Vintage Advent Calendar

Turn receipt holders into a crafty way to count down the days until Christmas.

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    Vintage Advent Calendar

    Design by Sande Krieger

    Two purchased receipt holders become a pretty vintage Advent calendar when wired together. Use a neutral color scheme with one accent color to keep the project from becoming too busy. Fun details and messages adorn each Advent card made from "artist trading cards," embellishments, stamps, and stickers.

     

    SOURCES: Receipt holder: 7Gypsies. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Echo Park (Day 7), 7Gypsies (Day 8, Day 17, Day 14, Day 11, Day 22, Day 19), Tim Holtz (Day 20). Stickers: Cosmo Cricket (small blocked uppercase letters), BasicGrey (labels, small black, white letters), October Afternoon (large letters, blocked letters), 7Gypsies (labels, paper tape), Jenni Bowlin Studio (border). Die cuts: October Afternoon (Day 1, 15, 17), Jenni Bowlin Studio (bingo card), 7Gypsies (numbered cards, tags, tickets). Ribbon: May Arts. Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Gems: Basic Grey (small), Doodlebug Design (large), Pink Paislee (square). Metal accents: Tim Holtz. Die: Sizzix. Stamps: Tim Holtz (Day 7), 7Gypsies (Christmas greeting, Calais), FontWerks (letters), EK Success (antique letters). Ink: Ranger Industries (black, brown), Memories (red). Marker: Sharpie. Punches, adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 1

    Design by Sande Krieger

    To add Christmas cheer to this card, Sande included a polka-dot ribbon and gems.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: Cosmo Cricket (small blocked lowercase letters). Die cuts: October Afternoon (card), 7Gypsies ("nice"). Ribbon: May Arts. Gems: BasicGrey (pearl), Pink Paislee (square). Punches, adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 2

    Design by Sande Krieger

    Sande used stitching and playful printed phrases to add humor to a card based on a popular Christmas song.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Die cuts: 7Gypsies (numbered card). Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 3

    Design by Sande Krieger

    To get ready for the Christmas season, Sande made a checklist of holiday musts. Using stamps and a beautiful star accent, she added Christmas charm.

     

    SOURCES: Die cut: 7Gypsies (card). Gem: Doodlebug Design (star). Stamps: EK Success (antique letters). Ink: Ranger Industries (black), Memories (red). Marker: Sharpie. Adhesive: Fiskars.

     

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    Day 4

    Design by Sande Krieger

    A reminder to children, Sande made the phrase "Stop being naughty" from a mix of stamps and her own handwriting.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Die cuts: Jenni Bowlin Studio (bingo card). Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Stamps: EK Success (antique letters). Ink: Ranger Industries. Adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 5

    Design by Sande Krieger

    Five gems highlight five golden rings on this preprinted card.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Die cut: 7Gypsies (numbered card). Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Gems: BasicGrey. Adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 6

    Design by Sande Krieger

    An old Monopoly card serves as a reminder of the busy shopping season ahead. Stitching and stickers add texture and color.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: 7Gypsies (labels). Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 7

    Design by Sande Krieger

    Bold die cuts and stitches stand out against a bright red border on this card.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Echo Park. Stickers: Cosmo Cricket (small blocked lowercase letters), BasicGrey (black letters). Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Stamps: Tim Holtz (hand), 7Gypsies ("life is good"). Ink: Ranger Industries. Adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 8

    Design by Sande Krieger

    Patterned travel paper is accented with simple gems and a sticker Christmas greeting.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: 7Gypsies. Stickers, gems: BasicGrey. Punches, adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 9

    Design by Sande Krieger

    Sande used a number nine playing card for the ninth day of her advent calendar. She added stamped words and gem embellishments as a reminder to be in a happy mood during the bustling holiday season.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: BasicGrey (black letters). Die cuts: October Afternoon (card). Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Stamp: 7Gypsies ("believe"). Ink: Ranger Industries. Marker: Sharpie. Adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 10

    Design by Sande Krieger

    A simple card becomes a to-do list for the holiday season. Sande used her own handwriting to make the list more personal.

