Getting started on the 3rd row with the thirteenth day of Christmas window box. It features the old olive & white baker's twine and gold metallic thread. The Merry Music Designer Series Paper was cut using another one of the dies from the window box thinlits. To be honest this is not one of my favourite boxes, but it seems to be fitting in quite nicely on the "tree". Leaving it be has been a good exercise in accepting that not everything has to be perfect to be beneficial!


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More window boxes coming soon!

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Nature

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The sixteenth day of Christmas window box for my advent calendar features the pretty label punch, the mini ornaments and the old olive mini chevron ribbon.

I have already added it to my growing calendar. It is so cool to watch it all come together!

Do you want to see the updated "tree" every post OR should I post an updated "tree" picture here and there and then surprise you with the finished advent calendar at the end? Post a comment and let me know!

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Nature

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Today's post is exciting to me! I got to work on the base for my advent calendar and have finally begun the process of assembling it! As such I will be switching around the order of the posts a bit to reflect the order in which the days will be added to the "tree" from base to top. The Twelfth Day of Christmas window box is the last box in the bottom row.

The Twelfth Day of Christmas window box features a simple design using burlap trim, pear pizzazz shimmer ribbon, and rhinestone basic embellishments.

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With box number twelve complete I am now able to start assembling my advent calendar on the base. I made the base for this calendar using 3 Paper Pumpkin boxes and one piece of 12 x 12 Chipboard from a Memories and More Page Pack.

Each box is wrapped in a sheet of 12 x 12 Merry Music DSP.  I used a glue gun to hot glue all three together. The chipboard I cut in half and hot glued both pieces to the bottom of the wrapped boxes to help provide stability across the joints.

The embellishment process for the base began by wrapping the 7/8 stripped ribbon around the entire outside of the boxes and  tying it  in a big bow. Tying this ribbon tightly also helps to stabilize the 3 box base. I added 4 sprigs to the bow and will add another embellishment in the center but am undecided on what.

Here is the base and the first few bottom boxes. I'm getting quite excited to see it all starting to come together now!

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Be sure to subscribe to my blog to get updates on how this window box advent calendar is coming along! I will post another product list at the end, once the advent calendar has been completed. I have posted supply lists for previous boxes so please check there in the interim.

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Nature

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Today's handmade "Work of Art" card features a fun and impressive stained glass technique! I first read about this technique in Stampin' Success. Stampin' Success is the quarterly magazine for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators. It comes chalk full of project ideas, techniques and tips for growing your business. I always look forward to receiving it.

The stained glass technique can be done a couple different ways. I opted to combine two of them to get the look I wanted for this card. To do this technique you will need vellum cardstock, an embossing buddy, black archival ink, clear embossing powder and a heat tool. You will also need Stampin' Write markers to add your colour.

Rub the embossing body over the area of vellum you are going to use.  Stamp your image in archival basic black ink and then cover with clear embossing powder. Shake off excess powder and use your heat tool to melt the powder. You will be able to see the image turning from faded black to a nice shiny black. Be sure to keep your heat tool moving so as not to scorch the vellum.

Allow a minute or two to dry before flipping the image over to colour. Use the Stampin' Write Markers to add colour to the reverse side of the vellum. You can also use a blender pen to add shading and blend colours. Allow a few minutes for the ink to dry before turning right side up again. VOILA! you have a beautiful stained "glass" image!

For this card I used Stampin' Up!'s Crafting Forever and Work of Art stamp sets. I used the large oval stitched shape framelit to die cut my embossed vellum and the front layers of my card. This gave my card a window effect and allows the beautiful stained glass to be visible on both the outside and inside of the card.

The front of the card also features the wood textures designer series paper.

When I was making this card I completely spaced on the black rhinestone embellishments and used the regular silvery ones. When I teach this card at my card club we will be using the black rhinestone embellishments.

 

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Make and send this card to encourage somebody in your life today.

 

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Nature

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Inspire.Create. Stamping Challenge #001

Welcome to the first Inspire.Create. Stamping Challenge! I feel privileged to have been chosen for the design team among some very talented demonstrators!  I hope our projects inspire you to get creating and I look forward to seeing all of YOUR projects!

The Inspire.Create. Stamping Challenge #001  is a colour challenge. You are to use Basic Grey, Calypso Coral and Whisper White as the colours for your creation.


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When I first found out what the colours for today's challenge were I immediately thought of a house, which was perfect because I have several friends who have moved recently and I was needing to create cards for them!

For my design I used Basic Grey as the base of my card and whisper white embossed with the Brick Wall embossing folder as the top layer. Using basic grey ink and an aqua painter I watercoloured in the the "grout".

The inside "wall" and peekaboo background layer use the Calypso Coral Ombre sheet from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.

This card features the Home Life stamp and framelit bundle. For the "Congratulations!" sentiment you can stamp in Calypso Coral (on shimmery white cardstock) and then clear heat emboss over top. After heat embossing, watercolour the background in Basic Grey and allow to dry prior to using the banner thinlit to die cut with the Big Shot.

The window frame (from the Hearth & Home thinlits) is raised using adhesive strips to give a 3D effect. I heat embossed "on your new home" using versamark and whisper white embossing powder.

The calyso coral ombre ribbon, pearl basics and natural wood elements provide the finishing touches for this card. I coloured the white side of the wood flower using a the Calypso Coral Stampin' Write marker.

The black you can see peeking out underneath the banner is part of the lamp from the bookcase builder stamp set, there are also some bottles hiding back there sitting on the window sill. You can't see them looking at the card from straight on, only if you take a peek inside the window from above.

 

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Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out all the other projects of our wonderful inspire.create. stamping challenges design team!

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Nature

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