Saturday, 31 December 2011

2012 Calendar

*Sorry...this post is rather picture heavy!*

It's become a kind of tradition, that every year I decorate some of the Papermill Shop's blank calendars to give as Christmas presents...this year, I made three...this is the one I gave to my Mum.

I kept each page very simple, mounting each one on to kraft card (cut to 6x4 so they can be recycled into cards once the calendar is finished), distressing the edges and adding faux stitching to unite all the different makes of papers, and brands of stamps used. I'll try to list the 'ingredients' under each month.

Image: 'Cat on the Moon' (Penny Black)
Papers: 'Papa' (Fancy Pants)
Tools: 'Lacey Scalloped Circles'; 'Stars' Nestabilities

Image: 'Bunnies - In Love' (Lili of the Valley)
Papers: 'Adore' (My Mind's Eye)
Tools: 'Concentric Hearts' die (Cuttlebug)

Image: 'Pinky Joy' (Penny Black)
Papers: 'Hello Luscious' (BasicGrey)
Tools: 'Circle' Nestabilites 
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Brads: BasicGrey

Image: 'Spring Bunnies' (Hambo Digi Staamps)
Papers & Die Cut: 'Hippity Hoppity' (We R Memory Keepers)
Tools: 'Circle' Nestabilities; 'Wild Honey' Distress Ink

Image: from the 'Hugs' set (Penny Black)
Papers: 'Penny Lane' (My Mind's Eye)
Tools: 'Circles' Nestabilities
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Brad: BasicGrey

Image: 'In the Shed' (Lili of the Valley)
Papers & Die Cut: '72 & Sunny' (We R Memory Keepers)

Image: 'Good Game' (Penny Black)
Papers & Die Cut: '72 & Sunny' (We R Memory Keepers)
Ribbon: Hobbycraft

Image: 'Toot the Flute' (Penny Black)
Background Stamp: 'Music' (Hero Arts)
Paper: 'Wild Asparagus' (My Mind's Eye)
Tools: 'Old Paper' & 'Brushed Corduroy' Distress Inks

Image: 'Clive Cockran' (Toodles & Binks)
Papers & Die Cuts: '72 & Sunny' (We R Memory Keepers)
Tools: 'Circles' Nestabilities

Image: from the 'Be Very Scared' set (Penny Black)
Tools: Spider's Web folder (Tim Holtz); Sweets folder (Cuttlebug); 'Lacey Circles' Nestabilities

Image: 'Circus Act' (Whipper Snapper)
Papers: 'True' (Fancy Pants)
Tools: 'Stars' Nestabilities

Image: 'Welcome Party' (Penny Black)
Papers: 'Countdown to Christmas' (My Mind's Eye)
Tools: Tree Die (Marianne Designs)

See...I warned you there was a lot of photos! Don't worry...I'm not going to show you the other two...they're not the smae as this one...different images, and papers...but very similar.

Challenges for this calendar:
  • Die Cut Dreams - Calendar
  • Dutch Dare - My Favourite Things (Penny Black stamps, My Mind's Eye, BasicGrey & We R Memory Keepers papers, Nesties, distressing, faux stitching, embossing...just about everything! lol)


Debbie said...

Oh Helen this is adorable and I wish you had shown us the others, they are lovely to see.
I bought these calenders several times in the past (a few years ago now!) and my kids used to draw and colour there own pictures, but I never did what you have done putting on little stamped images and gorgeous papers...(wish I had!)
They are gorgeous. Have a lovely NY. Debbiexx

PinksyDoodles said...

This is brilliant Helen. A fabulous gift.
Happy New Year!
Hugs, Clare x

Jannie said...

Wow what a great idea and what a wonderful gift!Your mum must be so happy with that calender!

Have a very good & cheerful New Years'eve and a happy & creative 2012!


Ascension said...

Que precioso calendario, es muy original.
Feliz Año Nuevo, espero que se cumplan todos tus sueños!!
besitos ascension

Carissa said...

Adorable and a much appreciated gift I am sure. Hugs, Carissa

Miria said...

Amazing creations, Helen and such a unique calendar! Happy 2012 to you and family, Miria xx

Kat said...

Great calendar Helen. I love the variety of images you've used. Makes a lovely gift too.

Have a great New Year.

Kat xx

Vicky said...

Gorgeous project Helen...and wishing you a happy new year too sweetie... :o)

big hugs Vicky xx

Sandra H said...

Helen this is so lovely :) Sandra H

Deb said...

What a fun and adorable creation, love your animals and assortment of pages, wishing you a Happy New Year and thanks so much for joining our challenge at Die Cut Dreams.

Lol said...

Your calendar is lovely, I also do the same thing for my Mum and do some and sell as well so much fun to do. I'm in the process of making one for myself in an A3 size just love them.

Hugs Lol xx

Anonymous said...

Helen!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME!!! flipping darn cute brilliant I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! so cute and what a fabulous gift! xx

Unknown said...

This is really amazing Helen - I love how you have got a stamp that suits the theme of each month so well ... even the meece playing tennis for Wimbledon in July - how perfect is that?? I'm sure your mum will treasure this :-)
Pauline x

Borqna said...

Excellent! A fabulous gift.
(And very hard to copy! ;-))
You know
X for Xerox?! - Not easy! )
Happy New Year!