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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Countdown To Christmas - Simon Says Stamp DT

Hello lovely peeps,
I've had a few quiet days as I'm suffering from the usual Winter germs that get shared around so I will get straight down to business :)

On to today's project -
& this week our challenge is

My lovely teamies & I are featuring TIM HOLTZ products this week, if you have them we'd love to see them but as always it's not compulsory to enter our challenge.
This week I have a Christmas countdown to share instead of a card as my achey little body couldn't cope with sitting at my desk & finishing my DT card and this little project was all finished just waiting to be blogged :)
I wanted to create a countdown that I would be happy to keep on the wall all year round if I wanted to and one that would look better in keeping with my home than any I've seen in the shops.
I started with an old photo frame & several of Simon Says Stamps exclusive products which are all linked at the end of my post :)
 I don't often explain how I create items & answer individual emails when people ask questions, but today I thought I would explain properly & also save you doing the maths or emailing to ask me if you want to create a similar countdown :)

First I removed the glass and covered the inside with a piece of Simon Says Stamp's lovely Woodgrain cardstock. I then die cut four different shaped Simon snowflakes and added lots of pretty sparkle to them before randomly adhering to the Woodgrain cardstock. I then screwed into place three tiny hooks which you can get in any hardware shop.
I die cut a total of 26 of Simon's tags & outlined them with a white gel pen, & die cut three each of the Tim Holtz Vintage Market numbers 1,2 & 3, & two each of the numbers 4,5,6,7,8,9 & 0. I also die cut three extra small snowflakes as when the amount of sleeps left is less than 100 as it is today, I can hang a snowflake instead of a number and the same also when the total sleeps left is less than ten, and Christmas Day itself will have three snowflakes instead of numbers.
You could die cut less tags if you wish and adhere numbers to both sides but rather than working out which numbers I would need to stick on each side to have enough I just went with the 26 tags.
I hope all that makes sense :)
For the text I wanted to use the lovely wooden scrabble tiles and was just about to stick them down when I decided to add some extra dimension to the tiles & flipped them over to use the blank side and coloured some wooden Studio Calico letters with a white gel pen & sparkled them before adhering them on the tiles.

As always our lovely Heidi is sponsoring our challenge with a $50 voucher for the fabulous 
Simon Says Stamp
Don't forget to visit the new SIMON SAYS STAMP STORE BLOG  for lots of fabulous inspiration, candy, and lots of  lovely new or featured products.

I'm entering my Christmas countdown in the following challenges -
 Make It Monday - anything goes
Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow to all my friends who celebrate :)
That's me finished for today peeps, it's time I snuggled down with a hot drink and enjoyed a little blog hopping :)
Thanks for stopping by


  1. Wow! This is awesome Mandy, what a fantastic idea!
    Hugs, Hazel xx

  2. This is a wonderful little project and such a handy little festive calendar.
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  3. How totally cute and fun is THIS?! I absolutely love it!

  4. This is so elegant, Mandy!! What an excellent idea!

    I hope you're feeling better.

    love Mags B x

  5. Mandy, this looks so great! Great job!

  6. Gorgeous countdown hanger ! I totally LOVE this and will definitely be CASE'ing it :-) absolutely FAB ! :-)

    Lols x x x

  7. This is super cute Mandy!! Love it!

    Hope you are feeling better! :)


  8. What a fun idea, Mandy - love how this turned out!! Feel better soon!

  9. Stunning Mandy as always xx

  10. I love the idea of counting in "sleeps". Too adorable! Great project, Mandy!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. gorgeous Many great job what a terrific Idea ! I just love it.!
    Happy Thanksgiving

  12. Oh this is such a brilliant idea and its fabulous too

  13. I really like this idea for an advent calendar. It's beautiful and doesn't' take up too much space. Happy Thanksgiving Day!

  14. A brilliant creation Mandy, I used to love counting down to Christmas as a kid :o))
    Its still the best time of the year, I just love it :o))
    Hugs Mau xx

  15. What a wonderful Advent Calendar! I love how you can count down the full year and the classy style that would look good in any room at any time of the year! Into my CASE file it goes! Thanks for the inspiration!


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