Welcome to our first Fresh Vintage blog hop! I am so excited to be a part of this very talented group of designers bringing you inspiration each week. You are in for such a treat!  Every Tuesday and Thursday for the next 6 weeks, one of the 12 dies in the Fresh Vintage collection will be featured. 6-10 projects for every die will be posted by 75 of the most creative designers in our industry.

To view the hop, you can click on the Fresh Vintage blinkie on the sidebar or immediately below. This will take you around to all of the designers on the hop OR you can click on the linky party below for a look at all the projects.

I received the Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die #657122, a photo album die by Eileen Hull:

I also just got the new Free Bird 6×6 Paper Line in by Authentique Papers. As soon as I saw the  “Blush” themed papers I knew they would make the sweetest mini book. There are four 6×6 designs in this theme and that is just enough paper to make this sweet mini using the Scoreboards XL Die and Sizzix Little Sizzles – 6″x13″ Mat Board Pack, 6 Assorted Sheets

I cut 5 of the sheets using the die–each time you cut you will create a spine, a page, and a frame. I then painted the white boards with Delta Creamcoat Acrylic paint in Sandstone.  

Then I folded the ends of some 4″x 8″ tags by American Tag up to make them fit the 6.5″ x 4.25″ dimensions of the mini album, stapling the folded-up flap to the tag to make a pocket. 

I recently got my hands on some of the new Balzer Designs templates for Crafter's Workshop — the chevrons and geometric feel of the shapes are perfect for the modern feel of the “Blush” paper. I laid the templates over the painted pages and sprayed them with Smooch Spritz in Cashmere, one of the new colors released this summer by Clearsnap.

On the black pages and black tags, I used the Mini Frag Flower TCW223s to create a flower on the pages using the Delta Creamcoat Acrylic paint in Sandstone with a foam brush.  These are all of the pieces I used to create the album. I used a little paint on the edges of everything for a shabby look. It's my cheater way of distressing ;) I then followed the instructions on the die package to create the album, using my tags as pages as well.

Then I set to decorating the pages and cover.

On the cover, I sprayed a white paper flower with Smooch Spritz in Cashmere and added it to the cover with a few strips of paper, an adhesive doily diecut, buttons and sticker letters. I spritzed some white floral leaves with Smooch Spritz in Silver Foil and added them under the flower. I also created the 3D roses using wool felt and the Sizzix Flowers, 3D die. I then threaded several ribbons around the spine and tied them in a bow.

I inserted several tags into each of the tag pockets I made, adding ribbons to the pages.

After all was set, I spritzed the entire book with Smooch Spritz in Silver Foil, at a distance of 18″ to get a fine mist. This helps pull the colors together and give the book an aged feel. 

It's now ready for some gorgeous black and white photos!!

  • Dies, Scoreboard – Sizzix
  • Paper, Stickers – Authentique Papers
  • Ink – Smooch Spritz in Cashmere and Silver Foil by Clearsnap, ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink in Blackbird and Grey Whale
  • Paint – Delta
  • Ribbon – American Crafts, May Arts, Making Memories
  • Leather Frame – Making Memories
  • Journal Cards – Jenni Bowlin
  • Tags – American Tag, Avery
  • Twine – The Twinery
  • Flower, Buttons, Ribbon, Leaves – hydrangeahippo.etsy.com
  • Doily Stickers – EK Success/Martha Stewart
  • Wool Felt – Unknown
Thank you for hopping with us today!! Please leave a comment to be entered to win a pack of Smooch Spritz in Silver Foil and Cashmere, the same Smooch Spritzes I used here on my mini book. I will choose one winner and post their name on my October 2, 2011 blog post.

FAQ about the Fresh Vintage Blog Hop:

How do I hop around to see ideas using the current featured die? 

Every Tuesday and Thursday between September 27-November 3, 2011 there will be a new Sizzix Fresh Vintage die featured on 6-10 of the 75 participating designers' blogs. The navigation buttons for “Hop Back” and “Hop Forward” will allow you to easily hop around and see projects featuring whatever the current die is, since those buttons are programmed to navigate only to the blogs that are participating for that die. On the next Tuesday/Thursday, the buttons will automatically reprogram themselves to navigate to the blogs that are signed up for the next featured die.

What if I start at a designer's blog that isn't one of the 6-10 signed up for that die? 

No problem! Simply hit either the “Hop Forward” or “Hop Back” button on the Fresh Vintage navigation widget from any blog's sidebar and you'll automatically advance to one of the participating blogs.

Can I go back and view the ideas for a previously featured die?

Of course! Go to the “Blog Hops” link at the top of the page. It will bring up all of the blog posts where you'll find direct links to each participating blog along with a thumbnail image of the project.

