Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christmas Countdown...


I got this idea after visiting my LSS. A customer had made a Christmas Countdown Calendar using the little Party Favor Tins (Michael's), lots of 3-D decorations on top and then used magnets to secure them to a cookie tray. The light bulb went off in my head and I thought it would be adorable to do with Magnolia images. So I came home and jumped right into this project. I already had 30 little tins which I had bought about 2 years ago, but had only used one to two. The paper and ribbon I had in excess, so it has really been cost effective. It's taken me only about 8 hours in all, start to almost finished. I had to find enough images with faces small enough to fit into my SU! 1 3/8" circle punch. No problem! Using images from various collections and some that were sent to me I came up with 22 different little faces. I knew I wanted to use the sentiments, which I ordered from Sweden, for the first and last day. This has been such a fun project.



Each image is mounted on a Real Red scalloped circle punch (SU!) and glued to the lid of the tin. Each tin base has a strip of Christmas paper wrapped around it while the lids have ribbon. I put a piece of magnet to the bottom of each tin so they would attach to the cookie tray.

Here is a side view of the little tins on the tray:





I covered the bottom of the cookie sheet with some pretty paper, having to match up just one seam. The problem I ran into was that the only cookie sheets that will take a magnet are also teflon coated and my scortape wouldn't stick to it. After thinking about it over night, I decided to spray the sheet with Craft Bond adhesive and then restick my paper. Perfect!

Still not finished! I want to do something with the handles, or have the tray hanging from a large bow. I will have to wait until tomorrow to get some very wide wire edged ribbon. I was so excited about this project that I just couldn't wait to show you. I will get some little candies to place inside each of the tins and we'll be ready for December 1st!!

36 comments:

  1. This is fantastic Barb! What an awesome idea!! Love this!!

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  2. Barb,
    What a fantastic project!
    With all those smiling faces you're bound to have a wonderful countdown to Christmas!

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  3. What a fab idea, thank you for sharing it, I am sure that everyone will now want to make something similar
    Kate x

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  4. Wow, very clever and very cute...love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Wow!! Barb, this looks like it was TONS of work!! And it's fabulous!!! GREAT JOB, hon! Who wouldn't love to have this as a Christmas decoration!! Love it!! hugs!

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  6. Oh, Barb! That is such a precious idea! It is so adorable!
    Blessings!
    ~H

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  7. This is an absolutely brilliant idea. What a Fabulous Christmas Countdown project. You have deff outdone yourself this time!!!!Love how u mamaged to find all the different little Magnolia faces.Hugs xx

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  8. AWWW! This is SOOO stinkin" cute and clever! Your idea will be CASED for sure, for sure! Love the faces and I think the children will love them too and identify with them. You may have to guard the tins if Jordy is able to unscrew them himself! LOL
    What were the tins originally intended for? I've never seen them at Michaels. Guess I will need to look for some of those. My grand daughters would just love it! Hugs

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  9. Gosh, Barb, this is so cute...I saw this idea last weekend at Michaels and thought was alot of work and such a cute, cute project...You have done a wonderful job with it!!! It makes a wonderful Advent Calendar, sweetie...Too Cute!!! Hugs...Jacque

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  10. Barb, You have been a busy little stamper!! Your Advent Calender is so cute!! It's going to look so wonderful on your wall!!
    Hugs, Suzan

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  11. Ahhh....I love it Barb. That is the cutest creation!
    Hugs?
    Cabio

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  12. You are to clever!! They are all adorable. A lot of work went into your awesome idea!

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  13. Barb this is a awesome project! So much work but I am sure the kids are going to love finding the treats inside the tins each day! What fun! Love it!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  14. OH MY This is so CUTE and very cleaver!!! LOVE IT Barb........
    I wish I had the time to do something like this for the season. Thanks so sharing.. I want to see a picture with the bow.. :o)
    hugs, janny

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  15. Barb, this is just fantastic!!! It looks like a lot of work and to have used 24 different images and having colored them and dressing up all those containers is just awesome! I would treasure something like this forever! Great idea! Hugs, Cami

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  16. Oh this is just fabulous Barb! How clever & what a cute idea--so sweet for the holidays & what a great way to incorporate so many cute Mag images! I love it!

    hugz,
    Suzanne

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  17. OMG OMG OMG, Barb, you clever thing you. I'm flabbergasted. This is simply fabulous!!! And only 8 hours?! Wow this must be a breeze compare to the box...LOL. I love it.

    Hugs.
    Norma

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  18. Hi Barb,
    What a super duper awesome and lovingly made project!!!!
    So very cute and precious. I LOVE IT!! I can just imagine little faces looking and looking at this all month and hardly being able to wait to open the next tin. Great large space to put goodies in.
    Hugs, Candy

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  19. So clever! Your hard work truly paid off - this is a masterpiece!

    Lauren

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  20. Totally over the top Barb! oh to see it in person!!! pouting here, you are tooo far away! lol Your coloring is awesome - such a creative project and one to treasure 4-ever!!! tfs!
    Pam Going Postal

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  21. Barb,
    What a great project! Love all those sweet faces.

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  22. So cute! I will have to make one for my little girl this year.

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  23. Barb - what a wonderful countdown calendar! And thank you so much for sharing it with us. If my grandkids lived closer I would make one for my house, but I probably won't even get to see them during the holidays. You did a fabulous job!

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  24. Wowee, you clever thing! Love it, all those magnolia faces, so cute!! I wish Michael's would come over here LOL, everyone always gets such fabulous things from them.
    Hugs Tab xxx

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  25. what a wonderfull idea hun , love the way you use the little faces
    alway's a little jalours on your colloring ;)

    hug Willeke

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  26. You actually things in secret! Me asking me what you prepared there ... wow ... very beautiful! Your children will have that pleasure to discover the many hidden treasures ...Bravo, bravo, bravo, Barb!!!
    Hugs, Loraine

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  27. Barbie you are incrediable! The little ones are going to be so excited when you do this with them. Wow! What an amazing amount of work that must of went into this.
    Gorgeous!
    Hugs,
    Pam
    http://stampsinc.blogspot.com/

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  28. What a fabulous project, totally too cute. Oh my, that must have been a lot of work to get them all stamped, colored, cut, etc. Great Job!!

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  29. Wow awesome project Barb, looks like a lot of well done work you did!! Super idea I have some of these tins and this is a perfect way to use them!!

    Hugs,
    Patricia

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  30. Oh My Goodness.. this is fantastic.. what a lot of work... but well worth it... wonderful coloring on these little darlings!
    so sweet!
    Judy
    scs-jaydekay

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  31. I love your take on this project, I would love to see it with the ribbon as well.

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  32. Barbera this is so gorgeous, I have been looking for an advent calender idea as a keepsake and this is just adorable. Well done, I bet the kiddies will love it.

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  33. OMG! This is AMAZING! how cute with all those sweet little faces! FANTABULOUS!

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  34. Barb, this is amazing, you are so clever and have been so busy. So many Maggies and so beautifully coloured. Thanks for the inspiration
    Hugs Jodie from Oz

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