Tuesday, 1 November 2011

UKS Sponsor Blog Hop

Hi there.
If you are participating in the UKS Sponsor Blog Hop, you may have arrived here from UKScrappers, if so welcome.  To be in with a chance of winning a prize from UKS, please don't forget to leave us a comment, ensuring you also include your UKS User name.

We will also randomly select one person who comments on our blog during 1st November who will win a £15.00 voucher to spend in our store.

Is it too early to mention Christmas? 

Hope not as we have for you an Altered Wooden Advent Calendar.  The solid structure of these advent calendars are perfect for bringing them out each year and for hiding treats behind each door.  The compartments are big enough for holding a funsize chocolate bar, treat sized packet of sweets or a small toy.

 So lets get on to decorating them.

1.   Paint the sides of the advent calendar, inside area of each opening, and all sides, frames and edges of the doors using White Acrylic Paint.  We used Baby wipes to spread the paint as they are really useful in getting an even layer of paint over large areas, but using a paintbrush is also fine.  Set aside to dry.
2.    Once dry, paint the door handles and a small area around the base of the door handles in gold Metallic Acrylic Paint.
3.   Using a scrap piece of cardstock 3½” wide x 2” high as a template, cut a small rectangle out for the door handle.  As the doors will be opening, it is best not to have the template/your patterned paper too close to the door hinge.  (Note each handle will be in a slightly different place).
4.   Using 4 different sheets of co-ordinating Christmas papers, cut 6 rectangles out of each sheet 3½” wide x 2” high.
5.   Using the cardstock template, mark out on each rectangle of paper where the door handle will go.
6.   Ink all of the edges of the rectangles and place onto each door in a random pattern.
7.   When happy with the placement of the rectangles adhere to the doors.
8.   Using a set of number stamps, stamp the numbers 1 – 24 onto Acetate then cut out each number.
9.   Place the numbers either randomly or in numeric order onto the doors.
10. Decorate each door using festive elements such as snowmen, Christmas Trees, Snowflakes, Baubles, Presents, Holly and Ivy etc from co-ordinating papers.
11. Highlight certain elements such as snowman scarves, Christmas trees with stickles, and add adhesive pearls and crystals.
12. When content with the placement of each number and element, adhere to each door.  Use 3D Foam pads or Glue Dots to mount some elements to add some dimension.
13. The outside frame and the borders between each row of doors of the Advent Calendar can be left painted, or if you wish you can add a paper border.  This can be done by cutting a piece of paper into ¼” strips and adhering to firstly the outside frame, and then the borders between doors.
 

Wooden Advent Box can be found here
Supplies used for the Blue Advent Calendar:
Echo Park "Everybody Loves Christmas" Collection - found here.
Papers used for the doors : Wrapping Paper, Scallop Stripes, Christmas Bells, Snowman
Papers used for the border frame : Bright Stripe
For decorating : Christmas Garland paper, Element Stickers, Journal Cards, Trim the Tree, Adhesive Pearls, Chipboard Snowflakes, Chipboard Hearts, Stickles

Supplies used for the Pink Advent Calendar:
Cosmo Cricket "Jolly By Golly" Collection - found here.
Papers used for the doors : Breezy Freezy, Play Day, 2 x Silly Chilly
Papers used for the border frame : Sweater Weather.
For Decorating : Borders Paper, Elements Paper, Off cuts of the Play Day Paper used on the doors, Chipboard Snowflakes, Chipboard Hearts, Stickles 

General Tools/Supplies needed:
   White Acrylic Paint , Metallic Gold Acrylic Paint, Mixture of Christmas Themed Embellishments / additional co-ordinating paper to cut out elements, Ink for edging, Adhesive (Double Sided Tape, Strong wet glue, Glue Dots and 3D Foam Pads), Acetate Sheet, Number Stamps, Black Stazon Ink Pad
 
A full list of Sponsors participating UKS Sponsors Blog Hop and more information on prizes can be found here.
Don't forget to be in with a chance of winning a prize during the UKS Sponsor Blog Hop, you need to leave us a comment anytime during 1st November (please also include your UKS User Name) and also comment on all of the other participating Sponsor blogs and the UKS thread.

Please hop on over to A Sprinkle of Imagination to see the next project for you.

Just a reminder to those of you that are local to us (Huntingdon, Cambs) that Anna Bowkis will be teaching at our next Workshop on Sunday 27th November.  More details can be found here

Happy hopping!

