Sunday, November 8, 2009

What a fabulous day.......


Wow! what a fantastic day I had at the NEC! It was my absolute privilege to meet Jacqui and travel with her by train up to Birmingham. You are just as wonderful in real life as I thought you would be. Thank you so much Jacqui for being my travel buddy. I was so excited and happy to be asked by Barbro and John of Magnolia to demo for them in the morning. It was also my great honour to be demoing with the most fabulous, sweetest, all time brilliantly talented Tab!

Thank you so much to John and Barbro who were kindness itself. It was just the greatest pleasure to meet you both. I was just amazed to be part of such a special day. So big, big thank you's for letting me spend some time in the magical world of Magnolia!

I still can't believe that I actually met so many crafters in real life! These were some of the girls I met Marlene and Rach and their Bambino's. Bev, Marcea, Dawny P, Caz, Kim, Kim, Mel, Shirley, Jo, Tara to name but a few. It was incredible so sorry if I have missed you out, but it was a crazy day! I also met up with the Crafts U Love stand they are just so lovely Paula, Geoff and of course the wonderful, wonderful Tracy!

This is one of the projects I brought to the show. Tab had the most to die for creations too oh it is just wonderful to actually see them and hold them!

This is how my Advent calender started with these small matchboxes.

Two Bind-it-All covers.

I covered the covers with paper then I painted the matchboxes with gesso.

I then painted them inside and out with picket fence crackle paint.

I then distressed them with distress ink.

I then glimmer misted them inside and out.

I then punched out circles and stamped numbers onto them. I punched out little hearts and using pins attached them to my boxes. I cut off the pin inside and added paper to cover. I then stuck them altogether and put the top and bottom on.

This is the finished top of my calender. I have sprayed my flowers with glimmer mist and added stickles.

Here is a close up of the top.

A better view of the finished draws.

My completed Advent Calender.

Thank you so much for looking. To everyone I missed at the show I really hope that I can catch up with you another day.

kim x


Dragonlady said...

Hi Kim

You lucky lucky girl - firstly getting to go and meet all the crafting bloggers face to face and demoing too. Your creation is fabulous.

Hugs Ali x

Vanessa (aka V, Nessa, oldschool) said...

OH MY WORD Kim!!!!!!!!!!!!
this is SO gorgeous...I LOVE all the work that went into each perfect detail!!!!
I am so glad you had a fab time...very much deserved :)

Nicola said...

Wow Kim, for once I am speechless unlike my DD hehe. Your advent box is stunning and a true labour of love. This will be treasured for all time and passed down through the lucky family.
Maybe catch you in March, fingers crossed, sounds like a fun filled day was had by all.
Nicola -x-

Mandy said...

Oh Kim this is stunning hun, so many perfect little details, love it.
I'm so pleased you had a fab day at the NEC I was gutted I couldn't go but hope to be able to see you at the next show you demo at
hugs Mandy xx

Anneke said...

what a great tutorial kim.
you have showing us it very well, and what a gorgeous work.
love all the pretty drawers.
how nice to have this in your room

Carina said...

Your calendar is perfect kim!!
Just love the stamp and embellishment!
hugs, Carina

Jacqueline's Weblog said...

Wow Kim this is perfect! So great and wonderful.
Hugs Jacqueline

Jan said...

This is gorgeous. Thanks so much for the tutorial... I shall definitely have to have a go at this.

Jane said...

Oh Kim this is stunning!!! I'm waiting for some handles to come through the post to make one of these, if it is half as good as yours I'll be happy! Sounds like you had a wonderful day, I'm kicking myself now for not being brave enough to make the drive myself :( hugs, Jane xx

liza said...

oh kim this is totally amazing,and what a lovely gift it would make,love all the detail and your colouring is stunning as always,im soooo jealous of everyone that got to go to the NEC,im in n.ireland so its so far away for me BUT we have a craft show in this week which my good friend Mina is demonstrating at so looking forward to catching up with her again...glad you had such a lovely time

love n hugs

sandra_w said...

This is gorgeous, Kim!

San x

Julie said...

Stunning project Kim- love it!! Lucky you to mix with all those lovely crafters- sounds like you had the most wonderful time!! Juliex

June Nelson said...

