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Family Gifts: Christmas Countdown Day 1

Back with the second half of this mornings post. I had to split it up into 2 posts today since it's a lot to share!

Day 1 Gift:

Block Calendars & Kid's Advent Countdown Calendar. The Block Calendars were handmade by us. I got this idea off of pinterest and I think the original maker is Melissa Stout to see her version visit her blog. Last year I shared some of the Stampin' Up! ones I created. I have so much craft stuff that my goal has been to try to use up all my none SU stuff and scraps! This gift worked perfect for that goal!

Calendar Block 1

This was made using the product from the 2016 Holiday Catalog and you can find the details on this blog post HERE. You can still purchase the Holly Berry Builder Punch, Santa's Sleigh, Santa's Sleigh Thinlits, and Large Numbers Framelits.

Calendar Block 2

This used some of my misc DSP Christmas Paper I had left over. I really liked the reindeer cut out in the Silver Glimmer Paper.


This one was for the kido's. I stumbled across this Santa on-line on pinterest and as soon as I saw it I wanted to do this.

If you would like to make your own just click on the picture below and save to your computer and print it off.


I of course really wanted my projects to include my biggest passion which is of course my stamping :) so I created this adorable bags to slip the Santa's into.

Gift Bag 1


Details on how to make these bags by recycling paper bags can be found HERE.


To package the Santa Countdown all up I used tissue paper to create a bag and decorated.

1 Card


We made cards to put in each gift too.


This was the tag we created for the outside of the package.

That is all what was created for day 1! Lots of fun stuff and we had a blast making Day 1 Gifts.

Supplies Used
Stamps: Santa's Sleigh, Oh What Fun, Cookie Cutter Christmas, Number of Years, Stitched with Cheer, 25 Days, Candy Cane Christmas
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Craft Stampin Pad & White, Real Red, Old Olive, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Warmth & Cheer DSP, Candy Cane Lane, Silver Glimmer Paper, Basic Black, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Real Red
Acc. Many Marvelous Markers, Big Shot, Large Number Framelits, Santa's Sleigh Thinlits, Bunch of Banners Thinlits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Layering Circle Framelits, Banner Framelits, Holly Berry Builder Punch, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Banner Triple Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, 1/8 Handheld Circle Punch, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Dazzling Diamonds, Mini Jingle Bells, Linen Thread, 5/8 Burlap Ribbon, Baker's Twine Trio Pack, Cucumber Crush Thick Baker's Twine

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Family Gifts: Christmas Countdown Begins

Morning my stamping peeps,

Back today with those family gifts we created last year for our family to open all year!! For December we did a 25 Days of Christmas countdown for 4 families....which resulted in 100 countdown presents for December!!! This is what 25 Days of Christmas countdown looks like for 1 family. Some of you have seen some of this already; I wanted to share all this in order for the new comers ;) I had intended to share each day on the day this year but not everyone could open gifts on the days right away due to work schedules and life. If you want to see everything at once I will be posting to a special board I created on pinterest just for the Family 25 Days Christmas Countdown.


THUD right? I love doing the countdowns in December and normally I just do 12 days and yes in the future I will stick to that! lol For the most part the basic idea was the same however each family was a little different as some have kids, some do not, some have allergies and etc. One thing to note the projects that I will be sharing used last years products from the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog and Stampin' Up! 2016 Main Catalog so some of the product has retired since I created these gifts. You can easily change out the ideas and use the new Holiday products or you'll get lots of ideas using last years product that your hoarding ;)

25 Day Letter

This was the letter we included in the 25 Day's Christmas Countdown. I kept it very simple I printed out what we wanted to say. At the top I created the title and changed it to print in color so it would be more festive. At the top I added a piece of This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper (retired) and then I stamped the trees from Stitched With Cheer Photopolymer Stamp Set (retired) in Old Olive ink. Doesn't need to be fancy and feel free to copy the wording too!

Somethings I learned from this project that will be helpful for you ;)

1. Shop an year in advance otherwise to do all of this in December is very STRESSFUL!! lol

2. Be ORGANIZED especially if doing this large of scale!! We were and we weren't towards the middle of this project pretty much chaos happened and their were piles of stuff everywhere with no rhyme or reason. Thank goodness I wasn't hosting Christmas.

