Christmas Countdown

Amy FriendBasic Grey, holiday, paper14 Comments

Honestly, I don’t have any more BasicGrey Samplers in the queue! I just completed this “Countdown to Christmas” sampler using a large Rook sampler and the new BasicGrey scrapbook collection called Nordic Holiday. I really love this collection. The colors are my kind of Christmas colors and the patterns are so adorable.

The concept of a Christmas Countdown was not my idea. BasicGrey asked me to make a countdown using this line and I think it’s a great way to use the canvas. I got to take the idea and run with it! I first figured out how I would like to arrange the “windows” and how I could best make a window that opened and closed within an on point square. Then I decided to use some of the letter stickers to write “Hope” and “Peace” on the sides. I filled the remainder of the empty spots with diecut circles (and when I ran out of those, handcut by me circles). They are held in place by embroidered brads (love those!).
Each window has a little surprise inside. Some are shapes cut from Nordic Holiday by me, like this hat. The pom pom is a tiny essential button tied with embroidery floss.
This is a little Christmas tree with a tree trunk made from part of an exclamation point from the chipboard letter collection (also used the number the windows).
Some windows have stickers like this one or I spelled words with letter stickers like “joy” and “love.”
This little bunch of holly has three enamel brads for berries.
It was a lot of fun to make!
Thanks for all the birthday wishes sent to Lily. She did have a wonderful 6th birthday yesterday. The rainbow pasta necklaces and unicorn headbands were a hit.