As you might have noticed, my blog and Facebook page have been super silent for the past weeks. I felt like I needed to take a little break from crafting due to a total lack of inspiration and interest, which I am happy to say that now is finally over. My first project after this “mini summer holiday” is a combination between paper punch craft and a hint of quilling: paper chrysanthemums in a vase.
I’ve been meaning to purchase some paper punches for a long, long time, but for some reason I always ended up postponing it. I owe a big thank you to Cristina who convinced me to finally buy some and was sweet enough to start my collection by gifting me 4 punches! These paper chrysanthemums are among my first flowers ever made using this crafting technique. Again, my plans to make a greeting card failed, so I ended up stemming each flower and creating a three dimensional arrangement by placing them in a pretty white vase which resembles a shopping bag. Continue reading →
Last week Zoe Brener challenged me to quill some exotic, weird looking flowers instead of the ones I usually make. She was even kind enough to send me some pictures with flowers from where to choose, and, boy, was I happy she did so because, knowing myself, it would have probably taken me ages to decide what to make. The plant which immediately caught my eye was the buttlebrush due to it’s wonderful color and shape. So, I give you my red quilled bottlebrush:
Callistemon (commonly known as the buttlebrush because of their resemblance with the traditional bottle brush) is a genus of shrubs endemic to Australia. There are currently 40 species called Callistemon. They make great garden plants, ranging from 0.5m to 4m tall shrubs with spectacular flowers which are irresistible to nectar-feeding birds and insects.For the flowers, I used 2cm wide red paper strips (120gsm). I glued on their edge light yellow paper strips (less than 1mm wide) and then began to finely fringe them, making a total of 36 tiny fringed flowers. Continue reading →
I can’t believe I finally get to post this project! It took me a lot more time to finish it than I expected and now that it’s done, I feel like a burden has been lifted from my shoulders. Phew! I give you a bunch of quilled jasmine flowers in a vase:
There are a few shrubs of jasmine in the gardens near my flat and for the past weeks, ever since they bloomed, it’s impossible to pass past them without noticing their sweet, delicious fragrance. I love the flowers and getting to see them almost everyday inspired me to try and quill them. Continue reading →