Club Scrap Blog Hop

It’s Christmas Thyme!

Welcome to the last stop on the Club Scrap Christmas Thyme blog hop! If you’ve arrived here from Hetty’s blog,  you’re in the right spot. If you’d like to start at the beginning head over to Club Scrap and see what Karen has created for you, then grab your favorite beverage and enjoy the hop!

I tried not to be THAT person, the one with POPD (perfect ornament placement disorder), but I became her. (Shaking my head…)


On a positive note, I still have the ornaments my kids made in daycare-tiny handprint Santas, paper plate angels, thumbprint reindeer, wreath Christmas photos. My tree is a memory tree, no decorator tree for me. I can tell you everything about each ornament that I carefully pack and unpack each year. I save everything! I get that from my mom, she still has ornaments we made in the 70’s!  My mom started collecting her Dept. 56 Christmas Village when we were kids. By the time I was in high school, the village had spread to a nice sized city with a suburb! It is so much fun to look at when she has it all out. Mom and Dad started giving Chris and I pieces of the Dickens Village the first Christmas we were married.  Thanksgiving Day was my 26th wedding anniversary. Our little village has grown too over the years! It is usually the first thing I put together when I decorate for Christmas. Of course my kids always wanted to help (a few broken pieces here and there), but it wasn’t anything a little glue couldn’t fix!

The Club Scrap Christmas Thyme kit reminds me of my Dickens Village, I’m drawn to that vintage look! Remember these?!


My grandparents always had these little paper advent calendars on the coffee table during Christmas. We loved looking at these and opening all the little hidden compartments! When I saw the Christmas Thyme digital kit house image, I knew what I wanted to make…


Using Photoshop Elements(PSE) I enlarged the house and the Christmas tree images to fit on 12×12 paper and sent it off to be printed at Persnickety Prints.



Then I chose some Christmas images to resize and strategically place inside each window pane. I printed these on card stock.


Using a craft knife I cut the window panes to open to reveal the images I would adhere behind them.



And a little surprise for day 25…Christmas Day!

Christmas gnome from the Gnome for the Holidays Digital kit. Also available in the I’ll Be Gnome for Christmas UM/Stencil set

From our “gnome” to yours, it’s Christmas Thyme!




30 thoughts on “It’s Christmas Thyme!

  1. What a clever idea! I admire creative people who just “know” what they’ll do with something when they see it. You really did a fabulous job. (And I love the door-greeter gnome!)

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  2. This is so creative Wendi! Love the advent calendar idea! Sadly my Mom saves nothing and so all the houses she had in her village went to the thrift store with her letting us know. I still have the train ornaments we bought for my Dad – I was able to save those after he passed away. They have moving trains on each ornament. That’s what I set up each year on my mantel. Have a great day and Happy Anniversary!

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    1. Thank you Donna! Awwwww, my grandfather gave his 1950’s cabinet radio away in a garage sale. My dad was devastated! So glad you were able to rescue some memories, sounds like they are family treasures.


  3. Wow, Wendy! I LOVE it! It required quite a bit of foresight and planning to get your enlarged print completed for the project, but it was worth the effort. What a fabulous piece. –Tricia, proud recipient of her mom’s entire Dpt. 56 village.

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  4. Very cool idea and so special to see an advent calendar like this again. Reminds me of my childhood. We used to stick these on windows so that when the doors were opened the image would shine! Thank you for this Wendy.

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  5. Wendy, that is some super idea to make the house into an advent calendar. Love the peek behind the windos and a super idea for the digital kit.
    Wonderfully constructed!!

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