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Inventory of the Papers

Whelp, I finally bit the bullet and made an inventory spreadsheet of all my paper.

It looks a little something like this…

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I made columns to keep track of the color family, the name, item number, and size of each of the colors. I did some cusomized cell highligting in the color family for 2 reasons: 1) so I can sort by the field and look at just the colors in that area, and 2) When I add a new color and type in the color name, it will automaticall change the color of the cell to the color I chose (typing red will give it a red background, green will give green, and so on).

I also have a column for the strips that I have on hand, but just don’t have the time to update that tonight. My list will get a LOT longer when i do that, as I know I have more in my binders than I do on hand. I probably will just update that list once a month – that will help tell me when I need to get more paper.

So, what is my inspiration for doing all this somewhat spur of the moment? Whimsiquills is having a 20% off sale until June 30 ūüôā

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Paper Twirlies Team Challenge – May 2012

The challenge has been issued. I accepted.

As posted on the Paper Twirlies Blog, a challenge to quill a project insipired by a creation from another Etsy artist.

Inspiration for this challenge is a quilt by Clothscapes, specifically this listing: http://www.etsy.com/listing/76639721/organic-quilt-modern-geometric-rainbow

We were able to use any picture as inspiration, and any aspect of the picture as inspiration.

Here is what I came up with:

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My inspiration for this piece was the white color of the quilt – I used textured cardstock to make the boxes to replicate stitching. I was also drawn to the square shape, as well as the varying colors in the quilt. I don’t have a name for¬†my yet, and I’m still debating if they¬†should be attached together as one piece, or left as individual pieces. However, this has to be one of¬†my most favorite projects¬†so far ūüôā

I started first by cutting and putting together my beveld frames using my Silhouette Cameo. I had purchased this project, made by Lori Whitlock (a VERY talented graphic designer/project creator Рseriously go check out her stuff), for another project, but inspiration struck to use it here.

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Next, I chose strips of varying colors in the same color family. Each box, with exception to orange, has 6 different colors in it. I used 1 strip of each color, tore them into 3″ lengths, and glued them back into two (very long) strips. The first strip was colored from lightest to darkest, and the second strip was also lightest to darkest, but I started in the middle of the colors to allow for more variance when I began twiling my paper. Each strip ended up being approximately 5′ long.

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I then used the beehive technique to curl my strips together.

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When I tried to put all of these curls into the frame, it just wouldn’t stay, because the bevel didn’t give the curls a high enough edge to stay in place.¬†In order to fix this, I had to make a¬†square¬†outline the same size as the hole in the frame to put the quilling in first, and then transfer it to the frame. I made mine out of white 1/4″ quilling paper, as I had that handy at the time, and yes, I did use safety pins as guides, as I was too lazy/excited to get this project done that I couldn’t go upstairs to the attic to get my pins ūüôā

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When all of the curls were put into place, and I had finished doing small adjustments, I glued all of the curls to each other, but made sure not to glue anything to the white frame.

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Once the curls had dried, I removed the white outline, spread some glue into the bottom of the frame, and placed my quilling inside the frame.

As this was my first craft challenge, I can honestly stay I am very pleased with the results! I can’t wait to do one again!

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A Break from Insanity

First off, kudos to WordPress for having an iPhone app with the ability to update my blog while in bed :o)

Secondly, I’m so thankful tonight for the ability to come home from work and not have to think about anything! This past Friday night, the hubby came home from work with a fever, aka the same crud I’ve been fighting with for the last 2 weeks. I’ve pretty much been running at full speed since then: taking care of/worrying about him (my mom implanted motherly instinct at a young age), cleaning up the house, trying to get myself better, and other miscellaneous extra house and work duties. I needed a break.

It was so wonderful to come home to a quiet and empty house that would continue to be that way for a few more hours. ::insert sigh of relief::

I started the night out with a need to mess with my silhouette cameo cutting machine. I have been messing with it on and off for a couple of months trying to get it to cut my rose templates out. Hail to the victor, because I got it figures out!

By the time I figured out the how to cut the flowers and the proper sizes for each of them, my hubby had returned home from work again, quickly finding his way to the couch next to me and dozing off immediately. The cutting on the machine didn’t even wake him. Since I know he needs to rest, I made the decision not to cut flowers out tonight, but rather go up to my studio in the attic to finish up my daisy treasure pots.

I started making these pots a few days ago when I really needed a break from all the circles for for my flower earrings. I really wanted to get some quilling done in my studio. Since most all of the equipment to make these pots is in my studio, it wasn’t a bad idea.

Tonight mostly consisted of shaping the pot bases and lids, sealing them, and gluing on petals.

They go nice with my sunflower treasure pots. I think I probably will put leaves on these pots as well.

One thing I do know for sure is that my mom will love them!

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