Crafty Secrets August Linky Party and Tutorial

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This is my second post for the day.  If you are looking for the Craft Hoarder’s Anonymous post, please scroll down, or click here.

Hello, Friends!  Summer is fast fading away.  School supplies fill the aisles of local stores, and kids are getting fitted for new shoes.  Yep.  It’s time to go back to school, and that is the theme for our Crafty Secrets August Linky Party.  The Design Team has prepared Fall/ Back to School projects and tutorials to share with you, and since I’ve had a sneak peek of them all, I know you are going to be inspired to play along!  I’ve created a vintage easel and matching box for my project, and my tutorial is on how to create a rosette without the use of a die.

Crafty Secrets August 2014 Linky 01I printed papers from Creating with Vintage Typography CD 3, used the Digital Letterpress Journal Doublesided Papers, and an image from Childhood Vintage Images and Journal Notes .  The card is sized at 6″square, and the paper image was treated with UTEE to make it look like an old photograph.  The ribbon is 5/8 inch Black Plaid from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I made the matching box to handle the dimension of the easel.

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Crafty Secrets August 2014 Linky 03Crafty Secrets August 2014 Linky 04Now, here’s a step by step guide to making rosettes without using a cutting die.

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1. Cut a strip of paper that is 1 1/2″ wide by 10 1/4″ long.  Score the paper at every 1/4 inch.

Crafty Secrets August 2014 Linky 092. Use a decorative punch to add fun details to your scored paper strip.

Crafty Secrets August 2014 Linky 103. Beginning on the left hand side, accordion fold your paper strip.

Crafty Secrets August 2014 Linky 114. Glue the two ends of the folded strip together to form a circle.

Crafty Secrets August 2014 Linky 12Use a clamp to hold the ends together while the glue sets, and plug in your hot glue gun.  You will also want to put a non-stick craft sheet on your work surface.  If you don’t have a non-stick craft sheet, you can use a piece of parchment paper. Go ahead and thread your button at this point.

Crafty Secrets August 2014 Linky 14When the glue gun is ready, squeeze out a dime sized circle of hot glue onto your craft sheet and press the flat edge of the rosette down into the puddle of glue as shown above.

Crafty Secrets August 2014 Linky 15Press your threaded button on top of the rosette while the glue is still soft. This will hold the rosette together.  Let it cool for about a minute.

Crafty Secrets August 2014 Linky 16I like to ink the edges of my rosette with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give it that aged look.

Crafty Secrets August 2014 Linky 17Punch a 1 14″ circle from cardstock to use as the backing on your rosette.  I used the blades of my scissors to release the glued rosette from my non-stick craft sheet, then I glue down the punched circle.  And that’s all there is to it! You can create many different looks by changing up the punch that you use on the edge of your paper strip.  If you make your paper strip wider, you’ll have larger rosettes.  If you make it more narrow, you’ll have smaller rosettes that you can stack together.

Crafty Secrets August 2014 Linky 05Now it’s your turn! Visit each of the design team blogs listed below. Then create a NEW project of your choice featuring Crafty Secrets product and link it up to the Heartwarming Vintage Blog no later than 11:59PT, Sunday, August 20th. You do not need to follow this month’s theme to play along. If you do not have any Crafty Secrets goodies, check out the FREE DOWNLOADS located in the sidebar of the Heartwarming Vintage blog. Be sure to link back to Crafty Secrets  in your post, and let us know what Crafty Secrets products you are featuring in your project. One lucky player will be randomly selected to win a $50 shopping spree in our online store. Each player who participates will receive a $6 credit to the online store. We’ll be popping by to leave you some lovely comments on your blog post, too. Thanks for playing along, and good luck!

♥  Darlene ♥  DianeElizabethGloria ♥ Melody ♥ Michele ♥ ShantaieSheila

Until next time,




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17 thoughts on “Crafty Secrets August Linky Party and Tutorial

  1. Cammie

    I’m in awe of the way you can layer so many patterns and bits and bobs and end up with such fabulous projects. Thanks for the rosette tutorial.

  2. KT Fit Kitty

    Wow, your projects are gorgeous! And thank you for showing how to make the rosette – I have seen these but did not know how to make them.

  3. Diane Hover

    Awesome project…beautiful box and card…both are a gift just within themselves, who wouldn’t love to receive this set..I know I would!! What a creative way to make a rosette, and I love the idea of any size…..a great tutorial…thanks for sharing!!

  4. Gloria Stengel

    I am not sure if I love the box more of the card! Both are outstanding! I know a teacher you could send those to….. hee hee I love the ribbon. I have gobs of black gingham….I hope I never run out. 😉

  5. Lee Ann Barrett

    Amazing project, Kathy! All of your elements go together beautifully. Love the large letter dp and that gingham bow. The pops of red are perfect and your tutorial is awesome!

  6. Elizabeth Lincoln

    Kathy, this is amazing, I love every element you used. You are truly a master at the art of collage. Where were you when I bought that rosette die 3 years ago? You could have saved me all kind of money and storage and on top of it all I could have made rosettes in any size with a variety of punched edges. Also the blog is well done. Very well written and inspiring.

  7. Robin

    This is a wonderful tribute to education! School always brings back memories for all of us. I love the use of font papers and thanks for the tutorial on rosettes! A very sweet project!

  8. Pattie Jns

    WOW! thanks for the tutorial. I need to do that, I love that rosette but didn’t want to buy the die.
    Love those easel the cute old time school house photo. School had a great deal more authority, in dress and conduct then. HUmmm, makes us wonder where things went wrong, in some places now.

  9. Darlene Pavlick

    Good Golly Miss Molly!!! This is AMAZING! Your are always such a clever lady and I just LOVE this project! Don’t you just adore those ‘old time’ school house photos (I think I see my mom & her 8 sisters in that photo, teehee) FABULOUS tutorial and project Kathy! As always … thanks for inspiration and insight! YOU ROCK!!
    HUGS from OHIO!

  10. Birgit

    Hi Kathy~ Your projects are wonderful as always! I do however adore that easel project with the old school photo… it is just too darling and it really does look like an old photo! ((HUGS))

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