This year, I had a desire to make an advent calendar to start a family tradition for counting down the days till Christmas. I think the idea came in correspondence of seeing this pin on Pinterest. I found the calendars at Hobby Lobby for $15.99 and then spent almost 5 hours decorating it! The Designer Series Paper I used is called Candlelight Christmas and is currently on the Clearance Rack! I used various number stickers I had on hand and the Memorable Moments stamp set and then a bunch of punches to decorate. I found that Snail didn't work at all, so I used Mod Podge to adhere it. Just be careful not so smear any ink! I sold this one at a Craft Fair shortly after making it, so I guess it's time to make another one for our family!
On my second attempt, I decided to try the new photopolymer set, 25 Days, available in the current Holiday Catalog. Since these stamps only come in photopolymer, you will need a clear block (the D Block worked well). I used Old Olive, Real Red, and Crushed Curry for the ink colors and cardstock, and other than that, just a lot of punches! This time, I tried mini glue dots to adhere and that seemed to work fine! I like the unique way of numbering to give it a more modern feel. Look forward to counting down till Christmas!
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I finally got around to trying a Card in a Box! I used the Serene Stamper's tutorial and youtube video that I found on here on Pinterest and for the most part had little problem. My friends Cari and Jannah reminded me "it's just paper" when I was feeling a little unsure about the cuts to make, so go ahead and try it! My advice is just make sure you use Sticky Strip for adhering the sides together and as much snail as you can to stick the flowers down.
A lot of people have asked about how to mail this. This is a picture of what the card looks like folded up. Since every card will be a different size based on your placement of flowers (or whatever else you choose to go inside your box), I would suggest using the Envelope Punch Board to make the appropriate sized envelope. This tool makes envelopes in 66 sizes! Check out the video to see how it works!
I have to admit: yesterday's flurries got me in the mood for Christmas! So time to start working on my Christmas cards! One of my favorite new products from the Holiday Catalog in the Wonderful Wreath Framelit Dies and the Wonderous Wreath Stamp set. They can also be bought in a bundle for a 15% savings! Check out this video on how they work wonderfully together:
Below are two cards made using the bundle that we'll be making at next month's Christmas Creations class. At this class, we'll be making 15 cards, three each of five different designs. The other three designs will use the Beauty of the Season stamp set and the Ornamental Pine stamp set. Want to try out these cards, RSVP here! Let it snow!