Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Countdown to Christmas–MFT October DT Creative Challenge


The MFT Design Team Creative Challenge is a monthly feature where we are challenged to explore our creative side using a specific theme, product, or technique. This month, Countdown to Christmas!  Look forward to an assortment of creations from today's participating designers as we explore creative ways to use out MFT products in a Christmas countdown project.  Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for a list of all the designers who have a project to share with you today.

This was SUCH a fun challenge! I’m always looking for new décor items, especially for Christmas, and this was perfect! I’d been toying with the idea of doing an advent calendar but with no little kiddos it seemed a little overkill for my house. I wanted something that would be interactive, though, so I came up with this idea—a chalkboard for the countdown! I love it! I especially love the retro look of what I ended up with. When I started I only had a general idea of what I was going to do and it evolved from there. Here’s how I went about it:

I started with this heavy chipboard picture frame and painted the whole thing a nice cobalt blue. Since this will hang in my dining room, I kept the colors I use in that room in mind along the way. After that, I used my MPD Stargaze stencil and stenciled on some molding paste. After I dried the molding paste, I sponged in some Sweet Tooth pigment ink to simulate far-away stars.


Then I used my Snow Drifts Die-namics and my Tree Lines Die-namics and created my snow layers. Since I was working with an area larger than a card base, I had to finagle these dies to cut across the whole thing. I did a lot of measuring and ended up using both Snow Drift Die-namics dies at the same time to go all across the paper. Same thing with my Tree Lines Die-namics. I cut them both bigger than I knew I’d need and then trimmed to fit the frame once I got them lined up together.


After I got my trees and snow adhered to the frame—the top layer is popped up on foam, I went about the sentiment. I cut my letters from By the Letters Die-namics and popped them up on foam, too. The apostrophe in front of the “‘til” is the top part of the “i” adhered at a slant.


And, finally, I used the darling snowman from Snow Globe Die-namics and popped him up on foam, too. He fits in perfectly with the overall retro look of this piece. The actual “chalkboard” is chalkboard card stock and actually works pretty well with real chalk. For long term use, I might buy a small chalkboard and have my DH cut it to fit the frame opening, but this works for now.


To finish it off, I hot glued some red jute cord to a piece of chalk and then hot glue the other end to the back of the frame. It’ll just hang around, waiting to be used every day.

And that’s it! Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you will get inspired to make your own Christmas countdown project!


Stamps: None
Sweet Tooth card stock, Kraft card stock, Gumdrop Green card stock, Jellybean Green card stock, Wild Cherry card stock, Orange Fizz card stock, Black Licorice card stock (MFT)[ chalkboard card stock
Sweet Tooth pigment ink (MFT); Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories/tools: Vagabond;
Snow Drifts Die-namics, Tree Lines Die-namics, Snow Globe Die-namics, By the Letters Die-namics, MPD Stargaze stencil (MFT); embossing paste, hot glue/gun, ScorTape, foam tape, craft paint



  1. Love the chalkboard idea! The colors are great and the trees and snow drifts are the perfect touch.

  2. This project is just super cute and such an awesome idea!!!!

  3. What a great idea! I might CASE this one to use at my retreat. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Just darling, Bar! I want to make one of these with George, he'd love it, and it would make a great way to practice writing those numbers and counting backwards! You always have great ideas that you execute perfectly!

  5. ADORABLE!!! Love the details. Curious... how big is the frame?

    1. Tammy, thank you! It's 9 3/4" x 8 3/4" and I'm pretty sure I got it at Hobby Lobby.

      Hope this helps!

  6. This is just fabulous! I had thought of doing a chalkboard *something* but it wouldn't have been near as awesome as this one!

  7. This is so much fun, love the trees and the snowman

  8. So cute, Barbara! I just love the scene you've created, and I REALLY love the chalkboard for the countdown!


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