Shades of pink


Pink, pink pink everywhere......different shades of pink on one card. But one of the flowers here, the colour looks like peach, when actually it's cyber pink... lighting problem :(. I'm experimenting with another type of leaf pattern that I've tried to turn into flowers. It's similar to the flowers I made yesterday but has a slight twist to it. 

Remember the quilling blog hop I did early this month? Have a look at the link HERE. Look at the leaves. It's the same technique I used for the petals of this flower. The only difference is that I squeeze the middle part of the petal close together so that it looks like a petal. It can look like a leaf as well, if you use green colour quilling strips :). 

Basically, there are a lot of quilled patterns out there that we often use to make leaves but we can also use them for making flowers. All we have to do is just change the colours.....colours that are suitable for flowers. This is just the basic pattern, but I know there are a lot more that we can do with it to make it different. All up to our creativity :).

This flower is made using the combing technique. And like the recent Christmas flower, I used the flat hair comb to make this flower too. All because I love the small loops I get when using the hair comb. But of course you can also use the quilling comb to make these flowers too. How I made these flowers is just like the flowers I made for the Christmas card. Same technique except the part when I want to fold it in half, I fold it the other way around. Kinda complicated to explain it here. But I will make a tutorial about how to do it one day. It's difficult to take photos of it while quilling it though that's why I haven't made it yet. Must get someone to take photos of it for me while I'm combing the quilling strips hihihihi. :D

I also tried to do the Royal flower using the same flower from the card above. I just took the slotted tool and twisted the loops inside each petal and this is how it turned out. Not as nice as the original Royal flower though. I still prefer the original one that looks soooooo beautiful. You can make the Royal flower using the husking technique. That is another quilling technique that I have yet to try. I must try it someday! hihi! You can see the tutorial on how to make the Royal flower at Simple Ryhme's blog link HERE. :)

Christmas flowers


At first I wanted to do the Christmas flowers (Poinsettia) for my Christmas cards this year but the flowers I made ended up looking like this in the end haha! Doesn't look much like the Poinsettia at all :D. 

I have seen so many card designers using this technique to make quilled leaves. Have a look at Suganthi's blog HERE and Anastasia's blog HERE for more photos of this type of quilling technique that they used to make quilled leaves. They are all so beautiful! 

But instead of making leaves with this technique, I used it to make flowers instead. I love how it looks :). I used a small flat hair comb to make each petal for the flowers. You can also use a quilling comb for this technique. If you use a hair comb, the loops will be smaller in size compared to the quilling comb. I guess it depends on the size of the gaps between each teeth of the comb and also the size of the teeth as well. The smaller the gap or teeth, the smaller the loops will be. You can view how to make these flowers at the video tutorial below:

I love the ribbon as well. If I'm not mistaken I bought the ribbon about 4 or 5 years ago.....way back when I was staying in KL. Didn't buy a lot of it.....just one meter coz it was pretty expensive....couldn't afford to buy a lot of it at the time. But I decided to use it today for this card coz it's for someone special. I made this card for a special friend of mine. In fact I'll be making another one soon for another special person in my heart. These two ladies have been supporting me and motivating me in my love for card making all these years and I thought of making this card for them this Christmas. Thinking of making a pop up inside the card as well..hope to be able to get it done on time and posted. Don't want it to arrive to them so late. ;)

New features to old designs



My V041 and V042 card designs were recreated especially for my customer who ordered these designs for her anniversary celebration. She adored both designs but just wanted some slight additions to it and I agreed to do it as it's just a minor one. The requests were to add names to the front of the card and some wordings inside it, plus the card itself was changed from white to black and the other one from white to metallic white. 

