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!
This month, we are entering a season to be thankful. And, for the craziiness that has been 2020, that may be hard to come by. But, the deeper we look, I am learning to be thankful for so many things, things that I don’t even notice until perhaps they are absent.
I am so thankful for my family and this shut down gave me time to REALLY connect with them. We also were able to build deeper relationships with neighbors and friends around us. I have seen in SO MANY WAYS how God’s divine hand of protection has been on my family and I am so grateful. I want to take this month with my family to really focus on thanksgiving…to be ROOTED in THANKFULNESS. Though it should be an every-day-all-the-time occurrence, I want to be sure to pause and really dwell on the things we have to be thankful for.
This leaf image comes from the Rooted in Nature stamp set, which is one of my most favorite super universal stamp sets. I used Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, and Cajun Craze for the colors.
I hope we can use the fact that ‘life’ has slowed us down this season and so we can dwell in the stillness, the slowness, and focus on what really matters. Happy Thanksgiving to you. I am thankful for all of you too!
This time of year reminds me to take pause and remember all the many blessings that I’ve been given. Something I should dwell on much more often, however. Among the many include the joy, ability, and resources to be able to craft in such a way that I am lifted up by it. I’ve made so many fabulous friendships through this medium and I’m very grateful.
This month we are highlighting the Falling For Leaves stamp set (retired). I just love these leaves!
The bright fall colors help add a cheerfulness to the fall season that especially reflects an island Thanksgiving! (colors include crushed curry, bermuda bay, old olive and soft seafoam) Thanks for stopping by today! And thank you for the friendships support. Head over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you today!
And just like that it is already July… I feel like summer is FLYING BY. But one of my favorite things about summer is LEMONADE! I am super fortunate to have an amazing lemon tree in my back yard and it gives the BEST juicing lemons. And I love to make up a pitcher of fresh lemonade! My kids love to help as well!
This Lemon Zest stamp set (now retired) brings to mind all the tastes and smells of summer when I see it!
I used daffodil delight, lemon lime twist and flirty flamingo to make the lemons! This one is super easy… stamp and go!
Hope you are having a fabulous summer! Hop on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you this month!
Though we seem to be in the still very cool (ish) weather of a Maui winter, we know spring is coming!
I just loved this little stamp set. It was a hostess offering in the spring 2018 occasions catalog called Yay You. And I fell in love with the little banner stamp.
I love that the pennant can be used for just about any occasion and it kind of reminded me of those decorative flags you could put out on the front porch that changed with the seasons…. This one is welcoming spring!
Hope you are having a great start to march!
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I hope 2019 finds you with happy hearts! This 2018 Occasions stamp set, Heart Happiness (now retired) made my heart smile. I liked it cause it has an array of nice and not-to-fancy hearts. Perfect for many occasions.
I used it to make this month’s calendar along with blushing bride and berry burst inks and papers. It’s such a simple layout and design and can easily be transcribed to a clean and simple card front… Perfect for that friend or significant other…for whomever’s heart you’d like to make happy!
Oh! I had a fun little idea to share for you DIYers out there… This comes follower, Roberta. Instead of gifting the entire calendar at once, she sends her friends the next calendar page one month at a time with a little note! This most DEFINITELY makes my heart happy.
Head over and check out what Anne and Cheryl have done!
2019 is HERE! I cannot believe how fast it came upon us! I am trying to become more intentional as time seems to speed up…because I feel that the memories go by so fast.
For the calendar this year I am doing something that is a break from the ‘normal’ Happy New Year page… I wanted it to be more of a resolution or a mantra for how to approach the year. AND…I got to use one of my favorite stamp sets…Rooted In Nature.
I fell in love with this simple set. It has a variety of trees and leaves and can make just about ANYTHING. The coordinating framelits also make cutting the images out a breeze.
For this month I used (left to right) blackberry bliss, berry burst, and rich razzleberry. The cardstock background is Berry Burst. The velum overlay has the sentiment that also comes with the Rooted In Nature set.
Happy 2019 to you. I hope it is a year of intentional memories and time with your loved ones.
I also have just a handful of these calendars left! If you would like one, leave a comment and I will contact you about getting one to you!
Stop by Anne and Cheryl to see what New Year’s excitement they have going on!
One of my favorite things to do in the summertime when we went to visit my Grandma’s was to run out and get a special treat when the icecream truck went by. So, when Stampin’ Up released the Tasty Truck Stamp Set (now retired), I just KNEW it had to be for my summertime calendar!
This is such a fun little truck! I used the watercolor pencils to color in the details! I like the pencils because they are very pigmented and work well as a pencil or as a watercolor. It’s super easy to use!
Hope you have a fun summer! Head over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you!
I love that April is here. For me, it’s a signal that spring is here and in full swing… Back in KS, you couldn’t always count on March being full on spring… There could always be one last snow storm that snuck in…. On Maui too…this seemed to be the case for this year. Not the snow… Mind you .. we have rain. But these last couple of days of March, leading in to April are beautiful! Sunny Spring Time! Bring on flowers!
This flower and background image comes from the You’ve Got This stamp set and I love it in it’s simplicity. Easy to stamp but also is a striking image. I used the simple black outline here but it would also be fun to color with our stampin’ blends…
I loved it so much I also decided to make it the cover of the 2018 calendar…
Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you today! Happy Easter to you! He is Risen Indeed!
Happy February! As we turn the page to this month, love is in the air!! I love these little lady bugs. So cute. Reminds me of those I love in my own life…
This month is so simple, but cute. And, it was super fast to make… The stamp set is Love You Lots (obviously….) and did a quick marker color and that is that! This would also make a cute little 3×3 card too for your valentine!
Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you!!