Monday, September 19, 2011

I hope Santa's not lactose intolerant...

I'm SO getting in the mood for Christmas!
Here's a free digi I drew last night to help you get in the
 holiday spirit.

Annual Family Photo

Now on to the post....

Linda, at The Funkie Junkie,
 is running the perfect challenge for me.
She's having the 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge.
  Every week she'll post a tag and you can pull anything from it for inspiration. 
I am thrilled because I haven't started Christmas cards yet and this is the perfect motivation to get me started.
Plus, you have until December to to enter all the challenges, even if she's already posted them.

Here is Linda's tag for 
Week One Challenge

Here is what I've chosen to make for this challenge.
I was really drawn to the vintage advertisement paper in Linda's tag and so I went with 

  Letters To Santa
Milk carton template comes from 
for FREE!
I love the time of year when little ones write out their wish lists to Santa and send them off in the mail.  That's why the carton starts out with little addressed envelopes.
This side represents the small children who send letters to Santa

Here I put on some Spellbinder's snowflakes and a bottle top. 
I know this is a milk carton, but the inside joke in our house is that one Christmas Eve I told the kids that maybe Santa is tired of milk.  Maybe he'd rather like a Pepsi instead. 
So, cool....he got it too!
So I included a bottle top with a gel sticker of Santa.

This side represents the night that the children await to find out what Santa picked on their lists and one last shot of bribery via the temptations of beverage and snack.
This side represents what happens after the kids set out milk and cookies.
The family gathers together and reads the story 
'Twas The Night Before Christmas.

Thank you Chrissy for the tutorial on how to make this little book!

I've decided that instead of a chocolate calendar,
I'll make a milk carton for every 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge.
They will each have a number on the bottom 1-12.
Starting the 12th day before Christmas, 
my kids will open up number 1 and find a surprise inside for both of them.  
Could be money, could be candy, could be a treasure map to a gift hidden in the house...
the possibilities are endless and oh so fun!

Thank you Linda for a wonderful challenge and
Thank you friends for stopping by and visiting.
Happy stamping and crafting,
Lisa xx
One last thing...
Please scroll down to see
Make It Monday Challenge Post
if you missed it yesterday.
Thank you!
Challenges I would like to enter this into:
The Funkie Junkie - 12 Tags of Christmas (week one)
Gingerloft Challenge - Vintage or Distressed ( Paper homemade milk carton with vintage look)
Quirky Crafts - Anything But a Card
Scrappy Frogs - Vintage
The Squirrel and the Fox  (NEW!) - Anything Goes


Mitralee said...

I love this idea! Totally cool! It's making me think!!!

And your cartoon made me LAUGH!

Mitralee said...

I think the next cartoon in the series, Momma Snowman is having a martini on the rocks. Or maybe a nice glass of ice wine.

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

Loved the tag and carton and the image make me laugh and start a wonderful Monday. Thank you so much!

Lisa Minckler said...

Thank you BOTH so very much. Glad my warped humor brought you a Monday giggle.
I do believe this SHOULD be a series!
Lisa xx

Caro said...

So love your carton and the idea behind it...what an unusual and personal advent calendar...lucky kids! Thanks so much for joining in with Quirky Craft's Anything but a card challenge this week.

Chrissy said...

I just love your milk carton, what a fabulous project Lisa, and so beautifully decorated, so glad you could make your little book...easy huh!!Love your cartoon cute...arrgghh he has the head in his me up.


Spyder said...

Fabulous! Love all your bling! Thank you for joining Quirky Crafts this time, don't forget to come back and vote for your favourites this Friday/Saturday

Scrumplescrunch said...

I am so pleased you are joining in with the Tags with Linda Lisa, you have made a milk carton look positively awesome, and you are going to bring some serious competition into this Challenge, this is going to be so much fun, I cannot wait to see the next inspiration!!!!!

Tracey said...

You are just too clever! This is such a wonderful creation. Thank you for joining us at The Squirrel & The Fox and for becoming our newest DT member!! Looking forward to working with you.

Margaret said...

I know I say this all of the time, but you have really outdone yourself again! The milk carton is incredible!! and I am SO snagging that family of snow people! Can you adopt me so I can get 12 milk cartons too??

Margaret said...

I know I say this all of the time, but you have really outdone yourself again! The milk carton is incredible!! and I am SO snagging that family of snow people! Can you adopt me so I can get 12 milk cartons too??

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Holy moly, this is absolutely fabulous, Lisa! I just love all the vintage inspired elements you have created and especially how everything has a meaning behind it. And what a wonderful idea to use the milk cartons as a family activity during the holiday season. I'm so excited that you have joined my challenge and can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for future entries! Thanks so much for joining in the challenge - and for raising the bar!

Jan Hennings said...


Lynn B. said...

OMGosh, Lisa! Your "Family Photo" is so great! I'm gonna use it for sure! Thanks so much! Love your cards too, naturally. You must be SO busy! I hope you and yours are well and flourishing.
Lynn Brookside

thinker said...

that is one awesome milk carton! I love how you personalized it with your family memories! Thanks for joining us at Gingerloft Challenge

Unknown said...

What a neat "Countdown to Christmas" idea and it has me thinking as do most of your posts. You know how to spark creativity in others. Beautiful blog too BTW!
Lisa :-)

Jen said...

What a great idea to use a milk carton!!
Beautifully done. Such amazing details!