Friday, 11 September 2015

That Time Of Year

Hi Everyone,

It's Inspiration Time again over at the STAMPlorations Blog ... and I thought my project could also double up as a reminder for the Mini Release Blog Hop where you could win the stamp set featuring these incredibly cut critters. It is called PETS and designed by Shirley aka The Bee's Knees. Commenting on the hop closes 11.55pm Pacific today (7.55 am GMT Saturday 12th September). If you fancy giving it a go, click here.

Now back to today's project ...
It's that time of year again when some of us are starting to dread the Ch....... word. Hence I thought it might be an idea to bounce some lovely gift ideas about. I recently acquired some 2016 calendar tabs and was waiting for an opportunity to use them ... and given that we all love PETS, in my case cats, what better idea than combine the two ....

... into a lovely desk top calendar! I stamped, coloured (watercolour pencils) and fuzzy cut my two cats from the PETS set. Next I stamped my background in Sahara Sand using stamps from the Pets and Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New Year. I then added a little Washi Tape, stamped the stitching from the Patchwork Frenzy: Graphic Squares set, slightly blended the edges with Sahara Sand and attached it to my base. I then used Gloss Mode Podge to attach the cads and calendar base before lightly coating it all with my Mod Podge. To finish I attached my calendar, added some rub-on swirls and flowers plus a sequin.

Having never used rub-ons before, I decided some weeks ago that I ought to give them a try and duly ordered a job lot of them from eBay ... and the there they were sitting ... and sitting ... until today/yesterday when I felt I needed something else to add to my calendar after sealing it all with Mod Podge. Well, that's when I discovered something new ... rub-ons are actually very easy to use ... what was I worried about?! lol

Here is another look at my finished project. If you want to make one yourself, you can find instructions on how I made the base here and in my video here.

I am entering my calendar at:
Craft Stamper - Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar - Anything Goes
House of Cards - Stitch it up, the calendar can quite easily be sent as a card
Darnell's NBUS challenge - Anything Goes as long as there is some 'never before used schtuff included, mine were the calendar tab, rub-ons and the smaller one of the cat stamps

That's it from me for today. For more inspiration, fun and to check out the Inspiration CASE Playground, pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog. I shall be back soon with more projects to share.

Have a lovely weekend!


Here are the STAMPlorations sets I used, links are in the above text
TBS-Pets-preview stmp1074.jpeg stmp1041.jpeg

Sahara Sand Ink - Stampin'Up!
Calendar Tab - Printable Heaven
Washi Tape - Fantastic Ribbons


  1. This is sooooooooo cute and creative! I just love it!! I never would have thought to do something like this.

  2. Love your calendar page and coloring of the animals

  3. Gorgeous project... lovely colors!!
    Thanks for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge ... good luck!
    xxx Ellie Knol xxx

  4. Wowsa - is this ever cute! I love that you made this a calendar! Your coloring and your colors are spot on! Excellent job! Thank you for joining us at House of Cards!! jane hoc dt

  5. This is SUPER darling! I LOVE the fun stitching along the bottom with these cute cats! Thanks for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  6. As far as I'm concerned you just can't go wrong with cats! Mine are always there for a cuddle or three! Your calendar is lovely - great design and just the right amount of embellishments (doesn't detract from those gorgeous kitties!!) Thank you so much for entering the Crafty Calendar (Anything Goes) Challenge this month, lots of luck to you. Hugs Sue Pxxx DT

  7. Wonderful desk calendar, Monika! I like the washi tape with the stamped stitching. And the cats, of course ;)

  8. This is so cute .... and I love the calendar idea. Thank You for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge .... good luck! Linda xx

  9. Great calendar page! Very nicely done!

  10. Awesome calendar! Love the image, design and how you added the stitching. Thank you for joining our September Challenge at the House of Cards.
    Ruza, HOC-Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner

  11. FABulous calendar those sweet kitties! Thanks so much for joining us over at Crafty Calendar this month & good luck.
    hugs Jo x

  12. Love this very much, those stamps are on my wish list too. Thank you so much for entering our September Stitching Challenge. I hope we see you again for the October challenge Karen (DT House of Cards)

  13. Any cat lover would be so tickled to receive this adorable desk calendar as a gift, Monika! What a great idea for using the stamps AND the rub-ons! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #5 and for understanding why I am so terribly late in commenting! Enjoy your day!! Hugs, Darnell


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