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Are you fed up with cheap n nasty chocolate in cheesy cartoon styles for the children? Like something a bit more grown up, personal, more elegant for a grown up advent calendar perhaps? Look no further, here is a quick n simple way to create the kind of calendar that suits your tastes and Holiday colour scheme too.

Advent Calendar Boxes

Advent Calendar Boxes

If you are short on card and storage space, you can just make 3 boxes and then simply change the numbers on those. A great way to use up small scraps of cardstock that we all hoard. Also a great use of those little pegs we all bought a few years ago and haven’t quite figured out what to do with ;) I’ve hidden mine in the photo as they were blue, but I found double-sided foam pads stick the numbers to them very well.

Advent Calendar Boxes

Advent Calendar Boxes

If you have more time and storage space, make a box for every day and string them along a cord for an impressive Holiday decoration. Why not dig out your favorite Christmas/Holiday CDs and print decorative papers or panels for your boxes.

Method

The boxes are a standard milk carton design and I’ve included photos of the scoring lines below.

Start with A5 cardstock, about 200 gsm or above to keep the boxes sturdy. Place the short edge of the A5 card up to the scoring line on your scoring board and make the following scoring lines. Each line is measured from the previous score-line. If you get stuck please check out the video tutorial I posted last friday.

Billie's Advent Calendar Boxes

Billie’s Advent Calendar Boxes

Cut off the end panel that is shown hatched in the picture, then rotate your card 90 degrees. Keep the narrower score line of 2.5cm at the top of your scoring board then score as follows.

Billie's Advent Calendar Boxes

Billie’s Advent Calendar Boxes

  • The number panels are created using sturdy card and a scalloped edge circular Spellbinders die, a plain circle Spellbinders die was used on paler card, to layer onto it. I then used number stamps to stamp on the dates.
  • You can attach the number panels directly to your boxes if you wish, but because I’m short on storage space, I just made three boxes, and then all the number tiles are attached onto mini pegs and can be swapped between the boxes each time.
  • For a more detailed description of how to make these boxes, look out for my ‘Holiday Gift Box video tutorial’ which was shown last friday.
Small Gift Box. Ideal for sweets cupcakes or mince pies ;)

Small Gift Box. Ideal for sweets cupcakes or mince pies ;)

Hope you give these a try, they are super easy to make.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Do you have lots of craft CDs or photographs on your computer? Would you like to make hand-made gifts for the special people in your life? Read on for Tutorials and tips for making your own handmade calendars. They are quick and simple to make and if you have youngsters at home they can help to make them too.

You will Need

  • 12 x 12″ Cardstock Patterned or plain if you wish to stamp your own designs on.
  • Decorative papers, main images I used Joanna Sheen’s Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady CD
  • Calendar, see downloads in the links section

Desktop Calendar Gift Set

Desktop Calendar

Greeting Card & Gift Tag - Desktop calendar Gift Set

Use your favorite crafting CDs to modify the styles to your own taste, and download the calandars from the links  below.

Links

Calendar Templates

Basic Calendar – Original. This is a modern yet classic font, which will compliment most styles of project.

Basic Calendar – Oriental Style This is an oriental style font which will compliment Eastern projects.

Basic Calendar – Elegant Style Font. This is a classic style font, it suits the Edwardian Lady themes and would work well with Anna Griffin styles too.

Why not ‘collect’ all three. These templates are for personal use, you are welcome to create projects using them for gifts or as completed projects to sell. If you use these templates for projects you publish in print or online, please link back to me here.

Would love to hear what you think of these, and to see your finished calendars :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of the Pom pom scarf I made for my friend for Christmas. Lucky, I knitted it early in the year before I dislocated my hand!

Scarf using Grundl Pom Pom Yarn

Scarf using Grundl Pom Pom Yarn

The yarn is by Grundle and is their Pom Pom yarn in Black. It’s a great project if you like to knit but your hands aren’t that dextrous. You use lovely big fat needles and I held on to the pom poms, so no fiddling with narrow yarn. It knits  up quite quickly.

