The days have escaped me and I can’t believe that I forgot to draw a winner for my blog candy!  And the winner is….#4………..Betty!  Please email me your snail mail address and I will send out your prize!  Congratulations!

Welcome to a Christmas in July Blog Hop, brought to you by the DT at Scrap Our Stash!  If you did not start at Scrap Our Stash, go back and read the details on how to win a prize!  You need to follow the blog hop in order.  If you came from Angie’s blog, you are on the right track.

My Christmas project is an advent calendar.  I have wanted to do one for forever, found one on sale, and I’m finally getting around to it.  Now is the perfect time because it is done in plenty of time to use it this year.

Supplies: Karen Foster Countdown Calendar, DCWV Christmas Stack paper, DCWV Nana’s Kid’s paper, and DCWV numbers from a sticker stack.

My original plan for this was to use all 4 sides of the drawers to create 4 different themes.  I was a bit disappointed that that idea didn’t work.  This particular box was far from the best quality.  The drawers were too tight for me to try to add paper to the sides and I didn’t dare use Mod Podge, which I like to use for all my altered projects.  The notches on the drawers were also not even which was quite annoying.  Originally, I was planning to create a template and use it to trace all of the drawer fronts.  Good thing I realized this early because they would not have all lined up.  Instead, I had to trace each drawer (and on the side I would be using) on my paper and glue them on right away.  It worked out in the end but took a bit longer than it should have.  I was also stumped on embellishing.  This is very plain for me but I just don’t know what I can add because the drawers need to slide in/out so it has to all be flat.  The only thing I have come up with is maybe a red ribbon all the way around the outside of the box with a bow on the top; this would match both sets of papers.  Please share any ideas you might have.  I’d love to hear more suggestions.  It was the kid’s idea that I decorate the opposite side of the box to countdown to birthdays.  At first they wanted baby because I am expecting and I thought I’d do pastels that could double as Easter but when I was limited to 2 sides instead of 4 they chose birthdays and that will work for the baby too.  Here’s the other side:

Oh, one last thing, what’s better at Christmas than a little CANDY?!?!  To enter for a chance to win all you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment on this post.  The deadline to enter is 8pm on Sunday, July 25.  I will announce a winner on Monday.  I didn’t take a picture because Christmas presents are supposed to be a surprise, right?  But…because I was always one to peek at my gifts early I will tell you that it is a Close to My Heart stamp set…maybe a Christmas one? 😉

Your next part of the secret phrase is: Holidays

Now hop on over to Kimmarie’s Blog for your next holiday stop!

Pink Gem stamps are so cute but I have not tried them yet.  I would love to win this!

Welcome to the July Close to My Heart Spotlight Blog Hop!  This month we are showcasing the popular stamp set Cupcake Sprinkles.  Here is the card I created with instructions below:

Supplies used: Cherry-O Level 2 Paper PacketClear Cards, Brown Staz-On ink, Block Buddy Set, Wishes, Cupcake Sprinkles stamp set, Liquid Applique, Craft Heater, and Chocolate and Crystal Blue inks.

When using the clear cards make sure that you remove the film on both the inside and outside of the card.  For my card, first I cut the polka-dot B&T Duos paper into a circle for my background and adhered it to the inside.  Next, using the circle Block Buddy as my guide, I placed my dot-dash stamp around it and stamped with Staz-On ink on the front of the card.  I stamped my cupcake and added Liquid Applique for a yummy frosting look, then cut it out and added it to the front of the card.  Last, I finished my card by adding the sentiment to the inside – I stamped this 3 times to make it darker and show up on the patterned paper.  I used the Inner Court card pattern from Wishes.

Now hop on over to Tracy’s Blog and see how she used this fun stamp set!

For a list of participants, see the previous post.