Thursday 29 November 2018

Advent Shrine by Jennie

Hello and welcome to my final project for this month of November here at Calico Craft Parts.

I am always in awe of the lovely shrines created by my fellow teamies here at Calico Craft Parts and decided that I would have a go at making myself an Advent Shrine - something peaceful to reflect on whilst burning my Advent candle each evening during the month of December.

I had a rather large Display Arch Shrine Kit sitting in my drawer so rather than planning anything I just dived in and decorated it as it appealed to me. 

I started with the inside of the shrine covering the MDF with printed tissue paper, DecoArt Crackle Paste and blue and brown inks.

I also used the Crackle Paste on the outside frame .....

.... but no brown ink was required as the MDF stained the crackle glaze beautifully!

Crackle Paste was again used on the back of the Scrabble Board Tiles ....

.... and mini letters used to create my main focus word.

This beautiful chandalier has been in my box for ages but had got a little damaged just through handling, so there was some clever placing of elements to hide the bits missing!

I needed something large to balance out the top of the shrine and the large Holly Leaf and Berry Corner was just perfect ..... with the addition of some of my handmade paper flowers (there is a tutorial on my blog for these rolled roses if you are interested in giving them a go!).

Finally I packed some elements in and around the chandalier .......

.... and aded some gold glass beads here and there (here being where I planned them to go and there being where they also manage to get to as well!)

I think this will provide a lovely focus for Advent when it is so easy to get so caught up in presents, parties and preparing food. 

And now I have made one I am sure I will be making more - this was a project I thoroughly enjoyed putting together.

As always thank you so much for joining me and happy crafting!

Jennie x

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  1. Jennie, this is exquisite! I love how you used the chandelier, and that crackle on the scrabble tiles had me swooning with delight. What a beautiful touch the roses are too. I think it's a perfect shrine for Advent, which is such a lovely time. xx

    1. Thank you Julie Ann - I always love your wonderful shrines x

  2. Oh wow Jennie, your shrine is beautiful! I love the crackle on the front and those scrabble tiles. You have decorated it so beautifully with the chandelier and the wonderful flowers - the whole piece is quite simply gorgeous! Hugs xxx

  3. This is just so beautiful Jennie! The palette is perfection and I love the shape of this shrine with your perfectly designed components and floral spray. Hugs, Autumn

    1. Thank you Autumn and glad you like the palette, I was wondering if it was a little dark! x

  4. Absolutely wonderful, a very peaceful feeling! Have a beautiful advent season! Hugs,Kerstin xx

  5. Such peace, calm and serenity - I can just imagine this in the flickering glow of the Advent candles.
    Alison x

    1. Thank you Alison - yes it is all set up for tomorrow! x