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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Rose Calendar - Wednesday 14th January 2015

Hello Friends,

This is the last of my calendar creations this week...except the one I promised to show you that was a gift from a very dear blog'll have to wait until the end of the week for that!

Thank you for your good wishes about the website at work this final few volunteers will be trained on Friday and then we just have to 'go with it' and hope that the organisation which owns it, listens to the united voices of 300 Volunteer Centres! One good thing that has come out of this is that we have been conversing with each other via the online forum all across the Country...I would never normally be likely to talk to one of my 'colleagues' in Berkshire or the North for instance, but it's funny how a common cause gets you all talking isn't it? Enough of that now, I won't mention it again!

The Calendar

The calendar takes the form of an easel card, which is matted and layered using foundations Milk card and brown card on both the easel and base. I used a leaf embossing folder on both the top layers and very lightly inked over the embossing using Wild Honey distress ink.

The roses were made using Spellbinders Spiral Blossom One and Bitty Blossoms (the largest bloom). The leaves are from Spiral Blossom One and Spellbinders Foliage 2. The butterfly is Spellbinders 'Flutters'.

I also used a tiny flower die from Spellbinders 'Homespun' and the numbers are from Tonic Advent Drawer Deco die set. I coloured the letters, flowers and butterfly using a mixture of distress inks: Wild Honey, Vintage Photo and  Walnut Stain right on the edges. Once I had completed the card I dabbed glossy accents on the petals and leaves to give the impression of dew.

I also stamped "Don't forget" using a mini stamp from Heidi Swapp.

To finish the card I added ribbon, lace, twine and a button. 

I also used up some of my scrap stash to make a handbag or fridge magnet calendar, I'm going to make a few more and take them in the office for my volunteers.  I simply cut a small piece of scrap card (the one below is by Tilda) just large enough to cover the mini calendar. I folded it  using my Hougie board, making two 1cm folds across the centre to give it a bit of  a spine. 

Then I adhered the calendar to the inside before wrapping bakers twine around the top and adding a little button for decoration. I used the same die as above for the numbers.

On the back I added a little self adhesive magnet so the calendar can be carried in a handbag or used on a fridge.

That's it for today friends, I will be around to look at your blogs..just a little tired this week (head full of useless information type tired) so bear with me :)

Love and Hugs
Carole X


  1. Hi Carole your calendars are gorgeous. They are lovely gifts. I can't wait to see the one you have made for your friend. I hope the rest of the week is good for you. Hugs Jackie

    1. Hi Jackie, she made it for me ! :) x

  2. Great calendars Carole,
    Both are brilliant, I love the idea of the small,one for in my bag.
    I don't keep a Diary but often need to know the day a certain date is on.

    Patricia xx

  3. Carole, these two calendars are brilliant, love the pink one as its cute and handbag sized, Hazel x

  4. Oh I love your calendars Carole, especially that first one, it is very elegant and how lovely of you to make the magnet ones for your volunteers, it is such a lovely thought! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Both calendars are very nice. Your first one has gorgeous colors and is done up so nicely with all those flowers and ribbon. I love the "don't forget" down at the bottom. Your handbag/fridge calendar is a great idea and I also love the paper you used for this one. Have a fun evening.

  6. Wow! your calendar card is amazing!! I'm always in awe of your roses!! The colors are stunning as well!! I also really like your magnet calendar! so clever and what a sweet little gift : )


  7. Ooooo! Just lovely! Those butterflies are so romantic and I love that buttery shade of yellow!

  8. Fabulous calendar card Carole love everything about it and what a great idea having a fridge magnet


  9. Carole wow, beautiful and great ideas here. Love the colour combo's, stunning creation.x
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  10. Fabulous calendars Carole! Love the vintage feel of the first one, your flowers are amazing and the embossed leaves really give the panel depth! until next time, big hugs :)

  11. So gorgeous, I love these calendars! The embellishments on the first one are so perfect. Hope you're having a lovely weekend.

  12. Hi Carole almost missed these, pleased I didn't. Love them, Angela x