I think my favourite craft project, both to create and to enjoy, is the personalised calendar I make for my mum every year.
Because my mum’s birthday is January 1, a calendar is a timely gift, and making a personalised calendar ensures I reflect on the year that has passed and ensure our family’s special memories can be enjoyed by my mum for the year to come.
You don’t need a fancy camera…in fact, most of these photos were taken on my iphone. I selected my 12 favourite images and scrapbooked them onto a blank 2018 calendar using matching DSP that picks up the main colour in the photos and sentiment stamps that have a real meaning for the image they’re paired with.
Add a few embellishments or washi tape (not too many as it makes the calendar bulky) and before you know it you have a very special family keepsake.
Here’s what 2018 looked like for our family.
This would have to be my favourite photo in the entire calendar, and the sentiment from Beautiful You stamp set sums up the moment perfectly!
Miss February shows that many Christmas papers (in this case the Merry Little Christmas DSP) can also be used for other occasions.
In terms of quality, this is the worse picture in the calendar but the only one I had of my dad and his beloved granddaughter. To hide the random photo bombers in the background I used the gorgeous new (and free!) Celebrate You thinlits dies from the new Sale-a-bration catalogue.
When I’m with my 3 beautiful boys (or should I say men?) …life is indeed a beautiful thing (sentiment and flowers stamped from Colourful Seasons stamp set).
This sentiment from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set sums up the beautiful parenting partnership these two have.
My baby boy was indeed looking sharp at his year 10 formal! Stamp and punch from the new truely tailored bundle in the Occasions catalogue.
Of course there was only one stamp set I could use for a selfie taken at our annual crafting weekend away…Crafting Forever!
What to do when there’s no paper to match your dress? Stamp your background to match using Blooms and Wishes and the beautiful sentiment from Paisleys & Posies.
My firstborn has indeed been chasing his dreams, having taken a gap year and travelled the world in 2017! Here he is in New Zealand.
Love, love, love this design from the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP and the sentiment from the Baby Bear stamp set.
Moon Baby is just perfect for this photo of my mum and her granddaughter.
It seems appropriate to end the year with a photo of my birthday boy (who was due Christmas day but luckily came a few days earlier) having a coffee with my mum on his birthday!
I’m so glad I make this calendar each year and my only regret is that I didn’t start when my boys were younger. Making this calendar also reminds me how much I enjoy scrapbooking, so watch out for more posts on scrapbooking and memory keeping in 2018!
Tonight the Art with Heart team girls are sharing some creative projects by adding texture with embossing. Embossing can add a lovely dimension, and with our wonderful Stampin’ Up! products, we can create many different looks. These include heat embossing using embossing powder, dry embossing using our textured folders or by adding embossing paste!
When it comes to embossing I have a confession to make…I regularly heat emboss my cards but I almost never use my embossing folders! Don’t get me wrong, I really adore embossed paper, I guess it’s more because of the way I design my cards. I usually begin with a stamp set, coloured card stock or Designer Series Paper as my starting point and I simply forget about embossing my cards.
So for this blog hop I decided it was time to really challenge my self and make a card that had no heat embossing, stamping or designer series paper…a card that really showcased the beautiful texture of the Stampin’ Up! embossing folders. And what better way to show case as many embossing folders as possible than a sampler card!
This sample card features 8 embossing folders…one of which is a sneak preview from the forthcoming Occasions catalogue. Can you guess which one it is? If you look to the middle lefthand side of the card you’ll see it. It’s such a gorgeous pattern and it comes in a twin pack, called Petal Pair Textured embossing folder. Here’s a larger sneak peek of this stunning pair!
The complete list of embossing folders are as follows, clockwise from the top left of the card: Winter Wonder; Woodland; Holly; Quilt Top; Petal Burst; Cable Knit; Softly Falling; and the new Petal Pair.
This is such a quick and versatile card design because it works with any coloured card stock; it’s fast to mass produce; and you can quickly and easily cut out the squares of embossed card stock with your trimmer, square framelits, or even a square punch, And this design can be used for any occasion, and for either male or female cards.
If you would like to add a sentiment to the front of the card simply replace the middle square with your sentiment of choice stamped onto any shape card stock. Here I’ve used 2 of the stitched frame lit ovals and heat embossed the sentiment with the gorgeous copper embossing powder.
