Saturday, October 30, 2010

Things To Do With The Rosette Die On A Chilly Afternoon

Okay, so it doesn't have to be chilly, but it is here, and I'm happy being indoors with my creativity hat on.
I spent much of the morning and into the afternoon playing with Tim's fabulous rosette die.  I don't know what it is about making rosettes that is so much fun, but it's like an addiction.  You can't just make one....
And I love the challenge of finding new uses for things.
I started out by cutting some of the width off of the die cuts before assembling, so I could have some layers.
And here is my three tiered flower:


I'm reminded of those little cocktail umbrellas when I look at a rosette, so that was the next project.  I glued a circle on only one side of the rosette, weighed it down, and when it was totally dry, I formed the umbrella shape and glued a smaller circle on the other side.  I used a Maya Road stick pin as the umbrella handle.


Not that I have any immediate plans to use the umbrella; I just wanted to see if I could make one.  Right now both it and the layered flower are just decorating my bulletin board.

My final rosette challenge of the day....bird feathers.  Yep, you heard me right.

Start with a rosette strip.

Cut it into two pieces, one a little larger than the other.

Run a line of glue across the straight edge.

 Do the fan fold and secure the glued edge with an alligator clip.  Do this to both pieces of paper.

While secured by the clip, fully fan out the rosette piece.


On the smaller one, cut each fold on an angle and separate the paper at the perforations.



Use the larger piece as tail feathers and the smaller as head feathers.
I'm thinking this is only the beginning.  I just KNOW that there are even more things to do with the rosette die on a chilly afternoon.

32 comments:

Sara Carns said...

Well, aren't you Little Miss Super Fab?!?!?! These are marvelous projects, Eileen! I'm eagerly waiting (and savin' the pennies) to get the Rosette die. I love, LOVE, LOVE it and have had so many ideas for it, too! I just love everything you did with it! Super Gorgeous!

Angie Hall Haviland said...

Totally FABULOUS!! Love all these ideas!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the bird... But when you told me bird feathers...I had something else in mind peacock or turkey LOL

Helen said...

Wow! How creative, I don't know where you get your ideas, but these are just fantastic.

Anonymous said...

This is awesome!!!I wear tons of hats and that is the neatest hat pin. I Also love the bird I see steampunk hat pin!!! Thanks for sharing.

Linda Johnson

Victoria said...

I love what you've done! My rosette die is on it's way right now.

Kerry said...

OK - you win! I'm going to order it - LOL! Fantastic projects, and I really like the flower. Thanks for sharing!

SusanK said...

Whoa, there! I think you need to help me clean up my yard of leaves, etc. so then we can BOTH have time to make such fab creations!

Kathy Eddy said...

These are just too cool Eileen! You have some great ideas there. If this is what happens, we need to keep you inside playing and lots of cold weather for you. LOL

Anonymous said...

luvvvvvvvvvvvv the feathers!!!! and the umbrella...and ummm...EVERYTHING u teach me! xo cher from ATT

Diann said...

Just awesome FUN, Eileen...I'm sure gonna wish for that die myself! I love the bird and things you shared with us! Diann

Wanda H said...

How Awesome!!!! Totally awesome!!!

ShellyRaeWood said...

Eileen! THat is awesome....all of it! LOVE it !! Great job and thanks for sharing! :)

Sue Young said...

Well,this is just the cutest thing EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Gonna have to get me one of those!I don't have any of the Tim die cut stuff/machine...are they pricey???
Tell me:what is the FABULOUS French paper you're using on the bird's body????????

Nancy said...

VERY clever,Ms Eileen! I finally used my die for the first time today - absolutely love it! Can't wait to see what else you & others come up, using that wonderful rosette.
TFS!

2amscrapper said...

so creative and clever!

Sandi M said...

Immediately, I thought of cocktail umbrellas also. That is the fanciest one i've ever seen :) And, that bird is super clever. Can't wait to see what else you dream up on a chilly day.

Mimi2six said...

You are too clever. Who would have thought that there were so many uses for a rosette die! I just got mine in the mail a couple of hours ago, I can't wait to get started. I can honestly say that you've added to my excitement about my latest purchase, thank you!

Elaine A said...

Hi Eileen -

I just got mine today and can't wait to start playing - after Halloween. I'll have tons of kiddies knocking on my door tomorrow. But my, oh, my! I love what you've created! I thought the umbrella was super cute, but then I saw that punky, mohawk bird and fell in love! How freakin' cute is he?!! Awesome!

Elaine Allen

Sue said...

You Go Girl!!! Love the bird!

Shirley said...

Thanks for sharing this! I'm partial to the umbrella...very cute...

Lori said...

I think you better lie down and rest a bit. Three big genius ideas in one day is a little much, don't you think? Ok, when you cut off some of the strip to make layers, don't they come apart at the perfs? (note to self, check out this theory tomorrow). The umbrella? Are you kidding me? Awesome. That would look cool with one of those pin up girl images holding it, just sayin'. Or in a mojito. With vodka. The bird feathers is so wicked genius, words cannot begin to describe. And I'm surprised the man himself hasn't left a comment on that one. Maybe he will. I think you need to email it to him. Now. Did I eat too much sugar today? Must have...

carol curran said...

love your projects,honestly, u have to put an umbrella in your drink on your blog picture...haha

Tammy D said...

Very Awesome!

teri said...

These are adorable! What clever ideas you had for this -- and seeing what you did is making me think of even more. love it!

Dorothy said...

Those are so cool! You are one smart cookie!!

Hels Sheridan said...

OMG!!! Those birdies are just to die for Eileen... thanks for sharing!!! x

Barbara Mason said...

Love the flower with the tiers - the Rosettes are addicting I think I stopped for a while -but that bird I can't stop laughing -- you clever woman you....Martha Stewart would make place cards for it and put names on for Thanksgiving LOL. Let's hope for many more chilly days!!!!LOL

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Oh WOW Eileen...these are all amazing!!! LOVE that flower and the bird is adorable...the Umbrella SO rocks!!!!!!!!

Heidi Bound said...

Love all of your ideas but the bird is my favorite (of course). Have you tried anything with that die and fabric?

Stephanie Rodgers said...

I'm waaaaaay behind in my emails, so I'm just reading this post now, and all I can is WOW! You are truly an inspiration! Three fantastically clever ideas in one day?! Cutting the paper to form layers for the flowers is ingenious! Can't wait to try that! Thanks for all your creative energy!

Pam Austin said...

Thank GOD you are retired, because someone needs to be inspiring us all! LOL Your creativity is just so amazing! And that you share it with us all - icing on the craft cake!

Patzee said...

I kinda guessed that a drink umbrella would soon make an appearance, but the bird TOTALLY BLEW ME AWAY! What a clever creation! I hope you sent that to Tim. It's super cool. I am in awe (and just a little fear) of the mind that can play with a paper shape and turn it into a flower, then into an umbrella and into feathers. WOW!!