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Quilled Christmas tree (Back view) this is probably one of the first dimensional pieces I created. The tree stands about six inches high. The basic concept was quite simple; I cut out a circle of cardstock and then placed Marquises all around the edge of the circle. 

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 This flower basket is made entirely of paper. The handle is made by braiding two strips, folding them over each other. The butterfly is done with a technique called husking.

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The next row was tight rolls; I continued alternating marquises and tight rolls which gave the tree its natural shape. Then I had fun making tiny quilled ornaments to put on the tree. This is the front view.

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 W1 is a symmetrical wedding design with lots of curly filigree. I like designs that run to opposite corners, They can dress up a very plain invitation or photograph.

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 W2-some invitations have a design (or in some cases a bow) centered on the invitation. I will often use a top and bottom design for the quilling, generally picking up the colors that are in the printed invitation.

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 W3 is a slightly more contemporary design using roses and calla lilies, without a lot of frills, ribbons, or flowers. it works well with almost any size or style invitation.

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 I LOVE fairy art, and hope to quill a series of fairies picture. This piece with the fantasy butterflies and the unicorn was inspired by one of Nene Thomas' drawings.

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W6 is one of my most popular designs, although this is an unusual treatment. On this piece, I did all of the quilling in white, leaves, flowers, ribbon etc.and put it on a colored mat. Generally, I put the quilling on a white or ivory mat.

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W6-Here is the same design as the on the blue mat, but here the flowers are in soft ivories and blues on a soft white mat. This is a very popular design for young brides, flowers are not symmetrical arrangements, and it is pretty no matter how much color I use.

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This is a very Victorian looking fan done all in soft white on a teal suede mat. I actually prefer hanging it from the corner so it looks more like a diamond shape. This piece measures about 1 2’ x 12" including the frame.

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 W8-This is an unusual mat cut with a cathedral window. I works well with a bridal photo but doesn't work with many invitations, again because lf the placement of the type. The design is a simple roses and calla lily design that works well for invitations with centered designs.

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 W9-I like this one best with a bride’s picture in it. It is all done in pearl papers with a filigree pearl border around the oval opening, and all of the flowers are done in soft pearl papers.

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 This 5 x 7 floral arrangement is in an oval frame with a convex glass. I only make these for very special occasions, since the glass costs more than the frame!

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This is my very first fairy and she is very shy, you can see she thinks she is hiding behind a tree. This piece was just plain fun; I loved doing her wings and dress. I have another fairy in the works.

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 W13- Everyone seems to love sunflowers these days so here is a sunflower design. The sunflowers have crimped centers which give them an added texture, but not to worry  . . . no loose seeds in the frame

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W14-This style is especially fun for me to do because I love wildflowers. This one has ferns, fiddleheads, blue bells, and forget-me-nots, I think the next time I do a wildflower frame, and I’ll add a butterfly or dragonfly as well.

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W15-I often get two part invitations or someone who wants an invitation and a photograph in the same frame. This floral spray design works well with a double opening mat.

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 This design is very similar to W15 except with a single window in the mat. Instead of centering the window in the mat, it is moved off to one side, with the quilling added, it still looks very balanced.

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 This Swallowtail is number two in a series of butterflies. The first was a Monarch which has been on tour with a traveling exhibit for three years. The butterfly series are all 6"x 8" and in bamboo type frames.

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This is kind of a whimsical/Whimsiquills (a little play on words there) frame for a baby's room. Not my favorite style but it is cute with the little quilled toys.

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 W927-This design is popular for Christening or Confirmation pictures. I usually use a soft color parchment mat and all of the quilling is done in white. This is also a 6'x 8".

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 This is kind of a whimsical/Whimsiquill (a little play on words there) frame for a baby's room. Not my favorite style but it is cute with the little quilled toys.

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 W4 I love quilling around an oval opening, unfortunately, the type on many invitations just doesn't work with the oval, but it looks wonderful around a wedding photograph!

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Although the first thing I started quilling was snowflakes, flowers are what I really love. Quilled flowers can look so real! This 6x8 piece has a quilled border around the flower arrangement.

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 This flower arrangement is a little less "fussy" than the one with the quilled border. They can be done in any color combination.

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 W7-Today invitations come in all shapes and sizes. This one was long and narrow and I chose to place the flowers along both sides so it would look balanced in a conventional sized frame rather than doing something long and narrow

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 W927-this is the same design as the Christening frame shown above in blue.

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I was inspired to try a pelican after spending some time with my sister and her husband in Florida. I used the wheat ears technique, which made his feathers look very realistic.

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W10-This is one of my newer designs. It seems more and more couples are having "beach" weddings, so this design incorporates sea shells in with the flowers.

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This is a very contemporary design for a contemporary invitation, not too frilly or Victorian.

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I have made a number of these filigree crosses, each one different, for customers who have clergy members in their families. Here I also used suede matting to give more texture and dimension to the piece.

