Saturday 6 October 2012

Enjoy Life's Moments - Craft Barn Calendar

Hi, hope you're all enjoying your weekend.  A very short post this evening as I'm still feeling a bit under the weather - I decided during the week that I would do my best to enter the latest challenge over at the Craft Barn, and as Week 1 closes tomorrow, I had to get my skates on and finish my entry:

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It runs for 12 weeks, and you can either make a complete calendar each week or one month of your calendar per week, following the weekly theme - I've opted to make a complete calendar each week.  Week 1's theme is Vellum, not my favourite crafting material at all to be honest which is why I've not used a lot, so here's my entry:

I thought it would be nice to make some simple, free-standing, vintage style calendars for small gifts at Xmas from the larger mdf offcuts I recently acquired.- it can't be bad if I'm saving money AND recycling :-)!  Choosing a green, pink and white colour scheme, this one has been gessoed and painted with green acrylic, Melissa Frances dps were used, along with a TH on the edge die.  The lovely young girl with the kitty is a Stampsmith rubber stamp (Dave thinks she's scary, lol) and I've tinted her dress with a water-based marker - she is edged with glass glitter and matted onto white patterned vellum and embellished with a handmade ribbon rose topped with a sparkly stone..  The calender is matted onto pink vellum, and some little decorative hearts added along with some pink ric rac.

This one is about half an inch thick and quite weighty - I've used Tim Holtz Tissue Tape around the edge. 

I've finished it all off by edging the front with Inca Gold in Platinum.

Unfortunately, I had to take the photos inside as it had gone dark, so I may take them again tomorrow to show the colours better.

I'd also like to enter this into the following challenges:

Alphabet Challenge Blog - R for Recycle, Repurpose
Simon Says Stamp - Glimmer & Sparkle
Shopping Our Stash - Go Green (use green or recycle - my main colour is green and I've recycled mdf)
Crafty Bloggers Network - Anything Goes
Anything But A Card - Shiny, Sparkly, Blingy (I've used Glass Glitter around the image)
Vintage Stamping Challenge - Anything Goes

I do apologise for not getting round your blogs and commenting very quickly these days, life still seems to be manic with a baby in the house, but I would like to thank you for your continued lovely comments and for bearing with me - I really do appreciate it.  I also have a few new followers, so would like to say hello to you:-)!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Maria xxxxx


Debi said...

it's just gorgeous Maz :-) Debi x

CarlaKH said...

What a lovely calendar! The color is so soothing, and the glass glitter is perfect! thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash and Anything But a Card!

brenda said...

A gorgeous calendar page Maz, I don't think the image looks scary at all !

Many thanks for joining us at Vintage Stamping Challenges this month.

B x

shaz earl said...

Brilliant recycle/repurpose project and a wonderful xmas gift

Thank you for sharing with us at Alphabet Challenges

Shaz x

Kim Dellow said...

Wow that is fabulous Maria! Kim

Suze Bain said...

I love your chunky calendar and that's such a fabulous stamp. xx

Jean said...

What a great idea to use your offcuts to make into gifts. This calendar is lovely. I love the subtle colours and the stamped image, I don't think she's scary either. Jean x

HappyCrafter said...

What an absolutely fabulous vintage project!

chriscesar said...

Such a lovely calendar Maria, I love the vintage image you used and the pale green all around!

Vanessa (aka V'ness, Nessa, oldschool) said...

awesome recycling!!!
Thank you so much for joining us at ACB!!!

Anonymous said...

Maria for some reason this didn't turn up in my emails as your posts normally do ! Never mind I'm here now better late than ever . Another fabulous piece of art from you but I just want to know why it isn't a hanging calendar !!!! Beautiful work and just love that image. The tissue tape is a fantastic touch and really compliments the whole piece. Once again you have wowed me with your gorgeous art.


Deena said...

gorgeous project! I just received some mini calendar stickers in the mail and may have to attempt a project like this myself! Thanks for joining in the Green Challenge at Shopping our Stash this week!

debby4000 said...

Wonderful, gorgeous calendar.

Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful !! I love this free standing recycled MDF option.
Thank you for entering our challenge. Don't forget to email me to get your 15% voucher discount off your next order.
Looking forward to seeing your next calendar

Gio said...

It's gorgeous, Maria!

And that image is lovely, not creepy at all :-)

Laurel Beard said...

What a lovely calendar! Very elegant. Not scary at all! :)

Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!!!

hazel said...

A fabulous calender Maria, I love the colours and the image is beautiful.
xxx Hazel.

Ink Art Designs said...

Hi Maria, such a great idea for xmas! This stamp looks so the vintage feel here.
Dot x

Alica said...

very cute! it would make a lovely little gift!
Thanks for joining us at Anything But A Card!

Hugs, Alica ;)

Ger said...

Love the pinks and greys! Thankyou for joining us this month at Crafty Bloggers Network.

Geraldine M

Vicky Hayes said...

What a brilliant idea for gifts Maria - and using those mdf offcuts too! Love the vintage theme - perhaps Dave's been watching too many Bond films LOL! Vicky x

PS Never mind commenting, enjoy your grandson!

Julia S-W said...

Gorgeous chunky vintage calendar! I love the look you've created here. The main image is beautiful and the tissue tape round the edge is a great idea.
Thanks for joining us at Anything But A Card and I hope we'll see you again soon.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous chunky calendar ! Thanks for joining us at VSC. Sue C x

Scrapmate said...

What lovely soft colours and the chunky calendar is great.

Claire said...

Gorgeous calendar, I love the subtle pinks and greys you've used. Beautiful work. Thanks for joining us at VSC
Claire xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A fantastic calendar project, the page looks wonderful.
Thanks for joining us at Vintage Stamping Challenge, hope you’ll be back again.

Angela Drummond said...

Very pretty calendar, love the image thanks for joining us over at the CBN Challenge this month
Crafty Bloggers Network DT
My Blog: A Crafty Blether

Christy said...

Soooo pretty! Love the idea of making a calendar! :) Thanks for joining us at Anything but a Card! :) :)