165 comments:

  1. Those papers are just so cute and I love this idea. UKS Yizzard

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  2. Never done this before so I hope this appears on your blog
    I really like the papers on the 1st advent calendar
    And the advent calendar it's self is lovely
    Dusty fairy

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  3. Love those colours. UKS tinasue

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  4. Perfect day for starting festive projects, love the advent calendar idea, just need to whizz through work so I can come home and play. lou@papermaker

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  5. Great and lovely idea. Love the colours. UKS anitaOT

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  6. fab papers and very inspirational - i have an advent calendar that has sat in my stash because I couldn't think what to do -this is beautiful and I want one. :) UKS roxy52

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  7. love the Advent calendar Meggie uks

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  8. Loved the advent calender and thought the tip about baby wipes sounded good- will be trying it ou thanks

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  9. A lovely project, I like the idea of something I can bring out year after year. UKS Sam Mc

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  10. Loving the advent calender - uks dawntracey

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  11. I think this is a great idea i love it UKS traceyjp1

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  12. Gorgeous project, love those papers:)
    uks Beadmad

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  13. this gorgeous. Love the second one in particular

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  14. Gorgeous. I have a similar box and this has given me inspiration.......Tigerlady

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  15. Gorgeous colours on this calendar!! uks wombat

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  16. Wow! really puts you in a festive mood. What beautiful projects. AliTS on UKS

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  17. lovely advent calendar uks lemon

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  18. 1st time here. Love the advent calendar. UKS anna_fran

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  19. Thank you, what a great little project, loving the advent Calender I could do with one of these for my grandchildren. cockneycrafter uks

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  20. Love the colours of the paper on the advent calendar, I really should decorate mine! UKS Scrappyyo

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  21. I've been looking at these for a while, great tutorial! UKS Louise172

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  22. Been meaning to have a go at my own Advent Calendar for a long time! Your blog has just inspired me to give it a go! Aliscrapper on UKS

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  23. So pretty, love the style of the stamped numbers and that the patterned paper is visible through them.
    UKS snipper

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  24. Gorgeous advent calendar, must finish mine! Uks yorkiegirl

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  25. What a fantastic advent calender !
    i have learnt so many ways to use baby wipes recently that I need to put them in a book LOL
    fuchsia10

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  26. just love this advent calender and so re useable- thank you Pennyk on UKS

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  27. Gorgeous project,a great project for my granddaughter's 1st christmas this year.gwyneth 123 UKS

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  28. It's never to early to mention Christmas :) Lovely Advents, Kitty Crafts UKS

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  29. This is really awesome, someone's going to be very happy using that all December!
    Clairewill on UKS

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  30. Excellent project, nice to see a tutorial. Alison-lee

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  31. Fabulous project, I love these alterable calendars
    Mrs Cheshire

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  32. I really want to make my monkeys an advent calendar your's is a lovely project thank you. UKS Scattychick

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  33. love it. :) love how it has doors rather than drawers. great project. UKS gemmasteele

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  34. I'd love to do one of these - lovely!
    UKS Leanie
    www.craftaholicleanie.com

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  35. Gorgeous Advent Calendar. Really want to make another but have one each year now for the last 3 years and I only have one child! Must resist!
    Well done as it is a fab tutorial x
    UKS Minty Magic

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  36. This looks really lovely - I've been thinking about doing one of these!

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  37. What a brilliant way to start the bloghop. I love the size of the compartments, ideal for a snack size bar of chocolate. :)
    UKS Jampot

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  38. My boys are going to love this ... on my 'To Make' list for Christmas. Thanks for the tutorial. UKS Fae

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  39. Great work. The calendar is absolutely gorgeous. Must get going with mine soon.

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  40. a really lovely advent project, love the fresh looking colours and papers from eClaire at UKS

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  41. It's NEVER too eary for Christmas. Really gorgeous project. UKS Kirsteen

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  42. I love everything about Christmas, would love to make this
    janen

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  43. A lovely twist on an old favourite. The completed Calendar is sure to become an Heirloom. eleyfa

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  44. Love this, must do the one I have here. UKS name CraftyCaz.
    Caz
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  45. gorgeous advent calendar love the colours :) my uks name is boland :)

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  46. Thank you for such an inspiration ! Anne88

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  47. I so want to make one of these advent calendars...it is lovely. :)

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  48. WOW! Very inspirational. Halloween yesterday...Christmas today! *Ü* Must plan ahead. TFS. ArtAngel on UKS

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  49. This is really cute and the idea that it can become part of the family tradition is great. Love the step by step instructions.
    UKS name Susie.A

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  50. Great idea and love the papers used

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  51. What a lovely calender and looks such fun to make. UKS lelly

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  52. Love the calendar and the papers, where can you get the calendar from? UKS Sheltie141

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  53. WOW I love the Advent Calender, its stunning :)

    UKS ~Karen~

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  54. What a fabulous idea. I'll need to save my pension for that.
    Ladkyis

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  55. What a brilliant project. On uks and elsewhere I'm Salamanda.

