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Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 7: Pop-up Treat Bag Topper

Well we've reached the end!

This is the final week of the Blog Hop and we've had a blast! In fact, Brenda, Eileen and I had such fun working together on this hop that we've created a new blog to keep the Triple Play spirit alive. We're soft-launching the blog today, and will feature new projects, tutorials, guest designers and giveaways after CHA (late January). The blog address is: You can also "like" Triple Play on Facebook here:

But in the meantime, let's talk Treat Bag Toppers! This week we're featuring the Scoreboards XL Treat Bag Toppers die, by Eileen Hull.

There are several pieces on this die, so you'll find a topper, label or accessory item for a variety of bag sizes. OR, if you've got a Sizzix eClips electronic cutter on your Christmas list, you can make your own bags, as I did for my project.

Click on the center "play" button (bottom middle of the frame) to play a slideshow of my project for the week. Naturally I was determined to make something pop-up!

If you're interested in static photos, general instructions and a supply list, continue reading after the jump.

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My first order of business was to cut a bag using my eClips electronic shape cutter.  This machine not only cuts (and it cuts like butter!) but it SCORES! I used the Albums, Bags & Boxes cartridge to cut the bag. I set the size for 11.5" wide. After the bag was cut and I could easily see all the panels, I hot-swapped my cartridge to Christmas & Traditions Alphabet, changed the machine to centerpoint, and navigated my laser to the location where I wanted my snowflake cut-out. I set the snowflake to "solid" so it would cut a window out of my bag.

This technique was so simple, and could easily be done with any shape, for any season! Behind my window I put a piece of red transparency and decorated it with a large vellum snowflake and a smaller piece of snowflake confetti. Another option would be to cut the snowflakes using the eClips, so they would perfectly match the window.

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So here's my finished bag. I will fill it with bright holiday candy and give it as a teacher gift tomorrow. The bag has a hole near the top that made it easy to weave a ribbon tie through, after stapling the bag inside my finished topper.

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Here's what happens when you untie the ribbon and open the topper. The pop-up mechanism is a very simple 3-stem table pop-up. (If you have the Pop-up Sleigh die . . . like that!) 

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Here's a close-up of the pop-up parts. The "To/From" tag is on the Christmas & Traditions Alphabet cartridge and yes, it cuts that precisely! Everything you see in that white tag - the "to", "from", snowflakes and flourish - are holes! In fact, I loved those tiny snowflakes so much that I cut several more, using the "pieces" option on the cartridge, and decorated the front of the topper and the background using itty-bitty intricate snowflakes cut from a scrap of white cardstock.

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Here's a side view of the pop-up. The snowmen are cut from a piece of patterned paper from Crate Paper's Snow Day collection. This line has been one of my favorites this year! Behind the heads of the snowmen is a strip of transparency (I used a scrap of clear plastic die packaging) so I could extend the pop-up across three snowmen.

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When the topper is closed, the pop-up will fold in half and be hidden. The small snowman at the right was small enough to just hang out on the transparency without needing a fold. He just flips over when the card is closed, doing a face plant at about the location of the staple.  

Supply List:
Scoreboards XL Treat Bag Toppers, by Eileen Hull
Albums, Bags & Boxes eClips cartridge
Christmas & Traditions alphabet cartridge, by Scrappy Cat
White matboard
Patterned Papers: KI Memories (bag), Crate Paper (snowmen)
Vellum snowflake: Creative Impressions
Border Punch: EK Success
General Craft/Source unknown: red velvet spotted paper, red transparency, snowflake confetti, ribbon, pom-pom