Saturday, November 27, 2010

Welcome to the Advernt Calendar Blog Hop

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.
Thanks for stopping by.  It would make my day if you became a follower.  Please leave a comment to be eligible for the blog candy.  It is a stack of 24 sheets of paper and some ribbon.  I will be drawing the winner on Monday night and announcing it by Tuesday.  

Hope you have a great day.  Your last stop is Ruthie.

134 comments:

  1. So pretty and easy to make. I think I have everything on hand already, so a very inexpensive holiday craft. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I just love this idea. I have been wanting to make an advent calendar...this may be the one. Super talented my friend. TFS.
    Susan
    susanpollock37 at yahoo dot com

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  3. So awesome love your ideas good job!! :) thanks for doing the hop and thanks for the chance to win!!!!

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  4. Your tree is so pretty! Your calendar is wonderful too!

    jtg0398 at sbcglobal dot net

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  5. Great job on your idea. Love the glitter and your tree is so pretty. Still working on decorating mine and what great idea to fill up my tree instead of ornaments. TFS
    red467atjunodotcom

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  6. This is a beautiful idea and your traditions are so fabulous. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

    Trisha
    patnbobcuddy@gmail.com

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  7. Hi Denise, It's Michelle from the hop. I wanted to hop around and be inspired by everyone else's calender. I love this! I love that your son chose we wish you a Meryy Christmas every time. That sounds like something my son would do... :) tfs

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  8. Great, great idea. Thanks for share it.

    Indira
    craftyhomemade7atgmail.com

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  9. Very pretty, very elegant, thanks for sharing.

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  10. Great ideal...love the colors.

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  11. Loved this idea. Have a great time on this blog hop. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Wonderful ideal, love that paper too!!

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  13. So pretty, and a really simple idea. It's fun to see a project that's made of things we all already have on hand too. Super job!

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  14. Super cute idea. Make me want to try it. TFS.
    mrs_to_you@yahoo.com

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  15. This is a wonderful idea. I like it. I can also make these for my sons teachers. Thank you for sharing

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  16. Gorgeous! I love the paper cones. Happy Holidays!
    -Suzy suzyq28024@gmail.com

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  17. I like the print of your paper! and it looks so pretty one the tree! Thanks so much for sharing!

    sbwoodring@att.net

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  18. very eleagant....pretty


    cathie
    scraphappycat@gmail.com

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  19. I love this craft. Those sour cream wrappers are super cute! Thanks for sharing!
    Carren

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  20. I love your project and thanks for adding in the beautiful snowflake project. Happy Holidays

    gdobbberteen at yahoo dot com

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  21. Oh my goodness this is beautiful. Your tree looks beautiful!
    Thanks for the great idea.
    Linda
    http://cardsbylinda.blogspot.com

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  22. Great project..I love handmade projects. The tree that my mom put up was always full of homemade items that she made and of the things that me and my little sis would make at school.
    Thanks for sharing. I now have another great blog to follow.

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  23. Great family tradition. I love anything that gets the family together making memories. TFS.
    cureta2@yahoo.com

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  24. I LOVE THESE

    aecopenhaver at gmail dot com

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  25. Love the tree. Good idea on the calendar. Thanks for sharing and best wishes Lucinda.

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  26. I LOVE the paper that you used and the tree idea so cute.
    Hugs,
    Raven

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  27. What a lovely tradition! Your children will cherish these times together for their entire lives! And the tree is just lovely too! TFS

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  28. Great idea. I made some cones from the tie the Knot cricut cartridge. I didn't think of using them as an advent calendar tree. I already have 7 tree whats one more?

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  29. So very pretty! Your tree looks beautiful!

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  30. Love the things that can incorporate the sour cream container shape. Thank you for sharing your advent time tradition with us.
    Cathy S
    seashore@telus.net

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  31. Love the idea of a countdown tree. Maybe I will put up a second one this year

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  32. this is such a great project and the idea for this is GREAT! thanks so much for sharing and the chance to win!
    -jamie
    babyblueangel_30@yahoo.com

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  33. I love the little containers. This is a great project and your tree is beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing...

    Cricut Chick
    cricutchick@rocketmail.com
    www.cricutchick.com

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  34. I just love your family tradition it so nice to gather together and do that with them...
    Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us all and for doing such a cute project that we can do with our families too..
    The Scrapbooking Queen

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  35. Oh goodness! You make these look so easy!! I may have to try these this year! TFS!!!

