Monday, November 19, 2012

Lori Whitlock's Countdown To Christmas Blog Hop


Welcome!  If you are hopping along today you should be arriving here from Lisa's blog.  :)

Today I have a fun countdown garland to share using lots of Lori Whitlock's great cutting files and This and That Christmas papers & matching embellishments that she designed for Echo Park. 

I designed my project with a 12 days of Christmas theme.  Each stocking or mitten was cut twice (once out of patterned paper and once out of cardstock) and then sewn together to form a pocket to hold a different small treat each day. 

Please excuse my poor photos... We have been having terribly dark, yucky days here in the Pacific Northwest this week and I had to pull out every lamp I own to get these photos, but I was determined not to use my flash.  ;)
 
Each stocking and mitten can fit a small candy cane, pencils, stickers or other small trinkets. In hindsight I would have made them a tiny bit bigger to accomodate even bulkier items. Currently the stockings measure 6.5" long and the mittens measure 3.75". 
I used small natural clothespins which I took apart and stained with ink for a bit of a rustic feel.


I had so much fun decorating each one uniquely and having an excuse to use almost every paper in the collection! :)


For this project I used the following cutting files which are available for purchase at Lori's Shop:

Advent Mittens
Poinsettia
Christmas icons set 2 (holly)
Christmas icons set (stockings)
7 Labels (tag)
7 Labels 2 (bracket frame)
7 Labels 3 (bracket frame)

9 starburst seal set
Simple Borders
3 Eyelet Borders
3 Borders


...And these shapes which are currently only available at the Silhouette store (but look for them coming to Lori's shop soon):

Winter Tree (snowflakes only)
Simple Christmas Tree
11 Hearts
Snowflake


For the phrase on my tag, I also used Echo Park's 12 days of Christmas cutting file.
 

In honor of the blog hop, Lori is offering the shapes I used plus many, many more on a great 30% off sale!  Yay!!!    Lisa Bell has been hard at work adding many new holiday shapes to Lori's online store so it won't be hard to get up to $15!  My favorites from the new releases can be seen here, here, here & here.  Oh I could go on and on.  :)

 
And if that all wasn't enough, she created these awesome shape files which she is offering as a free download when you visit her blog through November 24th.

 
But that's not all...  Lori has also generously shared a $10 gift card to her shop which I am able to give away to one lucky person.  Just leave a comment on my blog by Saturday, November 24th at midnight Pacific time and then check back here on Monday to see if you are a winner.  :)

 
Visit my fellow teammates blogs for more great holiday countdown ideas and chances to win!  Your next stop is Amanda's blog.  :)

Lori Whitlock
Natalie Graham
Corri Garza
Joy Dickson
Lisa Bell

Mendi Yoshikawa (You are here)
Amanda Jones
Christine Ousley
Lisa Barrie


Thanks so much for stopping by! :)
 

53 comments:

  1. Oh I love this banner to countdown!
    Those socks and mittens are adorable!!

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  2. What a fun banner idea! Love all of the files you used and the papers are perfect!

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  3. I love this!!! What a brilliant idea! It's so cute!
    *No need to enter me in the lucky draw! ;-)

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  4. This is gorgeous. A perfect trimming for the mantle.

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  5. Mendi... what an adorable Christmas garland that looks fantastic hung from your mantel.
    Thankyou so much for stopping by my blog, it is truly appreciated. :)

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  6. I just love the papers and the patterns! This is my favorite idea so far! Thanks for the idea.

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  7. This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Wow this is amazing! I hop I win I really have to have these file now lol.
    Irene

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  9. I love this project--so many great ideas and colors

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  10. Just love it!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. What a cute garland! Nice work. THanks for sharing.

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  12. I love your project. I have been thinking about a banner for my fireplace and this one is adorable.

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  13. Thanks for sharing your project. I think this would be great for my grandkids. I could personalize the stockings or mittens and put a little gift in each one.

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  14. OMG...this is fabulous! Wish I had a mantle... :(

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  15. Your pretty project make me wanna wish I had a fireplace. It's really adorable :-)

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  16. Mendi, This is adorable! Love all the stitching and paper!

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  17. I love the inclusion of the mittens!!! Such a cute project.

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  18. Really like the patterns and sewing on each one

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  19. CUTE CUTE CUTE!!! I'm inspired!!

    Sandi

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  20. Such a cute 12 days idea! thank you :)

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  21. Amazing idea! I like how you used it to decorate the mantel.

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  22. Beautiful! Love the attention to detail. I'm sure it took quite a bit of time to complete.

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  23. Your banner is so beautiful - love the pattern combinations

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  24. I love advent calendars this is beautiful

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  25. these just keep getting better! I love the blog hops - they are such fun and so creative! Wonderful ideas! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  26. Gorgeous project & the details are just amazing!

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  27. Very cute. I love all the details! I wish I had a mantle that pretty to decorate. :)

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  28. Love the mittens and stockings! Great way variety and it makes it fun.

    :)

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  29. OMG! This is adorable! I love the stockings! What a lot of work. You really did a great job. And thanks for the give-away.

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  30. This is beautiful and I love all the details. The mantle looks before for the holidays now!

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  31. I love this idea and am going to do this! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  32. Adorable mitten and stocking garland!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  33. Cute! I love the papers you chose to use together! I really do like it, it's just all this hopping is making me tired...Thanks so much for sharing!

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  34. LOVE this! I so want to copy this...

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  35. The mittens are so adorable! I just love them!!

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  36. Seriously my fave! Great use of Lori's fun shapes!

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  37. What an adorable project! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win the gift certificate.

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  38. Such a fun idea!! I always wonder how to decorate the mantle but still have rrom for the stockings... this is perfect timing-wise for one to blend right into the other!

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  39. I LOVE your mini banner idea, so cute!!Pinned it!

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  40. LOVE LOVE LOVE your stockings and mittens! I love all the papers in this collection, beautiful Christmas colors and patterns.

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  41. Oh, my gosh, Mendi---that is so adorable! I know you and I know the amount of work that went onto all the little details! I hope Lori knows how blessed she is to have you on her team! ;-) Thanks for the chance to win and letting me know about the freebie!

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  42. What an adorable project -- love it! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

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  43. Super cute idea! Love how it looks!
    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

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  44. Very cute! love this idea! thanks for the inspiration!
    nanapuddin2u at gmail dot com

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  45. Looks fantastic! I love it, so detailed!

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  46. Wow I love your garland. I'm trying to make something similar but with little envelopes. It's slow going for me. awesome, awesome, awesome! I love it!! i'm a new follower. check me out if you like: http://merritt-vergaray-connection.blogspot.com/

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  47. Love your banner!! I'm so into banners right now!!
    betsy023 at yahoo dot com

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