Saturday, July 27, 2013

Christmas in July Blog Hop - Anything Goes!

 
 Welcome to the Christmas in July Blog Hop, hosted by Scrapalette. This has been a month of  hops, with a different theme every Saturday. Today is the fourth and final Saturday of this hop, and the theme is anything goes.  If you're following the hop then you should have arrived here from the super talented Sis's blog. If you just happened upon my blog today and would like to start at the beginning, just go to the wonderful Scrapalette's blog. Also, Scrapalette is offering a prize for the hop. . .a Christmas Village cart and a she'll be doing a drawing from all the entries from all the weeks for a Christmas {Noel} solutions cart!
For my project today I made an Advent calendar that is also a banner. To do this I needed a small box that could be hung from the garland I use to decorate my mantle. I found the perfect box on the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 cartridge. It's the cone box that is found on page 63 of the handbook. I love the triangular shape of it and it already had the little ring at the top for hanging. I cut 25 of the boxes at 5" using a variety of printed paper from the K & Co. Yuletide paper pad.

This is the cut image before folding. I used 1/4" Scor-tape on the flap to glue it together. The great thing about the TBB&M cartridge is that it makes the score marks for you. Simply cut your image first, hit the load mat button again, change to the Cricut Scoring blade, then use the shift feature of the image you cut. Perfect score marks every time. You can also use your regular blade, just adjust it down to 1 and adjust your pressure setting down. It may take some trial and error to get the right settings though.

I used Mini Monograms for the scallop portion of the number tag. They were cut at 1 1/4". The number part of the tag was made on my Silhouette using their sketch pens. I placed them on the boxes with pop dots. Lastly, I added some small bows to the tops of the boxes. 
I think this will be a fun addition to my usual Christmas decor!  I'll be sure to post pictures of them in December when the decorating is done. In the mean time, they store flat so I won't have to worry about them taking up a lot of space.
I hope you enjoy my project and that you will continue on the hop with us. The next stop is the fabulous Laura at Cool Beans by LB.
Ooh, I almost forgot, I have candy! For a chance to win this cute My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland collection, just leave a comment on this post. I'll announce the winner on Th, August 1st!
 Thanks for stopping by!

32 comments:

Donna Boyce said...

Maria very cute project!!! Thanks so much for the tutorial on using the scoring blade too. Thanks again for adding a little sweet candy to our hop!!

Gina piazza said...

Maria,
I love this project, an advent calandar banner - how cool!
Thank you!

Sara Andrews said...

What a fantastic idea Maria!! I absolutely love this. Great paper choices too.

Brenda said...

Great spin on an Advent Calendar! Love it!

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Sis Patterson said...

It's awesome - love the Advent box banner! Love the mix of papers and the darling ribbons!

Scrapsbygracie said...

I'm so stealing this idea! Love it, love it, love it.

Ladybug said...

An Advent banner calendar? Now how cute and clever is that!!! :-) I looooove it! Love the colours you chose! Thanks for the tut!

Thanks, also, for a chance to win your blog candy!

It's been a fun hop!!! :-)

L.B. said...

what a great idea and twist on an advent calendar...so much fun.

Lisa B said...

Cute project! Such a great spin on the traditional advent calendars.

Loraine said...

Too cute!!!

Francine said...

Very cool idea! Love the paper choices and can't wait to see your decorated mantle!

scrapalette said...

How totally cute! :)

Jilliene Designs said...

I love this idea and am so happy you posted it because I have that cart and have yet done anything with it but tinker out of curiosity. I am TOTALLY doing that this year (if you don't mind)
jilliene designing

Lizzie said...

this is so cute...thanks for the inspiration.

TeacherMom said...

Very cute and creative advent calendar. I love that it does double duty!!!! Thanks for sharing!

Fran Timme said...

What a great idea! Love the score blade tip, thanks.

Josie0602 said...

Love your Advent Calendar! TBBM2 is a cart that is on my wish list!

Tracy G

cdm317 said...

Being a total banner fanatic, I think this idea is brilliant! I love how you decorated them too! So pretty! I totally see one of these in my future!

D- said...

This is the perfect advent calendar idea! LOVE it. TFS.
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Joy said...

I have never thought of an Advent banner with boxes! I will be filing this idea in the back of my mind.

kckid68 said...

Maria, very cute. I love this idea!!

motherloves3 said...

Maria, great advent banner, something a little different. TFS

albrennick said...

What a unique idea, and beautiful too!

Lori said...

Very nice idea! I like the paper you used for the banner!

EKittyScraps said...

Very creative project. I love the paper and would love to see pics of all 25 boxes.

Threadbear said...

Wonderful project -- and love the papers!!

Nadia (WithGlitteringEyes.blogspot.com) said...

I love this idea of an advent calendar using these fantastic boxes! Like little elf hats! I have wanted to do a little gift-a-day kind of advent calendar for the past few years and never seem to get my act together, always thinking I need some sort of display holder, but I am inspired by your idea here and think I will actually do something just like this and finally get it done!

Cindy said...

I love your advent calendar/banner idea--so clever!! Cute papers, too :-)

Diane said...

Gorgeous patterned paper, and the idea of an advent banner calendar is pure genius!! LOVE IT

Marty said...

I love K&CO Paper and this is a fantastic idea. It turned out great and the fact you can get them made early and store flat makes it doable. TFS

Carolyn Lineberger said...

What a wonderful project! Such a fun way to count the days to Christmas! Thanks for the detailed instructions!

Diane Hodrick said...

What cute lil trees! Love the idea as well...you ladies are so crafty!

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