Hello SCT readers! Today I wanted to share with you my updated advent calendar, made especially easy thanks to Doodlebug Designs fun Christmas line.


The squares were all cut from ONE sheet of paper! So it started out looking like this, which is already pretty cute.


Then I just started adding some embellishments with dimensional adhesive over the existing designs. I painted the snowy areas and hat trims with glue to attach sparkly glitter.  And then I finished off the designs with enamel dots, brads and sticker sentiments.


Behind each decorated square is a photo from the past year. Each day we remove the square, revealing the photo and remembering the event. At the end of the month we have a year full of memories hanging on the wall (the frame and photos stay up year round).


This photo advent calendar is something that my family loves. If you have an advent tradition I hope you’ll share! Thank you for joining our "12 days of holiday giving!"

~ Marla Kress

"12 Days of Holiday Giving" Giveaway – DAY THREE

Are you ready for our Day Three giveaways? Please start singing that favourite song…"on the Third Day of SCT's 12 days of holiday giving, our friends at Doodlebug and Stampin' Up! (and a surprise below!) gave to me…"


"It's the most wonderful time of the year! A season for family and giving! Doodlebug would like to offer one very lucky winner an assortment of festive goodies from our "Here comes Santa" collection! Thanks to all of you for your support & Have a very Merry Christmas!" ~ all your friends at Doodlebug Design

And from our sweet friends at Stampin' Up!…

Stampin' Up! Hello December Beauty

"Hello SCT friends! We would love to offer the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Hello December card collection and accessory pack! Project Life is a simple, affordable system for organizing your photos into albums. All you need to get started are a few basic products. Just slip your photos into photo pocket pages and add cards with our exclusive artwork to easily document the important events in your life. Happy Holidays!"

And remember we mentioned a surprise, we have a new company joining us today with a great prize! Introducing our friends at Pinpaper Press!


"Over 1.8 billion images are uploaded to the web and social platforms every day, that’s over 650 billion images a year. Here’s your chance to let them out to play! Pinpaper Press is a brand new web platform that lets you turn your social media images into unique custom wrapping paper. So go ahead, unleash your inner social creative and have fun making something unique from all those great images you’ve collected. No two gifts will ever look the same again. 

Be a #GivingLegend! Turn your Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram images into unique custom wrapping paper. Today's winner will receive 3 designs [ 9 sheets of custom wrapping paper ] + free shipping! We also want to offer all SCT readers 12% off all orders through Dec. 16th. Happy Giving!"

What a day! Doodlebug DesignStampin' Up! and Pinpaper Press, oh my! For an opportunity to win today's prizes, be sure to leave a comment below by midnight EST, December 23rd. On December 24th one winner from each day will be randomly selected and announced right here! 

Doodlebug Design

Stampin' Up!

Pinpaper Press

Please take a few moments to head on over to the Facebook pages of today's sponsors to give them a HUGE thank you for their generous prizes. We've already heard how much they are loving hearing from you! Let's spread some kindness and joy 🙂

See you tomorrow for Day Four! So good!