Kim how do you make such beautiful things im always in awe of your work, cant wait for the next thing!!! bet you had a great day too meeting everyone love and hugs June xxxx

Marina said...

Wow!!! Your advent calender is stunning! I LOVE it.
Thank you very much for the great tutorial.
Nice to hear, that you've had a fab time at NEC.


Nicolchen said...

I am speechless ... this is a dream Advent Calendar ... the details and design are gorgeous :0)))


auntie lisa said...

Wow Kim~
This is the most clever idea- who woulda thought match boxes!! It is very cool. I am so happy for you that you had a great day yesterday. Wow so much talent in one place, you are ALL so creative.

Net said...


That is super.

There's a little space that would fill nicely on my desk... ;))

Jojjo said...

Very beautiful, a piece of art really :)

sandra's hobby cards said...

Wow!beautiful and what a work!

Viddan said...

Wounderful!!! I did one last year... now you inspired me to do one more =)
Love the idea with crackle paint.
Have a nice week!
Hugs Lena

scrappyjan said...

Kim your box is STUNNING!!! So glad you had such a great event... What a wonderful fun filled day for you...
hugs, janny

Anonymous said...

wow! the whole picture shows the maker's work of art and creations...

thank you for the inspiration..

Janny said...

woooooow this is sooo beautifull Kim!

alina said...

Absolutely beautiful, Kim, I love everything about it, so gorgeously decorated!
Hugs, Alina

Anonymous said...

Oh Kim, this is so devine, and such a great Tutorial, that Gesso is going to be ordered today...
I was so sorry I missed you at the show, it was so busy, I had to fight my way to the Magnolia stand, I did get some fab stamp's so must not moan.
I love your advent box, it's stunning...

your brill...

Clare (Littlebear) said...

Oh Wow, this is stunning Kim. Thanks for detailing how you made it.
Clare x

Fern said...

WOW, WOW, WOW Kim this is AMAZING!!! I love it, and it sounds so saimple to make! Just Stunning :O)

Fern xx

Georgia said...

This is incredible Kim - absolutely fantastic! This is so cleverly done - the matchboxes were a great idea and I love how you've used the crackle paint! Everything about it is gorgeous, I love love love it! :)
Love, Georgia xx

Kath said...

truly stunning Kim and I bet you just had the most truly wonderful day with all your bloggy buddies...big hugs kath xxxxxx

dolcreations said...

KIM this is STUNNING! Wow! I am so inspired by this! Thank-you for the step by step instructions!

Tab said...

OMG this was even gorgeouser IRL, and yes I got to touch it and drool over it and believe me when I say that the pics do not do this beauty justice, totally to die for! Love it and I can see that so much love has gone into making it!
Thanks for yesterday, loved it so much, dear friend!
Hugs Tab xxx

mckinkle said...

What a stunning little gift for the 1st of December for the 'little' people in your family!!
Im with Georgia, I think the crackle paint is divine!
Oh lets face it, it is all blinking amazing!

Glad you had a great time at the show!

Keryn x

Mandy said...

WOW!!! this is just gorgeous..thanks for the details I would love to make one for my Great sad I didn't get to the show but hope to go next time..
Mandy xx

Mel said...

Wow,this is amazing and even more beautiful in the flesh so to speak. It was great to have met you yesterday, can't wait for the next one now lol! Mel x

Vicky said...

Wow Kim. This project is just stunning! So much time and effort but boy oh boy is it worth it! Love it! Just need to fill it with yummy chos now!
Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Trish said...

Wonderful advent calendar Kim - very beautiful, and very clever!
I am so glad you had a great time at NEC, I bet they loved having you there!

Nettie said...

Absolutely Fabulous!!! this is stunning, the work involved is amazing: I take off my hat to you (well I would if I had one on!) pleased you enjoyed the show: one day I'll be there;o) hugs Nettie xxx

bex said...

I love the advent calendar - I wish I had the patience and time to sit and do one!! I saw you at the NEC yesterday, I loved watching your demo and have been inspired to give distress inks a go !! I was a little star-struck (lol) so I didn't introduce myself ;o) x

Lena Katrine said...

