Christmas Countdown – Project 97

Here is another project that I know you have seen before….but if you want to have this ready for the start of an advent countdown then now is the time to get busy…..

So for a trip down memory lane (or maybe this is the first time you have seen this project…)

Here is my version of an Advent Activity Calendar….

advent calendar

The idea is that you pop a little activity into each of the pockets in the countdown to Christmas, such as trips to visit the Christmas lights, treasure hunts for candy canes and making gingerbread.

My first step in making this project was to decide which DSP (Designer Series Paper) that I would like to use.  In deciding this paper my colour combination could be easily decided as I would just pull colours out of the designs.   The Cardstock that I used was in the coordinating colours of Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake and Early Expresso.

Here is a list of items that I have used to make my Advent Calendar…(I’m sorry some of these items will no longer be available)

Big Shot

Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

Typeset Alphabet Bigz

Holiday Ornamets Framelits

Designer Rosette Bigz XL  Use with the extended cutting pads, you may get a better result if you use a extended premium crease pad on the non-cutting side, but see how you go, I use the two cutting pads in my Big Shot for a great result but every Big Shot has a slightly different tension.

Petite Pocket Bigz XL

Lattice Bigz

Delicate Designs Folders

Northern Flurry Folder

Large Scallop Edgelit

Delicate Doilies Sizzlit

Snow Flurry Bigz Die

Holiday Collection Framelits


3/16 inch metallic brads in silver

Large Pearl Basic Jewels

Pearl Basic Jewels

Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Antique brads

Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons

Seam binding ribbon in Very Vanilla

Ruffled ribbon in Lucky Limeade

Scallop Dots Ribbon in Cherry Cobbler

Baker’s Twine in Cherry Cobbler, Early Expresso, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade and Whisper White.


1 1/4 inch scallop circle punch

Petite Pennants Builder Punch

Small Heart Punch

3/4 Circle punch

Boho Blossom Punch

Stamps and Inks

Scentsational Season Stamp set

Classic Inks in Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip.


Silicone Craft Sheet and a hot glue gun.

Paper Trimmer

I used fabric from the “essentials designer fabric” collection.  The frame was one that I had here that wasn’t being used. I gave it a coat of white paint and sanded it back to look shabby.  The pockets have been attached with hot glue.

I hope you like it.  I’d be happy to take any close up photos or answer any questions you may have.

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