With all the Halloween stamp releases being posted I decided to pull out last years Halloween supplies, and have a little fun. I'm just completely in love with this little Halloween diarama I made. The rosettes and pine sprigs are my favorite!
I found this great picture of a collage of rosettes in a blog post for decorating entryways. I simply LOVE rosettes so any new way I can decorate with this is a win for me!
I almost forgot to post this little dear. This pretty little festive rosette was made with some seasonal Halloween paper, and card stock. There are two rosettes stacked one on top of the other to make up this ornament. It wouldn't be a proper Halloween decoration without tons of black and diamond stickles. And the owl from my favorite Martha Stewart Halloween stamps Elegant Witch looms from the center. Oh and of course you can't forget a little bit of black satin ribbon to finish it off. Here is the Rosette Tutorial video that first taught me how to make them.
Neenah Creative Collection Classics Specialty Cardstock Starter Kit, 12 X 12 Inches, 72 Count (46408) -- Martha Stewart Halloween stamps Elegant Witch -- Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue 1/2-Ounce, Diamond -- 3L 3D Permanent Foam Squares 308-Pack, White -- Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board and Envelope Tool -- Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Vintage Photo -- Glue Dots Removable Dot Sheets School Value Pack, 600 Clear Dots, 1/2-Inch -- Stickles Glitter Glue 0.5 Ounce-Black Diamond - 621641 -- K&Company Kelly Panacci Halloween Mat Pad -- Sakura 30061 3-Piece Pigma Micron Blister Card Ink Pen Set, Black -- Offray Dainty Double Face Satin Craft Ribbon, 1/8-Inch Wide by 30-Yard Spool, Black -- Scor-Tape 1/8" X 27yds- -- Tonic Studios Tim Holtz 817 Kushgrip Non Stick Micro Serrated Snips -- EK Success Paper Shapers 1-Inch Circle Nesting Punch, Old Package -- Fiskars 12-23518897 Hand Punch, 1/8-Inch, Circle --
I do DEARLY love rosettes! They are just so dimensional and fun. I just can't help, but smile and want to play with them when I see them. This little beauty is one of the ornaments I made for my Christmas tree last year. I had the great fortune to move in with my favorite man in the whole world in August of 2012. Unfortunately, since the move one thing after another kept happening. I was in a pretty bad car wreck (only by the grace of God did I come out of it with only minor injury's, but had to buy another car). Then my Mom had to go back into the hospital again. She is fine now, but it made for a very stressful few months. I am happy to say my man bared it all extremely well and helped me immensely Even though he had like a bachelor for so long he instantly took up the cross and soldiered his girlfriend forward. So why am I telling you all of this, and what does it have to do with Christmas. Well, the first week of December was upon us and I was running around like a mad women just trying to keep my life together when Mr. Paul quietly stated that we should get a tree. For the last few years I am not exaggerating when I say that my life has been extremely chaotic and because of that I haven't had a Christmas tree. But his simple suggestion reminded me that this is
a very special time in our relationship that should be cherished and savored. That we should remember to take care of one another and make moments special. To slow down and acknowledge to passing of the seasons with the reverence they deserve by preserving and making new traditions I'm sure he wasn't thinking all of this when he made his statement about a tree, but it was like a cosmic slap upside the head that I needed. We got a tree, and of course we were extremely low on funds due to everything that was going so we made ornaments for it. We are both artists so we liked it better that way, but we didn't have time to make ornaments for the whole tree. So the rest was filled in with Star Wars legos. I just loved waking up and seeing that he had stuck Ewoks throughout it with their little spears pointing through the pine boughs. And a large white Wampa (abominable snowman like creature that rips Luke's arm off on Hoth) poised to attack from the highest branch.
So this rosette was my first ornament for the tree. Why the bird in a hat well... it reminds me of England for some reason. I think it's the party hats they wear around the holidays, (Mr Paul is British) and the bird looks like one that was in a painting on a pub sign I would walk past frequently when I would go to England during the summer. We ended up having a lovely Christmas filled with lots of new traditions and memories. And I am glad we made the extra effort, because in the end everything else that was stressing me out righted itself.
I stamped all my stamps and sponged them with the vintage photo ink. Then fussy cut them out. I basically made two rosettes using the scoring board ( I have no idea how people make them without the scoring board, but I surely can not). Here is the Rosette Tutorial video that first taught me how to make them. Before scoring I punched out all the boarders of the papers with the Fiskars punch. Then adhered the two rosettes with the glue dots. Placed the tinsel around the inner circle with some more glue dots. I aged the tinsel per Mr. Holtz's instructions with mushroom alcohol ink. Then stickled every place I could think of using the red to punctuate the piece and the diamond to highlight certain areas. Then punched a hole at the top for the ribbon. Very festive indeed!
My Mind's Eye - All Is Bright Collection - Christmas - Clear Acrylic Stamps -- Advantus Tinsel Twine by Tim Holtz Idea-ology, 6 Yards, Polyester, Silver, TH93025 -- Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink 1/2-Ounce, 3-Pack, Tuscan Garden, Red Peppr/Mushroom/Oregano -- Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue 1/2-Ounce, Diamond -- 3L 3D 1/2-Inch by 1/2-Inch Permanent Foam Squares, 126/Pkg, WhiteMartha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board and Envelope Tool -- Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Vintage Photo -- Glue Dots Removable Dot Sheets School Value Pack, 600 Clear Dots, 1/2-Inch -- Meadowlark 6 x 6 Paper Pad - My Minds Eye -- Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue 1/2-Ounce, Christmas Red -- Name Your Link -- Offray Dainty Double Face Satin Craft Ribbon, 1/8-Inch Wide by 30-Yard Spool, Black -- Scor-Tape 1/8" X 27yds- -- Tonic Studios Tim Holtz 817 Kushgrip Non Stick Micro Serrated Snips -- Fiskars Fiskars 1/4 Inch Hand Punch, Circle -- Fiskars 101630-1001 Interchangeable Border Punch, Banners Away --
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