Monday, December 13, 2010

Fantabulous Cricut "Deck The Halls" Crawl

Welcome to Small Bits of Paper and the third Fantabulous Cricut Crawl...Fantabulous Cricut's version of a blog hop!

In honour of the approaching Christmas holiday, we're having a "Deck The Halls" Crawl. Each Design Team member will be featuring an original Christmas/Holiday-themed project that could be used to decorate and spruce up their homes for the holiday season!

If you've come from visiting Joyce at Passion for Paper, you're in the right place! If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along with our Fantabulous Cricut Crawl, start HERE.

Make sure to check out each DT member's blog for some awesome inspiration! There will be PRIZES along the way at our DT members' blogs, AND there will be a Grand Prize up for grabs at FCCB for one participant that submits a "Deck The Halls" project at FCCB! How fun is that?
For my project, I created an advent tree. I purchased a small tree and pot at a craft store. I used gold spray paint to spray the pot and also added a bit over the tree for gold shimmer. I added a bow on the pot as well. I then created 24 “sour cream containers” using designer paper from K&Company’s Secret Santa pad, cutting each sheet into four 6x6 squares. Inside each pouch, I added a sentence from the First Christmas Story and some treats (mini candy canes, kisses, jubes, etc.). I cut the numbers using Cuttin’ Up. The scallop and circle frame are from Mini Monograms. I then punched a small hole in each pouch and hung them from the tree.
I also made the star tree topper from George and Basic Shapes. I actually used the sun, but hid the middle contours. I then cut some smaller “stars” the same way. I embossed the largest star using a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and added some word art from Christmas Cheer, cutting the top layer in green and the shadow in red. The little stars are attached with some gold jewellery wire. Each of the stars (large and small) was cut twice and adhered to each other in order to hide the tape and glue and to look finished from all angles.
Each night after supper, we open a pouch and enjoy the treats. The sentence from the story gets read and then added to our "advent wall". Every few days, we read all the sentences so far. The number tag is then removed from the pouch and added to the tree with the ribbon so the tree doesn't look bare.
The prize I’m offering contains journaling tag stamps, messy dates stamps and a make-your-own card set. To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. If you are a follower, you are welcome to leave a second post for an extra entry. The winner will be announced on December 22.

Now it's your turn! Let's see your Christmas/Holiday-Themed Decor projects! Make sure to include a Cricut cut somewhere on your project!

Next stop is Leigh's blog, My Scrappy Journey. Go and see what she has in store for you today. When you're done, make sure to link up your project to FCCB's Fantabulous Cricut Crawl post to be entered into the contest!

Happy Crawling!

100 comments:

Besthobbyeva said...

Kate, what an adorable idea. I am so saving this for next year, my younges will get such a kick out of this. I love the patterned paper you chose, just perfect. Good luck with the "crawl".

Besthobbyeva said...

I am leaving my second comment as I am a follower to this awesome blog!!! Thanks!

Rhonda Emery said...

I love everything about this. WHAT A WONDERFUL IDEA.

Nicolle Kramer said...

What a very cool idea and very creative! Your work is awesome....thanx for the inspiration..:)

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PenLight said...

Fantastic idea, Kate. Love this. Little history for me... my husband is an engineer for Tetra Pak. Tetra Pak is the inventor of this little 3 sided sour cream package and juice boxes, so of course, he LOVES it that craft people are now using it. This is a fantastic idea and so well done! Inspired..... call me inspired!

Nicolle Kramer said...

I became a follower ...thanx for the opportunity to win...:)

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Angela said...

Such a great idea. I love your project.

Angela
Simple Creations
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Angela said...

I enjoy your projects and following your blog.

Angela
Simple Creations
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Laura Lee said...

I love it.. what a great idea ..
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Kate Furner said...

Great tree!!

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Courtney Milburn said...

Great idea!
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Courtney Milburn said...

I am a new follower too!
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GiGi said...

That is AWESOME! I love how you did the sour cream containers! SO CUTE! TFS!
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GiGi said...

