Good morning to everyone

Is it hot where you are today?  I’m away with the kids  at the moment for a short break before they go back to school.  We are staying at my Dad’s and honestly it is beyond hot here.  It’s just before 11am and it’s already 38 celcius predicted to reach 42 but I reckon it’s going to be more like 44.  Thank goodness for air-conditioning and the pool.

Now I didn’t bring any of my stamping stuff with me as we will only be here a week but boy am I missing it.  I have been doing a bit of blog surfing on my laptop and am feeling majorly inspired by all the fantastic work I’ve seen.  I just can’t wait to get back to my stamps.

I thought I would post some photos of the mini calendar the girls made at stamp club last week. Calendar projects are a great way to start the New Year and also make wonderful gifts for friends and family.  I was first inspired by the ones I saw here and thought they would be a great way to highlight some of the new Designer papers from the Summer Mini catalogue.

This page features papers the beautiful bright colours from the “Bali Breeze” range which I thought worked well for the summer months.  I used some of the new “Felt Fusion” flowers which coordinate perfectly with the paper to embellish the top of the page.



For the autumn months I used papers from the “Ginger Blossom” range.  I stamped the large flower from “Embrace Life” on to patterned paper and then cut it out and finished it off with a half back pearl from my Pretties Kit.  I’m a bit of a hoarder and don’t use my embellishments for fear of running out so I have promised myself this year to use them and buy more if I need to (don’t know why I never thought of this before LOL).



For the winter pages I used the “Wintergreen” papers from the 08-09 Idea Book and Catalogue, these had the cool feel that I was looking for.  The image is from my ‘Lovely as a Tree” set and uses a technique called ‘thumping”.  I just took the long stamp with the five trees on it, inked up the four that I wanted using my Soft sky inkpad and them literally thumped an Always Artichoke marker randomly over the trees.  The trunks were coloured with a “chocolate chip” marker. Don’t worry about your ink drying on your stamp simply give the image a quick “huff” before stamping and the moisture in your breath will be enough to re-activate the inks.  I added some dazzling diamonds glitter with my glue pen toadd some sparkle.



The final page covered the spring months and I have used papers from the “Afternoon Tea” range which are lovely and soft and remind me of the new growth of spring.  The flowers, butterly and bird are from the “Live your Dream” set and I just inked the images using a combination of inkpads and markers to give the detail I wanted.  There is a little bit of cutting out required on this one but it’s not too detailed.


Sorry for the long post but I wanted to give you a little detail about each page.  Now that I’ve done that I realise that I don’t have a photo of the whole calendar so that you can see what it looks like all put together.  But basically you cut and score a piece of Kraft cardstock as if you were going to make a standard A2 card and them you adhere your prepared pages to all four sides in any order that you like.  When I return from my holiday I will post a picture of the completed calendar so you can see for yourself.

Talk to you soon.