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Gingerbread Advent Countdown Calendar

Over the years, I've had several Christmas countdown calendars, especially when my kids were little.  Each one is unique in it's own way, but most counted only the days of December.  Hi - it's Maureen today!  I want to share a project using the newest item in the Clear Scraps catalog, the Advent Countdown Kit!

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Yes, I'm working on Christmas stuff, but this kit will allow me to countdown from 99 if I want!  And, oh by the way...that's not far from now.  Ha!  Oh my goodness, this kit is so cute, and the possibilities with this project were endless...I admit, it took me a few days to decide what colors I wanted to do.  After much debate, I decided a peppermint swirl and gingerbread plaid was the way to go.

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To start, I've taken the main easel board and base-coated it in a spice brown color.  I did sand it once and painted a second coat on top - it gives it a much smoother finish that way. 

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Next, I used a gingerbread brown and burgundy card stock paper to back the board.  To cut it to the right shape, trace it on the back with pencil.  Also make sure to trace the holes for the pegs.  I used a small pin tool to poke them out before I glued to the board.  Then glue the top panel over it.

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For the number panels, I've painted them a burgundy red.  I'm using all acrylic paint for this project.  Sand and add a 2nd coat as necessary.

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I had a peppermint swirl die cut so I cut several sheets of white card stock with this panel, then laid them on top of the panels, gluing them into place.  Then I took a detail scissors and trimmed off the ends.

The chipboard numbers that come with the kit are painted in a pine tree green and the script font is painted in white.  Set these aside to dry, then later glue them on the center of each peppermint panel and on to the main board.

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Now, I also saw this really cute Holly Tag Chipboard Embellishment, and thought the outline to the holly looked like gingerbread icing!  I've painted the tag in the same burgundy red, but added some green where the holly will lay over the shape.  Next, I've painted the trim in white and glued it together.  I'm also using a small die cut in a peppermint shape and adding some red and white card stock candies to the berries on the tag, as well as some additional ones on the easel.

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I've also painted the holly leaves that come with the kit in the same manner.  Both the holly leaves and the tag embellishment were added to the top left and bottom right corners of the easel.  To glue all the items together, I'm using a white tacky glue.

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Now let's assemble the back.  When the kit comes to you, you will break apart the joint panels and then insert the tabbed piece to the joint on the back.  Next, glue the panel to the easel back.  Let this dry completely before you put pressure on it - hot glue or a tacky glue works really well and holds nicely.

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Okay, for the gingerbread trim, I've cut a few strips of rickrack shaped paper in white card stock and glued them to the edges of the easel board.  If you don't have a die cut like this, you could cut a few strips from an electronic cutting machine, purchase stickers or even paint them on!

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And now we look all ready to countdown...I even am in the mood to do some holiday baking!  Although it might be too hot yet to do so, ha ha.  Now - I'm curious; how will you decorate YOUR Advent Calendar Kit??

Until next time,

Maureen

Additional supplies used:  acrylic paints in burgundy, green, brown and white; die cuts of a peppermint swirl, mini peppermints and rick rack border shapes; white card stock; plaid card stock; tacky glue.

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