First off I wanted to wish my little sister Lori a very Happy Birthday today!
The world became a better place to live in on this day because you were born:
Secondly, I wanted to let you all in on what I'm doing with the quilling tool.
I was checking out Valentine's day crafts on Martha Stewart's Website and thought these were cute.
Transform simple cardboard boxes into poetic containers. Cover boxes with red paper, and then attach clusters of folded roses with craft glue. Tuck a heart-shaped chocolate or other romantic treat inside.
A nosegay of tiny red roses evokes Victorian charm. Create a dozen folded roses, and add floral-wire stems; wrap the bouquet in silk tissue, and set it in a vase.
1. Slip one end of a 5/8-inch-by-24-inch paper strip into the quilling tool; turn it three times to create rose's center.
2. Fold paper away from you, at a right angle. Roll paper again, letting the top edge flare outward while keeping the bottom edge tight against the tool. Add dabs of glue at base as you roll.
3. When the fold is at the top of the bloom, make another right-angled fold. Roll again in the same fashion. Repeat this folding and rolling technique until the rose is the size you want
4. Glue end in place.
For more ideas from Martha the queen of crafts, click HERE.
***The quilling tool can be bought at most craft stores for around $4