Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gearing Up For Christmas

I cannot believe Christmas is only a few weeks away. I am slowly getting back into crafting, beginning with a bunch of Christmas cards I plan to share over the next week. But for today I want to share an advent calendar I made last year. This is a project I made using a file collection by Jen Adkins over at Paperthreads (Countdown to Christmas).

Here is my completed Countdown to Christmas project. It took me over a week to complete, but it was so worth it! I am so very happy with how this turned out. And I can use it for years and years to come. The base of the project is a cookie sheet and all of the little elements are magnets. As you remove each piece, you can simply attach it to the backside of the cookie sheet.

I used 2 different patterned papers for the base of the cookie sheet. The paper is attached using decoupage paste. I made it into a grid using some green ribbon. I printed the numbers out twice, once in red and once in green. Then I used a circle punch to punch out the numbers. I glued these down in alternating colors inside the squares of my grid. The title is cut from some sparkly vinyl I had.

When I glued the paper to the cookie sheet, I let it hang over the edges. To clean this up and make it look more finished, I went around the whole cookie sheet with some striped Christmas ribbon I picked up at Joann's.

I had so much fun decorating all the different elements. I used markers to go around the outside edges of all the pieces and to add details. Lots of Stickles were used to add color and sparkle. I used some colored rhinestones for the man's eyes and a metal star charm for his hat.

I used markers to add details like the girl's eyes and nose and the snowman's mouth. More Stickles were used. I used rhinestones for the snowman's eyes and silver circles to decorate the one tree. The other tree has a star charm on top.

I used a white gel pen for the gingerbread people. The penguin, Santa, the hat and the stocking all have sparkly fluff added to the white parts. I used some googly eyes on the reindeer. Santa's eyes and the center of the snowflake are rhinestones. The bottom layer of the snowflake was cut from holographic paper.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my advent calendar. My plan is to start blogging regularly again so please come back and visit.

*Scrapalicious USA (Christmas Project Challenge)

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  1. Oh my goodness, this is so cute and creative! I absolutely love it. :) Thanks for sharing!


  2. Your cookie sheet is awesome !! Those projects that takes weeks always make us so proud. Thanks for sharing ....

  3. gorgeous calendar!!! there are so many great details in each little image, its so cute!

  4. Kelly, first off I am so glad to see you are doing better. This is amazing, a great idea!! and so cute. Thank you for sharing the "how to" it would make a wonderful gift!
    Hugs, Pam at

  5. oh my gosh Kelly! THis is adorable!!!

  6. Very cute idea, thank you for joining us at Scrapalicious USA, Cindy

  7. You are very talented!! Love the cookie sheet idea and all your cute creations!