Thursday, December 1, 2011

Advent Calendar

I have always wanted to make the kids an advent calendar. We've had the junky ones with the bad candy before but never a good one. Last night I sat down with my 25 (26 if you count the mistake!) basic office envelopes (55 for $1), a bunch of Christmas stamps and embellishments, my vintage photo distress ink and applicator, 25 clothes pins, and a pile of candy and toys.

I started by sealing the envelopes and stamping. Think I applied a little vintage photo around the edges but of course that wasn't enough so I covered everything with vintage photo. It gave the envelopes a very aged and rustic look. Once I had the envelope embellished I cut about 1/8 inch off the top to create the pocket to hold goodies. The envelopes are clipped to a garland across the mantle with a clothes pin. No fires for a while as I don't want my candies to melt!

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Over all I am very pleased with the turn out. There are a couple of days I was not as happy with once they were done but it was past my bed time so I put them at the beginning and I won't have to look at them for long!

A couple of my favorites...

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I just love this new stamp from Deadbeat Designs.  As soon as I saw it, I had to have it.  I think I'll do my Christmas cards with it this year

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Paper: Making Memories (numbers)
Stamps: Deadbeat Designs, Papertrey Ink, Inkadinkado, Studio G, Misc. Unknown
Other: Making Memories (poinsettas, frame embellishments) Ranger (stickles)Office envelopes, Clothes pins, Garland

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