The female bird which is dark pink in colour, I decided to add the "veil" at her head with a tiny white sequin flower just like how I did for my wedding love birds card. So glad my customer didn't mind me doing that for the cards hihihi. Even the quilled birds has a slight change to their body shapes. I love the new shape as it is much slimmer and somehow the inner coils looks more like their wings. You can compare the differences from the old designs and the new ones when you look at the links here -------> V041 & V042. Spot the differences! ;)

Actually, I haven't made these designs for quite sometime now.....and it's nice to be able to make them again....brings  back old memories of making quite a few of the V041 card for my blog giveaways. Come to think of it, I got a lot of practice with quilling when doing those blog giveaways as most of the cards for giveaways are made with quilling decorations on it. :) Good practice for me! ;)

You can view how I make the quilled flower stalk from the video I made below: 

Personalised cards are now closed for orders

Hello everyone!

I have given a lot of thought and I have to come to a decision to make an announcement today that I will be taking a break from taking orders of personalised handmade cards starting from today till further notice. 

As you all know, I'm also selling craft products and that as well has taken a lot of my time away from making handmade cards. I'm struggling to juggle both work at the same time.

However, I do plan to make ready made cards for sale here at my blog and at Facebook in future. Will be showcasing them when all are completed and ready for sale. You will be able to pick your favourite handmade cards at an album in my Fan page or in my blog and buy the cards that I showcase there. 

Truly sorry for any inconveniences and thank you so much for your kind understanding.

Twisted blue flowers

Played with my quilling comb again last night! hihi! And I made these twisted blue flowers as a result ;D. Remember the previous post where I made the leaves for the Malaysian flower using the quilling comb? Well, I used the same technique for these flowers. The only difference is that I used two different colours in one petal. One dark blue and the other is sky blue :). I just had to try make flowers with this technique. Just had to! haha! I just wanted to see what it looks like as flowers. :)

This card is was not meant for anything in particular.....just playing and it's suitable for any occasion. Will think of what else I can add on later to make it complete. Some wordings or pop up inside. Not sure yet. ;)

I made a video on how you can make the two tone cascading loops flower. Once you know how to make it, you can twist the loops inside it. Do check it out :).

Malaysian flower

Malaysian flower.......yes, that's what it's called :). This quilled flower is originally a creation of Miss Solehah Muhammad, founder of My Quilling Soul. You can view her tutorial on how she makes the Malaysian Flower at the link HERE. Ever since she created this design, so many card designers out there have tried their hand at making this special quilled flower. I myself have never tried making them until a couple of days ago when I had the urge to do so after seeing a friend of mine's Malaysian flower on Facebook :). I just had to try it once and for all! And now I'm addicted to it! LOL! :D

I've always had the impression that it will never turn out nice if I were to use shredded paper. Because all this time I've seen a lot of this Malaysian flower made by other card designers using clean cut quilling paper and they look so beautiful. The quilled design inside each petal can be seen so clearly when using the clean cut quilling paper. So since I myself love using the shredded type that has a lot of rough edges, I thought perhaps there was no point for me to try making them using the shredded paper as I thought it wouldn't look as nice. But after trying it out, I find that it doesn't look that bad after all hihihi. The quilled design inside each petal can be seen quite clearly if done the right way. :)

This is the first time as well for me to make the quilled leaves like that. I used the quilling comb to make  a few cascading loops of different sizes and then, with a slotted quilling tool, I twisted each loop inside each leaf, to the left and to the right :). Pretty easy! Love how it looks! hihi! 

Again I made the layout of this card similar like the card I made previously. I just changed the positions of the frame that's all hihihi! So simple! :D

Here's how I did it the Malaysian flower......first of all, for each petal, I used a shredded paper strip that is 29.7cm in length and and 0.35cm wide and about 80gsm in thickness. I personally prefer to use this type of shredded paper as it's easier for me to form the shape of the petal if it's not that thick. Although a lot of people have used thicker quilling strips for this, but since this is my first time trying it, I thought I should just try the 80gsm instead. Feel free to use any type of quilling strips that you are comfortable with :).

