Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sizzix Festive Blog Hop


Welcome blog hoppers to the Sizzix Festive Blog Hop!  We are so excited you are joining us today and can't wait to share with you the fabulous holiday themed projects by members of our design teams.  In case you didn't know already, Sizzix has two blogs (the European blog and this one)  that serve as sources of die cutting inspiration and instruction.  Each blog has its own creative team that supply a wide range of projects and styles.  Today's hop will introduce you to several members of each team!


And what would a blog hop be without prizes? If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning a pack of Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, simply comment on Paula's post on European Sizzix blog or Tammy's post on the US Sizzix blog (depending on your location), telling us which is your favorite item from our Christmas collections! 10 lucky winners will be chosen at random from each blog on Wednesday 5th December. Check back on Thursday to see if you're a winner!

Now for the inspiration!  For my project, I created a hanging pocket that would be fun to hang around the house, on the mantle, or even in the tree.  The pocket can be filled with treats or small gifts.

To create the pocket, iron on fusible interfacing to the back side of two piece of fabric, but slightly larger than the desired shape on the Jumbo Banners die.  Die cut both pieces of fabric. Adhere both die cut fabric pieces to a piece of cotton batting.  Trim around the fabric pieces using pinking sheers leaving a thin batting border showing around the edge of the fabric.  Sew along the top edge of each fabric piece.  Place the two pieces batting sides together and sew along the sides and bottom edges.  Finish off with some grommets and wire for hanging, and embellish with other die cut elements.  It is so seriously easy to create these and even more fun to decorate!

To decorate my pocket, I die cut elements out of wool felt.  I added fusible adhesive to the back side of my felt to make the pieces easy to work with and adhere to my assembled pocket.  Leave the paper packing of the adhesive attached until after die cutting.

When cutting felt with a backing adhered with a Sizzlits die (our thin dies), place the felt so that the felt is facing the die for the best cut.  After die cutting the pieces can be peeled off of the backing.  The die cut is now backed with an iron on adhesive and ready to use.

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When cutting with steel rule dies (our Bigz, Mover & Shapers, Pro Dies, etc) felt can be placed with either the backing or the felt facing the die.  Both ways will cut equally.  Cutting with the felt facing the die will leave a fair amount of lint on the die.  This does not affect future use.  Although I am demonstrating cutting felt with an adhesive backing, felt cuts well on both types of dies without any type of backing at all.

To adhere the pieces, simply lay them on the project as desired and iron them to activate the adhesive.

Die cut pieces of felt can be used as trim sandwiched between layers.

I used the Vintage Lace Edging die for another project recently.  I kept the discarded flourishes from the design and added them to this project as a fun accent.

As the focal point of my design, I added a branch, holly leaves, and a Tattered Poinsettia, all die cut from wool felt.  I didn't have red felt on hand so I dyed white felt with Postbox Red Dylusions Spray Ink.  I love the way the felt took the color.  It is so rich!  After the ink was dry, I stacked the layers of the flower together and place a gem stone brad in the center.  I adhered the assembled flower to the front of the pocket using liquid fabric glue (the poinsettia is the only felt piece on this project that didn't have the adhesive backing).

I love the way this project turned out!  I think the Tattered Poinsettia cut from felt is so beautiful!
Be sure to visit the other blogs on the blog hop list below.  I have seen peeks of most of the projects and can tell you that they are simply not to be missed!
tammy tutterow
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fabric: Sweetwater for Moda- Countdown to Christmas; wool felt- assorted colors; cotton batting
ink: Dyusions Spray Ink- Postbox Red
embellishments: wire; ribbon; grommets; brad
adhesive: Therm O Web- Heat n Bond Ultrahold No Sew, Heat n Bond Fusible Interfacing, SuperStik
tools: sewing machine; iron; grommet tool; Crop-a-Dile




Here's the line up for the day, make sure you check them all out to get some truly festive inspiration...

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92 comments:

  1. What a great blog hop--so many ideas for the holidays. I can't wait to get started. My favorite was the spring-loaded card.

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  2. Love your blog hop they give such great inspiration. As I'm from UK will leave my fave on Paula's blog.

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  3. beautiful project! love the red flower. thank you for the idea.

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  4. wow!!!what a beatiful and amazing card!!
    love it!:)
    Pamela

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  5. I like the pillow project by Amy - the shapes and colors look beautiful together and something fun to try different from the paper type of projects I usually do. Sizzix continues to impress me! Happy Holidays!

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  6. Wow - lots a amazing projects and so hard to pick just one! I really enjoyed the details of the Anna-Karin's Mini Album. Thanks to everyone for sharing! Amy am220099@gmail.com

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  7. This is so Kewl Tammy...Love the Use of Felt and this Project is Fabulous!!

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  8. Great project! I love the tattered poinsettia die, it is a definite must have!

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  9. Love Anna-Karin Evaldsson's mini-book. Took a lot of time and the use of dies was spectacular!

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  10. I have learned that I NEED a die cutter. I like that it can cut felt. goodness I like everything but especially the holly branch.

