Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Advent Calender Countdown...
and some free Christmas Printables too!

So I was doing a bit of grocery shopping and found this little advent calender and it was on sale...but just not my style...so what to do?....Alter it :))
Well I was just getting the finishing touches on it when I saw that the "Created byhand Challenge" was Christmas Countdown! So of course I had to entry mine :))

First I wanted to show the before... but I forgot to take a picture of it before but here is one I found on the internet.

I tell myself that I did this for my little grandson Quinton but really I think it is just as much for me. I can't wait to see and share the countdown with him! A tradition I hope to carry on for many years to come.
... this is the "After" with it closed... You can click on the pictures to see a larger one .... The graphics are below as my Christmas gift to you <]:{o>>>
Just make sure to click on the little thumbs to go to the larger printable version

and this is the inside.. The stamps are from "Scroll Works" and all the printed images are from my little etsy store... again you can click on the little picture to go to a larger one

I loved this one.. it from an old magazine print by Thomas Nast

The sheet music is just something I put together as is the Christmas text done in an old newspaper style

For this one I took some old sheet music for "Angels we have heard on high" and dressed it up. The holly story came from an old book and it is not in the picture, however it is on the right side of the calendar and it wraps to the back. I then filled the rest of the back with the text sheet. That way even though the text is covered with graphics on the inside you can still turn the calendar around and read it.

Feel free to pin the thumb above but please do not pin the actual download. I would like everyone to stop by here to download it so they don't miss all my other fun free downloads.

These are all reproductions done in antique style

Download "Visions" by Thomas Nast here 
Download Reproduction 1907 Christmas Music here 
Download  Christmas text done in an old newspaper style here
Download "Reproduction Angels we have heard on high" music sheet here 
Download "The Story Of The Holly Sprig" Reproduction here

They are copyright Alteredartifacts and are for your personal use only. They are not to be included or used in any digital downloads of any kind. You may use them on any project you actually print them for and you do have the copyright permission to sell any of those hand made projects.


Netty said...

Oh wow its gorgeous. Perhaps you should keep it as its too brilliant to part with. Thank you so much for the beautiful papers. Annette x

1CardCreator said...

Wow, this looks awesome, I agree with Annette, it is almost too special to share but Quinton will love it. Thank you for the gorgeous printables. ~Diane

Carolyn said...

Inka, your advent box is incredible. Quinton, and you, will have so much fun each day opening the little doors. It is beautiful!!!!

cheryl said...

oh wow this is just stuning oh just do not think I could part with it,this is just amazing,hugs cheryl xxxx


Thank you all for the sweet complement! and I wanted to let you all know that I don't plan to part with it :)) I plan to enjoy it with my grand baby then in the future, hand it down in our family
Inka :)

Erica said...

What a BEAUTIFUL advent calendar. Thank you so much for the printables - they are so unique and match perfectly with an altered book I'm planning to make. You're always full of inspiration!

Vicki Romaine said...

WOW you have been busy. I love the chest with all the Christmas images inside. And thanks for the great printables. I'm going to (when I have time) fix me an expandable folder of all these beautiful images.

Robyn said...

fabulous altered work
great take on the theme
thanks for sharing your images and your creativity with Created Byhand

Ann said...

beautiful advent calendar..how can you bear to part with it?!!!
thanks so much for the beautiful papers..how generous!!
How is your Mom doing?

ArtZhodgepodge said...

Love your countdown box. Thank so much for the images.

Lynn Stevens said...

How Wonderful Inka! What a transformation!! I want a grandbaby to share all those special times with!
I wasn't aware of the challenge going on. I'll have to go sign up!
Thank you for the beautiful pages!
Looking forward to our little party soon!!!

DeeDee said...


this is so beautiful...I just love it..thanks so much for the freebies...they are wonderful too..

happy Holidays

Michele said...

gorgeous creations! and many thanks for the lovely papers. xo

Crowing Moon said...

Thanks for sharing. They are all gorgeous printables and I love what you did with the advent box. Lovely xo

Shannon - Desert Designs said...

Fabulous! Your project is stunning and I have been looking for digital music papers - especially Christmas ones! Thank you!

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

oh WOW! that is so beautiful. Thanks for posting the pages they are absolutely awesome.

Miriam said...

so beautiful!!
Love what you did
Have a nice week

Heather said...

I stumbled on this through pinterest and the newspaper printable is just what I have been looking for and it is so perfect!! Thanks so much for what you made and for sharing it! I want to use it on some christmas cards-thanks again!

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Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing!

TheMistressT said...

My goodness, what a wonderful transformation! I found this post and your blog through a pin on pinterest and wanted to thank you for the free download. I was cheerfully surprised to find that the pin lead to this particular project as I have also altered that very same advent! And mine is totally different, but I think as lovingly created. I did mine in 2011, but found the poor, broken original a few years before. I can see that I'm not the only one who realized that it had potential.


Pat C. said...

Thank you for the wonderful printables! I especially love the text of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas... I would love to use it as the background for a print of a vintage Santa image.: ) xoxo

T-Rox Creations said...

Thank you so much for these papers. Your box is stunning. Will have a look at your blog while I am here. Found you through Pinterest.

BJewelryBox said...

Wow, beautifully done!!! I found you through Pinterest and wanted to thank you so much for the free downloads. I just love them! Love your blog too! :)

ItsMeMom said...

Lovely calendar! Thank you so much for downloads too! I found you on Pinterest!!

Karen said...

Thank you so much!!
These are fabulous!


kendell said...

Thank you for sharing, they are really appreciated.

They are awesome papers

Jen said...

Thank you so much for sharing these lovely images.J xx

MsMad said...

beautiful work and thankyou for the downloads

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Unknown said...

I'm in love with these. Thank you so very much.❣️❣️❣️