Do check out below the video tutorial I made and also step by step photos on how to make this quilled Malaysian flower ;).

At first I used the circle template as a guide for me to get the exact same shape of coils....but in the end, I just quilled each paper strip and then I let them loose on the cutting board like the photo above. 

Then I gently lift one of the quilled circle with my fingers and like the photo above, I used a bamboo skewer and pressed gently the quilled circle to fold it in half to form the shape of the petal. After that I glued the end of the strip. Then I wrapped a few rounds of the beige coloured shredded paper strip around each of the orange petal quilled shape like the photo you see below. Have fun making your own Malaysian flower!!  :)

Bright and sweet coloured flowers

I've been playing with the quilling comb a lot lately and been experimenting on new flower designs. Been thinking of what other designs I can do with the quilling comb and I thought of doing something like the above. It's actually a cascading loop technique that I used to make the petals. For one petal, I glued 3 loops together. So, there's quite a few loops to glue together in order to get just one flower. I used 2 different colour quilling strips for the flower. One cyber pink and the other is fluorescent pink. As you can see, I used shredded strips of paper, that's why the flower has those rough edges. I still haven't thought of getting those clean cut ones. Perhaps one day I will but for now, I still enjoy using the shredded type.

As you can see, I seem to love making layouts for my cards this way lately. Perhaps because it's simple and easy to do hihi! No other reason. :D The plain white metallic background highlights the flower designs and puts them in a frame. So the eyes are focused on just that particular part of the card. I was thinking of doing more to it but not just yet. Just enjoy making the flowers and leaves first and think of the rest later ;).

Bookmarks for Shruti & Ritesh



A request I received from a dear customer about 2 months ago to make some handmade cards and paper beaded bookmarks for her and dear husband. I took such a long time to get them done, but finally they are all done and ready to be posted. I'm so happy about that. I wish my customer didn't have to wait so long. Luckily for me my customer is such a sweetie. Such a patient customer she is. One of a kind :).

She was very much interested in my paper beaded bookmarks, especially the ones I made that has carved names on them. She requested for her name and hubby's on the bookmarks. One red and the other blue. The bookmarks are quite big in size, about 19.4cm x 7.7cm. I couldn't make them smaller because of the size of the letters and the carved out shapes around it that won't fit in a smaller size bookmark. 

I put extra beads as well for each bookmark since the size of bookmark is bigger. The more the merrier :). 

Sweet Leaves - Quilling Blog Hop

Hello!! Welcome to the Sweet Leaves Quilling Blog Hop at Lin Handmade Greeting Cards! I'm blog number 6! If you have just hopped from Anastasia's blog then you are on the right track! hihi! 

This is my second time participating in Leesandra Diaz's quilling blog hop! So exciting! 22 quillers from across the globe are participating in this wonderful event. This time around the theme for the blog hop is  "Leaves".

I didn't know where to start or how to go about it at first but being a card maker, I ended up making a quilled card after all in the end as it's something I'm familiar with I wanted to do this new technique I've learned using the quilling comb, which is my new love in my life hahaha. Yup, I love this new quilling tool. I've been experimenting a lot with it ever since I bought it and learning new techniques that I can do with it. I just love seeing the patterns made using this quilling comb on the card :).

I first got the idea to do the quilled leaves from Leesandra Diaz's post regarding the different types of leaves we can make for this theme. And she showed a PHOTO of Sonali's creations of quilled leaves that caught my eyes. I immediately wanted to try one of the techniques and I changed it a bit to make it my own :). I'm really loving it!

I made a very simple layout for the card and only made one quilled flower using the cascading loop technique and some quilled leaves attached to it. Just a simple design to showcase the quilling comb patterns. No ribbons, no fancy embellishments whatsoever. Just a simple, clean cut design, just the way I like it :).

Thank you for hopping by here and viewing my card design and the next blog in line to hop to is Thusitha's blog! Check the list below! Have fun blog hopping! :)

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