My OTP for Christmas this year (I always seem to do one at Christmas…a strange compulsion LOL!) is an  Advent House  that I have had in my stash for a while now. It is finally seeing the light of  day with the lovely Kaisercraft Turtle Dove embellishing it.


Before anything else, I painted all the  wooden pieces with Metallic Gold acrylic paint, and before assembling it  I covered the base piece with the reverse of Geese at  the front and with Calling Birds on the back and sides. Sadly, when taking my photos I  forgot to leave a drawer or two out so that you could see the backing  paper…Geese is a  pretty white and gold swirly paper that looks great with the flourishes on the  roof.

The roof and chimney are covered in a deep  red embossed paper from the 6.5” Paper Pad, and the same paper is punched to add the lacey eaves  at the front and back of the roof.

There are two Wooden Flourishes,  heat embossed using Stampendous Aged Ivory embossing enamel (oos) decorating the front  of the roof, and two die cut bracket shapes from the 6.5” Paper Pad act  as a base for the house number – 25 of course . Also embellishing the front are some metal  pieces from my2angels. A large central Filigree Flower, with rhinestones decorating its centre, has two pieces of Antique Bronze Iron Chain attached to it from  which dangle an Antique Bronze Timepiece and an Antique Bronze Key. On top of the chimney is a Birds Nest and inside it there are a few red feathers and a  chipboard bird that has been inked on both sides with Fired Brick Distress Ink  and then coated with Glossy Accents. (oos)

I think I have used a piece of  just about every paper, both the 12×12 and the 6×6 versions of Turtle Dove, to make them. Each  is embellished with a number from 1 – 24 and the majority of these are from the 12 x 12 Number Stickers sheet. Each little box is decorated differently.  I  have added some Die Cut stickers, also from the 12 x 12 Number Stickers sheet,  Red and White Roses or chipboard embellishments.  My chipboard Birds and Stars are either inked with Fired Brick Distress Ink or  Brilliance Gold Ink and covered in Glossy Accents, or embossed with Stampendous Aged Gold embossing enamel. There are also some cute Antique Gold charms and some  silver charms that I have embossed using gold embossing powder to change their  colour. They include an Antique Bronze Door & Key, a Christmas Tree charm, a Coathanger, a Cuckoo Clock, a tiny Lantern, a Violin,  and some Snowflakes, There are also some white snowflake eyelets, and various rhinestones and pearls scattered across the whole.
You can put the treat filled drawers into their places in order if  you want to, but I prefer the fun that comes with the challenge of looking for  the correct number every day 🙂


The sides and the back of this project are  not really meant to be seen, so all I have done to embellish them is to add  a few embossed chipboard pieces. On the back there is another Aged Ivory embossed flourish and a large Aged Gold embossed chipboardReindeer, and on each side an Aged Gold Angel.


Finally, and the best bit about the front of  the house in my opinion, is the amazingly cute Ideaology Lantern…when it’s  turned on it makes you go Ahhhh!!! The lanterns will be back in stock on Friday 30th


I hope you are all ready for Christmas –  unlike me – and have a fabulous holiday season planned.