02 December 2009

Christmas Village Advent Bags

Our second advent calendar this year made use- heavy use- of the Cricut. It was a perfect fit for this week's Just Buggin' Challenge #14- Layers. I just got the Jubilee cartridge and it had this DARLING village function and I immediately thought, "Christmas Village!" Then, my lovely friend gave me BAGS of those little My Little Ponies and accessories as her daughters have outgrown them and my daughter is still in the midst of her obsession. I didn't just want to give her everything at once, so the "bag" and "advent" idea was born. After all the houses were cut out, I thought they needed some fixing up so I started layering with other houses and numbers and punches and they looked a lot better. I found I could vary the same-style houses by adding little chimneys or a scallop (that was on the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge) or a wreath (2 circle punches and a bow punch- my daughter's idea). The bag itself was on Plantin Schoolbook and was SO easy to make (it had to be- I needed 25!) Oh, and ignore the pictures that were obviously taken at night- very late at night I might add. Some of the embellishments were added before the house was glued to the bag- some after. The next morning, I filled them and put them on top of the armoire in our bedroom for safety purposes- we couldn't have Little Miss Curious looking in all the bags ahead of time- also, they totally matched my bedroom the best. I think we will use them every year... well, they might make it until next year, but the twins will be TWO next year and will have to be included... yea, I think we will use these two years in a row only.


  1. Wow, Bethany that was a lot of work. Great Job. Thanks for joining us over at JustBuggin' for this challenge.


  2. Crikey, this is amazing, it must have taken you ages to complete. Thanks for joining us at Just Buggin

    Best wishes
    JB DT

  3. WOW! This is amazing. What a fantastic idea and the bags with the houses are just adorable! I agree, it must have been A LOT of work but totally worth it because your kids will enjoy it for the next couple of years! Great idea. Thanks for joining us at Just Buggin!

    JB DT

  4. THose are so nice, so much work involved. Great Job. TFS.

    Stephanie JB-DT

  5. great project!!!! thanks for joining us at just buggin this week.

  6. Wow - this is such a great idea! Your daughter will have so much fun opening each of them! Thanks for joining us at JB!


  7. OMGosh How Cute!! I just love all the detail you put on the houses (the wreath is my favorite!)!! Thanks for joining in at Just Buggin'!

    *JB DT*

  8. What a clever idea! I love it...great work!

    Thanks for playing with us at Just Buggin!

    Lori C. *JB DT*

  9. Wow! They look great!! Great idea!
    Lynne JB DT

  10. good gracious thats amazing!! way to go! thanks for joining us at just buggin!
    marti *JB DT*

  11. What an amazing project! This is such a great idea and I'm sure your kids will love this for a couple years! :) Thanks for playing with us at Just Buggin! You always have such fun projects each week!

    Kandi *JB DT*

  12. WOWZERS! Adorable! Thanks for playing with us at Just Buggin!
    Sammye Jo - *JBDT*

  13. Wow... that is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  14. THat is sooooo cute! It looks awesome and oh so creative!

    THanks for joining us at Just Buggin!
    Michelle JBDT

  15. Wow! What an amazing project! Great job!
    Thanks for playing along at JB!
    Stephanie H *JB DT*


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