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Festive Felt Wreath Hoop Art with Sizzix Dies by Lore Green

It’s Christmas! Well, Christmas in July, and Christmas means decorations and presents. 
Hoop art makes great decorations and is perfect for gifting. Hoop Art can be as complicated or as simple as you wish and you don’t even need to be able to sew to make one. The hoop I created above can be made by sticking or stitching the pieces down or you could blend the two. Felt looks equally good if you stick or stitch.
The Sizzix Bigz dies I used for this project are pictured below.
I started by cutting out the pieces I needed for my 12” embroidery hoop:

20 dark and 20 light green felt leaves 1 brown and 1 cream felt deer 1 set each of green and white felt stars 1 set of flower petals and centres in red and green felt A strip of white fabric Piece of dark blue fabric, to fit hoop Embroidery hoop Red felt to cut circles for berries White felt to cut stars and circles for the deer’s eyes
Dies don’t always have to be used as they were first designed. I didn’t have a tree die in the size or form I neede…

Giving Tonic treat boxes that Christmas feeling by Leanne McAlpine

Hello everyone, Leanne here … thank you for stopping by to read my first blog post as a Hochanda Blog Ambassador … it’s all a bit exciting!
For my first post, I thought I’d share with you some of my recent makes using the Tonic verso treat/cupcake box dies that I bought a while ago during a One Day Special.

As Hochanda are currently celebrating Christmas in July, this inspired me to have that Christmas feeling … it’s never too early after all. I have to confess I could make Christmas projects all year round.

These boxes are really easy to put together. The dies cut beautifully, helped of course by my Gemini – if you haven’t got one yet, you don’t know what you’re missing!



The papers I used were from my stash. I have a terrible habit of buying papers and not using them because they are too nice … I’m sure I’m not the only one!


I used various embellishments from my stash to decorate which I attached with hot glue. I also used some Crafter’s Companion dies to die cut holly leaves, snowflake…