October 28, 2010

Gypsy in the Pumpkin Patch!

I am so very excited to be a part of Sassy’s Design Team! Thank you for this opportunity to share my humble designs on this blog!
Pumpkins make my fall. I eat pumpkin bread, sip pumpkin spice latte and decorate with all shapes and sizes of…pumpkins! Eventually, I knew my craft space would turn into a pumpkin patch. And yours can, too!
What you will need: 

Orange, gold and green paper (I used Recollection Spice Market colors), a spool of floral wire (cloth covered), a wooden skewer (bought 50 at the Dollar store for nothing!) and my Gypsy, Rosie G! I also used the Thanksgiving Cart for leaves, but any broad leaf will do.

The first step is to design the pumpkin in the G! I selected an oval from Gypsy Wanderings:

On the Basic tab, tap on the yellow “chain” (beneath the height and width).

Now the height and the width can be adjusted independently of each otherSet the height to 2.35 and the width to 2.50. To do this: tap on the number and use the slide to set the correct height/width.

With your newly sized oval selected, duplicate it. On the Advanced tab tap on the double pink square.

While the new oval is selected, check the x and the y values on the Basic Tab. Write this down! The x value will move your image right to left and the y will move it top to bottom (of your screen!) My values are X (1.16) and Y (8.18)Select your first oval. Tap on the Y value first. The lower screen will change. move your oval to Y 8.18. Repeat with X; set at 0.35.

Group the two ovals. With oval one selected, tap on”join” on the Basic tab. With the join highlighted, tap on the second oval. Tap on the join to complete the operation.

Now, weld the joined ovals! With the group selected, move to the advanced tab. Tap on Weld.

Tap on the eye (preview)---the red indicates the cutting line!

Tap again to turn off the “preview” Duplicate your pumpkin 8 times!

Send the pumpkins to your Cricut! You should cut a total of 8 flat pumpkins.
Assembly is fun! Score between the two indents on the cut.

Next ink the edges and the score line for depth. Fold along the score line towards the inked side. Do this for all 8 sections and set aside.

Make the stem, next. Cut two lengths of covered wire: 10” and 8”. First, take the 10” wire and fold it in half. Hold it against the wooden skewer (my finger is holding it in place, it is not around the skewer yet!) Now tightly wrap the wire towards the pointed end. Be sure to leave about 2” free. Set it aside.

Using the 8” wire, take one end and wrap from the point 4-5 times. Repeat for the other cut end, creating the tendrils.
Wrap the the tendrils around the base of the stem.

Assemble the pumpkin, using 4 sections at a time. Place adhesive on the back of your first section, keeping it flat. Add the next 3 sections folded, so that you can match the fold with the center on the flat section. Set aside and repeat for the second half. (Ignore my two colors---too many bad photos!)

Open one four piece section of pumpkin. Add adhesive on the entire piece, especially on the fold. Place the end of the stem along the fold.

Open the second half of the pumpkin and add adhesive. Join the two halves along the fold. Arrange the sections to create a rounded pumpkin! 

Add a leaf to the base of the stem!

And thanks to Gypsy, your craft room has blossomed into a pumpkin patch! I hope you enjoy making these as much as I have enjoyed sharing with you!
Jeannie, Nonna's Scraps

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