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Farmhouse Kitchen & Farmhouse Christmas Papers

Filed under Advent Calendar Kit, Art Projects, Giveaways, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters

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 Lora’s project that are still available on the new site.

Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey is bringing you an adorable Winter Wonderland Advent Calendar straight out of an old black and white holiday movie. Only Lora’s is bright and cheerful from all of the color she used on it.

I made this one for the fab folks at Alpha Stamps and it’s kind of inspired by the whimsical, fancy Mad Hatter style of the company Mackenzie Childs. The Advent Shadowbox is a good size at approx. 12×12 inches, so it makes a good statement on a mantle or tabletop. You could also wire it and hang it on a wall.

I love how the bright colors are a cheerful contrast to the black and white harlequin check on the walls. I fell in love with the Farmhouse Christmas Stripe Scrapbook Paper because of the strip of stockings toward the bottom and decided to use that on the wall. I hand-colored it with an array of Copic Markers and added lots of glitter.

I also used glass pearls for the drawer pulls, dotting the tops of each with a little Stickles and then piping some around the base of the pearls to finish them off.

Looks like the family is coming in from a chilly ride on a one-horse sleigh! There are lots of tasty treats and a bottle of bubbly waiting to warm them up on the table!”

The Farmhouse Christmas Collection is ADORABLE and I love how Laura used it as a backdrop for the advent calendar. One certainly can’t go wrong with Copics and glitter! Psst… check out the new Tim Holtz Vintage Platinum Glitter Dust, too!

(And all of those coordinating black and white papers would be fun to play with any time of year. AND two more “Mix & Match Paper Pads” are new, too: each pad includes solid and printed cardstock, canvas, burlap and corrugated cardstock… the Holiday Baking one is calling my name!)

Speaking of glitter and adorable — how cute are the snowflakes on the Christmas tree that Laura colored with glitter and the kitten under the tree? You just know at any minute that kitty will be messing with the presents

Winter Wonderland Advent Calendar Supply List

Grab your bubbly and visit Lora at her blog for more photos and details on how she made her advent calendar.


Hooray for the (Mainly) Black & White Giveaway!

With all the new papers (and the red & green papers Lora added for her advent calendar) I had lots of options to choose from for this Giveaway:
– Black & Ivory Ribbon Stripe Scrapbook Paper
– Holiday Baking Stripe Scrapbook Paper
– Gingerbread Houses Scrapbook Paper
– Farmhouse Christmas Stripe Scrapbook Paper
– Black & Ivory French Linen Stripe Scrapbook Paper
– Black & Ivory Diamonds Scrapbook Paper
– Farmhouse Kitchen Stripe Scrapbook Paper
– Double Dot Vintage Wild Berry Scrapbook Paper
– Double Dot Vintage Wasabi Green Scrapbook Paper

To enter the (Mainly) Black & White 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 20, 2015)! And tell me: All those graphic black and white prints: what would you make using them? Would you leave them black and white or color them? How would you color them?

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 Gold, Green & Red Giveaway? That would be Ginette!

Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, November 19th, 2015

36 responses to “Farmhouse Kitchen & Farmhouse Christmas Papers”

  1. Pat Clark says:

    Gosh, please sell these papers. They are wonderful, especially the tiny black and white stripe. It would be great printed on fabric for a mattress in smaller scales.

  2. Michelle says:

    How cool is this for Christmas! As always great giveaways from you all…have very Happy Holidays!

  3. Kim Lucak says:

    Love it for Christmas! Great giveaways, blessed Thanksgiving greetings!!

  4. Connie says:

    Love Lora’s work!!! I’d make black and white ornaments.

  5. Holly says:

    Black and white snowflake ornaments would be really neat!

  6. Nancy S says:

    I just love all the black and white. I create a diorama with the black and white papers. A Victorian Christmas if you will with sparkle everywhere!

  7. Love this giveaway~!! I would make scrapbook pages with the paper and use the other items for my collages Thank you

  8. LeAnn says:

    I would use the black and white Christmas paper to make vintage ornaments.

  9. jean marmo says:

    LOVE the black and white! I would use them for scrapping and for making some mixed media canvases. I might paint some and some leave. There would be perfect for black and white photos!

