Matchbox Advent Calendar

I found this idea while searching Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator blogs a few weeks ago.  I tried to go back and find the original blog that I saw the idea but I can not find it.  I have found several other blogs with this same idea and many other variations of it.  The original blog I found it on didn’t have specific instructions and I’m not positive that she actually used the Stampin’ Up! matchbox die I actually think hers was made with real matchboxes.  So I don’t know who to credit for the original idea but here is my version.

I added an extra box on the top to be box 25 to be opened on Christmas Day.  I used the Scallop Square Clear die to create the top and bottom.  I created a hinged lid and used the corduroy button and some silver cord as the closure.

I put most of this together over the Thanksgiving Holiday and I finished it here at home yesterday.  Ryan kept looking in it last night for candy.  Well there isn’t any yet.  I’m headed to the store shortly and will get some then.

I cut 24 matchboxes using the Matchbox Die and the Big Shot machine.  The drawer part was cut out of Designer Series Paper.  The papers I used were retired from last year and since I didn’t have enough of one pack left I combined two different packs to get this project done.  You need 6 full sheets of the 12×12 DSP to create the drawers plus extra to cover the sides of  the stacked boxes, the box on the top and the lid.  I fold up all the little drawers and if it all works right you don’t need any adhesive to hold them together.  I had a few that wouldn’t stay together so I just helped them along with some adhesive.

The outside of each matchbox was cut out of Chocolate Chip card stock.  I used 12″ x 12″ sheets and cut them into 3″ x 6″ pieces (I need to double check my measurement – but it is slightly shorter than the actual die-cut, I wanted to maximize my card stock so I had a smaller over hang to glue the box together than what the die gives you).   I used the Tombow Multipurpose adhesive to glue everything together for this project.  I glued together all the outside pieces of the matchboxes and then glued them into stacks of 3 tall.

I cut 3 5-1/2″ squares to use at the base, and in between the layers.  On the base I glued four stacks of the boxes so that each one faced out on a different side.  Then I glued the middle square to the top of those.  Then glued on the next four stacks of boxes – again so that each one faced out on one of the sides but opposite of the bottom layer.  Then glue the top square on.

Before sliding in the drawers I used the small hole punch on the Crop-a-dile to put a hole in the front of each drawer.  I tied a piece of ribbon into a small loop and poked it through the hole from the inside.  To keep from wasting a lot of ribbon I actually tied the loop while it was on the roll and then cut it off.  I have fat fingers and it takes more ribbon than what I actually need to get it around my finger and into the knot.  I used the 1/4″ Grosgrain ribbon – colors were Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, and Real Red.  Then I slid the drawers in on each side.

I created the numbers for the drawers using the Calendar Alphabet & Numbers stamp set.  I punched each number out with the 1/2″ circle punch and backed it with a 3/4″ circle punch in either Real Red, Chocolate Chip or Old Olive.  I just randomly glued them onto the different drawers.  I wanted to be a search and hunt and turn to all the different sides throughout the whole month, so I didn’t put them in order.

I stamped some additional images to add to the large side squares.  Stamp sets I used were:

Christmas Punch, Tree Trimmings, Patterned Pines, Delightful Decorations, Winter Post and Dasher. And I added one of the felt snowflakes from last year.  I believe these are available on the Stampin’ Up! clearance store – you can visit my website and click SHOP NOW to see if they are still available.

For the top I used the Stampin’ Up! Clear Scallop Square Die (and I have another great project to post later this week using this same die – it got A LOT of use over the holiday break).  The top is decorated with the die cuts – the GoGo Boots Alphabet Sizzlit Die set and the Merry Details Sizzlit Die.  You can’t see it but there is a piece of silver cord wrapped around the corduroy button to hold the lid shut.  I punched two 1/16″ holes in the red card stock – just under the Designer Series Paper.  The knot for the loop is hidden under the paper.  I’ll have to put a nice surprise in there.

I have been trying to find an idea that I liked for an advent project and this is my favorite so far.  I love all the coordinating products that we get from Stampin’ Up! and the beauty of stamps is that I can create my accents in what ever color I need them to be.  Enjoy!

Let the countdown begin……..

Gift Tags

holiday-tagsOne of the items that I made to sell at the Holiday Bazaar were packs of gift tags.  I love making gift tags to go on all the gifts under our Christmas tree.  I pulled out a variety of stamp sets both new and retired, my Big Shot, and my punches and got busy.  They were quick and easy.  I packaged up sets of them in cello bags, tied them with gold or silver cord and tied on one of the felt snowflakes from last year.  Too bad we don’t have new snowflakes for this year.

Christmas-Punch-tagsFor some I used my Big Shot and the Two Tags die to cut the tag bases out.  I used Kraft card stock and then pulled the edges across my Whisper White Craft ink pad.  I really like the way this looks.  For this set – I used the folded tag from the die and then used the images from the Christmas Punch stamp set.  This is a Level 2 hostess set and all the image fit into one of our punches.  I was the first hostess set that I got.

Sweet-Season-tagsThe next set of tags uses the other tag on the Two Tags die – it has a scallop end on one side.  It layers nicely with the Scallop circle punch.  I used the snowflake image from the Sweet Seasons stamp set for this one.  It is stamped in Night of Navy on Whisper White card stock.  Punched out and adhered to the Kraft colored tag.  I also stamped the to/from on there.  These tags would be cute with a clear rhinestone brad in the center or each snowflake or even adding some dazzling diamonds glitter on them.

Another quick set for tags is the new Delightful Decorations stamp set paired with the Ornament Punch.  I stamped a whole sheet of Whisper White card stock with the images and then punched them all out.  I added some elastic cord to the top of each one and these were very quick to make.

Delightful-Decorations-tags One of them already has the to/from on the image and the others I just stamped it on the back.

Remember to stamp your image first then hole your punch upside down so you can see the image inside the punch.  Adjust the image to fit in the opening and then punch.  I always punch this way so I can see what I am doing.

Rain,rain go away, come again another day – like tomorrow is fine.  The county band exhibition is tonight and all the marching bands in our county will be performing their shows.  We need the rain to move out so they can get this done tonight.  Our band is going to competition on Saturday and this performance will give them some feedback from an outside person on where they need to improve.  Due to all the rain they have been short on practice time and still need to work on their closer.  I hope they get it done.  One last practice right after school today, then feed them, get into uniform, and head to the exhibition, get home late tonight —I guess homework will not get done or Tyler will be up late tonight.

Good Luck to the Etowah marching Eagles – have an awesome performance!


Convention Swap – Christmas Punch card

I did make a Christmas Card as one of my convention swaps.  This card uses the new Christmas Punch Level 2 Hostess set.  Christmas-Punch-card

You might recall I made a little box of Tags a while back when I first got this set – click here for that post.  Well this card is modeled after that box.  I think I may go back and add the snowflakes to the tag box because I love how they turned out on the Kraft card stock.

The strip is Old Olive card stock and then the Chocolate Chip Patterns Designer paper.  The stamp is stamped in Old Olive ink and fits the Wide Oval punch.  I punched a 1-3/4″ Old Olive circle to put behind it.  I added the little brown flower button from the Button Latte set – it has linen thread tied through the center.  This is actually a very quick Christmas card to make.

It is in the high 90s most of the week in Salt Lake City.  That is where I am for the Stampin’ Up! Convention. I’ll be home Sunday night with tons of new ideas to share!

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