Which version of my embossed sampler card do you like best? I actually can’t chose and I’m planning on a mass production this weekend to stock up my card supplies as I have a lot of birthday and Christmas cards to send out in November and December!
Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented,Caroline Manwaring.
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Welcome back to another week of Christmas Inspiration with the Art With Heart team.
I began this project this time last year, when I was inspired by a biscuit tin that perfectly matched a stamp set from last year’s holiday catalogue…totally trees. The colour scheme also matched our Stampin’ Up! colours (night of navy, pool party, Bermuda bay and whisper white) and I planned to make a card topper to attach to the middle of the lid, covering the words ‘Time for biscuits’.
I ate all the biscuits from the tin (the things we do for crafting!), washed it out, worked out all the measurements, and cut and punched 24 squares of card stock to make the 24 boxes.
Can you guess what happened next? Well, let’s just put it this way, maths never was my best subject! I realised I’d calculated incorrectly…only 15 of my 24 advent boxes fitted into the tin and the whole ‘advent calendar in a tin’ idea was a total flop!
For the past year my mistake has haunted me every time I opened my craft cupboard. I wanted to throw it into the bin but didn’t want to waste all that cardstock. So yesterday I decided it was time to work out how I could save this project.
Just because my boxes don’t fit into the biscuit tin they were designed to fit into doesn’t mean I couldn’t still use them as an advent calendar. I just had to think outside the square. For starters, I could display them on my cake stands.
These little boxes can be displayed either horizontally or vertically.
And they also look great all lined up on my square cake stand.
Heres’ the view from the side…it highlights the cute washi tape and the ribbon
I also popped them into a the lid of a white box I had and layered a sheet of window sheeting over the top, then tied it all up with a bow.
This project is a great way to use a variety of washi tapes, ribbons, silver thread, die cuts and embellishments. I think the more you mix it up, the better it looks.
So how do you make the little boxes? Trust me, you don’t want to follow my measurements, but there’s a great online tool called the ‘box buster’ that lets you type in the finished measurements you want for your box. It then gives you the measurements you need to make that size box. These photos below will give you an idea of how I constructed my boxes using my envelope punch board, paper snips and tear and tape.
Once you’ve constructed your boxes it’s simply a matter of folding and assembling them, filling them with sweets, toys or a little note, wrapping each box with washi tape or ribbon, decorating with all your coordinating embellishments, and numbering 1-24.
Some of the numbers I created using the large numbers die cuts and some were stamped using the labeller stamp set.
Well that’s another project I’m glad I didn’t throw into the bin when it didn’t work out the way I originally intended it to!
To see what the rest of our lovely Art With Heart Team have made hop on over to Claire’s blog.
I’ll be back with some embossing inspiration tomorrow night and them the following week is our last Heart of Christmas blog hop for the year!
Welcome to another week of Christmas inspiration with the Art with Heart team.
This week I’m playing with holly: holly paper, holly embossing folder, holly embellishments, and holly stamps, including a stamp set I hadn’t inked up yet.
I was really attracted to the Every Good Wish stamp set because I’ve got a soft spot for holly. It’s just so classic and timeless…and so very Christmassy.
Here’s my first card. I’ve used real red and garden green for all of my holly cards…it’s such a great colour combination, at once both classic and crisp.
Don’t you just love the texture the Holly textured impressions embossing folder gives to this card?
I love all of the stamps in the Every Good Wish stamp set and the inside sentiments are as lovely as the main images. I don’t usually ink up the inside of my cards but I just had to use these lovely sentiments to decorate the inside of my holly cards.
For my second card I made a variation of my first card, altering the colours and the orientation of the first card, and I also stamped a greeting on the inside of this one too. The gorgeous Quilted Christmas ribbon makes the perfect embellishment for this colour combination.
I was on a roll with my holly theme so I made 2 more cards…and I actually think these are my favourites! I used the same little holly stamp to make a wreath, this time mounting it onto holly DSP from the Quilted Christmas DSP.
My final card uses the holly embossing folder again, this time with a stamp from the Oh, What Fun stamp set, embellished with a holly stitched felt embellishment.
And here’s all my cards together! Which is your favourite?
To see what the rest of the team have made hop back to Claire’s blog and I’ll be back with some more Christmas inspiration next week.