Thursday, December 10, 2009

1, 2, 3...this sure isn't a card!

For my tutorial this week, I decided to show how I made an advent calendar.  This is my very first attempt and I think it turned out pretty good!  I used the CCS stamp set Bunch A Numbers to make the calendar.  I started with the following items:  wipe-off magnetic board, small metal treat containers, small round sticky-back magnets, various designs of holiday themed designer papers, a scallop punch, black ink and holiday themed stickers or punch-outs.

I started by punching out 25 different scallop circles from designer paper.  The punches fit perfect on the metal container lids.  I laid out the punches in the order I wanted them numbered.

Next I stamped the numbers 1 through 25 on the scallop circles using the Bunch A Numbers stamp set and black ink.

Then I used sticky dots to adhere scallop circles to container lids.

After that, I adhered a round magnet to each container on the bottom side.

I filled each container with goodies.

I made a topper for the wipe-off board using designer printed cardstock and punch-outs that were included in the pack of paper.  I also adhered a scallop border around the topper.  I put magnets at the lower bottom of the topper so I would be able to remove the topper for storage, or I can make a couple different toppers and change them out every so often.  This way, the wipe-off board remains usable any other time of the year.

Finish off the advent calendar by placing the metal containers onto the wipe-off magnetic board.  They can be easily removed and treats can taken out.


Thanks for looking,


  1. Shelly you out did yourself on this one! What a great tutorial! Thanks!!

  2. Cute advent calendar Shelly!


  3. Looks great! I have never made one before and this one looks great to try sometime!

  4. Wow Shelly! I agree with Laura you have OUTDONE yourself! This is awesome. Love the papers and this idea. Thanks for sharing, you are the best!

  5. way to go Shelly! this was great tutorial! TFS!!!

  6. This is an awesome project and tutorial. I am too late for this year but I have bookmarked for next year.

  7. Fantastic idea! I would love to make some for next year. Where did you get the small metal treat containers?

    I love your advent calendar!


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