Monday, March 10, 2014

Spring is blooming


This month I joined up with 43 other bloggers in a Silhouette challenge!  After you read my post, keep scrolling down to see the list of all the other projects they came up with!

For my Silhouette challenge this month, the theme was paper.  Yes.  Paper.  The possibilities this month were endless and quite honestly, pretty intimidating.  I knew the pressure to have something amazing would be on!


I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for this challenge, and really, I almost sat it out because I couldn't commit to any one thing.  But, on one of my trips to Ben Franklin (a local craft store) I came across a display of a paper rosette wreath and I knew then, that I needed to have one in my life.


Making these rosettes was pretty intimidating to start.  Getting the right sizes was challenging.  I started simple and did exactly what all the tutorials I read said to do, which was to use a scorer.  This worked out well, but it was time consuming and did't use my Silhouette at all, which after all, was the whole point to this.  I also felt that a lot of the tutorials didn't explain that you would need two paper strips per rosette to get a really good look.  A lot of trial and error was had with this project.


Once I got the general concept of the rosettes down by hand, I headed over to my Silhouette program and started playing around.


I first drew a rectangle.  Then I put on my grid and also selected "snap to grid." With those in place, I drew a line every 1/4 inch down the rectangle.  When that was all done, I selected just the lines I drew and went into the cut style function. This is where I learned a new feature.  I had no clue I could have it cut a perforation.  It was amazing!

When it cut out it made just these tiny dashes that I used as fold marks.  It totally made it easier and quicker than using the scorer.  Honestly, it took me a good hour testing sizes and methods until I found this one.  I almost gave up and just went with the scorer, but I am so glad that I did not.


Of course, after I spent all this time trying to figure out how to do it myself, did I search the Silhouette store and found 5 or 6 different files I could have just bought.  I did end up buying a couple so I could have fancy edging because I was not ready to venture into that realm just yet.



To make them is simple, well after you get the hang of it.  It took me about 4 tries to get it down. First you need to cut out your design.  I choose to show you with one of the spiky ones I bought from the Silhouette store so it might be easier to see the folds and stuff.  


Here you can see the perforated cuts.  All you do now is simply fold in a fan like manner on the perforations.


For this rosette I went with four sections.  I probably could have gotten away with three, but I didn't want to waste a bunch of paper.  


When they are all folded, you need to line them up together.  You want to make sure they fit together if that makes sense.  Then I hot glued them together.


See what I mean about fitting together?  Now it's like one continuous piece.  Do that with all your pieces.


When you have one long piece, you just hot glue he ends together so it's a circle.


To get the rosette look, you then need to push it down flat.  This was the part I struggled with the most.  First, I didn't have a circle long enough so all my paper ripped.  You also have to be careful you don't make them too big either because they are hard to hold together when you glue them.


When you get it all pushed down, you have to squeeze it together.


Then you stick some hot glue in the middle and squeeeeeeeeeeeze until it's nice and tight.  And then you wait.  You have to hold it while it's drying because if you don't, it will pull apart.


And then voila!  You have a fancy rosette!  At this point you can add a center to it, I just cut out various sized circles and hot glued them on.  But easy peasy right?


I am totally loving how it came out.  It was simple (when I had the right pattern) and quick (once I got the hang of it).  I have become so obsessed with them, I made a book one for my friend's baby shower and a St. Patrick's day one too.  I also plan on making a garland with them too for Lucy's birthday party.


So end of story, I love them and I really like making them!  Look out, I might make one for every holiday now!

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!
  The Great Lamp Rescue Barnyard Animal Paper Garland & Party Details Sweet and Simple Easter Bunny Card Owl Theme Baby Shower Ombre Paint Chip Earrings & Free Cut File Spring is Blooming Drop It (Like It's Hot) Hexagon Tray Spruce Up Your RECIPE BOOK Gift Card Giving Free Cut Files Custom outlines for stamps Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Juice Boxes Wine Themed Bridal Shower Learn How To Make A Sewn Paper Garland! Moroccan Thank You Card 3D Flower Spring Wreath For the Love of Paper: Cutting Embellishments Create Your Own St. Patrick's Day Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers Swimming Word Art St. Patrick's Day Lime White Chocolate Chips Cupcakes + Freebie You're invited to a dog party! I'm so Lucky! Spring Wreath with SIlhouette Cut Flowers Tiny Princesses Paper Dolls Colorful Quote with your Silhouette Get Well Bouquet with Persimmon Roses Greeting Card Holder Baby Shower Invitations How-To Create a Custom Pillowbox on Your Silhouette Machine + Free Cut File! Quality Time Jar Matchbox Cover with {FREE CUT FILE} DIY Baby Girl Shower Invitation Candy Alphabet Travel Game Paper Garland Pretty Paper Roses DIY Geometric Heart Journal Hand Made Decorations for a Pirate Party Wedding Shower Gift Heart Map Decoupaged Letters (A scanner + A Silhouette = Spectacular results!) Easter Pop-up Box Card with Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper from Stampin' Up! Better World Greeting Cards Star Wars Silhouette Canvas Monogrammed Gifts Make Printable Gift Wrap with your Silhouette Software Free Printable: Blank Banner with free Silhouette Cut File
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49 comments:

