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the twinery | sizzix fresh vintage blog hop

10.31.2011  at 11:59 PM
Welcome to The Sizzix Fresh Vintage by Eileen Hull Blog Hop! I can't wait to show you the fun project I created using the Bag Caddy from Eileen's new Fresh Vintage line of Sizzix dies. 

As a Design Team member at The Twinery, we are so honored and excited to be a part of this blog hop with so many other talented designers! There are over 60 designers participating...which can be quite a bit...but don't worry! It may seem like a lot, it’s all been broken down for you. Here’s how the blog hop is set up:

  • Each week, for 6 weeks total, new projects are featured in the hop. Each day in the hop will feature a new die with numerous ideas. You won't have to worry about finding a long list of blog hop designers or a specific "start" post for the hop...because the Fresh Vintage Blog Hop has it's own little button to help you navigate your way through the 6 week hop! It will automatically take you to the most recent projects - just click "HOP BACK or HOP FORWARD"

(Don't worry about not remembering where this button is...I have it over in the sidebar as well!)
  • Did you miss a day or miss a week in the hop? No sweat! Just visit the “FAQ” section at the bottom of this post for more info!

Now, let's see what I created using the Caddy Bag die by Eileen Hull! 

What a happy coincidence when I found out that those ever useful sticky note pads are the perfect size for the a match made in heaven. I'm thinking these will make sweet Christmas gifts for my daughter's school friends, oh and Teacher's gifts as well, or how about party favors - another good idea.

I started with the cream mat board, which coordinated so well with my cream colored felt and gives this project such a sophisticated edge. Eileen suggested spray adhesive, but I went renegade by using my Elmer's glue stick and it gets an A+ for stickiness! The enclosed instructions are well documented and there's even a diagram of the "sandwich" you need to create to make sure you get a the job done right the first time. After the easy assembly, I wrapped Denim baker's twine around my caddy and attached the leaf stem to the caddy by tying it with twine. I then took the two strands of twine and ran it from the backside of the flower die cut to the front and tied two small knots to keep it attached. Clean and Simple.

To package my Caddy, I used the negative round piece punched from the top of the caddy handle as an embellishment to hold the blue felt flower I cut, using more Denim baker's twine from The Twinery to knot on two more punched flowers that are part of the Caddy die cut from Eileen Hull.

To show that you can also use thinner boards, I first tested Eileen's die with a recycled cereal box, using the same steps as I did with the mat board.

And now let me show you the test run version of my Caddy Bag using the cereal box instead of the mat board. It's not as sturdy nor does it offer as impressive a product, but in a pinch I wouldn't hesitate to do it again. Of course, a little Lemondrop baker's twine certainly helps the cuteness factor as well. Wondering what's inside the Caddy? Two Dove dark chocolates fit inside a small glassine bag so well. And two of those glassine bags fit inside the Caddy Bag nicely. Chocolate is a girl's best friend, right?

For another chance to win, the Oh My Crafts blog is giving away a Flowers, Layers #9 die, so be sure to stop by over there and leave a comment. It's cute!


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 participating designers’ blogs. The navigation buttons for “Hop Back” and “Hop Forward” will allow you to easilyhop around and see projects featuring whatever the current die is, since thosebuttons 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 Eileen Hull’s blog and find the Fresh Vintage Permalinks buttonon her “Blog Hops” page. It will bring up her blog posts where you’ll finddirect 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 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 12, 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 Eileen Hull’s blog and find the “Blog Hops” page. It will bring up her blog posts where you’ll find direct links to each participating blog along with a thumbnail image of the project.

Thanks for letting me share with you today! Now just click on the hop forward button to go to the next designer!


  1. Very pretty project! Love it to pieces how you added the Twine :)
    Hugs and Blessings,

  2. Very elegant way to present a gift. The Twinery adds such a delicate touch.....I must get me some! Beautifully done! Ronnie

  3. Love this die. The twine just dresses it up perfectly too. I had a question about the die, will it work in my Cuttlebug? I would love to have the die but don't want to have to buy a new die cutting machine. Thanks so much.
    cstephenson at q dot com

  4. Monika, this is fantastic- love the soft look of the felt covering. Also like how you used even the little round cutout for the tag- recycling at it's best :-) So glad you could join the hop- you guys have converted me to a twine fan!
    Note to Cyndi- the die is too wide for the Cuttlebug. Sorry :-(

  5. Love Love this idea very cool love the colos and that you used felt. great job. and you can do so much with this. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog today, Monika! And your comments were very kind. I just got my 17 - 85 mm lens repaired (sad story about dropping it on holidays) and I'm so happy to have it home again.

    I always love your projects. You are absolutely inspiring! And thanks to you, I've used twine on my last 2 cards - I'm quite proud of myself :) Looking forward to what November brings from your creative mind!

  7. Love the color combinations. And the packaging takes the cake.

  8. Love the felt....what a great idea!

  9. This is such a fun project. Love this one. :)

  10. very cute! I love the idea of using felt with the die & of course The Twinery twine :)

  11. What sweet gift ideas! I love how you used different surfaces and finishes, and the perfect finishing touches, too. Your recipients are very lucky!


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