Do you remember the Sizzix Fresh Vintage blog hop from a few weeks ago? The hop continues till November 3, with two new dies introduced each week. This week, Eileen Hull, designer of the Sizzix Fresh Vintage dies, asked me to create a project using her new Scoreboard Bird die. It’s the sweetest die ever, and the finished bird even has dimensional wings. The die works great on regular paper, but you can also use scoreboard or matboard, which gives the bird a nice heft.
I decided to make a pair of glittered doves, a bride & a groom, perched on top of a faux wedding cake, perfect for a bridal shower centerpiece. For the layers, I used cake dummies and discs made from STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Making the cake was super easy, thanks to the elegant, black & white paper I found. Once each layer is wrapped in the paper, it almost looks like fondant. A strip of paper in honeysuckle pink accents each layer, and up on top, I added a few flowers in the same shade of pink. (Note: The paper is from the Cosette Collection by GCD Studios.)
To make the glittery birds, I first glued glittered paper to the matboard, and then cut out my birds with a Sizzix Big Shot. I used a 12” length of wire to make legs for each dove, though in the end, the flowers hide the legs. The bride has a veil made from gathered tulle, and the groom sports a felt top hat. Finally, because they’re dressed for a wedding, I added extra-fancy tail feathers.
This project was a fun one, and the Scoreboard Bird die (and the beautiful paper) made it look great without a lot of work. If you’re looking for fast, inexpensive Christmas gifts, you could make a flock of Christmas ornaments in no time. Or, create a swag by gluing or taping a collection of birds onto a nylon cord; swag it horizontally across the mantel, or vertically in a window.
I hope you’ll continue on the hop today to see the many other ideas. Here’s how the blog hop works:
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’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.
Thank you for visiting today, and I hope you’ll take a few minutes to see what else the Sizzix Fresh Vintage designers have created.