I went on one of Kate Crane's weekends last year, at the Stamp Attic, and really enjoyed it, so I have decided to have a go at doing Kate's Calendar Challenge this year - details are on her blog, The Kathryn Wheel. I am going to start off slow and steady, so I don't burn out too early! I am rubbish at diaries and the like, and have trouble doing anything regular, like even keeping my accounts up to date... oh dear.
I found this lovely book in Paperchase. The paper quality is just fantastic, and I like the craft (or Kraft) covers, which I will decorate at some point. The pages are c 9 1/2 inches square, or 24 cm. Slightly cream or ivory. But , oh so thick!
I decided January had to be green - my garden is sooooo lush - I don't mean that in a bristolian sense, more a verdant sense! All the rain, already! So the main part of the background is dylusions sprays, in cut grass, fresh lime and then some pure sunshine (I wish). It wasn't quite what I was after, so I added a little white linen, which provides a little mistiness in the background.
Then out with the stencils, I love the Tando harlequin trellis, it's great. Then Tim's Bubbles, with Picket Fence distress stain. And an umbrella or three from the lovely Mr Skinner - very appropriate!
Then I stamped my hedgerow in - cow parsley, I think. First and second generation in two colours of Archival ink. I also stamped the small bird from the same set on a separate piece of card, and attached it top right.
Elsewhere on this blog, I mentioned that I discovered pearlescent acrylic ink - still loving it! Probably could have done with the Jan being a little more black, but I still like it. There's a little doodling in black micron pens, a tippex pen, and a glittery sakura pen.
Then I drew my grid for the calendar entries.
Right, first (and only!) resolution of the year - do this every month!
Hope you like!
Paint and Ink
Dylusions: White Linen, Pure Sunshine, Fresh Lime, Cut Grass
Archival: Monarch Orange, Sepia
Distress Ink: Mowed Lawn
Distress Stain: Picket Fence
Daler Rowney FW Pearlescent Ink: Black
Stamps and Masks
Stampers Anonymous, Tim Holtz - Nature's Moments CMS001, Bubbles THS002
Tando Creative: Harlequin
Andy Skinner for Tando Creative: Accessories
Bling and other stuff
Sakura Gelly Roll pen, glittery pink