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Wishing everyone a happy and safe 2011!


More Quilled Pretties....Christmas themed presents

I enjoyed working on the miniature tree with presents so much that I decided to take the presents idea and create earrings for my coworkers. These are done in traditional Christmas colors, but I've got plans to create more in fun, birthday colors; which will be a new item in my shop very soon.


Miniature Christmas Tree Winner

I just want to say I really had fun with the blog hop, and I want to thank all the people who visited my blog and for all the wonderful comments. I love quilling, and it was really neat to see how everyone incorporates quilling into their projects. I went to the random number generator and the lucky winner of my miniature tree is Yuenie. Thanks again everyone and have a fabulous Christmas!


Embellish Me with Quilling BLOG HOP

Welcome to the "Embellish Me With Quilling" Blog Hop...If you just came from visiting Carol at happyexpressions you are on the right track... if not you can begin HERE with Linda at krazyquilling.

I'm a self taught quiller, having discovered quilling almost 7 years ago and absolutely love it. For the blog hop I created a super cute 3D miniature Christmas tree with presents. I've just recently started experimenting with miniatures and I love the challenge of trying to create a little sculpture out of paper.

One lucky person is going to win this fabulous quilled Christmas miniature . Become a follower of my blog, for one chance. For an extra chance, become a fan of Quilly Nilly on facebook. Leave a comment here letting me know (don't forget to leave your email address) and I will pick a winner Monday morning December 20th.

Next stop on the blog hop is the very talented Debbie. Take care.


Little Christmas Lights

I love my quilled miniature Christmas lights, they're little; no more than an inch tall and super cute. Last night someone ordered two sets of these cuties and here they are. You can find them in my Etsy shop, they come in traditional (shown here) or contemporary colors.


Quilled Pretties...for your ears

That's the name for the new Quilly Nilly line of quilled earrings, Quilled Pretties; liked the sound of it. This is only the second pair I've created but I must say I enjoy working on things like this. It's like creating little paper sculptures...LOVE IT! These Christmas trees were a custom order from a coworker, she really liked them; even contemplated keeping them for herself (they're supposed to be for her aunt). Maybe if she's good Santa will bring her her very own pair :)


Holiday Quilling Blog Hop

A couple weeks ago I was asked if I'd like to be included in a Quilling Blog Hop, of course I said yes; and then I had to question what it was (hee, hee). It sounds fun, you'll be invited to hop from blog to blog where you'll find a new project and perhaps a chance to win a little "blog candy". The Hop will run Friday Dec 17th 11:00pm EST - Sunday Dec 19th 11:00pm EST and will feature 14 fabulous blogs for you to hop through, I can't wait. Here is the list of blogs that will be participating:
















FREE Shipping and an Extra Thank You!

Happy Thanksgiving, I hope everyone is having a fabulous day today; my turkey is still cooking and I have a few things left to make but so far it's been a good day. I know some people are going to start shopping for Christmas bargains later this evening so in my Etsy shop starting now and going through Monday Nov 29th I'm offering FREE SHIPPING on everything; and as an extra thank you to my blog followers, use coupon code THANKSGIVING2010 at check out and receive an extra 5% off.


Card Custom Order

Years ago I met a woman through a craft fair, she had purchased a few cards from me and placed an order for a frame with yellow roses. A few weeks ago she emailed me asking if I still did quilling and mentioned she would like to have some more cards made. I called her and we chatted, it turns out she wants 25 cards; I was a little surprised - I was thinking she'd want maybe 5 or so. She mentioned that yellow would be a good color to incorporate since it was her sorority's color, so I started on her cards and here are 2 of the Hello one's I've created. I must say, it's a nice change to be working on something other than snowflakes, as I get them done I'll post them on here.


It is November right?

Last week we had temps in the 60's, for us it felt a smidge chilly; today it was 80˚ or so. Really, it's November - the bee's are still buzzing around, the mosquito's are still trying to bite and the leaves are changing colors and falling - just too weird. I want my chilly weather back, and thank goodness that I live in Memphis because Saturday is going to be back in the 60's with a good chance of rain. It's no wonder we all keep getting sick.

Speaking of sick, I've been home the past two days with my kiddo's; my son was running a low grade temp and had a sore throat but he's feeling much better. Since I was home I was able to finish up a lot of paper crafting - 10 paper ball ornaments for my awesome coworker. I'll have images of those soon, for now I'll leave you with photo's of some of my recent custom orders - 10 sets of tata magnets for my awesome coworker who unfortunately has been touched very recently with a family member who lost her fight to breast cancer. The other images are of the November mini frame of the month, fall colors and acorns - LOVE IT!


Quilled Floral Hoop Earrings

I promised a very close friend that for her birthday I would make her a pair of earrings out of paper. She thought I had forgotten so it was a happy surprise when she opened the box and saw these - yellow, teal and green; her favorite colors. I had fun making these earrings, and it was definitely a learning experience. I worked with Diamond Glaze for the first time and after seeing them so close (thanks to my awesome digital camera) I need to experiment a little bit more with it.

