Surprise! I'm doing a blog post. I do enjoy reading all the DT posts and every now and then I find myself with an hour or two free to do some crafting!
I've been working on the Dusty Attic Advent Calendar. It's a one night project but I haven't quite finished with all the final details - but I'm best to do this post now!! I chose the Nativity scene as I want to put it on an easel stand in our fabulous Christmas foyer at the shop (yet to be revealed online!). For me Christmas is another day to remember the birth of Christ - so I'm not a huge Santa fan. Although if you look closely, the background paper from Kaisercraft's December 25 range has the words of Silent Night written in lovely script - but with a picture of Santa above it!! I'm going to cover him with a wood flourish star instead. I've used the Kaiser December 25 Believe paper to cover the fronts of the boxes. It's as easy as cutting the squares 4x4cm and sticking them on! It can't be easier than that.
Please excuse the poor lighting and photography! The lights in the house are dim and it's wet outside. On top of that I've got a new point and shoot camera and haven't really had the chance to figure out the best settings!
I love the way the Dusty Attic Advent Calendars have a choice of inserts. There other 3 other inserts - a sleigh, Christmas morning and trees. Unfortunately the nativity scene has all sold out (and there is only one more sleigh left too). We are giving away free inserts with the Advent Calendar - so be in quick to purchase yours today.
This one is from the Dusty Attic website and shows off the Sleigh insert. Stunning indeed! Head to our website to see the options.
The next project is made using the new Layered Poinsettia Spellbinder die. I LOVE that die! I've cut out the flowers and then inked through the stencil area before peeling them off the die. This gives the patterning in the middle of the petals. I've done the same for the leaves. I've put foam mount behind the petals and then strong glue in the middle of each set. I've layered them up and added the leaves behind. I've used my favourite Martha Stewart Vintage Floral punch for the edging and backed it with Sweet Nothings papers - the music pattern and colours from "Sincerely" were perfect! Add some seam binding and voila! We'll be making this card in tomorrow's card class.