I'm so happy to hear about your magic day!!
And what a wonderful calender you've made! Delightful in every way!

Thanks again for your sweet comment in my blog ♥

BIG hugs, Lena

Kylie said...

What a lot of beautiful comments Kim. You are certainly looked up to and respected. Well done. Yes I agree with everyone else, this advent calendar is stunning.
Kylie xo

Line said...

Kim this is absolutely STUNNING!!!
You've put so much work into this and I just LOVE all the details! The cracklepaint on the drawers are so effectful!
I've wanted to make one myself and boy did you inspire me now!

Hugs, Line

Hege-Annie Simonsen said...

I love these calendars - and yours is adorable!... :) I have more than one of these on my to-do-list!

Hope your weekend has been great!
Hugs, Hege

Angelwood said...

Absolutely stunning this is!!! Love all the embellishments and all the gorgeous sparkle of your projects. Another project I am so going to CASE. Love it! hugz, Angela

*Ellen* said...

whow this is absolutely stunning so lovely details and colors

Linda said...

Hello Kim,
Wow!!!! what a wonderfull advent calender you've made.
Love the colors, details and Magnolia on top of it!
Your blog is fantastic, so much beautifull things on it.

Linda x.

Dawny P said...

Well firstly what an absolute pleasure it was to meet you at last and you were exactly how I imagined you to be xxx And Jacqui, well she is just the nicest and sweetest person isn't she. Wasn't it an incredible day? I am still on a high from it all.

And oh my life, your advent calender is stunning. It's so beautiful - I love it. There's so much attention to detail and you are so good at putting it all together. Fabulous. Biggest hugs xxx

Cheryl said...

OMG this is just breathtaking,so much gorgeous detail!!! Looks like alot of work,but so worth it!!
Hugs xx

Pia said...

wooooow what a beautiful work

Mina said...

this is amazing Kim, I spent ages just gazing at it lol...Im chuffed to bits you had a fab day
Mina xxx

Nilla said...

Glad you had a fun day, Kim! Sounds like fun, have to go to Europe one day and meet you guys! Thanks for the tutorial for this little master piece! Hugs Nilla

BA said...

kim this is absolutely stunning!!
xoxo BA

Danni said...

This is gorgeous!!!

gina g said...

Stunning work of art Kim as always, i never seam to find the right words as all your work is amazing. Wow wish i could of gone to the NEC perhaps next time!!! sounds like you all had a fab time though. luv gina xx

~Denise Lynn~ said...

How absolutely gorgeous is this! Love everything about it Kim! You always make the most lovely creations and all that glitter and shimmer is perfect.

Can I ask, where does one get those cute little matchboxes? Is there somewhere you can order them?

Gunhild said...

Hi Kim! I love your advent calendar, it's gorgeous!! What a great idea to paint the drawers with distress paint, the result is fabulous! The NEC sounds like so much fun, I am glad you had a great time.

Thank you for leaving such a nice comment on my blog! My son is enjoying school, so we are very happy :)

Have a nice week!
Hugs, Gunhild

Leigh said...

OMG Kim!! What can I say?? Absolutely stunning, amazing, beautiful, gorgeous.....the list goes on. You have created a wonderful piece of art.
Love the way you've used the flowers and ribbon to create the arrangements on the top.

Cheryl said...

wow babe this is truly remarkable just looks so simple to make yet you make it so beautifully detailed just brilliant hun so glad you had a fantastic time,one of these days would love to be able to meet some blogging buddies,you never know take care hun hugs cheryl xxxx

Martine said...

oh WOW kim this is AMAZING, this must have taken ages, but blimey its stunning, i adore the Shabby Chic look you have created, and thanks so much for showing us how you created this work of heART, simply stunning :)



Ila said...

I'm having a ball reading all the posts about NEC...Sure sounds like you had a Fabulous time..TFS!!...Your Advent box is Amazing and totally Outstanding!!..Hugs Ila

Jackie Thomas said...

Wow Kim, this is simply stunning. Wow. I adore it. xo Jackie

Kathy said...

WOWZers Kim!! This is a masterpiece!! I love it!! All your details are always amazing and your image is so cute!! Love this project!!
Hope you have a great start to your week!

doris said...

