Today I’m excited to share with you a long awaited review for the lovely book Pretty Quilled Cards by Cecelia Louie (author of the beautiful blog Paper Zen). About a year and a half ago (eeks, that’s a long time!) I had already been admiring Cecelia’s blog when she sent me a message asking me if I’d like to review her new book. I enthusiastically agreed. The only catch was that the book could only be sent to a US address. So it was sent to my parents’ house in the US where I had to wait until November to pick it up when I visited. So last year at the end of November I finally got to hold the book in my hands and admire it. I’m embarrassed that it has taken me this long to write a proper review of it, but better late than never, right?
So over the past couple months my daughter, Svara, and I have been experimenting with some of the designs in Pretty Quilled Cards and then we each made a greeting card for a friend of ours who had a baby a month ago as our final project.
Today I’ll share with you a few photos of things that we made, and our thoughts about the patterns in the book.
Paper Quilled Cards is a lovely book! Sometimes it can be hard to think of just the right design for a greeting card, and this book gives many ideas. Also, Cecelia’s quilling techniques are a bit unique. She gives tips on some techniques I never used before. Softening, folding, and more. I will be using more of these techniques in my quilling designs now! She has a very open and loose style which makes for graceful and delicate designs. Even though I have been quilling for more than 20 years I still find that I use my slotted quilling tool most of the time. However, with Cecelia’s designs I found that they looked a lot better when I used my needle tool to do the rolling. You’ll notice that with the heart designs I used my slotted tool, but with the card design I used my needle tool. I got kind of used to using my needle tool, so maybe I’ll continue using it more often for a smoother look to my quilling! I did find some of the designs challenging, as I mentioned.
This book is a good combo of easier designs and more challenging designs. It’s nice that there is the variety. Therefore it makes a great book for both beginners and experts! Do you have this book yet? If so, what is your favorite pattern? I still love those cherry blossoms even though I have not mastered them yet!
Thanks so much to Cecelia for allowing me to review her book, and for being patient waiting for the review!!
I mentioned in the beginning of the post that Cecelia has a blog called Paper Zen. You’ll definitely want to give it a visit if you haven’t yet. She not only is a master of paper quilling, but also of digital paper cutouts. She has a lot of free patterns on her blog, so check it out!
Cecelia also recently did a quilling class on Craftsy! I posted it about it a couple months ago.
You can check out the class here: (pssst, right now it’s on sale for 33% off!!)
Cecelia has such a pretty and unique quilling style – open and smooth! The class has 7 sessions which are an average of 20 minutes each (some longer, some shorter).
You can also find Cecelia on facebook, and her Etsy shop. If you’d like to see some more reviews of this book, many of which have multiple photos of what the inside looks like, click here on Cecelia’s blog where she has them all listed.
Stick around, there is lots to see around the blog! Here are some places to start:
- Click here to view free paper quilling tutorials!
- Click here to view paper quilling tips and tricks!
- Click here to view a list of places to buy quilling supplies around the world!
- Click here to view some of my own quilling projects, with tips so you can make your own if you’d like!
*I was given this book for the review. All opinions are my own.
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Thank you Honey and Svara for trying out the designs in my book and supplying your feedback. Sorry to hear the flowers were so challenging, even with the Aleene’s Quick Dry glue. One thing I do after placing the petal against the inner circle is gently rub the connection with the tip of my needle tool or toothpick so that the papers really kiss one another tightly. Then I put the first flower down and work on another. I will work on 3 at a time, allowing each one time to set before gluing the next petal. I hope that helps!
Perhaps I need to write a tutorial and think about how to break down the steps even more. Thank you again for your wonderfully thorough review and valuable insights!!!
Ah, so you let one dry before gluing the next section. I was thinking of trying that, but I was out of patience and wasn’t sure whether I was just doing something wrong or what LOL. I will give them another try when I have another greeting card to make, they really are so pretty. I’ll update when I do!
Hi Honey, I’m so glad you brought up the challenges you faced while making the cherry blossoms. I wrote a post just now and hope it helps.
Thanks, Cecelia! That helps and I’ll definitely give them another try!
Oh, is Aleene’s quick dry glue different from tacky glue? I have and tried Aleene’s tacky glue and Aleene’s clear gel tacky glue.
Oh! I didn’t realize there was another version called “Quick Dry”. I have only tried the “Original Tacky Glue”. How do you like the clear gel version? I’ve tried the Martha Stewart gel and like it for moments when I’m gluing many numerous pieces to my surface at one time because it does not develop a “skin” on top, whereas the Tacky Glue does.
Hahaha, there is non”quick dry” version I guess – you used the words in your first reply so I thought there was. I like the no skin thing for the clear gel, but overall I still prefer my PPA glue unless I’m using shiny paper, in which case I go for either type of tacky glue.