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  11. what a fun felt bag! all the new holiday embossing folders are on my wish list including dies of tattered poinsettia and christmas cardinal.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com
    *I tried leaving comment on Tammy blog but it is not working.*

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  12. hi!! I love everything Christmas products and not!!! LOL i just get a new big shot so i have to bu a lot of stuff!! i love all i can not decide!!
    i would like to have.... Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Christmas Words & Dots Set, Bubble & Honeycomb Set , Bricked & Woodgrain Set the last two are not christmas but I think they are just fabulous! <3 by paLLina

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  13. Great Blog Hop, I could click all day! Such great inspiration for the holidays. Love your gift bag and the use of felt.

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  14. Loved the blog hop... choosing a favorite was really hard, but I've decided I liked Hilary K's ornament best. I've got new items on my wish list now... I've not seen the 3-D star before and I have to have it plus many more things. Thanks for a lovely morning.
    Candy

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  15. This is so clever. I really love this poinsettia. I've been obsessed with it since it was first released.

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  16. Wow! I LOVE your felt poinsettia and the wee burlap stockings!
    SO hard to pick just one!
    TFS such wonderful inspiration!
    Congratulations to the lucky winners!

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  17. Love this! The blog hop is full of holiday inspiration. Thank you. My favorites are the festive greenery die and the tattered poinsettia die. Congrats to the lucky winners.

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  18. Love all the projects! If I have to pick one my favorite would be the Mini Christmas Cone Ornament by Hillary. My favorite Christmas items are the Star Bright 3-D, Mini Snowflake Rosettes, and the Tattered Poinsettia. Thanks for the blog hop giveaway!

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  19. Lots of great inspiration on this blog hop! Two of my faves are the Pop-n-Cuts Ribbon Tree (such a cool design) and the Texture Fades Snow Flurries & Snowman Embossing Folders.

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  20. I am so anxious to use my new poinsettia die with felt.....love it!!

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  21. Nice pocket. I like your use of felt for the flower.

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  22. Thankyou for this photo tutorial, especially cutting the felt with the sizzlet strip die. I want that die, the loop border lovely. My favourite christmas die is the tattered poinsetta, I love that there is a companion embossing folder. I need both of these. My favourite project is Hilary's ornament, now I need the framelits dies and the 3d star too.
    Thankyou for this blog hop so much inspiration, it's getting my Christmas crafting mojo going.
    Jacquelene L.
    Canada

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  23. I like to see use of the dies with things other than paper! Looks great. I think the star is the most interesting holiday die, though the poinsettia is growing on me. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the give-away!
    Barbara

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  24. So festive and simple! My favorite is the 3-D star. Thanks!

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  25. Sizzix Tattered Poinsettia die by Tim Holtz is lovely.

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  26. Thanks for sharing your great ideas. My favorite is the Tattered Poinsettia. Great projects!

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  27. Oh... the house book was wonderful. I want it. I want it.

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  28. My favorite is definetly the Tattered Poinsetta....I can see those decorating not only presents but all around the house! Love it! Beth

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  29. A difficult choice, they were all so good! I'd have to say the hanging stars made by Jan Hobbins is my favorite.

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  30. Love your hanging pocket! These would be great for school kids.

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  31. loved seeing the project with the felt and iron on adhesive. great idea!

    since I just bought the movers and shakers poinsettia and cardinal, this post has now convinced me I need the larger poinsettia die to go with them as well as the holly/branch die for the bird to sit on! ;) I also like the new snowflake rosettes.

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  32. Marvelous project with an amazing outcome. Have tons of felt now with this fantastic die I will be able to use it with the proper backing. TY for the blow by blow of how u did your amazing bag. Flowers are my favorite. The tattered poinsetta is my favorite. ekciampo

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  33. I love the tattered poinsettia! Be especially blessed, Kathy

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  34. Oh boy, I am just starting the hop and Tammy your project is a great start! I love my Sizzix and Tim Holtz dies, but I guess my all time favorite is the reindeer, although the tattered poinsettia is calling to me...

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  35. I love the fact that you used wool felt! I have some thrifted wool blazers patiently waiting to be used with my favorite die from the Christmas collection- the Tattered Poinsettia....if Santa would only come early and bring it to me-LOL!

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  36. So pretty--I love the poinsettia die! Am pleasantly surprised that felt can be cut so nicely :) Thanks so much for the tip that felt can be made a different color with the Dylusions spray--it's great to know that I can use my sprays on felt.

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  37. This is so pretty...love the poinsettia!! Thanks for sharing!

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  38. This is gorgeous!! The poinsettia is amazing...my favorite thing from the Christmas collection!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  39. Just love this gift bag, it is so pretty and the poinsettia die is to die for!!!

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  40. This is so cute, Tammy! Love that you used fabric with it. Great idea. Thanks for the inspiration.
    - DebbieK

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  41. The tattered poinsettia is just lovely!

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  42. Very nice bag. I love the framelits sets with the penguin and the set with the snow globe.

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  43. I have to say that Tammy's post is my favorite. She always shows us great projects and gives wonderful directions.

