You see, I have two cousins. Or, to be quite correct ( in case they read this ) and give no hard feelings, around here, cousin is some relative you hardly know. So, we specify when we speak about our aunts' or uncles' children, as in this case. I'll stop here to avoid jokes on me that could come along as I'm trying to explain to the world what "sestra od tetke" means!
I'll start again and I'll say that I have two close cousins who could easily be chefs in any well-known restaurant. One is the master in making cakes and the other one is the best in making rolls, bread etc.. Although they both unselfishly share their recipes, tips and hints with me, in my kitchen while and after cooking, I usually put blame on my scales, oven, flour...Or...Yes, sugar wasn't well milled! And while preparing pastry, I get an urge to splash it on my window. But, I make good pancakes!
And, it was the same thing while I was making this quilled cake. I knew I missed something in my recipe! A big one, even I had all I needed. The best material.
1. Pearled quilling paper I got from Marilyn;
2. beautiful diamond red paper I bought in my local store "Demos" ( you may contact me for more info );
3. good recipe;
3. good recipe;
4. even Cheryl's stamps!
But it still didn't work out as well as the chef of this cake makes it.
I had no one to blame! I knew it's all on me. It looks easy to do - and that's the catch! Do it so it looks like it's easy but...oh!
I've been quilling for almost 5 years now and I know that there's a lot stuff to learn about.
It wasn't my intention to make it exactly the same, when it comes to design. I just had to give it a try. I'm in love with Cheryl's cards ever since I first saw them. I just love the way she does her cards. I rest my eyes while visiting her blog. Lately Neli's blog, also.
When I fall in love with quilling, Lily Stubbs became one of my dearest quillers ever. My very first works I quilled were totally inspired by her quilling. I tried so hard to get into this technique, to figure it out, to learn all about it, to find a proper paper I could work with. After a few months, I could say I managed it.
Than, I had periods when I was just looking at other quillers' works and not to do a single coil! It happened 2 or 3 times, lasted for 6 to 10 months per period. After these months, getting back to quilling, I was lucky that, soon after I learned to quill, I started to receive orders, specific ones, that had to be one of a kind. I could never tell what made the most influence on me, what I have absorbed and how it reacted on my work. I think all of it! But, I know that I'll never quill, for example, keys because there are one and only Ring of Keys by Ann Martin. I'll keep enjoying in many ways visiting quillers blogs ( you can find them all on my blog list ), admiring at all the diversities and imagination of my fellow quillers.
But, I think that the fact is that we all get inspiration from one another. That's the bond. Quilling, the thing that brought me so much joy, good friends, as Philippa ones said, on-line friends, chance to do something I love and also make some money, was one of the best things that happened to me. Now, excuse me, I have to do some quilling for a dear friend of mine!