Thursday, 17 September 2015

Advent Calendar - Neil Walker


Well it's official, it's coming, getting closer
and nothing we can do about it!!
Yes that horrible word that begins with C.....


This year has just flown by and Christmas will 
be upon us really soon. 

So this week we have decided to put in a 
little Christmas post to get you thinking.....

Advent Calendars

 The DT have been asked to have a play
so let's see what they came up with....
also we have Karen Gist with us on 
Saturday with her amazing Advent Calendar
so you will have to wait for that one!!

Ok, we are going to start with Neil.
You are going to love this....

Neil says 

I decided to make myself a crafter's countdown 
advent for this year.

Cut 22 pieces of water colour card 14 x 10 cm 
and 2 pieces 14 x 12 cm.

Take one of the larger pieces and attach one
 of the smaller pieces to this with Tim Holtz
 Tissue tape (or similar thin paper tape) Tape both sides.

Repeat this till you have a total of twelve
 pieces attached.

As you can see, you have created an accordion
 folded strip.

Repeat this with the remaining card so you end up
 with two.

 Add a couple of strips of tissue tape to the
 top of the top larger card. Punch holes and
 reinforce with rings if desired. Take 4 x 25mm 
book rings and 2 small clips and set to one side.

 I've used an old rusty hanger to attach my folded
 cards too. 
The clips are to keep the sections closed . 
Like this.

Take your card and have fun stamping your 
Festive fronts. 

Stamp your small Christmas sign onto the card
 (left side) and also on scrap paper to mask off 
before stamping the background.

Add colour with Distress Inks masking off the sign

Add colour to the top sections of tape too.

Add detail colour using Distress Markers.

Stamp and cut out the balloon and sled 
onto watercolour card and colour with markers.
 Add to the right side with 3d foam pads. 
Paint and die cut your advent numbers.

Add the numbers to each page. 

Cover your clips with tissue tape. Cut 2
 pieces of black card, slightly smaller than the 
12 x 10. Round the corners and set aside.

Make a selection of Snowflake rosettes using
 the dies. Add a tiny tattered rose to each.
 Use these to embellish.

 I tied the hanger with ribbon to remove
 the large empty area. Add a large
 bow to the top and some snowflakes
 using a glue gun.

I glued a snowflake to each clip too.

Everything is now ready for me to enjoy a little 
dose of Christmas crafting from the 1st to the
 24th of December. Each day I can have fun
 stamping and creating my design. I'll be
 adding Christmas inspiration verses to each
 page.The black card hides the unused page 
until that day has arrived. Then, when Christmas 
is here I will have a completed calendar full of 
Seasonal inspiration that can be used over
 and over again.


  1. Brilliant idea! Love the covers, very vintage looking.

  2. wonderful project, so excited I just bought that steampunk angel stamp set and used it on my September calendar page which I will be posting later on today.

  3. WOW Neil!!!!! This is gorgeous and so much fun! x

  4. Looooooooooooooove it! A very cool idea and the best thing...still enough time to create (:o)

  5. Wow!!!! What a brilliant idea and make!!! Thank you very much for the idea and this so gorgeous project generously and so well explained Neil! x

  6. What a cool and gorgeous idea! xxx


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