It had been a while since I had purchased my quilling kit and I had got the basic shapes right; at least as close to the pictures in the instruction booklet as I could. When I had purchased the beginner kit, I also bought a few extra strips just for practice, and I made sure I made good use of them.
Once I had enough "practicing," I decided to make something out of it; something I could actually give someone. Actually, the project didn't start this way. I had purchased a few books from the same store where I got my quilling supplies and I read about the Looping technique and decided to give it a try.
I picked one strip in white and two in blue and began. Pretty soon, I had made something that could be used as a butterfly's wing! I was ecstatic and went on to make three more. So I had four wings for the butterfly. I also made its body and its antenna and bam! There was a pretty butterfly right in front of me!!!
Now, just making the butterfly wasn't enough. I needed something to mount the butterfly on. In the kit, there was also this card stock cut out that could be folded to make a tiny box, and it was pastel blue in colour, like chart paper. Since my butterfly was blue, I decided to let the box be bluish but it looked very lifeless to me.
So I decided to paint it. And then I glued the cut out together the way it was supposed to be glued to make it into a box, added a few regular flowers using a tight coil and petals using marquises. I also tried my hand at making folded roses using both, 10mm and 3mm strips.
It's a little over done, but I guess that's alright.
I gave the box to someone really really special (obviously! :D) and I also put a note in it! :)
Here's what it looked like once it was done.