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 Anna D says:

    I am thankful for receiving creative ideas to better my life :)

  2. Avatar Maureen Hayes says:

    I am thankful for the love of God and my family and friends this holiday season. Thank you for the beautiful Advent calendar and all the inspiration.

  3. Avatar Cindy Thick says:

    Love the advent calendar. So cute.

  4. Avatar Evelyn says:

    Great tutorial, video and inspiration.

  5. Avatar Wilma B says:


  6. Avatar Leanne S says:

    What an amazing project! I predicted there would be something entirely different for me to see here & I was right.

  7. Avatar Cathy says:

    What an amazing calendar! So much work you put into that and it’s wonderful!

  8. Avatar Caren C. says:

    Neat project and great tutorial!

  9. Avatar Brinda says:

    Adorable project!

  10. Avatar Rachel says:

    Such a fun project :)

  11. Avatar Ann says:

    what a wonderful project you’ve completed.
    For me holidays mean family so I am most thankful for them this holiday season.

  12. Avatar Nives K says:

    Nice project!

  13. Avatar Margery C says:

    Your advent calendar is a work of art. Love it!

  14. Avatar TracyM #6773 says:

    WOW – the Advent Plus release is FABULOUS, SO MANY stamps & dies to coordinate together, I can see these being great to use all year long, not just at Christmas!!!
    LOVE your 12-day advent and video, the messages inside are just as CUTE & FUN as the outside :)
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION … it’s much appreciated, just what I need to keep me working on our Christmas cards and gift card holders, still have bundles to get ready for our planned mailing on December 1st!!!
    PS – I am thankful for my family and ever-so-crafty friends

  15. Avatar GrammyP says:

    Nina–as always, you have shared something bright and beautiful! Thank you so much for all the wonderful projects, tips and techniques you have shared throughout the year! Merry Christmas!

  16. Such a unique idea… like an advent calendar!!

  17. Avatar Mary Aragon says:

    Very nice idea.

  18. Avatar MJ says:

    Beautiful calendar!

  19. Wonderful project, thanks for sharing with us. What I’m most thankful for, there are so many things. One thing I’m thankful for is my ability to do crafting. I love to be able to express myself through art and crafting and it gives me great pleasure and calms me when I need it. I’m also so thankful that I have my Mom and she will be 92 the day after Thanksgiving, she is so wonderful and I’m so lucky to still have her.

  20. Avatar Cindy Aguirre says:

    I’m thankful for my family! Thanks for showing us the advent calander! It’s really cute!

  21. Avatar Sylvie Hoobanoff says:

    Beautiful cards. Being Canadian, we already had Thankgiving, this year, but I am always grateful for my wonderful kids.

  22. Avatar Tracey Landt says:

    Nina Marie you are so talented! I love all your projects.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Tracey x

  23. Love this so much. Plus your other projects were awesome too. I’m most thankful to just be here. Came close to dying so nothing beats breathing air and just living life!!!!

  24. Avatar Debi Vintinner says:

    Always love your cards and products!! Beautiful!!

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