Sunday, December 01, 2013

Card Advent Village..

I saw this  advent calendar design made by Gail Milburn in the December issue of Craft Stamper and decided to make a version of my own. Just for a  change I also decided to keep it for myself instead of giving away!
In the magazine  it is shown on a hearth but my fireplace  is just a tad too short  so I have put it in the bay window where it fits perfectly. (unfortunately it would not fit inside my new light box but I  did place the left over  piece of foam core behind each section as I took the photos and it worked a treat to)

I don't have the Sizziz  Artful Dwellings or the TH Numeric so cut out my own house shape designs from thick card and printed my numbers off in word using different  fonts and coloured card.
The papers used are all from the bumper pack of 72 sheets for  £1 that Di and I bought at the NEC.
The clothes peg has been coloured with a Graph'it pen and then covered in home made Washi tape (left over from  one of last Christmas makes).
The hand sign is a freebie from here. You just move the peg along each day.

I raided my Christmas stash of oddments for all the embellishments. Poinsettia is a Poppy stamp die no 861.

Wooden sentiments by Dovercraft another £1 buy from NEC.

Other wooden ornaments are by Hely  Cupleditch

Backs of the houses are all covered with the same papers as the front.
All joined together with red ribbon sandwiched between the cardboard and papers.
Entering into the following challenges:
Hiding In My Craft Room #126: Free Style.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop # 101: Use up your snippets.
Diva's By Design: Use some red.
Crafting By Designs: Christmas or winter.
Crimbo Crackers #55: Anything but a card.
Just For Fun: Merry Christmas.
Imagination Crafts #6: Merry Christmas.
Feeling Crafty Challenge #23: Christmas.
A little Bit Crafty #8: Christmas cheer.
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra #11: anything goes Christmassy.
Also I have inadvertently met the criteria for 8 of the 11 items challenge by Frosted Designs.
using the following:
Tags  =  on  house No1.
Paper layering = Poinsettias on houses  No's 10 and 15.
Washi Tape =   covering on Peg.
Flags/banners =   houses No's 9 and  16.
Circles =  house No 3 (number is in a circle and dp has circles on it).
Stars =  houses No's 5,11 and 14.
Flowers =  houses No's 2,7,18 and  23 + poinsettias.
buttons = house no 2. (has a button above the hanging mittens.)
I missed out on the arrows, patchwork, stitching.
So am also entering:
Frosted Designs: 11 item challenge. (Use at least one of the listed items.)



Wendy said...

Fabulous creation, really gorgeous..Thanks for playing along with us at A Little Bit Crafty and Divas by Design.
Wendy xx

Zue said...


Zue said...

I can't see the clothes peg!


Zue said...

I also meant to say how clever you are and that I did notice all the houses are beautiful and each one different. So much work, but worth it.
Every home should have one.
The idea would lend itself to a calendar for the year. I might make one:)

Createology said...

This is a wonderful advent calendar and I have not seen anything like it. Your houses are beautiful all in a row. Thank you ever so much for sharing. Creative Joy Dear...

Merry said...

That is so cool….I bet you had a wonderful time decorating. Great work.

scrappymo! said...

Awwww...this is such a great idea.
Great that you had the bay window to place it.
I always wish I had a long narrow table at Christmas many extra things need a spot to be displayed!

Di said...

Oh wow Mrs A, this is fabulous! What a clever idea and a brilliant way to use those snippets too!

Hope you're hangin' on in there chick!

Hugs, Di xx

Karen Petitt said...

Stunnin piece of art work. Lovely creation, fabulous use of snippets too, nice that you are keeping it for yourself xx

Brenda in IN said...

This is a work of art. Love all the houses and the work you put into it amazes me. Each house is different and the decorations are so very great. The wooden pieces are so cute.

Kathleen said...

Another fabulous creation, you do have loads of patience and some damn good ideas.

Kath x

Hettie said...

This is wonderful Mrs A. I am sure my Girls would love that in their house. Can you do em a coop one?
Where do you keep the chocolates? I remember the thrill of just seeing a picture behind each door and using the same Advent Calender for years! None of this chocolate stuff!
Those were the days!

Hazel said...

This has just blown me away, Mrs A! Awesome crafting - thanks for sharing for CHNC challenge extra for December - look forward to seeing more of your lovely festive crafting soon. x

Sandra H said...

Wow Mrs A is there no end to your talent .....this is stunning this would fit nicely in my granddaughters house it truly is wonderful xx

having a {me} day said...

This is fabulous! So much detail! Must have taken you ages. Love how you can move the peg along each day. I've not seen the one in the magazine, but I don't need too, I love yours! keeleyxx

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Unknown said...

I love your advent calendar card!! What fun!! Thank you for sharing it with us at Frosted Designs!!!

Peanut said...

WOW! What a project! It's fabulous.
Asha - Sunny Summer Crafts

Aunty Sue said...

Lovely Card Thanks For Sharing At Divas By Design

maureenjscott said...

Stunning!!! This must have taken an awful lot of work! What a labour of love! This has turned out fabulous and I can only imagine that it rivals the one you saw in the magazine! Fantastic!! thanks for sharing at Crafting by Designs this week! Mo x

Claire said...

A beautiful piece of work, and you must have used loads of snippets for it and lots and lots of patience. Brilliant. Thanks for the nice comment on my blog.

Anonymous said...

I keep on wanting to make something for Advent but never get round to it until it's too late! I love all your little houses, so much detail on each one they're brilliant. Thought you might be resting in bed after your mammoth commenting stint on Hazel's Extra Challenge!


Mirella said...

Wow, these are stunning! Such a lovely idea. Thank you for sharing and joining us at Divas by Design this week. Hugs, Mirella

scrappymo! said...

Me again...just popped by to say hope your back and legs are feeling better!
Maureen aka Scrappymo

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Wow Mrs A. you really are a busy little girl, well done!!
..thanks for popping over, Shaz in oz.x

Sarn said...

I can only say a big fat WOW! This is amazing Mrs A. GOOD JOB!

Sarn x

Joni Parker said...

This is such a beautiful project!! Thanks for sharing it with us at Frosted Designs!!

Faye Wynn-Jones said...

What a brilliant project. I'm glad you are keeping it! X

Grenouille Greetings said...

This is FAB, Mrs. A! It is clear that lots of work went into it's creation. Oooooh and the papers...I love a bargain. Good for you for keeping it yourself. Hugs, Lesley

Elizabeth said...

Hi Mrs A, I think i like your version even better than the original - lovely colours and a perfect way to use up snippets too. Elizabeth xx

Laurie HIMCR said...

What a wonderful set! Gorgeous! Thanks for joining us this week at HIMCR!

Hiding in My Craft Room

Greta said...

You are so creative--love this calendar!

MagsB said...

Fabulous work, hun! Absolutely gorgeous!

love Mags B x

Jenscrapstoo said...

Such a great Project, Fantastic idea!! Thanks for joining us at Hiding in my Craft Room
Cheers Jennie DTM

Marie Richardson said...

WOW this is beautiful so much work but very worth it
Thanks for joining us this month over at Just For Fun challenge blog.
Good Luck with the challenge
Marie (DT for JFF)

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Really Fabulous, I love the fun advent idea, Thank you for joining in with Imagination Crafts Challenge Blog & Happy Christmas
Lindsay xx