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Beautiful paper art to bring a spot of joy to your day!

Vermont, United States · 45 Sales

runnerbean

Beautiful paper art to bring a spot of joy to your day!

Vermont, United States 45 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(29)

Announcement   Hello! I create beautiful paper art with skill and precision: ready-made and custom wedding figures, art dolls, miniatures, & stationery accessories by rolling long paper strips & shaping them all by hand. Custom orders welcome!

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Last updated on Aug 15, 2016

Hello! I create beautiful paper art with skill and precision: ready-made and custom wedding figures, art dolls, miniatures, & stationery accessories by rolling long paper strips & shaping them all by hand. Custom orders welcome!

Tracy Belair Gaito

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Tracy Belair Gaito

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5 out of 5 stars
(29)
wrrywrt1

wrrywrt1 on Aug 18, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

100 TRILLION STARS!!!!!!!!!!OMG.....ABSOLUTE PERFECTON, THE MOST INCREDIBLE ARTIST, DOLLS ARE SOOOOOOOO AMAZING, I LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!! WRAPPED/PACKED PERFECTLY...GORGEOUS IN EVERY SINGLE WAY!!!!!!!!A TRUE PROFESSIONAL AND KIND, CARING, TALENTED,GIFTED,LADY...I AM SOOOO THRILLED, THANK YOU, TRACY...YOU ARE WONDERFUL.....RECOMMEND TO ALL ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!...

Dr. Igora Fauxbia

Dr. Igora Fauxbia on Jan 9, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This adorable little tree was a perfect addition to this year's Christmas d?cor. Thanks for the beautiful work, Tracy!

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Updates

My workspace while creating semi-custom paper dolls! Click on over to have one made for you.
Aqua & white paper, cut to size and ready to roll up into new charms. Click over to see a OOAK charm made using these colors!
Making cheerful sets of charms in my favorite colors to clip to your journals, planners, or notebooks! Want one in keycap_staryourkeycap_star favorite color? Just ask :-)
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About

Paper art to bring a spot of joy & color to your day!

Hello & welcome! I'm a paper artist – I roll long, narrow strips of paper into coils and tight rolls, and then carefully shape and combine them to create beautiful wedding figures, colorful art dolls, adorable miniatures, and unique stationery accessories. It's known as "paper quilling". It is slow, close work; the rolling motion almost meditative. I've always worked small in my art, and quilling is such an intricate, delicate art form that I've found it suits me entirely.

Throughout my life, I've always loved art. I looked forward to the weekly art classes in elementary school and took every art class offered at my high school. I got a minor in art at the university I attended, and then went on to work in education, continuing to draw, paint, and sculpt with polymer clay in my spare time. After several years teaching, I went back to school for graphic design and eventually started my own business — finally working in a creative, art-based field!

My first exposure to quilling was when I was working as a graphic designer and planning my wedding. In a magazine, I saw this beautiful cake topper made of paper, rolled and shaped into flowers and filigree leaves. I was so drawn to the photo; to this intricate art! I purchased a starter quilling kit and was hooked. I did not, however, attempt to make my own paper wedding cake topper — I was inspired, but as a beginner, it was completely beyond my skill set.

Since then, I've had original patterns published in two books, have had a paper pendant featured in a book on paper jewelry, and I worked to help develop an accreditation program for the North American Quilling Guild. Through that, I began taking on commissions for quilled mats for wedding invitations and opened my shop here at Etsy to sell original work. When I'm not working in my studio at home here in Vermont, I'm a stay-at-home-mom to our two young children, who love to roll, crimp, and glue strips of paper (I keep a big box of scrap and odd bits just for them). On my daughter's 3rd birthday, I made a standing paper girl figure for the top of her cake. Since then, she has had a new paper girl or fairy each year for the top of her birthday cake. These were the early inspiration for the colorful art dolls I make now for the shop.

One of my favorite quilling techniques is rolling the paper strips into a tight, solid roll or ring. The result is a small, paper "coin" which can be manipulated and shaped, almost like clay. It's magical! Combining that tactile experience with a palette of fun color creates such joy — I could drink that in all day. My hope is that my work will likewise bring a little pop of joy and color into your day!

I hope you enjoy looking around the shop!
–Tracy

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  • Tracy Belair Gaito

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    I design & create each piece by hand, take photos, and maintain the shop — including responding to your lovely notes. I love color, coffee, and seem to be on a quest to collect perfect acorns.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 7, 2016
Hello & thanks for looking around!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Payments are accepted through Etsy Direct Checkout, Etsy gift cards, and PayPal. Please pay promptly after you "commit to buy". Orders left unpaid after 3 days will be canceled, but note that I'll attempt to contact you via Etsy Conversation and listed email should a payment not be received before canceling your order.
Shipping
SHIPPING WITHIN THE U.S.
Orders will be shipped to the address you have on file with Etsy. Please make sure this is correct. I am not responsible for misdelivered or undelivered packages where the shipping address given was incorrect. I am not responsible for delays caused by weather or transit once the package has been put into the USPS system. All U.S. orders will have tracking and insurance added.

SHIPPING OUTSIDE THE U.S.
All duties and customs fees (these are added by your country, not by me) are the responsibility of the buyer. I cannot legally ship your package as a gift, so please note you will need to pay these fees yourself. I also cannot be held responsible for delays caused by weather, transit, or customs.

SHIPPING TIMES
All ready-to-ship items typically ship within 3 business days after payment is received. If "life happens" (blizzards, sick children, etc.) I will get in touch ASAP to let you know of any delay. See shop announcement for any current update on ship times.

Please see individual listings for current production times on custom orders.
Refunds and Exchanges
ALL ITEMS
Items may be returned for a refund of the purchase price (I am unable to refund shipping charges) within 3 days of receipt of delivery. Item must be received in the same condition and packaging as it left my hands originally. Customer is responsible for return shipping charges. Once I receive the item back, I will issue a refund on your purchase price. Returns or exchanges can't be processed until I have received the item. Please send a Conversation to start return arrangements.

A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT CUSTOM ITEMS
I work closely with you to create a piece you will be thrilled with, providing photos during production and avoiding unhappy surprises! If you receive your item and are unhappy, please get in touch within 3 days of delivery to discuss a return and refund.

BROKEN or DAMAGED ITEMS
I package each item very carefully to make it safely to you, but should you receive a broken or damaged item, please contact me immediately (within 3 days of delivery) and we will work together to resolve the issue.

LOST, STOLEN, or DAMAGED PACKAGES
Theft, loss and breakage rarely occur. I cannot be held responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged-in-transit packages. Please contact me immediately if you feel your package has been lost or arrives damaged. *Please be sure your shipping address is correct before shipment*
Additional policies and FAQs
CUSTOM ORDERS & ADDITIONS
I am happy to do new custom orders and add "props" to ready-to-ship dolls, just let me know what you have in mind and we can work out details together. Minor changes to existing designs or small additions won't generally require any additional costs. However, an additional charge might be required for major changes or a totally new design. Just send me a convo with your ideas, and I will let you know the cost for your custom order.

Additional time may be required to complete a custom addition to an item that was ready-to-ship. Contact me with any questions and I will always let you know what the new timeframe will be. Thank you!