Wonderful project Kim...!!!

xoxo doris

Jo (Boots the Monkey) said...

Oh wow Kim, your advent calendar is just stunning, all that detail, amazing.

It was so lovely to meet you on Saturday and your work, if at all possible, is even more stunning in real life.

Huge hugs,

Jo xxx

Rach said...

hiya Kim,
i Love your advent calender it is so beautiful gorgeous details..stunning..
it was so lovely to meet you Saturday.. sending big hugs. Rachxxx

loftylass said...

Glad you had such a brilliant time at NEC - see with talent like yours there's no need to worry. This project is fabulous ..... I am so in awe!!!
I have 4 GD's who would adore this - ummm that's an awful lot of matches
isn't it.
TFS - great tutrial.

hobby@Janet said...

OOoh it`s so wonderfull!!
I love your creation!! And the colors are amazing!!

Hugs Janet

Hanne said...

This is amazing! Your calender is beautiful Kim!

Hugs Hanne

Joy said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! I made one of those a few weeks ago and this morning I put it in the bin as it was so rubbish!! Thankyou for the tutorial especially the little boxes which look much stronger than mine. You have inspired me to have another go. Did you have to buy boxes of matches and emty them? If not where did you get them please? xx

debby4000 said...

Oh this is gorgeous, wonderful work. They're such fun to do but my Sis was unimpressed when I asked for her to buy me 24 matchboxes.
Glad everything went well on Saturday.

Grenouille Greetings said...

This is stunning, Kim. Tilda is so beautifully coloured and oh so sparkly! The detail on every section of your box (inside and out) is superb right down to the little drawer knobs! I love it! Lesley

simone said...

wauw, love it!
great work,
great project!
hugs Simone

Melodie said...

What a wonderful advent calendar.

Rivien said...

Ohhhh Kim :o)

Wow!!! Your advent calender is stunning! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.

And thank you for this great turorial!

Hugs Rivien

6 wacky women said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Kim.
Love the crackle paint effect, the image is so beautiful, your details are fabulous!!

Karen x

♥...Mo...♥ said...

Woooww... Que preciosidad...!!!! te tomare la idea, es maravillosa, un gran abrazo desde Venezuela, estare mas seguido por aqui

Kari said...

Oh,my.. this is really gorgeous!
Amazing what you have done with the boxes..It looks so wonderful!
Have a lovely evening:)


Treacle said...

Hi Kim

Glad you made it home safely. It was great to see you at the NEC yesterday just wish I could have gotten away from the stand to be able to come and see you demoing.

I love this little advent calender i'm glad I got to see it in the flesh on the Magnolia stand.

See you soon



Nina said...

I can`t find words!! It`s just... WOW ♥♥♥

Hugs from Nina

Aija said...

Wow, Kim, it sounds that you had fantastic day! And I do not wonder at all. :)
Your project is also truly amazing, loving all those little details on it!

mueppi said...

Wow........... Kim
what a wonderful work!!
I love it so much!
Hugs Gisela

Anneke said...

I only can say FABULOUS, what a job.
Greetings Anneke.

Danielle said...

WOW! This is an absolute work of art Kim! The amount of work and detail you put into this is just gorgeous - and it shows! What a masterpiece!
Hugs, Danielle

Andrea, said...

Oh this is fabulous Kim, I love the colours and image, this is such a great idea.
It sounds like you had a wonderful time at the NEC

Kit said...

wow Kim this is amazing such a lovely idea

Bribrie said...

C'est vraiment superbe ! Bravooo

Paula said...

Beautiful box Kim,I can see another class coming up! Paula x

Alison said...

Kim that is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I love all the details, especially the little hearts behind the drawer -knobs. And your Tilda - well she is of course just beautiful.

This year is the first year for ages that I couldn't go to the NEC, and I'm so sick that Magnolia had a stand there. Still, probably healthier for the bank balance...

craftymum said...

Just love this project. You have made it beautifully. I would love to have met you at the NEC as I was demoing Promarkers there. I always follow your blog. Thanks for the inspiration
Love Sarah XXX

Jill said...

ooh Kim, this is adorable and absolutely stunning, I was in the process of making mine when I saw yours and the matchbox, there was a few choice words lol, as I didn't think of that lol and made all 24 boxs it's taken me 2 days lol never mind! hugs Jill xx

ELLY said...