As I know my friend drives everywhere, I figured she wouldn’t want anything too long or bulky, just something for inside a jacket to keep her neck warm. I cast on 9 stitches and kept it short. This scarf took two balls of yarn, hope she likes it.

There’s a lot of fun n funky yarns on the market these days, some come with thier knitting patterns printed on the back of the ball bands, handy! If you hate trailing round the shops near Christmas, get some of this yarn and make your best friend a gift from the heart. Snuggled up in the warm, perhaps with your favorite film on the box :) much nicer than freezing and getting ratting in the queues in the shops :)

Try handmade Christmas presents, sure they take a bit of time but if you start REAL early, you can enjoy the process and spend December just writing the cards n wrapping, much less stress, much more fun! I blame Kirsty’s Handmade Home for getting me into this, but I wouldn’t look back now. Christmas ‘shopping’ is now a year round process, pick up a nice yarn here and there as you see it, (put a post it on the label so you know who or what you had in mind at the time ;)) and gather your gifts gradually in a box or bag in the bottom of the wardrobe. It’s also nice to get gifts for people while you are on holiday, as there are often unique shops in out-of-the-way places with lovely things in them. So much nicer than the inevitable smellies or chocolates dilemma ;)

Links

Reclaim the fun in the holiday season, make a list, make a plan, get others involved and delegate where you can. You need fun too!!!

Best wishes

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share the latest page created for my advent calendar project.

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 24

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 24

Advent Calendar Day 24

  • Stamps Used; Anna Griffin Clear Stamps
  • Inks Used; Adirondack; Bottle
  • Paint Used; Adirondack Acrylic Dabber; Gold
  • Cuttlebug Alphabet; Olivia

I’d love to see your results if you are making daily pages for a similar advent calendar. Hope you have enjoyed this project and I wish you and your loved ones a safe, happy and peaceful Christmas.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Thank you all so much for your continued support of this blog, and for your kind comments. They make all the hard work worth while.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share the latest page created for my advent calendar project.

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 23

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 23

Advent Calendar Day 23

  • Stamps Used; Anna Griffin; Clear stamp border. Inkadinkado; 1103 91283-Y
  • Inks Used; Adirondack; Cranberry. Versafine; Vintage Sepia
  • Paint Used; Adirondack Acrylic Dabber; Gold
  • Cuttlebug Alphabet; Olivia

I’d love to see your results if you are making daily pages for a similar advent calendar. If you missed the tutorial at the start, here’s Part 1, which contained a download for how to create your calendar. Hope you like this project and will join me tomorrow for the next page.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share the latest page created for my advent calendar project.

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 22

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 22

Advent Calendar Day 22

  • Stamps Used; Artylicious; Mistletoe Script UDLGW0067
  • Inks Used; Adirondack; Bottle, Espresso
  • Paint Used; Adirondack Acrylic Dabber; Gold. Twinkling H2Os
  • Cuttlebug Alphabet; Olivia

I’d love to see your results if you are making daily pages for a similar advent calendar. If you missed the tutorial at the start, here’s Part 1, which contained a download for how to create your calendar. Hope you like this project and will join me tomorrow for the next page.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share the latest page created for my advent calendar project.

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 21

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 21

Advent Calendar; Day 21

  • Stamps Used; Paper Mania; PMA 10043-39157. Penny Black; Snowflake 2181E
  • Inks Used; Distress Ink; Weathered Wood, Broken China
  • Paint Used; Adirondack Acrylic Dabber; Gold
  • Cuttlebug Alphabet; Olivia
  • I’d love to see your results if you are making daily pages for a similar advent calendar. If you missed the tutorial at the start, here’s Part 1, which contained a download for how to create your calendar. Hope you like this project and will join me tomorrow for the next page.

    Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

    Billie :)

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