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Advent Ideas (+ my advent calendar)

If you’re here for the Silhouette Portrait giveaway, it’s one post down.  If you’re here for advent activity ideas, you’re in the right place.  Open-mouthed smile

When the nice folks at Silhouette asked me if I wanted to check out their 2012 Limited Edition Advent Calendar, I jumped at the chance.  I’d seen some pictures and knew it was darling and something I could switch around and leave up all year long.  (Seriously…click on that link and check out the one where they’ve printed and hung Instagram pics…I’m so doing that!)

For my Christmas version, I wanted something non-traditional.  You know, since I basically never do anything traditional.  I started with some ribbons I picked up at the American Crafts warehouse sale.

(Tangent:  If you are in the SLC area you MUST swing by the sale.  It’s in Jordan Landing in the old Petsmart.  I’ve already been twice and I don’t even like paper crafting.)

And then I dug through my washi tape until I found some that coordinated.


I busted out my Silhouette Portrait and cut out the shapes (from the download card included with the advent calendar).  I used one 12 X 12 sheet of each color of cardstock: white, gray, pink, lime, teal, and purple. I cut all the cards out of the white and then punched a hole and tied the tops with a 4” piece of ribbon.  For the colored card stock, I cut off a 4 X 12 strip from each piece and used that to cut the embellishments.  The chevron zig zags, the word “joy”, the large number 6 and the gray ornament on day 12 are the only things not included on the download card.  I cut the envelopes from the 8 X 12 piece.


Cute right?

Now we just need to figure out what activities to put in each one!


Put up the tree
Make an ornament
Have hot chocolate
Have a snowball (or sock ball if you don’t have snow) fight
Sing a Christmas song
Send Christmas cards
Build a snowman (out of marshmallows, if necessary)
Wrap presents
Make gift tags
Read a Christmas story
Read the Christmas story from the Bible
Do something nice for a family member
Do something nice for a stranger
Shop for Sub for Santa or an Angel Tree or Toys for Tots
Deliver treats to a neighbor
Watch a holiday movie
Make cookies
Go see the lights
Make paper snowflakes
Go sledding
Go see Santa
Take a Christmas picture (Santa hats and reindeer antlers optional but encouraged)
Go ice skating
Color pictures from a Christmas coloring book
Write letters to Santa
Hang a wreath on the front door
Put up a nativity/crèche
Mail a package to someone
Make your own wrapping paper (stamps or markers and a roll of craft paper)
Make a gingerbread house
Wear a Christmas sweater
Hang some mistletoe
Have reindeer pancakes
Eat a candy cane
Go caroling
String popcorn for the tree
Buy a poinsettia
Make paper poinsettias
Drink eggnog
Go see the Christmas decorations at the mall or in your town
Attend a local junior high/high school choir performance
Attend a local junior high/high school band or orchestra performance
Attend a dance recital
Call grandma and grandpa
Read “Twas the Night Before Christmas”
Make luminaries
Go Christmas shopping
Wear something red and/or green
Buy Christmas jammies
Make Christmas candy
Shovel snow
Light a holiday scented candle
Volunteer at a food bank
Serve a meal at a soup kitchen/homeless shelter
Visit a rest home
Make a holiday mix tape (or CD Winking smile)
Look at Christmas pictures from years past
Watch/read/listen to A Christmas Carol (may I recommend the Muppet version?)
Tie jingle bells to your shoe laces
Make a snow angel
Hang stockings
Make a paper chain for the tree
Eat something covered in red and green sprinkles

Please, please, PLEASE feel free to add your own ideas in the comments!

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Silhouette Advent Calendar

Did you survive Halloween?


3/4 of my children enjoyed it.  And, we had quite possibly the best Utah trick or treating weather ever.  It was so pleasant that I took the kids around wearing a cardigan.  No parkas and thermal undies this year, baby!

I wanted to pop in quickly this morning to tell you a couple of things:

Fun giveaway tomorrow!


There’s a new Silhouette promotion starting today.  They’ve put out a limited edition advent calendarThrough November 11th, you can pick the calendar kit up for $29.99, a $10 savings, using code “CRAP”.


