Christmas is just around the corner folks! And if you're thinking about making an advent calendar, it's a lot closer than you think!
I made this one for the fab folks at Alpha Stamps and it's kind of inspired by the whimsical, fancy Mad Hatter style of the company Mackenzie Childs.
The box is a good size at approx. 12x12 inches, so it makes a good statement on a mantle or tabletop. You could also wire it and hang it on a wall.
I love how the bright colors are a cheerful contrast to the black and white harlequin check on the walls. I fell in love with the Farmhouse Christmas Stripe Scrapbook paper because of the strip of stockings toward the bottom and decided to use that on the wall. I hand colored it with an array of Copic markers and added lots of glitter.
Looks like the family is coming in from a chilly ride on a one horse sleigh! There are lots of tasty treats and a bottle of bubbly waiting to warm them up!
I made the treats and the bottle from polymer clay with some really wonderful molds that I highly recommend. They are really good quality and you don't have to use a release spray to get your pieces out. I used Copics on these as well. Turns out alcohol inks are great on baked polymer clay! I used liquid pearls in Hydrangea to make the jelly center of the cake in the dome and lots of Stickles for snow on the gingerbread house.
I finished the back off with more stripey paper just to make it pretty from any angle.
And added some charming details like the sweet little tuxedo cat and all the presents. I used the wooden die-cut snowflakes for ornaments on the tree. I painted them with a light coating of glue and then sprinkled glitter on them. Love the sparkle!
I also used glass pearls for the drawer pulls, dotting the tops of each with a little stickles and then piping some around the base of the pearls to finish them off.
The cake plate was made using a bead cap, a piece of cardboard and some Dresden trim, primered then colored with Copics.
For a link to all the supplies I used, click HERE.
Advent Calendar Shadowbox
Farmhouse Christmas Stripe Scrapbook Paper
Black and Ivory Diamonds Scrapbook Paper
Black and Ivory Ribbon Stripe Scrapbook Paper
Mini Silicone Cake Mold Set
Mini Gingerbread House Mold
Victorian Table Kit-Black
Black and White Reclining Cat
Cream Pearl Assortment
Mini Christmas Packages
Wood Snowflake Cut-Out Set
Retro Bottle Brush tree Set (substitution suggestion)
Christmas Red Stickles
Lime green Stickles
Thin Fleur Dresden Border-Black
Clear Cake Dome on Gold Tray
Double Dot Vintage Wild Berry Scrapbook Paper
Double Dot Vintage Wasabi Green Scrapbook Paper
Thanks for stopping by!