Control Freaks August Tour: Holiday Catalog



Welcome to the Control Freaks monthly blog tour! This month’s theme is Holiday catalog products.  Oh, my!  There is so much goodness in this new catalog, that I can’t wait to see what my fellow freaks have created!  If you started at the beginning of the tour, you just visited the very talented, Amy Koenders. She always has amazing ideas and I find her so inspiring!



My favorite stamp set from the Holiday catalog is Cookie Cutter Christmas.  I just can’t get enough of that little gingerbread man!  Even better, this set has a a coordinating punch so no fussy cutting is necessary.  I paired the stamp set with the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper to create this Christmas Advent calendar.  I’ve seen many wooden versions of this type of calendar and could not wait to try and make one with Stampin’ UP! products exclusively.



The numbered cubes were made with White Gift boxes that will be available in the Holiday catalog on September 1st.  These measure 3″ x 3″ x 3″ and are food safe.  Can’t you just imagine filling them with cookies for a fun gift?  I cut 2-3/4″ squares of the Designer Series Paper and adhered them to each side of the boxes.  The numbers were die cut with the Big Shot and Large Numbers framelits from Early Espresso card stock.




To embellish the stand, I stamped “days til Christmas” with the Labeler alphabet onto Whisper White cardstock with Early Espresso ink.  The gingerbread man was stamped in Crumb Cake ink onto Whisper White card stock and embellished with Real Red Enamel Shapes.


I’ll be sharing another version of this calendar, as well as the template in a future blog post.  You won’t believe how easy these are to make!


 Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the web!  Don’t forget to visit LeeAnn Greff to continue on the blog tour. 






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  1. Amy Koenders | 19th Aug 16

    So sweet! Love that little gingerbread man too. Fantastic use of that designer paper. 🙂

  2. Stampin' Up!|Kelly Acheson | 19th Aug 16

    That is just precious! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Shirley Jacobs | 20th Aug 16

    I love this!

  4. DOstamping | 20th Aug 16

    Wonderful Christmas Countdown boxes!

  5. Trisha Burke | 20th Aug 16

    So darn cute! Will you please share your red base measurements with us? I would love to make these as gifts for our block party here in NC. Thank you. Trisha

  6. Diane Seidler | 20th Aug 16

    Such a cute project. Love it. I have bee sitting here trying to figure out how many days to you start with and how did you accomplish it with the numbers? I can’t figure it out. And are you going to have any instructions for this? Thanks Diane

  7. Melissa Stout | 20th Aug 16

    A full tutorial and an assembly video should be available within the next week. Stay tuned!

  8. margaret wickert | 21st Aug 16

    Can’t wait for this tutorial!!!

  9. Cindy Elam | 28th Aug 16

    Oh my gosh, this is so clever! Love the Cookie-Cutter suite that you used. (Mmmmm, gingerbread….)

  10. Debbie Henderson | 29th Aug 16

    What a great idea with the Advent Calendar. I’m sure it will be a big hit on Pinterest!

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