Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Quilling Craziness! #145

Supplies: Paper from Cosmo Cricket "DeLovely;"
Green from Basic Grey (unknown collection);
rhinestone swirls from $store;
Labels 4 Nesties, sponged with Black Soot Distress Ink;
birthday sentiment from KaiserCraft, stamped with Palette Noir;
dragonfly quilled by me; wings painted with iridescent fabric paint

Supplies: Paper from Echo Park "Summer Days;"
Sentiment from Cloud 9 Designs;
stamped with Versamark & Adirondack Citrus, embossed with clear EP;
standard oval Nesties;
flowers quilled by me

Supplies: Papers from Basic Grey "Hello Luscious;"
standard oval Nesties;
vase punched with Marvy Uchida punch;
sponged with teal ink from a Kaleidocolor pad;
Birthday stamp from Inkadinkado, stamped with teal ink;
rhinestone swirl from $store;
flowers quilled by me

Supplies: Papers from Basic Grey "Hello Luscious;"
standard & lacey circle Nesties;
rhinestones from $ store;
Birthday stamp from Inkadinkado;
stamped with teal ink from Kaleidocolor pad;
flowers quilled by me
 Looking at these now, the photos aren't as crisp as I thought they were. Sorry about that! Quilling seems to be hard for me to get a good picture of (whoa, hope the grammar police aren't reading today...yikes!)

Since my sister specifically requested that I make some quilled cards before she got here, I've managed to get myself back into it. I find the fiddly nature of quilling relaxing most of the time - but I do admit, these cards take an awfully long time. I tend to make flowers without a specific design in mind, and I store them by colour in a hardware drawer set (intended for nails, screws, etc). That keeps them safe & clean until I'm ready to use them. I don't usually have a plan in mind when I go to make a card, other than the basic materials I'll use (I don't often use sketches or do specific challenges for that reason). If I sat down and made all the quilling for a card, then made the card directly...I don't think I'd use anywhere near as many flowers, nor do as much quilling!

The monkeys are awake, so I have to go get breakfast going & lunches packed. One last thing, though, before I forget: last week's health scare appears to be resolving. My CK levels were very high, indicating muscle damage "only" rather than heart muscle damage. Stopping the statin I was taking for cholesterol had the levels dropping 2 days later, and after 2 trips to the doctor in 2 days, staying off the statin, going back for bloodwork and more trips to the doctor this week, hopefully everything has been caught in lots of time. After the CK levels are stabilized again I guess we'll have to figure something else out for cholesterol. It was definitely scary - seriously, when do you ever get a phone call 2 hours after having blood drawn? {shudder}

Off to make Connor his favourite egg sandwich (gag)...


Anonymous said...

How gorgeous are these cards, such beautiful colours & layouts, you have been very busy! I have never tried quilling and am in awe of those who quill!

Emily Keaton said...

So glad to hear that your health scare last week is getting resolved, Jessi!!

These quilled cards are absolutely beautiful!! I've never tried quilling, but love making my own embellishments, so perhaps I should give it a go sometime. Thanks for the great eye candy this morning!

Beate said...

Wow! Gorgeous cards, Jessie!
Hugs and smiles

Meg said...

First of all, glad to hear that your health scare was only a scare, though those are not very fun, either.

Second, I am in love with all your quilling! So gorgeously intricate.

Emily Leiphart said...

Yikes, I didn't know that high cholesterol could damage muscles. That's frightening but I hope you are taking care of yourself to ensure your health!

These cards are exquisite! I've never quilled before but it looks like fun, albeit time-consuming. The rhinestone detail really complements the quilled flowers nicely.

Jocelyn Olson said...

Glad you're okay, and you're right that a call that quickly is never a good sign.

I love the quilled cards....it looks like it takes forever to do. It's amazing that you don't use patterns or a specific design in mind--super creative alert!