Sunday, January 15, 2012

January (Let it Snow...)

Hello Peeps!

Hope everyone is having/had a wonderful weekend!  After having a very mild December, winter decided to show up this weekend.  It is very cold today and the ground is finally covered with a white fluffy blanket.  I guess that goes well with the project I have made for today!

While browsing in blogland, I have come across a few really gorgeous calendars and I knew that I wanted to make one (or a few hee hee) myself.  This one will be a gift for my mother (she never visits my blog) at Christmas, which is why it says 2013.  My thinking is I will make a page each month, making it ready for Christmas without too much last minute pressure.  We'll see how that goes...

Enough blabbing then - here is January:

The base is made from a Want 2 Scrap chipboard album, making it mice and durable.  I didn't like the placement of the wholes (it originally had three down the side) so I covered them with paper and punched a new whole at the top for hanging it.  The design allows this calendar to be reused each year, as the actual calendar sheet is encased within a little pocket and can easily be removed and replaced.  Alternately, a photo could be placed inside of it, turning it into a little scrapbook.

Over the holidays, I finally learned how to crochet!!!  I have been wanting to learn for a very long time, so over the 'break' my mother taught me how to read patterns and make sense of all the confusion.  So, for this project, I crocheted a couple of snowflakes!  I am thrilled with how they turned out!  The patterns are from Leisure Arts Leaflet 3013 called 99 Snowflakes and I used cotton which had a little iridescent thread through it, giving it a nice shimmer. 

A little borrowed humor - I saw a card on a blog a long time ago that had 'let it snow' on the front and 'make it stop' on the inside.  Unfortunately, I do not remember who's blog it was, so I cannot give credit.  If I find it, I'll add the link later.  (Turns out the creative gal is Brenda and here is her blog).  I thought my mother would get a chuckle from it, so I tucked the little tag inside the pocket behind the calendar.  The shimmery glitter on the snow is from Lindy's Stamp Gang - scintillating silver Glitz Spritz, painted on with a brush.  I think you can see it if you enlarge the photo.

Other Supplies:
Stamps - House Mouse Mice Snowball (*new*); Let it Snow is from Amy R Snowman Sayings
Ink - Stazon and distess inks (pumice stone, stormy sky, weathered wood, tattered rose, black soot)
Paper - Bo Bunny Midnight Frost
Punches - Martha Stewart border punch and Marvy tag punch
Other - yarn from stash, calendar was created in on my computer using a table in Word
Sketch is adapted from an old Sweet & Sassy Saturday sketch

This project is for the following fun challenges:

Crafty Catz - Use something new
Cupcake Craft Challenge - Something new
Simon Says Stamp - Spots and/or stripes
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Anything goes with blue
Sweet Stampin' - All that glitters
Totally Papercrafts - Spots and Stripes

My something news are the House Mouse stamp, new year and new technique (crochet snowflakes).

Thanks for stopping in and for taking the time to leave a comment!  I really appreciate them and love having the chance to visit you too!  Have a great week!




Sue said...

Hi ya
wow what a fabulous creation, luv that image, fab colouring,thank you for joining us at House Mouse & Friends this week, sue,x

Fiona said...

wow...this is pretty!! Fab colour combo and an adorable image!!

Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week.


Sue said...

Dawn, I love this stamp, and what you have done with it. Such a cute scene and looks great in all blues. Great papers too. Thanks for your second entry, both a wonderful. So glad you had time to share this one with us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.


mixamatoasties said...

Lovely project. Hope you manage to keep it up for the whole of 2012 and are not running around in December putting the calendar together.

I'm very impressed with your crocheted snowflakes - that's a craft that has completely passed me by ;)

Thanks for joining in at Sweet Stampin' this week.

Susan x


Hi Dawn
A gorgeous and beautiful calendar,love the image and beautiful colour's thankyou for joining us this week at Craftycatz
Hugs Dianne xx :)

Delphine said...

Gorgeous, Dawn! Wonderful design and I love your crochet snowflakes and fab sentiment! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake and good luck! Delphine xx

Stamping Susi said...

Great idea, great coloring and great mices, too. Your calendar is so cute, I love it!

Curlybear said...

Oh my word, this is such a beautiful creation , lovely design and layout and very pretty colour theme,

Thank you so much for joining us at Crafty Catz Use Something New Challenge I hope you can join us again next week

Have a lovely day,
Good Luck with the challenge,
Hugs Bridget Crafty Catz DT :-)x

Rica said...

An adorable card, I think I've fallen in love with that image (haven't seen me before!!!)Your colouring is awesome and a stunning design.

Thanks so much for joining us the Simon Says Stamp challenge
Heather xx

Dora said...

Awww this is gorgeous... love the sweet image and beautiful colours. Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week and good luck. Hugs Dora xx

downrightcrafty said...

oh a great take on this weeks theme at the Secret Crafter Saturday challenge with this lovely creation, thank you for joining us this week.
Hugs Kate xx
PS I have candy if you are interested :)

Liza said...

A gorgeous creation. Thanks for joining in with our something new challenge this week at CCC.

Liza x

Joey said...

Dawn this is so pretty such a fun image, love the blues, thanks for joining us at totally papercrafts. Joey x

Debbie said...

Wow...this is so cute...what a fabulous image and wonderful colouring too.
Debbie x