Our planet is a beautiful place and I strongly believe we need to pass it along to the next generation by replenishing it with bountiful nature that has been depleted over time. Respect, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Replant, all these in small steps can go a long way in preserving our earth. So let us try and do our bit towards our environment.
This blog is dedicated to all things that are natural and handmade.
My friend inspired me to start quilling and I was really motivated to try out the new technique after seeing the fabulous card she had made. As suggested by her, I followed the tutorial, it gives amazing results. Yet again I am so impressed with the results you get from rolling paper in different ways!
I tried making petals with two colors of paper and could not wait to put them together.
I realized that a picture does not do full justice to the true colors.
I seem to be quilling a lot of b'day cards because it is a great occasion to give a handmade card instead of buying one at a store.
Here is a simple one I made for my son's friend. Little boys love rockets, space ships etc., so thought this one would be good.
I came across the challenge on http://takeaquillpill.blogspot.com/ and wanted to quill a cake, Black Forest to be specific. Since Piyu mentioned it was her birthday, everything associated with a birthday came to my mind.. streamers, gifts, balloons, confetti etc.. however, I knew I would not be able to fit all of it in one card.
Then I got this idea to have a separate window for each of these, so that they would not all crowd the space. I have the cake in the middle since it is the focus of the card and captured the spirit of the birthday in the other spaces. The cake itself was quilled with white to dark brown graduated paper and has cherries on top. It took me a long time to decide the background, design and add all the details.
I found some great pre-cut strips with graduated color. They are absolutely fabulous. I thought the bells will look really great with the paper. So, I started making the bells (or buds) I thought it should be easy to roll a coil and push it out at the center, but only when I started doing it I realized it was quite difficult to do it in a uniform way. Then I made some petals with eccentric coils.
The oval is cut out from handmade paper which has natural petals/leaves in it.
I think the bee ended up a tad bigger than it should be, however the end result looks decent, or so I think. Would love to hear comments/suggestions for improvement on this one.
Back to quilling after a long break!
I got myself some more things to make quilling easy. I got a self-healing mat from amazon.com and I got a paper knife and a metal ruler from a local store.
I found a few colors of pre-cut paper, such a joy to quill with pre-cut papers.. you can focus only on rolling and not so much on cutting. However with the paper knife and the self healing mat, cutting becomes lot more easier than with scissors. I can cut the 1/4 in. easily, still trying to get the 1/8 in. perfectly each time.