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  44. First off, what an awesome hop, that was!! Second, I enjoyed everything I saw! And third, the tattered poinsettia is it....I can already see the possibilities!! :)

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  45. Great job, Tammy! I love the poinsettia from the Christmas Collection, it's beautiful! What a great gift bag idea!!

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  46. Love Anna-Karin's pop-up book! The hop is wonderful for so many great inspirations!

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  47. Great hop! All the projects are terrific, but I am partial to that beautiful 3-D star die! Gotta get it!
    DeniseB

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  48. I like the Christmas lights.... And reading some of the other comments, I love Anna-Karin's house book!

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  49. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that poinsettia die---by far my favorite of the Christmas collection. I have one on order at my LSS.

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  50. What a clever way to make these durable! The poinsettia is a lovely accent! I really love the snowflake rosettes, and I like having the holly leaves in all sizes.

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  51. I was immediately taken by the house book/album by Anna-Karin...loved everything she created in the book. I really enjoyed this blog hop...thanks to everyone who participated and shared their creations!

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  52. I really want the tattered poinsettia die, but haven't found it yet. This is just great.

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  53. Definated the poinsettia! I have other floral dies and love to make flowers!

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  54. Lots of marvelous inspiration on this hop. I've wanted the star die since it came out.Hilary's blog post nailed it down for me.I can't wait to "lift" her beautiful creation.

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  55. love the felt tip, with the adhesive back before die cutting. one of my favorites is the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Merry Christmas Tree. love the die and stamp sets, and this one is really nice. thank you for sharing and the chance to win.

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  56. Love your little bag, it is so cute. My favorite product from the Christmas lineup is the Tattered Poinsettia die which you used to decorate the bag; and I hope to own it soon!

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  57. Great project! I really loved the hop. My favorite project was Anna's house mini, so so cool, and so many fun pop up dies that she used!

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  58. I love the poinsettia die from tim. Will be using with my students this week. Having a door decorating contest at school. Need something quick.

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  59. WOW! I loved all of the projects in this blog hop, thank you to each one of you for sharing. It is hard to pick a favorite. I love poinsettia's but the 3d star is right at the top also.

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  60. I love them all! So many ideas! I did love the photo book probably because of all the work that it entails! But the stocking tags and the felt banner of yours are great! I also love the gift wrapping ideas - great use of color! Easy to do but so elegant! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  61. Gorgeous pocket!!!! On my way to visit the other blogs!!! Oh, favorite Christmas item... there are many but I do love the poinsettia and the mini poinsettia.

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  62. I cross my finger and hope to be lucky...thanks for the inspiration, I hope to have time to try...A big hug from Italy, Kinà

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  63. What a fabulous blog hop! So much inspiration. I'm really loving that poinsettia die...and all the various pop up dies are just so much fun! Thanks for the chance to win, Tammy!

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  64. i love Tattered Poinsettia die.... :D

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  65. I did it!!!! And it looks Great!!! Thanks so much for Awesome Inspiration and your instructions right on point. You made them easy to follow and understand!!! Thanks again.. AWESOME!!!!!

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  66. What a wonderful creation!!! I'm very grateful for this fantastic giveaway and so much happy to be a "player" in it :) Thanks for the chance and happy December!!

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  67. Sweet little pocket! I'm loving both poinsettia and wreath die.

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  68. Love the use of a variety of materials, including book pages. 3D stars are great!

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  69. I'm dying to get the tattered poinsetta die, so that has to be my favorite Sizzix product right now but of course I love Sizzix so if I could I would have everything they make!!!

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  70. I have visited all - all very lovely - all with inspiration on how to use product - if I have to pick one - the one with the most inspiration would be the mini scrapbook - made using house album by Anna-Karin.
    Thank you for a lovely trip!
    Sandra ltb

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  71. I love the ricrack die!! Your talent never ceases to amaze!

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  72. Hmm...you do such an amazing variety of projects! I'm thinking I need to try a wider variety of items in my Big Shot. Thanks for all the inspiration you share!

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  73. Tammy, you never fail to inspire. This is such a cute pocket and could be done in such a variety of styles. I now need to just forget about cleaning and cooking so that all this inspiration does not go to waste on me.

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  74. Tammy, I will admit that I am a bit biased because I am one of your biggest fans, but I adore the unique application of the Banner Die. I also would love more information on Amy's Tumbler Die (will this die be offered soon?) I have already started applying some of Anna Karin's House Die project techniques...too cute. And Tammy Robberts stocking ideas will allow me to create the perfect holders for my gift cards is year.
    Thank you Sizzix for great products and constant sources of inspiration!

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  75. What a wonderful pocket banner! Very festive and I love that Tattered Poinsettia. It has to be my favorite new die, I have seen it on so many blogs and it is always a beautiful focal point. Thanks for sharing this wonderful project and all the details. Now off to blog hop and see what other beautiful projects are destined to inspire me.

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    2. Thanks Tammy! I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Sizzix Blog Hop!

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  76. I already left my comments on Loredana Bucaria's blog (as I'm Italian) and on Sizzix UK's blog and now I'm here, I'd be very thrilled to win your fantastic products, so I'm very pleased to follow this blog hop and thanks a lot for the big chance!!
    Have a nice month and holidays!!

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