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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Gingerbread Advent Calendar *Inspired By Stamping*

Hello friends. Today I'm honored to be the designer spotlighted at Inspired By Stamping. Christmas season is upon us. What traditions do you share with your family? 

I love creating traditions with my little family. It's exciting to celebrate seasons like this in a fresh pair of eyes, especially of my children. This year I wanted to take the advent calendar in a different direction. Usually advent calendars have little trinkets or treats to countdown to Christmas. Well I'm trying to teach my children to think less about the 'stuff' and more about the true meaning of the season. I was so happy to have found this scripture countdown online and I thought that I'd do this as the way to count down to Christmas. To get this calendar done, I used some cut files from Inspired By Stamping, as well as a stamp for the numbers. Here's the result...

I used the Sugar and Spice cut file (gingerbread man and the bow tie) cut from brown paper and red and white pattern paper. I love how cut files makes mass producing shapes so easy. I was able to cut the shapes in less than 10 minutes. I added a face to each one with just a marker. 

For the numbers- I stamped this postage stamp on white cardstock. Since the stamp is not a Christmas one, I covered the center with pattern paper. I then used a bunch of Thickers for the numbers. I kept the colors the same so there's cohesiveness even though I used different types of fonts and textures.

To tie them all together, I punched out holes on the sides and alternated the red and gold ribbon.

I didn't know how to add the scriptures on the individual gingerbread man cuts but couldn't think of any way to do it creatively so I ended up just taping it on the back.

So there you have it. I'm so excited about how this will help our family remember the true meaning of the season.

Thank you for stopping by.

Till next time,


Vicki Dutcher said...

Super fun garland set! Thank you for the Christmas card -- sorry to hear you are ending your IBS term. We will miss you!

lisa808 said...

Fun and creative Gingerbread Garland.

Donna Nuce said...

Just darling Grace. Makes me wish I had little ones to do this with. Have a great day!