Monday, November 21, 2011

An Advent Calendar!

Girls, beware of several pictures here!  This took me about two days to complete.

I made this advent calendar for the new Wild Orchid Crafts Challenge.   Our theme this time around is "Child's Christmas".  This can be a card, a project, anything for a child.  With this in mind, I went with a girlie color scheme for my advent.  


I got the instructions from a very talented lady name QBee (Brenda).  She has a wonderful video on how to construct this little advent and I had a total blast making it and loading it up with my Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and lace!!!! I changed up the top part, because I wanted it to look like a house, but the rest I got from her.  Please stop by her blog and see her darling version in green and red!!!!!

 I used tiny bells all laced on through holes that I punched and tied into each individual box.  My flowers were painted with white acrylic paint and I added pearls along the bottom with my Pearl Maker Pen. Oh, and I used thicker cardboard for the base and covered it with cardstock so that it would stand well.

You can see the German Glitter glass that I used on the edge of the roof along with more tiny pearls below the flowers.  Also the lace is Guipure lace and those cute little bell is from WOC.  The DP is from Melissa Frances.

This is how it opens.  On the video Brenda uses a SU punch, which I didn't have, so I found the exact same cut out on my Storybook cartridge for my Cricut and put 25 on my machine and pushed "cut"!!!! Too easy.  The boxes measure about 1"x1" when folded.  I also cut the numbers out of my Storybook cartridge.

I would love to see you make one of these cute boxes and let me know so I can come see it. It really was fun to make, just give yourself plenty of time to work on it.

Supplies I used:


You are going to flip out when you see all the creations from the Design Team!  They all went over the top with gorgeous creations, so please join in on our challenge.  The prize is always wonderful too!

Thanks sooooo very much for visiting me!!!

Hugs, Dena

39 comments:

Corine van der Zee said...

Dena this is gorgeoussss!!! Beautiful papers and love those tiny bells and lovely details.

Hugs Corine

Debbie Pamment said...

OH MY WORD!!!!! What to say!!!!! WOW WOW WOW!!!! Serves me right for taking so long to come and visit and work myself up to this AMAZING project - yup gotta say it again - WOW OH WOW Divine Miss Dena has done it again!
xXx

Sharon said...

Oh WOW Dena, this is absolutely stunning! You're going to receive a lot of compliments with this one. hugs Sharon

Renkata said...

well dena, this is the most sweet and pretty calendar ever.

Shannin said...

Dena this is GORGEOUS! You are so very talented. Hope you have a beautiful day.

Hugs
Shannin

Autumn Mist said...

Well worth the effort, Dena, this is absolutely beautiful.

Janiel/ janny said...

WONDERFUL!!! Very beautiful Dena..
Happy week to you...Janiel

Cathy Lee said...

This is so adorable, Dena. I love all the detail. What a great way to make a child happy. :)
Hugz,
Cathy Lee

Anita said...

This is so gorgeous. What little girl (or big girl for that matter) wouldn't love having this? Just amazing!

Riet said...

This is so beautiful Dena.

Hugs Riet.xx

June Nelson said...

Dena this is beautiful and so detaild, love the subtle colours its gorgeous xxxx

Molecraft said...

Wow, absolutely stunning!
Helen x

Niki Estes said...

Dena, this is just beautiful! I love advent calendars. I should really try to make one some time. Have a great week!

Frea said...

Hi Dena, what a gorgeous project! I love that girlie colour and the entire thing looks just stunning. Hugs, Frea

Lorraine said...

Wow, this is so gorgeous! Stunning!

yvon said...

Wow Dena, that is just fantastic. It looks so beautiful, what a work.
Hugs, Yvon

Mina said...

oh my Dena this is an amazingly stunning piece of work...wow...I love it to pieces and any child would too...a family heirloom
Mina xxx

Vicky said...

OH MY WORD..........this is incredibly beautiful....WOW....I will have to have a pop over to look at the tute 1 of these would be fab for my daughter. This is just soooooo pretty!!!!!!!!!!


Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Qbee (aka Brenda) said...

Dena, I love what you have done with your Advent Calendar. Very Victorian!! It's always fun to see what some else does with my tutorials. Beautiful!!

