Saturday, December 1, 2012

Advent Calendar Window #1

Hello Everyone,
December is here and with it comes the holiday that we crafters have been preparing for for several months now, some of us even a whole year: CHRISTMAS!!!
Christmas is the season of joy, a time to relax and to spend quality time with friends & family (and maybe to do some crafting :-)). It's a season full of traditions and it carries different meanings to people around the world. Christmas is also a time of giving and receiving.

When I suggested to the DT Members that we would do an Advent Calendar, they got very excited.
We are all delighted to be able to share the Joy of Christmas with you, our loyal friends and followers. The Advent Calendar is a way for us to give something back to you, our way of thanking you for all the support and encouragement that we have received from yourselves over the last 6 months.
So welcome dear friends, welcome to the first window of the LLC Advent Calendar 2012!!!

As this is the first day, here's a short explanation how it's going to work:
 I've asked the DT Members to state some of their favourite products from the Live & Love Crafts Store. Each day, from today until December the 24th, one of the designers will be posting a Christmas project here on the blog, using one of their favourite products that will be that day's Christmas Candy.

For your chance of winning, please do the following:
1) Become a follower of this blog if you're not already
2) Post our Advent Blinkie in your Blog Sidebar. The html code can be found here.
3) Leave a comment on the blog post with your thoughts on the project.

Each window will stay open for 2 days, meaning the winner from the 1st will be announced on the 3rd, the winner from the 2nd on the 4th and so on. I will draw a random winner amongst all the eligible entries and the winners will be announced here. The winners will have 7 days after announcement to contact me, Sandy, to claim their prize.

Now I think I've kept you waiting long enough...
Time to find out what today's Candy is, don't ya' think?!!!
Today's prize is this set of 40 White Rolled Paper Roses from Kort & Godt:

This is not just a favourite product of mine; actually all members of the LLC DT are very fond of these rolled paper roses; they are so simple to use and add elegance to any craft project! They look even prettier when adding pearls or a bit of glitter to the centers like DT Member Elin sometimes does.

... and here's my creation:
I kept it rather simple this time, and did not add too many embellishments as I didn't want to cover up the gorgeous papers and I wanted the focus to be on the image.
This beautiful image is from Sweet Pea Stamps and called Poinsetta Fairy.

Here are the other materials used:
Papers: Garlands & Wrap the Gifts, It's Christmas Time, Maja Design
Gingham Ribbon Burgundy, LLC
Bourdeaux Organza Roses Trim, Maya Road
Pearls, Melissa Frances
Red Blackberries, LLC
Cheese Cloth
Stardust Stickles

Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck everyone!
The winner will be drawn and announced on Monday morning.
Please join us again tomorrow when Becky is opening Window 2.



  1. Oh, wauw!! What a stunning card!! It's so pretty and so nice embellishments :) It's just wonderfull!

    Hugs Jytte :)

  2. Hi Sandy,

    this card is beautyful!
    And also the rose's!
    Hugs Pouwla.

  3. Gorgeous creation Sandy, love those rich colours you've used and I adore gingham. Those rolled flowers are perfect with the juicy berries.
    Suzi x

  4. What a fabulous card Sandy! I love the DP and your coloring is amazing! Embellies are wonderful! This advent calendar is great idea. I have put the logo on my sidebar and hope I have done everything right :) Will keep my fingers crossed!

    Hugs, Sande xx

  5. hi! i am definitely a follower of your wonderful blog :)! i added the blinkie to my blog sidebar: fun post! can't wait to see everyone's projects! this card is stunning! i love the colors and embellishments! thanks for the chance! have a lovely weekend! *hugs* and much aloha, steph :)

  6. Very beautiful card!!! Pretty colors and beautiful colored image :) Anne Lill

  7. This project is just beautiful & I love how you have used todays candy prize Sandy & thank you for offering such a novel way of winning some fab candy!
    Jane x

  8. This is so pretty and those roses are fabulous well done a super card hugs Elainen

  9. Oh wow Sandy this is beautiful, stunning colouring and perfect placemnet of gorgeous embellies, love it all.
    Thanks so much for sharing all of yours and your fab DT's talent and thanks for the chance to win some yummy candy.
    Big Hugs

  10. Sandy your card is gorgeous. Amazing image and beautiful DP and embellishments. And those roses are the bomb! Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. This is a totally gorgeous card. Such a stunning image, so beautifully coloured and those roses are fantastic. Love those gorgeous berries and the pretty gingham ribbon too.
    Denise xx

