Monday, November 13, 2017

Countdown To Christmas...

Hello friends!  Hope you're having a wonderful day!  I'm sharing my next project in the Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration 2017 Series.  Make sure to check Tim's blog every Saturday for a recap of all the wonderful inspiration and on the designers individual blogs!  When I first saw the New Tim Holtz Sizzix Mini Christmas Things dies, I thought they would make such a fun "Countdown to Christmas" calendar.
Let me walk you thru how I put it together.
To start with white wash the largest of the Vignette Trays, with a little watered down Picket Fence Distress Paint.
The inside/outside of the sides of the Vignette Tray
and the back, also adding splatters.
Cut/piece paper together from the idea-ology Mini Paper Stash Christmas, to fit inside the Vignette Tray. Shade paper edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink, then distress with bone folder.
 Adhere the paper to the inside of the Vignette Tray with Distress Collage Medium and Collage Brush.
 Cut 25 assorted tags from the idea-ology Mini Paper Stash Christmas and Sizzix Gift Tag dies.
Now I'm a saver, when it comes to my Classic Kraft cardstock.  I just can't seem to pitch those little pieces…this is the perfect project for all those little scraps.  Die cut the Sizzix Mini Christmas Things die shapes and Alphanumeric (thin) numbers, from the Classic Kraft cardstock in various colors…and a little sparkle from the Deco Sheets.  Then sand the surface of the Classic Kraft to expose the underlying kraft, with a Sanding Grip.  Shade with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool and assembled shapes with Distress Collage Medium.
Mount larger cutouts to gift tags with foam squares and numbers/small shapes with more Distress Collage Medium. 
I had so much fun decorating my tags...

Attach some of the idea-ology Tidings Design Tape to the outer edge of the vignette tray.
 Wrap the bottom of Small Woodland Tree with some painters tape, then spray tree with Spun Sugar Distress Spray Stain.  Then dry with a heat tool.
 Spread some Distress Collage Medium onto craft mat, then roll tree to coat with adhesive.  Then sprinkle tree with Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter and tap off excess.  Let air dry.
 Distress Grit-Paste and Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel makes great snow!
 Smear Distress Grit-Paste onto non stick craft mat, then sprinkle in ultra thick embossing enamel and mix well.
Continue adding ultra thick until, it starts to look like pliable snow.  It will be really thick, but still sticks together.
Scoop onto bottom of vignette tray and fluff with Tonic Craft Pick.
While snow is still wet, sprinkle with Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter.  It's hard to see in photo, but in person it sure does sparkle!
Apply some Picket Fence Distress Crayon to idea-ology Christmas Token and wipe off excess.  Apply a little Iced Spruce Distress Paint with finger to an idea-ology (small) Deer, Memo Pin and Christmas Token.  Then pounce a little mushroom alcohol ink, using an alcohol blending tool onto the token, mirror stars and memo pin to distress.  I attached the Christmas Token to the Memo Pin with a glue gun.  Then I attached the Mirror Stars to the Woodland Tree and Christmas Token with a little Distress Collage Medium.  It's much easier placing the tree into the snow while it's still wet, to make the impression.  It won't stick, but at lease the indention is there.  After the snow is dry, hot glue the Woodland Tree in place.  The Memo Pin and Deer can simply be pushed into place.
Die Cut "Countdown To Christmas" using Sizzix Home For The Holidays and Alphanumeric dies and Classic Kraft cardstock.  Apply with Distress Collage Medium, it dries completely clear and matte.
Place the tags/numbers on the tray to get the spacing needed, then pencil a small mark at top of the hole.
 Using a small hammer, tap the tacks from the Vignette Hardware into the small pencil marks to hang tags.

 I hope you'll give it a try!  You can find the supplies I've used via the links below.  If you have any questions please let me know I love your comments, I truly appreciate each and everyone of them!  As always thanks for stopping by and I'll see you next time!  xx


  1. I know this was a labor of love - there are so many tiny pieces here! It turned out FANTASTIC Bobbi!!!

    1. Thanks Paula, you know how much I love the detail work! ;) xx

  2. This is so fabulously fun ... the pieces OMG !!

  3. What a wonderful piece! TFS Bobbi!

  4. This is lovely Bobbi, lovely and fresh. Wonderful details and worth the labour of love . Hugs. Tracy. X

  5. Totally fabulous, such a clever and fun idea - I just LOVE that snow recipe!! Anne xx

  6. this is so cool Bobbi! I love it. =)

  7. LOVE every detail! What a fabulous idea too!

  8. Such a fun and useful project idea and wonderful design with these shape dies. Hugs, Autumn

    1. Thank you Autumn, I really appreciate the kind words!

  9. HI Bobbi, I took the inspiration from your love labor for my December calendar in my bullet journal. When everything is dry, I will post a picture up on my facebook page and tag you. All my art albums are public so you can see them. thanks as always for sharing.

  10. Oh, my STARS!!! As I am catching up, today I knew I needed to check in your blog...WOW!!! I am over the moon about this project!! I cannot say enough!! I’m even working on putting together a couple of sets of these darling Christmas Minis for the two of my Grands that I sent the Halloween Mini magnets I made to, this morning. (They had so much fun with them I figured they’d like to switch Holidays) your tutorial is so wonderful I may just keep this set of Thin Dies out for a little longer!!! What FUN you put into this!!! Love it, love it!!!!