Die Cut Advent Calendar + Simon’s Holiday Release Blog Hop!

Hi everyone! I am so happy you have stopped by today, as it is time for a very special blog hop, hosted by Simon Says Stamp!


If you  have already been hopping along with us, you should have arrived from the blog of my incredibly-talented fellow teamie, Wanda! If you are just joining in, I have the full hop order down at the bottom of this post.

This hop is celebrating their three most recent releases that have all happened this week: the December card kit “Merry & Bright” (released Monday … and already sold out!!), the Advent Plus release (Thursday) and the Limited Edition Holiday Card Kit (Friday). Some of the products from the Advent Plus release are on reserve and the Limited Edition kit is selling fast (so make sure you pick yours up quick if you haven’t already)! If you are looking for more inspiration using the new products from these new releases, check out these posts I shared this week:

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So for today’s project, I wanted to share how to use the Advent Calendar stamp and die sets; I designed these products for Simon in a way that they can either be used together – or separately – in a variety of ways. The obvious use of course is to create Advent Calendars. These are and have been very popular for many years; they make for a fun “countdown” to the much-anticipated Christmas day!


I wanted to use this calendar as a way that the receipients of the calendar are able to tear open the perforated windows and find little notes inside. You could also fill the calendar with treats or tiny gifts, hints to a present that is hidden somewhere, Bible verses, or even just images… the possibilities are endless really. I used the Jackpot Frame dies to create my notes; I think the fun postage stamp and scalloped edges dress up the paper notes really well… makes them a bit more playful!


If you are planning on filling this calendar with something like little candies, etc., you will want to make sure that your perforated windows are raised up off of the background of your calendar enough so that the treat can fit inside. I’ll mention this in my video too when I get to adding those perforated windows to my calendar (so be sure to check out the video)!



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Guess what??? I have a $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card to giveaway today! One of you will be randomly selected from the comments below to win! Let me know in the comments what you are most thankful for this holiday season (we all might be getting ready for Christmas, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and that is a special holiday too!).  Comments for the giveaway must be left by Sunday night (11:59 PM EST); winner will be announced on the Simon Says Stamp blog Monday morning!



I am one of MANY spots in this fun hop! If you have already been hopping along, your next stop is the talented Heather Ruwe! The complete hop list is also linked below for reference:

Simon Says Stamp 
Tim Holtz 
Shari Carroll
Kristina Werner
Debby Hughes
Nichol Spohrs
Laura Bassen
Yana Smakula
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Wanda Guess
Nina-Marie Trapani
Heather Ruwe
Amy Rysavy



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If you are interested in any of the products used in this post, I have them all linked below to Simon Says Stamp. Affiliate links used when possible.


357 Responses

  1. Avatar NancyR says:

    I love the bright colors you used on your advent calendar. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Avatar Leanne in Cali says:

    I am most thankful for my wonderful kids and my amazing husband. This has been a very good year. Thanks for always sharing your fabulous creations with us. Have a nice Thanksgiving!!

  3. Avatar Marian says:

    Your Advent Calendar looks great. You make this project look easy. I would like to try making this for my family.

  4. Avatar Marian says:

    Your Advent Calendar looks like a lot of fun to make. I have always wanted to make one. You make it look somewhat easy. Will see.

  5. Avatar Bobbie Durkee says:

    I’m thankful for all the designers like you who give us inspiration and encouragement to try something new that we haven’t tried before. Great project!

  6. Avatar Lisa Mann says:

    I am most thankful for my wonderful new husband. I work away a lot at the moment and soon won’t have a job at all but he has been so supportive.
    I love this advent calendar!

  7. Avatar Tee Hall says:

    Your advent calendar is really gorgeous, and showcases your creativity with this fun kit! I an thankful for having the family together at Thanksgiving dinner.

  8. Love the Advent calendar. Don’t need one, but hey…the joy is in the making. Right?

  9. Avatar Nancy Elrick says:

    I’m Canadian and Thanksgiving was back more than a month ago already… but I am always thankful for family, friends, a life I love and the chance to create!

  10. I am thankful that family can be together again this Thanksgiving!
    Beautiful work!

  11. Avatar Jill Rauenhorst says:

    I am thankful for talented folks such as yourself to guide us in our quest for artistic ability…and my family and friends!

  12. Avatar Darlene Fellows says:

    Thanks for the inspiration to try and make an advent calendar myself. And I am thankful that all our kids and grandkids are healthy and happy!

  13. Avatar Linda F says:

    What a great idea – clever die designs. I’m thankful that my whooping cough test came back negative and none of my poor coworkers have to go on courses of antibiotics.

  14. Avatar Christy Johns says:

    Thanks for the tutorial on how to use the Advent Calendar dies! i totally get it now, lol. The idea to use notes instead of candy and prizes is just awesome. I am so thankful I am able to papercraft and so thankful for my family! Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  15. Avatar Tasha F says:

    This year I’m thankful my kids are no longer in High School!

  16. Avatar koalabc/barb says:

    Wonderful looking..Thankful to have most of my family together..and Thanks for showing your amazing talent..

  17. Avatar Tricia says:

    I love the bright colors and the postage stamp edges.

  18. Avatar Pam Spicer says:

    What a fun project to make – love how you added the paste and glitter along the edge!

  19. Avatar Amy Cooley says:

    What a fun Advent calendar!

  20. Avatar Christi Conley says:

    What a fabulous advent calendar!! It is lovely!

  21. Avatar Denise Bryant says:

    Beautiful projects! Love this amazing Advent calendar! So many fun details!

  22. Avatar Danielle Dietz says:

    Fabulous advent calendar. I am so very grateful and thankful for my family and all our troops that serve our country!

  23. Avatar Linda Carson says:

    Your Advent calendar is beautiful….as usual!

  24. Avatar Cindy Beach says:

    I’ve always been delighted by Advent calendars. I bought them for our children but I had just as much anticipation to open it each day. I love the bright and cheery colors you’ve used. I’m thankful for good health and for the chance to win!

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