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Friday, November 15, 2013

Cut It Up Challenge #32 - Countdown/Advent

CIU #32 Nov 15 - Due November 13, 2013
Challenge starts November 15, 2013 and ends November 27 at noon EST
Challenge: Count down! Advent calendar or
count down to any other event. Must use a die cut
Prize:$10.00 G.C.
Sponsored by: Kadoodle Bug Designs

- Prize: $25.00 gift certificate
- Sponsored by: Pez-A-Doodle Designs
My Project:
So I have had this peg board sitting in my garage for I don't know how many years, thinking "I will use that for something someday".  Well, that day has come!!!

I first decided to Mod Podge some red and green papers onto it - SUPER EASY!!!

Put a coat of Mod Podge over the top - and YES!, there were bubbles, but after letting it sit overnight and completely dry, the paper flattened out perfectly for me!

Then it was time to get to work on the boxes!  Did you know that Tags, Bags, Boxes & More has a tree box cut?  Well, I didn't, so you can imagine my excitement when I discovered it! It was going to be PERFECT for my Advent Calendar.  So I cut out these trees at 4 1/2", assembled them and then decorated them up with the pattern paper.  The tree and star cuts are from Designer's Calendar.  I cut them out at 2 1/2" and 3/4", respectively.  The tags/numbers were also from Designer's Calendar and I cut them out at 1 1/2".  The ribbon was the .50 cent type from Michael's (I'm super cheap like that).

Cricut, Tags Bags Boxes and More, Designer's Calendar, Advent Calendar
I bought my wooden pegs at Hobby Lobby, decided not to paint them, although you easily could.  Then spaced the trees out evenly and poked the pegs through the paper.  I hot glued the pegs in the back, and they aren't going anywhere :) 
Here is another view of the board...

...and another
The boxes open from the side, and you can fit some fun small little treats or prizes for each day of the countdown.  I am super excited to put this to use in a few weeks (really, only a few weeks?) CRAZY!!!  It will be here before we know it, so I better get crackin' on filling these up!
I hope that after seeing all the AMAZING projects my DT Sisters have come up with at Cut It Up Challenges, you will be inspired to make a Countdown/Advent of your own AND link it up so we can see it!  This challenge will run for 12 days.  We have some awesome sponsors/gifts up for grabs too!
Thanks for checkin' in!!!


  1. Mollie I love this advent calendar. I had forgotten about the tree boxes..they are gorgeous!

  2. What an amazing project. I love all the little tree boxes. Can't wait to make some of my own (the boxes, not the whole calendar!!) Wonderful details!

  3. Hello cuteness!!! Your calendar is so pretty! It looks so involved!! I just love it and think it would be great in the home or office! Very creative.


  4. Wow, I just realized those are boxes and not just die-cuts. So much work and too cute for words!! Love it!

  5. Oh my goodness, isn't this just the sweetest thing! Not only will it serve as a most adorable Christmas decoration, but it's interactive and oh-so-FUN! Who doesn't love a daily prize/treat just because hehe! Your advent board is most inspiring and I think it might just what I needed to give me the courage to try one too! Thanks so much for sharing! I'm new to your blog and so happy to be your newest follower! I have a feeling I'll be visiting you often! Hugs! :)