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Advent Shadowboxes by 2 Design Team Members

Filed under Advent Calendar Kit, Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Newsletters, Shannon Cooper, Tristan Robin Blakeman

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Shannon’s and Tristan’s projects that are still available on the new site.

I’m excited for the Christmas season to get here and it seems that so is Design Team Member Shannon Cooper with her sweet Victorian Advent Shadowbox.

Shannon used the Advent Calendar Shadowbox (which is also in the convenient Advent Calendar Add-On Kit) and the A Victorian Christmas Paper Set to create a delightfully simple project.

I decided to complement the Victorian themed paper with traditional looking period decorations, including a paper medallion glitter Santa (isn’t that what they’re called?) and a cut-out image of a little girl that was given a crepe paper dress. There is glitter on that ornament, too, I promise. Gotta have some glitter! The other ornament is exactly what it looks like: a wired pine bough bent into a star, then finished off with a (New!) Silver Reindeer Pendant, and a snippet of ribbon from the Advent Calendar Tags Ribbon Set. The ribbons decorated the numbered boxes nicely, and I still have quite a lot of ribbon left for another project.

How cute is that little girl with her star-studded crepe paper dress?! You can find the supply list for Shannon’s Victorian Advent Calendar. Head on over to her blog for more pictures, and also for a glimpse at her feather tree (that she made herself!) decorated with Christmas Collage Sheet images.

Next is Design Team Member Tristan Robin Blakeman, here with his fabulous, over-the-top Nutcracker Advent Calendar.

My Advent Calendar Shadowbox is topped with a Christmas tree and a spread of goodies from Santa — in this case Alpha Stamps had to stand in for Santa and provide the beautiful miniatures!

I started with the smallest of the two trees in the Woodlands Wreath and Tree Set, misted it a light pink (or try out the (New!) ready-made Retro Pink Trees!) and used beads to use as ornaments. I also used some Crystal Accents to give a tree a bit of a sugar-frosted look.

On one side of the tree, among the gifts is a delightful (New!) miniature wooden train, a miniature wooden sled and the small doll is from my stash of vintage toys.

On the other side of the tree, we see a miniature red wagon carrying an adorable (and new!) miniature Jack-in-the-Box. All of the miniatures are available from Alpha Stamps in the Miniature Section — spend some time going through this section as you will find lots of things you will want to put under your tree!

Here’s a link to all of those cute miniature toys from Tristan’s supplies; and read more (and see more photos) in Tristan’s blog.


Hooray for the Advent Trims & Toys Giveaway!

I picked out a mix of items from Shannon Cooper’s and Tristan Robin Blakeman’s supply lists to make this colorful Giveaway (psst! those 2 links are to the supply lists):
– Lacquered Holly & Berry Picks
– Miniature Red Sled
– Painted Wooden Toy Train Set
– Fancy Gold Holly Berries Mix
– Large Silver Reindeer Pendant
– Advent Calendar Tags Ribbon Set
– Christmas Trees Collage Sheet
– Faux Metal Number Plates 1 to 25
– Wired Pine Needle Stems

PLUS (not shown in the photos) I’m including BOTH of the new sugary collage sheets by Teri Calia: Sweet Christmas Collage Sheet and Yummy Vintage Christmas Collage Sheet!

To enter the Advent Trims & Toys Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, November 13, 2015)! And tell me: Are you making an advent calendar? And/or: what would you make using all of the items in today’s Giveaway?

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Christmas Tags Kit, Box & Dividers Giveaway? That would be Luanne Shoup!

Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, November 12th, 2015

56 responses to “Advent Shadowboxes by 2 Design Team Members”

  1. Tammy says:

    I definitely would use the giveaways to make an advent shadow box. They are just so adorable! I love the tiny silver deer.

  2. Jean Bullock says:

    Beautiful Advent calendar! Yes, I am currently making a rather large Advent calendar to display at my school. giveawayjeanatgmaildotcom

  3. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Oh I would use them to make ornaments for holiday gifts. I can think of a bunch of projects that just scream for some silver bling.

  4. cathrine bolin says:

    Yes, big time, making 15 at the senior center where I work, have been collecting all year, so excited that the time has finally come!

