Friday, March 28, 2014

{CLOSED} Book review & Giveaway: Pretty Quilled Cards

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Thank you for your interest. 
This giveaway is closed and the winner has been announced HERE.
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1454707844/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1454707844&linkCode=as2&tag=unachtr-20

Some of you may recall that last October, I had a very special guest on my blog. Cecelia Louie is a graphic designer by profession but she is also an expert papercrafter. I am especially in awe of her skills in the art of paper quilling and I couldn't be more excited when her book, Pretty Quilled Cards, was published. Finally! A chance to learn from the master!

I had previously mentioned to Cecelia that one of my girls is very into origami and paper quilling and Cecelia was very kind to send a book to Twin B. My kiddo was super excited and couldn't wait to play. Twin B was very attracted to the first project in the book and had her mind set on making a paper quilled cupcake. Her enthusiasm rubbed off on her sister so I got both of them some paper quilling supplies from the Joann store and Amazon.


With our tools in hand, we set off to make (quilled) cupcakes. To be honest, I'm a pretty impatient person and I wasn't really looking forward to spending my entire weekend trying to figure out a paper quilling lesson but Cecelia had thought of everything! Her step-by-step instructions were easy to follow and her explanations were clear and easy to understand. The skill level indicator was very useful but I really appreciated that she included an actual size guide for the length of the paper strips and where to crease it. It certainly made the learning process go a lot faster than I expected. In fact, even my girls could follow the instructions with very little input from me. They actually made their cupcakes in under 40 mins from start to finish! Not bad for two 11 year-olds.

The twins' paper quilled cupcakes look so good I want to eat them up!

We love our paper quilled cupcakes and are looking forward to making our next paper quilling project with Cecelia's Pretty Quilled Cards.


By the way, not only did Cecelia send a book to Twin B, she also included one for me to give away! How sweet is she?!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1454707844/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1454707844&linkCode=as2&tag=unachtr-20

To win a copy of Cecelia's Pretty Quilled Cards, just leave a comment below. The giveaway will end on Tuesday, April 1 and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 2.

If you would rather have the book now than to wait for the results of the giveaway, you can get Cecelia's book from HERE or click HERE to take a look on the inside. To see more of Cecelia's work, click HERE to go to her Paper Zen blog and HERE to visit her Etsy store.

Good luck!

90 comments :

  1. Those cupcakes are so cute..never thought paper could look so yummy, lol. Cecelia's book sounds fun to win :)

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  2. Those cherry blossoms are so pretty. I know a few special people who would love these lovely cards

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  3. Very cute cupcake. Thanks foe this wonderful giveaway.

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  4. I could enjoy BOTH of those cupcakes right now! lol

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  5. Thanks for this great giveaway. I've always wanted to learn how paper quilling. I love how the cupcakes turned out!

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  6. Love these quilled cupcakes! Your daughters did great - must take after you. :) I have all the supplies to quill, but have never quite figured it out. Thanks for the chance to win this book - looks like it has great instructions.

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  7. Wow! Your 11 year olds did an awesome job! I've heard of quilling but never tried it. My 7yr old and meself would love to win this. She's into crafts lately and just want to do everything like mama ;-) If your twins could do that, I'm sure anybody can do it. The pictures seem awesome too! Good luck to everybody!

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  8. Looks like those creative genes have passed on to your lucky girls! Their cupcakes look awesome! I would love to win a book and try them myself. Mmmm, now I'm hungry for cupcakes LOL :) Thank your girls for sharing their cupcakes with us and tell them we'll be looking forward to their next projects.

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  9. I've always been curious about paper quilling, but never tried. I love the sakura and your girls did a really good job with the cupcakes. Thank you for the chance to win! Happy Friday!

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  10. Wow! How beautiful they are! I'm glad you get to craft with your girls, beautiful cupcakes :)

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  11. Love the twins creation. The cherry blossoms on the front cover look so simple yet so stunning. Definitely a crafting technique I must try.

