Birthday Greeting Card with Quilled Ladybugs and Grass

Those of you who follow my blog know that I rarely create greeting cards because I simply don’t know what to do with the tiny space! 😀 A few days ago I decided to make an exception and this is how my 3rd ever greeting card was born. Ok, ok… I might have a few more from my early quilling days, but nothing decent enough to be posted here. It was made for a very special occasion: I finally got to meet in person my blogger friend and super talented lady quiller, Cristina from Cristina Fun Quilling. I can’t even begin to tell you what a kind, generous and beautiful person she is! At the beginning of this month she celebrated her birthday and I made this quilled card as a present for her.

I really enjoyed working on the diamond shaped card a while ago and initially I wanted to make something similar. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any heavy cardboard in the color I needed, so I had to browse the Internet for other patterns suited to support the weight of the quilled elements. I was overwhelmed by the large number of tutorials and designs and eventually I went for a stepper card. I didn’t want to decorate only the center section, so I made the sides wide enough to add quilled parts on them, too.  Here is how it looks closed:

Birthday Greeting Card with Quilled Ladybugs and Grass

 And here is how it looks opened:

Birthday Greeting Card with Quilled Ladybugs and Grass

 The base of the card measures 11cm and the same goes for the highest side in the center. The green paper is only 120gsm, but because of the card shape, it holds the weight of the white cardboard and the quilled elements very well. For the ladybugs I used 160gsm red and black paper and for the grass 120gsm and 80gsm paper. All the paper strips are 1.5mm wide. The text at the bottom of the card is Romanian for “Happy Birthday!”.

Birthday Greeting Card with Quilled Ladybugs and Grass - Side View

Birthday Greeting Card with Quilled Ladybugs and Grass - Detail

 Cristina, I had a wonderful time and I hope we meet again very soon! 🙂

If, for some strange reason, you are not familiar yet with Cristina’s work, make sure to visit her personal blog and Facebook page.

Some of my other artwork with quilled ladybugs and grass: “Please Welcome… Spring!” and “Quilled Ladybugs in the Grass with Tutorial”.


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Happy Quilling!




  1. avatar
    Cristina says:

    Thank you so much Manu!! I just love this card!! Thank you for your beautiful words said about me, the pleasure was mutual. I look forward to our next meeting! big hug and kiss

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    Zoe Brener says:

    Beautiful, Manuela! I love all kinds of card shapes as well. Thanks for sharing this one. And I love your recent adventures with ladybirds on grass – it’s a great series.

    • avatar
      ManuK says:

      Thank you, Zoe! I find this design very versatile and simple and I just love quilling those ladybugs! If I’m not mistaking, this is the only theme I used more than twice in my projects. 🙂

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      ManuK says:

      Thank you for your inspiring comment, Nupur! Yes, it was a lovely meeting! I would give anything to be able to meet some of my other fellow quillers from around the world! Until then, I’m so happy we have the Internet to keep in touch!

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    Helen Pierce says:

    Manuela, I love the card, and so happy it was made for dear Cristina, whom I know only through the internet, as I do you! I really enjoyed reading the little background story about it. Thanks! I always keep an eye open for your work! 😉 warm hugs, Helen

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    suman says:

    Hi Manu, This is gorgeous !! Great idea to use quilling on the stepper card, I also may give a try. And its great that the two nicest persons in the blogland ie you and christina met( only know both of you through your respective work and your encouraging remarks on my blog and hold both of you in high esteem)!!

    • avatar
      ManuK says:

      Do give it a try, Suman! It’s such a nice and simple design!
      Thank you so much for your lovely words! I want you to know that the feeling is mutual and it’s always a pleasure to visit your blog and admire your work!
      Hugs! 🙂

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