Sunday, 10 January 2010

New Beginnings

I hadn't managed to get a desk calendar for this year, but I hadn't thought of making one until I was inspired by seeing this fab easel card calendar on my lovely friend Helen's blog. After that I suddenly seemed to see quite few lovely ones, such as these by Carol and Sharon. Whilst musing on what style of image, colours etc. to use I saw a beautiful easel card in my local craft shop Edwin Allen, and that convinced me that a butterfly image was the way to go... plus they had some little packs of Anita's calendars in stock - so I couldn't resist any longer. So yesterday afternoon I sat down for a session, and decided to make one each for me and two of my female colleagues. Here's the results ....

Hope you'll excuse the poor lighting ... strange isn't it that there is so much sparkling white snow out there, but the light conditions are still so terribly grey.

Here is a closer view of two of the calendars ... the only reason they aren't totally identical is that I only had enough paper to make two cards with a "border" of paper on the base, so on the third I used some lace instead; also I didn't have enough iridescent pink card for the matting, so used a mixture of pink and white.

I would like to enter these for a few challenges, namely

Stampin' for the Weekend - New Beginnings
Papertake Weekly - New Beginnings (2nd entry)
Pile It On #31 - Welcome 2010
Fussy & Fancy #1 - New (2nd entry) - I have used a new rubber stamp + new die cut shapes for my matting;
Cute Card Thursday #94 - All New
Flutterby Wednesdays #91 - New + a fairy, butterfly or angel
Everybody-Art-Challenge #72 - Favourite colour combo ... I definitely think mine is pink + green.
One Stop Craft Challenge #62 - A Night at the Movies. Well I think these calendars would fit any of the following films .... "Papillon", "The Butterfly Effect or even "2010". :-)
Paperplay - Precious Metals
Crafty Ann's Challenge #5 - New Year, New Inspiration
Your Next Stamp #7 - Embossing

Main image: buttefly by "Autumn leaves" from
Edwin Allen, heat embossed with silver and coloured with Twinkling H2O's;
Papers: Kaisercrafts;
Supplies: hydrangea flowers by Prima; pearl brads from The Hobby House; mini "Anita's" calendars from
Edwin Allen; ribbon and various spacers from my stash;
Tools: scalloped circles (matting) - dies by Nellie Snedden (from
Edwin Allen); Leone Em Ash Branch leaf punch.

I've been battling a stinking cold for the past couple of days, and i think today it has really taken hold, so i doubt i'll get any crafting done this afternoon ... I'll just have to snuggle up and chill out! Hope you're having a good weekend and keeping warm.


  1. These are beautiful Pauline! I love the butterfly...and those papers are gorgeous!
    Hope you feel better soon!
    Helen x

  2. Wow these calendars are great. I love how girly they are and how you embellished them.

    Fussy and Fancy Girl Juanita

  3. These are so gorgeous love them:)
    Hugzz Val xxx

  4. Stunning creations Pauline, hope you feel better soon. Stay warm.

  5. Great gift ideas, Pauline. Your work is lovely and really inspirational. Karen x

  6. Oooooh Pauline these are absolutely gorgeous!! Sooooo pretty! Sorry to hear your feeling poorly, hope you feel much better real soon.
    Take care
    Kaz xx

  7. These are BEAUTIFUL! I love that butterfly and those flowers. Your friends are going to love them!

    Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy Friday! Hugs!

  8. Beautiful cards Pauline,i love your image and papers.

    Hugs Riet.x

  9. These are beautiful, Pauline. So feminine and delicate. Love the butterfly image and the sprays of flowers.

    Thanks for joining us on PaperPlay this week - and hope your cold is better soon.

    Julie :o)

  10. These are gorgeous Pauline, thank you for sharing them with us at Crafty Ann's
    Ann x

  11. Wow, so gorgeous!! Love these! Thanks for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

  12. Pauline, your cards/calendars are outstanding in every way. They are elegant; they fit the themes of the challenges, they are beautifully detailed. I love the one you made with the lace when you ran out of the paper strips. You have encouraged me to try to do a desk calendar as well.

  13. Very pretty calendars, and what a fabulous gift for your friends. Thanks so much for joining us for Flutter By Wednesday! :)

  14. Beautiful! The lace, pearls and the flowers are wonderful embelishments and the finished product is stunning.

  15. Absolutely GORGEOUS! Thank you for sharing and joining us at YNS Challenge!

  16. Oh WOW these are gorgeous and so beautiful.

  17. These are absolutely gorgeous. I love the papers, image and design.
    Thank you for sharing them with us at Crafty Ann's challenge.
    Beryl xx

  18. What a gorgeous calender. Thanks for joining us this week at OSCC
    Nikki XX

  19. Positively exquisite!! I love the delicate colors! Thanks so much for playing the Flutter By Wednesday challenge with us this week!

  20. Oh my goodness Pauline this is stunning so elegant so serene so wonderful thank you so much for sharing this beauty with us at Crafty Ann's

    Lorraine x

  21. How pretty these are Pauline! Love the sweet butterfly and gorgeous papers. Thanks for joining us at the One Stop Craft Challenge.
    Sharon xx

  22. These are beautiful Pauline, thanks for joining in with CACB.

    Jenny x

  23. AWW these calendars are gorgeous, Pauline:O) Love the yummy papers and pretty colours, cute butterfly.
    Thank you for joining us at Stampin' for the Weekend, good luck!

  24. You created a lovely calendar. Thanks for joining us at YNS.

  25. These are gorgeous sweetie, so beautiful. Your friends are going to be thrilled!!! By the way, congrats on your new DT position too - so happy for you

  26. Just stunning Pauline!
    The butterfly calendars work perfectly with your easel fold and I'm sure your colleagues were thrilled with them too (I know I would have been)
    Thanks for joining in with Crafty Ann's.

  27. Beautiful calendars, so pretty.
    Thanks for joining us at Paper Play
    hugs Mandy xx

  28. Lovely calendars. Thanks for sharing them with us at Fussy and Fancy.

  29. Adore those flower centers. Great card - thanks so much for joining us on Paperplay this week.

  30. What a stunning easel calendar! I love the soft colors. The butterflies fit perfectly and I love the layout. Thanks for joining us at Pile It On.

  31. Gorgeous, the colours are divine and the butterfly looks amazing.
    Thanks for joining in with this weeks OSCC.
    Hugs Shelley xx

  32. Wonderful calendar! Thank you for joining the STFW challenge this time and good luck!

  33. Wow, just beautiful!!! Thanks for playing along with PIO.

  34. congrats on PIO TOP 3 scoops!

    thanks for playing!
    -- dalis


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Pauline x