Why Rosie's Book?

While growing up, I had a dear friend, Renee, that lived next door and with whom I spent much of my childhood. We grew, in different directions, and went on our merry way. Many years later, I ran into her parents and they kindly reminded me of the laughs they still have over my book. “What book?” I wondered with a puzzled look. "I don't remember a book." Hardy laughter accompanied their response. At some time during our childhood, I tried to convince Renee about something that her parents didn’t agree with. I told her that proof of its truth could be found “in my book.” Naturally she went home and tried to convince her parents of the same thing but they weren’t falling for it. She needed an edge and told them emphatically, “It’s in Rosie’s book!” After they caught their breaths from reborn laughter, they let me know how “Rosie’s book” has been cited for many other things throughout the years. They’ve also mentioned that they’d like to see “Rosie’s book” one day. I can’t remember all of the things that I said were in “my book” but I’m sure my dear friend’s parents can recall much more than I ever knew about – LOL!!! So, here it is . . . my version of things you might find In Rosie’s Book . . .

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Quilled Flowers, Leaves and Sun

The team over at Ellen Hutson's Classroom (here) is having a week long Flower Parade.  They're inspiring creativity for using flowers in projects and encouraging everyone to leave comments on participants' blogs.  Two winners will receive a $15 gift certificate to use in Ellen's online shop.

I've quilled a variety of flowers.  Each is as beautiful as another.  There are simple pom-pom type flowers made by using a 90-degree fringing tool.  Some have a quilled closed coil center.  The longer the strip of paper used, the more full the flower.  There are also twirly type flowers made by using a 45-degree fringing tool.  All of the flowers have a thin layer of glitter glue rubbed over the surface to add some extra sparkle. (Click on photo for a closer look.)


Expecting that I might also need some leaves, I began to quill and husk different shades of green.  Varying the length of the paper strip results in different sized leaves.  Pinching and squeezing those quilled circles creates the shape of the finished leaves.  The husked leaves are sized by placement of straight pins in cork.  A thin layer of stickles was added to the leaves wherever possible.


I've husked a red heart and placed it above a quilled stem and husked leaf for a flower with a loving touch:


It's easy to give every flower the sunshine it needs with some simple quilling and pinching:


Finally, I used only some of those flowers for my project and made a few more to coordinate.  Here's my version of a Marie Browning card containing stamping along with quilled flowers and scrolls. Look closely to see quilled flowers layered on top of punched flowers for a delicate and very detailed handmade card art design.  The card front is very basic and almost any sentiment can be added for many occasions.


I'll save my other quilled pieces for decorations on another project.  My quilled insects (here) and quilled winged things (here) may find their place among some of these quilled flowers, leaves and sun.

Do you have your flower on?  I'm looking forward to seeing you at the Flower Parade . . .

13 comments:

Anette Eakins said...

Oh WOW! This card is stunning and the quilled flowers are gorgeous. The colors you chose are great as well.
TFS!
Anette

Chriss Blagrave said...

Oh my goodness! You have been busy. They are gorgeous!!!

Eveline said...

Beautiful card.
Eveline.

Alyssa S said...

Wow! This is amazing!

Mary said...

Ah, quilling... You are one patient lady!

Donna said...

Sorry I had to leave, I asked pat to say goodbye, felt you were pressed for time and I knew how to do what you were doing with the others and they were new and needed the time, so I had to leave to try and come home and deal with my pain level, so sorry, but I really enjoyed the class, great job, you are a very understanding teacher and try to help all, kudos to you.
Donna
See you on the next go around God willing.

Donna said...

Oh by the way wanted to ask you, which fringer do you recomend? Is one better than the other, have heard mixed reviews?
Does one of the few cut at all angles?
Thanks for any help.
Was going to aks in class, but you had your hands full last night.
:)))

Tracy said...

Quilling is so cool! My daughter does it but I've never really tried. Great flowers! TFS!

Carol said...

Your card is gorgeous and your quilling exquisite!

Hannah said...

beautiful quilling! how talented you are - your insects are adorable too :)

Susan (rainy) said...

Your florals are GORGEOUS.. truly beautiful and such a lovely card.

Nicki (LittleTed) said...

Oh wow, your quilled flowers are amazing. I bought some ready-fringed quilling strips, 'cause that's the hard part, but I haven't tried to make them up yet, even though that's the easy part! I'm very inspired now though, might have to give it a go.

Nicki, xx

Ellen said...

Thank you for sharing this gorgeous quilled creation with all those who have joined us for our flower parade. I love the variety of flowers you have created!