12 Days of Christmas | Day 1

Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator Karen Robinson | 12 Days of Christmas – Day 1

Welcome to this years 12 Days of Christmas series, I’ll be sharing Christmas projects with you everyday for the next 12 days to give you some last-minute ideas and inspiration for your hand-made Christmas 🙂

I have to start off with an Advent Calendar as they start on December 1st and need to be ready for the most hectic wonderful time of the year 😉 I only make one special calendar for my husband each year, my older boys are happier with store-bought ones and we have a fabric one that’s seen many Christmases that has been passed onto our youngest.

The calendar I make him always contains festive Nespresso coffee pods and also has to be able to travel (he’s a FIFO worker) those are the two starting points for whatever design I come up with and I think this years’ is my favourite one 🙂

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I just had to use the Coffee Cup Framelits for this years’ calendar as they tied in perfectly with the caffeinated goodness inside and even though I think they’re a little bit plain – mine would have loads more bling 😉 they met all the requirements and have a masculine feel that’s perfect for the recipient 🙂

I love the colour combination of black, white and gold at Christmas, I think it’s so elegant and used the gorgeous Merry Little Christmas DSP for the cups with Basic Black and Whisper White boxes and couple of touches of shimmer in the Gold Foil coffee sleeves and Dazzling Diamonds snowflakes.

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I used the Merry Café stamp set for the cups and lids, I love the sketchy outline in this set and the Labeler Alphabet for the numbers. The numbers fitted perfectly in one of the checked designs in this paper pack so I simply die cut the mini cup which tied in with the theme and is a subtle embellishment on my project.

Of course, I had to add some sparkle – he’s lucky there’s not a lot more, I was very restrained 😉 The embossed cup sleeve in Gold Foil added a festive touch and a Dazzling Diamond snowflake from the Seasonal Tags Framelits provided the essential glittery element.

All the cup elements were adhered flat and I just popped up the finished cup on the box top. Normally I would have added more dimension but this way means they’ll travel well and I don’t have to worry about anything coming loose.

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Glimmer Paper often needs a few passes through the Big Shot to cut all the way through and as I was die cutting lots of pieces I wanted to be economical with my time and die cut as many pieces as possible at once.

The picture above shows how I set up my platform with the snowflake at one end so after I’d die cut the rest of the elements I could run just the snowflake back and forth again to cut it all the way through. It worked perfectly every time and I only had to use my machine 24 times 🙂

The box is a very simple pizza style box, but it had to be able to hold a Nespresso pod and small treat and I wanted to be economical with my cardstock. I managed to work out dimensions to create two boxes from one sheet of A4 cardstock so I only needed 12 sheets for the whole calendar, I was really happy about that 🙂

Each box uses a 10-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ piece of cardstock and the finished dimensions are 3-3/8″ L x 1-7/8″ W x 1-1/8″ D. I’ve added a simple pictorial above to show where to score and add your adhesive.

A pretty simple project to kick off this series with, a little time-consuming, but not hard. I hoped you liked it and that you’ll come back tomorrow for Day 2 🙂

Please note: Both the Seasonal Tags Framelits (30% off) and Coffee Cups Framelits (20% off) that I used in today’s project are reduced in the current Online Extravaganza.  If you’ve had your eyes on these, now is a great time to get them 🙂

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Cheers,
Karen

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