Christmas Countdown Calendar.....

It was our first Swarm in the new shop yesterday...and as usual we had a great time! This was the project that I prepared for the ladies. There are a few of these floating around in Blogland and various publications, but this is my take on the idea.
My ladies oohed and aahed when they saw it....and boy did they work like trojans to finish theirs. They ALL did a fabulous job, and made something that they should all be proud of- the finished articles looked EXACTLY like mine!
The base for this calendar was a piece of card used as packing for 12 x 12 papers, but cereal packet card would be just as good. I cut out the shape by hand and covered it with patterned paper. The blue sky was just a smaller version of the main shape. The santa & sleigh was cut at 4" from black cardstock and adhered with foam pads over a glittercard moon. I cut 7 card tags and 14 paper tags which were adhered to the card tags, alternating patterns back & front. The numbers were cut from pink & green cardstock and adhered to 6 of the tags, one being left blank-although I did put a '0' on one of the left-hand tags it isn't necessary. There are 2 tags on the left hook and 5 on the right hook. The left hooks are number 1-2 (plus the blank/0 tag) and the 5 tags on the right hook are numbered 1-0. The tags are simply turned over each day to reveal the date eg. 21. 'December' was cut from pink cardstock with a green shadow and adhered with foam pads beside the tags. The hooks for the tags were made with jewellery wires (I think that they are called eye pins) bent over a marker pen to form a hook then fixed in place with white brads. A scattering of punched snowflakes complete the calendar.
Carts used:
Santa & Sleigh- Christmas Noel
Moon & tags-George
December-Designer's Calendar
Numbers-Winter Woodland (font shadow)
Thanks for looking today!
Heather xxx

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