  1. Wow, I love all those bright colors! It turned out so beautiful!

    Becky @ My Paper Craze

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  2. How fun! I love all the bright colors! I sure hope Spring is on its way...it has been a long winter her in WI.

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    1. I hope it's on the way too for your sake! It looks like it's been a hard winter!

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  3. Beautiful wreath! I've made these before but never thought to use my Silhouette, that really opens up the possibilities. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I am so glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Hi Randi! I'm a newbie Silhouette challenger... nice to meet ya! I love the paper rosettes! Awesome job figuring out how to make them. The wreath turned out great... I love the colors and the layering!

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    1. Welcome to the challenge and thank you so much for stopping by!

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  5. What a beautiful wreath and great use of your Silhouette!

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  6. Spring truly is here as a Daughter's thoughts have remembered her Daddd.......WE GOT OUR GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!!!......And some CD's with The Office on them......U are now my favorite Daughter.......Thx so much!!

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    1. I am glad you liked the cookies, and The Office :) And PS I am your ONLY daughter ;)

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  7. Your wreath is beautiful! Nice touch to your spring decor.

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  8. THANKS so much for your tutorial. I've been wanting to make one of these, but wasn't sure how to put it together. Your wreath is beautiful! One question....What does "snap to grid" mean?

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    1. The snap to grid is in the grid settings window. I should probably edit this post to include that! Thanks!!!! :)

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  9. Oh, this is so bright & cheerful! Love how it turned out.

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  10. That looks great!
    I started making rosettes a few parties ago and loved them, but it was such a pain to fold them. I was really excited when I got my silhouette to try to make some! Thanks for showing us it can be done.

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    1. It's much easier this way! And I just hand the cutouts to my daughter and she folds them for me :)

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  11. Hi Randi,

    Your wreath turned out fabulous! I love, love, love the bright colors, makes it look happy! And I love how you used rosettes with different edge patterns. Now that I can make rosettes with my Silhouette I'm making them all the time! I've never made a wreath though and yours is inspiring me to make one! I'm so excited to be a part of this incredibly talented Silhouette Challenge group.

    Peace, Love and Joy,
    Joyce

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    1. I am so glad I could help inspire you to make your own wreath! It's a great group!!

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  12. This is so pretty! Pinning!!

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  13. I love this! Such bright and cheery colors for Spring!

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  14. I fell in love with the wreath as soon as I saw it! The colors are amazing and perfect for spring. Great job!

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    1. Thank you! I still can't believe *I* made it! I love it too!

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  15. Super cute and cheerful! I LOVE it. love the pattern you chose. all of them go so well. I'm definitelt inspired to make one myself!

    XOXO

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    1. I am so glad I could help inspire you! Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Pretty--love all those bright colors!

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  17. Love it!! Believe it or not, after I cut the flowers for my wreath, I thought about folding them fan-style to create something similar. Yours looks amazing!

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    1. Well you know what they say...great minds ;)

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  18. I love the bright colors! Your rosettes look perfect. :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by!!

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  19. Randi,
    I love the colors of the wreath. It is like your Door is ready to jump into Spring!
    SC Buddy,
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

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    1. It really brightens up my door :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  20. Oh, it turned out so pretty! Love the bright colors!

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  21. I am so in love with this I cannot wait to try it myself!

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  22. What a beautiful springtime wreath! Now I have to go out and get a Silhouette. Just wanted to let you know that I am linking to this post from my website today if you don't mind.

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  23. i love your wreath! It has inspired me to make some!! never even thought of attempting it with my cameo (not sure why, if my cameo just makes life easier!!) i was wondering which items you bought from the store? or what their Design ID # were

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  24. I loved your wreath! You've inspired me to make some rosettes!!( not sure why i never thought of making these with my Cameo, especially since all it does it make my life easier!?!) I was wondering what items you bought? Or what the Design ID # was?

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    1. I bought Design ID #48180, Design ID #21879, Design ID #21804, and then I designed my own. I'll be posting that file when I do Lucy's birthday party post so make sure to check back in a few weeks :)

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