Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November Projects

Well, I don't where the time has gone! Actually, I do know... spent lots of days in October traveling and entertaining guests at my home. So, didn't get much posted. Here's a peak at some of the Thanksgiving cards I made.

This is a decoration I made. I actually had this idea buzzing around in my brain and then before I did anything with it... "Stampin' Success" publishes an article featuring Lyssa Zwolanek and she's done it! So, rather than reinvent the wheel I used her layouts as inspiration plus a few other tips she shared. Thanks Lyssa!

This week I've been busy working on calendars. The first set of months are refill pages for CD case calendars that I have given as gifts to family for several years now. So, this year I used the Every Little Bit stamp set and punch art as my focus.

I have also been making some "chip board" calendars. I bought several of the board books when they were on the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack. I cut them into 4x4 inch squares and then decorated the front and back of each square. This calendar is quickly made using a set of Designer Series Paper and coordinating card stock. Each square of chipboard has a calendar on the front and back, so that 6 squares make the full year calendar. Then I used my crop-a-dile to punch the holes and slipped the rings through to hold the pages together. This one is for a male Christmas gift. I hope my friend will like it on his desk. I didn't take a picture of every page. I think you get the idea.

And my last calendar is made using SU!'s Decor Accents Blocks. They come in a set of 4. I use three for the 12 months of the year and the fourth is decorated with the seasons. I printed the calendars directly onto my Whisper White cardstock and then stamped images and sponged the card stock. The season block is made using the retired Branch Out stamp set. I surely do love that set!

When I give this calendar I put the blocks back in the box they come in. I wrap one or two nice SU! ribbons around the box with a nice big bow at the top. Then I make a little card to cover up the label on the box and also include a note saying the ribbon can be used to "tie up" the gift inside. The blocks really look cute that way!
Well, I hope you are inspired to make a calendar or two.