It is almost November and I am starting on some Christmas crafts. While I was out shopping for supplies for my Christmas cards, I was pretty excited to come across this DCVW Advent Calendar kit at my local Joanns last week.
The kit is amazing. It includes two 12x12 red and white chipboard background pieces, 25 envelopes, three sheets of 8x8 decorative paper, ribbon, rhinestone jewels and tons of stickers and chipboard pieces to decorate each day.
It also comes with an idea sheet, but you can decorate the days as you wish (with the exception of the 4th, it is printed on the sled, so you are pretty much stuck with the sled for the 4th). I used the decorative papers to cover the envelopes for some of the days. The kit includes a red snowflakes patterned paper, a green plaid paper and a light blue polka dotted paper that resembles snow. I also used Stickles to accent the envelopes for the 21st-25th and I utilized my Crop-o-Dile to add eyelets to the corners to thread ribbon through. I am not sure I like how long the ribbon is at the top, so I might incorporate a larger ribbon bow at the top to take up some of the white space when it hangs on the wall.
I have the perfect recipient for this advent calendar, my friend Melissa's son Mason. He is four and when I found this kit I knew instantly I needed to make this for him. I have to find some tasty treats to fit inside each envelope. I am hoping that Ghirardelli chocolate squares will fit perfectly in the first twenty days and I am thinking I will fill the last five days with lollipops or candy canes since those envelopes are smaller. Maybe I will fill the envelopes with a little note too!
So I am still learning all the features of my new camera, so these pictures aren't the best, but at least it gives an idea of what the project looks like. I think taking pictures during the day might be helpful in reducing the flash glare. As you can see, the chipboard background has a glossy sheen. I figure the more posts I write and the more pictures I take, that this blog will show gradual improvement with time. I hope to showcase some of my completed Christmas cards in my next post. I am currently using the Jolly by Golly line from Cosmo Cricket and also the Noel line from Making Memories for my holiday cards this year. Look for my next post in the next couple of days. Thanks for reading!