Monday, November 15, 2010

Advent with the Cricut!

I am positively giddy over the latest craft project I've taken on. It's been several days in the making, and it's almost finished...definitely finished enough to let you see! A couple of days ago I gave you a sneak peek of what I've been working on (remember the trees, reindeer, and snowflakes from the video?) and I'm pleased to announce that those whimsical characters will be the featured "day markers" on the Robert Family advent calendar this year. I'm calling them day markers, because I have no clue what to really call them. They'll be the things that we cover the up the numbers with as we countdown to Christmas. You know, day markers. Sounds better than "number cover uppers." :D

I shared with you all yesterday that there will be an awesome deal on Cricut Expression machines this black friday, and I'm pleased to announce that every single thing made for this project was cut from my Cricut. I didn't so much as use a paper trimmer - just some paper, adhesive, and my trusty Cricut Expression. I really need to give my machine a pet name, because I talk about it so much. In fact, I realize that I mention my Cricut so often that I decided to do you all a favor...and make a little video. Hehehe....

Gah! I admit it. I'm already hopelessly addicted to making videos for this blog. I think you'll be seeing a lot more of my face around here. :) ANYWAY, so many of you have inquired about what the heck a Cricut is and how it works and where to get one, that I just whipped up a little somthin' to briefly explain how to use a Cricut. Check it out! And then you can scroll down to see the finished advent project. 

Achoo! Haha.

Evelyn definitely did get a hold of another one of my cartridges, the little stinker. Luckily, it was the only other one that's mine! Oh, and here's a link to mypinkstamper for those who are interested in some cool Cricut tutorials!

So I ended up cutting out 25 of those circles in various shades of red and green. I then cut out the numbers 1-25 and glued them onto each of the circles. These will serve as the calendar part of our advent calender. *Sigh* They're so colorful and wonderful and Christmassy!

What would our calendar be without a heading? I cut out this nifty shape twice; once in red cardstock, and then again using Christmas-themed scrapbook paper. I layered them together and then I cut the letters spelling "Robert Family ADVENT."

When it's totally finished, it will hang on the wall looking something like this:

Eeee! I love it. I adore it. I am so unashamedly proud of myself. And it's even CUTER when you start adding in all of the characters. Speaking of characters, I've added a couple more to the bunch since I showed you the trees, reindeer, and snowflakes:

Couldn't you just eat that little guy up? I only made one of the "Joy" image, and it will be used to mark off Christmas Day. Do you see the bling? Oh, yeah, I definitely did some major stickling with this one! You all know by now what a fan I am of Stickles. Big fan. Huge fan. I'm a Stickle fanatic.

So there you have it! In just a little over two weeks I'll be hanging this creation up and our family will begin the countdown to December 25th. Do you have an advent calendar at your house? You probably do. It's probably a really cool intricately carved 3-D antique one that's been handed down for generations in your family and is displayed prominently on your mantle. off. :) But for those of us who aren't so lucky (because if you do have an intricately carved 3-D antique one I'm SO jealous of you) we'll just make one ourselves. 

You don't have to have a Cricut machine to make a very similar calendar of your own. Just trace circles with a wide-rimmed glass, add some numbers with markers, stickers, or even a white out pen, and get a little crafty with a heading. Done. You don't have to spend gobs of money at Pottery Barn or something to get a great advent calendar that your family will love. Put a little love in it and you'll be sure to be counting down to Christmas in style!

Another shot, because ooh, it's so cute.

Oh, and here's proof that my child is super stealthy. Apparently she decided to attack the Cricut cricket with ink. Goober-head! I love her. :)


Melissa Cheek said...

I think you should name it jiminy! Haha, I am a goof I know Jiminy Cricut. I finally got my Cricut but haven't used it a whole lot yet, I am waiting to get the Sure Cuts A Lot software, I can't wait!

Adrien said...

Bahaha...that's a great idea. I'll call him Jim for short. :)


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