Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Christmas Countdown

My sister Heather *LOVES* those cheap Christmas countdown calendars with the little chocolates behind the cardboard doors. So, this year, because of the tutorial provided by Beate on SCS I decided to make a re-usable Advent Calendar.

I used a 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 magnetic white board and glued magnets (using Crystal Effects) from the dollar store to the back of the 48mm metal containers bought at Lee Valley.

The squares behind the watchmaker's tins are 2 x 2 squares cut from the Dashing Paper. I used the Scallop Circle punch to cut Real Red, Old Olive, and River Rock paper to put on the inside of the lids. then I used the 13/8 punch to cut more of the Dashing paper and adhered it to the outside of the lids. this was covered with cardstock that had been stamped with the dates, punched with the 1 1/2 punch, and distressed. All of the numbers were traced with Atyou Glitter Pens (available at All That Scraps). These are Fantastic glitter pens. They flow like regular pens and are really glittery.

The title is in French because Heather teaches at a French Immersion school, and she can choose to use this in her classroom, or at home. I used sticky foam letters from the dollar store, the Big on Christmas stamp set, and embellishments from Michael's. The green foam letters were too bright, so I darkened them somewhat with the old olive ink. The Real Red, Old Olive, and River Rock cardstock are all distressed using the distressing tool, and each layer is up on pop dots to add some dimension.


scrapnnMO said...

OMG I so love your Countdown calendar! Awesome idea indeed! WTG and thanks for sharing!

Melanie aka Batgirl said...

I love what you did with yours! great job :)

Heather said...

Thanks for the calendar! It rocks!