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My Advent Countdown

December 2, 2011

For the last couple of years I have made little boxes to hang on our Christmas Tree to count down the days till Christmas.  My grandchildren love coming and opening the boxes and of course there is chocolate inside (and more in the cupboard to cover however many children there may be visiting at the time).

This year I decided that I would make little matchboxes.  Since I don’t have a matchbox die for the Big Shot,  I had to make these from scratch.  I have a tutorial which I found quite some time ago by Kristen Aune and this gives the dimensions to make the matchboxes.  You can get 2 from 1 A4 sheet of cardstock.  I cut the boxes from various colours – Old Olive, Real Red, Ridinghood Red, Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler.  I left the box plain only punching a hold in one end with my Crop-a-Dile to add the ribbon to hang them from the tree.  The covers have been rolled using matching ink and the Starburst Jumbo Wheel.  I inked the image from the Four Frames stampset using Early Expresso ink,  stamped onto Whisper White card and then punched them out using the Decorative Label Punch.  The numbers are cut from cardstock using the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlit Dies.  I will have to change the decoration on the front as the double digits do not work with the image I used for these boxes.

I have actually only made 9 of these, just enough to get them onto the tree when the Grandchildren helped me put it up last week.  So I had better stop procrastinating and get the rest done.

Bye for now, Kris.

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