Uh oh, you need a quick gift, card, tag, or even a holiday decoration. That’s when you call on your Sizzix to punch it out, pronto. This month I’m participating in a blog hop that features the new Fresh Vintage Sizzix dies designed by Eileen Hull. Eileen is a published author and designer who specializes in paper crafts, and particularly in creations made with matboard. She’s also the mastermind behind several dies recently introduced by Sizzix.
When Eileen asked if I would participate in a blog hop featuring her new Sizzix Fresh Vintage dies, I said “sure”, and then I thought about how I’d never really used a Sizzix Big Shot before, how the other bloggers were professional designers, how there’s never enough time in the day, etc., etc. The good news is that the Sizzix Big Shot + Eileen’s dies + pretty papers = super easy crafting.
I picked my coordinating, Halloween themed papers and went to work using the Flower Layers #9 and Bird dies. In the end, it was easy enough that I decided to make a second wreath, this one with a winter theme. Presto-change-o, and the raven became a cardinal and the flowers are a soft mix of teal (or is it aqua?) and red. For the flower centers, I swapped out self-adhesive jewels for buttons.
I know I’ll use my Sizzix Big Shot and the Fresh Vintage dies over & over again when I need a fast craft. (In fact, I’ll be in the Fresh Vintage blog hop on October 18). To see more designs featuring this week’s dies, click on “Hop Forward” and “Hop Back” on the Sizzix Fresh Vintage button to the right. For more about the hop, page down to the end of this post. To make your own Raven’s Ring Halloween Wreath, see the instructions below.
To make a Raven’s Ring Halloween Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 12” wreath
- Crepe paper roll, black
- Sizzix Big Shot
- Sizzix Fresh Vintage Dies: Flower Layers #9 and Bird
- Scrapbook paper, 12” x 12”, 5 – 6 coordinating sheets; one sheet dark brown or black
- Matboard, 6” x 6”, three pieces
- Self-adhesive acrylic jewels, 17
- Nylon filament
- Ribbon, 8”
- Spray adhesive
- Glue dots
- Thick white craft glue
- Optional: Black marker
- Tools needed: Straight pins; scissors; pencil; toothpicks; hammer & nail
To make the Raven’s Ring Halloween Wreath:
1. Pin and glue one end of crepe paper to the back of wreath. Wrap the crepe paper around the wreath till wreath is covered.
2. Cut scrapbook papers into 6” x 5″ pieces. Die cut flowers with Sizzix Big Shot till you have enough flower parts for seven large and seven medium flowers.
3. Mix and match the flower layers, using all three parts for the large flowers, and the medium and small parts for the smaller flowers. If you’d like to shape the flowers, roll around a pencil to curve the petals; you can also slightly scrunch the center for additional body. Assemble flowers with glue dots. Add self-adhesive gems to the centers.
4. Arrange flowers on wreath ring and attach with glue dots.
5. Adhere black paper to matboard with spray adhesive. Cut out three birds using Sizzix Big Shot and Bird die. Be sure to reverse one of the pieces of matboard so that one bird will face in the opposite direction.
6. Cut three small squares from remaining black paper, layer together, and cut additional wings (again, be sure one piece is reversed). Glue extra wings to undersides of matboard wings with craft glue. Optional: Color edge with black marker so white matboard does not show.
7. Glue wings to birds. Add jewels for eyes. Cut small beaks from yellow paper and glue on.
8. Position one pair of ravens at top of wreath. Insert toothpicks half-way into wreath behind the birds. Glue birds to top of wreath using small amount of glue; glue or tape toothpicks to reverse side of birds.
9. Punch a small hole in remaining raven using hammer & nail. Thread filament through hole and tie off behind bird. Glue other end to back of wreath.
10. Tie ribbon in a loop; pin and glue to back of wreath for hanger.
There are so many ways you could change up this wreath. Make a winter version, like I did, or create a wreath for Christmas, springtime, Easter, or even a wedding. Or just make one to show off some of the papers you love and don’t want to hide in a scrapbook.
Here’s more info about the Fresh Vintage Blog Hop:
- Every Tuesday and Thursday, September 27 – November 3, 2011, a new Sizzix Fresh Vintage die will be featured on 6 – 10 designers’ blogs. To check out the featured designs, look for the Sizzix Fresh Vintage button on the right-hand side of my blog. Select “Hop Back” or “Hop Forward” to travel from one blog to the next.
- If you’re visiting the blog of a designer who is not participating that week but has the Sizzix Fresh Vintage button, select “Hop Forward” or “Hop Back” and you’ll be automatically redirected to the featured blogs.
- If you’d like to see designs from past weeks, visit designer Eileen Hull’s blog, and select the Fresh Vintage Permalink button on the “Blog Hops” page. You’ll find images and direct links to all of the Sizzix Fresh Vintage projects on this page. When the blog hop is over, Eileen will keep the links up, so you can come back later, too.
- Inspired? To purchase your own Sizzix Fresh Vintage dies, visit Sizzix.com to find local and online retailers for Sizzix products.
- Want to win Fresh Vintage die Flower Layers #9? Visit Oh My Crafts, one of the blog hop’s sponsors, between September 27 – November 12, 2011. Answer the posted question for your chance to win.
Be sure to travel around and see the inspiring creations designed by this very talented group. You won’t be disappointed.
Thanks for visiting today.