Sunday, January 31, 2010

February Calendar - A little mousy

I sat down this week and got our February calendar done. I knew I was on a tight time line with the end of the month looming, and I had it all planned in my head, so it came together quite quickly. I am really enjoying this year long project!

I had this house mouse stamp and knew I wanted to plan February around it. All the designer papers used for this month are from the Juliette line by SEI. The 8 1/2"x 8 1/2" base for this month is again, mounted on the base I made originally for the calendar. Here is the January image post that will be retired tonight to make way for this new cutie patootie pair.

I stamped the image with black soot distress ink and coloured it with a combination of prismacolors and copic markers. Now, about that bowl... I accidently used Tim Holtz crackle accents instead of glossy accents. Note to self; READ LABELS!!! I love the idea of this look, but next time I will also stamp the image in an ink that isn't water soluble. :( The distress ink ran and gave the bowl a bit of a pewter look. This isn't what I intended, but I can live with it because it ended up looking kinda cool - like some depression era pressed glass.

When the i {heart} papers design team did a calendar hop last month, one of the girls did a very clever thing layering snowflakes and hearts. I said I'd case it, and here it is! I ended up too lazy (snort) to cut snowflakes out with my cricut, so I used a few spare felt ones I had laying around. The heart on top is from Basic Grey chip board. I painted the heart with brushed pewter crackle paint from ranger and then applied some alcohol ink to it. The result is stunning!!! Kate has some of the BG chipboard in stock - on sale. And the snowflakes she has would look amazing done this way! I think there's also some picket fence crackle paint coming out or another white? I know there is rock candy crackle paint now, and by adding a drop of reinker to a little bit of it poured out on a plastic surface gives the chipboard a very cool looking transparent colour effect like it's coated with glass.

I used some ZVA crystal flourishes to give that corner a snow flake blustery feel. A few pink rhinestones on the snowflakes and hearts finish the pretty bling for this month. I cut the 'be mine' sentiment with my cricut using the opposites attract cartridge, welding the letters together - I just haven't got over that feature!!!

So, what to do for March?!!!

stamps; Lovin Mouseful (house mouse)
paper; juliette (SEI), cardstock (bazzill)
ink; black soot distress ink (ranger)
accessories; crystal flourishes (zva), chipboard (basic grey), brushed pewter distress paint, alcohol ink, crackle accents (ranger), felt snowflakes, border punch (SU!), ribbon (offray), heart charms (blue moon beads), prismacolours, copic markers


i {heart} papers said...

So pretty! And I love the crackle accents but yes, next time read the label! HAHA!

marsha said...

This is so gorgeous! I do like the crackle - turned out marvelous. This is a cutie HM stamp and I adore your DP.
Hugs, Marsha

Jenny Gropp said...

FAB card -- your corner of embellishments is awesome!!!

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