Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Advent Calendar Using Words

 

HUGE GIVEAWAY ALERT!
Okay, since it's Christmas, Emma decided to give away TWELVE of her FAVORITE things to ONE LUCKY person! She will announce one of the prizes for each day in her video! So by the 12th day, you will see ALL 12 items that ONE lucky person will be receiving! All you have to do is leave your comments each day! It's that simple! ALSO, **VERY IMPORTANT** Please leave your contact information so we can contact you "IF" YOU are the lucky winner! 


Aren't you loving all the great ideas so far! Amazing stuff! 
Here is my project for day 5 of our 12 days of Christmas. 

My plan was to make an Advent calendar, with the numbers to count down to Christmas. I knew I wanted to use the Build A Banner dies and the new circle alpha stamps. However, I realized that I would not be able to stamp double digit numbers in that small circle. So...I got to thinking what I could do instead. Can you believe that "Wishing You A Merry Christmas" is exactly 25 letters?! Just the amount needed to count down to Christmas day. I was thrilled. Then, when I got to laying out the words themselves, I noticed how exact they lined up for placement...no odd amount...they lined up in rows and columns just like it was meant to be! 
 Anyhow, I cut all the banners, all the circles, and all the emblem shapes first. Then I did all the stamping of the letters. I laid them all out on brown stips of paper, a tiny bit wider and longer for each word to fit. I planned placement of all before sticking down with dimensional adhesives. For each letter, I adhered them with hook and loop tape...so they can come off. Now, if you don't want to do the count down, you can just glue these right down and just use a nice wall hanging. But if you do want to count down, I suggest Velcro...it would be the easiest way.  
I had stamped the numbers for the 25 days on the banner, but you really probably wouldn't need to as they won't show. You can see, the Velcro actually covers them up anyway.
 I used some crinkle ribbon to make two bows for the corners and tied a button with twine. I used hot glue to stick them down. 
But...I didn't like the large empty spaces on the sides. so I cut some fun trees with my Cameo and matted them on a shadow layer in brown. I added glitter to the tops to make them sparkle and shine. I added a cute little tag, tied a bow of twine and added them to the tree. And, used dimensional adhesive to stick down.

For the top, I used the large stamp, Magical Holiday and use a glue pen and sprinkled with glitter to get that "magical" look...lol. I layered it on a shadow piece and attached it with dimensional adhesive too. 
Then, the entire front was glued down to another piece of cardstock, trimmed equal all the way around, and then that was glued to a heavy weight chipboard. I used my CropADial to punch holes and add eyelets for hanging.

I hope you enjoyed my Advent Calendar...with words, not numbers...to count your way down to Christmas Day! I had fun making this, and it seemed to morph a bit as I got into it. I'm sure you've had projects that changed along the way...that's what this did...lol. I'd love to see yours if you decide to make one. If you store it well, you could use it for many years. Merry Christmas, everyone!



Cheryl ~ Me

44 comments :

  1. HI WoW nice job love it .
    LindaB
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  2. WOW is right you did one fantastic job your Advent calendar is unbelievable probably one of the nicest I've ever seen and personally crafted. This will be a treasured keepsake that makes it's appearance every year how cool is this!!

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  3. I love when things just work out...and then new project ideas are born. I love your piece. And those circle stamps can be used for so many different things. Thanks again for sharing. slbuller at fullchannel dot net.

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  4. Really pretty advent calender...this is a WOW!!!
    Lee-Ann :)
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  5. Your advent calender is amazing, such pretty detail! TFS!

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  6. Cheryl, I absolutely love your advent calendar! How perfect was is that phrase? It turned out beautifully!!!

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  7. I love this and love that you used words instead of numbers to create your advent calendar!! HUgsxx

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  8. Great advent calendar! Who says you have to use numbers instead of letters -- great thinking outside of the box! TFS!
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  9. This is so neat. Turned out really great. I like how it turned into something you weren't beginning...those are the best projects. TFS --C

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  10. Cheryl ~ OOMMGG! Who would have thought or knew that Wishing You a Merry Christmas had 25 letters and it would work out PERFECTLy ~YOU! I LOVe this calendar idea! I think it turned out AMAZING!! WOW!! The details are SPECTACULAR and Lloving the paper too! AWESOME, AWESOME job!!

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  11. WOWZERS!!! This is AWESOME!!! Words can not explain what an incredible job you did with this project! The stamps and dies and LO are just perfect!!!
    I am pinning this!!! Awesome job!
    TFS
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  12. WOW!!! Incredible project - talk about an AMAZING project!!! LOVE!!!

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  13. Woweee what a lot of work. Awesome




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  14. This is absolutely Beautiful. Very creative use of those letters. Brilliant my friend. Smooches... frankleecrafts [at] gmail [dot] com

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  15. I love your wall art. Great job on it!!!
    :)
    Victoria
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  16. This is so beautiful and creative! What an awesome job on this!

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  17. How clever are you??? I'll bet you are great at word games!!! This is a great advent calendar.

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  18. This is beautiful!! You did a great job!!

    Leslie

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  19. This is so super cute! And creative.
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  20. Fantastic! What a coincidence that this is exactly 25 letters.
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  21. Well who knew?! This is so fabulous and you know I am liking the sentiment as a countdown as much as I would have the numbers! Very cool idea and so clever of you!
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  22. Cool idea! love it! TFS!!

    Tracy
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  23. Cheryl: spectacular. stunning and just completely gorgeous! This is, beyond any doubt, a keepsake (and I'll add a "scrap-lift" for down the road when my skills/technique improve!). THANK YOU!

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  24. Very pretty advent calendar...love all the details!!

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  25. Great job, love the colors and your use of the banner dies. lflinesatcomcastdotnet

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  26. Wow, you did an awesome job, I love it, thanks for sharing.

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  27. A very clever and attractive Advent Calendar! Love the way you did the ribbons and the trees! Emma's stamps and dies work so well together in many ways. Great job!
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  28. This is such a FANTASTIC project idea Cheryl!GORGEOUS job with all the great details my friend!!!:)

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  29. Super cute advent calendar. I just love the build a banner set.

    TFS
    Sue
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  30. This is awesome!! I LOVE it!!!
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  31. Love, love your advent calendar.


    Tina
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  32. beautiful advent calendar so many details
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  33. Your calendar turned out lovely! What a great idea!


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  34. Wow I love the advent calendar and the use of Emma dies an stamps. TFS AJ-


    AJ Scrapbooking & Cards
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  35. Love your advent calendar,very pretty...guillotma@bellsouth.net

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  36. Amazing detail on this creative days of Christmas project.
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  37. Looks like you put a lot of time into your project and it turned out gr8t!

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  38. Hi Cheryl!
    BEAUTIFUL Advent Calendar! It's amazing that "Wishing you a Merry Christmas" is 25 letter....how perfect was that! :). Thank you for sharing your GORGEOUS calendar! Have a great day! :)

    Suzanne
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  39. I can't believe your good fortune...25 letter phrase! I'm so glad you didn't scrap your advent project when you hit an obstacle. This will be a wonderful addition to your annual Christmas decor and traditions!
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  40. This project turned out awesome. tfs
    Evelyn
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  41. Love your calendar. Awesome job.
    Michelle
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  42. Adorable - what a cute little banner love the little mini tags great job.

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