In the Craft Room 11 October 2014 – A quick catch up

I just thought  would do a quick post to show what we have been getting up to in the craft room for the last couple of weeks.

If you saw my last post I had set the group off on one of our Christmas projects  – a set of advent calendar boxes using the tonic Advent box die set.


It was  big ask  25 little boxes all to make up and decorate and  a few of the ladies decided to stick at 12 for the twelve days of Christmas instead lol. I have managed to make  all 25 of  my boxes, but as I have been a bit busy with another project as you will see below, the numbers are still waiting to be attached.

I am really impressed with Diane though, who has persevered, determined to finish all 25 of hers and now after three Saturday afty sessions, they are all now complete. Luckily for me she left them to dry after the session so I was able to have a play and display them on my tree for the photos  as I wanted to do them justice after all her hard work.





Sorry I got a bit carried away with the photos but I just think they look amazing. All the little details she has added.

The main reason I have not been near the computer the last couple of weeks is because I have been trying to design a new template for a perpetual box calendar. I bought a wooden one of these last year for a friend and thought then that it would make a great project. So I have now finally got round to doing one.


I will sort the templates out as a PDF file and post on my templates page shortly, and will also post a step by step tutorial later this month too, but to just give you a basic idea


For the construction we used 350gsm card and made up the 2 number cubes, 3 month boxes and the holder.


There were then painted the base or background colour which will be used to colour all the panels. We used Acrylic based paints like Paperartsy Fresco chalk paints and Indigoblu’s English Cottage range – their metallic range are gorgeous. You can see the bronze above.


To make all the panels we then painted a dark base coat and dry brushed a top lighter coat onto 4 A4 sheets of card. ( In the image above I had a play with the Fresco crackle paint which you paint over the base colour and leave to dry before painting on the top coat)



After cutting all the panel pieces to size we then stamped/stencilled some backgrounds layering up different patterns.


Die cut the numbers, I used embossing powder first then rubbed over with gilding wax to get this look.



The month stamps are from Inkydinkydoo,  you  get all 12 months, 7 days and numbers too, a very handy little set for about £5.99 on Amazon.


As the panels are put on the inside and outside of the holder and on all four sides of the boxes they are really sturdy and once you have made your basic boxes etc there are so many different ways of decorating them. All in all I am really pleased with the design and am now testing it out  on  the rest of the group who are all   in the middle of making theirs.

There is no craft room this weekend as it is my Dad’s 80th birthday but we will be back as usual the following week so hopefully the group will get their calendars finished and the templates etc will be sorted by then too.

Have a lovely week xx



  1. Beautiful Advent boxes, very colourful and so much detail. Love your Perpetual Calendar, when I first saw it I thought you had used children’s building blocks and altered them 🙂 Look forward to to your tutorial.
    Lynn x

  2. Lisa

    Loving Diane’s makes, so much attention to detail. Really enjoying making the perpetual calendar, looking forward to getting on with that 🙂

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