Friday, 8 July 2011

Scallop Circle Roses

I apologise sincerely for my extreme neglect of my little blog... I'm so sorry, I don't know where the time has gone!  In the last little while we have redecorated our front room and dining room (in a day and a half as my mum and dad were coming to stay and the builders came a week late!) Then we had my lovely parents up for a week.  This is a real treat and we wanted to put everything aside as I hadn't seen them for a whole year!

Then we had end of terms sports days, leaving day and the start of our Summer Camp which lasts for 3 weeks.  It has been busy.

But... in amongst that we have had lovely workshops at Carol and Pamela's as well as at home when my mum was up (first time she's ever been to mine so very exciting!)

So I've decided to show you what I've been making and demonstrating a lot lately.  When I first saw the Scallop Circle die in the Mini Catalogue, I knew immediately it could be used for a flower.  I got the idea from a smaller die that Sizzix do (not SU) but Stampin' Up's one is FAR better!

Here's what we made...

And here is a photo heavy tutorial (as I'm camera shy and not wanting to video it!)

Put your chosen felt through the Big Shot with the Scallop Circle die and draw this outline on it.  (I've shown this part on card as it's easier to see)  Draw the first ring of bumps close to the edge then as you go down a row make the bumps wider (so the petals are bigger on the outside of the flower) and increase the distance between each ring of the spiral (so the petals are smaller in height in the middle and larger at the outside)

 Then cut your felt along the lines until you reach the middle, turn your shape over (so pen marks on the back) and place the cut edge furthest away at the top (as per the photo below)
 Start to curl the felt around in a spiral as loose or tight as you'd like.  If you are unhappy with loose, try tighter and vice versa.

When you have spiraled up all your felt you end up with a circular piece that acts as a flap at the bottom.  I add glue to the edges of all your spirals (as shown below) and also the inside of the flap.  Tombow is great for this unless you are not using wool felt.  The poorer the felt quality, the stronger the glue you'll need.

This is with the flap glued into place, note the pen markings are underneath.

Then hand cut some felt leaves and glue one shorter one on the base of your flower. covering any pen markings.  Then with a slightly longer felt leaf, slide the brooch pin on and secure the pin to the base with the leaf (as per the first photos). 

Voila!   A beautiful brooch!  Carol and Pamela both wanted to try these at their workshops and we added pretty stamped tags and seam binding ribbon as a little extra!  Have a look...

Here were some of theirs.  Utterly gorgeous!  I'm afraid of crediting them incase I make a mistake but I'll try...


Sorry to everyone's who I didn't get on here, they were all gorgeous.

And the Nature's Walk card I demonstrated on the night...

Recipes for Roses:  Big Shot!
Scallop Circle Die
Tombow adhesive
Tiny Tags set
Jewellry tag punch
Linen Thread
Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon
extras:  Brooch back

Recipe for card:
Nature's Walk set
Subtles Write Markers
Early Espresso cardstock and ink
3/4" circle punch
Pocket Silhouettes hostess set
Scallop Border Punch
Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Notecard and envelope

If you would like to order any of these items, or host a workshop and make a brooch for yourself, please contact me at

If you get in quick you just may get the £20 extra hostess benefits my last two hostesses got!  Imagine your Scallop Circle die and the Nature Walk set (or whatever you've got your heart set on) for free! Just by inviting people over!  Plus we usually eat a lot of these...

I'll be back tomorrow with a decorated journal and some more recent makes.  Let me know what you think and that you were here!

Rhoda x


  1. Very nice Rhoda.

  2. The scallop circle brooches are really pretty! can't wait to get my big shot for my birthday so i can get this die and try it out! x