I have wanted to make a Kaisercraft Advent Calendar for a couple of years now, so I was super excited when I received the Chimney Advent Calendar in my Design Team Box. I wanted a bright and colourful Advent Calendar so I saved this project for the Holly Jolly paper collection. This particular Beyond the Page kit is a big project! It took me quite a few days to put this together, but then I did take my time because I wanted it to be perfect!
I used the DD721 Decorative Die Advent box die to cut out all the little box coverings from the 6 1/2 inch Paper Pad. I covered the boxes and then I used white paint to distress the edges of the front of the boxes. I added FL440 Heart flourishes and painted these with two coats of white paint and then a coat of Kindy Glitz to make them sparkle. Once that was dry I took my numbers from the AS251 Ebony Alpha Stickers. I ended up needing more stickers ( I think it took 3 or 4 pages of stickers to get all the numbers) so I used Alpha stickers from other colours as well. Then I ended up colouring them all over (the Ebony ones as well) with black marker to make sure they were all matching in colour. I liked the darker black because it made the numbers stand out better.
After I had all the boxes ready to go I covered the walls of the chimney with papers from the collection, painted the edges and assembled it all together. Then it was time to decorate!
I painted the TM815 Metal Door Knockers white, but left them a little shabby to add to my white, distressed look.
I also painted the edges of the papers on the doors and walls roughly with white paint to match the little drawers.
I added some sprigs of Holly and white lace to the roof and some stickers from the Sticker Sheet.
At the base of the chimney I set up a little Christmas Tree scene with round mat (doily from the Collectables) white Christmas tree and matching presents. I chose papers from the collection that looked a little like wall paper, the kraft and white stripe for the walls and then some plain red paper for the carpet. I added red pearls to the tree for baubles and also on the presents. I added paper to the presents in red, aqua and craft colours.
Then at the top of the chimney I added Santa's sleigh and two reindeer.
I used the FL573 Flourish Sleigh Scene for the reindeer, tree and presents. I painted them and kindy-glitzed them. I added some red paper to the back of the sleigh and some red and white twine for the reindeer's reins.
Here is another view of the Holly and lace. I love this mesh lace from the EM926 White Lace Pack.
This is a really fun project to make and great to get the kids (and adults) on the countdown to Christmas! Sometimes we all need a little motivation ; ) Why not get this project completed in November all ready for the start of the Christmas Countdown on December 1st.
Kaisercraft Supplies: EM926 Lace Pack- White | EM994 Twigs and Berries - Large | DD721 Decorative Die Advent Box | FL573 Flourish Sleigh Scene | SB2270 Chimney Advent Calendar | FL440 Flourish Pack Hearts | KC001 Kaisercolour White | DMKG1CR Kindy Glitz - Crystalina | CT840 Collectables | P1945 Cheery | P1946 Joyous | P1947 Gleeful | P 1949 Zippy | PP981 Paper Pad | SS296 Sticker Sheet |SB795 Pearls Red | AS251 Alpha Stickers - Ebony | TM815 metal Door Knocker
Other: Red and White Twine