Back in 2010 I created my first advent calendar, using a MDF kit from Kaisercraft. I figured I would make one calendar which we could re-fill with quality lollies each year, instead of spending $5-$10 on one each year filled with dodgy chocolate. Eventually it would pay for itself, right? The problem was, I hadn't quite factored in the initial costs for materials, the time it would take to make it or the fact that I would enjoy making it so much that I wanted to make another one three years later! :)
My Scrapmatts Design Team project for this month is actually my THIRD Kaisercraft advent calendar. Don't worry, this one is for my sister. She wanted a rustic theme and picked out the papers for me. I went with a different shaped kit to my last two and was surprised to find this one didn't come with chipboard numbers. I never use numbers in my titles though so this was the perfect opportunity to use up a few from spare alphabets I had lying around.
I love the range of Christmas chipboard available from Scrapmatts! They have reindeers, snowflakes, nativity scenes, baubles, trees, bells, words in a variety of different sizes and colours. In all honesty, I think half my collection of Scrapmatts chipboard is Christmas themed. :) I have painted most of the pieces with acrylic paint which really helps bring out the details in the chipboard. The background also has golden stars painted on it using a stencil.
The decorations around the outside are actually just cheap embellishments I picked up from the local discount shop. The Christmas-themed printed burlap ribbon was perfect to wrap around, and the sprigs make a great finishing touch.
Chipboard used: CB6097 Assorted Words 19, CB5143 Christmas Trees 06, CB1223 Stars 03, CB1217 Holly 02, CB6080 Bells 01 and CB6010 Ornate Frame 08.
Stencil used: ST1006 Stencil Stars.
If you've interested in seeing my earlier advent calendars, I started with this traditional themed one in 2010.
I then moved on to this White Christmas themed one in 2013.
Last year in 2015 I decided to re-visit my traditional one and update it by removing the centre panel and creating a new scene.