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  36. Wow this is a great way to treat each day. Thanks for sharing. kschlu1 at gmail dot com

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  37. This is sooooo pretty. I love how you made the container too. I nned to try it :)

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  38. Awww Denise! Your tree and calendar are so beautiful! Fabulous job my friend! I hope you and you family have a blessed holiday!

    Thanks so much for being a part of the hop!

    Ruthie :)

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  39. These look great on your tree!! Love the fact that this project looks pretty easy to do!! TFS!!!

    debpaint16@aol.com

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  40. Such a beautiful tree! Great job! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Robin
    mcever4 at bellsouth dot net

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  41. Love your project. Great job:) disneynut4life22 at yahoo dot com

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  42. What a great family tradition, thank you for sharing. I love the idea of actually putting the calendar on the tree. I became a follower. chale@gci.net

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  43. This project is beautiful, as is your tree! Thanks so much for sharing!

    jen_chadwick at hotmail dot com

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  44. What a beautiful way to display the calendar. It makes it even more special because it's a family tradition and something your kids will remember forever!! Thanks for sharing with us. AJ aj_822@yahoo.com

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  45. I love to hear about others and their traditions. very nice thanks you so much for sharing with us.
    Liset
    hailemnat@gmail.com

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  46. What a great tradition! Super fun! TFS!
    Nicole
    simple.scrappin at yahoo dot com

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  47. your advent calendar is beautiful! And what a wonderful way to decorate your tree. truly love it! tfs...
    rttbsw@aol.com
    teri

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  48. Your idea of hanging all of the pieces on the tree was so great! Thanks for the chance to win!

    angie.pfleiderer@gmail.com

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  49. I love, love, love your idea! How fun to hide them on the tree!!

    THanks for sharing!

    Anne

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  50. I love your calendar and what a nice way to decorate your tree! TFS Susan
    shanna13@frontiernet.net

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  51. Love the idea. Can be changed every year to match a new color scheme. Thanks.

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  52. Your tradition is wonderful. Thanks for the ideas.
    plweir@satx.rr.com

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  53. It sounds like your family has a wonderful holiday season. What great memories you are making to be shared over and over for years to come. I loved that you shared this tradition with us as well as your beautiful advent containers. Happy Holidays.
    Sue

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  54. This is a beautiful idea and a wonderful tradition! I need to start something like that for our kids :) Thanks for the inspiration! I'm a new follower and I hope you will come check out my blog too!

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  55. Your Advent Calendar is Beautiful,so is your Tree. I made a couple last year for my Grandchildren,made out of Toilet Paper rolls.Stapled together. They loved it. Thanks for the chance to win your great Blog Candy. :0)
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.
    cindymarshall63@hotmail.com

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  56. I liked the paper you used. Cute idea
    Perderg@q.com

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  57. This is such a great idea. I made a advent calendar for my granddaughter some time ago using 1" square boxes and filled them with little toys when she was young and now that she is 15 I fill it mostly with money. Thanks for a great project and your talent.

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  58. what a nice story about you family and picking a story and song to sing. Really nice job. thanks so much for sharing

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  59. The paper is just gorgeous! Thanks for a great idea. I now follow your blog!

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  60. That is so lovely and a wonderful tradition! Before I followed this blog hop I never thought about making my advent calendar for a tree, I just sdore this idea, thanks so much for sharing!
    jpshirley@ymail.com

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  61. I just love how you follow the tradition each year - a lovely story!

    you can follow me, too!
    Happy Christmas!
    Jennifer McIntyre
    @atthebluebarn
    atthebluebarn@gmail.com
    http://atthebluebarn.blogspot.com/

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  62. Great idea for your calendar and filled with candy, yummy.....
    I am a follower of your blog now.
    Karen Patterson
    karensneedle@sbcglobal.net
    http:treasureddreams.blogspot.com

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  63. What a beautiful family tradition, Enjoy the holidays.
    mbchoj at aol dot com

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  64. Great idea for that special family time! TFS!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  65. The paper you used for your project is perfect and gorgeous!

    I just became a follower! Would love to have you stop by my blog as well!

    Thanks so much for the chance to win your candy!
    Melissa
    www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

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  66. Love the use of the "sour cream container" as the count down container!!!! Love it ! Great paper too.
    thanks Sheryl
    luv2scrap44 at yahoo dot com

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  67. Great project. I especially loved reading about what your family does during the holidays. It's always neat to see what others do and what we might incorporate into our own celebration! Many thanks.
    -April
    aprilann07082@aol.com

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  68. Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS! I love how it turned out so simple buy so beautiful! TFS!
    Tobusyscrapping at bellsouth dot net

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  69. Beautiful ! TFS !

