Advent Calendar – Countdown to Christmas ~ Day 18

Day 18 finds us in the grip of a polar vortex ~ as I write this it is 16F  (which is -9C) BBBBRRRR!!!!!!  but it brings back very fond memories of our very mild autumn and when my friend, Elly, from the UK was here in October and we designed an advent calendar using a 24 cup mini muffin pan.  So here is number 18 with a little description of how it was made.

You will want to open each post, as there will be a little treat behind each one!  Some days it might be some virtual ‘candy’ or sweeties as we call them in the UK, other times it might be a card, 3D project or a video!

Each of the squares start with a 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch base with 4 little magnets stuck to the back with glue dots.  The primary colors are  Real Red, Old Olive, Smoky Slate and Soft Sky. Ink Colors included those above, plus two neutrals of  Tip Top Taupe and Early Expresso.



A jolly Christmas Bell, stamped in Real Red on Old Olive card.  This was layered onto a 2″ circle of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper with a couple of Stampin’ dimensionals,  Elly even had the patience to cut a small hole in the top of the bell to thread some of the Candy Cane Lane Bakers Twine!

Another fantastic bundle was used for this square – the Seasonal Bells stamp set along with the Bell Punch ~ available separately but also as a bundle (saving 10%)

Today’s Virtual Treat:


On Friday I shared a card using the Star of Light stamp set and die bundle, here is another card using the same bundle in lovely soothing Mint Macaron and silver.

Card Base:  11 x 4 1/4 Thick Whisper White Card ~ scored @ 5 1/2

Layer 1: 5 1/2 x 3 Mint Macaron Card

Silver Foil Strips ~ 2 @ 1/2 x 5 1/2, 1 @ 3 x 1 1/4

‘Merry Christmas’ strip ~ 1″ x 3 Mint Macaron Card

Ink Colors: Mint Macaron and Craft White Ink.

The ‘swooosh’ image was stamped twice on the layer 1, one in mint macaron then in white craft ink, before the star was cut with the starlight die.  Once this was done the layer was lined up with the base card and the decorative star image was stamped in Mint Macaron ~ doing it this way made sure the image and the cut out lined up perfectly.

The thin silver foil stripes were added to the back of the Mint Macaron layer then attached to the base card.  There is a twist of Silver Metallic thread although it is a bit difficult to see, then a liberal scattering of the Metallic enamel shapes.

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 Supplies for Advent Square:
Supplies for Card:


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