November 09, 2009

advent calendar idea No1

hi everyone :)

a huge thanks to those who drop by...and especially those who take the time to leave me cute comments...its so good to get a little feedback when you're online crafting...you wouldn't want to feel all alone in the craftroom, now would you? ;) its so great to know that you're crafting too...and i really hope sometimes i inspire you to go off and make something lovely!

right, today its the first of my advent calendars...the weather is still grotty...so the photos aren't superb...but i think its enough for you to get the idea...and if you do decide to run with it...please let me know by leaving me a comment and a link to what you've done :) thanks!

ta daaaa...a shot showing not only a section of the calendar...but also a glimpse into my messy world!! lol


what i've done is take a pack of wage envelopes {£1.99 for a pack of 50 in my local PO} and stamp them 1-25 in pearly brilliance ink. i've then stamped a cute Christmas tree by Tanda Stamps on the first 24, and a cute Santa on 25.


i've added a gem star to the top of each tree and drawn in a trunk, and i've coloured the santa brightly to make the final day look *special*...

Santa's fir trim is coloured with Liquid Applique...something i seem to reach for every Christmas time for snow and fir...and every spring time for lambs' wool!! you apply it like regular paint and heat it with a heat gun until it bubbles up. if you haven't tried this stuff its fabby...and you can use it on t-shirts and bags/shoes too which is a great project to do with the kids :)



i've hung my envelopes from ribbon attached with household pegs...and i've stamped the pegs for added interest using the same Christmas tree stamp...i've done my alternating in bronze to match the tree and green to match the numbers...
***a hint***
the pegs are longer than the tree stamp...so stamp up to the metal clip from one end, then repeat with the other end :)
easy when you know how!
ok, i'm off for lunch now...hope you enjoyed stopping by...and have a crafty afternoon...tomorrow...i shall share the project i did last Christmas for Craft Stamper magazine using this same stamp!


7 comments:

Elin said...

That is so cute! A really clever idea. I may have to case it! Thank you for sharing.

Carmen said...

This is really clever yet simple at the same time. Now this sort of advent calender I just might be able to do ;) Thanks Alix.

Linda (UKS Gadget Monkey) said...

What an excellent idea, that little Santa is just sooooo cute..

Julia Dunnit said...

Love the whole thing from envelope to opening! So nice to se something that I might actually consider and better yet, do!

Debsg said...

Cute advent idea - love your santa.

allyf said...

Such a simple idea, and really effective and lovely.

Rosie said...

Woo how lovely is this, and made from such simple materials! Loving that liquid applique on Santa!!