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November 22, 2009

Advent Tree

A few years ago (I can't remember exactly when, my age is catching up with me, but about three or four I think) I bought an advent tree from M&S for my DDs.  They are 24 and 25 this year but still love their advent calendars.  Anyway, this one from M&S was all very sophisticated in silver and black and was filled with fashion jewellery!  It made up part of their christmas present as it was fairly expensive.

Anyways, ever since I have thought I really should alter it, and finally I have!  So, without further ado, here is the grand unveiling:
Back View:

I gave the whole thing a coat of gesso as the original card had a shiny coating on it then painted it all with Viva Metallic paint in Olive to keep with the tree theme.  I then covered the back and sides with K&Co paper from the Winter Wonderland pad in a deep green (again keeping with the tree theme).  The baubles are from the Seasonal grungeboard pack embossed in gold or painted red and embossed with holographic powder.  I've used a Paper Artsy Egg & Nog stamp and some holly from the Seasonal grungeboard pack and some red gems as a garland.  The bows were from the Craft Barn and then I cut up some Wassail papers for the parcels down the bottom.  The star is a wooden one from the Craft Barn painted red then spritzed with Cosmic Shimmer Golden Fish and edged with a Krylon gold pen.
Front View:
 
 
I just covered the drawers in a selection of K&Co papers from the Winter Wonderland pad, plus a few additional papers from Basic Grey Wassail and Eskimo Kisses.  I wanted this to look like a pile of presents so I made the big bow out of some wired gold ribbon at stuck it on the top with the tails dangling down.

I'm quite pleased with it, except I couldn't find any numbers the right size so I had to write them on by hand :(

Now if only I could get my mucky paws on one of those Tesco Advent Houses! 



 

17 comments:

voodoo vixen said...

Love what you did with the M&S version and will be back to see how George/Georgina turns out and hope you get your mitts on a Tesco advent box too! I would dearly love to do one of those... not much chance of me getting to a Tesco's though... and last year when everyone was making the matchbox versions I couldn't do them as couldn't get any matchboxes!! Saudi's obviously use lighters....

Debsg said...

Gorgeous. Great work.

Ruth said...

Gosh you were ahead of the trend getting hold of one of these a few years ago!!
I have just fininshed my tree, made a nice change from the house I did last year..I have a sleigh too but it's really daunting and I am too scared to start it!!

Nice work Kay

Love Ruth xxx

Carmen said...

Wow! This is brilliant Kay. I was sitting looking at that top picture thinking - there's no way that's got the right amount of drawers, it's not big enough. And then you razzle dazzle us with the front. It's just gorgeous and really different. Love it.

Emily said...

Thats great kay, I have failed for the 2nd year running to get a calendar from Tescos... maybe next year :)

Julia Dunnit said...

Wow Wow Wow. This is gorgeous. Really, every drawer should now hold real diamonds!

Julie said...

this looks great just love the bow. Thanks ever so much for playing along with us at shabby.

Jenneke said...

Beautiful, LOVE the golden bow!
Thanks so much for playing with us at Shabby!

XXXJenneke

Toni said...

So CUTE!!!!! the bow on top looks awesome!!!! Thanks so much for playing with us at SHABBY!!!

Linda Elbourne said...

How did I miss this ... totally stunning work ... Beautiful!

Timcsoca said...

Very beautiful Advent tree!

Thanks so much for playing with us at Shabby!:)

Hugs, Tímea

craftytrog said...

A fabulous bit of altering Kay!
Thanks for visiting me, and my box had tree light embellies in too!
Alison x

Sue Abbott said...

Gorgeous, I am loving seeing all the great creations for the LGS challenge. I have just (finally) finished altering two calendars for my daughters, and was surprised how much they loved them. The effort is so worth it! x

Chimene said...

Wow this is gorgeous!!!
Thanks for playing along with us at Shabby!!
xxxx
Chimene

mandysea said...

Your children are soooo lucky!! Gorgeous! Love the patterned papers you've used, they all compliment each other so well. And that gold bow definitely tops it off beautifully! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Shabby!!

zandra said...

Love your take on the challenge. Hugz, Z

Maria said...

Your OTP looks wonderful I love your embossed ornaments, and your papers just compliment it all so well...