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. Nicole Jones says:

    Thank you for sharing your art in card making!

  2. luraanne says:

    Holy cow – lotta work put into this but the finished project is so rewarding. Amazing job!

  3. vicdd says:

    what a wonderful project

  4. Cindy C. says:

    Super cute project!!

  5. Noreen says:

    I love how you’ve designed this so someone can make an advent calendar in their own individual way.

  6. Suzanne B says:

    Really cute idea. I’m most thankful for my new grandson.

  7. Judy Bowlby says:

    Such a bright and colorful advent calendar! Thanks for sharing this wonderful project with us.

  8. Oh what a cute idea this advent calendar is… I think I need this Advent Stamp and Die set… this would make a cute gift for my teacher friends ! :)

  9. Donna says:

    Best advent calendar ever!

  10. Maria Trumbley says:

    Beautiful! Love watching all your videos!

  11. Lindarub says:

    Love your advent calendar.

  12. Diane Gulling says:

    What great ideas. I really enjoy your use of color. I am most thankful that my husband has been declared cancer free! He had surgery earlier this year and everything turned out wonderfully.

  13. Jacqueline says:

    This is so creative and fun – I can totally see little kids (and big kids alike) loving and enjoying your project.

  14. Heather Lynn says:

    Love the bright colors and contemporary feel of your advent calendar. I only have time for Christmas cards this year, but I might make a shaker snow globe ornament for fun. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Maaike says:

    I have no kids except the furry kind, so an advent calendar doesn’t end up on my wall, but i love those dies for other projects as well, like peekaboo cards, you’ve done a great job on that advent thing ;-)

  16. mandalj says:

    What a beautiful Advent Calendar!Thank you for designing the products to make it! I’m thankful for good health in all my family.

  17. Denise Ward says:

    Fantastic project!!!! How creative of SSS to make all the items necessary to make such a fun calendar that can become a wonderful holiday tradition in a family!! I think the Advent Calendar Stamps are terrific! They would be great to use on small gift tags or used to adorn the outside of a Christmas card envelope, too! Thanks so much for sharing this great video with all the step-by-step instructions as well as ideas for things to include for each date! :) Have a wonderful Christmas!

  18. Helen M says:

    I’m so excited to get this kit. I love the SSS kit of the months but this Holiday kit I couldn’t pass up. I love what you did with the products in the kit. Now to cut out some time to finish up my Christmas cards.

  19. cassie d says:

    I love all the different projects you made…very inspiring!

  20. Super Stick Chick says:

    Your Advent Calendar is so clever and amazing.

  21. Your advent calendar is awesome!

  22. Cute calendar! We still use our advent calendars (2 of them) that we’ve had since I was a kid. I’m thankful for my parents, whom I appreciate even more now that I’m away at college. I get to go home for Thanksgiving break in 2 days!!

  23. Cece Carter says:

    Wow to just everything you made! Especially the Merry Christmas town card; I so love that card! Thanks for sharing all your ideas, they truly inspire me to create :)

  24. Regina says:

    Beautiful and colorful Advent calendar

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