Monday, July 09, 2012

Today's Date Is...........

This is my second week as a Guest Designer for Cupcake Crafts.




 The theme for this weeks challenge is Number Cruncher and you need to include something numeric in your work. Again, an idea popped straight into my head so off I went and collected a few bits and bobs to get started. I cut  shapes up out of cardboard 2"x2"x2" and 1"x1"x4" and  stuck together to make little boxes.




I also needed a further larger box casing which I made up from an old whiskers cat food box. Next I covered them all with torn up pieces of old napkins which I liberally glued in place and left to dry out for a day or two.

As I peeled the napkin layers apart I discovered that the back layer  was left with a faint imprint of the design which I thought gave a soft distressed look so I covered each piece again. (This saved me painting a coat of white paint over the top.)








I found I had a stamp that was similar to the flowers on the napkin so using the colours from the napkin randomly stamped out onto a sheet of white card stock. I used this as my template and printed off several copies which I then reput through the printer and created some numbers  and words to use.  



And this is what I made. A Perpetual Calendar. The year is attached to the back wall just by using brads so they are easily replaced. The lid shelf is decorated with a  sculptered paper flower and leaves. 




 I now have a smart calendar for my desk and as I used all scraps up from my stash it has cost me nothing to  make and I had fun making it into the bargain!


The rest of the Design Team have come up with some super makes so please pop over to Cupcake Crafts and have a look at their creations. Maybe you will be  inspired  to join in the challenge too this week

I would like to enter the following:
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes.
Handmade Harbour: Handmade  Mondays.
Make it Monday Party: Paper crafts.



50 comments:

Faye said...

I think this is just gorgeous and so clever. It's really interesting to see how it all came together. xxx

Annie said...

This is so beautiful. What a great idea.
Hugs,
A x

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous ,a fabulous project.xxx

Ann said...

What a sweet project - you are always so clever and have such original ideas! These would make great Christmas gifts don't you think.

Daisychain said...

What a gorgeous creation and great to see how it was made.

Just been looking through your lovely blog and love your creations so have become a follower. Loving the boys as well.

Hugs Christine x

Sandra said...

Wow!
I don't think I'd even attempt such a thing.
Be good teachers gifts tho.

Sandra xx

Marjorie said...

Wow! this is just fabulous hunnie..your tutorial was great and easy to follow.. Thanks for sharing such a lovely project with us this week at Make it Monday...
Hugs,
Marjorie
xx

Stamping Shanni said...

Terrific project and it definitely ticks all the challenge boxes! Saw it on MIM and had to take a closer look. So glad that I did.
Stamping Shanni

CHRISTMAS PIE CRAFTS said...

This is so lovely and a great tutorial, many thanks. I think it would make a lovely pressie too. Hope you have a good week.

Angie said...

Great project thanks for joining us at Papertake weekly.
Angie x

Mythillogical said...

Clever, practical and attractive!

Catherine said...

You are such a talented Lady ! What a fantastic idea ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

Clare Lewis said...

What a fantastic idea, its gorgeous

Dr Sonia S V said...

Oh Mrs A you make it sound so easy but I bet it involved a bit of measuring to get everything to fit...I love love this idea!!
Saw your link on MIM
Cheers
Sonia
cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com

Dr Sonia S V said...

I have pinned this too!

Anonymous said...

Amazing!!!

Wendy said...

Wow - that's brilliant. Inventive, pretty and useful too x

NancyD said...

That's a great looking project. Thanks for sharing your little tutorial. I came over from MIM. NancyD

Karen said...

Gorgeously pretty!!! Lovely idea of using recycled boxes! Karen x

Sandra H said...

Wow Mrs A, l cannot believe what l am seeing here l have the exact item but in pot you have done an amazing job on this with every detail being the same as mine how much of this talent are you hiding more to come hopefully:)x

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, this is fantastic. I saw it on Make it Monday.

Cocoa & Heart said...

Wow, this looks really lovely ! I love the choice of colours.

sari said...

Good evening Mrs A! Oh my goodness! What a beautiful calender!!! You are such a talented lady! Just love the soft pretty colors! Have a wonderful week! Hugs and sunshine!

Ali said...

Your calendar is really pretty. I enjoyed seeing how you made it. Thanks for sharing. Ali x

fatmonica said...

Wow!It's stunning.What a fabulous idea.

