Friday, July 10, 2009

Christmas in July Advent Boxes

I keep going back and forth on this project, but thought I should post it anyway to hopefully inspire other creations!

Splitcoast's Ways to Use it challenge (posted yesterday) encouraged the making of Christmas projects with it only being July.

Using my Big Shot, Matchbox Bigz XL die, and Premium Crease Pad, I cut out 12 boxes (for the 12 days of Christmas :). The idea is it is supposed to be a 12 day advent "calendar". Each box can hold 4 Hershey nuggets, or another larger piece of candy.

Before assembling, I put a small rectangle of Old Olive Textured card stock on the face of each box. I also attached a Jumbo brad to each one. Since the container has a mixture of finishes, I randomly did "drawer pulls" in Very Vanilla, Whisper White, and Silver.

All of the assembled boxes were stuck together with Sticky Strip (works wonders for 3D projects!). Pieces of the brand-new DSP The Write Stuff were wrapped around the drawers and the back.

Next I tied some Soft Suede Polka-Dot Grosgrain off to the side. Using the 5-petal Flower punch, I popped out 6 Ruby Red flowers, and 3 Old Olive flowers. Three of the red flowers were scored to look like poinsettias and layered on the flat ones. The Old Olive flowers were cut apart to look like leaves. Each center was dotted with a yellow glittered dot (non-su).

The tag was created using Soft Suede and Ruby Red card stock and the large and small tag punches. I hand-wrote "12 Days of Christmas" but there are a ton of punch inspired Christmas stamps in the new catalog (I just don't have any-yet!). The tag was tied to the ribbon using Hemp Twine.

So is this cute, or a total bust? Feel free to leave comments!

Happy Stampin'!

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Stamps: None
Ink: None
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Soft Suede (115318), Old Olive (100702), Ruby Red (102030), The Write Stuff DSP (115674)
Accessories: Big Shot (113439), Matchbox Bigz XL die (114890), Premium Crease Pad (117630), Soft Suede Polka-dot Grosgrain (115612), 5-Petal Flower Punch (109014), Small Tag Punch (108264), Large Tag Punch (105884), Hemp Twine (100982), Crop-a-dile (108362), Jumbo Brads (112533), Sticky Strip (104294)


Creations by Patti said...

I have to leave a comment - congratulations on making htis project in July - why not? Love this concept. This 12 days is less overwhleming than 24 days before Xmas, for sure! Love the pulls used on the drawers. Thank you for sharing.

MEL said...

Wow this is super cute! I may have to case this for my kids. They love Advent calendars. :)

Gina Shaw said...

I think you did a great job with the advent boxes! I love the drawer pulls; the colors; and the flowers! Thanks for sharing.

Melissa said...

Oh, it is adorable! A great project for kids and school!

Kris Kilcoyne said...

It is TOO TOO cute!! I have always wanted to make an advent calendar, but love the box idea much more.

Denise said...

Ohh, Carrie! This is definitely a wow project! I am SO impressed -- I don't think I have the patience to make all those matchboxes, but I'm tempted -- the results are FABULOUS!

Sunstamper said...

Wonderful idea! You've got me thinking Christmas! hmmm

June said...

I LOVE this!! My kids loved advent calendars when they were little and now as grandchildren are a hope for my future I am looking for ways to improve on what my kids loved...this would be perfect! Thanks for sharing.

Ann Schach said...

What a cool idea! I love the idea of the 12 versus 24! Great job!

Karen said...

I love it! Would have never thought of doing the matchbox drawers for an Advent idea - but I really like your idea!!! So fun! TFS :)
(klwco on SCS)

Carla Bazhenow said...

I love it, wonderful idea too.

Amanda said...

Thanks for the great idea! Fellow demo's and I have a huge event each year called "Gifts Galore" and this could be a great project for our customers. How long do you think it took you to make it (or how long do you think it would take seasoned stampers to create it)? Great idea for the "door pulls", too!!

Patti said...

What a cute project! Never too soon to start Christmas I say!