Friday, May 10, 2013

Onwards and Upwards Weekend Is Here!

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It's finally here!  The onwards and upwards weekend blowout, hosted by Jennifer of Jennifer Grace Creates.  I'm so glad you're here. 

If you're following the blog hop, you should have landed here from Lisa-Jane's site at Come Inside My Crazy Head.  In case you didn't know, there's a prize to be won if you comment on all the blogs in the hop.  You need to begin with Jennifer's site, and end at her site.  Then leave a comment letting her know that you commented on all the sites participating.



And what is the prize you ask?  Well, I'm delighted to say that it's a prize pack of cheerful Glitz Designs Color Me Happy and Simple Stories 24/7.  You can see it in the picture above.  All entries must be received by Monday the 13th of May at 10.59pm BST. 

In keeping with the theme of onwards and upwards, I decided to do a project using Jennifer's word of the year, "PROGRESS".  I thought it would look cool as a quilled inspirational wall plaque.  







I started the project by printing out the word in a pretty script font.  I made sure that I chose the lightest printing available.












After cutting my strips, I started gluing them onto the word, starting in the middle and working to the outer edges.  The strips were glued standing on their sides.
















This is the halfway point.


















Working the other side.

















Lettering finished.















I decided that it didn't need to be the full page size, so I cut it down, leaving about an inch all around.












For the frame, I used the same colored paper and cut four 2-inch strips.  Then folded back both sides 1/2 inch.










I measured and mitered each corner.















Checked for fit.












I used some of the scrap pieces to reinforce the inside of the corners.  










For strength, and to keep the sides straight, I knew that I needed more.  So I took card stock and cut 4 strips like before, but a tad smaller.  Then I folded the sides the same way.









All four glued to the inside and outside.edges.  This really strengthened it. 

Before I glued it, I punched a hole for hanging.











I cut the plastic from this cardboard to use as a faux glass for the front of the frame.

Instant recycling.  Gotta love it!









Since the plastic could not be glued to the inside (because of the quilling), I had to figure a way to attach it to the outside.

This is what I came up with.  I thought it turned out great.











This is what the back looks like, once it's finished.










So, what do you think?  Would you believe that this is my first try at quilling words?  I think I did good, if I say so myself.












I took loads of pictures trying to capture how pretty it is, but none did justice.  

Just take my word for it, it's purty as can be!







Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed my project.  Your next stop along the hop is Jo's site at http://www.curlyscrapbooker.blogspot.co.uk/.  I've included a list of the participating sites below, just in case you get lost along the way.

62 comments:

  1. WOW that is beautiful. I cannot imagine the time and effort it must have taken to quill all those letters so wonderfully. Well done of making your first piece. Hope to see many more,
    Jo x

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    1. Thank you Jo! It was time consuming, but it was so much fun too.

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  2. it was great visiting your blog for the first time and your project is so amazing I have never seen someone quilling words wow!

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    1. Thanks. I hope you stick around awhile.

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  3. That's gorgeous! I have never seen quilling work this way before, and it's delicate yet bold at the same time!
    Happy hopping!
    Rinda

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  4. Very clever and love the colour choice.

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    1. Thanks Fay. I just love bold solids, don't you?

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  5. May have to give this a go. Quite simply stunning!

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    1. Well, thank you so much Joy. It really isn't as hard as it looks.

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  6. You did more than good Julie, its wonderful x

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  7. That quilled word looks beautiful! :o)

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    1. I'm so proud of it. Thank you Annie.

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  8. That's gorgeous! What a great idea!

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  9. I'm amazed to read it's your first attempt at a word...it looks just stunning.....there is no way I would have that kind of patience....I am so impressed.

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    1. Well, thank you so much. I was surprised it turned out so good on the first try too.

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  10. I've never seen a word written in quilling like this so well done. It looks pretty in pink!

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  11. your first attempt? Well done! I've never tried it before! x

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    1. You should try it when you get a chance. It's fun. Thanks Daphne.

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  12. Well that is just gorgeous!

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  13. This is so beautiful! I love the colours and the way you've made the frame. I had no idea you could quill words, or make a frame from cardstock like that. Brilliant.

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    1. I know. I can think of some of the craziest things some times:) Thanks Lisa-Jane.

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  14. Wow that is just so lovely - I have never seen a word quilled like that before and I love the hot pink that you have used

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    1. Yeah, I love florescent! Thanks Karen.

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  15. Ooh, the word is gorgeous, it must really catch your eye! I love the frame too, I would never have thought of making my own frame like that, and it looks brilliant!

    Thanks so much for joining in with my Onwards and Upwards Blog Hop! x

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. I'm enjoying every bit of it.

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  16. Interesting project! Love the color.

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  17. Fantastic tutorial and lovely wall plaque thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you. I think my tutorials are getting better all the time.

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  18. What a super duper project!!!!!!!!! Terrific tutorial!!!!!!

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  19. That's an amazing way to do a feature word - gorgeous TFS

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  20. A superb tutorial and a gorgeous wall art :)

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    1. Thank you Lesley. That's sweet.

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  21. I am in awe that this is your first attempt at quilling a word, and also that you made your own frame! Fabulous!

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    1. I know, right! Thanks Julie. Great name by the way!

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  22. This is awesome! I've never done quilling, but I would love to try it!

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    1. You should. It's so much fun. Thanks Lisa.

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  23. That is insanely cool Julie! That takes a lot of patience.

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    1. Thanks Maurice. Haven't heard from you in a while.

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  24. Very nice project with pretty results.........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  25. This turned out beautiful! I can't imagine the kind of patience you would need to get those letters to stay put. What kind of glue did you use? How long did the whole project take?

    I found your blog through the Aloha Friday Blog Hop.

    Cari @ Reach For The Star Berries
    Reach For The Star Berries

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    1. Thank you Cari. I did the whole project within a week's time. I just used regular Elmers glue. The trick is to just use tiny dots and hold it there til dry. I made sure I was always in front of the tv. :)

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  26. I just wanted to take the time to say "thank you" for linking up on my weekly bloglovin blog hop and for putting a button in your side bar! I really appreciate it.

    Take care,
    Meg
    Happy Kids, Inc

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  27. Wow! What a great project! Thank you so much for sharing at last week's All My Bloggy Friends :) I can't wait to see what you share this week!

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    1. Thanks Jamie. I love sharing on your linkup.

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  28. This awesome! Thanks for showing us this. :-)

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    1. Thanks Jennette. And thanks for the follow.

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