3. Make a basic list of what you want to do for the xx amount of days. You can get lots of ideas from pinterest too! Just search christmas countdown. I only had a few days figured out what I wanted to do but over all we didn't do that; we just went to the stores and wandered around trying to figure out what we wanted to do and in December no less when it's a zoo! That part I didn't enjoy trying to figure out what to do as I am a organized person and always have a plan. We also tried to make some gifts to help save on the overall cost.

4. Try to make your projects ahead of December if doing this large of scale. We actually didn't get everything done in time and had 1 am nights (which is very bad for me to do with my RA, I paid the price Christmas Day was spent sick and sleeping, I didn't get do our family Christmas so Merry Christmas to me! lol). We also ran into some major snags where we had to create something entirely different when that's not so great to do in December when the clock is ticking. lol

5. Think about Christmas packaging. For example I knew I would be making all my tags but if your doing a countdown you want numbers so if you don't have numbers that is something to think about. We got lucky when we stopped at Hobby Lobby all Christmas packaging was 50% off but we still spent $200 on just that. My advice if you want to do this go after Christmas and get what you can on clearance! lol

6. Things you will need a LOT of; scotch tape, boxes and several pairs of scissors (we kept misplacing our 1 pair). I used a lot of those white shirt boxes. We kept buying this stuff thinking we had enough but nope hubby had to literally go to walmart every day here. It became a running joke for us. lol

7. Mass production lines work way better too! At first I was doing one family at a time so presents wouldn't get mixed up and if anyone stopped by I didn't want them to see the gifts!! lol We finally got smart and purchased some 6' folding tables set them up in a room where we could shut the door and laid stuff out, created till a table was full then stopped and wrapped and put into labeled totes.

8. If you don't get done in time; oh well! lol The gift recipients will still be excited by the idea!

9. We became expert gift wrappers so if we ever need a job to fall back on. hahaha

Hopefully our families have loved this christmas magic gift we created for them! We still had a lot of fun even if it ended up being stressful. Having a good sense of humor helps too so if you don't then DO NOT do this project! lol Hubby and I ended up creating some pretty good memories and it's something for us to look back on and laugh about.




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The Stamp Review Crew: Wood Words

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Welcome to another The Stamp Review Crew Hop!! We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who will be bringing you lots of ideas for one particular stamp set twice a month!! The 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, you can hop along from one blog to the next gathering all kinds of inspiration for one Stampin' Up! stamp set. Please note the blog doesn't officially start until Monday December 3, 2017 so some of the links may not work.

If you are following the hop in order you just arrived from Tanya's BLOG where she showed you all something fabulous! We are featuring the Wood Words Stamp Set (W) item #143925 (C) item #143928 from the Main Stampin' Up! Catalog. It goes with the Wood Crate Framelit Die item #143730. You can purchase these items together in a bundle and save 10% Wood Words Bundle (W) item #145315 (C)145316.

This past week didn't go as planned...well lets face it this past year has not gone as planned. lol Started the week off on new meds and they are making me not sleep so having a really hard time focusing on anything. Which no sleep makes my Rheumatoid Arthritis flare up bad. Hubby got sick and he's been a bigger baby than I normally am when I am sick (I felt like we had 6 kids this week lol poor guy). Plus so much more unplanned things that it made my normal crazy week, super crazy. lol Where am I going with this ramble well you've probably already seen this project all over the internet, but I haven't shared mine yet and I didn't want to pull out of the hop. I hate not making my commitments. So I decided to go for it + it saved my bacon! lol

Wood Words Bundle.

Last April I was able to attend Onstage in Minneapolis and this is one of the make and take projects we made. I had a blast at Onstage met up with old friends and made quite a few wonderful new friends! Love that about Stampin' Up!.

Wood Words 2

Here are the 3 x 3 cards out of the box. Super cute aren't they? I love that Wood Textures Designer Series Paper too. Thank you Stampin' Up! for saving my bacon this weekend ;)


Now you'll want to head on over to Deb's  BLOG here I know you will love her project!! She always has something amazing to share :)





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