What is this blog?

This blog is about my crafts as I'm sure it's obvious, but rather specifically I post about my quilling. I suppose I didn't include quilling in the title simply because that would limit what I could put in this blog. In other words, 99% of this is in fact quilling.

There ARE periods where I don't post anything for a long time, but that doesn't mean I'm done with quilling! I'll post again. Eventually.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

1 *and a half* Angels!

So I finally have something completed! I finished the first angel a while ago, but I wanted to post all 3 angels together in one post! Unfortuanatly, they each take FOREVER to make since they're so big. I got the directions to make them from the 3D quilled characters book. I did change the hair from the directions for it. I never make my ladies with straight hair! I believe I've said this before: to me...they just never look right with straight hair! I also switched up the decorations on their dresses (it has to be unique somehow!) and I did make the gloves for them...but they looked really messed up, seriously. So...I just took them off, I think they look better handless. Consider that they're dresses have VERY long sleeves and they're burried under the dress. Their dresses are multicolored, yes. I wanted to make them all white...but, since they're so large, they required VERY thick strips. I believe it was 5/8 inch thick-gigantic. So I looked high and low on the internet for strips that thick...the only pack there was was multicolored, so I had just enough strips for the dress to have 3 different shades. The blue lady doesn't have wings yet as you can see. I had extra gold strips and I thought they would be enough. I made half of her wings, and I need like 6 more strips...so I'll have to order those later. So little strips I need, yet I must order them! You can see how large they are compared to my quilling tool in the first pic. These 3D quilled ladies each took SO long, but it was worth it. They're a nice decoration :) (as long as they're kept away from the cat, LOL).
On another note, today I looked up "3D quilled characters" and to my surprise, I saw that 3 of my 4 quilled ladies was on the first page! And for just 3D quilling, they weren't on the first page but they were there! Ha ha, I'm not lying here's proof.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Another month away!

Oh my, another month without posting here! I feel like I REALLY have to push myself to quill again-because when I do I get really into it again. I never finished everything I wanted to...I suppose I never quite pushed myself enough. I only finished one, and had a good start on another...even though I THOUGHT I started them early. I'm away from home right now for Christmas, but hopefully I'll finish the one I started, and I can show you both of them completed-and obviously you'll see-and know what they are-later. Since I am on winter break, I should get some things done....if I don't laze around and do nothing. But I did get a fringer for Christmas, and it's awesome! Maybe then my hands won't cramp up...But I believe I'll still have to hand fringe the 3 mm wide paper since my fringer doesn't work for paper that narrow. I don't think any do....But it's better than nothing! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas :).

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sorry I've Been Gone

I just wanted to let you all know that I haven't forgotten about my blog or something! I'm quilling something right now for Christmas, 2 of which for gifts, and one for me. Imma leave it at that at a mystery....I'm chillin and takin a break. I get REALLY into quilling...then I need breaks, so....just so you know, LOL.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

3D quilled season ladies

So a few weeks ago, my mom wanted me to make an autumn lady because I've made a spring lady before! Unfortuanatly, she is discolored because she always sat on the windowsill in the living room because otherwise my cat would knock her down! I know what you're thinking: "don't cats like to be on windowsills?" Our cat certainly does, but in the living room we have some odd awesome windows, one of which she can't reach which is where spring lady was! I do now spray all of my 3D creations with this paper sealent (eventually) but she was one of my first 3D people so I didn't! Anyway, I decided that I wasn't just going to make an autumn lady (since that's the season here in Wisconsin ATM) but one for every season, a fresh lady to have up for each time of the year!

To make each lady I used the instructions in the 3D quilled character book for the fairy. I used the same amount of strips for her dress but I made it bigger. I also didn't add the legs, obviously! To make their hair, I use 3 mm wide strips and cut them into thirds. Each person has different wavyness in their hair. I found when I made it totally straight it didn't look right! At first when you glue their hair, it looks wild! Sometimes I tame it as I go, other times I do it once I'm done. It's a combination of holding the hair down and glue. I also like to give them side bangs, IDK, maybe it's because I'm a teen, LOL. They're all around 3 inches tall.

First up is autumn lady! Chestnut brown hair seemed to me to be the perfect color for fall! Sis suggested 3/4 sleeves because it's not very hot yet not very cold in fall (but in Wisconsin I always wear long sleeves in the fall!). I also put leaves on her dress for obvious reasons!
For winter lady I wanted to give her a "coat", so I gave her long sleeves and a white "dress". The fringed flowers are like fur. Guess what? I don't even own a fringer yet, so I did that all by hand (on her sleeves is 3 mm wide paper too!). My hands REALLY cramped up. So much so that I literally had to...uncrack my whole hand! It was crazy but so worth it. I put buttons down her to act as buttons on her coat, and the black thing and bow in the middle is like her "tie" on her jacket! I gave her a headband, so like one of those cold weather headbands and black gloves.
This lady probably took me the longest, her or winter lady... The flowers on her dress were so fiddly! The dots on her sleeves even more so...Like, this is the defintion of fiddly! Either her or winter lady is my favorite.
I had some issues with summer lady...I wanted to make her dress short and with flip flops. Well, when I did that she wouldn't stay up, and her flip flops looked awkard! So I had to add another strip to her. I wanted to give her a ponytail, so I did. I think it turned out so cute! The blue on the bottom of her dress is like "water" and the yellow "sand". The curly cues on the bottom are "waves" and on the yellow is a sea shell!
Here they all are together in order of the seasons!

