Saturday, January 07, 2012

Fabulous Filigree Quilled Blue Bird Ornament

quilling quilled blue bird ornament
Hello and Welcome!

I have a new addiction passion... I am in love with my new cutting dies... I now have a small collection of Spellbinders Nestabilities dies and these incredibly detailed Memory Box dies....

I have to share what I have done with them over the holidays... I made these super cute ornaments! It is always a bonus when the fun products you have purchased actually make your handmade gifts even more beautiful and special.

So my plan is to share some of the ornaments that I have made and also embark on my 2012 calendar project, so each month I will show you a new calendar page, I can see where this is taking me already, I cannot decide which images, so I may have more than one calendar - at least this is something useful that I can force my friends to take give to friends! lol

It is a new year, so I have lots of ideas and energy... now if I could just win the lottery so I could do all of them :-)

These dies are so much fun to use! I am really having fun cutting them out of different paper and seeing how they look, what I like best.... Oh, the possibilities - now only if I could get my imagination to catch up to those possibilities!

quilling quilled blue bird ornament
For this lovely Blue Bird Ornament I used the Nestabilities Lacy Ovals  -I picked those specifically because I knew I was going to make ornaments and I wanted to be able to have something so they would hang nicely, and this lovely die did the trick! I also absolutely had to use some of my new Memory Box dies, and this lovely Frosty Border is what I chose.

Well, maybe I should take a step back and tell you how the process works... You see the ornaments are for my son's teachers, so on those years that I think I will be able to make handcrafted ornaments he gets to decide what his teachers get... So, his music teacher needed an ornament with birds and music notes... So with that information in mind, I get to pull my hair out figure out how and what exactly to make... This year he was very specific that they had to be blue birds :-)

Ok, so now that I have birds and music notes, I really did need something for them to be resting on, and did I tell you I absolutely love my Memory Box dies? So you see I had to find a way to include them, I really did! And this lovely "Frosty Border" die arrived and the idea was born.

Now, for my blue lovelies, I could have chosen quilling strips that were blue, but as I was placing my order for Christmas colored quilling strips, I happened upon this lovely paper called "Touch of Blue Gilded on Edge" and I thought, now that will make a statement!  Isn't it pretty? The base paper is white, and on the top edge is this beautiful shimmery blue!

free quilling quilled blue bird tutorial pattern
To make the birds I followed the same process, I just used a little bit more paper for the larger bird!
  • I started with the tail feathers - I really did, and you'll find out why in a sec... So, for the tail feathers...
  • 2 - 2 inch (5 cm) strips of paper, fold them in half, and curl the ends.  
  • Now, I rolled the teardrop for the body of the bird
  • 1 full strip of my Touch of Blue quilling paper, rolled and shaped into a Teardrop
  • Don't glue it just yet... but hold on tight to the pinched end, because this is where the tail feathers go :-)
  • Where you would normally glue your teardrop, you will take those tail feathers and glue them to the bird before you glue that outside strip to hold everything in place.  
  • Squeeze tightly to get a nice set of tail feathers
Beak, Feet, and Wing
  • For these remaining pieces, I took small scrap pieces and added them to the cuties
  • I can't give measurements, because I literally cut small pieces (and didn't measure, just figured what I thought would be proportional)
  • A small piece cut and bent for the beak and glued to the nice rounded end of the teardrop
  • A small piece bent in half, and then bent again for their feet
  • Finally 2 small pieces bent and rolled for the "wing"
I am entering this in the Sentimental Sundays "Snow, Blue, and/or Glitter" and my project has all 3 Yeah :-)

Make It Monday - Anything Goes!

I used the following products on this ornament:

Spellbinders Nestabilities Lacy Ovals and Classic Ovals

Memory Box Frosty Border from Ellen Hutson
Memory Box die Frosty Border

Quilling Paper from Whimsiquills (thanks Pat)

Enjoy the ride!! Copyright for Personal Use Antonella DeFalco


Mihaela said...

Beautiful work, Antonella! I love die cuts from Memory Box and Spellbinders.

chillin with Quillin said...

Beautiful ,love all the tiny details, birds are so cute,love it!!!

Bronwyn said...

Very pretty ornament! Will look forward to your next one

Ann said...

fun new toys you got and such a pretty ornament

kiddo said...

Very beautiful and sweet ornament! Love those tiny birds, they are so cute!

Szalonaisa said...

Lovely work!! Your birds are wonderful!!

Artes de Nágela said...

Beautiful work!
This card is full of beautiful details

SUGANTHI said...

Pretty ornament and Love the little birdie.

a paper {life} said...

what cute birds...and love the ornaments

Nati said...

very cute and creative, birds!
Nati from Brazil

Ann English said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! I love this creation-so very creative and beautiful!

Tracy said...

WOW! I always enjoy seeing quilled projects. It's such a unique craft. I'm really glad you shared this at MIM so everyone can enjoy it. Thanks for popping in to my blog! Hugs!

Shirley-Anne said...

Stunning project .Beautiful detailing .Clear instructions too . Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday

Nazeema Calypso Thompson said...

Absolutely stunning!!! Love all the beautiful embellishment and detailing you have on your card.
Thank you for visiting us over at Sentimental Sundays.


Archana Joshi said...

I love quilling.
Your quilled blue birds are sweet.
Thanks for your entry in Sentimental Sundays challenge this week.

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

I find quilling to be so relaxing. Love the birds. Thanks for joining us this week at Sentimental Sundays.

Anonymous said...

This is so lovely! The blue birds are very sweet! I tried some quilling myself some time back, but will have to have a go at making some birds like these. Love the music notes in the back, look like the sweet song of the birds.
Saw your link on MIM.
Love Pearl x

Charlotte said...

Antonella -- you've done it again! The ornament is beautiful and the little birds are just darling. Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer said...

Wonderful job. I love all the quilling that you added. It really adds a nice touch to the card. Thank you for stopping by and playing along with us at Sentimental Sundays.

aureliaeugenia said...

It's a joy looking at your creations! I love the blue birds and the winter memories.

Timnish said...

Great work Antonella... the memory box dye cut enhances it further. thanks for sharing


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