Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Last Minute Gift Idea





I cannot believe Christmas is only 3 days away!  My how time flies.  I needed some last minute gifts to give to some kids and I thought since our youth is so into reading books (insert sarcasm here), that I would make some book markers.  I used an image that is from AiFactory as it's just a simple image that I printed in black and white, punched out with my scallop punch and added a jewel brad.  I tied the end of the ribbon with a button and ta da!  A book mark!  Hope you enjoy and don't forget to head over to AiFactory for some great digi images.  Happy Holidays!


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Quilled Chocolates

In taught a class on quilling chocolates and wanted to share the photos and instructions with you.  Thank you Anne for taking the photos and for allowing me to use your craft studio to hold my class in.  Here's a short video of the photos with instructions.  If you want to print out the instructions you can do that by clicking here.
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tree made from a square scallop punch

Here's a simple tree made from a square scallop punch. So easy for Christmas cards or scrap books.
Scroll down for the video.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Scrapbooking & Crafting Friends

Since I'm on the design team for Scrapbooking & Crafting Friends, I thought I better get my rear in gear and post my card for the project!  The theme is angels (fitting for Christmas).  My Grafico is our sponsor.  I used the angel kitty digi stamp that just came out.  I also post my sketches on my other blog, visit me there for some inspiration if you're stuck.  Enjoy!


Over The Top Award



I received an email from Cassandra today over at Altered For Him.  She gave me an over the top blogger award!  I am so happy.  Thank you Cassandra, it is much appreciated!  Don't forget to visit her blog and see her great works!

Here are the rules I have to follow to accept this award:
(No laughing as I thought this was great!)

Answer the following questions using single word answers. Then pass the award to 5 other people. (I'll try my best with the 1 word thing, but that is hard!)
Your cell phone? Ringing

Your hair? Thinning

Your mother? Outspoken

Your father? Heaven

Favorite food? Pasta

Your dream last night? None

Your favorite drink? Coke

Your dream/goal? Pianist

What room are you in? Craft

Your hobby? Quilling

Your fear? Drowning

Where do you want to be in 6 years? Beach

Where were you last night? Kitchen

Something you aren't? Confident

Muffins? Yuck

Wish list item? Kitchen

Where did you grow up? NM

Last thing you did? Dishes

What are you wearing? PJ's

Your TV? Huge

Your pets? Dogs

Friends? Lots

Your mood? Anxious

Missing someone? Dad

Vehicle? Honda

Something you're not wearing? Socks

Your favorite store? Micheal's

Your favorite color? Brown

When was the last time you laughed? Now

Last time you cried? Today

Your best friend? Honest

One place that you go to over and over? Kitchen

Face book? Addicted

Favorite place to eat? Kitchen

The five wonderful bloggers whom I have chosen to pass this on to:

If you have visited my blog and made it all the way down to reading this sentence, then this blogger award is for you too!  Grab it for you and pass it on!



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December 2009 Artist Of The Month

I'm a big fan of folded books.  I even shared my first folded book project right here.  You can see the post here.
But I wanted to showcase Heather this month.  I am a big fan of Flickr, so many great artists post their photos of their artwork there.  That's where I met Heather and let me tell you, her folder books are gorgeous!
  I started doing folded books but nothing compared to her works of art.  They are amazing.  She also has an Etsy shop where you can purchase them!  Here a few of her works from her shop and you really should go visit the rest.



Monday, November 16, 2009

Christmas Tree Made From Circle Punches

A supposed to be easy tree made out of circle punches. You know when you just have one of those really bad video days? This was mine! I hope you enjoy it.  There's another video tutorial below this one that is a wreath made out of die cuts and punches too.
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Simple Christmas Wreath

It's that time of year!  Christmas is almost here. 
Here's a simple wreath to use on cards or scrapbooks.  Enjoy!
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Friday, November 6, 2009

Neiman Marcus & Quilling


I was on Facebook checking around Denise's posts when she posted a link to the Holiday Neiman Marcus advertisement.  Can you believe it has animated quilling in it?  Enjoy!

