Sizzix (r) Fresh Vintage Blog Hop Projects

Fresh-Vintage Blog-Hop Collage and Christmas Angels 
Words that are in blue are links to corresponding websites.

Eileen Hull’s  Fresh Vintage flower die creates wonderful paper flowers, but I had vintage fabric that was just screaming to be use.  I just had to oblige.

The Sizzix© dies cut fabric just as great as they do paper, which allowed me to make these fabulous soft cream flowers with bead centers. 

Not only did I have the honor of working with Eileen’s die, I had the additional pleasure of working with the products of Melissa Frances.   Combining the products of these two great designers allowed me to create a beautiful art piece that is soft, feminine and evokes a feeling of youthful softness.

Once I cut out the floral shapes, I used Cotton Candy #26552
Tulips© Fabric Spray Paint™ by ILoveToCreate® on the tips of each petal.   I applied the paint with a soft paint brush which gave the flowers a delicate look.

Each elements, Eileen's floral die cuts, pink and white tissue garland, the pomp-pomp trim, the gorgeous twisted satin rose, winged resin appliqué and crystals embellishments come together to make this an outstanding piece worthy of the photograph it contains.

Yes, I know we only had to create one project.  When I saw all these wonderful products, two projects immediately flooded my mind and I needed to share both with you.

If you think outside the box, you will find that Eileen’s die can also create these fun little angels. The large flower part becomes the body and the smaller flower section becomes the wings.  I created the first set of wings out of the beautiful Melissa Frances scrapbooking paper and then white velum paper.  

Of course, I use Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue™ to glue everything together.  The yellow and white tissue garland acts as an underskirt for the angels. 

Please make sure to visit the blogs of the members of this hop. They have some great projects to share.  And now that you know all the great items you can create with Eileen’s die, make sure to pick it up today.

Make sure to visit Eileen's blog and leave a comment 
to be entered the a giveaway for a die.  Link is below.
Scroll down to the end of this post and click on the 
Fresh Vintage Blog Hop Logo 
to visit the other great blogs in this hop. 
The link to the giveaway is below the logo.

Halloween Projects

 Halloween is coming soon so make sure to visit my Velcro (R) page to see some great Halloween ideas.

Make sure to visit my friend’s new site to see her great creations for young girls.

Girlzclub™  was created to top off all of the sugar and spice of being a girl. 
Whether you're doing serious damage on the soccer field, 
cheering for the home team, 
or being the most dramatic queen of them all,
 Girlzclub™ offers a variety of hair accessories to add a punch to your everyday.

These designs were handmade exclusively for girls who are fantastic at all times.  

Visit Girlzclub™ now!

 Designer Crafts Blog-Hop Connection
The Designer Crafts Blog Connection is a group of professional Arts and Crafts industry designers, who are linked together to share their love of crafts with you. We post projects and giveaways on the First Monday of each month. Look for the logo (above) on your favorite craft blogs then hop around for inspiration.  You can find the logo on the right column of my blog.  

Join our group on Facebook to make sure you are the first to learn about giveaways, special events and hops going on throughout the year. You'll be glad you did!

Visit the other blogs in the Sizzix® Vintage Blog Hop by clicking on the following logo.

Eileen Hull's Fresh Vintage Blog Hop GIVEAWAY - Click HERE
You Must leave a comment on her page.

Westcott Challenge Giveaway

Will you be the lucky winner that wins 
this fantastic giveaway by Westcott?  

A few years ago, I was given some of their scissors with which to work, and I fell in love with them.  Their cutting tools are THE best tools I have ever used. 

Westcott scissors are known for their ability to cut through sticky materials without getting that sticky build up on the blades.  They live up to that promise.  They also cut fabric really well.  They are my go-to cutting tools and I know they will be yours too.

Westcott is giving away the Westcott Brand® Cutting Tools that you see in this photo.  To win, click on the link at the end of this post.

The challenge this month was to create something with Westcott Brand® Cutting Tools, The Duct Brand® Decorator Tape Rolls, and Velcro USA® Sticky Back Hook and Loop Fasteners.

Duct Tape Evening Bag
by Carol Heppner

So, I decided to create an evening bag made from the black Duct Brand® Decorator Tape Roll and use the Pink and Gold Duct Brand® Decorator Tape Rolls as accents on the purse.  I wanted to create a project that was functional and no one would believe was made with Duct Brand® Decorator Tape.  

Yes, that’s right, the outside of the evening bag is made from Duct Tape.

One Bag - Different Looks! 

Under all that Duct Brand® Decorator Tape is a Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® Gluten Free box.  Yes, this formal evening bag is also “green”.  The box served as the base on which I built my evening bag.

I also applied a thin coat of Ranger Industries Black Alcohol Ink over the tape. The ink dulled the shine of the tape and increased that leather look.

Cutting the tape was made super easy by using the Westcott Brand® Cutting Tools.  While the tape wouldn’t stick to the scissors, it loved sticking to my fingers!

I used the Velcro USA® Sticky Back Hook and Loop Fasteners for the evening bag’s closure and for the tape embellishments for the evening bag.  

I used the Velcro USA® Sticky Back Hook and Loop Fasteners for the evening bag’s closure and for the tape embellishments for the evening bag.  

When I show my evening bag to friends and tell them it’s made from Duct Brand® Decorator Tape they focus on the pink and gold flowers.  They are a bit shocked when I tell them it’s the entire evening bag.

Make sure to visit other blogs in this hop to see all the great projects they designed using Westcott's tools with Duct Tape and Velcro. Leave a comment on the Westcott Blog for your chance to win. 
(USA only)

For an extra chance,  visit Westcott’s Facebook page and leave a comment about the blog hop and you may win Westcott Brand® Cutting Tools 
(USA only).  

Also, please take some time and visit the charity auction  associated with the Westcott Hop. 

NEW Tutorial on sale - get your copy now before prices increase!
Carol's Chronicles
8 pages, published 23 SEP 2011
This paper-arts tutorial, Polyester Fiberfill 101 by Carol Heppner, is a great guide to show you how to use Polyester Fiberfill to apply pigment ink to your paper-arts projects. Yes, the same material that is used in stuffing pillows is a wonderful tool to apply ink. In this tutorial, you will learn the tricks that will allow you to color all sizes of paper with ease. Take plain white paper and turn it into your own, customized background …

Join me on October 13 
to see my two projects 
the Fresh Vintage Sizzix® Blog Hop.