Well, the 'Life Is Sweet' blog hop proved to be a great success, thanks to excellent organisation by Sandy over at The Sweet Spot who master-minded it all! Along with all my fellow 'hoppers' I'd like to say a big, big thank you to everyone who visited our blogs and left such encouraging comments ... and I'd especially like to welcome all the new Followers who have logged on to Quilliance after visiting this past weekend. I'm so glad to have you along for the ride!
In case you're still following the links for the Hop, you'll find the post I did for it here.
this link, and you'll find the tutorial on page 47). I was really pleased with the swirly effect, and I felt that it made the perfect background for some simple quilling. I made the rose by folding red and pink strips (glued together at one end) to create my favourite 'art deco' style type of bloom. You simply fold the strips with your fingers instead of rolling them around a tool, and then let the resulting 'coil' relax into a loose curved-edge shape before trimming and gluing the ends. I was really pleased with the way the red and pink are offset by the magenta satin background, and used bright lime green for the leaves to make it all stand out.
Just before the blog hop began, I was honoured to receive 'The Love Blog' award from my friend Monica at Hand Made Cards With Love. Monica says that blogging is one of the best things that have happened to her, and she writes about her wonderful card projects with great enthusiasm. Do check out her blog to see her brilliant embossing and handmade flowers. And thank you, Monica, for the very kind words you said about me!