Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

HELLO!  Welcome to the November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  If you've arrived here from Susan's Blog, welcome!

This month the Stamp of the Month is a fun calendar set.  If you haven't seen it yet - here it is:

11-2012 som image

My original thought was to make a "word puzzle" background stamp out of the months and numbers.  It makes a cute birthday card.  Here's one made by my friend Karen Pedersen; I love what she did with the numbers!

Designed by Karen Pedersen

I've been so busy that I haven't had time to post anything lately!  :(  Luckily for me, I went to a scrapbooking retreat this weekend - and surprise - I got lots done!!  SO happy!!

It's (the first half of) an Advent Calendar!

I didn't get this done at the retreat, but I had a chance to think about it and did it as soon as I got home!  It's the first half of an advent calendar!  I had seen the idea last year to use a mini-muffin tin as an Advent calendar.  The challenge I had was to get the stuff (anything!) to stick to that crazy non-stick surface!! Glue Dots didn't work, hot glue gun didn't work...I tried scuffing it up with sandpaper first, but that didn't help much.  I think that if  I'd worked hard at scuffing up the non-stick surface, I could have made that hot glue really stick.  As it was, I got the paper to sort of stick to the pan.

I used the  Dimensional elements In Color - Holiday (Z1772, $5.95), which coordinates with the Pear & Partridge paper pack. SO cute!  I love how they are self-adhesive!

I also used the  Designer Ribbon Pink Collection (retired, but you can get the puff ball ribbon on my website under While Supplies Last (BULK214).

First I covered the mini-muffin tin with the paper (trimming the paper inside the outer lip of the pan).  (do not attach yet)

Before I adhered the number-circles to the paper, I marked the center of each muffin hole.  Then I used an Exacto knife to cut the paper (pie slices) so my daughter could easily punch through the paper to get to the prize inside.

Then I adhered the numbers above each muffin hole - 1 through 12.  Next, stuff the muffin holes with your candy or other treats.  Set the paper aside from the tin, sand the edges of the muffin tin so they are scuffed up.  Using a hot glue gun, attach the paper to the tray-tin.  

At first, I was going to buy and make another tray...but then I realized I could reuse this one - because the paper doesn't stick very well.  So days 13-24 are waiting in the wings.

I hope you had fun looking!  I'm so glad I've actually made an Advent Calendar (or at least 1/2 of one!)

Supplies Used:
Mini-muffin tin (12 small holes)
Pear & Partridge Paper Pack
November Stamp of the Month - Capture the Date (S1211, $17.95 or $5.00 with your $50 purchase)
Dimensional Elements In Color - Holiday (Z1772, $5.95)
Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge (to cut the New England Ivy Circles)
Ink Colors:  Cranberry, New England Ivy
Card Stock:  Colonial White, New England Ivy
Ribbon (from Pink Collection-Retired) or BULK214 (on closeout)
Scallop Punch (not CTMH)
Hot Glue Gun

Now hop on over to Erin's blog and see what kind of fun creativity she's got in store for you.  Thanks for stopping by!!