Friday, December 4, 2009

JustRite Christmas Countdown



Today, Stamper's Dream is wrapping up another JustRite Week. Hope you've enjoyed all the projects shown so far! Be sure to visit Cammie, Michelle, and Tosh, who all have projects to share today as well.

I'm excited to share a Christmas countdown project today. The windowed pocket at the upper left holds a tag that shows the number of days left until Christmas. (I think 21 is accurate for today - how scary is that??). Here's a closer look:




The circle frame on top of the pocket was made by stamping one of the 2" Decorative Round Wide Borders on green and one of the Just A Note 1 5/8" borders on black. (For the black ring, I used a star border and stamped in white ink. To help it stand out a bit more, I dotted the centers of each star with a white gel pen.) I cut both stamped images into rings using Spellbinders circle Nestabilities.

On the tag is a punched circle that shows the number of days left until Christmas. Here's a look at the tag out of its pocket:



The brackets and numbers are from the Curlz Monogram Kit 1 5/8" and have been stamped onto a circle punched from one of the patterns from the Mistletoe collection by Making Memories. (The green "Merry & Bright" ring, and the white journaling lines on the red background were part of the patterned paper. This pattern was *perfect* for this project. I'll show you some more number circles later.) Another thing that's perfect for a project like this? JustRite stamps. Can you imagine how many rub-ons this would take? Gotta love how the stamps keep on giving and giving and giving.

At first, I was going to make a whole bunch of tags, each with its own number and just switch out the tags each day, but that's a lot of tags! What I did instead was wrap the tag with a piece of acetate to create a clear pocket. Now all I have to change each day is the stamped number circle inside the clear pocket. The acetate is just a sleeve wrapped on the left and right secured on the back with Scor-Tape. I added a line of machine stitching along the bottom to close the pocket bottom and allow the number circle to rest in such a spot that it can be seen through the pocket window when the tag is in place. High-tech engineering here, folks ;) I put a little pull tab on the number circle to make it easier to get in and out. Here's a closer look:



Did I mention how *perfect* this Mistletoe pattern is??



Okay, some more details and pictures:



The glittered green chipboard letters? Be still my heart!! They are glittered Thickers by American Crafts. Can we talk major hoardfest with these? I've had them for at least a year waiting for just the right project. They look pretty sparkly in the pictures, but they are even better in real life. And they came just like this! No painting, no heat-and-stick powder, no glue pad, no fuss. I just thought it would be cool to substitute a fun little Christmas tree and button for the letter "i." There are actually two trees, layered, and both were cut from one of the Mistletoe patterns. The little "until" banner was done with JustRite's 15-point Times New Roman letter stamps (part of the Deluxe 2" Round Monogram Kit, as well as some other JustRite sets.)

The whole thing is mounted onto a 6x8 glossy ceramic tile (the kind you'd see in a bathroom) of all things. I wanted something flat, super thick, and sturdy, and this fit the bill. I plan on displaying this on a small wire picture stand that I got at Michael's.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

20 comments:

Michelle said...

Thud! I'm speechless. Everything about this project is perfect...beginning with the very concept all the way through the fabulous details. ALL of them! Awesome job, my friend. Awesome!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

SUPER COOL idea and so wonderfully done. Lovin' all the glitter and ribbon tabs!

Carolyn King said...

how awesome! i love this...what a cool idea!

Jennifer said...

I adore this!!! The idea for the tag is genius. I'm drooling over those letters.

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

I don't even know where to start Amy!! This is pure eye candy!! LOVE the creative and clever idea!! And your countdown tags and circles are just GORGEOUS!! Then there's the fun letters and the sweet little circle with the sentiment flag underneath them!! C-u-t-e!!! LOVE this!!

the whimsical butterfly said...

HOW CLEVER is this?!? What a great idea for the countdown and your papers and embellishments are the perfect touches for this entire project. You are AMAZINGLY talented, AMy!

Jackie Pedro said...

I would love to spend an afternoon in your head! You are so creative, Amy! This is DARLING!

Marci said...

WoW!!! This is amazing!! Such a great and creative idea!! Thank you so much for sharing it!! LOVE IT!!!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This is gorgeous Amy!! I love your creation. Your colors and design...wow!! So elegant and creative!!
hugs,
Chris

Lisa Phillippi llelsik@aol.com said...

Another AAAmmmmazzzing design! You are Brilliantly Talented!

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

**THUD*** That's my jaw hitting the floor!!!! TOTALLY AMAZING Amy!!!!! I'd say more but my jaw is back on the floor!! :)

Marimer said...

Es genial y perfecta,desde los colores. el diseño, todos los detalles, son fantásticos, un gran trabajo. Bss

Ellen said...

Hello Amy,

What an amazing project you've made!!!!

Hugs,
Ellenxxx

Dawn Easton said...

Absolutely amazing project, Amy! Simply gorgeous, every detail is perfection!

Tammy said...

How adorable is this! I love, love, love this!

Marisa said...

You are too creative!! Great idea and fabulous card.

Barbara said...

Amy, this is beyond fabulous!!! OMGosh!! I adore it!!!

Silke Ledlow said...

Super cool card - Amy!!! Again your detailing is fabulous!!! Hugs ~S~

Crafti Cori said...

It's official, Amy. This is my most favorite card you've ever done. Probably because it reminds me of my favorite Christmas movie- Jim Carey's Grinch. I just want to print it and put it on my tree!
~Cori

Conniecrafter said...

Such a neat idea and would make a wonderful gift too, love your little tag idea :)

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