I'm still finishing up a few custom orders I have for the tata magnets. For every set purchased I'm donating 40% to the Susan G.Komen for the Cure. Here's a photo of one set I completed. After the magnets I have snowflake ornaments to finish, then I'm moving on to an order I received recently for 25 all occasion cards - good to be busy.


Scrap Pink Paper Doll

Wow, it's been a month since my last post; shame on me. I've spent the past 5 weeks in and out of doctor offices, finally we know I have allergies and I've started allergy shots as of this week. I'm hoping this will allow me to get back into quilling, I miss it. I was fortunate enough to attend Scrap Pink this weekend at my favorite scrapbook store, Eclectica.

We laughed, laughed till I cried. We shared yummy recipes. We won door prizes and contests. And we created. I had a blast.

I entered the paper doll contest, we each were given a paper doll and a few hours to decorate that doll; and I won. Woo hoo, a $10 gift card! Here is my surfer girl paper doll.


Paper Quilled Christmas Light Bulbs

My eyes are getting used to wearing glasses, I'm not as tired in the evenings now so that's a good thing; and I finished up a project I've had in the works - finally. NEW to Quilly Nilly and my etsy shop, 3D miniature paper quilled Christmas bulbs. I think they turned out pretty cute and I can't wait to hang them up somewhere; I was thinking they'd be neat to hang in a window or the top of my computer monitor and of course my coworker wants 3 sets to hang on her mini Christmas tree.

For my fabulous blog readers, if you purchase a set within the next week; mention you read about them here and receive FREE shipping (expires midnight 9.21.10)


Poor Neglected Blog

I'm sorry, it's been way too long since I've had anything to share. Actually I've been working on some new things but it's been slow going. I've been dealing with sinus issues, we think; and today I finally went to the eye doctor and will be picking up my first pair of glasses. I'm hoping to be back to my quirky creative self soon and will definitely get on here with new item photo's and updates. For now, here is the September mini frame; even in my sinus induced haze I think it turned out pretty cute.
Have a fabulous weekend!


Ant Stole My Lunch Frame

I must admit I haven't done any quilling in the last week, and not much in the last couple weeks; don't know if it's the heat here that's making me not want to do anything. It's been so so hot here. The past two weeks have been around 100˚ every day; and the two months prior to those were in the mid 90's; I'm so over the weather. I cannot wait for fall.

I did however make a cute little frame for August, and I'm feeling a little creative so I may get some stuff done this weekend. I know I have a custom order for a little girl head and snowflakes to finish and I may try to squeeze out something new and will let you see if I do. Have a great Friday!


A few more July projects

Cute little quilled blue bird

Simple, colorful and cute cupcake birthday card

Finished some of the snowflakes for one of my custom orders and will be working on and posting new items very soon.


Aww Nuts...and a Strawberry too

My daughter came up to my desk yesterday and I showed her this darling little paper 3D miniature strawberry I created and she said "where's the nuts?", makes me laugh every time I think about it - she was talking about these cute little acorns I created the night before. I'm just having a blast making these little paper miniatures; I have some future plans for the acorns; still trying to figure out what I'm going to use the strawberries for - any ideas, feel free to share. I'm also working on a 3D blue bird and will post that when he's completed as well. Have a great Monday!


Happy Birthday Cake Cards, New to the shop

This weekend we are invited to two birthday parties, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. I rarely buy cards if it's a party for a little girl, instead I make them; quilling just lends itself to swirly pretty girly cards. Here is one of the cards created for a sweet little girl who is turning 5; I have tonight and tomorrow to make the other one but I'll be sure to post that one too. A card like this can be ordered through my etsy shop, just let me know if you have specific colors you'd like and what age needs to be put on the top.


Quilly Nilly Christmas in July SALE

You're invited to my first ever Christmas in July SALE - I'm excited and I hope you are as well. I'm offering FREE SHIPPING to everyone, on almost all items (Clearance item excluded - although their shipping has been greatly reduced). With each purchase a little goodie is always included and anyone who purchases something during the SALE will have their name put in a drawing for a Quilly Nilly birdhouse magnet - Woo Hoo, how exciting.

As a blog and/or facebook fan, I want to extend this offer to you a day earlier than everyone else. Please feel free to visit my shop, tonight or tomorrow; if you see something you'd like you can convo me through etsy and I'll revise the listing to show FREE SHIPPING and (I'll take an extra $1 off if purchased on Tuesday or Wednesday) and you'll also be entered into the drawing for the birdhouse magnet. I'll be adding items throughout the sale period so keep checking back if you don't see anything that catches your eye right now.

**Please mention - Blog /Facebook Fan for the early special discount**


Sweet Birdy

Ok, so I didn't work on snowflakes last night; instead I decided to finish my miniature bird. I have some new ideas swirling around, one is taking my quilled birds and translating them into 3-D; which I started and finished today. I like it, I definitely see area's on this that need improving before I start selling them in my shop; but for my first try I think it turned out cute.

