Sunny Challenge 94/13
This will be the last challenge for this year at Sunny Challenges and Creations and will run until the New Year. We know how busy everyone gets at this time of the year, so all we want you to do is share anything you have created for the Christmas Season. Maybe you made some new decorations for your tree or a banner or some packaging, anything at all, share it with us. So while you are busy getting ready to enjoy your Christmas celebrations, just add it to our Mr. Linky and share with all of us your wonderful creations.
The project I am sharing with you today is one I have wanted to create for a long time. These fantastic timber Christmas Countdown or Advent Calendars seem to pop up all over the web and I love them. I asked my Dad to make me one and since he is so clever and obliging he did it in record time. Shame on me but it sat on my laundry bench ignored for several weeks until I suddenly realised that it was almost December and I hadn’t decorated it.
I cut down a piece of Crumb Cake 12″ x 12″ card to fit the centre of the calendar and stamped the background using the Dictionary Background stamp and Crumb Cake ink. I wanted the stamping to be random and it certainly didn’t need to be perfect. I stamped the large snowflake from the Festive Flurry stamp set over the top using Cherry Cobbler ink, stamping off first so that it was a little lighter. I enlarged the template for the trees and cut them from Season of Style Designer Series Paper. I added dimensionals between the folds to add some extra dimension to the trees. I added strips of Chocolate Chip card for trunks and attached them inside the frame of the calendar. The largest tree is attached with Glue Dots and the smaller tree with dimensionals. I cut Ho, Ho, Ho from Cherry Cobbler card using the Big Shot and the Typeset Alphabet and attached them into the top right hand corner of the frame. The boxes are cut from Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip and Baked Brown Sugar card. Using a template that my Dad made for me I was able to determine the correct size and scoring to make them fit into the niches perfectly. I added card cut from one of the same colours (which by the way are the colours of the Season of Style Designer Series Paper) using the 1-1/4″ Scallop Punches and 1″ circles of either Silver, Champagne or Red Glimmer Paper. The numbers are a digital download that I purchased just for this project – Calendar Numbers Stamp Brush Set. I created the right size, by adding a circle punch to my page and adjusting the size to 3/4″. Then I added the numbers so that they fitted inside the circle, changed the colours to what I wanted and when I was ready to printed removed the 3/4″ circles. Once the numbers were printed I was able to use the 3/4″ Circle Punch to cut them out and add them to the centre of the Glimmer Paper. I have to say that I am loving being able to use My Digital Studio to add finishing touches to my projects almost instantly. If you haven’t tried it yet, then shoot over to my store and download the free 30 day trial. Join the free online My Digital Studio site and get instant access to videos and tutorials to help you get the most from this fabulous programme. You will be instantly in love.
This calendar now has pride of place in my dining room and the grandchildren love checking the boxes to see what chocolate they might get today. Of course with 6 grandchildren, I have to have some extras stashed in the pantry so everyone gets a chocolate!
I think my Dad did a wonderful job of creating this piece for me and I can’t thank him enough.
For some more inspiration why not pop over to Sunny Challenges and Creations and see what the Design Team has created. AND don’t forget to add your projects to Mr. Linky so we can pin all your great ideas for next year.
Bye for now,