October Creative Challenge – Count Down to Christmas

Hi everyone!  It’s time for this month’s Creative Challenge with My Favorite Things!  The MFT Design Team Creative Challenge is a monthly feature where we are challenged to explore our creative side using a specific theme, product, or technique.  This month we will inspire you with an assortment of ideas to help Count Down to Christmas.

I will actually not use this project until MUCH closer to Christmas, but in case you didn’t realize it, Christmas IS only 63 days away.  EEK!

I used quite a few Die-namics dies as well as the Brick Wall stencil to create an 8″ x 10″ count down frame.

I began by mixing a bit of acrylic paint into Gesso then wiped it over the Brick Wall stencil which was laid atop Primitive Cream card stock.  Once dried, I mixed a few drops of Hot Fudge ink (refill) into water and brushed (somewhat sloppily) over the bricks, being careful not to brush between the bricks.

The numbers were die-cut from Paver Red card stock, cardboard and then magnetic photo paper.  Behind the bricks I adhered more magnets to hold the numbers.  I used Chalkboard Frame Die-namics (cut down to size) to create the frame around the count down phrase.  ”Days until” was stamped in Timber Green ink using Typewriter Alphabet and “Christmas” was stamped in Paver Red ink using Holiday Subway Art.

The mantle (created using a piece of Chalkboard Frame and Western Backgrounds) is raised on foam tape with pieces of Winter Wreath cut from Timber Green card stock tucked in and glued atop to create garland.

The stockings were stamped and die-cut using Stitched Stockings and Stocking Trio Die-namics, and raised on foam tape.  I stitched tiny Paver Red and Timber Green buttons to each.

Finally, the “mat” around the assembled piece was created using the woodgrain stamp from Western Backgrounds, stamped onto Kraft card stock using Hot Fudge ink.  After stamping, I lightly sponged over the “wood” with more Hot Fudge ink.

While I had all of the supplies out, I decided to create a matching card.

Instead of using the Gesso to create the brick, here I mixed a bit of Kraft ink (refill) with water into a mini Mister and sprayed over the Brick Wall Stencil.

The sentiment, from Cheerful Christmas Greetings (free to you this month with any $60 purchase), was stamped in Timber Green ink and raised on foam tape.

Inside, I stamped a second sentiment from Cheerful Christmas Greetings and added a Paver Red border strip from Stitched Stockings.

Be sure to check out the MFT blog for direct links to more Christmas Count Down inspiration!

Thanks for visiting today!  :)


Frame:  Stamps: MFT LLD Holiday Subway Art, LJD Stitched Stockings, Typewriter Alphabet, Western Backgrounds  Ink: MFT Paver Red, Timber Green, Hot Fudge (plus refill), Kraft (plus refill)  Paper: MFT Primitive Cream, Timber Green, Paver Red, Kraft  Accessories: MFT LJD Stocking Trio, High-Rise Numbers, Chalkboard Frame, Winter Wreath Die-namics; MFT Brick Wall stencil; MFT Brick Red and Timber Green buttons; X-Press It foam and double-sided tapes; Michaels 8×10 frame; ProMag Magnetick Sheets; Recollections mini brads and rhinestones; Claudine Hellmuth Gesso; Martha Stewart Putty and Rootbeer Float acrylic paints; string; sponge; mini Mister.
Card:  Stamps: MFT LJD Stitched Stockings, Cheerful Christmas Greetings  Ink: MFT Paver Red, Timber Green, Hot Fudge, Kraft (refill)  Paper: MFT Primitive Cream, Timber Green, Kraft   Accessories: MFT LJD Stocking Trio, Chalkboard Frame, Winter Wreath Die-namics; MFT Brick Wall stencil; X-Press It foam tape; Recollections rhinestones; sponge; mini Mister.

11 Responses to October Creative Challenge – Count Down to Christmas

  1. Great project! Love the woodgrain background with the brick stencil. Love how you used the wreath die.

  2. Super duper fab, Michele! LOVE all the details, like the pine bough and rhinestones, the stockings and all the texture of the brick wall. Love the magnet idea, too; the kids will love messing with those!

  3. Wow. I don’t have enough places in my house to display all these wonderful projects and countdown items. Guess I will have to give some as gifts. Thanks for the detailed instructions and for mentioning the size of the frame. Very helpful.

  4. This is SO pretty – and LOVE the magnet idea for the numbers!

  5. Beautiful awesome card and project

  6. Love your project and card. When I saw your mantle with the hanging stockings I was thinking what a cute card that would make and then scrolled down to see you had made a card also. Love it.

  7. This is freakin’ adorable!

  8. WOW!! This is amazing Michele!! Loving the mantle you created on both of these projects!!

  9. I love the mantle look you created, Michele!!

  10. Great framed countdown piece! My first thought was how will the #s stay on … very good idea to use the magnets, much less of a mess and potential tearing using velcro (which is probably what I would have done.) Like the matching card, too. Very nice work on the bricks, too. :)

  11. I love the framed count down project! Wonderfully done!
    I especially like the subtle brick stencil background!
    This inspires me for a gift for my Mother-in-Law!
    Thank you!

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