Twelve Days of Christmas! Day 1

One of the best times of the year is the time leading up to Christmas, when we get to light candles, bake cookies and keep many secrets. As a kid I always have had an advent calendar, made by my grandmother. It was mostly filled with sweets.

Our boys still enjoy their calendars and don’t seem to outgrow them. For this advent I made a family calendar which will be hanging in the kitchen. For every day between today and December 24th, we will be adding one mini ornament to the Christmas tree, until it is fully decorated.

For the tree I chose different colour card stock, cut it into organic shapes and assembled the tree. I stamped it with zipper and zigzag stamps from “Repeat after Me” in brown, then smeared brown and green inks and white acrylic paint all over the tree. I punched 24 holes and added 24 gold brads which will be holding the ornaments.

The background was cut from a piece of gardening burlap and stamped with white snowflakes (“Let it Snow”) and acrylic paint. I added green and white acrylic paints and the word “advent” at the bottom.

For the ornaments I chose a selection of our Christmas stamps from several stamp sets and used brown ink on shrink plastic. The images were cut out, hole punched and shrunk. A small wire was added and they were ready to be hung!

The whole project took about 3 hours from start to finish.

Come and see the fully decorated tree on December 24th on our blog!

Until then enjoy our 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS projects coming up in the next days! We will have some very decorative and festive ideas in stock for you!

Happy Stamping,


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  1. This is incredible!!

  2. Maggy Tronche says:

    Super cute project! Thanks for the inspiration! Hugs.. Maggy :)

  3. Jaine says:

    Cute tree Bettina. What a good idea to use Burlap as a background, inspirational.

  4. Agata says:

    Looking forward to seeing the whole tree! Great idea, Bettina!

  5. Sue says:

    So cute! Love the shrink plastic ornaments!!

  6. Janet Zeppa says:

    What a fun tree Bettina! Can’t wait to see it all decorated.

  7. Allison Cope says:

    Oh Bettina! You are one CLEVER gal! Love this idea! Can’t wait to see the fully decorated tree!

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