I just figured out a way to make the shaping of rosettes easier. You know how after you accordion fold a long strip and attach the two ends, you have a big floppy circle of slinky-like paper? And you are supposed to push it down flat in the center and then glue a base of cardstock to it to stablize it? Well, I always have trouble with the pleats being nice and uniform, and maintaining that nice circle shape, while also reaching for the glue AND the base. Seems to require three hands!
I discovered for large rosettes, my Creative Memories circle cutting template (plastic) or a roll of Sookwang tape works well as a "holder" for the rosette. For smaller rosettes, a roll of Scotch tape works fine. Just plunk the rosette into the "hole" inside the tape roll to hold it in place. You can position your pleats just so, then attach the base.
More photos on my blog post here: Tweedcurtain Productions: Rosette Tip and Christmas Cards
and a variation here:
Tweedcurtain Productions: New Beginnings
Hope this helps someone else.
Charmaine in Victoria BC