Saturday, December 20, 2014

Merry Christmas - Advent Calendar

Today I would like to share with you an Advent Calendar that I created this past fall.

Here it is on display in our living room!

This was a very time consuming project but I loved every moment (well maybe not the sanding part) that I put into it. This Kaisercraft Advent Calendar came as a kit....a flat kit. Every piece needed to be broken apart and assembled. First the pressed wood pieces were taken apart, assembled & glued (this is where the sanding was involved).
Then the little card board by one. One Sunday morning I set out to do this when our Grandsons were over for a "sleepover". As I assembled the boxes, Mason was happy to glue things together beside me. A couple of weeks later when they were over for another "sleepover", again on the Sunday morning, I started covering the little boxes completely as I didn't like just the front covered. Again Mason was happy to craft beside me asking is every little scrap that I cut off,- can I have that piece? And he glued and glued his creation together. It's too bad I didn't take pictures of his creations!

I used many scrap pieces of paper from many different collections....MME, Teresa Collins, Bo Bunny to name a few.

After all the boxes were assembled and placed in the calendar, so that no two papers were touching, I covered the outside, the back and the inner shadow box portion!

I then decorated each little box with embellies and numbers. I chose to have the numbers consecutively in a clockwise fashion.

Here is a list of embellies - Dear Lizzy dimensional stickers, Me & My Big Ideas stickers, K & Company Pillow Stickers, Forever In Time stickers, Veneer trees by Studio Calico. The numbers are Heidi Swapp, Thickers and Making Memories.

I then added a photo of our Grandsons from a few years ago to the shadow box. I plan to change up the photo as the years pass.....maybe there will be more grandbabies in the future to add to the Advent Calendar!

I filled the boxes with some yummy chocolate goodies!

I am submitting this to the following challenges....

Beyond Grey Challenges #64 and the challenge is  Make a project using COLOURS of Christmas(green, red, white, black) OR a Christmas/New year wish related SENTIMENT.
·         You MUST use SPARKLES/GLITTERS onto your projects that should be very clearly visible.
(Several of the doors sparkle, ie 6,7,12, 21, 22)
Shopping Our Stash Red Alert.
Catherine & Cathy Create #052 - Home for the Holidays - A home decor challenge.
Use Your Stuff Challenge #166 - Anything Goes
Off the Rails Scrapbooking mood board - I was inspired by the colours and the overall Christmas theme of the mood board.

and last but not least....

From our family to yours.....Merry Christmas!


  1. Wow Sandy, this project ROCKS! It is so beautiful. Thanks for joining us at LCOM.

  2. You are amazing!!!! It is beautiful, what a great job!!!!

  3. This is a fantastic project, and it should bring joy to your family for years to come! Thanks for joining our Red Alert challenge at Shopping Our Stash!

  4. What a gorgeous calendar and such a sweet photo. Thanks so much for entering it in the Off The Rails Scrapbooking challenge this month.

  5. What a fabulous project - & I LOVE that your grandson 'crafted' along side of you - & YES! You'll have to take photos of his next time!!! What a great way of using up that stash of Chrissy papers, too....thanks so much for joining us at Off The this project!!!

  6. What a great advent calendar! I've always wanted to do one of these! Very well done!
    Thanks for playing in our challenge at Use Your Stuff and don't forget about our DT call!
    Tammy DT 

  7. What an amazing advent page and photo. Thanks for playing!

  8. fabulous project! Advent calendars have always been beyond me and you did it really beautifully here. thanks for joining us at OTRS.

  9. Beautiful project! I love the details! Thanks for joining us at OTRS! 

  10. Wow - this is sensational! It must have taken many hours of hard, but fun, work! Thanks for joining in at OTR.

  11. wow thats gorgeous !!!
    Well done !!
    Thanks for playing with us at BGC !

  12. Stunning project. Thank you for playing along at BGC!