Tuesday, October 28, 2014

we're playing *AROUND*...

...at shopping our stash this week with a challenge we like to call, "rollin' rollin' rollin"! there are a few ways you can approach this one, so here are the official details:

Use round images 
(but NOT just one round die-cut!) 
Make a circle card 
Use a brayer 
(it's long and round and rolls) 
Use a Western theme 
(since we got this idea from the theme song of Rawhide!)

isn't it fabulous to have choices?! i went with a round card, because as much as i love making those, i tend to forget about them until someone says, "hey let's make round cards!"; i tried to bring in a bunch of smaller round elements within the circular design of the card, just because it seemed like a fun thing to do, and i liked how they looked:
patterned paper: k and co; florals and leaves: prima, recollections and petaloo; heart brad and pleated circle thingie: american crafts; "party" sticker and 1" circle punch: ek success; gem brad: oriental trading; ink: colorbox; adhesives: staples brand gluetape runner, 3m foam tape, gluedots, sewing machine

my round cards generally don't open. i know some cardmakers feel like that's cheating, but i'm not a person who loves engineering for its own sake, so i'm willing to send the equivalent of a very fancy postcard (but in an envelope, of course!) and recipients frankly don't seem to mind! also, one of my favorite ways to trim a round card is with a border of scallops and if you don't bother with a hinge, you don't have to worry about having details glued to the top of the circle, woohoo.

i usually make the large circle using an old fashioned geometry-class compass, and i create my scallops by punching a whole bunch of small circles out of scraps. to attach those, i run a line of gluetape around the back of the large circle, and stick them on so that about 1/2 of each smaller circle shows on the front. when all the circles are attached, i run another line of adhesive on the inner edge and cover the back with a second large circle, to hide the "mechanics" of the scallops. i often machine stitch around the perimeter of the front of the card, as well, but that's really just for decoration.

be sure to check out all the fabulous design team projects at SOS and link up your own masterpiece! ♥


  1. Love this, especially the scalloped edge and yummy colors.

  2. What a lot of work to make that scalloped edge but what an awesome look to it. Great use of the "rollin" challenge.

  3. I love the bursts of color! Such an awesome card...it makes this dreary washington rainy day not seem so icky...thanks for brightening my morning:)

  4. Okay, one question: HOW do you get the circles to come out evenly? I always seem to get a weird overlap.

    And BONUS POINTS for using a compass! I wonder how many people don't even know what one is. :D

  5. Choices ARE good! Sensational card. Great colors!

  6. So bright & fun! And OMG, engineering for its own sake...I like the way you thinks, chickie! Next time I make a circle card I'm remembering this (maybe I won't hate them so much if I'm not trying to make the dang things open!)

  7. "Engineering for its own sake" LOL! I did the same thing you did with the small circle border, but only because I don't have a large scalloped die set. (Even went to 3 stores looking for them, with no luck! GRRR!) Anywhoooo, YOUR card is all kinds of amazingness! Love the bright colors, the flowers and the stitching!

  8. That is so NOT cheating!
    I didn't make a round card for exactly that reason! Why didn't I think to just make a one sided circle?? DUH!!!
    Love the fab bright colours and design papers...awesome job!!

  9. How pretty and clever is this! Perfect!


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