Monday, November 25, 2013

Advent Village

In this month's edition of Craft Stamper there was an advent village by Gail Milburn which I was quite taken with so I decided to have a go.  It was a long slog cutting out 48 chipboard shapes (24 fronts, 24 backs), then covering them with paper.  The example in the magazine used Christmas papers in reds/greens, and that's what I started with.  But halfway through, I decided I would make it a reversible village, so one side has a red/green theme and the other side has a blue/white theme.  Just in case I get bored looking at it.

No. 15 in the village is the only house to have sequins, and as it also has a stamped image on it, I'm entering it into the Stamplorations challenge Stamps & Sequins:

Here's the red/green view of the village:
And here's a view of the blue/white reverse:

Conveniently, Simon Says Monday Challenge is Countdown to the Holidays:

Here's a close-up of the first few houses:

I'll post close-ups of the individual houses in December.


  1. Oh wow, Shirley bee!! This little village is so pretty" I know you put in a lot of hours on this project! I know you must be VERY proud of yourself!!!

  2. Thunk! Yep, me hitting the floor...hard! This is spectacular! And two versions - wow!!!

    Your attention to details is amazing! Your creativity truly is worthy of recognition!

    I would hate to have to chose between the two color combos - both are stunning!

    I am also REALLY LOVING the fireplace insert in the background! Would love to hear some details about it if you get a chance :)

  3. Shirley-Girley, I can't believe how extraordinary this creation is! As you would say, I'm quite taken with it!! Hugs, Darnell

  4. Wow Shirley, i've spent agaes looking well, more 'drooling' over this! What a beautiful advent set - you are so clever! Jo x

  5. This is amazing!! I LOVE your village ... both versions! Lots of work, but how fun is that!! :) Such a great idea to create two and have it reversable. Loll xx

  6. Top of the class!!! This is amazing! I love both sides - great idea to be double sided.

  7. Hi Shirley, thanks for the welcome back :-)
    I love this advent village & what a clever idea to make it reversable. You've put a lot of work into it & it shows.
    Sally x

  8. Oh my, Shirley, this is so amazing ... extraordinary actually ... the attention to detail is awesome! Love how it's reversible depending on other decorations/mood! Anita :)

  9. Son of a gun, you've been busy. But just think, now the fun starts. You get to pull it out every year just to enjoy!
    And the other fun will be basking in the glory of winning the SSS challenge ;)

  10. Such a fabulous advent village! Love each and every cute house in this collection. Thank you so much for sharing your great project at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  11. I absolutely love these holiday houses! I can't decide which of the two color schemes I like more -- I love them both! Very creative, Shirley!

  12. Your Advent Village is truly amazing, Shirley! I love each and every piece, and that you made each one double sided! You have really encouraged me to create one for next year...Thanks so much!!!