Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Calendar Cuties!

Good morning everyone! I wanted to share the calendar projects we did at class yesterday. These are the Delightful Dates Calendar Kits that are in the Holiday Mini Catalog along with the Magnetic Gift Boxes. What I love about the kits is that they come with an On Board Chipboard stand that is perfect for altering either with Designer Paper or stamping on or even painting if you like.
The first picture shows one of the stands that has been stamped on with the Tres Chic background stamp in Old Olive. I sponged it as well with Old Olive ink. The gift box has a yard of the Old Olive Striped Grosgrain ribbon tied around just the lid in a pretty bow so it stays in place when the lid is opened.
Each page of the calendar was stamped with images from 3 different stamp sets. It's kind of hard to see in the first picture, but the next one shows up better.

We used the Wanted stamp set along with True Friend and Boho Backgrounds. All the images are stamped off one time so the pre-printed month/dates on the calendar pages shows through strongly. The back of each page is printed like designer paper in a mix of Crushed Curry, Bashful Blue, Old Olive and Soft Suede. Those are the colors we used to do all the stamping as well, so it would coordinate nicely. It's hard to see in this picture but each page is sponged with an alternating color too so the months are truly different from each other.
The chipboard stand in this photo was covered with dsp from the Old Olive Patterns Pack. (Quick tip - if you are using dsp for these, lay your chipboard piece on the dsp first and trace the circle with a pencil. Then punch it out of the paper with the 3/4" Circle Punch. It's easy to line the chipboard back up again when you glue it down with Tombow Adhesive and you don't have to try and sand the edges of that part. I learned this the hard way after making my sample for this picture!) I did use the Sanding Blocks to shabby up the edges of my stand on this one and an emery board sanded the little 'v' shape in the middle. This photo doesn't show it, but you could also sponge ink on the edges to add more color if you like.

This next photo shows a close up of the front of the box.

I used a piece of Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware on these with a gift label insert. The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. The label frame was attached by holding it in place and marking the holes with my Paper Piercer. I moved the label frame away then just completed the holes with the piercer and then attached the frame with the brads provided in the Hodgepodge kit.

This was a really fun, easy class and the gals ended up with two completed, boxed calendars to keep or give away! They were also treated to my hubby's homemade Egg and Cheese Strata. Several of you asked for it, so I'll be e-mailing it to you! I'll also try to post it here on the blog. For some reason, Blogger won't let me copy and paste it into this post. How weird!

Have a great Wednesday and hug someone you love today!


  1. Cuties is right. These are great. I should have made some of these for friends for Christmas. I am starting to panic now cause I have so muchleft to do. Oh well, I can only do what I can do.

    aka Roscoe's mommy

  2. FABULOUS, Robin! thanks for sharing your awesome projects!! Patty

  3. Robin: This is wonderful! Thanks for coming up with the ideas. I really didn't know what to do with these! :)

  4. Robin, your project makes these calendars much more appealing than what I thought of them before! You've really done a beautiful job!

  5. I am so glad you posted these. I put out a plea a couple of weeks ago for ideas how to cover the easel. I have two in my stash that need to be completed. Thanks for the inspiration. Dar

  6. These are adorable! I wish I didn't pass over them in the holiday mini now!! Great job and thanks for sharing!


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