Monday, 18 January 2010

Holiday Countdown Calendar

This is an idea that has been in my head for a while and I have finally done something about it!
Holiday Countdown It’s a Countdown to our Holiday Calendar for little ones ….
I made a sheet of days to go first (using Publisher and 2Peas High Tide font – free to download from 2 Peas in a Bucket  website). I thought 14 was about the most  days a child could manage their excitement!
Days to go sheet Sticker Pack
I cut a rectangle, using  firm card and covered it with DCWV self adhesive papers, plain and patterned and then backed it with a darker blue card for added strength. The waves are done in several wavy layers for texture and dimension.
Dates close up
I backed the days on navy and then silver card, leaving a very narrow border to give a bit of lift and shine.
The stickers were from Ryman's sale (last week) and were a bargain at 49p.
I added googly eyes to the sun and backed it on white card to strengthen it then glued it onto a small bull dog clip which holds the days in place.
Front of sunBack of sun 
I added a couple of clear flat backed gems to the fishes bubbles and a bit of faux stitching.
Boat close up
This is an idea that can be adapted for lots of other occasions for children like birthdays, parties, visits etc. It could also be used for an adult theme, like a countdown to retirement, a wedding or 40th birthday……
I will put my thinking cap back on and see what I can come up with, with these ideas in mind ….. watch this space.
These adhesive mat stacks save so much time, mess and fiddling when making projects that need covering like clipboards, notebooks, beer mats or cutting die shapes.  They cost around £6.99 and contain about 48 pages and are worth every penny.


Anonymous said...

Hi I found your blog through Clare (Taffy Crafty Creations) and just thought i would have a peep, it it now 1.49am and i have been here reading through past posts for almost 2 1/2 hours - it is fantastic and your ideas and creations are wonderful, and so 'normal', made with real life low budget Mums in mind and I wanted to say how thrilled I am to have found you and i will be frequent visitor Thank you for all your tips and helpful hints I hupe you continue to find time to keep creating wonderful products and coming up with great ideas and sharing them with us - Thank you x Lisa

Helen said...

Thank you so much Lisa. I am blushing! xx

qwiksave said...

Loving this countdown calendar Helen, I'm sure my two boys would love me to make one!

...And I NEED the adhesive mat stacks, where's that credit card? lol


sh3ri3 said...

Cute idea, looks fab! Xx

Linda Elbourne said...

What a super idea!

Julia Dunnit said...

Fab idea...we could do with one here. Must go and sort out somtheing to count down to!

lindschick said...

This is a really cute idea, really pretty. I must have one of those adhesive stack mat!!

Heather said...

Thats a great countdown Helen & a brilliant idea for the little ones!

Paula Gale said...

what a great idea Helen - we should market these to Husbands who MAY (I'm not pointing any fingers) forget their wedding anniversaries!!! Tee hee...

Paula xx

clare said...

Another great idea..and im sure the kids will love it..thanks for sharing hugs clare xx

*Lisa..So glad you like Helen's blog...i was look you on my first visit..spent hours reading her posts..and trying to take in all the tips..on the gorgeous creations.

...i knew other crafters would love your blog Helen xx