Friday, October 22, 2010

Advent Calendar - muffin tin

Good Morning Bloggers!

It's Friday! Wonderful isn't it!

I just love today's project. Another advent calendar. It was so much fun to do after I figured out what I was doing.

First start with a 24 mini muffin tin. These can range in price from $25.00 downward...probably upward too but I didn't go to any of those specialty stores. After much searching I located one at Walmart for $4.00.

Next I knew I wanted to use my Jovial - Basic Grey and Tim Holtz Distress Inks. The brown used for distressing was Vintage Photo. One of my favorites. I chose 4 different colored cardstocks to work with and then because I was working with one line of pattern paper I knew everything would co-ordinate.

The square is 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 with rounded corners. The pattern paper piece was cut with the Gypsy. It was a shape from Gypsy Wandering cartridge however one of the spellbinders label dies works perfectly for the size of the outside square "Labels One" . Deborah over at Fargo Cat Shops either has the items in stock or can order them in ( I know she has the Christmas paper in stock...for now).

Next distress each piece of paper separately and then glue together. I faux stitched with my copic liner around each piece of pattern paper.

This was the tough part decorating it. My original plan was to have lots of glamour and glitz however it didn't work cause I went with the distressed look and everything looked out of place. Of course I gave it a good try and had glitter all over me and the craft room before I caved in and said, "This just ain't workin."

All the images are cut with the Cricut from the Joys of the Season cartridge. The images were cut on the shadow feature and between 1.10" to 1.35".
The numbers were cut using Sizzix Sizzlets in Script font. Would probably have been quicker to use the Cricut but I had limited amounts of matching cardstock left.

The bow at the top....hmmmm it is a Teflon pan...nothing sticks to it...including glue dots, scor tape, except a magnet. So had to use a small round magnet (a heavier duty one that what I used on the back of the covers on the pan) attached to the bow so it would stay in place. Another idea might be to drill holes in the pan and tie your ribbon that way. I did think about the crop-a-dile but the lip on the pan was too deep.

I cut 1/2" circles from lightweight adhesive magnetic sheets (also Walmart).

Anyway it was a lot of fun to make and I might consider doing another one but this time going for a brighter combination of papers and accessories.

One last can put candy or treats in the little holes or you could always insert messages or things you might do together as a family for the day....such as

Go sledding (not here but somewhere)
Bake cookies
Trim tree
Sing Christmas carols
You get the idea....

Enjoy your week-end.



Cindy said...

I love this project, Yvonne!!! I am all for making gifts and this is absolutely perfect!!! Thanks for your inspiration!! Happy Crafting!! Cindy

Cheryl said...

What a cute idea. TFS

madeleineb said...

If nothing sticks to the teflon, how did you keep the squares in place

Yvonne said...

See the last picture on post. I attached the cardstock with small lightweight magnets cut with a 1/2 circle punch. These magnets had adhesive on one side so were mess free when assembling.