Huge thanks to Gail (Ephemera) for sharing her instructions for this. I know there are a lot of baking tray advent calendar ideas around but it was Gail who gave me the instructions after Andrea and her Mom posted theirs. Thank you everyone. It really inspired me to create.
This is my first baking sheet advent calendar and I think there will be a second coming up as I have learnt a heck of a lot in the process.
Learning exercise number 1 - when going out to buy a baking sheet ..... buy a baking sheet not a baking TRAY! Oh yes - I was in such a befuddlement and rushing as ever that at 9.00 am this morning I was on the door of the Range to pick up a baking sheet and some Christmassy papers. Never gave it a thought at all. Till I got home and actually looked at the baking sheet which was, of course, a baking tray and totally unsuitable! Still, I needed a new baking tray!
Back out and bought a baking sheet!!!
Learning exercise number 2 - when cutting very thick chipboard with scissors because you have never been able to use a craft knife properly - listen to your body. If your hand is undelievably painful, stop! Check hand. If there is a huge blister on your thumb STOP! Use another method. If you don't do this you will curse and carry on, cursing more and more whilst said blister is rubbed off completely and raw skin bleeds. Go fetch plaster, mop up blood and carry on! Teeth gritted.
Learning exercise number 3 - check that the lip of the baking sheet is not too fat for cropadile. Result - wait till husband gets home so he can drill a hole (After a couple of disasters I am forbidden from going into his workshop and touching his tools!!!)
Learning exercise number 4 - magnets - even very little ones - are very strong and have a life of their own. They are slippery little suckers and rushing makes it worse. If you put Glossy accents on two and accidentally nudge them so they attract like crazy and the two glued faces stick together DON'T think 'It's OK I will separate them ina minute once I have finished this'. Quite simply - YOU WON'T. The magnetic force combined with the stickiness will mean they will never ever part company again!
Anyway - advent calendar completed - I used Papermania papers (I have never used Papermania papers before and for this they actually worked quite well. I didn't have any I fancied in stock LOL) I also used PG Hugware christmassy tiles which, once numbers were added, printed really well.
Now I promised all things chocolatey and here it is.
I was thrilled to be asked to create for Patricia Christensen again at Weeds and Wildflowers. Her work is so utterly lush and soft and subtle and her new kit is awesome. It is called J'aime chocolat and it is packed with wonderful things.
I can't wait to create more with it, but have already done my first page (whilst waiting for the Range to open LOL)
The great news is that Weeds and Wildflowers are also having a massive sale this weekend so if you want to snag this fab new kit and other lush goodies (I love everything they have ever created and there isn't much left for me to buy that I don't already have!) then head on over to their sale and pop Patricia's new kit in your basket too.
Have a fab weekend everyone - I'm now off to nurse my poorly thumb and try and prise more magnets apart!