You get the white wooden frame and a download card that includes options for drawers


or boxes.


The nice folks at Silhouette sent me one to play with.  I’m working on the drawers option.

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(Crappy weirdly colored cell phone pic)

I’ll be sure to post a finished pic as well as some tips in the next couple of days!

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Giveaway: Silhouette Portrait

Have you heard the news?

Silhouette (you know ‘em, you love ‘em) has a new addition to their electronic personal cutter line, the Portrait.


The Portrait does all the same stuff as the CAMEO, just on smaller scale (3.5 lbs…perfect to take with you) and at a lower price point.  Nice, right?  I’ve had a chance to play with one over the last few days and it’s fantastic!


The controls are nice and accessible.


Want to see the Silhouette Portrait in action?  You can check out this Silhouette Portrait Video.

The nice folks at SIlhouette are giving one lucky Crap I’ve Made reader his/her very own Silhouette Portrait (plus the software, blade, mat, cables, download card, etc.)



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Giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and over only and closes Thursday, October 22th at 10pm MST.  Winner will be chosen at random using a WordPress Plugin (And The Winner Is…) and notified by email.  Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

I’m coming on to announce the winner at midnight EST on Thanksgiving.  I’ll also be posting the details on all the Silhouette Black Friday promotions at that time.  (No details yet, but trust me…they’re good.)  As always, code “CRAP” will get you the promotional prices.

Want to see what I’ve been working on with my Portrait?


That’s this year’s Silhouette Limited Edition Advent Calendar.  Details (along with advent ideas) tomorrow!

Here are some other gals giving away a Silhouette Cameo or Portrait this week too:

Infarrantly Creative

All Things Thrifty

I Heart Naptime

The Idea Room

Sawdust and Paperscraps

Southern Hospitality

Beneath my Heart

Today’s Creative Blog

Positively Splendid

Home Stories A to Z

Makely School for Girls

The DIY Show Off

Not Just a Housewife




Little Miss Momma

Make and Takes

Tip Junkie

Craft Gossip

Ali Edwards

My Repurposed Life

Craftaholics Anonymous

Our Best Bites

Simply Kierste

Petite Party Studio

Kevin and Amanda

Homemade by Jill

Vintage Revivals

Pretty Handy Girl

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True Colors

Here’s that more accurate color shot of my Silhouette limited edition advent calendar that I promised you.


($10 off using code “CRAP” through the 11th)

And because we’re keeping it real, I still don’t have numbers on all the drawers.  I can, however, see my kitchen counter for the first time in weeks.  So that’s something, right?

Other random things about the advent calendar:

The information that comes with the calendar says it takes 25-50 sheets of paper.  That’s quite a range, right?  If you make the option with the drawers, 25 sheets of 12 X 12 will be plenty.  There’s no drawer cut that takes more than one sheet of paper.  If you have the Silhouette SD, you’ll have to be a little more careful about where you split your designs and how you cut your papers, but you’ll be OK.

If your paper is directional, be sure that one of the sides with the hole (which becomes the notch) in it is facing the right direction.  I did not do this and had to junk my first 2 boxes.

The papers I used came in a cardstock stack from Michael’s.  I think with a coupon it was around $12.

Save your scraps.  You’ll have plenty to put the numbers on your drawers.

There’s also a cutting template for a backing paper for each square, if you want it to look pretty with the drawers removed.  Or, if you want to use the shadow box as an actual shadow box/display case.

Other random things not related to the advent calendar:

You have until tomorrow night to enter the Rachael’s Soap giveaway.

I still haven’t heard from our Scentsy winner.  If your name is Beverly, you’d better be scouring your spam folder to see if you missed an email.

And, since football season is over and I finally have my life back, I got a new hair cut/color courtesy of Neighbor Jami.  It’s the reddest I’ve been since an unfortunate run in with a shade called Terracotta in college.  It should have been called Ronald McDonald, and that’s all I’m saying about that.


Hope your weekend is fabulous!  I’ve got big plans to do some serious decluttering and to remedy the Teen Wolf hair situation my boys are sporting.

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