  5. Holly says:

    My daughter and I have just started making our advent calendar–we’re planning an Alice in Wonderland theme for it!

  6. No. It is very pretty but I do not do a lot of decorating.

  7. Lisa R. says:

    Happy holidays to you all! Yes, I would love to make an advent calendar I never have done so before. What I want to do with THIS giveaway is make a FAMILY HEIRLOOM advent calendar! It will have our family name and French crest! Oh my, the little trinkets to adorn our calendar with these wonderful minis to be Victorian in style. Excited! Hope I get this one! Would love to share pic of the finished project after!

  8. Kim Lucak says:

    Oh yes, an advent calendar is what we’d make!!! Love the Nutcracker themed one 🙂

  9. Nancy S says:

    I love all the miniatures! I’d make tags that I’d be able to give as gifts to very special people….. Pick me

  10. Mary Helene says:

    I won’t be making an advent calendar this year. I would like to make a shadow box with these great items.

  11. Kristie N says:

    I have always enjoyed Advent Calendars, but have never made one. Either would be fun to make.

  12. LeAnn says:

    I hadn’t planned on making an advent calendar, but if I win this kit, I will use it to make one.

  13. Lindy V. says:

    I have made advent calendars the past two year and hadn’t planned on making one this year so I would probably make a fun shadowbox(es) with all these great items

  14. Karen says:

    I think it might be fun to make this type of Advent Calendar, but I have made a sewn from fabric calendar. I also think many of the fun stuff in this giveaway would be perfect accessories for my cloth dolls.

  15. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    This is truly a unique way to create an Advent Calendar. It certainly elevates the process to a higher level.

  16. Barb J says:

    I am making an advent calendar!

  17. Dena Cottrell says:

    I have an advent calendar that has nothing in the middle because I’ve had a hard time deciding what I want to use but when I saw those little trains I knew it gd to be a tree with them running underneath.

  18. Roxanne says:

    Oh these sweet shadow boxes are great!
    I would definitely make an advent calendar and when all our friends and relatives come for Christmas I would like to play a game where I let them draw a number 1-25, and whichever number they pick, they go to this calendar and open the drawer that has their number and I’ll put lil’ sweet surprises in each one. What fun!
    TFS! and the chance to win.

  19. Jen R says:

    No advent calendar here but most of these items will look perfect as decoration in my dollhouse!

  20. barbara macaskill says:

    LOVE the new Vintage Collage sheet!! That kitty is so adorable!!
    These advent calendars are amazing!!! The little girl’s dress is absolutely darling!!!
    I make an Advent Calendar every year and would love these goodies to add to this year’s calendar!!
    The Rocking Chair charm and Jester jack in the box are so sweet!!!! So many awesome goodies! Off to check out the new miniatures!! See you Sunday!

  21. Orlie Severson says:

    Yes, I will be making my grandson a Advent tree. I would use the numbers so he would know what day it is and I would use the ribbons to dress-up the tree. I love making Advent calendars.

  22. Marilyn H says:

    I love both the advent calendars from today’s newsletter!

    I wanted to make a calendar, but just don’t have enough time. The other thing I would like to do is make a little Christmas/snow roombox. I don’t think there is enough in the giveaway to do that, but maybe if I turned a canvas around to the back, I could create a shallow box and then use the items to create a miniature snow scene.

  23. I love these I never made an advent calendar but if I won these items I surely would make one!

  24. Cynthia White says:

    What a fun giveaway! I love the Advent Calendars that Tristan and Shannon made. . .I would (almost) copy Tristan’s for my ballet-obsessed granddaughter 🙂

  25. Heather says:

    I have decided to make an advent calendar this year. These elements would be perfect to use. I love the vintage look!

  26. Emily Ann says:

    Another great giveaway! I’d make a Christmas vignette diorama with the nutcracker things.

  27. Kim says:

    I could use some advent items. I have not made an advent box in several years. Maybe time to freshen one up.

  28. Gilda says:

    I would definitely make an advent shadowbox. Love the Nutcracker. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  29. joan says:

    I would love to make an advent calendar for a very special couple.

