Don’t you just love summer? Kids are out of school and there’s lot of fun things to do. Well, here in California when you have teenagers (I call them room dwellers) and they can drive you just never see them. Time flies and the kids are growing. We’ve got our youngest just hitting the roads and learning to drive and our “Senior in High School” being very independent this summer.  Change is difficult but both are great kids and we hope and pray we did a good job.

Watch this 30 second intro video before you hit the great projects below. Remember, these are calendar pages BUT they can also be cards because that how versatile ALL of these stamp sets are. You are going to read about six projects that you can turn into cards! COOL!

On to the next portion of my calendar. We had our July through December Calendar class on Friday night and the ladies worked through six months…it’s like making six cards and these had lots of moving parts. I love the calendar and they do too because it’s at their place of work and it’s nice to have on the desk for others to admire. I purchased the calendar kit from and they have the 2018 version available. It makes a nice gift. The paper is high quality and it comes with a nice plastic CD type holder…hmmmm, you could just make one but this one is great. I used a piece of 4 x 3-3/4″ piece of watercolor paper for every month but September and the bike. This is how I store my extra pages, in a Stampin’ Up case.


July in California is sunshine so for this month I used the Pocket Full of Sunshine Stamp Set and Sunshine Wishes Thinlits for the word. I stamped the glasses using Basic Black Archival Ink on Lemon Lime Twist and die cut. I added the clouds with a stencil that I made with watercolor paper and circle punches in various sizes. I sponged on Pool Party and moved the stencil around. Sunshine was die cut from the new Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack. The piece I picked looks like a big paint chip. I die cut a white sunshine and put the two together using the revised Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets. The sun is die cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper and then colorized with Daffodil Delight. Stamp the rays of the sun. Attach the glasses and sentiment to the watercolor paper and adhere to the calendar or card. I then did a cool technique that I saw Sara do and used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to cover the lens part of the glasses. I traced the outline and then filled in the middle. If there’s a bubble or two, just use the pin part of the lid to burst them. Set this aside to dry…don’t touch it!


August and lemonade should go hand in hand and that’s what I conjured up for this month. I used Calypso Coral for the brick piece and embossed it with the Brick folder. Added a little dark edges with a sponge dauber and Calypso Coral. The wood grain table is from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack. Fabulous for chairs, coffins (haaaa), backgrounds and so much more! I stamped a few fireflies around the lemon. The Lemon Zest Stamp Set and Punch are fun. I stamped the lemon in Daffodil Delight, stamped the sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous in Basic Black and punched it out with the coordinating punch. I stamped the single lemon out but then punched it smaller to fit on the jar. The jar is stamped from Jar of Love and die cut with the coordinating dies. I also did the straw and it’s from the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper. I stamped the circles using Daffodil Delight and a stamp from Playful Backgrounds. Die cut a piece of vellum and adhere to the jar on the edges with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. Attach the lemon by making a little slit to the center. Glitter up the Party Time lemon with Wink of Stella…my fav!!!

When September rolls around, I think about going back to school. Well, when I lived in Canada, we went back to school after Labor Day but here in California my teens go back in August. I used the busy Bike Ride Stamp Set and matching Framelits (buy both together for 10% less).  There’s a lot of moving parts so I had one piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock, 6″ x 5.5 and stamped everything on it. The Bike is in Bermuda Bay, wheels in Smoky Grey (I forgot the inner wheel), the seat, handles and pedal are in Calypso Coral, the books in three colors because there are three stamps! Pick your fav colors and I used Cajun Craze, Peekaboo Peach and maybe Crumb Cake markers. Remember to huff before you put the stamp to paper. The basket was cut from Cajun Craze. The flowers were colored with markers…huffed and stamped. Everything was die cut! I hole punched the center of the bike rim and the tires. put them together with brads. That’s a blast from the past for me. Oops, forgot to say, put clouds in the sky with the Pattern Party Decorative Mask, a sponge and Pool Party. The ground is the  Early Espresso Watercolor pencil and the cloud is punched from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper using the Tree Builder Punch. I sponged it a bit with a dauber and pool party.


October for kids is associated with Halloween and even though I have a 15 and a 17 year old, I like to decorate for Halloween. It’s fun and there are such creepy things to put up. We don’t get many kids coming to our quiet cul-de-sac but I enjoy putting things inside and outside. This cute month uses a retired stamp set but the Cookie Cutter Builder punch is still current. I set up all three on my Misti, punched them from right to left and then colored the DraculaKID using markers. The coffin is made using the Home Sweet Home Thinlits and a piece of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack. I trimmed off the excess pieces and die cut it a bit shorter. I got a lot of use out of the brick stencil and did the wall using a dauber and Smoky Slate. I punched a hole for the mummy to peek through, added google eyes to the skeleton and folded in all of their arms a little. Stamp Trick or Treat over the 31st.


Thanksgiving arrives in November and we have turkey so the little piggies are free to frolic in the leaves. First I did the leaves. I used a piece of Bristol Vellum Cardstock and colored it using the Bleeding Tissue method taught to me by Lydia Fielder. There’s no blood involved, just cool tissue paper that you put in water and dab on the paper. I put this away to dry. She’s got a video and I need to do one. Then, I used the adorable This Little Piggy set and stamped them on a piece of Watercolor paper using my Mini Misti and Black Archival Ink. I had so many stamps for the six months that I need to have my three Misti’s going with multiple stamps on each. I watercolored the piggies using Powder Pink and an aqua painter. They are so darn happy looking! I added clouds to the background piece using the stencil, Pool Party Ink and a sponge dauber. The grass is a piece of Garden Green Cardstock cut with those discontinued funky scissors. Curl the edges a bit. I attached this to the cardstock using the Foam Adhesive Strips…awesome! Back to the Bleeding Tissue. I had set my large Misti up with stamps from the Vintage Leaves stamp set and I made sure that I positioned them correctly to die cut afterwards. I stamped the images using Crumb Cake and then die cut. I used little pieces of surgical tape so that they wouldn’t move. That worked perfectly. I went over the edges with Early Expresso on a sponge dauber and rolled the edges in just a little. I used scrap pieces of Dimensional sheets in the middle of the leaves and adhered them to the card. I attached the piggies, added a little Wink of Stella, a bow made out of Linen Thread and I just smiled. I love those piggies! Can’t wait to create a Christmas Card!  This little piggy wanted a closeup of his own!






Last one is December and it’s decorated for the Holidays using the At Home with You Stamp set and coordinating Framelit Dies. Buy together and save 10%. This is a versatile set and it’s easy to see birthdays, Christmas, new home, congrats, thanks, but I’m sure we can think of more things to do with this door! I stamped and die cut the door. So cool that one edge of the inside die leaves the left side uncut so you can open the door…surprise! Do the door first, watercolor it and die cut it. Adhere it to the card using Tombo Multi-Purpose glue. Stamp whatever you want on the inside. A present also looks nice. I stenciled the house with Smoky Slate using the Brick Stencil, yes, again but it works! Be sure to do your stenciling after you adhere your door because you don’t want to open the door to a brick wall. Stamp and die cut your urns with trees, lamps and whatever else you want. I used Smoky Slate and Basic Grey for the urns. Garden Green and a white pen to make pretend snow. Real Red and Crumb Cake watercolored with an Aqua Painter for the door. I drew a little tree over the 25th. I think what makes this so perfect is the Boxwood Wreath Embellishment on the door.

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