Confused by the title? Let me explain. I've finally had a chance to update my workshop calendar so if you click on the icon to the right underneath all the catalogues images, it'll take you to my workshops scheduled for the next two months. I'm in the process of adding more fun workshops on Build-a-Bear, Fall and Christmas so come back often!
And the other calendar is one I put together using the new kit that is in the Mini Catalogue called Delightful Dates (#116771). It's too darn cute! I thought I'd show you how I made it, as well as how I dressed up the Magnetic Gift Box (#116796).
Step 1: Open the package and go "aaaaah, too cute!". Inside you'll find the 12 months printed on 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" cardstocke grad patterned paper which is totally awesome, by the way. And when you're done with the 2010 calendar, you can use those gorgeous squares of paper to make cards or other projects! Included in the kit is a raw chipboard easel.
Step 2: remove the die-cut pieces. The thin slot at the bottom is to insert the back of the stand, like this:
Step 3: Smooth out the edges with the sanding block (#103301). For the smaller areas, I just used a regular emery board.
Step 4: with a nice juicy Old Olive Craft Stampin' Spot (#105438), sponge the color over the chipboard. I like my Craft Sports for that because of the sponge-y texture of the pad. no need to grab another sponge... it's built-in! I had to re-ink mine because that's one of the color that I use the most. But once you get it all juicy, it's just amazing to do.
Step 5: With a sponge or a sponge dauber (#102892), ink the edge of all the chipboard pieces in Soft Suede Classic Ink (#115657).
Step 6: Here's another product that I'm really excited about: the Shimmer Paints. Here I am using the Champagne Mist (#116806) over the painted chipboard. I'm using a very stiff brush to create streaks for an aged look. I love the texture of these paints and the shimmer is just right.
Step 7: Uhhhh, please skip this step! I was actually crying crocodile tears when it happened. I'm very clumsy... yeah, that was not good... not good at all.
Step 8: And here's my finished project. The little calendar sits on the easel all pretty. When you want to present this as a gift, why not include it in its own Magnetic Gift Box. What a perfect Christmas gifts this would make! I used the die-cut pieces from the easel to decorate the box and tied a bow around it with the gorgeous new Old Olive 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (#115618). The tag was stamped from the Christmas Punch Hostess Stamp Set (#115366 - French version #116548) with Chocolate Chip Classic Ink (#100908) and punched out with the Scallop Oval (#114889). With my Paper Piercer (#116331), I poked a little hole in one of the scallops and with a piece of Linen Thread (#104199), I attached the tag through the bow.
Voilà! I hope you enjoyed my mini-mini tutorial. Gotta go out to do more shopping for Hawaii. Wahoo! Don't forget to look at all the goodies in the amazing new Mini Catalogue. There are so many fun things in there!
Catch ya later, CeeCee