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This piece was a real fun challenge: it was a gift from my sister to her husband. She wanted it to reflect their life together, (they live on the Gulf Coast of Florida), and so we managed to include bamboo, a palm tree, a sand hill crane, an owl (which lives right outside their bedroom window), a deer (peeking out from behind the bamboo) and even a dolphin! I don't think I have ever packed so much into one piece!

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I started with a large tight roll for the base. Then I made a mold of the tea pot and cut it in half. I lined the inside of the mold with plastic wrap and then started placing the quilling inside of the mold, working from the bottom up. The tricky part was gluing the two halves together. An important note, be sure to use paper from the same dye lots for these projects. The whites can be very different and will show up in the finished piece.

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 W12-is quite a departure from my usual style of quilling. In this design the flowers are much large an more open, the techniques is called husking! The dragonfly up in the corner has metallic wings!

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  Not much to say here, just an example of matting with multiple windows. I like this for 50th Anniversaries, especially if there is an original wedding picture available that along with a current picture and a nice verse is a super gift

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 Sometimes I use this for two page invitations, other times the bride and groom go in one window and the invite in another. Family wedding photos also look nice in these frames.

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  This piece was actually done for a graduation with the "Desiderata" in the rectangular opening.

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 W9018-This is my favorite type of baby frame to do, especially if one of the hospital newborn pictures is available.

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 This piece combines the flowers I love to do with a swallowtail butterfly, one of my favorites

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This wedding invitation was hand made by the bride to be, and was long and narrow. These are always a challenge if you are using standard size frames; once again I used special matting and quilling to help balance the piece out.

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For this page I used quilling strips for the border and then quilled the tree. My son and his wife were married here in my Meditation Garden so this one is kind of special.

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Here are several views of the gingerbread house I did for Malinda Johnston's Book of Paper Quilling. The house is actually made from card stock (I used the pattern we used to use for our baked gingerbread houses, when our kids were little we made them every year as Christmas gifts)

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This is a back view of the same house. The windows of the house are Mylar with  a tiny little quilled candle in each one.

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The entire roof is made with open heart scrolls.

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I found directions for this mum in an old 1977 quilling book called ClassicQuilling. They showed these beautiful mums in a vase or set into a table top, I chose to mat and frame a single mum.

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This tea tray was actually an old picture frame that a quilling friend gave to me. I decided to use a suede mat and quill a tea tray (which I actually use). The face of the tray is covered with glass. I usually display this tray with my quilled tea cup and teapot.

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This little piece was a memorial for a customer's friend who had lost her beloved kitty.

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This piece was for someone who had just adopted this beautiful little girl from Japan. She wanted the bulk of the quilling in blue, but I still managed to get the cherry blossoms in.

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This was a very interesting invitation. It came in a kind of a booklet, on one page the invitation was written in Korean, the next was written in English. The quilling mimics the flowers on the cover.

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This invitation was designed by either the bride or the groom (can't remember which) who was a graphic artist. When I looked at it closely, I realized that the "design" was actually two sand hill cranes intertwined, hence the quilled sand hill crane.

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Once again, at the customer's request, she wanted that little flower in the square incorporated into the finished piece.Rather than having a lot of empty white space on the invite I added similar flowers on the invitation itself to help balance the piece out.

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Here I incorporated wisteria into the design the customer chose to match the printed invitation.

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Hydrangeas seem to be very popular for wedding flowers.  This invite actually had a printed hydrangea on it. The quilled hydrangeas take forever to make but are very pretty expecially when done in several shades of blue/lavendar.

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This customer was adament about incoporating an irish theme, since the embossed border was celtic knots. While the finished piece looks very simple the claddoughs were a little tricky.

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This piece was done as a bat mitzvah gift. Since the invitation was so contemporary, I kept the quilling the same way, kind of mimicing the feel of the invitation.

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This couuple were obviously Disney fans. I have a sister who also loves "Mickey" so I had done him before, but this was the first time on a wedding invitation!

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It may be a little difficult to see the detail on this invitation. There are pale blue/periwinkle butterflies at the top of the printed page. The backround is actually the printed vellum folder the inviation came in. Since it was so pretty, I decided to use it, and of course, added a butterfly to the quilling.

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The inspiration for these little pieces I made for the 2009 Accord calendar (obviously not out yet) came from stickers. I often look at stickers to get ideas for little pieces for cards and tags.

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This invitation is the work of another graphic designer who drew this beautiful phoenix for my son and his wife's wedding. Here I just tried to duplicate the feel of the picture itself.

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If you look very closely there are dots in the tail feathers of the bird. I used a gilded edge paper to make the "dots" in the quilling, and a variegated paper for the "feathers".

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This was a retirement gift for a school teacher. She had started some kind of program for which the school won a blue ribbon, so naturally I included one in this piece.

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This wedding was at the beach in Cozumel. The bride's brother asked that the palm trees, which were on the invitation be included. And of course, if it is a beach wedding there should be sea shells!

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 When I was first asked to do this piece, I thought NO WAY! I finally decided to use little scruffy fringe flowers for the cat's body and really like the effect.  Haven't had to do this one on a wedding invitation yet.

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