shamrock Shaker Card

Hi all!  Back again with another of the February Custom Quilling DT projects.  This card is not only green in color it is "green" because I recycled the acrylic packaging to make my shaker container.  This one was perfect to hold the bejeweled quilled three leaf clover as shakers.  I adhered the four leaf clover to the center of the shaker container along with the shiny green metallic clover so there would be a focus in the space.  The other shaker elements are light green metallic micro beads that get caught in the quills and tumble all around with the three quilled shamrocks.

The bow has two three leaf clover's dangling to give even more movement on the card.  If the glittery designer paper wasn't enough bling, I added a green crystals to every shamrock and the scallops on the outside ring. Shiny and sparkly! You can click on the image to enlarge it.

The Four Leaf Clover Seeds treat box above is the third project for the CQ Newsletter.  I made the medallion with my Just Rite Round stamper and font set and layered it onto Nestie scallops and circles. The February projects were made with supplies that come in the February Custom Quilling Kit.  You will love the lovely "wink" and generous shades of green card stock and 1/8" quilling strips. Check it out on the CQ site  You can see the four leaf clover "seeds" through the shamrock cut outs on each side.  If you would like to have the pattern/instructions for this little box just hop on over to Custom Quilling and Denise will email you the FREE PATTERN!

I hope you enjoyed the green CQ projects this month and I'd love to see yours!  Leave a link to your green projects in the comments!  Sorry for any misspelling's, I updated the posting option in blogger and now there are some editing options missing, including, unfortunately, the spell checker!!!!!  Until the next post,


Comments are always appreciated and I'd love to see your projects!