I'm sure you've seen them, but have you tried making a medallion? Some people call them lollies. I call them fun to make!
I made these in December for some gifts. I used products from the Holiday Mini. I had planned on sharing this before the mini was done, but that didn't happen! You can easily switch out the Designer Series Paper and stamp set and make them for Valentine's, birthdays, or any occasion.
Here is how I make mine:
I start with a strip of Designer Series Paper that is 1" x 12". Using my Simply Scored (LOVE IT!) I scored every 1/2", then flipped the strip over and scored every 1/4". I find it's easier to fold when you have the scores alternating, since you need to fold the strip so it makes an accordian. Think mountains and valleys!
I add a piece of Sticky Strip to the end...
...and stick the ends together to make a continuous circle. Be careful when you line up the ends so the overlap and continue the mountains and valleys. I add another piece of Sticky Strip to the other end so it doesn't flop and get in the way.
Punch a 1" circle and add 2 small pieces of Sticky Strip. This can be any color, as it ends up on the front of the medallion and will be covered up with the stamped piece later.
Punch a 2 3/8" Scallop Circle in a coordinating color (I used Garden Green) and add 2 pieces of Sticky Strip. This is going to be the base of the medallion.
Flatten the circle of Designer Series Paper and push it together to the size you want. I push mine together as much as I can. I had the perfect size cover from a small container that just fit this size circle, but of course it got packed and I have no idea where it is now. But you can do this just by holding it! Attach the 1" circle and press firmly- enough to make the DSP stick to the circle, but not so hard that you squish the folds.
Attach the medallion to the Scalloped Circle.
Here's another medallion I made- I used the Scalloped Edge Border punch on 1 side of the strip. I used the scallops as guides for scoring- they're scored one way in between the scallops and the other way in the center of the scallops.
On this one I used the Eyelet Border punch. Also scored 1 way in between the scallops and the other way in the center of the scallops. This one made a much talled medallion.
Here are all 3 showing the different edges. The top one is straight, lower left is Scallop Edge Border punch, lower right is Eyelet Border punch. All the strips started out 12" long, so you can see that different scoring widths changes the size of the folds and the height of the medallion.
Finished medallion! I love the pinecones in the Pines & Poinsettas stamp set! I colored these with markers and used the Decorative Label punch for the Whisper White and Red Glimmer Paper (which is still available as a write in!). The greeting is from Petite Pairs. I layered a 2 1/2" circle of Early Espresso behind the scallop and there's half a Cherry Cobbler Modern Label on the top so I could attach the Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine and a mini jingle bell.
I hope you try making a medallion soon if you haven't already!