Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Rosette Snowman

Yes, I'm still here.  It's been over a week since my last post, but I've noticed that things in blogland seem to get quiet right after Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas finishes.  And I'm no exception.  What I've been up to.....working on collaborative books as they come my way, finishing Chanukah and Christmas cards, spending time with my mom, and trying to just sit down and create something for no specific reason.

When the rosette dies first came out I did a lot of experimenting with them and they really are versatile.  The other day Tim showed how to turn them into trees.  If you follow his directions for shaping the rosette you also have the makings of a sweet umbrella.  But that's not what I've been up to.  I decided to try my hand at a rosette snowman.


I used all the rosette sizes for the body, which was cut from lightly patterned white cardstock.  After assembly, icicle stickles were rubbed around the edges.


The hat was made by glueing several layers of circles together (cut from patterned black cardstock) for the brim, and more (smaller) circles for the top, finished with one very small rosette....made by trimming some of the width from the smallest of the rosettes.  Caution:   you really must reinforce the rosettes with tape before folding, especially if you plan to cut one smaller.  If you don't, you'll wind up with a handful of pieces.



The broom handle is part of a paintbrush that was no longer brushing, and the broom itself was made with twine and a whole lot of glossy accents to keep it all in place.  It is attached to the snowman with thin wire.  The "hand" is a bit of twill ribbon that hides the wire.


I'm laughing right now because in this closeup I think it looks like a chicken.  However, if you go back to the full body shot, I do believe it does resemble a snowman.  The eyes are just black cardstock cut with a plain office supply hole punch.  Can you guess what the nose is made of? 
I sacrificed the tip of an orange crayon for that.

Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to all my friends in blogland!

24 comments:

Dorothy said...

OMG Eileen!! He is too cute!

Alicia said...

Oh My Now this is true WOW FACTOR!!! *Hugs*

Hetty said...

Absolutely wonderful snowman and thanks for showing all the details!
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

donna!ee said...

very very clever...thank you much for sharing! :)

Helen said...

What a great idea - he is lovely! and of course he looks like a snowman!
Happy Christmas to you and yours.

Anita Houston said...

This is fabulous! Love the hat...great detail! And that broom is wonderful...perfect detail!!!

Penny Duncan Creations said...

OMG!!!!!! This is OVER THE TOP FANTASTIC!!!! I absolutely LOVE this!!!!!

Kirsten Alicia said...

That is, quite probably, the best snowman I have ever seen!! He is wonderful.

Nancy Lynn said...

This is a way cool Snowman. Happy Holidays.

Elena said...

That is absolutely adorable Eileen!!! Love it!!! I am sure it took a lot more patience to make that I could conjure up right now!

Sue Young said...

I agree totally with Elena!!!!!!!!!!!!
He us just the cutest
!
You should send the pic to Tim!!!!!!!
Happy holidays my friend !
Xo

artbyvic said...

Great little snowman!!

Patzee said...

What a great snowman! Love your close up--I never would have guessed an orange crayon gave it's tip for the nose--very clever!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

How adorable. Love the broom!

Izolda said...

Oh! He is incredible!!!!!! Has a bit stern look on his face but it makes it even cuter :-) Thank you for explaining everything. And his nose is the best!!!!!!!

Hels Sheridan said...

oh how absolutely fabulous he is!! Love him! Happy Christmas to you and yours x

LaStamper said...

You are so innovative! Love the broom, the nose and the composition of your snowman.

Tammy D said...

Adorable! What a great way to use the rosettes!

lee said...

wonderful! Have a Merry Christmas!

Sue Fraser said...

I love your snowman, Eileen. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Christmas.

PaulaJ said...

adorable!

jrmathers said...

I THINK IT IS ABASOLUTELY ADORABLE

Adventures in Arts and Crafts said...

LOVE it! I love rosettes anyway, but first the turkeys and trees at Tim's and now your snowman. I'm in heaven. Happy days ahead!

Lori said...

This is too cute! What a great idea! Love the hat.