  10. Martha says:

    The black and ivory harlequin and stripes would be great backgrounds for cards and the edges would be a little distressed. The double dot papers would be used to die cut wreathed and poinsettias. And since home made toffee is one the gifts I make for Christmas, the baking paper would be perfect colored adornments for the bags. The vintage images would be colored with inks and used for the cards. What a great suite of paper!

  11. Karen says:

    Black and white papers would be fun to use in creating Art Deco style gift tags. Depending on the addition of a few colors, they could be used for various holidays. Using pinks and reds would make them perfect for Valentine cards and tags and etc. Hope to be lucky to be selected!

  12. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Put my thinking cap on and have fun trying out different approaches. Love!

  13. Gina Goodling says:

    I would use the papers to cut out arrows and stars and other designs to add to backgrounds of journal pages, so striking when used like this! Lovely offerings!

  14. Emily N. says:

    I would use the black and white papers on my wooden art dolls… perfect for that!

  15. Verna says:

    Wow. I think those red and green papers up next to the black/white are incredible. I think a banner would be fun. Thanks for the goodies!

  16. Lou Anne says:

    I’d use the b/w papers as is in a Christmas shadowbox or diorama and add bursts of color.

  17. Mary Helene says:

    Love classic black and white. Will make beautiful cards/photojournals.

  18. Sheila says:

    Crisp white & mysterious black punctuated by bright reds & greens. Perfect for the season!

  19. MaggieM says:

    I would leave the black and white as-is but add colorful items to my project. I would first use the black and white papers to create more Paris-themed art for my grand daughters newly decorated bedroom:) I was a huge fan of McKenzie Child:)

  20. Julie Benge says:

    The Gingerbread Houses is the one for me. I would color it with my colored pencils and use it for card fronts. Or cut out the tiny cookies for embellishments.

  21. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome advent calendar!
    I love the b&w look, and I’d make cards! I do like to add a pop of color! I’d use a colored embellishment!

  22. barbara macaskill says:

    OOOOOOOOOOOO! I would leave them mostly black and white but would use my Prima Oil Pastels and Colored pencils to add a pop of color here and there! Cards, canvases and banners spring to mind to start with!

  23. Kim R says:

    Since Im hooked to adult coloring these days, I would definitely be coloring the black & white papers! I would make cards for sure!

  24. Jo says:

    I would leave them black and white to contrast with the green and red paper. Love it!

  25. AbTann says:

    Black and white images are great as background for a central colorful image. I might use one or two additional colors–markers or diluted acrylic paint–to highlight parts of a larger piece.

  26. Roxanne says:

    Oh how sweet! Yes, I would use those black & white papers! I may color a few w/watercolors…I would love to make a sweet Christmas candy shoppe! These prints would be perfect for the one I have in mind.And yes, the candy Shoppe has a resident kitty watching all the activity in the Shoppe!:) meow!

  27. Jean Bullock says:

    Would love to win these. I would cut panels for cards and some of the panels would be black and white and on some of them, I might color just one or two images and leave the rest black and white.

  28. Sokat says:

    I really like the black and white but would add a splash or two of some fun , bright colors and make some ornaments to decorate the garland around my fireplace.

  29. joan says:

    Love the black and white, would make wonderful cards and banners for the holidays.

  30. Carol Slowik says:

    I would make a kitchen themed advent calendar with the gingerbread houses as my main theme in the opening, colored of course. I would color and cut out all the retro ornaments and decorate my tree with those! Love!

  31. Barb J says:

    Love the black and white! I would leave them just as they are!
    And I love the advent calendar!

  32. Luanne Shoup says:

    I love the black and white, but, will not be able to resits coloring it!

  33. Kimberly Barcello says:

    black and white always works. Hadnt thought of coloring them, but maybe an accent color like yellow or red. I have a bunch of cigar boxes that could be covered nicely with these papers!

  34. Ginette says:

    Backgrounds, floors. boxes. We can use them every where and cans be easily colored.

  35. Barbara Crossley says:

    Great give away! Black and white is an all time favorite of mine. I frequently have used the colors for backgrounds or tidbits of the check in my projects.

  36. Charlotte Deerborn says:

    I might have to borrow the harlequin for Halloween and use orange chalk ink to color it. The rest would be used for a holiday baking recipe book and maybe a Christmas layout.
    The mix and match pads look interesting. I might have to add them to my wish list.