  30. MaggieM says:

    I would love to make a Christmas Advent calendar for my grand daughters to enjoy…if only I had the supplies (hint hint)

  31. Victoria Harris says:

    I love this!! I am so making an advent calendar!! I always wanted one when I was little but we just never did. This is awesome!!

  32. Ina Good says:

    Yes I would use all the supplies for a nice advent calender sounds fun!

  33. Karen Mallory says:

    Love minis!! I have already made two advent calendars for my grandkids so would be using stuff in a shadow box or something like that!

  34. Janet Turner says:

    I would love to make an advent calendar for my grandkids. Great ideas, as usual!

  35. jean marmo says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! My daughter danced in the nutcracker 3 times when she was little. It was such a wonderful experience. She collected nutcrackers and we have books and scrapbooks from those times. We usually do a chocolate advent calendar but this would be perfect!!!

  36. Noreen says:

    I love Advent calendars with little boxes or drawers! I am not making an Advent calendar this year, tho I have made many in the past. I do have a few more ideas for Advent calendars that I would like to make.

  37. Christi C says:

    I would make a bunch of little ornaments to give away – I don’t have children and the cats don’t seem to care about countdowns LOL Oh I could see decorating some Putz Houses with all these goodies!!

  38. Beth JOnes says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this adorable collection!

  39. Dennis L. says:

    Both shadow boxes are fantastic! My wife made a beautiful advent calendar last year, and I would like her to make another one with these supplies should I win.

  40. Miss Iowa says:

    I’ve started to make Christmas ornaments and these little bits are the perfect size to embellish them. I really like the Victorian advent calendar though. Great job!

  41. Nicole Austin says:

    i made a calendar last year, but i could always make another! i really love those mini faux-metal number plates! everything here is lovely, really. thanks!

  42. Patty Adamson says:

    I have a vintage Western advent calendar, so I won’t be making one, but I am a dollhouse miniaturist, and will be ordering and using some of these goodies to make things for my dollhouse and for making gifts for fellow miniaturist friends. Thanks!

  43. Julie F. says:

    Yes, would love to make one for my two little grandkids. Both of these are beautiful!

  44. Carol Slowik says:

    Yes, I plan to make an Advent calendar. Waiting rather impatiently for mine to get shipped from Alpha Stamps! Love, love, love Shannon Cooper’s!

  45. Sokat says:

    I have been thinking about the how to do an advent calendar and this has tipped me in the right direction. Yes, yes and yes

  46. Ginette says:

    I’m doing one right now. Remember from last year the one built like a Christmas tree.

  47. Helen P says:

    Both Advent calendars are so sweet, and I really adore Tristan’s. (I am sad about the Graphic 45 papers being hard to find). I will definitely make an Advent calendar with the assortment of goodies in this great giveaway.

  48. Denise Bryant says:

    I would love to make an advent calendar! Lots of great items in your giveaway to get me started! Thanks for the chance!

  49. Ruthi Mazur says:

    I have never made an Advent Calendar. This would be so much fun !!

  50. Lori D. says:

    I would definitely make an advent calendar. I’ve never made one and it would be fun to try with all if these goodies! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  51. Jennifer says:

    I would love to make an advent calender. I can’t yet though because much of my supplies are in storage. Love the featured projects!

  52. Luanne Shoup says:

    I am seeing a lot of great supplies to make Christmas tree decorations for gifts!

  53. Leah Fein says:

    Hi, and nope, not an Advent calendar, but would love to make gifts with those retro pink trees!

  54. Jennie says:

    I would love to make an advent calendar!

  55. Jackie P Neal says:

    I absolutely LOVE Tristan’s Advent calendar! Just gorgeous and full of whimsical delight-fullness!!
    no, I probably will not make a calendar this year, however, if I did, I certainly would use Tristan as my inspiration!!

  56. Gannie says:

    I’ve never made an Advent Calendar. I bought a ready-made one several years ago, but I believe my granddaughter would love one made by her “Gannie” and would enjoy it for many years.
    I would try to use all of the items in the give-away, along with some personal touches to make it special just for her.