Saturday, 28 December 2013

Advent Village Dec 2013

When i opened the December issue of Craft Stamper Magazine i saw a beautiful project called the ‘Advent Village’ by Gail Milburn. I have tried to find this lady but can’t seem to find her on any of the social networks. If anyone knows of her Blog address please could you let me know in the comment box below, thank you.

Didn’t realise how much work there would be in making one of these and started out trying to get three completed. I was lucky to finish one! (The other two will be completed and delivered for Christmas 2014 hopefully).

A lady from Twitter kindly let me have the dimensions of the die being used so i could cut similar sized shapes to the originals. (She knows who she is, thank you again!).

Once again i used some very old papers, perhaps some you might recognise, to cover the shapes and then printed out some contrasting ones to cover the roof areas. 

Can give you a list of items i used to cover each shape, not necessarily the manufacturers, hope that is ok:

Used stamps from Anna Griffin, Dyan Reaveley and Stampotique.

Cut out numbers using different fonts from my Pazzle inspiration electronic die cutting machine as well as using chipboard numbers and some book page numbers.

Cut a few die shapes using my Sizzix Bigkick and some hand punches.

Sticky Back Blue Pearls

Pan Pastels including the metallics.

Lace and ribbon from old stash.

Washi tape from High Leigh Garden Centre.

Neat PVA glue to stick all the shapes together and attach the washi tape to make the village stand up and take shape.

If i have missed anything out from this list it is because there were so many layers and drying times it isn’t too easy to remember every little detail lol.

Here is the Village completed and outside on a very windy day. P1050581


Some more close up views.P1050582




By this time it was far too windy to get the Village to stand up so had to resort to photographing it laying across the lavender plant pot. This is the reverse side of the Village.P1050588





The Advent village in its entirety, front and back views.P1050592



Boxed and ready for delivery.P1050597


This project is worth the effort but does take time. I hope you have enjoyed my version of Gail Milburn’s amazing project.

Looking forward to your comments, thanks for dropping by  Smile


  1. OMG lovely this really is gorgeouslistic no wonder it took so long. The work in each piece is fantastic. I too saw it in the mag but just glanced it. Seeing yours has inspired me to do one myself. Thank you for sharing xx

  2. Wow!!! That is completely wonderful & SO gorgeous!!

  3. Wow, well done you for getting one finished!! it looks stunning.

  4. Oh wow when you see it all stood up in the one photo it looks amazing. Well done on getting one fully completed

    Sam xx

  5. So cute, I absolutely love it! Well done. We both get there in the end, don't we? Lol

  6. Blimey Charlie, this is amazing what a wonderful gift and will be treasured for years no doubt.

  7. A fabulous village. These little houses are very therepeutic to make aren't they. I taught a little class once and we combined them all together at the end of the session- they looked great in a terrace row,
    Gail goes under the name 'EfemeraInk' in blog land. I hope that is of some help to you x

    1. Thank you so much Jo, i love her work & would love to visit her Blog. Really kind of you to let me have the info. Much appreciated, as is your comment :-) x

  8. Thank you for visiting my blog! I am very happy to hear you found it thought blip. I have not posted a lot lately as I am spending more of my time taking photos and journaling on blipfoto. But, there is lots to see there and I am sure to return to adding more. If you did not find it yet, there are a couple of options for following any new posts: On the sidebar there is a Feedblitz option, which sends you an email and I also have a BlogLovin button that you can use to follow. Thanks so much! Lenna

  9. Wow! This is a masterpiece! No wonder it took you longer than you thought. It's lovely to see it and it is gorgeous. Life has been hectic, so I only just got round to a visit. Have a brilliant New Year full of creativity. Julie Ann xx

  10. A fabulous project, I'm not surprised you only managed to make one.

  11. Wow amazing project, may have to put this on my ever increasing todo list.