Wednesday 14 December 2022

Old and New for Around the World on Wednesday

Thank you for joining in with the latest hop from the crew at Around the World on Wednesday. If you haven't hopped with us before, we're a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from every time zone in the world where Stampin' Up! operates. You're here with me, in New Zealand.

Each month we present a different theme to inspire you to create.
This month, our theme is 'Something New, Something Used.'

Now is a perfect time for a challenge like this because, for demonstrators, we have just had a chance to access preorder items from the January 2023 Mini Catalogue... the very best kind of 'new.' đŸ˜€

I've combined an exciting new die set, Alphabet a la Mode, with several older items. This die set is exciting because it contains both letters and numbers in a large, slimline format making it ideal for both card making and scrapbooking. I thought it would be perfect for an Advent Calendar.

The older items I started with were the Mini Envelope Pocket dies, which appeared in the 2022-23 Annual Catalogue. They're just the perfect size for credit card style gift vouchers, among other small items. So I thought they were a great size for an Advent Calendar, holding as they do a Favourites Chocolate or a set of stickers or whatever you want to put in the calendar.

I also used the Lights Aglow suite which has been the basis of almost all my Christmas projects this year. The opulent Lights Aglow DSP was great for the pockets while the stamps from Christmas Lights and the circular label die from Labels Aglow were great as bases for the numbers. 

The gold glimmer foliage is from the Mini Envelope Pocket die set, while the gold stars on some of the pockets are cut with dies from the Cracker & Treat Box dies.

When I thought about how I might display these pockets as a calendar, I'd thought about creating a garland on twine - which I could still do. Then I remembered the Christmas Card display rack that was available from Stampin' Up! a few years ago. I also loved the Gold Library clips which have also retired but thought they might work too. It's always nice to use up stash items. As you saw above, this does work too as a way of displaying the calendar. Next year, I might set then up as a garland.

Next up on the hop is the ever wonderful Leonie Stuart in Australia.

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  1. Fabulous Advent Calendar Jan ... Love how you have used the card display to hang your gorgeous little envelopes!!! What fun! xxx

  2. How clever! Unique! Adorable! And not to mention fun!!

  3. WOoh
    Perfect, just perfect! I love it and the paper looks so good! And the alphabet, and the idea! everything is great really!

  4. What a great idea!! Those little envelopes are perfect for an Advent Calendar!!

  5. Jan, these are stunning! Love this idea!

  6. What a great idea to create an Advent Calendar with the Mini Pocket Envelope dies. Your display looks great Jan x

  7. What an amazing idea for the holidays. I love the beautiful colors you have chosen. Great way to use this new die set.

  8. This is awesome. How do you join this blog hop?

    1. Thank you. Do you mean how can you follow it? Just click on the next button and you will be taken to the next place on the hop. If you mean as a participant, it is by invitation.