Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Glass PhotoWeights for Quilling

***This giveaway is no longer accepting entries. Scroll down to see who won!***
I've long been an admirer of decorative glass paperweights and always wondered how on earth do such perfect swirls of color and intricate shapes wind up inside the molten orbs?! I live fairly close to Wheaton Arts in southern New Jersey, an area which has been a glassmaking hub since the late 1700s. A visit to the fascinating Museum of American Glass, glassblowing studio, and paperweight shop answered many of my questions. So sorry for the tease, but paperweight making isn't a process that can easily be described here; however, I do have a peace offering that I hope you'll like... read on!

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I gave several of my relatives a PhotoWeight just like this one for Christmas a few years ago. During my counted cross stitch
addictionphase, I was thrilled to discover the PhotoWeight company because their paperweight kits provided me the perfect way to combine my love of stitching and paperweights.

You see, each clear glass weight has a beveled area on the underside for displaying and preserving so many things. Photographs, mini-paintings, collections of tiny seashells, pressed flowers, origami butterflies... these are just a few ways to personalize a PhotoWeight, not to mention it's the perfect housing for quilling! Even my folded roses fit inside this domed PhotoWeight.

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I love the way each paperweight comes packaged as a complete do-it-yourself kit that includes a pre-cut, self-adhesive mounting board, velvet bottom pad, and easy-to-follow instructions. There are so many nice shapes and sizes to choose from too - oval, rectangle, round, domed round, scalloped, heart, and octagonal. And since glass is quite heavy, one will truly hold down a stack of papers should a gust of wind blow across your desk.

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For some reason I gave this little hummingbird a strange beak - pleading artistic license.

Susan Eastin, who founded PhotoWeights in 2001, has generously offered to send a PhotoWeight kit of choice to three commenters worldwide. Be sure to include your email address within your comment if you don't have a blog or website where your address is readily available. You may earn one extra entry by liking All Things Paper on Facebook. Tell me if you've done this within your comment or as a separate one.

Giveaway will close at the end of Tuesday, September 27th. The three winners will be announced on this post and on the All Things Paper Facebook page the next day. Good luck!

Please note: I have not received compensation in any form from PhotoWeights in exchange for doing this giveaway.

Congratulations to Traci, Suganthi, and Esther, whose numbers were selected by Random.org! Each winner will receive a PhotoWeights kit of her choice. Many thanks for all of the gracious comments, everyone. I've enjoyed keeping a running list, adding in the Facebook mentions as they rolled in. Even if you didn't win this time, take heart - there will be another giveaway coming up in the near future.

97 comments:

  1. Wow What a great idea... Love them...!!! Facebook fanpage already liked :)
    sajjalsabih@gmail.com

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  2. Thanks for the chance to win. I've made a few glass paperweights in glassblowing classes before but it would be really cool to combine glass and something else like paper!

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  3. OH I would love to win one of these! Actually, I don't know if I can wait, hehehe. I think I may just go order one! or two! or more. What great gifts!

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  4. Love the quilled flower one would never of thought of that.

    I already have you liked on Facebook too !

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  5. I love these paper weights and your quilled Hummingbirds beak goes well with your scrolls. I already like your facebook page.

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  6. What a neat idea! Love these.
    Just liked you on FB.
    valerie @ whatthefun.net

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  7. Love this idea of paperweight!
    (liked you on facebook (Rebecca Caca))
    rebecca.lemay@gmail.com
    Thanks!

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  8. So pretty...these will make great gifts...love the floral idea...my id
    jewelsofsayuri@gmail(dot)com...thanks

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway
    These paper weights are so beautiful
    kisses

    sra_de_romero(at)yahoo.com.mx

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  10. Like you on FB as Ana Laura de Romero

    thanks

    sra_de_romero(at)yahoo.com.mx

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  11. hi Ann,
    thank you for the lovely chance to win these beautiful items!
    my email : si_sld@yahoo.com

    xoxo!
    steph

    i already like you on fb page too :-)

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  12. Oh I love paperweights! my email is claire.negus@gmail.com

    I don't have a FB but if I did, it would have been liked a long time ago. :)

    Claire

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  13. Hi Ann
    Thanks for the chance to win these lovely paper weights
    my e mail: pranathi_14@yahoo.com

    I already like you on facebook too :)

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  14. Already left a comment on face book,but will say again, love the quilling its so gorgeous inside the glass, love it!!!!
    Paula
    paulahogue@yahoo.com

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  15. I love this DIY idea ! such an original paperweight !

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  16. These are so cool! Thank you for this offer and for all that you do.
    --SueBE

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  17. These are pretty awesome. They'd make great Christmas gifts. I'm also a Facebook fan.

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  18. They're gorgeous - what a great idea! Thanks,
    rae_sunshine4(at)yahoo.com
    I also liked you on facebook as Sara Mendelsson.

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  19. Lovely paper weights! I especially like the one with the rose bouquet.

