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Old 07-12-2014, 09:07 AM   #1
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Default TLC492 ~ Put A Spin On It ~ {07/28/2014}

Summer is here for many of us. What can be more fun and summery than a bright pinwheel spinning away? Pinwheels were a TLC challenge way back in 2006 ; when we're making them today, I really hope you will try making one that actually spins...but if that's too much effort, just attach them straight to your base with glue, buttons, brads, whatever takes your fancy.

(And I know I said summer - but when it came to finding a stamp that would work - all I could find was a snowman! Go figure. I tried one of my Fred Bear stamps, but DH said it looked weird and didn't work as he was looking away from his outstretched hand).

By all means, if you have a pinwheel die feel free to use it, but they're certainly not necessary.
*** Making a spinning pinwheel isn't obligatory but you get bonus points and a cyber hug from me if you try. But please do make a pinwheel even if it doesn't spin; don't just use stamped images ***
ETA for a wheel which doesn't spin, pierced holes rather than punched ones will be perfectly adequate! The button and eyelet are not needed either: just use a brad to attach the pinwheel directly to your card.

For a pinwheel which spins freely you will need a square of paper (double-sided, for preference, though if you don't have anything suitable you could always stamp or sponge the back, a small brad, a button or bead that the brad will fit through - and I found an eyelet helped too, to make mine spin really smoothly.

1: For my snowman card, my square is just 1 1/2 inches square, the larger one I used for the stepped-out photos is 2 1/2" square.

2: Mark the diagonals, and cut along each one towards the centre; I left half an inch uncut on each side of the centre. Pretty much you cut two-thirds of the way to the centre.
Using a small punch, punch holes in four corners and the centre as shown.

3: Fold the corners with the punched holes in towards the centre, and thread the brad through.
I found it helped to add a few tiny dots of glue so that the corners stuck to each other and to the centre.

4: Create your background...to make it easier to blow the pinwheel, consider having a design that has it overhanging one edge.
Set an eyelet where you want the centre of the pinwheel to be.

5: To help it spin, use a button between the pinwheel and the card base. Thread the prongs of the brad through ONE hole only of the button.

6: I also used a cocktail stick laid between the button and the card base to provide extra separation when I folded the prongs of the brad over at the back. (Like using a matchstick or darning needle when you are sewing a flatback button onto clothing and want to provide a small shank).
I couldn't get enough clearance under my wheel to use anything too dimensional as the "stick" for the pinwheel and still have it spin freely, so I just used a narrow strip of cardstock folded double.
When it came to assembling the card I found it spun more freely if I popped the image layer up on foam dots/dimensionals.



Here is a link to our gallery for PUT A SPIN ON IT ~ TLC 492

Here's a link to the card I made as a sample for this challenge: Enjoy the Spin

I have to show it spinning! I didn't have time to make a proper video tutorial, just a snippet to show the spin. DH was singing at two different events on Saturday and didn't have enough puff left to spin it by blowing on it (without his head also featuring in the video!), so the noise is from a can of air.



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1. Open 2 windows or tabs: one window for your card and one for this thread.
2. In this thread, click on reply and type anything you want to show before the link.
3. Go to your card window. Highlight the address for your card. (It says www. splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showphoto..... and so on)
4. Click EDIT. Click COPY
5. Go back to this thread. Click PASTE.
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:36 PM   #2
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Love the snowman with the pinwheel, so cute!!
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I wish I would have time to play today, Sabrina, but I won't. Thank you for the wonderful tips for making a pinwheel, though - I will be saving them! Bet this is going to be a fun gallery!
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Here is my card:
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What an awesome pinwheel Sabrina!! I love your card!!
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How cute Sabrina, to have the snowman holding the pinwheel. Great challenge.
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Fun Challenge Sabrina. Here's my card.
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I had fun making this pinwheel- and it does turn! The technique pictures really helped. I used some Nutcracker style dp, and a jewelled brad. and a tag stamp. As I couldn't find my hole punch, I used an awl. Here's HB Ticket
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What a fun challenge, Sabrina...can't wait to get inky later today!!!
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My pinwheel spins! TLC492 anniversary pinwheel by muscrat - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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Oh my goodness, this was definitely a challenge for me. Thank you for the detailed instructions and photos. I couldn't have done it without them!! My spinning does spin, but it takes a bit of air!!

Thanks for the fun challenge!

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Thank you for the detailed instructions, Sabrina! I LOVE your interactive card, it's so cute and I bet it will be a hit with the kids and kids-at-heart! I was going to make one, but couldn't find a brad that's long enough... I'm still hunting though, wish me luck, LOL!
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Thank you for the detailed instructions, Sabrina! I LOVE your interactive card, it's so cute and I bet it will be a hit with the kids and kids-at-heart! I was going to make one, but couldn't find a brad that's long enough... I'm still hunting though, wish me luck, LOL!
I hope you can find one with long prongs...but maybe you could use something thinner than a button. I tried with a couple of jump-rings from my beading box, and while it didn't spin quite as smoothly (so I didn't mention it), it was MUCH more low-profile and it did spin.
I also tried a pin into a wooden kebab skewer, but I couldn't figure out a way of making it so the pinwheel wouldn't fall off and at the same time the pin didn't stick out the back through the card, I broke a couple of pins and splintered a skewer experimenting .
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SABRINA!!! You are the bomb!!! LOVE the tutorial and this project! I haven't played with my mini pinwheel die since we had a falling out about a year ago. But, time heals all wounds, so the die and I gave it another shot. Here it is! Wheel in the sky... by salome000 - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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Thanks for a fun challenge!

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Adoreable Ms Sabrina... Isnt it fun making pinwheels? and making them actually spin. I learned to make 1 and got addicted. I actually have 2 already posted to my gallery and shoot I posted 1 in the bright and beautiful challenge..i may have to get addicted again hehe ,, and I like to take the time to thank you for hosting challenges. your much appreciated as well as the others that take the time to do it.
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Well, I tried it. I made a pinwheel, but not happy with it. But it is a beginning. Thank you for the instructions!
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Here Is my Whirly Card Ms Sabrina Hawaiian_Whirly Birthday by Hawaiian - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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Here is Spinner. Although, mine doesn't spin. LOL But I did it!

Thank you, for getting me out of my box!
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Okay, here is my card for the challenge. The pinwheel was definitely a challenge! And I could not figure out how to get it to spin.

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Aloha Ms Subrina ... I love making these cute whirly twirlys.. .. Kind of like the past days Hawaii been under Hurricanes Alert and me and this adorable Pinwheel survived them both!! Enjoy....Hawaiian_Blowing Wishes by Hawaiian - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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Not Sure this thread is still open for posting..but here is another one incase you still have it open ..but this is more to share with you Ms Sabrina.. Im still enjoy making them Hawaiian_Monster High Tita by Hawaiian - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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