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This is intended to be mainly about my crafting stories, as a personal record of what I do. However, I interpret crafting quite widely, not just paper crafting but other things too. I have a butterfly mind and like to change from one thing to another depending on what I feel like on a given day - knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, cards, baking and several others.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Rosettes galore

This is my first attempt at doing rosettes.  Everyone seems to be doing them so I decided I would have a go.  The only problem is that I do not have the die for doing the hard work, and I cannot justify the cost now I am signed up to Use It Up in 2012.  So it was down to just cutting strips of paper and circles (I already have one circle punch), and experimenting to see whether I could produce something reasonable, working out the correct width of paper to match the circles.  After several experiments, I thought of using some of my gorgeous foils to make something striking, hence the bright red.  I have already done one card with black and red and liked the contrast, so I managed to find an A5 piece of black card for my base card.  I wrapped the spine with a strip of the red flowered foil, made a rosette from the same paper and attached that with my trusty silicone glue.  Once it was put together, I laid it on my desk and put my hole punch on top to hold it in place.  The sentiment was a silver peel off which I coloured with a red Dufex pen.  I was quite pleased with the result and I hope the intended recipient will not have time to study my blog before she receives this card.  This design was intended for the UKScrappers 52 week challenge, but I am late again.

 On my desk here, you can see some of the other experiments and the makings for a few more.  I shall store these in yet another box for future use.  After doing the cutting, I took the strips downstairs and did the folding while vegetating in front of the tv, then glued them together the next day.

I hope you will be encouraged to have a go at some of these things even if you don't have the gadgets to do them.  After all, gadgets were just invented to make the job easier, most things can be done by hand, even if it takes a little longer.  Just have a go and have fun.

12 comments:

Di said...

Brilliant Maggie! I've been wanting to have a go at rosettes with strips of paper for a while now so once the ironing is done I'll be having a play! Love the rich red contrasting with the black too - looks great. Di xx

Angie said...

Had to drop by and say thanks for the tip ...it made me smile ....I love your rosettes ...great use of those papers.

BetteK said...

Well done for mastering those rosettes Maggie ... I just love making them too. I heard they are stronger if you cut strips and score and then fold them yourself ... I think the dies you can buy sort of "perforate" the folds and they become weakened ... or I could be quite, quite mistaken of course! Love D x

Felicia said...

Love your card and all the rosettes you made! Very pretty! *huggles* =0)

LadyofLostTimes said...

Ooooooh I like it! Love the black and red combo! Came great job on the rosette

Mrs A. said...

Very impressed with your rosettes . Hugs Mrs A.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah Maggie the queen of invention there - nothing like having a go even if we aint the right stuff now is there - really love the card you made with them too the folds look so great well done! Shaz in oz.x

Jessica said...

Hi! I made some of these things yesterday too. lol I was going to use them on masculine cards...but decided they looked too much like flowers. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Love the card! TFS

Pat said...

Better late than never. You should be pleased with your black and red card - the rosette adds interest and excitement to the piece. Well done, kiddo!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Maggie, just read your comment on my blog re the 100% UIU thingy you pinched ... I've got no problem with that at all, but it didn't originate with me ... I got of Fran's blog - here: http://ladyoflosttimescrafts.blogspot.com/2012/01/uiu-how-are-you-doing.html

Felicia has made quite a few for us to choose from so the credit is all hers. Elizabeth x

Enfys said...

Lovely card, your rosette is super. Thanks for entering my challenge - can you put a link to the challenge on your post please if it's not too much of a faff!
Hugs
Enfys x

Cindy :) said...

it's stunning Maggie, love it saw it on the going buggy challenge and popped over :) now your newest follower #40