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  56. Never too early to mention Christmas!! Lovely project, thanks. (UKS: J-bug)

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  57. Great project; would definitely have had a go at this if my lads were younger :-) (UKS = Galadriel*)

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  58. Fab advent calendars! My first blog of my first ever blog hope and already I'm loving it!
    xx

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  59. What a lovely project to get into the christmas spirit....A_M_Y on UKS

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  60. Oooh now thats a nice sized advent calendar - and great colours for decorating - nice job!
    Suzie-UKS-Weaselwise

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  61. Looks good - and made to last.UKS simplepleasures

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  62. What a fab Advent Calendar wonder if I can persuade mum to fill it for me! DSNYLVR

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  63. What a lovely idea, pity I haven't any one young enough to appreciate an advent calendar.

    nannyjan on uks

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  64. Brilliant! I have an advent calendar sitting at the side of my desk looking at me... still naked and bare and wanting some TLC...

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  65. what a fab project - love the papers UKS eluned

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  66. Wow this is gorgeous, might mean I actually get my advent calendar finished! UKS Celtic Angel!

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  67. What a lovely project to start the blog hop with.
    I love to have an advent project each year.
    UKS ...... Shirley June

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  68. That's some creation - I have neither the talent nor the patience for such creativity, I fear. Mole / UKS

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  69. I love this, especially the idea for the handles. UKS Jibba Jabba

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  70. Wowzers!!! What a fantabulous Advent Calendar!! Loves it!! x

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  71. loving this soooooooo much, look each year at all the lovely projects but this grabs me : ) UKS bubble460

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  72. Lovely colours! I feel Christmassy already! UKS Fizzydrink

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  73. Lovely idea will be sure to have a go. UKS Minnie

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  74. Lovely advent project. I could quite fancy making one of those! UKS Emy

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  75. Never too early for Christmas Crafting :) Love the advent calendar.

    Thanks for the giveaway & inspiration.

    AllycatD

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  76. Great project! Love the colours. Looks superb.
    UKS Alibri

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  77. Ooh, this is lovely. We don't do Christmas, but I can just see this as a little treasure thingy for DD and DS

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  78. This is gorgeous. Always wanted to do one of these - sadly no children left at home :( Very tempted to do one for me though!! lol
    UKS scrappynewbie33

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  79. Super project love the paper and colours will be great for Christmas

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  80. Gorgeous project - lovely papers
    UKS materialgirl197

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  81. Great ideas to make xx
    UKS lojo7868

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  82. This is absolutely gorgeous. xx

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  83. Beautiful and lush xx
    UKS stillcrafting

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  84. What a fun project. I love all the little details you have included. Considering having a go at one or two myself having seen these.
    UKS Sarnj

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  85. What a joy - the first 'hop' of this blog is so inspiring - this one is a must for me.
    UKS Anagram

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  86. Love the advent calendar , the colors are fab.
    UKS MrsF

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  87. These are brill! I keep meaning to get round to making one for myself :)

    UKS scrappygayle

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  88. Wow - this is stunning - would love to know how long it took to make - fab fab fab !

    Cal xx (Hysteri-cal)

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  89. Every year I intend to make an advent calendar and every year I dont quite get round to it *sigh* MrsMcF

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  90. What a beautiful calendar! I like the colours and the stamped numbers.

    UKS Rollingpin

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  91. fabulous project I love it - jane130

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  92. great idea
    badrill118 (uks)

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  93. What a gorgeous calendar UKS Julesaroony

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  94. What an amazing project and so easy to do. thank you for sharing. UKS Slewis

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  95. What a pretty project- would love to do one of these. UKS Kim

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  96. Gorgeous project

    UKS Cathy0536

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  97. That's a totally gorgeous advent calendar

    UKS Scrapdolly

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  98. ooh that's gorgeous, i love the pp's you've used

    uks name-debbie r 61

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  99. Love that it's big enough to fit a choccy bar!! UKS CoventryAnn

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  100. What a brilliant advent calendar.
    Dianamc(UKS)

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  101. love how it has doors rather than drawers. great project! uks Fluffyness

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  102. love that advent calendar wish that was the prize
    juliwan

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  103. Its never too early for Christmas! I love the echo park range thanks for the tutorial! (UKS)katj

