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 Keely Jones says:

    Very nice! Keep up the great work of designing the amazing products that are then made available to us!

  2. Avatar Rebecca Wainwright says:

    I love this card. When I first saw the dies I wasn’t sure how to use them My Grandchild will love this!

  3. Avatar Sharon says:

    I love your cards. so many new ideas!!!!!

  4. Avatar Amy DeVault says:

    Absolutely love this Advent Calendar! So much fun!

  5. What a fabulous Advent calendar!! I just love idea! I must try make something like this.Thanks for inspiration dear Nina-Marie

  6. Avatar Elsa Piccinich says:

    So many great ideas in this blog hop!

  7. Avatar Celia Morse says:

    I love ALL that you’ve created with these kits! Simon says Stamp is so awesome! I’m thankful for my family and my best friend who will be making the pilgrimage from Ca to Tx to spend thanksgiving and the week after with us! Love that girl!

  8. Avatar Kathy says:

    Love the cute advent calendar!

  9. Avatar Teresa Russell says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Avatar Terri W says:

    I am thankful for my family. My son is always there when you need him.
    Your idea is just adorable Nina Marie!

  11. Avatar Rebecca H. says:

    Homemade Advent Calendar so cute and fun to either surprise the children or make with them helping. I like small stamps they can be used in so many ways .Thankful for my eye sight , the beauty of nature and seeing the faces of my loved ones.

  12. Avatar Toni Gillette says:

    Love your beautiful cards. thanks so much for sharing. I am thankful for my children and my husband! without them I would be nothing. Oh, and I am very thankful for the web…without it I wouldn’t have been able to learn so much and enjoy and share in my love of papercrafting.

  13. Avatar B Tarayao says:

    I’m so thankful for my family and my fury family 😀

  14. Avatar kittycrafts says:

    Grateful for seeing all of my family together for the first time in a LONG time. Love this project and can’t wait to make it!

  15. Avatar Cherri B says:

    What a great, great project to give to a child or shut in! Wonderful idea!

  16. Avatar Sue McRae says:

    That is one happy and bright advent calendar. I am most thankful that my family will be together for the holidays.

  17. Avatar cardsbymo says:

    I’m thankful that my father is still with us for this holiday season. He had lung cancer and was going through chemo this time last year. So now everyday he is still alive is a gift.

  18. Avatar Denise Fonda says:

    Nina, this advent calendar, with encouraging and loving messages, for a college student, away from home, would be fantastic!!

  19. Avatar safsafdesign says:

    I love your art really! Being thankful is not related to any holiday for me, I try to do it every single day. I am grateful to have a wonderful family, to be able to live in peace, to be surrounded with love and care, to be healthy and to be able to craft and be here :)

  20. I adore your cards and videos. You have a way of making the techniques seem easy and fun! Thanks for sharing your talent so generously!!

  21. I am most thankful to my Kanhaji (Krishna), my family and friends. My life would have no meaning without them. I am thankful for this crafting community and wonderful, kind, generous people in it.

  22. Avatar Magee Dudley says:

    Beautiful Advent Calendar.
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  23. Avatar Leslie Kiley says:

    I am so thankful for having an amazing family and that we are all so close! I celebrate how lucky I am to have the love and support every single day! Thank you too for being a sorce of inspiration with all your projects! Love this count down one!

  24. Avatar Robyn S says:

    Great ideas for a countdown. I am grateful to be able to enjoy card making that makes other people happy too.

  25. Avatar Irene says:

    Awesome project!! I am most thankful for the supportive people that make my life so joyful!

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