Merry said...

This is so very clever. I love how you have created everything from scratch. So glad I visited from Make it Monday.

CuddlyBunny said...

This is the coolest project! You're a genius! And it's BEAUTIFUL, too!

Di said...

Wow, just fabulous Mrs A! How clever, I love it.Brilliant for Christmas gifts of course and so, so pretty.

OK. call the frogs off - here's the Brenda's reindeer low-down - I found the stamp set at The Stamp Man ((£11.00) - and I just bet you'd also love Fluffles Garland for your Crimbo cards (£4.96) too - so you'd almost be up to £20 for free p & p :) May I also recommend 'Travelling Far' - another Crimbo one - silhouette and lovely. Just call on me if you need to spend yer money :))

Love an' hugs, off to bed for an early night for once. Di xx

Di said...

Always was a child of extremes and never grew out of it - teef all brushed, PJs on and hair had 100 brushes too - early night, yay! ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz

Oh no, bedroom TV is on with action movie in full flow so will have to burrow right down under the covers wiv me fingers in me ears :(

Hugs, Di xx

dreamstar said...

Brilliant, love it. Great that it was made from items around the house as well as your craft stash. Like the way the napkins left a print.

Free Spirit Designs said...

ooooh this is fab! you are clever to have had this idea and put it all together so beautifully - love it! x

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wow is this cool! I LOVE this cool project! Your colors are great and I always love picture tut's! Glad to meet you on MIM!

Dreamtime Designs said...

This is absolutely fantastic :)
You have me inspired to make one now lol
Hugz
Lisa

P.S I have blog candy if you're interested
http://dreamtimedesigns.blogspot.com.au/

Faye's Paper Passion said...

Hello. I saw this fabulous creation when I dropped by from MIM..Faye

Di said...

Hi Mrs A

Snort, so you spent did you :)

So funny you should mention Michael Powell, yup it was the Basingstoke store and I stopped dead in me tracks at one point, but they were Sheena Douglass stamps. However, it did remind me about your quest so I scoured every stamp I could find, but no luck. Might be going to The Range on Friday, if so I'll head straight to where I found the MD stamps last time in case they have new stocks in. It's the beach huts one isn't it?

Off to check the internet - although I don't think new supplies are out for a few days :(

Hugs, and poor Wimpey :(

Di xx

Brodders said...

Superb calendar :) - Jane x

Violets Corner said...

Very clever idea and a fab tut to follow, it's a gorgeous calendar.

Warm hugs
Maarit

Violets Corner said...

Very clever idea and a fab tut to follow, it's a gorgeous calendar.

Warm hugs
Maarit

Delightful Designs by Katherine said...

I am so glad that I came over from MIM. What a great project and thanks so much for sharing such great directions.

Loz said...

Hi. Just dropping by from Make-it-Monday to see your beautiful project..loz

Shelly said...

A great project Mrs A, love the process too! Shelly x

DollySelvam said...

Hi...!!! Stunning Geometric figure..shows your extreme skilled creativity...Love your work...

Kim Kelley said...

This is way too cool. Perfect size for a desk! I saw this on MIM. Thank you for sharing! HUGS

Julia said...

Absolutely in love with your project! Thanks for sharing!
I saw this on Make it Monday!
These are my entries: #77, #163, #183, and #258 and would love it if you could visit.
Hugs,
Julia

Liza said...

A gorgeous creation, such a great idea.

Liza x

Donna said...

Absolutely stunning Mrs A, love how you have thought outside the box on this one (forgive the pun lol) and I love your picture story of how it all came together...amazing work as always :) Donna ♥ x

Michelle said...

Wow, Mrs A this is amazing!! I love how you have created this from recycled material.

Your photos are just brilliant too.

Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday.

Michelle :o)

Helen said...

absolutely adorable! I had wanted to make this kind of calender in the longest time. thanks for the tutorial.

Grenouille Greetings said...

Inspired! Love it! I have a ready made calendar like this that our daughter gave me because it was broken (not that she gives me things just because they are broken but it was broken and I asked if I could have it) and I've been wanting to recycle it because all the numbers and words are in Greek. This pretty make of yours has inspired me to dig it out and have a go! Hugs, Lesley

Anonymous said...

Very, very pretty Mrs A. Really love the softness of this.

Hugs
Brenda