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  12. Jin: Another fabulicious idea you bring to us. The designs are simply elegant. Thank you and Cecelia Louie for sharing.

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  13. Wow, such clear instructions and cute designs!

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  14. what a fabulous looking cupcake and I looked at the book on Amazon and want it!! Great job to all and thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. I love quilling and Cecelia's book would be a great inspiration to "up my game". Thanks for the chance to win and thanks Cecelia Louie for sharing your book.

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  16. Quilling is still on my list to try and this book would perhaps get me moving so I could make my own cupcakes...:) Thanks for the review and for the chance to win!

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  17. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  18. Love the high style and simplicity of the designs along with the instructions. This looks like a great introduction to quilling. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!

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  19. I have wanted to start quilling for weeks now. I just didn't know how to get started. I even tried to find a local class/group, but I couldn't find anything.

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  20. The card is beautiful. I would love to lean how to make these.

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  21. Just wow. If I don't win this book, I will have to make it. I am in 'like' with quilling but not all those tightly rolled bits. Look the open look of those cupcakes! Good job, girls!

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  22. Too cute! I've never tried quilling but you inspired me to give it a whirl.

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  23. So kawaii! I've always been curious about quilling, would be nice to win this book to try it out. :)

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  24. Great job on the cupcakes! This book looks like a winner!

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  25. Ooh I have a daughter who is almost 11 and she loves origami but gets frustrated with it. This looks like it would be a lot of fun for her and wouldn't frustrate her as much. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

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  26. Those look great!! I bet my 10y old daughter would love this!

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  27. Thanks, love to try paper quilling.

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  28. What a thoughtful gift! I bought my daughter a quilling activity book at Christmas and would love to try some advanced techniques. Thanks for a chance to win this book!

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  29. Wow, great job by your twins - although I have no doubt that they inherited your awesome craftiness. :) This looks like a phenomenal book, thanks for the chance to win!

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  30. Awesome I would love to give it a try. looks fun!

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  31. Jin, Your girls did a great job! -Jamie

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  32. Cute cupcake card. Love quilling!

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  33. What creative fun!! Would love to have this book for reference and give it a whirl!

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  34. Great cupcake. Would love to learn how to do quilling.

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  35. I oh so love to quill.
    Win or lose, I am getting this book.
    If I win, I will buy the book for my quilling friend, if not, I will buy it for me.
    Thanks guys,
    The twiners did an amazing job!
    **U**
    Nance

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  36. Saw this on the MTC board and thought I would pop over to leave a note. This book looks adorable! HOW nice to have an extra to give away! Thank you to you both. Rosie

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  37. Looks like a lovely book, thanks for the chance to win it! I used to do quilling back in the 70's, its great to see it making a bit of a comeback.

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  38. I am so excited about the book, thank you for the opportunity to win it!

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  39. I would love to give it to my 13y/o

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  40. woo hoo! I hope I win! melcrafts (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  41. The book looks amazing. I love the look of quilling!

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  42. Looks like an easy to follow book.

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  43. I love the book already! I am not a very skilled quiller, but I do love how relaxing it is, and I have even taken a beginner class - taught by a 27 year guy who has been quilling since he was 11!! Great experience! Thanks for showing us, Jin!

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  44. I was a quiller when I was close to your girls' age, but haven't kept up with it. It'd be fun to get back into it! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  45. How serendipitous! I have never quilled but I just found a box of quilling supplies at a thrift store today. I would love to win the book!

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  46. Your girls did a fantastic job! I think my daughter would really enjoy making the cards in the book. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  47. How sweet! I would love a chance to win this.

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  48. What a great job your daughters did! I have some quilling supplies, but I have never actually made anything. Winning this book might just be the push I need. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  49. I'm very interested in learning this.

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  50. I have wanted to try quilling, but I just haven't known where or how to start. I will look for her book!