I am now a follower of your blog! Can't wait to come back!
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Heidri said...

Nice idea! I have twins of 4 and they can now count down days. All of a sudden an advent calendar makes a lot of sense! Thanks for the great inspiration

Heidri said...

Oh, did I mention I'm a follower?

Pamela Pattison Lash said...

That is a wonderful project! TFS!

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Pamela Pattison Lash said...

I became a follower.......again thanks for sharing!

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Bre said...

What a great idea...definitely a keeper for next year! Thanks!

Luv Scrapping Together said...

Such a great idea, Kate! I love that you are putting the true meaning of Christmas inside each container. Great job!

~Saundra
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Luv Scrapping Together said...

PS... I'm a follower ;)

Dawn, RI said...

How ever did you make the pouches, they look like they just came from the dairy case. Cute, Cute Cute... Dawn RI
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sandee said...

uper cute and I love how you leave the date on the tree so it doesn't look empty! You did a great job!
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Scrappin' Sista said...

Love the creative Advednt calendar. I never would have thought to use sour cream containers. TFS.

Christel
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Scrappin' Sista said...

I am a new follower.

Christel
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BunnyFreak said...

Lovely advent idea.

BunnyFreak said...

I just became a follower.

The Scrapoholic said...

Fantabulous! Love it!:)
Jill (aka The Scrapoholic) FCCB DT Member

Pappin said...

What a great idea. Looks like a good family tradition to start.

Thanks for sharing.

Pappin said...

I love looking at your projects and I am a follower.

Nancy
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Rebekah said...

So cute!! Thanks for sharing :-)

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Jean said...

Great project.

Chereazy said...

So cute! I want to know how you folded and sealed your pouches. Such a great idea! Thanks!!

Chereazy said...

I also became a follower! :)

BUZZY BEE DESIGNS & GRAPHICS said...

I'm a new follower come and visit me
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BUZZY BEE DESIGNS & GRAPHICS said...

I post your blog candy on my right sidebar
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Angie said...

Thats a cute idea. i like it.

Angie
http://scrappindiva-angie.blogspot.com/

motherloves3 said...

great project and I am a new follower.
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Angela R said...

How cute, this looks terrific! Thank you so much for sharing! Adorable for decorating!
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Angela R said...

This is my 2nd comment to say that I've become a follower and so excited because its more inspiration for me to gather from a very taleneted lady!

butterfly07 said...

This is unique! Very cute!

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~Jennifer Rose~ said...

What a great advent project! I love it! I like that you chose to create a little part of the story every night as well! So neat! Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing!

~Jennifer Rose~ said...

Second post to say I'm a follower!

CMC Laura said...

Always looking for new ideas for advent calendars! Thanks for sharing.

CMC Laura said...

Also added myself as a follower. Looking forward to more great ideas.

Jamiecrafts said...

great idea kate, awesome for kids!

Mad Crafter said...

Love this idea. Looks fun for kids and grown ups too!!! I will be bookmarking this:) You did an awesome job on this project. It looks really great! TFS. Happy holidays.
~Madison www.funkycards.blogspot.com

ginnieg said...

What a wonderful project. your family must really enjoy the calender. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

ginnieg said...

This is my second comment as a follower.
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ginnieg said...

Opps, correcting my e-mail address. It is ginnieg3@gmail.com

Scrappy Heartz said...

I so want to try "sour cream" containers!! Too cute!! Thanks for sharing such a cute idea!! I am now a follower!!

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Debbie Chapman

Manhattan Mandie said...

What a cute idea! Love those little sour cream containers!

Manhattan Mandie said...

I just became follower 200! Congrats :)

Tanya said...

Cute idea!! TFS :)

Tanya
phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

Tanya said...

I am a new follower!! Found ya thanks to this crawl!!

Tanya
phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

Lesley from WI said...

love your advent tree. Clever idea!
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SpantastiKreations said...

Love the tree. I used sour cream containers for my advent calendar this yr too but I just put mine on foam board I made to look like a calendar. I like the tree better.....


