Monday, November 30, 2009

Twas the night before Christmas.....

Good Morning!! Can you believe it is the last day of November??? Since it is the last day of November I thought it would be a good idea to make an advent calendar. This will be the first year that the girls will "get" something and I think it will add some excitement to there day! When I was little we had one where we would have to hang an ornament on the advent tree. (There were 7 of us so some of us only got to do it 3 times and we felt a little ripped off!! haha)
Plus hopefully I won't have to tell them how many more days until Christmas anymore!LOLI know in true advent style the numbers are supposed to be out of order but I just wanted to make it easier for my youngest who is counting everything!!!
I decided that 'Twas the night before Christmas.. was the perfect stamp for this as at the end that is exactly what will happen!
First I painted the calendar (which is pressed wood ~ Kaiser Crafts) and then lined it with paper. Each of the boxes is lined with paper as well. The numbers are painted with crackle paint and then I went over the edges with distress ink.
The image was colored in with Distress inks and twinkling h2o's. I also added stickles to Santa's white areas.
Now to figure out if I should put three of everything in the boxes or take turns! My hubby is a softy and thinks I should be fair and put three things in all of them but I thought they would feel more special if they had there own days! But I better figure it out before tomorrow!! haha

Don't forget to visit the Belles and Whistles blog daily as we have created something for everyday of advent and Summer has some fabulous Advent surprises going as well!! You definitely will not want to miss it!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!!!


debby4000 said...

Oh this is fabulous, what a wonderful keepsake.

Di said...

Oh my!!!! this is awesome it must have taken forever, your kids will love this every year! just FAB!!!

Hugs Di xxxx

Ann-Marie said...

Oh how fab is this, simply beautiful. I must be a softy as well as I put 2 things in each day for my two little ones and they just take it in turns to open the doors!! Have a great day, take care Ann-Marie xxx

Frances said...

O Wow, that is just beautiful Kathy - the girls will love it I know I do :). I'm with you on the 1 treat and take it in turns! Hope you had a lovely thanksgiving. Fran x

Dena said...

Kathy, this is such a fabulous project! I never did an advent calendar, not even sure how it works,but it is adorable. So much detail, your kids will have fun with it I'm sure!
Hugs, Dena

Debbie said...

This is absolutley gorgeous Kathy and a lovely keepsake for your girls,hugs Debbie x

Trudy said...

Ohhh , what a sweet and wonderful!!!
Beautiful colours and cute image.
Hugs Trudy

Terry Oulboub said...

Kathy, you really are talented. Your blog is filled with some really outstanding crafts beautifully laid out; it's just wonderful visiting you. I just love the advent calendar - it is absolutely cool! What a decision to make - one or three in each drawer... :p Your girls will have fun for sure! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such warmth - you are so very kind! :D

Nikki said...

Gorgeous Gorgeous creation Kathy, I love it!

Danielle said...

WOW! Kathy, this is fantastic advent calendar project! It is so beautifully made and put together - your girls will be super excited to be opening their draws each day!!
Hugs, Danielle

Jodi said...

Kathy this is just fabulous! I love what you did to decorate this advent calendar!!
LOVE it!
Jodi =)

Giò said...

WOW!!!! This is sooo beautiful!!
I really like the distress colouring!


Lilian said...

Had to come her and comment again on how beautiful your calendar is! Love the center!!! Have wonderful day!

scrappyjan said...

OH Kathy this is just precious... I love the idea and the little boxes are so cute going around the beautiful image..
LOVE it girlie friend..
hugs to you, Janiel

Kim Y. said...

Wow, Kathy! I totally love this! LOVE LOVE your coloring! I wish I could color like you do!

Scrapmumur said...

WOW....Fantastic creation, Kathy!!!!
I love!
Hugs, Mumur

Elisabeth said...

WOW !!!!
I have Elisabeth Bell on my Facebook and she posted this wonderful item on her page yesterday,- I did not conect the name on the item with you (a blond moment there *lol*). And it's yours and its stunning L-O-V-E love it !

sandra_w said...

Woww! Such a fabulous advent calendar!! Your kids will love this!


Deb said...

that is an amazing calendar Kathy, totally love it, I bet the girls love it, it is so special and all hte more so when Mom made it! hugs Debx

Irina said...

WOW!! Oh WOW!!! This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Looks like a lot of work, but it is sure turned out just AWESOME!!! Your girls are sure going to have fun with it!!
:) Irina

Kim Piggott said...

Oh wow Kathy this is totally amazing!
So much wonderful detail and your design is fantastic!
So brilliant!
kim x

having a {me} day said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! Kathy!! This is amazing!! It must have taken you FOREVER!! So much work has gone into this! I bet your children love it. I'd love to know what you put in the boxes, it looks really exciting. Can I open one? LOL. keeleyxx