Yay for quilling!
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Blogoversary Candy WINNER!

I wanted to thank all of you who entered in my one year blogoversary candy giveaway!  I also wanted to say thank you to all the wonderful comments I received because of it.  I have had such a great time over the past year meeting new people, learning new things and most of all being able to share things I like with you!  So thanks again for making my blog what it is today.  After all if it weren't for all of you I wouldn't be doing what I like to do best!  Wow, sounds like I won an Oscar or something!  Yeah, yeah, get on with it you say.....
The winner of my one year blogoversary candy giveaway is:

Stacie at All Things Crafty!

Here are your random numbers:
4
Timestamp: 2009-11-05 03:38:28 UTC

Congratulations Stacie!  She won a set of Sizzix 12 Die Calendar Set!  Thanks again to all that entered and there's a lot more fun to come in the year ahead!

One Year Blogoversary Blog Candy!

This post will remain on top until Nov. 4th
I cannot believe that on Saturday 10/24/09 my one year anniversary of my blog is going to take place!  Since I have gone through all of the months and seasons on this blog I thought it would be fitting to give something away that has to do with that.
It's a set of Sizzix 12 Die Calendar Set!  The dies are also in a plastic storage case!  You can use them with Sizzix or Cuttlebug machines.  Here's a photo of what each die has.

 
What do you have to do to enter?

1.  Follow me on this blog
2.  Follow my other blog HERE
3.  Post this candy on your site
4.  Write a comment that you have done all 3

That's it!  I'm sneaky so I will sneak around and see if all is done.  I will chose the winner on November 4th using Random.Org.  International bloggers can also join in.

Happy Blogoversary to me!  Good luck to you! 



Sunday, November 1, 2009

November 2009 Artist Of The Month

S. Kavitha
A Profile
Kavitha, Grand Daughter of renowned Tamil poet Kannadasan, is a computer science graduate.  Driven by her passion for drawing and painting that began at a very young age, she is qualified in fashion designing, fine arts and stained glass painting in continuation of her graduation.  

She began her career as an artist in 2003.  With just one year experience in the field and a lot of confidence in her talent, she started her own institution for teaching arts and crafts by the name ‘Kalalayaa’ in 2004.  Ever since then she has been coaching varieties of paintings, arts and craft works to many people of all age groups.
To expose her talent to the general public, she conducted a solo exhibition in September 2007 at the C.P. Art Center, Alwarpet in which she displayed 65 varieties of paintings and murals.  Much to her excitement, she drew the attention of the public with a lot of appreciation.   Since 2005 her paintings and murals are regularly displayed at Victoria Technical Institute and other galleries.  
This young artist has appeared on a lot of TV shows, Sun TV, Mega TV, and Doordarshan where she demonstrates painting and crafts.  She has also been to schools, colleges and other places as a judge for painting and craft competitions.  
She is a very talented artist.  She has two blogs.  One showing her exhibits and the other showing her artistry.  

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio

I recently bought My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up!  I had to try it out.  I had a blast making the 11 page scrapbook that took me less than an hour.  You can't do one that fast with traditional scrapbook materials.  It is of a two week road trip I took and this was just a half day!  I have a lot to scrap and this makes it so easy.  It's really not made for video playback but I had to show you how easy it was.  The quality of a scrapbook you order when your done is phenomenal.  I am not a Stampin' Up! demonstrator but I just got the software today and I love it! 
You can order this great digital scrapbook and card making software by visiting Anne
Thanks!
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

From One Friend To Another

Vicki emailed me today and said she had a nice surprise for me on her blog.  I hopped over there to see what it was and it's a great award she gave me.  Vicki does such great work on her blog so go visit her too!
To receive this award I am supposed to write 5 things about myself so here goes.....


