Poulettes’ Blog Hop Special: April Fools Day!

Hello 🙂

Welcome to the 11th Poulettes’ Blog Hop! You should be coming from the talented Marie, otherwise there is a list at the end of this post to catch up, or else just hop with me and follow the blog hop 🙂

Do you ever feel bored by the products you have, longing for new ones, and desperately trying to create with no mojo? That’s me at the moment. Thus I was interested by this month’s Poulettes’ challenge: April Fools Day! Today is a fun day, so I decided to create a fun project to share with you!

Ok, so I have only one set with fishes (Sea Street, I love it) but I didn’t want to use it. Nothing came while playing with the little fishies. So I opened my trusty Pinterest to browse some new ideas. And shazam! Pinterest did it again: I first tried a random “something” that eventually ended in… a 3D aquarium with a quilled fish! I had great fun creating it, so here it is:

Shimmer and Shine - Poulettes Blog Hop : April Fools Day Aquarium (Stampin'up products)

I’ve been wanting to try the quilling technique for many years. I even bought a starting set a few years ago but I was so frustrated by my poor results (never compare your beginnings with the stunning “middles” you find on Pinterest! I know it… but still do 😦  ), I gave up. But this time I wanted to give it another try, because of this cutie. I used some Mambo Melon strips I had left after I made my sister’s baby anouncement cards.

Shimmer and Shine - Poulettes Blog Hop : April Fools Day Aquarium (Stampin'up products)

To my big surprise, even if cardstock is a bit thick for quilling, it’s not impossible and I was pretty much happy with my fish. I added thin strips of Pool Party and Perfect Plum cardstock to give it beautiful fins like the Bettas I saw not long ago in a pet store. The lips and fin tail are made with Pink Pirouette cardstock.

Shimmer and Shine - Poulettes Blog Hop : April Fools Day Aquarium (Stampin'up products)

I had no googly eye (have to buy some!) so I “made” one with a hand punch circle left over and a black pearl.

Shimmer and Shine - Poulettes Blog Hop : April Fools Day Aquarium (Stampin'up products)

The aquarium in itself is freely inspired by these, but I made my own measurements, so it is 21cm x 8cm x 12cm. I chose Bermuda Bay cardstock to create mine. It is quite sturdy, thanks to the cardstock being double folded on itself and adhered with sticky tape. The bottom of the aquarium is made with a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock, stamped with the only stamp of the whole project, the little droplets from Awesomely Artistic. I put another piece of Bermuda Bay under the aquarium just to give it a nice finishing touch. Some sequins make for shiny gravels.

The algae are made with strips of Pear Pizzaz, that I swirled around a thin paint brush. And now what the fun part : how to give the illusion that my fish float like it’s actually swimming? I added a piece of acetate across the top of the aquarium and made a cut in the middle. I caught the thread tied around the fin of my fish in the acetate, and Voilà 🙂

What do you think? do you like it? I hope so 🙂


  • stamps: Awesomely Artistic
  • inks: Sand Stone
  • Papers: Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Perfect Plum, Sahara Sand, Pear Pizzaz

You can now visit my lovely friend Valérie to see the beautiful creation she shared 🙂

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Thanks for visiting!




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