Sue Carrington is our hostess over at Frilly and Funkie for this fortnight and she has challenged us to make anything but a card with a twist. That twist is it must have something hidden - a pocket, a flap, an envelope or even a box with something inside. I must say, I was challenged! It took me awhile to decide what I was going to do and in the end, I decided to CASE a vintage calendar I made two years ago when I was on the Simon Says Stamp and Show team. The post is here in case you want to take a look. I know it looks like a card, but it isn't. It is made of heavy chipboard folded and it has a support glued inside so it is very sturdy and stands perfectly without slipping down.
I started with a good heavy piece of chipboard and trimmed it to 6x12" and scored/folded it at the 6" mark. Then I covered it with old stash designer paper by Wild Asparagus (Home Sweet Home floral/red). It is such nice heavy paper, printed double sided with a pretty pattern on one side and solid deep red on the other. I used the patterned side for the outer covering and the solid red for the inner covering. As it happened, the red in the Core'dinations Kraft Core paper pack matched the red in the designer paper almost perfectly so it worked great for the accent strips. I used an old Cuttlebug embossing folder set called Organic Flourish to emboss the top and bottom strips and then sanded them - LOVE that effect!
Here's the little trick- the top and bottom strips are only glued half way leaving an opening so a panel can be slid in and out which makes the calendar adaptable for each month of the year. I just need to make a panel for each month. That's the hidden part of this piece.
I added a sentiment panel inside which I will see each month when I change to a new monthly calendar. I love this sentiment that I got free a long time ago from Anne at Raindrop Echo Designs. It's digital so I printed it on my computer and then stamped the frame in Aged Mahogany with a stamp from Waltzing Mouse Designs. Then it was cut with a matching Spellbinders die.
I created the December calendar on Excel as well as a full year 2013 calendar which I slipped into the corners I glued to the back. If you would like these Excel program calendars, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be happy to email them to you. Mine was printed on vellum.
Artistic Outpost. I just got my hands on them, freshly mounted and used here for the first time. Now, if I can just get myself motivated to create one monthly panel each month, I'll have myself a nice desk calendar.
I used that awesome new Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles Dry Glitter on the snowflakes so I am entering this in the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge Show Some Sparkle.
Be sure to stop by Frilly and Funkie to see all the wonderful pieces the design team has created. There are sure to be fun surprises in their designs!
These products used to make this piece can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.