    I'd love a chance to win a kit. Recently got back into embroidery and trying to think of things to do with it apart from jewellery. And they could probably be used for some of my beadwork too.

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  20. The quilling looks amazing in these paperweights!

    Also, I'm surprised I hadn't already "liked" you on facebook. Such tragedy! This tragedy has now been righted.

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  21. what a wonderful creations you've made ​​me love it!
    Greetings Baukj

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  22. These paperweights looks great - and so much easier to put quilling in than the resin casting techniques that I have tried!! I'd love to win one ... and I'm already a 'liker' of All Things Paper on my Quilliance Facebook page!
    Philippa
    http://quilliance.blogspot.com

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  23. There is nothing I love more than a pretty thing, except, of course, for a pretty thing that is useful. *-*

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  24. Oh YES I'd love to be in the draw too for one of these paperweights. I especially love the look of the 3-D quilling inside; great that it is able to fit!

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  25. Those are so pretty with the quilling inside of them. I love them, what a great gift they would make.
    I already liked you on facebook

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  26. Ann,

    Your paper weights are beautiful! What a great way to showcase quilling!

    I wil have to keep this idea in mind!!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Sue C

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  27. Beautiful paperweights! what a great idea! thanks !

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  28. These are great and would make such a great gift. Thanks for the chance to win. debbiebrazzle (at) ilcp (dot) org

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  29. Wow! I have been wanting to do this for some of my quilling. Now that I found the site, I will have to do more quilling specific for the Paper Weights. I hope I win.

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  30. Wow! Love the idea of combining quilling and a paperweight. Liked you on FB, too.

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  31. What a wonderful gift those would make. I will have to give the paperweights a try whether i win or not.
    canyoncreation@gmail.com

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  32. I love the quilling under the glass!!!

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  33. Since I started quilling I have found so many ways to display the quilling.You have given me so many idea's.The glass paper weight is the best.

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  34. Wow, the photoweights are just perfect for quilling, aren't they! I'll have to buy one or more if I don't win this little drawing! :) I am also your fan on facebook.

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  35. Looks and sounds so interesting...

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  36. beautiful paperweights.

    gustosagiveaways atymaildotcom

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  37. I do not really remember how did I get here, but I the blog and I definitelly will be visiting more often :)

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  38. This would be something new to try. Love it.

    enilorac.lam@gmail.com

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  39. I, too, loved cross-stitch at one time but I now definitely prefer paper. Love the paperweight and would be thrilled to receive one. I have been a fan of All Things Paper's Facebook page for a while. My e-mail address is donnabridy@aol.com

    Thanks!

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  40. Wow these paper weights are gorgeous... definitely worth trying out.

    I have liked you on facebook too.

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  41. I have already "liked" you on Facebook and I LOVE your creations! I am so glad I found your site. I would love to win one of the paperweights and in case I get lucky my email address is lenoriakelly@att.net. Thank you for sharing this.

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  42. Thank you for your offer and I appreciate your generosity. The paperweights are just so beautiful.

    Cora Azucena (Philippines)

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  43. I love all the different ways one can display their artwork. Would love to try my quilling in a paperweight.
    hafwhit@gmail.com
    FB too

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  44. Those are so neat! It would look so nice on my desk!!
    (Hint Hint lol)


    Scarlettred 41816 (at) gmail.com

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  45. Liked you on FB!

    Scarlettred 41816 (at) gmail.com

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  46. Thank you so much for pointing me towards this company! I am deep in Christmas gifts right now...and I can think of several people who would LOVE these! And quilling the designs, too...it just doesn't get any better!

    tbrennan at pldi dot net

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  47. Oh...and I "liked" the Facebook, too!

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  48. These are spectacular! I absolutely adore the flower-garden esque one!
    jbenner@embarqmail.com

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  49. Hola me encantaría tener uno en mi escritorio, están muy bonitos, y gracias por el caramelo.
    también lo colocaré en el Facebook

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  50. Ann, I left a comment on Facebook.

    I'm sure your family members loved the paper weights you made for them, I know I would.

    Teddie

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  51. Ooh! Love the paperweights! Good price too, although free is even better! I`ll be ordering some for stitched and quilled gifts. Great idea for men`s gifts, they can be hard to craft for.

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  52. PS Of COURSE I like you on Facebook too!
    carlasuewho02@yahoo.com

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  53. Like FB and left a message.

    HappyHome43@msn.com

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  54. I love the paperweights, they will make great Christmas gifts. But even though free will make them a great price, I will be buying some.

    HappyHome43@msn.com

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  55. My mom has a glass paperweight that I have coveted ever since I was a little girl, but I had no idea that it was possible to make your own. Thanks for a great post and giveaway!

    dorotheaspears964@hotmail.com

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  56. Great giveaway -I'd so love one of these!!