1.  I am a total Star Trek fan (pick yourself up from laughing please).
2.  I sometimes sit in my craft room and look around at all tons of stuff I am fortunate to have and still have no inspiration.
3.  Neil Diamond is my favorite singer well, next to Englebert Humperdinck (I'm only 39, so again, please pick yourself up from laughing please).
4.  I use PVA glue (the white Elmers kind) when I'm quilling.  I still like to rub some on the back of my hand, let it dry and peel it off like I did in grade school.
5.  I got my first bone folder in a kit and wouldn't use it because I thought it was really made of bone (kind of gave me the creeps) so I bought one that was plastic and later found out mine was plastic all along!

Now that I've had a blast writing these things about me, I'm going to share this with five friends.


Give their blogs a peek too!




Friday, October 16, 2009

New Stuff

I haven't had much new lately but........my other blog has!  Come see what's going on there!  Visit me HERE.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Climate Change And Crafts

I know we don't think much about climate change when it comes to crafting but we should.  From the materials we use to the electricity we waste.  In my effort to help climate change when I craft today and hopefully in the future is to be conscience of using my heat gun as it gives off greenhouse gases and to make sure I am using recycled materials when I can. Those are just a few things I can do to help.  What can you do to help our environment when you are crafting?

Leave a comment and let me know.




Thanks! Monica

Visit GGCAA for Eco Friendly ways you can craft.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Quilled Tear Drop Earrings


 
I was asked by one of my blog followers (thank you) to do a tutorial on how I make quilled earrings.  I did a simple pair that are easy to do.  You can see more of my earrings here and also here.  If you have any other tutorials you would like to see just email me.  Don't forget to look on the top links for more of my tutorials too!  Thanks!
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

October Artist Of The Month

The artist of the month is the very talented Priyadarshini
Here's a little bit about her via our email interview:

My name is Priyadarshini. I am a married mother of 4yr old. I live in Pune, India. I like to learn and explore new art forms. I am always engrossed in making creative crafts by using Eco-friendly and handmade items. I love to gift them to my friends and family. I started learning arts and crafts as a hobby, but now it has become a passion.  I have also learned some of India’s fold art (Warli, Madhubani and Relief work Paintings) and international crafts (Paper Quilling, Punch Craft, Iris Folding, Lamasa).

I don’t have an art background but I like to experiment with the art forms I learn. I also follow some of the expert’s tutorials to get inspiration but I make sure that my work has originality.

I started my blog, Kalanirmitee July 2009. I want my blog to be a platform for sharing my craft ideas with all craft lovers.
Priyadarshini is also one of my great contributing writers and artists on Going Green Crafters & Artists.





Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Busy Busy

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile.  I've been working on my OTHER BLOG quite a bit to get it going.

  I'm not one to really talk about my personal stuff but I thought you should know my posts are going to be shorter and less often for now.

Most of you, well really all of you, don't know that I suffer from Meniere's Disease.  You can click HERE if you want to find out a little bit about it.  It is a debilitating disease that I've had since 1996.

Just wanted to let you know I am seeing a new doctor in Los Angeles, not too far from where I live in Albuquerque, and we are doing a surgery really soon.  So in case I'm not around that's why.  But I will try to post when I can.

Thank you all so much and see you soon! 

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

And The Winner Is.........

Thank you to all that entered my blog candy giveaway while I was on vacation.  I had a blast!
On our road trip we went to.......are you ready?

Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park, Redwood National Park, Reno Nevada, Napa Valley, The Hearst Castle, San Francisco, San Luis (where bubble gum alley is), Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Orange, and finally back around to Nevada to meet up with family.

When you cram all of that into two and a half weeks it flies by!  I have almost 2,000 photos!  I think I need a blog to put all our road trip photos on!

Ok, off to the fun stuff.  There's a lot of great stuff the winner gets.  Everything is by Making Memories, Petaloo and who could forget the two Gorjuss Girls stamps by Susan Woolcott!  Here's the photos and congrats to the winner!

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
28
Timestamp: 2009-09-23 06:43:25 UTC

So that means that Margie is our winner!  Congrats Margie!  


Make sure to scroll down a bit to see the photos of all the stuff! Hit the top right button on the Scribd page to see it in full view.



Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I'm On Vacation Blog Candy! Just Follow My 2 Blogs & Comment!


I'm on vacation, Yay!  I wanted to give you all a chance to enter my blog candy giveaway while I'm gone.  I am giving it away because I hit 10,000 visitors about 3,000 visitors ago!  So here's what you get.......... Shhhh it's a surprise!  I will tell you that it includes two Gorjuss Girl Stamps!  But shhhh it's a secret!  This candy surprise ends on September 21st.  Darn, I'll be back from vacation!The drawing will be held on September 23rd. 
So here's what you should do to enter:

1.    Become a follower here if you aren't already.
 2.    Become a follower or contributor on my other blog.  
        Click HERE to do that.

3.    Leave me a comment on this blog that you've 
        done all of the above.  
I will be sneaking around to make sure it's all done. :)


If you don't have a blog you can still enter by becoming a follower on both blogs and leaving me a comment that you did so.  International bloggers can also join in this blog candy surprise.   Happy Surprise Candy! 

September Artist Of The Month

In Memory Of Lily Stubbs Who Was A Wonderful Artist And A Wonderful Quiller.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Halloween Mummy Card

I'm not a big fan of Halloween cards.  But this one was too cute not to show you.  I've had some of you wonder where my quilling tutorials are.  Well, I will be on vacation from September 2nd to September 19th and then I will start the quilling tutorials and videos then.  In the mean time don't forget to check my other tutorials on the top links.
I have to tell you this as we don't know what we are gonna do.  We are taking a 2 week road trip through California and Nevada.  We are scheduled to stay in Yosemite for 2 days.  They have huge fires going on there and our Hotel where we are scheduled to stay just got evacuated.  This trip ought to be a real adventure now!  Good luck and prayers to the people in California.  So sorry to go on and on, here's your tutorial, enjoy!
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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Blog Candy

I'm not one to post about other bloggers candy but I had to share this one from Melissa.  Hope you win.........heck, I hope I win! 

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sandy Claws Card


Christmas being only 120 days away (yep, that's right, I said it) I thought I would make a Christmas card. The stamp is from Stampin' Up! and my little embellishment is some shells I tied together.

Do you think in this whole craft room I could find one stinkin' red brad??? NO! I ended up using a glue dot on a silver brad and covered it with red glitter. Ta Da! A red brad! It's in the center of the shells. Pretty sad that the hardest thing about this card was finding a red brad. You would have thought it would have been the coloring :) Enjoy!

Gorjuss Colors Of Fall

I think I really enjoy coloring! I am loving my Gorjuss stamps and I've only done two cards and I still have five other stamps to use! Here's a fall card, because fall is coming fast! I had a whole other idea for this card, but this is what I came up with. I wanted it to be simple so I matched her outfit with the flowers. I added some glitter to her stockings and flower in her hair but I don't think it came out that well in the photo. I hope you enjoy her!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Gorjuss Girls

I have been a fan of Suzanne Woolcott's work for some time. She also has a line of stamps that feature her Sugar Nellie Gorjuss Girls. I bought one of the stamp sets a long time ago and finally decided to use it. You would think that ordering something from the UK and waiting for it to come I would have used it right away. Nope, was too chicken.

Well I had this card that was given to me and I'm not one to throw pretty things away. I re-used the card by taking out the inside and putting Ms. Gorjuss right in the middle. I guess I was afraid to use them as you have to color!!! I felt like a little kid again. It was a blast! I hope you enjoy her!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sense Of Time Pop Up Card


I'm not a Stampin' Up! demonstrator but once a month I go to a card class, group or swap (whatever you want to call it). It's hosted by my favorite Stampin' Up! demonstrator Anne. I wanted to share with you the most awesome card we did in her class! It folds up neatly and then ties with ribbon. Isn't it fabulous! If you want the tutorial you can see it on Anne's Blog and don't forget you can order all your Stampin' Up! stuff from her like I do!

