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Scenic Vacation 2021

Scenic Vacation 2021

As some of you know, we took a “staycation” this month. It was the first meaningful vacation we’ve had – well… ever. Or, the second one if you count the cross-country trip we took when we moved from California to Maine in 2008. I don’t 

Wawenock Golf Course Monogram

Wawenock Golf Course Monogram

Last summer I prepped to make a replica golf course for my boss’s birthday. I searched the internet high and low for layouts of his favorite courses and really didn’t have great luck. My original idea was to make a paper replica of the whole 

Hummingbird Theme Letter B Monogram

Hummingbird Theme Letter B Monogram

A month or so ago the President of the Guild of American Papercutters contacted me to create a monogram for their Director of Outreach. This was a gift being given to her at the annual conference. She provided me with a photograph of a wedding 

Floral Gaelic Double Wedding Monogram

Floral Gaelic Double Wedding Monogram

I finished up this incredible monogram today. I am calling it a Floral Gaelic Double Wedding Monogram, but in reality it’s just a double monogram that I incorporated specific themed concepts into. These include the two primary flowers and greenery from the wedding bouquet, the 

Here We Go Again, Copyright Violator – Blue J’s Designs

Here We Go Again, Copyright Violator – Blue J’s Designs

I absolutely hate having to deal with copyright violations. It’s just not something that is enjoyable. It’s stressful. It’s argumentative. And worst of all, it really – I mean REALLY – gives me a negative outlook on human beings in general. So here we go 

Paper Portrait of Marigold the Cat

Paper Portrait of Marigold the Cat

I got two orders back-to-back to create a nearly identical cat. Both cats were black with amazing amber eyes and a long brownish mane. Gorgeous cats and perfect subjects for my foray into pet portraiture as the colors were simplistic and it was more a 

Pair of Cardinals in Berry Bush

Pair of Cardinals in Berry Bush

One of my husband’s co-workers was interested in getting a custom piece made. My husband – being my biggest cheerleader – always shows the guys my artwork and most of the time I think they probably just “ooh” and “aah” out of respect for him. 

Paper Cat Portrait of Bean

Paper Cat Portrait of Bean

I made three quilled cat portraits back in like 2016 or 2017 and I haven’t attempted one since. The style I used at the time was an artsy, scrolly, kind of whimsical one that incorporated scrollwork and coils and other quilled shapes. The end result 

Miniature Scrollwork Cat Ornament

Miniature Scrollwork Cat Ornament

I recently had a customer ask me to make a specialty item. I often entertain these requests because you just never know if they’re going to be a good idea or not. Sometimes I discover quickly that I’ll never attempt it again, and others, like