    DESPINA
    deb_oro@yahoo.gr

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  57. I also like All Things Paper / Ann Martin on Facebook, as Despina Vnt

    DESPINA
    deb_oro@yahoo.gr

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  58. What a lovely idea and thank you for the giveaway :)

    kate1485 at hotmail.com

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  59. I'm a fan on Facebook (Kate Ryan)

    kate1485 at hotmail.com

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  60. A very nice giveaway! I'm a fan on Facebook (Eleonor Tapia). You'll find my email through my website www.eleonortapia.com

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  61. Very cool idea and nice quilling work too.
    I'm a fan on FB (Ma Xiang Ru)
    maxiangru@gmail.com

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  62. Love the idea of sush beautiful paper weights)
    redalepou@yahoo.com

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  63. Liked you on Facebook: Olesia Flegka
    Email:redalepou@yahoo.com

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  64. These are beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity

    aurora6772 at sbcglobal dot net

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  65. I'm a fan on FB

    aurora6772 at sbcglobal dot net

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  66. Wow I think I am in love, I love glassworks of any kind, but these paperweights are beautiful. I love the quilling you did for them. I would love to put some of my quilling in there to give as a gift. Thank you for the chance to win one.
    Hugs,
    Melissa D
    mkds312@hotmail.com
    sleeplesswonder.blogspot.com

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  67. I am now a FB fan.
    Hugs,
    Melissa D
    mkds312@hotmail.com
    sleeplesswonder.blogspot.com

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  68. Wow!! Those with quilling patterns are beautiful.Thanks for giveaway.
    I am fan on FB(Rashida Taher).

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  69. I would definitely like to win this..Been following you for quite some time..

    Cheers from Malaysia,
    syazcards.blogspot.com

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  70. Exquisite paper weights. So glad so shared them on your blog. Thanks
    Also clicked Like on your Facebook page
    Chhavi, India
    chhavirules@gmail.com

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  71. Love the look of quilling and glass paper weights.

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  72. Love these paperweights, specially with the quilling piece inside.

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  73. I love the paper weights!

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  74. WOW ! AMAZED BY THIS PAPER WEIGHT CRAFT. I AM FROM INDIA . I REALLY LOVED THE WORK DONE . HOPE I WIN THIS GIFT .
    vipulmebro@rediffmail.com

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  75. Hope I am not too late, would love to be entered in the chance to win! Love this site and everything you share! Thanks!!

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  76. Such lovely work. Thank you for the chance to win.
    Marie
    Readg4fun at yahoo dot com

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  77. Adorable PhotoWeights!!!

    Thank you for the chance!

    ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  78. I like All Things Paper on FB!

    (oksana vladimirovna)

    ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  79. To say I am enamored by these beautiful paperweights would not be enough. Your work is breathtaking. i liked you on Facebook. Thanks for this great blog that is true to a kusudama makers heart!
    Kghornsten@yahoo.com

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  80. These would be amazing for my silver charms. Thanks for the great chance!

    thepricklypinecone(at)gmail.com

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  81. Congrats on being featured in the Craft flickr pool round up, Ann! Love your work.

    http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2011/09/craft_flickr_pool_weekly_round_151.html

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  82. I hope I win! I submitted a comment before but I dont think it went through. Please visit my website!




    madisonrussell@gmail.com

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  83. I got here through your flickr photo that was linked to by CRAFT; and holy cow! I was hoping that your quilled paperweight was the prize! It is so gorgeous! I liked you on facebook. And I am jennilive at gmail dot com. Crossing fingers now!

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  84. Your paperweights are breathtaking. If I win, I'm sure I'll be following your lead.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  85. I always loved paperweights for quilling, but could only buy some acrylic ones. Those are lovely.
    Francine

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  86. Those are so pretty and my desk definitely needs one! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

    med251atgmaildotcom

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  87. I wish your quilled paperweight was the prize. However, my niece is a wonderful quiller, and I could commission her to fill the paper weight.



    I don't understand which ID i am supposed to pick-i thought you should never post your e-mail on a public page.

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  88. oh how cute, I love the quilled ones you showed!

    -Lauren
    lauren51990 at aol dot com

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  89. I have some pretty little seashells that would look nice in one of these!

    sandy(dot)hardman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  90. These are so perfect for gifts I couldn't wait for the drawing. I placed an order for several of these along with the matching gift bags. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work and for giving me another way to express my love of quilling.
    Michele Johnson
    michele.kay@gmail.com

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  91. Comments for this giveaway are closed as of midnight on the 27th.

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  92. Thank you so much, Ann! I'm so thrilled to be a winner!

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  93. Did you cut your fabric around the mounting board or did you wrap your fabric around it? I'm trying to prevent the frayed edges from showing. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you, Ann!

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    2. Hi there, I cut the Aida cross stitch cloth into a circle after I finished stitching, right before I put it in the paperweight. That way it didn't have much chance to fray. I think wrapping it would make the edge look a bit lumpy. There is a product called Fray Check you could use if your fabric is the type that frays very easily.

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