    HUGS :)
    Alex
    thecondes@gmail.com

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  70. The tree looks gorgeous! I love the red and white! I wish I had my tree up already!

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  71. Very lovely! So elegant! TFS
    jennyplace26@gmail.com

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  72. Love it and easy than cover toilet paper roll and it makes your tree look so nice

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  73. Love your calender looks very elegant!
    I'm already a follower..
    Minta

    mintab@gmail.com
    http://mintascreations.blogspot.com/

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  74. Great job! I love it!!

    Hugs,
    Robyn

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  75. They are pretty. I like your tradition. I will become a follower.

    http://mycardsnstuff.blogspot.com

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  76. Very very pretty. Love reading about your family's traditions. Sounds so sweet.
    I am now a follower.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

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  77. These are just gorgeous...and fit right in with your very elegant tree! We did the same thing with our tree some years ago and the kids (who are now grown and in college) have a tree with the ornaments they made growing up...and we all love that! Thanks for sharing your wonderful traditions with us!
    Hugs,
    Joni
    Arcocha@yahoo.com

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  78. cute! Your tree is gorgeous and what a fun tradition you have

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  79. New here & now following.

    Great idea!!!

    Thanks.

    created2bunique at ymail dot com

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  80. Great project. Every year we have a different color theme. this year we're doing purple and silver with Star Wars characters as well. Last year was red, gold, with star wars and star trek. thanks for the inspiration.

    Stephanie Collins
    stephanoid69@msn.com
    stephanoid69-YT

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  81. Beautiful tree and advent calendar! Great job! Thank you for sharing your idea with us today... I am your 98th follower! Very happy to be! pjritsema at gmail dot com

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  82. =) Awesome advent calendar tree! What a great idea. Thanks for a chance to win.

    stacy at mycraftingtime dot com

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  83. What a great idea! I love it!
    ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  84. I have seen the "sour cream" containers used as treats for giving away but never like this. I love the idea! Thanks for sharing.

    danadbrown at hotmail dot com

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  85. What a great idea and how excited the kids must be each day!!!

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  86. New to this blog and now a follower!! TFS!!! Nice Project!!

    ilovetonkinese2athotmaildotcom
    Rexann

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  87. Love your advent project.I have become a follower and look forward to more of your creativity.--Ryansmaama
    gkburrow@cmaaccess.com

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  88. Hi Denise~

    Thank you for sharing your family tradition with us! It sounds wonderful.. I love your calendar, very creative, and your tree is beautiful!
    I am a new follower to your blog.
    TFS and a chance to win
    Bonnie C
    http://ascrapabove.blogspot.com
    ascrapabove(at)aol(dot)com

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  89. I love your idea. Came outbeautiful. You used gorgeous paper.
    stuff@gt.rr.com
    http://cricutmimi.blogspot.com

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  90. I really like this and you are right, the glittery paper looks beautiful and this doesn't look difficult to make.

    Patti
    bbitster@windstream.net

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  91. love love it! You did an awesome job! Thank you for the idea.

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  92. I love this idea!! Super cute!! Thanks for the chance to win

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  93. This is very cute! I love the patterned paper you chose.

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  94. Great advent calendar project and so pretty on the tree! TFS

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  95. This is great. Thanks for sharing the story of your Christmas traditions. May you and your family be richly blessed this Christmas season!

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  96. Super cute. I really like that they are hung on the tree. Thanks for sharing.
    Kerry

    mommakcrafts.blogspot.com

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  97. It sounds like your family has some wonderful family traditions. Thanks for sharing!

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  98. Awesome advent & yes gotta have glitter!! Imagine a christmas without glitter GASP!!!!!!!
    lol Thanks for the chance at yummy candy too.

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  99. Love your count down! That's how my family did it also. It really added to the festivities and brought us closer together, no matter what else was happening.

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  100. What a beautiful family tradition!!! Your tree is GORGEOUS!!!! Cant wait to get our's up!!!

    hugs,
    Sarah
    liveloveandscrap.blogspot.com

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  101. Hi Denise, Janie from the hop ! Oh I love your take on the calendar ! I also love the paper you chose to use ! And what a wonderful family tradition you have going !! TFS !
    HUGS,JANIE

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  102. Denise, this is a great tradition.....TFS!!!!!
    brodiec88 at hotmail dot com

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  103. Beautiful glittery paper! They look so pretty on your gorgeous tree! I love the story of your Christmas traditions!
    sucor_2 at hotmail.com

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  104. These are so beautiful... and I love your tradition, it sounds wonderful!

