Saturday, 1 December 2018

Rustic "Advent"ure....

(always using patterned papers)

couldn't really be anything else but Christmassy :D

 I have grown up boys so wanted an Advent calendar
that was more suitable than "Spongebob" or "Unicorns".
I found this mdf  25 draw set in "The Works".
£15 might seem a bit pricey, but it is going to last many years.
 I used matt emulsion tester pots for neutral/earthy colours...
 painting all the draws and main frame. I also used a paler
shade to edge everything(though it doesn't show up well on here)
I chose a "log pile" patterned paper from DoCrafts/Papermania's
Festive Flora and Fauna collection to face the draws.
 Adding discs of subtle coloured pattern papers  where the 
numbers would go.
 I originally stamped the numbers onto each disc...
but they seemed a bit "flat"...
 even with distressing and inking...
 Then I found these fabulous lazer cut wooden numbers...
 and they really added to the "woodpile" feel :D
Each disc also got a coating of Martha Stewart glitter paint
to give a frosted feel.
And then of course...
Choccies!!!! Because they are never too
grown up for chocolate :D
*I will be posting about the paper covered Deer soon*

Enjoy :D and have a wonderful Holiday Season XXX

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  1. Oh wow what a magnificent advent calendar Gina, your older lads will love having a chocolate each day and what a brilliant piece of festive decor you created. I’m thinking this will become a family heirloom for the future. Brilliant xxx

  2. Wow, what a stunning advent calender! It's so beautiful and festive - I love it 😁. Thanks so much for joining us at Try it on Tuesday! J 😊 x

  3. Beautiful designed advent calendar !
    Thanks for joining Try It On Tuesday !
    oxo Susi

  4. Thank you for sharing your fantastic project with us at Try it on Tuesdays.

  5. Gina, this is so special! You are so creative and talented! Big Hugs!

  6. This will be a treasure each and every year. Super creation.
    Thank you for sharing over at Try it on Tuesday!
    Tracey x

  7. Wow, a great piece.

    Thank you for joining us at TRY IT ON TUESDAY

  8. This is such a great advent calendar! I haven't seen one like this before! Do have fun with it. Thanks for joining us and good luck with your entry!
    Hugs, Joy

  9. What a fabulous idea! Very clever.

    Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Made by Helen{My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  10. Wonderful Design has your calendar. We are never to old for chocolate, isn'it? :)
    Dear Greetings