Saturday, 1 January 2011

Out Of My Comfort Zone

I've said it before, but I am always inspired to try different things that I see on Helen's blog, and a couple of months ago I saw a desk calendar that she had made using beer mats and embellishments and thought it was stunning.

Having recently got a new job, and next week my own desk, I wanted to have a go and make one for work.

This was also a great project for using up scraps of paper and embellishments, and a lot of DST and tacky glue!

It took me about 6 hours to complete because I couldn't choose from all my lovely paper and embellishments to use, but I am really really happy with the results. As you can see butterflies are a favourite of mine, and I have also tried to match papers or embellishments to a certain extent with holidays throughout the year. I was sent the santa charm, by a friend and couldn't bear to part with it so using it for December, means that I don't have to!

Unfortunately I don't have access to a binding machine of any kind, so have improvised by using fake gold cheap hoop earrings that I have had for a very long time and never wear. They hold the desk calendar together, and the 6 beer mats stand up perfectly.


I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:

Paper Pretties Blog - Ring in the New [hope earrings count for this]
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
CES Challenge - Anything Goes
Craft Your Days Away - Punch It Out/Die Cuts [butterflies; flowers for March; and boarder for May)
Southern Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
Alys Sunday Challenge - Anything Goes

15 comments:

  1. They look great. Well done for trying something new!

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  2. Gorgeous - love the papers you have used. It is going to look fantastic on your work desk.

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  3. Great idea! Very creative, love the design.

    Thanks for sharing with us at OSAAT, hugs Marjo

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  4. Oh Wow, this is fab. The earrings look brilliant and I'd have never guessed that was what you'd used. x

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  5. they all look fabulous - a great use for earrings :o)

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  6. well done on the calenar and massive congratulations on the new job - hope all goes well for you Anj x x

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  7. What a great idea - I've got the beer mats just need to find the time! x

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous Caroline..

    Thankyou for sharing with us at OSAAT for our anything goes challenge.
    Happy New Year.

    Choccy x

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  9. What a great little calendar, very cute! Thanks for joining us at Southern Girls!
    xxAutumn

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  10. Love the earings idea,very crafty lol.Your calander looks fabulous.Thanks for joining us at southern girls

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  11. Oh wow, Caroline, this is beautiful. What a lovely calendar. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft Your Days Away, wishing you a very happy new year and good luck with the challenge xxx

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  12. Thanks for sharing with us at OSAAT - our new challenge starts on Sunday - hope you'll play again
    Hugs,
    Debbie x

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  13. Beautiful project. I am so glad you decided to enter it in our Anything Goes Challenge at Southern Girls. I hope you can join us again for the next challenge.
    Hugz XXX
    Michelle

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  14. This is adorable! I love your calender. Thanks for sharing your talent in our "Anything Goes" challenge at Southern Girls. Good Luck!
    Alicia xx

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