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.
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
House Mouse and Friends - 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).
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