    Thank you so much for sharing & the chance to win!!!

    ~Ola
    okj83 at live dot com

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  105. Great idea!!! I love it:) Thanks for sharing:)
    nlpimentel@aol.com

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  106. Great idea!!! I love the colors !
    I had so much fun being in this hop with you and the other talented ladies!

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  107. I'm a follower now come and visit me
    http://buzzybeedesigns.blogspot.com
    Thanks for a change to win a stack of 24 sheets of paper and some ribbon. Love your Live Tree
    Rebecca Minor
    buzzybeedesigns(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  108. Such a pretty tree. I create with paper and never thought to decorate the tree with it. Back to the scrapbook room I go. Thanks for the inspiration.
    shaddock104@aol.com
    simplyshaddock.blogspot.com

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  109. I really love this idea. I think it would really create some magic for my little girls! Thank you so much!
    Natalie
    mtmcbroom at gmail dot com
    http://timelesslegacydesigns.blogspot.com

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  110. Very pretty idea your tree is beautiful

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  111. Beautiful Tree !!!! great idea for the advent ornaments, ty4s

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  112. This is such a pretty idea. Your tree is gorgeous. I am now a follower and look forward to checking out your blog!
    lfuchs1 at wi. rr. com

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  113. Wow, wow, wow, these look so beautiful on your tree. They are easy to make which is always a plus when you have to make so many and yet they look so elegant. I love your snowflake on the post below too. I became a follower.
    kimthompson68 (at) sky (dot) com
    Kim xXx

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  114. I love your idea!! So cute and easy!!
    TFS!! Take Care!!
    Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/

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  115. Darling project. TY for sharing the "how-tos". I always enjoy reading your blog. {Hugs} Peggy
    Stampnmore at aol dot com

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  116. Very CUTE!! I feel inspired to make one next year (time permitting). I look forward to seeing more of your work.

    Julie

    missyvonne67@yahoo.com

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  117. Love this!!! Goregous paper....turned out beautiful....Great idea using 'sour cream container' ....I gotta try this!! Thanks for visiting me on my blog!!! ;)

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  118. What a great advent calendar. I love the red! TFS!!

    amandaremus at gmail dot com

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  119. Love your advent calendar idea!!! I just became a follower of your blog!!!
    best regards,
    Wanda
    wanda.contreras@yahoo.com

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  120. cute project!!!!loved the idea its so cute
    habis1088@gmail.com

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  121. What a cute idea. I love it. TFS

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  122. O WOW that is all I KEEP SAYING yawl have just OUT DONE YAWLS SELF...I LOVE it.. The tree is beautiful..
    Thanks for sharing..
    MERRY CHRISTMAS

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  123. beautiful idea and your traditions are so fabulous. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win
    pkanchana8@hotmail.com

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  124. This has been a wonderful hop. So much talent and wonderful ideas. Your advent ornaments are beautiful and look absolutely lovely on your tree. When I think advent calendars, I have always thought of those little ones where you have to open a small door and a little piece of candy is behind it. Not fun like all of these that you gals have come up with. I have definitely become an advent convert!!!!
    Marcie

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  125. Ah! The red you added this year. Nice job on the advent calendar project. Thank You for being in the hop and for chances to win great prizes
    quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com

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  126. I love the ornament advent calender!!!! So Creative!! :)

    Great job and thanks for sharing!!!

    Cheryl @ CardsbyCG.blogspot.com
    cplamond@hotmail.com

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  127. Very creative and cute! Thanks for the instructions, I'm going to have to try to make one tomorrow! :)

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  128. Denise,

    I love your take on the advent calendar!!! :) Your little sour cream-like tubes turned out beautifully! And I think you are the first one to count down backwards (showing how many days until Christmas), rather than just opening the ones that correspond to the day in December.

    Thank you so much for sharing,

    Jennifer

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  129. Beautiful idea thanks for the inasiration
    jendewar@optusnet.com.au

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  130. beautiful idea looks lovely on your tree!
    kacee
    mcvicwif@yahoo.com

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  131. This is so pretty! Thanks for sharing!!

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  132. Your tree looks wonderful! Love the idea and they look like they would be fun to make.
    Thanks for sharing with all of us!
    wendydotroos2boysatgmaildotcom

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  133. Just beautiful.....thanks for sharing with us.

    AnnCarolW@aol.com

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  134. Hi Denise,
    It's Nicole from the Hop. Your Advent Calendar is so lovely. I love the container you made to fill with candy. They look beautiful hung on your tree. Great job! -Nicole

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