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  104. I like that you can choose how you want the doors to open. This is super. UKS Allytoe

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  105. Wow what a fabby idea. Saw this on UKS a min ago
    i'm jay670120 and i love the pastel colours on the advent calendar :)

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  106. Truely beautiful, wish my kids were younger, UKS deekay

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  107. We were just talking about making one of these at the weekend. Lovely. UKS joyaitman

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  108. Lovely calender, I love the papers and the embellishing you've done

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  109. love this project - might have to do it for next year now though - UKS nikkimitch

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  110. wow this is brilliant, love those papers
    shazzapat (UKS)

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  111. Gorgeous calendar! Thanks for the inspiration.
    JulesMichelle

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  112. Been tempted to get one of these for my boys, maybe this is the year that I will! Thanks for sharing.
    UKS ID: mafswife

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  113. Gorgeous advent calendars!!

    UKS ID: zahra

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  114. Lovely calendar, thanks for the Baby wipes idea.
    UKS: Bluffy78

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  115. Fabulous! I've been wanting to do an advent calendar for a couple of years, maybe this is the year that I'll manage it!
    Yorkshirelass

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  116. Wow, love the advent calendars. UKS Ann35

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  117. Just the project to get me feeling christmassy! - subtlerevulsion

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  118. WOW!! love this project thanks for showing how its been created
    paypercrafter

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  119. Wow, that is wonderful, so much to do, so little time! UKS Jencrafts x

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  120. Ooh that is lovely- sorry they are lovely. Both of them, cant decide which I like best.

    Lynne

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  121. Definitely not too early off to buy wooden frame...........

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  123. Wow! Fab project!
    Sue x
    (aka MiniOwner)

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  124. Great advent calendar! BeckyG1 xx

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  125. what a fabulous advent calendar

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  126. A fab Chritmas project I probably won't find time to do but it is lovely

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  127. Great project, love the colours.

    UKS CyprusCath

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  128. Fab project! niknakscat xxxx

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  129. Great project, I love the random numbers :) ScribbleMonster

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  130. Beautiful colours, I love the papers.
    UKS name: sharonb

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  131. Ooh great project, great tip about the baby wipes, I've used them to thin off a top layer of paint before, but never used them to paint with!
    UKS name: jennifergrace

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  132. love your advent calendar. very cool.

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  133. Great use of different papers,love the colours. UKS name :Sav

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  134. Great project love the papers
    UKS name: sue1952

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  135. What a lovely advent calendar, great for the children. They would enjoy making that too!!

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  136. Fantastic project, I love the papers. UKS Wonky

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  137. What a great idea, I love it!

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  138. What a fantastic advent calendar, love the paper you have chosen to decorate them with! UKS 2Angels

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  139. Wow fantastic advent calendar, the papers are to die for. But why just advent, I can see the possibilities for everyday as an individual jewellery box, or even a great storage idea for the craft room. Morgana123 (UKS)

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  140. Wow, this is sooo lovely, fantastic papers jules5526 UKS

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  141. Great advent box; good value for an heirloom piece which can be rejuvenated as trends change. Lovely project, Thank you. UKS fimcc4168

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  142. What a fab project. I love the bright colours for Christmas. I'm sure my family would be delighted if I were to make one for our home. UKS member name: Marmalade

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  143. Fab project, love advent calendars!
    UKS: janie

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  144. What a lovely project. Nice to see something a little bit different too - my kids would love this! UKS papoosue.

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  145. This is such an amazing project. Think I will keep this in mind for xmas 2012! :) - Alipeeps

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  146. what a cool project uks howejam

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  147. Wow, beautiful advent calendars, well done.

    Sarah (UKS Smelly)

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  148. Wow, so much detail in these, love em!!

    Jolene on UKS

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  149. \just love this project - truly inspirational
    ljrn on UKS

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  150. How lovely to be able to bring this out every year. Angelfish

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  151. What a lovely idea, I love this :)
    topsy

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  152. I so long to make this- it would become an instant heirloom in my family and be brought out every Christmas forever! uks Culpepper

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  153. Lovely project. Great blog hop.
    Sonja (UKS name wrightboysmum)

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  154. Great idea! Love it. UKs countrycrafter

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  155. totally georgeous advent calendar wow! Furrypig

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  156. This has so put me in the mood for Christmas crafting!

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  157. I love those colours UKS Cottonscraps

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  158. An awesome advent calendar - TFS
    UKS Jimjams

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  159. one word.....gorgeous. uks danyaz

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  160. Just gorgeous, but not sure I'd find that much time btween now nad 1st Dec

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