I will first start by saying this Advent Calendar was a lot more work then I first thought it was going to be. It has taken me almost 2 weeks to finish it. However, I am so happy with how it turned out! It didn't come out how I first thought it was going to, but I do think it came out better then I had imagined.
I picked up the kit about two years ago at my local scrapbooking store DAT'S. I first started by sanding all the pieces with a electric palm sander. I really reccomened using one if you decide to take on this project, it really speed up the sanding time. I tehn painted all the pieces with Red Paint. It took about three coats to really cover the boards. I then painted 1/3 of the numbers with Red, 1/3 of the numbers with Light Green and 1/3 with Dark Green Paint. When the paint was dried I sprayed them all with a bit of Tattered Angles Glimmer mist. I then finished them of by coating them with two layers of clear embossing powder on the top to give them a glossy look.
The page in the centre is made using Bo Bunny new line of Double Dot papers. The Ribbon is from Stampin' Up and finished off with a button from my stash. I used the ornament punch from Stampin' Up to punch out some the Ornaments from matching paper. I then used foam squares to adhere them. I stitched above them with some sparkly white embroidery floss. The photo is actually removable. I made it so that every year I could replace it with that years Santa Picture. I thought this would be a great way to display the girls' Santa picture.
The boxes are covered with 5 different Christmas papers from various designers. I used various embellishments from my stash to make each box look a little different.
In the end I love how it turned out and I am glad that it is finish. Now I can't wait for Christmas so that I can use it.