Friday, July 22, 2011

Karen Foster Countdown Calendar

I was so happy when Karen Foster asked me to make the Christmas Countdown Calendar sample for the new CHA Summer release.  I was also so excited to be working with this new is so stinkin cute and fun!  Everyone is going to be scrapping their holiday photos with this one for sure!

So, here is my calendar...and then some!
 I cut out the shape of the calendar box from a circle of Styrofoam so I could insert it in once my wreath was complete.
 Here is a close up of the boxes.  Instead of cutting the paper to fit with the little cut out for your thumb on each drawer (that is how you pull the drawer open) I covered each drawer with paper and then punched a hole so I could string Scrappers floss through each after I knotted them a few times.  This made for a great pull on each.
 I decided to go simple with my box and used one piece of paper from the new Christmas collection.  This piece is on of my  new favorites and once I saw it I knew I had to so something with just IT!  I then went back and added in some stickers and glitter to bling up the paper, Santa's beard and the polar bear.
Then I hit my Cricut running and cut out as many paper flowers in three different sizes as I had paper for.  Once they were cut out I spritzed them with water and crinkled them up.  I layered them up and attached them in the middle with a pin to the wreath.  I used small head pins to do this.  They were silver in color so when I was done I took my red Stickles and covered each with a little dot to hide the pin...worked great!
See how fun!  I love how the water crinkled the paper just right.  You can also see in the photo below where the red Stickles is.
Thanks for looking today! 

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  1. LOVE THIS!! It's cool how you integrated the calendar into the wreath.

  2. Oh, Maryfrances, this is just DARLING. I like how you have the box inside the wreath and how you used the entire sheet of snowflake paper. LOVE.

  3. This is STUNNING!! I think it's one of the best things you've ever made... just perfect... can you make me one for my house? :)

  4. Maryfrances, this has received many oohs & ahhs at the office along with "Holy crap how long did that take her?!" hahaha I love how you could use the wreath has a picture frame as well. Simply stunning work and the pictures I took do not do it justice (even though I tried) ;) People that visit KFD at Scrapfest will be able to see that project in person. That's's going to Scrapfest to be shown off.

  5. Happy Birthday MF!! I couldn't resist posting a photo of your gorgeous project on my blog... hope you don't mind... ;) Have fun down the Cape!

  6. Looooove it! Awesome. You put a lot of time, creativity and love into this one.