Wednesday, January 11, 2012

January - July Calendar Pages

I was clearing out my file cabinet and found this Stampin Up calendar that I ordered some years ago and never used.  I really like the 6x6 size of the pages. I decided this would be a "quick" project to begin and complete in the month of January.    There is enough space to have fun creating while not so big a "pallet" as the 12 x 12" calendars I've done in the past.

I had just completed a Christmas card for my neighbor, Mrs. Dodge, and decided that I would pattern each month's layout after a card I had previously made or enjoyed. I felt this would also help with keeping this project "quick" meaning I would not have to invent a new design for each layout. So my January layout  was born in a matter of minutes! using products almost exclusively from Close To My Heart.

The following six posts are what I've completed so far through July.  Some layouts are new and some are indeed patterned after a favorite card I've made before but so far each one has been FUN!

I will post the rest of my calendar pages when they are completed!

Happy New Year!!

February Calendar

January is the most popular month for starting a diet! 
I guess some of us need to shed those extra pounds from all those pounds of fudge and Christmas cookies we were tempted by! : )  
I found this darling little image and sentiment from the people at "indadinkado" who bring us $1.00 Clear Stamps.  I really love the $1.00 stamps.  They are normally pretty good quality and there is something so "right" about a deal like that.  This one in particular really makes me giggle! I have used it many times and enjoy a "ah~ha! I can relate" each time I see it.

In case you can't see the sentiment in my photograph it says:

I've been dieting for the past month.

All I've lost is 31 days!

I cut the word February from my  Cricut "Designer's Calendar" cartridge.  

I'm happy you can't see the numbers that I stamped on the calendar portion of my layout because I really flubbed up! : ( I have tried to conceal my booboos but the numbers I stamped did not turn out very well.  Happily this calendar is for me and I plan to enjoy it no matter what! I hope you'll enjoy it too!!


March Calendar page

I patterned this layout after a card I once made.  I recently gave the card I created away and decided I would make my March layout using a similar design so I would not forget it!  
My papers are "old" Stampin Up papers. 
I used the "Ginger" font from Quickutz to cut the word April.  
And I used a truly SWEET! image and sentiment from my friends at Peachy Keen Stamps.

Thanks a bunch for looking!

April Showers

Actually in Wisconsin I've noticed it is more like May Showers bring June flowers but in 2012 I'm hoping for early showers and early flowers : )
This layout was created using sweet papers from "Autumn Leaves" .  I accented the boots by cutting a second matching boot and attaching it over the first boot using a pop dot in all four locations.  
I wanted it to appear that the rain comes and brings the little flowers on the bottom left.  Clever for an old gal! LOL

I have a plaque in my flower garden outside.  It says:

"Who plants a seed beneath the sod and waits to see believes in God."  
I do, believe in God, and know that no matter how cloudy it is the sun will shine again! 


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Some of my favorite peeps were born in May! 
For this layout I decided to make a quilt!  I learned this technique from Jennifer in a card swap this fall.  It is a very simple technique  - MUCH simpler!! than constructing a fabric quilt : ) I made this quilt in honor of my sister, Beverly : )
One thing I did not plan well with my quilt was the size of my quilt squares in regard to the size of the "Huggy Bella" image I wanted to use! Under the cute hugging friends is a lime green pinwheel! The pinwheel is a wonderful addition to the quilt but all that can be seen is the top right corner of the pinwheel.  Next time I would leave the pinwheel design off or else use a smaller image.  I considered peeling the green point of the pinwheel off but realized it would spoil the card so I decided to leave it alone.
I embossed the entire quilt with a Cuddlebug Folder, " Houndstooth". I also embossed the paper strip under the word May with the same folder.  I loved how Jennifer selected this folder because it makes the quilt look...  well,  "quilted"!! Brilliant idea : )
I computer generated the sentiment from one I read on-line. 
"Friends are like quilts - stitched together one piece at a time"
I hope you are enjoying my calendar as much as I am!

C is for Celebrate

June is one of my favorite months! : ) It's the month of my birthday!! I selected some old Doodlebug papers from my stash.  I really love black and white and hot pink together!  I created the silhouette girl that resembles what I looked like about  FORTY!  years ago (oh my) from the Forever Young Cricut Cartridge.  I intended to highlight only the left side of my calendar with rhinestones but under that big pink rhinestone where the number 28 is supposed to be is a number 29! oops so what "they" say is true:

"There are no mistakes in papercrafting... only opportunities."

I decided to scatter some bling bling around the calendar portion of the layout as well. 

I cut the word "June" using my old pal! Quickutz! it is the Marisa font.

"C is for Celebrate" is an old TAC image.  It is old yet I believe this is the  very first time I have used it! many stamps .... so little time! : )


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Mojo Monday Design

After one crazy! year I have taken January "off" from sewing scarves for my neckStyles™ business! That means plenty of papercrafting time!! I am working on a nifty calendar for 2012.

While hard at work I popped over to the amazing greats at Mojo Monday for some inspiration and found this design for my September page.

Stay tuned for more pictures of my calendar this week!!

mmmmmm! it's good to be papercrafting! : )