Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas Advent Calendar

I love Christmas. But waiting til the end of the month to celebrate can take a toll. So why not have an Advent Calendar. It's a nice way to count down the days to Christmas. 
My daughter Bella loves her advent calendar every year. I always try my best to have it ready before December 1st otherwise it's a bust. So this thanksgiving weekend I had an extra day off of work and made sure that I had the Calendar done. 

I also went a little overboard on the decorations. I usually just use a circle punch and some numbers and call it day. But this year I wanted to expand my creativity and incorporate new holiday items. 

I love this gingerbread man stamp and I had to add them to the Calendar. It turns out that I don't have any number stamps. How I have been getting along all this time with no number stamps. I ended up bring out an old stamp set I saved particularly for this project. I liked these numbers because they are a good size. This way the number allows you to add something else, like the gingerbread man. 

I'm using a 24 count mini cupcake tin. I got my tin at a Big Lots one year. I had my dad drill holes so I can hang it. Inside I have candy and small toys that I found at the store. And trust me it was very hard to find small enough items to put in these tins. 

A tip for attaching your circles would be to use the adhesive strips. I used to use glue dots and they can hold pretty good if you only have something small like candy inside, but if there is a small toy it's best to give it some breathing room. Placing the adhesive strips along the edge of the tin is pretty easy. They move around the circle cup and stick very well. 

Hope you enjoyed! And please share your Advent Calendars with me! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Merry Medley Christmas Card (Red)

My main intention for this card was to make a shaker card again. I love shaker cards. They are so fun and add a special embellishment that you know was handmade. 

I used the same style as my last Merry Medley card. 

When I was working this card out I was trying real hard to hide the foam pieces on the edge of the card. I was coming up with all kinds of boarders but they were just hiding what I really wanted to showcase. So instead I just placed the foam adhesive right on the edge. It work out and made itself the boarder. 

The sequence inside the card is kinda hard to see in the pictures but in person they really bring the card together. 

Basic Black CS: 11 x 4 1/4
score: 5 1/2
DSP: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Window Sheet: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Whisper White CS (inside): 5 1/4 x 4

Hope you enjoyed.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Merry Medley Christmas (Green)

When I saw this stamp set in the Holiday Catalog I knew that I had to have it. I love the big stamp sets image that can cover the whole paper. 

I had to leap into something different then normal for me when making this card. But my end result is amazing. I really wanted to incorporate this stamp set and a window sheet in some way. I did try embossing but mine came out all wrong. 
First the powder got everywhere other then the stamped areas. The second time I tried I did use my embossing buddy to clear up static but then ended up adding static to the sheet and caused my powder to clump up. 

I ended up using Stazon ink. Now we used to sell the white Stazon and I guess that slipped my mine because when I went to look in the catalog for the item it wasn't there. I apologize for any confusion but I'm sure you can buy Stazon at any craft store. 
You can use he Stampin Up Craft Ink but I would allow to dry over night. And it might not even dry all the way. I haven't tried that way so if it works please let me know. 

Basic Black CS: 11 x 4 1/4
Scored: 5 1/2
DSP: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Window Sheet: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Basic Black CS (for top of card): 3 x 4 1/4
score: 1 1/2
Whisper White CS (inside card): 5 1/4 x 4

Hope you enjoyed