Vicky McClean said...

O.M.G!!!!! I know i say i love all your creations Dena and this one is my favourite so far etc etc etc, well excuuuusssseeee me but where you are concerned im very fickle and i dont care cause you go one better every flippin time LMAO!!!! This is the most beautiful creation to do with Christmas i think ive ever seen someone make, no wonder it took you two days, all that work hunni???!!! Oh im in love i will have to now try this for myself but an adult one!!! thats if i can get my craft room moved before Christmas as i havent been able to craft for weeks as its in the process of getting moved to another room, and it looks like (oh the blasphemy of it) i will have to BUY some christmas cards, i know......sorry for swearing, lol..........love it sweetie, to coin an American phrase im hearing a lot lately over here, its so stinkin super cute!!!! love ya hugs and blessing hun, Vick xxxxxx

Vicky McClean said...

Oh and Brenda (QBee) you are an inspiration to us all, thanks hunni xxxxx

Elise said...

GASP AND FAINT!!!! OMG Dennnnna!!!! I am like, like, like .. speechless is what I am! lol! Does that ever happen to me?! lol! Okay, but seriously, you need to move next door to me! hahahah! This is UNBELIEVABLE! I can't stop staring at this and sigh .. the softness of it, the daintiness of this, the pure BEAUTY of this leaves me sure to be dreaming of this tonight!

You have totally inspired me!!! Now I am thinking of making a boy version of this for my little one! :) He would LOVE all little treats behind each door! Okay but this looks like it would take me a year to do .. maybe I'll have it ready for him NEXT Christmas! hahaha!!!!

You SO rock!!!

Big Hugs to You!
Elise

Kirsty-Anne (Kitty) said...

Hi Wowzer how incredible is this !!so so pretty ! I having been looking up advent calender tutorials and could not find one this looks super what a clever lady ! I adore your design really is so beautiful ! Kitty ;0)

debby4000 said...

Absolutely stunning Dena.
luv
Debby

Maria Therese said...

Gooooooooregeous ♥♥

Trisha said...

Gorgeous advent calendar creation. Worth every minute of the two days to create. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

Tracey's KRAFTS said...

Absolutely gorgeous advent calendar! I would love to have a go at making one just wish I had the Storybook cartridge to aid me lol otherwise I think it would take me a lot longer to make lol!

Hugs
Tracey xx

EmbossingQueen said...

Dena this advent calendar is absolutely gorgeous. The colours you have used are divine. The design paper is so pretty. Thankyou for sharing such a beautiful project with your readers.

debbies said...

Dena what a wonderful Advent calendar project. I might attempt this myself over the weekend.

Kristel said...

Wowwwww this is sooo stunning Dena! What a great work and love the details!!
Hugs Kristel

Christina C. said...

OMG, this phenomenal project has rendered me SPEECHLESS!!!!!!!! Advent calendars were always a huge tradition when I was growing up in Germany and I always wanted to make one......that will have to wait until I'm retired..hahahah!!!!
This is one of the prettiest calendars I have ever seen.....I will have to check out that video.
Thanks for sharing this work of art!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Elaine said...

Sheesh!! This is awesome Dena! I can imagine how long it took you to make but it was worth every minute.

I think there's only one tiny thing I don't like...that it's not MINE!!

Hugs Elaine xxx

Kerryn said...

wow oh wow oh wow. Just beautiful!!

coldwaters2 said...

OMG Dena this is excellent what an absolute beautiful creation, wow, this must have taken ages to complete but it looks fantastic, awesome work.
Hugs
Lorraine x

sleepy dragon said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!

xoxoxox Carly

Kim said...

Dena this is awesome! I am so blown away by your creations! Fabulous work hun! And LOVE that this is pink :)
Hugs~ Kim

Tammi said...

Wow, can't imagine the time you took to make this...AMAZING and gorgeous creation!

Juls said...

this is just utterly gorgeous!! well worth all the time and effort! Hugs Juls

Angela said...

Dena, I don't know how I missed this sweet Advent calendar project. I LOVE it! It's sooo pretty, I wish I had time to make one for my kids. Thanks for the inspiration! hugs, Angela

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