Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Christmas In July

Helllllllloooooo! Thia here, with my last post as Guest Designer for Peachy Keen Stamps. <sniff, sniff>
I have had so much fun as their Guest Designer for June

Okay, so who is ready for Christmas in July? Lol.  I am, with this PEACHY Christmas Countdown Tree! 

The concept of this is like an advent calendar. (Only no chocolate/candy.) The way we plan on using it is on the first night in December, an ornament is placed on the peg labeled 1. On the second night, an ornament on the peg labeled 2. Third night, peg labeled 3, and so on...until the night of the 24th, when the last ornament is placed on the tree. There are 4 pegs on the bottom portion of the tree that don't have numbers associated with them. This is where our stockings will hang, waiting for Santa. (Our fireplace is covered with shelving until our little ones are older.) 

 Elves having fun playing in the tree.

Stamp sets used to create this Peachy Christmas Countdown Tree:
PK-159 Thinking of You Bear (find this HERE)
PK-15 Oh By Golly! (find this HERE)
PKSC-11 November 2012 (find this HERE)
PKSC-13 January 2013 (find this HERE)

Lots of time is needed for making this tree, so if you start now,
you can have one made in time for this Christmas!
I had my dear sweet hubby cut out the tree and drill
holes for the pegs. Glued pegs in, applied a few coats of spray paint and let that dry.
I used memento ink to stamp the images and numbers. I let the images sit for weeks
before coloring them with my Copic markers. After coloring with my markers,
I let them sit a few more weeks. During this time, I got the base of the tree ready.
Using my cuttlebug and my woodgrain embossing folder, I ran some brown paper through
to cover the tree trunk. Then I wrapped the paper "gifts" around and decorated with paper "ribbons and bows". (Bows were made using a paper punch and hole punch.)
I used Mod Podge to glue the "gifts" on, and once it dried, I applied a few coats of Mod Podge
on top to seal it and make it stronger.
I then paper punched the ovals to attach the numbers to and glued the numbers onto
the ovals with my Tombow glue, then let dry a few days.
Now that all of my pieces have cured, I was ready to place them onto the tree.
Using a thin coat of Mod Podge, I stuck the numbers and images
onto the tree. Let that set for a week and then applied a thin coat to the top of the images.
A week later, another thin coat over them to make sure they were sealed in.
The reason for letting it sit between stages is to make sure everything cures properly.

Stuffed bears on top of the presents.

Don't forget about a chance at some PEACHY blog CANDY!

Here's what you'd have to do:
-Follow my blog (if you are not already a follower).
-Comment on every one of my Tuesday posts during the month of June as Guest Designer here on my blog AND over at the PEACHY KEEN STAMPS blog (Tuesdays Only).
Doing all of these is not required, but it does increase your chances of winning!
Pretty easy, right? I'll announce the winner (or winners) the Friday after my last post (June 28th).


  1. love your project super cute

  2. Great advent tree; we collect ornaments @ our house...this would be perfect! Gorgeous details, Thia!!