Here is a pic of their backs! I gave the spring girl TWO bows as you can see! Don't you just love summer lady's pony?!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

3D mystical peacock

I started this project about 2 weeks ago, but school got in the way! I was able to finish it today. Part of the reason why I made it rainbow is so I wouldn't have to buy new packs of paper, LOL. Wouldn't you just love for a peacock to really look all colorful like this?
For this peacock I used 7 strips for each part of the base, in 7 different colors! I divided each one into 3 inch sections, to create the rainbow effect. 3 teal strips were used for the neck, and 1 1/2 strips each of 1 1/2 mm wide strips for the head. The beak was 6 inches of 1 1/2 mm. I used a few strips for the base so it would stand up. I used extremely thin strips for the eyes and the stripes on it, I cut a strip as thinly as possible! I used about 3 inches for each part of that. I used 3 mm wide strips for the purple things on its head, about 2 inches. The feathers consist of 12 inch strips as the bottom purple ones and the next level consists of 8 inch strips. The rest of the levels have coils 6 inches long. The little coils in between are 4 inches!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Wrap around flower card

With this card I wanted to simply make flowers, but I didn't want to lay them out on a pot or in a basket, and I didn't just want them to be plainly on the card, I wanted greenery, so in no time I thought of this layout! I just had the pinkish flower as the "central" flower where the main greens come out, which circle the flowers! I used wheater coils to make the leaves, and you just gotta love the fringe flower middles! BTW, this is going to be a thank you card to my grandma, she appreciates my cards (quilled as well as stamped). It would not be worth it to me to take a few hours to quill a card for someone that will throw it out right away!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pattern for 3-D fish

10 strips for the body, 1/4 inch, 5 strips for each half of the body

A part of a strip 1/4 inch wide to wrap around the 2 parts of the glued body, and a 3 mm one to put over that, to make the fish more colorful.

2 8 inch strips for middle fin

2 8 inch strips for bottom fins

a 4 inch strip for the top fin in the back, and a 6 inch one for the front

Eyes are a 2 inch strip and 1 inch strip glued together

For back fins, the upper most and lower most part consists of a 2 inch strip, and the middle two 1 inch strip

Lips are 2 1 inch strips. Don't be afraid to leave holes on them!

My recomendations:

If you want your fish to be multi-colored like mine, use 1 1/2 strips for each color, and glue each color every other one in 3 inch sections, then make a long chain and roll.

Also, my fish are made using pearlized strips, which I suggest!

If you want a girl fish like I made, then take a very short black strip and use small scissors to cut 4 slits on it, and glue behind the eyes, cut as necessary.

Do you not understand a part of the directions or how to make a part of the fish? Then just ask me!

Monday, October 11, 2010

The "unlimited pattern" method!!

I lack the ability to create my own patterns sometimes for some things, I suppose it's because I lack the ability to draw. There are definitly quillers like me that love to quill and possibly other paper crafts, but can't draw or paint! That's me. Anyway, my "unlimited pattern" method is simply finding what you want to quill on the internet, and changing the size, printing it, and putting your quilling over it! Do you ever quill like this? If you want it to be simple, look up a "cartoon" version of what you want to quill! I like to do this instead of looking up patterns because I feel like I'm at least partially coming up with it on my own, know what I mean? If I use a pattern...it just doesn't feel right to me, LOL. That was how I was able to quill this cat, I tried to draw it...but I fail at that!!

I think I will be quilling like this again if I'm quilling something like that, since you won't ever have to do that with flowers or something similar! My 3D designs are all my own as of late, but that's just different to me then some flat quilling!
As you can see, I also made the cat a cute little ball of yarn! Also, you may extrapolate that I make cards, which I do! I love the paper crimper! I also have a homeade for you stamp on the back. If you're a quiller and you make cards, even if you don't stamp, I recomend getting that one stamp! It's like the hallmark thing you see on the back of cards-but YOU made it! You don't even need stamp pads, markers work just fine!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

My Works...

Are you curious as to what my quilling looks like? What, you don't care?! Too bad, I'm showing you anyway, LOL. Normally I will talk more about the quilling, but I would bore you all to tears if I did that with all of these quilled pieces!

So this is one of my first quilled pieces, I did it about 3 years ago. Most of this stuff you will find in Twirled Paper by Klutz!!
I just quilled this tree, I know the garland looks a bit off, but it aparently became unglued, but since this pic was taken I fixed it!

I know this doesn't look perfect, but it took me 55 hours to create!! I challenged myself... I became inspired from seeing quilling in my dream!!! I saw a 3D quilled girl with a crown, so I bought SO much paper to make this! You wouldn't BELIEVE how hard it was to make the king and queen sit like that. Practically impossible!

Hi Everyone!

Hi everyone, my name is Rachelle (FYI it's not pronounced Ray-chel, but Ruh-shell!)! I'm a junior in high school, and I'm 17. I may be young, but I still love to quill! Sports...aren't my thing! I've been a crafter ever since I was a little tike. I did odd and end projects, and I was the little crafter! When I was in 4th grade or so, I got my first scrapbook, since I love to craft! Later, in 6th grade or so, my mom's friend thought that I'd like quilling, so I gave it a shot with this little kit. I got bored of it quickly though since there was so little to quill!

Later though, when I was in 7th grade, I saw the Klutz version of quilling, Twirled Paper, I highly reccomend it for beginners of any age. With so much to quill, I really started to like it. Later, I looked on the net for pics of quilling, and saw how much more advanced I could go with the craft! I tried my first 3D quilled pot, then I got the only 3D book around, as far as I know, Three-Dimensional Quilling: Making Characters. That's when my skills soared to all new heights! So expect to see LOTS of 3D quilling!!