     

    SOURCES: Stickers: Cosmo Cricket (small blocked lowercase letters). Die cut: 7Gypsies (card). Stamps: EK Success (numbers). Ink: Memories (red). Marker: Sharpie. Adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 11

    Design by Sande Krieger

    Sande added cardstock with a Christmas postmark stamp to this patterned paper. Four stitches break up the busy pattern.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: 7Gypsies. Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Stamps: 7Gypsies (postmark), EK Success (antique letters). Ink: Ranger Industries (black), Memories (red). Punches, adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 12

    Design by Sande Krieger

    Twelve drummers go "ratatat" with the help of stickers. A red cardstock backing adds a pop of Christmas color.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: Cosmo Cricket (small blocked lowercase letters), 7Gypsies (label). Die cut: 7Gypsies (numbered card). Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 13

    Design by Sande Krieger

    Sande turned a preprinted card into a personalized message by adding her own stickers and handwriting.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: Cosmo Cricket (small blocked lowercase letters), 7Gypsies (labels, paper tape). Die cut: 7Gypsies (numbered card). Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Marker: Sharpie. Adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 14

    Design by Sande Krieger

    A layering of patterned paper, messy stitching, and a floral stamp is a beautiful display to promote world peace.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, die cut, stamp: 7Gypsies. Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Ink: Ranger Industries. Adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 15

    Design by Sande Krieger

    A preprinted retro card gets a Christmas makeover with stitched-on labels and stamped holiday messages.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Die cuts: October Afternoon (card). Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Stamps: 7Gypsies (Christmas greetings). Ink: Ranger Industries. Adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 16

    Design by Sande Krieger

    Sande added holiday words in block stickers and a vintage ticket to this tag.

     

    SOURCES: Stickers: October Afternoon (blocked letters). Die cuts: 7Gypsies (card, ticket). Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 17

    Design by Sande Krieger

    To break up the square card layouts, Sande added a circle stamp and formed a Christmas message around it.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, die cuts: 7Gypsies. Stickers: BasicGrey (white letters). Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Punches, adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 18

    Design by Sande Krieger

    Sande forms a retro letter to Santa with stitching, paper tape, and overlapping stamped letters for her wishes.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: BasicGrey (black letters), 7Gypsies (paper tape). Die cuts: October Afternoon (card). Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Stamps: EK Success (antique letters). Ink: Memories. Adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 19

    Design by Sande Krieger

    Sande pieced this card together from various patterned papers. She stamped messages in each section and separated them by stitching. A red-and-white striped ribbon lightens the mood of the card.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, die cut: 7Gypsies. Ribbon: May Arts. Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Stamps: FontWerks (letters). Ink: Memories. Adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 20

    Design by Sande Krieger

    Sande crafted a Christmas tree from punches of patterned paper, a gem trunk, and ribbon star.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Tim Holtz. Die cut: 7Gypsies (card). Ribbon: May Arts. Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Stamp: Tim Holtz. Ink: Ranger Industries. Punch, adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 21

    Design by Sande Krieger

    Stitching and sticker letters add accents to an already-busy card.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: BasicGrey (black letters). Die cuts: October Afternoon (card). Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Marker: Sharpie. Adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 22

    Design by Sande Krieger

    Sande stitched patterned paper in different sizes to this tag. Although she uses only three colors, the different patterns keep the card interesting.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, die cut: 7Gypsies. Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Punch, adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 23

    Design by Sande Krieger

    A big label is center stage on this card, providing a space for stickers, stamps, and marker to form a Christmas message.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: Cosmo Cricket (small blocked lowercase letters), BasicGrey (label). Die cut, stamps: 7Gypsies. Ink: Ranger Industries (black), Memories (red). Adhesive: Fiskars.

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    Day 24

    Design by Sande Krieger

    A simple addition of a compass stamp to this card supplies interest.

     

    SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Sticker: Jenni Bowlin Studio (border). Die cut: 7Gypsies (card). Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Adhesive: Fiskars.

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