Tuesday, January 05, 2010

My Favorite Things Teaser - Day Four

So, do you like what you've seen so far? Pretty awesome, right? Well, hold on because today My Favorite Things is sneaking peeks of two new sets. One is Bling 'Bers (I've been waiting for this for months, LOL!) and the other is Make the Date.

Bling 'Bers is a companion for Bling 'Bet, of course, and Make the Date is a calendar set--you can create all kinds of stuff with it: calendars (duh!), invitations, and lots of organizational lists come to mind. My little project today uses both of these new sets plus a couple of older ones.

I picked up this little wooden perpetual calendar set several months ago at either A C Moore or Hobby Lobby, figuring it would be good to have on hand. You never know, right?

This project was SO much fun to do!!! I may have mentioned before that I love to do decor items and I love how this one turned out!

So, it was pretty rough when I got it. It had a little wooden anchor glued on and I immediately ripped that off, LOL. Here's what it looked like right out of the packaging, sans anchor:

First, I painted it with two coats of off white craft paint, sanding in between coats. Then I added patterned paper to the base from October Afternoon's Report Card 8 x 8 pad. I adhered the paper with a glue stick, let it sit overnight, and then sanded the edges with a sanding block--both to smooth the edges and to distress the paper a bit.

I knew that the area I wanted to decorate was too small for the "scene" that I had in mind, so I trimmed a 4 x 4 chipboard coaster, covered it with the paper I'd chosen for the "sky", and sanded the edges.

I still didn't have good coverage on the months and numbers and the wood was still rougher than I wanted so I decided to just cover them with card stock.

Here you see all the pieces, covered and distressed both by sanding and with ink. Again, I adhered the card stock and paper with a glue stick, let dry overnight, then sanded and ink distressed the edges.

Here are the blocks with numbers and months. I stamped them all with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored in the dots on the numbers with Copic markers. The months were cut/embossed with a Spellbinders label die.

Here you see all the elements of my "scene" stamped, colored, and cut/punched out. Just behind the picket fence there's a strip of green cardstock that was punched out with a scalloped border punch to simulate grass. The sentiment is from Can Ya Dig It? (one of my all-time favorite WTG sets!!) and everything else that is stamped is from Spring Sprouts (I love this one, too!). The flowers were all stamped on colored card stock and the layers cut out. The rainbow and the butterfly were stamped on a Perfect Paper Panel (out of stock) and colored with Copic markers before being cut out. After I assembled my "scene", I attached it to the base with red line tape.

Another view of the finished product:

I love how cheerful and colorful this calendar is--a welcome sight in the dead of winter :)

Thanks so much for dropping in today! Don't forget to head on over to Kim's blog at about 11:00am EST today and see the line up of the DT members that are sneaking peeks of these two new sets. They're sure to WOW you! And remember the festivities tomorrow night, January 6: 8-10pm EST release party at the Member Company Forum on SCS followed by Hop and Shop at 10:00pm EST. See you there!

Bling 'Ber, Make the Date, Can Ya Dig it?, Spring Sprouts (MFT)

Very Vanilla, Old Olive (SU!); Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist (PTI); Report Card (October Afternoon); Perfect Paper Panels (MFT)

Memento Tuxedo Black; Creamy Caramel (SU!)
Accessories: Cuttlebug (Provocraft); Label die (Spellbinder); 3M foam squares, Pearle cotton (craft store); Copic markers; craft knife; Scalloped Border punch, 1/2" circle punch (SU!); picket fence border punch (Martha Stewart); Vintage buttons (PTI); sanding block


  1. Barb this is so fun, what a great idea!! Hugs Cindy xxoo

  2. Barb that is adorable!!! I love it.

  3. No WAY! This is totally AMAZING! You ROCK!

  4. Wow, Santa must have brought you an extra dose of creativity to add to the DNA you already have! Wowza, this is one cool project! Love it!

  5. LOVE this! What a neat idea! I'll be looking for one of these now!
    thanks for sharing!

  6. Just gorgeous Barbara! Fabulous idea!

  7. Barbara, this is so amazing! Wow! All that work that you put in to it! I'm stunned!!!! Absolutely fabulous job! Now, what are you going to do with it? If you don't have room for it in your house, you can always mail it to me! ;)

  8. I reaaaallly need a BIG FONT right now cuz....


    That is TOTALLY AWESOME Barbara!!! See why you are a MFT Diva!!!!! YOU ROCK!!!!!!!

  9. This is darling!! I love this idea. :)

  10. boy, you really put your heart and soul in these projects. I get out of breath reading these.

  11. oh, wow! this is just amazing!!!! great choice of papers and colors-LOVE your decor items, they always turn out sooo fabulous!

  12. I am little late to the festivities today...
    This is way cool Barbara! What a neat project! Love how you photographed today's date too...clever girl!

  13. absolutely stunning barbara and what a great idea!



  14. Fabulous Bar!! Love this idea and the flowers and picket fence are such amazing additions. Love that you added the coaster!

  15. Great job on the tutorial Barb...You never cease to amaze me. I love all of your creations. This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing and be blessed!

  16. Oh would ya just look at how FUN this is....wonderful details, girl!

  17. Oh how cool! Great tutorial too Barbara. Thanks.

  18. I really LOVE this Barbara! It would look so cute in my stamp room!

  19. OMGosh Bar, this is INCREDIBLE!!! How stinkin' cute and creative and unique this is! AWESOME work, my friend!

  20. Oh my goodness, what a great project! I would love to copy! Great job! So creative!

  21. This is sooooooo cute! I love the colors and papers you used.

  22. Bar, this is fabulous and fun! I love that you made the unattractive boring standard-issue calendar AWESOME! Great tutorial, too!

  23. INCREDIBLE, Bar! Love everything about this!

  24. This is just awesome!! What a great idea!!


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