I've been making my birthday calendars for about 18 months now, progressively working my way through my friends and giving them as birthday or just because gifts. I'll post others at some time. I hope they provide some inspiration for you.
Cover:- This is using the Hippy Chick alphabet in my cuttlebug, I've cut the letters out twice, once in black then in Lavender Lace and layerd them to create a shadow effect, I've then punched out a heap of flowers in black and lavender and layerd them popped in a few black brads and then put a few little flowers around with Dazzling Diamonds for a tiny bit of bling!
January:- This is a CASED idea from a swap I got at the Stampin' Up! convention. Stunning colour combination using the Fifth Avenue stamp set and Kiwi Kiss and Elegant Eggplant card stock and inks.
February:- Embossed dragonflies from the retired Winged Things stamp set flying across this beautiful background paper. I've added a layered bow in vanilla ribbon. I've done this page on a few of my calendars as I just love the look.
March:- Upsy Daisy flowers are double stamped, first in Whisper White then in Night of Navy (wait till the white dries fully) I've used the Stamp a ma Jig to slightly offset the images to create the shadow effect. Sponged Night of Navy on the top of the Baja Blue card stock and added a Navy ribbon and silver buckle.
April:- I know Theresa just Loves purples, so this is Pale Plum and Perfect Plum with just a touch of White and Sage Shadow. I've used the retired hostess set Time Well Spent and layered the flowers, added a bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter mixed with a bit of pink and blue fine supernova to create this lovely plum coloured glitter.
May:- These retired Stampin' Up! sets were borrowed and I just loved the words. I've combined Tangerine Tango designer papers, added a little bit of orange fine supernova glitter and water coloured the ladies.
June:- These cute frogs were borrowed from a friend to make this page. I've used the grasses stamp from the Inspired by Nature set and used the stamp a ma jig to multi stamp across the width of the background, stamped twice overlaying Mellow Moss with Always Artichoke then used the 2 way glue pen and the green fine supernova glitter to highlight a few stems of grass.
July:- This is the new Pink Pirouette card stock which is such a lovely soft pink, I've embossed all over the background with clear the filigree stamp from the Friends 24-7 stamp set, then used naturals card stock with the Friends jumbo wheel in Close to Cocoa ink, I've then spritzed the image with Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink. Added a pink flower edged in dazzling diamonds glitter and a rhinestone brad. The words are stamped in Close to Cocoa on Pink Pirouette and three rhinestone brads for a bit more bling. I've then finished off with a layered bow in Close to Cocoa ribbon.
August:- This butterfly was borrowed from a friend, I've inked it up in three colours and then used clear embossing powder. The words are again borrowed, stamped and clear embossed to give a raised and shiny look. I'm really pleased with the way this one turned out.
September:- This angel collage stamp was inked in several pastel colours to give this effect. I've added some metal leaves and embossed the words. Very simple and elegant.
October:- I created the background paper using a Paisley jumbo wheel rolling it diagonally across 12 x 12 card stock. Here I've used Ballet Blue ink on same colour card stock. I picked up this cosmic lady at the craft show last year and this is the first time I've used her in a project. I've added some dazzling diamonds glitter mixed with a small amount of blue fine supernova glitter and dabbed a 2 way glue pen around the border of the butterfly stamp, and then just around the edges of the butterfly. Finished off with a strip of silver ribbon.
November:- This is the roses background stamped on versamark on black card stock and swirled Pearl-ex powders over the versamark. I've then cut sections of this and layered them onto Orchid Opulence. The butterflies are stickers on cardstock weight vellum and painted with twinkling H2o's to give the lovely perarlescent shine of the colours. The flash has lightened the effect somewhat, it has a much richer colour in the background than appears in the photo.
December:- This 'brick wall' effect just comes out beautifully I've used the retired Wintergreen papers and Handsome Hunter card stock. I've embossed the Snow Swirled christmas tree with silver and added highlights of red kindy glitz,