It’s been a while since I stepped into my craft room but with Christmas coming very soon, I thought it’s definitely time to dust off the ink pads and get creative. And nothing motivates like a deadline! The team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators I belong to, Crafty Paper Bees, recently held our Christmas dinner to which we each bring along a Secret Santa gift.
I’ve had my eye on this Desktop Calendar for a while and thought it would make a great present.
I used the Bohemian designer series paper as my palette inspiration so I coordinated the look with Delightful Dijon cardstock for the number and day/month cubes, Very Vanilla matting cardstock, Rich Razzleberry cardstock for the numbers and Bermuda Bay ink for the day/month labels.
The numbers were cut on the Big Shot using the Little Number Thinlits and the days / months were stamped using the Crazy About You stamp set. I don’t have a small alphabet set but I’ve found that you can use this set to create just about any word. The only letters missing are Q and X but luckily I’ve not had to stamp any words with these letters. I’m sure a creative solution could be found if necessary (i.e. back to back K’s for the X, without using the vertical stem part of the K…). Anyway, using a Stampin’ Write Marker I just coloured in the letters required and because this set is photopolymer, it’s easy to align the words without the need for the Stamp-a-ma-jig.
Sometimes you get lucky and there are consecutive letters already on one of the stamps i.e. “day” or “Ju” for June/July. In fact, with just the words below I could stamp all the days of the week and months of the year.
Similar to the tutorial, I stamped some “extras” on the remaining day/month cube just for fun. I included Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Birthday as they feature on the Crazy About You stamp set. I also stamped Merry Christmas and Happy Valentine’s Day from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set.
The days / months were punched using the Word Window punch. Some of the months were longer than the punch so I extended it by cutting the Very Vanilla cardstock to a 3/8″ strip (the height of the punch) and simply rounded the ends using the punch.
I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator from Brisbane, Australia. I’ve always loved all things craft and finally taken the leap into demonstrating the wonderful products Stampin’ Up! sell, which I’ve been using since 2010.
I will be posting my Stampin’ Up! projects here to inspire you. I also hold monthly card and paper craft workshops from my home in Eight Mile Plains, and sell product Australia wide.