Thursday, December 16, 2021

Nutcracker Advent Calendar


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Lynn Mc Auley, our challenge hostess for the month finishes off the challenge for the year with one last challenge. We will be back in January with more fun challenges.

Christmas Around the World 

For the CCEE Stampers’ final challenge of 2021, I would like for our stampers to select a country or culture other than their own and feature a unique element in that country or culture’s Christmas celebrations to feature on their cards.

Germany seems to be responsible for many of the Christmas traditions that have been adopted in various countries over the years. Three that come to mind are Christmas Trees, Advent Calendars and Nutcrackers. For my project today I decided to combine the Advent Calendar & Nutcracker.

For the Advent Calendar portion of my card, I used Scrappy Tails Craft's Advent Calendar Add-On and Slimline Bird House Pop Up Card die sets. For the roof I used the Christmas House Roof Add-On die set which allowed me to add the snow and Christmas lights to the roof. 

The Advent Calendar Add-on die set, also includes the number dies which I die cut from gold cardstock and adhered to the front of each of the doors of the calendar.

When you open the doors each day from the 1st December it reveals a Christmas related image or sentiment. I used small stamps from various stamp sets in my collection, including some from past Hero Arts monthly kits.

I wanted to make this special, so I decided to add a Nutcracker to each side of the Advent Calendar. The Nutcracker is also from Scrappy Tails Crafts from their Slimline Nutcracker Spinner Add On die set.

There is an additional die set which includes a panel to join the back and front of the Advent calendar together, however I didn't buy that set. So I used the joiner from the Slimline Snow Globe Pop up Card die set.

I backed the Nutcrackers with a die cut red nutcracker panel, so it blended in with the back of the card. I added a sentiment to the back using one of the stamps from Stamper's Anonymous Handwritten Holidays sentiment set.

Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:


Lois said...

Love your advent calendar! And, as you said in your comment on my card, we were both thinking nutcrackers for this challenge.

MiamiKel said...

Oh my goodness, when I saw this on the CCEE blog, my jaw dropped! You can't possibly know how much I ADORE this card! Do you sell them - etsy shop? I'm so in love! This is a perfect capture of Germany as i lived there for 6 years - the nutcrackers, the chocolate advent calendars, just perfect! Merry Christmas, Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year - here's to 2022!

Karen Aicken said...

Wow - that is really something!