TFS,
Erin
Spantastikreations@yahoo.com

Joanne said...

What a wonderful project! So pretty, and something your whole family can enjoy together! Lovely! Merry, Merry!

VinDeeLoo said...

I am a follower.

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VinDeeLoo said...

I love the idea of the Advent Tree.

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Reneeleeak said...

Your tree is very creative. Thanks for sharing!
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Reneeleeak said...

Just signed up to be a new follower.
Thanks!
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Cathy Martin said...

Cute idea.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

This is so adorable! it is going on my list for next year!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

I'm a follower :)

Monica Flores said...

This is so stinkin cute!!!

Monica Flores said...

I am a follower so I am leaving my second comment. THANKS!!!

My Hideaway said...

What a great Idea! Fun tradition for Christmas as well.

Olivia

Jennifer aka Scrappin' Aggie said...

That is a sweet idea for an Advent calendar! Very creative!!

Chaley said...

2cute!

Cathie w said...

very cute love it alot


cathie
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Jolanda said...

what a wonderful idea - I really like it :)))

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Heather said...

This is such a cute idea!
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Heather said...

I am a follower!
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Kel said...

Supah dupah tree Kate..love it. I really love the star!

Kel said...

PROUD FOLLOWER since 2010... LOL

swtdrm3 said...

I love the star
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swtdrm3 said...

I just became a follower and it addition to really liking the star, the entire was very cute
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Jamie said...

this is so cute.. you did such a great job on this tfs.
-jamie
babyblueangel_30@yahoo.com

BrendaB said...

I love the idea of an advent tree - this is a great project!

Angi @ CokiePop said...

I'm so behind on my blog visiting this week. I had to stop by today to see your beautiful Advent tree. What a wonderful project :) :)

My Crafting Time said...

I am a follower. TFS

stacy at mycraftingtime dot com

My Crafting Time said...

OMG. Love your advent tree. I keep telling myself I need to buy one of those crimpers so I can make the sourcream containers. Love how your did yours! TFS

stacy at mycraftingtime dot com

MiamiKel said...

Oh my goodness, Kate! I'm so far behind in my blogging and blog rounds and am soooo glad I had a chance to stop in here today - this is the cutest tree I have ever seen!! What a WONDERFUL idea! My kids love to do the advent calendar every year and I will have to keep this in mind for next year as it's so much more personal to the family and brings such happiness and warmth to the room - you are amazing, thanks so much for sharing this beauty!

Kris said...

Hey that's a great tree idea! TFS!

Kris in Alaska
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Val said...

What an amazing calender, Kate!! Love it:)

Rhonda Emery said...

I think this is the greatest idea when it comes to the christmas countdown. just so creative.

Kim. said...

This is an adorable advent, love the fact that you added your own sentences and gift. It all looks beautiful on the little tree.
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Kim xXx

Kim. said...

I am already a follower.
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Kim xXx

jennyplace2 said...

OMG! This is such a great advent calendar, I hope I will remember this for next year, for the grandkids. What a wonderful way to finish off your meal each night. Merry Christmas to you and your family stay safe this holiday season.
Jenny

jennyplace2 said...

Second comment for me to, I am already stalk your blog and enjoy every minute of it!

Bevy48 said...

Super cute tree, and I love that after you eat you enjoy the treats and do the reading, that makes for special family time. blanphear @ yahoo dot com

Bevy48 said...

Oh and I am a new follower and look forward to you creations :-)

PinkBlingCrafter said...

Fabulous idea and love it!!!!
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PinkBlingCrafter said...

Whoopi I'm now a new follower:) !!!!!!!!!!

Trisha said...

Love your advent tree. Very cleaver. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com I am a follower.

Trisha said...

I am a follower. Thanks for sharing. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

April said...

What a clever idea! I just love it and I know it is a lot of fun. My boys are grown now, but they would have loved it when they were little. We did something similar to this when they were little.

Jenn said...

I love this idea, how great to have a "goodie" everyday adding up to the actual holiday!

4boysisjoy said...

Yeah! I'm 100! Thanks for the cute idea!