I love it!!!

hugs, Elly

Monique Lokhorst said...

Hello Kim,

This is absolutely breathtaking. Really stunning! It is so gorgeous, the Design, the colours, just everything!

Monique xxx

kSiu-Sha said...

Wow!!!!!!!! It is SO fantastic!!!! I think my vocabulary isn't enough to explain what I think about this calendar-box! It's gorgeous!

Risa said...

Oh Kim, what a beautiful advent box! Every aspect of it is gorgeous and the crackled effect is amazing! Awesome details and beautiful image as well!

Tammi said...

Whoa, this is incredible Kim! All that work into it, just gorgeous!! And how fun to meet everyone at NEC, sounds like so much fun, wish I lived closer! :) ~Hugs

Caroline said...

Hh Kim, this box is wonderful...
Have a nice day.

Aina said...

WOW, this is just fantastic, Kim!
The colours and details are just perfect :)

Joy said...

Thanks for your reply on my blog Kim xx

Kort og Søm said...

Wow...just love it!!
Fredrikke :o)

Deb said...

wow, that is totally stunning, love it, sounds like you had a perfect dAY! HUGS dEBX

Georgia said...

wow, I love it.

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow Kim, what a stunning advent calendar with such an unusual design. This is definitely a piece of art.

Scrapmumur said...

WOW...Kim, your creation is fabulous and stunning!!!!
I love so much design and the details.
Your work is perfect.
Hugs, mumur

Gunilla/Nilla said...

WOW this is absoloutley FANTASTIC. So much work you´ve done with this calender, STUNNING!!!

Solveig said...

Oh Kim! What a lovely advent callendar you have made!! I just love it! Super smart design here! I guess there will be a lucky little child who will recieve this:o))
It seems like you've had the most beautiful day meeting all this nice people. I'm sure they meet a just as lovely Kim too:o)))
Have a fine evening, my frined.
Hugs from Solveig

Nicoline said...

Simply stunning.


Tara said...

Hi Kim,
Sorry I haven't caught up with you before now but just wanted to say how lovely it was to meet you..... even if I didn't recognise you at the start, ooops! Hope to see you again in March maybe and I'm so glad your demo went well!!
Your box is amazing.... who'd of thought a few matchboxes could end up as such a fabulous creation!!!
Hugs Tara xx

All Pink girl said...

O M G pick my up off the floor xxx
Wow kim this is stunning ,i am lost for words xxxx
you are one veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy talented lady xxxxx
i so need to try some of this crackle paint
love it
hugs Dawnxxxx


Hi Kim - lovely to hear about your day at the NEC - and what a fabulous day it must have been.
This advent box is absolutely stunning and thank you so much for sharing it.
Love & hugs, Sylvia xxx

sonja bekker said...


realy breathtaking
everything is just gorgeous.

xx Sonja

CraftyC said...

Wow Kim, super stunning, You are so bloomin talented!!!!!! lol

Helene said...

Waw Kim, this is stunning, I absolutely love it !

Judy's Crafty Moments said...

Sound slike an absolutely wonderful day at the NEC. How I wish it wasn't so far! Your advent calendar is sooooo beautiful. I love all the details and thank you sooo much for taking the time to show us how you did it! Love it! Hugs Judy xx

Maris said...

wowww great box you made, i love it xx

Bev said...

Amazing! Wow wow wow my gob is smacked lol. This is beyond superb Kim!! xx

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i love all your creations..they are fab and pretty like you (profile photo)..

thank you so much for your wonderful comments..

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Leann said...

Oooooooh, this is delicious Kim!!!!
If only I had the patience (not to mention talent!) to make one...
Hugs x

Anonymous said...

Well Kim, this has left me speechless...truly breathtaking are so talented.
Great to read that you had fun at the NEC...must have been a wonderful day for you. Would love to meet you there next March if you go!
Carole x

Anonymous said...

Back again Kim...could you please tell me what the pearl pins are that you have used on the drawers? Where can you buy them from?
I'm going to have a go at making one of these!
Thanks so much.
Carole x