Quick Picks : 5.29.14

Punny Animal Prints | Frida Clements

Punny Animal Prints (hee!) | Frida Clements – via

This week’s picks

♥ I’ve finished transferring all of the past fontlies to the new site design, and there’s a fresh Fontly Five for you this week!

♥ Origami foxes, paper pinwheels, and oversized paper flowers – loving all of the paper crafts going on in this Old Mac Daddy wedding.

♥ Lovely handmade and handbound journals + sketchbooks by Cathy Durso.

♥ Bold, blue free printable “man tags” by Lia Griffith.

♥ This adorable illustration by Leira Salaberria makes me smile. I’m digging all of the different, hand drawn patterns in the mountains, too. – via

image from Frida Clements

Review : Pretty Quilled Cards by Cecelia Louie

Pretty Quilled Cards by Cecelia Louie

Disclosure : I received a copy of this book for review purposes. The book link in the review is an Amazon affiliate link and, if you make a purchase through the link, I may earn a commission from Amazon. The opinions expressed within this site are purely my own.

Pretty Quilled Cards : 25+ Creative Designs for Greetings & Celebrations is a fantastic book for the quilling beginner, and more experienced quilling artists will find plenty of great ideas within its pages, too.

I first became interested in quilling when I came across an article about it in a holiday crafts magazine back in the 90’s, and I’m familiar with the more traditional shapes and forms that quilling artists use to build shapes and patterns, having done some quilling myself over the years. But Cecelia Louie’s non-traditional style opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities, which I’ll get into a bit later.

First, let’s talk basics. This book does an excellent job of letting you know exactly what tools and supplies you’ll need to get started, and I love that the basic quilling technique descriptions are accompanied by step-by-step images. Having something to look at and compare to, especially when you’re just starting out, is so helpful.

Loose Scroll Quilling Techniques | Cecelia Louie

Cecelia shares some pretty awesome tips and techniques of her own throughout the book, too. Artists and crafters don’t always share the really good secrets – you know, the tips and techniques that will really make a difference – but this is not the case at all here. Cecelia’s gluing, scoring, and paper marking techniques, alone, make this book a keeper. But she really caught my attention with her non-traditional, loose scroll techniques. These open, airy scrolls are one of the keys to achieving the clean, modern look for which Cecelia is known. And she not only shows you how to make them, but she also incorporates them into the projects featured in the book.

Pretty Quilled Cards (sample project page)

Speaking of projects, I love how they’re laid out in Pretty Quilled Cards. Every project includes a finished image of the featured craft, as well as the skills you’ll need to complete the project (with corresponding page numbers listed, so you can go back and refresh said skills, if necessary). A skill level is also listed for each project, so if you’re a beginner you’ll know which projects are best to start with, and if you’re a more experienced quiller you’ll be able to check out the more complex projects.

Pretty Quilled Cards (project page detail)

Here’s where it really gets good. Each project includes a list of the project components, with an illustration beside each component showing the length of quilling paper needed and the exact places where you’ll need to score / glue / cut the pieces to create the component. So helpful! In addition, each project includes an actual-size illustration of the quilled design, so you’ll be able to compare your own components to make sure that you’re scaling and shaping them properly. The book also contains any templates or background images that you’ll need to complete a project, with photocopy instructions, as needed.

Pretty Quilled Cards (Jam Jar Thank You)

You’ll find all sorts of fun details in the projects featured in the book. Some of my favorites are the wavy detail on the baby buggy baby shower card (p. 32), the sweet little bow on the thank you bouquet card (p. 52), and the swirly peach on the jam jar thank you (p. 56 – shown above). Plus, you’ll find several projects that are not cards, including heart-themed place cards, cute wine glass charms, and darling cupcake toppers.

There are so many inspirational and useful ideas and techniques to be found in Pretty Quilled Cards : 25+ Creative Designs for Greetings & Celebrations, all presented in a clear and easy-to-understand format. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in quilling, beginners and more experienced quilling artists alike.

photos by Kristen Magee

Review : Teach Yourself to Papercut by Mr Yen Designs

Teach Yourself to Papercut Ebook by Mr Yen Designs

Disclosure : I received a copy of this ebook for review purposes. I am not compensated to provide opinion on books, products, or other items for review, unless otherwise noted. The opinions expressed within this site are purely my own.

As a papercutting enthusiast and longtime fan of Jonathan Chapman’s (aka Mr. Yen’s) papercut art, I was so excited when he recently released his first ebook, Teach Yourself to Papercut.

I’ve dabbled a bit in papercutting, but it’s always intimidated me to the point that I’ve never done anything more than a simple cut here or there, and one of the awesome things about this ebook is that Jonathan lays everything out in a way that’s not intimidating at all. His love for the art of papercutting is obvious, as is his desire to help others learn many of the tips, tricks, and secrets that he has during his six years as a papercutting artist.

Papercutting Template Guide | Mr Yen Designs

As you work your way through Teach Yourself to Papercut, you’ll learn about the specific tools and supplies that Jonathan uses, and you’ll also be able to hone your own papercutting skills with several tutorials that take you from cutting basic shapes to more complex projects, like letters and a beautiful, papercut butterfly.

Papercut Letters Template | Mr Yen Designs

Printable templates are included in the ebook, and I like that Jonathan has provided a number of different sizes and layout options in the more basic templates. For example, when you’re learning to cut squares, you’ll have the chance to practice cutting a large square, a small square, grouped squares, and overlapping squares, which will help you build your skills and confidence as you imagine the different ways in which you can incorporate the shape into your own projects in different layouts and configurations. Jonathan shares many helpful tips throughout and, at times, I almost felt like he was right there in-person, saying, “you can do this!”

Papercut Butterfly Template | Mr Yen Designs

In addition to helpful tips and tricks, Jonathan also shares a number of inspirational ideas and gives examples of how he has been able to use his skills in real life contexts. In the Deluxe Edition, he also shows you how to frame your papercut art, which is quite useful if you plan on hanging your creations or giving them as gifts, and he shows you how you can incorporate papercut details into your handmade gift wrapping projects. Plus, the resources section in the book will help you find even more places to pick up ideas and inspiration.

Teach Yourself to Papercut is a great resource for anyone who, like me, is interested in developing his or her papercutting skills but may feel somewhat intimidated by what’s involved. I’ve learned so much from this ebook and have been inspired to work on my own skills without being afraid of the process.

You can find out more and pick up your copy of Teach Yourself to Papercut, the Normal or the Deluxe Edition, in the Mr. Yen shop.

images from Mr Yen Designs

Father’s Day Cards, Pt. 2

Is your dad a fisherman? A hunter? A super dad? A legend? If your dad is any of these, or a little bit of each rolled all into one cool dude, then I think you’ll find something that strikes your fancy in this roundup of rockin’ Father’s Day cards. Oh, and be sure to check out part one, too!

Father's Day Cards, Pt. 2 as seen on papercrave.com

Above, clockwise from top left : One Canoe Two // a. favorite // Smock // Idlewild Co. // Wednesday Press // Moglea // The Beautiful Project // Emily McDowell

images from their respective sources