AiFactory Digi Company & Group


I'm really.......I mean really new to digital stamping. But I have found AiFactory that has some awesomely cute digi's! I thought I would share them with you and you can go have a peek. They do wonderful giveaways and contests at the Ai Factory Vector Vault. I joined and have learned a lot! They have a blog too!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Twisted Thursday Challenge #22 (But It's A Saturday Post!)

I see A LOT of sketch challenges out there in blog land. I haven't given them much consideration......until now. I did do a few with another site but got pretty bored. I found S2G Challenges by way of Pat. What's nice about their challenges is that it's more than a sketch challenge, it's a "use something else" challenge with it. The challenges start every Thursday, but by the time I got around to doing this one it was Saturday!

This weeks challenge was to use the sketch but we also had to add something using our punches. I made a little butterfly in the bottom right corner by using a scallop punch and a tag punch. I ran some small ribbon around the stamped image to give it a little extra touch.


The image is also by Shirley's 2 Girls digi stamps. So there's a challenge and a place to buy your digi's. I am new to the digi world and I can't believe how much fun they are! Be nice though, remember, I'm new to digi's and my coloring is well, not so great.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award

I received two Kreativ Blogger awards today!! One was from Cindy and the other was from Vicki. That was very nice of both of you. Thank you!


To accept the award I have to do a few things:

1. Thank the person who nominated me for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on my blog.
3. Link the person who nominated me for this award.
4. Name seven things about me that people might find interesting. (OMG now I have to list 14!)
5. Nominate seven Kreativ Bloggers. (14 are going out!)
6. Post links to the seven blogs that I nominate. (Posting 14)
7. Leave comments on all seven blogs letting them know I nominated them. (14 comments coming!)

So here are my, not 7, but 14 things about me that people may find interesting (or not)!

1. I started quilling at the age of 7 when my Mom gave me a quilling kit. It was of an owl. Remember back in the 70's when owl's where all the rage! Well, I haven't stopped quilling ever since then.

2. Remember as a kid when everyone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up? My Mom thought I would either become a prostitute or a nun! Thank goodness I am not a prostitute. A nun wouldn't have been so bad, but a prostitute! Thanks Mom!

3. Since my first two comments had to do with my Mom, here's what I think about her. She is my confidant, my support, my I can tell anything to person, and most of all she is my best friend.

4. I don't work at a "real job" any longer. I have Ménière's disease. You can click on the link if you want to know what it is. The link is Wikipedia's version as to not bore you too much. Usually it effects one ear, however mine is bilateral so I am losing hearing in both ears. I will eventually, and it's coming fast, be deaf. I spend a lot of time in bed due to this disease.

5. I have two dogs. One is a miniature pinscher and her name is Foster. She is 14 years old. And my other is a 6 year old italian greyhound that thinks he's human and acts like a spoiled 2 year old child. His name is Guido. (He is Italian after all).

6. I started doing video tutorials some time ago. When I'm doing them you don't know how many times I have to start over because I start laughing at some point in the video. Yes, I may look and sound calm, but inside I'm laughing like a little girl!

7. I look at other people's blogs and see their wonderful works of art, whether it be card making, quilling, or scrapbooking and think to myself every day...... when is my work going to be as good as theirs?

8. I lost my Dad 2 years ago and still am mad at him. I know God had other plans for him, but those plans should have included him staying here and being with us.

9. I write in a journal every day. Whether it be about my day or anything else. It doesn't matter so long as I put something in there. Sometimes I just doodle.

10. Oh, this is a big one.......... I absolutely do not like Pepsi! I am a true Coca-Cola lover. Oh and throw in a Mr. Goodbar and I'm good to go!

11. I make it a point that when I go out somewhere to talk to at least one person besides the cashier or employees. I don't think our world is friendly enough.

12. I wrote a book. No it's not published, but I did it. It's one of those things on my "have to do it once in my life" list.

13. Don't laugh too hard at this one, but I hate going to get the mail! I have one of those silver boxes that have all the little mail boxes in it. It's only 3 houses down but I hate walking over there to get it. My mail person sometimes will bring it to my house as he knows how much I hate to get it. I don't know why..........I just do.

