From Graphic Design to Quilled Design

Via a recent Twitter link, I found myself at the lovely Deer Sweetheart Studio blog, owned by Viola Joyner, a graphic designer and photographer in Chicago. The post was about the giveaway of Viola's Sunflower Bird note card set as a free pdf download via the inspiring Modish blog.

Cute, right?! Well, I took one look at the swirly design and knew it would translate perfectly to paper filigree. As much as I love creating my own designs, this little bird with his flowery tail feathers was calling to me. I checked with Viola to make sure she wouldn't mind; she responded right away that she loved the idea, so here's the result after a happy (and very rainy!) weekend afternoon spent playing with paper:

By the way, perhaps you remember my post about the closing of the Mrs. John L. Strong stationery company. Well, after seeing the post and knowing how much I like paper, a friend sent me a note on a Mrs. Strong card. The striped paper I upcycled for this card's background started out as the envelope liner - such beautiful textured paper with a metallic stripe and way too pretty to discard.

Be sure to stop over at Viola's Etsy shop [no longer stocked] where you'll find handcrafted unique pdf templates for stylish note cards, bookplates, thank you cards, invitations, holiday cards, gift tags, calendars, and greeting cards... like this one:

And here's one more cutie:

Thanks again, Viola!

Ann Martin
Ann Martin

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