Taylored Expressions October Sneak Peek Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of Taylored Expressions October Sneak Peeks. This is a really fun holiday release and all of the new products will be available for purchase on Thursday, October 4th at 8 am PST. You'll find it all in the Fresh out of the Oven Department at the Taylored Expressions Store.

I am really excited to share my project with you today! I created a fun advent calendar with the new Christmas Countdown Stamp Set,  a full size set of 34,  designed for advent calendar projects of all types.

I even staged some Christmas garland on my fireplace so that you could get the full picture of what I had in mind. At Christmas I will add little white lights to the mix!

If your fireplace doesn't work for this, the little bags look adorable strung across a window too.

I started with 24 Little Bitty Bags - Kraft Assortment and one of this month Project Pantry Kits, Homemade Holiday.

I chose five different inks to coordinate with the paper and stamped the numbers 1 - 24, and then I punched each number out with a circle punch. I went through my stash and collected Holiday embellishments and cut out lots of die images for this months release and previous holiday releases. Then the fun began!

Here I used the Trim the Tree Die Set and cut my tree from Taylored Felt in Grass Green, one of the dies in the Totally Tags Dies Set, and the snowflake is cut with the new Make a Snowflake, a set of six snowflakes.

The number four is layered on the Layering Doily Small Die. I used this die throughout the calendar. Notice that cute little stocking? This is from another new stamp set being released this month, Very Merry and the coordinating dies, Very Merry Outlines & Very Merry Scallops. My scalloped border on the "6" bag is cut with the Medium Scallop Border Die.

The cute, little mittens are also from the Very Merry Stamp Set. I used the new Poster Graphic Alpha Die Set to make JOY and HO HO. That cute tag that hangs on the 9 bag is cut with on of the dies in the Mini Tag Die Set and the sentiment is from a new stamp set, Many Minis - Holiday. This set will allow you to create mini tags for pretty much every holiday.

The candy cane is another image in the Very Merry stamp set. The sentiment if from Christmas Countdown stamp set.

Here I added jingle bells, more snowflakes, and buttons and twine.

Here I used more of the dies from the Very Merry Outlines & Very Merry Scallops Die Sets, the holly leaves, cut from felt, and the ornaments. The number 20 is adhered to a label cut with the new Label Stacklets 1 Die set.

Here are the last four, more button and rhinestones.

My clothes pins were purchased at Michaels. I sponged Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo on the pins. I strung Bakers Twine through the garland and used the clothes pins to hang the bags from the twine. I had a lot fun with this project!

Hope you can join us as a fan on Facebook for an early peek at the stamp sets, as well as a SPECIAL Facebook GIVEAWAY, on Wednesday night beginning at approximately 6 pm PST.

Thanks for stopping by. I will be back tomorrow with another sneak peek. For more inspiration stop by each of the Design Team's Blogs today!

Carolyn King - Guest Designer
Charmaine Ikach
Jen Shults
Jodi Collins
Karen Giron
Melody Rupple (That's me)
Regina Mangum
Sankari Wegman
Shannon White
Shelly Mercado
Stephanie Kraft
Taylor VanBruggen
Wanda Guess



  1. Melody, I love your idea! What a great way to use so many of the wonderful new dies and stamps and those gorgeous little goodie bags! Way to think outside of the "box"!!!

  2. OMGOSH!!! This is gorgeous, Melody, LOVE the mini pins too! You outdid yourself, absolutely beautiful!

  3. You are a crazy person! That is fantastic. I want to make one. Bring all your stuff to our next meeting and we'll do a class. LOL You are such a rock star.

  4. GASP!! so gorgeous...such a creative idea Melody...would love to have that hangin on my fireplace mantle..

  5. This is such an amazing project. I'm just in awe! And I love that you decorated your mantle just to photograph it! Just AMAZING!!!

  6. Melody this is such a gorgeous project! Love the photos you took and all the adorable details! So many fun new products this month!

  7. Wow you are one busy lady but it's all well worth it. How awesome all those bags are and with different designs. Love the look and will be beautiful with the lights added. I love the look.

  8. Awesome! The scallopped very merries are cute....I am really looking forward to the FB party tonight to see what all is coming out!

  9. Wow pretty awesome.


  10. Gorgeous!!!! What a fun idea! An advent calendar has been on my to do list for about 3 years!!! Awesome work:)

  11. Amazing project, Melody! Love how pretty the bags look strung on your garland! It will be magical when you add lights!

  12. I love everything about this - from the kraft bags & clothpins to all the details on each bag - what a fun project!

  13. Ohhh!! I LOVE this Melody!!! What a Clever creative way to display and advent calendar!! Might have to case this idea for next year, lol LOVE the idea of the garland around the fireplace mantel and the addition of the twinkly lights!! I So agree with Stephanie, it will look magical! Amazing project Lady! Love every Fabulous detail! 8-)


  14. I am blown away by this beautiful project! It looks likeit was tons of fun to create!

  15. Fantastic. looks amazing. hee! Decorated a bit early for the pic!? LOVE that! What a wonderful project! Bravo!

  16. This is so fu! I love how versatile this is with the little bags. I think #14 is my favourite with the tiny jingle bells!

  17. Oh my!! SO ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! I love every little bit of it! You decorated each of the bags so perfectly. This is such a fun and pretty advent calendar!