Where can I buy the Sizzix Fresh Vintage dies, by Eileen Hull?

You can visit Sizzix.com to find a local and online retailers for Sizzix products. Also be sure to visit Oh My Crafts, one of this blog hop's sponsors, (between the dates of September 27-November 3, 2011) and enter for a chance to win a Flower Layers #9 die!

The Blog Hop has ended and the navigation widget is no longer in the sidebar. How can I see the ideas?

Go to the “Blog Hops” link at the top of the page. It will bring up blog posts where you'll find direct links to each participating blog along with a thumbnail image of the project.

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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33 thoughts on “Sizzix Fresh Vintage Blog Hop – Day 1!

  1. This is beautiful! I love the softness paired with black.

    Posted on September 27, 2011 at 6:10 pm
  2. I love that each page is a surprise. So bold and beautiful!

    Posted on September 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm
  3. This is gorgeous!!!!

    Posted on September 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm
  4. What a great combination of colors and textures. Love the mixed-media of this.

    Posted on September 27, 2011 at 8:56 pm
  5. wow very Beautiful album I love the way you have mad this. I love the dies so you cancute out the album and that it has the spine and pages cute too. love the embelishment and love the colors you used looks very vintage. great job. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
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    Posted on September 27, 2011 at 9:12 pm
  6. Beautiful album, love the techniques. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Posted on September 27, 2011 at 9:14 pm
  7. Thanks for sharing your great ideas and techniques. Love the use of the long tags folded to make a pocket.

    Posted on September 27, 2011 at 9:34 pm
  8. lovin’ all the layers and textures and elements that you incorporated into your mini…and so happy to be participating in this Sizzix blog hop with you!

    Posted on September 27, 2011 at 9:59 pm
  9. Beautiful! I love all of the spraying techniques you used, and this die is fantastic!

    Posted on September 27, 2011 at 11:03 pm
  10. What a gorgeous album! Love your layering and the use of so many different embellishments. Thanks, too, for all the detailed photos! Great die!

    Posted on September 27, 2011 at 11:10 pm
  11. What a pretty and delicate colour scheme. But I love how you kept the album pages so neutral on the inside so that the photos could do the talking. Beautiful!

    Posted on September 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm
  12. Wow! This is stunning! I could stare for hours to soak up all the details. Absolutely gorgeous!

    Posted on September 28, 2011 at 12:27 am
  13. Love your album and congrats on getting to be a designer for this cool sizzix hop!

    Posted on September 28, 2011 at 12:56 am
  14. Love all the details & techniques you put into this amazing album!

    Posted on September 28, 2011 at 2:06 am
  15. Beautiful job!

    Posted on September 28, 2011 at 3:39 am
  16. Love your album.

    Posted on September 28, 2011 at 5:08 am
  17. This is amazing, you’ve got incredible detail. Love the colors!

    Posted on September 28, 2011 at 11:07 am
  18. How fun….this is AWESOME I am so glad I happen upon your site.

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    Posted on September 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm
  19. Very Pretty! Love the main flower on here..

    Posted on September 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm
  20. Gorgeousness!

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    Posted on September 28, 2011 at 2:26 pm
  21. Your album is so elegant and pretty. Love the subtle colours! Thanks for the detailed explanations.

    Posted on September 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm
  22. The colors you chose are so sophisticated. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful album.

    Posted on September 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm
  23. Love this! The color scheme is inspiring!

    Posted on September 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm
  24. Gorgeous album! LOVE your color combo and those felty flowers!

    Posted on September 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm
  25. Omg! Love your album and the colors you used. What a pretty combination.

    Posted on September 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm
  26. Great project and your photos are fantastic! Love the color pallet and textures too.

    Posted on September 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm
  27. GORGEOUS!!! I love the Crafter’s Workshop stencils too…SO much fun! Love this color combo as well!

    Posted on September 29, 2011 at 9:36 pm
  28. Fabulous album love the colors, the papers, the techniques you used, everything is GORGEOUS!

    Posted on September 30, 2011 at 1:30 am
  29. Great job! And what a cool die to work with. I love how you gave each page the appearance of depth and texture by using the stencils.

    Posted on September 30, 2011 at 1:46 am
  30. OMG! I am a follower now but I have missed so much. I am going to have to come back when I have a free day. I already see a few things I wasnt to make and your explinations are fantastic. Thanks so much.

    Posted on October 2, 2011 at 7:12 pm
  31. Your book is gorgeous! Thank you so much for showing each step of the process!

    Posted on October 2, 2011 at 9:38 pm
  32. So pretty! Those flowers are gorgeous! Love the spray techniques you showed too!

    Posted on October 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Posted on October 10, 2011 at 12:55 am