14. Lastly, if you are still reading this :) I love making tutorials and writing on my blog as I hope it gives someone some inspiration on their next project.

Whew.........that was hard! Thank you again Cindy and Vicki!

Here are my 14 blogs that I am nominating:


See you soon!



Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Digi Stamps And Attempts With Color.......


I don't do much coloring as I'm learning with Prisma's. And now I found digi stamps! I found this one at Dustin's blog. My oh my, another thing to keep me occupied. I would be honored if you let me know what you think! Don't look too close.....I'm a person that tends to color outside of the lines......it's a good thing!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar The Grouch, And Big Bird. All Out Of Punches!

I had made this card a few months ago and was asked if I could make tutorials on the characters. So here you go......enjoy!


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Friday, August 14, 2009

Making A Mouse With Paper Punches

I've seen a lot of paper punch art but only have only once seen a mouse. It was on a card so I thought I'd give it a try. (eeek!) Hope you enjoy!
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Making A Flower From A Fabric Favor (Organza) Bag

You know those little bags we get at weddings with jordan almonds in them, or we get them with our prima flowers in them from the craft store? Well.........re-use them! Make them into flowers! The victorian girl is made out of wood.  This post was also great at Going Green Greetings. Sneak a peek at that blog for more re-usable crafts. Thanks for watching!
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Making A Pumpkin Out Of A Scallop Punch


I made this card the other day with a pumpkin made from a scallop punch. I wanted to give a quick tutorial on how to make it. Thanks for watching!
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Monday, August 10, 2009

Fall Turned Into Halloween

I know Halloween isn't for awhile but I wanted to make a fall card and it turned out to be a Halloween card. I made the pumpkin from a Stampin' Up! scallop punch and the leaves from the little leaves Stampin' Up! sizzlit die. The paper is from My Minds Eye, the stamp is from Making Memories and the ink is Colorbox Chalk Ink. It's such a fun pumpkin to make!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

My New Blog Design

I have had the same blog design forever! I just changed it with the wonderful help of Shabby Blogs! I even gave Going Green Greetings a makeover! Give them a visit, they have the cutest stuff!



Saturday, August 8, 2009

Making A Bat From A Square Scallop Punch

A cute bat for Halloween made easily from a square scallop punch! So cute! Thanks for watching!
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Friday, August 7, 2009

Quilling Miniatures

Regina has a great tutorial on her blog on quilling miniatures. She graciously let me post it here for all of you to see. I haven't got into the miniature quilling yet.....but it's coming! It's a wonderful way to do quilling, just read on and see! You can visit her blog here. Click on the top right button on the Scribd screen to toggle to full screen mode to zoom in. You can also print it or email it to yourself using the "more" button. Thanks Bunches!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Quilling A Lion Tutorial

Here's a cute little quilled lion for your cards or scrap book pages. I did say in my last video........Lions and tigers and bears Oh My! So here's the Lion. Now I just have to come up with a tiger. So watch out for it! Hope you enjoy! Don't forget to visit my new other blog and you can be a contributor on it too! Order all your quilling and crafty things here. Thanks for watching.
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Saturday, August 1, 2009

August 2009 Artist Of The Month


Every month I showcase a quilling artist that does some beautiful quilling. This month I chose Denise as the artist of the month. Her motto is: "When it's time for a break from the ordinary, give an original...Custom Quilling by Denise".

She's very busy with her quilling, blog and her store! She does wonderful quilling as you can see from the photos! Make sure to visit her online store for all your quilling and yes, craft items too! She's got a great blog with loads of other photos of her artwork.



Thursday, July 30, 2009

Quilling A Puppy Dog Tutorial

Since I did a video on quilling a kitty cat I thought it only fair to make a video on quilling a dog. I have to be fair to both sides or all sides of the animal world. Did I just say that? That means I have to quill lions and tigers and bears.....Oh My! OK, so I already did the bear :) you can find that one HERE. Thanks for watching!
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