Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Little Flake

It's finally getting cooler here....that means it's in the 60's-70's.  Burrr....right?!  Hee hee!  I think this week's challenge with a "snowflake" theme is taunting me.  Actually the snow capped mountains that are just to the North of me are taunting me.  I'm not much of a snow person, but those mountains make a nice backdrop.

Here is my project for this week....I saw this quilled snowflake on Pinterest and then found the tutorial on Martha Stewarts website.  Where else?  LOL!

Here is a shot of it straight on....

Here is the other side/angle....

Here are the instructions that I "borrowed" from my pal Martha:

Before working on the ornament, practice some quilling basics. Wind a strip of paper around the needle; it will form a tight curl. Play with the paper to stretch it back out to the shape you want. Try folding a strip in half and curling both ends in for a heart shape, or curl them out for a V shape. Quilling paper is easy to manipulate, but working with it is not an exact science: It takes some practice to make the same shape twice.

Tools and Materials

8 strips of quilling paper, 3/8-inch wide and 4 1/2-inch long
Quilling needle or round toothpick
Clear-drying craft glue
Metallic thread

Snowflake Ornament How-To

1. Fold each strip of quilling paper so that one of the halves is about 1/2 inch longer than the other, and curl the ends. Repeat with seven more strips.
2. On a flat surface, fit pieces together with their points in the center. Using tiny dabs of glue, attach pieces together in pairs, and then join the four pairs. Let glue dry, and attach a piece of metallic thread to hang ornament.
Tip: Use glue sparingly on quilling paper; dab it on with a toothpick to control the amount.

I won't take credit for the idea, but I will take credit that I DID make one.  It actually was pretty easy.  I thought about putting it on a card somehow, but I was running out of time....the kids were screaming for me.  I was hoping they wouldn't notice that I left the room.  Oh well, it was just long enough to whip up this adorable snowflake.

Happy Stamping!


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