  12. Wow Sandy,
    your card looks really fantastic,the papers and the embellis are so wonderful.The roses looks so beautiful.
    Thanks a lot for the chance to win, a follower i've been already for some time and the blinkie is in my sidebar.I wish you a great christmas time and send you many greetings

  13. Beautiful card, love the image, colours, layout and roses!

  14. Gorgeous card! :) I like how you've colored the fairy - now she's definitely ready for Christmas! :) And congratulations to a over all stunning card, great job! :)


  15. Stunning card Sandy! Your colouring is fantastic and those beautiful embellies are amazing - I love, love, love flowers and haven't tried the rolled roses yet. They look gorgeous, as do the berries! Thanks for the chance to win .. already a follower and blinkie on my side bar :)
    Hugs, Tracey x

  16. Hi,
    Lovely card. I love the red blackberries and your colouring is perfect.

  17. Gorgeous card and beautiful coloring. I love the papers and roses

  18. Another stunning card! Those papers are fantastic as are the flowers, pearls and berries. Beautiful image and colored perfectly, too!

  19. What a gorgeous card, beautyful. I love the advent calender idea.
    Hugs Aartje

  20. A fabulous card. Love, love, love the colour scheme! Beautifully coloured image and one of my favourite dies. :o)

  21. Hallo Sandy, deine Karte ist wundervoll. Du hast das Motiv so herrlich coloriert und die Karte so geschmackvoll dekoriert. Die gerollten Blumen sehen darauf hinreißend aus. Ich bin ganz begeistert. Die Idee des Adventskalenders ist klasse.
    Ganz liebe Grüße

  22. Ooh yum! This is definitely the type of candy I love, very pretty card with gorgeous roses, thanks for sharing
    Hugs julie P

  23. Hi Sandy,
    Thank you for these advent calendar you are having .
    Beautiful card, gorgeous colors and very beautiful flowers, i love them as well.
    I don!t know how to put these badge on my blog.
    Can you give some more explanation please?
    Lovely regards

  24. Oh wonderful..., thanks so much for doing an adventscalendar! I love, love, LOVE these flowers, they're gorgeous !!!

  25. Beautiful card!! love the colors

  26. Your card is amazing, Sandy! Absolute love everything on it. It is one of my fave Sweet Pea image and it looks so great what you made with it. Thank you so much for the Advents calendar you're doing for us, wonderful idea! Love it! So of course I want to join and try my luck.
    Hugs, Karina

  27. I am sure these Flowers are a Winner in every Scrappers home. they are so Beautiful.. and look how Beautiful they look on the card here. I love the colors used.. Fantastic Coloring.. and I love the Design papers too.. And everything matches so well together. Beautiful Card..
    And Thank you so much for the chance to win!.. I would be thrilled to win!.. :o)

  28. The card is gorgeous and I love all the embellies!! The colouring is amazing! Thanks for a chance to win!! HUgsxx

  29. Wow!! Sandy, your card is absolutely stunning and thank you for the chance to win!!
    Hugs Hazel xx

  30. Stunning card Sandy, love the beautifully coloured image and all the gorgeous embellishments. Thanks so much for the chance to win.
    Caz x

  31. A crafting advent calendar! What a fantastic idea and a much healthier option for us dieters than chocolate too :-)

    Sandy's card and image are beautifully coloured in the traditional Christmas colours but with a modern twist and the additional of not only the rolled paper roses but all of the other embellishments make this such a lovely card to receive.

    xx Happy crafting and seasonal glittery hugs xx


  32. A gorgeous card, the image is stunning and the amount of embellishments is perfect : )

  33. Oh WOw Sandy this is going to be such fun! I love love love your card! Those rolled roses look fab, the image is gorgeous, and all your other lovely details (and they are lovely!) all make for a beautiful card! Thanks to you all for taking the time to do this for us at such a busy time of the year. Judy x

  34. What a wonderful idea 'a crafting calendar' I love it! and what a superb card Sandy, fantastic colouring and so beautifully embellished, it's amazing!
    Hugs Teresa xx
    Off to have another look :o)

  35. wow sandy this is stunning!!! What a gorgeous the colouring and those gorgeous deep reds. The berries look so super cute on there too!! :D

  36. Hello Sandy!

    and omg!!! this card is really amazing! i love those papers and the super duper cute image is fabolous with your coloring!!!!
    i also love these berries you've put near the flowers!! AMZING!!!!
    love everthing about this!
    thank you for the chance to win!!!


  37. Beautiful creation, love the little flowers.

    Hugs Ali x

  38. Hi wow she is gorgeous in these colours !! Berries are so so pretty ! I love the glitter on her wings ! Super inspiration ;0)

  39. What a lovely idea of a calendar. Gorgous project.