I want to know what you think about her, if you saw this in my shop would you purchase it - would it be for yourself or a gift. Is there anything you'd change about her? I want honest opinions, I can handle it - please let me know by leaving a comment; and have a wonderful weekend.


Happy July!

I had planned on getting on here on July 4th but that did not work out as planned, so I'm saying Happy July; hope it's been a good one so far for everyone. It's been hot here in Memphis, hotter than normal for this time of year and I think 5 weeks of 90+ temps have gotten the best of me. I've been cleaning the computer/craft studio for a week or so and I haven't really done any quilling; but I'm getting back on track and trying to finish up custom orders so I can get busy making new items. Here is the July frame of the month, I'm pleased with the outcome although I must have thrown out 6 or 7 large coils that I just could not get to pinch correctly - 10 pinches per star, not an easy task but I did it. So now I'm finishing snowflakes, I know; I keep talking about them and maybe it's the heat - hasn't had me in a snowflake making mood but I'm working on them this weekend and a few birthday items for two special girls which I'll post later. Have a fabulous weekend!


Awesome Silhouette Giveaway Through Tatertots and Jello

I've been thinking about getting a Silhouette die cutter and a fabulous friend of mine told me to go check out tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com; guess what - they're doing an awesome giveaway and the prize is a Silhouette and some other goodies. Please go check it out and enter, you've got till June 29th. How exciting!


You've Been Cupcaked Magnet and Cupcakes Blog Giveaway

Well it's here, the latest blog contest that I'm participating in. Please visit my shop at www.quillynilly.etsy.com, leave a comment about your favorite item at http://getcupcaked.wordpress.com/2010/06/17/62/ and you'll be entered to win a set of 4 quilled cupcake magnets, as seen above. She's also running a contest to help pick the name of her "signature" cupcake - the one I based my magnet's on, if you can come up with a name you can also leave that in the same comment section of her blog. The other part of the giveaway is for residents in Connecticut who can get to Sara J's, they'll be entered to win 6 delicious "signature" cupcakes. Good Luck!


Masculine Cards and Doggie Frames

With Father's Day approaching I wanted to create a card for the occasion. Masculine cards are difficult for me, especially with quilling - the look of twirled paper is so pretty that I normally shy away from using it on masculine cards. Well I sat down and sketched out some icons I thought might work, for the first card I decided to use a tone on tone paper I've had for a year or so - tore the edges then layered it over a coordinating stripe pattern; then covered the front of the card. The round area that is die-cut out of the card was perfect for my quilled sailboat. Now, on the opposite side of the tone-on-tone "dad" paper is stars; I used that to represent the waves of the ocean.

I then started going through some quilling books and saw the shirt card with a quilled tie. I normally do not like to copy other's, I decided to use this concept but I added a collar to my shirt; and also picked patterned paper for one of the cards - tried to make it a little more me. I had two coworkers place orders for these cards.

The other project I worked on recently was a set of frames with a dog theme. I immediately fell in love with these patterned papers, purchased them weeks ago but didn't really get into the quilling part until this past weekend. I sketched out some doggie icons and got to work creating them. These frames were a little out of my comfort zone, I normally do bright, flowering, pretty things - so working on these were a bit of a challenge but I was pleased with how they turned out and the recipient absolutely loved them.

Other orders I still have in waiting consist of a fruit frame and lots of snowflakes - 32 to be exact, and it's only June....


Cupcake Magnets, so yummy!

I wanted to give you a sneak peak at my new set of cupcake magnets I created for an upcoming blog giveaway. The girl who is hosting the blog giveaway creates cakes and cupcakes and sells them out of her mom's restaurant in Connecticut. I met her step mom Nicki at a craft fair here in Bartlett Tn last December; I always think it's neat to find someone else here from Connecticut. She asked me if I'd be interested in participating in Sara's blog giveaway, which I was; Sara gave me her signature colors and I created these cute little magnets to match. Once I get all the information I'll be back to let you know. Till then, feel free to check out some of Sara's cakes here on Flickr, and Nicki's etsy shop Marchese Creations (lovely elegant, romantic and vintage jewelry designs).


Summer Stripes

I mentioned in my last post about my Frames of the Month, I sat down and wrote out what I want each month to be about; for June I thought summer - so I set out to find the perfect background paper, I knew I'd be quilling a sun for it but didn't really know what else I wanted to include - I needed another element or two to even it out; I finally decided on flip flop's. I searched through my papers, way too many papers; and found this new one I bought recently called 72 and Sunny - something like that - absolutely love these papers and bought way too many of them.

I thought originally I would do something solid or a tone on tone dot like last months, but instead I chose this super summery stripe pattern - LOVE it! I covered the mini frame with this paper, added a quilled sun in the top corner and a cute quilled pair of teal flip flops for the bottom - they even have a little glitter bling on them (if you look closely). I actually made myself this frame for my desk at work - I rarely do that, but I really liked the way it turned out - I'm going to put a picture of my two rascals from last weekends slip-n-slide escapade, they had so much fun.

My rascals and their slip-n-slide, so much fun.

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