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  51. I am so jealous of your girls! I would have loved a mom with your talent to craft with!
    My cousins & I each got an annual "craft kit for kids" for christmas, but I was on my own to figure it out. From 4th grade on, I took French class over Art in school. So you can see why I love teach-yourself-to-craft books! I would love to win this book & finally get the hang of quilling! Thanks for sharing!

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  52. What a lovely quilled cupcake card! Your twins did a fantastic job!! Quilling is something I have always wanted to try so would love to win the copy of Cecelia's new book. Thank you for offering a chance to win the extra copy.

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  53. I would love to just learn to quill basic shapes... Thanks for an opportunity.

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  54. Yummy cupcakes! I can see how this could be fun & a pretty addition to my paper crafts. TFS :D

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  55. Very neat. I live the cupcakes. :)

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  56. i have always wanted to try quilling. thank you for the chance

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  57. I want to learn quilling. Thank you for a chance to win.
    SallyW

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  58. Very cute cupcake. Would love to be a winner.
    Elaine

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  59. I may be showing my age here... I remember when I was much younger, my mom was created beautiful animals and flowers by quilling. An art I would love to try.

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  60. Love the twins' cupcakes! They did a great job. Looks like a great book too.Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

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  61. The cupcake quilling is very cute! Cecilia's book looks like a great one! Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  62. I'd love to win this book and learn how to do quilling. It's so beautiful and gives a real bang for your buck. Thanks giving us a shot at winning it.

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  63. I've always wanted to learn how to quil!

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  64. Love this card and would love to learn how to quill. Beautiful design!

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  65. Love Cecelia and so super ralented. Have some if her files...great instructions! !

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  66. So awesome! Thanks for the opportunity!
    Thanks,
    Nancy

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  67. Wow, really have wanted to learn this, just was telling DH the other day & today I see this posted by one of my friends!!!! Wow, thanks for the awesome opportunity!!!!

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  68. I would love to learn to quill and this book likes it would be great tool for learning. Thanks

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  69. How fun! My kids and I would really enjoy this book.

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  70. Cute cupcakes....Thanks for the chance!!!

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  71. Love your blog and just started to learn quilling!

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  72. How cute is that! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  73. Oh my! Quilling makes adorable accents to crafting!

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  74. Love quilling, have dabbled in it a bit, but would love to have a book of ideas, thanks for the chance to win one. Sally

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  75. The cupcakes are so fun. I would love to make one. K

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  76. The cupcakes are adorable - I love the cherry blossoms on the cover too! Thanks so much for the opportunity! :)

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  77. Very cute card. A few years ago, my daughter and I wanted to try quilling and had purchased the necessary items but we never got around to making anything. Seeing this is giving us new inspiration!

    Thank you for sharing.

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  78. Love your blog!!! Maybe I'll win the book : )

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  79. Love the quilled cupcakes. My sister has done some quilling but I haven't tried it yet. Thanks for the chance to win the book. I love your blog and all the great information you share with us!

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  80. Thanks for the giveaway. I'd like to try paper quilling one day.

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  81. I have long looked at all the quilled projects and wanted to try them. I would love the chance to win a book that helps create cards using quilling. Thank you so much for the chance to win one.
    sewnsew@cableone.net

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  82. Love the quilling. Haven't been too successful at it myself, though. It is beautiful when done properly. Wait, you say, it takes practice??!!! No wonder I'm an abject non-success at it....

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  83. Gee, I have been curious about quilling for a long time, and if you say Cecelia makes it easy enough for 11 year olds, well, then, I bet I could do it, too! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  84. Paper Zen blog is neat, and you are so wonderful to share so much!
    Would love a chance to be in the draw for the book too.

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  85. Thanks for the chance at the drawing. Your girls quilling and cards looked so cute. Would be fun to try it with my grand daughters.

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  86. Je tente ma chance. C'est tellement beau ! Je n'ai jamais essayé cette technique mas cela donne envie. Un gros bisous à toi, Jin depuis la Belgique (Europe).

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