Rosettes | The Easy Way

Before I get to my post today, I have a quick personal announcement. A few weeks ago I applied for a corporate real estate position here in Nashville and…..I was offered a temporary position! I start tomorrow. I’ll be working full time for several months. The house is still for sale, I still want to move back to Florida, but this is the perfect solution while I’m waiting. And if there’s a full time position at the end of this, maybe I will stay in Tennessee!

My two and a half year extended vacation (I was laid off 855 days ago….) is coming to an end. I’m sure this will effect my blog. I love blogging and all the wonderful friends I’ve made here. I’m not going anywhere, but I have a feeling I won’t be posting as much. Crafting time will be more limited again. Bare with me as I get used to my new schedule!

Now, on with the post!

I love all the rosettes I’ve been seeing for the past couple of years, but it usually takes me a long time to jump on the band wagon. At first, everyone was manually accordion folding the paper to get these fun embellishments. The first time I tried it, I scored too hard and the paper ripped. That’s probably why I never tried again!

If you can manage to score them properly, there are some advantages to creating them yourself:

  1. You can add a decorative edge to your rosette by punching the edge before you score the folds. Not all edge punches will work, but many of them do.
  2. You can control the size – the wider your rosette is, the more accordion folds you will need to make it a full rosette.

But I’m always looking for an easier, quicker way to do things while still making them myself. Here are some diecut tools from several different manufacturers:

I picked up the two Tim Holtz dies from Sizzix. The difference between the two is in the size of the rosettes. You can see the different sizes in my layout below:

The green rosette above uses the large die and the two floral pattern paper rosettes — the small one at the top and the larger one near the journaling block — show the double die with the two smaller rosettes.

Other Supplies: Delight Thickers and 7 Gypsies 97% Complete tag.

Now that I’ve used these dies a bit, I wanted to pass on a few tips I’ve picked up:

  1. It takes a few times to get used to the way you mush in the folds to the center to create the round rosette. Always make sure the scallops are on the bottom and you are mushing in the straight edge.
  2. I picked up this genius tip from Jennifer McGuire – use a long piece of plain old Scotch tape across the back side of your rosettes to keep the score marks from tearing as you fold.
  3. The Sizzix dies also cut out circles you can adhere to the top of your rosette.  Add a thick glue dot to that center before you create the rosette so you can immediately transfer the center to the rosette to minimize the chances of it coming back apart.
  4. If you want to add a brad or jewel or something else to the center of the rosette, keep that center with the glue dot handy because you can adhere it to the back side of the rosette instead. It will help keep the rosette together until you fill the center with a strong adhesive (like glossy accents) to attach your center embellishment.

Whether you make them yourself, purchase prepackaged rosettes or get some help from a diecut tool, it doesn’t look like the rosette trend is going anywhere soon. Are you crazy for the rosettes or have you let this trend pass you by?

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Not only do I love the look of your layout, I love the idea!!
    I do love me some rossettes.
    You don’t know how many times I have picked up the Tim Holtz dies only to put them back on the shelf.
    I have always made my own, but the die really calls to me, but so many other tools do also 😉

  2. Wow, Tammy! That is such good news! Congratulations on your new job! My own blog has been sadly neglected lately because of a high work load plus a lot of actual scrapping. I’m sorry that I haven’t been around here to return all your wonderful comments on my blog. Hopefully, I’ll get some more “online time” soon. 🙂

    I love my Tim Holtz rosette die! Thank you for the tips! I’ve mushed in the scalloped edge by mistake several times. D-oh! lol! Jennifer McGuire’s advice with the Scotch tape IS genious! I’m going to try that!

  3. Congrats on the new job! I loved my stay in Nashville. We lived in Brentwood and our house overlooked the mountains – so beautiful! Good luck with your new venture.

    GREAT page!! LOVE doors and windows esp. the ones with character 🙂 I create my flowers with a combination of Spellbinders die templates and good ole fashion handmade ones too.

    Have a good day 🙂

  4. Great news about the job!! Congrats!!!! And I love your layout! Thanks for the tips! 🙂

  5. I haven’t used many rosettes, but I do like the way they look on your Doors layout.

    Congrats on the job – I’ll be praying that all works out for the best, whether that’s Florida or Tennessee. Good luck with getting back into a new routine and schedule!

  6. I have not done much with rosettes, but I do love the way they look on your layout! Best wishes as you start your new job! I’m sure you will settle into a new routine in no time.

  7. I love your rosettes and will have to look into those dies. I usually make mine by hand, but using that tool would make things so much easier.

  8. Very pretty rosettes!
    Good luck with your new job!!! 🙂

  9. Congrats on the new job! I am sure you will figure out how to juggle it all! I love the rosettes….so great that they have a die for it now! Thanks for sharing the tips!!

  10. Congratulations on your new endeavour! Enjoy! You’ll always find time to craft so don’t worry, it’ll fit into the schedule somehow. I’ve done the rosettes by hand and like you scored a little to heavy handed. I kept thinking if I made the rosettes by hand the money saved on that die could go to another. What was I thinking?

  11. Oh my gosh, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I’m so excited for you 🙂 🙂 🙂 Don’t worry, you’ll still find time to craft, I work full time and I make sure I find time each day to do something creative. It’s just like exercising for me, I find time for that too 🙂
    As for the rosettes, I love those, the handmade and the dies. But I’ve never used them on a layout or a card. Might have to work on that!

  12. Congrats on the job! How awesome is that! I love those rosettes too, but I can never get them to stay together. 🙁

  13. Tammy, that is wonderful news on the job front; wishing you all the best! I love the look of rosettes, but haven’t tried to make my own yet. I think the die cut version sounds a fabby idea! x

  14. Congrats on the job news! Best wishes to wherever that may take you!

    I know it’s hard to think of something else taking up your crafting/blogging time. I’ve also recently had a major life change that caused a bit of anxiety in terms of whether I’d be able to continue with crafting and blogging. I’m here if you ever want to chat about it!

  15. Congrats on your new job! Hope it’s a good fit and you enjoy it.

    Lovely layout… I love the dimension the rosettes give your page.

  16. I was so happy to read your news! Congrats Tammy and best of luck with your new job.

    I love rosettes. I have Tim’s die cut, but don’t have the long thingie that you need to sandwich it through the sizzix! Geez, I have to get my priorities straight!


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