Welcome to Day 2 of the 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 was so happy to receive the Sizzix Bigz Die – Flower, 3-D Fringed to create flowers on tons of projects!!


 I have had this die for almost 2 months now and it has fast become one of my all-time favorites!!! This flower is so fun on its own but then apply a little technique to it and you can create some really wonderful variations. A change of materials, cut a little piece off here, layer something there….the best way to describe this to you would be to show you a few projects I have made with this die over the last month or two.

Just the three layers of the flower cut from a corduroy style fabric and layered, button in the center with twine. This was in a mini book class I taught — kits are for sale in my etsy shop here: It's My Life Kit.

Also from the It's My Life mini book class — the Fringed Flowers folded and layered to make a chrysanthemum style flower. I share the tutorial for this flower in my online All About Flowers IV class with my friend Michelle Van Etten at My Creative Classroom. We will be teaching this a second time in November I believe… but here is the tutorial for you ;)

Diecut the flowers from a pair of old jeans using the Sizzix Fresh Vintage Fringed Flower Die. For this flower, you will need 3 different sizes of circle  or one each of the diecut flowers.

Apply glue to the center of the smallest circle and fold in half.


Apply glue to the center again and fold in half again. 

Apply glue to the center of the middle circle and fold in half. Apply glue to the center of the middle half circle but now wrap it around the open end of the Small quarter-folded flower.

Apply glue to the center of the middle circle and fold in half. Apply glue to the center of the middle half circle but now wrap it around the open end of the Small quarter-folded flower.

Repeat the steps for the middle flower with the largest flower. 

This is the back of the flower after all the layers are added:

Tug at the strings and fringed edges of the circles to “fluff” out the flower. Use on a pin, hat or headband for a fun, frilly accent.



Here are a couple more versions of flowers created with the same die:

This flower is from my “Travelogue”mini book class (kits available in my shop) using the technique I show on the Halloween layout at the end of this post — cut two flowers the same size and then make them nest in one another just slightly.

The layers for this flower were cut from an old pair of my husband's jeans that had ripped. I alternated the right and “wrong” sides of the fabric when layering the flowers for added texture. The tutorial for this flower and the frame I added it to are HERE.

Finally, this layout uses the same denim flowers for a fun and funky page (and my husband is in the pics!)

Thank you for hopping with us today!! 

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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20 thoughts on “Sizzix Fresh Vintage Blog Hop – Day 2 — Frilly!

  1. Love the folded flower! All of them are great- you are working this die girl :-) Thanks for hopping with us!

    Posted on September 29, 2011 at 5:56 am
  2. Love how you used the die…denim is great to work with!

    Posted on September 29, 2011 at 6:06 am
  3. Just wonderful. And your photos and descriptions were awesome, too.

    Posted on September 29, 2011 at 7:38 am
  4. Do you sleep?! All of these projects are amazing. I am blown away!!!

    Posted on September 29, 2011 at 11:00 am
  5. The folded flowers are really gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

    Posted on September 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm
  6. Cute, cute, cute!

    Posted on September 29, 2011 at 1:10 pm
  7. Wow you have been one busy crafter! Love that you used denim with this die.. such a terrific project.

    Posted on September 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm
  8. I adore mini books and the tutorials on how to create these flowers are awesome!

    Posted on September 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm
  9. Fabulous jean flowers. I really am enjoying all the different uses for this one die. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted on September 29, 2011 at 5:16 pm
  10. Beautiful vintage mini album. love the way you have layered the flowers. great job. thanks for sharing aad for the chance to win.
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    Posted on September 29, 2011 at 8:32 pm
  11. Thank you for the tutorial, and the flowers are great. The album is wonderful work.

    Posted on September 29, 2011 at 9:57 pm
  12. Jennifer… you are clever, clever, clever! Love that you recycled old jeans for this project and folded the flower layers for a different looking flower. Clever, clever, clever!

    Posted on September 29, 2011 at 11:36 pm
  13. Wow your flowers are awesome, really great!

    Posted on September 30, 2011 at 1:37 am
  14. This is one die that doesn’t thrill me, but I have to say that you ROCKED IT when you used denim. The fabric made all the difference!

    Posted on September 30, 2011 at 1:44 am
  15. fun project. sizzix has some great dies

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    Posted on September 30, 2011 at 3:34 am
  16. more great ideas… love how you used the die to make fabric flowers… Love the die… thanks for sharing such a great hop!

    Posted on September 30, 2011 at 7:13 am
  17. Love the denim flowers!
    Peggy Allen

    Posted on September 30, 2011 at 11:57 pm
  18. You have some awesome ideas!

    Posted on October 1, 2011 at 10:36 pm
  19. I love what you did with this project! Your creative style is wonderful!

    Posted on October 2, 2011 at 9:43 pm
  20. Love the denim flower….great idea!

    Posted on October 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm