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Advent Calendar

So for a long time I have done all of my crafting without a digital die cut. I bought a cricut once at a craft yard sale for $50, used it never and then donated it to my daughter’s preschool. I bought a Slice, used it a few times, but became frustrated with the effort of setting it all up, etc. And to be honest, most of the cricut designs are just not my style. I’ve loved the idea of the Silhouette for a long time, but still not sure I’d actually use it – somehow die cuts I make just aren’t as appealing to me as purchased ones maybe??? who knows. Anyway, I stumbled upon a used Silhouette SD that someone was selling for cheap since they’d just upgraded to the Cameo. I jumped on it and have been so happy. I love the idea that you can make your own designs, and buy individual ones in the shop for $1. 


Here’s the advent calendar I made this year for the girls- took quite a while (and distracted me from finishing the December Daily pages for a bit) but so worth it. The girls love it. And I love that it’s got a wood base, and if the paper boxes ever rip or I become tired of them, I just cut new ones. Yay for that. And I’m happy to say most of my Xmas paper stash is now depleted. Or at least my favorites that match the green/red that I was going for.  If only I could find more of the old American Crafts merrymint collection – oh how I loved you….


Ryan goes running downstairs every morning so excited to open it – love that :) So far, we’ve had a mix of squinkies, littlest pet shop guys, and hershey’s kisses. All the little guys I catch them playing with every day.

December Advent Cards

Although Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, I’m getting super excited for December to come so that I can start to pull together my December Daily project.  Today I started working on another of Ali’s projects- some December Advent cards.

I used A Muse colored cardstock which is white on the backside, so it was easy to print the cards on one side and then cut them out. I hand wrote little fun things for the girls to do (okay maybe not so much for Julia this year, as she’s not even one yet) – things like take a trip to the library to pick out a Christmas book, or chose one of your toys to donate to someone in need, drink hot chocolate, go sledding, take a drive to look at Christmas lights, etc.

I used my stash of Thickers and number stickers for the backs – had to dig deep as I ran out of 2’s – too many December Daily album’s have depleted my stash :) I love these little cards- printed out some extras to use as journaling cards and decoration for my album.

Here’s some links to free downloadable tags for your December Daily from Ormolu – I’ve ordered some tags from her in other years- love her stuff.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Christmas Gift Card Holder

Here’s a simple and quick gift card holder I made last year using some paper piecing on this Impress stamp.  I simply folded over the right side of the note card, glued on the edges and tucked the gift card inside.  I have some smaller versions that I made as well and will post those when I remember to take some pictures!

Notecard & ribbon- A Muse Artstamps

Image – Impress rubber stamps

Mini Gift Card Holders

Here are two versions of the mini gift card holders I made for this year.  These were inspired by Criminal Grace’s ones that she made for our A Muse Addicts get together, which were adorable.  I tried to keep these ones very simple so I could easily mass produce – no coloring!

For this one, I used a Christmas tree stamp from Impress in Memento pear tart ink, and all other images, notecard, ribbon and bling from A Muse.

This one used all A Muse images, etc. and Memento bamboo leaves ink.

To make these, you use a 4 bar notecard and simply score it to make a 3 1/2″ square card (so score 1 1/2″ in from either side of the original fold), bending the original fold to the inside of the card, gluing a little strip on the top and bottom before folding it in.  Then I used a square punch to cut out a notch on the inside to hold the gift card.  Of course, all this would be much easier to understand if I had a picture of the inside, but mine was eaten by my camera before I could upload it (operator error most likely).  I had already sealed my cards w/ the gift cards inside, but will try to make another one with a picture tomorrow to make more sense :)

December Daily- round 2

Here’s a few more of my December Daily pages.  You can see the rest on my Flickr page

Ryan and her good friend getting ready to go see Princess and the Frog…

Some of my favorite fabric I used to sew a pocket onto kraft paper to hold our letters to Santa.  Ryan wrote her letter, and I wrote down what she was saying too – my favorite part was when she added “and I’m gorgeous!”.  It was hard to keep a straight face with that :)

I trimmed down a baseball card protector to fit into the 8×8 album- the snowflake in the middle is blank letting you peek through to the calendar page on the back.

December Daily Album

I’ve been busy getting ready for a new little one, and the holidays, oh and work too!  But, I’ve been trying to take some time to be creative and working on some scrapbook albums.  My favorite thing last holiday was the December Daily album, inspired by Ali Edwards.  A few months ago I started putting together the base, and have been trying to update it – I’m only a few days behind!

Here are some of my favorite pages- you can click over to my Flickr album to see the rest.

I’ve been trying to keep it simple and not scrapbook every picture or add a ton of embellishments, but I get carried away!  Now I just need to get to the rest of my to do list before baby comes!  Less than 2 weeks away!

Advent Calendar

It’s hard to believe December’s here already.  Especially since that means baby is coming in just about a month- yikes!! So much to do before then!

Last year, Ryan and I made an advent calendar from a Martha Stewart kit, which was okay but sort of fell apart towards the end.  This year, I decided to make one of the Karen Foster advent calendars.  I love that we can pack it away and re-use it next year.

I used a mixture of papers and a bunch of number stickers and embellishments that I’ve been collecting as part of my December Daily album project.  That project will be a whole other post, as I haven’t even attempted to photograph that yet.  I think it’s because it doesn’t feel done at all, and it’s hard to tell where to stop without having the photos and journaling in there yet.

Some of my favorite numbers to use this year have been stickers from Little Yellow Bicycle – the round ones with silver (21, 24, 25, etc).  This surprises me because I’m usually not a sticker person, but I love the look of these.  I also love the look of having a mixture of sizes and colors all over, so I mixed those with my stash of American Crafts Thickers (see – I DO use them!), and some of the other numbers I picked up at Shabby Chic Crafts or on Etsy.

The papers are all A Muse, with the exception of the dark red (scraps), and white with red polka dots (Savvy notecards).  I used the green and red A Muse polka dot paper on the sides and back of the calendar as well, and had to mix in some of the green shimmer paper- yum!

The only challenging part is finding stuff tiny enough to fit into the little drawers for each day.  I don’t really want to use candy treats, so I’ve been putting in little stickers or some change for the piggy bank.  I also got an idea from another A Muse instructor to use little tickets for things to do as a family- like an ice cream night, reading a Xmas story, etc.  I love that idea, so I’m going to make some of those up soon.
What do you put in your advent calendars?

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