Welcome to the Advent Calendar Blog hop.
I am so glad you came to my blog.
Today I wanted to share a favorite family tradition in our home. We make a tree ornament count down, filled will candy. Each night we gather as a family and turn out all the lights, except that of our tree and the paper village from Winter Woodlands on the top of the piano (pictures on that will be next week). We read a short Christmas story, often a tear jerker. They are touching and wonderful stories. We then sing a couple of songs that my kids choose. Last year, my youngest son chose "We wish you a Merry Christmas" every time. Lastly, one of my kids gets to find the number that corresponds with how many days until Christmas. We start on November 30th and so that night will be ornament # 25. We just love it.
Last year we moved from the hodge podge of mixed and matched tree decor to a tree of all ornaments of gold and silver. This year we did the same, but added some red to the mix. I just love this time of year. My kids now set up a small fake tree with their cute school and family ornaments for them to enjoy.
Here are the other people in the blog hop. Please feel free to start at the beginning and enjoy yourself as you see so much wonderful inspiration. At the bottom of this post I have some blog candy and the next blog button.
Denise (you are here) http://cricutmyway.blogspot.com/
Now for my project:
Step 1: First I started off with a 12 x 12 sheet of paper. I just loved all the glitter on this and thought it would make a beautiful border.
Step 2: Since there are five in my family, I cut the paper 6 x 6. You can choose 4 x 6 if you want it shorter.
Step 3: On one side I ran my glue runner and then reinforced it with lots of Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive. For this project the quick dry works the best for me. I also add a little glue runner on the middle half of the other side (the side by the glue bottle).
Step 4: When you glue the first sides together it will look like a toilet paper roll.
Step 5: Add some more of Scotch Quick Dry to the bottom by the area you used the glue runner and hold shut for a couple of seconds until it stay closed. Let set to dry completely. It shouldn't take long this stuff dries quick.
Step 6: Meanwhile, while it is drying, make your tags. I used my gypsy to reshape a scallop circle into an oval. I then put numbers in them middle of each regular oval, so I would not have to glue individual numbers on. I did not have glitter paper for the bottom layer, so I made my own. with my xyron sticker maker, glitter and then pressed them in my cuttlebug to firm up the glitter.
Step 7: Lastly, feel with candy and close up the top in the opposite direction than the other end. It will look like a sour cream tube. You can use glue to close it, but I just punched two holes and tied some ribbon on with the tag in a double knot.
Now they are ready to hang on the tree and to enjoy as you count down together.
Now for the blog candy.
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Hope you have a great day. Your last stop is Ruthie.