Hello! Can you believe it’s December already? That means this is our last team blog hop for the year (insert sad face here). I love seeing all the wonderful creations our team and guest designer (this week the fabulous Jackie Aitken) come up with. I’m sure you do, too. So whether you are starting here or you’ve come from Joanne’s page, make sure y’all hop the whole way through and take a look at everyone’s inspiring creations.
This week we are using this sketch that Kelly came up with as our inspiration. I do love a good sketch to work from.
Being December means Christmas gift giving, something I really love. And of course, to me the best gifts are handmade. Have the Christmas Craft Elves been beavering late into the night at your place, too? This year I have been making lots of little calendars to give to various people and to include with Christmas cards. I think it’s nice to have something that people can use all year ’round. So when I saw the sketch for this blog hop I immediately thought of these little tear-off calendars for the centre element.
I have a lovely box full of goodies from the upcoming Occasions catalogue that I was lucky enough to be able to order after On Stage last month, but have been unlucky enough to have not had the time to really play with! But this new Petal Passion DSP was just dying to be cut up. I am such a sucker for black and white and this paper is gorgeous. It has a real hand drawn look to it.
The calendars are about 3″ x 2″ so fit perfectly into the centre of a standard card front size. I’ve used Thick Whisper White cardstock as the base for a bit of extra weight and strength. After all, these have to last all year!
On the back, I put two strips of magnetic tape so these babies will hold on tight to the fridge or some other prominent spot.
And as much as I adore a black & white theme I wanted to make a colourful one with the same design as well. This one, using Berry Bliss as a base and some more new DSP from the Occasions catalogue, Tutti-fruitti. This paper is so colourful and fun with its fruit patterns on one side and fun geometrics on the other. You know how sometimes you think you could have a whole packet of just one design from a DSP collection? Well, that’s how I feel about these blue and white spots. They are gorgeous. The colours for this version are inspired by a card on the cover of the new Occasions catalogue.
One design, two quite different looks, just by varying the colours used. I think I’m going to make a bunch more of these – but might have to keep the black and white one for myself.
Next up on our team hop is the lovely Mandy. I can’t wait to see what she has come up with using this sketch as her inspiration. Make sure you hop along and have a gander, too!
From High Trees House,
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