I’m not sure that there has ever been a new year that we’ve looked forward with as much anticipation as we have this new year.
So I’m happy to have a fresh new calendar to welcome 2021 with! For January, I did step out of my comfort zone and used an actual snowman image. It always seems weird to me to do much with snowmen or other winter scenes as…well, our idea of winter is about 76 degrees and partly cloudy…
This happy guy is from Snowman Season and he’s happy to be celebrating 2021 as well. Just a few swipes with the pool party blend and that adds just enough color to make him come alive.
I too am looking forward to 2021, but I keep remind myself to not put unreasonable expectations on the idea that just because 2020 is over we will be free from challenges. 2020 was a rough year for us, personally and collectively (as it was for everyone). And as I think back through the year I am so thankful for the constants I had in my life. My faith and my family sustained me through some dark times. And as I see this collective burst of anticipation for 2021, I just want to make sure that my focus is not on the year or the newness or any of the things that can change but that it remains on the constant that never changes: That my faith is my constant support and my family will be there for me no matter what the days on this new calendar brings. My wish is that we hold on these lessons from 2020 and they become the solid foundation for us in 2021.
I wish you the best of New Years and I’m hoping you can celebrate with those you love most (even if it is on FaceTime).
Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you for this new year!
Also! I have a handful of these completed calendars left. You will get a new image each month to brighten up your space. If your interested in one, contact me and we can work out the details!
When I saw this stamp set, I KNEW it had to be on the calendar. My favorite part of it is (besides the fantastic flowers) IT IS ONLY 2 STAMPS!
This set is called Forever Lovely and it is a Distinktive Stamp Set (no, it’s not a typo, this is how it’s spelled). And, if you look close, you can see the gradations in the poppy ink. SU puts varying amounts of texture on the image itself to create these changes. So, you can get lots of variation out of ONE ink and stamp.
There is a small trick to helping this stamp better… The Stamparatus Deluxe Foam Mat makes a perfect stampin’ surface to help give it the cushion (like a red rubber stamp…has the foam) it needs to be able to contact the paper properly. I love this mat for all my general stamping… the you can wipe off the surface… it makes a perfect work mat.
Notice the enamel dots… I did not have black. BUT, you can color the surface with your blends to change the color. So, I grabbed whatever I had and colored away. It works perfectly.
I hope you are having a wonderful summer. It seems crazy to me that 2020 is half over (though, I must say, I am ready to MOVE ON).
Hop on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you today!
When September rolls around, I start looking for fall… and wishing for cooler weather. In Hawaii, the changes are subtle (it IS a little cooler, not a lot, but noticeable). And it rains. And ooo do we need the rain….
Anyway, to help WELCOME fall I have this month’s calendar. The stamp set is Wishing You Well from the fall and winter catalog from LAST year (so now retired). But I really liked it’s simplicity and ‘fallness’.
I used Berry Burst for the dark color and mango medley and gray granite for the rest off the colors to help us WELCOME FALL (Do you hear that, Fall?? You can come now.)
School has been underway enough to make it habitual and now we are ready for the season to follow suit. Hope you have fun looking at what Anne and Cheryl have for you!!
So! Happy September! I can’t believe this has come around so fast! This calendar page is one of my favorites. When the Holiday Catalog came out last fall, there was a stamp set called “Cheers to the Year” (now retired) that was meant for New Year’s. Images of sparklers and wreaths for the holidays… but, I LOVED the shapes. The two different (what were supposed to be wreaths) circles had fabulous ‘texture’ and I really enjoyed putting them together to make some fun geometric patterns.
So, you can see here, the colors are light enough that they can be stamped over the text in the calendar and it still works. The colors I used were Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, and Lemon Lime twist. The picture lighting isn’t the best but the cardstock is navy as well.
Happy September to you! Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you!
Happy March! Can’t believe it is nearly spring break. As a teacher, every month has it’s highlight and for March, it’s most definitely spring break.
So. The name of this stamp set is Ready to Pop. And it has this awesome little border stamp that works so perfect here. And the little punch (sorry, it’s retired) adds just the right flowers for some sweet sprintime blooms. The paper is blushing bride and the ink is pear pizzazz.
Thanks for stopping by today! Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you!
February is always a fun month for me… a return to a normal routine after the holidays and the anticipation of the summer (as a school teacher, February always is an encouragement…that I may actually survive until the end of the school year). And, I’ve always enjoyed Valentines from a crafting standpoint. There’s no pressure around the holiday like Christmas brings, and it’s opportunity to do something cute, simple and fun!
This February is no exception. The 2017 Occasions catalog had this stamp set, Yummy in my Tummy and the minute I saw it I KNEW this lovable beast needed to be in my calendar. (Sorry, the set is now retired… I know, so sad)
Such a super simple, easy image. And you can color, or no need… And, he’s just a little friendly smile to see as you change the months on the calendar.
Hope you enjoy your February! Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you today!
As I mentioned in March, Hawaii has a tradition of celebrating Girls’ Day and Boys’ Day. Well, March was for the girls. And MAY is for the boys! May 5 to be exact. And, the tradition is to fly a flag off the porch that has the carp on it. One for each male member in the family. So…
Here is our BOYS’ Day FLAG! (I technically need 3 flags for my family, but we have to pretend here). This cute little fish comes from the Jar of Love stamp set. (A set that has SO MANY possibilities. You most definitely need it).
2017 is HERE!! Happy New Year! And a new year means a NEW CALENDAR! I am so excited. These calendars are so much fun to create. I had a blast for this year…
I love that SU did a celebratory New Year’s stamp set… called “It’s a Celebration”. (If you love it you have to act FAST, cause it’s only available till Jan 2). It’s perfect for Hawaiian New Year’s Celebration because they are some of the most festive celebrations that I have EVER witnessed…lots and LOTS of fireworks).
The way the images work, you can layer the ‘sparks’ on each other to ‘build the blast’! And, I love that it can be either a sparkler or an aerial firework.
You are in for a real treat this year! Anne (mauistamper.com) and Cheryl (createwithcheryl.me) are joining me again this year and we all will have our own spin on the calendar page for each month. JOIN US! Check back on the first of every month to see the next installment for our calendar series! Better yet, follow the blogs and you will get an email everytime we post
September brings this beautiful bouquet of flowers… From the Awesomely Artistic stamp set! Such a beautiful set of flowers.
As an aside, I’ve seen this stamp used as part of the new ‘coloring book’ craze…. the detailed outline image allows for the ‘zen’ coloring. Stamping then coloring! Couldn’t be more fun!Anne and Cheryl have something fun for September as well!
I love mixing a neutral and a bright color! It adds a great contrast and pop to the project… this is the case with August!!
This Bordering Blooms stamp set is SUPER fast and easy to use. They are longs trips of images and perfectly spaced to do the outside images in one step and the inside in another set! Tip Top Taupe and Daffodil Delight are the colors used here. I am a Kansas Girl. And, these little flowers faintly remind me of sunflowers (my FAVORITE). And, August is a good month for sunflowers!
Click on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have made for you!