Hand Stamped Sentiments inspired Advent Calendar

The trees are done! My new addiction this year is this incredible shiny MESH! Ahhh! Love it!
Anyway, I digress…. This week’s challenge at HSS really gave me the kick in the pants I needed to finish one MAJOR project I was avoiding. Can you tell what it is…..????
No, not my beautiful tree! The Advent Calendar Ladder down at the bottom! Whew! What a monkey off my back! I thought my girls were going to pack up and move to the neighbors if I didn’t have this thing ready in time!
Thanks to Hand Stamped Sentiments, I don’t have to worry about that!

Now that Thanksgiving is over it’s time to break out all those Christmas decorations! This week is an anything but a card challenge so what better time to make a Christmas ornament or make something using ornaments! Let’s start decking the halls!

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Three girls each wanting their own Advent Calendar. Whats a mom to do? That’s 75 trinkets, and 75 “containers!” I was going to blow my whole Christmas budget on this one tradition. So, I locked myself in the Batcave and dug through drawers and boxes until I got this idea.

These are the little round container Stampin’ Up sends their embellishments in. Love them! And, yes, I have been hoarding them! I didn’t have enough empty ones, so I did have to combine a few embellishments, but it was worth it! (These are also really cheap and can be purchased by themselves from SU!)

I punched any red and green DSP I had scraps of (mostly form the DSP stacks) using the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch,. Then, punched the large Scallop Circle out of Very Vanilla. The ornaments were punched our of the red Shimmer paper as well as some Christmas DSP. Last but not least, I stamped each of the numbers from the SU Countdown to Christmas set. These were punched using the 1″ square.

I glued a loop of retired Real Red Grosgrain on the back of each one.

The girls don’t get their own. Mama just couldn’t cut it! Maybe next year! I combined their trinkets together,. Hopefully there will be no throwdowns in front of the advent calendar each morning! Eek!

I wove some twine through the slats of a little ladder I actually already had and hung each one with a clothespin. This was a super fast project, done in under 2 hours (including mounting the stamps, and opening all those darn Squinkies!)
So, what kind of “ornament” can you create? It doesn’t have to be an ornament, but maybe have some kind of ornament punch or stamp on it! Give it a try and maybe scratch one of your projects off your list!
Good luck and don’t forget to come back and show us!!

6 thoughts on “Hand Stamped Sentiments inspired Advent Calendar”

  1. All I have to say is wow! This is amazing and I love the idea for the stack and store containers! Great project!

  2. This is the most wonderful idea and displayed so beautifully! I love the idea of recycling all of those containers, using up scraps, and having little gifts to look forward to each day! My schedule is already overloaded for this year,but I'm starting to save my containers now for next year!

  3. Fantastic idea!! Done in under two hours….AMAZING!!! This will be a really sweet memory for the girls!!! Amy L.

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