Friday, November 4, 2011

Silhouette Advent Calendar


Hello friends!  My name is Megan and I am the Marketing Assistant here at DCWV.  Our friends at Silhouette contacted us to help showcase their product with ours—it was definitely an opportunity we couldn’t pass up!

One of the best parts was having the chance to complete this crafting assignment myself.  For the past week, I have spent my time at work building the Silhouette Advent Calendar (http://silhouetteamerica.com/adventCalendar.aspx) using our products.  I had so much fun!  Not only was this product new to me, but the Silhouette was as well and I can’t believe we’ve waited this long to use it! 

To begin, I gathered our Joann’s Christmas stacks and embellishments for 2011.  This included our beautiful printed paper and the inspired solids that were made to go with them.  I also had our tag stack and our book of coordinating sticker icons and letters.  After selecting my papers, I went to work cutting out the boxes.  Let me tell you—this was the easiest part of the process!  Deciding which papers to use was harder than using the Silhouette software.  Don’t get me wrong—I love a “worthy craft challenge,” but the ease of downloading the box templates and using the Silhouette made this project even more fun. 

As I was cutting out the boxes, I did decide one thing.  One tip I would offer to make the cutting out process even easier is to use the same type of paper throughout your project.  I used lightweight printed paper and heavyweight cardstock—which meant some testing with the blade, and some re-do’s to get my boxes just right.  Once I figured out the blade settings, I put all of the boxes together and in their appropriate spaces.  Now it was time to embellish! 



Because of the type of boxes you can cut out (decorative boxes or pull out drawers), you can add any amount of embellishments or none at all.  I chose buttons, letters, numbers, name plates, ribbons, and rhinestones.  After all, nothing says Christmas to me more than glitter!




When I was done, I stepped back to look at my work, brought my friends around to offer their creative advice…and decided it needed just a little something more.    



After adding a bow, my project was complete!  I can’t wait to fill the boxes with candy and special thoughts to help us keep the Christmas spirit all December long.  Be sure to visit the Silhouette store to order one of these goodies soon—this will really make the Christmas season even more memorable! 

Our friends at Silhouette are offering a special just for our fans.  Be sure to use the code “CUTS” at checkout to get $10 off your Advent Calendar—that makes it only $29.99!  This special only lasts until November 11th (a week from today!), so get it while you can! 

6 comments:

  1. I bought one of these recently and can't wait to make it! Great idea for the bow at the top. It came out beautiful!!

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  2. Awesome is all I have to say!!

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  3. i have been seeing this advent evvverywhere, it looks like a lot of fun to put together! Love the christmas papers :)

    -rachel w k
    rwkrafts.blogspot.com

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  4. Very, very, awesome! Looks like sooo much fun! :D

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